Everything you need to know about Jeep to Phaplu or Salleri
Phaplu is a village in Solu Dudhkunda, it has airport and is a great starting or finishing place for your Three passes trek if you want to save money on your Lukla flight which costs 180$. Phaplu is served by daily jeeps from Nepal’s capital city Kathmandu.
Jeep from Kathmandu to Phaplu
Most of the buses or jeeps from Kathmandu to Phaplu start their rides from Chobahil Chowk bus station in Kathmandu. This bus station in Kathmandu could be easily reached by taxi from Thamel for 400NRP. Jeeps start their long and bumpy journey between 5AM and 6AM. They arrive to Phaplu at around 5PM.
Price for this 11-12 hours jeep ride from Kathmandu to Phaplu is 1600NRP. Jeep driver stops every 2-3 hours for snacks/lunch/breakfast/dinner/tea. The places where it stops are local and prices are friendly. I recommend to try milk tea, boiled egg and Dal Bhat.
In the evening, when you will reach your destination you will be tired. Phaplu town altitude is 2400 meters above sea level and it is already good to begin your acclimatization.
Jeep from Kathmandu to Salleri
Kathmandu to Salleri jeep is the same one as Kathmandu to Phaplu. Salleri is a little bit below Phaplu and all of the jeeps going to Phaplu will pass Salleri. You might want to stay in Salleri as it is a bigger place and have more shops and accommodation options.
Best hotel in Salleri is The Hill view Guest house. They offer rooms for different prices. I was alone and paid 300NRP for clean bed without shower.
Phaplu to Namche Bazaar
From Phaplu to Namche Bazaar you will need to cover a distance of around 60 kilometers. For this reasonably fit hikers will need 3 days. If you are long distance runner with light backpack you can do it in 2 long days. Phaplu or Salleri to Lukla will take 2 days for normal people.
Mobile internet in Phaplu
Phaplu has a good mobile internet for Ncell. You might want to send your photos, chat with your friends. Around 5 kilometers away from Phaplu mobile data stops working and you will get reception back only near Lukla. Check out the article about mobile data on EBC trek.