Phaplu is a small town located in the Solukhumbu District of Province No. 1 in eastern Nepal. It lies at an elevation of approximately 2,413 meters (7,917 feet) above sea level. Phaplu serves as a gateway to the Everest region and is a popular starting point for treks to the Everest Base Camp and other famous destinations in the Khumbu region.

Despite its relatively low elevation compared to other towns in the Everest region, Phaplu offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains, including Mount Everest (known as Sagarmatha in Nepali) and other prominent peaks like Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam.

Phaplu has a small airport, Tenzing-Hillary Airport, which serves as an alternative to the more famous Lukla Airport for those traveling to the Everest region by air. Flights from Kathmandu to Phaplu operate regularly, although schedules can be subject to weather conditions, particularly during the monsoon season.

The town of Phaplu itself offers basic amenities such as guesthouses, lodges, restaurants, and shops catering to trekkers and travelers. It also serves as a transit point for those continuing their journey deeper into the Everest region or exploring other nearby areas such as the Dudh Koshi Valley and the Sherpa villages of Junbesi and Ringmo.

Phaplu is known for its serene atmosphere, traditional Sherpa culture, and the warmth of its local inhabitants. Many trekkers choose to include Phaplu in their itinerary to experience the authentic mountain lifestyle and hospitality of the region.