The Sherpa are the famed people of the mountains. Their land is Mt. Everest, and they have been able to farm in a land that is literally on the roof of the world. This nine day trek takes you into the heart of Sherpa Land, in the area known as Lower Solu Khumbu.
This trek is less popular than other Everest region treks, but offers a greater opportunity to explore the culture of the Sherpas while still enjoying great mountain views. There are ancient monasteries, rhododendron forests, glaciers, 8,000+ meter peaks to see and much more.
This is the trek less traveled. You will not encounter a lot of tourists on this trek like in the more popular areas of the Everest region, but you will not be disappointed. For those who like peace and quiet while exploring the local culture, this is the ideal trek in the shadow of Mt. Everest.
DAY 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to hotel
DAY 2 – Fly to Phaplu
DAY 3 – Trek to Ringmo (elev. 2700 m) 5 hour
DAY 4 – Hike to Traksindo-La (elev. 3070 m) and surrounding hills return o Ringmo
DAY 5 – Trek to Junbesi (elev. 2675 m) 6 hours
DAY 6 – Explore Junbesi and Buddhist monastery
DAY 7 – Trek to Phaplu (elev. 2470 m)
DAY 8 – Fly to Kathmandu
DAY 9 – Departure
DAY 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu: You arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport where a representative of Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition will greet you and take you to your Three Star Hotel by private car. You will enjoy a welcome drink as well as an evening orientation about your trip as well as equipment check. Spend the night in the hotel.
DAY 2 – Fly to Phaplu (elev. 2470 m): It is an early morning flight as we make our way to the village of Phaplu. Along the way, we will see the high Himalaya peaks, including Mt. Everest and its surrounding mountains. It is a short flight and we will have time to explore the hills around Phaplu and enjoy some great views of the snowcapped peaks. We will overnight in a local mountain lodge.
DAY 3 – Trek to Ringmo (elev. 2700 m): Our trek begins early morning as we pass terraced farmland that hangs off the sides of the cliffs. We pass through dense forests and along the Dudh Kund Stream. Our destination is the Sherpa village of Ringmo, which is known for its fruit orchards of apples, peaches and apricots. We have a glimpse of Mt. Numbur Chuli and other snowcapped peaks along the way. Trekking time is 5 hours and we will stay in a local mountain lodge.
DAY 4 – Hike to Traksindo-La (elev. 3070 m): We make our way to the mountain pass of Transindo-La. We can see the sacred mountain of Mt. Numbur Chuli from here. The mountain is sacred to the Sherpa people. There are long mani walls that we follow as the trail ascends upwards. Our destination is the unique Buddhist monastery of Traksindo Gomba, which looks ancient, but was actually established by Buddhist monks from Tengboche in 1946. It contains many cells for monks along with some impressive religious murals. We will enjoy lunch here, and then return to Ringmo to spend the night. There are many beautiful, white chhortens along the way.
DAY 5 – Trek to Junbesi (elev. 2675 m): In the morning, we climb down through a beautiful alpine meadow for about 20 minutes before crossing the river on a suspension bridge. Now the trail ascends slowly uphill through pine forests as we make our way toward the Sherpa village of Salaung which has a very pleasant tea house. From here are sweeping views of the snowcapped peaks as well as the valleys below. Today, we get to see Mt. Everest along with the peaks of Thamserku, Kangtega, Kusumkangaru and Mere Peak. We will pass herders with their yaks along the way as we make our way to Junbesi Village, which we achieve after crossing a wooden bridge. Junbesi is a delightful Sherpa village of whitewashed houses with Tibetan style windows and overhanging eaves surrounded by orchards that are suspended above the Junbesi Khola River. We will make the local mountain lodge our headquarters for two nights as we explore the region. Trekking time today is six hours.
DAY 6 – Exploring Junbesi Village: There are several Buddhist monasteries in the hills surrounding Junbesi. The village has an excellent bazaar where you can find locally made crafts. The monasteries here became home to Tibetan monks who fled from persecution in Tibet in the 1960s. Many Tibetan refugees found their way here, and the area around Junbesi reflects that strong Tibetan heritage. There will be time to rest and enjoy the local culture. In the hillsides are small monastic cells for meditation.
DAY 7 – Trek to Phaplu (elev. 2470 m): This is the last day of trekking, and after breakfast, we take the trail downhill to reach our destination of Phaplu. Trekking time is 5 hours and we will spend the night in a mountain lodge.
DAY 8 – Fly to Kathmandu: It is time to fly back in the morning to Kathmandu. We will transfer from the airport to our Three Star Hotel by private car. Spend the day relaxing, sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley or do some shopping in Thamel
DAY 9 – Final Departure: All good things must come to an end, and your trip to Nepal is no exception. Before leaving, why not talk to your representative at Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition about returning to Nepal for your next holiday. The vast majority of people make a return trip to Nepal because they are impressed by not only the beauty, but also the local people. Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition offers trips into neighboring Tibet, Bhutan and India. Be sure to discuss your interests and plans with them today.
While traveling with Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition, your all-around safety and satisfaction is of our paramount concern. Please not that the Trip Leader has the authority to cancel or amend any part of this itinerary if it is considered necessary due to any safety concern. We leave no stones unturned to keep the itinerary mentioned above, but as this adventure includes traveling to remote areas of the Himalayas, we can't guarantee that we will not be forced to make last minute changes in our plans. Factors enter into these decisions include extreme weather conditions, unexpected natural disaster, health concerns of any of our group members, etc., can all contribute to the necessity of make unexpected changes. Your SNFT trip leader will try to insure that the trip runs as planned, but we kindly request that you please be accommodating if such changes do occur.
Please note that the Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight often gets delayed by a few hours or even cancelled due to critical weather conditions. The Lukla airport is notorious for fog which we have no control over. Swiss Nepal Family Trekking will do everything it can to avoid such a situations. Mr. Kishan Gurung, the managing director of Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition has developed a strong relationship with the manager of the Lukla airport as well as with local helicopter companies. Mr. Gurung will try to arrange alternative flights if necessary if flights are cancelled. We have a 99% success rate for arranging such flights for our valued clients in case of flight delays and cancellations. For the successful flight in rescue or cargo helicopters, the cost is around USD 200 to $250 per person additional cost. If we must charter a helicopter, then the cost is around USD 3500 for up to five people. It is advisable to always be able to stay an extra day should weather conditions require. Normally, we can usually fly out the same day, but it is a good idea to be prepared.
If everything runs smoothly and you still have a few of your buffer days left, you can arrange alternative activities to participate in with Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition upon your request. There are plenty of things to see and do in the Kathmandu Valley, including seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
In case of flight delays or cancellations at the start of the trip, you can also choose an alternative trip, which includes trekking in the Annapurna Region, Manaslu, Langtang, Mustang or any other region in Nepal. Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition can offer you some really wonderful trekking opportunities in a variety of great locations. You can also choose to spend the time in Kathmandu exploring the Valley and all it has to offer. There is no need to be stuck in a hotel room; we can provide some great experiences as you wait for the weather to clear so you can fly to Lukla.
It is recommended that you set aside two to three days as "buffer days" at the end of your trip before having to depart Nepal when trekking in the Everest region. This is just good planning and will make for a much more pleasant trip. We apologize in advance for any difficulty the weather may contribute to. It is just part of being at the roof of the world.
THE TREKKING GROUP:
For this trip, there will be a Trek Leader and Sherpa Porters for carrying luggage (2 trekkers = 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that if anyone in the group is sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. However, Swiss Nepal Family Trekking can run this trek for the group of any size. Generally, the maximum number of trekkers that the company has found optimum is 12.
All accommodations for the Short Lower Sherpa Land(Solu Region) Trek are on twin-sharing basis with inclusive costs and are chosen based on standard hygiene and standard of food, services, locations, etc. There will be two styles of accommodations during this trek. We will spend two nights at a Three-Star Hotel in Kathmandu. During the trek, we will spend six nights at standard tea houses or lodges with unheated rooms with wooden beds and foam mattresses. We can provide you with attached bath in some major towns; however, tea houses and lodges in some places have only shared washing and toilet facilities. We share a room with someone else of the same sex of our group if you are a solo traveler. If you prefer a single room, you may indicate your preferences and obtain a single room for an additional fee. Please understand that single rooms are not always possible at tea houses and mountain lodges. We will do our best to try and make the appropriate arrangements.
During this trek, you can enjoy the typical Nepali food along with different ethnic cuisines as well as all types of international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.) with items from pizza to chips to apple pie. You can even enjoy hot chocolates, a variety of breads, drinks and snacks. Breakfast of a day will be served from the tea house or lodge where we spend the night. Lunch will be served on the way to our destination with dinner served where we are spending the night. During your stay in Kathmandu, a farewell dinner along with breakfasts will be served.
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