The Solukumbu Region is in one of the loveliest areas to see spectacular mountain views and monasteries. It is in the Southern
part of the Everest region and has very rich and authentic Nepalese and Sherpa cultures. There
are secluded monasteries and villages inhabited by the ever friendly Sherpas, giving it a warm
and welcoming feeling.
First, we fly to Phaplu through the canyons on a breathtaking flight that is about 40 minutes from Kathmandu. We begin trekking from Phaplu toward the west and pass through the district headquarter of the Solukhumbu, where the regional government buildings reside.
Next, we cross over the Solu River (the lower valley) which is a runoff from the glacial Dudh Kunda (Milk Lake) where we will spend some time exploring. We'll then climb a gradual hill to the Sherpa village of Patale. We'll walk on a beautiful ridge called Jantre La where the views of the Everest Range are stunning and seem close enough to touch. We cross over Pike (Pee-Kay) which is 13,333 ft and is the most prominent peak in the area with the best panoramic views in the Everest Region.
We then descend steeply into Junbesi, a Sherpa village. A short walk brings us to the Thupten Chhulen Monastery. This monastery has about four hundred Sherpa and Tibetan monks and nuns. The Lama in this monastery is a very high level incarnate of Buddha. If we are lucky, we will get a blessing from him.
The final challenge of the trip is climbing up the hill to the Dudh Kunda (Milk Lake), a holy place at 16,500 feet. This has a dramatic view of three sacred mountains. The lake and neighboring glacier are dominated by two magnificent peaks, Nimbur (22,831 ft) and Karyalung (21,919 ft). We then descend down toward Beni, which is an open grassy space for yak in the summer.
Then we will descend to the Sherpa village of Taksindu (pronounced tak-sind-do), which is the home of many of our staff members. There we have a couple days to rest and to explore the culture and people. We will have a Sherpa gathering with dancing, music and chang (locally made beer) and accompany our staff to their houses in Chhulemu.
This is a wonderful way to see the Himalayan Mountain ranges without going to too high of elevations. You will experience Sherpa culture first-hand and have the opportunity to meet local people. The Buddhist monasteries and secluded villages give you a glimpse into the real culture which few tourists get to experience. This trek is a once in a lifetime experience.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 3: Flight to Phaplu and begin trekking
Day 4: Jantre Lacpatalepani (3,030m)
Day 5: Tulu Gumpa (2,800m)
Day 6: Samdhingma (3,580m)
Day 7: Ascend Pikey Peak (4,050m)
Day 8: Junbesi (2,675m)
Day 9: Rest day at Junbesi
Day 10: Yak Kharka above Singsare la (3,700m)
Day 11: Beni (4,000m)
Day 12: Day hike at Dudh Kunda (Milk Lake) (4,550m)
Day 13: Sherpa village Chhulemu
Day 14: Rest day at Chhulemu
Day 15: Kemjo (3,500m)
Day 16: Phaplu Del Sherpa Hotel
Day 17: Flight back to Kathmandu
Day 18: Final sightseeing in Kathmandu Day 19: Departure from Kathmandu
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