Sherpa Village Trek - 08 days

Sherpa Village trek heads from Lukla to the Sherpa towns up north. We spend time in mountain village of Namche Bazaar which was a famous trading center between Tibet and Nepal. From Namche we head up to the holy village of Tengpoche. This has long been the religious centre for all inhabitants of the Solu Khumbu area. There are numerous shrines and a beautiful monastery that sits at 3870 meters. You will take your time heading back to Lukla and there are many options for extra side trips. This trek takes 8 days up with some up and down hiking.

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Day 1:
Our early morning flight by Twin Otter aircraft or MI-17 helicopter rushes us to Lukla, the most renowned mountain airstrip in the world. Originally conceived by Sir Edmund Hillary’s Himalayan Trust as an emergency evacuation runway for casualties brought to the Trust’s hospital at nearby Kunde, Lukla is now one of the busiest runways in Nepal. On the flight we watch the rugged foothills give way to the snowline of the Himalaya; many of the world’s highest mountains, including Kanchenjunga, Lhotse and Makalu (the world’s 3rd, 4th, and 5th highest respectively) may sometimes be seen from the window of the plane. On arrival, we meet our Sherpas and after a cup of tea we pick up the trail out of Lukla. Surprisingly, this high-altitude trek begins by descending to the river at Phakding. Further on and we choose one of several good camp sites in a wooded area at Chumoa, close to the entrance to the Sagarmartha National Park.

Day 02 :
The first day may have been surprisingly long for some, but camping at Chumoa allows us to begin the ascent to Namche Bazaar first thing in the morning. At about half-way up the hill, a gap in the trees allow us to spy Everest for the first time. If the weather is clear the top of the South-West Face will be just visible behind the long Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. A plume can often be seen stretching away from the very summit.

Namche is the most prosperous and the largest town in the Khumbu. A bazaar is held here every Saturday. The wares on display include meat, grains and vegetables, tennis shoes and trinkets as well as hand woven aprons and Tibetan boots. The Sherpas play host to trader from the foothills, as well as Tibetans from over the border. Thamserku (6648m), Kwangde Ri (6187m) and Khumbila (5707m) surround the natural bowl that Namche is sited in.

Day 03 :
We take the day off to allow our bodies to adjust to the rarefied atmosphere. The secret of safe acclimatisation is to 'climb high, sleep low' so it is safe for the more energetic amongst us to hike up the hill behind Namche to the airstrip at Syangboche, or stroll across to the museum behind the police post. Others may prefer to 'chill out'’ and visit one of the lodges for a freshly-baked cinnamon roll.

Day 04 :
After Breakfast gradually climbs unto Khumjung (approximately 2 hours trek). On the way stop at Mt Everest Panorama view resort for Tea break and See the most splendid view of Mt Everest and other surrounded mountains. After lunch talk walk to the Khumjung village and Vist Khumjung Monastry to see the legendary Yeti's Skeleton .

Day 05 :
The trail this morning descends to the Dudh Khosi at Phungithanga. There are spectacular views of Ama Dablam (6696m) and Kangtaiga (6779m) as well as Everest (8848m) and Lhotse (8501m). We cross the river at Phungithanga and climb through the afternoon amongst rhododendron forest to the saddle at the top of the hill. In front of us is Tengboche, the principal monastery of the Khumbu area. Tengboche lies at the base of Kangtaiga and the spur of this ridge affords panoramic views of the main peaks of Khumbu including Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam.

Day 06 :
We descend to the Imja Khola and the small village of Phunki with its water powered prayer wheels. A bridge across the rushing torrents marks the beginning of the long climb up towards Namche.

Day 07 :
Most people head towards Lukla with a heavy heart. There is something very special about the setting, the villages and the people of the high Khumbu hills and valleys and our memories help us up the deceptively long, final climb into Lukla. Our campsite and house are well located and offer a good final resting spot.

Day 08 :
Another chance to enjoy this great flight. Please note that flights into Lukla are sometimes delayed due to un-flyable conditions either in fog-bound Kathmandu or windy Lukla; be reassured that our staff in Lukla and in Kathmandu will be doing everything possible to minimise the inconvenience caused if this happens. Your patience in the trying circumstances which can occur will be greatly appreciated.

National Park entry permit, Trekking permit, Land transportation to and fro, Accommodation in lodges during the trek, Food: three meals a day, A guide & required number of porter(s), Essential equipment.

Personal expenses, Insurance, Tips, Emergency evacuation by Helicopter, Alternative transportation in case of heavy rain, landslide, strike, road blockade etc.

Trip Highlight

Destination: Nepal

Duration : 8 Days

Trekking type : Moderate

Maximum altitude: metres

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