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Along the Everest trail: Sherpa Culture trek - 13 Days

This short Sherpa Culture trek along the Everest Trail is an ideal way to get to know the life of the Sherpa people. First, you will explore the valleys of the Everest region. You will have a view of some of the highest peaks in the world. In addition, you will enjoy the hospitality of the Sherpa people in the typical villages.

The originally Tibetan Sherpas are an ethnic group that live in different regions of the Nepalese Himalayas. You will find many Sherpas in Solu Khumbu (along the Everest trail). Their culture, language and traditions are strongly influenced by Tibetan Buddhism. Sherpas follow the Nyingmapa sect of Buddhism, founded by Guru Rinpoche.

The Sherpas have an ancient tradition of hospitality: they believe that guests can be a disguise of Guru Rinpoche. Most Sherpas work in tourism, but they are also traders, shepherds and farmers. Sherpas are known for their exceptional climbing qualities.

One of the most famous Sherpas is undoubtedly Tenzing Norgay. In 1953, together with Edmund Hillary, he was the first to climb the summit of Mount Everest!

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  • Meet the Sherpa people and learn about their lifestyle
  • View of some of the highest peaks in the world, including Mount Everest
  • Authentic Sherpa villages Khumjung and Kungde
  • Monastery visit in Tengboche
  • Hiking in Sagarmatha National Park
Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu

Namaste and welcome to Nepal.

At the airport you will be welcomed by one of our employees. On his or her contributing sign will be our logo so you can easily find each other when you leave the airport.

After being warmly welcomed, a private chauffeur will take you in a car to your accommodation in Patan. Our staff will accompany you and help you check in to your hotel.

Depending on your arrival time in Kathmandu, you will have free time to go out. Discover the bustling old part of Kathmandu like the streets of Asan. There are plenty of nice markets and colourful temples and stupas.

During a short `meet & greet` with Maaike and/or Chuda you will get useful tips and can ask questions. You will also meet your guide for the next few days. He or she will give you a briefing about the trekking.

You will stay in a standard hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2
Free day in Kathmandu

Today you can explore Kathmandu on your own. In this vibrant city with several beautiful world heritage sites you will certainly be able to enjoy yourself.

On a green hill on the west side of Kathmandu, lies the beautiful temple complex of Swayambunath. Climb up under the watchful eye of a colony of monkeys. Then go down the back to visit Amideva Buddha Park.

Here you can go to the Tibetan Buddhist heart of Kathmandu: Boudhanath. The great white stupa is visited by many pilgrims walking around it. A lunch with a view of the stupa is a great experience that will stay with you for a long time!

Walks to Pashupatinath. This is the sanctuary of the Hindus and is situated on the Bagmati river. Besides seeing a ritual cremation, you can also find the Saddhu’s here. These happy and holy men live around the temple.

You stay in a standard hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 3
Domestic flight to Lukla - Trek to Phakding (2652m) - ca. 4 hours

The day starts early. In the early morning you and your guide will go to the airport of Manthali (Ramechhap) for the flight to Lukla (2853m). Lukla is the gateway to the Khumbu region and the starting point of your trek! This flight will give you a foretaste of the splendour of the Himalayas and you’ll catch your first glimpse of Mount Everest in the distance.

In Lukla you’ll meet your porter and leave for Phakding (2600m). This village lies along the main route in this area and houses some nice lodges where you will stay.

You will spend the night in a teahouse in Phakding.

Day 4
Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m) - ca. 4 to 5 hours

You walk further upstream along the banks of the Dudh Kosi River, crossing the river twice via a suspension bridge until you reach the village of Monjo. This is where the Sagarmatha National Park begins.

Newly you will cross a high suspension bridge, this time at the confluence of the Dudh Khosi and the Bhote Khosi. You climb uphill to Namche Bazaar. Namche is the capital of the region and a busy market place where Tibetans sell their merchandise. From Namche you also have a view on some high peaks.

You’ll spend the night in a teahouse in Namche.

Day 5
Extra day in Namche (acclimatisation)

You can walk to the Museum Viewpoint. From this vantage point you can see Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Taboche, etc. in all their grandeur.

In Namche you can visit the Sherpa museum where you can learn about the locals and the surroundings. Take a free afternoon and enjoy a pastry in one of the bakeries or play a game of pool. Today you will let your body get used to the altitude. Be sure to drink enough water, about one litre per 1000 metres, so at least 4 litres.

You’ll spend the night in a teahouse in Namche.

Day 6
Trek to Khumjung (3790m) - ca. 4 hours

You’ll get up early and if there are no clouds in the morning you’ll have a beautiful view of the Kongde Ri towering over Namche Bazaar.

After breakfast you’ll start your walk to Khumjung via Syangboche and the old airport. Along the way you have a beautiful view over Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku. If there are no clouds, you can also see Mount Everest and in the afternoon you will visit the Khumjung monastery. Inside is a large statue of the Guru Rinpoche. This monastery also has a skull which according to them comes from a Yeti. You can also visit the school founded by Sir Edmund Hillary.

Another Sherpa village you visit today is Khundu. You walk slightly uphill to Khunde through potato fields. There you can visit the Khunde Hospital and the Khunde Monastery. The view from above on Khunde and Khumjung is great.

You will spend the night in a teahouse in Khumjung.

Day 7
Trek toTengboche (3867m) - ca. 7 hours

The path descends to the Dudh Khosi River. You will enjoy spectacular views of the Ama Dablam (6696m), the Kantega (6779m), Mount Everest (8848m) and the Lhotse (8501m).

You will cross the river at Phunki Thanga and climb through the rhododendron forest to the top of the hill in the afternoon. Suddenly Tengboche lies in front of us, where the most important monastery of the Khumbu area is located. Be sure to visit this monastery. What a beautiful view you have here!

You will spend the night in a teahouse in Tengboche.

Day 8
Trek to Namche (3440m) - ca. 5 to 6 hours

From Tengboche you go down to the valley again. After lunch, you’ll cross another suspension bridge and ascend steeply along the other side of the river, passing a few small villages.

At the end of the day, you’ll walk along the side of the mountain and finally arrive back at the familiar Namche bazaar.

You’ll spend the night in a teahouse in Namche.

Day 9
Trek to Monjo (2835m) - ca. 3 to 4 hours

You walk back from Namche Bazaar in the direction of Lukla. You descend and cross the high suspension bridge. You walk along the river before crossing a few more suspension bridges and you arrive in Monjo, where you will spend the night today.

Monjo is a small village in the Khumbu region in Nepal. It is situated in the valley of the Dudh Khosi River, north of Phakding and south of Jorsale.

You will spend the night in a teahouse in Monjo.

Day 10
Trek to Lukla (2840m) - ca. 4 hours

Today is your last day in the mountains!

After half an hour you’ll pass Phakding where you spent the night. Even if you return on your footsteps, you’ll still see the Khumbu valley in a completely different way on the descent.

From Phakding you’ll hike for about another 3 hours especially you’ll be back in Lukla. You can only fly early in the morning, so today you sleep in Lukla.

You spend the night in a teahouse in Lukla.

Day 11
Flight to Kathmandu - free day

On the way you will enjoy one last breathtaking view of the snowy peaks of the Himalayas.

You will be taken from Manthali (Ramechhap) to Kathmandu by mini-bus.

The rest of the day you are free to spend in Kathmandu. If you want to enjoy a bit more peace and quiet, you can go to the Garden of Dreams, a green oasis in the heart of Kathmandu.

You stay in a standard hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 12
Extra free day in Kathmandu (spare day)

If everything went according to plan and your flights were not delayed, you still have a full day off today. You can spend it in Kathmandu or fill it out with a visit to other locations. The two royal cities of Bhaktapur and Patan are definitely worth a visit! Feel free to ask us for additional ideas to fill in your day.

You will spend the night in a standard hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 13
Departure day

The end of your journey has unfortunately arrived. Depending on your flight time, you might still have time to buy some souvenirs or discover some nice places.

At least 3 hours before the departure time of your flight, you will be picked up at the reception of your accommodation. The driver will take you to the airport.

We hope that you will take a lot of beautiful memories home!

What's included?

  • Welcoming at the airport & transfer by private car to your hotel. Someone will go with you to help you with the check-in at your hotel.
  • Meet & greet with Chuda and/or Maaike & trekking briefing
  • 4 nights in standard hotel in Kathmandu, with breakfast
  • Transfer by mini-bus to Manthali airport
  • Domestic flight from Manthali (Ramechap) to Lukla
  • 8 nights in teahouses during the trekking, 8 x breakfast, 8x dinner and 8x lunch included (drinks excl. )
  • English speaking guide during the trekking (his wages, meals, insurance and accommodation)
  • Porter for your luggage during the trekking (his wages, meals, insurance and overnight stay) - 1 porter per 2 persons - max. 18 kg
  • All necessary trekking documents and entrance tickets
  • Domestic flight from Lukla to Manthali (Ramechhap)
  • Transfer by minibus from Manthali to Kathmandu
  • Airport transfer for departing flight

What's not included?

  • Visa fee of approx. 30 USD per person for 15 days: this is available upon arrival at the airport in Kathmandu or in advance via the Nepalese Consulate or the Nepalese Embassy
  • Fees when visiting places of interest or donations when visiting monasteries
  • International flight tickets Nepal: We deliberately do not include this in our price. It is easier and cheaper to book this yourself.
  • Tips for drivers, guide, porter etc..: In Nepal it is customary to give a tip. For this trip it is about € 80 per person.
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Along the Everest trail: Sherpa Culture trek

Trip Facts

  • Mid September - December; March - May
  • 8
  • Khunde (3889m)
  • Easy to average
  • Lukla / Lukla
  • Standard hotels in Kathmandu / tea houses during trek
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