The Solu Sherpa Culture Trek explores the less 'touristy' part of the Solu Khumbu for a taste of authentic Sherpa culture. The Sherpa Culture Trek is a fairly short and easy trek and a great way to explore the beautiful scenery of Everest Region. .
The Everest Region can be divided into two parts, Solu and Khumbu. The Solu region is less traveled than Khumbu which has become so busy it may be difficult to recognize the Sherpa culture apart from the trekking culture. The Sherpa Culture Trek starts with a short flight to Phaplu and explores the scenic hills below Numbur Himal, 6950m.
Junbesi is one of most beautiful Sherpa villages you will visit on the trail where you will experience Sherpa culture and their ancient Tibetan-Buddhist religion. A most fascinating monastery, believed to be built in 16th century, sits in the middle of Junbesi. All its walls and ceilings are painted with Buddhist paintings (Thankas) and in the middle there is a huge statue of Buddha.
We trek to the other side of the valley to Ringmu, where endless mule-trains laden with large sacks lumber into the hinterland. The bells on their neck echo into the valley. The trail climbs steeply uphill to the pass at Taksindo, at 3070 metres. There is a huge stupa and a large decorated gate at the peak of this pass where we descend on a rugged flagstone path into another valley.
Sherpa Culture Trekking is the prefect destination for people of all ages and is the perfect trek for those who can not afford more time for trekking in the high mountains. We see excellent view of Mount Everest including Thamserku (6623m.), Kantega (6780m.), Kusum Kangaru (6370m.) and Mera Peak (6650m.) We spend the nights in the warm welcome of local guesthouses.
If you trek in the months between April to June, the blooms of Rhododendron trees paint the hillsides. In the Autumn (September-October) when the skies are exceptionally clear, there are a lot of festivals. The four day Dhumji festival which falls in May or June each year.
Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu:
Day 2 : Preparation Day in Kathmandu
Day 3 : Fly Kathmandu to Phaplu and hike around Salleri, Chilsa, 2500m
Day 4 : Trek to Junbesi, 2675m
Day 5 : Trekking around Thubten Chholing Monastery and rest day at Junbesi
Day 6 : Trek to Phurteng, 2800m
Day 7 : Trek to Taksindu, 2750m
Day 8 : Hike around Taksindu La / Kamo Danda / visit Ngimpa monastery in Taksindu
Day 9 : Trek to Phaplu, 2300m
Day 10 : Fly from Phaplu to Kathmandu, 2500m
Day 11 : Free Day in Kathmandu
Day 12 : Departure
Best Seasons for Solu Sherpa Culture Trekking
The best seasons for the Solu Sherpa Culture Trek are from September to November and from March to May. These months are known for sunny and warm weather and outstanding views. The summer months from June to August are also beautiful, but the trek can be affected by the monsoon rains.
TheSolu Culture Trek is a Tea Houses/Lodge Trek
Accommodation is included in the cost of your package. Annapurna Foothills Treks takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay.
In Kathmandu, our clients enjoy four nights in Hotel Shakti or Hotel Himalaya before and after heading into the remote regions.
During the trek, the nights will be spent in clean and comfortable tea houses with plenty of character and good food. The simple rooms usually have two narrow beds. The family run lodges are a great place to get to know the Nepalese people. In Nepalese culture, a guest is equal to god, and surely this has become even more of a reality since the tourism industry has improved their meager opportunities to earn. You will be made very welcome!
Three meals a day are included during your Solu Sherpa Culture Trek. The menu will be fairly simple, but freshly cooked and hygienic. You can enjoy typical Nepali, Tibetan and Sherpa food, as well as all types of international cuisine. Dinners and breakfasts will be provided in the teahouse/lodge where you spend the night. Lunches will be eaten in a teashop on the way to the destination of the day.
Drinking Water on Solu Sherpa Culture Trek
We suggest that you drink boiled water or bring chlorine tablets to purify the normal water available in the guest houses along the way. There is a small fee charged for the boiled water. Although mineral water is available in most places, there is no provision to dispose of the plastic bottles, so we encourage the guests to do what they can to protect the environment.
If you have a reasonable level of fitness, this trek should be more than manageable. The altitude becomes more noticeable the higher we go, so we walk at a slow pace and take plenty of breaks to rest and acclimatize.
Local Customs You Should Know About of Solu Sherpa Culture Trek
Ethnic groups of the hilly and mountain regions are predominantly Buddhist, and you will see many mani stones, stupas, gumbas and prayer wheels. It is respectful to pass these objects with your right side nearest to the object, in a clockwise direction. Avoid sitting or standing on mani stones, stupas, tables used for worship or anything that is a religious symbol, as that is considered disrespectful.
Travel Insurance for Solu Sherpa Culture Trek
It is strongly recommended to be sufficiently protected when you go into remote areas. You need specialized travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability and medical treatment. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy.
Domestic flights to mountain regions can be delayed or cancelled due to bad weather. Be aware that you may have long waits in the airports. From our side, if a flight is cancelled we make sure you get on the next possible flight.
If flight cancellations at the start of your trek delay your trek to the point of disturbing your onward travel schedule, you will be free to choose an alternative trip; there are many excellent options in the Annapurna, Langtang and other regions. If you do not wish to take an alternative trek, and wait in Kathmandu for the flight to Lukla, your original trek may be shortened due to the days lost in waiting. In such case, the client will be responsible to bear all additional expenses including food and accommodation.
If the client wishes to make an alternative arrangement such as a helicopter flight, Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions will assist in making the booking, but will not cover the cost of the alternative arrangement. The refunded money of the unused flight ticket would be credited to the concerned client, however.
There will be no refund for the days of the trek that are missed. You will not be entitled to any refund for services in the package (ie hotel, transport, flight) that you did not use due to the cancellation.
It is advisable to allow one or two extra days at the end of your trip to allow for flight delay/cancellation.
In an emergency, or upon request by our clients, a heli-rescue can be organized. The helicopter costs around USD 3500, and can lift 4-5 persons per flight.
If flight cancellations at the end of your trek delay your return to Kathmandu, you will be responsible for all your expenses during the wait in Lukla.
Destination : Nepal
Duration : 12 Days
Price : US $1050 p/p
Trip Grade : Moderate
Minimum Group Size:2 Persons
Maximum Group size:12 Persons
Hotel in Kathmandu:4 nights B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)
Accommodation during trek:local lodges 8 days (7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners, tea, coffee and twin-share rooms with beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows included
Was really impressed with the speed at which they organised a tour for me, and the quality of the tour itself. The director - Ngima - was very responsive and really helpful, meeting me the day before my tour and introducing me to my guide the day of the tour.…Phillippa
Just got back from an awesome trip to Nepal, kindly arranged by Ngima Sherpa from Annapurna Foothills Treks. The organisation of the trip was absolutely flawless, and I can't remember having any problems during my whole month long stay. My Sherpa Dendi (as featured in the new Everest movie),is a…Neil Murphy
My boyfriend and I wanted to trek in Nepal so I found Annapurna Foothills details online - they were amazing from start to finish. Ngima, the Managing Director was really helpful over email in planning the trip and flexible to help us fit in everything we wanted to. Our guide…Meriel Flint