Days: 9 / Difficulty: 2 of 5 (Moderate)
Lower Solu Khumbu Trek is in the heart of the land of the Sherpas, brings you the magnificent views of the high peaks in the region, but above all the immersion into the traditional Sherpa culture. If you want to learn about their lifestyle, architecture, their foremost monasteries and their way of life, you need to spend time in Solu, the lower of the two Sherpa regions.
Fact of the Lower Solu Khumbu Trek;
Trip Region: Everest Region
Types of Trip: Trekking
Duration: 9 Days
Highest Elevation: 3070m
Mode of Trip: Lodge or Tea-house
Average Walking: 5-6 hours in a day
Trip Start/End: Kathmandu
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu and normal tea-houses/lodges during the trek
Best Season: Autumn (Sep-Oct-Nov) and Spring (March-April-May)
Transportation by: Domestic Flight and Private Vehicle
Culture Experience: Majority of Sherpa and their typical lifestye
Major Himalayan Sights: Mt. Number Chuli 6959m, Khatang 6853m, Karyolung 6511m and other snowy mountains
Highlights of the Trip: Stunning view of high Himalayan Range, typical lifestyle and culture of Sherpa people, scenic and picturesque villages, visiting ancient Buddhist Monasteries, wildlife, beautiful terraced fields, dense rhododendron forest and scenic mountain flight in and out of Phaplu, less crowded area in the Everest region.
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Itinerary in detail
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrival in Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and you will be met at the airport by our representative who will be waiting with a Swiss Family Treks sign outside the terminal and transfer to Hotel by private car. Welcome drink and after you settle into the hotel there will be a group briefing with your tour leader. He will discuss the trek details and co-ordinate any last minute arrangements. Stay overnight at Hotel.
Day 2: Fly from Kathmandu to Phaplu 2470m,
Early in the morning, pick up in your Hotel and transfer to domestic airport, flight from Kathmandu to Phaplu. Then, we will visit the surrounding hills and villages near the Phaplu airport. Stay overnight in Lodge.
Day 3: Trek from Phaplu to Ringmo 2700m/5 hours,
In the morning after breakfast, we prepare our luggage and start our trek from our Lodge; our trail goes passing the terraced fields and small villages, along the Dudh Kund Stream. Then, we gradually 3 hours climb up through the dense forests. We will have our lunch on the way and after lunch, we ascend 2 hours trail until reaching Ringmo Village, a small Sherpa Village dotted with apple, peach and apricot orchards. We have short glimpse of Numbur Chuli and other snow-capped mountains. Stay overnight in Lodge.
Day 4: Hike to Traksindo-La 3070m and surrounding hill,
In the morning after breakfast, we climb uphill to Traksindo-La, above the Ringmo, the trail climbs steeply through pine and rhododendron forest to a long mani wall in the hamlet of Pangma, where a signposted side trail branches north towards Dudh Kund (Milk Lake), a remote lake set at 4500m beneath the mountain wall of Numbur. Above the turn off, the trail climbs to a striking beehive stupa surrounding by mani walls, and on to a broad flat pass marked by a white chhorten and several wooden tea-houses at Traksindo-La. From this view point, we can see Mt. Numbur Chuli, the holy mountain of Solu Region and other snowy mountains. A few minutes beyond the pass, on the eastern side, the trail passes the isolated Traksindo Gompa, one of the largest and most impressive monasteries in the Solu Region. Set in a complex of monks’ cells, the monastery features fine murals and provides a home for 17 novices. Although parts of the monastery seem ancient, the gompa was actually founded in 1946 by a monk from Tengboche. We visit this ancient Gonpa and have a lunch there. After lunch, we back to same way through the pine and rhododendron forests until reaching Ringmo Village. Stay overnight in Lodge.
Day 5: Trek from Ringmo to Junbesi 2675m/6 hours,
In the morning after breakfast, we climb down through the meadow for 20 minutes and cross over the suspension bridge. Then, the trail slowly ascends through the pine forest, heading to Salaung, which has a handful homely teahouse. From the village, there are sweeping views south towards Sallery and the Phaplu airstrip. Again, we continue our trail ascends through meadows and copses of pines until reaching ridge-top village of Phurteng. Compensation comes in the form of your first glimpse of Mt. Everest, tucked between the snowy crown of Thamserku, Kangtega, Kusumkangaru and Mera Peak. We will have a lunch there with viewing stunning mountains. After lunch, we make a steep, draining climb down into the trees, looping in and out of the side valleys that are used for grazing by herders from Junbesi. Finally, we reach in Junbesi Village after cross the wooden bridge. This sprawling village of large white houses with carved Tibetan-Style windows and overhanging eaves is set among scattered orchards above the Junbesi Khola. The lodges here make an excellent base for short treks to Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries in the surrounding valleys. Stay overnight in Lodge.
Day 6: Exploring the Junbesi Village and Buddhist Monastery,
In the morning, after breakfast, we visit the surrounding hills and some Buddhist Monasteries. With its attractive lodges and bazzar atmosphere, Junbesi is a good place to take a rest day and there are some of interesting side walks to Buddhist Monasteries in the surrounding valleys. The valley of Junbesi Khola runs north towards Thubten Chholing Monastery, a huge Tibetan Buddhist Monastery founded by the revered Lama Trulsik Rinpoche, who fled to Nepal from Rongbuk Gompa in Tibet with a large group of Anis (Nuns) and monks in the 1960s. Since then, many more refugees have fled to Thubten Chholing en route to join the Dalai Lama at Dharamsala in India. The small monastic cells dotted around the hillside are reserved for private meditation by resident monks and nuns. The trail to Thupten chholing starts in front of the Junbesi Gompa and follows the west bank of the Junbesi Khola upstream past a Chhorten. Cross to the east bank by the power house at Mopung, and then climb the ridge to the Gompa. After visit the Monastery, we same way back to our Lodge. Stay overnight in Lodge.
Day 7: Trek from Junbesi to Phaplu 2470m/5 hours,
Today is our last trek day, we start our trek after breakfast, and our trail leads down hills to reach Phaplu. We walk along the Junbesi Khola to join our main trail where the trail heads to Ringmo Village. We will have our lunch on the way, and then we continue our trail until reaching Phaplu. Stay overnight in Lodge.
Day 8: Fly from Phaplu to Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
Early in the morning after breakfast, we fly back to Kathmandu which takes 40 minutes and our car come to pick up us and transfer to Hotel.
Day 9: Final Departure from Kathmandu
Your trip will come to an end today after breakfast. Your leader will be on hand to advise and assist with your onward travel arrangements and transfer to Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport by our private van around 3 hours before your flight schedule and flight back to your home/other travel destination.
Note: Depending on the ages of children, they get discount in trek cost and domestic flight ticket cost accordingly. Also Horse renting in Everest Region is USD 85 per day per horse including horse man, his food, accommodation, salary and insurance.
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Our Lower Solu Khumbu Trek Cost includes;
* Airport/Hotel/Airport pick up and transfer by private car/van.
* 2 nights accommodation in twin bed sharing basis with breakfast at 3*** hotel in Kathmandu.
* Domestic flight ticket from KTM-Phaplu-KTM and airport tax.
* Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee and hot/cold filter water during the trek.
* Lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek.
* 1 experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 peoples), their food & accommodation,salary, equipments & insurance.
* All transportation by private vehicle.
* Sagarmatha National Park Permit.
* All necessary permits.
* Office Service charge
* All Government Tax.
Our Lower Solu Khumbu Trek Cost doesn't include;
* Any meals in Kathmandu other than breakfast.
* Travel insurance (if you want us to arrange your travel insurance, we would greatly be happy to assist).
* International air fare to and from Nepal.
* Nepal Tourist Visa fee.
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, internet.
* Personal Trekking Equipments like sleeping bags, jackets (can all be hired in KTM)
* Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
* Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, domestic flight delay, political disturbance, and strikes etc.
* Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
* Horse renting and additional porters due to natural calamities during the trek.
* Tips for guide, porters, driver...
Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory.
Customize Your Lower Solu Khumbu Trek: This is a general itinerary, which can always individually be “tailormade”. The trek package can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste, For more information please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE: In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Swiss Family Treks & Expedition GmbH. The charges must be paid by the clients themselves.