The treks have plenty of room for spending time in Sherpa villages and also much time for enjoying the natural beauty of the place and its flora and fauna. There are two trekking seasons in Nepal to starts Sherpa Culture trek – pre winter season lasts from September to December while the spring season lasts from March to May.
Inspiring stories of the Sherpa people of Nepal are perhaps the only ones that rival the stories of wartime gallantry of the brace Gurkhas. Popular as the hardy mountain people of Nepal’s Himalaya region, their culture borrows heavily from the northern Tibetans whom they descended from. As a result of this, their cultures and traditions are very unique. They are a very close knit community and so their culture has remained unchanged and undiluted from centuries. The Sherpa Culture Trek is a 14 day journey into the heart of this community and their lifestyles that gives guests a chance to get as close as one can get to the Sherpas.
Along with treks with great views of the Himalayas scene from the Khumbu region, the area is also rich in numerous Buddhist monasteries – each a treasure trove of religious artifacts, architecture and unique customs. The treks have plenty of room for spending time in Sherpa villages and also much time for enjoying the natural beauty of the place and its flora and fauna. There are two trekking seasons in Nepal – pre winter season lasts from September to December while the spring season lasts from March to May.
On arrival at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport, a representative from Arihant Holidays will receive you and escort you to the hotel. After checking in, a trekking guide will visit you and help you carry out any final preparations for the trek. For the same evening, Arihant has planned a dinner reception to welcome you formally to Nepal and to wish you a great trek into the Himalaya. The dinner will be at a traditional Nepali restaurant with a Nepalese cultural program to entertain you
Choose to spend your first morning sightseeing in Kathmandu. With a staggering seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Valley, take your pack and enjoy the architecture and the stories behind each of these. Besides the heritage sites, Kathmandu Valley also has an amazing 2200 monuments, all centuries old and commonly found in the city. Besides sightseeing, If you have any shopping to do for your trek, visit Thamel – Kathmandu’s tourist hub – for great deals on everything from trekking gear to apparel.
The early morning flight to Lukla is a great way to start the trek. Lukla is a very adventurous ariport and is one of the highest in the wolrd too. Although rocky )the flight passes through a passage between lush hills), the flight is also rewarding with great views of Nepal’s Himalayas that you will get a better view of as you start the trek. After landing at Tenzing Hillary airport, named after the two gentelmen who climbed Everest first, we meet up with the rest of the trek team. The trek officially starts today as we make our way through Lukla village, crossing suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi River to reach Phakding. Dudh means milk in Nepali, refering to the foamy white waters of the river. Overnight stay is at Phakding.
We leave Phakding early in the morning and trek through sweet smelling alpine forests – a great distraction that keeps trekkers feeling fresh and light – alongside Dudh Koshi, the same river as yesterday. The view includes your first glimpse of Thamserku (6,608m) to the east of Namche Bazaar. The trail passes the Sagarmatha National Park, an amazing natural reserve that boasts of much of Nepal’s herbal plans and also unique fauna. The trail passes through suspension bridges to then reach Namche Bazaar – popularly known as the gateway to Mount Everest. Overnight stay is at Namche Bazaar.
We take a breath from trekking today to get used to the thinning air of the Himalayas. Today is a day reserved for acclimatization but that does not mean we stay idle. Outdoor health specialists suggest staying active and so we either explore the various sights in Namche Bazaar itself or do a bit of easy hiking to neighboring villages such as Khunde or Thame. As a trading center, the bazaar area is full of modern amenities that you can avail of such as ATMs, cyber cafes, restaurants and even trekking gear shops for last minute shopping. The museum – full of Everest-related items and samples of local flora and fauna is a must-see too. Overnight stay is at Namche Bazaar.
From Namche, we trek to the western ends of the Khumbu area, on a trail that is easier and almost level, winding up the Bhote Kosi Valley and then down again. The path then gets more challenging as it climbs steeply up to Thame from where the views are excellent. Some of the peaks visible from here are Teng Kangpoche and Kwangde. The pass that leads into Tibet, the Nangpa La, is to the north. A must-visit site in Thame is the Thame Gompa or monastery which overlooks the valley and is above the village. This is the site for the famous Mani Rimdu festival, which takes place once in every 12 years. The festival holds much significance and people are known to leave all else to partake in the festival’s rituals which pass on from one house to another in the village each time.
Down the Bhote Kosi Valley, we now trek towards Namche but at the fork, branch off onto a quieter trail toward Khumjung. The village is scenic and charming with a monastery at the very end and there are some exquisite views to enjoy of snow capped peaks such as Thamserku, Kantega and Ama Dablam.
Climbing down the trails we reach Phortse, a village which has magically remained unaffected by the tourism in the area. This means the traditions of the Sherpas are guarded here. It is a good place to observe Sherpa culture and lifestyle.
The next morning, from the charming Phortse, we pass through gurgling streams and paddy fields and descend to Pangboche. The must-see site in Pangboche is its monastery – something that has remained unspoilt over the centuries and is home to many ancient artifacts. Believed to be founded 1667, take note that is it the oldest Sherpa gompa in the Khumbu region.
Enroute to Tengboche, notice the national flowers of Nepali in bloom if it’s the spring season you are trekking in. The rhododendron flowers can take up entire hillsides, bathing the otherwise plain landscapes into a lovely red and pink. Local birds are another highlight for the birdwatchers. The highlight at Tengboche too is a famous monastery, Khumbu’s largest. Views from here are of Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam.
From Tengboche, we climb down to Dudh Kosi at Phunki Tenga by crossing a bridge. Notice the ingenious water-driven prayer wheels that are said to get prayers written on the wheels into the wind. Our destination and stop for the night is Namche Bazaar.
Today marks the final day of our trek and we are back on the sides of the Dudh Kosi River as on our first day as we head back to Lukla. We enjoy a small dinner with the local Sherpas, including out own porters teams and get a taste of their locally brewed liquor – the sweet, rice-based Chhyang. We end the evening with some dancing befre retiring for the night.
After getting some souvenir shopping out of the way, we are on our to Kathmandu from Lukla on the same adventurous fight we arrived on. The choice once in Kathmandu is to either get some rest at the hotel, do some shopping or maybe some more sightseeing. Nightlife is pretty good in Kathmandu – its not a bad idea to enjoy some down time and relax with a drink as you look back on two weeks in the Himalayas!
The last day in Nepal, we bid you farewell as we drive you to the airport, approximately three hours before the flight.
- All airport/hotel transfers
- 3 nights in 3-star hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Marshyangdi or similar standard) with breakfast
- 10 nights in standard lodges/teahouses in mountain
- Welcome and farewell dinner
- All required transfers and sightseeing as per itinerary in private vehicle
- An experienced English speaking guide for sightseeing in Kathmandu
- All accommodation and meals during the trek
- Domestic flights and airport departure taxes
- An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
- Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
- All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS )
- A comprehensive medical kit
- All government and local taxes
- Nepal Visa fee (bring exact USD cash and two passport photographs)
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Excess baggage charges
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu(and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
- Tips for guides and porters
- US$ 1,670 per person in the group of minimum 2-5 pax.
- US$ 1,500 per person in the group of minimum 6-10 pax.
- US$ 1,475 per person in the group of minimum 11-15 pax.
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