Sagarmatha, trek in the Sherpa Country
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrival in Kathmandu (1360m): Welcome to the capital of Nepal. You will be greeted by our local team and transferred to our hotel in Kathmandu. Depending on your arrival time, you can enjoy a walking tour of the bustling city of gods.
Meals not included
Day 2 Route Katmandou - Patale (2850 m)
Early morning departure eastwards towards Solukhumbu, at the edge of the Everest Massif. Beautiful views of the Himalayas greet us as we journey through Bhaktapur and Dhulikhel and travel along the Sunkoshi River. In Hilepani, we join the mountain roads to Patale, the starting point of our trek through the unpublished Sherpa country. Beautiful panoramic views of the Numbur Himal (6959 m) and Everest (8848 m) await.
Day 3 Patale – Sisa Khola (2200 m) - Chyangba ( 2500 m)
Sunrise on Everest is a joy to observe. After breakfast, we begin our first day of walking. We cross the picturesque village of Patale and meet local men and women getting ready to go work in the fields. The children, happy to see travellers, welcome us with big smiles and a warm 'Namaste'. From the first moments of our trek, we dive into Nepalese rural life. We descend from Patale to Kerung where we stop to visit the local monastery. We continue down to Sisa Khola river in a beautiful bucolic rural landscape and then climb up to Chyangba, a pretty little sherpa village at 2500 m altitude. We spend the night here with the family of one of our guides.
Hiking: 5 hours
Day 4 Chyangba – Bhulbhule ( 3350 m)
Our trail today climbs gradually up past terraced fields of crops and through rhododendron forests to Jhapre Monastery. From here we have magnificent views of Numbur Himal and the Everest Massif. If possible, we will visit this pretty monastery. Then, after a good break, we continue our walk to Bhulbhule.
Hiking: 5 to 6 hours
Day 5 Bhulbhule – Pike Peak Base Camp (3700 m)
Get ready for a beautiful day of hiking. We follow a scenic ridge trail and gradually climb up, through pastures, to Pike Peak Base Camp. We pass numerous mani stone walls reminding us that we are in the heart of Buddhist lands. Gradually views of the mountains emerge. The towering flanks of the tallest mountain on earth always in sight. Our path climbs steeply up to the refuge where unobstructed views of the western Himalayas: Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu greet us... Pike Peak Lodge has a cheese factory where famous 'yak cheese' is made. If possible, we visit the cheese factory and taste this unique delicious cheese. Sunset over the western Himalayas from Pike Peak Base Camp is truly lovely to observe.
Hiking: 4 hours
Day 6 Base Camp – Pike Peak (4065 m) – Lamjura La (3750 m) - Lamjura (3530 m)
We leave at dawn for the summit of Pike Peak (4065 m). Our route features around one hour of gradual climbing with lovely views of Himal Numbur and the Langtang Massif. At the top, our efforts are rewarded by spectacular 360 ° panoramic views of the mythical Himalayan Mountains at sunrise. The arid mountains around us are illuminated by the warm glow of the morning sun... Once we have sufficiently contemplated our surroundings we begin our steady descent along a ridge trail with continual views of the highest summits in the world. Our path becomes steeper as we enter the rhododendron forest which leads us to Jasmane Bhanjyang (3500 m). We pause for a tea break here before continuing to Lamjura via the Lamjura Pass at 3750m. In Lamjura, we find the 'Hillary Way' path which Sir Edmond Hilary and Sherpa Tenzing took to reach Everest base camp.
Hiking: 4 hours
Day 7 Lamjura - Selo Gumba - Junbesi (2700 m)
We continue our descent to Junbesi. En route, we cross the villages of Taktur and Saling where we discover the daily life of local inhabitants. We stop to visit the charming Selo Monastery then continue our descent to Junbesi. This village, nestled in the foothills, is known as 'Zhung-Gompa' by the Sherpas.
Hiking: 5 hours
Day 8 Thubten Choling Monastery (2950 m) - Junbesi
A peaceful rest day exploring the beautiful region of Junbesi. After breakfast, we walk to Thupten Choling and visit its imposing monastic complex, one of the most important in the Sherpa world of Solukhumbu. Thubten Choling is also a monastic school where more than a hundred Tibetan monks and nuns live and study. If possible, we participate in a prayer ceremony. We can take time to talk with the monks and nuns, a unique opportunity to better understand the way of life enjoyed here. The monastery harbours beautiful views of the Junbesi Valley.
Hiking: 3 hours
Day 9 Junbesi - Ringmu (2750 m)
Today we follow a stunning balcony trail with panoramic views of Everest and Thamserku. We cross Junbesi Khola river then climb progressively up to Phurten (3000 m) which has lovely views of the Everest massif. From here we head downhill towards Ringmu. We cross the Dudh Kund Khola river which stems from glaciers of Numbur Himal. A short climb takes us the Sherpa Village, Ringmu, perched on the other side of the valley to Dudh Kund.
Hiking: 4 to 5 hours
Day 10 Ringmu - Takshindu Danda (3060 m) - Chiwang Monastery - Chiwang (2600 m)
This morning we climb to Takshindu Danda - fabulous views of Kongde and Numbur Himal await. Then, we walk to the monastery of Chiwang which sits perched on the mountainside. Founded in 1923, it is one of the three monasteries which hosts the most important sherpa religious festival, the Mani Rimdu festival. This religious celebration includes several ceremonies and periods of meditation. Night in Chiwang.
Hiking: 5 to 6 hours
Day 11 Chiwang - Ratanagi Danda (3300 m) - Phaplu (2470 m)
Todays' trail through dense rhododendron forest climbs up to Ratanagi Danda where a last view of the Everest Massif awaits. After a good contemplative pause, we descend to Phaplu where we finish our trek in Sherpa country. Last night with our trekking team.
Hiking: 5 to 6 hours
Day 12 Flight: Phaplu - Katmandou
It is a pleasant scenic flight to Kathmandu. Hotel transfer included. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure exploring the Kathmandu valley.
Flight: 30 mins
Meals not included
Day 13 End of stay
Morning at leisure; airport transfers included.
Dates & prices
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Trip code: NEPSHERPA-EN
- All transfers by private vehicle as detailed in itinerary
- 3 * hotel or B&B accommodation in Kathmandu (Hotel Tibet, Manaslu or similar)
- Domestic flights: Phaplu - Kathmandu
- Trek includes full board and lodging
- Full accompaniment by an English speaking Altaï Guide
- Visits as per itinerary: with a cultural guide in a private vehicle
- Luggage transfers: up to 12kg maximum per person during the trek
- Trekking support team: Assistants and porters
- Trekking permits: Sagarmatha National Park and TIMS
- Staff Insurance
- All taxes
- Entrance fees to historical sites & monuments
- Meals in Kathmandu & Kathmandu Valley
- Nepalese visa: US $ 25
- International flights
- Insurance: Repatriation, Medical & Helicopter Services
- Drinks, tips and personal expenses - all that is not in "THE PRICE INCLUDES"
Terms and conditions
- Cancellation received more than 30 days prior to the departure date: No cancellation fees.
- Cancellation received 30 to 21 days before the departure date: 30% of trip price will be retained.
- Cancellation received within 20 days of the departure date: 70% of trip price will be retained.
Changes to travel contract
Budget & exchange
- Warm Sleeping Bag
- Water purifiers (micropur, aguatabs ...)
- A cap or sunhat
- 1 or 2 sets of thermals: long-sleeved thermal tops and full-length long johns
- Long sleeved and short sleeved t-shirts, preferably in quick-drying technical material
- A light fleece or equivilent (plus extra warm layers if necessary)
- A breathable wind proof, waterproof jacket (Gore-Tex...)
- Lightweight waterproof over trousers
- Suitable shorts
- Walking trousers
- A pair of high-rise walking boots - strength, good grip of the foot and ankle (high stems) and impermeability are essential. Choose shoes with non-slip soles (vibram).
- A pair of trainers/sandels or equivilent casual shoes for cities, villages and evenings
- Thick walking socks
- Warm gloves, hat and scarf (it can be chilly in the mountains)
- Your personal toiletries and a fast drying towel
- Water bottle(s). Min. 2 litres, light and isothermal
- A good pair of sunglasses (think min. category 3)
- Sun-cream, face and lips
- Head torch and spare batteries
- A pocket knife
- A pair of hiking poles
- A waterproof bag cover (or plastic bags) to protect your belongings
- Toilet paper
- Anti-bacterial hand gel
- Your camera
- Notebook or travel diary
- No cotton
- Always carry dry spares of everything, including underwear and gloves
- A warm breathable base layer
- A second thermal layer
- Wind and water proof protective outer layers
- A rucksack (35-40L or 45-50L) for use as a day bag. This will contain your (vital) personal belongings for the day (sweater, spare t-shirt, water bottle, picnic-lunch, sunglasses, small things ... )
- We use porters to transport our other belongings when trekking. Please bring a flexible travel bag with zips for easy access max 80L and max 13kg (16kg with camping gear). Please do not bring suitcases or other hard bags which the porters cannot transport.
- You may also be able to store some belongings securely at the hotel in Kathmandu.