Everest Sherpa Cultural trek

Hike to the Sherpa land, experience Sherpa culture, encounter the shaggy-coated Yaks and enjoy the Everest view with Sherpa hospitality

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12 Days Kathmandu to Kathmandu

  • Max. Altitude: 3880 meters
  • Group Size: Min. 1 / Max. 12
  • Best Time: Feb to Jun, Sep to Dec
  • Daily walking Hour: Approx. 4-6
  • Accommodation: Local Lodge

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Moderate

Moderate trekking involves 5 – 6 hours a day walking at a steady pace below 4000 meters for around 10 days trekking trip.

Everest Sherpa cultural trek is a perfect blend of rich Sherpa culture along with a mesmerizing view of the Himalayas. The trail provides a fantastic feel of the ancient Sherpa town and their remarkably unique hospitality makes you feel like home. The trail takes us up to the Sherpa land, which is the home of the indigenous Sherpas and the most famous place to visit in the Khumbu region. The world famous mountaineers who have successfully climbed several peaks and are widely known for their strong climbing feet and courageous hearts come from the land of Sherpas.

Along the way, as trekkers pass through the legendary Tengboche monastery, the center of Sherpa Buddhist culture, they are left enchanted by the incredible craftwork, sacred stones, mani walls and vibrant prayer flags blowing in the wind. The trekkers follow the classic trail to Namche Bazaar, the busiest area in the region. Namche is the junction where Himalayan traders and yak herders meet. The greatest reward you can get in this trek is the breathtaking view of Mt. Everest (8848 m), the highest mountain in the world. Our Everest Sherpa cultural trek begins from Lukla airport (2860 m). Our path crosses the Dudh Koshi River and ascends down the narrow gorges from there. On the way, we realize how tiny we are amongst these giant mountains that surround us from all sides.

Colorful prayer flags blowing in the chilly breeze, the path filled with sacred stones and boulders marked with Buddhist prayer inscriptions, commonly known as the mani walls, fills our journey with a magical touch. Trekkers frequently encounter yak caravans and the wobbling bridges that give them a mini heart attack. Even though we do not get to see the legendary Himalayan Yeti, but we sure get to see Barking Deer, Musk Deer and the Himalayan Tahr grazing on the steep slopes. Trekkers cannot resist the urge to take pictures with the shaggy-coated Yaks that pass our way. The highlight of the trip includes the famous short period hike to Everest View Hotel. This is an amazing hiking to acclimatize yourself and the views from Everest view hotel is stunning. You sure do not want to miss it!

Namche Bazzar is a delightful settlement set in a horseshoe-shaped mountain amphitheater. Trekkers who wish to take back cool souvenirs with them get a chance to buy goodies as Namche Bazaar sets up a Saturday market where merchandise of daily use, mountaineering souvenirs, meat, yak trail, and butter are traded. The trekkers get a pleasant feel as they pass through the Tengboche Monastery situated at an altitude of 3880 m. The place is surrounded by firs and rhododendrons and the view is magnificent as you get a close-up view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse (7861 m), Mt. Lhotse (8516 m), Mt. Ama Dablam (6812 m), Mt. Kwangde (6187 m) and Mt. Thamserku (6623 m). A day at Khumjung village will fill us with tales of the legendary Yeti and a view of Yeti's scalp at the local monastery.

Everest Sherpa Cultural trek will truly and beautifully spark your wanderlust!

Everest Sherpa Cultural Trek short Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m).
Day 02: A 35 min flight from KTM to Lukla (2880m) Trek to Phakding (2640m), 4 hrs trek.
Day 03: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3445m), 6 hrs trek. 
Day 04: Rest day in and around Namche Bazaar.
Day 05: Trek from Namche Bazaar (3445m.) to Thame (3800m), 4 to 5 hrs trek.
Day 06: Trek from Thame to Khumjung (3790m), 5 hrs trek.
Day 07: Trek from Khumjung to Tengboche (3867m), 5 to 6 hrs trek.
Day 08: Trek from Tengboche to Namche Bazaar (3440m), 4 to 5 hrs trek.
Day 09: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Phakding, 4 hrs trek. 
Day 10: Trek from Phakding to Lukla, 3 to 4 hrs trek.
Day 11: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu (1350m).
Day 12: Final Departure.

Trip cost: Please write us and let us know how many of you are there in your group to do this trek then we will provide you all the necessary information with the cost details as per your group size.

Note: If above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as Tibet tours, Bhutan tours, and Jungle safari in Nepal.

Everest Sherpa Cultural trek - itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350 m).
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, one of our guides will greet you and transfer you to the hotel. Rest and relax for the afternoon. In the evening, join a welcome dinner with one of our team leaders at a typical Nepali restaurant. Enjoy the meal having a nice conversation and a short briefing about your Everest Sherpa Cultural trek that begins the next day. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: A 35 min flight from KTM to Lukla (2880m) | Trek to Phakding (2640 m) | 4 hrs trek.
Our early flight to Lukla today will take approximately 35 minutes. Upon arrival in Lukla, descending 200 m, we will trek to Phakding which takes us over 4 hours. We will then catch a glimpse of some glistening mountains such as Nupla (5885m) which appears above the Kongde Ridge, Kusum Kang (6367 m) which appears on the right after a few steps. We will be following the northern (left) bank of the Dudh Kosi River all along.  It is important to take these first few days slowly to let your body adapt and acclimatize to the weather, also gently and peacefully enjoying the passing scenery and culture. Overnight at a mountain lodge.

Day 03: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3445 m) | 6 hrs trek. 
Today begins on a level ground relative to the environment in which we are. We will cross the river on a high suspension bridge and begin our climb up to Monjo (2800 m) and onto the gateway towards the Sagarmatha National Park Entrance, which takes in charge to protect and preserve this sacred environment. We stop on our way up to where we will see plenty of people gathered around to admire the first real chance to see the Mt. Everest in a far distance. On our way up, we will be rewarded with views of Mt. Kusum Kangaru, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Kwangde and Mt. Tawache peak as we eventually arrive at Namche after about 5 hours of trek. Overnight at hotel or guest house. 

Day 04: Rest day in and around Namche Bazaar.
The main aim today is to allow your body to simply adapt, adapt to the surrounding, the weather and the tiredness of the trek. It is important to drink lots of water and take some gentle exercise. Namche is a growing town tucked into a neat little valley. The town seems to be busy and crowded as there is a lot going on in the center with market days on Friday and Saturday.  There are some interesting museums and shops as well. Namche has all the other facility such as an internet connection and a sauna if you wish to relax. We can venture further through a field, take a visit to Khumjung where the Hillary school sits and Khunde which is just nearby. On the way back to Namche, we can visit the Shangboche (3790m) airstrip, the highest in the world. Just a few steps further are the Everest View Hotel which offers stunning views of the mountains.

Day 05: Trek from Namche Bazaar (3445 m) to Thame (3800 m) | 4 to 5 hrs trek.
Trek from Namche Bazaar to Thame (3800 m) takes about four and a half hours to reach. We ascend from Namche, as the route turns west and the trail heads up to the Bhote Koshi Valley which was once a popular trading route into Tibet. Along the way we pass many prayer flags, mani walls and carved stones, all indicative of the Tibetan Buddhist culture of this area. After descending to the Bhote Koshi, the trail climbs steeply to Thame. From here, the views of the peaks of Teng Kangpoche, Kwangde and Nangpa La, which is to our north is amazing. Nangpa La is the pass that leads to Tibet. Thame Gompa is situated above the village and is a site for the spring celebrations of the Mani Rimdu festival. There is a monastery in Thame that we can visit that is believed to have incarnated monks in it. Overnight at a mountain lodge.

Day 06: Trek from Thame to Khumjung (3790m) | 5 hrs trek.
We walk from Thame to Khumjung which takes approximately about five hours. We retrace our route down the Bhote Kosi Valley towards Namche and branch off to follow a quiet trail to Khumjung. It is a picturesque village, which also has its own Gompa at the top end of the town. Here we can have excellent views of Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Kantega, Mt. Tawache and Mt. Ama Dablam. Overnight at a mountain lodge. 

Day 07: Trek from Khumjung to Tengboche (3867m) | 5 to 6 hrs trek.
We now trek from Khumjung to Tengboche which takes about five to six hours. The trail descends gently to Sanasa (3550 m). The trek from here onwards starts to reveal its true beauty as we have a really good view of the great peaks in the  Khumbu region which includes Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Thamserku and Mt. Kusum Kangaru. Passing by several villages and numerous tea shops, the trail descends steeply to a bridge over the river Dudh Koshi at Phunki Tenga (3250 m).The village has an excellent place for lunch and we can take a short rest before making the steep climb to Tengboche. Tengboche is famous for its legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu region. Although is gets exhausting due to the zigzag trails, the trek has numerous attractions like rhododendron bushes, beautiful birds, chirping and superb mountain scenery making our trek exciting. Overnight at a mountain lodge. 

Day 08: Trek from Tengboche to Namche Bazaar (3440 m) | 4 to 5 hrs trek.
Today's trek will mostly include downhill walking which will take us about 4 to 5 hours. There is a steep climb for about an hour before we encounter the scenic walk back into Namche. From Khumjung we can pass through Khunde where we can explore a little monastery if you haven't already. Overnight at a mountain lodge. 

Day 09: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Phakding | 4 hrs trek. 
We walk for about four hours today as we descend steeply for the first half till we reach Phakding where we will spend the night. Overnight at guest house. 

Day 10: Trek from Phakding to Lukla | 3 to 4 hrs trek.
This is our final day trekking. It will take us around 3 to 4 hours back to Lukla.  This evening we will have a farewell ceremony with our guides and porters where you will be able to taste some Chyang and try some Sherpa dancing. Overnight at guest house. 

Day 11: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu (1350 m).
We will get on an early flight back to Kathmandu this morning. Transfer to hotel and rest for the day. In the evening join a farewell dinner with live culture show to celebrate the accomplishment of successfully completing the Everest Sherpa Cultural Trek. Overnight at hotel.

Day 12: Final Departure.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the international airport for your flight back home. We wish you have a safe and sound flight. We wish to see you again in the future.

Note: The above information is just a guide and standard pattern of what we provide. The trip can be tailored at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. On adventure trips of this type, weather, transport or a multitude of other factors are beyond our control and can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are needed the person in charge will make a decision what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. If a change does arise, we do everything we can to reduce its effect, but we cannot be liable for the results of changes or delays.

Service Includes

  • The entire airport picks up and drops
  • Standard hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Necessary flights from Kathmandu to Lukla return trips.
  • Everest National park fee with trekking permit
  • Tims card (trekking information management system card)
  • All meals (B/L/D) during the trekking period
  • Accommodation (Teahouse) during the trekking period
  • English speaking guide and highly experienced staffs
  • Staffs food, clothing, salary and their insurance
  • All necessary grounded transportation
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • Welcome and fare well dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Our service charges with VAT and Local / Government Taxes

Service Excludes

  • Sightseeing or any extra activities except the above program
  • Personal nature expenses
  • Bar bill and all kind of drinks
  • Rescue & Evacuation
  • Gratitude (tip) for staff

Trek FAQ

Some essential questions and answers for Everest Sherpa cultural trek:

How can I book Everest Sherpa cultural trek?
Once you confirmed trip, we need photo copy of your passport and 20% down payment of the total price for advance flight tickets and hotel booking and permit process.

How can I enter in Nepal?
Nepal is a popular tourist destination in south Asia. Several airlines have direct and none-stop flights from Middle East and Asia to Kathmandu, Capital of Nepal.
There are direct flights from London, Paris, Frankfurt, Doha, Osaka, Shanghi, Mascow, Bangkok, Singapore, Hongkong, Karachi, Bombay, Delhi, Calcutta, Paro, Dhaka, Lhasa, and Varanasi.

Can I do Everest Sherpa cultural trek?
This trek is suitable for any walker looking for something a little more cozy and comfortable with stunning views of Mt. Everest region. It does not require that you have any previous trekking or mountaineering experience. Although, daily jugging or walking exercise is useful and you need to be in good physical condition and able to walk for 5-6 hours daily.

When should I come for Everest Sherpa Cultural trek?
Jan, Feb, March, April, May, June and September, October, and November December are the best seasons. However, July, August are also okay and trekking can be done.

Do I need to stay in Katmandu?
Kathmandu valley, one of the historical cities as well as the capital of Nepal, at least, you need to spend two nights in Kathmandu before and after your trip. In our program we are providing you the standard accommodation in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast basis.

Can I join with group?
Yes, you can join with group, we guarantees a series of fixed group departures dates for Everest Sherpa Cultural trek. We can arrange small group trekking trip to suit your requirements. Please contact us for group departure dates.

Do I need to join with group?
It is not necessary that you need to follow our fixed group departures dates, because private trip departs every day upon your request which are best suited to couples, families and small groups of friends. We are happy to organize your holiday according by your selecting starting date.

Do you also offer Tailor-made Departures?
Yes, we do offer Tailor-made Departures, if our holiday packages are not perfect or the group departure dates are not convenient as per your travel plan.

What kind of equipment do I need to bring with me?
Everest Sherpa Cultural trek is an exciting and adventure trip. We trek up to 3880m walking through villages, green hills, and white snow path so you need to have right equipments with you. Click here to have more info  

What kind of meals I can have during the trip?
All Meals on full board basis will be provided during trekking. Freshly cooked food is served at all times (western, continental and Nepali meals are available in all places). Three meals a day will be provided.

Do I have pre-departure meeting?
Yes, at first, our staff will receive you at the airport and transfer to the hotel and our tour leader will brief regarding about the trip. The briefing will cover the itinerary and introduced your trek Leader.

Can I charge camera batteries along the trek?
Yes, Most of the places, you can charge batteries along the trek (per hour USD 2-3 for charging).

Is someone going to meet me at the airport? Are transfers included?
Definitely, our Airport Representative will come to the airport to pick you up. We will be displaying a play card of company with your name on it. Airport transfer is included.

Travel Insurances

Travelling is an investment and we believe that an insurance makes your investment secure. It is a condition of joining any of our adventure trips that be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medial issues or accidents (to include helicopter rescue, air ambulance, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we do not arrange or sell insurance.

A relaxed trip is not possible without good travel insurance. In the event of any sickness or injury, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation is shocking. Therefore, travel insurance is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up with us. We strongly recommend that you be careful while choosing a policy as some makes special exceptions for adventure travel. Before buying your insurance make sure your insurer is aware of our adventure itinerary that you are going to undertake and is agreeable to cover all activities being undertaken in the trip. Such as if you are planning trekking or climbing/expedition in Himalayas your insurance must cover emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue including medical expenses. For a group tours in urban areas, your insurance coverage of ambulance or helicopter rescue is not mandatory, however better to have with them too. Again, in Tibet trips there is no possibility of helicopter rescue, so no need to buy the air ambulance coverage in Tibet trips. Also, check your insurance policy firmly to even include trip cancellation, as all deposits paid are non-refundable.

Please kindly provide us your copy of insurance policy (e.g. your insurance certificate) or carry it with you while you come on the trip.


Acclimatization

Alpine Eco Trek is professionals at operating at high-altitude. Each trip we run has a realistic acclimatization programme. Our entire adventure trips are designed to allow gradual height gain, spread over a number of days. High altitude is not predictable sickness, so there is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude but, for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent to height will produce minimal effects. We can provide 'Gamow Bag' as a precautionary measure as per your request on renting basis. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. All trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude sickness, and our leaders, guides and staffs are well trained to administer them and to know the symptoms.

Check out "Altitude illness" by Dr Jim Duff

http://www.treksafe.com.au/medical/altitude_illness.htm


Food during the trip

Food on full board basis will be provided during the spent on trekking. Three meals (Sherpa, Nepalese and Tibetan, Continental, Italian and Indian dishes) a day will be served from the guesthouse/lodge menus. Every day dinner and breakfast are used to take in the same guesthouse/lodge we spend the night. Lunch will be taken on the way to destination. Reception, farewell dinner with culture show will be provided during your stay in Kathmandu.


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Further Information
Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you have any questions regarding trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book a trip, you can send us an email or contact us directly by phone: 0977 98510 36844 (Ram Kumar Adhikari).

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