Everest Sherpa Cultural trek - Sherpa lifestyle

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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 at 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 at 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 the Everest View Hotel. This is amazing hiking to acclimatize yourself and the views from the Everest view hotel are 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 to see the Sherpa lifestyle in Everest will truly and beautifully spark your wanderlust. 


  • Walkthrough the Sagarmatha National Park and Sherpa villages enjoying the magnificent views of high mountains including Mount Everest (8848m), the highest peak in the world
  • Enjoy the unique culture and tradition of Sherpa people and colorful markets and monumental landscapes
  • Rewarded with the great mountain views as well as wildlife including musk deer, Mountain goats also known as Himalayan Thar and snow leopard with an opportunity to watch the different species of  birds
  • Hike to Tengboche, the famous place for its legendary monastery and breathtaking view of Mount Ama Dablam.

Outline Itinerary

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Day 1:Arrival in Kathmandu (1.350m):

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, one of our guides will greet you and transfer to hotel. Rest of the time will be on your own. 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 short brief about your great Everest Sherpa Cultural trek. Overnight at hotel. 

  • Accommodation:Teahouse/guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Kathmandu
  • Maximum Altitude:1.350m

Our early flight to Lukla today will take approximately 35 minutes; from here we will trek to Phakding, descending 200m over 4 hours. We will catch a glimpse of some great mountains such as Nupla (5,885m) above Kongde Ridge, Kusum Kang (6,367m appears on the right a little later. All along we will be following the northern (left) bank of the Dudh Kosi River. It is important to take these first few days slowly to enable our body to acclimatize and to enjoy the passing scenery and culture. Overnight at a mountain lodge. 

  • Accommodation:Teahouse/guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Lukla to Phakding
  • Maximum Altitude:2,880m.,2,640m

Today begins on level ground, relative to the environment in which we are! We will cross the river on a high suspension bridge and begin to climb up to Monjo (2,800m) and on to the gateway to the Sagamartha National Park Entrance in place to protect and preserve this beautiful environment. There is a good rest stop on the way up where we will see people gathered, admiring the first real chance to see Mt. Everest in the distance. On the way up today we will be rewarded with views of Kusum Kangaru, Thamserku, Kwangde and Tawache Peak before eventually arriving at Namche after about 5 hours. Overnight at hotel or guest house.  

  • Accommodation:Teahouse/guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Namche Bazaar
  • Maximum Altitude:3,445m

The main aim today is to allow our body to acclimatize, it is important to drink lots of water and take some gentle exercise. Namche is a growing town tucked into a neat little valley, there is lots going on in the centre with market days on Friday and Saturday. There are some interesting museums and shops. There is also internet and a sauna! We could venture further afield, take a visit to Khumjung where the Hillary school sits and Khunde nearby, on the way back to Namche we could visit the Shangboche airstrip, (3,790m) the highest in the world nearby is the Everest View Hotel for stunning views.

  • Accommodation:Teahouse/guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Namche Bazaar
  • Maximum Altitude:3,445m

Trek from Namche Bazaar to Thame (3,800m.) and it takes about four and half hours. From Namche the route turns west and the trail is almost level as we head up the Bhote Koshi Valley, 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 there are good views of the peaks of Teng Kangpoche and Kwangde and to the north is the Nangpa La, the pass leading to Tibet. Thame Gompa is situated above the village overlooking the valley and is the site for the spring celebrations of the Mani Rimdu festival. There is a monastery in Thame believed to have incarnated monks. Overnight at a mountain lodge. 

  • Accommodation:Teahouse/guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Thame
  • Maximum Altitude:3,445m.,3,800m

Trek from Thame to Khumjung, and it takes 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 town. Here we can have excellent views of Thamserku, Kantega, Tawache and Ama Dablam. Overnight at a mountain lodge.  

  • Accommodation:Teahouse/guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Khumjung
  • Maximum Altitude:3,790m

Trek from Khumjung to Tengboche which takes about five to six hours. The trail descends gently for early one hour to Sanasa (3,550m.). Now we have a glimpse of first really good views of the great peaks of the Khumbu including Mt Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. Passing by several villages and numerous teashops, the trail descends steeply to a bridge over the river Dudh Koshi at Phunki Tenga (3,250m.).The village has an excellent place for lunch and we can take a short rest before making the steep climb to Tengboche. Although exhausting due to the zigzag path, the trek has numerous attractions like rhododendron bushes, beautiful birds chirping and superb mountain scenery making our trek exciting. Tengboche is famous for its legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu region. Overnight at a mountain lodge.  

  • Accommodation:Teahouse/guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Tengboche
  • Maximum Altitude:3,867m

Mostly downhill today it will take us 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 may enjoy a visit to the little monastery if you haven’t already. Overnight at a mountain lodge.  

  • Accommodation:Teahouse/guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Namche Bazaar
  • Maximum Altitude:3,440m

A four hour walk, today we are descending steeply for the first half then on to Phakding, where we will spend the night. Overnight at guest house.  

  • Accommodation:Teahouse/guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Phakding

This is our final day trekking; it will take us around 3 to 4 hours to Lukla. This evening we will have a farewell ceremony with our guides and porters where you will be able to sample some Chang and try some Sherpa dancing. Overnight at guest house.  

  • Accommodation:Teahouse/guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Lukla

We will be on an early flight back this morning to Kathmandu, transferring to hotel, rest of the time will be on your own. In the evening join a farewell dinner with live culture show to celebrate Everest Sherpa cultural trek. Overnight at hotel. 

  • Accommodation:Teahouse/guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Kathmandu
  • Maximum Altitude:1,350m

After breakfast, transfer to international airport for your flight back to home. We wish you have a safe and sound flight and see you again in the future. 


    • 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 Loca Government Taxes.
    • 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.


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    Useful Information

    Everest Sherpa Cultural trek is a short and easy yet adventure trek in the Everest region, although it is a comfortable and easy trek, the trip goes up to 3500m so we suggest you read about Acute Mountain Sickness before making a final decision to book the Everest Sherpa Cultural trek.


    How can I book Everest Sherpa cultural trek?

    Once you confirmed the trip, we need a photocopy of your passport and a 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 non-stop flights from the Middle East and Asia to Kathmandu, Capital of Nepal. There are direct flights from London, Paris, Frankfurt, Doha, Osaka, Shanghai, 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 cozier and comfortable with stunning views of the 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 the 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 a bed and breakfast basis.

    Can I join with group?

    Yes, you can join with the group, we guarantee a series of fixed group departures dates for Everest Sherpa Cultural trek. We can arrange a 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 is best suited to couples, families and small groups of friends. We are happy to organize your holiday according to your selecting the 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 the right equipment 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 the 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 a 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 you regarding 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 placard of the company with your name on it. Airport transfer is included.

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