With the Sherpa Culture trek, travel through the gorgeous mountain landscapes of eastern Nepal and visit some age-old monasteries and scenic native village of Sherpa communities. This trip shows you the side of Sherpa people that only a few have seen, accompanied by majestic mountain peaks and mouthwatering Nepali cuisine. Enjoy the view of the hidden river valleys and remote villages situated beneath the Himalayas.
Likewise, the trip takes you to the Sagarmatha National Park- the highest national park accompanied by the view of the world’s tallest mountain peak, Mt. Everest along with Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Cho-Oyu and many other Himalayan giants. The Sagarmatha National Park was built in the mid-1970s and has been listed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO since e1979 to protect its gorgeous surroundings and the lush green forest from destruction and deforestation.
The trip begins by exploring UNESCO World Heritage sites around Kathmandu Valley. Then, we will enjoy a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. The flight goes over enchanting rivers, hills, and towns before reaching the awe-inspiring Lukla town. Right after landing at the Lukla airport, you will get to enjoy the view of domineering mountain peaks and the beauty of the Khumbu region. After Lukla, we will trek to Phakding. The trekking trail passes through many beautiful Buddhist Monasteries and Mani walls decorated with lots of prayer flags fluttering all around. Furthermore, you will pass through various highlights of Khumbu, such as Namche Bazaar, and the sacred Tengboche Monastery. Moreover, we will experience the unique Sherpa culture throughout the trip.
Sherpa is a native tribe from the mountainous region of Nepal, high in the Himalayas. Sherpa is a Tibetan word which means “eastern people.” the culture, norms, and values are quite different from most of the tribe in Nepal. This tribe believes in various deities and demons who inhabit every mountain, cave, and forest. Monastery or Gompa is an essential aspect of the Sherpa religion. There are more than two dozens of these spread throughout the Khumbu region. We have designed a perfect itinerary to enjoy the most exquisite views of Everest with a panorama of high mountain peaks and other various natural and cultural beauty of the Khumbu region.
Learn about the fascinating Sherpa’s culture, tradition, and lifestyle
Sightseeing Kathmandu Valley
A scenic flight to and from Lukla
Visit the world-famous mountain town, Namche Bazaar
Get gorgeous views of Himalayan giants including Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, and many more
Visit the oldest monastery of Khumbu region, Tengboche Monastery
- Airport Transfer
- Accommodation with 3star hotel in Kathmandu
- All entry fees, tour guide, and a private vehicle as specified in the itinerary
- Three daily meals as per the itinerary
- A highly experienced, English speaking guide
- Finest twin sharing room during trek
- Airfare Lukla – Kathmandu
- Sleeping bag/ down jacket (to be returned)
- Duffle bag for trekking
- T-shirt, Trekking map, and trip achievement certificate
- First aid medicine kit
- Permit fee for Sagarmatha National Park
- TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System
- Government taxes & office service charge
- International airfare
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
- Travel insurance
- Nepal entry visa
- WiFi internet, phone call unless it’s free
- Snacks and other personal expenses
- Personal trekking equipment
- Hot showers during the trek unless its free
- Tips and gratuities
Arrival at Kathmandu
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu, our airport representative will welcome you and transfer you to the respective hotel. We have scheduled your trip meeting for the very day at the hotel in the evening. However, our airport representative will provide you brief information about your further trip on your way to the hotel. After checking in your hotel, you can simply relax or roam around the streets of Thamel. In the evening, we will hold a welcome dinner for you where you will enjoy authentic Nepali meal. We will also introduce you to your guide for the trip. Do not hesitate to ask questions about your trip and your preference throughout the journey.
Trek Preparation and Sightseeing Kathmandu Valley
This day is planned for sightseeing around the Kathmandu Valley. We will provide you an experienced guide and a private vehicle to travel around. The city is full of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We will be visiting Boudhanath Stupa – one of the largest stupas in the world, Swoyambhunath – the oldest stupa of Nepal, which is also known as Monkey Temple. Also,visit to the largest Hindu temple of Nepal- Pashupatinath, which sits along the sacred Bagmati river. Here, we will see Hindu holy men meditating, pilgrims bathing, and occasionally funeral fires burning on the ghats. Then, we will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, located at Basantapur. Kathmandu Durbar square is a two-millennium old plaza and houses the medieval royal palace, temples in the signature pagoda styles, and many more beautiful traditional architectures. Walking around the area feels like you are on the trip to ancient Nepal with its age-old structures all around. Although most of these structures got destroyed by the earthquake of 2015, there are still beautiful monuments left. After we finish the sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, we will move towards Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the place where royals used to live and ruled the Kathmandu Valley. This whole place is such a beauty that UNESCO has selected the entire city as a World Heritage Site. Here, we will see lots of palaces and temples built in the pagoda and shikhara style. The attraction of Bhaktapur includes fifty-five window palace, the Lion Gate, the Golden gate, art galleries and the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla. Our last stop will be at Lalitpur, where we will learn about Nepalese history. The evening is planning for a further trip. Today, we will provide a detail explanation of our journey onwards.
Fly to Lukla (2800m), trek to Phakding (2652m)
After breakfast, we will take an early morning flight to Lukla. You will reach Lukla within 35 minutes. This 35 minutes’ flight is one of the most beautiful experiences you will ever have. You will be flying over these Himalayan giants, and the view you can get can be quite mesmerizing. Going neck to neck with the Himalayas can be a great experience in itself. After our arrival at Lukla, we will meet our trekking crew and move towards Phakding. As it is the first day of the trek, we will go for an only short hike of about four hours. We will spend the night at Phakding.
Trek to Namche (3440m)
Today, we begin the trek to the famous mountain town, Namche. The trek is very delighting with few ups and downs, passing several times over Dudh Koshi River, and enjoying the view of gorgeous M. Thamserku from Benkar village. After a few hours of walk, we will reach Monjo, the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. Here, our trekking permit will get checked to keep a record of trekkers and trekking staff passing from here. Passing through the Sagarmatha National Park, we will reach the main trading center of the Khumbu region, Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is also famous as the gateway to the world’s summit.
Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar
We have planned this day for you to get accustomed to the higher altitude atmosphere so that you won’t suffer from altitude sickness. Even though this day is for rest, we won’t be staying idle. Firstly, we will hike to Syangboche Airport, the highest airport in the world situated at an altitude of 3700 meters. Then, we will walk up to the Everest View Hotel from where we can enjoy the delightful view of mountains such as Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Taboche, Thamserku and many more. The hotel boasts about the sight of Everest you can get from every window of the hotel. After a pleasant treat to eyes, we will move towards the Sherpa Culture Museum, where we can learn more about the unique culture of Sherpa people. Then, we will also visit the Everest Photo Gallery and return to Namche Bazaar for lunch. After lunch, the rest of the time is free, so you can go shopping or visit the places near town.
Namche Bazaar to Thame (3736m)
From Namche Bazaar, we will head west beside the valley of the Bhote Koshi River. The views of Himalayan giants like Kongde Ri (6187m), Khumbu Yul La (5765m), Kusum Kanguru (6,373m) makes our trip even more exciting. The first village we will reach is Phorte, where Sir Edmund Hillary’s Himalayan Trust established a tree nursery. Continuing the trek through terrace way, we descend to the river where we cross a bridge before rising to Thame, situated at an intersection point along the ancient main trading route to and from Tibet. The climb to Thame is quite challenging due to the steep trail.
Thame to Khumjung (3786m)
The trail takes us through the airport of Syangboche, the highest airport in the world. Right above the airstrip lies the Everest View Hotel, which boasts about the fabulous view of Mt. Everest from all of its windows. Eventually, we will reach Khumjung Valley, surrounded by Himalayan giants such as Kongde, Thamserku, and the sacred Khumbila. Here, we will visit the Edmund Hillary School and Khumjung Monastery. The Khumjung Monastery homes the head of a Yeti.
Day Eight :
Khumjung to Phortse (3542m)
Departing from Khumjung, we will trek to Phortse. Crossing through the lower slopes of Khumbila, we will witness spectacular views of Phortse, Cholatse, Taboche, Amadablam, Thamserku, and Kangtega, among many others. Phortse village lies at the south of Mt. Everest off the beaten path. We will spend the night at Phortse.
Phortse to Pangboche (3985m)
The first part of the trek is a bit tough. However, the climb is a bit short. After the rise, the trail gets flatter, and we will move steadily alongside a ridge to Pangboche. We pay a visit to the Pangboche monastery where the footprints of the Lama Sangwa Dorje has preserved. The houses of Pangboche village lies wonderfully above the terraced fields like a huge crescent moon.
Pangboche to Tengboche (3864m)
Moving from Pangboche, we will take the trail to the east and join the classic path of the Everest Base Camp. Then, the trail drops towards the Tengboche village, which is home to the oldest and largest monastery of the Khumbu region, Tengboche Monastery. The town locates between the Sagarmatha National Park, and we can get 360degree panorama of the giant Himalayas such as Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Amadablam, and Thamserku.
Tengboche to Namche Bazaar
Departing from Tengboche, we take a trail down through the hillside of dense rhododendron and juniper forests. Then, we will pass the bridge over the Dudh Koshi river. Prayer flags loads this bridge. The trail follows the Dudh Koshi gorge and descends rapidly through the pine forest before reaching Sansa, the main trail joint of this region. From here, the path moves along the steep wooded slope, winding through several bends. Passing through a few chortens, we arrive at Namche Bazaar.
Namche Bazaar to Lukla
Today, we will be descending for most of the way. Crossing past the suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, the trail becomes a bit flatter and relatively more comfortable. After arriving at Lukla, we will rest and explore the village in the evening.
Fly back to Kathmandu
Today, we will fly to Kathmandu. This thirty-minutes’ trip will be one of the most beautiful trips you will ever take. You can look at the majestic mountains shrinking from the plane. After landing, we will transfer you to the hotel where you can just relax or engage in other activities of your interest.
This is the day we will bid you goodbye. Our airport representative will transfer you to the Tribhuwan International Airport before three hours of your scheduled flight.