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Everest Trek with Sherpa Culture (19 Days)

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Everest Trek with Sherpa Culture can be categorized as a cultural trek combined with trekking into the Everest region of Nepal which is very popular for some of the highest mountains of the world including Mt. Everest (8848 M). This region lies at higher altitude and most of the people who live here are Sherpa’s known for their great stamina and hunger to aid mountaineers. These Sherpa people have their unique taste and preference, unique culture and practices, different languages and the way of life. Everest Trek with Sherpa Culture starts with trekking from Jiri all the way to Khumbu Region and foothills of Himalayas. In this Everest Trek with Sherpa Culture you will be delighted by various landscapes and Sherpa villages, their houses and lifestyles, unique foods, Tibetan Buddhism cultures and practices, diversified floura and fauna, several Gombas and Monasteries, breathtaking vistas of Himalayas which will also be major highlight of this trip.

Outline Itinerary of Everest Trek with Sherpa Culture

Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing

Day 3: Drive to Bhandar

Day 4: Bhandar to Sete

Day 5: Sete to Junbesi

Day 6: Junbesi to Nunthala

Day 7: Nunthala to Bupsa

Day 8: Bupsa to Surke

Day 9: Surke to Lukla to Phadking

Day 10: Phadking to Namche Bazaar

Day 11: Acclimatization 

Day 12: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche

Day 13: Tengboche to Dingboche

Day 14:Dingboche to Phorse Village

Day 15: Phorse Village to Thame Village

Day 16: Thame Village to Namche Bazaar

Day17: Namche Bazaar to Lukla

Day 18: Lukla to Kathmandu 

Day 19: Departure

Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival (1300 m)

You will be warmly welcomed by Well Nepal Treks representative at your arrival in Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu and escorted you to hotel and our representative describe the itinerary of your tour. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 2: Kathmandu Tour and trek Preparation (1360m)

Today you are going to  explore the several cultural and natural sightseeing in this ancient city Pashupatinath, Boudhanah Stupa, Swayambunath Stupa and Kathmandu Durbar Square. After exploring this places you will do preparation for trek. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 3: Drive Kathmandu to Bandar.

After breakfast you will be heading towards Bhandar by bus. It will take about 8 to 9 hrs. Bus will go up to Bhandar. Stay overnight at Bhandar in Lodge.

Day 4: Bhandar to Sete (2575m)

After breakfasr you follow the trail from Bhandar through deep forests crossing a few streams passing the small village of Dokharpa and Baranda. Passing through the forests ,Surma Khola, Likhu Khola Valley, small settlement of Kenja, Chimbu and continuing further you finally reach Sete. Stay overnight at Sete.

Day 5: Sete trek to Junbesi (2670 m)

After breakfast you headed to Lamjura La (the highest point between Jiri and Namche Bazaar), Dagchu and Goyem). We head downward to Tragdobuk and Junbesi. This day offers you a paroramic view of the surrounding green mountains and exploring the villages and their lifestyle. Stay overnight at Junbesi. 

Day 6: Junbesi trek to Nunthala (2220m)

After breakfast you gear up and head to Nunthala through the forest slope and after an hour's trek, the beautiful views of the mountains including Everest can be seen. This is the first view of Everest on this trek. Continue the trail to Salung to Ringmo Khola Ringmo, Trakshindo La pass and descend to Trashingdo. After another hour's descent through conifer and rhododendron forests, and terraced fields, you finally take your shoes off at Nuntala. Stay overnight at Nuntala.

Day 7: Nunthala to Bupsa (2360 m)

After breakfast you move down the trail to the Dudh Koshi River and move up upward to Khumbu and through Jubing, Churkha, Kharikhola Another steep climb finally takes us to Bupsa. Stay overnight at Bupsa.

Day 8: Bupsa to Surke (2290m)

After breakfast you walk through Kharte, Khari La pass, Puiyan and go through the ups and downs to Sherpa village Surke. Stay overnight at Surke.

Day 9: Surke to Lukla to Phakding (2,652m)

After breakfast you climbs toward Chaurikharka. Initially, the trek moves up to Chhiplung. Then the trail moves down to Phakding via Lukla. Stay overnight stay at Phakding.

Day 10: Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3440 m)

After breakfast you  will walking through a beautiful pine forest, along the Dudh Koshi River, you will see wonderful prospect of the Mt. Thamserku (6618 m), you will arrive at the check post and entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. Then we pass through the last village of Jorsale and following the trail through the forests and bridges until we reach the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. After a final steep climb of about two hours you get first sight of Mt. Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. From there we still need to hike about 1.5 hours to reach Namche Bazaar, a gateway to Mt. Everest and main trading centre of this region. Stay overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Day 11: Acclimatization Day (3,440m)

This day is acclimatization day especially programmed taking care of your health. This day is a rest day and you can explore Sagarmatha National Park or Namchebazar and Khumjung Valley. It offers you internet, cafes, shops, restaurant, bakery and other where you can hang out and feel better for next day hike. Stay overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Day 12: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870m)

After breakfast in Namche, you start your trek towards Tengboche enjoying superb view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and close up view of Thamserku. Enjoying wild lives like pheasant, musk deer, or a herd of Himalayan Thar, through alpine forests, Dudh Koshi River, you reach to Phunki Thenga where you will have lunch then steep up through the pine forests while before you reach to Tengboche. Tengboche is a great place for close up views of Ama-Dablam, Nuptse, and Everest and a biggest Buddhist Monastery in Khumbu region which we will visit too. After long trek you will stay overnight at lodge at Tengboche.

Day 13: Tengboche to Dingboche (4360m)

After breakfast you will gear up for our day hike to Dingboche. You will pass through several Chortens and Mani walls and small villages. The place where you stop for lunch not only serves delicious food but also allows a fantastic close-up view of Mt Ama Dablam. From here onwards, the walk is fairly moderate as you enter the Imja Valley to Lobuche River. You will descend into the river and begin the steep climb of the day up to Dingboche. On arrival at Dingboche, you will see beautiful array of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. Stay overnight at Dingboche.

Day 14: Trek Down to Phorse Village (3800 M)

After breakfast you trek all the way down to another Sherpa village called Phortse which lies just under the snow dusted peaks of Taboche and Cholaste then you start to explore it. Stay overnight at Phortse Village.

Day 15: Phorse to Thame Village

After breakfast you trek to Thame which is an old Sherpa Villages along Bhote Koshi River valley. En route you have opportunity to see many Tibetan Nomads with hundred of Yak Caravana trading goods to Namche Bazaar, several Himalayas vistas, yaks and other wildlife and much more. Stay overnight at Thame Village.

Day 16: Thame to Namchebazaar

After breakfast you start exploring the village of Thame and interacting to locals and fall back to Namche Bazaar and relax. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 17: Namche To Lukla

After breakfast you head down to Lukla enjoying great mountainous view, village and people, their temples and prayer stones and prayers flag you settle at Lukla. On the arrival of  Lukla. Stay overnight at Lukla.

Day 18: Lukla to Kathmandu & Free Day

After breakfast you fly back to Kathmandu and do some shopping for gifts, memory, collections and some traditional items and they all rests at a single venue, Thamel. There will be a small party upon the successful campaign. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 19: Departure

Today your Everest Trek with Sherpa Culture comes to an end so collects the photographs and gadget. Then our representative will help you to drop to the airport or if you have plenty of time to spend in Nepal, then feel free us to join another trip or adventurous activities like hiking, river rafting,bunjy jumping, paragliding etc.

Services include:

Necessary local transport by private vehicle

Accommodation in Kathmandu at 3 star standard hotels with breakfast.

Sightseeing in Kathmandu with tour guide.

Entrance fee of all sightseeing spots in Kathmandu, National park fees on Treks

Accommodation on Lodge/Guest House while on treks.

Meal on full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during trekking including Tea/coffee.

Experienced government license holder trek guide and porter to carry your luggage.

Insurance of our field staff.

Permits and Group medical supplies (first aid kit)

Lukla -Kathmandu flight ticket including 15kg Baggage’s

TIMS Card (Trekker’s Information Management System card)

All additional government tax.

Services exclude:

Nepal entry visa fee

International / any air fare.

Travelers insurance (compulsory)

Alcohol, hot and cold drinks)

Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu

All expenses due to unavoidable events e.g. flight cancellation, personal illness, strike, political disturbances etc.

General Information:

A trekker who is able to hike and trek normally 5-6 hours per day with a light weight backpack will be very fit enough to perform this trekking. There may be stone steps, ups and downs, rocky paths and which are very uneven and also because of long trails your leg may feel tired and shaky so we strongly recommend you to use walking poles and trek sticks to feel safer and to maintain the pace. You will be informed about altitude and you should be more careful about your health and altitude related risk. To get rid of it, acclimatize as well as walk slowly and have more water and other drinks to maintain yourself hydrated.

Equipments Required

Trekking Accessories- Trekking Bag pack, Trekking day bag (Small handbag), Trekking stick, Trekking jacket Gore tax/ flees jacket, Sleeping bag, etc

Footwear - Trekking shoes, Camping Shoes, Sports shoes or comfortable sandal, 4/5 pairs of good qualities socks, etc

Cosmetics - Sun cream, Body Lotion, Moisturizers, lip balm, Mirror Wet Tissue Papers, Soap, Perfumes, and Tooth brush etc.

Clothes - Pullover or warm sweeter, Sun Hat, Warm woolen cap, Raincoat, Hand gloves, 2/3 pairs of Trekking trousers, 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts, 3/4 pairs of Underwear, etc.

Gears - Flash or Torch light, Head Torch lights, lighters, Chargers, Camera and batteries, Eye glass, Water bottle, etc.

Extra – IPods, Binoculars, First Aid Kit, Ear Plugs, Pen & diary, Travel Map or GPS, etc as per your requirements and necessities.

Always Drink Safe Water

Well Nepal Treks suggest you to have purified drinking water. Basically, we can get mineral water bottles in lower places but we might not find it in higher ground. In such cases we suggest you to drink boiled water which might charge very tiny fee in tea houses. Bring chlorine tablets to purify water. Recommend yourself to use boiled rather than mineral water which will be helpful for protection of you and healthy environment.

About Recharging Your Batteries & Electronic Devices during Trek

Hydro electricity may not be available in every location, so solar power sources are used to charge your electrical items like camera, batteries, iPod, I phone etc. Several Tea houses or lodges may charge small fee per hours for charging facilities for consumption of electricity or solar power. Well Nepal Treks recommends you to have adaptors and chargers before the trip since plugs are limited. In Nepal 220-240 volt power is used and sockets fit round and flat plugs.

Garbage Disposal

Well Nepal Treks suggest you to use dustbins and do not throw anything into the fire. Carry a separate garbage carrier in the way and dispose it where dustbin facilities are available and promote the healthy environment.

Travel Insurance

Well Nepal Treks reminds you on your sufficiently protected and have travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, lost items, liabilities, injuries and medical treatment. Ensure the insurance covers all the activities in the Himalayas. Trekking Planner can offer the appropriate medical response based on your policy and insurance.

Washing and Toilet facilities

Every guest houses offer hot showers in bathroom or can be a bucket of hot water. But please note that at higher altitude there may not be enough hot water for all the trekkers. So you must limit the use of hot water unless the water is solar heated or firewood for the ecological reason. Every lodge has some kind of washing facilities but you must carry a bar of soap. Don’t feel hesitated to get warm bowl of water If the water frozen.

Toilets here are mainly Asian squat style. Basically toilets are outside your room and vary in how clean they are. You should not throw toilet paper in the toilet hole rather you should use rubbish bin that is kept inside the toilet.

Tea Houses

On this trekking route local people have built tea houses lodge with food and beverage facilities. A simple room usually has two narrow beds. Note that while staying in the tea houses you will see the charming local people with their good hospitality services so be friendly in every way possible.

Extra Advice from Well Nepal Treks

You may see some beautiful, sweet children and poor ones that might make you to distribute balloons, chocolates, money and other stuffs. But, Well Nepal Treks suggest you better not to do so because it directly encourages them towards beggary and ask to every trekker which is also a sign of negative practice.

While on trekking, don’t forget to keep your valuables safe and secure. Do not left anything anywhere. Ensure that you lock your door when you leave your room and do not hang anything’s outside at night. We strongly recommend you to do double check always and anywhere possible.

Passport And Visa


People from all countries except India require a valid passport to enter Nepal. An Indian national must have any of their documents like Passport , Election Commission Card with Photo, Identity Card issued by Embassy of India in Kathmandu.

An Indian national do not need visa to enter into Nepal. Most nationalities can issue a visa on arrival to Nepal but travelers from other countries like Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine and Afghanistan need visa to be obtained before travel.

Various lengths of stay tourist visas can be purchased. If you want to obtain a visa on arrival, you will need to fill in a landing card, (most airlines provide these before landing in Kathmandu, if not, they will be available in the airport) pay a fee (cost differs depending on your length of stay) and provide a passport photo so don’t forget to bring one in your hand luggage to present to the immigration officers. Visa fees are as follows:
US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency: Multiple entry for 15 days
US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency: Multiple entry for 30 days
US $ 100 or equivalent convertible currency: Multiple entry for 90 days
(A tourist can stay for a maximum of 150 days in a visa year)

While on trekking, don’t forget to keep your valuables safe and secure. Do not left anything anywhere. Ensure that you lock your door when you leave your room and do not hang anything’s outside at night. We strongly recommend you to do double check always and anywhere possible.

Trip Facts

Tour Name: Everest Trek with Sherpa Culture

Tour Duration: 19 Days

Tour Area: Everest Region-Nepal

Maximum Altitude: 4360 M

Tour Type: Trekking and Walking

Tour Grade: Moderate

Price: On request

Suitable For: Physically Fit Trekkers

Best Season: Sep - Dec & Feb - May (12 Month Possible)

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