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17 Days Trekking Holy Hills and Holy Lakes in Nepal

Kathmandu, Kathmandu District, Province No. 3, Nepal

Trekking in Nepal

Mountain Sherpa Trekking & Expeditions invites you to spend your days to trek in the lower part of Solukhumbu (off the beaten trail). You will go to the friendly Sherpa Village with incredible views of high peaks including Mount Everest. Not to be missed is a visit to the holy Lake of Dudh Kunda, very popular in the local community. Nepal is a wonderful place to immerse yourself into different cultures and leave your comfort zone. It is also the only place in the world where people worship the living goddess. From the comfortable lodge accommodations to the demanding tent, trekking in Nepal is a kind of travels that your heart desires. Let yourself be inspired by the travel ideas with Mountain Sherpa Trekking & Expeditions to the roof of the world!

Key information

  • With a guide
  • Type of transportation: Private van, bus, or car depending on the group size
  • Starts in: Kathmandu
  • Ends in: Kathmandu
  • Minimum number of participants: 2

Highlights

  • Treks to Salleri, Ghorpiteng, and Jabre
  • Hike to view tower / Dhap for Mount Everest
  • Early morning hike to Pikey Hill, Pikey base camp, and Lamjura Pass
  • Treks to Junbesi Village, Yak Kharka, Beni, Dudh Kunda Lake, Thaksindu, and Chyangmiteng
  • Full day sightseeing and cultural tour in Kathmandu
  • Meals, certified guides, and necessary porters
  • Airport transfers and a private vehicle
  • 16 nights' accommodation

14 days with instruction
Airport transfer included: Tribhuvan International Airport
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Accommodation

You will be accommodated in lodge and tent accommodations for the whole trek. You will stay for four nights in deluxe accommodations in Kathmandu at a three-star / five-star category hotel in a city, six nights in the best mountain lodge comfortable room with an attached bathroom and hot shower where available, four nights stay at local a Sherpa house, and two nights in a best-tented camp accommodation with all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner).

Program

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel

If it’s a clear day when you are flying into Kathmandu, then your tour will begin right from the skies itself. The sights from the windows of the jet will show you glimmering snow-capped mountain peaks spread out down below, giving you the first thrills of the just-begun vacation, sparking off a whole reaction of unforgettable experiences that stay with you for some time to come.

As soon as your plane hits the tarmac of Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), Mountain Sherpa Trekking office representative and driver will be on standby to meet and greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The representative will help you check into your designated hotel, and after going to your rooms and refreshing yourself, you will be briefed about your daily activities. The rest of your time will be free to move around the neighborhood and get familiar with your surroundings. Your first overnight will be in the ancient city of temples, probably the most in the world.

  • Accommodation: A best hotel accommodation
  • Meals included: Welcome dinner (a typical Nepali restaurant)

Day 2: Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu - an overnight stay at a hotel

After a good night sleep and enjoying hearty breakfast, you will proceed for the tour of Basantapur Durbar Square. Recorded by UNESCO as a cultural World Heritage Site, Kathmandu Durbar Square is a bunch of medieval temples, palaces, courtyards, and streets that date back to the 12th and 18th centuries. Within this square, you will find Hanumandhoka Palace Museum, Taleju Temple, Kumari Ghar (House of the Living Goddess), Kasthamandap, and other temples and buildings as old as the city itself. From here, you will head for a tour of the famous Boudhanath Stupa (said to be the largest in the world) and a major center of Tibetan culture in Kathmandu.

The stupa is designed to be like a giant mandala (a representation of the Buddhist cosmos). You next will drive down to Swayambhunath (popularly known as Monkey Temple. ‘Swayambhu’ means ‘self-created’ and refers to the myth that the hill sprung up suddenly from a great lake that once covered Kathmandu Valley. The next destination will be Pashupatinath Temple. This temple is dedicated to the Hindu deity, Lord Shiva, and is said to be the holiest Hindu shrine in Nepal. You will then wrap up the heritage tour with a trip to Patan which is one of the three medieval cities in Kathmandu and a destination for connoisseurs of great arts. You will return back to your hotel, refresh and maybe do some shopping, have an early supper, and retire to bed, most probably.

  • Accommodation: The best hotel accommodation (same as on day one)
  • Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Fly to Phaplu (2,400 meters) - Walk to Salleri Monastery and the surrounding - Overnight at a lodge

It will take approximately 35 minutes to fly from Kathmandu to Phaplu and something like about four hours trekking to reach the village of Salleri. You will wander around the local market in Salleri and enjoy a visit to the local monasteries which include Chewang monastery and some others. The quiet environments of these monasteries blend so well with the landscapes and this stirs your imaginations as you will begin to hike the trails.

  • Accommodation: A teahouse lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 4: Trek to Ghorpiteng (a small beautiful Sherpa Village, visit monastery) - Sherpa house stay

This is a pert little Sherpa Village that sits on a saddle of a ridge with some lovely scenery of the high up peaks nearby. A monastery is also found nearby to the village. Visiting this monastery and interacting with the monks is a good experience to encounter. The local folks hereabouts are also very friendly and warm. You will enjoy your night at some of the homes in this village.

  • Accommodation: Sherpa house stay
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 5: Hike to view tower / Dhap for Mount Everest and other peak views - Sherpa house stay (5 - 6 hours)

After moving away from Ghorpiteng, you will go by a descending path to reach the pretty village of Dhap. You will hike along the banks of Indrawati River with lovely views of farming terraces, buzzing villages, green hills as you will observe the local folks happily going about their daily chores. Overnight will be at homes in the village.

  • Accommodation: Sherpa house stay
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 6: Trek to Jabre (2,820 meters) visit monastery - Overnight homestay

As you head down, today the trail will be pretty cool and you can see wild orchids and great landscapes as you will walk along the Solu - Okhaldhunga border. You will also visit Buddhists stupas and quiet friendly monasteries. You will get some deep insights about Sherpa culture on this trail. Overnight will be in Jabre.

  • Accommodation: A homestay in Jabre
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 7: Early morning hike to Pikey Hill (4,065 meters) and Pikey Base Camp (2 - 3 hours) - Overnight at a lodge

The climb to the summit of Pikey will be a pretty steep but fairly easy. From the top of Pikey, you can see Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu, and some other great peaks. At night, it’s almost ecstatic to behold the lights of Kathmandu Valley which is also visible on a moonlit night. After relishing with your eyes the beautiful views, you will head back down to base camp for the night.

  • Accommodation: A lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 8: Early morning hike to Pikey Hill (4,065 meters) and Lamjura Pass (3,530 meters) (4 - 5 hours) - Overnight at a lodge

Today, you will set out early at the break of dawn, Pikey Hill. From the top of Pikey, you will get sterling views of Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu, and some smaller peaks and at night, the lights of Kathmandu Valley is supremely visible and it’s a wonderful sight to behold. After this, your walk will lead to a long but gradual climb to Lamjura Pass at 3,530 meters. Hereabouts, you will be rewarded with frost and often snow along the trail in winter but lovely flowers of rhododendrons greet you in the spring. The pass, which is the highest point between Jiri and Namche Bazaar, is a great experience that you will enjoy. From the top, you will descend to Taktor and then to the Sherpa Village of Junbesi on the next day. You will then bunk out in your lodge at the pass.

  • Accommodation: A lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 9: Trek to Junbesi Village (2,670 meters, 3 hours) - Overnight stay at a lodge

It will take roughly five hours as the trail goes from Taksindu to Junbesi via the base of the famous Pikey Peak. While trekking below the Pikey Peak, you will get amazing sunrise views of the mountain peaks of Kanchenjunga to Dhaulagiri including the Everest Peak. After enjoying the majestic views, you will walk down through some wonderful landscapes to Junbesi Village which is also a valley for your overnight in a teahouse lodge.

  • Accommodation: A lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 10: Trek to Yak Kharka (4,200 meters, 6 hours) - Overnight stay in a tented camp

Today, you will trek through a bare land for some distance. After climbing over the 5,200 meters from Hidden Valley, you will traverse avalanche prone slopes and then descend steeply to Yak Kharka. There is a perfect campsite to enjoy the surroundings down this side of the mountain. Overnight will be in the tented camp, this is the kind of adventure you want.

  • Accommodation: A tented camp
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 11: Trek to Beni (4 hours) - Overnight stay in a tented camp

Today, you will go by a trail over Pore Danda, a small hill. There isn’t any proper trekking trail as such, so you will follow a meandering yak trail. You will find a kind of tall grass which is used for incense by the mountain people. If you rub the grass, you will smell lovely incense (called 'sunpati' in Nepali). Also, you will see mountain juniper bushes. Then, you will head up to Beni, a huge place where all the yak herders bring their yaks in the summer and gather to celebrate the local festival called 'Yarjang'.

Why do they celebrate this? The celebration of 'Yarjang' is believed to bring protection to the yak herders and their yaks. They believe that it will shield them from the dangers of tigers, wolves, and any other kind of bad omens. It is a spiritual place because towering above Beni is the great Numbur Himal. The Sherpa people believe that this mountain is the God of the Solu Region. Overnight will be at a camp.

  • Accommodation: A camp
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 12: Trek to Dudh Kunda Lake (holy lake) (4,561 meters) and back to Beni (2 hours) - Tented camp

While trekking from Beni to Dudh Kunda, you will see a mountain glacier and the famous holy lake, Dudh Kunda, and the mountains appear very close. Those who arrive here during the Janai Purnima Festival in August will observe a special celebration of pilgrims who go to immerse themselves in the venerated Dudh Kunda Lake, a ritual which is believed to bring salvation. You will return back to Beni for the overnight in tented camp.

  • Accommodations: Tented camp
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 13: Trek to Thaksindu Monastery (2,842 meters, 5 - 6 hours) - Overnight stay at a lodge

The scenic hike to Thaksindu Monastery will take about three hours and you will walk all the way through the dense foliage forest. There are no teahouse lodges between Mera Village to Thaksindu Monastery. Thaksindu Monastery is linked to the Nyingma Pa sect of the Buddhist religion. Thaksindu is located near to the main classic route of the Everest Base Camp trek. You will bunk out in the teahouse lodge.

  • Accommodation: A lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 14: Trek to Chyangmiteng Village (2,400 meters) via Kyamje Danda (3,400 meters) - Sherpa homestay (6 hours)

After you enjoy your king size breakfast, you will climb up to Kemje Danda at (3,500 meters approximately) from Chyangmiteng (Mera) Village for about three hours of walking up. On the way, you will cross lots of rhododendron and pine trees. From the top of Kemje Danda, you will get to see some lovely mountain views that cover some of the highest peaks in the world. You will enjoy the homestay in this lovely village where the folks are really friendly. Overnight will be in homes in the village.

  • Accommodation: Sherpa homestay
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 15: Trek to Phaplu - Overnight stay at a lodge

Phaplu is a small Sherpa Village Town quite developed with an airport and a hospital; the latter built by Sir Edmund Hillary. This is an ideal place to haul up for a good night’s rest before you head down to Kathmandu.

  • Accommodation: A lodge
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 16: Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel and relax

Today, after a hale and hearty breakfast, you will fly back to Kathmandu after the more or less spiritual journey. The early morning flight will drop you in Kathmandu. You can rest and relax throughout the day at the hotel. If interested, you could buy some gifts to take home from Nepal for loved ones and friends and relatives; you can visit some nearby shops or venture out in Thamel for typical Nepalese goods. This short excursion either can be assisted by Mountain Sherpa’s guides or you can do it yourself too. Overnight will be in Kathmandu, the valley of the gods, they say.

  • Accommodation: A hotel in Kathmandu
  • Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 17: Drive to Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) to head back to the lovely place called 'home'

After breakfast, the representative and office vehicle will be on standby at the hotel to transfer you to the airport for the connecting flight home. Serving you was a wonderful joy and pleasure, Mountain Sherpa Trekking & Expeditions will cherish the bonds of the relationship created over the time you spent with them and Mountain Sherpa Trekking & Expeditions thanks you for choosing them as your travel partner and for visiting this amazing country Nepal. Mountain Sherpa Trekking & Expeditions is sure that trekking in this beautiful region of the Khumbu (Everest region) will give you lifetime memories of a vacation well enjoyed. Ciao friends! Till you and Mountain Sherpa Trekking & Expeditions meet again.

  • Accommodation: -
  • Meals: Breakfast

Location

Nepal

Nepal has captured the imagination. The narrow stretch of land between China and India is a longing destination for hikers, explorers, and sensors. Nepal is roughly the same size as Austria and Switzerland and offers a variety that you can only want as a traveler. All of this makes Nepal one of the most attractive rice Elks at all - especially for friends of walking, trekking, and climbing.

Hikers will be able to visit the magical places of the Himalayas such as Mera Peak, Island Peak, Kala Pattar, Mustang, Annapurna, or Everest.

Mountains

The mountains by itself are spiritual in its natural beauty and its clean water lakes above 3,000 meters which are revered by people in their thousands and the Dudh Kunda is one such lake which is venerated in the Solukhumbu Region. This is a trek that blends wilderness adventure with the spiritual, a perfect combo for a holiday that is ideal for the backpacker and the pilgrim, offering isolated trails that go right off the beaten track, and low altitude Pikey Peak with the sacred Dudh Kunda Lake in the Khumbu makes ‘Trekking Holy Hills and Holy Lakes' the ideal trek that sweetly blends adventurism into the spiritual for that dream holiday that offers the meaning to a trip.

This combo adventure into the Everest Region presents before you a whole range of peaks that include Mount Everest, Annapurna, Makalu, Numbur, and Mera Peak, all famous mountains that offer you amazing sunrise and sunset views that leave you gasping for breath. The routes hereabouts give you exclusive insights about exotic Sherpa culture with its friendly inhabitants that go so well with the quaint landscapes and the natural ecosystems you encounter as you will hike the trails across an area few visits due to its unusual but exquisite geography.

Scaling Pikey Peak is an additional bonus on this trek that takes off with a space tour flight from Kathmandu to Phaplu, a lively mountain town and a trade center for the locals in the area. After sorting out the equipment, you will get set with the hike boots on the ground through the vibrant settlement of Salleri with its quiet monastery, the first one among a number of sublime monasteries you walk into on the way. Its always nice to stop over and enjoy a little interaction with these monks who have loads of stories and advice to give you about the areas that you hike through; the journey will take you through an interesting dissimilar combination of ethnic groups with their own identities which give you on the spot information into their cultures and lifestyles, adding more spice to the trip.

Coupled with this, there are the lovable walks through the lush jungles of rhododendrons, green flowing valleys, and rich pastures with cattle grazing, giving you that homely feeling of ‘home, home on the range, where the deer and antelopes play', etc. you will tread on into homely villages of Junbesi, Taksindu, Beni, and the holy lake of Dudh Kunda, the most revered lake in the region. This is a new trail that will take you into unknown territory with all the trappings of exciting adventure which makes ‘Trekking Holy Hills and Holy Lakes' a venture where you unknowingly discover the unknown from the known.

Food

You will get 16 breakfasts, 13 lunches, and 15 dinners including a welcome dinner at an authentic restaurant. Although Nepalese dishes do result from heavy South Asian influences like China and India, the food is usually healthier with more lean meats and veggies. Other common ingredients include lentils, tomatoes, cumin, potatoes, yogurt, and garlic.

Morning breakfast from 6.30 a.m. to 7.30 a.m.

  • Tea or coffee, hot chocolate, lemon tea, hot milk, or green tea
  • Eggs items: Fried eggs, boiled eggs, scrambled eggs, or omelet
  • Bread items: Toast, pancakes, chapati, and Tibetan bread
  • Porridge with honey

Afternoon lunch from 12.30 p.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Curry with rice, pasta, noodles item, fried rice, fried potatoes, or momo

Extra special from Mountain Sherpa trekking

  • Welcome / farewell dinner with a live cultural show at a typical Nepali restaurant

Evening dinner from 6 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.

  • Sherpa stew, vegetable soup, mixed soup, or potato shop
  • Dal bhat tarkari - a soup of lentils with rice and a vegetable curry
  • Fried potatoes with vegetable momo, fried noodles, pasta, or mashed potatoes with cheese

Safe drinking water

You can get bottled water all the way up to base camp but the price per liter goes higher and multiplies significantly. It is recommended to bring SteriPEN (a UV filtration) or iodine tabs for water purification with soft plastic bags so that you can purify the water from the local source and make it safe for drinking purposes. At tea houses, you will be served with boiled water. Please be noted that don’t drink water from local taps and resources as it would prone you to waterborne illness and affects the whole trekking journey.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Buy some gifts to take home from Nepal for loved ones and friends and relatives in Kathmandu
  • Venture out in Thamel for typical Nepalese goods in Kathmandu
  • Visit some nearby shops in Kathmandu

What's included

  • Trek to Ghorpiteng (a small beautiful Sherpa Village) and a visit to the monastery
  • Hike to view tower / Dhap for Mount Everest and other peak views (hike along the banks of Indrawati River)
  • Trek to Jabre to visit the Buddhist monastery
  • Early morning hike to Pikey Hill, Pikey base camp, and Lamjura Pass
  • Treks to Junbesi Village, Yak Kharka, Beni, Dudh Kunda Lake, and Thaksindu Monastery
  • Treks to Chyangmiteng Village via Kyamje Danda and Phaplu
  • Full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu City (tours of Basantapur Durbar Square, Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath Temple, and Patan)
  • All park entrance fees and trekking permits
  • Private vehicle for the ground transportation
  • Service of an expert local Sherpa guide (certified by the government)
  • Guides and porters pay, meals, and insurance
  • Necessary porters (1 porter between 2 people)
  • Mountain Sherpa Trekking & Expeditions kit bag, group medical kit, and trekking map
  • Flights Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) - Phaplu Airport (PPL) - Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM)
  • All airport transfers (including Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM)) by a private vehicle
  • 3 healthy meals during the entire trek (16 breakfasts, 13 lunches, and 15 dinners including welcome dinner at an authentic restaurant)
  • Complimentary sleeping bag, down jacket, and company T-shirt
  • 16 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • International airfare and Nepal visa fee
  • Travel and health insurance
  • Emergency helicopter rescue insurance
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu (7 - 10 USD per meal)
  • Any alcoholic drinks, water, and deserts in the trek
  • Gratitude for the guide and porter
  • Battery charges and internet on the trek

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Tribhuvan International Airport Airport transfer included: Tribhuvan International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 35% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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