Secret Everest - Sherpa Homeland
Nepal, Trek & Walk, 14 days - from £1,395 (land only) - from €1,745 (land only) - from $2,440 (land only)
Far from the Madding Crowd!
Quieter than the Everest and Annapurna areas, this trek explores a region rarely visited by tourists. Enjoy the views of Everest and the warm welcome of the Sherpa people
- A trek into the Sherpa homeland with panoramic mountain views
- Views of Mount Everest from the top of PK Peak
- Hike up to the pilgrimage site of Dudh Kund
- A fantastic trekking holiday in Nepal`s Solu Khumbu
- Kathmandu Airport transfers and all meals included
South of the high valleys leading to Mount Everest, the Solu Khumbu district is the traditional homeland of the Sherpa People. Situated at elevations of between 2000 and 4000 metres, with rugged ridge and valley scenery, this is a beautiful part of Nepal and this trekking holiday makes the most of it. Flying in to Phaplu, from Kathmandu gives us speedy access to a surprisingly remote area, which sees relatively few trekking groups. Our circuit trek takes us through timeless Sherpa villages and up to the amazing viewpoint known as PK Peak (4065m), where the incredible panorama includes the relatively nearby peaks of Numbur (6958m) and Karyolung, as well as a slightly more distant perspective on Mount Everest and Makalu. It is even possible to see the Annapurnas, way off towards the west. Continuing our trek by way of Thupten Choling Monastery, we head north through pine, oak and rhododendron forest to the holy lake of Dudh Kund, which is tucked right up under the flanks of Karyolung. At just over 4500 metres, this is an impressive and inspiring place, visited by few people other than Hindu pilgrims, who believe that to take a dip in the frigid waters will take away the sins of a lifetime. Flying back to Kathmandu, we have included a day to enjoy the Nepalese capital. A perfect trekking holiday for those looking for a first taste, or those wishing to explore quieter areas, of this most charming of Himalayan kingdoms.
Is this holiday for you?
Starting out at Phaplu, at around 2400 metres, this trekking holiday gains height gradually, hiking for an average of around 6 hours each day. This is a camping trek, as the lodges in this region are few and far between. The itinerary has been arranged to allow everyone to acclimatise easily, although you will find walking at these elevations to be a little tougher than at sea-level. For the first part of the trek, we are following good tracks and trails between the many Sherpa villages. On the approach to Dudh Kund, we will encounter narrower forest tracks, but nowhere are the conditions underfoot difficult. The nature of the landscape in this area means that there is a fair amount of ascent and descent.