Lower Solukhumbu Trek is a wonderful opportunity to witness natural and topographical variation along with cultural insights of local Sherpa inhabitants. The major highlight of this trek is in villages. Even though this area is small and rural; the villages are culturally and religiously diverse with lots of artistic ancient monasteries.
We initiate our Lower Solukhumbu trek after your arrival in Kathmandu followed the next day by sightseeing around UNESCO world heritage sites. And completing necessary trekking preparations afterwards. The journey starts as we board a scenic mountain flight from Kathmandu to the airstrip at Phaplu. And begin trekking activity until we reach Jyalsa Tibetan Camp at the end of the day. Further, we visit monasteries like Chiwong Gompa via Taksindo La pass and cross Singsei La pass via Ringmo. In this way, we arrive at the highest point of the trek at Yasa Peak at an altitude of 4140 m above sea level. Finally, the Lower Solukhumbu Trekking track goes through Junbesi, Lamjuta, Phambuk Prak, Loding Ma, and Phaplu before we fly back to Kathmandu.
Lower Solukhumbu Trek is best recommended during the months of September to December. As these are the season that provides clear views of the mountains. And also the months of March to May are a great seasonal time to view blossoming rhododendron forests. Regarding the fitness level, anyone can join this trip with a reasonable fitness level; without any risk of high altitude sickness. Join Lower Solukhumbu Trek with Nepal Mountain Trekkers. Contact us now for booking and further information.
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Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)::
This trek to the lower altitude areas of the Everest region begins with your arrival in the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu. After you complete the necessary formalities in the immigration of the airport, our representative shall greet you in the airport. You shall then be transferred to the respective hotel of your stay which shall be in the centre of Kathmandu and shall have all the facilities necessary for your comfortable stay. Take proper rest today as the entertaining exploration of the hills of Solukhumbu region beginning tomorrow shall keep you fully engaged. Enjoy the delicious and authentic Nepalese food in the hotel and experience warm hospitality from the hotel staffs. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 2 : Sightseeing and Trek Preparation::
Today we have set aside the day for exploring the richness of Kathmandu valley, ancient heritages and other architecture in the neighboring cities of Bhaktapur and Patan as practically possible. Some of the major heritages to be included in the sightseeing are the excellent Hindu architecture of Pashupatinath Temple and the Buddhist pilgrimages of Boudhanath Stupa and the 14th century old Swayambhunath Stupa, also known as the Monkey Temple among the foreign visitors. We also have the excellent masterpieces of Nepalese architecture in the Royal palaces in Basantapur Durbar Square (Kathmandu), Bhaktapur and the other medieval aged city of Patan. After exploring the world famous heritages and unique lifestyle of the locals, we meet our trekking guide for the preparation of the trek in the hills of Everest region. Get all your queries clarified and receive information necessary during the trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 3 : Fly to Phaphlu (2469m/8100 ft ) and Trek to Jyalsa Tibetan Camp (2690m/8825 ft)::
Today we shall fly to the small mountainous town of Phaplu in the Solukhumbu district for our trek. This flight takes around 35 minutes and flies above and across the lush valleys, green hills and the occasional views of the mountain vistas. After a short and scenic flight we reach to the Phaplu airport which is a seasonal airport and which also serves as an alternative to the Lukla airport at times. After flight we shall meet the local support crews and prepare for the further sections of the trek in this beautiful valley. Further section of trek for today shall serve as a gentle and introductory trek. The trek shall lead to the Jyalsa Tibetan camp which shall provide insight into the daily lifestyle and culture of this predominantly Sherpa and Tibetan Buddhism village. Trekkers may also shop some of the local handicrafts made by the Tibetan refugees. After exploring the surrounding we shall get proper rest. Overnight in Phaplu.
Day 4 : Jyalsa to Chiwong Gompa (2880m/9448 ft)::
Traversing in the periphery of Phaplu and the neighboring settlements continues as we move a bit further along the trail for the destination of Chiwong Gompa. The trail branches off from the route leading to Benighat and moves forward along the hills and through the smaller settlements along the trail and crossing several small streams originating in the higher hills, besides the greenery and forests. Moving along the trail we further branch off with the trail ahead of Chiwang village and after crossing the Chiwang River. Moving ahead on the trail we reach the ancient Chiwong Monastery where the second largest festival of Mani Rimdu festival is held. The fewer available teahouses serve the relatively fewer trekkers and tourists visiting this area. We shall explore the heritages, artistry and thangkas in the monastery as well as the surrounding landscape. Overnight around Chiwong Gompa.
Day 5 : Chiwong Gompa to Taksindo(2960m/9711 ft) via Taksindo La(3870m/12696 ft)::
We start our trek for today in the minor trail and continue on the similar trail till we rejoin the trail of the previous day near the settlement of Jambuk. We pass through the smaller settlements of Beni and traverse along past the view point ahead of Beni and other settlements of Phera, Chandung and Temuche before we join the main trail joining trekking route from Jiri to Everest base camp at Ringmu. Before that we pass through couple of small rivulets, small hydropower and prayer wheels. After Ringmu we turn right on the trail and after uphill climb ascent to the Taksindu La pass. Ahead on the trail, we descent on a relatively steep trail in a winding fashion before we reach the settlement of Taksindo which has Cheese factory and powerhouse that lightens the surrounding areas. Overnight in Taksindo.
Day 6 : Taksindo to Singseri La Pass (3475m/11400 ft) via Ringmo (2700m/8858 ft)::
Today we shall leave the Taksindo, the cheese factory and the monastery founded by the monks from Thyangboche for the Singseri La pass. Uphill climb to the pass and then a downhill descent leads us to the settlement of Ringmo. Intermittently we also trek past the settlements with cultivation of potatoes and other local products besides the orchards. We cross the Beni River by a suspension bridge and then traverse in a winding trail through sparse forest and the occasional site of pastures of Yaks used by the locals for grazing their animals in the summer. After further trek in the trail, we reach to the destination of Singseri La pass. Overnight in Singseri La Pass.
Day 7 : Singseri to Mopung (2750m/9022 ft) via Yasa Peak (4140m/13582 ft) and Thupten Choling (2850m/9350 ft)::
The trek has beautiful valley of Mopung as the destination. Trekking on the ridge and along the Junbesi River towards the origin of the river we reach our destination. During the trek we encounter several wooden and suspension bridges, past the rhododendron forest, Sherpa village and several prayer stones, prayer flags and some chortens. Ahead of the Mopung valley is the Thupten Choling monastery. The largest Tibetan monastery in the mountains of Nepal sits at 3000 m. It is the seat of His Holiness Trulshig Rinpoche with a monastic community of over 500 monks and nuns. With Lama School, meditation cave, traditional Sherpa culture centre and beautiful surrounding this monastery is really peaceful. Overnight in Mopung.
Day 8 : Mopung to Junbesi (2700m/8858 ft)::
We shall today have a trek to the lower altitude than the overnight stay of previous night and head for the Sherpa village of Junbesi. While trekking down for the destination for today, we can also pay visit to the Phungmuche gompa, another ancient gompa in the region. Past the Tibetan refugee area, the small hydropower plant, the settlement of Pankarma we trek along the seemingly balcony path. We proceed further in trail and continue past the settlement of Sumijingma, another gompa by the name of Porokche Gompa, we turn right on the trail, away from the trail leading to Phurten and Taksidnu, and reach to the destination of Junbesi. This village is a small settlement with around 5000 population and has a gompa that dates back to 1636. Overnight in Junbesi.
Day 9 : Junbesi to Lamjura(3550m/11646 ft) via Lamjura La (3600m/11811 ft)::
After exploring the small and beautiful hilly settlement dominated by Sherpa community, we trek ahead in the trail to the west of Junbesi village. The trek initially goes past the Hillary school and traverse along on a relatively flat trail surrounded by dense forests dotted by rhododendron and fir until the trek comes to a stream after which the elevation starts. Trekkers encounter a gradual and increasing rise in the altitude till they reach the Thaktok Gompa that dates back to 1980s and hosts a myriad of Buddhist heritages. Further ahead in the trail is a steep descent to a bridge and then to small settlement of Tragdobuk after which again an ascent to Lamjura La pass for more than couple of hours leads us to marvelous scenery. Adorned with prayer flags, the pass leads the trekkers to the Lamjura past the barracks and lodges. Overnight in Lajura.
Day 10 : Lamjura to Loding Ma (2600m/8530 ft) via Phambuk Peak (3840m/12598 ft) and Pike Pass (3500m/11482 ft)::
The trek in one of the most beautiful mid hill valleys continues as we trek to the southern region of the previous overnight stay destination of Lamjura. On the ridge of hill leading to the Pikey Peak, trekkers shall traverse along the path surrounded by oak and rhododendron forests and several birds and butterflies that makes the trek and entertaining one. In the winding path along the ridge after couple of hours of trek we reach to the Phambuk peak, a relatively less challenging one as per Himalayan standard. Further past the peak, and around some teahouses en route, we trek towards the destination of Loding. In the route we have another pass of Pike, which through another route leads to the Pike Peaks. We trek straight in the path and along the Lodig River to reach the destination of today, the settlement of Loding. Overnight in Loding.
Day 11 : Loding Ma to Phaphlu::
This is the last section of the trek in this scenic, lush and biotical region which shall end in the starting point of our trek, Phaplu. Traversing to the destination shall be on a trail with relatively gradual descent and through the several smaller settlements including TamaKhani, Bhasme, Boldok, Lura and others. Intermittently we also cross couple of streams such as Loding River, Thiptek River and move past some temples and chortens, before we take a left turn after branching off the river and past Salleri to reach the destination of Phaplu. We prepare for the flight of next day back to Kathmandu valley and officially end the trekking experience in the mid-hills of Solukhumbu region. Overnight in Phaplu.
Day 12 : Fly Phaphlu to Kathmandu::
This marks the end of our entertaining and enriching trekking experience in the region. We leave early for the Kathmandu valley and have a day off after the scenic and short flight. The flight leaves early from the hill town over the lush valleys, green hills and serpentine rivers besides the panoramic view of the lofty white mountains to the far sight during the flight. After reaching the airport we shall transfer you to the hotel of your stay. in the afternoon you may wander along the streets of Kathmandu and go for some souvenir shopping for the near and dear ones back in your native place. Savor the delicious Nepalese cuisines in the hotel and enjoy the cultural program organized in your honor. Exchange photographs and memories with your fellow members of trekking team. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 13 : Farewell Day::
Its farewell time dear trekkers. You shall be transferred to the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) at least three hours prior to your flight for your respective onward destinations. We thank you for being a part of our trekking team and we also hope that you have collected some wonderful memories during this trekking expedition. You will be awaited for some more adventurous and touristic activities in this beautiful Himalayan nation. Have great days ahead and happy trekking.