Day 1: Kathmandu to Phaplu (1469 m.)/ 10 hrs drive
Start off in the morning with a long travel to Solukhumbu by local jeep. You get some great views from the car as the road is as high as 3000 meter at times. Once reaching Phaplu we check in at guesthouse and rest.
Day 2: Phaplu to Chyalsa and back (2690 m.)/ 4-5 hrs trek
Today we make a daytrip to Chyalsa, south of Phaplu, where we visit the Tibetan refugee camp and the monastery. The road is in terrain our guide would call “Nepali flat”, a bit up and a bit down but no steep ascends or descends.
Day 3: Phaplu to Ringmu (2720 m.)/ 5-6 hrs trek
Today we walk on the small, very less trafficked road across a big pine tree forest. In Ringmu we meet the more touristic trail used by people who are trekking from Jiri towards Everest. Here we get fresh local cheese made in the hills around.
Day 4: Ringmu to Salung (2659 m.) via Taksindu (2960 m.)/ 5-6 hrs trek
Today we walk from Ringmu up to Taksindu for about two hours were we visit the monastery. From here we come back to Ringmu onwards to Salung where is a short ascent to the riverside but from the walk goes gradual uphill all day. From Salung we get a very good view and if we are lucky we can also see Mount Everest.
Day 5: Salung to Junbesi ( 2700 m.)/ 5 hrs trek
Today we go mainly downhill, passing pine forest and mani walls. Junbesi is a beautiful Sherpa village where we stay two nights.
Day 6: Junbesi to Tuptenchholing (2920 m.) and back
We make a daytrip to the big nunnery Tuptenchholing with 500 nuns whereof most are Tibetan refugees. They have a Tibetan homeopathic clinic and a medical school. We also visit the Lama school and the traditional Sherpa Art school.
Day 7: Junbesi to Phaplu (2469 m.)/ 5 hrs trek
Today we follow the Junbesi river back down to our starting point, Phaplu. We walk some part on the and on the way the road is straight or downhill.
Day 8: Flight from Phaplu to Kathmandu
We say bye to our staff and catch the flight from Phaplu to Kathmandu.
Lower Solukhumbu Sherpa Trek