• Trip Style : Trekking / Hiking
  • Trip Difficulty : Moderate
  • Max Altitude : 3880m
  • Daily Walking Hours : 5 to 6 hours
  • Accomodation: Lodge to lodge
  • Food : Bed & Breakfast
  • Start-End : Kathmandu

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Everest Cultural Trek

Everest Sherpa cultural trek is a perfect blend of rich Sherpa culture along with a mesmerizing view of the Himalayas. The trail provides a fantastic feel of the ancient Sherpa town and their remarkably unique way of hospitality makes you feel at home.

The trail leads us to the Sherpa land, which is the home of the indigenous Sherpas and the most famous place to visit in the Khumbu region. The world-famous mountaineers who have successfully climbed several peaks and are widely known for their strong climbing feet and courageous hearts come from the land of Sherpas.

Along the way, as trekkers pass through the legendary Tengboche monastery, the center of Sherpa Buddhist culture, they are left enchanted by the incredible craftwork, sacred stones, mani walls, and vibrant prayer flags blowing in the wind. The trekkers follow the classic trail to Namche Bazaar, the busiest area in the region. Namche is the junction where Himalayan traders and yak herders meet.

The greatest reward you can get in this trek is the breathtaking view of Mt. Everest (8848 m), the highest mountain in the world. Our Everest Sherpa cultural trek begins when our staff meets at Lukla airport (2860 m). Our path crosses the Dudh Koshi River and ascends down the narrow gorges from there. On the way, we realize how tiny we are amongst these giant mountains that surround us from all sides.

Colorful prayer flags blowing in the chilly breeze, the path filled with sacred stones and boulders marked with Buddhist prayer inscriptions, commonly known as the mani walls, fill our journey with a magical touch. Trekkers frequently encounter yak caravans and wobbling bridges that give them a mini heart attack.

Even though we do not get to see the legendary Himalayan Yeti, we sure get to see Barking Deer, Musk Deer, and the Himalayan Tahr grazing on the steep slopes. Trekkers cannot resist the urge to take pictures with the shaggy-coated Yaks that pass our way.

The highlight of the trip includes the famous short-period hike to the Everest View Hotel. This is amazing hiking to acclimatize yourself and the views from the Everest view hotel are stunning. You sure do not want to miss it.

Namche Bazaar is a delightful settlement set in a horseshoe-shaped mountain amphitheater. Trekkers who wish to take back cool souvenirs with them get a chance to buy goods as Namche Bazaar sets up a Saturday market where merchandise of daily use, mountaineering souvenirs, meat, yak trail, and butter are traded.

The trekkers get a pleasant feel as they pass through the Tengboche Monastery situated at an altitude of 3880 m. The place is surrounded by firs and rhododendrons and the view is magnificent as you get a close-up view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse (7861 m), Mt. Lhotse (8516 m), Mt. Ama Dablam (6812 m), Mt. Kwangde (6187 m) and Mt. Thamserku (6623 m).

A day at Khumjung village will fill us in with the tales of the legendary Yeti and a view of Yeti’s scalp at the local monastery. Do pick the Everest Sherpa Cultural trek to see the beautiful and wonderful sherpa lifestyle in Everest which will truly spark your wanderlust.

Trip Highlights

  • Walkthrough the Sagarmatha National Park and Sherpa villages enjoying the magnificent views of high mountains including Mount Everest (8848m), the highest peak in the world
  • Enjoy the unique culture and tradition of Sherpa people and colorful markets and monumental landscapes
  • Rewarded with the great mountain views as well as wildlife including musk deer, Mountain goats also known as Himalayan Thar and snow leopard with an opportunity to watch the different species of birds
  • Hike to Tengboche, the famous place for its legendary monastery and breathtaking view of Mount Ama Dablam.

Our early flight to Lukla today will take approximately 35 minutes; from here we will trek to Phakding, descending 200m over 4 hours. We will catch a glimpse of some great mountains such as Nupla (5,885m) above Kongde Ridge, Kusum Kang (6,367m appears on the right a little later. All along we will be following the northern (left) bank of the Dudh Kosi River. It is important to take these first few days slowly to enable our body to acclimatize and to enjoy the passing scenery and culture. Overnight at a mountain lodge.

  • itinery-iconAccommodation: Lodge
  • itinery-iconMeals: Bed and Breakfast
  • itinery-iconPlace: Lukla - Phakding
  • itinery-iconMaximum Altitude:2,880m.,2,640m

Today begins on level ground, relative to the environment in which we are! We will cross the river on a high suspension bridge and begin to climb up to Monjo (2,800m) and on to the gateway to the Sagamartha National Park Entrance in place to protect and preserve this beautiful environment. There is a good rest stop on the way up where we will see people gathered, admiring the first real chance to see Mt. Everest in the distance. On the way up today we will be rewarded with views of Kusum Kangaru, Thamserku, Kwangde and Tawache Peak before eventually arriving at Namche after about 5 hours. Overnight at hotel.

  • itinery-iconAccommodation: Hotel
  • itinery-iconMeals: Bed and Breakfast
  • itinery-iconPlace: Namche Bazaar
  • itinery-iconMaximum Altitude:3,445m

The main aim today is to allow our body to acclimatize, it is important to drink lots of water and take some gentle exercise. Namche is a growing town tucked into a neat little valley, there is lots going on in the centre with market days on Friday and Saturday. There are some interesting museums and shops. There is also internet and a sauna! We could venture further afield, take a visit to Khumjung where the Hillary school sits and Khunde nearby, on the way back to Namche we could visit the Shangboche airstrip, (3,790m) the highest in the world nearby is the Everest View Hotel for stunning views.

  • itinery-iconAccommodation: Hotel
  • itinery-iconMeals: Bed and Breakfast
  • itinery-iconPlace: Namche Bazaar
  • itinery-iconMaximum Altitude:3,445m

Trek from Namche Bazaar to Thame (3,800m.) and it takes about four and half hours. From Namche the route turns west and the trail is almost level as we head up the Bhote Koshi Valley, once a popular trading route into Tibet. Along the way we pass many prayer flags, mani walls and carved stones, all indicative of the Tibetan Buddhist culture of this area. After descending to the Bhote Koshi the trail climbs steeply to Thame. From here there are good views of the peaks of Teng Kangpoche and Kwangde and to the north is the Nangpa La, the pass leading to Tibet. Thame Gompa is situated above the village overlooking the valley and is the site for the spring celebrations of the Mani Rimdu festival. There is a monastery in Thame believed to have incarnated monks. Overnight at a mountain lodge.

  • itinery-iconAccommodation: Lodge
  • itinery-iconMeals: Bed and Breakfast
  • itinery-iconPlace: Thame
  • itinery-iconMaximum Altitude:3,445m.,3,800m

Trek from Thame to Khumjung, and it takes about five hours. We retrace our route down the Bhote Kosi Valley towards Namche and branch off to follow a quiet trail to Khumjung. It is a picturesque village, which also has its own Gompa at the top end of town. Here we can have excellent views of Thamserku, Kantega, Tawache and Ama Dablam. Overnight at a mountain lodge.

  • itinery-iconAccommodation: Lodge
  • itinery-iconMeals: Bed and Breakfast
  • itinery-iconPlace: Khumjung
  • itinery-iconMaximum Altitude:3,790m

Trek from Khumjung to Tengboche which takes about five to six hours. The trail descends gently for early one hour to Sanasa (3,550m.). Now we have a glimpse of first really good views of the great peaks of the Khumbu including Mt Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. Passing by several villages and numerous teashops, the trail descends steeply to a bridge over the river Dudh Koshi at Phunki Tenga (3,250m.).The village has an excellent place for lunch and we can take a short rest before making the steep climb to Tengboche. Although exhausting due to the zigzag path, the trek has numerous attractions like rhododendron bushes, beautiful birds chirping and superb mountain scenery making our trek exciting. Tengboche is famous for its legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu region. Overnight at a mountain lodge.

  • itinery-iconAccommodation: Lodge
  • itinery-iconMeals: Bed and Breakfast
  • itinery-iconPlace: Tengboche
  • itinery-iconMaximum Altitude:3,867m

Mostly downhill today it will take us 4 to 5 hours, there is a steep climb for about an hour before we encounter the scenic walk back into Namche. From Khumjung we can pass through Khunde where we may enjoy a visit to the little monastery if you haven’t already. Overnight at a mountain lodge.

  • itinery-iconAccommodation: Lodge
  • itinery-iconMeals: Bed and Breakfast
  • itinery-iconPlace: Namche Bazaar
  • itinery-iconMaximum Altitude:3,445m

A four hour walk, today we are descending steeply for the first half then on to Phakding, where we will our afternoon meal, after lunch, it will take us around 3 to 4 hours to Lukla. This evening we will have a farewell ceremony with our guides and porters where you will be able to sample some Chang and try some Sherpa dancing. Overnight at Lodge.

  • itinery-iconAccommodation: Lodge
  • itinery-iconMeals: Bed and Breakfast
  • itinery-iconPlace: Lukla
  • itinery-iconMaximum Altitude:2,880m

We will be on an early flight back this morning to Kathmandu, transfer to your hotel. End service.

  • itinery-iconAccommodation: On your own
  • itinery-iconMeals: non
  • itinery-iconPlace: Kathmandu
  • itinery-iconMaximum Altitude:1,350m

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  • small-thumbnails Everest National park fee with trekking permit.
  • small-thumbnails Tims card (trekking information management system card).
  • small-thumbnails Accommodation (guesthouse) and daily breakfast during the trekking period.
  • small-thumbnails English speaking guide and highly experienced staff.
  • small-thumbnails Staffs food, clothing, salary and insurance.
  • small-thumbnails All necessary grounded transportation.
  • small-thumbnails Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • small-thumbnails Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • small-thumbnails Drop and pick up from the domestic airport while flying to Lukla and back ( 2 times only)
  • small-thumbnails Our service charges with VAT and Loca Government Taxes.
  • small-thumbnails Sightseeing or any extra activities except the above program.
  • small-thumbnails Necessary flights from Kathmandu to Lukla return trips.
  • small-thumbnails Lunch and Dinner during the trek
  • small-thumbnails Personal nature expenses.
  • small-thumbnails Bar bill and all kinds of drinks.
  • small-thumbnails Rescue & Evacuation.
  • small-thumbnails Gratitude (tip) for staff.

Useful Information

We strive to organize culturally rewarding and environmentally friendly trekking trips that provide pleasant and memorable experiences for our clients and economic and social benefits to the local communities. We, therefore, use most of our trekking crew locally and we stay at locally owned and operated guest houses. We encourage local service providers to adopt minimum-impact methods and provide eco-sensitive services. Due to deforestation and global warming, we minimize the use of campfires by providing proper equipment and advice to our clients, guides, and porters.

We adhere to the Philosophy of Leave no trace. Please consider Alpine Eco Trek and Expedition when you plan your next trip to Nepal.

Everest Sherpa Cultural trek is a short and easy yet adventure trek in the Everest region, although it is a comfortable and easy trek, the trip goes up to 3800m so we suggest you read about Acute Mountain Sickness before making a final decision to book the Everest Sherpa Cultural trek.

Trip Reviews

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  • December 26, 2022

Amazing Everest Sherpa Culture Trek

We are a French couple and did 10 day trek in the Everest area with Alpine Eco Trek in March 2018. It was the perfect time to visit, good and dry weather and very scenic views. Ram Kumar was quick and accurate with the communication and our guide Sarjan was a great guide. We took the distances at our own speed, and thanks to Sarjan we had no issues with high altitude sickness, we went up to 4000m. This was our first long trekking in Nepal and we recommend this trek for every beginner who wants a challenge but does not know how their body will respond to high altitude. Our, this trek is just two days hiking away from Everest Base Camp so you need to be back to do the full adventure for sure. Have patience for Lukla Airport, it might take some days to get back to Kathmandu, it is part of the adventure. Relax and take a cup of hot tea in the nearby coffee shops. The view was excellent, colorful Sherpa villages, Mountain sherpa people and their culture are extremely unique and highlights of Everest Sherpa culture trek. Thanks, Ram for your professional arrangements.

  • Dominique TR3

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