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Solukhumbu - Dumji Festival Trek

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Thank you for your interest in this trekking journey which I have set at ‘entry level’, effectively meaning it’s readily achievable by those with a medium level of fitness.
The Journey offers a combination of natural beauty, culture and adventure in the beautiful Solukhumbu Valley which is home both to our people (the Sherpa) and the highest peak in the world, Everest, which we call Sagarmatha.

Trekking commences following a flight from Kathmandu to Paphlu (around 35 minutes) and follows trails around the valley with opportunity to view mountains of the Himalaya range, including Everest, Lhotse, Nupse, Kantiga, Amadablam, Thamserku and Numbur.  On trekking further up the valley through the small villages of Rigmu, Phurteng and  Pankarma to Phougmuche, first hand experience of Sherpa culture is realised, and a visit to Thuptenchholing Monastery adds significantly to impressions gained.
Then down through Mopung and Edingma on the way to Junbesi for the Dumji Festival, where trekkers spend a full day and two nights joining in with the festivities and / or undertaking short walks into the neighbouring valley as the mood takes.   Finally, a walk down to Phaplu for the flight back to Kathmandu.
The majesty of the Himalayas is evident each day as trails are followed through a rich variety of flora and fauna.   At this time of the year, rhododendrons in full flower are prominent when passing many mountain streams along the route.
We would be pleased to have you on the journey and to introduce you to our country and way of life while you travel as part of our extended family.  

Ang Ngima SherpaAng Ngima Sherpa,
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Trip Summary

Day 1 - arrive Kathmandu: meet and greet
Day 2 - fly to Phaplu, then walk to local market at Dorpu
Day 3 - walk to Ringmu (approx 2 - 3 hrs)
Day 4 - walk to Phurteng (approx 3 - 4 hrs): probable views of mountain peaks including Mt Everest
Day 5 - walk to Pangkarma (approx 4 - 5 hrs) with several side visits and o’night in Sherpa home
Day 6 - walk to Junbesi (approx 1 - 2 hrs): attendance at festival and o’night Junbesi
Day 7 - attending festival at Junbesi and / or side treks in neighbouring valley - o’night Junbesi
Day 8 - walk to Paphlu (approx 4 – 5 hrs)
Day 9 - fly to Kathmandu with leisure time on arrival
Day 10 - trip concludes after breakfast

All meals are included for the 9 days except for lunch Day 1 and Day 8, and any meals on Day 9 required after breakfast.

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Cost: US $1375 (joining Kathmandu)
Includes: basic hotel-style accommodation and all meals (except for lunch Day 1 and Day 9, and any meals on Day 10 after breakfast), domestic flights, all airport pickups and drop-offs. A sleeping bag and kit bag are provided whilst on trek, plus Sherpas and porters to assist you en-route and carry your gear. A medical kit will be carried by staff.

Single Supplement: additional US $150

An 8 day Lodge based trek.
Introductory level trek: general level of fitness required – an ‘everybody’ trek.

Daily Movements

Days Avtivities
Day 1 Arrive Kathmandu: Sherpa staff transfer participants to a lovely hotel in Boudhanath, a short walk from the world’s second biggest Buddhist stupa. Evening meal with the Sherpa leader, allowing time to meet and mix with others in the group. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 2 Fly to Phaplu (35 mins - 2400m) and move into nearby accommodation. Walk to the nearby bustling local Dhorphu Saturday bazaar where a huge range of local produce and articles is displayed. Locals treat this as a regular social occasion to catch up with each other and hear the latest news. Then return to Phaplu for a late lunch and easy afternoon to be followed by the evening meal and entertainment by the local Phaplu Youth Group. To join with them in their dancing is a great experience. Overnight in Phaplu.
Day 3 Walk to Ringmu (2-3 hours - 2830m) a beautiful Sherpa village for lunch. Then further up the valley to the stupa for a close view of Numbur mountain.   Return to Ringmu for overnight accommodation.
Day 4 Walk to Phurteng (3-4 hours – 3100m), crossing the Dudh Koshi river and through a pine and rhododendron forest, with lunch en-route at the Sherpa village of Salung.  Views of the villages around the Himalayan range are evident along the trail.  Overnight at the Everest View Hotel at Phurteng where, weather dependent, sunset and sunrise panoramic mountain views of Everest, Lhotse, Nupse, Kantiga, Amadablam, Thamserku and Numbur may be experienced.
Day 5 Walk to Pangkarma (4-5 hours - 3000m) through oak, pine and rhododendron forests with lunch at Mopung plus a visit to Tashi Kongma Stupa which is the tallest and largest stupa in the Solukhumbu. Then a side trip to Thuptenchholing monastery, the largest Buddhist monastery in the world and home to around 500 monks and nuns. Circumstances allowing, a tour of the monastery and chat with the local monks is on the agenda.  Evening meal and overnight in a Pangkarma Sherpa’s home, and an opportunity to experience traditional dancing by local residents and taste the local beverages Chang and Raki.
Day 6 Walk to Junbesi  (1-2 hours – 2700m) calling at the Himalayan Phougmuchi Monastery and Sherpa Buddhist School (elevation 3100m), the latter being attended by over 100 local area students. Then a visit to the local medical centre at Edingma with opportunity to discuss local medical problems and facilities with staff.  Overnight in Junbesi, home to the 2012 Dumji Festival.  Opportunity to view and perhaps join in festival events as they progress during the remainder of the day.
Day 7  Full day and overnight at Junbesi to further experience the Dumji festival, one of the great festivals held in villages within the Everest region every year to celebrate and honour the anniversary of Guru Rinpoche’s birth on the lotus flower. Guru Rinpoche introduced Buddhism to Tibet in the 8th century. His teachings and translations have been given to hundreds of disciples. It is understood that for the benefit of future generations he concealed thousands of hidden teachings in many places. The festival brings the villagers together from across the region and there is much dancing and merrymaking in addition to the traditional Sherpa rituals being performed by the monks. A side walk into the valley or monastery is available for the energetic.
Day 8 Walk to Phaplu (4-5 hours – 2400m) moving down the valley through pine forests and beautiful Sherpa villages to the Dudh Koshi river and Beni for morning tea: then a gradual climb to Phaplu for an overnight. This is the last night with the full crew of porters and Sherpa guides and a time to celebrate with a meal together. Appreciation in the form of tips may be expressed at this time to these people who make the trip such an enjoyable adventure.
Day 9 Return flight to Kathmandu, and a rest of day at leisure before joining again for an evening meal.
Day 10 Journey formally concludes after breakfast with transportation to the airport, unless other arrangements have been made.

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