Nepal: Monasteries and Mountains – A Solu Explorer


The Solu area of Nepal boasts beautiful views of Everest, Shorung Yu La, Kanteiga, other snow-capped mountains; some of Nepal’s most interesting monasteries; friendly Sherpas; and trekking routes with few tourists. Beginning in Phaplu, with views of Shorung Yu La, the holiest mountain to the Solu Sherpas, you will climb to Junbesi, site of the first of Rural Education and Development’s libraries. After visiting the town, you walk to Tuptencholing, the most important monastery in the area and one of the most famous in all Nepal. From Tuptencholing your trek takes us up over the ridge, with spectacular views of the Himalayan range, down to the banks of the Beni Khola, and then up to Dudh Kund, a 16,000-foot glacial lake at the base of Shorung Yu La, and one of the most important pilgrimage lakes for both Hindus and Buddhists. After visiting the lake, we will descend to the charming monastery of Tragshindu and then on to Chiwong, with its beautiful frescoes, before returning to Phaplu and Kathmandu.

In the spring, you can enjoy the Dumje Festival in Junbesi; and, in the fall, Mani Rimdu in Chiwong.

This year, due to the earlier earthquake, we will likely camp, rather than stay in private homes or lodges, although the situation may vary from place to place and at different times of the year. We will, however, cook in the lodges, so that the local people will benefit from the income. For more on Nepal, watch Toni Neubauer on A Conversation with Brent Boynton.


Land Cost

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ITINERARY at a Glance

Day 1

Arrive in Kathmandu; Welcome dinner.

Day 2

Tour the Swayambunath, Pashupatinath and Bodhanath.

Day 3

Fly Phaplu. Hike to Junbesi and explore the town.

Day 4

Day in Junbesi. In spring, enjoy the Dumje Festival.

Day 5

Hike to the monastery of Tuptencholing, visit monastery and camp beyond.

Day 6

Head to an abandoned cheese factory and enjoy sights of Shorung Yu La.

Day 7

Contour over to the Beni Khola River.

Day 8

Hike up to Dudh Kund.

Day 9

Continue to Tragshindo Monastery.

Day 10

Hike down to Chiwong Monastery. Fall, enjoy Mani Rimdu Festival.

Day 11

AM in Chiwong. Mid-afternoon downhill to Phaplu.

Day 12

Fly Kathmandu.

Day 13

Visit Patan and Bhaktapur.

Day 14

Depart Nepal for home.