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Meet the Sherpas Extension

An extended hike in the Himalayas

USD 650

Are you interested in learning more about the famous Sherpa people of the Himalayas? Our optional extension takes you on an unforgettable hike through the mountains of Nepal. You will get to meet the local Sherpas and listen to their stories about mountaineering and life on top of the world. Visit a local monastery and hike amazing trails! This deep dive into Sherpa culture will be an unforgettable experience for anyone. If you'd like to focus on taking photos of community life or portrait photos of people you meet along the hike, let us know in advance, and we'll arrange some meetings during your hike. Note that the internal flights from Kathmandu to Lukla are not included. They cost around USD200 one way per person (though prices vary depending on the season). We'd be happy to help you book those flights if you book the extension.

Day 1 • Fly to the top of the world!

Lukla airport

In the morning, you board a small plane that will take you through a spectacular mountainous landscape to Lukla. The tiny, inclined runway of this little mountain town is a sight in itself! Lukla is the place where Everest Base Camp hikers start their expedition, so there is a real buzz in the town.

As you acclimatise to the altitude, you'll meet your local Sherpa guide. He will accompany you throughout the tour and show you his world. Together, you start your trek towards Phakding, where you will stay the night at a local tea house.

Meals included: Lunch, Dinner

Transport: Flight (1:00h), By Foot (3:00h)

Day 2 • A day of glorious hiking

Sherpa hiking 1

Today is all about hiking! It will take you about 6 hours to reach Namche Bazaar, hiking along the gorgeous Himalayas. Namche Bazaar is a small town with only around 1600 inhabitants, but it's a stopping point for many hikers as it's the gateway to the higher Himalayas. You may meet some interesting characters about the town! A perfect chance for you to dive more into the local culture. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Transport: By Foot (6:00h)

Day 3 • A visit to the local monastery

Namcha Bazar Stupa

Today, you go on a short hike to the local goma, a traditional monastery, to learn about the religious customs of the region. On your way back, you meet a local Sherpa family who will welcome you with snacks and tea. You get to learn about their lives in the mountains, get to know family life from their perspective. You spend the night back at the tea house in Namche Bazaar.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Transport: By Foot (1:00h)

Day 4 • Meet a local Sherpa climber

Sherpa Hiking 2

After your time in Namche Bazaar, it's time to head out on the trail once again and hike back to Lukla. Since you will pass the various viewpoints of the trail at a different time of day compared to your way up, you will get to experience the various spots with a drastically different lighting and atmosphere!

Back in Lukla, you meet up with a local Sherpa climber for drinks at a bar. The stories that he will tell you are on of a kind! There are no better mountaineers than the Sherpa, as even their genetics adapted to life at such high altitudes! He has seen climbing adventures that only a handful of people have experienced!

You will spend the night at the local tea house in Lukla.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Transport: By Foot (6:00h)

Day 5 • Back to civilization

Namche Mountains

Today, your hike comes to a close. You catch an early morning flight and experience a spectacular take-off into the majestic valley below.

With fond memories, you continue your journey through the colorful country of Nepal. We wish you a happy trip from your excursion into the mountains!

Meals included: Breakfast

Transport: Flight (1:00h)

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