Solukhumbu District is one amongst 14 districts of Province No. 1 of eastern Nepal. Because the name suggests which consists of the sub-regions Solu and Khumbu. The district, with Salleri as its headquarters, covers a part of 3,312 km2 and had a population 105,886 in 2011. Everest is within the northern part of this district, among Sagarmatha national park. Indigenous ethnic Kulung and hill caste Chhetri are the main teams living within the mid-hills, whereas Sherpas occupy the high mountains. There’s a notable hiking trail called the Solukhumbu trail.
Things To Do Solukhumbu :
Dudhkunda Cultural Trail (Lower Solukhumbu): Dudhkunda (4,560 m), a holy mountain lake, within the lap of Mt. Numbur could be a widespread trekking destination of Solu. The trek to Dudhkunda starting from Phaplu is often done either only round the Dudhkunda Lake or combined with cultural experience passing through Khaling Rai settlements and so back to Salleri through dense forests of shrub and a variety of wildlife. The trial combined provides one with a detailed encounter with the distinctive Khaling Rais of this area. Dudhkunda, which accurately means that a lake of milk, is claimed to be a sacred lake and is revered by the local people. It’s believed that taking a dip in its holy waters can fulfill one’s desires. throughout the full phase of the moon nights in August, along celebration is held here by pilgrims and jhankris (Shaman priests).
Sagarmatha National Park: Sagarmatha National Park is home of the very best peak within the world – Mt. Everest (8,848 m). The realm was declared national park in 1976. The Park that additionally has many alternative peaks all higher than 6,000 m, was established as a World Heritage site in 1979. With most of the Park higher than 3,000 m, Sagarmatha is full of rugged piece of land with deep gorges, glaciers and large rocks.
The Park boasts the variety of wildlife and over 118 species of bird. Whereas the forest is dominated by silver fir, birch, rhododendron and juniper trees, animals like deer, the Himalayan Thar, the ghoral, the serow, the wolf, and also the Himalayan black bear is also noticed by trekkers during this region. Species seen by a lucky few include snow leopard, red panda, and 2 types of dazzling pheasants – the crimson-horned and also the impeyan, Nepal’s national bird. Smaller animals like marmots, pikas and martens also are found here. The most effective time to visit the park is throughout the autumn months of October-November and from March-May in summer.
Namche Bazaar (Upper Solukhumbu): Namche Bazaar (3,500 m) is the staging point for expeditions to Mt. Everest and different peaks within the area. It’s is also a prosperous town selling everything from Tibetan artifacts to trekking and climbing instrumentation. The traveler center at Park headquarters has elaborated information on varied climbs within the area, memorabilia from totally different mountaineering expeditions, and knowledge on the lifestyle and culture of the Sherpa folks.
Phortse Tourism Village (Upper Solukhumbu): Phortse (3,950 m) could be a unique Sherpa settlement of concerning 80 households. With the aim of adding a cultural side to the Mt.Everest experience, Phortse is being developed as a model ecotourism village in Sagarmatha National park area. Community-run home-stays are offered in Phortse for the experience of the mountain life. Teashops and lodges are accessible here. Staying at the home-stays as house guests, attempting out wholesome Sherpa and Nepali food, and observing the native peoples’ daily life, might offer the experience of a lifespan. Cultural show and Sherpa dance are performed at the request of tourists.
This Sherpa village within the lap of the mountains additionally offers fantastic views and wildlife experience. The village is lush, surrounded by birch and juniper trees that shelter vulnerable musk deer totally different types of pheasants. Peacocks, Himalayan tahr and bear are noticed around the region every now and so. The rare snow leopards found within the mountains have additionally been rumored to be seen here. Phortse is concerning 4-hour walk north-east from Sagarmatha park headquarters. One additionally has the choice of returning via Phortse, whereas coming down from Mt. Everest Base Camp.
Pikey Cultural trail (Lower Solukhumbu): Pikey Hill (4,065 m) is one amongst the tallest hills of Solu. From Pikey, you’ll be able to see most of the central and eastern Himalayan peaks Sagarmatha (Mt.Everest), Makalu, Kanchenjunga, Annapurna, Gauri Shanker, Lhotse, Numbur, Khatang, Karyalung, Shishapangma, Mera Peak, Thamserku, Lhotse Shar, Nuptse and a bit of Ama Dablam. The height also offers exciting sunrise and sunset views throughout good weather. The trail passes through a number of the foremost beautiful settlements of the region. A path through Jiri-Chaulakharka-Nagaur-leads to the Pikey Danda area.
The trail starts at Phaplu and passes through Kerung, Pattale, Jhapre, Pikey peak, Lamajura, Junbesi and ends at Salleri. The name Pikey comes from the name of a Sherpa kin deity. throughout the month of July, the locals hold celebrations to worship their kin god, the eastern Chyabo Pikey, as Pikey Hlapchen Karbu. There are alternative fascinating prospects for enterprise tourism activities at Pikey like paragliding, mountain biking, birdwatching, pilgrimage, and meditation. From here the path descends through dense forest finally meeting the Mt. Everest trail at Beni.
July could be a blast to require a visit to Pikey, as this can be once the native folks hold their celebrations of the kin god, the eastern Chyabo Pikey. From Pikey, one may also continue on to the Dudhkunda trail. Rumjatar and Jiri are other different entries to Pikey Cultural trail. As mentioned above, once reaching Pikey one conjointly has the choice of taking the Dudhkunda Cultural trail via Taksindu. The trail passes through Junbesi, Phaplu, Taksindu, Beni, Dudhkunda, Taksindu and back to Salleri. This trek goes through lovely settlements and landscapes. one amongst the foremost lovely Sherpa villages, Junbesi, is on the way from Pikey to Dudhkunda. One may also visit the renowned Thuptenchholing monastery on the way.