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Salpa High Pass Trek - 12 Days

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Trip Highlights

– Scenic flight to Kathmandu from Tumlingtar and Lukla.
– Trekking off the beaten track
– View of the fifth highest mountain in the world
– Join the main Khumbu trekking trails
– Great mountain views and Khumbu glaciers
– Impressive display of wild flowers in picturesque Sherpa settlements

This trekking route is known as an old trade route used by local people to transport agricultural products from Namche market through Nangpa La pass to Tibet. The trek starts from Tumlingtar and follows the Arun River into the Irkhu River Valley, which is also famous for its natural paper production. This valley takes us to the Salpa Pass.

The Salpa High Pass Trekking Trail is an interesting trek in the Khumbu (Mount Everest) region due to the unique ecology of the pass towards the sacred lake Salpa Pond. Friendly and naive villagers with beautiful waterfalls take us to the second pass of the trek – Surki La Rai and Sherpas have been living in this wonderful land of solitude for a long time. The area is famous for the wine (local beer) brewed locally by the Tungba-Sherpas. The highest trekking point of this route is Salpa Bhanjyang at an altitude of 3350 meters.

This trek is almost easy and gives you great views of the peaks, Mt Everest, Makalu, and mighty high altitude paddy fields, and dark forests. It is known as the gateway to Makalu-Barun National Park.

ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel
Day 02: Flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar 45 minutes
Day 03: Trek from Tumlingtar to Majuwadanda (800m) 4/5 hrs
Day 04: Majuwadanda to Salpa Phedi (1530m) 7/8 hrs
Day 05: Salpa Phedi to Sanam (2834m) via Salpa Pass (334m) 7/8 hrs
Day 06: Trek from Sanam to Khiraule (2535m) 7/8 hrs
Day 07: Khiraule to Sibuche (2800m). Surke La – Charakot Pass (3070m) 6/7 hrs
Day 08: Sibuche to Paiya (2767m) via Narkung La/Chaduk La (3161m) and Kari La (3059m) 6/7 hrs
Day 09: Trek from Piaye to Lukla (2840m) 4/5 hrs
Day 10: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu (1,350m) 35 minutes
Day 11: Contingency (free day at Kathmandu) (1,350m)
Day 12: Departure from Kathmandu

HOW MUCH DOES THE SALPA HIGH PASS TREK COST?

All inclusive Trek Price for 3 trekkers basis; USD 1,575 per person
This cost includes permit, guide, porter, transport, accommodation and food. But the cost varies according to the size of the group, customize your trek: this is a general itinerary, which can always be “tailormade” individually. Trek packages can be redesigned or redeveloped according to your taste.
Tell us about your travel needs. We will work together to customize your trip to meet your exact needs so you have a memorable trip.

WHEN IS THE BEST SEASON TO TREK THE SALPA HIGH PASS?

Mid-September to November (Autumn) and March to May (Spring) are the best seasons for trekking in Salpa high pass.
June to August (monsoon) are the rainy months but this time is perfect for keen botanists and the skies are sometimes clear.
During the trek, it offers a magnificent spectacle of rhododendron flowers blooming in March, April and May.
The trek is recommended in winter (December February). Temperatures are cool in the mornings but not unbearable and it warms up during day hikes with clear skies on most days with great views.

TOOLS AND GEARS

When deciding what to pack in your bag, it is important to check the features of the trek as well as the season/month you are coming to Nepal. If you’re wondering what to pack, here’s our recommended packing list and tools.
Check the equipment checklist.

Day 1
Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel

Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal. After completing the visa formalities and collecting your luggage at the airport, please exit the arrival hall. You will be waited for outside the arrivals hall and taken to your booking hotel. Please see the placard with your name on it when exiting the arrival hall. And upon arrival at the hotel will be served welcome drinks and after you freshen up, will inform you about your trip.

Day 2
Flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar 45 minutes

After having breakfast early in the morning, we will go to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport. Taking a scenic flight of 45 minutes near the Himalayas with breathtaking views of mountains and peaks, we will fly to Tumlingtar. And we will stay overnight at Tumlingtar.

Day 3
Trek from Tumlingtar to Majuwadanda (800m) 4/5 hrs

From the center of Khadbari, a small path leads down to the west. A couple of times you have the choice: flat or down; choose down. The trail goes down steeply and at several points offers beautiful views of the Makalu range. After about 1 ½ hour you reach a small river with an old wooden suspension bridge (320 m), which you have to cross. Follow the large path (don’t take the small path going up), which follows the Arun River in the northwest direction. It is flat, and easy to walk. After about 20 minutes you pass 2 teashops, from which it is another half hour to the village of Chewabesi. There are a few restaurants, where you can stop for lunch. From Chewabesi the trail continues for another 45 minutes, till you reach a big suspension bridge over the Arun River, which you have to cross. On the other side, you arrive at the village of Kattike Pull. The scenery is very idyllic, with the spread-out houses, rice fields, and the beautiful Arun River to your right. At the end of the village, you cross a blue iron bridge, after which you have to climb steeply for about 15 minutes. The trail keeps on following the river, which is now far below you and climbs gradually. After about 45 minutes, you reach a road, which you follow for 100m, after which you take a small part to your right. You reach a Y-junction, take the left fork up. It is a nice walk through the countryside again, with beautiful views of the Arun Valley below you. After about half an hour you reach the small settlement of Majuadanda. Majuadanda has a small guesthouse with 3 rooms and a place to camp: Sagarmatha Hotel and Lodge.

Day 4
Majuwadanda to Salpa Phedi (1530m) 7/8 hrs

Today you enter the Solukhumbu section of the GHT (referring to the Himalayan Maphouse’s GHT map), though you only enter Solukhumbu the next day when you cross the Salpa Pass. It is a very long and tiring day and after leaving Mazuwadanda, the road goes up, sometimes steep and sometimes flat, offering a view of the snow-capped mountains of the Makalu range on the horizon. There is a Y-junction, take the left trail. Again there is another Y-junction (2 small trails), take the right trail here. The trail is now going down, mostly gently, but also pretty steep at some points. You pass small settlements like Chalishe and Tabutar. Apart from terraced countryside, the walk also passes through subtropical forest. You can meet men with huge loads, about 2 times the size of the person carrying it. They are bringing Himalayan herbs to the Chinese market. Shortly after the start of the walk, you will reach a small river, which you will have to cross. This brings you to the edge of a large river, the Liknuwa River, which you will follow upstream for the rest of the day. You walk along the left side of the river. Later, you reach a small guesthouse with a campsite. Later, you will have to cross a large iron suspension bridge near Tabutar village. Continue your walk to the right site of the river (don’t take the path going up). The trail is called Nepali plains: many flat parts with some steep climbs and descents. And later you arrive at the small settlement of Gothe Bazar, where a weekly market is held on Tuesdays. There is a tea shop, which can be a good lunch stop. After the tea shop, there is a suspension bridge. Don’t take that bridge, follow the river west. Passing small settlements like Lankuwa, the road is again Nepalese plain with some steep climbs. After a while, there is another suspension bridge, which you have to cross. You follow the river, which is now beside you. Sometimes you see a path going uphill away from the river, don’t take these, just follow the river. There is another suspension bridge that you have to cross. After the crossing, there is a Y-junction, take the left trail, go up. You’re walking through the subtropical forest again, now and then a small settlement surrounded by terraced farmland or a tea shop where you can stop for tea. The trail is mostly uphill. After the last suspension bridge, you will arrive at Tendo village, where there is a school, which you can use as a camp. Shortly after Tendo, you will have to cross a small self-made bridge over a wild flowing river. Although you are at about 1400 meters the landscape here is reminiscent of a high altitude landscape. Walk up to Rai village in Salpa Phedi where there are few guesthouses and campsites.

Day 5
Salpa Phedi to Sanam (2834m) via Salpa Pass (334m) 7/8 hrs

It is also a long length. The distance is only 14 km, but you have to climb about 1800 m of 3340 m to Salpa pass, then descend 500 m. It’s nice to see the landscape change as you go up: you start in the middle of rice fields, pass small settlements, climb into forests, which turn into thickets, and up you walk through thick rhododendron forests. You reach the Sherpa settlement of Thulophokte (2286 m), which is a good place for lunch. Thulopokte has a small Buddhist monastery, Chochen Gompa, belonging to the Gelugpa sect. Ask the people next door for the key! After a few hours, you reach Salpa Pass (2936 m) with camping facilities. If you don’t want to go to Sanam, this is the place to stay. It takes around one and a half hours from the guesthouse to Salpa Pass (3340m). You’ll notice that you’re arriving by beautiful Mani Walls (stones with Buddhist prayers and pictures carved into them). With good weather, you can have a good view from the pass to Dudh Kund (6465m). Salpa pass brings you to Solukhumbu. From the pass you can go to Salpa Lake (3414m), which is about an hour’s walk, from this viewpoint you can see a great view of the Himalayan range: Mt Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Mera Chuchuro and Everest. It takes about 2 hours to reach the small Sherpa village of Sanam from Salpa pass through beautiful pine and rhododendron forests. You pass the small settlement of Huaca. Shortly after Huaca the path there is a Y, here (for a while) take the right trail. The road gradually descends to Sanam.

Day 6
Trek from Sanam to Khiraule (2535m) 7/8 hrs

From Sanam, the trail descends through rhododendron forests, past some mani walls. With good weather, you can see the snow-capped Mount Numbur (6959m) on the horizon. And after passing a huge gemstone and wall, there is a Y-junction, take the right trail, and go flat. Pass the small settlement of Siare. The trail continues to the left, going downhill. About two and a half hours after leaving Sanam, one reaches Gudel (2042 m), a large village inhabited mainly by Kulung Rai. Mera Shikhar (6476 m) and Chamlang Himal can be seen from here. Take the path that follows the river below through this village. After crossing the river bridge, you will arrive at Bung village spread over the hill. You pass the road to the National Park Office in Makalu Barun National Park. And the trail continues to climb through forests and farmlands, passing a hamlet with a small settlement. After a few hours, you will reach Khirau. You pass a school and an iron bridge, from where you have to reach the camp lodge, which is located next to the Buddhist monastery.

Day 7
Khiraule to Sibuche (2800m). Surke La - Charakot Pass (3070m) 6/7 hrs

Summary of today’s program: Ascent to Surkela (also known as Charkot Pass) at 3070m, then down 1000m to Inkhu River (1985m), then back up 800m to Sibuche (2800m). . From the lodge, follow the small trail up the back hill. The trail climbs out over some stone steps, leading to a trail through rhododendron forests. You pass a beautiful stupa with some gem walls and continue into the forest. The forest is surrounded by mountains as far as you can see. The road passes through the small settlement of Charakot. From here you can hike in a northeasterly direction to a beautiful Himalayan five pond. The GHT continues in a westerly direction, but a steep path through Surke La and Charcot Pass takes you through rhododendron forests to the village of Najingdingma (2700m). The village is surrounded by grasslands where the people of the upper villages take their cattle to graze in the summer. From Najingdingma continues a small trail that goes steeply into the forest. And you reach the wild flowing Hinku River, which you cross over the high suspension bridge (1985 m) over the river. After crossing the bridge the path goes uphill again. After about an hour and a half you reach Sibuche (starting at 2555); It takes another half an hour to climb to the end of Sibuche (2800m). From here you have a beautiful view of Mera Peak.

Day 8
Sibuche to Paiya (2767m) via Narkung La/Chaduk La (3161m) and Kari La (3059m) 6/7 hrs

There are 2 passes to cross between Sibuche and Paya. Most of the day you are walking through the forest, with a small settlement now and then. From the end of Sibuche, it takes about an hour’s walk to reach the first pass, Narkung La (also known as Chaduk La) at 3161m. From the pass, you can have a beautiful view of Mount Numbur (6959 m). After passing, the road goes up and down. And the trail comes to a T, with a gem wall behind it. From here you have to go left. And you reach the small settlement of Pangoam, where at the end of the village, don’t take the path to the left, go straight: take the steps leading to the courtyard, cross the courtyard and then go down. And the path leading to the wooden bridge descends through the forest. From here the ascent of the second pass begins. It is a beautiful trail through the forest, high on the slopes, with views of Mount Numbur. Keep your steps on the way up. Today’s second pass, Kari La, reaches 3059 meters. With good weather, you can see not only the Numbur mountains, but also the Dudh Khosi valley as far as Namche Bazar and Cho Oyo (8188m). The footpath again goes uphill and after a while joins the main trade route from Kharikhola and the famous Jiri-Lukla trekking trail. Follow the trail in a northerly direction. And reaches Paiya. Plus you can tell you’re in a more touristy area today by the good amenities: lodges offer hot showers, hot meals, clean rooms, beds with soft mattresses and extensive food menus!

Day 9
Trek from Paiya to Lukla (2840m) 4/5 hrs

On this day you walk mostly through the forest, the day starts with a gentle climb of about an hour and a half, then the trail reaches Surke (2290m). En route, you have beautiful views of rugged snow-capped mountains like Khumbi Yul La (5761m), Khongde (6168m), Numbur (6959m), and Kusum Khangaru (6367m). Shortly after the descent, you cross a bridge, which is the lowest point today. From here it is a long but steady climb to Lukla (2860m). All categories of lodges are plentiful in Lukla. Apart from this, you will also find shops, bakeries, email cafes and bars, and discotheques here. Lukla is the starting point for many treks in the Everest region, such as the Everest Base Camp Trek, the Gokyo Lake Trek (or a combination of the 2), or the Tashi Labsta to Rolwaling trek. Moreover, it is the starting point for many climbing expeditions, the most famous for Mount Everest (8848 meters). Those who want to finish their trek can fly to Kathmandu from Lukla. If you want to go to Everest Base Camp, you can consult a guide

Day 10
Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu (1,350m) 35 minutes

We wake up early in the morning, enjoy breakfast, and get ready for the arrival of our plane for our flight back to Kathmandu. On our touchdown at Kathmandu Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu. The rest of your day is at your own leisure.

Day 11
Contingency (free day at Kathmandu) (1,350m)

Enjoy a free day in Kathmandu. This day can be used as a contingency for any reason or possible delay. Please do not hesitate to let us know if you wish to extend your stay. Please contact us for more details.

Day 12
Departure from Kathmandu

Thanks for joining us on this trek and it’s been a pleasure getting to know you during this time. We hope this venture has enriched your experience with happy memories. Stay in touch. Your AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions representative will transfer you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight, (SAFE TRAVEL!! We hope to see you again)

COST INCLUSION

  • All arrivals and departures at Kathmandu Airport are mentioned
  • Twin shared accommodation in Kathmandu 3* hotel
  • In Kathmandu sightseeing (entrance fee)
  • Comfortable lodge / tea house accommodation during the trek
  • All meals from the first day of the trek to the last day of the trek
  • Kathmandu-Tumlingtar, Lukla-Kathmandu flight ticket
  • Guide, porters; Tumlingtar by Private jeep and Lukla-Kathmandu flight ticket
  • All government taxes and National park entry fees
  • Trekking Information Management System TIMS card
  • (licensed by Govt.) Experienced and Qualified Trek Guide
  • With 1:4 assistant guide to client ratio (1 porter for every 2 trekkers)
  • Insurance for guide and porter which includes their emergency rescue
  • Staff salary, food and accommodation during the trek
  • Essential equipment for guides and porters
  • A comprehensive first aid kit for the trek
  • In case of emergency during the trip, a helicopter will be arranged by AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions. that will be paid for by your passenger’s insurance company.
  • Extra you need one day or you are advised' flight from Tumlingtar or Lukla to Kathmandu or bothway may sometimes get canceled due to weather. However, there is an option: Lukla-Kathmandu helicopter too, paid to your self..

COST EXCLUSION

  • Nepal Visa and International Flight
  • Travel insurance. (recommended)
  • Tips for guide and porters
  • Any drinks on the trip
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Expenditure on personal toilet paper, medicine and confectionery etc
  • Any other else not mentioned in "price included"
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary

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Salpa High Pass Trek

Trip Facts

  • 11N/12 Days
  • Easy - Moderate
  • 3,350m/10,991ft.
  • September - Mid December / March - Mid May
  • From Kathmandu
  • Departs, Kathmandu
  • Bothway Flight
  • Hotel/Teahouse
  • 2 Max 12

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