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.
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.