Lodhing Village of Tamakhani VDC (Village Development Committee) situated 275 km from Kathmandu at lower Solukhumbu district in Nepal offers home stay program known as Himalayan Home Stay to International tourists amidst homely atmosphere. Small village homes with stone roofs, clean lanes, and surroundings attract guests for the stay. Guests are honored by the host family. Local vegetarian food (locally produced lentil, pulses, vegetables, milk, butter and wheat bread are served along with Sherpa home made tea.
The hardship of life of the local farmers can be observed. In the village traditional step farming is seen on the inclined surface and local farmer practice organic farming growing wheat, pulses, citrus fruits, vegetables, and spices.
The living culture, tradition & rich hospitality of the local community of the village make the home stay program a wonderful experience. The local youths organize the cultural program to entertain the guests in the evening. Homestay program at Lodhing Village aspires to relax and rejuvenate those who intend to escape the hurly-burly of urban life. It is the best destination to experience Himalayan cultural warmth and lifestyle of the local Sherpa community.
Plan a week long getaway to Lodhing Village with your beloved, or tag along with your friends and choose to stay at one of the hilltop homes stay in a completely surreal setting.
Enjoy home stay in Lower Solu, Picturesque mountain views, Experience Sherpa, Magar, Tamang, Newar’s ethnic communities culture and lifestyle, Participate in local festivals and events. Excursion to Thaptencholing Monastery, Junbesi and Pikey hills.
This itinerary is a guideline pattern which we offer home Stay tour of this type. But, unforeseen events such as mountain weather, local politics, transportation etc., is beyond Trek Himalayan’s control could be resulted in a change of program. It is very unlikely to have such circumstances occurs but our effort is to minimize its effect, however Trek Himalayan is not responsible for the result of delays or changes.
Arrive at the (TIA) Tribhuwan International Airport where you will be welcomed by Trek Himalayan representative and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the afternoon is free until evening when you’ll enjoy a welcome drinks with your guide and introduce each other. Overnight in Kathmandu
Hotel Accommodation (Kathmandu)
Harati Manor Inn [or similar standard]
This is an example of the hotel we may use in Kathmandu city. Your actual hotel will be specified when your booking is confirmed. Please check your email or booking confirmation.
After breakfast sightseeing tour begins which include all the religious, cultural & historical sites within the Kathmandu valley. Overnight in hotel
Pashupatinath (World Heritage Site): One of the holiest Hindu shrines in the world, the temple of Pashupatinath is the focus of pilgrims from all over from Nepal and India. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and built in the familiar pagoda Style. Chronicles indicate the temple’s existence prior to 400 A.D. It lies 5 kms east of the city centre. This holy place is picturesque collection of temples and shrines. All the dying persons are brought to Pashupatinath for cremation. Only the Hindus are allowed to go inside the temple.
Bouddhanath (World Heritage Site): It is the world’s biggest stupa located about two km to the north of Pashupatinath temple. This colossal stupa is known by the name of Bouddhanath, the god of wisdom. It is difficult to assign a period to it as some believe that it was built during the reign of either Shiva Deva or Anshu Verma in the 17th century A.D. The design is much like the Swoyambhu stupa, except that the final consists of receding squares instead of circles. Bouddhanath attracts Buddhist pilgrims from all over the world.
Swoyambhunath, Monkey Temple (World heritage Site): The Swoyambhunath Stupa crowns a hillock to the west of Kathmandu. A massive white dome surrounded by a 13 stage spire, is one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in Nepal. It is said to be 2000 years old. Its origins are linked to the founding of the Kathmandu Valley by draining the water of the lake by Bouddhisattva Manjushree. Swoyambhunath manifested in the lake as a brilliant light emanating from a lotus, Manjushree let the water out of the valley paying homage to Swoyambhu, thus making the valley inhabitable.
Kathmandu Durbar Square (World Heritage Site): It is the nine-storied palace structure built around 1770 AD. This palace square was a residence to Nepal’s royal family. The house of the living goddess (Kumari), the ferocious Kal Bhairav, the red Monkey God and hundreds of erotic carvings are a few examples of the sights at the square. All woodcarvings, statues and architectures in this area are exceptionally fine. Most parts of the palace premises are open for tourist throughout the week during office hours.
You will have a scenic drive to Jiri which takes about eight hours from Kathmandu. The road is about 188 km long and quite narrow but it is very smooth. Jiri is a small town named after Jirel, one of the ethnic communities who live in and around this rural town. Overnight at hotel
Your first day of trekking to Deurali takes about 5 hours. The beginning of your trek is a gentle climb up for two and a half hours to Mali Danda (2440 m) and then the path gently descends to Deurali. Overnight at local home
From Deurali the trail begins to steadily climb. You can enjoy beautiful scenery as well as some snow capped mountains at a far distance. The trail continues to climb up to Sete which is a pretty Sherpa village lined with prayer walls and small Gompas (Monastery). Overnight at local home
Today we make the long climb to Lamjura pass through forest of oak and rhododendron. The first part of the climb is quite steep. You can watch sunrise view from Pikey Hill. You will be rewarded with frost and often snow along the trail in winter and with rhododendrons in the spring. From the top of the pass you will descend to Junbesi, a pretty Sherpa village. Here you can visit a high school built by late Sir Edmund Hillary. Overnight at local home
After Junbesi we walk towards next settlement – Lodhing, Tamakhani village development committee at lower part of Solukhumbu where we spend 4 days for home stay program. This traditional Sherpa village is well known for the best view of Himalayan mountain range, organic farming and visit to monastery. Overnight at local home
Guided walk through the village to meet local people in their homes and fields. You will experience Sherpa culture, beliefs and customs. You will visit the homes of local artisans and craftsmen and learn traditional skills, such as blacksmith. Overnight at local home
Today you can learn about the ways of cooking local food with the local family. Watch how local housewives husk paddy using hand and foot pounding tool; and grinding of corn using stone grinder. Participate in village chores – ploughing, sowing, harvesting, collection of firewood and fodder, take care of the family livestock (cow milking and herding). Overnight at local home
Enjoy excursion amidst nature, with good views and opportunity for more interaction with village folks of the surrounding areas. In the evening learn about shamanism and faith healing. Today it will be a chance to meet shamans and watch their shamanistic activities. Overnight at local home
Learn about traditional methods of bee keeping using hollow tree trunks or bee hive. Learn about traditional construction of local houses and monasteries. Learn about Buddhist meditation with the monks in the local monastery. Enjoy Sherpa cultural dance & farewell dinner in the evening
Early morning meditation in monastery, back to home and have breakfast. After breakfast trek to Phaplu, Lunch and Dinner at Phaplu. Overnight at local home
After breakfast, your Buddhist meditation program ends & take flight back to Kathmandu. Overnight in hotel
You can do the last minute shopping or simply visit Ayurveda Massage Parlour for ultimate relaxation of your body & soul.
Our representative will transfer you to the airport for your onward journey…
Nepal is a small landlocked country of highly diverse and rich geography, culture, and religions. The mountainous north has eight of the world’s ten highest mountains, including Mount Everest. It contains over 240 peaks more than 20,000 ft (6,096 m) above sea level. The fertile and humid south is heavily urbanized. By some measures, it is a land of different arts and indigenous cultures well preserved since time immemorial. Hindu and Buddhist shrines found in the country are enriched with wood carving and bronzes, century’s old statues standing along the wayside and three popular historic cities – Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Patan have preserved their medieval splendor and architectural flavor till date.
Nepal is located in South Asia between China in the north and India in the south, east and west. While the total land area is 147,181 sq. km including water area of the country that is 3,830 sq. km. The geographical coordinates are 28°00′N 84°00′E. Nepal falls in the temperate zone north of the Tropic of Cancer. Nepal’s ecological zones run east to west about 800 km along its Himalayan axis, 150 to 250 km north to south, and are vertically intersected by the river systems. The country can be divided into three main geographical regions: Himalayan region, mid hill region and Terai region. The highest point in the country is Mt. Everest (8,848 m) while the lowest point is in the Terai plains of Kechana Kalan in Jhapa (60 m). (Source NTB)
All visitors except the Indian nationals must hold passport and valid visa. Visa can be obtained at the Nepalese diplomatic missions and consulates abroad. Visa is also issued at the entry points. It can be extended at the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu. Children under 10 years need not pay any visa fee. People willing to get entry Visa at the airport or any of the land entry points are required to fill a visa form with passport photograph.
* Tourist visa can be extended for a maximum period of 150 days in a single visa year (January – December).
Sunday to Thursday: 1000hrs – 1700hrs (during summer)
Sunday to Thursday: 1000hrs – 1600hrs (during winter)
Friday: 1000hrs – 1500hrs.
You can find list of other national holidays in Nepal here
Nepali, written in the Devanagari script, is the official language of Nepal. However, most people living in the city areas can understand and speak English fluently. Hindi language is widely understood across the country.
On arrival in Kathmandu, our staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to our pre-booked hotel. There won’t be any activity on this day. We will host a pre-trip meeting at the hotel lobby on the 2nd day of your itinerary in the evening. It will be an opportunity for you to meet your tour guide and introduce each other. The guide will brief you about the tour and check your gear to ensure the smooth running of your tour trip.
Home stay guests get involved in different local rural activities. They learn to work in the rice fields, prepare the local traditional food, participate in the cultural program, visit cottage industries such as traditional handicrafts and paper making; and a plant nursery covering 380 hectares of flora, excursions around for bird watching, observing local festivals and rituals. Staying with local farming families in traditional homes provide ample opportunities for cultural exchange using translator of English and Nepali. Visiting to local school is extra highlight during home stay program.
All accommodations will be on a twin sharing basis during the tour in hotel and local homes. We recommend you to use your own sleeping bag. During the home stay program the host family will provide freshly cooked, local food which includes Dal, Bhat, lentil soup, vegetable curry, meat curry and other local cuisine.
Most lodges offer hot showers and in the ones that don’t a bucket of water. In this area, we find many western toilets and in some places there are usually just the Asian squat type toilets.
Small groups provide a more intimate atmosphere allowing you to get to know your Tour Guide better and to develop lifelong friendships. Therefore, the maximum group size for this tour is 16 people. The minimum is 2 people.
All our trek leaders and crew come from different parts of Nepal with diverse cultural and religious backgrounds, but we all share our valuable experience, accept each other beliefs and work together to give our clients the best experience in Nepal. Whatever the ethnical background they belong to, differ in sex or age all members of our team work together as a family that makes us what we are.
During the trek Everest(8848m), Lhotse (8516m), Nuptse (7896m), Pumori (7145m), Amadablam (6812m.) Thamserku (6800m), Khumbila (5751m), Kwangde Ri (6187m), Cho Oyu(8201m), Tawache (6542), Kangtenga (6645m), Kusum Kanguru (6369), Makalu (8463m), Island Peak (6189m), Chhukungri (5845m), Lobuche East (6119m), Lobuche West (6145m), Khumbuste (6640m), Cholatse (6640m), Cha Kung (7020m), & many other attractive snow-capped peaks.
The main tour season in Nepal begins from early October to mid-May. During this period temperatures at most altitudes are generally comfortable for walking. Daytime temperatures will vary from 15ºC to 35ºC in the Kathmandu Valley to around 10ºC above higher altitudes. Different seasons offer different advantages for trekking.
Post Monsoon/autumn: Mid-September to November
This is the main trekking season in Nepal. While trekking in mountains weather will be sunny and mild with clear mountain views. Nights will be colder with temperatures dropping as low as to minus 10ºC at the highest altitudes.
Winter: December to end February
Even it is cooler conditions this is an ideal time to trek in Nepal. Skies are usually very clear especially in December and the mountain views are at their best. Nights will be very cold with temperatures down to negative 12ºC to negative 20ºC at the highest altitudes but days are pleasant and sunny. The trails are also much less busy at this time of year
Pre-monsoon/spring: March to May
Both day and night temperatures will be warmer in general but cloudiness will be occurred up in the afternoons. Seasonal flowers bloom in this season and this is one of the reasons people chose to tour in spring.
Before joining a tour, we recommend you to take out a travel insurance which should cover cancellation, medical expenses, helicopter evacuation and emergency repatriation. Please send us the following details such as your full name, policy number and the insurance company’s 24 hour emergency contact number prior to departure. We also strongly recommend that your policy must cover personal liability, flight/trip cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewelry at home – you don’t need it while travelling. Many of hotels in Nepal have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage
Though we hope for the best trip, you sometimes might be in need of rescue or evacuation in case of a serious sickness or a personal prolonged health issue. During such emergency you will be rescued by a helicopter. You are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation services. We request you to make sure when you purchase insurance from your country that your policy must cover these expenses or you should remain prepared to pay or sign on Helicopter Evacuation Form before you get on the Helicopter.
If the main highway between Phaplu Kathmandu and Jiri is blocked by a landslide or any natural calamity during the transfer, in such a situation the extra cost for food and accommodation has to be borne by the clients.
Here are some recommended Equipment’s List for trekking in Everest region
Note: It is possible to buy or rent the above gear in Kathmandu
Altitude sickness, also known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) which can turn if not treated upon recognizing the symptoms. AMS is the effect of altitude on those who ascend too rapidly to elevations of 3,000m or above. Early mountain sickness results in headache, loss of appetite and sleepiness. One can encounter such sickness no matter she/he looks physically young, strong and fit. Medicine itself can be on substitute unless patients suffering from such sickness are immediately rushed downhill. Doctor may provide temporary care with some medicines and oxygen but the patient must be brought down immediately in order to escape danger. For emergency purpose, one can contact doctors at Khunde and Pheriche hospitals in Khumbu trekking region.