Midway down the western ridge enclosing the beautiful Solu valley stands Peike, a peak noted for its panoramic view of the Eeastern Himalaya.
Commencing our trek at the road head in Jiri, we slowly make our way across the terraced valleys of Khimti and Likhu to reach the top of Pieke(4,077m. /13,387ft.) where we’ll see the impressive Numbur Himal towering in front of us, along with the rest of the eastern Himal, including Mt. Everest, fanning back on either side.
From Pieke, following a winding descent, we enter Solu Valley at Taktor. Then, passing through the Gompa of Shey Lo - once an important venue for Sherpa scholars, we arrive in Junbesi. Here, at this beautiful village set amidst fine forests, we rest for a day and find time to visit the village monastery, considered to be the oldest in Solu, and the local high school, founded by Sir Edmond Hillary. After Junbesi, our destination is the Thubten Cholin monastery, where a reincarnate lama, Thushi Rimpoche, presides over three hundred monks and nuns.
Our route onward takes us to Pungmuche, once a major religious center and home to over a thousand monks. The remains of many meditation huts can still be seen today, scattered amongst the rocks on the surrounding hillside. At a fraction of its former size, Phungmoche is now home of the newly established Himalayan Sherpa Buddhist School. Here, we stay with the gompa’s head lama, and learn more about its interesting history.
From Phungmoche, we climb north-east and pass through some Yak herding stations to arrive at the sacred glacier lake site of Dudh Kunda. Every year during the full-moon betweem July and August, thousands of devotees come here to bathe to pay their homage to Shiva.
Finally, we begin our descent back down into the heart of Solu; joining villagers making there way to the Saturday bazaar in Naya Bazaar. This trek ends the next day with a breathtaking flight along the Himalayas to Kathmandu.
Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu
Day 2: Bus to Jiri
Day 3 ~ 15: Begin trek in Jiri and end at Phaplu
Day 16: Fly Phaplu to Kathmandu
Day 17: Free day in Kathmandu
Day 18: Trip ends