Rumjatar is the largest and most well known among the Gurung settlements of eastern Nepal. It sits atop a lone plateau overlooking the Roshi Khola and regionally famous for both its beautifully hand-made Rhadi carpets, and its seasonal orange crops.
After taking a day to wander through Rumjatar, We begin our trek here and soon pass through the old Newari market town of Okhaldunga, noted for its literary personalities in Nepal. Onward, we climb north to the ridge of Patale from where we’ll see unsurpassed views of Mt. Everest and many other famous peaks of the Khumbu Himal range. Onward, we pass through some of the remote Sherpa villages of the Solu Valley to arrive Pieke(4,077m. /13,387ft.) from where we have great view of the Number and Karyolung Himal (locally known as Shorong Yul Lha, "Protector of Solu.) that rises from the holy Dudhkunda lakes.
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 between 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 in Kathmandu
Day 2: Walk and Tour in Kathmandu
Day 3: Fly to Rumjatar
Day 4: Begin Trek
Day 18: Fly Phaplu-Kathmandu
Day 19: Trip Ends