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Junbesi Trek, Cultural, Monasteris, Festivals,
"Jung-Yul" is Sherpa language name for the town around Jung Gompa, Mingmar's home town. "Junbesi" is the town's Nepali language name. "Jun" means "moon" and "besi" means "valley." Ask to see the "moonstone" in the north of Jung-yul when you get there!
Junbesi Trek 5 days/4 nights, Thupten ChoLing, PhungMoche, Tse-lo, Jung
Day 1: Fly KTM-Phaplu airport arrive early morning. Walk uphill from Phaplu through Beni, Najing villages, arrive Junbesi about 3 pm.
Day 2: Walk uphill some more, to Thupten ChoLing monastery. 2-3 hours walk up. Visit monastery, photograph views from the top of Junbesi Valley. On the way back, visit Phungmoche Monastery School, where about 80 monks and nuns are receiving a traditional Sherpa Buddhist education. They love visitors! Excellent views of Numbur Himal from the chorten near Phungmoche.
Day 3 Walk from Junbesi to Sehlo Gompa, another teaching monastery run by Lama Pema Tarchin. (They have electricity in the evening, which can operate a telephone and fax.) Return to Junbesi for a visit to Jung Gompa, the second oldest gompa in the Sherpa kingdom, home to some important relics, a spectacular Buddha statue, and wall frescoes in excellent condition inside.
Day 4: Leaving Junbesi in mid-morning, walk back from Junbesi to Phaplu, 5-6 hours. Stay in a Phaplu lodge near Phaplu airstrip.
Day 5: Fly out Phaplu to Kathmandu.