Pheriche – a small village lap of Ama Dablam
Pheriche is the small Sherpa village that rests at 4,371 m in the lap of Solukhumbu district. Together with the town of Namche Bazaar, it is the second acclimatization point to avoid classic altitude sickness. As an alternative to Dingboche village, many trekkers walk one of the ways on the outward journey and one on the way back to visit both villages.
To the east of the Pheriche village flows the Imja River, famous for being a tributary of the Ganges and particularity flowing through three peaks exceeding 8,000 meters: Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and Annapurna I.
A helicopter landing pad is situated on the west side of the river and brings back trekkers who suffer from altitude sickness along the way.
Gigantic mountains surrounded the village and looked with their absent, silent eyes. A dense network of lodges populates the whole village, and residents have set up an area for hikers who stay overnight with a tent and sleeping bag.
The interesting peculiarity of Pheriche is the walls: kilometers of stones piled up together, forming actual walls. They are taken out to plow the land and piled up together.
Attractions of Pheriche
The small village, on the special shelf of the Himalayas, offers a view of Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Island Peak, Everest, and Taboche mountains. Ama Dablam is one of the most alluring peaks in the world. The bottle of Aqua Minerale depicts this mountain.
The general landscape with the caravan of yak and mules makes you return to this village again and again.
The frequent trip of the helicopters to the base camp and the back and forth of other hikers will always keep you company.
Another attraction of this place is the Oheriche hospital, the world’s highest hospital, and AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) Research Station.
Except for winter and monsoon season, the climate is characterized by a beautiful cloudless sun. The average temperature ranges between 9°C to 15 °C.
The best times to travel to Pheriche are April, May, June, September, and November. April and May are the spring, and September and November bring the autumn season in the village when the average daytime temperature will be serene with clear visibility of the surroundings.
On the contrary, visiting Pheriche in January, February, and December is not recommended for strictly climatic reasons. These months bring the winter season accompanied by heavy snowfalls and unpredictable weather.
Trek from Tengboche
A hike from Tengboche to Pheriche is a trek of 10km in straight line distance and 600m in altitude difference. Approximate walk of 6 hours and 30 minutes, and you will finally arrive in Pheriche, crossing the beautiful village of Pangboche, another popular overnight tourist stop.
The route traverses all day so that you can enjoy a walk and breathtaking views opening up from behind the next turn. You can also see many mani stones on the way. After the path’s next turn, Pheriche village sits smiling at you at the foot of Ama Dablam.
Pheriche to Lobuche
The track to Lobuche village is covered with areas for grazing yaks that are fenced off with low stone fences. After a few hours of hike and the next turn of the trail, you will reach the Khumbu Glacier and the village of Tukla above. You will walk along the glacier for the rest of the route until the end.
The passage is laid with stones brought here by ice, which moves at a speed of about 180 meters per year. After you cross the glacier, you will ascend Tukla. To the right, behind the elevation, the Khumbu Glacier slowly moves down. You have reached Lobuche.