Located at the junction of the Everest trail and the trail to Thuptenchholing monastery, Junbesi is a beautiful village that also falls on the Pikey–Dudhkunda trail. Although it lay in the trail of various trekking destinations, the Maoist insurgency caused the tourist traffic of the area to be detoured elsewhere. However, this scenic village inhabited by the hospitable Sherpas does not regret losing the tourists and it understands the pros and cons of being a tourist destinations.
This calm and pleasant village with the narrow pathways leading to the various nooks and crannies of the place is an ideal place to relax. The splendid view of Mount Numbur in the background matches the pleasant environment of the village after a little dose of monsoon. The evenings are warm and cozy with the locals nestled in their kitchens with a bowl of delicious Sherpa stew (Shyakpa) and also the cups of home brewed apple rakshi (liquor). It is more like spending a quality time with your family as the women serves the soups while the men indulge in conversations.
The presence of the oldest monastery in the Solukhumbu region, the 17th century Junbesi monastery, has made this village the most important Sherpa village in the country. The monastery houses a six meter tall statue of Lord Buddha along with the precious collections of sacred scriptures such as the Kyanjur and the Tyangur.
There are various clean, family-run lodges for accommodation and food in this amazing village and the village is also assessable via trek from Salleri, the district headquarters (4 to 5 hours) or from the airport at Phaplu (about four and half hours). The hike from Phaplu is amazing with the views of alpine forests and snow fed rivers accompanying you. Probably the best time to here would be during the festival of Dumje, the most important Sherpa festival that falls on the month of January or during Nyungne during May.