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ising above all the Himalayan peaks is the “goddess” of all mountains, the colossal Everest. Reaching a stupendous 29,017 feet, the world’s tallest mountain exerts a powerfully magnetic pull. Known as “Peak XV” by the early Indo-British surveying team that established its summit as the world’s highest, the mountain was later named after Sir George Everest, head of the Great Trigonometrical Survey. While this is the name by which most Westerners know the mountain, to Tibetans it is Chomolangma, “The Goddess Mother of the Universe,” while to the Nepalese it is Sagarmatha, “The Forehead of the Sky.”
We begin our journey in hustle and bustle of Kathmandu before taking the breathtaking mountain flight to Lukla, our trailhead. We then undertake the popular trek to bask in the glory of Everest’s majestic south face in the Khumbu, land of the Sherpa. Staying in comfortable mountain lodges or private camps, we hike along the historic trekking route that was pioneered by the like of Sir Edmond Hillary and Tenzing Norgay.
Demanding High-Altitude Trekking
This itinerary, trekking in the Khumbu Himal towards the Southface of Mt. Everest, will be at a sustained altitude of above 12,000 feet with a high point being reached at between 16,000 ft and 18,000 feet depending on the strength of the group. This trek requires that participants are in excellent physical condition and participate in a regular cardio-vascular exercise program prior departure as participants will be required to hike for 6-8 hrs. on a daily basis in order to complete the trek.
This tour is subject to mountain weather (snowfall, storms, ice, rain, wind) and other mountain hazards. Circumstances may mean that some days could be long and arduous for some people.
Anyone with a history of medical problems, particularly cardiac or respiratory, should consult a doctor before considering this tour. A release of liability and a medical certificate, signed by a physician, will be required from all participants.
Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu
Like Lhasa, Kathmandu conjures images of mysterious and exotic travel destination. Located in Central Nepal, the Kathmandu area is the center of Nepali cultural and political life. Indeed, the Kathmandu Valley has been a hub of civilization for over two millennia. Orientation meeting – gear check and “welcome dinner.”
Day 2: Fly to Lukla – trek to Monjo
We begin our Everest trek with an exciting flight in a Twin Otter plane to the small airstrip at Lukla, 9,275 feet, where we will meet our trekking staff. The first day’s walk is moderate, as we make our way down from Lukla to the Dudh Kosi (the “Milk River,” named for its color), and continue along the river, with one final push to Monjo.
Day 3: Trek to Namche Bazaar
A challenging day with many ups and downs hiking along the river untill our final push up the Namche hill. About halfway up the final hill to Namche, we find our first views of the snowed-capped summits of Lhotse (27,916 feet) and Mt. Everest (29,035 feet).
Day 4: Trek to Kumjung
Leaving Namche, we have relaxed hike to a lovely side valley reaching the village of Kumjung by early afternoon.
Day 5: Trek to Thyangboche
The morning takes us downhill, through terraced fields and pastures, crossing the foaming Dudh Kosi river on a cable-suspension footbridge before climbing through a forest to one of the most beautiful spots in the Himalaya, the monastery called Thyangboche. Sunrise and sunset are magnificent, with the rocky tip of Everest peeping from behind the dramatic Lhotse/Nuptse wall, the beautiful Ama Dablam, and many other peaks shifting through the pink spectrum of alpenglow colors.
Day 6: Trek to Dingboche
Today we gain altitude as we continue our hike towards Everest. Lodge
Day 7: Acclimitazation day – In Dingboche
A day hike to view point as we acclimate to the higher elevation.
Day 8: Trek to Lobuche
Hiking well above the tree line, passing the Everest memorial chortens, we reach the glacier moraine region of Everest.
Day 9: Trek to Kala Pathar (High Point) – Gorak Shep
Hiking along the glacier morrain a gradual but steady ascent finds us at Gorak Shep by lunch time. Late afternoon we head up to Kala Pathar. Being directly opposite Everest, Kala Pathar offers some of the best panoramic views, the most famous photographs of Everest are taken from this position. We descend after enjoying sunset on Everest.
Day 10: Everest Base Camp – to Lobuche
An early start as we head to the Base Camp of Everest. After enjoying afew hours at BC, we hike back to Lobuche for our overnight.
Days 11 & 12: Return Trek to Namche (11,300 ft.)
Today we start our return trek to Lukla Airport. First stop is the monastery of Thyangbouche and then to Namche, reaching there with enough time to do some shopping in the bazaar and a “hot shower.”
Day 13: Trek to Lukla
Today we hike back to Lukla. Tonight we will have our final dinner with our trekking staff and bid them farewell as we rise early the next morning to catch our flight back to Kathmandu.
Day 14: Fly to Kathmandu
We say goodbye to our trekking staff, and prepare to make the return to Kathmandu. Weather permitting the morning flight will get us back to the Nepali capital, where we will return to the cozy confines of the Yak & Yeti Hotel. The remainder of the day will be at your leisure to shop, wander the bazaars and enjoy exotic Kathmandu.
Yak & Yeti Hotel
Day 15: Kathmandu
Full day to explore Kathmandu Valley – this day also serves as our ‘back-up’ day in case on inclement weather casuing a delay on our trek of the flight from Lukla.
Yak & Yeti Hotel
Day 16: Depart Kathmandu/Nepal
We will be transferred to Kathmandu’s airport for flights to our respective Asian transit cities for connecting return flights to the USA.
Trip Dates: April 22 – May 7, 2017
Trip Duration: 16 days / 15 nights
Starting City: Kathmandu, Nepal (Airport Code: KTM)
Ending City: Kathmandu, Nepal (Airport Code: KTM)
Minimum: 4 participants
Maximum: 12 participants
2016 LAND COST
4 – 7: participants: $4400 per person
8 – 12: participants: $4085 per person
If single occupancy accommodation is required please add $850
Internal Asia Airfare (included in Land Cost)
Not Included in Land Cost
• International airfare to and fro Kathmandu
• Meals or hotels in transit cities en route to Nepal
• Tips/gratuity to Trek staff and Leaders
• Items of a personal nature, such as alcoholic beverages, laundry, phone calls, etc.
• Movie, video and still camera fees.
• Trip cancellation, travel delay or baggage insurance.
(Note: This optional coverage is highly recommended and can be purchased through TourDirect)
You must have a valid passport whose expiration date is beyond 6 months from the date of your return to the U.S. The passport must also have at least 2 blank pages for each country that you will be visiting in Asia.
Nepal – Visas on arrival are granted to all nationals. Visas may also be procured prior to departure from your home country.
High Altitude Trek:
Please note that we will reach altitudes of more than 16,000 feet on this trek, with sleeping elevations above 12,000 feet. Anyone with a history of medical problems, particularly cardiac or respiratory, should consult a doctor before considering this tour. A medical certificate, signed by a physician, will be required from all participants for this tour.
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