Trek in the Everest Region of Nepal and raise much needed funds for the Australian Himalayan Foundation’s rebuild Nepal program.
Offered exclusively to Summit Club members, our trek takes place in the famous Everest region of Nepal. The main focus of this trip is to visit the Australian Himalayan Foundation projects and to participate in the rebuild of the Garma School after the devastating earthquakes of 2015. Not only does this trip offer magnificent trekking in unrivalled mountain scenery, it is also a rare opportunity to experience at a grass roots level, the hard work and commitment of the Australian Himalayan Foundation in Nepal. Beginning in the vibrant and colourful city of Kathmandu, we take time to visit some of the world heritage listed sites and AHF projects before taking a mountain flight into the foothills to participate in the Garma School project. Following our time at Garma we ascend into the Everest Region on an unforgettable trek that takes us into the Sherpa heart of Nepal. Finally, we take a magnificent flight out of the mountains and back to Kathmandu.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Kathmandu – Nepal|
|DEPARTURE DATES||1 October 2018 – 17 October 2018|
|DURATION||17 days/16 nights|
|PRICES per person||AU$3,050 twin share rate|
AU$3,600 single rate
|GROUP SIZE||6-16 Guests|
Namaste! Welcome to Nepal!
Upon arrival into Kathmandu airport you will be met by a representative of Adventure Associates and transferred to the Hotel Tibet International. Today is a joining day and so you are free to relax this afternoon. In the evening a trip briefing will be held with your Trek Leader and AHF Ambassador, before heading out for a welcome dinner. Hotel D
Kathmandu is a fascinating city and home to many UNESCO World Heritage sights such as Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple and Durbar Square. Following breakfast we will take a sightseeing tour of Pashupatinath, the major Hindu Temple, and Boudanath Stupa, the major Buddhist Stupa in Kathmandu. Afternoon is at your leisure, and we suggest heading into Thamel, the major tourist quarter of Kathmandu. Thamel is a hive of activity; there are many restaurants, cafes, book shops, gear stores and markets. This is the ideal time to pick up any items for your trek, which you may have forgotten to bring with you. Hotel B
Fly Kathmandu to Phaplu (2360m), trek to Garma School (45mins)
Today we leave behind the colourful chaos of Kathmandu and board our mountain flight to Paphlu. The flight takes around 25 minutes and is a spectacular flight that takes us into the foothills of the Solu region where we will begin our journey into the mountains. This region is green and fertile, and is made up of small villages where we will catch our first glimpses of Nepal’s country side and the many cultural groups that inhabit these regions.
After we arrive we will set off on our trek to Garma School. On arrival at Garma we will set up our camp nearby and begin to establish a camp routine. Our camp will comprise of sleeping tents, toilet tent, a kitchen tent where our food will be prepared and a mess tent where we will take our meals as a group each evening. Camping B,L,D
Garma School visit & project
You will be woken with a cup of bed tea and a washbasin so that you may wash in your tent. After breakfast we will meet the teachers and students of Garma School. The AHF will have identified with the school and community the project you will be undertaking at the school. This is likely to include painting, hammering and digging, this will be confirmed closer to your trips departure date. Camping B,L,D
Trek to Phera (2150m), 5 hrs
Today is the first day of our trek into the mountains. Following breakfast we say goodbye to the teachers and students of Garma and set off towards Phaplu, along the same route in which we arrived. After some time we swing to the north towards Chiwang Monastery where we stop for lunch. Chewing Monastery is the oldest monastery in the region and whilst here we will take some time to visit the monastery and see the monks who live and study here. In the afternoon it is a short walk to Phera where we set up camp for the night. Camping B,L,D
Trek to Nunthala (2200m), 6hrs
Todays trek begins with a gentle ascent to the Taksindu La (3870m). We pass through many Sherpa villages, the largest being Ringmu and Taksindu, where we will stop for our lunch break. After lunch we descend steeply to the village of Nunthala where we will camp for the night. Camping B,L,D
Trek to Kharikhola, Bupsa (2600m), 5hrs
The trail to Bhupsa is undulating and mostly uphill before a steep descent takes us to a long suspension bridge which crosses the Dudh Koshi River. We pass through Jubhing and Kharikhola, both large villages with mixed ethnic groups of Sherpa, Rai and Magar. We then cross a small bridge spanning the Khari Khola River and finally we walk uphill to the village of Bursa and our camp for the night. Camping B, L, D
Trek to Chaurikharka (2750m), 7.5hrs
Once again we cross a small bridge over the Khari Khola river and then ascend a forested trail which traverses the ridge line. We are now close to the Khumbu region. We cross another river, the Piya Khola, and then head uphill to the Chutak La (pass at 2940m), followed by a steep down hill to the Surke Khola river. We traverse low, bypassing Lukla to Cheplung, where we join the main Everest Base Camp Trail. We are well and truly in the Sherpa heartlands now, and the trail will become busy with trekkers making their way up high into the most famous mountain region of the world. Camping B, L, D
Trek to Monjo (2800m), 5hrs
We follow the Dudh Koshi river up valley crossing a number of spectacular suspension bridges to finally arrive in Monjo where we spend the night in a lodge. Tomorrow we will enter the Sagarmartha National Park, officially the Everest Region, and begin the big uphill to Namche. Tonight we stay in a lodge, where you may take a swell earned hot shower, and charge any electrical equipment or camera batteries you may need. Lodge B,L,D
Trek to Namche (3450m), 4-5hrs
The Sherpa culture of the valley is evident in the colourful Mani walls and prayer flags as we ascend the trail. We cross numerous spectacular suspension bridges today as we cross and re-cross the Dudh Koshi, the main river that travels down through the Khumbu from the high mountains. We enter the Sagarmartha National Park near Monjo, and stop to view the 3D model of the Everest region. Sagarmartha literally means “Forehead in the Bluer Sky” and is the Nepali name for Mount Everest. The Tibetan people refer to Mount Everest as Chomolongma, which means “Goddess Mother of Mountains”.
Finally a long steep ascent brings us to Namche, the gateway to the Everest Region, and if the weather is clear, we will have had our first glimpse of Mount Everest from the trail leading to Namche.
On arrival in Namche we settle into our lodge. At 3450 metres in altitude, we must take it easy and relax, allowing our bodies to acclimatise to the new altitude. Namche, commonly known these days as Namche Bazaar, is a traditional trading village. For centuries the people of Tibet would cross into Nepal over the Nangpa La, to trade salt and other commodities. It is now a major village with many lodges, cafe’s, bakeries and gear stores. It is an interesting place to walk around and observe the hustle and bustle of trekkers, local villagers and shop owners. Lodge B,L,D
We are now well and truly in the mountains of the Himalaya, and Namche is a beautiful Sherpa town set in a hillside and surrounded by snowy peaks. Due to the altitude we must take an extra day to acclimatise here. For those who are feeling energetic we will take an early morning walk to the National Park Headquarters to see the sunrise of Everest. We will also visit the Namche Monastery and take some time to rest and enjoy the hustle and bustle of Namche. Lodge B,L,D
Trek to Tengboche Monastery (3800m), 6-7hrs
As we traverse high above the Dudh Koshi river, the forest thins out and the views open up. As we round the bend after Namche we are rewarded with awesome views of peaks such as Thamserku, Kantega and Ama Dablam, one of the most photographed peaks in the world. This is Himalayan trekking at it’s best, be sure to have your camera at the ready!
Eventually we descend to the village of Phunke Tenga for lunch, and afterwards we cross a bridge and make a final two-hour ascent up to Tengboche. The Monastery sits spectacularly in a saddle on the ridge, and the surrounding views of snowy peaks are magnificent. Tengboche Monastery is the religious centre of the Solu Khumbu and the largest monastery in Nepal. In January 1989 a fire devastated the monastery, it has now been re-built and is a working monastery housing at least 30 young monks who pursue their religious education here. Lodge B,L,D
Trek to Khumjung (3700m), visit Hillary School & hospital, 5hrs
Today is a short trekking day, in the morning we hope to see the monks in the prayers before we depart and back track to Khyangjuma. It’s then a short 30 min walk to Khumjung for lunch. Khumjung is a picturesque village. In the afternoon we visit Khumjung School, built in 1961 as the first major project of the Himalayan Trust, founded by Sir Edmund Hillary. The school caters for pre-school, primary and secondary students with over 350 students attending. We also take time to visit the Khunde Hospital, another of the Himalayan Trust projects which provides much needed medical care to the Sherpa community. Lodge B,L,D
Trek to Monjo (2800m), 5 hrs
After breakfast we trek through picturesque forested trails to Namche, where we pick up the main trail back to Monjo. Lodge B,L,D
Trek to Lukla, 3-4hrs
Our final day in the mountains sees us re-tracing our steps back to Lukla, although we have travelled this trail before it offers a different perspective of the mountain views and villages we pass through. Lodge B,L,D
Fly Lukla to Kathmandu
We rise early this morning to be ready for our exciting 45-minute STOL aircraft mountain flight back to Kathmandu. It is one of the most exciting flights in the world as we float through the high mountains and descend once again into the organised chaos of Kathmandu. On arrival we transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. In the evening enjoy a final group dinner. Hotel B,D
After a leisurely breakfast transfer to the airport for your international flight. B
After 23 years in the corporate sector, and 10 years as an AHF supporter, Karen joined the AHF team in December 2017. She has a passion for social innovation and is committed to finding ways to create impact through leveraging relationships across sectors. This is aligned to an end goal of improving lives and rebalancing opportunities for all. Karen is a passionate traveller with one of her favourite destinations being the Himalaya. She has travelled extensively throughout Asia and Europe, and has particularly loved Sri Lanka, Tibet, Mongolia and Russia.
How to Book
To ensure your place on this exciting adventure, please contact us to reserve a place 02 6355 2022 or firstname.lastname@example.org, then complete the Adventure Associates Booking Form and return to us with your AUD 500 per person deposit.
|Deposit required per person:||AU$500 per person|
|Balance due:||75 days prior to departure|
|If booking within 74 days of departure:||Full payment must be made.|
Reservations are established when you receive written confirmation and acceptance of the deposit and Booking Form. Travel insurance is strongly recommended at the time of booking.
Cancellations must be advised in writing to Adventure Associates. Cancellation charges are subject to regulations of airlines, coach and tour operators, hotels and other principals involved. If it is necessary to cancel your arrangements, the following non-refundable charges will apply.
|More than 100 days prior to departure||Full loss of deposit per person|
|Between 74 and 31 days prior to departure||75% of tour cost per person|
|On or within 30 days prior to departure||No Refund|
If the cancellation charge is more than your advance payment you remain liable for the difference. For these and other reasons mentioned above you are strongly recommended to take out Travel Insurance. Once the Land Tour has departed there will be no refund for any unused portions of the trip.