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Introduction Into The Khumbu

 

ASIA—The Himalaya

 

14 Days – Introduction into the Khumbu – This trek is an introduction into the culture and magnificent terrain of the Khumbu, one of the three subregions of Sherpa settlement in the Himalaya.  While trekking in the shadow of many of the major Himalaya peaks - Everest, Ama Dablam (considered to be the most beautiful of all), Nuptse, Lhotse, Kwangde,  we experience Sherpa culture, religion and history.  Moderate. 

 

ITINERARY

 

Day 1 – International flight arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan Airport.  Private transfer to our hotel in Kathmandu.  In the late afternoon we visit the Buddhist Swayambhunath stupa.  This evening we enjoy a traditional Nepalese welcome dinner.  (dinner)

 

Day 2 – We begin the day with a visit to the Buddhist Boudhanath (Bodnath) stupa and hear the chanting of the monks.  This is the largest stupa in Nepal, and the religious center for Tibetans exiled to Nepal.  We then visit the Hindu Pashupatinath temple and ghats on the holy Bagmati River.  The afternoon and evening are at leisure for additional sightseeing and shopping.  (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

 

Day 3 – We fly to Lukla, 9,380 ft. elevation, to begin our trek.  After lunch we begin hiking toward Mera Peak, elevation 21,247 feet, the highest peak in the world that can be reached by non-technical climbing/trekking,    After an hour we arrive at the lodge where we will spend the night.  (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

 

Day 4 – Today we hike up the trail a little over 4 miles through the lush hills to Phakding at just under 8,700 ft. elevation.  Enroute we stop for tea and a view of the majestic mountain Kusum Kangguru, 20,895 ft. elevation. Translated “Pure Mountain House of the Three Gods” because of its triple summit.  We spend the night at a lodge in Phakding.  (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

 

Day 5 – The trail takes us up through pine, cedar and rhododendron forests, and crosses the Dudh Kosi river several times, entering Sagamatha (Everest) National Park at Jorsale on our trek up to the trading post town of Namche Bazaar where we will lodge at 12,500 ft. elevation for the next two nights to help us acclimatize to the higher elevation..  Namche Bazaar is the beginning of the Khumbu and the Sherpa people run all of the business here.  (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

 

Day 6 – Today is yours to shop for last minute supplies and snacks for the coming days on the trail, visit the Sherpa Museum or whatever you wish.  (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

 

Day 7 – Today we check out the marketplace and local Sherpa culture with a visit to Sherpa museum.  (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

 

Day 8 – Our trail takes us up to the village of Thame at 12,464 ft. elevation, a stop on the salt trading route that once existed between Tibet, Nepal, and India,  where we will camp tonight.  Thame has also been the home of several famous Sherpa who have climbed Mt. Everest.   Today we will visit the home of our lead Sherpa to see a traditional Sherpa home and get an intimate look at their culture.    (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

 

Day 9 – This morning we hike up to the 400 year old active Buddhist monastery to learn more about the religion and culture of this region.  From Thame we hike to the Sherpa villages of Khunde and Khumjung, the home of the hospital and school established by Sir Edmund Hillary.  We camp at Khunde, elevation 12,600.  (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

 

Day 10 – NEED TO COMPLETE ITINERARY DAYS 10-14 HERE

 

INCLUSIONS & COSTS

 

Includes roundtrip Kathmandu-Lukla internal air, 13 nights  accommodation in local guest houses, lodges and hotels, all meals while trekking, fully supported with guides, Sherpas, cooks, group mountain, safety and first aid gear, park fees and trekking permits.  Group sizes—8 persons.

 

USD $1,700 per person based on double occupancy / USD  $2,300 per person based on single occupancy.  Price listed above is a reasonable expectation of land package costs only.

 

Not Included:

 

Airfare from your home city to trip starting point, and from trip ending point back to your home city

Tips and gratuities for trip guides and trip support team members

Travel insurance

 

TRIP DATES

 

October 6-19, 2008

 

Call 713-492-0179 for availability.