Everest & the Sherpa Heartlands

Dear Adventurer’s

The Khumbu region of Nepal is the Sherpa heart of the Himalaya, home to the most famous trekking route in the world – the trek to Everest Base Camp. Beginning our journey in the medieval city of Kathmandu, we explore the fascinating Bhoudanath Stupa and Pashupatinath temple, before taking a spectacular flight across the Himalaya to the starting point of our trek at Lukla. Taking ample time to acclimatise we make our way slowly up the Khumbu Valley, each night accommodated in luxury eco lodges. Once reaching the famous gateway of Namche Bazaar, we branch off on less travelled trails to the picturesque village of Thame and then onto Kongde, where our exclusive lodge is positioned to capture stunning views of Himalayan giants such as Mount Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m) and the unforgettable pyramid of Ama Dablam (6812m). From Kongde we take a helicopter flight above snowy summits to Mount Everest, where we sight the route to the top of the world’s highest peak, before swinging to the south and returning to Lukla, where we pick up our Himalayan Mountain flight back to Kathmandu. This is Himalayan trekking at it’s best, an unforgettable journey amongst the worlds tallest peaks in the company of expert leader Tashi Tenzing.

Nepal with Adventure Associates

At Adventure Associates we aim to ensure your journey in the Himalaya is a life changing experience, and not just another holiday. Our style of travel in Nepal is unique – rather than undertaking a committing trek, it is more that of a series of comfortable day walks, interrupted by our luxury lodge accommodation each night, with fine food prepared by expert chefs, and helicopter transport out of the mountains. This leaves you to fully appreciate the tremendous mountain scenery only the Himalaya can offer, whilst enjoying the local Sherpa culture up close. With the support of our friendly staff and unique style of trip we are confident that your trip in Nepal will be a life changing one!

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Everest & the Sherpa Heartland

With Tashi Tenzing the grandson of Tenzing Norgay

  • 12 Days  29 April – 10 May, 2017
  • 12 Days  1 October – 12 October, 2017

Ex: Kathmandu, Nepal

Group size 6 to 14 guests

Day 1

Join Kathmandu, transfer to Gokarna Forest Resort

Day 2    

In Kathmandu, sightseeing Bhoudanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Durbar Square and lunch at the Garden of Dreams

Day 3

Take a spectacular mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, and commence trek through Sherpa villages to Phakding (2610m), walk approximately 3 hours.

Day 4

Continue to Monjo (2835m) crossing and re-crossing the Dudh Kosi river by spectacular suspension bridges, walk approximately 3 hours.

Day 5

We finally ascend to the bustling village of Namche (3440m), the gateway to the Everest region, built into the curve of a steep valley. Approximately 5-6 hours walk.

Day 6

Rest & acclimatise in Namche, or optional day walk to the Everest View Hotel. We are now deep in the Sherpa heartland – historically the Sherpa people were herders and traders, using Namche as the staging point for trading expeditions over the Nangpa La and into Tibet, where they would trade manufactured goods for commodities such as wool, salt and yaks. Today it is still a busy market place, and there are many small shops to wander around.

Day 7

Walk to Thame, (3800m), approximately 5-6 hours. After breakfast, we set off towards Thamo, a small village situated close the Nangpa La, which passes near the 8012 meter Cho Oyu. We pause for lunch in Thamo before continuing on to the pretty village setting of Thame, and our accommodation for the night at the lovely Yeti Mountain Home.

Day 8

Trek to Kongde (4250m). We make a spectacular traverse from Thame to the Kongde glacier, which commands stunning views of Mount Everest. Our accommodation for the night is at the Yeti Mountain Home, and the panorama from this location is an absolute highlight of our trek.

Day 9

Farrak Ri is a stunning viewpoint that affords a spectacular panorama of the entire Khumbu Valley. Today we have the option of a three hour walk to the viewpoint, and for those who are so inclined it is well worth the effort.

Day 10

This morning we take a thrilling helicopter flight from our lodge at Kongde, up into the heart of the Nepal Himalaya. We follow the Renjo La to Gokyo Lakes, cross the Cho La passing close by Cholatse before swinging northward to circle around Mount Everest, finally turning south down the valley to Lukla to connect with our fixed wing STOL aircraft flight back to Kathmandu.

Day 11

Contingency day

Day 12

Trip concludes Kathmandu

Please Note: for a detailed trip itinerary please contact us at mail@adventureassociates.com

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Dates and Cost

  • 12 Days  29 April – 10 May, 2017 – led by guide Dorje
  • 12 Days  1 October – 12 October, 2017 – led by Tashi Tenzing

Ex: Kathmandu – Nepal

Twin Share

AU$ 5,590
Single Supplement AU$ 1,850

What’s included

  • Led by Tashi Tenzing
  • Twin share accommodation in Kathmandu at the 5 star Gokarna Resort
  • Airport to hotel transfers
  • Private air-conditioned group transportation in Kathmandu
  • 11 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 dinners
  • All meals on trek prepared by trained chefs in our luxury lodge kitchens
  • Twin share accommodation on trek in luxury eco lodges with private facilities
  • Expert local staff highly trained in Wilderness First Aid
  • Himalayan mountain flights from Kathmandu to Lukla & return
  • Helicopter flight from Kongde around Mount Everest & return to Lukla
  • Trek kit bag and set of trekking poles for use on trek
  • Porters to carry personal luggage / 15kgs per person
  • Porter insurance
  • Extensive expedition medical kit and emergency oxygen
  • Sightseeing & entrance fees as mentioned in the itinerary

What’s not included

  • International airfares and airport taxes
  • Passport or Visa fees
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Any items not specifically mentioned as included
  • Gratuities to local guides etc
  • Personal expenses such as beverage, telephone and laundry bills
  • Additional transport due to an emergency

How to Book

To ensure your place on this exciting adventure, please contact us to reserve a place 02 4758 9922 or mail@adventureassociates.com, then complete the Adventure Associates Booking Form and return to us with your AUD 1000 per person deposit.

Deposit required per person: AU$1000 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

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 AUD 500 per person
Between 99 and 75 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.

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Nepal

The Kingdom of Nepal lies along the central section of the Greater Himalaya, bordered by Tibet to the north and India to the east, south and west. It encompasses many of the world’s highest mountains, including Mount Everest (8840m), which lies on its northern border. The terrain and climate define three distinct regions. The southern lowlands (Terai Region) of Nepal has a hot, tropical Indian climate. The central hill areas have a cooler sub-tropical climate and the northern region has an alpine climate. The latter two areas are dissected by deep valleys, formed by run-off from the monsoon and snow melt-water.

The Himalaya range runs along the northern border of Nepal and makes up 16% of the total land area of the country. Some of the country’s most rare and beautiful animals live in this region, including the snow leopard and Danphe bird.

The hill region, made up of the Mahabharat and Churia ranges cover 65% of the land and climb in elevation from 500-3000m. The eastern hills receive more monsoon rain, while in the west the rivers run with meltwater.

The low lying terai covers 17% of the country, and consists of farming land, sub tropical forest and marshes. Just under 50% of the country’s population lives in the Terai region, and it contains almost all of the industrial towns in Nepal, including Biratnagar, Butwal, and Bhairwara. About ninety per cent of Nepal’s inhabited land area is farmland and much of this is in the form of terraced paddy-fields, which reach high into the Himalayan foothills. A similar proportion of Nepal’s 18 million population are subsistent farmers.

 

Accommodation

Accommodation on this tour is based on twin share arrangements, single accommodation is available at extra cost. In Kathmandu we stay at the beautiful 5 star Gokarna Forest Resort. On trek we are accommodated in the luxury Yeti Mountain Homes. As a responsible adventure travel company our philosophies include the ideal of protecting and giving back to the regions in which we pass through. With this in mind, the properties we choose to include on our journeys are wholly owned and operated by Nepalis, this ensures that local Sherpa people may seek training and employment, providing a career path which has the advantage of staying close by the traditional family home with lasting employment opportunities. Our lodges are also environmentally conscious, built using sustainable technologies, using reliable solar power systems for heating water for hot showers, and gas for cooking in our kitchens. Quality bed linen and quilts, electric blankets and towels are provided in every lodge.

 

Food

The food provided in our lodges is produced from our organic vegetable gardens and prepared in hygienic kitchens by our trained chefs. Each meal comprises of three courses, with safe drinking water, fruit juice and as much tea and coffee as you like. Portions are more than plentiful and our staff ensure you will remain well hydrated, an important factor for safe acclimatisation.

 

 

 

 

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Tashi Tenzing

Born in Darjeeling in November 1965, Tashi Tenzing is the grandson of Tenzing Norgay, who alongside Sir Edmund Hillary made the first successful summit of the world’s tallest peak, Mount Everest on 19th May, 1953. An experienced and talented climber in his own right, Tashi completed his mountaineering training at the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute in Darjeeling, which was founded by his famous grandfather, and later went on to summit Mount Everest three times, as well as other notable ascents of Himalayan peaks.  Tashi has worked extensively as an expedition and trek leader in Nepal, Kashmir, Ladakh, Tibet, Pakistan and Antarctica.He also co-authored the best selling book,
“Tenzing Norgay and the Sherpas of Everest” and works as a motivational and key note speaker.
Tashi’s wealth of knowledge and experience stands him in good stead to lead this exclusive luxury lodge based trek in Nepal.

Tashi Tenzing