Cathedral College Sherpa Everest Trek 2019

Cathedral College Sherpa Everest Trek 2019

Trip Highlights

  • Stunning views of Mount Everest and Ama Dablam
  • Sherpa Culture
  • Thyangboche Monastery
  • Fully supported camping based trek with 3 hearty meals per day prepared by our cooks
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu - Pashupatinath (a major Hindu shrine) and the giant Buddhist stupa at Boudhanath
  • Community Project at Pema Choling School

Trip Summary

This trek takes us beyond the main trails as we trek into one of the most spectacular mountain regions of the world, and where we are able to view the world’s highest peaks. Home to Mt Everest, yaks, the Sherpa people, and perhaps even the Yeti, this is the world’s most striking mountain region. Our path diverts from the main trail and meanders up an alpine valley to the base camp of Ama Dablam. The days are not long or onerous, but we enjoy spectacular views every day. The scenery is only one part of the joy of this journey, as we spend time amongst the Sherpa people and their vibrant culture. Thyangboche Monastery and Namche Bazaar are both fascinating and fun, and our time spent at Puiyan Village will stay with you for a lifetime. At Puiyan we will visit the local primary school where 35 students study in very basic conditions. We will undertake a project here to improve their school conditions, as well as having time to become involved in the village and spend time assisting the children.

Itinerary

Check-in at Melbourne airport at 10:00 p.m. for Thai Airways flight to Kathmandu via Bangkok.

Meals:  Nil

On arrival in Kathmandu (1330 metres) you will be met by your group leader and transferred to the hotel where your pre-trek briefing will be given. Arrangements are made today for the distribution of your kit bag, sleeping bag and down jacket. After a rest we will walk into the Thamel area of Kathmandu for a taste of the days to come as we amble through the markets and enjoy dinner in one of the good restaurants available to us.

Meals:  B

Sightseeing this morning will include a visit to the fascinating cultural centres of Hindu Pasupatinath and Buddhist Boudanath. Every step of your time in Kathmandu will amaze you, and during your visit you will also have time to explore many parts of the city. Kathmandu, has an amazing range of fascinating highlights, whatever your interest. Extensive markets, novelty shops and handicraft shops contrast with fantastic centres of cultural and spiritual significance. Kathmandu has more World Heritage sites than any other city in the world.

Meals:  B

We transfer to the airport for the 45 minute flight to Lukla. This was the airstrip built by Sir Edmund Hillary and his friends to service the Everest Region when he began his work of building schools and hospitals for the Sherpa people. It is a memorable flight, with marvellous views of the Eastern Himalaya. At Lukla we are immediately impressed by the scale of the huge peaks that surround the village, but this is only a foretaste of what is to come. Our crew assembles and we head downhill towards the village of Ghat. The broad and well-marked trail meanders around fields of potatoes and buck-wheat and passes through small villages, as we make our way to the village and our campsite.

Meals:  B,L,D

There are a number of projects that we can undertake to improve the school environment, none requiring great skill, but asking enthusiasm and a willingness to get involved. These tasks may vary from improving play areas by building retaining walls, painting a classroom, maintenance of a school building. This takes place in the village where the villagers embrace your visit and assistance, join in activities, and the children enjoy games with the visiting students. Before our departure the school committee will want to celebrate the visit with us with a traditional ceremony.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we begin our journey towards the highest peaks, and cross and re-cross the thundering glacial river, named "Dudh" (milk) Kosi (river) because of its colour. Sections of today's walk are through pine forest and cleared areas reveal terraced fields and a variety of crops. We pass small groups of mules and yaks carrying trading goods and trek-gear along the trail. Our own gear will be carried by yak, or more correctly dzopko, a yak-cow crossbreed, A yak is a full-blood long-haired male, more commonly found at higher altitudes. We pass through a variety of small hamlets as we slowly gain altitude. Spectacular mountain peaks unfold above us and seem to hover above the tree-line as they rise above the deep river valley. As we cross the Kusum Khola, a tributary stream to the Dudh Kosi, the peak of Kusum Kanguru (6369 m) can be seen to the East, at the head of the valley. Further along the trail, across the valley to the North-West, Nupla (5885 m) and Kongde Ri (6093 m) rise above the forested ridges. At a turn of the trail, Thamserku (6808 m) rises majestically, seemingly from the river floor. We will see Mani walls today. These stone structures are a compilation of many stone tablets, each with the inscription "Om Mani Padme Hum" which translates to "Hail to the jewel in the lotus" and is a mantra (chant) venerated by Buddhists and Brahmans alike. Buddhists will walk to the left of these Mani walls and chortens but you may notice that people of the lowlands who have no knowledge of Buddhism do not follow this ceremony. The allure of the mountains is hard to resist but we must be patient, as it is very important that we acclimatise slowly in order to fully appreciate our time at higher altitude. Today's walk is not a long one and you will be eager to press-on. Slow down and enjoy every step of the way. It is the journey, not the camp-site, that is important.

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we cross the green/aqua waters of the Dudh Kosi and pass through the gates of the Sagarmartha National Park. We follow the river course to the confluence of the Dudh Kosi and the Bhote Kosi and cross a spectacular high bridge before commencing our ascent to the village of Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa "capital" of Nepal. It is a tough climb as the trail passes through forest of pine to a vantage point that provides our first view of Mt Everest. The trail continues to climb and meander to Namche and the sight of this prosperous village spread within a horse-shoe shaped valley opposite the beautiful peak of Kongde Ri is worth every step. After lunch you may wish to peruse the Tibetan trader's stalls or the Sherpa shops in search of a bargain. Our accommodation will be at our private eco campsite.

Meals:  B,L,D

This rest day in Namche Bazaar is very important for safe acclimatisation. Sagarmartha National Park Headquarters just above our Sherpa hotel offers a very interesting display of photographs, memorabilia and information on the park, and the hill above is a wonderful vantage point for the spectacular view up the Imja Khola Valley towards Everest. The change from the narrow lowland valleys to the broad glacial ones is immediately obvious. The steep-sided glacial valley before us gradually winds towards the base of Everest, broken only by the moraines left by retreating glaciers. Its more gradual rate of climb is a blessing as we trek higher. Towering to over 4000 metres above the valley floor, spectacular peaks seem to engulf us. Around us are Tawatse (6542 m), Thamserku (6808 m), Kantega (6685 m), Ama Dablam (6856 m), Nuptse (7896 m) and Lhotse (8511 m). The greatest of all, Mt Everest (8848 m), rises at the head of the valley. You may like to take the optional morning walk to the Everest View Hotel where spectacular views of Everest and Ama Dablam may be seen.

Meals:  B,L,D

The walk to Thyangboche is one of the most pleasant in Nepal. The trail meanders easily around the ridges and Everest can be clearly seen on the horizon ahead before we descend through splendid rhododendron forests for lunch. After lunch we cross the Dudh Kosi and begin the ascent to the top of a long ridge which flows from the summit of Kantega. Our trail takes us through pine and rhododendron forest, and, as this is a devout Buddhist region, the wildlife is unharmed and not too shy. As a result there is a possibility that we may see Hog Deer and other animals in the forest and around our campsite. As we approach the top we pass through a traditional gateway and pass around a chorten before cresting the ridge onto a wide grassy meadow at the monastery village of Thyangboche. The views of the Everest massif, as well as all the other major peaks of the area are astounding and, if we are lucky, we will see the glowing colour of the sunset, and perhaps even the moonlight on the mountains around us. We continue through Thyanboche a short way to our permanent campsite at Deboche.

Meals:  B,L,D

Leaving the main trail to savour the forests and isolated trails we trek above Thyangboche and into the conifer forest. The views back to the monastery, with Tawatse rising beyond, are excellent. We follow paths through the forest that lead above the tree line to summer yak pastures, and contour around the ridge lines of Kantega. Settlements that are a hive of activity in the wet summer months are quieter now, and we have these paths to ourselves, enjoying the solitude of the walk. We pass through the small settlement at Omoga, and travel to Mingbo.

Meals:  B,L,D

We make our way up the ridge high in a sheltered valley that takes advantage of the excellent views. An outstanding panorama of the region's mountains unfolds before us, including a magnificent panorama of Everest itself. This fantastic vantage point is rarely visited, but offers some of the best views available. In the afternoon we descend, making our way back to Deboche. We make our way downhill through Pangboche and look up at the dramatic peak of Ama Dablam and the ridge that was our vantage point earlier

Meals:  B,L,D

We stop for a while at Thyangboche monastery and drop down through forest to open hill-sides. Completing a 360 degree panorama of mountains are Khumblia and Kongde Ri which encircle us from across the Dudh Kosi valley. It is a comfortable day’s walk, with time to explore these unique and more traditional villages.

Meals:  B,L,D

Descending from Namche, we continue down through the forest to the valley floor, to follow the Dudh Kosi downhill, and out of the national park to our camp at the small settlement of Ghat.

Meals:  B,L,D

Retracing our steps along the valley, we pass through a variety of settlements and forests before a gentle climb to Lukla. We savour our final mountain sunsets of the trek as we complete this exhilarating journey.

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we fly to Kathmandu, a fascinating flight over forests, fields and villages, with the Himalaya in the background. On arrival, we transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Meals:  B

Time to explore the many fascinating sites in the Kathmandu valley.

Meals:  B

Late morning we are transferred to the airport for our flight to Bangkok. Transfer to Melbourne flight.

Meals:  B

Arrive Melbourne at midday.

Meals:  Nil

What's Included

  • 17 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 10 dinners including all meals on trek
  • airport transfers
  • flights Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu US$352 approx
  • 15kgs luggage allowance on Kathmandu/Lukla flights
  • expert bilingual guide
  • group medical kit
  • good quality accommodation in Kathmandu
  • accommodation on trek in a combination of our comfortable eco lodges and private eco campsites with off the ground camp beds, mattresses and pillows and some wilderness camping
  • the use of a World Expeditions trek pack which includes a quality sleeping bag, down or fibre fill jacket and insulated mat (valued at over US$500)
  • drinking water on all trek days
  • souvenir World Expeditions kit bag
  • private transportation
  • all park entrance fees and trekking permits
  • porters to carry all personal and group equipment and porter's insurance
  • sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • site entry fees

What's Not Included

  • Bottled water and aerated drinks
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Tips
  • Visa
  • Travel Insurance
  • International flights
  • Airport & departure taxes

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AT A GLANCE

Duration:19 Days
Countries:Nepal
Starting Point:Melbourne
Activities:Trekking
Community Project
Grade:Introductory to Moderate  Click for more information
Trip Code:SOG5521