Covid Travel Policyread FAQs
 

Overview

 Highlights


  • Gain unique insights into Sherpa culture as you trek through the Everest Region.
  • Trek safely on a carefully thought out route to Namche Bazaar that allows for proper acclimatisation and spectacular views of Mount Everest
  • Trek happily knowing you are helping the local environment by staying at our permanent campsites
  • Enjoy the flexibility of taking time to experience Kathmandu's vibrant atmosphere
  • Explore the Sherpa 'capital' of Namche Bazaar
  • Witness monks observing centuries old tradition at Thyangboche Monastery

After an exploration of Kathmandu, we'll fly to Lukla to begin our hike to Thyangboche, trekking in true expedition style with our guides, crew, and porters. Our carefully devised itinerary allows time for safe acclimatisation - the key to any successful trek in the Everest region. The trail we follow leads us through Sherpa villages, as well as the famous Sherpa trading hub of Namche Bazaar. We will also visit Thyangboche monastery, the epicenter of the local Buddhist community, here you will have to opportunity to observe the inner workings of the monastery which have remained largely unchanged for centuries. We then trek to via Khumjung on the return leg, a village that is home to the 'School of the Clouds', established by Sir Edmond Hillary to empower the Sherpa community through education. Returning to Kathmandu for some time to further explore this vibrant city before returning home to Sydney.

Countries:

Start and Finishing Point:

Sydney

Activities:

Grading:Introductory to Moderate   


Depart Sydney on a morning flight with Cathay Pacific, there will be a short stopover and Hong Kong before boarding and evening flight to Kathmandu, arriving at about 10pm. Namaste, welcome to Nepal. On arrival, you will be met by a World Youth Adventures representative and transferred by private vehicle to the group hotel in Kathmandu. Overnight: Radisson Hotel Flight schedules to be confirmed.

Meals:  Nil

Today your adventure really begins. After breakfast we have a pre-trip briefing where arrangements will be made for the distribution of kit bags, sleeping bag, liner, and down jacket and also gives you an opportunity to get acquainted with your guide. You will have an opportunity to go with your guide to exchange money or visit the ATM machine. embark on a bus ride to Ramechap, a small town that operates flights to Lukla, the gate way trekking in the Everest region. Tomorrow will be an exciting and fascinating day commencing the trek so we suggest an early night! Overnight: Radisson Hotel

Meals:  B

This morning we wake up and and stroll down to the airport for the 25 minute flight to the STOL airstrip at 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 assemble and we head downhill towards the Dudh Kosi, named "Dudh" (milk) Kosi (river) because of its colour, a raging river that flows from the highest peaks. The broad and well-marked trail meanders around fields of potatoes and buck-wheat, and passes through small villages, as we pass rows of tree dahlia to make our way to our first campsite at Ghat.

Meals:  B,L,D

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 donkeys, yaks and dzopko carrying trading goods and trekking gear along the trail. A dzopko is a yak-cow crossbreed while 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. Shortly after leaving camp we cross the Kusum Khola, a tributary stream to the Dudh Kosi, and the peak of Kusum Kangru (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 our first 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 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. We camp for the night at our private eco camp site located above Monjo. Overnight: Private Eco-Camps

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we pass through the gates of the Sagamartha National Park. The establishment of this national park is a significant attempt to stem the use of fire-wood in the area and the few local people who have a permit to cut wood must gain approval from the authorities on the basis of it being primarily for their personal use. 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. Overnight: Private Eco-Camps

Meals:  B,L,D

Our trek will start with an incline to Syangboche airstrip and along the ridgeline towards Everest View Hotel. We are welcomed with magnificent views of the surrounding mountains including Everest, Lhotse, Thamserku, Khangtega, Ama Dablam and many more. After a quick break, we continue towards Khumjung and visit Sir Edmond Hillary’s famous “Schoolhouse in the clouds.”This school was the first in the entire Khumbu region being built in 1961 with the help of the Sir Edmund Hillary and the Himalayan Trust. The school originally opened with only two classrooms but has since expanded to cater for over 350 students. We descend and follow the trail for approx 25 minutes to our new exclusive campsite at Kyangjuma. For those who are feeling the early effects of altitude can opt for a shorter acclimatization walk of around 2 hours directly from Namche to Kyangjuma. Overnight: Private Eco-Camps

Meals:  B,L,D

The walk to Deboche is one of the most spectacular trekking days 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 Himalayan Thar, Musked Deer or pheasants in the forest and around our campsite. As we approach the ridgeline we pass through a traditional gateway and around a chorten before cresting the ridge onto a wide grassy meadow at the monastery village of Thyangboche. The monastery was re-built with the assistance of Sir Edmund Hillary after it was destroyed by fire in 1989. The views of the Everest massif, as well as all the other major peaks of the area are astounding. We continue down hill to Deboche for lunch before making our final push to Pangboche. Overnight: Private eco-campsite

Meals:  B,L,D

If the weather is clear, the mountain views from Thyangboche monastery as we pass through are outstanding - Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse are at the head of the valley, their line of sight flanked by Taweche on one side and Ama Dablam on the other. Almost directly above us are Kantega and Thamserku. Completing a 360 degree panorama of mountains are Khumblia and Kongde Ri which encircle us from across the valley. It’s a pleasant walk down to Namche, and as we near the village we pass through terraced fields that are home to a brightly colored pheasant, the Danphe Pheasant, the national bird of Nepal. Overnight in private eco campsite.

Meals:  B,L,D

Nearby on a hilltop, with views of the mountains, is the Everest View Hotel, a joint Nepali - Japanese project, where you can stop for refreshments before passing through the yak breeding farm and descending to Namche. After a break 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 Monjo.

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. Overnight: Eco lodge

Meals:  B,L,D

We fly to back to Ramechap and will be met by our chartered bus that will carry us back to Kathmandu, arriving at the Radisson in time for a late lunch. The rest of the day is your own to do some last minute shopping or sightseeing.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today is our last day in Nepal, this evening we will be departing on the Cathay Pacific flight to Hong Kong before joining our onward flight home to Sydney. Today we plan to embark on a half day private sightseeing tour taking in the key attractions in and around the Kathmandu valley. In the afternoon we plan visit the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology (TIO), TIO has a longstanding relationship with the Fred Hollows Foundation in providing the people of Nepal a high level of eye care. We will see the good work they are doing an learn a little of the challenges faced by the increasingly urban population of Nepal.

Meals:  B

You will be arriving back in Sydney after midday on board your Cathay Pacific flight from Hong Kong.

Meals:  Nil


Learning outcomes for students

A World Youth Adventures' experience gives students the opportunity to become informed, engaged and active global citizens, through their active participation in:
• Authentic interactions with new cultures, customs and traditions;
• Activities that enable them to lead their peers and also contribute as a team member to a common objective;
• Activities that take them outside of their comfort zone, to face mental and physical challenges;
• Initiatives that teach them that their individual actions collectively can make a difference, and that they have a role to play in making the world a better place.
You are embarking on an adventure to places and among people whose lives are very different from your own. Many aspects of life in this region will seem unusual. Remember that these are often the very same aspects that make a destination interesting and attractive. In addition to the personal physical challenges you may face, travel conditions can present unexpected obstacles, such as rough and bumpy roads and changeable weather. To prepare for this, “pack” a flexible and relaxed attitude. If you travel with a spirit of adventure and inquiry, a healthy sense of humour and a willingness to encounter the unexpected and you will have the adventure of a lifetime!
We invite you to read and put into practice on your travels this IIPT Credo of the Peaceful Traveller -
Grateful for the opportunity to travel and experience the world, and because peace begins with the individual, I affirm my personal responsibility and commitment to:
> Journey with an open mind and gentle heart
> Accept with grace and gratitude the diversity I encounter
> Revere and protect the natural environment which sustains all life
> Appreciate all cultures I discover
> Respect and thank my hosts for their welcome
> Offer my hand in friendship to everyone I meet
> Support travel services that share these views and act upon them and,
> By my spirit, words and actions, encourage others to travel the world in peace
DISCONNECT FROM YOUR DEVICE & CONNECT WITH CULTURE AND NATURE.
If you are embarking on a travel experience with World Youth Adventures you have been afforded the opportunity to learn important values of teamwork, to build self-confidence and to develop an understanding of other cultures and ways of doing things. It‘s likely that you’re travelling to a destination for the first time and you will be taking part in new and different activities. It’s an opportunity to make life-long friendships with your travel companions, to learn new skills and understand yourself better. To maximize the benefits of this travel experience, to connect with people and places, it is best free to be fully in the moment, engaging in the activities on offer. For this reason, World Youth Adventures strongly advises against the use of mobile phones during the travel experience.
When phones are down, your eyes are up, freeing you to look around, to be open to receiving information from all senses, to fully engage in the travel experience, and to maximize the potential for learning and growth. It also allows you to be in tune with your own thoughts and responses in a way that is not possible when you are beholden to the phone.
Being self-reliant and overcoming challenges you encounter when you’re away from our usual support systems, builds resilience. Step away from online communication and allow yourself the space to grow in confidence and build independence. Your school will make arrangements to keep your parents informed about necessary information when you’re away from them. Taking a break from online communication is a rare privilege in this day and age, the perfect opportunity to experience time without the pressure of constant online communication.


Inclusions

  • 11 x breakfasts, 9 x lunches, 9 x dinners (including boiled drinking water on trek)
  • All internal transfers and transportation, including return flights from Kathmandu to Lukla
  • Expert bilingual group leader with extensive group medical kit carried at all times, sirdar, assistant guides and kitchen staff
  • Porters to carry all personal and group equipment and porters insurance
  • All park entrance fees and trekking permits
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu at the Radisson Hotel
  • International economy airfares with Cathay Pacific from Sydney to Kathmandu (via Hong Hong) including taxes
  • Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu

  • Meals not included in itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc
  • Tips
  • Visa and vaccination fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Any group donation to a cause of the schools choosing

Grading

Introductory to Moderate


Why travel with us

Why travel with us

Assisted over
14,000 Students Worldwide

Since the 1980's, we have helped students from around the globe to experience the world's most exciting destinations, allowing them to travel, give, grow.

400+ Service Learning
Programs

Together with students, we have completed over 400 Service Learning programs in developing countries. We will always continue to support causes including social justice, animal welfare, the environment and more.

Fully Customised
School Travel Programs

Want to include service learning, your school curriculum and a physical challenge, or any of the above? Contact us and we can design a program fully catered for your students and budget.

Safety and
Support - Our #1 Priority

Every school receives a detailed risk management plan that is guided by government advisories and the local partners we work with. We never compromise on the safety of your students to reduce the price of the program.

Testimonials


Want to find out more?

Our educational travel experts are ready to help you tailor an itinerary or service learning project to suit your school’s needs and budget. Contact us today to receive a free consultation.


Join Newsletter
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/ADS.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Adventures South"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Adventure South</div>
Adventure South NZ is unrivalled in their geographic coverage, originality and overall quality of adventures holidays in New Zealand. Choose from walking, cycling, winter or multi-activity holidays, on either the North or South Island.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/AWH.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Australian Walking Holidays"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Australian Walking Holidays</div>
Australian Walking Holidays specialises in small group guided walking adventures. Since 1982 we have been guiding small groups of travellers on Australia's finest walks across our tropical, coastal or red centre landscapes.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/GCT.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Great Canadian Trails"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Great Canadian Trails</div>
Great Canadian Trails specialises in active holidays in Canada. With both guided and supported self-guided options available, our unique itineraries draw upon some of Canada's most inspiring parks, trails and landscapes from coast to coast.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/HUM.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Humac Challenge"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Huma Charity Challenge</div>
Huma enables those with adventurous spirits to challenge themselves and make a difference for a cause close to their heart. Travel, fundraise and meet life-long friends on one of Huma's meaningful and unique challenges around the world.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/WB.jpg?v2' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Walkers’ Britain"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Walkers' Britain</div>
Walkers' Britain (formerly Sherpa Expeditions) have specialised in walking and cycling trips in the United Kingdom and Europe since 1973. Explore iconic trails and destinations on a self guided or small group active holiday with Walkers' Britain.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/WB.jpg?v2' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Walkers’ Britain"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Walkers' Britain</div>
Walkers' Britain (formerly Sherpa Expeditions) have specialised in walking and cycling trips in the United Kingdom and Europe since 1973. Explore iconic trails and destinations on a self guided or small group active holiday with Walkers' Britain.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/TAS.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Tasmania Expeditions"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Tasmanian Expeditions</div>
Tasmanian Expeditions is the most experienced operator of treks and adventure travel holidays in Tasmania. We own and operate the most comprehensive range of adventure holidays available across Tasmania's varied landscapes.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/UTX-new.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Utracks"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>UTracks</div>
UTracks are the active European holiday specialists. Whether you prefer cycling or walking, 2-star or 4-star, small groups or self guided, land, river or sea – UTracks can help you to explore Europe exactly the way you want.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/WYA.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="World Youth Adventures"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>World Youth Adventures</div>
World Youth Adventures is our specialist division dedicated to organising tailor made overseas school group adventures. Specialists in Service Learning projects, choose from more destinations than any other school group provider.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/YOM.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Yomads"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Yomads</div>
Yomads offers adventures for the 20s and 30s on six continents. Designed as a way to bring young and likeminded travellers together, Yomads caters to those interested in lightly structured and active trips that allow freedom to roam and explore.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/ACT.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Australian Cycle Tours"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Australian Cycle Tours</div>
Australian Cycle Tours specialises in high quality self guided and guided cycling experiences in a selection of the most beautiful regions in Australia.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/WEX.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="World Expeditions"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>World Expeditions</div>
The pioneers of original, worldwide adventure travel holidays since 1975
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/TJX.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Trail Journeys"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Trail Journeys</div>
Self-guided cycling experts on New Zealand's Otago Rail Trail and more
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/BMAC.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Blue Mountains Adventure Company"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Blue Mountains Adventure Company</div>
The original Blue Mountains canyoning, hiking, climbing and abseiling experts
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/GWNZ.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="Great Walks of New Zealand"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Great Walks of New Zealand</div>
Explore New Zealand's most spectacular wilderness regions with the self-guided hiking experts
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/NAA.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon' alt="North America Active"> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>North America Active</div>
USA Canada hiking & cycling tour specialists, choose from self-guided or guided trips