Sydney Grammar School: Nepal Everest Trek 2020

Campsite in the Annapurna regionViews from above the town of Namche Bazaar, Everest region, NepalYoung local monks in KathmanduStunning mountain views on the walk from Namche Bazaar to ThyangbocheA ceremonial candle on one of Kathmandu's many templesPrayer Flags at Boudhanath, Kathmandu

Sydney Grammar School: Nepal Everest Trek 2020

Trip 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

Trip Summary

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.

Itinerary

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. We embark on a half day private sightseeing tour taking in the key attractions in and around the Kathmandu valley. Tomorrow will be an exciting and fascinating day commencing the trek and service project so we suggest an early night! Overnight: Radisson Hotel

Meals:  B

We transfer to the airport for the 45 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

Sagarmartha National Park Headquarters just above our private eco campsite 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 for those trekking higher. Towering to over 4000 metres above the valley floor, spectacular peaks seem to engulf us. Around us are Taweche (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. The Sherpa Cultural Centre has an interesting collection of mountaineering items and photographs. Those who are fit and acclimatising well may wish to take the optional walk to the Everest View Hotel (4-5hrs) where spectacular views of Everest and Ama Dablam may be seen. For those feeling well acclimatised there is also the option of a day walk to the pretty village of Khumjung. Khumjung is where Sir Edmund Hillary built his “Schoolhouse In the Clouds” and the famed Khunde hospital is close by. World Expeditions supports both of these famous community facilities, as well as the many other projects operated by the Himalayan Trust. There will generally be the opportunity for you to visit the hospital and school. We will also be able to visit the monastery at Khumjung where we may have the opportunity to see the “scalp of a yeti”. 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. After a rest and visit to the monastery we head downhill to our private eco campsite at Deboche.

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 Kathmandu, a thrilling takeoff followed by a patch work quilt of terraced fields, forest and villages, with the Himalaya chain to the north. On arrival, we transfer to our hotel. 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 visit the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology (TIO), TIO hasd 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

What's Included

  • 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
  • All park entrance fees and trekking permits
  • Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu

What's Not Included

  • 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

Upcoming Travel Dates

AT A GLANCE

Duration:13 Days
Countries:Nepal
Starting Point:Sydney
Finishing Point:Sydney
Activities:Trekking
Cultural Immersion
Grade:Introductory  Click for more information
Trip Code:SOG5634