September 20 – October 3, 2015
From Kathmandu, Nepal
Overview: Join us on this beautiful trek to a secret region just below the regular Everest Base Camp trek. This little visited area is where most of our trekking staff and climbing guides come from. The trek is short (two weeks only!) but you'll have excellent views of many 8000 meter peaks including Mount Everest. This hiking is moderate and in addition to the climb to a 14,000 ft. peak you will visit a remote village and a middle school that we have been helping for some years now. For those who want to take it easy there is an option to home stay in the village while the rest of the group does the harder part of the trek including the peak climb.
Leadership: The Lower Everest Trek Leader is Amber Tamang. Amber is from a small village in Nepal's Solu Khumbu region — so small it's not on most maps! He researches Himalayan culture and religion and has published articles in Nepali and English. Amber began guiding with Himalayan High Treks in 1995, introducing trekkers to the wonders of Nepal, Tibet and India. He is now a group leader and Nepal Manager. Those who've traveled with him praise his patience, kindness and articulate English as he enthusiastically describes Himalayan mountain culture and Buddhist people. Amber and his family live in Kathmandu.
Lower Everest Day-To-Day Itinerary Detail:
Pre Trip Days: In transit from your home (those in the Americas lose one day when crossing the international date line). Fly to arrive in Kathmandu, changing planes in Bangkok, Delhi, Hong Kong or Singapore. Your group leader will meet your arrival flight at the Tribhuvan airport in Kathmandu (elevation 4,428 feet). They must wait for you outside the airport building, so we meet you after you get your visa, collect your luggage and pass through Nepal customs on your own.
Day 2: Guided sightseeing by car of the Kathmandu Valley. Places of interest include the Hindu temples and the burning ghats of Pashupatinath on the holy Bagmati river and the nearby Buddhist stupa at Bodhnath. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 3: In Kathmandu. Enjoy a free day in Kathmandu for some shopping or just sightseeing on your own.
Day 4: Fly to Phaplu (9,184 feet) and trek to Kunekhop. The flight is generally at around 10 a.m. and it's only about 35 minutes flight to reach Phaplu airport.
Day 5: Kunekhop to Janapriya School. Soon after we leave the village we trek uphill through a dense pine forest to arrive at Somdung pass at around 9500 feet. Through the pine forest views of the Mt. Everest and other peaks are visible. From the pass we descend down to Janapriya School via the village of Gora and Tsewar. Janapriya village school has great grounds for camping near the river. Hiking time 7-8 hours. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6: Visit the school and village of Lumsa. Janapriya school is the only government provided institution in this poorer area of Solu Khumbu. There is a small library that was set up by the Himalayan Education Development Project. The library is still active and Himalayan High Treks helps to pay the library staff and buy more books. Interact with teachers, students and visit the nearby village of Sherpa and Tamang people. Lumsa village is the home of Ambar Saila, Amber Tamang, KB Tamang (Everest Summitter), Ang Furi Sherpa and other members of Himalayan High Treks long time local staff. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 7: Trekking to Lamje Danda. From Janapriya School the trek goes uphill through Lumsa village with about 80 Sherpa and few Tamang famalies. Both are Buddhist ethnic groups of the Himalaya. In the middle of the village there is a monastery and an old Buddhist stupa founded by local people. We continue climbing through pine forest leaving the village below. Soon we enter the alpine meadow of Lamje Ridge which is the grazing land of the cows and yaks in summer and also an incredible view point for Mt. Everest and eastern Nepal - Himalayan peaks. Trekking time 6 hours. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 8: Lamje Danda to Pikey. The long ridge of Lamje continues towards the north to become part of Pikey Peak also considered to be a holy peak by local people. This days trek is totally through alpine wilderness although there are rhododendrons and a few other kinds of trees, Buddhist monuments and summer pastures for the yaks. Views of the Himalaya are stunning. For the camp we arrive near a small lodge set next to an old cheese factory at about 12,500 feet. Trekking time 5 hours. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 9: Early this morning, we'll enjoy an optional hike up to Pikey Summit (about 1,500 feet of gradual climbing — about two hours ascent, about 45 minute descent). Here you will have stunning views to enjoy. Pikey summit is at 14,000 feet and provides a great panorama of Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu and other neighboring peaks as far away as Gaurisankar in the west near Kathmandu, and to the Kanchanjungha Range in the east. We later descend back to camp for a late breakfast (rejoin with the group) and then trek onwards to Goli village. Hiking time about 5 hours (with Pikey option, 6-7 hours). (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 10: Trek to Bhandar. From Goli village it's a steep path down hill to reach the river and then climb up to the Bhandar. Bhandar is the junction of trail that goes from the Goli-Pikey area and another from Jiri heading to Everest Base Camp. Hiking time 6-7 hours. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 11: Trekking to Shivalaya. Even though Bhandar has a new road (not paved) from Jiri, it is preferable to walk to Shivalaya for a safer drive back to Kathmandu. The Bhandar to Shivalaya trek also offers interesting village life and scenery. Hiking time 6-7 hours. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 12: At Shivalaya we meet our reserved bus and driver for the ride back to Kathmandu. Driving time 8 hours. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 13: Final free day to relax and explore. In the evening enjoy a farewell dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 14: Transfer to the airport and depart for home. (Breakfast)
Post Trip: Usually a two–day return for Americans due to a forced stop–over in Delhi, Bangkok, Hong Kong or Singapore crossing the international date line — then arrive home about midday. A day filled with wonderful memories — vignettes of new faces, places and friends you'll never forget!
Important Note: This is meant only as a general guide to the schedule of our days. Changes can be made as we go along, based on local conditions, acclimatization, health and fitness levels, etc. Ascents and descents listed in this itinerary are approximate totals of daily ups and downs. The exact amount will vary considerably and is impossible to measure accurately. The times and elevations given here are rounded off. Please bear in mind that this is a long and strenuous trek.
Travel Details: If you are making your own arrangements, note that you must arrive in Kathmandu no later than September 20, 2015 and that you should not depart earlier than October 3, 2015. You are welcome to arrive early or stay for extra days at the end. We can arrange additional nights at any of our hotels or guest houses for you (with comfortable deluxe rooms with attached bathrooms, telephones, room service, laundry service, a free safety deposit box and ample luggage storage). There is internet access at the guest house. Safe airport pickup for early arrivals is available at a low cost. Please refer to the booking information section of our application form for more information.
Lower Everest Nepal Trek • Administrative Details:
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Moderate: Usually involves hiking an average of four to six hours each day — with some trekking time being spent at high altitude. Accommodations consist of evenings spent at tea or guest houses and tent camping along the trail.
July 20, 2015 ($100USD late fee thereafter)
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