March 6 – 19, 2016
From Kathmandu, Nepal
Overview: Join us on this beautiful trek to a hidden region lower than the Everest Base Camp trek. This seldom–visited area is the homeland of our trekking staff and climbing guides. This short, two week trek holds excellent views of many 8000–meter peaks, including Mount Everest. The hiking is considered moderate and reaches 11,500 feet, with an optional climb to the Pikey Peak summit at 13,333 feet.
Leadership: The Lower Everest Trek Leader is Ambar "Salia" Tamang from Solu Khumbu. His nickname, "Saila", means 'third son' in Nepali. About 34 years old, Saila is married with one son. He lives in Kathmandu with his family and helps support his two younger brothers who are still in college. His parents live in the small village of Tapting, where many of our staff come from — so remote that it's not even mentioned in most maps! Saila started in the trekking world as a kitchen helper, quickly promoted to cook and joined our staff in 1999. Since then, he has completed Guide Training and has taken classes in English and First Aid. His English is accented but easy to understand.
Day 2: Kathmandu. Guided sightseeing by car to visit highlights of the Kathmandu Valley. Places of interest include the Hindu temples and the burning ghats of Pashupatinath, on the holy Bagmati River as well as the nearby Bodhnath Stupa (partially damaged by the earthquake). Visit Durbar Square with its old palaces — home to the living goddess, Kumari. Your sightseeing trip will finish early so you can rest and relax in the garden or rooftop, enjoying views of the surrounding mountains and city skyline. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 3: In Kathmandu. Enjoy a free day in Kathmandu for some shopping or just sightseeing on your own. This would be a good time to check your own gear and make sure you have everything you might need for the trek. If you need to rent a sleeping bag or buy any gear, for example, our friendly staff is available to help you and offer suggestions. (Breakfast)
Day 4: Fly to Phaplu (8,100 feet) and trek to Kunekhop. Our flight generally departs at 10 AM with a 35 minute flight time to Phaplu. Phaplu is near Salleri, headquarters of Solu Khumbu district. Beginning at Phaplu, our trek will pass Salleri, descend to Solu Khola (river) and then, a gentle uphill portion takes us to the village of Kunekhop (7,800 feet). Hiking time 3-4 hours. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
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: A day at Jana Priya School. Jana Priya School is the only government–sponsored school in this poor area of Solu Khumbu. HHT has provided support for the school for many years as well, providing materials and books. Jana Priya's two buildings (containing seven classrooms) were severely damaged in the earthquake of April 2015. The HHT Staff fund and the Himalayan Education Development Project, helped build their first community library here. HHT continues its support, purchasing books and supplies, keeping the library active. Lumsa, the village where the Jana Priya is located, is home to many of our staff including Nepal Manager Amber Tamang, guides Ambar, KB (Mount Everest summitter), Ang Furi and others — past students of Jana Priya School!
Day 7: Lumsa Village (8,200 feet). Today, we hike to the village center, about 30 minutes (one mile) from Jana Priya School. In Lumsa, HHT provided emergency tarps following the devistating April earthquake — many houses nearby were destroyed or uninhabitable. We have also sponsored the construction of Pema Choye Ling Gompa, a community Buddhist monastery (we hope the work will be in its final stages at the time you arive).
Day 8: Trek to Dhimil (9,600 feet). From Lumsa village we gradually descend to a valley stream (Dhimil Khola) and make a gradual uphill climb on the other side to Dhimil Village. Our trek is short today and we'll reach Dhimil by lunchtime.
Day 9: To Pikey Peak Base Camp. From Dhimil, our trail climbs to a high ridge and grazing pastures where we find a main trail used by yak herders to lead their flocks from the alpine area of Lamje.
Day 10: Ascend Pikey Peak and trek to Jhapre (9,250 feet). Pikey Peak, at 13,333 feet, is a holy mountain and the area's highest summit where you can relish the panoramic Himalaya — with Mount Everst to the northeast, Mount Kanchanjunga to the far east and the Langtang region to the west. For those who wish to summit Pikey Peak, we will depart before breakfast for the 1,833 foot, one hour plus trek to the top. We will have breakfast on our return and our crew will be packing to continue our trek to Jhapre.
Day 11: Dhikure School and trek to Pattale (9,250 feet). From Jhapre, it's a 30–minute walk to Dhikure Village School. The HHT staff fund provided modified dining tents which were converted into classrooms for a temporary school, allowing classes to resume after the school building was damaged by the April earthquake. We won't have time to help here, but we can observe the reconstruction work in progress.
After our visit to Dhikure School, our ridgeline trekking continues as we pass the village of Singane to reach Pattalle. Again, the trail is moderate today with little uphill climb. Hiking time seven hours, about six miles. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 12: Pattalle to Kathmandu. Our transport awaits to return us to Kathmandu after breakfast. Say farewell to the staff as the vehicle is loaded. We'll travel on a recently–built road from this remote countryside to the city. Total drive time is 8–12 hours. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 13: Final free day to relax, shop and explore. In the evening enjoy a farewell dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 14: Transfer to the airport and depart for home. (Breakfast)
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 March 6, 2016 and that you should not depart earlier than March 19, 2016. 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 Trek 2016 Earthquake Relief • 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.
January 8, 2016 ($100USD late fee thereafter)
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