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The Khumbu region of Nepal is the Sherpa heart of the Himalaya, home to the most famous trekking route in the world.

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INTRODUCTION

everest-region-mapThe Khumbu region of Nepal is the Sherpa heart of the Himalaya, home to the most famous trekking route in the world – the trek to Everest Base Camp. Beginning our journey in the medieval city of Kathmandu, we explore the fascinating Bhoudanath Stupa and Pashupatinath temple, before taking a spectacular flight across the Himalaya to the starting point of our trek at Lukla.

Taking ample time to acclimatise we make our way slowly up the Khumbu Valley, each night accommodated in luxury eco lodges. Once reaching the famous gateway of Namche Bazaar, we branch off on less travelled trails to the picturesque village of Thame and then onto Kongde, where our exclusive lodge is positioned to capture stunning views of Himalayan giants such as Mount Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m) and the unforgettable pyramid of Ama Dablam (6812m).

From Kongde we take a helicopter flight above snowy summits to Mount Everest, where we sight the route to the top of the world’s highest peak, before swinging to the south and returning to Lukla, where we pick up our Himalayan Mountain flight back to Kathmandu.

This is Himalayan trekking at it’s best, an unforgettable journey amongst the worlds tallest peaks in the company of expert leader Tashi Tenzing.

Nepal with Greg Grainger Adventures

At Greg Grainger Adventures we aim to ensure your journey in the Himalaya is a life changing experience, and not just another holiday. Our style of travel in Nepal is unique – rather than undertaking a committing trek, it is more that of a series of comfortable day walks, interrupted by our luxury lodge accommodation each night, with fine food prepared by expert chefs, and helicopter transport out of the mountains.

This leaves you to fully appreciate the tremendous mountain scenery only the Himalaya can offer, whilst enjoying the local Sherpa culture up close. With the support of our friendly staff and unique style of trip we are confident that your trip in Nepal will be a life changing one!

ITINERARY

1 April – 12 April, 2016 12 Days
14 October – 25 October, 2016 12 Days

Ex: Kathmandu, Nepal
Group size 6 to 14 guests

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Day 1

Join Kathmandu, transfer to Gokarna Forest Resort

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In Kathmandu, sightseeing Bhoudanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Durbar Square and lunch at the Garden of Dreams

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Take a spectacular mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, and commence trek through Sherpa villages to Phakding (2610m), walk approximately 3 hours.

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Continue to Monjo (2835m) crossing and re-crossing the Dudh Kosi river by spectacular suspension bridges, walk approximately 3 hours.

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We finally ascend to the bustling village of Namche (3440m), the gateway to the Everest region, built into the curve of a steep valley. Approximately 5-6 hours walk.

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Rest & acclimatise in Namche, or optional day walk to the Everest View Hotel. We are now deep in the Sherpa heartland – historically the Sherpa people were herders and traders, using Namche as the staging point for trading expeditions over the Nangpa La and into Tibet, where they would trade manufactured goods for commodities such as wool, salt and yaks.

Today it is still a busy market place, and there are many small shops to wander around.

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Walk to Thame, (3800m), approximately 5-6 hours. After breakfast, we set off towards Thamo, a small village situated close the Nangpa La, which passes near the 8012 meter Cho Oyu.

We pause for lunch in Thamo before continuing on to the pretty village setting of Thame, and our accommodation for the night at the lovely Yeti Mountain Home.

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Trek to Kongde (4250m). We make a spectacular traverse from Thame to the Kongde glacier, which commands stunning views of Mount Everest.

Our accommodation for the night is at the Yeti Mountain Home, and the panorama from this location is an absolute highlight of our trek.

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Farrak Ri is a stunning viewpoint that affords a spectacular panorama of the entire Khumbu Valley. Today we have the option of a three hour walk to the viewpoint, and for those who are so inclined it is well worth the effort.

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This morning we take a thrilling helicopter flight from our lodge at Kongde, up into the heart of the Nepal Himalaya.

We follow the Renjo La to Gokyo Lakes, cross the Cho La passing close by Cholatse before swinging northward to circle around Mount Everest, finally turning south down the valley to Lukla to connect with our fixed wing STOL aircraft flight back to Kathmandu.

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Contingency day.

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Trip concludes Kathmandu.

Dates & Cost

Dates & Cost

 1 April – 12 April, 2016 12 Days
14 October – 25 October, 2016 12 Days

Ex: Kathmandu – Nepal

Twin Share Single Supplement
AU$ 5,790 AU$ 1,680

What’s included

What’s included

  • Led by Tashi Tenzing
  • Twin share accommodation in Kathmandu at the 5 star Gokarna Resort
  • Airport to hotel transfers
  • Private air-conditioned group transportation in Kathmandu
  • 11 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 dinners
  • All meals on trek prepared by trained chefs in our luxury lodge kitchens
  • Twin share accommodation on trek in luxury eco lodges with private facilities
  • Expert local staff highly trained in Wilderness First Aid
  • Himalayan mountain flights from Kathmandu to Lukla & return
  • Helicopter flight from Kongde around Mount Everest & return to Lukla
  • Trek kit bag and set of trekking poles for use on trek
  • Porters to carry personal luggage / 15kgs per person
  • Porter insurance
  • Extensive expedition medical kit and emergency oxygen
  • Sightseeing & entrance fees as mentioned in the itinerary

What’s not included

What’s not included

  • International airfares and airport taxes
  • Passport or Visa fees
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Any items not specifically mentioned as included
  • Gratuities to local guides etc
  • Personal expenses such as beverage, telephone and laundry bills
  • Additional transport due to an emergency

How to book

How to Book

To initiate your reservations, please contact us as soon as possible to check availability and place an option. A Booking Form is to be signed, completed and returned to Adventure Associates along with your  deposit. Reservations are established only when you receive written confirmation and acceptance of the deposit and booking form.

Deposit required per person: AU$1000 per person
Balance due: 75 days prior to departure
If booking within 74 days of departure: full payment must be made.

For these and other reasons mentioned below, you are strongly encouraged to obtain trip cancellation & travel insurance.

We can book your air travel and any tour extensions. Please contact us for details.

Spaces are limited so please book early, and ask us about our other cultural and adventure trip.

Tour Leader

tour_guide_tashiTashi Tenzing

Born in Darjeeling in November 1965, Tashi Tenzing is the grandson of Tenzing Norgay, who alongside Sir Edmund Hillary made the first successful summit of the world’s tallest peak, Mount Everest on 19th May, 1953.

An experienced and talented climber in his own right, Tashi completed his mountaineering training at the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute in Darjeeling, which was founded by his famous grandfather, and later went on to summit Mount Everest three times, as well as other notable ascents of Himalayan peaks.

Tashi has worked extensively as an expedition and trek leader in Nepal, Kashmir, Ladakh, Tibet, Pakistan and Antarctica.He also co-authored the best selling book, “Tenzing Norgay and the Sherpas of Everest” and works as a motivational and key note speaker.

Tashi’s wealth of knowledge and experience stands him in good stead to lead this exclusive luxury lodge based trek in Nepal.