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From the snow-covered peaks of Mt Everest to the ... - Intrepid Travel

From the snow-covered peaks of Mt Everest to the ... - Intrepid Travel


nepalisland peakUS$2445*CA$2445*Active*plus Local Payment US$300Physicalculture shock• Explore the untamedbeauty of Island Peak• Trek in the Everestregion• Climb to the top ofIsland Peak• Feel the thrill ofcamping in the icywilderness• Experience theteahouse culture• Celebrate yourincredible feat inKathmandu17 days, ex KathmanduITINERARY... Days 1-2 Kathmandu Narrow lanes lead to smallsquares and courtyards in colourful Kathmandu. Explore crowdedbazaars where stalls and tiny hole-in-the-wall shops sell everythingfrom bangles to Buddhas. On day 2 start the day early by warmingup the legs with a hike to the ‘Monkey’ temple of Swayambhunath.Explore the Bodhnath stupa in the heart of the Tibetan community.Situated on a hill top, its instantly recognisable Buddha eyes attractsa steady stream of pilgrims. Stop by KEEP ( Kathmandu EnvironmentalEducation Project) to learn about environmentally responsibletrekking - we’ll be putting these practices to work over the next twoweeks. Enjoy the rest of your time in Kathmandu by exploring atyour own pace. Days 3-14 Island Peak Take a short flight to Lukla,the starting point for an amazing trekking experience. For the nexttwo weeks you’ll stay in a mixture of teahouses and campsites, gettinga taste of cultural Nepal and her spectacular wilderness. Startthe trek by criss-crossing the Dudh Kosi River before starting the firstof many uphills. If the weather is clear you’ll enjoy your first glimpsesof Everest in Namche. Keep on gradually ascending and leave thetree line behind as you trek higher and higher into the Himalayas.You’ll pass monasteries, remote villages and the odd yak or two.Add your stone to the others at mountain pass cairns and have yourcamera ready for those fantastic ‘mountain meets prayer flag’ photoopportunities. Reaching the Island Peak Base Camp your Sherpawill give you climbing practice sessions in preparation for the finalascent. Begin the attack on Island Peak in the very early hours of thenext morning. It’s a gruelling 10 hours from base camp and backbut, at a height of 6,183 m (20,285 ft), standing atop Island Peak isan exhilarating achievement. The mostly downhill return trek is almosta walk in the park after the challenges of the past few days, soenjoy the easier pace and take in those final Everest views. Day 15Lukla A final day’s trek is quite leisurely as you make your way backto Lukla, the final stop on this awesome mountain trek. Days 16-17Kathmandu An early morning start delivers another spectacularflight, this time to Nepal’s vibrant capital. Back in Kathmandu, thereis time to do more exploring, have a rest or find a cafe for a feast anda chat about your Himalayan experience.Start Finish200817 Sep 03 Oct08 Oct 24 Oct29 Oct 14 Nov19 Nov 05 Dec200918 Mar 03 Apr08 Apr 24 Apr29 Apr 15 May13 May 29 MayAbove: Trekker’s breakfast, NepalBelow: Icy trek, NepalACCOMMODATION Hotels/guesthouses (3 nts), teahouse lodges (9 nts),camping (4 nts) TRANSPORT Plane, bus, walking GROUP SIZE Max 8 MEALS3 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners BUDGET Allow US$240 for meals not includedDEPARTS Selected Wed GUARANTEE Subject to min 4 TRAVELLER RATING Notapplicable as this is a new itineraryTRIP CODEnxi23

nepaleverest via gokyoUS$1055*CA$1055*Active*plus Local Payment US$300Physicalculture shock• Take on anEverest adventure• Admire the pristinebeauty of Gokyo Lakes• Trek over thechallengingCho La pass• Visit remotemonasteries• Stay in mountainteahouses• Admire spectacularHimalayan vistas• Experience thehospitality of theSherpa people21 days, ex KathmanduITINERARY... Day 1 Kathmandu Discover the sights and scentsof fascinating Kathmandu. Explore narrow lanes that lead into smallsquares and coutryards where ornate carved balconies overlookshrines and temples. Crowded bazaars are the centre of Nepalilife, where stalls and small hole-in-the-wall shops sell everythingfrom bangles to beetroots and carved Buddhas. Visit The IntrepidFoundation sponsored KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental EducationProject) to learn about low-impact trekking before we hit the mountaintrails. Day 2 Phakding A spectacular early morning flightdelivers us to Lukla, gateway to Everest. Take an easy hike throughthe lush landscape of the Himalayan lowlands, the home of thelegendary Sherpas. Follow trails lined with mani stone walls, madewith hundreds of stone tablets and giant carved boulders. Days3-17 Everest Trek From a gentle rise through rhododendron andmagnolia forests to an arduous climb to Base Camp, this Everesttrek will test your mettle and delight your senses. Traverse the gloriousGokyo region, rising along narrowly crafted staircases and steeppasses to see its five stunning mountain lakes, including gorgeousGokyo Lake. Get an insight into the Sherpa community as you passsmall villages and visit the so-called ‘Sherpa capital’, Khumu. On day14 start early to scale the heights of Kala Pathar in the early morningfor spectacular, up-close views of Everest. The return route to Luklafollows the Imja Valley and along high ridges. Eventually you’lldescend through plains filled with yak herders and stop in at the teashops of Kenjoma to recover with a hot brew. Day 18 Lukla Thefinal walk is relatively easy. Wind down as you meander throughscrub forests, before a final sharp ascent to our ultimate destination,the ambient village of Lukla. Days 19-21 Kathmandu Anothershort but spectacular flight will bring us back to Kathmandu. Thecity streets feel a million miles away from the mountain wildernessof the Himalayas. Explore the city some more - between temples,palaces and markets there is so much to see here. Visit the ‘Monkey’temple, spot living goddesses in Durbar Square and fill up yourbackpack with mementos of an amazing Nepalese adventure. Thereis no better way to celebrate the trek than with a meal and somereminiscing in a Kathmandu cafe.Start Finish200817 Sep 07 Oct08 Oct 28 Oct29 Oct 18 Nov05 Nov 25 Nov200918 Mar 07 Apr25 Mar 14 Apr08 Apr 28 Apr15 Apr 05 May29 Apr 19 May06 May 26 MayAbove: Everest via Gokyo, NepalBelow: Everest trek, NepalACCOMMODATION Hotels/guesthouses (3 nts), teahouse lodges (17 nts)TRANSPORT Plane, bus, walking GROUP SIZE Max 12 MEALS No mealsincluded BUDGET Allow US$400 for meals not included DEPARTS SelectedWed GUARANTEE Subject to min 4 NOTES This trip starts at 1:00pm on day 1TRAVELLER RATING Not applicable as this is a new itineraryTRIP CODEnxh24

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