NEPAL

Nepal, from thick jungle teeming with wildlife to soaring snowcapped peaks, this country is an adventurers paradise. Join us as we trek through the stunning scenery of the Himalaya, staying in traditional Sherpa villages on the way to Everest Base Camp and a front row view of the stunning sunrise over Mt Everest from Kala Pattar.

NEPAL: HEART OF THE HIMALAYA

 Nepal is a landlocked country between Tibet and India in the heart of the Himalayas. While Nepal is typically associated with snow capped peaks, in the south of the country where Nepal meets India and the northern rim of the Gangetic Plain, the climate is tropical. This leads to a spectacular mix of stunning scenery from the steaming jungles of the south to the soaring peaks of the Himalayan mountains. Nepal is home to 8 of the 10 world’s tallest mountains including Mt Everest, the world’s tallest at 8849m. Nepal has a monsoonal climate with four main seasons. The heavy monsoon rains are between June and September with very heavy rain for one to two hours every two to three days. October through to December brings cool, clear weather following the monsoon and with good visibility is one of the best times to head up into the mountains. With bitterly cold weather, as low as zero in Kathmandu and well below zero in the mountains, heavy snowfall from January to March can limit travel. The weather warms back up from April to June with generally dry weather prior to the onset of monsoon season again. 

The well known Sherpa people famed for supporting Western expeditions high into the mountains of the Himalaya are just one of the many ethnic groups in Nepal, with over 60 groups being recognised as having “their own mother tongue and traditional customs, a distinct cultural identity, a distinct social structure and written or oral history all of their own”. In southern Nepal on the border with India is the small town and sacred site of Lumbini, the birth place of Sakyamuni Buddha, founder of Buddhism. Despite being the birthplace of Buddhism only around 9% of the population in Nepal are Buddhist with the majority being Hindu.

 Over the last two decades Nepal has seen rapid political change. An absolute monarchy for hundreds of years the country was faced with a communist movement which saw a parliamentary monarchy created in 1990 and the dissolution of the monarchy all together in 2008 when it was declared a republic. The ongoing political uncertainty has an adverse affect on the economic growth of Nepal and with 76% of the population employed in agriculture there is a real skills shortage. That said the proportion of poor people has declined substantially since 2003. The percentage of people living below the international poverty line has halved in seven years. There is however, still a great deal of economic imbalance and a range of social problems including child labour and poor rights for women.

WHY GO? 

  • Reach Everest Base Camp where each year the climbing teams assemble to attempt to summit the world’s highest mountain. 
  • Experience the bustling markets and centuries old temples of Nepal’s vibrant capital city, Kathmandu. 
  • Trek through the stunning scenery of the Himalayan region amongst the world’s highest mountains. 
  • Watch the sunrise over Mt Everest from Kala Pattar. 
  • Visit the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar. 
  • Stay with local Sherpa families as we trek to Base Camp and experience real Nepalese cuisine.

By it’s very nature adventure travel involves an element of the unexpected so Untamed World expeditions are planned and run with a framework itinerary with flexibility built in. To read more about how we plan and run our expeditions take a look at Our Approach. An Expedition Handbook with full details is issued for each individual expedition when team members sign up.

 

TEAM ARRIVES IN COUNTRY

Team members will be collected from Kathmandu’s Tribhuyan International airport by your expedition leader and taken to the hotel in Kathmandu, about 6km from the airport. Once the whole team has arrived there will be a briefing on how the expedition will run and chance to get to know your team mates. The following day is an admin day in Kathmandu to give team members chance to purchase any kit or supplies that have been forgotten and chance to recover from your jet lag before heading up into the mountains. If you’re good to go you can spend the day exploring Kathmandu. A hearty evening meal and a good breakfast the next morning and you’re back to the airport for the flight to Lukla.

 

THE EXPEDITION

Getting off the plane in Lukla the trek to Everest Base Camp begins in earnest. The round trip to Everest Base Camp and back to Lukla should take around fourteen days, we have flexibility built into the plan to allow for the unexpected. Over the next two weeks we trek through the stunning scenery of the Himalayas and traditional Sherpa villages, staying in local homes known as tea houses. We allow a little longer than some other expedition companies to allow us to acclimatise more thoroughly in order to minimise the risk of altitude sickness and give the best chance of the whole team completing the expedition. This has the added benefit of allowing you to see more of this amazing country. We have dedicated acclimatising days built into the trek including a hike to the summit of Nangkartshang, and a visit to Ama Dablam Base Camp, where teams attempting to summit Ama Dablam assemble. We visit local villages including Namche Bazaar and Thame, home to many famous Sherpa mountaineers, including Apa Sherpa, who holds the world record for summiting Everest 21 times. We trek from Gorakshep for an afternoon visit to Everest Base Camp, only climbing teams are allowed to stay at the camp overnight. The following morning it is an early start to ascend Kala Pattar to watch the sun rise over Mt Everest before the descent back to Lukla. 

 

GOAL ACHIEVED

It’s back on the plane at Lukla and a flight out of the mountains back to Kathmandu. When we’re back in Kathmandu it’s time for a well earned celebratory team meal and a few days rest and recuperation. Over the next three days you are free to explore the city and surrounding areas yourself and at your leisure. Your accommodation and food during these three days or so is all included as we allow these few days as contingency should we get delayed in the mountains or flights delayed due to inclement weather. We don’t want you worrying about missing your flights home!

07 March 2018 - 27 March 2018 £2500 

 

04 April 2018 - 24 April 2018 £2500 

 

10 October 2018 - 30 October 2018 £2500

 

07 November 2018 - 27 November 2018 £2500

 

INCLUDED

  • Untamed World leader
  • Local guide
  • Group and specialist kit
  • All accommodation throughout
  • All food (including meals, snacks, soft drinks)
  • All internal transport as outlined in the itinerary
  • All in country permits and passes. 

NOT INCLUDED

  • International flights/travel
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Visa
  • Tips to local staff (discretionary)
  • Personal equipment
  • Extracurricular activities in downtime

ACCOMODATION

The first couple of nights in Nepal will be spent in a comfortable guest house or hotel in Kathmandu. While on expedition you will be staying in so called tea houses with local Sherpa families. At the end of the expedition you will stay in a comfortable guesthouse or hotel in Kathmandu again while you explore the city and surrounding area. 

FOOD

While in country all food is provided. When in towns you’ll eat in hotels and local restaurants. Meals throughout the trek are provided by the various tea houses and vary in quality and choice. Breakfast usually consists of toast, eggs, potatoes, and tea or coffee. For lunch and dinner your best option is to load up on carbs with potatoes, noodles, pasta, or rice. You can add vegetables including, carrots, cabbage, eggs, cheese, or any combination of these to your carb of choice. Another good option is dal baht, rice, lentil soup, curried potatoes with veggies, greens, and a papad. The food can get quite monotonous and teammates are encouraged to bring their own favourite snacks for a morale boost on what are some long trekking days. 

TRANSPORT

All transport between the airport and Kathmandu will be in either a car or minibus. The journey to Lukla from Kathmandu and back is in a light Cessna aircraft. When on trek your legs are responsible for all your transport. 

KIT

The Nepal Joining Instructions includes a full kit list with advice. Untamed World provide group safety and specialist equipment including a full medical and communications kit.

Fitness Requirements

You don’t need to be an athlete to go on an Untamed World expedition but to get the most out of your adventure you need fit and healthy. If you arrive with your fitness below the minimum level required you risk both your own and your team mates safety and chance of success. It is important that you take your training seriously in order to get the most out of your adventure. 

Take a look at our Fitness page in the Planning room for more information on expedition grading and preparing for your adventure. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to give us a call. 

This is a Tier 3 Expedition 

Daily Activity:                      6-8 hours a day at altitude and with altitude gain in snow, on rock and                                                  carrying a moderate weight rucksack.

Distance:                               Up to 15km a day with longer days on the descent. Shorter days on the                                                                 ascent are necessary to allow acclimatisation.

Weight carried:     Approx. 10kg-15kg depending on the amount of comfort items and quality                                         of clothing and equipment.

Terrain covered:  Steeper and more difficult underfoot with daily altitude gains of up to                                                   1500m.

Climate:                Higher altitude with temperatures below freezing overnight.

Age:                                        18+

EXPEDITIONS

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