2014 Trekking Trips
September 26th - October 12th: The Chomolhari & Laya Trek
Despite the opening up of a number of new trekking possibilities in Bhutan, the long-established route from Chomolhari Base Camp across to Laya still ranks as one of Bhutan's finest mountain walks. This trekking route offers a great variety of conditions; from picturesque farmland and magical forest, to alpine pastureland and high mountain passes. We will camp beneath a number of Bhutan’s most impressive peaks, of which the most notable are Mount Chomolhari and Jitchu Drake. Numerous isolated dzongs (fortress monasteries) and scattered settlements, including the secluded village of Laya, provide a great deal of cultural interest en route. Bhutan has a special magic, which is derived from the combination of its colorful culture and religion, together with its unspoiled and outstandingly beautiful mountain scenery.
September 15th - October 5th: The Kangshung Face of Everest Trek
Few people know that there is a third side to Everest, which offers arguably the most interesting approach and most dramatic view of the world’s most famous mountain––the Kangshung Face. Join us on this high altitude trek that offers solitude, physical challenge and some of the most spectacular alpine scenery in the Everest region. The trek in to the base camp for the Kangshung Face of Everest, at the place known as Pethang Ringmo, follows a rarely traveled route. At an altitude of almost 14,000 feet, the forest in the spectacular Karma Valley is among the highest in the world. The high point of the walk-in to Pethang Ringmo is the 16,300 foot-high Shao La, which offers spectacular views of Chomolonzo, Makalu and Everest.
September 27th - October 18, 2014: Mount Everest Advance Base Camp
This truly is the highest trek in the world! After a stunning flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa, we will spend two full days in this ancient capital acclimatizing and visiting the Potala Palace, Sera and Drepung monasteries, Barkor Square and Jokhang Temple. Our overland journey to Everest’s north side Base Camp includes stops in the frontier towns of Gyantse, Shigatse and Tingri before we enter the Rongbuk Valley and begin our trek. At 17,000 feet on the north side of Mount Everest sits the modern day base camp. In this remote location and given that we are trekking at such extreme altitudes, we will run this trip in expedition-style and employ the assistance of High Altitude Sherpa Trekking Guides and support staff as we begin our step by step plan of hiking to and sleeping at increasingly higher camps. This is your chance to trek over 20,000 feet (6,000 meters) in just your hiking boots!
November 4th - November 19th: Kingdom of Mustang Lodge Trek
The upper (northern) part of Mustang is a secluded and quite secretive Buddhist enclave, which previously prospered as a result of its strategic location on an important trade route between Nepal (and India) and Tibet, along the great natural highway of the Kali Gandaki Valley. Evidence of this former prosperity is the excellent stock trail that runs north to south through the territory, a trail that we follow on this great trek. Offering straightforward moderately strenuous trekking on good trails, and at relatively modest altitudes, a trek into Mustang is a fantastic introduction to the first-time trekker in Nepal or for the more experienced person looking for a unique trip. The landscape is quite unlike anything that is to be found elsewhere in Nepal, with deep gorges and strangely sculptured rock formations, which are often brightly colored - yellow, red, orange, grey and blue. Set within this unusual landscape, each of the many painted villages and monasteries of Mustang appears to be more picturesque than the last -presenting unbelievable photographic opportunities.