Himalaya! Just the name invokes images of ice and snow-clad peaks soaring miles into the heavens, as well as the high mountain villages en route. On this three-week trek we combine strenuous and invigorating hiking in one of the most beautiful places in the world with a chance to learn about Sherpa culture. And while the trekking is incredibly beautiful, it is the legendary warmth and hospitality of the Sherpa that make it special. Our challenging trek through the Himalaya to the Everest region is guaranteed to be the trip of a lifetime! Maximum group size: 12
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This trip requires being in excellent physical condition and having some hiking or backpacking experience. While any basically healthy woman can acquire the physical fitness necessary to enjoy this trip, please do not underestimate its difficulty. Not only are there some long days, it is a long time to be trekking and in a very different country. Previous high altitude experience is not necessary. What is most essential is a positive attitude, an open mind, and a sense of adventure. Women who do not have substantial previous hiking experience and excellent physical conditioning will find it difficult to both trek to the actual Everest Base Camp and climb Kala Pattar. This trip is rated 5 and requires a high degree of fitness. Adding some specific conditioning such as strength training, endurance training, and longer aerobic workouts is suggested. Rating: 1 2 3 4 .
This is both a strenuous trek in the Himalayas and a cultural exploration of the Sherpa community of Nepal, as well as cultural sightseeing in the Katmandu Valley. The length of the trek, altitude, the rustic conditions, and the limited food variety all combine to make the trek challenging both physically and emotionally.
Our lodging includes four nights at a 3-star Kathmandu hotel and fourteen nights in lodges along the trail. The lodges are very rustic, with two (occasionally three) beds per room and bathrooms down the hall or occasionally outside. Some bathrooms are squatting-style pit toilets. There is no heat in the rooms, so warm sleeping bags are essential. Dining rooms in the lodges will range from large airy windowed rooms with tables and Tibetan-carpet-covered seats around central heaters to roadside cafes.
Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip. As is true on any adventure travel trip, plans for any specific day may be modified due to weather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and group interests.
Since this was my first adventure vacation by myself, I was worried about every aspect! Immediately upon meeting our amazing guide Brenda Porter, all my worries seem to melt away. I enjoyed every moment, from planned trips in Kathmandu to dinners with the entire group. Definitely the highlight was visiting the villages where our Sherpas families lived. Being guided through this breathtaking landscape by Nima, Nima, Fura
Everything was great, I just thought we were going to the new basecamp
I would have liked to do the Kahla Patar hike but the aggressiveness of the prior day made it a wiser decision to not do it. Feeling under the weather with a cold, I decided to eliminate that hike. I think if there was a way to not do the distance past Gorak Shep without a good meal and on to Base Camp and back, some of us would have maybe been able to include the hike. It was an aggressive feat at the highest altitude. We discussed it and it doesn't seem like there would have been a better option with the existing itinerary.
I loved the trip! I wanted a challenge and, that is what I got. Anne was awesome as our guide. She was super-supportive and positive the entire time. Anything we needed, she was there for. Would not hesitate to do another trip with her in the future. I am glad we had Anne as a guide because our Nepalese guides, which were great, did not have the best English. So, Anne's presence was vital! I got pushed outside my comfort zone once we got up above 17,000 feet. Bit, like I said above, I wanted a number 5 challenge and got it. When will there be a 6?
The share beauty of the area and the magnitude of the effort to make the trek.
It was a beautiful trekking all the way with changing scenery.