Earthquake Memorial Trip to Langtang Valley, Nepal in 2016

An Expedition to Cherish for a Lifetime

2016 Memorial Trip to Langtang Valley, Nepal

Sherpa Tours Aust Pty Ltd is promoting an Earthquake Memorial Trek to Langtang Valley, Nepal, to be held on 25th April at Kyanjin Gompa in Langtang valley, Nepal, on the same day when the devastating earthquake destroyed the place last year.

Oscar Olea and Kat Heldman of Just Breathe and Keep Climbing were on a month-long hiking expedition in the Langtang region when tragedy struck.

The principal idea is to do a memorial ceremony in Kyanjin Gompa on the same day the devastating earthquake (25th April 2015) shook Nepal, to commemorate all of those who lost their lives in that terrible event.

This is the area which was hit the most by the earthquake and the organizers believe that the re-entry of tourism will help immensely improve the livelihood of the locals.

There are three different alternatives for participants:

1.         Those who just want to participate in the ceremony and then come back.

2.         Those who would like to climb 5,637m Yala Peak and participate in the ceremony.

This is relatively easy peak that does not require much skills other than a good physical condition.

3.         Those who want to do a challenging climb of Ganchempo Peak which is 6,387m high and participate     in the ceremony. Ganchempo Peak, a technical peak that requires climbing skills and mountaineering            experience.

Please contact Sherpa Tours (Aust) Pty Ltd for further information.

Sherpa Tours (Aust) Pty Ltd

Phone Number: 1300 660 226

Email: info@sherpatours.com.au

For full details, please visit http://sherpatours.com.au/trip/earthquake-memorial-trip-to-langtang-valley-nepal

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NUWAKOT LOCAL APPRECIATION TRIP

This Nuwakot trip is for those wanting an authentic experience of local Nepali village life. The trip will take you through villages of Nuwakot and Samari; here you will enjoy accommodation in traditional village houses with authentic local Nepali hospitality and experience sustainable tourism that is positive for the whole local community.  You are offered the chance to interact with local villagers, enjoy nature tours and short hikes. You will discover that their simplicity, warmth and friendliness are as appreciable as the beautiful countryside they live in.

The lifestyle of this area follows an agrarian way, where the Nepali villagers are still following the old practices and traditions. The working life of these villagers on the rural outposts involve farming and rearing livestock, their day begins at sunrise and continues well after dark depending on the seasons. Although much of the area is considered to live below the poverty line, the genuine friendliness and welcome of the local villagers is something you will not forget.

Both retreats at Samari and Nuwakot are run on sustainable tourism/eco-friendly principles and offer tourists the chance to experience local culture and history. Both retreats are traditional old buildings that have been restored and slightly renovated for the convenience of travellers. The renovations have used local materials and workers, and the daily upkeep and produce used is all locally sourced.

Samari House- A traditional Magar-house built in the 19th century. The restoration here has kept the house to the original design with mud walls and clay tile roofing. New additions include a kitchen and dining area, windows and clean bathroom facilities in a separate building, creating a relaxing and surprisingly modern space to enjoy and unwind. The sleeping quarters are in the 2nd story of the house; this area is partitioned into 2 rooms, each sleeping 3.  Beautiful gardens and terrace fields surround the house showing you where the fresh, organic produce prepared for your meals is coming from.  Views from the courtyard and verandah are magnificent, stretching over the green, mountainous landscape giving you a sense of being away from it all in peace and quiet.

Nuwakot House- This old house which had fallen to disrepair now has a new lease on life. The beautiful mix of traditional architecture is still seen with the mud bricks and ornate wooden door and window framings. The lower story of the house contains the lobby, kitchen and verandah for you to relax. Upstairs are the bedrooms, providing comfortable beds and spanning views of the surrounding mountains.

The villages of Samari and Nuwakot are in the Nuwakot district, just a few hours out of Kathmandu. This is where you can escape the city pace of Kathmandu and unwind and enjoy the slow pace of traditional village life similar to villages in the mid-hill regions. This unspoilt village area is filled with working farmlands and traditional housing, for the tourist you are given the unique opportunity to explore, volunteer and interact with out the company of tourist groups.

Nuwakot is a small thriving village on the way to Langtang Valley. Seeped in history this village was the starting point for King Prithvi Narayan Shah’s unification campaign of Nepal in 1767. The Nuwakot Palace built by the same king between 1818-1825 is now a public museum. Surrounding the old Palace are historical pagoda temples and ancient buildings.

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Trekking to Everest base camp on a value package

This trek is an opportunity to tick the item at the top of your ‘To Do List’. Amidst the friendly and helpful company of expert locals, you’ll be guided on an unparalleled journey of thrills and spiritual heights as you experience Tibetan culture and Buddhist religion en route to a breathtaking close-up view of mighty Mt. Everest.

The fame of the Everest region is enduring. The area is home to four of the world’s six tallest peaks: Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu. Rising tall above everything else, these geological princes crown the towering ridges that straddle the awesome Himalayas. The region is a UNESCO-listed natural world heritage site (Sagarmatha National Park) that, apart from hosting a variety of Himalayan flora and fauna, lays claim to the histories of world-famous climbers, the Sherpas and their Tibetan lifestyle, and age-old Buddhist traditions.

This trek will take you to Kala Patthar at an altitude of 5545 metres which provides an amazing view of Mt Everest, bringing you breathtaking close to the spirit of this mountain legend. The adventure trek to Everest Base Camp is mostly on good trails; the last day will be spent trekking on moraine (glacial debris). The trail we will follow is actually a historical trade route between Tibet and Nepal. Every hour of every day on the trek is interesting as we encounter pine and fir forests, glacial rivers, stony trails, mountains and Buddhist monasteries with the views of Everest and other mighty mountains growing more spectacular every day. One of the famous landmarks on the way to Everest Base Camp is the incredible monastery at Thyangboche which is wonderfully set against the backdrop of Ama Dablam, Everest and other snow-capped peaks.

You can expect to trek for a minimum of 4 to 5 (and sometimes up to 6 or 7) hours each day, so some days will be more challenging than others, depending on the altitude gain. Overall, the altitude gain is gradual, unlike on steep climbs that characterize other treks in Nepal. This trek is therefore suitable for reasonably fit walkers. We will stay in lodges for the whole route.

The trek to the Everest Base Camp has been carefully designed to allow enough time to acclimatise. We will stay at the same place for two nights twice during the trek for acclimatisation. Our experienced group leader and Sherpa guides will make your safety and enjoyment top priorities. You will be able to enjoy the Sherpa village, culture and monasteries throughout both acclimatisation periods.

Your authentic experience with us

Your authentic experience will include passing through a bustling Sherpa Village as you take the historical trade route between Tibet and Nepal en route to Base Camp. You will feel the prevalence of ancient Buddhism in the region, brought from Tibet by Sherpas hundreds of years ago. You will visit a world class research centre and medical centres operated by volunteers in this remote part of the world.

Our Services

Pre-departure

At the time of booking, we will provide you with a comprehensive trip note covering things like the difficulty level/expected fitness level, health and training tips for effective trek preparation and important safety information.

We will also organise a free pre-departure information session for groups which covers all important aspects of the journey and provides a forum for answering all of your questions.

In Kathmandu

In the evening on the day of arrival, when the tour guide meets and greets you, he will facilitate a group dinner if there is an interest among the travellers for a traditional culinary experience (on your own expenses).

On The Trek

On your unforgettable trek, you will receive continual support from a highly experienced crew, which includes a licenced and seasoned English-speaking trekking guide, porter and Sherpa (for large groups). The trekking guide has first aid along with other relevant training, and understands high altitude sickness and its management.

All our guides are friendly and caring. They will go beyond the call of duty to ensure your continual safety and comfort. For example, they will check (where possible) with the lodge owners to ensure that your rooms throughout the trek are well set. They will advise you on how to stay hygienic on the trek and will help you with meal selection. If the crew is aware that someone in the group has a birthday, they may surprise everyone by organising (where possible) a birthday cake.

With us, all you will need to carry is a day pack to store your personal items (e.g. hat, sunscreen, chocolate and energy bars, etc).  The rest will be carried by a porter. All accommodation on this busy trail will be organized by us in advance. Meals are available at each lodge. Your guide will help you to place meal orders and will ensure that you are looked after. All you will need do each evening is kick back and relax at the lodge so that you will have a fresh start the next day.

So, get ready for a wondrous alpine journey which has been nothing short of a life-changing experience for so many.

To check the itinerary and to send a booking inquiry, please click here.

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Family Adventure Holiday – Trek, Raft & Safari

This fun-filled trip offers a variety of introductory-level activities in the foothills of the Himalayas at an easy, relaxing pace.

The low-impact, enjoyable trek passes through Gurung hamlets and terraced farmlands where your eyes will behold the magnificent Himalayan Range, including Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machapuchare (or ‘Fishtail Peak’) and Makalu, giving you a close-up view of nature’s beauty in all its splendour.

The Seti River scenic raft, perfect for a wonderful family outing in this alpine paradise, will take you through charming forested regions as you travel along the safe, gentle rapids of one of Nepal’s warmest and clearest glacial rivers.

Chitwan National Park offers numerous jungle setting activities, including a safari on elephant back to look for one-horned rhinos, musk deer, barking deer, monkeys and elusive Bengal tigers.

This unforgettable trip provides plenty of opportunity at various stages for exploration, photography, bird watching and relaxation on white, sandy beaches.

Your Authentic Experience with us

Your authentic experience will include visiting some of the iconic Hindu temples and Buddhist monasteries in bustling Kathmandu, a living museum full of ancient monuments and buildings where you will be able to witness the day-to-day lives of intriguing locals including monks, priests, devotees and indigenous people. You will also pass through Village on the trek with an opportunity to observe the traditional farming, and rural lifestyle.

Our Services

Pre-departure

At the time of booking, we will provide you with a comprehensive trip note covering things like the difficulty level/expected fitness level, health and training tips for effective trek preparation and important safety information.

We will also organise a free pre-departure information session for groups which covers all important aspects of the journey and provides a forum for answering all of your questions.

In Kathmandu

In Kathmandu, a licenced tour guide will take you on a heritage sightseeing tour of ancient monasteries, temples, monuments and buildings. Drawing upon extensive local knowledge, the guide will take you through the side streets and alleyways where you will be able to see local and indigenous people up close, going about their day-to-day lives. This unique tour will literally make you feel like you are travelling back in time!

In the evening on the day of arrival, when the tour guide meets and greets you, he will facilitate a group dinner if there is an interest among the travellers. On the final evening, a group dinner will be organised at a Nepali restaurant for your traditional culinary experience in Kathmandu.

On The Trek

On your unforgettable trek, you will receive continual support from a highly experienced crew, which includes a licenced and seasoned English-speaking trekking guide, porter and Sherpa (if you are going on a group camping trek). The trekking guide has first aid along with other relevant training, and understands high altitude sickness and its management.

All our guides are friendly and caring. They will go beyond the call of duty to ensure your continual safety and comfort.

With us, all you will need to carry is a day pack to store your personal items (e.g. hat, sunscreen, chocolate and energy bars, etc).  The rest will be carried by a porter.  Meals on the trek are freshly cooked. All you will need do each evening is kick back and relax at the camp site so that you will have a fresh start the next day.

So, get ready for a wondrous Himalayan journey which has been nothing short of a life-changing experience for so many.

To view the itinerary, please click here.

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An Off-beaten trek to The Lower Dolpo

Trek expedition-style on this rip-roaring adventure to a remote and rugged unspoiled corner beyond the Himalayan Valleys, where you will witness first-hand the inspiration behind Peter Matthiessen’s The Snow Leopard and Eric Valli’s Caravans.

Separated from the rest of Nepal by high passes to the south including the mighty Dhaulagiri Massif, Dolpo is also known as a ‘ba-yul’ or ‘hidden land’. The area is an isolated Himalayan sanctuary, a marvellously preserved ecosystem featuring a wonderful variety of native flora and indigenous fauna, including bharal (blue sheep), mountain goats, jackals, Tibetan wolves and the legendary snow leopard. Apart from an impressive array of alpine wildlife, this rare jewel of Nepal has preserved one of the last remnants of traditional Tibetan culture, mountain communities in which the pre-Buddhist Bonpo religion is still practised. Time has literally stood still for centuries in this spiritual sanctuary as inhabitants of Tibetan stock continue to live, cultivate and trade the way they have done for hundreds of years.

Trekking in Lower Dolpo at altitudes ranging from 2,500 to 5,190 metres offers an experience of lifetime, providing opportunities to visit lofty passes offering heart-stopping views, gorgeous freshwater lakes, traditional settlements and secluded Buddhist monasteries while allowing the trekker to come into close contact with an amazing array of Himalayan wildlife.

The Trek

After exploring Kathmandu Valley’s historical/cultural sights and obtaining a special trekking permit for the Lower Dolpo region, we will take a flight to Jhupal via Nepalganj. From Jhupal our journey will continue to Shey Phoksundo National Park, after which we will join the ancient Nepal-Tibet trade route and enjoy tantalizing views of the Lower Dolpa Valley. Eventually, at a height of over 5,000 metres, we will be able to hear the distinctive sound of prayer flags fluttering as the view opens up dramatically, allowing an eastward view of the snow-capped Kanjiroba Himal as well as the majestic Dhaulagiri Range. We will then traverse pleasant green pastures to the pristine Phoksundo Lake, full of deep, alluring blue alpine water that contrasts spectacularly with the weathered red and brown hills surrounding it. From this point, we can either descend to the Jhupal airstrip to conclude this trek of a lifetime, or we can extend the experience by a few days, continuing on to Jomsom to explore the Annapurnas and Mustang.

Phoksundo Lake – A Major Highlight

At 4.8 kilometres in length, 1.8 kilometres wide and some 650 metres deep by reckoning, Phoksundo Lake is an amazing natural feature that will truly capture your imagination. This body of water is known for its spectacular aquamarine colour, a greenish-blue resembling an unusual Tibetan turquoise. There is no aquatic life in the lake, which helps to make the waters brilliantly clear. If you toss a rock into the lake, you will be able to watch it for a long time as it sinks to the bottom. According to legend, Phoksumdo Lake was formed by a spiteful female demon.

Your Authentic Experience with us

Your authentic experience will include visiting some of the iconic Hindu temples and Buddhist monasteries in bustling Kathmandu, a living museum full of ancient monuments and buildings where you will be able to witness the day-to-day lives of intriguing locals including monks, priests, devotees and indigenous people. You will also pass through small ethnic villages on trek and encounter with pre-Buddhist Bon-Po religion, in addition to Buddhism.

Our Services

Pre-departure

At the time of booking, we will provide you with a comprehensive trip note covering things like the difficulty level/excepted fitness level, health and training tips for effective trek preparation and important safety information.

We will also organise a free pre-departure information session for groups which covers all important aspects of the journey and provides a forum for answering all of your questions.

In Kathmandu

In Kathmandu, a licenced tour guide will take you on a heritage sightseeing tour of ancient monasteries, temples, monuments and buildings. Drawing upon extensive local knowledge, the guide will take you through the side streets and alleyways where you will be able to see local and indigenous people up close, going about their day-to-day lives. This unique tour will literally make you feel like you are travelling back in time!

In the evening on the day of arrival, when the tour guide meets and greets you, he will facilitate a group dinner if there is an interest among the travellers.

On The Trek

On your unforgettable trek, you will receive continual support from a highly experienced crew, which includes a licenced and seasoned English-speaking trekking guide, porter and Sherpa (for large groups). The trekking guide has first aid along with other relevant training, and understands high altitude sickness and its management.

All our guides are friendly and caring. They will go beyond the call of duty to ensure your continual safety and comfort.

With us, all you will need to carry is a day pack to store your personal items (e.g. hat, sunscreen, chocolate and energy bars, etc).  The rest will be carried by a porter. You will sleep in tent and enjoy freshly cooked meals every day. All you will need do each evening is kick back and relax at the lodge so that you will have a fresh start the next day.

So, get ready for a wondrous alpine journey which has been nothing short of a life-changing experience for so many.

To view the itinerary, please click here.

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Leh to Markha Valley, Ladakh – A photographic tour

Trek with our local expert, also a passionate and professional photographer, to one of the most beautiful and varied regions in the world, comprised of multiple mountain ranges and a culture unchanged.

Summit of the world, Ladakh, India is truly the Himalayas’ last unspoiled region. Unlike its neighbouring regions, Ladakh has a long history of peace and prosperity. Culturally and physically, it can be considered an extension of Buddhist Tibet. Central to its beauty and one-off ambience is that it did not suffer the devastation of the Cultural Revolution. Its monasteries, temples, villages and customs remain intact, and they await – and invite – our exploration.

Ladakh lies at the western end of the Himalayas and is comprised of four mountain ranges – the Great Himalaya, the Zanskar Range, the Ladakh Range and the Karakoram Range. It is a maze of enormous snow-capped peaks and is home to the largest glacier outside of the polar regions, the Siachen. Valley heights range between 2,500 and 4,500 metres above sea level, while the neighbouring summits rise above 7,500 metres.

We will begin our thirteen-day adventure with a discovery of the culture and heritage of Delhi. Then, in Leh, the capital of Ladakh, we will enjoy the finest accommodation along with a vibrant, bustling village featuring fascinating bazaars, temples and shrines. While on the trek proper, we will enjoy five-star camping with the best (new) Marmot outdoor equipment at our disposal. The trek is supported by a large group of ground staff and ponies. Our guides will attend to your every need on and off the trail. Our itinerary allows for appropriate acclimatization before ascending to the higher reaches of this magical land. The sumptuous cuisine offered on the trek is only one of many highlights, with expert local chefs using only the finest local produce.

To view the itinerary, please click here.

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Trek to Tamang Heritage Trail with us

This fantastic dual package provides a special opportunity to combine an exhilarating alpine trek with an authentic hands-on experience of regional culture. This package offers you the unique chance to interact closely with a local Tamang family by way of a friendly homestay experience in the mountains during which you will be able to contribute to everyday life in a positive and meaningful way. Daily life for the Tamang people progresses in much the same way as it has for the last several hundred years, with farming being the main activity, and your stay will prove to be a truly absorbing experience.

The trail will take us to the leafy, unspoiled midlands of Nepal, allowing us to experience the sheer beauty of this mountainous region as we sample the intriguing culture of the people who live there. As we proceed along the trail we will pass through traditional Tamang villages where daily routines, cultural practices and crafts have remained unchanged since settlement centuries ago. A warm traditional welcome hosted by the locals, elaborate Tamang costumes, the rich architecture of local dwellings, age-old monasteries and traditional places of prayer add colour to one’s experience of this trail.

The trail itself does not disappoint, offering a plethora of pleasurable natural experiences. In addition to an authentic and unrivalled cultural experience, the trek also offers a unique wilderness experience exposing you to beautiful landscapes of alpine terrain, picturesque meadows and delightful rhododendron forests. The unique landscape around Golijung Bhanjyang, Thuman village and Brimdang, the pristine forest between the Tatopani-Nagathali hilltop and Thuman, and the panoramic view of the Langtang Mountains, the Sanjen Ranges, Ganesh Himal, Kerung and the Gosaikunda Range along the way together make for a wonderfully wholesome Himalayan adventure.

Sustainablity

The Tamang Heritage Trail was established in 2005 to attract tourists to the Tamang-populated region adjacent to the Langtang National Park as part of a strategy to alleviate rural poverty in the area. Accommodation along the trail is provided through friendly homestays and in comfortable community lodges located in traditional villages. This trek really does offer a unique opportunity to experience the culture of the Tamang people right up close and to contribute to daily life in a truly positive way. Homestays are a great way to meet and interact with the locals and to gain an insight into their traditional way of life. During the trek, you will spend a couple of evenings relaxing in a homestay environment set in a beautiful medieval village, with warm native hospitality provided by a local Tamang family. This experience truly offers a rare peek into the fascinating Himalayan lifestyle and culture like no other.

Our Services

Pre-departure

At the time of booking, we will provide you with a comprehensive trip note covering things like the difficulty level/expected fitness level, health and training tips for effective trek preparation and important safety information.

We will also organise a free pre-departure information session for groups which covers all important aspects of the journey and provides a forum for answering all of your questions.

In Kathmandu

In Kathmandu, a licenced tour guide will take you on a heritage sightseeing tour of ancient monasteries, temples, monuments and buildings. Drawing upon extensive local knowledge, the guide will take you through the side streets and alleyways where you will be able to see local and indigenous people up close, going about their day-to-day lives. This unique tour will literally make you feel like you are travelling back in time!

In the evening on the day of arrival, when the tour guide meets and greets you, he will facilitate a group dinner if there is an interest among the travellers. On the final evening, a group dinner will be organised at a Nepali restaurant for your traditional culinary experience in Kathmandu.

On The Trek

On your unforgettable trek, you will receive continual support from a highly experienced crew, which includes a licenced and seasoned English-speaking trekking guide, porter and Sherpa (for large groups). The trekking guide has first aid along with other relevant training, and understands high altitude sickness and its management.

All our guides are friendly and caring. They will go beyond the call of duty to ensure your continual safety and comfort. For example, they will check (where possible) with the lodge owners to ensure that your rooms throughout the trek are well set. They will advise you on how to stay hygienic on the trek and will help you with meal selection. If the crew is aware that someone in the group has a birthday, they may surprise everyone by organising (where possible) a birthday cake.

With us, all you will need to carry is a day pack to store your personal items (e.g. hat, sunscreen, chocolate and energy bars, etc).  The rest will be carried by a porter. All accommodation will be organized by us in advance. Meals are covered for the duration of trek. Your guide will help you to place meal orders at the lodges and will ensure that you are looked after. All you will need do each evening is kick back and relax at the lodges so that you will have a fresh start the next day.

So, get ready for a wondrous Himalayan journey which has been nothing short of a life-changing experience for so many.

To view the itinerary, please click here.

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Annapurna circuit trek with us

This wondrous trek rising above 5,400 metres allows you to get close up and personal with one of the longest and most captivating mountain ranges on the planet. Trekkers the world over have fallen in love with this truly magnificent place, replete with stunning vistas, dazzling flora and fauna, and fascinating mountain culture.

The trails along the circuit are well designed and maintained, allowing for comfortable trekking. Solid suspension bridges, from which picturesque views of this remarkable place can be had, span many of the major river crossings.

The landscape along the route ranges from lush green subtropical valleys, home to Hindu villages and terraced farms, to the desert scape of the Tibetan Plateau, inhabited predominantly by Tibetan Buddhists.

Our trek will take us through four Nepalese rural districts – Lamjung, Manang, Mustang and Myagdi – each dotted with villages that offer tantalizing glimpses into traditional Nepali village life. Mustang is notably one of the last regions of the world to observe the ancient Bonpo religion, the oldest spiritual tradition of Tibet.

For better acclimatisation, we will trek counter-clockwise, passing by the prominent peaks of Manaslu (8156m, 8th highest mountain in the world ), Langtang Himal, Annapurna II, IV and III (7937m, 7525m and 7937m respectively), Gangapurna (7455m), Annapurna I (8091m, 10th highest mountain in the world) and Dhaulagiri (8167m, 7th highest mountain in the world). When we arrive at the prayer flags of Thorong La Pass at an elevation of 5416m, commanding mountain views will greet you from every side. Amazingly, the surrounding summits will appear to be at eye level or lower, making you feel like you are literally on top of the world. We will continue on through the world’s deepest gorge on either side of which two 8,000 metre-high mountains tower like stone gods. We will make an ascent to Poon Hill towards the end of the trek to enjoy an unobstructed, 360-degree view of these two monoliths as well as South Annapurna and Machapuchare, the famed ‘Fishtail Mountain’.

This trail is part of the Great Himalayan Trail (GHT) High Route, the longest and highest walking trails in the world.

Your Authentic Experience with us

Your authentic experience will include visiting some of the iconic Hindu temples and Buddhist monasteries in bustling Kathmandu, a living museum full of ancient monuments and buildings where you will be able to witness the day-to-day lives of intriguing locals including monks, priests, devotees and indigenous people. Walking through the villages while chatting with the guide on trek, you will feel like travelling back in time to see primitive forms of farming and indigenous way of living. You will also see exemplary community living in an ethnic settlement of Gurungs, who  are the predominant race recruited in the famous Gurkha regiment of the British and Indian army, and are known as brave Gurkha soldiers.

Our Services

Pre-departure

At the time of booking, we will provide you with a comprehensive trip note covering things like the difficulty level/expected fitness level, health and training tips for effective trek preparation and important safety information.

We will also organise a free pre-departure information session for groups which covers all important aspects of the journey and provides a forum for answering all of your questions.

In Kathmandu

In Kathmandu, a licenced tour guide will take you on a heritage sightseeing tour of ancient monasteries, temples, monuments and buildings. Drawing upon extensive local knowledge, the guide will take you through the side streets and alleyways where you will be able to see local and indigenous people up close, going about their day-to-day lives. This unique tour will literally make you feel like you are travelling back in time!

In the evening on the day of arrival, when the tour guide meets and greets you, he will facilitate a group dinner if there is an interest among the travellers for a traditional culinary experience (on your own expenses).

On The Trek

On your unforgettable trek, you will receive continual support from a highly experienced crew, which includes a licenced and seasoned English-speaking trekking guide, porter and Sherpa (for large groups). The trekking guide has first aid along with other relevant training, and understands high altitude sickness and its management.

All our guides are friendly and caring. They will go beyond the call of duty to ensure your continual safety and comfort. For example, they will check (where possible) with the lodge owners to ensure that your rooms throughout the trek are well set. They will advise you on how to stay hygienic on the trek and will help you with meal selection. If the crew is aware that someone in the group has a birthday, they may surprise everyone by organising (where possible) a birthday cake.

With us, all you will need to carry is a day pack to store your personal items (e.g. hat, sunscreen, chocolate and energy bars, etc).  The rest will be carried by a porter. All accommodation on this busy trail will be organized by us in advance. Meals are available at each lodge. Your guide will help you to place meal orders and will ensure that you are looked after. All you will need do each evening is kick back and relax at the lodge so that you will have a fresh start the next day.

So, get ready for a wondrous alpine journey which has been nothing short of a life-changing experience for so many.

To view itinerary, please click here.

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Trek to Everest basecamp and Gokyo with us

A trek less busy than the Everest Base Camp Trek, this circuit trek in the Everest region boasts a 360-degree view of the Himalayas which is not possible at the base camp of Everest. From an ultimate Himalayan vantage point at an altitude of 5,360 metres, you will access stunning mountain vistas featuring four of the world’s highest mountains standing like gargantuan beasts guarding the border into Tibet in addition to a series of beautiful turquoise lakes and a majestic glacier which will take your breath away.

The Trek

The Gokyo Valley lies to the west of the traditional trekking routes to Kala Patthar and Everest Base Camp. After a scenic flight to the Everest region, trekking commences at Lukla with gorgeous views. The first leg of this trek is the same as that of the hike to Everest Base Camp. Along the route we will pass Buddhist monasteries as the views of Everest and other towering mountains grow more impressive by the day. We will have rest days in the village of Namche Bazaar that will allow us to explore the area and acclimatize. Namche Bazaar is considered the trading centre for the Khumbu region, and people walk from as far away as Tibet every Saturday to sell their wares there.

When we reach a high mountain valley called Gokyo, we will come across a string of cobalt blue lakes that will remain in sight throughout the 3-hour hike to Gokyo Village, which sits at the foot of Gokyo Ri (5,357m), a huge black mound of rock and dirt. The next morning, we will take another 3-hour hike to the summit of this dark monolith to experience a dizzying 360-degree Himalayan view offered only from this exceptional vantage point.

The stretch between Gokyo and Khumbu is part of the Upper Great Himalayan Trail (GHT), the longest and highest walking trails in the world.

The Gokyo Lakes

The high-altitude Gokyo Lakes lie in Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site situated in Eastern Nepal. There are a total of five lakes, located at a mean height of around 4,800 metres above sea level. The third and largest lake has a collection of lodges situated on its shores. The settlement there is dwarfed by a huge lateral moraine scooped out by the nearby glacier. Gokyo and its associated lakes were designated as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention in 2007. The alpine pastures and sloping mountains of the U-shaped Gokyo valley support a number of endangered species, including the medicinal Kutki plant, the Himalayan tahr (a type of wild goat), the snow leopard and the wood snipe (a species of wading bird). The wetlands are particularly important for many species of birds which migrate over the Himalayas.

Your Authentic Experience with us

Your authentic experience will include visiting some of the iconic Hindu temples and Buddhist monasteries in bustling Kathmandu, a living museum full of ancient monuments and buildings where you will be able to witness the day-to-day lives of intriguing locals including monks, priests, devotees and indigenous people. You will also pass through a bustling Sherpa Village as you take the historical trade route between Tibet and Nepal en route to Base Camp. You will feel the prevalence of ancient Buddhism in the region, brought from Tibet by Sherpas hundreds of years ago. You will also see first-hand the philanthropic work done by Sir Edmund Hillary in the area. You will visit a world class research centre and medical centres operated by volunteers in this remote part of the world.

Our Services

Pre-departure

At the time of booking, we will provide you with a comprehensive trip note covering things like the difficulty level/expected fitness level, health and training tips for effective trek preparation and important safety information.

We will also organise a free pre-departure information session for groups which covers all important aspects of the journey and provides a forum for answering all of your questions.

In Kathmandu

In Kathmandu, a licenced tour guide will take you on a heritage sightseeing tour of ancient monasteries, temples, monuments and buildings. Drawing upon extensive local knowledge, the guide will take you through the side streets and alleyways where you will be able to see local and indigenous people up close, going about their day-to-day lives. This unique tour will literally make you feel like you are travelling back in time!

In the evening on the day of arrival, when the tour guide meets and greets you, he will facilitate a group dinner if there is an interest among the travellers. On the final evening, a group dinner will be organised at a Nepali restaurant for your traditional culinary experience in Kathmandu.

On The Trek

On your unforgettable trek, you will receive continual support from a highly experienced crew, which includes a licenced and seasoned English-speaking trekking guide, porter and Sherpa (for large groups). The trekking guide has first aid along with other relevant training, and understands high altitude sickness and its management.

All our guides are friendly and caring. They will go beyond the call of duty to ensure your continual safety and comfort. For example, they will check (where possible) with the lodge owners to ensure that your rooms throughout the trek are well set. They will advise you on how to stay hygienic on the trek and will help you with meal selection. If the crew is aware that someone in the group has a birthday, they may surprise everyone by organising (where possible) a birthday cake.

With us, all you will need to carry is a day pack to store your personal items (e.g. hat, sunscreen, chocolate and energy bars, etc).  The rest will be carried by a porter. All accommodation on this trail will be organized by us in advance. Meals are available at each lodge. Your guide will help you to place meal orders and will ensure that you are looked after. All you will need do each evening is kick back and relax at the lodge so that you will have a fresh start the next day.

So, get ready for a wondrous alpine journey which has been nothing short of a life-changing experience for so many.

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Ghorepani Poonhill trek in Annapurna with us

This popular short and low-altitude trek in the famous Annapurna region offers magnificent views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, which together boast three of the world’s eight thousand metre-high mountains, along with a unique insight into diverse Himalayan cultures.

The Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek offers what is commonly known as ‘Annapurna balcony trekking’, meaning that the route is fit for all trekkers and adventure seekers. This trail leads to the west of Pokhara, offering superb views of the entire Annapurna trekking region. Trekking in the area offers dazzling mountain scenery punctuated by the one and only Machapuchare (‘Mt Fishtail’), thick rhododendron forests teeming with birds, deep sub-tropical valleys and charming alpine villages inhabited by the Gurung and Magar peoples.

This trail is notable for the rhododendrons that bloom from March to May, making the hills look as though they have been carpeted in red. Apart from a visual spectacular, you will also enjoy an authentic cultural experience as you encounter the various ethnic groups of the region, including the Brahmin, Chhetri, Magar, Thakali and Gurung peoples.

Is this trip part of GHT ( Great Himalayan Trail), Nepal?

Yes, it is. This trip falls in Annapurna region of GHT, Nepal. This region is the 7th leg of the GHT, Nepal. The Ghorepani-Poonhill trek does not meet GHT high route, however, it follows the GHT cultural route between Ghorepani to Birethanti (Just before Nayapul), in the mid-hills of Annapurna region.

Annapurna circuit trek, one of our other popular trip follows most of GHT high route.

To understand the ‘Great Himalayan Trail’, please visit:

http://www.sherpatours.com.au/blog/2011/03/kick-off-the-ght-great-himalayan-trail/

Your Authentic Experience with us

Your authentic experience will include walking through the villages on trek where you will see primitive forms of farming and indigenous way of living.

Our Services

Pre-departure

At the time of booking, we will provide you with a comprehensive trip note covering things like the difficulty level/expected fitness level, health and training tips for effective trek preparation and important safety information.

We will also organise a free pre-departure information session for groups which covers all important aspects of the journey and provides a forum for answering all of your questions.

In Kathmandu

In the evening on the day of arrival, when the tour guide meets and greets you, he will facilitate a group dinner if there is an interest among the travellers.

On The Trek

On your unforgettable trek, you will receive continual support from a highly experienced crew, which includes a licenced and seasoned English-speaking trekking guide, porter and Sherpa (if you are going on a group camping trek). The trekking guide has first aid along with other relevant training, and understands high altitude sickness and its management.

All our guides are friendly and caring. They will go beyond the call of duty to ensure your continual safety and comfort. For example, they will check (where possible) with the lodge owners to ensure that your rooms throughout the trek are well set. They will advise you on how to stay hygienic on the trek and will help you with meal selection. If the crew is aware that someone in the group has a birthday, they may surprise everyone by organising (where possible) a birthday cake.

With us, all you will need to carry is a day pack to store your personal items (e.g. hat, sunscreen, chocolate and energy bars, etc).  The rest will be carried by a porter. All accommodation on this busy trail will be organized by us in advance. Meals are available at each lodge. Your guide will help you to place meal orders and will ensure that you are looked after. All you will need do each evening is kick back and relax at the lodge so that you will have a fresh start the next day.

So, get ready for a wondrous Himalayan journey which has been nothing short of a life-changing experience for so many.

To view itinerary, please click here.

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