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In Your Hands Charity is proud to offer an opportunity to visit Nepal with Pauline Sanderson, author and speaker of The World's Longest Climb. All the money will go directly to local people working on the trip or to our charity to support rebuilding Nepal after the tragic earthquake of 2015.

This two week itinerary will give you the opportunity to trek through the most famous and stunning mountains in the world with minimal exposure to altitude. We will also make time to visit cultural highlights in Kathmandu with an option to have a HImalayan river experience and not forgetting visits to the village and projects where your support is having a direct impact.

COST: £1200

This includes all airport transfers, accommodation, meals (except 2 evening meals in Kathmandu), internal flights, guides, porters and permits.

International flight and visa not included.

This is a breakdown of the day to day itinerary followed by a more detailed outline.

Day 1 : Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel. Evening briefing.
Day 2 : Fly to Lukla to start the trek to Phakding
Day 3 : Trek to Namche

Day 4 : Rest and acclimatise day with a short hike
Day 5 : Trek to Tengboche
Day 6 : Trek to Khumjung
Day 7 : Rest at Khumjung. Short hike
Day 8 : Trek to Phakding
Day 9 : Trek to Lukla
Day 10 : Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to Sukute Beach Resort. Option to rest, raft or kayak.
Day 11 : Visit Mandala Organisation Projects.
Day 12 : After breakfast drive to Bhaktpur sightseeing. Evening at Bhaktpur and Durbar Square.
Day 13 : After breakfast sightseeing in Kathmandu, and an option of visiting The Nepal Youth Foundation (another beneficiary of support). We will finish with a fabulous meal together.
Day 14 : Departure.

THE TREK
This legendary trek starts with a 35 minute spectacular flight from Kathmandu to Lukla in the foothills of the Everest region.

The trail heads up through Sherpa villages. Namche at 3,440m and is the largest village and thriving hub for this area. It has different Everest view points and scenic walks. Namche Bazaar is a famous trading place between Nepal and Tibet. Tibetans still come with their yak caravan to trade goods and socialise at the colourful Namche Bazaar.

Tengboche Monestry is the biggest and most celebrated monastery of the region perched on a ridge at 3,870m and boasts some of the most spectacular views in the region including sunset over Mt. Everest.

Duration: 9 days including flight days
Difficulty: nothing technical but stretches of uphill over 3000m will be challenging.
Season: September to May
Means of Transportation: Flight (Kathmandu - Lukla)
Accommodation : you will be staying in tea houses and lodges each night of the trek. There will be beds but you need to bring warm (4 season) sleeping bags and a towel.


Tengboche trek Itinerary (8 nights)
Day 01 :
Fly along the eastern Himalayas to Lukla (2,800m). A short easy trek (4 hours) to Phakding offers stunning Himalayan views and alpine Sherpa settlements.
Day 02 : The trail follows the 'Bhote Kosi' river north crossing over suspension bridges to the base of Namche Bazaar. The trail climbs for about 3 hrs. We get the first view of Mt. Everest on the way. We formally enter into the Everest National Park. (5-6 hours).
Day 03: Rest for acclimatization. A short, easy walk could be planned for better acclimatisation with an option to visit Khumjung above Namche, a beautiful Sherpa village with Sir Edmund Hillary school. The syangboche ridge on the way overlooks Himalayan Peaks including Everest, Amadablam and Thamsherku. You will need time to visit the amazing bakeries too!
Day 04: Tengboche. (6 hrs) The trail to Tengboche climbs out from Namche and then descends to the Dudh Koshi River before climbing again to Tengboche Monastery (3,870m). Spectacular!
Day 05 & 06: Tengboche offers magnificent view of Everest and Amadablam. You will be intrigued and curious when you see, hear and smell the monastery. Yes, it will touch all your senses. From here we return back to Khumjung village and spend a rest day. The khumjung monastery possess unusal scalp claimed as 'Yeti Skull'.
Day 07: Trek down to the valley and back to Phakding.
Day 08: Trek back to Lukla and prepare for the next days flight (4 hrs).
Day 09: Fly back to Kathmandu

SUKETE BEACH RESORT (2 nights)
Situated on the banks of the Bhote Kosi River, the camp combines the best aspects of outdoor camping and travel for those who need a certain degree of comfort. Surrounded by mountains and the clear, rushing Bhote Kosi below, the site is truly stunning. It is rustic and natural, perfect for those looking for a refined camping holiday.

All the riverfront tents and cabins are covered by thatched roofs, ensuring a dry stay at all times of the year. Twin beds (which can be converted into double beds), quality linen, bedside tables and lamps, as well as a private terrace with spectacular views overlooking the Bhote Kosi private beach. The Dining Hall has an informal bar and comfortable cushioned seating area and fully wi-fi’d so you can share your adventures with friends anywhere in the world. Enjoy delicious food, a cold beer and great company with new found friends in a completely chilled environment.

There is a deck overlooking the river as well as a Swimming pool and a place for a campfire, where you can unwind over a bar-b-q.

Sukete will be our base for two nights. We will be able to visit the Mandala Organisation projects and see for yourself how much of a difference your donations make. We will also have time to take the opportunity to enjoy a river experience by rafting the Bhote Khosi or have a go in a kayak. What a place to learn!

SIGHTSEEING IN KATHMANDU (2 nights)
Despite the earthquake, Kathmandu has not lost the legacy of their cultural architecture and very active religious areas. You will have a guide to explain the fascinating history behind some of the world famous sites such as Durbar Square and Bhaktpur.

We will also make time to visit The Nepal Youth Foundation and again see the direct benefits that have come from your support.

Equipment List for Nepal
We will be there in early Spring which should mean blue skies, shorts and t-shirts for the days trekking and cold nights. However, we need to be prepared for snow too so pack for cold days and nights.

You can hire sleeping bags, down jackets and walking poles in Kathmandu for a very cheap rate if you do not want to buy them. You can also buy EVERYTHING, so do not panic if you forget something and it will probably be cheaper too.

Here is a recommended kit list for our 2 weeks in Nepal:

Passport: Don't forget!!!!
4 Passport Size Photos: 2 photos will be collected at Kathmandu airport as well as a $25 visa fee (no change will be given, and the dollar bills should not be old and worn). The other two photos will be collected for trekking permits.

Duffel Bag: A large, sturdy canvas bag with a strong zipper. You will be packing your trekking equipment in this bag. Your trekking bag will be carried by porters or pack animals. All trekking gear must fit into your duffel bag - including your sleeping bag. Please do not over pack. Maximum allowance; 35 lbs. fully packed.

Extra Bag: To keep your clean clothes at the hotel in Kathmandu while trekking and any other items you acquire in Kathmandu.

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Luggage Locks: One for your trekking duffel and one for the bag you store in Kathmandu while trekking.

Small Day Pack: During the day, you will carry a small day pack that will contain your water bottle, camera, extra film, sweater and / or jacket, snacks, and any necessities you will need to get at during the day.

Sleeping Bag: A four season down or synthetic sleeping bag that can provide warmth at 25 - 35 degrees Fahrenheit. A sleeping bag may be provided to you upon request in Nepal for a small rental charge.

Hiking Boots: Light weight, Gore-Tex (waterproof) boots are recommended. They should have good foot and ankle support. Look for good traction, breathability, and durability. It is essential to break in new boots prior to departure. Remember, you will walk in these boots for 4 - 7 hours per day.

Teva or River Sandals: For wearing around the tea houses and giving your feet a break. They will be good for bathing or walking through streams. They are also great for white water river rafting.

Waterproof Jacket/trousers: A waterproof jacket or shell, such as Gore-Tex, that will keep the wind out and which can also be used for rain. There is always a chance of bad weather in any mountains. We are trekking in early Spring so there could be snow.

Down Jacket: Essential to wear in early morning or after sundown as it gets cold in the mountains. This can be hired for a small fee.

Shirt/fleece: quick dry shirts for trekking shirts for the day and one clean one for the evening. A good fleece will be a asset day and night.

Thermals: it will be cold at night and early morning so bring body and leg thermal underwear which can work as pyjamas on your trek too.

Shorts / Skirts: Shorts are fine for men and women trekking in the mountains. In the city of Kathmandu or villages near Sukete we would advise women to wear loose fitting comfortable pants or skirts. Long, wrap-around skirts, known as Lungis, are great as you can wear tights underneath to stay warm. While trekking, I would recommend your trekking shorts and warms trousers for the evening.

Socks: good hiking socks

Sunglasses: Essential on all treks. Adequate UV protection is needed, especially at higher altitudes.

Light Gloves: For cool mornings and nights. Heavy gloves in case it snows.

Sun Hat / Cap: To keep the sun off the face while trekking.

Warm Hat: Used for cool mornings and nights.

Water Bottle: It is essential that you drink water throughout the day. Two quart size sturdy plastic bottles would be best, with leak proof tops. No bike water bottles. Your water bottles will be filled at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Bottles need to be able to withstand boiling water.

Flash Light / Head Lamp: With spare batteries and bulb. Head lamps are recommended to free up hands. Essential.

Wallet / Money Belt: A money belt is ideal to carry money. Your airline ticket and passport will be kept in a safe at the trekking office in Kathmandu while on the trek.

Plastic Bags: Large, sturdy trash bags to line the duffel bag and sleeping bag (having dry clothes and a dry sleeping bag at camp is great!). Ziplock bags and small trash bags are useful to separate clean and dirty clothes, as wells as to stay organized.

Sun Screen: A high SPF is recommended 15 to 25 SPF or higher. Remember that the sun is very strong in the mountains, and we walk for hours every day in the sun.

Personal Medical Kit: Bring any medication and prescriptions you anticipate using. The trek leader will bring an emergency medical kit with any necessary medications.

Towel and Personal Hygiene Items: Toiletries should be carried in leak proof containers.

Toilet Paper: Available everywhere but pack one in your day sack.

Walking Poles: HIGHLY recommended!!!!

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Snacks: Chocolate bars, power bars, trail mix, nuts, crystal lite drink mix.....these are a few favorites of past trekkers.

Nepalese Phrasebook: For daily interactions with the local trekking staff and people we meet in villages during the trek.

Note: Remember to pack efficiently. Your personal equipment will be carried by porters or pack animals. Try not to bring excess clothing and equipment. Items that are not needed on the trek can be stored and locked at your hotel in Kathmandu.

We will be happy to answer any questions and to provide recommendations for personal equipment and gear.

Regards the trip if you have any questions please contact direct  to Pauline Sanderson  philandpauline@yahoo.co.uk    or visit at    In Your Hands :: Home

 

 

 

 

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Thank you to everyone at Equator for a great trip on Sun Kosi, especially to Arun and the rest of the team on the river who all worked very hard providing us with great support and wonderful food. We all had a fantastic trip and hope to come back to paddle more rivers and see more of Nepal in the future. It was also nice to meet you.
Catriona