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16 Days$4590USD

Activities
  • 12 day trek
Accommodation
  • 2 nights hotel
  • 11 nights wilderness camping
  • 2 nights eco lodge or private eco campsites
Meals
  • 12 Dinners
  • 12 Lunches
  • 15 Breakfasts
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Challenging
 
 

Trip highlights


  • Explore the Everest region on historic trekking trails used by generations of Sherpas
  • Traverse the wild and high ridges of the west and into the secluded Lumding Valley
  • Celebrate World Expeditions' 50th Anniversary of pioneering trips with a banquet dinner in Thyangboche
  • Venture away from known trekking trails and immerse yourself in village communities
  • Experience a stunning mountain flight into Phaplu
  • Enjoy a fully supported camping based trek including three hearty meals per day prepared by our cooks

Led by world class mountaineer, Tim Macartney-Snape, we journey back in time and explore the Khumbu valley before the advent of steel bridges and groomed trekking trails. Sherpas of the Khumbu, Solu and surrounding valleys used to travel to and fro on the 'high route' which allowed them to bypass the flood prone and steamy gorges of Dudh Kosi. The wild and high ridges of the west at certain sections are rugged, untamed and steep, offering tranquil and scenic views which have been witnessed by very few. If conditions permit, we plan to take this higher option and traverse into the upper Lumding Valley, a beautifully secluded valley adjacent to the standard trekking route to Everest. We cross two high passes before traversing the eastern flanks of the great gorge that separates Namche Bazaar and Thamserku. We emerge from the forests below the spiritual heart of the Khumbu valley, Thyangboche, just in time to celebrate World Expeditions' 50th anniversary with a banquet dinner hosted by some of the people who helped shape World Expeditions into the pioneering adventure travel company it has become today.

Meals included
in the price
Valued at 600
Trip Code: KVE

You will be met by a representative of World Expeditions and transferred to the Radisson hotel. Remainder of the afternoon at leisure. A pre-trek briefing will be given around 4.30-5pm where arrangements will be made for the distribution of your kit bag, sleeping bag and down/fibrefill jacket. Following the briefing, there is an option to head out for dinner as a group to be acquainted with your fellow travellers. Overnight: Radisson Hotel or similar

Meals:  Nil

Today you have a full day to explore Kathmandu’s bustling streets and significant landmarks. You may wish to start by exploring the city’s two most important World Heritage Listed spiritual sites: Pashupatinath, Nepal’s most sacred Hindu temple and an important cremation site; and Boudhanath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal and the most sacred Tibetan Buddhist shrine outside of Tibet. Alternatively you could wander through the markets and shops of the busy Thamel precinct.

Meals:  B

After a stunning morning flight into Phaplu, our journey begins by ascending through the lower foothills of the Solukhumbu district and past many Sherpa, Tamang and Bahun communities. The path we take, though somewhat planned, is exploratory in nature and offers an insight into the conditions and terrain that Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary once traversed on their historical summit of Everest in 1953. After two days of following the Dudhkund river, we cross Taksindu La (3870m) for expansive views of the Lumding Valley and countless Himalayan giants looming in the background. Shortly after reaching Luza (4100m), we divert off the main path and onto the rugged and raw trails used by generations of Sherpas accessing different parts of the valley. We journey through the secluded Lumding valley and traverse the high ridge lines, gorges and cross valleys. During our explorations, our support team of porters and crew will be on hand to keep things running smoothly, with our wilderness campsites set up, equipment carried and hearty meals provided. Our path eventually runs adjacent to the standard trekking trail from Lukla and we briefly join to reach our campsite at Monjo. Overnight: Wilderness camping

Meals:  B,L,D

After a hearty breakfast, we bid farewell to our campsite and venture back into the wilderness towards Monjo Kharka (3800m), Phunke Tenga and eventually Thyangboche. We leave the main trails and traverse the high ridges east of the Dudh Kosi river into the sub-alpine terrain. The valley slowly opens up revealing the towering mountains ahead including the impressive Ama Dablam directly to the north. Certain sections may be steep and challenging, so remember to take your time and watch your step. As we enter the dense rhododendron and pine forests, keep your eye peeled for local wildlife including the brightly coloured Daphne Pheasant, the national bird of Nepal. We emerge beneath Thyangboche, the spiritual heart of the Khumbu region and home to the largest and most active Monastery in the region. Take the time to appreciate the surroundings and if the weather is clear, you will be rewarded with truly astounding views of some of the world's highest mountains including Lhotse, Nuptse and Everest. Overnight: Wilderness camping

Meals:  B,L,D

You will have a full day to explore the village or kick your feet up and take a well earned break with one of the best views in the region. We will have a tour of the famous Monastery and learn of its significance for the surrounding villagers. We will celebrate World Expeditions' 50th Anniversary with a black tie banquet dinner hosted by some of the people who helped shape World Expeditions into the pioneering adventure travel company it has become today, including your leader Tim Macartney-Snape, Soren Kruse Ledet and Garry Weare. Overnight: Wilderness Camp

Meals:  B,L,D

It's a pleasant walk down the valley to Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital of Nepal, where we will spend the night. This prosperous village spread within a horse-shoe shaped valley opposite the beautiful peak of Kongde Ri is a highlight of the Khumbu. Overnight: Eco-lodge

Meals:  B,L,D

Leaving Namche we descend through forests and continue following the Dudh Kosi, and continue our return journey crossing and re-crossing the river. We pass through a variety of settlements and forests before the final climb to Lukla. We savour our final sunset of the trek as we complete this exhilarating journey. Our last evening of the trek is a good time to celebrate a successful journey and have a small celebration with the entire crew, especially the porters who will return to their villages from here. Overnight: Eco-lodge

Meals:  B,L,D

We start the day with a stunning morning flight over forests and villages to Kathmandu directly or to return via Ramechap. Domestic flights to/from Lukla during Spring and Autumn trekking seasons may operate from Manthali Airport, Ramechap. This is determined by the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal and dates are subject to change. Your leader will brief you on flight arrangements locally. The drive from Ramechap to Kathmandu takes approx 5 hours. Upon arrival, you be will be transferred back to the Radisson Hotel and have the remainder of the afternoon free. There will be plenty of time to relax or do some last minute shopping/sightseeing. Overnight: Radisson Hotel or similar

Meals:  B

After breakfast arrangements cease unless further ones have been made. Those people departing by aircraft will be transferred to the airport.

Meals:  B


Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.


Inclusions

  • 15 breakfasts, 12 lunches and 12 dinners including a special anniversary banquet and all meals on trek valued at US$600
  • Exploratory trek led by Tim Macartney-Snape supported by an experienced local crew
  • 4 star Radisson hotel in Kathmandu
  • accommodation in our fully serviced wilderness campsites
  • airport transfers if arriving on day 1 and 16 or if you booked pre/post tour accommodation at the Radisson through World Expeditions
  • flight to Phaplu and return flight from Lukla included valued at US$465
  • private transportation
  • the use of a World Expeditions trek pack which includes a quality sleeping bag, down or fibre fill jacket and insulated mat (valued at over US$500)
  • porters to carry all personal and group equipment
  • souvenir World Expeditions kit bag
  • safety equipment including portable altitude chamber and group medical kit for emergency use
  • all park entrance fees and trekking permits
  • restricted area permits
  • site entry fees

  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
  • Bottled water, aerated & alcoholic drinks
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc
  • Tips
  • International flights
  • Airport and departure taxes
  • Visa
  • Travel Insurance

About Your Leader

Tim Macartney-Snape&#160;-&#160;<i>Photo:&#160;Lachlan Gardiner</i>

Tim is Australia's best known mountaineer and an inspiring World Expeditions leader. He has climbed Everest twice, firstly via a new route on the North Face and secondly by a world first walk and climb from sea level to the summit. His expeditions span countless other peaks in the Himalaya including Ama Dablam, Yangma and Gasherbrum 4, exploratory treks in Pakistan and beyond, including a new route up the southwest face of Mt Sarmiento in the Tierra del Fuego. Tim's mountaineering success stems from his passion and talent for exploration. He combines this with his deep interest and knowledge of the natural history of the Himalaya and its people, to give participants on his treks the ultimate mountain travel experience.


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Priceper person from

$4590USD

Your trip price includes:

  • Meals valued at 600
  • Internal flight valued at 465
Options & Supplements*
  • Hotel only Single supplementUSD$140
  • Tent Only Single SupplementUSD$210
  • Single SupplementUSD$350
*Prices listed are per person

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Khumbu Valley Explorer 50th Anniversary Trek with Tim Macartney-Snape trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.


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