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Activities
  • 19 day trek/skills course/mountaineering
Accommodation
  • 4 nights hotel
  • 19 nights wilderness camping
Meals
  • 19 Dinners
  • 21 Lunches
  • 23 Breakfasts

24 Days$6390USD

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Trip Code: MSP

Trip highlights


  • Learn from our experts the craft of mountaineering and alpine travel techniques
  • Take the next step and fulfill your alpine climbing aspirations; combine learning about safe climbing practices with the opportunity to summit a rarely climbed Himalayan peak
  • Test your skills on semi technical Chekigo Peak 6257m, on a possible first Australian ascent
  • Be awed by unrivalled views across the Tibetan Plateau
  • Immerse in the dramatic Rolwaling Valley
  • Enjoy the camaraderie and shared experience with our local crew
  • Join an off the beaten track adventure and climb a peak on the border with Tibet

Are you ready to take the next step and move into the realm of mountaineering? Join us for a 100% hands on training trip in the best classroom in the world, the Himalaya. You’ll learn the key tenets of mountaineering and safe climbing practices, aiming for the development of self-sufficiency in the mountains. The course, designed and led by Soren Kruse Ledet features a three to one climber/Sherpa ratio so you will be fully supported as you learn or refresh your skills. The setting could not be more spectacular, with an approach trek through Rhododendron, pine and juniper forest which gives way to the stunning Rolwaling valley and our base above the snowline. Gauri Shankar (7134m) and Melungtse (7181m) provide the perfect backdrop to our forays as we cover topics such as the placement of snow, ice and rock anchors, ascending/descending fixed lines, rock climbing, lead climbing, belaying, abseiling and a variety of knots. For more seasoned climbers, opportunities abound in the valley to hone your skills while new mountaineers will have the chance to create a solid base of knowledge on which to build. Following the in-depth training sessions, we will forge ahead into the mountains and solidify our skills with an ascent of the rarely climbed, semi-technical Chekigo Peak (6257m). Situated on the border with Tibet and first ascended via the west face in 2005, Chekigo is a brilliant objective and offers a chance to join what may be the first Australian ascent of the peak. Expect to be rewarded with spectacular views back down the Rolwaling and into Tibet from the summit of the peak in the heart of the Gauri Shankar Conservation Area. This is the perfect trip for anyone with mountaineering aspirations looking to learn the ropes as well as anyone wishing to build on existing skills.

Meals included
in the price
Valued at USD$850

On arrival you will be met by a representative of World Expeditions and transferred to your hotel. You will meet your group leader and a trip briefing will be given in the late afternoon at the hotel. There are numerous preparations required before we embark on our expedition including a clothing and equipment check of all members by your guide, and distribution of gear (sleeping bag, down jacket and kitbag) and climbing packs (ice axe, crampons and harness). This evening we will head out for dinner, this is a great opportunity to get acquainted with your fellow group members.

Meals:  L

This morning a group meeting with gear check will be held and at this time any necessary items will be hired or purchased. The remainder of the day is free for you 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 or explore some more of the city’s significant sites such as Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) or the World Heritage Listed plazas of Patan, Bhaktapur or Durbar Square.

Meals:  B

After an early breakfast our travel day begins with a long drive to the small village of Chhechhet. It is a full day, as it will take approx. 7-8 hours depending on traffic and road conditions. At approx. 1350m, a cluster of houses mark Chechhet and we will cross the river just downstream from the confluence of the Rolwaling Khola. From here we will trek steeply uphill through terraced farm lands for 3-4 hrs before arriving at Simigoan (2050m) where we will camp for the night. We are among temperate forests that are home to ferns, mosses and small orchids, as well as rhesus and langur monkeys that are often seen jumping across the trees. Overnight fully serviced wilderness campsite.

Meals:  B,L,D

The trail this morning is undulating and we will ascend through the forest to Kelje (2740m). This is rugged country off the main trekking trails and a good way to start the acclimatisation process. Overnight fully serviced wilderness campsite.

Meals:  B,L,D

We set off this morning on a trek to the small village of Beding in the remote, stunning Rowling valley - which boasts beautiful alpine forest, and we'll walk along the river. As we gain height, the views will just get better. We enjoy experiencing unique and traditional Sherpa culture and will spend our time here practicing knots. Overnight fully serviced wilderness campsite.

Meals:  B,L,D

With glorious mountain scenery and eye-opening panoramas, we continue to enjoy trekking in the spectacular Rolwaling Valley, admiring the views and and making our way to Na. This area is isolated with a diversity of culture among the small village farming settlements. The vegetation is mostly small shrubs, grasses and some juniper and birch. Our alpine views span out as we approach camp and we are fortunate to have them with us for the few days before a change of scenery. Chobuje, Kang Nachugo, Chekigo, Bamongo, Dorje Phagmo, to name a few peaks on the horizon. Na is the last substantial settlement before we reach Khumbu. At 4200 metres, Na is cosily tucked into a valley but inhospitable in winter, so villagers move through in late spring grazing their yak herds. Here we will have a rest day and consolidate the skills we've learnt so far. Overnight fully serviced wilderness campsite.

Meals:  B,L,D

Our campsite is on a pleasant grassy patch, on the higher bank of the rocky riverbed. From our basecamp at Na village, we venture into suitable locations to learn a variety of skills, including the placement of snow anchors, ascending/descending fixed lines, lead climbing, placing rock protection, rock climbing, abseiling and jumaring. Time will be spent consolidating and practicing these skills. Overnight fully serviced wilderness campsite.

Meals:  B,L,D

We begin to make our way towards our objective, Chekigo Peak (6257m) over the next few days, enjoying the majesty of our surroundings and looking forward to the summit ahead. Overnight fully serviced wilderness campsite.

Meals:  B,L,D

We will send a few days at base camp to rest and prepare. Here we are able to pull out all our climbing gear; sort and check it, and rehearse and revise techniques we will use on the climb. Your guide will coordinate these activities to ensure everyone is completely conversant in procedures and correctly equipped. It will only be necessary to take personal gear for the climb with you. Any group gear, such as food, fuel and group climbing equipment/ropes etc will be carried up by some of our porters and staff. The remainder of gear will be stored at base camp where some of our staff will also stay until our return. Overnight fully serviced wilderness campsite.

Meals:  B,L,D

Moving towards high camp in the company of our expert climbing sherpas, with one for every three climbers ensuring a good level of support. Overnight fully serviced wilderness campsite.

Meals:  B,L,D

An early start to ensure the best conditions for your summit attempt, arising prepared to put the skills garnered over the last two weeks into practice. The route is semi technical, with the need for us to move efficiently and to work well as a team to meet our objective. Some pitches are likely to be fixed and the route determined as the conditions dictate. The vast expanse of the Tibetan plateau to stretches out before us as from the summit, a just reward for our efforts. Overnight fully serviced wilderness campsite.

Meals:  B,L,D

Our itinerary is totally flexible and it may be influenced by many factors such as weather, glacier and snow conditions, and the progress of the group and crew/porters. Your leader will have complete control of setting the schedule in order to maintain safety for all members of the expedition and to achieve the trip objectives in the smoothest and most efficient manner. These days may be used anywhere on the trip to best effect. Overnight fully serviced wilderness campsite.

Meals:  B,L,D

The stage back to Beding retraces our route through Rhododedron, pine and juniper forest whilst travelling by the riverside. There is also an abundance of birdlife and the chance to savour our achievements on the trip.

Meals:  B,L,D

Our route back to the trailhead offers the chance to once more experience culturally diverse villages amid old growth forests, against a backdrop of majestic peaks. The last night is always memorable for an end of trip celebration with all the crew and porters. Overnight fully serviced wilderness campsite.

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we will follow the trail down the valley before joining our bus for the drive to Kathmandu and the Radisson Hotel, to enjoy a well earned shower. Overnight hotel.

Meals:  B,L

Today is at leisure to rest, relax or explore and shop in the town. Overnight hotel.

Meals:  B

The trip concludes in Kathmandu after breakfast with a transfer to the airport.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 23 breakfasts, 20 lunches and 20 dinners including all meals on trek valued at US$850
  • 4 star Radisson hotel in Kathmandu
  • accommodation primarily in our fully serviced wilderness campsites
  • training conducted by Soren Kruse Ledet, supported by World Expeditions accredited, first aid trained mountaineering leaders and an experienced local crew
  • airport transfers if arriving on day 1 and 24 or if you booked pre/post tour accommodation at the Radisson through World Expeditions
  • 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)
  • souvenir World Expeditions kit bag
  • the use of a climbing pack including ice axe, crampons, harness and helmet
  • safety equipment including group medical kit, portable altitude chamber, satellite phone and oxygen cylinder for emergency use
  • all park entrance fees, trekking and peak permits
  • porters to carry personal and group equipment
  • insurance, protective clothing, food and shelter for porters

  • 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

Soren Kruse Ledet&#160;-&#160;<i>Photo:&#160;Soren Kruse Ledet</i>

Soren Kruse Ledet is a high altitude mountain guide based in the Blue Mountains, Australia. For the past 25 years he has led and participated in more than 50 mountaineering expeditions and challenging treks in Nepal, Bhutan, Pakistan and Tibet. In 2011 Soren reached 27,500 ft during an unassisted ascent of Everest and has successfully summitted Ama Dablam 4 times. He has led expeditions to Cholatse, Baruntse, Teng Kangpoche, Muztagh Ata, Pachermo and Peak Lenin among many others. His easygoing nature and professionalism make him a sought after guide.


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Notes

NB:
Main images reflect Pachermo from our successful 2022 expedition. In 2023, our peak is Chekigo.

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Total Priceper person from

$6390USD

Your trip price includes:

  • Meals valued at USD$850
  • Park Fees valued at USD$398
Options & Supplements*
  • Single Supplement Hotel OnlyUSD$180
  • Single Supplement Tent OnlyUSD$300
  • Single SupplementUSD$470
*Prices listed are per person

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Mountaineering course and Chekigo Peak (6257m) with Soren Kruse Ledet 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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