Ready to take your climbing to the next level on an expedition of a lifetime? The Himalayas. Since time immemorial, these colossal peaks with their vast web of rugged, isolated valleys and distinct ethnic groups have been the aspirations of alpinists and mountaineers the world over. A Nepal trekking guide will be with you to make the trip as easy as can be.
The Colorado Mountain School Lobuche East Expedition brings you to the heart of the Khumbu region of Nepal, surrounded by storied Himalayan giants such as Everest, Pumori, Nuptse, and Lhotse. This 24-day adventure gives the option of technical climbing at high altitude, along with one of the most spectacular high-altitude approach treks in the world. Climbing in the Himalayas is a technically challenging and rewarding experience that can take your mountaineering skills to the next level; they are also a unique opportunity to gain insight into Buddhist and Hindu cultures that are home in one of the most ruggedly beautiful and dramatic mountain ranges in the world.
Day 1-3: Depart the U.S. and arrive in Kathmandu. Tour Kathmandu.
Day 4: Trek briefing and preparation day.
Day 5: Fly to Lukla (9,468’), trek to Phakding (8661’)
Day 6: Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar (11,286’)
Day 7: Rest day in Namche Bazaar and local excursion
Day 8: Trek Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (12,696’)
Day 9: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (14,468’)
Day 10: Rest day in Dingboche
Day 11: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (16,108’)
Day 12: Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep (16,929’)
Day 13: Acclimatization hike of Pokalde (19,049’) and down to Lobuche Base Camp (16,108’)
Day 14: Trek to Lobuche East Base Camp (16,240’), alpine skills review
Day 15: Trek from Base Camp to High Camp (17,716)
Day 16: Summit Lobuche East (20,075’) and back to Base Camp (16,240’)
Day 17: Summit contingency day
Day 18: Trek Base Camp to Pheriche (13,920’)
Day 19: Trek Pheriche to Tengboche (12,696’)
Day 20: Trek Tengboche to Monjo (9,219’)
Day 21: Trek Monjo to Lukla (9,468’)
Day 22: Early morning flight back to Kathmandu
Day 23-24: Return to the U.S.
What makes this trip unique? There are a handful of top-quality Himalayan expedition companies and a plethora of lower quality outfitters to choose from. The weather, your ability to acclimate and function at altitude, the itinerary of your trip, and the attentiveness of your guides are the four main factors in your chances for success. CMS is not a cookie-cutter, mass production company. We don’t send multitudes of people up the same mountain over and over again. Colorado Mountain School offers a unique opportunity to climb in the Himalaya with our guide Japhy Dhungana. Raised in his native country of Nepal, Japhy has extensive experience guiding and climbing across the Himalayas, and in addition to his skills as a rock and alpine guide, you can rely on him to translate the invaluable local cultural knowledge and languages for you with ease. All of our guides are highly skilled and bring a wealth of experience; they are fun, intelligent, worldly, educated, certified, and they provide an unsurpassed level of attention to their clients.
“The Khumbu region in Nepal is easily my favorite area to climb in. Spectacular Himalayan landscapes, the unforgettable local culture, and the beautiful teamwork of an extended expedition – there are really not enough superlatives to describe this journey. This expedition is a great climb for folks training for the higher peaks like Everest or Ama Dablam, or as a first major peak to climb in the Himalayas.” -CMS Guide Japhy Dhungana
· $1,050 deposit due with an accepted application
· Balance due 120 days before Day 1 of trip
Expedition Cancellation Policy:
· A non-refundable $100 application fee will not be refunded from your initial deposit.
· 100% (minus application fee) will be refunded 120 days prior to trip start.
· 50% (minus application fee) will be refunded 91 to 119 days before trip start.
· 25% (minus application fee) will be refunded 46 to 90 days before trip start.
· 0% will be refunded 0 to 45 days before trip start.