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Everest Bc & Island Peak 2011

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If you could take only one trek in your life…

In support of the 50th Anniversary Celebrations
Sir Edmund Hillary School Khumjung, Nepal

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Everest Bc & Island Peak 2011

  1. 1. Ultimate Everest Everest Base Camp, Island Peak & Kala Pattar Trek In support of the 50th Anniversary CelebrationsSir Edmund Hillary School Khumjung, Nepal May 8 - May 30, 2011
  2. 2. If you could take only one trek in your life… Trip Highlights & Included Extras Exclusive for ATOURZ clientsHow about rewarding your adventuresome soul with the challenge oftrekking the Himalayas, world’s greatest mountain region for a closeencounter with the mightiest of them all – Mt Everest, Lhoste, Nuptse,  Tibetan Buddhist Prayer andAma Dablam, Makalu and the likes? Khata ceremony in Tengboche BuddhistThis wonderful one-time only trek led by our in-house Himalayan monasteryexpert takes you to the very heart of the Everest Khumbu region, takingin some of the finest mountain scenery to be seen anywhere. We followthe original Everest expedition route from Lukla to Everest Base Camp  Your personalized donation of desks andstaying at Sherpa-run tea house accommodation and eco-friendly lodges benches to the Sir Ed Hillary School inwith expert trekking guides, a yak and porter team providing logistics allthe way. KhumjungOne of the special highlights of this trip is the excitement of spending amagical and yet surreal night at the famous tent city, the Everest Base  Attend the 50th Anniversary celebrationcamp itself. Not offered in any standard base camp itinerary, this is your events of Sir Ed Hillary School inchance to be among head and shoulders with mountaineers from aroundthe world and witness all the frenzy that goes with climbers attempting Khumjungto conquer the biggest prize in mountaineering.Along the way, we stop in Khumjung, a tiny sherpa village at 3840m to  Sherpa House Museum tourvisit the Sir Ed Hillary school, first of a series of local schools foundedby the late mountaineer in 1961. Here, we join the headmaster, theteachers and students celebrating the 50th Anniversary. Each Atourz  One night camping at the bustlingtrekker donates a desk and a bench specially built with your name andhometown engraved! Everest Base Camp at 17,600ft!A trek to Kala Pattar (5540m) for close up views of Everest and  Share a meal at a Sherpa family home inits panorama is the jewel in the crown. We move to ja Valley, the base ofIsland Peak (6189m), the highest trekking peak in the Everest region. We the Khumbu Everest regionset up camp for 3 nights to get further acclimatized, take rest and trainfor our next challenge. Our expert Sherpa team will be in hand to train uson how to trek on glacier ice and the use of ice tools, before an attempt  Attend the annual Internationalon the peak. Climbing this peak is straightforward but challenging. Ourguides are well experienced in this mountain and lead us all the way; Mountaineers Day (Everest Day) eventswe scramble on rock, ascend a snow face fully roped up and then tacklethe final ridge using ice axes and crampons. For those who are wellacclimatized, determined and have the energy, the summit is a great  Three special dinners incl. welcomereward and views from the top provide some of the most striking scenery dinner at " Rum Doodle" the famousto be seen in the Himalayas with all the majesty of the worlds highestpeaks all around you. watering hole for the Everest climbers in KathmanduTo bid farewell to a wonderful trek, Atourz visitors receive a specialinvitation to take part in the International Mountaineering Day inKathmandu on May 29, an annual event celebrated by a large gatheringof past and present Everest summiters worldwide. The day is a  Meet with veteran Everest climbers whosignificant one in the mountaineering calendar and celebrates the first have summited the worlds highestascent of Mt Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay onMay 29, 1953. peak a couple of times.
  3. 3. We are now above the tree-line, and in clear conditions, enjoy a Expedition Itinerary spectacular sunset on Ama Dablam. We spend 2 nights in May 8 - May 30, 2011 Dingboche to aid further acclimatization (B,L,D)May 8: Kathmandu (1360m) May 16: Dingboche(4,360m) – Rest & Acclimatization DayYour expedition host meets you upon arrival in Kathmandu and Spend the day relaxing or training hike to Chhukung or Imja Glaciertransferred to Hotel Shankar. An evening trek briefing. Welcome for acclimatization. (B,L,D)dinner at the Garden of Dreams, a former royal courtyard. (D) May 17 – Dingboche – Lobouche(4930m)May 9: Kathmandu (1360m) Easy day, gradual ascent, good clear path, more isolatedExplore Kathmandu on a guided tour and visit Bodhnath Stupa, one desert/rock scenery. Climb the ridge and cross the flat plain aboveof the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe the Pheriche and pass the village of Duglha. Here we pass a row ofBuddhist monks in prayer. Visit Pashupatinath, a famous Hindu stone monuments built in memory of climbers who have perishedtemple, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we on various expeditions. Overnight in Lobouche. (B,L,D)see Hindu holy men meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionallyfuneral pyres burning on the ghats. Walk through the bustling May 18 Lobouche - Gorak Shep – Everest Base Camp(5,400m)Durbar Square. Afternoon free. Tonight’s dinner is at Rum Doodle, An early ascend on steep valley to Gorak Shep, the last outpostKathmandu’s famous dining spot for Everest veterans. (B,D) before the Everest Base camp. Throughout the day we have tremendous views of Nuptse and then Pumori, Lingtren andMay 10: Kathmandu/ Lukla(2827m)/ Phakding (2,652m) Khumbutse forming the border with Tibet. After a rest and someA spectacular 40-minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2827m), refreshments at Gorak Shep, we proceed to Everest Base Camp,flying parallel to giant Himalayan mountains. We land at the another 3 hrs away. A hard day but well worth the effort andairstrip built by Sir Edmund Hillary and the Sherpas in the mid- unforgettable experience to see the life at this desolate and yet1960s. Time to explore Lukla while our Sherpa team sorts out our much revered place by the mountaineering world. Here’s yourluggage and equipment for the trek. We begin our trek by chance to savor the hustle and bustle of the frenzy and meet facedescending towards the Dudh Kosi River where we join the main to face with Everest Climbing Expeditions. Camp at the Everesttrail to Namche Bazaar. The walking is easy and after passing Base Camp. (B,L,D)through small villages, we overnight in Phakding. (B, L,D) May 19 – EBC – Gorak Shep(5160m) - Kala Pattar – LoboucheMay 11: Phakding / Namche Bazaar(3,446m) Early wake up to witness a ‘pooja’ ceremony at the base campWe cross the river and head up the valley to Namche Bazaar. The altar by Everest mountaineering teams (if scheduled.) Hike backtrail keeps close to the river valley and is lined with beautiful blue to Gorak shep. After a rest, ascent Kala Pattar peak (5545m) for apine and rhododendron forest that is very spectacular in the classic view of Everests southwest face. All around are the giantsspring, when the flowers are in bloom. We cross the Dudh Kosi of the mountain world, Pumori (7145m), Changtse (7553m), NuptseRiver again at Benkar, where there are tantalizing glimpses of the (7855m) and Lhotse (8516m). The views are incredible. Thesnow-capped peaks. En route stop for lunch and afternoon walk Khumbu Icefall and even the tents at Everest Base Camp can beincludes the steep ascent to Namche Bazaar. Namche is a seen. Descent to Gorak Shep. After lunch we head down the valleyprosperous trading village where Tibetans are often seen trading to Lobouche, where we stop for the night. (B,L,D)rugs and Chinese-made goods, clothing, salt and dried meat. Aftercrossing a large suspension bridge high above the river, we slowly May 20 – Lobouche(4910m)– Chukkung(4780m)ascend with some fantastic photo opportunities as Everest, Lhotse We take it easy today trek about 4-hours down the valley, withand Nuptse come into view for the first time. (B, L, D) great views of Island Peak and the spectacular Ama Dablam dominating the skyline. We reach Chukkung for lunch. Afternoon,May 12: Namche Bazaar(3,446m) – Khumjung(3,840m) sit back, relax and enjoy the magnificent scenery. (B,L,D)Visit the Sherpa House Museum to see an interesting display ofSherpa lifestyle and early mountaineering history of the Himalayas. May 21 – Chukkung(4780m) – Island Peak Base Camp(5090m)Today, we trek further north to the village of Khumjung, our base Another short day, a 3-hour trek following the moraines that flowfor 2 nights. Spend two days to acclimatize and take part in the from Lhotse towards the sand flats to Island Peak Base Camp50th Anniversary celebrations at Sir Edmund Hillary School.(B, L, D) arriving around noon. Free afternoon. Overnight camp. (B,L,D)May 13 – Khumjung(3,840m) May 22 & 23 – High Camp to Island Peak Climb (6189m)Our second day in Khumjung. We pay another visit to the school to We spend the next two days to train and prepare for our biggestattend a special ceremony and your individual personalized challenge of the trek – an attempt on Island Peak. The strategy willdonation to the school (Donation is included). Music and dance be decided, taking into account the groups acclimatization,show by children of the school. (B, L, D) fitness, weather, snow conditions and other factors. On first day, we rest in the morning and after lunch ascend from Base Camp toMay 14: Khumjung/ Tengboche(3,875m) High Camp (5700m), a steep, two-hour climb up grassy slopes on aWe ascend, through pine, fir, black juniper and rhododendron well-defined trail. The site of the camp is just below theforests towards monastic village of Tengboche, located in a permanent snowline. Next morning we leave very early for abeautiful meadow surrounded by towering peaks and a peaceful summit attempt. The summit push takes approx 5-6 hours,and tranquil setting. The notable peaks seen from here are depending on snow and weather. We will fix a rope on the summitKantega, Ama Dablam, the most beautiful peak in the region and, headwall for safety on both the ascent and descent. Although it isof course, Mount Everest. Evening visit the monastery to witness not a difficult climb technically, the snow slopes are crevassed,the "pooja" ceremony and get blessings from monks. (B, L, D) the headwall is reasonably steep and a good head for heights is useful. To reach the summit, will power and good stamina isMay 15: Tengboche / Dingboche (4,360m) required, but the incredible feeling of achievement atop this 6000-Another visit to the monastery and the nearby museum. Leave metre giant will remain a lifetime memory. The view from theTengboche on a pleasant walk ascending gradually above the Imja summit is incredible. Descend from the summit to the Island PeakKhola River and passing the tea houses and old glacial moraines on base camp, rest & overnight stay (B,L,D)our way to our lodge in Dingboche. The scenery is spectacular andalthough Everest here disappears behind the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge, May 24 Island Peak Base Camp- Pangbochethe huge peaks that tower above the eastern end of the valley are We dismantle camp and head down the valley to Pangboche villageample compensation. where we overnight today. (B,L,D)
  4. 4. Expedition itinerary (Cont….) Pricing & InclusionsMay 25 Pangboche – Namche Bazaar(3446m) Price incl. Domestic FlightsDescend to the small settlements through Lower Pangboche toDebuche and then to Tengboche for lunch. In the afternoon, we (Minimum participation of 5 trekkers required fordescend steeply through beautiful forest of juniper, rhododendron guaranteed operation of this trek)and fir to Phunkitenga. We then cross the Dudh Kosi River andascend to Trashinga. From here the trail contours high above the 5-7 person team: C$3995 per personvalley through to Kunde and Khumjung villages before arriving in 8-10 person team: C$3690 per personNamche Bazaar - our stop for the night. (B,L,D) 11-16 person team: C$3390 per personMay 26 – Namche Bazaar – Phakding(2652m)This is your final opportunity to visit the Tibetan market and Price Includes: Domestic flights between Kathmandu – Lukla –shops in the bazaar before we descend the trail via Jorsale to Kathmandu; All airport transfers in Kathmandu; 4-star hotelMonjo for lunch. Afternoon continue to descend and overnight in accommodation in Kathmandu with buffet breakfast daily; GuidedPhakding. (B,L,D) sightseeing in Kathmandu with admissions to temples; accommodation and all meals during the lodge-based trek; Two-May 27 – Phakding – Lukla(2800m) man mountaineering tent accommodation during Island PeakOur last day of trekking, a short walk on the valley before making climb; One night camping at Everest Base Camp with food, foamthe final climb up to Lukla. Lunch and afternoon is free to wander mattresses, sleeping tent, dining tent, and toilet tent; Daily wagesaround, relax or enjoy a hot shower! Evening enjoy a farewell and food during the lodge trek for guide and porters. Completedinner and drinks and dancing with our Sherpa friends. (B,L,D) kitchen equipment will be arranged as per program; Fix ropes, snow bar and pitons for the climbing portion; Transfer of climbingMay 28 – Lukla – Kathmandu(1360m) equipment to/from Lukla; Local taxes, climbing/trekking guide,Flight back to Kathmandu. On arrival transfer to our starting staff, and porters’ insurance; Domestic airport departure tax; Yourhotel. The rest of the day is free to relax and recuperate. (B) personal donation and participation at 50th Anniversary celebrations of Sir Edmund Hillary school in Khumjung, Nepal;May 29 – Kathmandu(1360m) Attendance at the International Mountaineering Day celebrationsThis morning, you have a chance to take an optional 1-hour in Kathmandu; welcome & farewell dinners in Kathmandu andsightseeing flight for a bird’s eye view of Mount Everest and other experienced mountaineering host and leader of Atourz Canada.Himalayan giants. Attend the International Mountaineers Daycelebrations and enjoy the final farewell dinner and Nepalicultural show with our travelling companions and new-found Not Included: International airfare to/from Kathmandu;friends. (B,D) mandatory medical/emergency insurance; meals other than specified; Sleeping bag and your personal trekking/mountainMay 30 – Kathmandu – Home equipment (mountaineering & trekking boots/ trekkingAfter breakfast, our services ends with transfer to Kathmandu poles/backpacks/personal clothing/nutritional food); Beverages,international airport for your return flight home. (B) bottled mineral water at restaurants during meals; Personal expenses, tips for guides, porters, drivers and hotel staff. Your Host & Group Leader From Our Past Trekkers…. Priyantha Amarasinghe is a Toronto-based “A humbling experience, humans touching humans, mountaineer who has successfully scaled four of living an impression….of love, laughter and living” the Seven Summits, the highest points of the seven continents. His mountaineering feats include Mt Aconcagua (South America), Mt “A trip that showed us more will than skill….” Kilimanjaro (Africa), Mount Elbrus, Russia (Europe), Mont Blanc (Western Europe) and Mt “You had better be prepared to „meet yourself‟… Kosciusko (Australia) among several highaltitude climbs in the Nepal Himalayas. Apart from being a senior and there is time to think, to pray, to cry andmember of the management team at ATOURZ, Priyantha meditate…”continues to pursue his passion for mountains around the worldand his quest for the fabled Seven Summits. The 2011 spring “No would have‟s, could have‟s. should have‟s. Anexpedition to Everest Himalayas will be his fifth in as many years.Read Priyantha’s adventure travel articles here ultimate high, full-filling a life-long dream!”http://www.examiner.com/adventure-travel-in-toronto/priyantha-amarasinghe Photos: Priyantha Amarasinghe ATOURZ is the tour operator arm of For Bookings & inquiries, contact your Expedition Leader Airliners, one of Canada’s leading travel consolidators since 1996. ATOURZ Priyantha Amarasinghe, CTM specializes in unique escorted adventure Atourz, 1220 Ellesmere Road, Suite - 1 Toronto, ON M1P 2X5 tours, special interest and niche groups & individual travel services to all of the seven 1 877 727 6387 | 416 485 6387 Ext 6306 continents of the world. E-mail: priyantha@atourz.ca | www.atourz.ca