NEPAL

Annapurna Hi-land Trek / Climb Oct 2-24, 1999 (some will stay longer)

Our last Nepal expedition to the Everest region expedition was a completesuccess. Ten members ascended Imja-Tse (Island Peak), and six others, plus a couple of highly motivated members of the ascent team, climbed Kala Pattar,an 18,000 foot high spot next to Everest Base Camp.  And we met last year's service objectives very well, visiting three hospitals and two clinics, carrying 18 large sacks of other expeditions' trash out of the mountains, and continuing research on high altitude medicines and opthamalogy.Barb Galgon "First Big Trip", Dingboche, Nepal

 This year we're going to the Central Himalaya, with two trekking routes culminating at the Annapurna Sanctuary. All members start the trek together and then split up. Climbers will head directly for beautiful Tharpu Chuli, also called Tent Peak because if it's lovely and regular shape. Those who chose not to climb will take a slightly longer route into the Sanctuary and meet the cimbers as they descend from the mountain. The entire party will trek out together.

 We will be using the same ground outfitter this year as before. As in other countries, we are teaming up with a fine, small company who will outfit and staff our expedition, giving us great service. Several Veterans from the last expedition will rejoin us this year. Over the years our mountain expeditions have attracted people who have said "I'd love to bring my wife or a friend to do something like this, but..."

This program is designed so that your family and friends can join in, without climbing, but starting and ending the program together.

Dr. Tom Mader conducting researchThe OBJECTIVES depend on you. We expect to have high altitude research ongoing, and would like to repeat the cleanup exercise of last year if one of you will volunteer to coordinate it.

If there is interest, our local outfitter has suggested a school presentation and support program for two schools: one in Kathmandu and one in the mountains. Is anyone interested in leading this project?

 Trip Overview

Fly together to Kathmandu via Bangkok. After two days in Kathmandu, we all fly together to Pokhara and depart directly for a short drive to the trailhead. The group treks together for three days, to the lovely town of Landrung, high above the Modi Khola river.

The trekkers then split off for a three day side trip to Poon Hill, a 10,000 foot viewpoint with a 270 degree vista of Mountains, including Dhaulagiri (the 6th highest mountain in the world at 8,167 meters / 26,788 feet), Annapurna 1 (the 10th highest at 8,098 meters / 26,562 feet), Lovely Nilgiri, shaped like a camel's hump, and sacred Machhapucchare ("fishtail"), home of a Goddess and left unclimbed out of respect for Her.

The trekkers will then follow the trail up into the Annapurna Sanctuary to meet the climbing party as they descend from Tharpu Chuli, and the entire group will trek out together.

The climbers bypass Poon hill, and take the direct route to the Sancruary. This is the favorite spot in Nepal for our Sherpa crew, apart from their home in the Everest region. The Sanctuary is a 4,000 meter / 13,200 foot basin, completely surrounded by the great mountains.

Tharpu Chuli, to the North of the Sanctuary is our goal. This beautiful peak is "only" 5,663 meters / 18,575 feet, but is surrounded by glaciers and quite challenging. The ascent is planned for 2 days, and there is a day of margin in the program for contingencies.

After their ascent the climbers will rejoin the trekkers to compare notes and objectives, and, as the outfitter puts it "to have a big party". The entire party will trek back to Pokhara together, and fly back to Kathmandu.  

Detailed Itineraries, equipment lists, personal trip consulting, and other services will be made available to all committed travelers.

Himalayan Style and Hospitality-

Where will we stay? In Kathmandu we stay in a very nice hotel (Everest) with a friendly staff. On trek we camp Himalayan style, with large tents, chairs and tables, a huge kitchen and talented chef, and thick foam mattresses! While the trekkers are on their separate but linked expedition they will spend their nights and take meals using local (Tea House) lodging.

Running a SAFE TRIP is the first priority

This means careful planning, responsible staff, and great attention to sanitation. It also means each of us looking out for others and keeping a safety first attitude at all times.

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Pricing

Prices are all inclusive ground, including international air when they can be arranged for, on time, with ExploreTEN.  For those requiring a single room and tent, an extra fee will apply.

I've calculated these prices using a better hotel, the Everest. We have an extremely good rate from them, and the difference in cost from the previous hotel will be worth it. The hotel facilities (including two of the best restaurants in the country) are much, much better. Your trip price may vary depending on your individual requirements and length of stay.  Some climbers are extending for additional adventures.  (Ask for details if you're interested)

 Climbers:A Sherpa with a dream ...From LA $4,295*

Trekkers:   From LA $3,850*

Single Supplement  (when you request a single tents or room) $200 per person,

 Deposit: $500 per person  Full payment by August 27th.

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Included

International airfares, when early payment is received and group tickets can be arranged by The Explorers Network.  Often, domestic airfares can also be arranged. Please ask for this service.

Kathmandu hotel with breakfast, Airport transportation and assistance.   Sightseeing with professional guide and coach, plus suggestions for your own sightseeing.

Embassy Registration Ticket re-confirmation 24-hour on call assistance, Pre-trek briefing and equipment check.  Assistance in hiring or buying any clothing or equipment you don't have or choose not to carry. All transportation by air and ground to and from the trek Friendly, personal service by a professional English speaking guide and porters for your gear. You carry only a daypack. Trekking permits, national park fees, taxes

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All meals on trek, from your camp kitchen and first class cook
Large, top quality, two person sleeping tents
Dining tent, table and chairs, lamp, toilet and bathing tent
Sherpa "family" staff to do all the work.

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All meals on trek, with free choice from the teahouse menus
All lodging on trek in the best available teahouses, usually private rooms.

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Tharpu Chuli Ascent, with highly experienced mountain Sherpas and climbing leader
Peak permit and fees

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Hassle-free arrangements throughout.  Your safety and health come first.    Flexibility of program for weather or safety reasons, and at your request.     Unforgettable memories

NOT Included:

Airport taxes, visa and passport fees, Bankok Hotel fee for overnight lodging on the way there and return(approx $30 each night double). Bottled beverages (beer, soda, mineral water) or junk food (chocolate, biscuits, etc.).   Meals while in Kathmandu and other personal expenses outside of Nepal. Your climbing gear. (This is the system here, as most climbers want their own stuff. The list, which will be forwarded by Email or snail mail,  is pretty standard.  Things you don't have or don't want to carry can be bought or hired in Nepal. Please arrange for this prior to leaving the U.S.. (The Sherpas outfit themselves.)

Medical expenses, emergency evacuation, expenses caused by weather or Acts of God. These things are very rare but can be expensive.  We recommend you take out travel insurance which specifically covers trekking. Trekking Insurance for foreigners is not available for purchace in Nepal.  Souvenirs, laundry, and other obvious personal expenses

Tips for guides and staff (entirely at your discretion)

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