Trekking in Nepal

April 18 – May 9, 2015

through the awesome beauty of the world’s highest mountains

Deadline: Registration and deposit of $500 must be received by January 1, 2015, balance by March 1, 2015


Experience the exhilaration and grandeur of the Himalayas and the culture of the Sherpa peoples of Nepal. On this unforgettable trek you will be hiking on trails beside stupendous river gorges, enormous glaciers, high peaks, through rhododendron forests, alpine tundra, remote villages, with views of some of the highest peaks and most beautiful mountains in the world. We will be staying in Sherpa lodges each evening with meals provided and only need to carry a daypack. This is a hike of a lifetime!

Your leader Tom Masterson, is a certified mountain guide who has been leading treks and climbs for more than 20 years. He has trekked and climbed in the Himalayas almost every year since 2003.

Requirements: Spirit of adventure & excellent physical condition. Mountaineering skills are not required (except for optional climb of Island Peak). Elevations start at 4500’ in Kathmandu, range from 8000’ (Lukla) to 17000’ (high passes), and up to 19000’ on the (optional) hiking peaks. All hiking peaks are non-technical and can be done in light hiking boots. [The optional climb of Island Peak (20,000’) requires crampon & ice-axe experience.] Each day involves 4-8 hours of hiking through some of the world’s most gorgeous scenery.

This photo essay gives some details of this incredible trip:


Day 1,2 Arrival in Kathmandu. You will stay in a first-class Nepali hotel. Sightseeing (monkey temple, stupas, Durbar square, King's forest...),




Day 3 flight to Lukla – one of the world’s most spectacular airports-

with a runway that angles up at 20,


then trekking up a gorgeous river valley over suspension bridges, past spectacular water falls to Namche Bazar,


Day 4 Short day-hike up to the

Sir Edmund Hillary school in Kumjung and the clinic in Khunde,




Day 5 Up the spectacular Bhote Koshi Valley to the famous Thame monastery

Day 6 Continue up Bhote Koshi to beautiful & remote village of Lundgren, home of some of the world’s most renowned Sherpas,

Day 7 On up a seldom traveled trail past gorgeous lakes to Renjo Pass (~5350m, 17550’), [last time I was on this trail I saw no one for the entire day!]

Then down to Gokyo Lake (4800m, 15750’), perhaps the most beautiful place I have seen on this planet


Day 8 Day trips to the sacred lakes around Gokyo, including majestic views of Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, and an optional climb of Gokyo Ri (5366m, 17600’) with an incredible panorama

Day 9 Across Ngozumpa glacier (perhaps the largest glacier in the world),


over Cho La Pass (~5300m, 17400’), to Dzongla


Day 10 Up Solokhumbu Valley through Loboche to Gorak Shep,


Day 11 Optional climb of Kalapatar Peak (~5500m, 18000’) with incredible views of

Pumori & Everest, and


Trek into Everest base camp at the base of the incredible Khumbu icefall, then back to Gorakshep.

Day 12 Down to Lobouche, over to Dukla, across the soul-searching moraine to  

Dingboche, the town with the stone walls,



Day 13,14 Up to Chhukung 

optional climbs of Chhukung Ri Peak (5500m) & Chhukung Peak (5800m),


or Day 13,14 {optional climb of Island Peak 6118m(20,072ft)- this is the only peak on this tour that requires any snow/glacier experience; all others can be done in light hiking boots!},


Day 15 down to the Tangboche monastery, one of the most famous in the world.


It also has spectacular views of Everest, Pumori, and Ama Dablam


Day 16 Through the Rhododendron forest

back to Namche with its Sherpa museum, busy market and bustling Tibetan and Nepali tourist shops.

Day 17 Trek out to Lukla,

Day 18 (reserved for rest +/or bad weather days)

Day 19 Early morning flight to Kathmandu, shopping, sightseeing + great food in Kathmandu 

Day 20 Shopping, sightseeing + great food in Kathmandu

Day 21 Depart for home


Meals & lodging during trek will be in Sherpa Lodges.

Minimal gear needed (daypacks) and

there will be a porter for every 2 people to carry up to 10 kg per person extra)

This trip offers far more than anyone’s “Trek to Everest Base Camp” trip.

Cost $3100 (conditional on no further devaluation of US dollar) + flight to Kathmandu. [~ 3 weeks in Nepal].

{$350 extra for permits &c. for optional climb of Island Peak}


Info: Tom Masterson, Back Country Tours, 250 31st St., Boulder CO 80305; Tel: 303 499-6363

e-mail; web


Join us for this incredible trip!


Application Form

Back Country Tours

Nepal Trek

April 18-May 9, 2015


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non-refundable deposit of US $500 is due by January 1, 2015

Checks may be sent to Back Country Tours, 250 31st Street, Boulder, Colorado USA 80305

Or made by bank transfer

to account number 440 15431

account name Back Country Tours

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rescue insurance applicable for Nepal (such as that available for no charge with membership in

the American Alpine Club) is required of all participants.



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