Trekking in Nepal

Apr. 19 – May 10, 2014  (tentative dates)

through the awesome beauty of the world’s highest mountains


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 is Tom Masterson, a certified mountain guide who has been leading treks and climbs for more than 20 years. He has trekked and climbed in the Himalayas nearly 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.

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               hike up to the Sir Edmund Hillary school in Kumjung and the clinic in Khunde,

then up the spectacular Bhote Koshi Valley images\KhumjungSchoolSm_624.JPG


Day 5               to Thame monastery


Day 6               Continue up Bhote 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), [last time I was on this trail I saw no one for the entire day!]

Then down to Gokyo Lake (4800m), 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)

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

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


Day 10             Up Solokhumbu Valley through Loboche to Gorak Shep,



Day 11             Optional climb of Kalapatar Peak (~5500m) 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             back 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             then through the Rhododendron forest

back to Namche with its Sherpa museum, busy market and bustling 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)

Cost ~$2990 + flight to Kathmandu. [~ 3 weeks in Nepal].

Fees and permit for optional climb of Island Peak are extra

This is one incredible trip!


Contact Tom Masterson, 303 499-6363        Back Country Tours,


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Back Country Tours

Nepal Trek

April 19-May 10, 2014


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non-refundable deposit of US$500 is due by February 28, 2014. Remaining $2490 due by March 31.

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