Trekking in Nepal May 2018


Trekking in Nepal

Tentative Dates: April 29 – May 20, 2018

through the awesome beauty of the world’s highest mountains

+ Optional trip to see Rhinos & Jungle critters in Chitwan National Park

Deadline: Registration and deposit of $500 must be received by January 31, 2018, balance by March 15, 2018. [Total $3200]

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, 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 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. Every 2nd or 3rd day we will spend 2 days in the same place. This provides rest for those wishing a bit of recuperation and a day for climbing local “hills” for those wishing to get high!

Also: optional trip to see Rhinos and jungle critters in Chitwan National Park if the mountains become too much. All expenses included in amount already paid except for airfare Kathmandu <-> Chitwan should we decide to fly.

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…)

SwayanabathMonkeyTempleSwayanabath Monkey Temple

Kathmandu Traffic!

Kathmandu Traffic!

Day 3            Fly to Lukla –


one of the world’s most spectacular airports-with a runway that angles up at 20°,


Lukla Airstrip

then trekking up a gorgeous river valley over suspension bridges, past spectacular water falls to Namche Bazar. We have the option of taking 2 days to get to Namche, depending on how folks are feeling at 9000’

Day 4          Hike up to the Sir Edmund Hillary school in Kumjung and the clinic in Khunde,

then up the spectacular Bhote Koshi Valley



Day 5              to the 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), [first 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


Reflections on Gokyo Lake

Gokyo Lake from Gokyo Ri

Gokyo Lake from Gokyo Ri

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),


Lake in middle of Ngozumpa Glacier

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


Dzongma, below Cho La (pass)

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 incredible stone walls.  Or: Trek across Chongma La (Pass) to Chukkung to give us a third high pass!



Day 13,14             up to Chhukung with 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. 


Tengboche Monastery

spectacular views of Everest, Pumori, and Ama Dablam


Ama Dablam

Day 16                   then through the Rhododendron forest and 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) [This + Day 20 are our reserve days for circumstances, delays..]

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.

This trip offers far more than anyone’s “trek to Everest base camp”

Minimal gear needed (daypacks) and

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

Total cost $3400 + flight to Kathmandu. [~ 3 weeks in Nepal]. Includes guiding, flights within Nepal, Park entrance fees, all breakfasts and dinners, lodging..  You are on your own for snacks, lunches, drinks, tips for porters..

This is one incredible trip!

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

 Nepal Trek application form link

Application Form

Back Country Tours

Nepal Trek

April 29 – May 20, 2018

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non-refundable deposit of US _$500 is due by January  31, 2018. Remainder due by March 15, 2018

Total cost is  US $3200.

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

Or made by bank transfer

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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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