Group Size: 4 to 12 people
Dates: April, 2016
Difficulty: ♦♦♦♦ (moderate)
Highest Elevation: 19,028 ft./5,800 m
(optional visit to Mera Peak Base Camp)
Partner: Kaf Adventures
This is the perfect trip for those looking for a balance of cultural immersion and remote mountain scenery on an extended trek. Our route takes us immediately away from popular trekking routes, trending instead toward the Arun Valley to the east of Mt. Everest. We pass through small Sherpa and Rai villages and visit a monastery before arriving in Sibuje Village. Here we do a homestay with the family of Karma Sherpa, our guide. We learn how to cook traditional Sherpa foods, participate in chores on the farm, and visit with local people before setting-off for higher elevations. Further up-valley the scenery becomes increasingly mountainous, and signs of recent glaciation are everywhere. The high point for our trip is Mera Peak Base Camp, with views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Chomolang, Cho Oyu, and Makalu, it is probably the most spectacular place you will ever camp. We return via a slightly different route, taking a short-cut over the Zatrwa La Pass to catch our last glimpse of Himalayan giants before a short flight back to Kathmandu.
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