Fred Hollows See Nepal 2021

“See Nepal” with The Fred Hollows Foundation to help continue their dedicated work in Nepal

Challenge Highlights

  • "See Nepal" with the The Fred Hollows Foundation
  • Witness the life changing work of The Foundation at Tilganga Eye Hospital
  • Take in panoramic views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Everest and surrounding peaks
  • Discover Thyangboche monastery – the spiritual heart of the Khumbu region
  • Experience the thriving Sherpa mountain village of Namche Bazaar
  • Visit Sir Edmund Hillary's “Schoolhouse In the Clouds” and the famed Khunde hospital
  • Enjoy three hearty meals a day prepared fresh by our outstanding cooks
  • Immerse yourself in Nepali life as you trek through Sherpa homelands
  • Experience a spectacular Himalayan mountain flight

Overview

Beginning in the vibrant Nepalese capital of Kathmandu, we explore the highlights of the old city and spend time at Tilgana Institute of Ophthamology - witnessing first hand the work of The Fred Hollows Foundation. A short but spectacular flight takes us high into the Khumbu where we commence our trek and experience the unique culture of the famous Sherpa people. We'll explore the colourful markets of Namche Bazaar and the beautiful Thyangboche monastery – the spiritual heart of the Khumbu region. We follow established trails in the Sagamartha National Park to view many of the world's highest peaks including the summit of Everest that peers above the 8000m peaks of Lhotse and Nuptse. We also visit Khunde and Khumjung villages where Sir Edmund Hillary established the regions first hospital and school through the Himalayan Trust. Experience the real Nepal through the eyes of Fred Hollows on this special journey.

Challenge Grade

To determine the grade of a particular adventure we consider a number of factors. These include the condition of the walking terrain, the altitude, number of pass crossings and the length of the trek.

Graded as introductory to moderate this 7-day trek reaches an altitude of 3780 metres following well defined trails. In order to complete this trek you will need a good level of fitness. We advise that you undertake regular exercise – swimming, cycling, jogging, three or four times a week for at least three months prior to your departure. Hill walking with a daypack is also recommended.

Itinerary

After all the fundraising and preparation, the wait is finally over! On arrival in Kathmandu you will be met by a representative of World Expeditions (Huma) and transferred to the Radisson hotel. The afternoon is free, then at around 4:30pm there will be a pre-trek briefing where arrangements will be made for the distribution of your kit bag, sleeping bag and down/fibrefill jacket. This evening you can head out to one of the many local restaurants for dinner and the opportunity to get acquainted with your fellow travellers. Overnight: Radisson Hotel

Meals:  Nil

This morning we will head directly to the Tilganga Institude of Ophthalmology to see first hand the incredible work they do there. After a guided tour of the hospital we'll meet key medical staff and have the opportunity to witness these life changing operations from a viewing window. Following the hospital visit we commence our drive to Dhulikhel for lunch, then on to Ramechap, a small town that operates flights to Lukla, the starting point of all treks in the Khumbu region. Our campsite will be in close proximity to the runway for our early morning flight to Lukla. Overnight: Private eco-camp

Meals:  B,L,D

We transfer to the airport for the short flight to the STOL airstrip at Lukla. This was the airstrip built by Sir Edmund Hillary and his friends to service the Everest Region when he began his work of building schools and hospitals for the Sherpa people. It is a memorable flight, with marvelous views of the Eastern Himalaya. At Lukla we are immediately impressed by the scale of the huge peaks that surround the village, but this is only a foretaste of what is to come. Our crew assemble and we head downhill towards the Dudh Kosi, named "Dudh" (milk) Kosi (river) because of its colour, a raging river that flows from the highest peaks. The broad and well-marked trail meanders around fields of potatoes and buck-wheat, and passes through small villages, as we pass rows of tree dahlia to make our way to our first campsite at Ghat.

Meals:  B,L,D

Sections of today's walk are through pine forest, and cleared areas reveal terraced fields and a variety of crops. We pass small groups of donkeys, yaks and dzopko carrying trading goods and trekking gear along the trail. A dzopko is a yak-cow crossbreed while a yak is a full-blood long haired male, more commonly found at higher altitudes. We pass through a variety of small hamlets as we slowly gain altitude. Spectacular mountain peaks unfold above us, and seem to hover above the tree-line as they rise above the deep river valley. Shortly after leaving camp we cross the Kusum Khola, a tributary stream to the Dudh Kosi, and the peak of Kusum Kangru (6369 m) can be seen to the East at the head of the valley. Further along the trail, across the valley to the North-West, Nupla (5885 m) and Kongde Ri (6093 m) rise above the forested ridges. At a turn of the trail, Thamserku (6808 m) rises majestically, seemingly from the river floor. We will see our first Mani walls today. These stone structures are a compilation of many stone tablets, each with the inscription "Om Mani Padme Hum" which translates to "Hail to the jewel in the lotus", and is mantra (chant) venerated by Buddhists and Brahmans alike. Buddhists will walk to the left of these Mani Walls and chortens, but you may notice that people of the lowlands who have no knowledge of Buddhism do not follow this ceremony. We camp for the night at our private eco camp site located above Monjo.

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we cross the green/aqua waters of the Dudh Kosi and pass through the gates of the Sagamartha National Park. The establishment of this national park is a significant attempt to stem the use of fire-wood in the area. Self-contained trek groups must use only kerosene fuels for cooking, a philosophy we follow everywhere in Nepal, whether we are in a national park or not. Tea-houses and lodges are encouraged to use kerosene, yak dung or electricity but unfortunately continue to use mostly fire-wood for cooking, heating and for hot water for trekker's showers. This practice continues to deplete the forests. We follow the river course to the confluence of the Dudh Kosi and the Bhote Kosi and cross a spectacular high bridge before commencing our ascent to the village of Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa "capital" of Nepal. It is a tough climb as the trail passes through forest of pine to a vantage point that provides our first view of Mt Everest. The trail continues to climb and meander to Namche and the sight of this prosperous village spread within a horse-shoe shaped valley opposite the beautiful peak of Kongde Ri is worth every step. After lunch you may wish to peruse the Tibetan trader's stalls or the Sherpa shops in search of a bargain. Overnight: eco-lodge

Meals:  B,L,D

Our trek will start with an incline to Syangboche airstrip and along the ridgeline towards Everest View Hotel. This pleasant walk has magnificent views of the surrounding mountains including Everest, Lhotse, Thamserku, Khangtega, Ama Dablam and many more. After enjoying a quick tea and coffee break to the views, we will continue towards Khumjung village to visit Sir Edmond Hillary's famous "Schoolhouse in the clouds." This is the first school in the Khumbu region, built in 1961 with the help of Sir Edmund Hillary and The Himalayan Trust. The school originally opened with only two classrooms but has since expanded to cater for over 350 students of different ages. After visiting, we descend and follow the trail for approx 25 minutes to our new exclusive campsite at Kyangjuma. For those who are feeling the early effects of altitude can opt for a shorter acclimatization walk of around 2 hours directly from Namche to Kyangjuma. Overnight: Private eco-campsite

Meals:  B,L,D

The walk to Pangboche is one of the most spectacular trekking days in Nepal. The trail meanders easily around the ridges and Everest can be clearly seen on the horizon ahead before we descend through splendid rhododendron forests for lunch. After lunch we cross the Dudh Kosi and begin the ascent to the top of a long ridge which flows from the summit of Kantega. Our trail takes us through pine and rhododendron forest, and, as this is a devout Buddhist region, the wildlife is unharmed and not too shy. As a result there is a possibility that we may see Himalayan Thar, Musked Deer or pheasants in the forest and around our campsite. As we approach the ridgeline we pass through a traditional gateway and around a chorten before cresting the ridge onto a wide grassy meadow at the monastery village of Thyangboche. The monastery was re-built with the assistance of Sir Edmund Hillary after it was destroyed by fire in 1989. The views of the Everest massif, as well as all the other major peaks of the area are astounding. After a rest and visit to the monastery we head downhill to our private eco campsite at Pangboche.

Meals:  B,L,D

If the weather is clear, the mountain views from Thyangboche monastery as we pass through are outstanding - Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse are at the head of the valley, their line of sight flanked by Taweche on one side and Ama Dablam on the other. Almost directly above us are Kantega and Thamserku. Completing a 360 degree panorama of mountains are Khumblia and Kongde Ri which encircle us from across the valley. It’s a pleasant walk down to Kyangjuma, and as we near the village we pass through terraced fields that are home to a brightly colored pheasant, the Danphe Pheasant, the national bird of Nepal. Overnight: eco-lodge

Meals:  B,L,D

Nearby on a hilltop, with views of the mountains, is the Everest View Hotel, a joint Nepali - Japanese project, where you can stop for refreshments before passing through the yak breeding farm and descending to Namche. After a break we continue down through the forest to the valley floor to follow the Dudh Kosi downhill, and out of the national park to our camp at the small settlement of Monjo.

Meals:  B,L,D

Retracing our steps along the valley, we pass through a variety of settlements and forests before an undulating climb to Lukla. We savour our final mountain sunset of the trek as we complete this exhilarating journey. Our last evening of the trek is a perfect time to celebrate a successful journey and say thanks to the team, especially the porters who will return to their villages from here. Overnight: eco-lodge

Meals:  B,L,D

We start the day with a scenic flight to Ramechap over forests and villages with the Himalayas forming a stunning backdrop. On arrival, we will start our journey back to Kathmandu and the Radisson Hotel. The rest of the day is at your own leisure; you can choose to relax or enjoy some last minute shopping and sightseeing. Overnight: Radisson hotel or similar

Meals:  B

After breakfast arrangements cease unless further arrangements have been made. Those people travelling by aircraft to further destinations will be transferred to the airport.

Meals:  B

What's Included

  • 11 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 9 dinners including all meals on trek
  • Airport transfers if arriving on day 1 and 12 or if you booked pre/post tour accommodation at the Radisson through Huma
  • Return fights Kathmandu or Ramechap / Lukla
  • Visit Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology
  • Expert bilingual guide & group medical kit
  • 4-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu
  • On trek a combination of our eco lodges and private eco campsites with off the ground camp beds, mattresses and pillows
  • Use of a World Expeditions trek pack which includes a quality sleeping bag, down or fibre fill jacket and insulated mat (valued at over US$500)
  • Private transportation
  • All park entrance fees and trekking permits
  • Porters to carry all personal and group equipment and porters insurance

What's Not Included

  • International flights & airport departure taxes
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
  • Bottled water, aerated & alcoholic drinks
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc
  • Tips
  • Visa
  • Travel Insurance

What You Carry

  • In your daypack you will need to carry extra warm clothing (depending on the altitude, location and weather), a rainjacket, water bottle, camera gear, valuables and personal items such as sunscreen, lip-eze etc. Porters and mules carry all group gear and your trek pack.

Case Study

There are many hundreds of thousands of people living with avoidable blindness in Nepal. Currently there are around 466,385 people needing treatment and another 60,000 new cataract cases each year. To receive help, many have to walk for days in extreme conditions to reach remote eye clinics. Overall health in Nepal is poor because services are generally inadequate and although there are 200 ophthalmologists in Nepal, most are located in urban areas.

Thanks to our partnership with the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology, in 2018 we were able to screen 1,030,595 people, perform 160,118 eye operations and treatments, including 60,987 cataract operations, 373 diabetic retinopathy treatments and 98,758 other sight saving or improving interventions. We distributed 6,340 pairs of glasses and put funds towards research training and technology. We trained 1,308 people, including 18 surgeons, 33 clinic support staff, 669 community health workers and 551 teachers. We educated 108 community members in eye health and equipped 1 medical facility.

Travel Dates

Other Challenge Costs

Single Supplement:USD$210 
Donation:USD$1600 

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Trip Dates: DepartReturn
 6 Mar 202117 Mar 2021
Duration:12 Days
Activities:Trekking
Grade:Introductory  Click for more information
Trip Code:HSN
Registration Fee:USD$160
Travel Cost:USD$0