Nepal Tour November 7- 19, 2020.
Nepal is a Himalayan Kingdom, famous for being home of 8 of the 10 highest mountains in the world. It is home of the Gurkha soldiers, as well. Few know that about one third of all the land in Nepal is part of the Ganges River basin, where tropic conditions dominate everyday life. Far from Kathmandu exists the Dang Valley, where the Tharu people of the Dang Valley are one of those groups. With our 2020, Threshold’s trip to Nepal incorporates both of these experiences. We will trek into the Annapurna Sanctuary, visiting Annapurna Base Camp for one of the world’s greatest sunrises. As soon as we are done, we will travel to the Dang Valley to celebrate Deshain, the greatest of all the Nepali holidays. Each day we will hike between 4 and 7 hours, stopping intermittently for food and refreshments along the way. We start each morning right after sunrise and finish our trekking early afternoon, to optimize time for resting and recovery.
|Nov 7-19th, 2020.||Arrival City: Kathmandu|
|Price: $2395 plus airfare (Flight to Kathmandu and two short flights to Pokhara and Dang).|
|Day 1:||Arrive in KTM and immediately fly to Pokhara. Check in at the hotel and get in a good night’s sleep after your long journey.|
|Day 2:||Explore Pokhara. Shop for any last-minute items needed for the trek. Gear check. Go over basic trekking protocol and cover the next day’s journey before heading into the Himals.|
|Day 3:||Meet your porters. Begin trekking. Nayapul to Tirkedhuba (1500m)|
|Day 4:||Travel to Ghorepani at 2860 m.|
|Day 5:||Trek from Tadapani to Chhomrong 2180 m|
|Day 6:||Trek from Chhomrong – Himalaya Hotel (2920m)|
|Day 7:||Trek from Himalaya Hotel – Annapurna Base Camp (4130m)|
|Day 8:||Trek from Annapurna Base Camp – Bamboo (2310m)|
|Day 9:||Trek from Bamboo – Jhinu (1780m)|
|Day 10:||Trek from Jhinu to Nayapool and drive to Pokhara.|
|Day 11:||Depart Pokhara to travel to Dang. Spend the night at different residents in Ghorahi.|
|Day 12:||Explore Dang and explore the celebration of Deshain.|
|Day 13:||Travel to KTM from Dang and return to the USA that evening.|
|Day 14:||Optional. Stay in Kathmandu and fly out the next am if you cannot secure evening flights from Kathmandu.|
- All hotels
- All meals
What's Not Included
- Beverages, including alcohol
- Intercountry airfare. Price availability in early 2020.
- Single accommodations.
- Lodging on the evening of the 13th day.
- Porter fees (budget $15 per day) Assume that you can share those costs with at least one other person, as a porter can carry 60 lbs.
- Travel Insurance (required)
- Medical evacuation services or medical care during emergency situations.
Meet Jeff Gaura
Jeff lived in Nepal for many years, back in the 1980s, and he invested heavily in relationships that he maintains to this day. His students are elected officials, leaders and businessmen and women at all levels. Jeff speaks fluent Nepali and is an avid trail runner, making him the perfect candidate to be your guide. Jeff will translate anything you ask, upon request, and Jeff will often bring with him students from the schools constructed by his non-profit, The Nepal Project, to help with guest comfort and accommodation needs. Jeff and his wife live in central North Carolina, and their house has lots of Nepali memorabilia in it.
Who is trip for?
This trip is ideal for singles, couples and groups of friends. Participants are either avid hikers who have always dreamed of hiking in the Himalaya and be in shape. The participant and their equipment should not exceed 100 kg in total weight.
What fitness level is required?
Hiking in the Himalaya is demanding at many levels. All participants should be comfortable walking in a mountainous terrain at elevation for half of a day. If you need assistance in achieving the fitness required, Jeff Gaura is a USAT certified coach and will gladly create a training plan for you to increase your fitness during your preparation.
As a good rule of thumb, all athletes must be able to run a half marathon on a relatively flat surface without stopping, in less than 2.5 hours. Although running fitness is not a guarantee of success, it has a great correlation. In the past, those whom were unable to run the half marathon often failed to complete the trek and had to return to a lower elevation before the rest of the group.
Where do I need to meet everyone?
You need to fly into Kathmandu no later than early evening on the day that the trip starts. We will handle all the logistics of picking you up and taking you to our location in Nepal. We will be taking a bus to Pokhara (7 hours) where our trekking will start, as well as a bus to Dang. However, we will fly back to Kathmandu from Dang at the end of the trip. Dang flight not included.
What should I do about gear that I need? Do you have a packing list?
Assuming you are fit, everything you need is available both in Kathmandu and Pokhara, either for rent or for purchase. I will send everyone a video showing you what to bring and how to pack about 2 months before the trip starts. The only items that I strongly recommend you not purchase or rent in Kathmandu are your hiking boots and personal hygiene/care items. Everything else, from clothing to electronics is available at lower prices than the USA
What sort of weather can I expect during the trip?
Days will be 11 hours long, and nights will be 13. The weather will be transitioning from Fall to Winter. Weather will be dry and mild, with daytime highs in the upper 60s to lower 70s. Nighttime temperatures will reach to about 30 degrees. The risk of rain is low in November.
How does departure work?
On departure day, we will take you to the Kathmandu airport for your onward departure flights. If you have additional travel other than returning home, we will try to accommodate getting you to your next location.
What are the terms and conditions?
A 50% deposit is due upon booking and the entire trip must be paid for 2 months before departure. If you cancel for any reason, there is a 10% non-refundable fee per person, regardless of the period when the cancellation is submitted. You can transfer your fee to a future year or a different trip, at no cost. You can make your deposit here: https://www.paypal.me/thresholdacademy
What are the big concerns for us on the trip?
On nearly every trip, someone fails to meet their goals. The most common occurrence is illness, including Altitude Sickness (Acute Mountain Sickness). Jeff will spend each day asking you questions to see if you are showing any symptoms of AMS. If it appears that you are getting AMS, Jeff will arrange for you to descend with one of our porters to a tea house at a lower elevation, where you will wait for our arrival.
What currency will I use when I am there?
The Rupee is the monetary unit of Nepal, but you can use the dollar both in Kathmandu and Pokhara and many of the shops. Cash will nearly always be best in the remote locations of the country that lack access to reliable internet and therefore credit card processing. There are places to exchange currency both in Kathmandu and Pokhara; often, the best exchange rates are found at the Kathmandu airport and not at the banks.