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Expedition At A Glance

19 days, 18 nights

Difficulty Level: 4

Price (US$): From $2,550.00

Months Available: October and November

OVERVIEW


REBUILDING YOLUNG/JUNBESI

On April 25, 2015 an earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale struck Nepal. More than 100,000 homes were destroyed. And thousands lost their lives. After the monsoons, the Nepalis will begin to rebuild their homes, and we will be there to help them.

Your journey will begin in Kathmandu, the ancient capitol city of Nepal. You’ll spend half a day exploring the historic temples and landmarks that encompass the bustling city, and see the some of the effects of the earthquake on many of the sacred ancient temples and historic sites.

An eight-hour jeep ride will take you to Jiri – which was near the epicenter of the second earthquake. From Jiri, the next day, it is a 4 hour hike to Yolung the home of our guide Pema Sherpa whose home we have rebuilt after the earth-quake. At Yolung, we will work on rebuilding the home of Zangmu Sherpa whose husband died in the earthquake. Jimba Sange Sherpa, Zangmu’s husband, was the monk of the local monastery and was performing a ceremony when the earthquake struck. He died trying to help others escape as the monastery collapsed on him. We might also instead be rebuilding the home of Dorje Bishwokarma in Junbesi. Grand Asian Journeys will separately raise funds to rebuild the homes.

During this trip, we will be camping in tents and traveling with staff including porters and a cook who will prepare all of our meals.  During the days we will work on rebuilding efforts, and in the evenings we will have the opportunity to interact with the villagers, hearing stories of their experiences.  A “shower” tent will be available where there will be a drum with luke warm water for bucket showers.

After working on the build for several days, we will trek the classic Jiri to Lukla route. Participants have the option to extend and trek further to the Everest Base Camp.

We will be working with an expert engineer to ensure the designs are consistent with the new government guidelines, are earthquake resistant, that local design has been incorporated.

Our Nepal and Tibet treks and climbs are operated by our sister company based in Nepal – Crystal Mountain Treks – managed by our founder’s family. Crystal Mountain Treks has been in business for over two decades and employs only the best guides with a minimum of 15 years experience. We treat our staff with the utmost care and respect. Each staff member is provided high-quality equipment and paid higher-than-average wages. Our clients have commented that our treks provide a better value (we provide more for less) than other companies they researched, comparing services, quality and price. We are happy to provide references of people who have journeyed with us in the past upon request.

Highlights

  • Help rebuild the homes of our staff and other underprivileged villagers.
  • Spectacular views of the Everest and Gauri Shanker range.
  • Scenic trek on the classic Jiri to Everest trekking trail.
  • Kathmandu sightseeing of sacred Bodhnath and Kathmandu Durbar Square.

DETAILED ITINERARY


Day 01 - Kathmandu Arrive Kathmandu. You will be met on arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport. Transfer to Hotel. Day Free. Enjoy welcome dinner. Briefing during dinner.

Overnight Hotel Tibet. (Dinner)

Day 02 - Kathmandu Briefing during breakfast. Half day of sightseeing in Kathmandu. You will be accompanied by our in-house city guide. In the morning, visit Bodhanath, the Stupa of a Million dew drops, to watch monks and devotees circumambulate the largest stupa in the world. Then visit Kathmandu Durbar Square - the old palace complex that was most affected by the earthquake. Enjoy Dinner.

Overnight Hotel Tibet. (All meals)

Day 03 - Kathmandu to Jiri Drive to Jiri on the single lane road built by the Swiss. The drive will take between 6 - 7 hours. Camp on the green fields of the airport.

Overnight Tents. (All meals)

Day 04 - Jiri to Yolung Climb for about two - three hours, then descend to beautiful Yolung village.

Overnight Tents. (All meals)

Day 05 to Day 09 - Yolung We begin rebuilding. You will be required to get your hands dirty: lifting rocks, hammering nails, digging ditches, mixing cement with sand and gravel etc. If the school is in session, you  can volunteer to teach English or art at the local school.

Please note we might also be rebuilding in Junbesi. In that case, we will continue to Junbesi from Yolung for the rebuild.

Overnight Tents. (All meals)

Day 10 to Day 12 - Yolung to Sete (8,450 ft.) Begin the trek on the classic Everest Base Camp Trek route. All treks began in Jiri until the airport in Lukla was built. From Yolung trek via Shivalaya and Bhandar - both 6 to 7 hours of daily hiking.

Overnight Tents. (All meals)

Day 13 - Sete to Junbesi (8,760 ft.) Climb uphill from Sete through pine and birch trees upto the Lamjura pass (11,575 ft.). Descend to Junbesi. Junbesi is one of the most beautiful Sherpa villages with a spectacular monastery.

Overnight Tents. (All meals)

Day 14 - Junbesi to Nunthala (7,300 ft.) Begin ascent to the Takshindu pass. Today, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and many other peaks are visible. Descend to Nunthala. Today is another 6 - 7 hour day.

Overnight Tents. (All meals)

Day 15 - Nunthala to Bupsa (7,750 ft.) Trek along the Dudh Koshi river to Kharikhola. Climb steeply to Bupsa. Today's hike is around 6 hours long.

Overnight Tents. (All meals)

Day 16 - Bupsa to Lukla  (8,900 ft.) Today is a long days hiking of 8 - 9 hours. Initially ascend to Khari pass then trek through undulated trails past Surke and Paiyan to Lukla.

Overnight Tents. (All meals)

Day 17 - Lukla to Kathmandu Fly Lukla to Kathmandu. Day free in Kathmandu.

Overnight Hotel Tibet or similar. (Breakfast)

Day 18 - Kathmandu Free day in Kathmandu

Overnight Hotel Tibet or similar. (All meals)

Day 19 - Depart for home Final departure. (Breakfast)

PHOTO AND VIDEO GALLERY


COST AND INCLUSIONS


Per person Price for 2016

2 - 3 persons: $3,050 USD per person 4 - 6 persons: $2,850 USD per person 7 or more persons: $2,550 USD per person

Single Supplement: $250 USD

$400 USD per person discount on November departure

Price includes:
  • Expert pre-trip advice and detailed information
  • Motivated, well-cared-for staff
  • All airport transfers
  • One half day sightseeing in Kathmandu as indicated in the itinerary and entrance fees to monuments.
  • 4 nights twin sharing hotel accommodation at Hotel Tibet (3 star) in Kathmandu.
  • Chartered vehicle: Kathmandu to Jiri
  • Airfare: Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Tent trekking as indicated in the itinerary
    • Three meals a day
    • Boiled water for drinking
    • Use of Steripen for water purification
    • Guide and staff wages, equipment and meals
    • Guide and staff insurance
  • Gauri Shanker National Park Fee
Price does not include:
  • Your international airfare
  • Nepal Visa
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal equipment (a suggested list will be mailed to you
  • Travel insurance (Required)
  • Other expenses of a personal nature

DATES AND AVAILABILITY


2016 Dates: October 10 - 28 November 07 - 25 ($400 per person discount on November departure)

Cannot find a departure that fits your schedule? No problem. Contact us for private departures in October and November of 2016.

AVAILABLE: Book this trip now as spaces are available.

GUARANTEED: This trip has the minimum sign ups required and is guaranteed to run.

LIMITED AVAILABILITY: Limited spaces are available so please contact us to inquire about the departure status.

FULL: This date is unavailable. please contact us to inquire about other trip departure dates or booking this trip as part of a Custom Itinerary.

 

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“I wanted to go to Nepal to help rebuild, and it was a challenge for me on many levels. The incredible part is that our guide Sune, and all the porters not to mention the family were there to help us accomplish our goal of doing what we could to help them. To receive the patience, physical assistance, guidance (and the incredible food!) touched me deeply. And as it turned out we did help! A lot of rocks got moved. Wire was woven. Progress was made in deconstructing a house. Plus we had fun! I am still integrating all that I experienced. There is something very intense about being in the vicinity of the Himalayas, the stunning beauty, the vastness, the challenges that reduce the ego and enlarge the heart. I’m glad I answered the call to participate in this adventure.”

-Linda McElroy, Napa, CA, Rebuilding Nepal: Singla, October 2015

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