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Australian Himalayan Foundation Chairman's Adventure

Challenge Highlights

  • Share the distinguished company of Peter Hillary and Simon Balderstone in a specially devised itinerary in the Everest region
  • Take in Everest and Ama Dablam and a host of other Himalayan peaks from the Everest View Hotel
  • See first-hand the inspiring results of the remarkable work of the AHF in the lower Solu Khumbu
  • Savour the high Himalaya through exhilarating helicopter flights and superb day walks, staying in well-appointed hotels
  • Gain invaluable insights into the work of Sir Edmund Hillary in Khumjung and Khunde
  • Attend special receptions in Kathmandu and the Khumbu highlighting the work and community involvement of the AHF

Overview

This exclusive itinerary is devised to appeal to past “Chairman’s trekkers“ keen to return, and other supporters of the AHF, without the commitment to undertake camping or extended trekking. The program includes spectacular helicopter flights and accommodation in the best available lodges, to savour unrivalled Himalayan panoramas in comfort, and special, exclusive activities and functions.

The program combines time in the lower Solu Khumbu to witness the inspiring results of the remarkable education and health work undertaken by AHF with time in Namche, Khumjung and Khunde to revisit the schools and hospital founded by Sir Edmund Hillary.

Challenge Grade

This trip involves trekking for four to seven hours a day at a steady pace. We do not spend time at altitudes above 4000m. You will need a reasonable level of fitness and good health.

* Suggested preparation: 1 hour of aerobic type exercise, (either cycling, hill walking or jogging) three times a week for three months leading up to your trip. For trekking, hill walking with a daypack in variable weather conditions is also recommended.

Itinerary

On arrival in Kathmandu you will be met by a representative of World Expeditions and transferred to the Radisson hotel. A pre-trek briefing will be given around 4.30-5pm where arrangements will be made for the distribution of your kit bag, sleeping bag and down/fibrefill jacket. This evening we will head out for dinner to get acquainted with your fellow travellers. Overnight: Radisson Hotel

Meals:  Nil

Today is free to explore Kathmandu’s bustling markets and ancient monuments and complete any last-minute gear purchases before heading off to the Everest region. Overnight: Radisson Hotel

Meals:  B

We transfer to the airport and board our chartered flight to Phaplu. On arrival we transfer to Nele where we will be received by the local community and by members of REED, our program partner for the past 18 years. Overnight: Homestay

Meals:  B,L,D

After visiting schools in the vicinity, we return to Phaplu with time that afternoon to hike to nearby Chiwang monastery to appreciate the deep-seated Buddhist culture of the region. Overnight: Phaplu Hilton or similar

Meals:  B,L,D

We ascend the forested ridges east of Phaplu to gain views of Everest and a panorama of snow-capped peaks that extend across the main Himalaya range. Overnight: Phaplu Hilton or similar

Meals:  B,L,D

We board our chartered helicopters for the spectacular flight to Syangboche. On arrival we complete our short descent to the bustling Namche Bazaar and our well appointed lodge with its famous Sherpa Museum. The lodge is located alongside the Sagarmatha NP that affords magnificent views of Everest and the adjoining peaks. Overnight: Sherwi Kangba

Meals:  B,L,D

A day to explore the markets of Namche Bazaar and undertake a walk along the delightful trail leading towards Thame village. That evening a celebratory meal will be hosted at the lodge. Overnight: Sherwi Kangba

Meals:  B,L,D

We ascend a well-marked trail for two hours to the Everest View Hotel. The comfortably appointed hotel affords magnificent views up the Khumbu valley and the expedition route to Everest base camp. Overnight: Everest View

Meals:  B,L,D

We take leisurely day walks to Khumjung and Khunde village where Peter will introduce you to many of his friends and associates that held a special place with his and his father’s work in the region. This includes the famous Khunde hospital as well as the Khumjung school, the first school founded by Sir Edmund Hillary some 60 years ago. Overnight: Everest View

Meals:  B,L,D

We ascend the ridge above Khumjung before completing the short hike to the Syangboche airstrip where our chartered helicopter will fly via Lukla to Kathmandu. On arrival we transfer to the Radisson Hotel. Overnight: Radisson Hotel

Meals:  B

Day at leisure or explore key sites in and around Kathmandu. We recommend visiting Pashupatinath and Boudhanath, Durbar Square, Patan, Swayambhunath or Bhaktapur. You might even visit the lesser-known towns that dot the valley on foot, by bicycle or trishaw. The area has an amazing range of fascinating highlights, whatever your interest. Excellent bookshops, extensive markets, and novelty and handicraft shops contrast with fantastic centres of cultural and spiritual significance – Kathmandu has more World Heritage sites than any other city in the world. Overnight: Radisson Hotel

Meals:  B

Arrangements conclude

Meals:  B

What's Included

  • 12 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 8 dinners
  • Airport transfers
  • Privately charted fight from Kathmandu to Phalpu
  • Privately chartered helicopter flights Phaplu to Syangboche and Syangboche to Kathmandu
  • 15kgs luggage allowance on Kathmandu/Phalpu
  • Expert bilingual guide
  • Group medical kit
  • Good quality accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Accommodation on trek in a combination of our comfortable eco lodges and selected mountain hotels
  • The 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)
  • Souvenir World Expeditions kit bag
  • Private transportation
  • All park entrance fees and trekking permits
  • Porters to carry all personal and group equipment and porter's insurance

What's Not Included

  • Bottled water, aerated & alcoholic drinks
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Tips
  • Visa
  • Travel Insurance
  • International flights
  • Airport & departure taxes

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.

Travel Dates

Other Challenge Costs

Minimum Donation:USD$2400 
Single Supplement:USD$460 

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Trip Dates: DepartReturn
 16 Nov 202228 Nov 2022
Duration:13 Days
Activities:trekking
Grade:Introductory  Click for more information
Trip Code:AHC
Travel Cost:USD$0
Minimum Donation:USD$2400