Island Peak climbing expedition, Nepal
Description of Island Peak climbing expedition, Nepal
2023: 14 Mar, 30 Mar, 8 Apr, 20 Apr, 2 May, 30 Sep, 17 Oct, 3 Nov, 14 Nov
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PlanetOur main idea is to share the love to the mountains that will create a balance between nature, culture, locals and adventurers. This trek is a visit card of the Himalayas and our concern is to keep it clean. No matter what style you are travelling - do not litter is a must. We educate not only porters how to respect nature but also locals, and very often, tourists. Having guides and porters don't mean we will pick up every plastic or paper after you. Let's cooperate and take care of the environment. There are special areas where we can utilize the trash. Sagarmatha National Park is rich on pure spring water. Consult with our guides where you can refill your bottles with water instead of buying bottled mineral water in plastic. Save some money and save wildlife and nature. We demand to think about mountains as your own home and take care of it.
The only source to have energy in this region - solar panels. All tea houses, lodges and guest houses use only them as it is the best solution. You can bring your own solar panel to charge your gadgets while trekking. Fortunately, sunny weather is very common during the season.
It is a walking/trekking tour which doesn't include driving. We'll have a 35mins flight there and back to avoid 2-days bus ride which we believe compromise a lot for the environment.
On some parts of the trek, there are chances to meet wild animals. Do not feed them with food, do not approach them and don't throw anything into them, don't make any sounds to attract their attention. Remember - they are at home and we are their guests. Be respectful to them.
This trek makes a huge loop which is not very much touristic but more for those who really can't live without mountains. Do not lose the path and stick to your guide. There will be a glacier part on our way over Cho La Pass which can be fragile and slippery
PeopleThis area 'belongs' to Sherpas, a local ethnic group who were born on a high altitude and naturally are strong people. We employ them as guides on this trek because who but they know this area better? It is our responsibility to promote them. Please don't refuse to hire a porter as in this way you also create an opportunity for them to make some money on living. Their income depends on season. And besides their salary, we highly encourage tipping if you believe they provided you with the best service.
In Namche Bazar during the acclimatization day, we have an opportunity to visit Khumjung school which was established by Sir Edmund Hillary, the first man with Nepali sherpa Tenzing Norgay to summit the Everest in 1953. Later he established a trust that opened over 60 schools in remote areas of Nepal. Our visit will not include any volunteering but to see the way Nepali kids study. These schools are considered the best in Nepal as they already have big support. The children are not present on this trip to the school. The aim is to see a monument, introduce Hillary's achievement and bring attention that education system is little by little improving and children have a chance to receive proper education no matter where. You can learn about it and how you can help them after the trek as one short visit is not enough but more than enough to see the reality. We'll visit the school in the afternoon to make sure the classes are over and we won't interrupt them from studies. We will not enter the school as it is forbidden but we can have a talk with teachers if they are free in the yard. Unfortunately, not all remote areas in Nepal have easy access to schools. Our company feels responsible to provide scholarships for students in more remote and less popular areas. More about it you can learn in "millennium homestay trek" where we support Newari ethnic group in Eastern Nepal.