BecomingX School Adventure TrekNepal
Join the BecomingX team in Nepal for a 16-day expedition to the rural villages of Bupsa, Khari Khola and Bumburi in the lower Solukhumbu (Everest) region of the Himalayas where you'll experience and learn all about life in the high mountains and the famous Sherpa people. You can help in the schools and wider community before we rejoin the main trail to Mt Everest and trek to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar from where we'll enjoy stunning views of the summit of Mt Everest!
This adventure will provide you with a fascinating insight into Sherpa life and traditions and you’ll witness how tourism, international development and social enterprise have completely transformed these villages without affecting the local traditions of the Sherpa people!
Following our time in the villages we’ll undertake a challenging trek to the Sherpa capital, Namche Bazaar, which is nestled in an amphitheatre, on top of a mountain and also offers views of Mt Everest at the head of the valley. We'll then trek to the less visited Sherpa village of Thame which is generally regarded as the gateway to Tibet as historically this was part of the "salt route" from Tibet. Tibetan traders would carry goods on their backs crossing the icy and famous Nangpa La pass (5806 m / 19049 ft) to Nepal and walk a couple of days to Namche Bazaar to sell their wares at the market. Thame is also famous as being the home of Tenzing Norgay who was the first Sherpa to summit Mount Everest, He reached the summit alongside the world's most famous bee keeper - Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953. We'll visit Thame's stunning Gompa (monastery) before circumnavigating to the peaceful village of Khumjung for stunning views of Ama Dablam - one of the planets most beautiful peaks, after which we trek to Lukla and fly back to the capital on one of the planets most exciting flights.
You’ll be fully supported by a very special and incredibly lively team of experienced staff in these beautiful rural villages with the inspiring mountains of the Himalayas surrounding you.
Sunrise in the foothills of the Himalayas
BecomingX Nepal School Adventure Trek Itinerary Overview
Days 1: Arrive into Kathmandu and stay at our Guest house. Briefing and trek prep.
Day 2: Overland journey to Phaplu and overnight at Lodge
Days 3 & 4: Trek through the Himalayan foothills to our project village of Bupsa and Bumburi
Days 5 - 6: Learn and experience the Sherpa culture, in Bumburi and Bupsa visit local projects, initiatives and schools.
Days 7 - 9: Trek up the Everest trail towards Namche Bazaar - the Sherpa capital.
Day 10: Short trek to view Mt Everest and visit the Sherpa museum, explore Namche & relax
Day 11: Trek to Thame, vist Gompa & micro hydro plants
Day 12: Trek to Khumjung for views of Ama Dablam then on to Namche Bazaar
Days 13 & 14: Trek to Lukla, the gateway to Everest
Day 15: Fly back to Kathmandu
Day 16: Explore the capitals many sights before an evening flight home
For an in-depth itinerary, please refer to the main Itinerary tab above.
Above is Bupsa Monastery one of the many projects we've undertaken in the area
BecomingX Nepal School Adventure Trek Map
BecomingX Nepal School Adventure Trek Terrain
During the trek sections we'll walk on average 6 or 7 hours per day. Every day the trek starts after breakfast at about 8.30am and there are many opportunities to stop and take photos or have a cup of tea along the trail. The pace is slow and the itinerary allows for excellent acclimatisation though we don't reach heights that are likely to impact on people. Throughout the trek there are a few hills as we undulate across the Himalayan foothills, but we take our time and there's no rush. Most days trekking is finished by early to mid afternoon.
The terrain is along well trodden and defined paths and presents no need for crampons or technical equipment. There are no precipitous drops that require ropes, though there are a few high footbridges that crosses the Dudh Kosi river several times below Namche Bazar. In the past these were rickety wooden affairs, however nowadays they've been replaced by well engineered and constructed metal walkways that are high sided and very secure.
BecomingX Nepal School Adventure Trek Altitude Profile
Accommodation and Food on the BecomingX Nepal School Adventure Trek
Accommodation in Kathmandu is in our own Guest house in a quiet and secure suburb of the city. Whilst on the trek we use comfortable lodges which are run by local families. Each lodge has a central communal area with stove, while the bedrooms are unheated with two beds and mattresses, blanket and pillows. You will need to bring a sleeping bag (2 or 3 season is enough as you can also use the blankets). The lodges below Lukla are more basic and traditional, though still very clean and comfortable. Below Lukla you can get hot water for a 'bucket shower' however in the more popular villages above Lukla the lodges have hot showers. Below Lukla you can expect some of the infamous ‘long-drop’ toilets, though higher up the trek on the way to Namche Bazaar western sit down flush systems are now the norm. You'll notice a difference between lodges below and above Lukla with those above being larger and more modern and below being more traditional and cosy however in both locations you're assured a warm welcome!
Food on the trek is very good quality, and a mixture of local Nepali / Sherpa & Rai food and above Lukla a wider western menu, where even burgers and chips are a common meal. We can cater for all diets for health or religious means. Lower down valley the tasty stable is dal bhat with rice or momos. Snacks and soft drinks are available in the lodges and shops along the trail and a Nepal price guide can be found here.
Looking up the valley to Mt Everest (above the 2nd house left of centre)
Packing list for the BecomingX Nepal School Adventure Trek
On signing up you'll receive a detailed packing list and links to retailers where you can take advantage of your BecomingX membership discount deals. The basic idea of the kit that you need to take is to keep you warm, dry, protected from the sun, able to move comfortably in the mountains and able to be comfortable in the evenings and at night. You need no specialist kit and many items can also be rented.
The main points to cover are as follows:-
- BAGS - Rucksack or duffle bag for a porter to carry plus a day pack to be carried by you
- SHELL - Top and bottom waterproofs to keep off wind/rain
- LAYERS - Shirts, trousers, shorts, Tshirts, jumpers and jackets, hats and gloves
- BASELAYER - Thin layers to wick away any sweat and to wear for cold mornings
- FEET - Comfortable boots with a good sole and ankle support. Lighter footwear to change into in the evenings.
- SLEEPING - Sleeping bag (2 or 3 season) to get a good nights sleep at the lodges (they also have blankets)
- DRINKING - Water bottles should be hard plastic (Nalgene), not throwaway bottles.
- WASHING & MEDICAL - wash kit, towel, first aid kit
- SUN CARE - sunglasses, sunhat
- TREKKING - trekking poles, umbrella, dry bags
- PERSONAL ITEMS - cameras, books, music
We also hire lot's of equipment which can be seen in the 'Extras' tab. If you look at the 'More Information' section you will find in-depth details covering a Packing List for Nepal, Trekking Boots, Sleeping bags and Local prices. In Kathmandu has an area called Thamel which is full of hundreds of equipment shops, each one an emporium of new, used, quality and fake equipment all very reasonably priced for rental and buying. You can buy almost anything needed for any trek.
If you have any questions about what kit to bring then to please call or email us. Do consider that it is possible to wash items en route however drying them can at times be difficult.
BECOMINGX SCHOOL ADVENTURE TREK TO NEPAL ITINERARY
The entire program in Nepal is 16 days, including travel days from the UK the trip usually takes 18 days in total. The flight is to Kathmandu, where you will be met by our staff and the first night in Nepal is in our own guesthouse in the capital before heading into the mountains.
|1||1400m||n/a||Arrive into Kathmandu and transfer to our Guest House. Here you can relax and be briefed about the trip, check gear and prepare for your journey into the Himalaya!|
|2||2400m||8 hrs||We'll leave Kathmandu early in the morning to escape the traffic and head out towards our destination of Phaplu. The drive will take most of the day in a private vehicle, however the scenery of rural Nepal is simply stunning. We'll stop en route for lunch and you'll soon feel a sense of relaxation as we leave the city behind and enjoy the tranquillity of the countryside, the fascinating sights of locals tending their fields and glimpse views of the deep valleys and high distant peaks of the mighty Himalayas. In Phaplu we'll relax in the evening in a local lodge.|
|3||2400m||8 hrs||Today we start our trek from Phaplu where we follow well trodden paths to reach the village of Nunthala (about 6 - 7 hours trekking), the paths are the highways and byways of the Sherpa people, so you find yourself passing through many villages and getting up close with the culture in this incredible area which is immersed in the peaceful world of Tibetan Buddhism, and framed by the majestic Himalayas. Overnight in a local mountain lodge/tea house.|
|4||2230m||7-8hrs||Nuntala to Bumburi: At the start of the day we gently descend to the Dudh Koshi river for two hours passing through agricultural farming land and small Sherpa and Rai settlements. From the Dudh Koshi river the trail goes up to Kharikhola (2050m). On the way we pass through Juving (1680m.) a large Rai village and farming lands then on to Bumburi (2230m) which is our home for the next few days.|
|5 & 6||2250m||N/A||This is the heart of our journey! Bumburi and Bupsa are small villages, tucked away from the traditional trekking routes. Our charity partner, The Moving Mountains Trust have been working in these villages for several decades. They've undertaken some large projects and given lots of support to the community. You will be based in the region for 2 days and visit / stay in both villages. During this time you'll be involved in home stays, cultural interaction and perhaps some teaching in the schools working alongside your Sherpa peers. This is a hands on experience which will bring the realities of Sherpa life and traditions into your hearts and minds. It will be very enjoyable and a life long experience for you to cherish. For more details on what Moving Mountains has done in the area check out: www.movingmountainstrust.org|
|7||2535m||5-6hrs||Trek Bupsa to Surke, which is a small Sherpa village below the air strip town of Lukla. Lukla is the start of the main trail to Everest, with a small airstrip that has traditionally brought visitors and supplies to the region. The trek is enjoyable as we cross the corduroy landscape before reaching and spending the night in Surke where we overnight at a lodge.|
|8||2835m||5hrs||Surke to Phakding to Monjo: The first part of the trek gently ascends for nearly 2 hours to Chhiplung (2700m.), we then pass through Mushe (2650m). The trail is almost flat with a gentle descent and then ascends gently to Phakding (2650m), if the group are moving well we'll then trek further to the village of Monjo which makes our following day a lot shorter as we ascend the famous hill to Namche Bazaar. Monjo is a lovely little village where we'll overnight in a lodge.|
|9||3440m||5 hrs||Monjo to Namche Bazaar: Uphill to Namche Bazaar which is the Sherpa capital in the heart of the Khumbu region. We initially leave Monjo and immediately enter the Sagarmatha National Park, we then cross the river a few times via suspension bridge and start a long unrelenting, zig zag path uphill, with one spectacular bridge spanning a deep gorge. We then leave the coniferous forest behind, and arrive at a huge natural amphitheatre with the houses spread around the sides. Namche is the major trading centre of the Khumbu, with Tibetans crossing the high Nangpa La Pass to reach the Saturday market. Nowadays there are also many equipment shops, internet, bank, post office, cafes, bars, lodges and hire shops.|
|10||3540m||n/a||Exploration Day in Namche Bazaar: We will go for a short walk in the morning to the top of Namche Bazaar to view Mt Everest. We'll also visit the Sherpa museum and tour the local area. We can then spend the afternoon relaxing in Namche, visiting the shops and market and enjoy this famous Himalayan hub.|
|11||3800m||4hrs||Today we'll head west towards Thame and the gateway to Tibet - the original Salt Route where people trekked over the high Nangpa La pass (5806 m / 19049 ft) to trade between the two countries. The walk is very enjoyable as we cross the river and trek along the valley ducking in and out of the forest with stunning views. This takes us off the beaten trail and through numerous quaint Himalayan villages. Once in Thame we'll climb up to it's lofty Gompa and absorb the beauty of this majestic spot.|
|12||3440m||6hrs||We'll leave Thame on the opposite side of the valley and then head north as we climb up above Namche Bazaar to visit the village if Khumjung (3790m) which has a fantastic bakery with uninterrupted views of one of the planets finest mountains, Ama Dablam (6812m). After some lunch we'll drop the short distance back into Namche Bazaar and spend the night.|
|13||2610m||5hrs||Namche Bazaar to Phakding: The last day of our trek leaves from Namche Bazaar via Monjo to Phakding. The trek is pleasant as we undulate back down the valley to the Bhote- Koshi River crossing it three times to Phakding where we'll overnight.|
|14||2850m||3hrs||Our last days trek is a short one to Lukla. The last uphill climb of 45 minutes will bring us to the famous airstrip town where you'll have plenty of time to relax or do a spot of shopping before our overnight stay at the lodge.|
|15||1400m||n/a||Lukla to Kathmandu: From the lodge we walk across the path and board one of the best flights in the World! The short airstrip is the the hub of the town and is the usual access for Everest teams and trekkers to the Everest region. This exhilarating flight takes 45 minutes, flying through the valleys to eventually reach Kathmandu where we will transfer you to our guest house.|
|16||1400m||n/a||Kathmandu: Full day to enjoy the sights and sounds of Kathmandu, visiting the likes of Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Temple and the Thamel District before an evening flight home|
This school adventure trek is specifically for members of BecomingX. The price shown includes membership discount.