Adventura Expeditions is a trekking and expedition company established in 2002, that specialise in sustainable and culturally immersive trips to take you to some of the most beautiful mountains in the world: whether it be within the British Isles, Cortina d'Ampezzo in the Italian Dolomites or to the high Himalayas of Nepal: where we have our Adventura Foundation NGO.
We offer guided high level mountain walks, via ferrata, refuge to refuge and Himalayan guided routes, including Everest Base Camp, maximising each day for all ages, schools, disadvantaged children, child carers and our more able clients. You don't need to be an athlete, just a love of mountains and a certain degree of hill walking fitness will do.
We are offering two treks in one this year, both to Everest Base Camp (EBC).
The first is 16 day, Kathmandu to Lukla from where we trek to EBC and Kalapatar and back to Lukla to fly back to Kathmandu.
The second is the same as the first but instead of flying out from Lukla we carry on down for 3 days to the very remote and unspoilt area of Sotang where we have our Adventura Foundation helping 2,000 people with school buildings, sanitation, water and electric supply after the devastating earthquake of 2015: (adventure.foundation) We will stay in the main village for 3 days before making our way down to Phaplu to fly back to Kathmandu, making this a 26 day trip.
A donation is made to the Adventura Foundation for every client that treks with us in Nepal.
This trek begins with an “eye opening” flight to Lukla at 2800 metres. The trek passes through the picturesque Sherpa village of Namche Bazaar to Gorakshep culminating in the ascent of Kalapattar (5545m) from where classic views of Everest and its surrounding peaks are visible. Most of the trek is spent above altitudes of 3000m in the Khumbu and Imja valleys whose skylines are dominated by the massive peaks of the Eastern Himalayas.
Although this trek is a short trek (unless you take the extended trek to Sotang!), by Nepal standards, there will be plenty of time to enjoy the culture of the Sherpas, visit ancient monasteries and learn how Lamaistic Buddhism influences Sherpa Life. Stop at any of the numerous tea houses, sip a glass of sweetened tea or Chang (millet beer) and get a taste of the hospitality unique to the Sherpas. Beautiful, multi-hued prayer flags, prayer wheels and intricately carved Mani stones line every hilltop, rock wall and trail side singing prayers to the gods with every breeze and every passing traveller.
The mountains can be seen from Kalapattar (5545m) are Mt. Everest (8850m), Lhotse (8516m) and Nuptse (7861m). Changtse (7543m) in Tibet is also visible from this summit. We also get a good panoramic view of Amadablam (6812m), Taboche (Tawoche 6495) and Kusum Kanguru (6370m), from a completely different angle.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1370m), met by an Adventura Expeditions member and transferred to Hotel
Day 2: Preparation day in Kathmandu.
Day 3: Fly to Lukla (2800m) and then trek to Monjo (2840m)
Distance 10km, Ascend 258m, Descend 218m, Duration 5/6 hrs
Early morning flight to Lukla which was built with the help of Sir Edmond Hillary and his friends to service the Everest Region when he began his work of building schools and hospitals for the Sherpa people. Here you will meet the rest of the Adventura Expedition crew then start the trek to Monjo. This follows the Dudhkoshi River the whole day. The trail has many slight ups and downs.
Lunch will be served on the way at Phakding – Dinner and overnight at Lodge in Monjo.
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m)
Distance 4.5km, Ascend 559m, Descend 50m, Duration 3/4 hrs
After breakfast, the trek starts with slight ups and down following the same river for an hour and then the trek starts stiffer ascents until we reach Namche Bazaar, the next lodge. Namche Bazaar is the gateway of the whole Khumbu region – their are trekking shops, internet services, laundry services and even a bakery available.
Lunch, dinner and overnight at Lodge in Namche Bazaar.
Day 05: Acclimatisation day in Namche Bazaar
Today, there is the option of staying in the lodge and hanging around the market town or hike up to Everest View Hotel (3800m) and Khumjung village (3790m) – a 4 hour round trip, depending on your physical condition. Overnight at same Lodge.
Day 06: Trek to Tengboche (3867m)
Distance 7km, Ascend 610m, Descend 207m, Duration 4/5 hrs
After breakfast, we start to trek steeply uphill on stone staircases for about 20 minutes from where the trail is flatter. We will have several hide and seek opportunities on the mountain with the great views of Nuptse, Everest, Lhotse, Peak38, Amadablam, Kangtega, Thamserku, Kusumkanguru, Kwangde, Khumbila and Tawache within 360 degrees. We drop down to the river bank where we have our lunch and then we have climb to Tengboche. Tengboche is one of the holiest places in the Khumbu Everest region with the biggest monastery. Overnight at Lodge.
Day 07: Trek to Pheriche (4360m)
Distance 8.5km, Ascend 396m, Descend 65m, Duration 4/5 hrs
After breakfast, the walk starts gently downhill until Dibuche village (a nunnery). Walking on the flat for about 20 minutes takes us to a bridge across Imja River. We then trek all the way to Pheriche passing through Pangboche and Somare village. Pheriche is the windiest valley and it has the High Altitude clinic. Overnight at Lodge.
Day 08: Acclimatization day in Pheriche
We can hike around the Dingboche village or just relax at the Lodge depending on our physical fitness. In the afternoon, it is worthwhile to visiting the clinic where the specialists give a lecture about High Altitude. Overnight at Lodge.
Day 09: Trek to Lobuche (4930m)
Distance 9km, Ascend 570m, Descend 0m, Duration 4/5 hrs
We follow the glacial moraine on a flat trail for about one hour when we reach the Changrima glacier, all the way uphill until the Duglah Pass. This is a very moving memorial place to many mountaineers and sherpas who have lost their lives on the mountains in the Khumbu region. The trail then goes gently uphill until Lobuche. Overnight at Lodge.
Day 10: Trek to Gorakshep (5180m) then carry on to Everest Base Camp (5360m) after lunch and back to Gorakshep for overnight stay
Distance 10km, Ascend 435m, Descend 185m, Duration 6/7 hrs
After breakfast, we follow the moraine all the way gently uphill to Gorakshep. We cross the Changrima glacier before lunch at Gorakshep. We then carry on to Everest Base Camp, all gradually uphill and then retrace our steps back to Gorakshep for overnight stay.
Day 11: Early morning excursion to Kala Pattar (5545m) and back to Gorakshep and trek back to Pheriche after breakfast
Distance 13km, Ascend 365m, Descend 1185m, Duration 6/7 hrs
Early in the morning we start to climb the mountain Kala Pattar (5545m) to see the sunrise as it is one of the best vantage points for viewing Everest and the surrounding peaks up close. Trek back to Gorakshep for breakfast and then trek back to Pheriche. Overnight at Lodge.
Day 12: Back to Namche BazaarDistance 15.5km, Ascend 272m, Descend 1006m, Duration 6/7 hrs
We trek all the way back to Namche Bazaar with an overnight at Lodge.
Day 13: Back to Lukla
Distance 14.5km, Ascend 268m, Descend 817m, Duration 6/7 hrs
After breakfast, trek back to Lukla following the entire Dudhkoshi valley. Overnight at Lodge
Day 14: Fly back to Kathmandu
Day 15: Independent or guided sightseeing (see below) in Kathmandu
Day 16: Final departure for home
This trek carries on from the EBC trek and instead of flying back to Kathmandu from Lukla, carries on to Sotang where we have our Adventura Foundation. This is a new trekking route that we are opening up and an opportunity to see this part of the Solukhumbu region as it was hundreds of years ago.
Day 14: Lukla to Puiyan (2730m)
Distance about 8km, Ascend 440m, Descend 510m, Duration 4 hrs
The trail drops down to Surke (2290m) through a forest. We cross a bridge over a small stream and then start climbing all the way until Chheubaas, and then there is a little flatter part for about one hour to Puiyan, where we are going to overnight at the altitude of 2730m.
Day 15: Trek to Kharikhola (2010m)
Distance about 9km, Ascend 110m, Descend 830m, Duration 5 hrs
The day starts with a fairly flat and gradual uphill until we reach Thamkharka (2840m) and then we trek downhill until the bottom of Bupsa danda and then flat and gentle up to Kharikhola, where we overnight.
Day 16: Trek to Waku (1650m)
Distance about 14km, Ascend 100m, Descend 360m, Duration 5/6 hrs
Today we have mostly flat gradual up and gentle downhill trekking for the whole day. We pass through village of Wapsa on a wide slope, which has the inhabitants of Khaling Rai and Magar. They are the tribes of Nepal and Magar are very famous British military regiments. We have a long day but not too steep ascents and descents. From Waku onwards, we have basic places and food for overnight stays until we reach Nele and Phaplu, but you have opportunity of to observe the real lifestyle of Nepal and the standards of the people from remote area. You will feel you are in the middle of a couple of centuries ago where people are living more happily with less.
Day 17: Trek to Sotang (1582m)
Distance about 12km, Ascend 489m, Descend 550m, Duration 6/7 hrs
The day starts with a downhill trek until the riverbank of Ingkhu river, one of tributaries of Dudhkoshi. Then, we climb all the way up to the edge of Sotang village. We will walk on the flat for another one and half hours to Sivataar, where we overnight.
Day 18/19/20: Sotang (1582m)
Meet the wonderful people of Sotang, including school children, teachers and orphans. get involved with various projects if you wish.
Day 21: trek to Budidanda (1600m)
Distance about 11km, Ascend 600m, Descend 582m, Duration 6/7 hrs
The day starts with a fairly flat track, where we have an option to drive back to Phaplu. The trail drops down to the bank of Dodhkoshi, then we have steep up (600m) to Budidanda where you may get the chance to take on the locals at .
Day 22: Trek to Nele (2154m)
Distance about 12km, Ascend 554m, Descend 90m, Duration 6/7 hrs
A long gradual uphill walk until Jhoreni then flat and gradual down with fairly flat at the end to Nele Bazzar.
Day 23: Trek to Phaplu (2414m)
Distance about 15km, Ascend 259m, Descend m, Duration hrs
All the way on a drivable track. You may see our friendly taxi with whom we got gloriously stuck in 2016.
Day 24: Fly back to Kathmandu
Day 25: Independent or guided sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 26: Final departure for home
The cost of the treks include:
Kathmandu Darbar Square - one of the three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of its attractions is The Ancient Royal Palace. The Virgin living Goddess (Kumari) resides in Kumari temple in the square.
Pashupatimath Temple - one of the most significant Hindu temples of Shiva in the world. The temple is also listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites list. The temple is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalams (Holy Abodes of Shiva).
Swayambhunath - is among the oldest religious sites in Nepal. The place is revered by both Buddhists and Hindus. The Stupa here was renovated in 2010 and now a major tourist attraction.
Boudhanath Stupa - one of the largest in the world and the most significant Buddhist heritage monument in Kathmandu. There are about 50 Tibetan Gompas (Monasteries) around Boudhanath. Boudhanath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Among the trekking peaks in Nepal, Mera Peak (6461m) is the highest in altitude. Although it is the highest it is the easiest to climb as it has less technical climbing. However, you need the technical skills and be very physically fit to climb it. It is the most exciting and scenically very beautiful trekking peak, located on the edge of the Khumbu region. You have chances of viewing the world's stunning 8000 metre mountains: Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Lhotse and Cho-Oyu from the summit as well as many 7000m peaks. Our Mera Peak climbing itinerary has been carefully designed to allow gradual acclimatisation. The trek in is through the Hinku valley which has beautiful forests and mountains along the way.
A donation is made to the Adventura Foundation for every client that treks with us in Nepal.
This trek begins with an “eye opening” flight to Lukla at 2800 metres. Trek highlights include reaching the top of the majestic Mera peak, officially the highest of trekking peak in Nepal, where you find yourself looking down and towards many magnificent natural Nepali landscapes. You will have a direct view of the southern face of the Everest from here. Moreover, you have the chance of seeing the rarest glances of the watershed area of Khumbu, the wild and heavily wooded valleys Hinku and Hongu from this heavenly place. In this route to the Mera Peak, you will experience the rarest chance of venturing through little visited and as yet a completely unspoilt region of Nepal where the hillsides still remain densely forested.
As you set to trek towards Mera Peak you will ascend above 21,000 feet and look down on the whole earth. You will be walking through Hongu and Hinku valleys which have remained uninhabited although the Kharkas which are places for cattle grazing in the Upper Hinku basin where Sherpa from the South, near Pangkoma are occasionally seen grazing their cattle during the grass growing monsoon season. As you pass through the upper Hongu basin, you will walk through a mountainous wilderness. You will also walk through some beautiful forests, massive moraines, glacial lakes and spectacular peaks that include Charmlang and Baruntse as well as up the Charpate Himal Glacier.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1370m), met by an Adventura Expeditions member and transferred to overnight at Hotel
Day 02: Pre-trip meeting and trek preparation day. Overnight at Hotel
Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2800m) and trek to Paiya (2730m). Overnight at Lodge
Day 04:Paiya to Pangkoma (2850m). Overnight at Lodge
Day 05: Pangkoma to Shibuche (2745m). Overnight at Lodge
Day 06: Shibuche to Chetrakhola (3150m). Overnight at Lodge
Day 07: Chetrakhola to Kothe (3600m). Overnight at Lodge
Day 08: Kothe to Thangnak (4,350m). Overnight at Lodge
Day 09: Acclimatization Day: Hiking to Charpate Himal Glacier or skill training for climbing. Overnight at Lodge
Day 10: Thangnak to Khare (5,045m). Overnight at Lodge
Day 11: Acclimatization and technical skill training. Overnight at Lodge
Day 12: Khare to Mera Base Camp (5300m). Overnight at Tented Camp
Day 13: Mera Base Camp to High camp (5,780m). Overnight at Tented Camp
Day 14: Mera High Camp to Mera Peak Summit (6,461m) and back to Khare (5045m). Overnight at Lodge
Day 15: Khare to Kothe (3600m). Overnight at Lodge
Day 16: Kothe to Thuli Kharka (4300m). Overnight at Lodge
Day 17: Thulikharka to Lukla via Zatrwa la (4610m). Overnight at Lodge
Day 18: Fly to Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel
Day 19: Independent sightseeing and shopping. Overnight at Hotel
Day 20: Final departure
The cost of the trek includes:
A Via Ferrata (Iron Way), is a fixed protection climbing path, generally a wire rope secured to the rock every few metres, sometimes supplemented by pegs or ladders, mostly found in the Dolomites mountain range in north eastern Italy. A Via Ferrata may be horizontal, vertical or a combination and can involve ascent and descent. The location we use of Cortina d’Ampezzo is fantastic, the refuge sits 1000m above the town of Cortina with panoramic views of the mountains.
We have a highly qualified team of Via Ferrata instructors. Our mountaineering training officer, set up the UK's only two Via Ferrata in the Lake District. Each day’s route/activity is logged with the refuge and the Carabinieri (Mountain Police) for safety. We have extensive knowledge of the surrounding area and permissions - having spent 6 seasons there, this allows us, for example, to get closer to the via ferrata negating a long walk in/out.
We also have:
• Italian language provision.
• safety management protocols
• guides are expedition first aid trained and carry two way radios
More information on equipment, experience, insurance and an itinery example will follow for this 2018 season shortly. We will be producing blogs for groups and schools and a web gallery along with a dvd/slideshow presentation.
Adventura Expeditions' Mountain Leader Mal has specially selected guided walks or expeditions including camping to Snowdonia, The Lake District, the Cairngorms & all upland areas in the UK.
We can tailor make a short break, guided day walk or holiday in the UK. Families, groups or individuals are all welcome. We can arrange high quality accommodation, bed and breakfasts or a campsite depending on your needs (and budget!).
Please call us on 07866 722931 for more information.