Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Nepal 2012 The Plan

I will join 9 trekkers on "The Road Less Traveled" for a 36 day adventure journey in Nepal.
"Do not imagine that the journey is short.  One must have the heart of a lion to follow this unusual road, for it is very long.  One plods along in a state of amazement, sometimes smiling, sometimes grimacing”     Farid Attar
 I fly from Saskatoon Canada
-to- Seoul Korea
-to- Kathmandu Nepal

then take a very small aircraft deep into the mountains to Tumlingtar Nepal. We will be greeted by gentle, local people who are genuinely appreciative of our presence and support of this rarely touristed region.


The first ten days of this journey is “the road less traveled” and takes us back into the home villages of our local guides and porters (whom we consider friends from our Nepal2011 journey).  


This route makes the journey longer, but we anticipate experiencing the cultural richness of Nepal that few others take the time to explore. This Salpa Pass trail was an ancient trade route, used predominately by local people to transport agricultural products to Namche and on to Tibet. The trail meanders through terraced farmlands, waterfalls, and mystical forests of pink rhododendrons.

After a day of acclimatization (to high altitude and low oxygen content) in Namche, we continue on the road less traveled to the remote, pristine lakes of Gokyo and the Renjo Pass (5417m / 17,772ft), where we explore one of the most beautiful and untouched regions of Nepal, then make the arduous climb of Gokyo Ri (5337m / 17,575ft) and the infamous and remote Cho La Pass (5370m / 17,778ft).  Here we leave our trekking group, and the 3 climbers descend the long journey to Loboche to prepare for the tough climb along moraine and boulders to summit Kala Patthar (5550m / 18,221ft), then to Everest Base Camp (5364m / 17,598ft).

We (the 3 climbers) will further challenge ourselves by attempting the approach and summit of Imja Tse (Island Peak).  Our plan is to overnight at Imja Tse BaseCamp (5087m / 16,689ft), then climb and sleep overnight on the mountain at HighCamp (5700m / 18,700m).  Next day we will attempt to summit Imja Tse (6189m / 20,305ft) and return safely to BaseCamp to sleep and to rest our exhaused bodies.

After 2 very long trekking days, we will re-join our trekking companions in Lukla, then fly back to Kathmandu. 

We will spend the last 3 days of our journey at Chitwan National Park (a Unesco World Heritage Site) on a jungle safari.  Riding a working elephant into the jungle, we hope to see some of the protected or endangered species including Bengal tiger, Asiatic one-horned rhinoceros, wild elephant, striped hyena, barking deer, leopard, rhesus monkey, jungle cat, golden monitor lizard and python.

The flights back to home and family are Kathmandu Nepal -to- Seoul Korea -to- Saskatoon Canada.

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  2. We are with you Paul, and your companions!
    Will enjoy your adventures and pictures!