Expedition.10

Monday, October 11 – Sunday, October 24, 2021

  • Led by Zev Freundlich
    – 25 years experienced Backpacking Guide and Wilderness Survivalist
     Founder of Yaalozu Wilderness Survival Camp
  • Teamcorp Expedition is partnering up with the Summit International Travels & Tours, 5-star rated by travelers on TripAdvisor.
  • Comprehensive medical kit carried by assistant guides and 2 medical oxygen cylinder with mask carried by porter.
  • Guided excursions with local, fully trained, certified, English speaking professional trek leader & assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide).
  • Limited to 12 people, 6 slots left
  • All-inclusive cost from Monday, October 11 until Sunday, October 24
    Double occupancy – $15,750
    Single* occupancy – $17,000
  • Depending on many variables of our trip (weather, physical conditions, etc.) there will be an option, for whoever chooses, to take a midnight flight on Thursday, October 21 to Dubai to stay there for Shabbos. 
    • Please Note: This is NOT part of Expedition 10, and TeamCorp does not carry any responsibility for transportation, lodging or meals on this leg of the trip. For those wishing to take this option, they will be credited $750.
  • For those whose spouses will be joining us for the first Shabbos at the Everest View Hotel, from Wednesday, October 13 until Sunday, October 17.
    • There will be an additional charge of $2500. This price includes:
      • All domestic helicopter flights and transfers to/ from Kathmandu/ mountain treks.
      • 5-star accommodations.
      • A short city tour of Kathmandu on Sunday, October 17.
      • All meals prepared by an on-site chef with the hechsher from the Chabad of Kathmandu, including all bottled water for the entire trip.
      • All necessary paperwork, permits and taxes payable to central and state governments and Nepal visa fee.
      • Travel and rescue insurance.
      • All tips for staff.
      • Unlimited Wifi and charging of phones and laptops.
    • This price does NOT include:
      •  International flights to and from Kathmandu.

*Note: in higher elevations, due to the many variables caused by harsh conditions, your single occupancy reservation may not always be honored.

  1. 5-month customized daily/ weekly cardio endurance workout plan, including a monthly 6-8 hour team trek up our local NYS mountains.
  2. All domestic flights and transfers to/ from Kathmandu/ mountain treks.
  3. 5-star accommodations in Kathmandu, Manjo, Namche & Deboche. 
  4. Best available comfortable, clean and hygienic teahouse accommodation at other locations.
  5. All meals prepared by an on-site 5-star chef with the hechsher from the Chabad of Kathmandu, including all bottled water for the entire trip.
  6. Guided excursions with local, fully trained, certified, English speaking professional trek leader & assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide).
  7. Sherpa porters for carrying luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter), all ground transportation in comfortable private vehicle(s).
  8. -4 °F Down jackets for higher elevations.
  9. Comprehensive medical kit carried by assistant guides and 2 medical oxygen cylinder with mask carried by porter.
  10. All necessary paperwork, permits and taxes payable to central and state governments and Nepal visa fee.
  11. Travel and rescue insurance.
  12. All tips for staff.
  13. Unlimited Wifi and charging of phones and laptops.*

* Due to the remoteness of the area many places will not have Wi-Fi service, but it will be available every evening.

  • International flights to and from Kathmandu.
  • Any optional activities other than above included the ones during the free time.
  • Services not mentioned in the ‘Trip Cost Includes’ section.
  • Personal expenses such as, bar bills, extra porters, etc.
  • Rental of other hiking gear.

DAY 1
Mon, Oct. 11: Flight arrival in Kathmandu 

      1. Pick up from airport and escorted to the five-star hotel, The Yak and Yeti Hotel – Heritage room.
      2. Mincha/ Maariv and Dinner at the Chabad House of Kathmandu. 
      3. Meet with Gokul from Summit International Travels & Tours and Rabbi Chesky Lifshitz from the Chabad House regarding instructions for the trip. 
      4. We will also be covering all safety issues, including high altitude sickness, emergencies, evacuations, etc. 

DAY 2
Tue, Oct. 12: Kathmandu City Tour 

      1. Shachris and breakfast at the Chabad House.
      2. Kathmandu City Tour  
      3. Mincha/ Maariv and Dinner at the Chabad House

DAY 3
Wed, Oct. 13: Kathmandu – Lukla – Monjo [8,563 Ft]: About 4 hr trek

      1. After breakfast, we will be escorted to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport for an early  morning flight to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft), a gateway destination from where our trek begins.  
      2. After a 40-minute Helicopter flight above the breathtaking green and white mountains, we reach the  Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. This is one of the most beautiful air routes in the world, culminating in a landing on a hillside surrounded by high mountain peaks. 
      3. Upon arrival at  Lukla, we meet our other crew members and after some packing and arrangements, we start  our trek through the prosperous village of Lukla until we reach Monjo via Phakding. 
      4. To  assist in acclimatization, we only have a short hike today.
      5. We will then stay overnight in the Yeti Mountain Home at Monjo.

DAY 4
Thu, Oct. 14: Monjo – Namche Bazaar [11,280 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs  

      1. After breakfast, we begin walking through a beautiful pine forest. The track leads us along the Dudh Koshi River through many suspension bridges, one of which is the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge. 
      2. First, we catch the wonderful prospect of the glistening Mt. Thamserku (6618 m).
      3. Through the settlement of Benkar, Chumoa, Monjo, we come to the check post and entrance to  Sagarmatha National Park. We pass through the last village of Jorsale before reaching Namche  Bazaar. 
      4. After a final steep ascent of about two hours we got our first  sight of Mt. Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. Upon this juncture, we stop at  Chautara to admire the view. 
      5. We still need to hike about 1.5 hours to reach Namche Bazaar, a  gateway to Mt. Everest and main trading centre of this region. We will stay overnight in Namche  Bazaar at Yeti Mountain Home.  

DAY 5
Fri, Oct. 15: Namche Bazaar to Everest View Hotel (12,723 ft.) 2 hours

      1. Check into hotel for Shabbos
      2. We will be spending the first Shabbos in the world famous Everest View Hotel. It has been listed on the Guinness Book of World Records (2004) as the highest placed hotel in the world at 13,000 ft. 
      3. Hidden on a ridge overlooking the Everest range, the Everest View Hotel is a remarkable establishment that blends gracefully with its spectacular surrounding.
      4. The hotel offers a 360 degree view of the awe inspiring peaks.
      5. With a view of Mt. Everest from every room, visitors can immerse in this mesmerizing scene in luxury.
      6. Featured in numerous guide books and having received media coverage, the resort has become a destination in its own right.

DAY 6
Oct. 16: Shabbos

If you would like your spouse to join you for this unforgettable Shabbos, it is possible but due to acclimatization issues, there will be a number of precautionary measures that they must adhere to.

      1. Your spouse must fly into Kathmandu no later than Wed afternoon.
      2. Wednesday night lodging will be at the 5-star Yak and Yeti Hotel- Heritage Room and all meals will be served at the Chabad House of Kathmandu.
      3. Thursday morning they will take a helicopter to Namche Bazaar where they will check in to the Yeti Mountain Home. They can relax and/or spend the day visiting Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Mt. Everest and the main trading centre of this region. We will meet up with them when we arrive in the afternoon.
      4. Friday morning they will join us for breakfast and they will have a choice, either:
        1. Take a helicopter to the Everest View Hotel
        2. Hike with us for about 2 hours to the Everest View Hotel
      5. Sunday Morning they will take a Helicopter back to Kathmandu. There they will have a short city tour of Kathmandu and then be driven to the airport for an evening flight back to the USA.

DAY 7
Sun, Oct. 17: Everest View Hotel to Deboche[1253ft]: 7 – 8 hrs  

      1. After breakfast, we start our trek towards Pangboche enjoying a superb view of  Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and a close-up view of Thamserku. 
      2. Our trek follows  on the gradual trail with few ups and downs overlooking a magnificent view of the great Himalaya. 
      3. Along the way, we can spot wild lives like pheasant, musk deer, or a herd of  Himalayan Thar. 
      4. The trail goes gradually down up to Kayangjuma. The path eventually reaches  Sansa, which is the major trail junction to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp.
      5. The track then  follows through the pine forests and after that we cross the prayer-flag festooned bridge over Dudh  Koshi River. 
      6. Upon crossing the river, we reach Phunki Thenga, a small settlement with a couple  of teahouses and a small army post amidst the alpine woods. 
      7. After having a relaxed lunch at  Phunki Thenga, we then have a tough little climb that goes steeply up through the pine forests  until we reach Tengboche. 
      8. Tengboche is a great place for close-up views of Ama-Dablam,  Nuptse, and Everest. 
      9. Walking  along rhododendron forests for about an hour we reach Deboche.
      10. Overnight in Deboche at Hotel Robonder.  

DAY 8
Mon, Oct. 18: Deboche to Dingboche [14304ft]: 4 – 5 hrs  

      1. We start our trek after our morning breakfast. We pass through several chortens, many walls and  small villages. 
      2. While on the journey, we enjoy lunch with fantastic close-up views of  Ama-Dablam. 
      3. In the afternoon, we go north to Pheriche or take the eastward trail beneath the  towering north face of Ama Dablam. 
      4. From here onwards the walk is fairly moderate as we enter  the Imja Valley. The valley ahead will begin to open up as we approach the confluence of the  Lobuche River. 
      5. Then after the confluence, we descend into the river and begin the last and  steepest climb of the day up to Dingboche. 
      6. Upon arrival in Dingboche, we enjoy the beautiful array of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect the barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. 
      7. Overnight in Dingboche at Tashidelek Hotel  

DAY 9
Tue, Oct. 19: Dingboche – Lobuche [16,207 ft]: 5 hrs  

      1. We trek up the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. 
      2. We find our way through the  boulder-strewn slope as we ascend Chupki Lhara, an eerie ridge top with dramatic mountain  views. 
      3. At the top of the ridge, we will find an array of stones with prayer flags used as  memorials to Scott Fischer (American mountaineer) and 10-time Everest submitter Babu Chiri  Sherpa (mountain guide from Nepal) who perished on a mission to climb Everest. 
      4. As the trail  drops to the Khumbu Glacier moraine, we find ourselves right in front of several great peaks –  Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal. We are now in the vicinity of Everest but  the great mountain still remains hidden. 
      5. Nuptse towers to the right as the trail crosses the  Khumbu Glacier. 
      6. As we trek along a murmuring stream we do not see the Khumbu glacier because of its lateral moraine wall, and we now begin to feel a little out of breath due to high  altitude. 
      7. Overnight in Lobuche at Hotel – 8000 INN  

DAY 10
Wed, Oct. 20: Lobuche – Gorak Shep [16,961ft]: 3 hrs  

      1. The trail to Gorak Shep goes ahead through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We passed  through the pyramid sign post. Ahead on the trail, we see the crest of the north ridge  of Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mahalangur, Lingtern, Khumbutse, and Nuptse. 
      2. A small  ascent would take us to Thangma Riju from where we perceive a 360-degree vista of the snowy  mountains. 
      3. Upon climbing steeply up to the top through the torrent of the Changri glacier, we  catch our first glimpse of Kala Patthar, a grey-green knoll beneath the Mt. Pumori. 
      4. As we reach  Gorak Shep, we will be surrounded by snow-capped mountains looming all around us including the top of the world – Mount Everest. 
      5.  Overnight in Gorak Shep at  Everest Inn .

DAY 11
Thu, Oct. 21: Gorak Shep – Everest Base Camp [17,594  ft]: 3 hrs  

      1. We take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake.
      2. Continuing straight ahead, we come through the Indian army mountaineers’ memorials. 
      3. As we reach Everest Base Camp we cannot help appreciating the Everest climbers that take the hazardous route through the Khumbu Icefall.
      4. Mountaineers’ tents stand out in bright colors against all the dull gray surroundings. 
      5. Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori are the mountains we can view from base camp.
      6. Everest actually is not visible from this juncture. By now we have met the  ultimate objective of our trip.  
      7. Helicopters will then meet us to fly us to Kala Patthar 
      8. Kala Patthar is one of highlights of an Everest Base Camp trek. The peak has great views of Everest and is the highest point of our trek. (18,519 ft)
      9. From there, our Helicopters will fly us back to Kathmandu.
      10. Check in to The Yak and Yeti Hotel – Heritage room, 
      11. Mincha/ Maariv and Dinner at the Chabad House. 

* Depending on many variables of our trip (weather, our physical conditions, etc.) there will be an option, for whoever chooses, to take a midnight flight to Dubai to stay there for Shabbos.

DAY 12
Fri, Oct 22: Rest day, explore Kathmandu, souvenirs, etc.

DAY 13
Oct 23: Shabbos

DAY 14
Sun, Oct. 24th: Flight back to USA

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