Eco/Mushroom Tour of the Khumbu Region in the Himalayas

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Eco/Mushroom Tour of the Khumbu Region in the Himalayas

Join IMT on June 18 – July 4, 2021 during peak mushroom season to explore the grandeur of the Khumbu region and Sagarmatha National Park in Nepal on a unique mycofloral and ecological trek to Everest Base Camp. We are now taking a limited number of reservations for this custom designed citizen/scientist Eco/Mushroom exploration into this Himalayan landscape. The Khumbu is home to rugged forested terrain, deep river-carved gorges and multiple climate zones which support dozens of rare and interesting mushrooms, plants and medicinal herbs. Shiva Devkota, Ph.D, Nepal’s foremost mycologist and conservation biologist, will provide IMT with his experienced insight and guiding into the mycology and biodiversity of the region.

The Khumbu is situated in the heart of the Himalayan Mountain arc which runs for over 2,414 kilometers through the center of the Eurasian continent. Our trek passes through localized microclimates which display an abundant fungal and floral diversity. Beginning in the forested temperate region surrounding Lukla, we trek through forests of Birch, Juniper, Blue and Himalayan Pine, Bamboo and Rhododendron. As we steadily gain elevation, we pass through sub-alpine and alpine ecosystems culminating above tree-line at Everest Base Camp. On most days of the trek, we will have an opportunity to foray for fungi and lichen guided by Dr. Devkota. This region is also home to rare and endangered mammals such as Musk Deer, Himalayan Bear, Tibetan Wolf, Snow Leopard and over 118 bird species. Our trek will include a visit to the Buddhist monastery at Tenboche, a World Heritage Site.

During the trek, our evenings will be spent learning about the fungi we’ve found during our forays, and about the ecological and evolutionary processes at work in this mountainous region.

In-country travel will be by private helicopter which provides greater safety, comfort and convenience.

Trek size is limited to 12 clients. Prior mushroom experience is not required but certainly welcome.

17 day all inclusive trek cost of $5,900 includes

  • Kathmandu airport pickup and drop-off
  • 3 nights at 4-star Kathmandu Hotel with breakfast
  • Kathmandu City Tour
  • Private in-country helicopter transportation from Kathmandu to Lukla and return to Kathmandu from Phortse
  • Accommodations in Tea House Lodges while on trek
  • All meals, beverages outside of Kathmandu
  • Licensed experienced Sherpa Guides
  • IMT Trekking Duffle for each client
  • Porters
  • Park fees and permits
  • Attendance at Dumji Sherpa Festival in Namche Basaar
  • Airport pick up and drop off

Not Included in Trip Cost

  • Items of a personal nature (personal trekking gear, telephone calls, alcohol, laundry, etc.)
  • Airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • 30-day Nepal tourist visa
  • Sherpa guide/porter gratuities
  • Non-scheduled meals and accommodations while in Kathmandu
  • Trip cancellation insurance (required)
  • Medical rescue insurance (required)
  • Single room occupancy available (additional $240)

Flexible Change Policy

CANCELLATION IN THE EVENT OF GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS DUE TO COVID-19

In the event there exist Government imposed restrictions, quarantines or
other circumstances that prevent travel due to COVID-19 to the start of the
trek, IMT offers you two options:

Option A) Move your trek forward a year free of charge and incur no fees.

or

Option B) Receive a full refund, minus administrative and out of pocket
expenses of $500 incurred by IMT

Interested In Participating?

If you are interested in participating in this Trek and to receive additional detailed information, please email International Mountain Trekking at: info@imt-nepal.com or call us at 202-255-1191. Thank you.

Mushroom Trek Itinerary

June 18 – July 4, 2021

 

Day 1

Arrive Kathmandu

After clearing customs and gathering your duffle, you will be met by your IMT guides and our Kathmandu support team. Transfer to Kathmandu Guest House. (This is the same hotel the Beatles and George Harrison stayed in when they visited Kathmandu.) It is located in the heart of Thamel, Kathmandu’s most vibrant and exciting neighborhood. Overnight at Kathmandu Guest House.

Day 2

After breakfast at the hotel, we will review your gear and clothing. After your gear check, we will take a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu with visits to various historic and cultural sites such as: Basantapur Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Temple (Monkey Temple), Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, and Bouddhanath Stupa. At each stop you will learn the history and significance of these Buddhist and Hindu sacred sites. After lunch we return to Kathmandu Guest House to rest up. Overnight.

Day 3

Helicopter to Lukla (2866m) trek to Phakding. The first day of trekking of approximately 4 hours is quite relaxing, descending to the Dudh Kosi river that flows from the Himalaya’s highest peaks. We will take a lunch break along the way. The trail meanders around fields of potatoes and buckwheat and passes through villages until we arrive at Phakding (2652m) and overnight at a tea house.

Day 4

Namche Bazaar

Another active day of trekking as we cross and re-cross the thundering Dudh Kosi on suspension bridges and through forests of Himalayan pine to Monjo and the entrance to Sagarmartha Park. We continue up the long hill to Namche (3440m). While in Namche we will be able to experience the amazing Buddhist festival of Dumji. Overnight in Namche.

Day 5

Easy acclimatization morning in Namche with an afternoon hike and mushroom foray. Overnight in Namche.

Day 6

Trek to Khunde. Short trek to the village of Khunde and mushroom foray. Overnight in Khunde.

Day 7

Acclimatization day, trek to Khumjung and mushroom foray. Overnight in Khumjung.

Day 8

Trek to Tengboche with visit to monastery and puja ceremony with Rinpoche. Mushroom foray. Overnight in Tengboche.

Day 9

Trek to Dingboche. Mushroom foray. Overnight in Dingboche.

Day 10

Acclimatization hike. Overnight in Dingboche.

Day 11

Trek to Lobuche. The trail leads into a wide grassland and then continues upwards to a bridge to Thukla. Then up to Lobuche pass and into Lobuche approximately 5 hours. (4,930 m). Overnight in Lobuche.

Day 12

After breakfast, we will continue to gain altitude and trek to Gorakshep with views of the Khumbu glacier and the world’s highest mountains. After arriving at Gorakshep, and a short break, we head to Everest Base Camp. Towering overhead will be views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Pumori, Khumbutse. Overnight in Gorakshep.

Day 13

Early in the morning, and weather permitting, we will hike up to Kala Patthar. From Kala Patthar there are spectacular 360-degree views of the world’s highest peaks along with Khumbu Glacier. Hike back down to Gorakshep and then descend to Pheriche. Overnight in Pheriche.

Day 14

Trek to Pangboche. Overnight.

Day 15:

Trek to Phortse. Visit the Alex Lowe Khumbu Climbing Center. Mushroom foray. Dinner at the homes of our friends in Phortse. Overnight.

Day 16:

Helicopter to Kathmandu from Phortse and transfer back to Kathmandu Guest House. Overnight.

Day 17:

Transport to Tribhuvan Airport and home.