International Mountain Trekking (IMT) Announces
Eco/Mushroom Tour of the Khumbu Region in the Himalayas
Join IMT on June 13-28, 2020 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.
The trek will culminate at the picturesque village of Phortse, home to our Sherpa guides and the Khumbu Climbing Center during the festival of Dumji. The Dumji festival features extraordinary costumed dancing, prayer rituals, and communal giving. Dumji celebrates and honors the anniversary of Guru Rinpoche’s birth upon the lotus flower.
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.
16 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
- Park fees and permits
- Attendance at Dumji Sherpa Festival in Phortse
- 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)
Interested In Participating?
If you are interested in participating in this Trek and to receive additional detailed information, please email International Mountain Trekking at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 202-255-1191. Thank you.
Mushroom Trek Itinerary
June 13- 28, 2020
Kathmandu City Tour
Helicopter to Lukla – Trek to Chhephung. Mushroom Foray. Overnight in Chhephung
Trek to Phakding with mushroom foray. Continue to Namche Bazaar.
Overnight in Namche.
Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar. Mushroom foray and acclimatization hike.
Trek to Khunde. Mushroom foray and overnight in Khunde
Acclimatization day. Tour of the Tengboche monastery and puja ceremony with Rinpoche.
Trek to Tenboche. Mushroom foray and overnight in Tenboche
Trek to Dingboche or Pheriche. Overnight
Trek to Lobuche
Trek to Everest Base Camp. Overnight in Gorak Shep
Climb Kala Pathar. Trek to Pheriche. Overnight
Trek to Pangboche. Overnight
Trek to Phortse. Mushroom foray and attend Dumji festival in Phortse. Overnight in Phortse.
Helicopter from Phortse to Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu.