2011 Trips of the Year: Trek Nepal

Feb 9, 2011
Outside Magazine
Hiking Nepal Tengboche Monastery

The trail to Nepal’s Tengboche Monastery

See the top of the world without the circus of Base Camp on REI Adventures' new Everest Lodge-to-Lodge trek. On the 14-day trip, up to 15 guests hike through the lush, rugged Dudh Kosi river valley (elevation: 8,600 to 11,300 feet) before climbing out to views of Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse. By day, explore remote villages such as Thame, once an important stop on the ancient salt-trade route that's accessible by traversing the slopes of Khumbi Yulha, a sacred mountain. By night, crash in simple, clean family-run lodges and fill up on traditional Nepalese fare. Highlight: an evening at the Tengboche Monastery with monks chanting, meditating, and playing traditional drums and horns. $2,850 plus $299 for round-trip airfare between Kathmandu and Lukla; trips run monthly from March through May and September through December; rei.com.

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