Faculty: Paul Chamberlain, Nate Peach
Class Meeting: Tuesday, 6:30 - 9:00 PM
This trip will experience the culture, people, history, and environment at the top of the world. Tibet is an isolated province in western China and at an average of 15,000 feet, this extremely rural and distant country has the highest average elevation of any country in the world. Nepal, best known for the gateway to Mt. Everest is wedged between the towering Himalayas and the steamy Indian planes. Nepal has a tremendous geographic diversity rising from a low of 194 ft to the tallest point on earth, Mt Everest at 29,029ft. Both countries (regions) have been involved in political turmoil, Tibet contesting that China includes them as part of China and Nepal with political conflicts over many years that ended (hopefully) with a democratic election in 2008.
The trip will begin in Bejing, China with visits to the Great Wall the Forbidden City Tianamen Square, and the Temple of Heaven and Summer. From there we willtake the highest train the world to Lhasa, Tibet, the largest city of Tibet. While in Tibet we will visit sites such as the City Wall in Lhasa, the oldest city wall in all of China, Yamdrok Lake one of the largest sacred lakes in Tibet, and Mt Everest base camp at 17000 feet where we will spend a night in yak wool tents, “tent hotels”. From here we will travel by bus through the Himilayas on the Tibet-Nepal Friendship Highway to Kathmandu, Nepal, the departure city for the majority of Mt. Everest expeditions. While in Nepal we will visit Pokhara and Butwal, take a cruise on Phewa Lake, and finally visit Chitwan National Park where we will have the opportunity for a day trek, take an elephant ride, and have the possibility of observing over 68 species of mammals including the Royal Bengal tiger, the One Horned Rhino, and the Gharial Crocodile.
NOTE: This trip will travel to extreme high altitude (17000 ft) and involve an overnight trek at high altitude.
Additional immunizations will be required.
Day 1 - Beijing – Arrive after a long flight from Portland.
Day 2 Beijing
Visit Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and the Summer Palace.
Day 3 Beijing
Visit the Great Wall, the Olympic Park home of the 2008 summer Olympics
Day 4 Beijing/Xining
Fly to Xining, visit Xining and Riyue Mountain
Day 5 Xining/Lhasa
Take highest train in the world to Lhasa, Overnight on the train
Day 6 Lhasa
Arrive in Lhasa and have free afternoon to explore on own.
Day 7 Lhasa/ Yamdrok Lake/Shigatse
Visit Potala palace: once the chief residence of the Dalai Lama, Yamdrok Lake one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet, and Shigatse.
Day 8 Shigatse/Xegar, Dingri
Transfer to Xegar, Dingri County, the beautiful scenery of plateau&snow mountain en route
Day 9 Xegar, Dingri/Mt. Everest Base Camp
Travel to Mt. Everest Base Camp at 17000ft. Spend the night in Yak Wook Tents.
Day 10 Mt. Everest Base Camp/Zhangmu
Visit Rongbuk Monastery which was ranked at the top of CNN’s ‘Great Places to be a Recluse. Then travel to Zhangmu: It is a customs town and port of entry located on the Tibet-Nepal Borde
Day 11 Zhangmu/Kathmandu, Nepal
Travel to Sino-Nepal Friendship Bridge Pass where you must walk across the bridge to Nepal and then travel to Kathmandu.d
Day 12 Kathmandu
Day trip to Boudha Stupa which consists of temples, idols, open courts, water fountains and more.
Day 13 Kathmandu/Pokhara
Take a cruise tour on Phewa Lake and then travel to Pokhara
Day 14 Pokhara
Tour to Sarangkot for sunrise, World Peace Pagoda
Day 15 Pokhara/Annapurna
Travel to Annapurna region with views of Annapurna which towers above the valley at 26,000 ft.
Day 16 Pokhara/Annapurna
Overnight trek in Annapurna
Day 17 Pokhara/Butwal BLD
Travel to Butwal Amare path and city tour
Day 18 Butwal/Chitwan BLD
Travel to Chitwan National Park: Elephant riding and trekking.
Day 19 Chitwan B
Day trek or mountain biking in Chitwan National Park.
Day 20 Chitwan/Kathmandu BLD
View Monkey Temple, Tamil, transfer back to Kathmandu.
Day 21 Kathmandu
Check out from the hotel and head for airport for flight back home, tour ends.