MountainSkills.Ca

V.A. Poulin & Associates Ltd.

  1. 2153 West 46th Avenue

  2. Vancouver, British Columbia

  3. Canada                     V6M 2L2

  4. (604) 263-0424

Trekking the Khumbu You read the books, seen the images and knew in the back of your mind that one day you would follow in the footsteps of the world’s greatest mountaineers, but couldn’t quite put it together. Why not “Do it Now” and join a personalized self-lead trek to Nepal with MS.ca. You’ll become part of a small team of like minded people who have the fitness and confidence to take on a demanding high-altitude hike into the Himalaya. Each trek is designed to explore an area or season not travelled previously by MS.ca. In this manner each trek offers the same degree of adventure experienced the first time we stepped off the plane in Luklu. MS.ca treks are not offered during peak trekking seasons due to the large number of people currently visiting the Khumbu. Large expeditions benefit from the greater number of trekkers, but sadly numbers detract significantly from the experience possible when fewer trekkers are met on the trails. Early winter and spring are the two least travelled and best enjoyed seasons for trekking in the Khumbu. Early winter treks (mid November - mid December) usually encounter clear weather, with warm sunny days and cool to acceptably colder nights. Photographers will find this time period one of the finest for obtaining the best images possible of the mountains and villages. Spring brings wet, cloudy weather, but along with the moisture comes the growing season and peak flower bloom. A spring April-June trek will find the Khumbu ablaze in flowing trees, shrubs and alpine plants. Picking a time period for peak flowering is hard due to elevation changes, but name your target plant community and we’ll try to match the season.  





Regardless of the season a trek in the Khumbu is a journey never forgotten. It will be a Himalayan odyssey that will take you past countless teahouses, through mixed forests of pine, fir and rhododendron, and into the high alpine where ecosystems are dominated by low shrubs and herbs that come ablaze with colour in spring.  Depending on the route and final destination we may cross one or more of the incredibly exciting high passes. Renjo La, Cho La and Khongma La are three that have become popular with trekkers and for good reason. They are supremely beautiful areas. 

Regardless of the specific trek our travels will takes us to places embedded in the annals of mountaineering history including: Namche Bazaar, Gokyo, Kala Patthar, Lobuche, Gorak Shep, and others. We’ll stop at sacred Sherpa sites, Buddhist stupas and monasteries along the way including one of the most famous at Tengbouche. Local lodges and guest houses will provide food and accommodation. We’ll carry a small supply of food, cooking gear and light tents in order to split long-days into shorter ones. Participants will be responsible for their own cost of food, lodging and porter. This is a self-lead team that is looking for a satisfying experience and for some it may mean carrying a good share of their own personal equipment. It us up to you provided you have the confidence and ability to handle a suitable pack load. Otherwise a single porter is an inexpensive option that creates a much needed job for a local person. 
 
Interested? Group costs (guide fees/organization) are shared by the team. You will cover all other fees including hotels/meals in Katmandu, flight to Lukla, personal porter, and rooms/meals on the trek. This is the least complex and least expensive mode of trekking in the Khumbu. 


Who Should Join? Our team is small making it important people selected to participate are like minded, have past experience with outdoor hiking and tolerant of circumstances beyond the control of the team such as weather, uncertain lodging conditions, foods, sanitation, and modes of accommodation. Individuals will be required to be fully insured for medical and personal accident coverage and emergency evacuation by land or air ambulance. Coverage must include all risks associated with high-elevation trekking.  Evidence of the necessary insurance  is required prior to departure. Team members must sign a waiver of liability on part of the leader and all other team members. 

Schedule Mid-November to mid-December and April to June are the seasons for MS.ca treks in the Khumbu. October-November is high trekking season in Nepal and given the number of commercial trekking operations in the region, trails and lodges at this time are simply crowded and unsuited for those of us accustomed to freedom of the hills. Late-season trekking is highly regarded because weather is at its best. Nights can be cold, but days dry, clear, sunny and brisk, making excellent conditions for over-land travel. Late-fall, early winter brings a lower sun angle to the region making for stunning photographic opportunities (see November-December 2012 trek for examples and weather conditions).
Contact us for more information!

Trekking the Khumbu

November-December 2012 Trek LinkTrekking_Everest_Base_Camp_2012_Lg.html