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Expedition Schedule & Equipment/Clothing

This expedition begins in Kathmandu where we need to finalize entry permits into the Tibetan region of China and begin acclimatization. Then we fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa where we will spend three more nights acclimatizing and in official meetings as well as seeing the spectacular sights. After that we drive to Kharta on the Pung Chu (Arun) River.

Once we leave our vehicles in Kharta and start the 12-day trek, our expedition is our own-and that is what many of us want. We are, however, traveling in the Everest area; weather is always unpredictable. There is no access to helicopter; the passes are simply too high and the valley too remote. We will have yaks to carry our gear, horses if someone gets hurt, a full medical kit, and experienced leadership in case of emergencies.

May 22 Last day to arrive Kathmandu
May 23 Submit Tibet/China visa applications (also day to begin acclimatization)
May 24 Depart by air Kathmandu for Lhasa
May 25 Lhasa and acclimatization
May 26 Lhasa and acclimatization
May 27 Lhasa to Shegar (Land Cruiser)
May 28 Shegar to Yourpa (Land Cruiser)
May 29 Yourpa to 15 Turquoise Lakes (trekking, pass 16,600')
May 30 15 Turquoise Lakes down to Butterfly Meadow (2nd pass 16.880')
May 31 Rapkar Glacier to Guru Rimpoche Cave (16,000')
June 1 Guru Rimpoche Cave to Pethang Ringmo
June 2 Pethang Ringmo rest day or optional trek to Base of Qomolangma/Everest
June 3 Pethang Ringmo to Rapkar Glacier
June 4 Rapkar Glacier to Lake with Floating Rock
June 5 Lake with Floating Rock over Langma La Pass (17,800') to Yourpa
June 6 Yourpa to Nyalam to Kathmandu - a long day with hot shower at end
June 7 Whatever you want, wherever you want to go


May 22 - June 7, 2016

Medical Comment: Any of you on medications or with chronic health issues should let us know right away. Let me stress we are going to altitude-any trip to altitude is unpredictable in how each of us acclimatizes. We will travel with a Gamow bag, and spending three nights in Lhasa at 12,000 after two nights at 4,000 in Kathmandu will help us acclimatize. If a member of our group gets hurt, we are our own backup. Make sure your tetanus shot is good and hepatitis. I will give an emergency contact number in the USA for your families to call if needed-and we're traveling with a satellite phone.

There will be no required representational meetings in Lhasa, but Dan'l will have some, and if you want to join those you will need a sports jacket and a tie; women skirt and blouse. You will also want the clothes you prefer to travel in. The following are suggestions about only field clothing. Pack in a robust duffle bag; weight must be under 50 pounds so we can easily load onto yaks. We can leave travel clothes at the road head in a smaller duffle.

2 pr hiking shoes with a well cushioned heel for the long downhill sections (if you have ankle trouble, one pair should be mountain boots well broken-in that give secure support to the ankle). Two pair because if you are getting blisters we will want to change. One pair should be loose and light so you can wear comfortably around camp also at end of day
4 or 6 pair trekking socks
3 pr trekking pants, loose fitting, quick dry are best
4 trekking shirts (again mix up types, consider ability to layer, wool, turtleneck, etc.)
One set long underwear
Regular underwear (per your passions)
Synchilla sweater or jacket
Insulated vest or down sweater
Medium weight parka (able to layer on top of sweaters)
Rain wear (at least a jacket, but pants are nice too) should be able to layer over parka or sweater.
Wool cap for cold
Mittens or gloves
Sunglasses or glacier glasses
Sun Hat!!
Spare Eyeglasses (if you use them) - If you wear bifocals, bring regular glasses also as bifocals walking downhill cause you to miss your step. No one should be wearing bifocals when walking!
Journal & pencils (optional)
Binoculars (optional)
Walking stick (optional but suggested)
Camera gear (hard to imagine not bringing one), bring a spare charged battery and large memory. We will have a solar charging device
Water bottle (I will provide small bottles of iodine for everyone-if you prefer, bring purifying pump)
Small old towel
Flashlight & extra batteries
Sleeping bag warm to 15 degrees
Sleeping pad
Trail snacks about 8 pounds (freeze-dried banana splits, dried fruit, crackers, gorp, cheese, sardines, granola bars, pepperoni, chocolate, peanut butter, jerky, fig newtons, peanut M&Ms, sushi on dry ice, Canadian smoked salmon, Scotch...)
Personal Kit (lemon drops or throat lozenges, sunscreen, 10 kleenex packets for toilet paper, soap, chapstick, ibuprofin, pepto bismol tablets, toothpaste, toothbrush, personal medicines)
Daypack that will hold your sweater, windbreaker, camera, wool hat, water bottle, lunch, etc. Each day you will carry about 7 pounds usually as your load
Rugged waterproof duffle bag - to hold above items, except traveling clothes, suggest garbage bag plastic sacks inside for double waterproofing. We could get slammed with an early monsoon-we will be getting regular weather briefings by satellite phone and if monsoon is coming will make a quick exit (that means three days to get over the high pass and out)
If you have a good tent and want to bring it, great, let me know. Otherwise we provide tents.
Money - we pay all travel costs - you should bring dollars or travelers checks to cover gifts you purchase
At least 2 extra passport photos!
No need for antimalaria meds, mosquito or leech repellant,