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Custom Built Adventures Worldwide

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Mountain Gurus can help plan your custom built adventure. If our fixed departures don’t meet your needs we provide flexible custom departures for both luxury and cost mined travelers. Let us know your budget and we’ll do our best to plan an amazing adventure which meets your needs.

Custom Trips Overview

As adventure travel experts we offer a personalized service and we’ll take the time to make sure all your questions are answered. We offer the best guides, accommodations and outfitters to ensure you have a safe, successful and meaningful adventure. You work hard and when you’re traveling the globe let us do the planning and take care of all the logistics. Mountain Gurus offers custom trips to destinations worldwide.

Here is a list of the most popular destinations we serve:

Poon Hill

Adventures in Asia!

Nepal … From luxury treks to Everest Base Camp to budget mined tours across Nepal, you name it, we can plan it. Aside from Base Camp and the Kala Patar the most popular trekking destinations in Nepal are Annapurna Circuit and Sanctuary, the Mustang Kingdom, as well as the Gokyo Lakes region, the historic EBC trek from Jiri to Lukla, Dhaulagiri Circuit and Langtang treks to name a few. There’s also plenty of opportunities for Kathmandu temple tours, multisport adventures and homestay cultural programs.

Thailand and Southeast Asia … The land of smiles. Although not known for high mountains. Our director of operations has be traveling Thailand for nearly twenty years. The historic Kingdom of Siam offers many off the beaten and path destinations. We can plan the prefect guided or self guided adventure for you. From the temples (Wats) of Bangkok and Ayutthaya to the Southern beaches and islands in the Gulf of Thailand to the beautiful and lush hill country of Chiang Mai, Thailand is an adventurers dream come true. Also explore Siam Reap and one of the “Seven Wonders of the World” named Angkor Wat in northwestern Cambodia. Laos is another great destination for adventure travel, from the romantic city of Luang Prabang with its ancient temples to it’s hill country which offers a host of multi-sport activities. Vang Vieng with its lime stone cliffs and the Mekong River are well worth exploration.

Tibet … is an ancient land filled with amazing landscapes, unique architecture and fascinating religious traditions. From Lhasa and its culturally significant tibetan Buddhist sites such as the Potala Place, Jokhang temple and Norbulingka palaces to the North Side base camp of Mount Everest and the Rongbuk Monastery, Tibet offer both overland jeep and trekking adventures. We can also plan pilgrimages to the holy mountain “Mount Kailash” in western Tibet.

Bhutan … Known for it’s colorful Buddhist festivals the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan offers the prefect blend of trekking and cultural sightseeing. Mountain Gurus will help you discover this land of friendly and happy people. Tour the city of Paro and it’s fortress monastery (Rinpung Dzong) with it’s traditional architecture and richly decorated buildings and shops, to Tiger’s Nest Monastery (Taktsang Palphug) or venture across the Himalaya on the famous Chomolhari trek and view it’s sacred peaks.

Safari Camp

Adventures in Africa!

Tanzania … Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru offer excellent and highly rewarding trekking adventures. Mountain Gurus can provide custom guided trips on nearly any budget. But Tanzania is so much more then just Kilimanjaro. The plains of the Serengeti, the Great Rift Valley escarpment and Ngorongoro Crater offer an amazing landscape and abundant wildlife which anyone can experience while the beaches of Zanzibar and the India Ocean wait to delight you. Let us plan your East African adventure!

Safaris … We offer wildlife safaris throughout the Northern Circuit of Tanzania and Kenya. Popular destinations include the remarkable Serengeti NP, Lake Manyara NP, the abundant Ngorongoro Crater as well as Tarangire NP and it’s famous Elephants. Each year beginning in July the great wildebeest migration moves north from the Ngorongoro area to the Masai Mara on the Kenyan boarder. Enjoy both lodge based or luxury camping safaris from a few days to more than a week. For the more adventurous we offer walking safaris across the Great Rift Valley escarpment and Ngorongoro highlands. Arusha NP is great for those looking for a quick one day safari following Kili.

Kenya… Mount Kenya the second highest peak in Africa at 17,057 feet is another fantastic trekking adventure. The Maasai Mara and Amboseli National Park also provide many wildlife safari options in the Northern Circuit. The park is named after the traditional Maasai cattle herders living in the region also known for their colorful red blankets and nomadic lifestyle.

Morocco… Situated in the snow-capped High Atlas Mountains of Morocco, Mount Toubkal is the highest peak in North Africa at 13,671 feet. We offer multisport adventures such as trekking, biking and camel riding as well as sightseeing tours of ancient this Berber Kingdom. Discover the Berber culture and explore herding settlements and strongholds or journey to the Western Sahara desert and ride camels to a riverside oasis clustered with Kasbahs.

Peru-Trek

Adventures in Latin America!

Peru… Known for the beautifully sculpted mountains of the Cordillera Blanca, Spanish for “White Range“ and the Cordillera Huayhuash. Both the Huayhuash made famous by Joe Simpson’s book Touching the Void and the Santa Cruz Valley present excellent trekking and climbing opportunities. Peaks include Nevado Huascarán the fifth highest in South America, Nevado Artesónraju, Nevado Alpamayo, Nevado Chopicalqui and Nevado Pisco. To the south of Peru lies the city of Cusco, the historical capital of the Inca Empire with it’s many citadels and Machu Picchu the Lost City of the Inca. Lake Titicaca the largest in South America is known as for it’s native people living near the lakeside city of Puno.

Ecuador… We offer custom climbs to Ecuador’s beautiful volcanoes. From the capital city of Quito the most popular climbs include Cotopaxi, Antisana, Cayambe and Chimborazo. There are also many opportunities for trekking the Ecuadorian countryside or venture to the famed Galápagos Islands in the Pacific Ocean and explore it’s waterways and vast number of animal species.

Argentina… The green and beautiful city of Mendoza and it’s famous wine region serves as a gateway for adventure travelers interested in mountaineering, hiking, horseback riding and rafting. Aconcagua the highest mountain outside the Himalaya offers amazing trekking to it’s remarkable South Face as well as the Vacas and Relinchos Valley’s.

North America

Adventures in America!

Pacific Northwest… Aside from the many glaciated climbing peaks of Washington State, Mountain Gurus offers custom hiking and sea kayaking adventures. Mount Rainier NP, North Cascades NP and Olympic NP are fantastic places for hiking and backpacking trips. We can also use Lama support for larger hiking groups. Or discover the beautiful San Juan Islands for the prefect blend of sea kayaking and hiking for an amazing outdoor vacation. We can also arrange mountaineering schools or course or custom climbing programs for those seeking a private guided experience.

Alaska… The Alaska Range in Denali NP is an amazing place to learn mountaineering. We offer custom group courses amongst the highest peaks in North America. Or try your hand at climbing Mount McKinley at 20,320′ and experience expedition mountaineering on one of the Earth’s seven summits.

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As we seek to ensure quality trip planning services for our customers. Initially we’ll provide you with basic trip information at no cost. As we enter the advanced trip planning stage we’ll ask you to pay a custom trip planning fee which will be credited towards the cost of your adventure.

Trip planning consultation fee
$200 for custom programs

Departure dates
In most cases we can plan whatever dates you’d like to travel.


Deposit and Payments
$700 deposit includes reservation fee, due with application
Balance due 90 days prior to departure


Services included
As adventure travel experts we offer a personalized service and we’ll take the time to make sure all your questions are answered. We’re able to provide many different levels of service depending upon your needs. From luxury safaris to budget trekking please let us know how we can plan your next adventure.

Tibet Overland Tour

Day 1 • Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2  • Sightseeing and visa day
Day 3 • Fly to Lhasa and transfer to hotel Ganggayn
Day 4 • Jokhang temple, Norbulingka, Sera monastery and Barkhor Bazaar.
Day 5 • Potala palace, Drepung monastery
Day 6 • Visit Gangden Monastery
Day 7 • Day trip to Namtso lake whole day drive up and down
Day 8 • Drive from Lhasa to Samye monastery and overnight Monastery guest house
Day 9 • Drive to Tsedang, Visit Yumbu Lhakhang and Terdrek Temple
Day 10 • Drive to Gyangtse by Yamdrok lake, Visit Kumbum Stupa
Day 11 • Drive to Shigatse, visit Tashilhunpo Monastery.
Day 12 • Drive to Sakya and over night in Sakya monastery guest house
Day 13 • Drive to Rumbuk
Day 14 • Day trek to Everest base camp and back to Rumbuk
Day 15 • Drive to Zhangmu
Day 16 • Drive to Kathmandu
Day 17 • Departure from Kathmandu.

Gokyo Lakes High Passes

Day 1 • Arrive Kathmandu
Transfer airport to hotel. Our trek begins in the historic city of Kathmandu, known for its fascinating Nepalese culture and ancient temples. The Hotel Yak and Yeti is located near the popular Thamel district jammed with restaurants and shops selling Nepali handicrafts.

Day 2 • Kathmandu
After breakfast we start our walking tour of Kathmandu’s world heritage sites. Among them we visit Durbar Square a complex of palaces, courtyards, Hindu temples and home of the Living Goddess, Kumari Ghar. Next we vist the always favorite Monkey Temple known as Swayambunath, situated on a small hill which offers panoramic views of the city and very curious monkeys. As time allows we’ll visit the temples of Pashupatinath and Boudhanath. During the late afternoon we will have a trek orientation and equipment check. This will be followed by a group dinner in one of Kathmandu’s fine restaurants.

Day 3 • Phakding • 8,700ft
We transfer to Kathmandu’s domestic airport for our morning flight to Lukla. The views from the twin-engine Otter are nothing less than remarkable, providing amazing scenes of the terraced Nepalese hillside and Himalayan giants including the crown jewel Mount Everest towering in the distance. Once in Lukla we are welcomed with a cup of tea and meet our Sherpa staff. The trek into the Khumbu region begins with a few hour walk until we reach a long suspension bridge connecting the two sides of Phakding.

Day 4 • Namche Bazaar • 11,300ft
The trek continues along the banks of the Dudh Koshi crossing the “Milky River“ many times as we pass small Sherpa farming villages laden with prayer flags and carved prayer stones known as “Mani Stones“. We carry light packs as yaks carry all of our heavy expedition gear. After entering Sagamatha National Park, the trail climbs steeply through the forest giving us a chance of seeing our first glimpse of Everest before arriving in Namche Bazaar the main trading center of the Sherpa people and gateway to the Khumbu Valley.

Day 5 • Namche Bazaar • 11,300ft
We begin our day with an acclimatization trek above Namche Bazaar to Sunrise Point and the Everest View Hotel. Here we’re rewarded with a spectacular view of Mount Everest rising above the massive Nuptse face with Lhotse and the distinctive Ama Dablam in sight. On the way down we explore the lively village of Namche with its interesting trekking shops and street merchants selling an assortment of Tibetan wares. As we walk the stone paved streets one can’t resist stopping by the local bakery for a cup of coffee and slice of pie. We spend the rest of the day relaxing and enjoying the fresh mountain atmosphere. On Saturday mornings, a local market is held in the center of the village which allows for interesting people watching.

Day 6 • Tengboche Monastery • 12,887ft
As we leave Namche our trekking route follows the steep hillside high above the Imja Khola. Magnificent views of Ama Dablam, Kantega and Thamserku increase with every step. We descend to the river, cross it and begin the steep climb to Tengboche, regarded by many as the hardest day of the approach trek. The afternoon is spent touring the historic monastery considered the spiritual heart of the Khumbu region and residence of the famous Rinpoche revered by Buddhist’s.

Day 7 • Dingboche • 14,250ft
The route drops to Deboche a quite village situated among conifer and rhododendron forest. We cross another suspension bridge on the Imja Khola and climb to Pangboche traditionally the last year round settlement in the Khumbu Valley. Our uphill trek enters the alpine climate zone and our route forks to Dingboche. From here the views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and the north face of Ama Dablam are superb.

Day 8 • Dingboche • 14,250ft
Rest and acclimatization day. In the morning we can climb the ridge above Dingboche to 17,000ft for views of Makalu, the world’s fifth highest peak.

Day 9 • Lobuche • 16,100ft
We leave Dingboche passing yak herding grounds high above Pheriche. Following the lateral moraine, we cross a glacial stream of the Khumbu glacier and ascend to Dughla. The trail climbs the terminal moraine of the Khumbu glacier and passes stone memorials for climbers who have perished on nearby summits. We follow the trail to Lobuche with remarkable views of Nuptse and Pumori as well as other surrounding peaks coming into view.

Day 10 • Gorak Shep • 17,000ft – Kala Patar • 18,192ft
We trek out of Lobuche following the moraine of the Khumbu glacier. The route enters dry glacier and meanders glacial ice and debris until we reach the final outpost of Gorak Shep. In the afternoon we trek up Kala Patar, merely a high point on a ridge leading to Pumori. This vantage point allows for amazing views of Mount Everest. We’ll wait for the alpine glow to descend on the peak making for remarkable photographs of the world’s highest mountain and descend by headlamp. Everest, known by the Sherpa as Sagamartha meaning “Head of the Sky“ or the Tibetans as Chomolungma “Mother Goddess of the Universe“.

Day 11 • Everest Base Camp • 17,600ft – Lobuche
In the event of bad weather, we have the opportunity for a second chance to climb Kala Patar. Today we continue our trek to Everest base camp, located at the foot of the Khumbu icefall. We trek across the glacier passing yak trains carrying supplies for Everest climbing expeditions. During the spring climbing season Everest base camp is crammed with activity as a small village of expedition tents arises at the edge Khumbu icefall. While at Base Camp we can hike to the base of the icefall to get a closer view of the climbing route that weaves its way through the enormous jumbled seracs.

Day 12 • Dzanglha • 15,900ft
We head down the Khumbu valley following the glacier moraine. The trek veers west towards Tsho Rolpa Lake and traverses high with spectacular views of Lobuche East Peak.

Day 13 • Cho La Pass • 17,800ft – Thagnak Kharka • 15,100ft
The day starts early as we begin the long trek towards the Cho La pass. We’re greeted with amazing views of Cholatse and Taboche peaks to our left and the Lobuche massif to the right. From here, the steep but moderate climb takes us up a series of rock steps until reaching the ice cap which leads us to the top of the high Himalayan pass. After enjoying a break we descend steep talus slopes and trek to the Yak herding outpost of Thagnak Kharka.

Day 14 • Gokyo • 15,583ft – Gokyo Ri • 17,575ft
This morning our route takes us across the Ngozumpa glacier flowing out from the massive South Face of Cho Oyu, the earth’s sixth highest mountain. After passing glacial pools and ice seracs we soon arrive at the western edge of the moraine. The trek now takes us past the first of the beautiful turquoise lakes known as the Gokyo Lakes. At the third lake we reach the village of Gokyo located on the western edge of the Ngozumpa glacier, considered the largest glacier in Nepal. After a short rest we continue past Gokyo, climbing steep talus to the top of Gokyo Ri. From here there are stunning views of the Gokyo valley, the massive Ngozumpa glacier and an incredible panoramic view of the whole Himalaya, including such as giants as Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang.

Day 15 • Gokyo • 15,583ft • Contingency Day
Rest and acclimatization day. During the day we have the option of exploring higher up the valley towards Cho Oyu to forth, fifth and sixth lakes.

Day 16 • Renjo La Pass • 17,540ft
We depart Gokyo early morning for another long day and the second major Himalayan pass to cross. Once at Renjo La pass the views are outstanding. After a long break we trek further down valley to camp.

Day 17 • Thame • 12,300ft
We soon arrive in Thame. The village was once part of the salt trading route that existed between Tibet and Nepal. It was also the childhood home of Tenzing Norgay who with Sir Edmond Hillary was one of the first men to climb Mt Everest.

Day 18 – 19 • Monjo • Lukla
Over the next two days we descend to Phunki Tenga, Namche and Lukla.

Day 20 • Kathmandu
After saying farewell to our Sherpa staff we depart to Kathmandu on an early morning flight. We spend the afternoon resting and exploring the Thamel District.

Day 21 • Kathmandu • Contingency Day
An optional day is scheduled in the event of flight delays departing Lukla and for exploring Kathmandu. The day remains flexible depending on the desires of the group. There are many opportunities to further tour Kathmandu’s world heritage sites. The city of Bhaktapur and Patan are recommended. Some in the group may simply want to relax and shop in Thamel.

Day 22 • Depart
Transport to Tribhuvan International Airport for flights home.

Gandruk and Poon Hill

Day 1 • Arrive Kathmandu
Transfer airport to hotel. Our trek begins in the historic city of Kathmandu, known for its fascinating Nepalese culture and ancient temples. The hotel is located in the popular Thamel district jammed with restaurants and shops selling Nepali handicrafts.

Day 2 • Kathmandu
After breakfast we start our day with a walking tour of Kathmandu’s world heritage sites. Among them we visit Durbar Square a complex of palaces, courtyards, Hindu temples and home of the Living Goddess, Kumari Ghar. Next and always a favorite we visit the Monkey Temple known as Swayambunath, situated on a small hill that offers panoramic views of the city and very curious monkeys. During the afternoon we will have a trek orientation and equipment check. This will be followed by a group dinner in one of Kathmandu’s fine restaurants.

Day 3 • Pokhara • Nayapool • Ulleri
We transfer to Kathmandu’s domestic airport for our morning flight to Pokhara. The views from the twin-engine Otter are nothing less than remarkable, providing amazing scenes of the terraced Nepalese hillside and the remarkable Annapurna and Dhalagiri Ranges. Once in Pokhara we drive to the village of Nayapool and trek the steep stairs to the village of Ulleri.

Day 4 • Ghorepani
The trek continues through Rhododendron forest, passing numerous villages along the way until we arrive in Ghorepani meaning “Horse Water“.

Day 5 • Poon Hill • 10,500ft • Tadapani
Today we rise early to climb Poon Hill, considered one of the best viewpoints in all of Nepal. We watch the magnificent sunrise over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himal. After brunch we cross Deorali Pass and trek through tropical forest to Tadapani which means “Far Water“.

Day 6 • Gandruk
We depart Tadapani descending the ridge through farming villages down to the valley floor. After crossing the river we climb to the village of Ghandruk. The gurung village is known for dramatic views of Annapurna South (23,683ft), Huinchuli (21,133ft), and Machhapuchhare (22,943ft).

Day 7 • Pothana
After breakfast we descend to the river and trek to the village of Landrung. We descend the forested ridge to the village of Pothana where we spend the evening.

Day 8 • Phedi • Pokhara
This morning we trek to the roadside village of Phedi and return to Pokhara. After lunch we can explore the local shops and bazaars, visit the lakeshore of the Phewa Tal and gaze towards the remarkable 8,000 meter peaks of the Annapurna Range.

Day 9 • Kathmandu
After saying farewell to our staff we depart to Kathmandu on an early morning flight. The rest of the day remains flexible depending on the desires of the group. There are many opportunities to tour Kathmandu’s world heritage sites. Pashupatinath Temple one of the most famous Hindu temples in Nepal and the Buddhist temples of Boudhanath are recommended. Some in the group may simply want to relax and shop in Thamel.

Day 10 • Depart
Transport to Tribhuvan International Airport for flights home.

Annapurna Circuit

Day 1 • Arrive Kathmandu
Transfer airport to hotel. Our trek begins in the historic city of Kathmandu, known for its fascinating Nepalese culture and ancient temples. The hotel is located in the popular Thamel district jammed with restaurants and shops selling Nepali handicrafts.

Day 2 • Kathmandu
After breakfast we start our day with a walking tour of Kathmandu’s world heritage sites. Among them we visit Durbar Square a complex of palaces, courtyards, Hindu temples and home of the Living Goddess, Kumari Ghar. Next and always a favorite we visit the Monkey Temple known as Swayambunath, situated on a small hill that offers panoramic views of the city and very curious monkeys. During the afternoon we have a trek orientation and equipment check. This will be followed by a group dinner in one of Kathmandu’s fine restaurants.

Day 3 • Besi Sahar • 2,700ft
We travel by private vehicle to Besi Sahar where our trek begins. The drive will take us through terraced fields, past numerous settlements and villages and along the Marsyangdi Khola. We overnight in the village Synge.

Day 4 • Tal
We cross the first series of suspension bridges over the Hgadi Khola to Baun Danda. If the weather is clear we will be rewarded with excellent views to the north. All around on the high hills are settlements of the Gurung people, an ethnic group renowned for their bravery in the Gurkha Army. They are an enterprising herding and farming people who speak their own unwritten language and occupy nearly inaccessible villages high on the mountainsides above the trekking routes. Today we trek to the village of Tal via Chamje.

Day 5 • Bagarchap • 6,900ft
Our trail turns rocky as we follow the Marsyandi River trekking steadily uphill along stony stairways. We enter Bagarchap with its typical Tibetan designed houses and views of the Annapurnas.

Day 6 • Chame • 8,600ft
After the days trek we enter Chame marked by a chorten containing Hindu elements and explore this government town and its many shops and services.

Day 7 • Pisang • 10,300ft
From Chame the route traverses through deep forest within the steep and narrow valley and crosses suspension bridges high above turbulent waters. We reach Pisang after catching our first view of the impressive Paunga Danda, the Great Wall of Pisang that portrays the incredible folding of lakebed sediments that were upturned in the formation of the Himalaya. A side trip to Upper Pisang is a must for an amazing view of Annapurna II.

Day 8 • Manang • 11,500ft
After breakfast, we have the choice of two routes to Manang, a low route and an upper route, the latter is longer but the additional effort is rewarded with outstanding views of the Annapurna Himal and a more sparsely traveled trail, both routes converge in the large and interesting village of Braga, which is the seat of the oldest monastery in the area. The gompa is about 900 years old and belongs to the Kargyupa sect of Tibetan Buddhism, and contain unique works of art. From here it’s a short trek to Manang.

Day 9 • Manang • 11,500ft
An acclimatization day, we will go on a day hike to one of the many spectacular viewpoints surrounding Manang, the destination depending on the group’s interest and energy. Manang itself is in a spectacular location with many attractions. There are lakes, caves, moraine-hills, monasteries or local activities in town.

Day 10 • Lattar • 13,000ft
Today we ascend steadily through Tengi; leaving the Marsyandi Valley and continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley. As the vegetation becomes increasingly sparse we reach Yak Khara or Lattar.

Day 11 • Throng Phedi • High Camp • 14,450ft
The trek continues up the valley and on to Throng Phedi, meaning “foot of the hill“.

Day 12 • Throng La Pass • 17,769ft • Muktinath • 12,500ft
We continue our walk from one major Himalayan valley to another as we reach the Throng La Pass (17,769ft) marked by chortens and prayer flags. After a steep descent we enter the Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage site of Muktinath. As we rest here for the evening we will have the opportunity to witness the interaction amongst the Tibetan traders as well as the Sadhus from the South of India.

Day 13 • Jomsom • 8,900ft
After breakfast, we hike from Muktinath to Jomsom, traders from the Mustang Valley (a restricted area to the north) who come to sell handicrafts to pilgrims and trekkers along the trail. Among their merchandise is the highly revered mollusk fossil called Shaligram. We pass ancient caves and see views of the impressive white massif of Dhaulagiri. We take lunch in the picturesque town of Kagbeni.

Day 14 • Kalopani • 8,300ft
After breakfast, we descend to Marpha, a lovely village of whitewashed houses and fertile fields, and continue down the Kali Gandaki reaching the former flat roofed Thakali trading centre of Tukche. As the trail continues, the arid terrain caused by the Himalayan rain shadow blends into coniferous forest as we reach the main river valley and Kalopani. From here there are spectacular views of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurnas.

Day 15 • Tatopani • 3,900ft
Today another beautiful trek as the landscape transitions into sub-topical vegetation, marked by the return of water buffalo, banyan trees and poinsettias. The trail follows the river through a narrow gorge and descends to cross a bridge near a spectacular waterfall, before winding through the valley to Tatopani. The hot springs that give the village its name provide the perfect opportunity for a good soak.

Day 16 • Ghorepani • 9,250ft • Poon Hill
This morning we ascend along the Kali Gandaki Valley, recognized as the deepest gorge in the world as the river below cuts a channel between the two 8,000 meter peaks of Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri. We reach our campsite at Ghorepani in time to watch the sun setting from Poon Hill one of the best Himalayan viewpoints in Nepal.

Day 17 • Pokhara
We also have the option of watching the morning sunrise from Poon Hill. A gentle trek along the river valley of the Bhurungdi Khola leads us to the village of Birenthati where we can enjoy lunch. A short trek takes us to Nayapul where we board a bus for the drive to Pokhara.

Day 18 • Kathmandu
After saying farewell to our staff we depart to Kathmandu on an early morning flight. The rest of the day remains flexible depending on the desires of the group. There are many opportunities to tour Kathmandu’s world heritage sites. Pashupatinath Temple one of the most famous Hindu temples in Nepal and the Buddhist temples of Boudhanath are recommended. Some in the group may simply want to relax and shop in Thamel.

Day 19 • Depart
Transport to Tribhuvan International Airport for flights home.

Santa Cruz Trek

Day 1 • Arrive Lima
Transfer airport to hotel.

Day 2 • Huaraz
We transfer by bus (8-10 hours) to the town Huaraz.

Day 3 • Huaraz • Laguna Churup • 14,600ft
After breakfast we have an orientation and equipment check. In order to begin our acclimatization we take a short day hike to Laguna Churup. This azure colored glacial lake is nestled under 18,017ft Nevado Churup and is not far from Huaraz.

Day 4 • Llamacorral • 12,000ft
We drive to the small town of Cashapampa where we meet our burro team. The trek climbs steeply up the valley to camp known as Llamacorral.

Day 5 • Second Camp • 13,800ft
The trek continues along the Santa Cruz Valley to Taullipampa passing Ichic and Jatuncocha lakes. We enjoy amazing views of the surrounding peaks including Artesonraju and the Northside of Alpamayo. Optional side trip to Alpamayo Base Camp.

Day 6 • Punta Union pass • 15,600ft • Paria
We trek over Punta Union pass for outstanding views of the Cordillera Blanca which means “White Range“. We descend to third camp at Paria 12,800ft.

Day 7 • Llanganuco Valley
After breakfast we trek out to Vaqueria. Then cross by private vehicle over Portachuelo pass to Llanganuco lakes, two beautiful turquoise lakes and return to Huaraz.

Day 8 • Lima
Transfer to Lima.

Day 9 • Depart
Transport to airport for flights home.