2012 Rotary Fundraising Nepal Trek (April 21 - May 9)

Dear Rotarian:

Education Elevated in cooperation with Sherpa Adventure International invites you to the 2012 Rotary Fundraising Trek to Nepal (April 21- May 5), followed by the 103rd Rotary International Convention in Bangkok, Thailand (May 6-9). Thailand is a spectacular destination and truly the Land of a Thousand Smiles. For those who have never visited Asia before, consider this your chance! Bangkok is a fantastic gateway to explore Southeast Asia. The trek to Nepal is a multi-club Rotary public relations and initiative to raise funds to help rebuild the Wongchu Biswa Darshan Junior High School in Nepal and to increase Rotary awareness among non-Rotarians through participation in this exciting international expedition. 


For more information about Rotary International Convention Please visit:http://www.rotary.org/en/Members/Events/Convention/Pages/ridefault.aspx?housead


The mission of Education Elevated is to support and promote education and to eliminate economic barriers in primary and secondary schools in needy communities throughout the world. Education Elevated achieves this through hiking and climbing teams who raise financial support for every foot of elevation climbed.


Gerri Kier – Founder and President

Greetings! My name is Gerri Kier and I am a Colorado native and have been a Rotarian for 17 years.  My husband Greg and I have been married for 25 year andwe both enjoy the outdoor adventures Colorado has to offer.  Besides spending my summers hiking in the beautiful mountains of Colorado I am a nutrition counselor with Complete Nutrition Alliance and founded Education Elevated. In my journey of life the most amazing people and opportunities have been literally dropped into my path; and trekking in Nepal and helping the school in the Chyangba Village is no exception. I look forward to the lives that will be touched through the efforts of Education Elevated and the blessings that will flow from the trekking trips.

Sherpa Adventure Interntational

Pem Dorjee – Owner and Treck Team Head Guide

Pem Dorjee Sherpa was born in 1982 in  Chyangba Village south of the Mt. Everest region. Moni was born in 1981 in Bhaktpur, Nepal. Pem & Moni climbed Mt. Everest in 2005.  On the summit they followed through on a plan they had kept secret from their parents and became the first couple to be married on top of Mt. Everest. Moni is the first non-Sherpa and the fifth Nepali woman to reach the summit of Mt. Everest. They also hoisted the flag of Rotary International on Top of Mt. Everest in honor of its centennial year. Aside from their mountaineering achievements, Pem & Moni have demonstrated an admirable commitment to improving the quality of life in Pem’s home village of Chayangba. Pem and Moni reside in Ann Arbor Mi.  with the daughter Pelzom.

Chyangba Village School

ChyangbaVillage lies at a height of 3500m (11,482ft in elevation), in the northern region of Kathmandu and is approximately 400km (248 miles) away from the city. The village does not lie on the trekker's trail so development has been very slow. Yet the natural beauty and the rich cultural heritage has made this village a unique place on earth. There are about 150 houses inhabited by many ethnic groups such as Sherpas, Rai, Magar, Newar, Tamang, Chhetris, Brahmins, Viswakarma, and Sunuwar.  People here are mostly farmers growing potato, apple, maize, wheat, barley, peach, radish, buckwheat, and millet and every Friday, people bring their crops to sell or exchange for rice, tea, salt, oil, butter, spices, and soaps.


Wongchu Biswa Darshan Junior High School was established in 1990 with support from Wonghe Sherpa & Goran Kropp, a world famous Swedish mountaineer.  The school lost all of its financial support when Mr. Kropp died in a mountaineering accident in Washington state on September 30, 2002.  As a result the school has fallen into disrepair and now needs to be rebuilt and your support and participation is urgently needed. 


The trek lies in the Solu region which is located in a remote area where with few tourists. We will go trek through interesting villages with monasteries, temples and pilgrimage places on and will experience the sites of Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mera Peak, Numbur Himal, Gauri Shankar, Dudh Kunda Himal and many other peaks of the region. During the expedition, you will learn about different cultures including the Sherpa culture and you’ll see the many different plants, vegetation and animals.  Also, we will visit the Wongchu Biswa Darshan Junior High School and have the opportunity to spend time with the students and meet their families.



Trip duration: 16 days

Grade: Moderate

Maximum altitude: 4065m/13,336ft

Activity: Sightseeing, trekking

Trek type: Camping trek

Accommodation: Hotel and camping

Meals: Hotel/tented camps

Transportation: Flight & private car


Trip Cost:

Trekking Fees:  $ 2150

Charitable Donation: $ 500 (tax deductible)

Total $ 2650


Charitable Donation

Each trekker must collect $500 in tax deductable donations for Education Elevated in order to participate. All proceeds will directly benefit the Wongchu Biswa Darshan Junior High School for the rebuilding project.  Donations may be made by credit card, or check.  For more information please contact:


Education Elevation

Gerri Kier - Founder and President

Phone: 303.8153567



Camping Accommodations

The camping and accommodations are fully organized and supported with a team of guides, cooks, sherpas and porters to assist you.  All necessary gear; food, fuel and other goods are carried by the porters and the cook will prepare all meals throughout the trek; meals will be served in the dining tent. Trekkers need to carry a small back pack during the day. Your sleeping accommodations will be provided in the form of tents; mattresses, sleeping bags, tables and seating are arranged by staff.  A typical day on the trail begins with tea and a full breakfast following by a 2-3 hour trek followed by a break for lunch.  After a relaxing lunch, you typically trek another 2-3 hours before we reach our stopping point for the day. During the trek we will have frequent rest breaks which will allow you the time to admire the spectacular mountains, rivers, landscapes, prayer flags, temples, shrines, and cairns throughout the region.

Note Regarding Room Accommodations:  Conditions are basic and rooms/tents will be single-sex and shared, however, where possible couples will be accommodated. Please provide the name of anyone with whom you wish to share a room/tent.  We will do our best to accommodate your request, however, it cannot be guaranteed.


April 21st Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu

Flying into Kathmandu is thrilling experience. Our airport support team will meet and greet you at the and escort you to your hotel.  After the Welcome Dinner you will be briefed about the trekking expedition.


April 22nd Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing

Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city presents a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence in the Valley. Patan and Bhaktapur, its two major neighboring cities, bear immense historical, cultural and religious significance. There will be a half day guided tour to: the famous Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath; the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal; Boudhanath; the 15th century Palace of 55 Windows; and Swoyambhunath.  More expedition briefing will take place in the evening.


April 23rd Day 3: Kathmandu to Jiri

(1955m/6414ft in elevation) - 6 to 7 hr drive

The route during this day trip will meander through hilly countryside and when the weather is good, there are beautiful views of the snow-capped mountains. Jiri is the centre of the Dolakha district and is inhabited mainly by the Jirels, an ethnic community.


April 24th Day 4: Jiri to Shivalaya

(1770m/5807ft in elevation) - 4 to 5hrs

This first leg of the trek will lead us through beautiful forests and a number of hamlets. The trail travels to Shivalaya, a small village inhabited by Tamangs and Newars, on the bank of the Shivalaya river.


April 25th Day 5: Shivalaya to Changma

(2190m/7185ft in elevation) – 5 to 6 hrs

The first leg of this trek leads to the hamlet/village of Deurali, where one can see Dudh Kunda Himal, Khatanga, Karylung and Peekye. From here the trail will lead the trekking team to Bhandar, a Sherpa village with two stupas and a small monastery.


April 26th Day 6: Changma to Namkhile

(2320m/7611ft in elevation) - 4 hrs

This leg of the trek descends and after 1 hr we will arrive at the Likhu Khola, a river forming the boundary to the Solu-Khumbu district and the Sagarmatha zone. On the other side of the river and a good climb of 3 hrs, we will find ourselves in Namkhile, from where it is possible to see pristine views of Numbur Himal.


April 27th Day 7: Namkhile to Ngaur (3350m/10,990ft in elevation) -  6 hrs

From Namkhile , the path is a 2-hour climb through a forest of pines. After lunch we will walk through a forest full of rhododendrons leads to the hamlet of Ngaur, situated on the top of a hill. From here, the view towards Gaurishankar and Dudh Kunda Himal is spectacular. Ngaur has six houses and a small monastery. Fifteen minutes from there is a cheese factory, where one can taste and buy cheese made from nak (female yak) and dzom’s milk.


April 28th Day 8: Ngaur to Pike Base Camp

(3750m/12,303ft in elevation) - 3 hrs

This trail travels up hill until we reach the Pike Base Camp. The camp is famous and a traditional festival site for the Sherpa people each summer. After lunch we willhike to Pike summit (4,055m/13,303ft in elevation) where we will see Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu and many other renown peaks.



April 29th Day 9: Pike peak to Japare

(3050m/10,006ft in elevation) - 5 hrs

A 4-5 hr walk through a forest full of rhododendrons & pine. From here, the view towards Gaurishankar , Dudh Kunda Himal & something Mt. Everest if weather is good. Also we able to see Chyangba village on the way to Japare. Japare is small town with monastery.


April 30th Day 10: Japare to Chyangba

(2510m/8234ft in elevation)

This leg of the expedition travel through pasture land where local Sherpas pass the summer as the tend to their cattle. The snow capped mountains can once again be seen.


May1st Day 11: Rest Day in Chyangba

Today we will visit Wongchu Biswa Darshan Junior High School which we will help to rebuild.  We will also visit the Education Elevated library and visit with the students. Education Elevated has been providing school uniforms to all of the students and teachers since 2008; the trekking team will have the pleasure of distributing these uniforms on this day.


May 2nd Day 12:  Chyangba to Bitta Kharka

A 1 hr descent leads to Sisa Khola, followed by an easy uphill climb to the beautiful Sherpa village of Bitta Kharka.


May 3rd Day 13: Bitta Kharka to Phaplu

Phaplu is a small Sherpa town with an airport and a hospital which was built by Sir Edmund Hillary.


May 4th Day 14: Fly to Kathmandu

From Phaplu we embark on a 30 minute flight to Kathmandu.


May 5th Day 15 Free Day in Kathmandu


May 6th Day 16: Departure for Rotary International Convention or Home


Trek Fee Covers The Following:

* All domestic flights

* All domestic transportation

* Hotel in Kathmandu with B & B

* All meals & lodging during the trek

* All trekking arrangements including permits and government fees

* Guide and porters

* Cook & kitchen staff

* Insurance for all Nepali staff

* City tour & entrance fee

* Satellite phone for emergency use

* Oxygen for emergency use

* Welcome & Farewell Dinner


Trip Cost Excludes

* Any costs associated with the Rotary International Convention (ie; registration fees etc)

* International flight to/from Kathmandu

* Your personal insurance (cancellation, accident, health, emergency

    evacuation)  Education Elevated recommends insurance through:  www.globalrescure.com

* Nepal visa for 30 days (US $40)

* Personal clothing & equipment

* Staff tips & gratuities for services provided

 * Other items not listed in section above (“Trek Fee Covers The Following)




1. 1 pair of running or tennis shoes to use on lighter walking days

2. 1 pair of light but sturdy hiking boots. Wear a light synthetic sock under a warm heavy sock, either wool or synthetic. Boots should be water repellent

3. 1 pair of Hiking Gaiters (Optional).  These will help keep out rocks out of shoes and boots dry in case of precipitation. Optional if trekking pants are worn.

4. 4 pair of heavyweight wool or synthetic socks. (Wool is warmer.)  These should be worn over the liner socks.

5. 4 pair of liner socks - smooth thin wool, nylon to be worn next to the skin.



1. Lightweight Long Underwear. 2 pair, tops & bottoms, other synthetic or wool. No cotton.

2. Lightweight is preferable as it is more versatile (worn single in warmer conditions and double layer for colder). Zip-t-neck tops allow more ventilation options. One set of white for intense sunny days and one pair of dark for faster drying gives the most versatility.

3. Light trekking pants

4. T-shirts.

5. Bandana. Bring 2 or more bandanas for facemasks and other tasks.

6. Synthetic/soft shell jacket. A full-zip version is easier to put on and has better ventilation than a pullover.

7. Insulated synthetic pants with optional full separating side zippers. This is very important for ventilation. Full side zips also allow pants to be taken off without having to remove boots.

8. Insulated down jacket.

9. Hard shell jacket w/ hood. We recommend a waterproof breathable shell material with full front zipper, this outer layer protects against wind and rain.

10. Hard shell pants. Waterproof, breathable. Any side zipper length is fine as long as you can get them over your boots.

11. Fleece/soft shell gloves. 1 pair.  A heavier fleece will do a better job of keeping hands.

12. Sun hat. The sun can be intense at high altitude. A hat with a good visor provides protection for the nose and eyes. Baseball hats work well.

13. 1 light-weight wool/synthetic ski hat.

14. Neck Gaiter or Buff. Buff is preferred for covering the face and preventing sickness.

15. Sleeping bag. High quality with hood to at least -100F, -200F (you can rent in Kathmandu)

16. Backpack. A daypack big enough to carry water bottles, camera and extra clothing.

17. Large duffle bag with travel locks. Second small duffel can be nice for storing things during the trek.

18. Travel clothes. You will need street/casual clothing for air travel days and time spent in Kathmandu.


Other Accessories

1. Headlamp, spare bulbs and batteries

2. Sun glasses

3. Camera with spare batteries, and film or memory cards

4. Pocket knife

5. Adjustable 3 section ski/trekking poles (optional)

6. Water bottles: 2 to 3 one littre capacity per bottle. A camel bag is better.

7. Sunscreen. SPF 30 or better - 2 small tubes. Make sure that the sunscreen is not older than 6 months.

8. 1-3 pair of hand/foot warmers - recommended if you easily get cold hands and feet.  (optional)

9. Lip screen. SPF 30 or better, at least 2 sticks. Not older than 6 months.

10. Plastic bags (5). For lining stuff sacks & pack to keep gear dry. Trash compactor bags work best.

11. Books, phone and Laptop would be good to have while resting/breaks.

12. Travel wallet: a secure travel wallet is a must for carrying your important documents including passport, extra photos, duffel inventory list, and money.

13. Passport (valid for at least 6 months) It is easy to get your Nepal visa on arrival in Kathmandu at the airport.  Bring 2 passport size photos.

14. Toiletry bag: include toilet paper, soap, towel, and toothbrush, wet wipes 1-2 per day and hand sanitizer: 1 large (8oz) and 1 small (2oz) bottles. Small bottle can be refilled from larger bottle. Hand moisturizer.

15. First-aid kit: personal first aid kit (small and simple). Aspirin, moleskin, adhesive tape, band-aids. drugs/medications/prescriptions. Climbers should bring Mupirocin (Bactroban) cream, excellent topical antibiotic for scrapes and cuts. Cirprofloxin (Cipro) 500mg tablets for traveler’s diarrhea and for urinary tract infections. Loperamide (Lomotil) or Immodium for diarrhea. Acetazolamide (Diamox) 125 or 250mg tablets for alltitude sickness. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) 200mg tablets for altitude headaches, sprains, aches, etc. Excedrin for headaches. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) 325mg tablets for stomach sensitivity.

Note: Trekkers should bring all gear in one large duffel bag and one small backpack.

If you don’t have all of the gear you can buy or rent it in Kathmandu.

Also if you plan to attend Rotary International Convention please bring a formal dress or suite & your Rotary pin.


If you have questions please give us a Pem Sherpa call 303-834-5512 or

E-mail: info@sherpaadventureintl.com