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Announcing the 2021 Education Elevated

Fundraising Trek to Nepal!


Education Elevated in cooperation with Sherpa Adventure International invites you to the Fall 2021 Fundraising Trek to Nepal (September 25th - October 9th).  Education Elevated & Sherpa Adventure International will lead this exciting expedition to Nepal to raise funds for the Chyangba Village Girls Dormitory & Education Project. (See itinerary below.)




Education Elevated

Gerri Kier – Founder and President

Greetings! My name is Gerri Kier and I am a Colorado native and have been a Rotarian for 24 years.  My husband Greg and I have been married for 30 years and we 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.

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Pem Dorjee – Owner and Trek 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 BhaktpurNepal. 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 Chyangba. Pem and Moni reside in Ann Arbor Michigan with their daughter Pelzom.

Chyangba Village School

Chyangba Village 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, village residents 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. EverestMt. MakaluMt.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 DarshanJunior High School and have the opportunity to spend time with the students and meet their families.  (See itinerary below.)


Sept 25th Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu

Sept 26th Day 2: Kathmandu City Tour  

After breakfast we will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath and Bauddhanath

Sept 27th Day 3: Drive to Chyangba

It will be a 9-11 hour jeep drive to the village.

Sept 28th Day 4: Visit School and Hostel Sonsored by Education Elevated

Sept 29th Day 5: Extra Day in Village

Sept 30th Day 6: Drive Back to Kathmandu.

Oct 1st Day 7: Fly to Pokhara, Drive to Nayapool, & Trek to Birethanti

After breakfast we fly to Pokhara (3300 ft /1000 m). From Pokhara we will drive 1 hour to Birethanti. Our walk will follow a ridge-line in the lower foothills of the Annapurnas with surrounding views of the Pokhara Valley. This route then drops to the Modi River Valley, where Ker & Downey's Sanctuary Lodge is located. The lodge has magnificent views of the sacred and unexplored Fishtail Mountain, or Machhapuchhre, as it is locally known. A lunch is provided with a late afternoon arrival at the Lodge. (Trek time 4-5 hours).

Oct 2nd Day 8: Trek to Ghandrung

After breakfast, you will leave the lodge to start the trek through the scattered small farms. Following the Modi Khola and with constant view of Mt. Machhapuchhre ahead, you will soon climb the valley towards the mountains. Passing through the rice fields and forest, you will arrive at the Himalaya Lodge in Ghandruk early afternoon to a hot lunch that is served on arrival as you enjoy the spectacular views of Annapurna Massif. ( Trek time 5-6 hours)

Oct 3rd Day 9: Trek to Landrung

Leaving the Ghandruk village, the trek descends steeply to the banks of Modi River. Crossing the suspension bridge, we trek up into the Landruk village enjoying the views of Annapurna range passing through the cliffs that where honey hunters climb up on the ropes to hunt the wild bee honey. Lunch will be ready as we arrive at our lodge. After the lunch, you can either rest in your room enjoying the spectacular views of the mountains or go on a sightseeing tour in the village with your guide.  (Trek time 4-5 hours)

Oct 4th Day 10:  Trek to Majgaon

After breakfast, as your porters pack the bags to leave for the trek, you, along with your guide will start your trek passing through the village and farmlands with views of Annapurnas at your back. An easy trek to Majgaon today. You can enjoy the views of the mountains from your room itself relaxing after the trek or spend your time at the garden. You can also take a short walk to the village with our guide. ( Trek time 4-5 hours)

Oct 5th Day 11: Trek to Dhampus

Starting your trek today, you continue trekking towards Patlekhet, a small village on the way towards Pothana where you stop. Pothana is another small village along the trek which is used by Tibetan traders to sell their souvenirs and gifts to the tourists trekking up and down the Annapurna Base Camp. As you reach your lodge in Dhampus, you get the spectacular views of the entire Annapurna range. Once at the lodge you will be served hot lunch after which you can take a short walk into Dhampus village. (Trek time 4-5 hours)

Oct 6th Day 12: Drive to Pokhara, Transfer to Hotel

After breakfast, we depart along the ridge & descend through the wooded hillside and terraced farmland to the valley floor. Trek time 1 ½ hours. We then transfer by vehicle to the hotel in Pokhara (40 minutes); you can then relax for the evening, or walk around downtown Pokhara.

Oct 7th Day 13: Afternoon Fly to back Kathmandu

Oct 8th Day 14: Rest day and shopping in Kathmandu

Oct 9th Day 15: Fly back to US

Trip Cost $2250 Per person (Single Supplement $250)  

Included in the Cost:

  • 4 nights hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • All airport pick-ups and drops according itinerary
  • All ground transportation by comfortable jeep or van
  • Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu flights
  • All meals and hotel included during Pokhara trek
  • Guide and porters during the trek.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees for museums and monuments as per the itinerary
  • Company services and all required government taxes

Not Included in the Cost

  • Meals in Kathmandu ( lunch & dinner
  • International flights US to Nepal & back.
  • Nepalese visa fee (easily available after arriving at the Kathmandu Airport)
  • All personal expenses (beverages, drinking water, personal gear, telephone calls, internet, laundry etc.)
  • Tips for guide and driver (Recommend 10% of cost to collect.)

Note: This Schedule is subject to change due to weather conditions, emergencies or other unforeseen Interruptions.

For more information Please contact:

Pem Sherpa

Cell: 303-834-5512