It’s now the year 2069 on the Nepali calendar! Astrologers in Kathmandu are predicting a rough first couple of months for the Himalayan kingdom, but then smooth sailing by the time Christmas and our own new year roll around at the end of December. So if you’ve been waiting for a sign from the heavens before signing on for our trek, this could be it!
We’ve received quite a few visitors to the site over the past couple of days. Welcome! I hope you join us in December for the Christmas of a lifetime. Please have a look around and email me any questions you may have about the trip. I’ll post the answers here or on the FAQ page. Here’s a common one…
Q. What’s the food like in Nepal?
A. On the trek, you’ll probably eat a lot of pasta, potatoes and eggs. I tend to shy away from the meat options, just to keep my stomach happy, but, if you’re game, you can get yourself a yak steak or chicken cooked any of about a half dozen ostensibly different ways (e.g. chicken steak, chicken sizzler, fried chicken, chicken tender…). There’s also the ubiquitous dal baht tarkari: steamed rice with lentil soup and vegetable curry. It’s simple and tasty and it’s powered many a porter up the Khumbu. It’ll do you right too. Back in Kathmandu, two of my favorite meals are pizza at Fire and Ice and breakfast and a hot pot of tea on a foggy morning while seated outdoors in the garden restaurant at Pilgrims Book House.
Washington & Lee students, did you see our ad onscreen at tonight’s presentation in the Stackhouse? The photo we used was taken at sunrise during a Christmas trek up to base camp a few years ago. Can you identify the peak that’s pictured? Hint: it’s not Everest but, at over 22,000 ft, it’s one of the most impressive and best-known mountains in the Khumbu region. For another glance, visit the Itinerary page on this site. Or just look up at it every day in person when you trek with us this December!
Currently, the best deal on airfare to Kathmandu is a $1274 flight out of Dulles on Lufthansa with a 12-hour, midday layover in Munich. Christkindlmarkt Christmas present shopping, anyone?