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Basic health care services in Nepal are of very poor quality and fail to reach a large proportion of its mostly agrarian and resource less rural population. Most Nepalese are not able to travel to the city for medical treatment and suffer immeasurably with what is often preventable and treatable conditions. Our annual clinic provides us each an opportunity to practice altruism through prevention education, health, vision and dental checkup and treatment of existing conditions for more that 1,300 beautiful children and families of the majestic Himalayan region.

This wonderful Trek will allow trekkers to discover life changing experiences while supporting Nepal through tourism and medical services.

October 27: Arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal and Transfer to Hotel! (1334m.)
Most international flights arrive in Kathmandu in the afternoon. Our guide will Greet you outside the custom area at the airport. He / she will answer questions and brief you regarding the initial arrangements. The trip leader will also hold a short briefing in the hotel regarding trekking or tour arrangements and conduct a general orientation. We will overnight at a Hotel in Kathmandu.

October 28: Fly to Phaplu and trek to Ringmu (3 hours hike)
We will transfer you to the domestic airport early in the morning where your guide will fly with you to Phaplu (2450m). It is a spectacular flight over the Kathmandu valley and Himalayan range when weather is clear. After arrival at Phaplu, we will have lunch and trek to beautiful Sherpa village Ringmu.

October 29: Jeep ride to Taksindu and start medical clinic. (Clinic 9 am to 5 Pm)
After breakfast, we will take short jeep ride through beautiful Rodhedendron forest and reach at Taksindu la (pass) along the trail you have an opportunity to see the speculator views of scared mountains (Numbur, Khatanga and karyelung. We will also see centuries’ old stupa and monuments. From Taksindu La, we gradually descend to Beautiful Sherpa village Taksindu. Upon our arrival at Taksindu, the monk and local people will welcome our team. After that we will start our service work.

October 30: We will be opening our clinic to local the people 8 am to 5 Pm local time.

October 31: Clinic Service 8 am to 5 pm

November 1: Clinic Service 8 am to 5 pm

November 2: Leisure time/ Hiking/ visit local village/ evening Celebration party.

November 3: Hike to Phaplu.
Today our final beautiful hike will bring us to Phaplu airport and we will celebrate our final day of trip with our staff member. Overnight in Lodge.

November 4: Flight back to Kathmandu (30 minutes flight)!
We will transfer you to hotel and we can relax or shopping in Kathamndu. Overnight in Hotel.

November 5: Sightseeing in Kathmandu!
Sightseeing to Shambunath (known as Monkey Temple) and Bhudhanath (the largest stupa in Nepal). Shaymbunath, means “self-existential”, is also known as the Monkey Temple, a Buddhist temple that’s fabled to come from the Lotus flower. Visit the Baudhanath, the largest and tallest Buddhist stupa. There are also many shops, restaurants, and religious activities to observe! Overnight in Hotel.

November 6: Departure from Kathmandu!
We will escort you from your hotel to the airport for completion of your once in lifetime journey to Himalaya!

Price includes:
Double-occupancy accommodations; meals as noted in the itinerary; all transfers noted in the itinerary; monument entrance fees and government taxes; all trekking equipment, guide, trekking support staff; pack animals as needed.

Price does not include:
International flights, pre-and post-trip hotel and meal costs; cost of obtaining a passport, visa, insurance of any kind; medical immunizations; items of a personal nature such as beverages, liquor, meals in Kathmandu, laundry fees, internet and phone calls.

Reserving a Trip
We make preparing for your trip easy! Our area managers are here to help—from choosing the right trip and checking availability to reserving your place to stay. Our office manager will normally be your single point of contact. They will oversee all of your arrangements, answer any questions that you may have, and help you prepare for the adventure of a lifetime.

Choosing Your Trip
We suggest that you read the trip information to choose the right adventure for your ability level and interest. Trip information is available for on each page or can be sent to you via fax, email or mail. Our office manager can answer any questions you might have and they would be happy to refer you to someone who has traveled with us before for a reference.

Reserving Your Place
Early reservations are recommended since group sizes are limited and airlines often sell out of their best fares many months in advance. Once you have submitted your reservation request with us, one of our travel consultants will contact you the following business day to confirm your arrangements and will charge the initial deposit to your major credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or American Express). You can then download a trip application (in PDF format) and send it to us by mail with two recent passport photos. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 303-507-2530. Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30AM to 5:00PM Mountain Time.

Upon receiving your deposit, we will send you a confirmation letter, a detailed trip itinerary, visa information (if required), a travel insurance application and a pre-departure information booklet with a recommended equipment list, suggested reading list and general information needed to prepare for your trip. Our experienced staff is happy to assist you in your preparation for your adventure with us.

Recommended Trekking Gear List

The items listed here are essential to have for the trip but there are a few "nice to have" optional items that are also listed. Please feel free to reach out for additional information or recommendations.

First Layer Clothing
Base layer top (2) - 1 synthetic for day, 1 for night (can be cotton for comfort)
Base layer bottom (1 or 2 synthetic)
T-shirts (2 or up to you)
Mid-layer long sleeved shirt (1 or 2 synthetic material like polyester or polypropylene)
Hiking shorts (2 pairs - synthetic or cotton)
Underwear (breathable, how many is up to you)
Travel clothes to wear around Katmandu before and after the trek (these can be left at the hotel in secured storage)

Outer Layer Clothing
Fleece jacket, soft-shell jacket or wool top
Soft-shell long pants or trekking pants
Gore-Tex or other breathable waterproof jacket
Gore-Tex or equivalent breathable waterproof rain pants
Down Jacket - synthetic is ok, must be very warm and puffy for night, camping, and rests (if you tend to get cold easily, get a warmer, heavier jacket (temps could range from 0-30 degrees)
Wool or fleece hat
Buff
Waterproof gloves (softshell)
Warm mittens (for colder nights)
Optional lightweight gloves (glove liners)
Sun hat (baseball cap, safari hat, something to keep the sun off)

Gear
Small daypack (30-40 liter) - an internal frame backpack is best and bookbag types are not recommended (there are many quality brands to choose from including Osprey, Deuter, North Face, Gregory, Red Fox, to name a few)
Sleeping bag - down or synthetic 0-20 degrees (Fahrenheit)
Sunglasses 100% UV (glacier type that wrap around and give more protection to the eyes)
Headlamp (small LED models with spare batteries)
SUNSCREEN: waterproof, SPF 30 or higher, broad spectrum (2-3oz tube)
Sunscreen lip balm, SPF 15 or higher
2 water bottles (1 quart Nalgene bottles are best)
Pocket knife (e.g., a Swiss Army Knife - very handy!)
Trash bags (3 - for separating out your dirty laundry and organizing)
A large expedition bag will be provided by SMA upon arrival in Nepal. You can use your own expedition bag or luggage to carry your items over there, then borrow the SMA expedition bag.

Personal Items
Toiletry kit to include:
Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Small soap (1- 2 oz. plastic bottle of something like Dr. Bronner’s soap)
Shower towel
Shampoo
Glasses or contacts, as needed
Any necessary medications
3 zip-loc bags (1 large for a notebook, 2 any size for miscellaneous use)
Optional Trekking poles
Optional Compass, star-chart, or binoculars
Optional Camera (batteries and a charger)
Optional External power brick (for charging phone/iPod)
Optional Journal/notebook and pen
Optional Any munchies you can’t get along without (e.g., chocolate, energy bars)
Optional Personal first aid kit (for blister care, etc.) *SMA Guides will have a well-equipped group supply of basic first aid and medications that will always be with us.

One of the most important items you will have for trekking is….Your BOOTS! The best boots for this trip are quality, light to medium-weight hiking boots that are waterproof. Go to a reputable gear shop and help get fitted for the ideal boot. You will be in them most of the day so get the right ones that fit you! (Scarpa, Lowa, LaSportiva, Salewa, Merrell, Asolo, Vasque are the best brands)
New boots MUST be broken in prior to coming to the trip. Breaking in a new pair of boots can involve several weeks so make sure you do it early and well before you arrive in Nepal!

Footwear
Light to medium weight hiking boots that are waterproof!
Sport sandals (such as Tevas or Chacos, Crocs) or lightweight running shoes for at camp (using bathroom at night, chilling in teahouse) Sport sandals, such as Tevas, Crocks, or Chacos, work very well for this and can be used for stream crossings in the backcountry. Running shoes also work well but do not dry as quickly. Thick wool socks (3 pairs)
Optional Liner socks (2 pairs of thin wool, polypro, Thermax, or similar - not cotton!)
Optional Down booties- totally luxurious but nice for walking around at the Teahouses