schu tours

TREKKING & MEDITATION

Lower Everest Region

 NEPAL

 
 
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APRIL 12 2019 - APRIL 25 2019

$1500 PER PERSON

Join Schu Tours for two weeks of meditation and teahouse trekking in the beautiful, unspoiled Solukhumbu district of Nepal. Bask in the sunshine during daily meditation, explore ancient villages, and visit remote monasteries along the trail as you experience the Sherpa, Magar, and Tamang cultures. Challenge yourself as you summit Pikey Peak at 4200m to see epic views of four of the highest mountains in the world including Everest. Complete the adventure of a lifetime and come home feeling renewed.

 

 
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ADVENTURE HIGHLIGHTS

 REMOTE TREKKING  A truly unique and remote trekking experience off the beaten path in Nepal. Few trekkers venture to this region. Summit Pikey Peak and see magnificent views of Everest, Kanchenjanga, Makalu, Ama Dablam, Mera Peak, Gauri Shanker, Nambur Himal and more.

REMOTE TREKKING

A truly unique and remote trekking experience off the beaten path in Nepal. Few trekkers venture to this region. Summit Pikey Peak and see magnificent views of Everest, Kanchenjanga, Makalu, Ama Dablam, Mera Peak, Gauri Shanker, Nambur Himal and more.

 NOURISHMENT FOR YOUR BEING  Develop a new appreciation of your body’s abilities. Fill your belly with authentic Nepali food and endless cups of tea. Disconnect from your cellphone and tap into your self for a change.

NOURISHMENT FOR YOUR BEING

Develop a new appreciation of your body’s abilities. Fill your belly with authentic Nepali food and endless cups of tea. Disconnect from your cellphone and tap into your self for a change.

 AN EPIC ACCOMPLISHMENT  Complete a trek in a majestic land that most people only dream of visiting. Aquire tools to work on cultivating a personal mindfulness practice for your daily life from this moment forward. Realize that you are the architect of your experience.

AN EPIC ACCOMPLISHMENT

Complete a trek in a majestic land that most people only dream of visiting. Aquire tools to work on cultivating a personal mindfulness practice for your daily life from this moment forward. Realize that you are the architect of your experience.

 job creation  Hiring our trusted guide Nawa funnels money directly back into the hands of local Nepalis. Nawa hires porters from his local village to assist on our treks. An average Nepali wage is about $90 per month. We pay well over that in just two weeks. Allowing porters to earn a living wage. This is not how porters are typically treated by trekking companies.

job creation

Hiring our trusted guide Nawa funnels money directly back into the hands of local Nepalis. Nawa hires porters from his local village to assist on our treks. An average Nepali wage is about $90 per month. We pay well over that in just two weeks. Allowing porters to earn a living wage. This is not how porters are typically treated by trekking companies.

 PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY  Focus on truly living in the moment. Allow Schu to capture the highlights of your trip so you don’t have to. Working as a photojournalist and photographer for nearly a decade means Schu will have her camera at the ready to capture the epic views, looks of pure bliss, and unexpected action from the trail.

PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY

Focus on truly living in the moment. Allow Schu to capture the highlights of your trip so you don’t have to. Working as a photojournalist and photographer for nearly a decade means Schu will have her camera at the ready to capture the epic views, looks of pure bliss, and unexpected action from the trail.

 SOCIAL IMPACT  A portion of each Schu Tours adventure fee is donated directly to a local cause in need. Nawa and Schu identify an area of need and purchase the necessary supplies to donate whether it's uniforms for school children or blankets for remote villages.

SOCIAL IMPACT

A portion of each Schu Tours adventure fee is donated directly to a local cause in need. Nawa and Schu identify an area of need and purchase the necessary supplies to donate whether it's uniforms for school children or blankets for remote villages.

 BREATHTAKING VIEWS  Experience awe-inducing moments throughout each hour of the day. Take in breathtaking views and gain a new appreciation for the high elevation landscapes. See stunning flora and fauna and enjoy some of the most inspiring sunrises and sunsets of your lifetime.

BREATHTAKING VIEWS

Experience awe-inducing moments throughout each hour of the day. Take in breathtaking views and gain a new appreciation for the high elevation landscapes. See stunning flora and fauna and enjoy some of the most inspiring sunrises and sunsets of your lifetime.

 ANCIENT CULTURES  Witness the culture of Tamang, Magars, Chhetri, Brahmin and Sherpa villages. Pass by ancient Buddhist stupas and monasteries. Feel as if you’re traveling back in time as you immerse yourself in mountain culture.

ANCIENT CULTURES

Witness the culture of Tamang, Magars, Chhetri, Brahmin and Sherpa villages. Pass by ancient Buddhist stupas and monasteries. Feel as if you’re traveling back in time as you immerse yourself in mountain culture.

 dAILY MEDITATION  Practice guided meditation, breathing techniques, and mindfulness tools to create a deeper connection with your true self. Cultivate your meditation practice over the course of two weeks and carry it home with you after the trek.

dAILY MEDITATION

Practice guided meditation, breathing techniques, and mindfulness tools to create a deeper connection with your true self. Cultivate your meditation practice over the course of two weeks and carry it home with you after the trek.

ITINERARY

day 1 - Friday April 12  

Arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal. Transportation from the airport to hotel in Thamel, the traveler’s area of Kathmandu.

day 2 - SATURday April 13  

Pre-trek briefing to review gear, packing, and pertinent details. Shopping for gear + any other needs.

Day 3 - Sunday April 14

Private jeep ride from Kathmandu to Pattale at 2850m (9,350ft) from the sea level. Be prepared for over eight hours of bumpy back roads to reach the remote lower Everest region of Nepal.

Day 4 - Monday April 15

Sight seeing in Pattale the home village of our guide Nawa, and Ram, one of our porters. We can explore the surrounding villages, yoga training center, Tower hill, and whatever else peaks our interest.

Day 5 - Tuesday April 16

Five hours walk from Pattale to Jhapre. The altitude is similar to Pattale. En route to Jhapre you will see stunning landscapes all along the Solu Okhaldhunga border. Here you will pass monasteries and a Buddhist stupa. Sleep in at simple lodge at 2700m.

Day 6 - Wednesday April 17

Six hours walk from Jhapre to Lamuje. Beautiful scenery of the Himalayas while traipsing through rhododendron and pine forests. If it is clear, Numbur, the nearest peak, dominates the landscape here.  After lunch we walk on an open ridge fringed with cedar until we reach Lhamuje. Sleep in a simple lodge at 3300m.

Day 7 - Thursday April 18

Five hours walk from Lamuje to Pikey Base. Mostly flat, beautiful scenery including sights of yaks and naks (female yak). Lunch at Pikey and if there’s time and energy, we’ll climb up about an hour to Pikey Peak at 4100m. Views from Pikey Peak are said to be Edmund Hillary’s favorite in all of Nepal. From Pikey’s Peak you’ll see epic views of the Everest Himalayan Range including Thamsherku, Khangtega, Khatang, Karyoling, Numbur Himal, Mera, Gaurishanker and Dorje Lakpa. If we’re tired, we’ll climb to the peak in the morning. Either way, sleep at a simple lodge at base camp at 3800m.

Day 8 - friday April 19

About three hours walk from Pikey base to Jase Bhangyang. There are two routes, one longer, one steeper and shorter, we’ll see how we feel and make a team decision. Sleep in a simple lodge at 2900m.

Day 9 - saturday April 20

Jase Bhangyang to Junbesi. Possible rest day here depending on what we cover the previous two days. Junbesi is a nice little town where we can do laundry and explore villages. Sleep in a simple lodge at 2600m.

Day 10 - sunday April 21

Walk from Junbesi to Ringmo. A climb through dense forests before emerging on a grassy ridge with nice views of Everest. Sleep in a simple lodge at 2700m.

Day 11 - monday April 22

A longer day of six hours from Ringmo to Takhindu, but the walk is not too challenging. The morning begins with two hours of gentle uphill trekking to Takhindu La at 3000m then back down to Phaplu. A long, easy decline through farms and forest on a rarely used Jeep road. Take a glimpse at the anni gompa (nunnery) nearby.

Sleep in a nice lodge in Phaplu at 2500m.

Day 12 - tuesday April 23

Fly from Phaplu to Kathmandu. Stay at a guesthouse in Thamel. Spend your first night back in the city taking the hottest shower you can imagine. Maybe do some laundry so you have a fresh outfit for the flight home. Drink a beer or three? Eat a cheesy pizza? Whatever.

Day 13 - Wednesday April 24

Souvenir shopping + Kathmandu chill time. If you're interested in doing something specific, maybe a trip to the monkey temple or historic Patan, Schu + Nawa can set it up for you. 

This day also acts as a buffer in case there is inclement weather for flights the day before.

Day 14 - thursday April 25

Transportation to KTM airport + fly home. 

MEET YOUR LEADERS

Sarah Schu

Professional photographer, travel guide, and meditation teacher.

As a child Schu dreamed of one day visiting Nepal and after her first visit in 2012, she knew she'd be back as many times as possible. Her love of Nepal and it's people are half the reason she started Schu Tours. There's no place on earth like Nepal. Fair warning, you're going to want to return again and again. I'm sorry.

Beyond her love of Nepal, Schu is an avid backpacker and trekker. She enjoys sleeping in a tent more than her own bed and if she won the lottery she could easily fill five years trekking all the trails she has mapped in her mind.

Before Schutours, Sarah graduated with a photojournalism degree and worked as a freelance photographer for eight years.

In 2015, after three years of self practice, Schu was trained for 200+ hours in yoga asana and meditation by Rishikul Yogshala in Pokhara, Nepal. Schu enjoys focusing on the mental benefits of yoga, striving to incorporate meditation and pranayama into her adventures and every day moments for a more mindful, conscious approach to life.

Nawa Tamang

Professional trekking & tour guide with a background in finance and experience as a porter.

Schu and Nawa first met during a trek in 2015. Even though they only chatted for ten minutes, Nawa immediately made an impression on her although Nawa has no recollection of that experience. 

Keeping in touch over facebook, Schu watched as Nawa used his own income and donations from trekkers to fund a local health clinic and build a computer lab in his home district.

Nawa is committed to helping the people of Nepal by employing local villagers as porters, insisting they are treated and paid fairly (which unfortunately is uncommon) and donating his time and resources to villages in need.

Over the past few years alone, Nawa has supplied remote mountain regions with warm blankets and clothing. He has helped dig, build, and maintain safe water drinking stations after the earthquake and he has donated school uniforms and supplies to village primary schools. After each adventure, Nawa and Schu discuss areas of need and distribute funds to various projects accordingly.

 
 

ONE PORTER - ONE BAG

Most trekking companies charge individuals a large fee for a porter, but instead of passing on that income, they load up the porter with two people's bags, often weighing over 80lbs, and they give them a disappointingly low salary.

Nawa and Schu are committed to the fair treatment of porters, respect for their wellbeing, and encouragement of thier growth in the trekking industry. They both dream of the day when they can employ their team of porters full-time.

GIVING BACK

Schu was never that great at holding onto her money. She believes spreading it around is the best way for it to eventually reach its way back to her. A percentage of your program fee goes directly to purchasing supplies for remote villages in the way of school supplies, clothing, tools, or technology. After the adventure you'll receive news of who benefited from your donation. 

INCLUDED

In short, nearly everything from the moment you arrive in Nepal is covered. Here are the specifics:

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pLANNING + PERMITS + transportation

  • Pre-trip planning and support while in home country
  • Pre-trek planning, packing, and briefing while in Nepal
  • All organizational requirements and government taxes including trekking permits and conservation area entry fees
  • Pick up + Drop off at Kathmandu Airport
  • Transportation via private Jeep to trekking area
  • Domestic flight from Phaplu to Kathmandu
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EXPERIENCED guides + porterS + charitable donation

  • One American + one Nepali trekking guide
  • One porter per person which includes a generous salary, food, and accommodation on trek
  • Insurance and permits for Nepali guide and porters
  • Professional images of your adventure
  • Schu Tours swag bag and trekking map
  • Donations in the form of supplies + aid to a remote village in need
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ACCOMMODATION + ADVENTURE

  • 14 day all inclusive trekking and meditation adventure
  • Daily meditation class + mindfulness exercises
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu
  • 3 meals per day + tea
  • All guesthouse accommodation during the trek
  • First aid medical kit, oximeter which monitors pulse, heart rate, and oxygen saturation at higher altitudes

ACCOMMODATIONS + MEALS

The accommodation on this trek is rustic as we’ll sleep in small lodges and teahouses each evening in local villages. Most rooms have several beds, which means you have the option of sharing your space with a travel buddy or member of the team or going it alone. Be prepared for harder beds and a shortage of hot showers. What lacks in comfort will be made up for in unforgettable experiences. Enjoy unlimited tea breaks and simple Nepali cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If you’re a picky eater, no worries, there will be options for you as well.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED ?     THESE FEW THINGS :

International flight to and from Nepal + Nepal visa upon arrival + Travel Insurance + Trekking gear

Personal expenses such as laundry, souvenirs, internet access, etc + Bar and cold beverage bills

Generous tips for your hardworking Nepali guide & porters