Mani stones (or Tibetan prayer stones) with Ama Dablem in the background. (Photo by Jim Doenges)
Date: April 19 (arrive in Katmandu) to May 11, 2008.
Team: Minimum of four U.S. members; maximum of eight. This team is full!
Current team members: Kyle Austin, Houghton, N.Y.; Becca Catlin, Tacoma, Wash.; Jim Doenges, Littleton, Colo., trip leader; Pete Hohmann, Mechanicsville, Va.; Jerry Isaak, Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada; Todd Jenner, Cameron, N.Y.; Jim Nowlin, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Brian Smith, Loveland, Colo.; Dan Stewart, Hornell, N.Y.; Erica Zeiler, Littleton, Colo.; Jason, Katmandu, Nepal. CLICK HERE to read the team bios.
Cost: $2,750, includes all needed Sherpa support, such as trekking sirdar, porters, cooks, food, and cooking gear; round-trip airfare from Katmandu to Lukla; all needed permits and fees; tips for Sherpa support staff; an offering for a home church in Katmandu; ground transportation and lodging in Katmandu; and an expedition T-shirt. Cost does not include airfare, meals while in Katmandu, visa, and insurance. Climbing For Christ will book group round-trip air travel from the U.S. to Katmandu, which we estimate will cost an additional $1,980 per person.
Purpose: To discern how God might use Climbing For Christ to serve people in the mountains of Nepal, share the love and truth of Christ with Sherpa people and trekkers and climbers from around the world, and prayer-walk at Hindu temples and Buddhist stupas and monasteries. Secondarily, disciple one another, grow in our understanding of spiritual warfare and ability to articulate our faith, encourage a church in Katmandu, pray for and fellowship with a Climbing For Christ member who is climbing Everest, and have an opportunity to see the tallest mountain in the world.
Location: Khumbu region of Nepal, including Everest Base Camp and the villages of Lukla, Namche, Gokyo, Lobuche, and Pangboche; and the city of Katmandu (the capital of Nepal)
Prerequisites: Team members must have the ability to share the Gospel and defend Christianity, and a desire to pray fervently amidst spiritual attack. You must be in good health and excellent physical condition, with extensive hiking experience. We will spend considerable time above 14,000 feet and trekking at altitude is strenuous. We will trek for 16 days, covering at least 80 miles with a total elevation change of more than 20,000 vertical feet. The trails are steep and rocky, but there will be no technical climbing. The trek will include day-hikes up Gokyo Peak and Kala Patthar (18,192 feet), and we will sleep at elevations up to about 17,500 feet. Porters will carry most of the gear and camp supplies; you will only need to carry a daypack. Youth (under 18) are welcome if accompanied by a parent or other adult who will serve as a guardian.
Dispatches: CLICK HERE to read our reports from the field.