Mission: Nepal 2009
Routes Less Traveled
DATES: May 11-June 3.
PURPOSE: To take the Gospel where others cannot or will not go in Nepal. We will trek in Mustang, which was closed to foreigners until 1992 (and is not open to missionaries), in the Annapurna region rather than again taking the Khumbu highway in the Everest region. The goal is to continue to survey how God would have us work with and serve the people of Nepal. People we will encounter include Thakalis and many Lopas of Tibetan origin. Tibetan Buddhism is the main religion.
PROPOSED ITINERARY: [Trekking note — Although Mustang is lower, altitude-wise, than the Khumbu, it is challenging because of exposed terrain and continual winds.]
- Monday, May 11 and Tuesday, May 12 – Travel, as necessary, to Katmandu.
- Wednesday, May 13 (Day 1) – Arrive Katmandu. Overnight in Katmandu at Hotel Gyangjong.
- Thursday, May 14 (Day 2) – Spend day in Katmandu. Stay second night at Hotel Gyangjong.
- Friday, May 15 (Day 3) – Drive Katmandu to Pokhara. Stay at Hotel Kantipur.
- Saturday, May 16 (Day 4) – Fly Pokhara to Jomsom (elevation 2713 meters/8,900 feet). Trek to Kagbeni (2810m/9,220’). About 4 hours. Camp 1.
- Sunday, May 17 (Day 5) – Trek Kagbeni (2810m/9,220’) to Chusang (2,920m/9,580’). About 5 hours. Camp 2.
- Monday, May 18 (Day 6) – Trek Chusang (2920m/9,580’) to Syangmoche (3800m/12,467’). Camp 3.
- Tuesday, May 19 (Day 7) – Trek Syangmoche (3800m./12,467’) to Ghami (3550m/11,650’). Camp 4.
- Wednesday, May 20 (Day 8) – Trek Ghami (3550m/11,650) to Charang (3490m/11,450’) over two passes (3950m/12,960’ and 3770m/12,370’). Camp 5.
- Thursday, May 21 (Day 9) – Trek Charang (3490m/11,450’) to Lo Manthang (3760 m/12,335’). Lo Manthang is a walled city containing some of Nepal’s largest Buddhist gompas. Camp 6.
- Friday, May 22 and Saturday, May 23 (Days 10 and 11) – Lo Manthang area. Camps 7 and 8.
- Sunday, May 24 (Day 12) – Trek Lo Manthang to Dhi. Returning via eastern trekking route (called a “wild and difficult” alternative to the main walk-out; villages along this route are isolated and infrequently visited). Camp 9.
- Monday, May 25 (Day 13) – Trek Dhi to Tangya (3320m/10,892’). Camp 10.
- Tuesday, May 26 (Day 14) – Trek Tangya (3320m/10,892’) to Tetang (3100m/10,170’). Camp 11.
- Wednesday, May 27 (Day 15) – Trek Tetang (3100m/10,170’)to Muktinath (an important pilgrim place for Hindus coming from as far away as southern India; 3800m/12,467’). Camp 12.
- Thursday, May 28 (Day 16) – Trek Muktinath (3800m/12,467’) to Jomsom (2713m/8,900’). Camp 13.
- Friday, May 29 (Day 17) – Fly Jomsom to Pokhara to Katmandu. Stay at Hotel Gyangjong.
- Saturday, May 30-Tuesday, June 2 – In Katmandu. Visit local churches/ministries. Stay at Hotel Gyangjong.
- Tuesday, June 2-Wednesday, June 3 – Travel, as necessary, from Katmandu.
PARTICIPANTS: Kyle Austin, Houghton, N.Y.; Jason, Kathmandu, Nepal; Brian Smith, Jacksonville, Ore.
(Photos on this page courtesy Bob and Randy French)