Tours, Treks & Expeditions
Supporting Sherpa in the Himalaya: Trekking and Private Helicopter
(12 nights – Sample trip description)
This Himalayan experience is the ultimate in adventure, Sherpa hospitality and lifestyle. Most importantly, this “special”l expedition gives back to the Sherpa children in the very remote Himalaya. We will travel via private helicopter into the remote Solukhumbu region, reaching a small landing pad at roughly 2800m. From there, we will live Sherpa style, visit multiple schools for our trip donation of wages, school supplies, computers and whatever else is most in need. We will have the opportunity to deliver much needed supplies to the local mountain health post. Free time will be spent trekking around the remote Himalaya enjoying the vistas of the world’s highest peaks.
During our days in the hustling and bustling Kathmandu, you will be treated to private day trips to the most important, sacred areas. There are always additional surprises, time allowing, to experience the surrounding mountains near Kathmandu. In addition, we will spend two nights on jungle safari, in the south, in the Terai.
Nepal is a small, landlocked country, bordered on the north by Tibet (China) & on the south, east and west by India. It is 500 miles long and 125 miles wide. The 3 main geographic areas are:
1. The Terai in the south: At 200′ – 1000′ above sea level, the lowland Terai occupies about 17% of the total land area of Nepal. The Terai is primarily agricultural, but still has lush forests and jungles.
2. The Middle Hills – This region is 64% of the total land area, including Kathmandu Valley. The area is from 1,600′ to 3,280′. There is farming on thousand of ancient terraces carved into the hills.
3. The Himalaya in the north – The altitude of the Himalayan region ranges between 16,000’ to 29,035′ (Mt. Everest). It includes 8 of the 10 highest peaks in the world.
More than 23+ million people live in Nepal. The people practice Hinduism, Buddhism, Muslim & Christianity. Most of Nepal’s rivers flow southward from the glaciers of the Himalaya to join the Ganges in India.
The climate in Eastern Nepal is damp and ideal for tea growing. In Western Nepal, the climate is dry, even during the summer monsoon season. North of Nepal, the “Tibetan Plateau” rises thousands of feet above the surrounding countryside. It is one of the largest and highest plateaus in the world.
60 million years ago the space Nepal occupies was an open expanse of water, once part of the Mediterranean Sea. Imagine the Tibetan Plateau as beachfront property! When the Indo-Australian plate collided with the Eurasian continent and was pushed under it, the earth’s crust buckled and folded and the building of the Himalaya began, a process that continues today.
Estimated Costs: $6500.00 per person ex. Kathmandu
Our private “Magical Morocco” experience has all the wonderful variety that Morocco offers. From the craziness (fun) and souks (markets) of Marrakech, over the awe-inspiring High Atlas Mountains, through the Drâa Valley and its hundreds of decaying kasbahs, onto the vastness of the desert, the inspiring scenery en route to Tata before arriving at the raw and wild beach at Sidi Kaouki, this trip has it all! We’ll make our way back to Marrakech for a final night of celebration before your international departure flights.
Kasbah Ellouze to the desert camp is about 6 hours. Departing after breakfast you go through the Drâa Valley with its 3 million date palms, and onto the vastness of the desert. You will arrive in time for sunset. The camp is a mix of traditional Berber design, coupled with modern comfort. It is surrounded by magnificent sand dunes and is located adjacent to the highest dunes in Morocco.The desert camp might be in the middle of nowhere, but we still pride ourselves on preparing quality food. Mealtime is after all an integral part of camp life. We include all meals, drink and guided camel trips. Also included in the price are evening sundowners, sand-boarding, picnic lunches in the dunes and evening entertainment.
From the desert camp it’s 4 hours to Tata. The first 3 hours of the journey you bump along off road to Foum Zguid. It’s one hour with beautiful scenery to Tata. Dar Infiane in Tata is a charming place with gorgeous views.
Tata to Tafraoute is a 3-hour journey through some of the most stunning geographical formations in the whole of Morocco. It’s wild and raw. In Oumesnat you stay at La Maison Traditionelle, a charming guesthouse nestled under Jbel Lekst in the beautiful Ameln valley near Tafraoute.
Tafraoute to Sid Kaouki is about 4½ hours. It is a mixture of amazing scenery and an hour of dross coming into Agadir. You follow the coast road from Agadir, and then after about one hour the road goes slightly inland through argan oil country.
Sidi Kaouki is about 20 minutes south of Essaouira. It is how beach places used to be—laid back, undeveloped, quite raw. The beach is huge. It can be windy, but often it is not. It’s not just a great place to unwind and have long walks but there is also plenty to do: swim, surf, horse ride, quad bike. You can also go on a day trip to Essaouira.
Rebali consists of five delightful villas, built in a riad style, two of which can be rented on an exclusive basis (there is a small premium for this). There is a private pool. Breakfast is provided, and also lunches and dinner on demand.
The journey is half the fun – so, whilst your driver will suggest where to stop the pace of the trip and places to stop are ultimately decided by you. Whilst your driver is not an official guide, they are knowledgeable and play a highly important role in the enjoyment of your trip. Some guests like to have guides in Marrakech. This is best organized through the riad in which you are staying. We can also arrange this for you, as either a half-day or full day.
Estimated Costs: $6500.00 per person ex. Marrakesh or $7500.00 per person (with Atlas mountains extension)