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Medieval Sites, Modern World, and Mountains, Mountains, Mountains


March 6-23, 2010 (Travel is during 1-week of class and Winterim. Return is the Tuesday of spring break)

Trip leaders: David Ellenberg, Laurie Carlyon-Ward

Eligible students: 10th-12th grade, no language requirement
Number of students: 10-15
Estimated cost: $4,300

Ready to take on adventure?

The trip starts in the capital, Kathmandu. Nepal combines the burgeoning energy of a modern developing democracy with the serenity of medieval temples and public squares. The Kathmandu Valley is at the heart of the country and is home to seven UNESCO World Heritage sites. These cultural and architectural gems remain in daily use. Pilgrims abound at the Hindu and Buddhist sites and shopkeepers set out wares amid the stone and wood pavilions first built in the 12th and 13th centuries.

Also part of the adventure is a 7-day trek in the central part of the Himalayan range. The hiking is challenging, yet geared for all students in good physical shape. The maximum altitude is about 10,000 feet and the mountain peaks rise an additional 15,000 feet above that. The startling scenery is best appreciated at walking pace. Overnights will be in lodges or homestays, sometimes with basic amenities as you experience real life at the village level. The drama of the trek is incomparable as the route goes from sub-tropical lowlands to alpine heights.

Please be in touch if you're interested. We're happy to tell you much more about the trip.