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We will begin the afternoon with a 15 minutes presentation for our final program to India. We have room for two more. But the focus is on the future trips.
The 2014 adventures have been narrowed down to Galapagos and Everest Base Camp (EBC) eliminating Patagonia as a choice. And it is looking more like EBC. For the US hike it will be Zion and Bryce NP. North Grand Canyon is not accessible through Bryce at the moment due to severely damaged roads.
Zion and Bryce will be late March for 9 days-10 days leaving Friday and returning the following Sunday. Two choices how to get there will be presented at this meeting. First choice is a maximum of 27 people and second choice is a maximum of 12 people for the trip to be cost effective.
In this meeting, we will review the proposed itinerary from each location. EBC and Galapagos programs are described below. Let’s review the programs, give feedback and suggestions and discuss how we can make our dreams come to reality.
Zion, Bryce & Grand Canyon – mid to late March 2014. Angel’s Landing, Narrows, Wall Street, Emerald Pools, Walters Wiggles and Scott Lookout. I was here 20+ years ago and I still remember the vivid impact the scenery left me.
Shuttle is the only vehicle allowed in the park from March to November so the impact of motor vehicles pollution to a minimum. We start our hikes at Zion and drive to Bryce, 85 miles away. Elevation varies but we can hike Telephone Canyon, 13 miles one way and take the shuttle back. We can decide on that later. For Bryce, take a look at the hoodoos, http://www.nps.gov/brca/index.htm . For Zion, visit http://www.nps.gov/brca/index.htm .
1) Galapagos & Quito Ecuador – Galapagos is located north west of South America 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean. There are 13 large islands in Galapagos and many smaller ones; Santa Cruz, Isabela (Albemarle as the largest, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristobal, the provincial capital. Quito, Ecuador’s capital was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in the 1970s for having the best preserved and least altered historic centers in Latin America. Guayaquil, the country’s largest city was also declared a World Heritage site in 1999 for its outstanding example of planned inland Spanish style colonials.
Proposed itinerary include visit to Ecological reserves, Cuicocha lagoon, indigenous communities, Quilotoa volcano where we will trek, Riobamba, Chimborazo Reserve and the Galapagos. Experience a unique and rich culture in this American friendly country. Condor Travels, who hosted us in Peru will be the tour provider again.
2) Everest Base Camp, Nepal – There are two base camps on opposite sides of Mount Everest. South is in Nepal at 5,364 meters (17,598 ft) or the north in Tibet. Proposed itinerary starts with a city tour to Kathmandu, organic farm, orphanage and monasteries, hike, then rafting in Trisuli and a visit to the towns of Bhaktaphur and Pokhara and a panoramic sunrise awakening at Sarangkot hills. Let the sherpas spoil you while they carry your load and physically take the monkey load off your back. Hiking the Himalayas is a dream for many. Make this dream come true.
Asian Adventure will be our host on this trip. Hem Bugratti, a friend of mine is the owner.
The cost for Galapagos will pro’ly be more than EBC with RT airfares from SMF to Quito, then around $600 additional from Quito to the islands + $100 entrance fee to the park. That is why I am favoring EBC.
Cost to attend, a donation of $2 is requested to cover handouts and other materials and refreshments. Please note, cost is not available at this time. These hikes are scheduled for late 2014. Great planning is essential so we plan early. Thank you.
See you there.
If you can stay after the presentation, I will be teaching yoga at 6 pm at the same location. Appropriate for all levels.
Thank you, Del Marie