Mushroom Trek to Everest Base Camp, Nepal
International Mountain Trekking, a small company which offers custom-designed trips to the Himalayas, is organizing the first citizen/scientist mushroom trek this June to Everest Base Camp, at the height of Nepal’s mushroom season. The trek will be led by Shiva Devkota, Ph.D, Nepal’s leading mycologist. Dr. Devkota will join experienced Sherpa guides to lead this trek through rugged forested terrain, deep river-carved gorges and multiple climate zones that support dozens of rare and interesting mushrooms, plants and medicinal herbs.
Nights will be at comfortable mountain lodges, and evenings will be spent learning about (and, when possible, cooking and eating) the mushrooms found during forays, and about the ecological and evolutionary processes at work in this mountainous region. A video about the trek is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEYicjLxUYU&t=4s
One of the goals of this trek is to lay the groundwork for a systematic review of the mushrooms of the Himalayas, with the future goal of publishing a comprehensive guide to the mushrooms of this region.
The 16-day trek, which runs from June 13 through June 28, 2020, will culminate at the picturesque village of Phortse, home to the trek's Sherpa guides and the Khumbu Climbing Center, and will coincide with the Buddhist festival of Dumji.