Experience the wild beauty of Nepal on a 15-day trek with Alpine Interface. Guides—all of whom have completed a rigorous certification process—lead small groups through the Himalayas for nine days, leaving travelers with time before and after their adventure to experience the capital city of Kathmandu. The outfitter seeks to make a positive impact at the site of exploration by sponsoring the education of two Sherpa children, and providing necessary insurance and gear to Nepalese mountain guides.
Trip Tip: Ask to stop by the Buddhist "Monkey Temple," perched on a hill overlooking Kathmandu.
Luxury Level: Trekkers stay in upscale hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara, and in mountain lodges throughout their journey.
Key Cultural Immersion and Historical/Archaeological Conservation: Alpine Interface; 800/368-5056; alpineinterface.com; $2,500 per person, all-inclusive; multiple trips throughout the year.