Explore how to co-create for Earth’s Highest Good

You are invited to join an exclusive excursion to the spectacular valleys surrounding Mount Everest. Circling the world’s highest mountain are three national parks that model how we can live more sustainably on Earth. Join a small team of conservationists, educators, and philanthropists October 10-28, 2022.

We shall walk and talk, exploring how best to extend lessons from Everest to our communities and worldwide. Future Generations (the world-circling family of an accredited university and seven sister organizations) has been extending these lessons since Future Generations led in founding two of these parks.

Everest has long symbolized the pinnacle of human conquest over nature. The mountain has been trashed and overrun with some 5,000 people summiting her slopes. Our focus on this excursion is to rewrite this narrative for the world.

We will witness lesser-known stories of people protecting and advancing alongside nature in this magnificent landscape: From Kathmandu, Nepal; to the Tibetan capital of Lhasa; then into the Everest Valleys; and back to Nepal. Leading our expedition is Daniel Taylor, who initiated cross-border protection of the region, partnering with Chinese and Nepalese governments to create protected areas managed by and for local communities.

Our discussions shall co-create strategies for each of us to use where we live and work to advance both nature conservation and our human life. Our discussions shall lead us to doable ideas we can take back to where we live and work.

An Exclusive Excursion to the Shadows of Everest
Dates: October 10-28, 2021
Skill Level: Moderate
The Trip:

  • Our journey begins in Kathmandu, Nepal learning about Nepal work, before flying to Lhasa where we’ll spend a couple days experiencing the culture of the Tibet Autonomous Region. We will also visit Lalu Wetlands National Preserve (which Future Generations helped create) while visiting the Dalai Lama’s Potala Palace.
  • Next, we spend two days driving across the Tibetan plateau, then 9 days trekking (with help of a yak caravan to carry our loads) through the dramatic valleys of Mt. Everest (plus the world’s 4th and 5th highest summits). We will also be exploring Himalaya’s old growth forests.
  • This trek includes optional excursions to Guru Rinpoche Cave and toward Everest’s Base (or rest days as needed) before returning back to Kathmandu in time to catch the end of the Festival of Lights celebrations (Called Diwali in India).

Visit the highest place on Earth to realize the highest version of your self

Collective visioning and planning discussions over three weeks will inspire new action to take back home where we live and work. Together, we will be learning to co-create the world anew.

Read on about our destination below, or learn more about the excursion details at our “Schedule” page.

About Qomolangma National Nature Preserve

The Qomolangma (Mt, Everest) National Nature Preserve (QNNP) was created in the spring of 1989. A quarter century later it has been outstandingly successful in not only protecting “the most beautiful valley in the world,” but an extensive Himalayan landscape of:

  • 20 major summits over 20,000 feet (including the 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 14th highest in the world)
  • Every indigenous animal species (snow leopards, blue sheep, wild ass, and more)
  • Seven spectacular forested valleys
  • A large geographical area the size of Taiwan (three times larger than Yellowstone National Park)

All this was achieved while improving the quality of life for what was 65,000 people who lived there and now nears 100,000 people. This is because the QNNP was the first major national park in the world to implement a management method that did not require park wardens. Management is by local communities.

Read more about the impact of this work at our “History in Tibet” page.