We invite you to join Ball State University’s Department of Geological Sciences on an outstanding trek to the base camp of the world's highest mountain.  We will take you through the lush valleys, rhododendron forests and rugged slopes of Sagarmatha National Park, with enough time to explore villages and monasteries.  With eight of the World’s highest fourteen peaks, all exceeding 8,000m, for our classroom this is certain to be the geological experience of a lifetime.

This trip is designed to give everyone an unprecedented opportunity to visit, explore and learn about the Himalaya while walking to Everest Base Camp.   On route we will discuss every aspect of the Himalaya from tectonic formation, petrology and structural geology, through glacial geology, hydrogeology and current environmental topics, and finally the cultural and social background of the people and the effects of the “base camp highway”.  Along the way we will sample local water supplies for E.coli and coliform bacteria.  Our goal is to produce a map of potable water for local communities.

The group will meet local Nepalese people, work within a community, and experience a life-style completely different from their own.  Hence this tripis not just about geology, it is about exploring our world and expanding our horizons.

For more information please contact: knichols@bsu.edu


All photos shown were taken between 2011-2014.  Please do not reproduce or use these photos without permission.

Countdown to Departure


April/May 2016 - We have started planning a new trip. 

Check out the article in the Environmental Monitor!


WLBC Muncie has just named Dr. Nicholson their “Difference Maker” of the month for November 2014 for the work in Nepal!

We have made news!  Check out WIBC, IPR and WTHR-13.  Here is the link to the AP story: http://www.sacbee.com/2014/10/01/6750543/ball-state-team-eyes-tainted-mount.html

Ball State team eyes tainted Mount Everest water - Wire Health & Science - The Sacramento Bee

A team of Ball State University researchers hopes to bring clean drinking water to a mountain village along a heavily traveled path to Mount Everest.