(13 days Lodge trek, 5 days Kathmandu)
Besides the amazingly
close views of the great Himalayan peaks , including
Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Makalu, you will come in
close contact with the Sherpa tradition and culture.
Among all the mountain communities, the Sherpas are
arguably the most discussed. Their life-style on the
high mountain side, the sparse vegetation of the high
Himalayas, their co-relation with yaks (a source of
transportation, milk, cheese, meat and wool), and their
courage have been praised by the liked of Hillary, Bonnington,
Our Everest experience begins at Lukla; the flight in
and out of this airstrip alone may be worth this trip.
Sacred stones, chortens(some built to commemorate the
memories of of climbers who died on Everest expeditions)
and fluttering prayer flags make the path to the base
camp more than a trekking route. You will frequently
meet yak caravans and cross precarious suspension bridges.
This route passes through forests of birch, confer,
rhododendron, juniper, and tundra.
Namche Bazaar at 3446 meters makes an enchanting resting
site. Shape like a horseshoe, the settlement could well
be the greatest mountain ampitheater on earth. You will
see Everest(8848m), Nuptse(7879m), Lhotse(8501m), Ama
Dablam, Kwangde and Thamserku mountains. On Saturday
people bring vegetables, clothes, meat, yak tails, and
butter for trade and the Sherpa people gather to share
goods and gossip. Mountaineering souvenirs, left behind
by legendary expeditions to Everest, can also be purchased.
Stop at the village of Khumjung will fill you with the
tales of the legendary Yeti a visit to the local monastery
will give you a view of the Yeti's scalp. Tengboche
monastery will show you how Sherpa religion works, and
perhaps, if lucky, see an endangered snow leopard.
At Dingboche you will rest for a day to acclimatize,
you may go to Chhukung(4730m) on this day and see the
Island Peak(3189m), the south face of Lhotse, the eastern
face of Ama Dablam, and Amphu Lapcha at 5780 meter pass.
The climb to Kalapathar will bring before you perhaps
the best view of Everest and the Lho La pass that takes
travelers from Nepal to Tibet, the West Ridge route,
and Everest all the way to South Col. The trip to the
base camp from there is fascinating, and at the base
camp you may meet members of Everest expeditions.