I had planned to go on the Everest Trek, all the way via Kala Pattar to the Everest Base Camp......but the change of temperatures from the Indian Thar desrt to Kathmandu during monsoon gave me a bad cold with fever. So I had to cancel my trekking dream, before I could start it.... But therefore I had two other opportunities to the one and only Mt.Everest.
My first view on this magnificent mountain was taken on my return flight from Bhutan. The clouds cover all the mountainrange with big names like Lhotse, Makalu and Choy Oyu - except one peak, the peak of the highest mountain of this planet, Mt.Everest.
This view is of course not what you can call watching by "fair means".
But my second possibility from Tingri/Tibet show a "fair" view on the mountain, called Qomolangma by Tibetans and Sagarmata by the Nepali people. We stood for ours in Tingri watching the Mt. Everest hiding behind clouds (hours, because the road was closed due to rebuilding anyway). Even if the was no perfect view on it, the scene of this montain range is incredibly fascinating!
Later, shortly behind Tingri Monsieur Forclaz from Switzerland took this picture and did not forget to send it to me. Mr. Forclaz deserves all the credit for capturing this beautiful moment!
Oh my God! This is what is all about. Chomolungma, Sagarmatha, Qomolungma or Mt. Everest, whatever you want to call it. First climbed by Sir Edmund Hillary and Norgay back in 1953, just because it was there.
Words is what I don´t have to describe it. I´m just so lucky to be there, at least once, from a plane. Now I hope to come back to do the base camp trekking. Perhaps someday...
Something you can't miss. It was my first time in Nepal, and perhaps certainly the last. How could I skip a view to this natural monument? Not only for Nepal, but for the World.
There are several agencies that arranges those flights. In my case it was Yeti Airlines, on Friday May 13rd. Are you supersticious? Well, I lived to tell the story.
The picture was taken in the bus heading to the plane at Kathmandu Airport. Be ready to be checked, and checked, and touched, and checked several times before departure.
In 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary and his sherpa, Tenzig Norgay became the first men who successfully reached the summit of Mount Everest, thus creating history. They did it using the South Col route from Nepal passing through the dangerous Khumbul Icefall. Mount Everest can also be climbed from the northern route from Tibet, but it is more difficult this way.
Try arrange your trek so that you will be in Namche Bazaar on a Saturday as the weekly market is held then. Sherpas and locals travel great distances to buy and sell their goods. The place will be crowded and you will be able to take some wonderful photographs.
There are many things to do here while you are acclimatising hike to Kumjung/Khunde,(you can catch a view of Everest from nearby), visit the Sagamartha Park Visitors Centre or the museums. There is one dedicated to Sherpas and another one dealing with medicinal plants and herbs. There is also the monastery to visit as well as stocking up with reading material from the many second hand book shops. Also stock up on your supplies as further up the trail prices will increase dramatically.
If you have two days to spare it is worth taking a side trip from Dingboche to Chukhung and stay in a lodge there. Get up early next day and trek further up the valley for wonderful views of Ama Dablam (Ama Dablam means mother's necklace as the mountain and ridges supposed to be similar to a mother cradling her baby!). Just follow the trail as far as you can, it will become harder to follow the further you go, and you will be unlikely to meet anyone else.
If you stay at Gokyo get up at 4 am, take a flashlight and climb Kala Patar. The earlier, the better as if you leave it too late the views of Everest may be obscured by clouds. The climb is tough at this altitude and it may take up to two hours but once you are there you will be rewarded with wonderful views of Everest and surrounding mountains. At the very top there are two rocks to stand on for taking excellent photographs. The settlement of Gokyo by the lake will appear to be very small. Take it easy going down the hill to avoid knee problems.
From Namche Bazaar it is worth a day hike up yo Khumjung-Khunde area while you acclimatise. Th walls by the village paths are very neatly made from stone as well as the houses. You can also visit the medical centre that Sir Edmund Hillary funded and stayed at for several years.
The Himalayan mountain range is the highest in the world formed by the collision of the Indian continent with Asia millions of years ago. This is a young mountain range, as can be seen from the sharp peaks of the mountains. The mountains are increasing in height through time. Besides Mount Everest, there are a few other peaks higher than 8000 metres here including Cho-yu, Makalu, Lhoste etc.
Just some minutes after take off you can see the Himalaya's. Beatiful valleys, lakes, mountains, and the first 7000+ mts. mountains appear in front of you to prepare the speacial appearance of the starring, Everest.
This is one of the most famous landmark on Earth at 8850 metres above sea-level, and is still rising with time. For those who cannot climb it, the next best thing is to at least see it in all its glory. The most convenient way is of-course by a flight, and if you are keen on trekking, you can see Mount Everest by the Everest trek (about 19-21 days) which goes through the Khumbul region.
The mountain flights are available near to the international Tribuvan airport in Kathmandu. There are several companies doing these flights based on your budget and expectations. Normally a 1 hour flight will cost between US$100-$200 dollars, and on a clear day it will be money well spent.
I just read that the yeti's skull and hand on display are replicas of the stolen ones from 1991, but you can still go and see them. Actually i may have been about the last person to see the real or shall we say the original yeti skull before it was stolen. i stayed one night in Pangboche so i was looking forward to going to the monastery to see the skull. the custodian of the monastery lived in a up and down building next to the monastery and when i requested to see the skull she squatted on the ground and relieved herself, before asking for a few rupees to open the monastery. I entered the monastery to see some beautiful coloured displays but casting my eyes around i failed to see the skull, but the problem was solved by producing a few more rupees and she produced a glass case from a cabinet with the skull and hand inside. The next morning when we woke at the lodge we were informed that the skull had been stolen so for those of you who have to make do with the replica here is the original. Probably this would have been sometime in April 1991 if i am not mistaken. Please visit the replicas, the monastery is interesting anyway.
While trekking to Base Camp try spend a night at Tengboche, which you should reach in one day from Namche Bazaar and if you are trekking the right time of year you will pass by a rhodedandrum forest. Tengboche is on a small plateau offering wonderful views, and the centre of the village is a grassy field with a beautiful monastery on the left as you enter the village. As you leave the village you should have a clear view of Everest, weather permitting.