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    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...


    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...


    From my Everest treks i have many signs that are amusing because of the spelling such as this one in Bengar


    Phakding is a pretty village to spend a night, it's next to a river. Don't bother diverting from the path to visit Lukla as it's not worth it!


    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...


    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...


    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.


    Try to acclimatise in Namche Bazaar for 3 nights before continuing the trek to Everest. There are some marvellous lodges here and good food.


    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.


    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...

  • Mt Everest Base Camp Trek

    Trekking to Everest Base Camp was my lifetime ambitious. I fulfilled it in October 2011. It is my lifetime experience and my life’s most memorable moment. The moment I reached the Everest base camp and the top of Kala Patthar was really awesome. It was like you were on the top of the world….well, not quite, but the sense of achievement you felt was...

  • Everest Base Camp Trek

    Everest Base Camp Trek is certainly among the most legendary trekking in the world. Everest Base Camp trek takes you into the heart of the Himalayas with breathtaking views of many of the world's most beautiful mountains and leaves you awestruck. Trekking to the famous Everest Base Camp, without a doubt, is the most famous trekking route in the...

  • The BIG one - Sagarmatha, Qomolangma or...

    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...

  • Mount Everest, The Highest Point on...

    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)...

  • Where to take the mountain flights?

    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.

  • The Ganesh & Langtang Himal

    During the flight, you can also have a good view of the mountains of the nearby Ganesh and Langtang Himal, and further away, the Manaslu and Annapurna Himal.

  • The Himalayan Mountains

    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...

  • And here it comes!!

    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...


Mount Everest Transportation

  • To South Face of Mt.Everest from the...

    There are three ways to get close to the Everest: From Nepal, the southern side, you can fly to Lukla and do the Everest Trek through the Sagarmatha National Park in the Khumbu area of Nepal.This is what I had planned to do first but I already catched a cold with fever in Kathmandu which stopped me even before I could start it. I had everything...

  • View over Mt.Everest by airplane

    There are special mountain flights offered from Kathmandu, but since I had to go to Bhutan from Nepal by plane anyways I had the mountain panorama included.To go to Bhutan you have to use Druk Air, the Bhutanese national carrier. It is really amazing to fly by the peak of Mt.Everest and imagine people standing on this height.

  • To the North Face/the Tibetan Side of...

    Right on the Friendship Highway on the way from Kathmandu to Lhasa you will come along Tingri (4390m), a few houses puzzled around the streetside of this old traderoute. From here you can take a first glimpse on the one and only Mt.Everest - if you are lucky and the clouds dont cover the mountainrange. Walk up the hill behind the town, where there...


Mount Everest Local Customs


    On mountain passes you will find many prayer flags fluttering in the wind, of which there are two types, horizontal and vertical. Horizontal ones are known as Lung ta and the others are known as Darchor, the former meaning wind horse while the latter means good fortune to all. The flags usually come in sets of 5 colours in a specific order. The 5...


    Buddhist spin their individual prayer wheels clockwise, the same direction the sun moves across the earth and the same way mantras are written, while the holder utters the mantra "Om mani padme hum". By spinning the wheel each circulation is the same as speaking the mantra, while concentrating hard, which in turn would give the owner wisdom, merit...


    Mani walls are a collection of stone tablets with inscriptions carved on them which say "Om mani padme hum", meaning "hail to the jewel of the lotus". You must pass on the left hand side of the wall as Buddhists believe it is the direction that the universe follows (clockwise).


Mount Everest Warnings and Dangers


    Sagamartha Park is a non-killing zone so try eat vegetarian food as all meat is carried up by porters from below Lukla, so try and avoid yak steaks and burgers.


    Be extremely cautious crossing glaciers as they are moving slowly all the time, stick to the routes that wind across them and don't stray from the path.


    GET INSURED as i have trekked Everest, Annapurna and various other treks several times. I have seen people badly injured, i have seen a dead tourist on the Thorang La, i have seen sick people carried down on a yak and i have seen a small porter carry a heavy Italian in his basket as in the photograph. . The helicopters will not come and rescue you...


Mount Everest What to Pack

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    by davidjo Written Aug 10, 2013

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    Luggage and bags: Bring a backpack that can hold up to 20 kilos and make sure it has a few side pockets and compartments that you can easily access while trekking (water, map, sun glasses, notes, camera etc), Rainproof cover. A small day pack for your valuables should be carried too, for when you are wandering around the village from your lodge.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Most important thing is your trekking boots. Make sure they are good quality and worn in. Trainers for the evening, 3 pairs socks, thermal underwear, fleece coat, down jacket. good jumper,2 long trousers (no jeans-too hard to dry), synthetic t-shirts, good quality sleeping bag, woolen gloves, hat, sun glasses.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: small toothpaste, small shampoo, sunscreen, wet wipes. Some medications for diarrhea, antibiotics, parasetamol, bandages, elastoplast, iodene or water purifying pills

    Photo Equipment: spare good quality batteries, spare memory card.

    Miscellaneous: The lighter the lad, the better, don't take huge shampoo bottles etc. Layer your clothes as temp changes hourly.

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Mount Everest Off The Beaten Path

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    by Sahir8 Updated May 8, 2012

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    Yes May is the perfect time to do the trek.October,May and April are good months.Although,I've heard it is snowing at Namche,Tengboche and higher areas as we speak.I suggest you guys start from Lukla rather than Jiri,though.Also,you can go to this place called Himalyan Waves Trekking who I went through,they are brilliant.They have an office in Thamel so you can contact them there.I suggest you mail them before hand and they will send you an itinerary and the details.They have very good guides-in particular take this guy called Som or Krishna(They are both awesome guides).They will organize a porter for you too,unless you're on a tight budget.I know the itinerary from Lukla,I think it takes a week or two longer from Jiri to Base Camp.The itinerary from Lukla is-
    Day 1.Lukla to Phakding
    Day 2.Phakding to Namche Bazaar
    Day 3. Acclimatization day at Namche
    Day 4.Namche to Tengboche
    Day 5.Tengboche to Dingboche
    Day 6. Acclimatization at Dingboche
    Day 7.Dingboche to Lobuche
    Day 8.Lobuche to Base camp and stay in Gorak Shep
    Day 9.Gorak Shep to Dingboche
    Day 10.Dingboche to Phungi Tenga
    Day 11.Phungi Tenga to Jorsale
    Day 12.Jorsale to Lukla

    That's what it's like but you can alter it completely according to your wish.You can also go via Gokyo/Chola Pass etc.Also,go at your own pace throughout

    P.S-I just got back

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Mount Everest Favorites

  • Winter at Mount Everest

    November and December are a great time to do base camp trek. Hardly any visitors. A bit cold at night but nice in the day. The view from Kala Pattar is amazing.

  • amazing kitchens

    When staying at the lodges try take a look at the kitchen as some of them are very clean and organised with all the utensils and equipment neatly stored on the shelves by the Sherpa and Tibetan women.

  • Autumn at Mt Everest

    Hi!Me and my wife did the trek last October and Jiri is the right spot to start from. The first part Jiri to Lukla was not so busy and really wonderful and a good exercise for what was to come. We plan to back next spring and the weather should be fine then. Autumn is a bit chillier but the air is clearer. But May should be fine, no later the may...


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