Mount Everest Travel Guide

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    Everest from my mountain flight
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Mount Everest Things to Do

  • Flying to see Mt Everest and the...

    There are many reviews already here on Virtual Tourist about seeing Mt Everest from the air, specially for those who have no strength nor time to trek the mountains. I decided to do this after reading reviews from my VT friend Goutam Mitra. I used the same travel agent that Goutam used who was connected with the SOS Orphanage Charity, and they...

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  • CORN or MAIZE FOR WINTER

    You will see many houses in the foothills of Everest with a stack of corn outside. I am not quite sure if this is for the locals to make a type of bread or to feed their animals during the winter months.

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  • FLY IN OR TREK FROM JIRI

    There are many questions on the forum about whether to fly from Kathmandu to Lukla or trek in from Jiri, and i always advise to trek in from Jiri as the trail is less crowded and you pass through some amazing scenery as you climb mountain passes, cross rivers, stay at lodges in beautiful villages. But of course this depends on how much time one...

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  • CAMERA READY-----FIRST VIEW OF EVEREST

    Time to get your camera out as you catch your first glimpse of Everest, not much more than a distant spec. After you leave Junbesi on day 4 or 5 of the trek you will cross the valley and climb up the hill for an hour or two then Mount Everest will be seen in the distance. There will be a sign indicating this, but probably a different sign than the...

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  • FOLLOW MY FOOTSTEPS-28 day...

    This is just a rough itinerary for anyone who wants to trek to Gokyo, Everest Base Camp and back to Jiri. Many trekkers fly to Lukla and miss the beautiful trail between Jiri and Lukla area, which is much quieter due to the fewer trekkers. I always advise people to walk in and out, and it is surprising how quickly you can walk out once you are fit....

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  • VIEW FROM THE AIR

    Try get a window seat and have your camera ready when you are leaving or arriving in the country. Depending on the weather conditions there are fantastic views of the Himalaya range.

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  • THE BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN

    On our way to Everest and on the trek we had plenty opportunities of taking photos of the happy children who were only too pleased to have their picture taken. With the older people it is always best to ask permission first. Please don't give them candy or money, far better a pen, a pencil or a notebook

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  • SPOT WILDLIFE

    While trekking to Everest Base Camp you will likely see many birds, but don't expect to see a snow leopard, a Himalayan Black Bear,or a Red Panda , but it may be possible to see the Himalayan Tahr when you are higher than 16,000 ft, or even a Himalayan Goral that can be found below the timberline, usually on rugged terrain.I saw a young goat which...

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  • REMEMBER THE ONES THAT NEVER RETURNED

    When you reach the area near Lobuje you will see the names of unfortunate mountaineers who died on Everest Expeditions. Many of those died due to avalanches, altitude sickness, losing their way, freezing to death or succumbed to injuries, and their bodies were never retrieved. The two who are remembered in the photos below may have been trekkers or...

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  • BUY THE ENTRANCE TICKET FOR SAGAMARTHA

    Nowadays there is no need to pay for a trekking permit for the Everest Trek, but you do need to pay a fee for entering Sagamartha Park. Details of fees can be seen on the website below. At Jorsale you will have to show your documents, but the park fee can be at ACAP offices or at the park entrance. The photo above was taken in 1989 when one had to...

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  • Glacier

    Before you reach Lobuje you will cross Lobuje Glacier,a fascinating experience. It is just wonderful to rest here and contemplate the size and movement of this glacier.

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  • TENGBOCHE

    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...

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  • YETI'S SKULL and HAND

    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 skull 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...

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  • LOOK FOR STRANGE SIGNS

    From my Everest treks i have many signs that are amusing because of the spelling such as this one in Bengar. I am sure you will recognise the spelling errors

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  • PHAKDING

    Phakding is a pretty village to spend a night, it's next to a river. The guest house by the river was in an excellent location and one of the places i enjoyed the most. Don't bother diverting from the path to visit Lukla as it's not worth it!

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  • CHUKHUNG VALLEY

    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...

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  • NAMCHE BAZAAR MARKET

    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 not to take photographs of the people at close range, ask first as it would be...

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  • NAMCHE BAZAAR

    Whatever you do, do not continue trekking after you reach Namche but try to acclimatise in Namche Bazaar for 3 nights before continuing the trek to Everest. There are some marvelous lodges here and good food.

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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...

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  • 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.

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  • 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...

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Mount Everest Local Customs

  • HELP ME WITH MY POLE

    At many Buddhists Lodges you will find that it is the custom to erect a pole on which there will be Buddhist prayer flags and the five traditional colors. This photo was taken at Govem on the way up to Lamjura Pass. Some of the trekkers helped raise the pole for the opening of this new Lodge/restaurant

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  • TRY THE CHEESE OR CURD

    In the mountains of Nepal the locals make cheese and curd from Yak milk so if you see an opportunity to taste it, stop and buy some. There is even a Nambur Cheese Circuit starting at Shivalaya. I believe that the photo was taken somewhere near Shivalaya, but not sure if the shop is still there.http://wikitravel.org/en/Numbur_Cheese_Circuit

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  • MANI WALLS

    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), and besides it would be considered rude to pass on the wrong side....

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Mount Everest Warnings and Dangers

  • CAREFUL OF THE BRIDGES

    During your trek you will pass over countless bridges, some will only be made from wood, others will be a suspension type, and often the wooden floor boards will be missing so be careful. If there are a few people coming towards you on the bridge wait for them to cross before you attempt to cross. Often there will be yaks on the bridge, wait until...

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  • IT IS NOT A WALK IN A PARK

    Although you should be able to accomplish the Everest Trek quite comfortably if you are reasonably fit and healthy you will come across some parts of the trail which could be quite dangerous. Avalanches do occur from time to time and within a few days there will be a well trodden path across the fallen stone, but be careful as there may still be...

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  • CAREFUL OF EATING MEAT

    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 as one never knows how fresh the meat is. However i did have a wonderful Yak Steak in Namche Bazaar, my one and only!

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Mount Everest What to Pack

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    by davidjo Updated Jul 12, 2014

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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 load, the better, don't take huge shampoo bottles etc. Layer your clothes as temp changes hourly.
    Do not leave any garbage on the trail, and if you have to leave the trail for a toilet stop, bury the evidence and collect the tissue paper in a plastic bag for disposal later

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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

  • PORTER OR NO PORTER

    On my first Everest trek we hiked from Jiri to Junbesi in 3 days and since it was the beginning of the trek and we had not got used to the strenuous conditions we hired a porter to carry both our bags, but once we got to Namche Bazaar we paid him off and continued without him. Of course porters can be hired in Kathmandu, but it is cheaper to find...

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  • 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. Possibly even cleaner than our own kitchens!

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  • 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.

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