Mount Everest Travel Guide
Everest from my mountain flight
Everest from my mountain flight
OLD FOTO OF LODGE
TOP OF KALA PATAR
Breathtaking views the highest point on Earth
Some mist, perhaps clouds, nothing else
In a nutshell
A personal tribute to Sir Ed
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...
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 or shall we say the original yeti skull before it was stolen. i stayed one night...
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
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...
ACCLIMATISING AT NAMCHE BAZAAR
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...
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.
To South Face of Mt.Everest from the Nepalese side
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...
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...
MOUNTAIN PASSES and PRAYER FLAGS
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...
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,...
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...
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...
Careful of the yaks on the trail as they get out of the way for no-one, so stand well back to give the beast room to pass.
Make sure that you are acclimatised properly before arriving at Phortse. I felt a little altitude sickness there and was extremely worried as i could not go to a lower altitude without ascending a few 100m first. If you want to continue on the trail it's only upwards from...
When you reach high altitudes make sure that you have a good pair of polaroid sunglasses as the strong sun reflecting on the snow can give you temporary snow blindness.
What you asked for
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
Updated May 8, 2012
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...
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