I had a 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.I had everything planned out in detail:
12 days from Lukla to EBC and back with a very conservative and hence safe altitude gain of 300 vetrical meters on average per day to Gorak Shep(5170m).
From Kathmandu you take the plane to Lukla (2850m) to begin with a trek to Monjo(2815m) on the 1st day.On the 2nd day you climb up to Namche Bazaar(3450m),where you take a rest also on the 3rd day to acclimatize to the altitude.Day 4 goes from Namche to Tengboche (3860m) followed by Periche(4280m)on the fifth and Thokla (4620m) on the 6th day. From there you head to Lobuche(4940m)on day 7.On day eight you should reach Gorak Shep,the highest sleeping point with 5170m from Lobuche.From Gorak Shep a sidetrip to Kalla Pattar (5600m),the highest point of the trek and best view on Mt.Everest should be done on the same day,so that you can reach the EBC(5364m)on day nine and have enough time to get back to Lobuche. The following days are long walks back. On day 10 you reach Namche from Lobuche,on day 11 you should be back inLukla to catch the plane back to Kathmandu on the 12th day.Also never plan your trip too close since weather changesclouds and so on can always delay your flight to and from Lukla.
But therefore I had two other opportunities to the one and only Mt.Everest.This pic here 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 (in my Tibet tips) will show a "fair" view on the mountain,called Qomolangma by Tibetans and Sagarmata by the Nepali people.
The Sherpa Museum consists of roughly four separate parts. A typical sherpa lodge. A Buddhist prayer room. A picture gallery depicting daily sherpa life in the village past and present. And an Everest mountain museum dedicated to the pioneers of air travel in Nepal as well as the climbers and sherpas that have immortalized Nepal as the home of Mt. Everest. It is definately worth a look if you are in the neighborhood already in any case. Entrance as far as I know was free or a very minimum cost paid for by our guide and it takes in all about one hour or so to see everything. It can easily be combined with a hike from Namche Bazar to Khunde and Khumjung in one day as you aclimatize to the altitude on your way from Lukla to Mt. Everest Base Camp.
Mount Everest is the tallest mountain in the world at 8848 metres, and is one of the highlights of Nepal. You can see it either by trekking in the Solu Khumbu region, or by taking a Himalayan mountain flight from Kathmandu. The photo on the left shows Mount Everest and surrounding mountains. More information is available at my VT Mount Everest page. More photos and tips are at my VT Mount Everest page.
This really is an occasion that will bring a lump to your throat. We travelled to Nargakot(forgive the spelling?) in Nepal and stayed in a hotel built into the mountainside, overlooking a valley from which, on the opposite side, rose the mountains including Everest. When the sun rose at approximately 5am the hotel staff would bring around hot drinks and guests would sit out on their balconies watching the red glow of the morning sun soak across Everest and its neighbouring peaks. If there are certain things to do in your lifetime, trust me, this is one of them
For a day trip the view is very nice and it is also a very quiet vilage. A great place to get off the Nepal traffic and crowds and with a very beautifull view of the Mountains (I never got to see the everest itself but...)
Your final arrival at Base Camp is a strange if exhilerating experience. There maybe a number of expeditions camped here during the climbing season. Some people may warn you off visiting as you cannot actualy see Everest from this vantage point. Please visit anyway, it really is worth the effort if you are still fit enough. Besides, you'll need the tee shirt!
...And there she is, left of centre, recognised by her conicle peak. Remember you are now in an AMS risk area and a day should be spent here (see Warnings)
A quick thank you goes to the eagle for the well-timed pose.
Nepal is home to the top of the world, literally. Mt Everest is located here, on the border with Tibet. The 8848-meter peak rises above the thickest of clouds. A visit to Nepal is not complete without at least a view of this magnificent mountain.
Mount Everest can be seen clearly from Nagarkot, about one and a half hours from Kathmandu, as well as Daman, also about one and a half hours from Kathmandu. Those two Himalayan range viewing spots will give you the fullest view of all the Himalayas from Dauligiri to Everest.
However, Everest still looks like a little snow covered bump from these locations. If you don't have time to do the EBC Trek, you can do a mountain flight to see the mountain close up!
Buddha Air has the best mountain flight available. See their website at http://www.buddhaair.com/ .
We found a travel agent through our hotel that came to our hotel and gave us the information. For $100 we got a one hour airplane ride into the Himalayas and to Mt. Everest with an English speaking tourist. Even though it was in Feb., which they say isn´t a good time of year, I got video of a clear, sunny day. The trip was magnificent and for those only in Katmandu for a day or two, I recommend doing this!!
The trek is worth the soul searching that happens whether you like it or not. Not only that, but the history of the Himalayas is very interesting. The mountains are enchanting and the people are beautiful!
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