Mount Kailash Trek

Mount Kailash stands proudly in the Western Tibetan plateau in the northernmost region of the Himalayas. At 22,028 Ft, its shape is unique, almost pyramid like featuring four faces said to be a peacock, elephant, lion and a horse.

Travelling to this holy place, Mount Kailash is an important event. Many Hindus and Bhuddists make a pilgrimage with the aim of completing one circuit (about 32 miles) of the sacred mountain to absolve sins committed during their lifetime. To absolve the sins for many lifetimes, thats a more difficult task requiring 108 circuits! Mount Kailash is known to be the home of Lord Shiva and for that reason it is recognised as being the highest honour for Hindus to visit and see it for themselves and be seen by it.

Treks to Mount Kailash are very popular and although trips are available which start in Tibet itself, its also a great idea to start your trek in Nepal to enjoy the highlights of Kathmandu. From here you travel by land to the Nepal / Tibet border passing through lush countryside, whilst admiring the valleys and cliff views.

Theres typically some acclimatisation required on reaching Neyalam, as for some altitude sickness could start here. Its therefore important to keep hydrated and stay aware of how your body is reacting to a change in conditions.
From Neyalam the road rises and falls making the journey not the most comfortable but the breath-taking scenery more than makes up for that. You pass through
the villages and towns of Saga and Paryang and its here in Paryang that youll catch a glimpse of the Tibetan nomads and traders in traditional dress who live in this area.

The drive from Paryang to Manasarovar Lake is fairly long, around 8 hours but worthwhile. Anticipation builds en route as you wait to take in the first sighting of the special Mount Kailash. On reaching Lake Manasarovar, youll see pilgrims bathe to cleanse their souls in the icy waters of Tibets holiest lake which lies at the mountains base.

After more acclimitisation at Darchen, the first day of trekking around Mount Kailash begins at Tarpuche. The trekking route heads towards the Dirapuk Monastery and then on to the Zutulpuk monastery, site of the cave of miracles. The route is strenuous due to its steep ascents and descents but truly a spiritual experience. Visiting Gaurikinda where you see items of clothes left by pilgrims as offerings is thought provoking.

Trekking days are between 6 to 8 hours carrying a day pack over hilly terrain. 16 day trips start and end in Kathmandu, Nepal. The best time to go is between April and November although travel at other times is also possible.

Branson, Berbers and Bearded Vultures – A Trek in the Atlas

On a Morocco hiking holiday you’ll be surprised to see so few people in the Atlas region. This is because this trekking hotspot is still relatively unknown, with few tour operators offering excursions to this enigmatic area. However, the Atlas still attracts its fair share of visitors, not all of which are trekkers. Bird watchers flock to this region hoping to catch a rare glimpse of incredible birds of prey such as the Barbary falcon, Bonelli’s eagle and bearded vulture whilst the rare Moussier’s Redstart is their jackpot find.

Other leisure pursuits such as horse-riding and mountain-biking are also popular in this area and easy to organise. However it is trekking that is the main pull to this region attracting thousands of visitors a year, many of whom come to climb Jebel Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa.

On your Morocco hiking holiday you may wish to visit the Ourika Valley, a lush green valley which contains seven separate waterfalls, all of which offer scenic views of the Jebel Toubkal peak.

Another highlight of this region and definitely worth exploring on a Morocco trek is the shanty town of Tnine-de-l’Ourika. This Berber township comes to life every Monday with its souk, where inhabitants of neighbouring villages come to sell their wares and share the local gossip. The area becomes a hub of activity during this time with donkey-drawn carts and pedlars shouting their wares.

On your Morocco trek one thing that you can’t fail to notice is the friendliness of the Berber people. Their knowledge of the Atlas Mountains is second to none and it is quite common to be invited to share sugary mint tea with a Berber family. Berber villages are known for their dominant Kasbahs of which the best are located in the town of Ourzazate. In fact Richard Branson was so enamoured with the traditional Berber Kashbahs of the region that he brought one for his mother. The result is Kashbah Tamadot, a 24 bedroomed property set in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. The property even has its own spa and hamman which are perfect for relaxing in after your Moroccan hiking holiday.

Richard Branson isn’t the only celebrity to fall in love with the Atlas region; Jimi Hendrix discovered the Atlas Mountains during the halcyon days of the 1960s and christened the region Paradise. The name has stuck and on your Morocco hiking holiday you will journey through the famous Paradise Valley, which contains limestone gorges, palm trees, bubbling ravines and tree-clad hills. During the 1960s it was common for the hippies to sleep out here on the river banks during the warmer winter months. Although you will discover on your Moroccan hiking holiday that the banks are a lot more peaceful nowadays, it is still possible to spend a day here visiting the limestone caves, swimming in the natural pools and relaxing on the sun heated rocks. This area of Paradise is the perfect place in which to end your Morocco trek.

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Alternatives: The Lares Trek (Weavers Way)

One of the most fascinating all round treks in Peru takes you through the Lares valleys near Machu Picchu. These alternatives to the Inca Trail offer an outstanding combination of fine trekking, mountain scenery, and unforgettable real life experiences with local Andean people.

There are a number of alternative treks around Machu Picchu and Cusco; all excellent in their own ways, so why would you chose the Weavers Way, more commonly known as Lares?

The Inca Trail is full; or you’ve already done it
Probably the main reason people chose an alternative trek in the Cusco area. Only 500 people per day can start the Inca Trail and that includes all guides and porters. In the high season around May to September places go fast and many visitors to Peru and Machu Picchu find that they are not able to do the Inca Trail, but would still like to do a beautiful high Andean trek. Lares is therefore a good option.

To Get Away from the Crowds
The Lares area is still much less visited than the busy Sacred Valley and Inca Trail. Lares is not just one trek but the name of a series of mountains and river valleys around the town of Lares. You can therefore choose the trek that suits you. The most popular route starts in Lares town, and goes over the mountains to Patacancha and then down to Ollantaytambo to catch the train to Machu Picchu.

For a more authentic experience, though, you could take the route up to Cancha Cancha and finish in Lares town. On the Cancha Cancha route you can easily spend 4 days seeing only a few locals. It is generally a surprise to arrive in Lares town at the end of the trek and meet your first tourist!

For Gorgeous Mountain Scenery
The Cancha Cancha trek starts in greenery and gradually ascends to the high Andes, past turquoise lakes, snow capped peaks and large open valleys. When the sun shines down it is just breathtaking.

For any Lares trek you will have to cross passes of around 4, 000m (13, 120 feet)affording spectacular views of mountains such as the snow covered Pumahuanja at 5, 318 (17, 443 feet). The Lares area is characterized by wide, glacial valleys and Andean paramo, or moorland.

Lower down in the valleys and as you descend to the lower elevations near the Sacred Valley there is more greenery. People here make a living from growing potatoes, corn and quinoa or keeping alpacas and llamas, much as they have for generations.

For a Real Taste of Daily Life and Culture
Despite its proximity to the busy city of Cusco and the tourist Mecca of Machu Picchu, the Lares area still features a very traditional way of life. Enter the valleys and step back in time.

On your trek you are likely to meet children perched on the mountain sides tending their llamas. At the end of the day they will herd the animals up and take them down to the corrals for the night. Other chores include looking for firewood to cook the evening meal, or weaving small belts and scarves. You might meet locals on the trail carrying goods on horseback; the only form of transport in this area.

People speak the local language of Quechua and women wear a distinctive king of round red hat. Houses are as they would have been 100 years ago; stone built with a thatch on top. If you want to really see how people live in the Andes then one of the Lares treks is an excellent choice.

Hot Springs
Where possible, every trek should of course end with a soak in natural hot springs, surrounded by mountains and with pools of different temperatures to suit all tastes. Locals regularly come to the hot springs in the afternoon but because of the distance from Cusco, at night there will be very few other people there. Finish your trek at Lares hot springs. They are not so easy to get to, and even harder to leave.

To Travel Responsibly
Part of travelling responsibly means having close contact with local communities; with people who then benefit from your visit. In the Lares area you will have ample opportunity to interact with local people, share experiences and learn about each others’ lives. Locals produce fine hand-crafted weavings you can buy directly from the weaver.

Importantly, any decent agent or operator for the Lares area will contribute something to the local communities there. Check their credentials before you book.

Chomolhari 12 Day Trek

CHOMOLHARI TREK

(12 DAY)

This trek is one of the most popular trek in Bhutan that endows you with great variety of Bhutanese landscape and is without doubt, one of the most beautiful & unspoiled trekking areas in the entire Himalayas.

On this 12 day trek you not just embrace an amazing opportunity to trek the hotspots of Bhutan but also get to feast on an incredible diversity of mountains and ecosystems. A hike to Takstang Monastery provides ample acclimatization for a delightful trek from Drugyal dzong towards campsite at Shana (2800 m) and thereon to Soi, Thangthangkha and then to Jangothang. A rest day in Jangothang acclimatizes you completely for further trek to Lingshi, Shodu, Barshong and finally to Dodina.

Along the trekking trail, nature scintillates you with its lush forests of pine, oak, rhododendron, juniper, bamboo and spruce, Pachu River gracing down the majestic landscape, outstanding views of Chomolhari (7320 m), Jichu Drake (6900m) and Tshrim Khang, cliffs overlooking stunning views of cascading waterfalls, yak pastures and trout-fishing sites. If you get lucky, you may get to spot rare fauna like blue sheep and snow leopard. Eventually, after insightful sightseeing in Thimpu you bade your farewell to Bhutan with indelible trekking experience, photographs and mementos that intimately bond you to Bhutan and its people throughout your lifetime.

TRIP FACTS
Trip length: 12 Days
Grade: Soft trek
Starts in: Paro
Ends in: Paro
Group size: Maximum 12
Transportation: private car
Accommodation: Hotel & Camping
Maximum altitude: 4950m

HIGHLIGHTS

Outstanding views of Chomolhari (7320 m), Jichu Drake (6900m) and Tshrim Khang
Plenty of opportunities for acclimatization
A hike to Takstang Monastery
A wealth of scenic trekking trails that overlook cascading waterfalls, verdant vegetation, yak pastures, trout-fishing sites and many other natural delights

OUTLINE ITINERARY
Day 01  – Arrive Paro by Druk Air.
Day 02  – Hike to Taktsang monastery.
Day 03  – Drive to Drugyel Dzong and trek to Shana camp.
Day 04  – Trek from Shana to Soi Thangthangkha.
Day 05  – Trek from Soi to Jangothang.
Day 06  – A rest day at Jangothang.
Day 07  – Trek from Jangothang to Lingshi.
Day 08  – Trek from Lingshi to Shodu.
Day 09  – Trek from Shodu to Barshong.
Day 10  – Trek from Barshong to Dodina and drive to Thimphu.
Day 11  – Sightseeing in Thimphu are drive to Paro.
Day 12  – Transfer to airport for departure.

 

At the High End of the Everest Base Camp Trek

Trekking to Everest Base Camp is an essential part of the route for every Everest summit attempt. There are various Everest Base Camp treks and most begin with a flight into Lukla airport at a height of 2860 metres. Each of these trekking routes provides a picturesque and rewarding way to tackle the rise in altitude of 2500 metres to Everest Base Camp on the Nepal side, situated at 5360 metres in elevation. Importantly, these Everest treks incorporate rest days to provide trekkers and mountaineers with a chance to get used to the thinner air while enjoying the scenery on the route.

For mountaineers, the trek to Everest Base Camp is just the start of their adventure. When they reach the head of the Khumbu Valley, they establish their Everest Base Camp on the Khumbu glacier as they launch into the final stages of their training and acclimatisation that comes before any summit attempt. It is a gradual process that can take months, and often years, of preparation and planning.

For the famous television survival expert, Bear Grylls, his 1998 expedition to Everest’s summit took three months to complete. At that time, he was the youngest Briton to safely reach the peak. The following year, his British record was then eclipsed by Rob Gauntlett from Sussex, aged just nineteen.

But in nine years later, Bear Grylls returned to the Everest trekking region and made an even more audacious and dangerous venture. He attempted to fly a paraglider to an altitude exceeding the summit of Mount Everest. Bear would fly in a supercharged vehicle designed by his friend Giles “Gilo” Cardozo, trying to exceed the existing altitude record for paragliding of 20,017 feet (6101 metres).

In May 2007, the team set up their “Mission Everest” Base Camp having trekked with their heavy equipment to an altitude of 4400 metres in Nepal. On the day of the flight, with three hours’ worth of good weather, fuel and oxygen, Bear and Gilo launched themselves into the air strapped to what looked to be little more than a chair with a motor and parachute attached.

Soon they were spiralling up to a height further than that capable by the camera helicopter that was following their progress. However, the cameras onboard the paragliders showed a spectacular sight of a ribbon of blue sky merging into the blackness of space above, which at the heights they reached they could see even though it was daytime.

After seventy two minutes of flying upwards, when he was sure he had succeeded, Bear turned off his engine and glided down through the stunning mountain landscape that makes Everest trekking so special. The plan was to corroborate their altitude with a global positioning system and altimeters; unfortunately, they found in the thin air and sub-zero temperatures, their instruments froze when they were about four miles above the Mission Everest Base Camp.

Although the reading the instruments took before they froze showed that Bear, at 7621 metres, had surpassed the existing paragliding record by 1524 metres and was still climbing, the record cannot be official without a valid reading from the altimeter. Nonetheless, is clear what Bear had achieved in Gilo’s machine. The images from the onboard cameras showed Bear had cleared the height of Mount Everest, and the team estimated he had reached about 150 metres higher. This took him to above 3640 metres higher than the Everest Base Camp (that’s more than two miles) and almost five miles above sea level.

So as you embark on your Everest Base Camp Trek, spare a thought to the complex preparations, activities and adventures that may be going on ahead of you at the high end of the trail.

Trekking adventure Machu Picchu

The Inca Trail is doubtlessly Peru’s most popular trekking route.

Suggested for the physical fit only it runs for a minimum of 40km and reaches 4,200 m.a.s.l. The stone-paved trail, discovered in 1960 and part of the more than 23,000 km of roads built by the Incas across South America, crosses a notable range of natural landscapes and eco-systems, from thick tropical jungle to the bear, unwelcoming rocks of the Andean mountains. Actually it’s likely the most beautiful walk in South America. The Trail takes 3 to a couple of days of troublesome hiking, and can be started at Chillca ( Kilometre 76 of the Cusco-Machu Picchu train line ) or, most frequently, at Qorihuayrachina, Kilometre 88 of the train line. The first day is comparatively easy, and includes along the route the Inca ruins of Cusichaca, Q’ente, Pulpituyoc, and Llaqtapata, a site employed for crop production stayed well saved. The 2nd day is the hardest of all, often because the ascent becomes more steep. The trail follows original Inca stonework that climbs uphill, ending a little shy of the exact Warmiwauska or Dead Woman’s pass, at 4,200 m.a.s.l. The crossing of the pass opens day 3, after camping in the Pacaymayo valley.

From here it’s downhill.

The Trail descends into the valley and heads to the revived position of Runkuraqay, a miniscule Inca watch post, and then to Sayaqmarka, perched on top of a sheer cliff, from where one can see the start of the giant Amazon rainforest, stretching to Brazil. The final day is another straightforward day, frequently descending and passing thru lush jungles and cloud forests before reaching Machu Picchu, Peru’s most critical holiday maker site, thru the Inti Punku or Gateway of the Sun. Before going for the trail, you need to spend at least 48 hours in Cusco acclimatising, as it features some hard hiking, including 1 or 2 hours above 3,500 m.a.s.l. Otherwise, Acute Mountain illness ( altitude illness ) could make your first few days pretty uncomfortable. In the summertime season, from June to August, you must book far ahead -at least three months-, as the quantity of trek authorizes issued is constrained to five hundred every day ( including tour guides and porters ). Other trekking routes : The Royal or Holy Trail Just before arriving to Aguas Calientes, at km.

104 of the train rails, this trail takes the direction to Phuyupatamarca, climbing up patios and stone steps. After two hours of hiking you arrive to the recently discovered and superbly Wiay Wayna ruins. Found on a steep mountain slope and looking over the Urubamba stream, Wiay Wayna is a pleasant example of Inca terrace design. The name means ‘forever young ‘ in Quechua but masters still disagree on the meaning : some consider it refers back to the ornamental orchids that populate the environment, while others say the name alludes to the Inca rites and rites celebrated in the complex. The trail then converges in the Inca Trail, arriving to Machu Picchu thru the Sun Gate, Inti Punko. A permit is necessary for this route.

Purification Trail Part of the Inca Trail system, this route has been recently discovered by archaeologists. 107 of the train line track ( 3km upstream from Aguas Calientes ), near to the hydroelectric exit pipe. The name, Purification Trail, alludes to the descending pools formed by the stream that runs next to the trail. Putucusi Hike This deadly and demanding 3-hour hike ( round trip ) involves a great reward : the provoking view of the Machu Picchu landscape.

Putucusi ( ‘happy mountain ‘ in Quechua ) is a round-shaped mountain that reaches 2,600 m.a.s.l. At the apex, and is located across the valley from the Inca castle. This is a demanding hike ( only possible in the dry season, March to Nov ), which involves steep ladder climbs and greasy scrambling. Some ladders, stacked into the wall, even go up for 20 meters in nearly a 90 degree desire. Suggested for people with a good level of physical fitness only.

Ream National Park Experience

Cambodia is also about nature too! Sure, many quickly, almost instinctively associate the Southeast Asian country with ruined temples. Any why not? Some of the world’s best call Cambodia home. But don’t forget, the country is in the tropics. Meaning that some lush jungles and warm beaches also call this country home. Experience the pristine environs of the kingdom as part of a combined jungle adventure and undisturbed beach break. Some light adventure awaits!

Embark on the scenic three and a half hour journey to Ream National Park from the capital. See the Cambodian countryside firsthand. It is quite beautiful and will make the travel time fly. And your destination is also quite the catch. Ream National Park is a beach/jungle nature paradise, renowned for its bird and monkey population. You will be transferred to one of Ream’s most scenic beaches, Koh Sampouch, one of the few in Southeast Asia that has yet to see any development. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed to your comfortable and well-equipped tent right on the beach.

If trekking is your thing, then Ream is the place to be. Check out the base of the mountain, filled with tropical jungle which leads you to a nearby fishing village. Look out for the park’s animal residents, who are just as curious as you to the stranger staring back at them. Trek back to the campsite. End your day with enjoy a beautiful sunset from your private tent veranda. Of course, the water itself is quite tempting. A swim is understandable.

Awake to a fresh sea breeze and sounds of nature nicely paired with a fresh breakfast. Another interesting hike awaits through large sandy clearings, fallen logs and curious locals until you reach a boat keeper’s house situated on the northern part of Ream. From here, embark on a traditional sampan and go on an interesting boat ride along Prek Toeuk Sap River.

Spend the final day here at total leisure. Jump in the warm ocean waters if you want to. Or relax on the inviting sand and catch some rays. Or walk along the beach. It is up to you. Or if you just have to continue trekking, then by all means go for it. This is your final day at Ream National Park.

Adventure trekking in Himalaya – Dare to trek the lofty mountain ranges

Are you really finding yourself very adventurous? If yes, then take the dare to trek loftiest Himalayan ranges of mountains. Himalaya, situated in the mountain land of Nepal is one of most preferred adventurous tourist destinations in the world. Adventure people from all corners of world visit Nepal to experience the true adventure. Nepal can said to be perfect destination for trekking, hiking, mountaineering and other adventure sporting. Eight of fourteen highest peaks of mountains are homed in Nepal and offer great opportunities to adventure freaks. Come and take the dare of trekking the high peaks of Himalaya, Mount Everest and other loft mountain ranges.

Popular trekking spots for the adventure loving people are Mount Everest trails, Langtang trekking zone, Annapurna circuit, Ghorepani trekking trails, Mustang trails, Makalu trails, Dolpo trekking trails and others. Take the challenge of exploring these trails during adventure trekking Nepal. These trails offer very good opportunities to enjoy trekking and explore the beauty of nature in the mountain ranges. You will come across many wildlife parks, valleys and other natural counterpart which will mesmerize your imagination.

Various grades of trails are there in Nepal to allow people of all ages and strengths to enjoy the adventure of trekking, hiking, mountain climbing, etc in Nepal. Passionate people can try trekking in the high rated trails to feel the real adventure. They will get chance to take many dangers during the trek. Himalayan trekking and Mount Everest trekking are exclusively for those who have hunger to take the challenges.

It is advised that people must prepare before planning for Nepal treks. They should go for medical check-ups to know whether their health is supportive to take the adventure tours or not. They should carry required things for safe and enjoyable trekking experience. It always wise to go for mountain tour under the guidance of a trekking agency as trekking guides are aware of the risk zones and related factors.

Trekking Mount Everest and upper Himalayas can give ultimate thrill and adventure to the passionate trekkers. The trekking routes of Nepal are full of natural beauty. The trekkers can also enjoy nature sightseeing in the way. The low level trekking trails are good for people suffering from asthma, old aged people and others who cannot trek on higher altitude. People of good physic and endurance level can trek up to middle graded trekking routes. The crazy and passionate trekkers can enjoy trekking in the higher altitude. They can also trek the unexplored trekking routes.

So, if you are really daring, plan a trip to Nepal and trek in Himalaya and other lofty mountains. Besides experiencing adventure, you will also get to interact with the nature very closely. Nepal is one of the most beautiful land-locked countries in the world. Nature has bestowed its most beautiful gifts to Nepal. Do not forget to explore the beautiful Kathmandu Valley during your trip to Nepal.

Nepal Trekking Tour Trek In The Majestic Mountains

Nepal is one of the best trekking spot on earth. With high peaks of mountains covered with snow and stunning landscape, Nepal is preferred trekking spot. Adventure seekers from all round the world visit the mountain land to have the have the fun of trekking, hiking, mountaineering and other adventure sports. It is very interesting to trek in the majestic mountains. Adventure seekers get an opportunity to explore the fascinating and unexplored nature in the trekking routes.

Nature lovers and adventure seekers are fond of walking in the pristine land, hilly terrain rich in flora and fauna. Trekkers get wonderful opportunity to see the nature very closely. There are many interesting trekking routes in Nepal. Some of the interesting trekking trails are Annapurna Circuit, Manang Region, Mount Everest Camp, Langtang Region, Kanchenjunga Region, Dolpa Region, Manaslu trek, etc. Trekking in Himalayas is also a great adventure. Adventure enthusiasts from all over the world visit Nepal to trace the majestic mountains and explore the exceptional beauty of nature.

Nepal is truly a never ending outdoor play ground to enjoy. It holds eight of fourteen highest peaks of the world. Besides the option of adventure tourism, the culture and traditions of the land, the rich flora and fauna, wonderful landscape, etc also give inviting note to the globetrotters. Tourists find great feast for their eyes in the beautiful land. The tourists will surely fall in love with the land and beauty of nature in the Himalayan terrain. So, trekkers can enjoy nature sightseeing while trekking. The spectacular and panoramic view of nature makes Nepal right destination for nature lovers as well as honeymooners.

Besides Nepal treks, tourists can also enjoy hiking, rock climbing, peak climbing, mountaineering, kayaking, rafting, mountain biking, paragliding, wildlife safari, etc. Nepal is very rich in flora and fauna. Tourists can enjoy jungle walking to spot wildlife species. They can also spot some of the rare and exquisite species of wildlife. Nepal is also popular among the ornithologists. It is perfect destination for birding. One can see about 700 species of birds during Nepal tours Kathmandu valley is very ideal for birding and nature watching.

If you are also planning for an adventurous tour then Nepal can be very ideal destination for you. You can enjoy most from your adventure trip to Nepal. Nepal is one of the most visited tourist destination in the world. It is frequently visited by the tourists from all round the world.

Mariya is an expert writer primarily focusing on travel and trekking related topics, currently rendering services to Nepal Trekking planner. For more information about trekking tips and Trekking in Himalayas.please visit the Nepal treks website.

RARA LAKE TREK

‘Off the beaten track’ trek in the far west wilderness of Nepal – 16 days

This trek through the remote wilderness of western Nepal offers a superb experience of nature and a visit to Rara Lake, Nepal’s Largest Lake at 3062 meters. Beginning the trek from the mountain airstrip of Jumla after flying from Kathmandu via Nepalgunj, the trail passes through green countryside which provides unusual glimpses of a culture and scenery quite different from that found elsewhere in Nepal and which eventually culminates to the Rara Lake National Park. This beautiful high altitude lake is surrounded by alpine meadows and forests of pine, juniper and spruce, whilst in the background you can view the magnificent snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas. The entire route is ‘off the beaten track’ which involves the crossing of Ghurchi Lagna pass at 3450m on the way to Rara Lake and a few ridges at around 3000 meters when hiking on the way back.

Any physically fit person can do this moderate trek anytime in March to May and October to early December.

> TRIP FACTS
Trip duration: 16 Days
Grade: Moderate to fairly challenging – Grade Explanation
Activity: Sightseeing & trekking
Starts in: Kathmandu
Ends in: Kathmandu
Trek type: FOT (Fully Organized Trek or Camping Trek)
Accommodation: Hotel, camping
Transportation: Flights, private car or tourist bus
Maximum altitude: 3450m

> OUTLINE ITINERARY
Day 01 – Arrival Kathmandu
Day 02 – Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 03 – Fly Kathmandu to Nepalgunj
Day 04 – Fly Nepalgunj to Jumla & trek to Chala Chaur [2900m]
Day 05 – Cross a Pass
Day 06 – Trek via Sinja [2440m] to Botan [2600m]
Day 07 – Trek to Rara Park border
Day 08 – Trek to Rara Lake [3062m]
Day 09 & 10 – Rest days at Rara
Day 11 – Trek via Jhyari [2630m] to River camp
Day 12 – Across Ghurchi Lagna Pass [3450m] to Chautha [2770m]
Day 13 – Trek to Tharamara [3280m]
Day 14 – Trek to Jumla
Day 15 – Fly to Kathmandu.
Day 16 – Depart Kathmandu

 

Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp trek takes you into the heart of the Himalayan region (Khumbu) 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 world, which brings many travelers to Nepal and is a once in a lifetime opportunity to glimpse at some of the most breathtaking unimaginable sceneries along the Himalaya. Everest Base Camp Trek gives a closer insight into the lives and culture of the Sherpa people.

While many of the routes through the mountains during Everest Base Camp Trek are arduous, there are ample places to rest and enjoy a meal along the way. To ascent Everest Base Camp trekking  trail is steady and requires some time for acclimatization comparing to trekking in other regions. Everest Base Camp Trek is for those wishing to push themselves to the limit and who are generally fit and used to walking on foothills. Although Everest Base Camp trek has generally well-graded paths, it is a tough challenge especially along the Khumbu glacier and not to be taken carelessly. At Base Camp, stand face-to-face with the fabled Khumbu Ice Fall and its towering seracs.  Go on to hike to the summit of Kala Pattar at over 18,500 ft (5,545 meters) for an unobstructed view of Everest’s windblown summit, trailing a seemingly perpetual banner of cloud and snow. Sunrise on the snow-capped peaks above the Khumbu Glacier is also an unforgettable sight from the summit of Kala Patthar.

Ever since the early days of climbing expeditions, the 8,848m mountain has had a lure of its own; very few people return from Everest Base Camp Trek unmoved by the experience of this trekking. Since Mt. Everest is well-known and self-challenging; it is the main reason why Everest base camp trek is increasing in popularity among adventure seekers throughout the world. Besides self satisfaction and reaching the significant height of 5,545 meters, another great benefit of the Everest base camp trek is being able to say you’ve visited the highest mountain in the world, an achievement to be quite proud of!

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