The Solu-Khumbu region is a magnet for mountaineers, adventurers and trekkers who are drawn by a desire to see Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain. The exploits of Mallory and Irvine, Hillary and Tenzing add to the mountain’s mystique.
In the autumn of 1995 I went to Nepal to trek through some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in the world. The aim was to get as close as possible to the top of Everest without actually climbing it.
On arrival in Kathmandu I discovered that all aeroplane flights to Lukla, the start of my trek, had been cancelled. It appeared that my trip had been scuppered before I had even started.
Would I fulfil my dream of seeing Everest? Read on and find out what happens on my trek through Nepal.
Saturday 21st/Sunday 22nd
Overbooked flights and lost luggage. Not the best start.
A visit to the Immigration Office, luggage found and Kathmandu awaits.
Exploring Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath and Kathmandu.
Everest Trek Schedule
Fly into Lukla. Lukla (2850m) – Phakding (2640m) – Monjo (2815m)
Monjo – Jorsale – Namche Bazaar (3450m)
Acclimatisation day: Thame (3800m)
Namche Bazaar – Shyangboche (3900m) – Khumjung (3790m). Side trip to Kunde (3840m)
Khumjung – Mong (3973m) – Dole (4040m)
Dole – Luza (4360m) – Machermo (4410m)
Acclimatisation day: Machermo Ri
Machermo – Panka (4465m) – Gokyo (4750m)
Side trip to: Donag / The Fourth Lake (4870m) Ngozumpa / The Fifth Lake (4990m). Scoundrels View
Side trip to: Gokyo Ri (5340m). Gyazumpa – The Six Lakes
Side trip to Gokyo Ri. Gokyo – Ngozumpa glacier – Dragnag (4700m)
Dragnag – Cho La pass (5420m) – Dzonghla (4850m)
Dzonghla – Dughla (4600m) – Lobuche (4940m)
Lobuche – Gorak Shep (5170m) – Kala Pattar (5554m) – Lobuche – Pheriche (4820m)
Pheriche – Orsho – Pangboche (4000m) – Deboche (3770m). Side trip to: Tengboche (3860m)
Deboche – Tengboche – Phunki Tenga (3250m) – Sanasa (3600m) – Namche Bazaar
Namche Bazaar – Monjo – Phakding – Lukla
Fly back to Kathmandu
Day trip to Bhaktapur and its many temples.
Off to Pokhara for a few days and the early signs of giardia.
Viewing the amazing Annapurna range from Sarangkot outside of Pokhara.
Back in Pokhara, resting off the effects of the illness.
A long bus ride back to Kathmandu and some last minute errands to sort out.
Time to fly home with a short stop in Bangladesh.
Reflections on a fantastic trip to some of the most spectacular and beautiful scenery in the world.
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