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27 Jan 2012
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Everest: A Trekker's Guide

Trekking routes in Nepal and Tibet

by Kev Reynolds
Book published by Cicerone Press

Guidebook to treks in the Everest and Khumbu region of the Himalaya in Nepal. All the main Nepal trekking routes, including from Lukla (and Jiri) to Namche Bazaar, and routes to Thame, Gokyo, Thangboche, Lobuche, Kala Pattar and Everest Base Camp. Includes two routes in Tibet from Tingri to the Rongbuk monastery and Kharta to the Kangshung Face.

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Description

The Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal is a trekker’s dream world. The dramatic beauty of its mountains is legendary, from the lush foothills stepped with immaculate terracing, to the stark upper regions of snow, ice and towering walls of rock, they are a series of unfolding landscapes that impress all who wander through. None who are lured along this trail need fear disappointment.

This guidebook covers just one region of this magical land, Solu-Khumbu - home of the legendary sherpas – and its northern neighbour in Tibet. This guidebook describes 9 treks, with Everest as the focus, as well as a trek to Rongbuk and another from Kharta to the Kangshung Face, on the Tibetan side of Everest. The nine multi-day treks vary from 1 to 11 days in length with the longest trek covering 65km and the shortest, 18km.

Each of the routes described will open the eyes of trekkers to scenes of unbelievable grandeur. Although trekking in the Everest region can be pretty demanding at times, the majority of trails are so well travelled that it’s almost impossible to get lost. The main treks have been broken into groups of several days, with each multi-day section divided into sub-sections, rather than manageable day-sized stages.

From Nepal

Trek 1 Jiri to Namche Bazaar
Trek 2 Lukla to Namche Bazaar
Trek 3 Namche Bazaar to Thame and Gokyo
Trek 4 Namche Bazaar (or Khumjung) to Gokyo
Trek 5 Gokyo to Lobuche via Cho La
Trek 6 Gokyo to Lobuche via Phortse, Pangboche and Pheriche
Trek 7 Namche Bazaar (or Khumjung) to Lobuche, Gorak Shep,
Kala Pattar and Everest Base Camp

From Tibet


Trek 8 Tingri to Everest Rongbuk Base Camp via Lamna La
Trek 9 Kharta to the Kangshung Face

  • Seasons
    Pre-monsoon (March-May) and post-monsoon (October to late November) are ideal. Monsoon and winter treks are possible, but much more difficult.
  • Centres
    Access is via Kathmandu. Namche is the central village; Thame, Dingboche also have facilities. Tea houses everywhere.
  • Difficulty
    Technically no great difficulties, but the need to acclimatise and manage the transition to altitude are crucial to having a great trek. Some of the high passes (Cho La) will have snow.
  • Must See
    For the mountain lover, some of the greatest views on earth, but the friendly Sherpa people, Bhuddist gompas and local culture make this a much greater experience.

Updates

August 2012

Trekking regulations have been constantly modified over recent years, so you will need to check the latest changes when planning your trek. Information on the internet is often not up-to-date, so when you arrive check in Kathmandu or Pokhara. Even as guides go to press, changes occur that may affect independent trekkers. The latest rules require all independent trekkers to have a porter/guide. As usual, these rules are not entirely clear, nor is it clear how they are to be implemented. Such schemes (usually instigated by the big trekking outfits) have been imposed in the past, but subsequently abandoned with equal speed. Previous schemes actually harmed many small or fledgling local tourist operatives, porters and guides – particularly all those outside the Kathmandu valley. The reason cited for the latest changes is security – mainly because some individuals who trekked alone and off the main trails sadly came to grief. How long they will last, and how these new regulations will affect trekking in Nepal is not clear. Information about the independent Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) cards is also subject to change.

See also:

www.immi.gov.np – immigration department for visa and permits

www.timsnepal.com – information on TIMS cards

www.taan.org.np – Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal

(With thanks to Siân Pritchard-Jones and Bob Gibbons)

Contents

Contents
Introduction
Everest and the Solu-Khumbu Region
Everest Treks
Trekking and Trekking Styles
When to Go
Pre-Departure Preparations
Getting There
Permits and Visas
Pre-Trek Health Matters
On-Trek Healthcare
Equipment Checklist
Maps
Minimum Impact Trekking
Cultural Interaction
Nepal – Facts and Figures
Time in Kathmandu
About this Guide
From Nepal
TREK 1 Jiri to Namche Bazaar via Lukla
Prologue Kathmandu to Jiri
Section 1 Jiri to Kenja
Section 2 Kenja to Manidingma
Section 3 Manidingma to Choplung
TREK 2 Lukla to Namche Bazaar
TREK 3 Namche Bazaar to Thame and Gokyo
TREK 4 Namche Bazaar (or Khumjung) to Gokyo
Section 1 Namche Bazaar to Dole
Section 2 Dole to Gokyo
TREK 5 Gokyo to Lobuche via Cho La
TREK 6 Gokyo to Lobuche via Phortse, Pangboche and Pheriche
TREK 7 Namche Bazaar (or Khumjung) to Lobuche, Gorak Shep, Kala Pattar and Everest Base Camp
Section 1 Namche Bazaar to Pheriche (or Dingboche)
Section 2 Pheriche (or Dingboche) to Lobuche
Section 3 Lobuche to Kala Pattar and Everest Base Camp
From Tibet
TREK 8 Tingri to Everest Rongbuk Base Camp
TREK 9 Kharta to the Kangshung Face
 
Appendix A Summary of Treks
Appendix B The Story of Everest
Appendix C Trekking Peaks in the Solu-Khumbu Region
Appendix D Useful Addresses
Appendix E Glossary
Appendix F Useful Phrases
Appendix G Further Reading
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