Everest: A Trekker's Guide
Base Camp, Kala Patthar, Gokyo Ri. Trekking routes in Nepal and Tibet
Guidebook to trekking in the Everest region of the Himalaya in Nepal, including Thame Valley, Lukla to Namche, Everest Base Camp from Namche and Gokyo (the Cho la and Phortse route), plus one route in Tibet (the Kharta Valley). Also describes the Three Passes trek (Dingboche to Namche via Kongma La, Cho La, Renjo La).
SeasonsSpring, preceding the summer monsoon, and autumn are the main trekking seasons, with April enjoying blooming rhododendrons and November blessed with brilliant clear sky. Cold winters and rainy summers are challenging.
CentresKathmandu, Jiri, Junbesi, Salleri, Phaplu, Lukla, Namche Bazaar, Khumjung, Tengboche, Pangboche, Dingboche, Pheriche, Lobuche, Gorakshep, Chukhung, Gokyo, Thame
DifficultyA range of possible itineraries – from fairly easy Everest View Trek to Namche or Pangboche, to ambitious Three Passes Trek – ensure trekkers of various abilities and ambitions can find a route for themselves. No technical skills are required; acclimatisation must be carefully planned. Hiking crampons are recommended for some trails.
Must SeeGuidebook to the Everest Base Camp and the Kala Patthar peak, the famous trekkers’ attractions in Khumbu. Also covers the route to the magnificent Gokyo, the Three Passes Trek over Kongma La, Cho La and Renjo La, along with hikes to Ama Dablam and Island Peak base camps and a trek in Tibet.
Everest has an eternal appeal for mountain lovers and the classic trek to Everest Base Camp is high on the bucket-list of many trekkers. This guidebook covers the most popular route in the Khumbu Valley, from Lukla via Namche Bazaar and Gorakshep to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar, the best viewpoint for Everest. It also describes the classic route from Jiri to Lukla taken by Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary, as well as a trek north to Gokyo with its spectacular lakes and the peak of Gokyo Ri. Finally, the Three Passes Trek, also starting in Namche, links the region's major passes and valleys.
The guidebook includes suggestions for side trips and time spent in Namche Bazaar, Pangboche, Dingboche and Gokyo, as well as one trek approaching Everest from Tibet – from Kharta to the Kangshung Face.
It is packed with essential advice on trekking in the Himalayas, including planning and preparation, trekking formalities, health and acclimatisation, as well as notes on culture and the fascinating history of the region, making this a complete guide to exploring the area.
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Radek Kucharski grew up in Poland and lives in Warsaw. Born to a jazz-playing father, he was probably not destined to have a full-time job. After studying geography, he completed his first overland trip to India and Nepal in 2000, and trekking in the Himalayas quickly became a favourite activity. He has also trekked in Iran, Pakistan and Scandinavia. He treks independently, often alone, and believes this is the best way to get to know a place and its people. Introduced to the darkroom by his grandfather, Radek uses a camera to document every trip and shows his work in public while speaking about the places that fascinate him.Having worked for a small GIS company for over 10 years, Radek now chiefly guides trekking groups to Ladakh and the Nepali Himalayas, as well as leading adventure travel trips to South Asia and tours to Scandinavia.He enjoys discovering the world with his daughter, Gaja, and looks forward to trekking together in the Himalayas.View author profile
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