Everest: A Trekker's Guide
Base Camp, Kala Patthar and other 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 two routes in Tibet (the Rongbuk route and the Kharta Valley). Also describes the new Three Passes trek (Dingboche to Namche via Kongma La, Cho La, Renjo La).
SeasonsSpring and autumn are the main trekking seasons, when the weather is at its best. Summers are cloudy and rainy, winters are probably challenging and these seasons are chosen by fewer trekkers.
CentresLukla, Namche Bazaar, Jiri, Junbesi, Shivalaya, Phaplu, Salleri, Pangboche, Tengboche, Gokyo
DifficultyLodges along all the routes in the region enables trekkers to walk without camping equipment and food supplies. Pathways are clear and ascents moderate, but altitude is a challenge - acclimatisation must be well planned. In Himalayan terms it is a trekking area of moderate difficulty, with more demanding and easier variants available.
Must SeeWalk from Lukla to Everest Base Camp and climb Kala Patthar - the best Everest viewpoint. Visit famous Namche Bazaar, Tengboche Monastery and Gokyo. Cross Kongma La, Cho La and Renjo La on the Three Passes Trek. See Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu and countless other peaks.
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A lifelong passion for the countryside in general, and mountains in particular, drives Kev's desire to share his sense of wonder and delight in the natural world through his writing, photography and lecturing.
Claiming to be The Man with the World's Best Job, he has enjoyed a fruitful partnership with Cicerone since the 1970s, producing over 50 books, including guides to five major trekking regions of Nepal, and to numerous routes in the European Alps and Pyrenees, as well as walking guides for Kent, Sussex and the Cotswolds.
Radek Kucharski was born in Poland. After graduating in Geography he worked for a small GIS company for over 12 years, which he would periodically leave every few years for months-long trekking trips to Asia. He trekked in Nepal, Iran, Pakistan and India, getting to know the landscapes, the people, their cultures and himself. After his first visit in 2004, Ladakh instantly became his favourite destination, and he made a promise to himself to return with the task of collecting data for a guidebook. A few years later he began this work.
Since that first visit to the Ladakh Range he has also changed profession. Now working as a tourist guide, which he has been doing since 2010, Radek lives in Warsaw and guides groups to India, Nepal and Scandinavia for one of Poland's leading adventure travel agencies.
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