Everest: A Trekker's Guide

Base Camp, Kala Patthar and other trekking routes in Nepal and Tibet

By Kev Reynolds, Radek Kucharski

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, Renje La).



Spring 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.


Lukla, Namche Bazaar, Jiri, Junbesi, Shivalaya, Phaplu, Salleri, Pangboche, Tengboche, Gokyo


Lodges 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 See

Must See

Walk 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.
8 Nov 2018
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.8cm
  • Overview

    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. Fully researched after the devastating earthquake of 2015, 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 two treks approaching Everest from Tibet - Tingri to Rongbuk Everest Base Camp and from Kharta to the Kangshung Face.

    The guidebook 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.

  • Contents

    Visa arrangements
    Getting there and travelling around
    Kathmandu Valley
    The Everest Region (Solukhumbu)
    Trekking routes in Nepal
    Accommodation and food
    Drinking water
    Trekking styles
    Seasons and weather
    Fitness, health and emergencies
    Respect others on the trail
    Hazards en route
    Trekking formalities
    Minimum impact trekking
    Cultural interaction
    Using this guide
    Trek 1
    Trek 1 Jiri or Salleri/Phaplu to Chheplung and Lukla
    Prologue Kathmandu to Jiri
    Section 1 Jiri to Shivalaya
    Section 2 Shivalaya to Junbesi
    Section 3 Junbesi to Ringmu
    Alternative start Salleri or Phaplu to Ringmu
    Section 4 Ringmu to Surke
    Section 5A Surke to Chheplung (for Namche Bazaar)
    Section 5B Surke to Lukla
    Trek 2
    Trek 2 Lukla to Namche Bazaar
    Prologue Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla
    Section 1 Lukla to Phakding
    Section 2 Phakding to Namche Bazaar
    Trek 3
    Trek 3 Namche Bazaar to Everest Base Camp (EBC) and Kala Patthar
    Section 1A Namche to Sanasa via Tenzing Norgay Chorten and Khyangjuma
    Section 1B Namche to Sanasa via Khumjung
    Section 2A Sanasa to Pangboche via Tengboche and Deboche
    Section 2B Sanasa to Pangboche via Mong La and Phortse
    Section 3 Pangboche to Dingboche (or Pheriche)
    Section 4 Dingboche (or Pheriche) to Lobuche
    Section 5 Lobuche to Gorakshep
    Section 6A Ascent of Kala Patthar (5645m/18,520ft)
    Section 6B Hike to Everest Base Camp (5275m/17,306ft)
    Trek 4
    Trek 4 Namche Bazaar to Gokyo
    Section 1A Namche to Sanasa via Tenzing Norgay Chorten and Khyangjuma
    Section 1B Namche to Sanasa via Khumjung
    Section 2 Sanasa to Phortse Thanga
    Section 3 Phortse Thanga to Machhermo
    Section 4 Machhermo to Gokyo
    Trek 5
    Trek 5 Three Passes Trek
    Section 1 Namche to Sanasa
    Section 2 Sanasa to Pangboche
    Section 3 Pangboche to Dingboche
    Section 4 Dingboche to Chukhung
    Section 5 Chukhung to Lobuche via Kongma La
    Section 6 Lobuche to Dzongla
    Section 7 Dzongla to Gokyo via Cho La
    Section 8 Gokyo to Namche Bazaar via Renjo La and Thame
    Everest from Tibet
    Trek 6 Tingri to Rongbuk Everest Base Camp
    Trek 7 Kharta to the Kangshung Face

    Appendix A Summary of treks
    Appendix B Selected trekking peaks in the Everest Region
    Appendix C Index of place names
    Appendix D Useful websites
    Appendix E Selected lodges in the Everest Region
    Appendix F Glossary

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    Trek 7 (Kharta to the Kangshung Face) was written by Bart Jordans.

  • Reviews
    Comprehensive, versatile and accurate... A must buy for anyone planning the expedition of a lifetime.

    If there's a trekking guide that can be depended on to deliver all the practical information you need, it's one made by Cicerone. The publisher has proved time and again that its hiking guides are comprehensive, versatile and accurate, and the Trekker's Guide to Everest is no exception. If you have your sights set on the world's tallest mountains this year, this excellent guide covers all the popular trekking areas such as Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar, plus more unusual alternatives such as Gokyo Ri.

    The pocket-sized handbook provides detailed maps and descriptions for each trek, broken down into sections with helpful stats and handy pictures to help you identify unusual flora and fauna en route. Insider's information like Local handicraft markets and photography hot spots are an added bonus. A must buy for anyone planning the expedition of a lifetime.

    Adventure Travel magazine

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Kev Reynolds

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.

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Kucharski Radek

Radek Kucharski

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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