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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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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.
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
Trek 8 Tingri to Everest Rongbuk Base Camp via Lamna La
Trek 9 Kharta to the Kangshung Face
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.
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)
|Everest and the Solu-Khumbu Region|
|Trekking and Trekking Styles|
|When to Go|
|Permits and Visas|
|Pre-Trek Health Matters|
|Minimum Impact Trekking|
|Nepal – Facts and Figures|
|Time in Kathmandu|
|About this Guide|
|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|
|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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