Everest High Passes Trek, tests trekkers endurance to high altitude

Everest High Passes Trek is globally considered one of the most challenging treks. Also known as “3 Passes Trek” the trek starts at Lukla and winds through the traditional Everest Base Camp Trial till Dingboche 4410m. Nangkar Tshang 5616m could be an ideal day hike activity from Dingboche before the trek enters the Chukkung Valley. Cross Passing Kongma La Pass 5535m once again the 3 Passes Trek enters Khumbu Valley. Exploring Kalapattar 5545m and Everest Base Camp 5357m, the Everest High Passes Trek then heads towards the famous Gokyo Valley. On the way, climbing Awi Peak 5245m could be an interesting part of the trek. Cross passing Cho La Pass 5330m, the trek officially enters the Gokyo Valley. Gokyo Valley, the valley Lakes is the prime highlight of the Trek. Gokyo Ri 5360m, a ridge above the valley which offers the stunning views of Everest and Makalu is a bonus reward at Gokyo Valley. The final part of the trek winds through Renjo La Pass 5360m and slides down to Lukla via Lumde, Thame, Namche and Monjo. Everest High Passes not only test the trekkers endurance, it also offers the natural and cultural highlights of three major valleys at the base of Everest; Chukkung (Imja), Khumbu and Gokyo.
Three New Zealanders, Ms. Grayling Colleen, Mr. Kevin Cruickshank and Mr. John Pope with an American trekker Mr. Brown Sean were on this challenging 3 Passes trek with us. After the completion of the trek the group also enjoyed the wildlife activities at Chiwan National Park.
Here we have a short testimonial by Ms. Colleen and Mr. Kevin after the completion of their trekking and wildlife holiday in Nepal.

The sceneries and the landscapes during High Passes Trek where we also had an opportunity to meet kind local people and the wildlife activities at Chitwan are the best memories of this Holiday.
The service of Explore Himalaya was very good; the staffs were very helpful, guide was excellent and the hotels we stayed in were great.
We would definitely recommend Explore Himalaya to friends and family.

Trek to Everest Base Camp 5357m- The home of mighty Sherpas

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Everest summit rises so elevated that Everest Base Camp Trekking (5357m) is itself an adventure of the highest class. This spring, join the fixed departures of Explore Himalaya on a 16-day trek to Everest Base Camp.

The trial to Everest Base Camp winds through world’s most admirable mountain landscapes. Prior to Everest Base Camp trek have an insightful look into the cultural and historical heritages of the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu. Experience one of the most thrilling flights to Lukla, world’s one of the high altitude airports. During the trek stay in beautiful hamlets nestled against high and rough Himalayan giants; peep into the matchless local culture of mighty Sherpas; and trace the trails inscribed with Tibetan Buddhist prayers on the mani walls.

Everest Base Camp Trek includes the challenges of scaling Kalapattar 5554m and Gorakshep 5184m. Exploring the monastery at Tengboche with striking view of Mt. Ama Dablam at its backdrop and the leisurely stay at Sherpa capital Namche for acclimatization are also the prime highlights of the trek.

Everest Base Camp Trek: A challenging achievement

Everest, the world’s crown is the Nepalese pride. Myriads of adventure seekers throng to this adventurous shrine every year with the strong desire of closely viewing the mighty Everest towering beyond the sky in the Khumbu region of Nepal.

Besides, the trek also highlights electrifying flight to the world’s one of the high altitude airports, Lukla 2900m. The cultural encounters in the frequent highland settlements of indigenous Sherpas, the biodiversity of floras, faunas, Himalayan wild animals and colorful birds at Sagarmatha National Park, the pleasant walk along the lush vegetation of rhododendron, firs, pines and oak forest, the panoramic views of towering Himalayan giants including Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Lobuche and many more, the visit to sacred highland monasteries including the one at Tengboche 3846m, Kalapattar 5545m, the highest cabinet meeting point and the walk on the glacier to Everest Base Camp 5357m are the major highlights of the trek.

Everest Base Camp Trek is an achievement and this autumn, the nine out of thirteen Danish trekkers through our exclusive country partner Kipling Travel achieved it. Mr. Jakob Lapp who was also a group leader of said few lines on the trek after its completion.

The fantastic mountain views throughout the trek and the pleasant people living in the region were very nice. Mountains and the people of the mountains in Everest Region are very hard to forget. Both were equally amazing.

Staffs of Explore Himalaya were professionals. We had two rescue operations which were performed so swiftly that everyone was amazed. Ram, our guide did a very good job. Thanks to him and Explore Himalaya, we had a great holiday.

Everest Base Camp Trek: A wonderful goal to achieve

 

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Mr. Lacey Gerard and Ms. Heidi

Ms. Heidi Sendorovitz form Denmark and Mr. Francis Gerard from Ireland had a wonderful trek to Everest Base Camp this autumn. After the completion of their trek, they shared their experiences of Everest Base Camp Trek with Explore Himalaya. Here, we have an interview with Mr. Lacey and Ms. Heidi. The trekkers through our exclusive country partner Kipling Travel departed back home very happily.

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Highland landscape on the trial to EBC

EH: How was your trek?

Heidi: Trek was Fantastic. For us it was totally new. First time to Nepal and first time to do anything like this is a challenge. When you cope with the challenge you feel great. Everything we saw and everyone we met, it was all fantastic. We really really enjoyed the trek.

Lacey: Totally different relating with the experience before. I spoke to somebody, who said wheels haven’t been invented here which is true. Once, you get to Lukla, there are no cars, no machines. People walking uphill with things on their back made us very excited because it was totally different to the things we used to see. It was challenging, physically and psychologically. Physically it was uphill climb and we were told that to get to that altitude is an achievement. I agree that. Psychologically, before we got that far we never considered seriousness of altitude sickness . It was challenging too, in terms of accommodation. By our standards, sometimes tea houses were very primitive and that was something to cope with. The trek was really very adventurous.

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Colorful prayer flags on the way

EH: During the trek you might have met the natives of Khumbu region, how do you have to tell about them?

Lacey:  Those we met them on the path and in the tea-house were generally very friendly. It was a pleasant atmosphere. We felt very safe. It was a nice place to be with basically nice people. It was very peaceful. It was also great because, every day was a brand new day with new experiences.

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EBC trial, wonderful floral biodiversity

EH: Weather condition was not that favorable while you were on trek, how did it make a difference on your trek?

Heidi: Yes or no.  When we started the weather was crystal clear for four days, it was the way it was supposed to be. Then, the bad weather came for 2 and half days. That wasn’t fun as you are in the middle of the trek and you don’t know when it is going to end. But, the weather was fine again. It was great. The weather made the trek even more challenging. Icy mornings and bright days it was enjoyable.

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Time for photo shoot in the Himalayas

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Trekkers the EBC neighborhood

EH: How did you feel when you got to Kalapattar?

Heidi: We felt very tired (laugh) but great. We were fine.

EH: If you have to pick one betweenKalapattar and Everest Base Camp which would you pick?

Heidi: We stayed a night at Lobuche and next morning we made to Gorakshep where we had our lunch there. After the lunch we made to Kalapattar which was superb. We returned back to Gorekshep and then next morning we made to Everest Base Camp. If we have to pick one, we would pick Base Camp and we both agree on that.

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Highland Sherpa hamlet in the lap of Mountain giants

EH: Why?

Lacey: We were watching the spectacular views of the mountains for the fourteen days. Once we got to Kalapattar the Mountain View was incredible but not spectacularly different to those we saw for fourteen days. On the other hand, the walk to the Base Camp was spectacularly different because of the glacier, which was completely different. The difference between the holiday here and in other places is that, here you have a goal. Throughout the trek, Everest Base Camp was our goal and achieving that goal was a wonderful experience. This wasn’t a normal holiday. Every step we walked, took us closer to our goal which made this holiday very special.

Heidi: Yes, on the way out to Base Camp it was spectacular to walk very close to Khumbu Glacier which was the best experience of the trek.

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Leaving the footprints in the Everest region

EH: That means you are totally satisfied with the holiday?

Lacey: Yes very much. We felt we were very well taken care of. Dhan, our guide did very good job in the mountains and Jeeten and other staffs in the city took very good care of us. We are totally satisfied.

EH: Do you have any plans to come back to Nepal in the future?

Lacey: Honestly, this holiday has been precious. For example, after the delicious lunch if I am offered the lunch again, I would say “no” because I am full. But, tomorrow I would definitely like to have it. Similarly, this holiday has been great and it takes time to let it go. But sooner or later, we could want a similar holiday in Nepal.

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Towards Kalapattar 5545m

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Closer to the Base Camp of world’s crown Everest

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Ice everywhere

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Finally mission accomplished

EH: If you have to describe this holiday in one word, how would you describe it?

Heidi and Lacey: Fantastic

EH: Thank you for the wonderful interview.

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Ms.Heidi, happy to be there

Photo Courtesy: Ms. Heidi Sendorovitz and Mr. Lacey Gerard

 

 

Trek in the Everest region

 

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British trekkers at Hotel Marsyangdi after their trek

“A Week below Everest” trek is a 11 days trek to Khumbu Region of Nepal. With the panorama of Himalayan background, the region is dominated by the famous climbing clan, Sherpas. The Sherpa culture at its best and the ideally located highland monasteries are also the major attractions of the trek. Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site for conserving wildlife also encompasses the world’s highest peak Everest 8848m. The park comprises the wide diversity of Himalayan floras and faunas. Series of mani walls, yak grazed pastures, lush vegetation and beautiful landscapes are eminent features of the trial during the trek. The major stopover point for acclimatization in the Khumbu region, Namche Bazaar offers the blend of prosperous Sherpa culture and facilities of all possible modern amenities.

This autumn, a group of thirteen English trekkers representing Hospice charity were led by Ms. Agnieszka Hobbs, during the trek to Khumbu Region with Explore Himalaya. An itinerary was set to take the trekkers to the Everest Base Camp but the unfavorable weather conditions restricted them to trek beyond Gorakshep. Whatsoever, the trekkers had the very wonderful trek. Despite of heavy snowfall and the extreme coldness, the trekkers found Khumbu Region a real wonderland. From Gorakshep, to watch Everest soaring high beyond the skies with several other mountain siblings was the most wonderful experience of their trek.

The most frequented trekking trial in Nepal, Everest Trek is full of Highland surprises. The tea houses throughout the trial offer the comfortable accommodation and varieties of delicious cuisines. The British Trekkers had numerous memorable moments of Khumbu region. “Weather didn’t favor us but everytime weather was harsh, sooner or later, we came across a beautiful surprise which made our trek fantastic”, a member of the trek said.

Everest Base Camp adventure for children studies

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Trekking closer to the destination

Adventure Challenges Program is a dedicated fundraising wing of Flying Kites Global- the organization which donates the raised funds to uplift the standards of the children under poverty. The early adventurous challenge of 2013 was to summit the African highest peak Mt. Kilimanjaro. As the first challenge was overcome the generous adventurers were on the trek through the mesmerizing Khumbu Valley to the mighty Everest Base Camp (17,598ft).

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Every step in the wilderness adds something for under privileged students 

The trekkers chased the imaginary footprints of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa as soon as they landed at Lukla airport after one the most thrilling flights of the world. Prior to the flight to Everest Gateway, the fundraising wing of Flying Kites Global also had the wonderful sightseeing tour of Heritage sites within the Heritage Valley- Kathmandu. Beginning the trek with a slide up walk along Dudh Koshi valley a steep ascent took them to the Sherpa capital Namche Bazaar. Overwhelmed with the scenic mountain vista the group of helping hands acclimatized with a day rest at Namche. The group then chased the trail to the land of famous Monastery- Tengboche. Tengboche Monastery is located high on a ridge where splendid orbital scenery unfolds. The breathtaking views of Everest, the Lhotse-Nuptse Wall, Ama Dablam and Kantega dominated this serene and sacred locality.

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Mountains, gorges,glaciers and trek- what an adventure?

While trekking past the several Buddhist monasteries on the way the views of Everest got closer and improvised. This dramatically awe-inspiring trek brought the challengers to both Everest Base Camp (5357m) and Kala Patar (5555m). Kalapattar is the most elegant vantage point to view the Everest and several other 8000ers at its vicinity at their best. Accomplishing the challenge the challengers retraced their way back to Lukla and then flew back to Kathmandu.

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Climbing Kalapattar-Mt. Pumori, Everest and Nuptse on the background

Pleasant afternoon walk during the trek to Everest Base Camp

 

Once again through our exclusive country partner Kipling travel two Danish trekkers Mr. Nielsen Bjarke and Ms. Hansen Hille were with us from March 23 to April 10, 2013 for their long awaited vocational celebration as Everest Base Camp Trek. As they completed the Everest Base Camp Trek they came up with few encouraging lines regarding their entire stay in Nepal including the trek to the Everest Base Camp. Their Everest Base Camp Trek kicked off on March 24, 2013- the day they flew to Lukla.

Here we have the few lines shared by these wonderful people regarding the Everest Base Camp Trek.

“The meeting and the handling was really very informative we were impressed.”

“Our guide Mr. Megh Nath Tamang was very attentive. He very well looked after the client needs. Sometimes because of rural topography there used to be communication problem which he was able to cope very well and hence arranged the pleasant afternoon walk everyday.”

“Food throughout the trek and during the stay in the city was very good.”

“Hotel we stayed in the city was great. During the trek the hotels in the lower elevation were comparatively better to the hotels at higher elevation. Understandable, but we still would prefer the fire stoves in the rooms.”

“Transportation was perfect and very timely. Itinerary was good and our guide even rearranged it very well to cope perfectly with our needs.”

“The Everest Base Camp Trek was great and the arrangements done were even greater.”

The perfect trek to the Everest Base Camp

 

Through our exclusive country partner Kipling travel four Danish visitors Ms. Rasmussen, Mr. Frederick, Ms. Ida Andersen and Ms. Marie Andersen were with us from March 22 to April 9, 2013 for their long awaited Everest Base Camp Trek. Upon completing the Everest Base Camp Trek they came up with few beautiful lines regarding their trek to the Everest Base Camp and all the other services provided by Explore Himalaya. Their Everest Base Camp Trek began on March 23, 2013.

“Meeting and handling was excellent. The services during the hotel and flight transfers were very much helpful and exceptionally good.”

“We are very happy with our trek guide Lama. We would choose him again and anytime. We would also recommend him very highly. He was the best trek guide we could have during the trek to Everest Base Camp. We are also very pleased with our porters. Mr. Lama made sure about the comfortable tea houses during the trek so that we could sleep well and thanks to him we slept very well throughout the trek.”

“The meals during the trek were awesome and the foods in the hotels at Kathmandu were delicious. The flight to Lukla was great. Every staffs involved to serve us during the entire stay in Nepal were very helpful. We believe Nepalese are one of the kind  peoples in the world. Itinerary was perfect.”

“Overall the trek to Everest Base Camp was just great. Thank you so much for such a great arrangement.”