Gokyo , Kala Patthar & Everest Base Camp Trek

Explore Himalaya had recently organized a Spring trek to Gokyo , Kala Patthar & Everest Base Camp for Mariko Kawabata & Yukako Sato from Japan and their Nepalese friend Sushil Koirala. With our experienced and knowledgeable guide Lamababu guiding them through the rough Everest trail, the trio completed their trek without a hitch. According to Mariko & Yukako the supportive crew made their adventure a truly ‘once-in-a-lifetime experience’. Here’s what they had to say:

Thanks to Lambabu and his excellent professionalism, we have completed our trekking trip as per the plan. We would like to express our sincere gratitude for choosing Lambabu as our guide.
Lambabu has been the best guide we could ever dream of having – his organizational skills and knowledge of the region were beyond reproach. He was always polite, honest, and so pleasant. We really enjoyed his company, as well as the two crews – who were also as pleasant and helpful as Lambabu. Lambabu chose the best porters/assistants as we could imagine of having, and the way he dealt with them were also very nice and we really liked it. It is also worth noting that he paid attention to our health throughout the trek, and despite the fact that two of us got mild altitude sickness, with his advice and timely medication, we all managed to trek in good health and spirits. Lambabu was also attentive to our demands – such as the need for decent toilets and accomodation. We are sure that it was not always easy.
All in all, we are all very happy about the trekking trip we had – it was once in a life-time experience for sure. Thank you so much for organizing this trip for us!
We hope to go for another trekking trip in future with your company, and hopefully once again with Lambabu and his crews.
Thank you again & best regards,
Mariko and Yukako

Everest TrekStunning views, Sherpa culture &  Buddhist Spiritualism  – Everest Trek

Explore Gokyo, Everest Base Camp & Kala Patthar

Everest Treks

Everest has been voted as one of the top-ten destinations for 2011 by CNN. Not surprising, because Treks to Everest Region has been a favourtite among trekkers taking the Himalayan trail. With its rugged trail, towering peaks (including +8000m peaks like Mount Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu), traditional Sherpa villages, well maintained tea houses and lodges and magnificent mountain scenery, the Khumbu Region is worth a visit. In fact, many return to this high and beautiful region after their first experience. A client who trekked with us to Khumbu in the Autumn of 2010, has expressed a similar desire in a written testimonial sent to us via email..

Namaste….

I am writing this mail to say many thanks for your good service during my trip in Khumbu in Autumn 2010. I really enjoyed it a lot and I am extremely happy that it worked out so well. I can hardly wait to get going to Nepal again…… I do not know when we will meet again, but one thing is for sure, we will meet again because I will certainly be returning to the Khumbu for climbing. It will really be good to see you all again.

Thanks for a good trip!

Best regards,
Jacob Klaris-Jensen

Kipling Travel

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Everest is CNN’s top 10 destination for 2011

Mount Everest Base Camp has been a popular destination for trekkers since the very first expeditions to the Nepalese side of Everest in the 1953. To add to the popularity, CNN has added Everest as a one of the top 10 destinations for 2011.

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Trek to Everest Base Camp with us.

International Mountain Museum, Pokhara

Dedicated to the mountains , its people and environment and to mountaineers, the International Mountain Museum in Pokhara was built under the aegis of Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), with the support of various international and national groups, individuals and organizations. The museum was formally inaugurated on May 2002 by famous Everest summitters – Ms. Junko Tabei from Japan and Appa Sherpa from Nepal. Built on 12.6 acres land, with a display area of more than 4200 sq.mt, the International Mountain Museum was opened for public viewing on 5th February, 2004. Posted below are some images of the museum  captured by Samir Shrestha.

International Mountain Museum, Pokhara

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(Photos : Samir Shrestha)

Certificate of Achievement to Mr. Al Habsi

Mr. Salah Salim Ahmed Al Habsi was handed over Nepal Mountaineering Association’s certificate of achievement for being the first climber from UAE to summit Mera Peak by Mr. Suman Pandey at Explore Himalaya’s office this afternoon.

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A shield commemorating the climber’s achievement was also handed over to the climber from Explore Himalaya’s side by Everest Summitteer and pilot Simeon Moro from Italy.

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In Memory of Hristo Prodanov, valiant friend

Mighty and beautiful, but equally treacherous, many climbers have perished on the slopes of  the world’s tallest mountain, Mount Everest. One such unlucky soul was Bulgarian climber Hristo Prodanov. On 20th April 1984 he became the first climber from his country to summit Mount Everest and the first climber to scale West Ridge solo without the use of supplementary oxygen. Sadly Prodanov lost his life while descending from the West Ridge.
In memory of this valiant soul, a memorial plate was put up at Thugla by friends and family. Over the years, old and weathered, the  memorial plate eventually got lost. But this autumn friends of Pradanov, Christo & Dorte Enkov from Denmark decided to journey to  Nepal to place a new memorial plate for their departed friend.
Their trek to Thugla & to EBC was organized by Explore Himalaya. They dropped in at our office after returning from Lukla and shared their experience with us. Here is what they had to say;

Christo & Dorte Enkov – We had a fantastic trek and we are back in Kathmandu after having fulfilled our mission. We have placed a memorial plate for our friend at the memorial site above Thugla. We saw and experienced the magic of your beautiful mountains, the proud, hardworking and always helpful and friendly people. The weather was as expected in high mountains changeable: clouds and rain and snow and sunshine and high skies.
Due to our photo equipment we chose two porters and are very happy that we took this decision. We were a fantastic team and the spirit was high every day even after days of walking. Thanks to local knowledge, enormous network and a very special “Fingerspitzgefühl”, we have had only good accommodation and fantastic food.
Our best recommendations for the team and organizers and for you for caring for us. Be prepared for the mountains and you will be sure to have an experience of a lifetime. See you in the mountains!


First Summit of the Season- EH’s Lhakpa Ri (7045m) Expedition

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Explore Himalaya congratulates Dendruk Oleksandr from Ukraine & Camino Gonzalez Juan Antonio from Spain for summiting Lhakpa Ri(7045m) on 20th September 2010 at 1500 hrs (local time).This was the first summit of the season by a group whose expedition our company helped organize. We also congratulate Dendruk Oleksandr for becoming Explore Himalaya’s  first Ukrainian client to summit Lhakpa Ri (7045 m). The two climbers were supported by climbing sherpas Dayalu Sherpa and Sange Sherpa.

Suman Pandey & Oleksandr

The duo visited our office after returning to Kathmandu. When EH asked them about their experience, they had this to say:

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Dendruk Oleksandr (Ukraine) :” Generally our expedition was good and we are very happy that we could summit despite bad weather. I found Rongbuk and the Chencey glaciers very beautiful.


I have climbed many 6000m peaks and this year I chose to climb Lhakpa Ri peak (7045 M) to check my strength and also because, according to the information I received, this was an easy 7000m peak. My dream is to climb Mt. Everest. Next year I plan to climb Cho Oyu(8201m) or any 8000m peak, before attempting Mount Everest. I hope I will be able to fulfill my dream.”

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Camino Gonzalez Juan Antonio (Spain): “The last bit of the climbing proved to be very difficult. Moreover the weather turned bad and the last 50 meters to the summit was really difficult. But the climb was memorable, especially when we reached the summit.”

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(About Lhakpa Ri: The ascent up this mountain is regarded as the easiest 7000+ peak ascent. You make the ascent via the Everest Advance Base Camp.The mountain divides the upper East Rongbuk glacier and upper Kharta glacier, and lies in proximity to the mighty Mt Everest.)

(Pics Courtesy: Oleksandr)

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NTY 2011 – Special Offers for Mountaineers

As part of the promotion scheme for Nepal Tourism Year 2011, the Nepalese government is offering free visas to mountaineers who have summitted Mt.Everest and another peak for two years. The government has also announced 50 percent discount on climbing fees for Dhaulagiri for the  next climbing season of 2010 and for 2011 as part of the celebrations. To climb Dhaulagiri a foreign climber is expected  to pay USD 5,000  as royalty to Nepal government.