Everest Kala Patar 20 Days Round Trip, 15 Days Trekking. Max Altitude: 5545m
The Everest region needs little introduction. The beauty of it's mountains and the hospitality and warmth of it's Sherpa people are legendary. From the beginning, the mountains dominate. As we fly along the Himalayas to Hillary's Lukla mountain airstrip, the views are magnificent. We arrive to find we are already surrounded by soaring peaks.
Acclimatisation days allow time to explore villages such as Namche Bazaar, where every Saturday hundreds of people flock from as far away as Tibet to barter and sell their produce. Thyangboche monastery, the highest in the world, sits on a ridge looking back down the valley from where we have come and up to Nuptse and Lhotse, almost hiding the massive bulk of Everest (8,848m). It is not difficult to understand why the monks choose to meditate here, though what the Yeti comes for is quite another matter.
Moving closer and closer to Everest we journey beyond permanent settlements to desolate wind blown country. Across the barren land, over craggy rocks and glacial moraines, to Lobuche. From this, our highest campsite we walk up to Kala Patar. This is the longest and hardest day of the trek, but the effort is well worth it for the clear close views of the world's highest mountain. Few people get any nearer to this peak, which the Sherpas know by the name of Sagamartha, "Mother Goddess of the Earth".
Our descent, surprisingly fast, brings us back to Lukla and to our flight to Kathmandu.
Trip Dates (ex Melb/Syd)
Departs Fri 16 Oct 2009 through to Sat 17 Apr 2010