Looking up at the Everest Range from Kala Pattar is an experience that stays with one. Here at 5555m the summit of Everest is still more than 3km vertically above. That’s nearly 2 miles in old money. The view is magnificent and just reward for the effort of reaching Base Camp.
On arrival in Kathmandu we will have time to go through aspects of the trek to make sure everybody is best prepared. We then set off and take a local flight to Lukla, the gateway to the Everest region. Lukla is at 2800m. From here we trek upwards in carefully managed stages. Rest days are essential to minimise problems with altitude sickness.
The trek soon reaches the busy town of Namche, capital of the Sherpa ethic region and a great place to stock up before continuing. As we climb vegetation becomes thinner. Yaks replace buffalo as the beast of burden and settlements become fewer and further between.
We have another acclimatisation stop at Dinboche, apparently home of the world’s highest billiard room. We are in open country here with views of the high peaks all around us. The air is thinner and everything moves more slowly.
We climb further to reach Pheriche. We plan to arrive here at lunchtime and make a trip up and down to Base Camp staying the night at Pheriche. The next day we trek up to Kala Pattar (5555m) for the best view of the Everest range. This is the highest point we intend to reach on the holiday.
It is an easier journey to retrace our steps back down to Namche and Lukla but not one to be under estimated. Finally we have a day to recover and sight seeing in Kathmandu before returning to the UK doubtless fitter, leaner and with a renewed prospective on life.
We hope to arrange for groups to met with Kancha Sherpa, who went on the 1953 expedition to conquer Everest. Obviously Kancha is now an old man and may not be available.