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Everest Treks

 

(thomas;2010-Jun-08)

Everest Treks

If you want to see raw mountains, listen to the rumbling of glaciers and generally drown yourself in rocks and ice galore, then the Everest area is probably the best region to visit in all of Nepal, perhaps even the world. But even culturally, this part of the country does have a lot to offer, if you take your time and are prepared to occasionally hop off the beaten track.

Basically, there are three distinct pieces to the Everest trekking picture; all can be done in teahouse trekking style (ie on your own, without a guide):

Given enough time, it is quite feasible to combine these three treks into a single longer trek: anything between 20 and 60 days is easily possible. Jiri is easily reached after a seven-hour “express bus” journey from Kathmandu; from or to Tumlingtar there's either the plane (one hour) or a lengthy 24-hour bus ride via Hile, Dankuta and Dharan (we break that journey into two stages by staying in Dankuta, a nice hill station).

Two other possibilities to reach (or leave) the Khumbu area are the approaches via the Trashi Laptsa (sometimes also spelt Tashi Laptsa) and the Amphu Laptsa. These are two high passes, the Trashi entering the Khumbu from the Rolwaling area and the Amphu from Hinku valley. Both require mountaineering skills, preparation and support by a guide and a few porters. It is easily possible to arrange permits and crew in Kathmandu but it won't come cheap: probably a couple of thousand dollars for two people.

And there is still more: during the last years the Nepalese have invented two more trekking circuits in the Everest Region. The first and more well-known is the Pike Peak/Dudh Kunda walk, a ten to 14-day trek which takes in the viewpoint of Pike Peak and the Dudh Kund, a holy lake high in the mountains north of Junbesi. The second is the funnily named Numbur Cheese Circuit, a trek that starts not far from Jiri and, as the name implies, visits quite a few cheese factories in the middle hills (plus some monasteries).

Both treks require some organised support (guide, porters, tents) because, unlike in the Khumbu, there are a few stages without lodge accommodation and food supply (though an ascent of Pike Peak can be done without porters as there are some basic lodges on and near the mountain). Again, this is easy to arrange in Kathmandu or perhaps even along the way as there's no permit and no mountaineering involved.


$updated from: Trekking Regions.htxt Mon 03 May 2021 16:08:33 trvl2 (By Vero and Thomas Lauer)$