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Traveling to India: A Journey to Diversity

September 22nd, 2016 by
Traveling to India
There is far more to India than the Taj Mahal, Rajasthan and Varanasi – the Classic India tour.  Of course, those places are most travelled, but wherever you go in the largest democracy in the world, you’ll encounter a dazzling kaleidoscope of people and activity. To say that India is diverse is an understatement: It’s home to more than 2,000 ethnic groups and all the world’s religions! India is also one of the world’s most colorful countries. What tourists often don’t know is that some of the richest Indian treasures are in out-of-the-way places like Northeast India, Gujarat, Sikkim and Darjeeling. They simply haven’t been discovered yet by the 200,000 visitors who gawk at the Taj Mahal each year. All you need to make any of the following trips your own treasured memory is curiosity and a sense of adventure. A knowledgeable guide will be sure you don’t miss a thing. Northeast India: Tribal India Take a look at a map of India and imagine it’s shaped like the head of a rabbit facing you.  The tall right ear, jutting eastward and attached to the India subcontinent by only a 12-mile-long finger of land, is Northeast India. Its 160 square […]

Pick the Best Trekking Route to Mt. Everest Base Camp

June 27th, 2016 by
Trekking Routes to Everest Base Camp
Traveling to Everest Base Camp: How to Pick your Path Fifty-three years ago, there were only two main ways to get to the south base camp of Mt. Everest in Nepal: Trek from Kathmandu, a four-to-five-week trek. Or, take a day-long bus ride over rough roads to Jiri and hike for five to eight days to Namche and then on toward Mt. Everest. Then, in 1964, everything changed.  That’s when the Himalayan Trust, created by Sir Edmund Hillary, built a mountainside airport and a dirt runway in Lukla to help the Sherpa people get their goods to market more easily.  (The runway was paved in 1999, and in 2008 was renamed the Tenzing-Hillary Airport.) The unintended result of Hillary’s effort was that the airport, considered by many experts to be the most dangerous in the world, also gave travelers a shorter route to Mt. Everest. Today an estimated 25,000 people a year take the 35-minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla to begin their trek.  But a few hardy, adventurous souls still do the trek the old fashioned way. They begin walking in Jiri. Their feet never leave the ground. The Best Trekking Route to Everest Base Camp From Here to […]

Best Time to Trek to South Everest Base Camp and Kalapatar

May 16th, 2016 by
Trekking to Mt Everest South Base Camp
Mt. Everest–or Chamolungma, “Mother Goddess of the World” as the Tibetan and Sherpa people call the highest mountain in the world–may be the destination, but this is one trek where the journey is just as spectacular.  Although there are several routes to Nepal’s South Base Camp (17,598 feet). The most popular is the nearly 40-mile journey through the northeast Khumbu region of Nepal.  Most trekkers who take this route also climb to Kalapatar (18,514 feet) for the best view of the south side of Mt. Everest.  (On the North Side of Everest in Tibet is another base camp.) Each day on the trail takes trekkers past something new–villages large and small, terraced farm land, the market town of Namche Bazaar, Tengboche Monastery, and the peaks of Cho Oyu, Nuptse, and Lhotse, all reaching more than 25,000 feet. Weather in the Kumbu Region Nepal is the same latitude as Florida, but because of the extreme differences in topography and altitude, the climate is infinitely more variable, especially at the high altitudes you’ll be trekking to reach Everest Base Camp. The country literally rises from 100 feet above sea level to Mt. Everest’s 29,029 feet in less than 100 miles!  There are […]

Best Time to Trek to Everest Base Camp in Tibet

April 15th, 2016 by
Treck to Everest Northface, Tibet
Visitors to the China, or Tibet, north side of Mt. Everest (29,029 feet), have one major advantage over those approaching, Chomolungma, the Tibetan and Sherpa name of the highest mountain in the world, from Nepal in the south: It’s possible to get to the North Base Camp by car! In fact, it’s possible to complete the whole journey from Lhasa (11,600 feet) or up the Friendship Highway from Nepal into Tibet by car, and begin your trek to Everest from there. For those who prefer to experience the vastness of the Tibetan plateau and the climb into the Himalayas, though, a four- or five-day trek is perfect. The starting point is near the village of Rizong, about an hour and a half drive from the windblown settlement of Old Tingri. The trail takes trekkers through hills and valleys; across meadows, streams and marshes; over the barren lands of Lamna La Pass, and past Zommug, the highest settlement in the Everest region, to Rongphu Monastery. From there the view of the Mt. Everest peak is spectacular! The North Everest Base Camp is about a two-hour hike from the Monastery. Many tourists end their trips at Base Camp, but the Myths and […]

Imagining Everest: The Adventure Trip of a Lifetime

February 17th, 2014 by
traveling to everest
“We had seen a whole mountain range, little by little, the lesser to the greater until, incredibly higher in the sky than imagination had ventured to dream, the top of Everest itself appeared.” — George Mallory Psychologists say that one of the things that separate us from apes in the jungle is our uniquely human ability to imagine being somewhere else. Wherever that “somewhere else” is in your mind’s eye, you probably regularly feed your imagination on traveler’s tales, movies, and photos. From time to time you may even eat the food of the land you long to visit–for Nepal, think momos and dal ghat. Now, though, you can boost the quality of your imagination with the fantasy-inducing equivalent of jet fuel–a computerized zoom in, zoom out, pan-able landscape panorama of Sagarmatha “Head of the Sky.” To get a sense of Everest-size scale, click here and look closely at the panorama by famed photographer and mountaineer David Breashears. Zoom in beneath the second green box from the left until the prayer flags come into view. To almost feel how big those mountains are, slowly zoom-out until the blue and yellow tents and huts of the trekkers and climbers at basecamp […]

Cyclone Hudhud’s Tragic Lessons for Trekkers

October 20th, 2014 by
The deadly Himalayan blizzard conditions and avalanches caused by Cyclone Hudhud are no stranger to Nepal… “Move the tents,” I told my friend Dawa, “It’s going to pour for two days and we need to set them up so rain and wind won’t wreak havoc.” He looked at me as though I was crazy. “I bet you the pants you’re wearing we are getting a storm,” I taunted. “It’s a bet, Didi,” he replied laughing. The day had been sunny and beautiful, yet suddenly clouds were coming up over the horizon, dark clouds that should not have been there on a day like this or at this time of year. I did not like it. In 1987, I had been caught in a heavy blizzard at 15,000 feet that lasted for more than 36 hours on a route rarely traveled in the Everest region. We ended out having to break trail over two precipitously difficult 17,000-foot passes down to safety below the tree line. Now, as we were just about to head up above the snow line on a side path of the main Annapurna route, the weather looked exactly as it had in 1987. Although fall in Nepal is […]