Posts Tagged ‘trek to everest’

Life and Death in Nepal: A Sherpa Funeral

November 18th, 2016 by
Travel to Nepal
A bit of life…and death…a Sherpa funeral…three days of a happening! We arrive to be fed tea or local brews – chang or rakshi – in a tented waiting area. Lakpa, our host, is sitting, talking, and laughing with us. To my surprise, he tells me it is his father who died–so typical in this country where life and death are one. A German lady arrives with her Sherpa escort. The lady is building a Sherpa Cultural Center in a monastery above the village. She appears to know it all, yet she has brought her camera equipment. I couldn’t. I am not here to stare but to learn and pay my respects. After tea and chang, we go inside the house. I sit a bit with Alice, a client and new friend, listening to the chanting of orange-clad monks, smelling the incense, and feeling the vibrations of their voices in my stomach, the familiarity of the sound. How can this now be so familiar, this strange Sherpa world? I remember laughing rudely in my first concert of chanting Gyuto monks in America. Now the chants here in the mountains are comfortable, peaceful. Rituals and Rites Lakpa explains what is happening […]

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 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 […]