Mt Everest

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The Routes

From "National Geographic" (click to enlarge):

Location of a famous avalanche that killed climbers:

The Everest trek is through the Sherpa country of Solu Khumbu. The flight to the airstrip at Lukla (2.850 m) is not always possible. From Lukla to the Sherpa village of Namche Bazaar and on to Tengboche monastery (3.867 m) the trail leads to the foot of Everest (you can walk up to 5.546 m without special equipment). October is the best month to trek up the Everest. Flights to Lukla (Everest): $83 one way, leaves 7am, every day except monday and friday, return is also in the morning. From Lukla it's 6 hours to Namchee Bazaar and then a day to Tengboche monastery. In the summer the airport is often closed. Best season to trekk is the fall.
The classic Everest trek:
Day 01: Katmandu/Lukla fly one hour and trek 3 hours up to Phakding(2052m).Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Phakding/Namche(3446m).Full day 5/6 hours walk.Over night at hotel.
Day 03: Namche/Tengboche(3867m).Fyull day 6/7 hours walk.Overnight at hotel.
Day 04: Tengboche/Namche.Return back 5/6 hours.Over night at hotel.
Day 05: Namche/Phakding or Lukla.Return back 5/6 hours.Overnight at hotel.
Day 06: Lukla/Kathmandu.Fly back.
  • Highest mountains
  • Pictures of Nepal
  • The first person to climb all the 14ers (the 14 mountains over 8,000 meter high) was Reinhold Messner in 1986.
  • The first woman to climb the 14ers was Oh Eun-sun from South Korea in 2010. In 2011 Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner from Austria did it without using extra oxygen.
  • The 14ers are the 14 mountains over 8000 meters high. It is always funny to hear US-born hikers talk about the "14ers" as the mountains that are higher than 4,267.21 meters (the USA is the only country in the world that still uses the ancient "feet/miles/gallon" system, so for them "14er" means above 14,000 feet, which turns out to be 4,267 meters! :-) )