The Whole of Everest part trek
If you are down and in trouble, and need some loving care, then this ballistic foray in the wild maybe just what you need…as ironic as it may sound; This is a lodge-based venture that takes you on a trailblazing ‘above the tree-lines’’ vacation into the heart of the Khumbu where you encounter the kind of nature your very imaginations would have never even thought off. You clamber up 3 knee wracking passes that test your physical attributes and perhaps even more, your mental strength, and as you go through these passes you are immediately connected to the valleys of Thame, Gokyo, the Khumbu and the Imja Khola…and then it’s all guts for glory. We begin from the foothills of this highly mountainous region, once tread by legends who earned their names, and bread and butter, on these very mountains, and follow their footsteps to the highly developed mountain town of Namche, capital of the Khumbu [your ‘Las Vegas’ in the Everest region] hiking by the banks of the Bhote Kosi river that runs right into Tibet, but we steer eastwards to make a beeline for the jaw dropping Renjo La pass at 5340m; and on the way we walk through some steamy villages of this region that include Tengboche with its famous monastery, Dingboche and the lively village of Chhukum, hauling up at some tranquil famous monasteries to interact with the monks and share some butter tea with them as we get engrossed in some interesting conversations about the ways of life in these remote zones where the superstitions and stories could chill your bones to the core. We continue our journey through some lovely hamlets and lush meadows as we encounter yak caravans with tinkling bells returning from pasturing in these high altitude parts of the Khumbu…because this is where its all happening…when ‘Trekking the whole of Everest, Virtually’’
We then grace the holy lakes at Gokyo where we could hang around for 02 days with an alternative to rest for a whole day, before we head up the Cho-La at 5420m and walk to Everest Base Camp and then to the stunning Kalapathar at 5545m for some mesmerizing views of the towering monster peaks that surround us from where we stand; we then target the Kongma La at (5535m) where we pull up for the night in tents…this is pure adventure at its best! And then hit the Everest Trail to retrace our steps back via the villages of Thame and Monjo. We also clamber up Gokyo Ri with an option to also climb Chukung Ri to add flavor to this testing trip. On the final leg, as we make a round of this circuit after doing the primary passes of Khumbu by a clockwise direction gives us a chance to relax as we back track on un-crowded trails in the quiet valley of the Bhote Kosi, using less time on the usually packed Everest Trail.
If you are one of those diehard trekkers who wishes to visit EBC but want to shun the crowds and relish genuine Sherpa culture, then this is the cream of all trips where you can fire on all cylinders while ‘Trekking the whole of Everest, Virtually’’ because realistically, it has the body, heart, soul and spirit of the Khumbu all over it…you can bet your last dollar on a mega trip of this kind even more if you do it with ‘Mountain Sherpa Trekking and expeditions’…because the folks who operate this trek are all congenial Sherpas who were born on these trails that you will tread…