This journey explores one of the most famous regions of the world – the Everest region of Nepal. Mount Everest is the crown jewel of a range of numerous 8000+ meter (26,000+ feet) snow-covered peaks. The area is a paradise for the mountaineer, the trekker, the photographer, the adventurer and any lover of raw, powerful nature.
Being the tallest mountain in the world, Mount Everest has a mystique and reputation that sets it apart from any other mountain. Everest was first climbed in 1953 by the young New Zealand beekeeper and mountaineer Edmund Hillary and his Sherpa guide/companion, Tenzing Norgay. Everest still represents the ultimate challenge for many of the world’s finest mountaineers and since Hillary’s first ascent, there have been more than 3000 attempts to reach the summit. Less than 29% of climbers who set out were successful; over 225 climbers have died trying.
Participants on this trek will get to enjoy many of the awe-inspiring views that Hillary and other mountaineers have seen without being subjected to the physical traumas and dangers that they endured. Fully supported by experienced Sherpa guides and porters, participants will follow Hillary’s footsteps to the base of the famous mountain. Along the way, they will trek past remote monasteries and isolated villages that have changed little over the centuries. The local residents – mostly Sherpas – are curious and welcoming.
Your adventure starts in the colorful, chaotic, magical and utterly fascinating city of Kathmandu. Accompanied by a local guide, you will explore various temples, and wander through bazaars that are likely different from anything you have ever experienced. As you wander through narrow streets and alleys, you will sample the local cuisine and have the opportunity to bargain with merchants and artisans who are keen to sell their exotic items.