Hazel and I have booked onto Mountain Kingdoms’ Three High Passes to Everest trek, with an extension to walk in from Shivalaya to Namche Bazaar – partly motivated by giving ourselves that opportunity for training/acclimatisation (I’m sure that helped us on the Annapurna Circuit) and partly (on my part) to avoid the scary flight into Lukla! We have to fly out, but I think landing there is meant to be worse….
DAY 01: Depart London (24m/79ft).
DAY 02: Arrive Kathmandu (काठमांडौ, 1,400m/4,593ft). Transfer to hotel.
DAY 03: Drive to Jiri (जिरी, 1,905m/6,250ft) and on to Shivalaya.
DAY 04: Trek to Bhandar.
DAY 05: Trek to Sete.
DAY 06: Trek to Junbesi.
DAY 07: Trek to Traksingo.
DAY 08: Trek to Kharikhola (2,069m/6,789ft).
DAY 09: Trek to Surke.
DAY 10: Trek to Phakding.
DAY 11: Trek to Namche Bazaar (नाम्चे बजार, 3,440m/11,286ft). Meet the group.
DAY 12: Acclimatise in Namche. Views of Everest and option of visiting Everest View Hotel.
DAY 13: Trek to Thame.
DAY 14: Acclimatisation day in Thame.
DAY 15: Trek to Lungden.
DAY 16: Acclimatisation in Lungden.
DAY 17: Trek to Gokyo (4,790m/15,720ft) over Renjo La.
DAY 18: Rest day in Gokyo (4,790m/15,720ft)/Gokyo Ri (5,357m/17,575ft).
DAY 19: Trek to Dragnak.
DAY 20: Cross Cho La (5,420 m/17,782ft) and descend to Dzongla.
DAY 21: Trek to Lobuche.
DAY 22: Trek to Kala Pattar (5,545m/18,192ft). Descend to Lobuche.
DAY 23: Rest day at Lobuche.
DAY 24: Trek to Chukhung (4,730m/15,518ft) via the Kongma La.
DAY 25: Trek to Pangboche.
DAY 26: Trek to Namche Bazaar (नाम्चे बजार, 3,440m/11,286ft).
DAY 27: Trek to Lukla (2,860m/9,383ft).
DAY 28: Fly to Kathmandu. Overnight Hotel.
DAY 29: Half day sightseeing in KTM, rest of day at leisure.
DAY 30: Fly to London Heathrow (25m/83ft).
Tomorrow, a trip to Cotswold Outdoors in Spitalfields to stock up on trek boots and thermals!
We’re reusing our kit bags from the Annapurna Circuit trek we did with Mountain Kingdoms in 2009, so they’re sending us a free microfleece each instead of the complimentary kit bag. Thumbs up for Mountain Kingdoms customer service.