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View towards Mount Everest in Nepal.The Ultimate Trek to visit Everest Base Camp

Trek to Mount Everest Base Camp - The Hard Way!
For any avid hiker with a high level of fitness, sense of adventure and 22 days to devote to trekking to Everest Base Camp, there is no finer trek than our Three Passes of Everest Trek. Our Three Passes trip travels above Namche Bazaar and, with our special permits, we enter a remote which leads to the high Renjo La Pass used by Tibetan traders. We cross the Renjo La to reach the sacred lakes of Gokyo, the Cho La to reach Everest Base Camp and finally the Kongma La for extra special views of Makalu, Island Peak and the incredible south face of Lhotse. This trek is a camping only trip.

 

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Views towards Everest Base Camp in Nepal.A different way to Mount Everest Base Camp

From the Sherpa Capital of Namche Bazaar, this exciting trek deviates from the classic trail to Everest Base Camp, crosses the adventurous Renjo La Pass and descends into the spectacular lake filled Gokyo Valley. After an exploration day at Gokyo, we cross the snow covered Cho La Pass to Lobuche and continue on the classic route to Everest Base Camp. With two high pass crossings and longer hiking days, this alternative route to visit Everest Base Camp will provide a challenge to avid hikers looking to avoid the main crowds and visit Gokyo, one of the most stunning valleys in the Khumb region. We are able to offer this trek for groups of 1 to 12 people either as a camping trip or staying in local mountain lodges.

 

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Happy trekkers at Everest Base Camp in Nepal.Should you trek to Mount Everest Base Camp?

Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the summit of Mount Everest on May 29, 1953. Since their historic feat, thousands of climbers have reached the top of the world (29,035 feet / 8,850 meters) and even more of you are ambitious trekkers choosing to follow in their footsteps as far as Everest Base Camp at 17,600 feet (5,365 meters). The Base Camp of Mount Everest is an achievable goal for reasonably fit people from all walks of life seeking to gaze upon the world's highest peak.  

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Postage stamp commemorates the Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon.On December 19, 2014, Minister of Communication, Dr. Mirendra Rijal, released Nepal's newest postal stamp to commemorate the Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon.

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Elephant riders in Chitwan National Park in Nepal.11th edition of Elephant Festival raises awareness and protection for declining population in Nepal's Chitwan National Park

The Nepal Tourism Board hosted an elephant festival in the town of Sauraha in Chitwan on December 26-30 to raise public awareness about the decreasing number of the beloved animals in the country. This 11th edition of the annual festival saw people from all over South Asia and the world come together in support of saving Nepal's elephant population. From its earlier editions, the festival has already produced significant impact within the global tourism arena and reminds us all of our responsibilities towards wildlife. According to official data, approximately 125 elephants remain in Nepal and have been categorized as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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nepal-lodge-treks-blogLodge trekking in Nepal has come quite a long way since we started back in the 1980's.

Some of those suspicious looking teahouses still remain to remind us of those old days, but in the Everest and Annapurna areas we now use a variety of locally-owned mountain lodges offering a relatively comfortable room and serving a wide variety of healthy food choices.

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That Khumbu Magic

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magical-khumbu-nepalIs the trail to Mount Everest crowded? Sometimes it just depends on how you look at it.

Based on the fact that 3,000 individuals attempted to scale Mount Everest in spring 2012 (almost 400 actually summited), the logical conclusion would be that the trek to Everest Base Camp must be overly crowded, commercialized and lacking in charm.

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The Mount Everest Base Camp Trek in NepalNepal: The trek to Mount Everest Base Camp - The Classic Journey to the World's Highest Peak.

2014 confirmed group date: December 17 to January 1, 2015. Visit Everest Base Camp on Christmas Day!


Standing on the mass of moraine and ice surrounded by frozen tundra and glaciers, I looked around and felt so blessed – this was it; this was the Base Camp of books, IMAX movies and dreams realized and shattered. Mount Everest Base Camp, 17,500 feet, high in the Himalayan Mountains of Nepal. I was filled with awe. I was standing on hallowed ground where so many had come before.

While we could argue that there are better hiking trails in the world, what makes this Himalayan trek so special and challenging are the elements you constantly battle: blazing sun, numbing cold, panting in the high altitude, walking over rock-strewn trails shared by other trekkers, porters, guides, local “commuters” and trains of hairy yaks. This trek has it all!

Become a member of our website and you and your traveling companions automatically receive 10% off the Everest Base Camp Trek in 2014.

 

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The Langtang Valley Trek in NepalNepal: The Langtang Trek - Valley of Glaciers

The first national park established in Nepal, Langtang National Park, is situated in the mountains due north of Kathmandu. This easily accessible national park is a high altitude area and home to a well-preserved subtropical forest of oaks, chirpine, maple, fir, blue pine and various species of rhododendron. Wildlife such as wild dog, red panda, pika, muntjac, musk deer and Himalayan black beer can be found roaming these forests, along with more than 300 species of birds.

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A solar cooker in a rural village in the Annapurna region of Nepal.Rural villages in Nepal's Annapurna region going green

In Nepal's Annapurna region, shiny reflectors from solar kettle cook stoves are slowly replacing the smoky yak-dung fires and wood-fueled potbelly stoves so commonly seen across the rural Himalayas. These solar cookers are now used by about 12 percent of the high-altitude mountain population and stand side by side with prehistoric tools such as yak-pulled plows and hand looms. Solar cookers work well in the drier climes of the upper Annapurna and Mustang regions and the Nepal government encourages their use by subsidizing half of the cost of each solar cooker. A win-win for the inhabitants of Nepal's rural villages and the country's beautiful forests.

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Trekking in the Khumbu region of Nepal.2015 marks a half-century since Major Jimmy Roberts organized the first commercial trek in Nepal

Khumbu is more popularly known as the Everest region. Lonely Planet, the world’s largest travel guide publisher, has placed Nepal in the sixth spot after Gallipoli in Turkey, Rocky Mountain National Park in the U.S., Toledo in Belize, Tasmania in Australia and Norway Arctic in Norway.

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Descending off the Thorong La Pass in Annapurna, Nepal.What's the difference between the Mustang District and the trekking region of Mustang?

I've been asked this question quite a bit over the past ten days since the storm swept across Nepal. Many of the online articles have people confused over the difference between the Mustang District and area of Mustang most known to trekkers.

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On the Thorong La Pass in Annapurna, Nepal.Looking at the Nepal storm of October 2014

We all read with shock and sadness at the news of a freak storm that swept across Nepal on October 14 and 15. The Thorong La Pass, along the popular Annapurna Circuit Trail, is generally considered a safe trekking route and many of you reading this have completed this trek. Last week, however, the tail end of Cyclone HudHud brought high winds and up to four feet of snow to this area catching many trekkers unprepared. In all, 43 people died and over 500 people were stranded in the worst weather-related tragedy in Nepal since a similar storm in November 1995.

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Trekker's lodge at Gorakshep 16,900 feet.Our most frequently asked questions on lodge trekking in Nepal

There are many questions asked, but these are the most frequently received by those embarking on our lodge treks in Nepal. Have a good question that needs to be on the list? Please let us know.

Click to view or download the Nepal Lodge Trek FAQ list

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Use a soft-sided duffel bag on a trekking tripTrekking Duffel Bag: Use a soft-sided duffel and make your porters happy!

On an adventure trip, especially a trek where your gear is carried by human porters or pack animals, we recommend traveling with soft-sided, rugged duffel bags. On a Himalayan trek, your bag may be in for some rough treatment as it is strapped to a horse or yak or tossed on the roof of a jeep and tied down. A duffel bag made from a durable fabric such as Cordura, will make sure it is pliable enough to be easily handled by porters, who may lash several duffels together and add a reasonable amount of water-resistance. For added protection, put items such as your sleeping bag, books, maps, toilet paper…in garbage bags or Ziploc bags. Most adventure companies (such as yours truly One World Trekking), provide all group members with trek-tested duffel bags.

 

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The Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon in Nepal.Another successful running of the Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon in Nepal. Get ready for May 29, 2015!

The 2014 Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon and Everest Extreme 60K trail runs have been successfully completed. All runners reached Everest Base Camp on May 27 but, due to recent snowfall, we had to begin the race at Gorakshep, the original base camp for the successful 1953 Expedition. The shortfall of 3.1 miles / 5km was made up by extending the loop from Bibre below Dingboche.

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Gluten-free trekking in NepalA lodge trek in Nepal can cater to your gluten-free diet.

Recent research suggests that 10% to 15% of the population suffers from some form of intolerance to gluten and its many symptoms. Switching to a gluten-free diet can initially prove frustrating but, with some creativity and the increase of the number of gluten-free foods now available, you can enjoy a healthy and balanced diet.

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The Torres del Paine Trek in PatagoniaPatagonia: The Torres del Paine Circuit Trek - Into the 'Land of Fire and Ice'. Group dates beginning every Wednesday from November 2014 through March 2015.

Discovered by Magellan, Patagonia (the ‘Land of Fire and Ice’) is situated almost at the extreme southern tip of South America, just to the north of Cape Horn. We access this remote area by way of the small town of Punta Arenas. From here, we will transfer by bus to a comfortable fixed EcoCamp in the Torres del Paine National Park. The rugged territory of Patagonia is renowned for its breathtaking scenery and this is nowhere better exemplified than in the Torres del Paine National Park, where pink granite towers, iridescent blue lakes and surreally sculpted glaciers compete for the viewer’s admiration. This is also the setting for one of the world’s great trekking challenges, the 7-day and 60 mile-long circuit of the Paine Massif.

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Nepal tourism board.Tourism giving back to Nepal

According to a recent Ministry of Tourism Employment Survey, every six tourists visiting Nepal creates one new job in Nepal's tourism industry and provides poor communities access to revenues generated by the tourism market.

The study, based on 192 tourism establishments in 10 districts throughout the country, showed that the 797,616 tourist arrivals in Nepal in 2012 led to the creation and fulfillment of 138,148 new job positions. “This latest tourism survey has provided a real picture of the jobs created by the industry,” said Purna Chandra Bhattarai, joint secretary at the ministry. Approximately 22 percent of the new employees were female. Employers include hotels, luxury trekking lodges, restaurants, tour operators, travel agencies and airline companies.

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All smiles even when huffing and puffing at 18,200 feetOn a Himalayan journey to Mount Everest. Struggle with a smile!

Yes, we all know that Mount Everest is the tallest mountain in the world, but many people are quite shocked at just how massive this piece of rock really is.

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