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Walking High In Nepal - Peak Trekking At Mount Everest

Main Page with Links and Literature
1. Kathmandu - Lukla - Monjo - Namche Bazar
2. Namche Bazar - Thame - Syangboche - Kunde - Khumjung - Phortse
3. Phortse (3800m) - Pheriche - Lobuche - Everest Base Camp - Gorak Shep (5170m)
4. Gorak Shep - Kala Pattar - Dingboche
5. Dingboche - Chukhung - Chukhung Ri - Island Peak Base Camp
6. Island Peak
7. Island Peak Base Camp - Tengboche - Lukla

Photo Gallery: click on any photo

Route Map

True Companian:

Ama Dablam can be viewed along most of our tour. Here we are in the valley of the river Imja Drenka on the way to Northwest in direction of Pheriche.

Prayer Flags:

The coloured flags which carry the Buddhist mantra like the Mani stones can be found everywhere, even placed high between crags.
The five colours symbolise the elements:
blue  = air
green = water
red = fire
white  = space
yellow = earth

Tea Break:

These 1.5-liter flasks are called "small" on the menue. There are also medium and big flasks. Big amounts of liquid are important to be consumed. 4 liters should be poured in daily at least.

Stage End:

Pheriche is today's destination, spotted at the other side of the valley. For the first time we stay overnight at a level of higher than 4000m, exactly 4280.


In Pheriche a memorial reminds of the many climbers who lost their life on Mount Everest.
For 2006 11 names were stated already on the plate, albeit there was not published a lot about it in the press. The most recent death was German blind climber Thomas Weber who died on 24/05/06. 

Link: Dead on Everest 2006


The hot showers work perfectly, once prepared. It only gets uncomfortable when the hot water is gone and one is standing outside in freezing temperatures.


We are leaving Pheriche and
approaching the next level. The path to Dughla will lead us up to 4800m.

View Back:

From this new perspectve it is less distinctive, but it still is our true companion, Ama Dablam.


The pass of Dughla is furnished with lots of memorials for the mountains' casualties.


The death of Scott Fischer at the South ridge of Mount Everest has been analysed in a number books.
He and Rob Hall were the mountain guides of two expeditions in May 1996
which ended with the death of 8 climbers. Others survived with serious frostbites.

What really happened in the thin air


On the first view the menue offers a wide selectio but everything is based on three staple foods: potatoes, pasta, rice.

The local porters and guides always stick to their traditional meal "Dal Bhat", made of vegetables and rice.

Remarkable: A hot shower is more expensive than the half of a double room.

(click on photo to see full menue)


Lobuche is our next overnight stay, a small settlement of lodges at 4800m, situated beside the lower part of the Khumbu glacier (seen at the top of the photo).

Even here one will find satellite phones and the chance, to reload camera batteries.

Cloudy Sky:

Evening atmosphere at Lobuche.

Why not?

Nearly everyone of our group of 9 tourists suffered from headache, nausea, diarrhea, cough - but luckily nobody got ill seriously. The time taken for solid acclimatisation was a worthy investment.


Moments are frequent now when the hillwalker forgets to breathe and keeps his mouth open. The top of the world is in front of us. This is Pumori, 7165m.

Thin Air:

Gorak Shep, last settlement before Everest Base Camp, nestles at 5200m. To the left the acending path to the viewing peak of Kala Pattar can be spotted. On the right the Khumbu glacier can be followed to the North in direction of EBC.

Gorak Shep:

The settlement consists of just two lodges, which offer not only dormitories but double rooms as well. Sounds comfortable, but the rooms don't have electricity and the inside temperature is close to freezing.


At lunch time the lounge is empty, but in the evening you will have problems to find a seat, especially around the fireplace.


Some do it quicker. The ordinary trekker will take it three days what Pasang Kami Sherpa ran within 7.5 hours.

Going on:

Our afternoon walk leads us to  Everest Base Camp.

Peaks as seen from the left:
Khumbutse (6639m), Changtse (7550m) and Nuptse (7864m).


We are already walking on ice, although it may not look like that here.

Water holes:

At some points it is obvious that we are moving on the glacier.







Again and again helicopters have problems to land at the base camp - accidents happened in 2005 (photo) and 2003.

Link: Everest BC Helicopter crash - Full report and images

Tent village:

It is October now and there are only two expeditions aiming for Mount Everest. Main season is spring with best chances in May.

Khumbu Ice Fall:

It is hard to believe that the most common path to the top of the mountain follows a line through the chaos of falling ice.

Adventures International:

This photo at the Base Camp was taken on 08/10/2006.

Members of the expedition reached the top of Mount Everest on 17/10/2006.

siehe website:

Icy Mushroom:

Below the broad stone the ice is shadowed and doesn't melt. That's the reason this figure of mushroom can develop.




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