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On an eight-day trek to Everest, a chance to push physical and mental limits, find peace

EVEREST BASE CAMP, Nepal — We reach Everest Base Camp on a sunny but chilly afternoon, after an eight-day trek that stretched our physical and mental limits.

Aching knees from steep descents and headaches from mild altitude sickness are forgotten as the yellow and orange tents for the summit-bound — framed by some of Himalaya’s highest snow-capped peaks — come into view.

We stay for only about an hour on a hill overlooking the camp, pitched near Everest’s Khumbu icefall. We take photos, along with dozens of other amateur trekkers from across the globe, before hiking to the nearest lodge, about three hours away.

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http://news.nationalpost.com/life/travel/on-an-eight-day-trek-to-everest-a-chance-to-push-physical-and-mental-limits-find-peace?__lsa=e20b-bbfd

Credit: Karin Laub

Getting WIFI on the Way to the Everest Base Camp

Living without the internet is getting harder for us every day. Since we are all connected with the technology one way or the other, the fear of “No internet” ignites the feeling of disconnection and isolation.
Coming face to face with the Everest is every adventure seeker’s dream. Sharing those awesome moments with our close ones is even more enticing. Going to the Everest Base Camp Trek? Want to keep in touch with friends via Facebook and tweets? Here are some ways in which you can get some WIFI power during your Everest Base Camp trek.

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The Superhumans of the Himalayas

“The Sherpas of Nepal bear special genes and physiology to survive high-altitude life conditions” – CNN.

A recent study has revealed the biological functioning of Sherpas, announcing them superhuman mountaineers. Sherpas are inhabitants of the mountain region of Nepal and accompany travelers around the world to climb the Everest and many other mountains in Nepal. They are physically strong beings, serving as leaders and potters. Thanks to their exceptional ability to cope with the high altitude and cold temperature, they are widely renowned among adventure enthusiasts traveling in Nepal.

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Top 8 reasons to go on Everest Base Camp Trek

The Everest Base Camp trek is arguably the most famous trekking route in the world and is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see some of the most breathtaking scenery imaginable. Nowhere in the world will you find a spectacular place to be than here in the Everest region. Everest Base Camp Trek follows the historic route to the base of the world’s tallest mountain, Everest and offers explorers unrivalled views of beautiful forests, Sherpa villages, glacial moraines and foothills that surround the area. It is without a doubt the grandest walk in the land of the Himalayas. Here are our top 10 attractions from EBC Trek that will compel you to embark on an epic journey that Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay set off in 1953.

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Nepal to station officials at Mt Everest base camp to control crowds of tourists

Nepal plans to minimise the congestion of climbers near the 8,850m (29,035ft) summit of Mount Everest, which is clogged with scores of climbers during the short window of good weather, officials said on Monday.

One of the initiatives includes introducing separate fixed ropes for climbers ascending and descending near the summit to help ease the traffic, said a tourism ministry official, Mohan Krishna Sapkota.

A team of government oOfficials will be posted at the base camp located at 5,300m (17,380ft) throughout the spring climbing season to monitor climbers and co-ordinate with expedition leaders, he said.

The move follows years of criticism that Nepal has done little to manage the growing number of Everest climbers despite making millions of dollars in fees.

A nine-member government team will set up its own tent at the base camp to report on the activities there, provide help when needed and ensure that climbers are cleaning up behind them. They would also be able to stop any trouble, like last year’s brawl between three foreign climbers and local Sherpa guides.

The officials would include security personnel and would have the power to cancel the climbing permit and even order the climbers to leave the mountain.

Sapkota said the plan was to manage the flow of climbers working with expedition teams during the two or three opportunities in May when the weather is favourable for the climb above the South Col at 8,000m (26,240ft). Climbers refer to it as the “death zone” because of the hostile conditions and little chance of rescue.

The separate ropes would allow the climbers returning from the summit to quickly get back to lower grounds to rest while they would not be blocking fellow climbers on the way to the summit.

More than 800 climbers attempted to scale Everest during the 2013 spring season and the number is expected to be similar this year too, according to the mountaineering department.

More than 4,000 climbers have scaled the summit since 1953, when it was first conquered by the New Zealand climber Edmund Hillary and his Sherpa guide Tenzing Norgay. Hundreds of others have died in the attempt.

source: The Guardian, 24 Mar 2014

Everest Base Camp tops list of world’s best trekking routes

Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar has topped the list of six best trekking routes in the world.

The list was published by UK newspaper The Daily Mail and World Expeditions.

About the Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar trek, Daily Mail writes, “This classic trek through traditional Sherpa villages to the base of the world’s highest mountain and nearby peak of Kala Pattar is, of course, a showstopper. It is packed with ‘grab your camera’ moments as you take in vistas of Mount Everest, pass ancient monasteries and spot wildlife a-plenty en route.”

“The world’s tallest mountain is once again open to visitors as the trekking season begins and adventurers flock to hike up to Everest’s iconic Base Camp.”

Other world-renowned trekking routes featured in the list are: Highlands of Ethiopia, John Muir Trail of USA, Huayhuash Circuit of Peru, Bungle Bungles Picaninny Gorge Trek of Australia and Bernese Oberland of Switzerland.

source: nepalnews.com, 14 Mar 2014