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23telephone: 0845 330 8579 (local call rate, UK only)international telephone: +44 1453 844 400www.mountainkingdoms.comW e begin with a spectacular flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa, where we'll take time to acclimatise, exploring the Potala Palace and other famous sights in the city. It's then a four-day drive across the Tibetan Plateau, via Gyantse, Shigatse and Shegar to reach our trail head, near Sherpa Tenzing's birthplace. To reach Kangshung Base Camp we cross the Langma La (5,330m/17,500ft) and pass through a landscape of soaring ridges, isolated settlements and wonderful vistas. This is perhaps the last of the Everest trekking routes that offers a total wilderness experience. Lhotse and Makalu, the world's fourth and fifth highest mountains, are close by, and as we leave to travel into Nepal, we'll also spend two nights at Rongbuk, exploring close to the original Everest Base Camp of Mallory and Irvine fame. F rom Kathmandu, a short drive takes us to Balephi Valley in the Jugal Himal. Little frequented by Western trekkers, this area provides for a glorious five-day hike to the Tibetan border and, with altitudes of up to 4,000m/13,200ft gained, invaluable acclimatisation. Crossing the Friendship Bridge into Tibet, we drive up onto the arid Tibetan Plateau to reach Rongbuk Valley. From here the world's highest mountain is at its most spectacular, rising in a sheer 3,000m/10,000ft wall from the head of the high altitude valley. Following in the footsteps of Mallory and Irvine as they searched for possible routes from which to launch an ascent of Everest, we walk up the historic Rongbuk Glacier and have time to take in the atmosphere of the original Everest Base Camp. We continue our dramatic Tibetan journey visiting the major towns and monasteries of Shegar, Shigatse and Gyantse before arriving in the 'Forbidden City' of Lhasa - perhaps the most celebrated of all Himalayan capitals. Here we end our memorable time in Tibet on a high with visits to the Potala Palace, Jokhang Monastery and the evocative streets of Barkhor.Everest's Kangshung Face & the Rongbuk Glacier Perhaps the most dramatic of all Everest treks, following the Kangshung glacier towards the mountain's East Face. Trail to Tibet - North Face of EverestA great trek in Nepal, combined with a journey to Lhasa via the original Everest Base Camp. Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients£2,395£2,395£2,515£3,095£3,050£3,250Land OnlyLand OnlyLand OnlyFlight IncludedFlight IncludedFlight IncludedSat 02 Apr - Sun 24 Apr 11?Sat 01 Oct - Sun 23 Oct 11?On Trek: 10 daysAppointed Leader: Mike Ford?Roope Roine?tbc?Accommodation (nts): Hotels: 10 Camping: 10 Guesthouse: 1Optional: Single Room £200 Tibet Single Room Kathmandu £75 Single Tent: £75Insurance: £99Trek | Duration: 23 DaysOther Everest treks - see pages 30, 31, 32 & 33Grade: Vigorous On Trek: 11 daysAppointed Leader: Graham HoylandAccommodation (nts): Hotels: 10 Guest House: 1 Camping: 12Optional: Single Room £225 Tibet Single Room Kathmandu £75 Single Tent £100Insurance: £154 Trek | Duration: 25 DaysOther Everest treks - see pages 30, 31, 32 & 33£3,460£4,050Land OnlyFlight IncludedSat 17 Sep - Tue 11 Oct 11Grade: Strenuous Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 5 clientsFor detailed itineraries see www.mountainkingdoms.comFor detailed itineraries see www.mountainkingdoms.comEverest Tibet TibetSat 24 Mar - Sun 15 Apr 12?Mount Everest, Holly Barber

24Download holiday itineraries fromwww.mountainkingdoms.come: info@mountainkingdoms.comThe Former Kingdom of Nepal Nepal is the most exciting of the Himalayan nations with the highest mountains and most vibrant culture, and has rightly been a favourite destination for travellers for many years. It is now entering a new era of democracy but retains its friendly and chaotic charm. What many visitors think will be their one trip of a lifetime all too often turns into a long-term love affair with this wonderful country and its people. The draw of the spectacular Everest and Annapurna massifs naturally make these the two most popular trekking regions. Here there are good paths through paddy fields, forest and yak pasture, and a well-established tea house tradition. However, venture further afield into 'Wild Nepal' and you will find pristine mountain scenery, remote villages and a culture still relatively untouched by tourism. Saddhu, Andi Harrison