29telephone: 0845 330 8579 (local call rate, UK only)international telephone: +44 1453 844 400www.mountainkingdoms.comThe Himalaya The Everest RegionSummiteers lead Everest Treks A number of our Everest treks in 2011/12 will be led by Sherpas who have climbed Everest. These will predominately feature Nima Dorjee Sherpa and Phura Dorjee Sherpa (pictured below). All of our Everest treks are led by highly experienced and well-trained leaders who love nothing more than passing on their passion for the Khumbu region to their fellow trekkers.Interesting facts English Name: Mount Everest Nepalese Name: Sagarmatha Tibetan Name: Chomolungma Height: 8,850m/29,035ft - the highest mountain in the world First Ascent: 29 May 1953 - British Expedition - Ed Hillary (New Zealand) and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay. Leader: Col. John Hunt First Female Ascent: 1975: Junko Tabei of Japan First Britons to Summit: 1975: Dougal Haston and Doug Scott First Solo Ascent: 1980: Reinhold Messner First British Female: 1993: Rebecca Stevens Most Successful British Expedition: 1993: Himalayan Kingdoms Ltd put 16 people on the summit. Leader: Steve Bell Fastest Ascent: 2004: Pemba Dorji Sherpa, 8 hours 10 minutes from base camp to summit. Achieved 21st May, 2004. Fastest Descent: 11 minutes: Jean Marc Boivin by paraglider Youngest Ascent: 2010: Jordan Romero, 13 year old American boyOldest Ascent: May 2008: Min Bahadar Surchan, 76 yrs Most Ascents: 20 ascents: Apa Sherpa (as at September 2010) The Mani Rimdu Festival Every autumn from the October full moon, Thyangboche Monastery is home to the famous Mani Rimdu Festival. Lamas (monks) wearing cockaded hats blow Tibetan horns and 'Black Hat' dancers twirl, dispelling evil demons. The three-day festival is a celebration of Buddhism, and Sherpa people trek from miles around to attend in festive garb. A number of our Everest treks attend the festival. Everest flights Why not fly from Kathmandu for a close up view of the highest mountain in the world? The early morning flight takes about one hour. The price includes hotel/airport transfers and is refundable if cancelled because of bad weather.Price available on request.
30Download holiday itineraries fromwww.mountainkingdoms.come: firstname.lastname@example.orgO ur holiday begins in Kathmandu, where we have time to recover from our long flight in our very comfortable hotel before taking a walking tour of the main highlights of this fascinating city. From Kathmandu we take the spectacular mountain flight to Lukla where we meet our highly experienced Sirdar (guide) and trekking crew. Our trail gradually takes us up from the sparkling waters of the Dudh Khosi River, through the heart of Sherpa country to dramatic high mountain scenery that will take our breath at every turn. We trek on paths away from the main trail and visit welcoming villages including Namche Bazaar where our visit coincides with the colourful weekly market. At night we stay at the best tea houses available and each day begins with a welcome cup of tea in bed. Eventually, well acclimatised, we follow in the footsteps of the great mountaineers and trek to Base Camp. Our trek culminates the next day with an ascent of Kala Pattar (5,545m/18,188ft), where we can look down on Base Camp and marvel at the superb views.What makes our Everest Base Camp Trek so special?? Excellent acclimatisation with high success rates? An attractive route with incredible views? First rate leaders including Everest summiteers? The best available tea houses at each overnight stop? Great food with all meals on trek included? Snacks, sleeping bags and hot water bottles provided? Top 4 star hotel and sightseeing in KathmanduPrivate departures We can also offer thistrek as a private holiday for a minimum oftwo people sharing for £1,495 per person,Land Only. International flights availablefrom £700.The Everest Base Camp Trek Experience the magic of Everest and trek the best known trail in the Himalaya.On Trek: 14 days Local LeaderAccommodation (nts): Hotels: 4 Tea Houses: 14Optional: Single Room Kathmandu £120Insurance: £99Trek | Duration: 20 DaysOther Christmas trips - see pages 12, 14, 26, 32, 36, 40, 45, 50, 51, 52 & 73£1,395£1,465£1,395£1,495£1,395£2,135£2,250£2,195£2,235£2,095Land OnlyLand OnlyLand OnlyLand OnlyLand OnlyFlight IncludedFlight IncludedFlight IncludedFlight IncludedFlight IncludedMon 14 Mar - Sat 02 Apr 11Mon 11 Apr - Sat 30 Apr 11Mon 12 Mar - Sat 31 Mar 12Mon 19 Mar - Sat 07 Apr 12Mon 09 Apr - Sat 28 Apr 12Mon 07 Nov - Sat 26 Nov 11Mon 19 Dec - Sat 07 Jan 12Mon 26 Sep - Sat 15 Oct 11Mon 03 Oct - Sat 22 Oct 11Mon 10 Oct - Sat 29 Oct 11Mon 17 Oct - Sat 05 Nov 11Mon 24 Oct - Sat 12 Nov 11Mon 31 Oct - Sat 19 Nov 11Mountain Kingdoms Everest Base Camp DVD availableGrade: StrenuousGuaranteed to run for a minimum of 2 clientsFor detailed itineraries see www.mountainkingdoms.comThe Everest Region The HimalayaEverest from Kala Pattar, Steve Berry