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32Download holiday itineraries fromwww.mountainkingdoms.come: info@mountainkingdoms.comA fter time spent exploring Kathmandu from our base in the heritage hotel, Dwarika's, we fly into Lukla and trek up to the Sherpa capital, Namche Bazaar. From here we ascend steadily through a series of pretty Sherpa villages, with plenty of time to relax and enjoy our grand surroundings. Our path takes us to Thyangboche Monastery, where the Mani Rimdu Festival is held in the autumn, before retuning to Lukla along part of the old trading route from Tibet. The scenery throughout our trek is sensational, as we find ourselves surrounded by many of the Himalayan giants, including, of course, fabulous close up views of Everest and the ever elegant Ama Dablam. This trek will be operated in the same indulgent style as our highly popular Luxury Lodges trek in the Annapurna foothills (page 26). It is however a more demanding trek and is at slightly higher altitude, though nothing very excessive in Himalayan terms. The lodges themselves far surpass anything else that exists in the Everest region. Built in an eco-friendly style they offer en suite bathrooms, excellent food and service, comfortable lounges and delightfully landscaped gardens. They are situated to make the most of the superb surrounding scenery and allow us to relax in relative comfort at the end of our walking day. S taying in the stylish Dwarika's hotel, we have time to enjoy the busy Kathmandu Valley before the dramatic flight up to Lukla. The trek itself has been designed to take in some of the prettiest Sherpa villages within easy walking distance of the Sherpa capital, Namche Bazaar, with the ultimate objective of standing at the foot of the region's most beautiful mountain, Ama Dablam. Ama Dablam means 'mother and necklace' - the perennial hanging glacier resembles a 'dablam', which is a piece of traditional jewellery worn by Sherpa women. Base Camp sees few trekkers as most tend to stay on the main paths leading to Everest Base Camp and beyond. We will therefore enjoy an enviable sense of isolation and exploration. In the spring, we may even meet climbers preparing to make their ascent of this challenging mountain.There are two nights in tea houses, but the remainder are spent in the five lovely luxury lodges, used in our Luxury Lodges of Everest Trek (see above).Luxury Lodges of Everest A thorough exploration of the Khumbu region staying in super comfortable lodges.Everest Trails to Ama Dablam Slightly more demanding than our Luxury Lodges of Everest trek, but using the same comfortable accommodation. Ama Dablam, Frank LeaSherpa girls, Alan FoxGuaranteed to run for a minimum of 2 clients£1,785£2,060£2,060£1,870£2,480£2,695£2,795£2,595Land OnlyLand OnlyLand OnlyLand OnlyFlight IncludedFlight IncludedFlight IncludedFlight IncludedWed 06 Apr - Sun 24 Apr 11Sat 15 Oct - Wed 02 Nov 11Fri 04 Nov - Tue 22 Nov 11Wed 04 Apr - Sun 22 Apr 12On Trek: 12 days Local Leader Accommodation (nts): Hotels: 4 Luxury Lodges: 11 Tea Houses: 2Optional: Single Room £120 Kathmandu Single Room £325 On TrekInsurance: £99Trek | Duration: 19 DaysFestival04 Nov departure only. Festival date provisional.Grade: Vigorous On Trek: 10 days Local LeaderAccommodation (nts): Hotels: 4 Luxury Lodges: 10Optional: Single Room Kathmandu £120 Single Room £260 LodgesInsurance: £95Trek | Duration: 16 DaysOther Christmas trips - see pages 12, 14, 26, 30, 36, 40, 45, 50, 51, 52 & 73£1,560£1,855£1,740£1,855£2,250£2,495£2,475£2,595Land OnlyLand OnlyLand OnlyLand OnlyFlight IncludedFlight IncludedFlight IncludedFlight IncludedSat 26 Mar - Sun 10 Apr 11Sat 02 Apr - Sun 17 Apr 11Sat 09 Apr - Sun 24 Apr 11Sat 16 Apr - Sun 01 May 11Sat 01 Oct - Sun 16 Oct 11Sat 08 Oct - Sun 23 Oct 11Sat 15 Oct - Sun 30 Oct 11Sat 22 Oct - Sun 06 Nov 11Sat 24 Mar - Sun 08 Apr 12Sat 31 Mar - Sun 15 Apr 12Sat 07 Apr - Sun 22 Apr 12Sat 14 Apr - Sun 29 Apr 12Sat 05 Nov - Sun 20 Nov 11 Sun 18 Dec - Mon 02 Jan 12Grade: Moderate/VigorousGuaranteed to run for a minimum of 2 clientsFor detailed itineraries see www.mountainkingdoms.comFor detailed itineraries see www.mountainkingdoms.comThe Everest Region The HimalayaFestival05 Nov departures only. Festival date provisional.

33telephone: 0845 330 8579 (local call rate, UK only)international telephone: +44 1453 844 400www.mountainkingdoms.comT he Everest region is justifiably popular, but we take you off the beaten track through the remote Bhote Khosi valley and over two little trekked passes - the Renjo La (5,340m/ 17,521ft), and the Kongma La (5,545m/18,188ft). This provides fantastic views of well known 7,000 and 8,000m peaks in a region with few western trekkers. We have the superb classic objectives of ascending Kala Pattar and Gokyo Ri, offering panoramic views of Cho Oyo, Mount Everest, Cholatse and many more Himalayan giants. We cross our third pass, the challenging and often snow covered Cho La, which links these valleys. There is also the option to trek to Everest Base Camp. This is the ultimate high altitude trek, in the world's most spectacular mountain terrain. It's undoubtedly tough - but the scenery provides more than ample reward. S tarting near Jiri, a day's drive from Kathmandu, this longer variant of the classic trek to Everest Base Camp offers more gradual acclimatisation than the standard option of flying into Lukla. The trail crosses the grain of the country and we trek over many prayer-flagged passes before we turn up the Dudh Kosi valley towards Everest Base Camp. We climb the relatively small peak of Kala Pattar (5,545m/18,192ft) to reach the highest point of our trek and to gain magnificent close-up views of Everest. Then, when you think it can't get any better, we cross the Cho La, (5,420m/17,782ft), and make our way to the brilliant blue lakes of Gokyo.The Sir Edmund Hillary Trust has built health clinics and schools across the Khumbu region and we will visit several Trust projects en route. Three High Passes to Everest This challenging high level trek takes in Everest Base Camp and three spectacular high passes. The Pioneers' Trail to Everest Base Camp Follow in the footsteps of the early Everest expeditions on the original Base Camp trek. The Renjo La from Gokyo, Dave AirstomGuaranteed to run for a minimum of 2 clients£1,950£1,950£2,050£2,650£2,595£2,780Land OnlyLand OnlyLand OnlyFlight IncludedFlight IncludedFlight IncludedFri 25 Mar - Fri 22 Apr 11Sat 14 May - Sat 11 Jun 11Fri 30 Sep - Fri 28 Oct 11Fri 23 Mar - Fri 20 Apr 12On Trek: 23 days Local Leader Accommodation (nts): Hotels: 3 Tea Houses: 24Optional: Single Room £90 KathmanduInsurance: £114Trek | Duration: 29 DaysGrade: StrenuousOn Trek: 18 days Local LeaderAccommodation (nts): Hotels: 3 Tea Houses: 18Optional: Single Room £90 KathmanduInsurance: £99 Trek | Duration: 23 Days£1,695£1,695£2,450£2,350Land OnlyLand OnlyFlight IncludedFlight IncludedSat 26 Mar - Sun 17 Apr 11Sun 06 Nov - Mon 28 Nov 11Sat 01 Oct - Sun 23 Oct 11Sat 29 Oct - Sun 20 Nov 11Grade: StrenuousGuaranteed to run for a minimum of 2 clientsFor detailed itineraries see www.mountainkingdoms.comFor detailed itineraries see www.mountainkingdoms.comThe Himalaya The Everest Region