Guidebook to trekking in the Everest region of the Himalaya in Nepal, including Thame Valley, Lukla to Namche, Everest Base Camp from Namche and Gokyo (the Cho la and Phortse route), plus two routes in Tibet (the Rongbuk route and the Kharta Valley). Also describes the new Three Passes trek (Dingboche to Namche via Kongma La, Cho La, Renje La).
Spring and autumn are the main trekking seasons, when the weather is at its best. Summers are cloudy and rainy, winters are probably challenging and these seasons are chosen by fewer trekkers.
Lukla, Namche Bazaar, Jiri, Junbesi, Shivalaya, Phaplu, Salleri, Pangboche, Tengboche, Gokyo
Lodges along all the routes in the region enables trekkers to walk without camping equipment and food supplies. Pathways are clear and ascents moderate, but altitude is a challenge - acclimatisation must be well planned. In Himalayan terms it is a trekking area of moderate difficulty, with more demanding and easier variants available.
Walk from Lukla to Everest Base Camp and climb Kala Patthar - the best Everest viewpoint. Visit famous Namche Bazaar, Tengboche Monastery and Gokyo. Cross Kongma La, Cho La and Renjo La on the Three Passes Trek. See Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu and countless other peaks.
A lifelong passion for the countryside in general, and mountains in particular, drives Kev's desire to share his sense of wonder and delight in the natural world through his writing, guiding, photography and lecturing. Spending several months each year among various high mountain regions researching guidebooks, makes him The Man with the World's Best Job; a title he aims to keep by remaining active for another 100 years at least. Kev has enjoyed a fruitful partnership with Cicerone since the 1970s, producing walking and trekking guides to the Pyrenees, Alps and Himalaya, as well as walking guides for Kent, Sussex and the Cotswolds and he has several more books in the pipeline. A frequent contributor to outdoor magazines, he also writes and illustrates brochures for national tourist authorities and travel companies. When not away in the mountains, Kev lives with his wife in a small cottage among what he calls 'the Kentish Alps' with unrestricted walking country on the doorstep. But he also travels throughout Britain during the winter months to share his love of the places he writes about through a series of lectures. Check him out on www.kevreynolds.co.uk