Choose one of these 6 ways to experience the visual beauty, natural and cultural diversity and geographic wonder of the world's highest peak without joining an expedition trying to reach the summit. May 22, 2012
Springtime is the season when some of the most fit, daring (and wealthy) adventurers attempt to scale Mt...Weber first worked as a high school science teacher in a Sherpa village just east of Everest. Later, Weber worked in the Nepal National Parks office where he was involved in the planning and creation of Sagarmatha (Mt...In May 1978, Weber made a return trip to the Himalayas escorting the company’s inaugural trek to the base of Everest in Nepal.
"Seeing Everest from any perspective is a thrill," Weber said. "I always tell travelers to trek in as close as they can for a real sense of the geography, nature and culture of the area. International founder Dr. Will Weber’s 6 strategies for a personal Everest encounter:
1. Trek to the Everest base camp in Nepal. You will require a minimum of 8 days of hiking to get a solid glimpse, and 15 days to reach the pinnacle viewpoint of the peak from an 18,200' non-climbing vantage point. You should have a knowledgeable guide, a high level of personal fitness and good hiking and camping gear for this route. Trekkers will come to understand that Everest is not only a peak but also a culture, a unique natural environment and one of hundreds of gigantic, soaring Himalayan peaks.
2...This is a side trip from the overland route between Lhasa, Tibet, and Kathmandu, Nepal. Spend a night at the Rongbuk Monastery at the base of what is known locally as Chomolungmo, "Mother Goddess of the World." The drive from Lhasa to Kathmandu normally takes 3 days and the Everest diversion adds 2 additional days for a total of 5 days. This route requires less physical exertion than trekking, but be aware that traveling in Tibet requires a special permit.
3. Trek to the Arun Valley of East Nepal. From a high ridge between Everest and Kangchenjunga you will have breathtaking views of four of the five highest mountains in the world, including especially impressive views of 28,169' Kangchenjunga and 27,838' Makalu. The best viewing seasons are October-November and March-April...You will see the fewest other tourists and experience the greatest natural and cultural diversity on this route.
4...The encounter is brief but undemanding, as you are in a comfortable pressurized aircraft and you are virtually guaranteed a peak-level view of Everest and many other high Himalayan peaks on the Nepal-Tibet border. Anyone who makes it to Kathmandu can add this experience as a comfortable round-trip morning experience on a clear day.
5. Fly on commercial, scheduled jet aircraft service between Kathmandu and Paro, Bhutan; Lhasa, Tibet; or Bangkok, Thailand. Your pilot may or may not point out Everest so you should bring a peak profile image to identify the mountain for yourself and your seatmates. Views are brief and usually only available on one side of the plane. Try to get the right-side window seat from Bhutan or Bangkok to Kathmandu and from Kathmandu to Lhasa...Some times the Lhasa to Kathmandu flights fly almost directly over the peak of Everest. A view of Everest is not assured, but if you catch a glimpse from a large jet, you will be inspired to want to see Everest much closer.
6. Hire a helicopter from Kathmandu, fly to the Khumbu area of Nepal, and have tea on the veranda of the Everest View Hotel, which offers a superb view of Everest...International is the longest standing family-owned global ecotourism company in the US...For the original version on PRWeb visit: http://www.prweb.com/releases/prweb2012/5/prweb9532833.htm