5/24/2008 to 5/27/2008 | Nepal

Trekking in the Everest Region IV: The Cho La to Gokyo

Cho Oyu 6th highest mountain in the world (8201m/26,906 ft) from Gokyo.


Knobby View Panorama

It snowed most of the day I hiked to Dzonglha, the last lodge before the 5420m/17,782 ft pass to the Gokyo Valley known as the Cho La.  At the lodge in Dzonglha I met, Ben, an outdoor enthusiast from Minneapolis, Minnesota, with the accent to match.  He had started […]

5/20/2008 to 5/23/2008 | Nepal

Trekking in the Everest Region III: Kala Pattar & Everest Base Camp

Everest Base Camp and the Khumbu icefall, the treacherous start to the Everest climb.


As I hiked towards Gorak Shep, at the foot of Kala Pattar, and the last lodge settlement on the route to Everest Base camp, I struck up a conversation with a friendly Nepali man, named Kili Sherpa (pronounced Kee-Lee).  I ended up hiking with him and his cousin most of the way […]

5/16/2008 to 5/19/2008 | Nepal

Trekking in the Everest Region II: Chukhung to Lobuche via the Kongma La

Ama Dablam from the trail to the Kongma La.


My principal goal in Chukhung was to climb the near by peaks of Chukhung Ri (5559m/18,238 ft) and Chuckhung Tse (5857m/19,216 ft), the highest point in the area not requiring an expensive climbing permit.  On my first day I climbed up Chukhung Ri to test my acclimatization and see if I could […]

5/6/2008 to 5/15/2008 | Nepal

Trekking in the Everest Region I: Jiri to Chukhung

View of Taboche (far left) and Cholatse (center) peaks from Nangkartshang peak, Dingboche.


Everest, it’s a mountain that has fascinated the western world ever since it was determined to be the highest point on the planet in the mid-19th century.  It has drawn travelers and mountaineers to the region surrounding it, known as the Kumbu, ever since.  Seeing Everest for the first time inevitably brings […]

4/17/2008 to 5/5/2008 | India , Sikkim

Sikkim: Goecha La to Kathmandu

Towards Goecha La (4950 m, 16,335 ft) and Kanchenjunga.


Sikkim is in northeast India and it sticks up like a little peninsula into the Himalayas.  Bordered on the west by Nepal, the east by Bhutan, and the north by Tibet its culture and landscape is closer to these regions than most of  the rest of India..  I was heading to Sikkim […]