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So you can leave Everest to the Edmund Hillary’s of this world, but exploring the region around it isn’t out of bounds to mere mortals. On this 14-day trip you’ll discover the little-visited Renjo-La Pass which serves up striking views of Everest, stay with local Sherpa people in their homes, and taste delicious Nepalese food.
Home to the Himalayas, hillsides dotted with Buddhist prayer flags, and a vast range of tie-dyed hippy clobber. If there was an award for most chilled out place in the world, Nepal would surely be in with a chance of scooping it. Its people are friendly and open, and with 40 different races all sharing the same land, it’s got an exotic mix of cultures. You’ll find miles and miles of gnarled jungles where tigers roam, and birds like painted snipes and pale-chinned flycatchers flutter their wings. There’s only one thing left to say, ‘namaste’ – or ‘welcome’.
Nepal is fast becoming a tourist hotspot, but there are still plenty of hidden gems where tourist buses fail to reach - and that’s where this tour comes in. On this 14-day tour trekking in the Everest region, you’ll journey to the heart of the Himalayas with a stay in Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu. Packed with temples – most dating back to the 17th century, bustling streets and bazaars, this city kicks things off like a baptism of fire. Then it’s off into the sticks - trek along the Renjo-La Pass for glorious views of Everest, stay with Sherpa people in their homes in the villages of Thamo and Phortse, and climb to the summit of Gokyo Ri.
There’s no denying this trip is more than special. You’ll be staying with local people in their homes, in village lodges and in hotels, too – so there’s a nice mix to keep things interesting. It could make an amazing holiday for a couple keen on finding out about new cultures and seeing how other people live. But you’ll have to be relatively fit – as you’ll be trekking at some pretty high altitudes. Also, it’s probably best if you’re more of an early riser than a night owl as there are a couple of early mornings on this tour.
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