Even though it's quite possible (and often done) to organize such a trip privately I didn't have the time to do that and instead went with Amical, a small German trekking/expedition company.
Next we flew to Pokhara (with Buddha Air :-) ) and traveled by Bus to the village of Beni where the trekking started. For the next 17 days we traveled in a rather strange fashion: Most of our luggage and all the equipment like tents and cooking equipment would be carried by mules or porters, depending on the terrain. There would also be a few more people accompanying us: a cook with his helpers (the "kitchen boys"), a head sherpa, a climbing sherpa, and several other sherpas. All in all, we, 11 Germans and Austrians, were supported by about two dozens "staff" while only carrying a small day pack ourselves. I saw a scary and questionable progression: From climbing with a huge pack in the cascades to climbing with a much smaller pack (but a fat wallet) in the Alps to now climbing with a day pack and being supported by an army of porters, guides, and cooks...
Quite memorable is also the encounter that we had with a group of Maoists. Officially, there was an agreement between the government in Kathmandu and the Maoist rebels that the king would retire and the Maoists would stop collecting fees from tourists. Apparently, this agreement had not reached every remote valley or maybe we were dealing with some spin-off rebel group but we were delayed for 6 hours since we refused to pay anything. Even though the dispute got quite heated (with stones flying...) we eventually could continue our trip unharmed.
We spent the last 2 days again in the Kathmandu valley where we also booked a sightseeing flight to the Everest range with great views of a bunch of 8000m peaks like Mount Everest, Lohtse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, ...
Nepal is a great country with an impressive landscape and extremely friendly people. I'll definitely visit again.
*Update: *The views of Everest and Lohtse had made such an impression on me that in 2010 I returned to Nepal to go trekking in the Khumbu region.
- Flight Munich-Frankfurt-Bangkok-Kathmandu
- Flight to Pokhara, Bus to Beni
- Trekking: Beni - Raghughat - Tatopani - Ghasa - Marpha - Thinigaon - Mesonkanto Pass (5020 m) - Lake Tilicho - Tilicho Basecamp - Manang
- Climb of Chulu Far East (6059 m)
- Trekking: Lower Pisang - Timang Besi - Jagat - Bumbuhle
- Bus to Kathmandu
- Mountain Flight to Everest Massif
- Flight Kathmandu-Bangkok-Frankfurt-Munich
Also check out Jürg s trip report for a detailed day-by-day description.
- Oct 20, 2007
- Bangkok Airport and Kathmandu
- Oct 21, 2007
- Oct 22, 2007
- Kathmandu to Raghughat
- Oct 23, 2007
- Raghughat to Tatopani
- Oct 24, 2007
- Tatopani to Ghasa
- Oct 25, 2007
- Ghasa to Marpha
- Oct 26, 2007
- Marpha to Thinigaon
- Oct 27, 2007
- Thinigaon to Tilicho Camp 1
- Oct 28, 2007
- Tilicho Camp 1 to Tilicho Camp 2
- Oct 29, 2007
- Tilicho Camp 2 to Tilicho Lake Camp
- Oct 30, 2007
- Tilicho Lake Camp to Tilicho Basecamp
- Oct 31, 2007
- Tilicho Basecamp to Manang
- Nov 01, 2007
- Manang to Chulu Camp 1
- Nov 02, 2007
- Chulu Camp 1 to Chulu Basecamp
- Nov 03, 2007
- Chulu Far East Summit
- Nov 04, 2007
- Chulu Basecamp to Lower Pisang
- Nov 05, 2007
- Lower Pisang to Timang Besi
- Nov 06, 2007
- Timang Besi to Jagat
- Nov 07, 2007
- Jagat to Bumbuhle
- Nov 09, 2007
- Nov 10, 2007
- Mountain Flight to Mount Everest
- great views of Mount Everest (8848 m), Lhotse (8516 m), Makalu (8462 m), Cho Oyu (8188 m), ...