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Early Bird Fee – Tuscany Trails 2017

We are heading to the Garfagnana region of Tuscany again this June for more walking in this amazingly quiet part of Italy… These are the views of some of last years Nordic Walkers who joined us… Helen’s views of her “Tuscany Trails 2016” experience… Accommodation…..  “a stunning setting with beautiful views, fantastic food, warm welcoming hosts […]

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Everest Base Camp, Kala Patthar & Gokyo Lakes

Join us on our trek to the base camp of the world’s highest mountain is justifiably the most popular and perhaps the greatest of all the trekking itineraries around today. The trek is a magic blend of fascinating culture, stunning scenery and strenuous endeavour that never fails to impress. It will always be one of our most rewarding treks.

The trek follows a gentle acclimatisation regime with plenty of rest days. It allows us to enjoy the trek’s many unique places at our leisure. We start in the vibrant city of Kathmandu where our senses will be delighted by the vast blend of religions, cultures and scenic experiences. We stay in the relative tranquil haven of a centrally located hotel, so even though the city literally vibrates around us a relaxing time can be found by those wanting to recover from the ight or those wanting to explore the city a little at a time.

The next day we y to the spectacularly located mountain town of Lukla (2,800m) where our trek into the Khumbu valley begins. We follow an ancient route that will take us through tiny villages, remote valleys, impressive monasteries and over high mountain passes. The views grow more spectacular daily until we are rewarded with stunning views of Ama Dablam, Mt. Everest, Lhotse and the mountain scenery of the Khumbu.

After a strenuous few days our e orts will culminate in an ascent of the non-technical Kala Patthar (5,550m) from whose summit the world’s highest mountains lie, literally, at one’s feet.

Mt.Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and a distant Makalu the panorama is truly spectacular and provides unprecedented vistas as an awe- inspiring reward.

The next day we reach Everest Base Camp where we have a whole day to explore this important staging point for those heading for the summit. From here we proceed to the Gokyo Valley, a stunning area close to the Everest region but hidden away west from here and separated by a snowy pass. The Gokyo area o ers quiet contemplation and re ection, especially if you visit the serenity and beauty of the Five Lakes. Make it to the Fifth Lake and you are rewarded with magical views of Cho Oyu, the ‘Turquoise Goddess’ feeling as though it is within touching distance across the border into Tibet.

The majesty of Everest still graces this area and the journey to the top of Gokyo Ri offers a more western view of Everest, something which few others get to see and exemplifies the changing faces of the mountain. Enjoy these views whilst in the knowledge that the area you are in is set by the largest glacier in Nepal and possibly the whole of the Himalaya, the Ngozumpa Glacier, one which you have the opportunity to explore.

This is a stunning journey that combines breathtaking mountain vistas with exciting cultural experiences and the satisfaction of having achieved a physically demanding route.

For trek details and booking, please contact steve@geminioutdoor.com or call 07752567959.

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