Day descriptions Annapurna, Everest, Helambu & Langtang

The trilogy contains complete daily short descriptions for the selected walking routes, here an excerpt from the Everest way:

"... 11. Day From Monjo to Namche Bazar
We enter the Sagarmatha national park, briefly behind Monjo. The morphology created a bottleneck here that is ideal to channel the influx of visitors. Afterwards it goes again down to the Dudh Koshi and until we have reached the last suspension bridge below Namche Bazar we had to change the river side several times. Behind Larja Dobhan (2800 m) we finally leave the valley bottom and rise orografical left through coniferous forests up the steep and long ascent in a tendency to Namche Bazar. About halfway at a popular resting place, because the weather is kind we can throw the first closer view at Everest’s summit pyramid and –standing in front of it – the Nuptse wall.

12. Day Khumjung
Namche receives us as the first larger “city” since Jiri. We use the day to carry on acclimating and to throw a view at the massive mountains. For this we go to the Everest View Point early in the morning, a small plateau east above Namche Bazar, whose area ajacent to the View Point is used by the military. The impression is worthwhile, Thamersku (6618 m) far in the east is to be seen at first. Westerly furthermore the stunning shape of Ama Dablam (6814 m) follows and in the distance at the valley’s end Lhotse (8501 m) with Lhotse’s wall, which streches enormously over to Nuptse (7861 m). Between the two summits, above the common wall, majestically the salient summit’s pyramid of Mt Everest (8850 m) towers, with a snow flag, which often marks it. After extensive admiring we continue the way and climb the opposite mountain crest, which leads us directly to the Everest View hotel at about 3800 m. The view from there - sipping a cup of Chiya - is further enormous and the giants of Nuptse, Lhotse, Mt. Everest and Ama Dablam seem to have moved a piece closer. After this singular view of massifs we undertake still another walk to Khumjung and Khunde, two villages, which profited very much from the assistance by Sir Edmund Hillary. An excursion into the small local hospital is worthwhile - only for visiting – at an altitude of 3800 m. The descent to Namche Bazar leads through an area of bushes and grass, the typical habitat of the Danphe, a kind of pheasant and the national bird of Nepal, which we can observe here frequently in the dusk.

13. Day From Namche Bazar to Tengboche
We start towards Mt Everest. The next days’s stages consist for the purpose of acclimatisation of small streches, so that we are always in good time at our goal. At any time a good opportunity to spend the afternoon with a “walk” in thin air and taking much pleasure in fantastic views. Faithfully to the slogan: “Rise highly during the day and sleep deeply at night”. However the way lets us descend to Tengboche once more to a height of 3200 m, to challenge us to ascent steeply to the monastery at an altitude of 3800 m.

14. Day From Tengboche to Dingboche
Along the valley with the name Imje Khola the way leads up easily rising and passes with Orsho the bench-mark of 4000 m. At the latest within this range the air’s smaller oxygen saturation with now by about seventy per cent of the normal value becomes apparent, so that one should take into account sufficient time for the walk time on the way to Dingboche. One nevertheless reaches usually Dingboche in the early afternoon and one can still explore comfortably the opposite tendency of Ama Dablam to get some more interesting sights of the high mountain area.

15. Day From Dingboche to Chhukung Dingboche
A day for acclimatisation calls and as a day’s march we have selected the high valley of Chhukung. Here the glacier tongues of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Lhotse-Nuptse and Nuptse are encountering. Nearly in the center of the valley basin the well-known Iceland peak (6189 m) is towering, around him the enormous glacial rock walls pattern a breath-taking arena. The day’s goal? Depending upon condition! There are enough viewpoints in this area; we want to sniff the air at 5000 m above sea level in order to get a feeling for our last accommodation’s height at our goal Gorak Shep at 5100 m height.

16. Day From Dingboche to Dughla
Also a short stage. We change the valley and walk up to the end moraine of Khumbu’s glacier, where a settlement of accommodations carries the name Dughla (4600 m). Is there still enough energy for a zest for action you can run towards the pass of Cho La and admire the icy lake Chola Tsho on the way.

17. Day From Dughla to Lobuche
Only two kilometers: a very short piece. But the day serves again for acclimatisation and our next overnight stay will be located at scarcely 5000 m over sea level. The way winds along and on the enormous moraine of the glacier Khumbu and the glacier illustrates us how..."