United States of America’s Cable News Network CNN has declared Everest Base Camp as the best adventure trip for 2011. The CNN writes:
While it’s true that most travel destinations aren’t like haute couture — “in” one year and “out” the next — there are some points on the map particularly worth visiting in 2011. For good reasons, this is the year to mount a camel, trip through Palu’s underwater psychedelia and — yes, you can — tackle the mighty Himalayas. Before the calendar turns, here’s a planner for the year’s best trips.
Best adventure trip: Everest base camp
The thrill of high-altitude trekking in Nepal was once available only to a gung-ho few. Recently, the journey has become more accessible. In April 2011, co-host of international television show Word Travels and travel writer Robin Esrock will lead a trek to the Everest Base Camp with World Expeditions. The journey begins in Kathmandu Valley and ascends through Sherpa villages to Tengboche Monastery, where awestruck hikers get panoramic views of the rock star mountains of the Himalayas: Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam. Hikers will traverse part of the treacherous Khumbu Glacier, followed by an ascent of Kala Pattar (18,192 feet), before stopping at Everest Base Camp. “In Nepal, acclimatizing is going to be key, as is exercising for several months beforehand to ensure your body can take it,” Esrock cautions. “Wearing in your gear is a must, although those incredible Sherpas will no doubt be worth their weight in stardust.” The World Expeditions hike to Everest Base Camp runs April 4-24, 2011, and begins in Kathmandu. Price is US$2,768 per person, including food, trek pack, porters and accommodation.