Saturday, June 14, 2014


executive summary by darmansjah

A mountaineer absorbs the sunset view of Everest in Khumbu, Nepal

The Dream Team paired by the British expedition team leader after months of preparation and scrutiny. New Zealand beekeeper Edmund Hillary (1919-2008) and Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay (1914-1986) became the first men confirmed to have reached the 29,035-foot summit of Mount Everest on May 29, 1953

Everest at 60 Traveling to Everest – even if only to its base – takes on special significance in 2013, the 60th anniversary of the first successful ascent of the mountain. Follow in the footsteps of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay through the village of Namche Bazaar and the glacial valley of Khunde; hike up Kala Pattar for a famous view of the Big E on the southwest ridge of Mount Pumori; and stand in awe of the Khumbu Icefall, which marks the South col, the route blazed by the maverick climbers. Base camp awaits, buzzing with the excitement of the anniversary celebration, mountaineering expeditions preparing for summit bids, and the start of the annual Hillary and Tenzing marathon. One World Trekking: “Everest Base Camp 60th Anniversary Trek,” 18 days; US$ 3,360

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