Wife and I did a big Trek round Khumbu (Everest region)and loved it. We did bits of tea house treking with no other Europeans around, busy bits and a few nights camping on our own.
Strenghts of the area were the people who were really welcoming and of course the scenery
We started by flying into Tumlingtar. We then treked for 3 days to get onto the main Everest trail just below Lukla. We didn't really see big mountains on this bit but we did 3 passes over 11,000 ft. We didn't meet any English speakers for 3 days, lucky my wife brought a phrase book. We had one night camping and other nights were just in private houses. Although we did see a few larger lodges being built.
We also loved the busier trails around Namche and Tengboche. I liked the sense of a world with no roads. Namche was fun with places for coffee and eating out. We then went up the Chukung valley. This is home to Island peak which is a very popluar treking peak. I don't know whether you need permission for this, a friend did it and sai it was brilliant. But we really enjoyed wandering around and went up to high point on Chukung Ri, about 5,500m. We then treked round to an uninhabited valley and camped under Ama Dablam.
Next we headed up the Gokyo valley. That was the only place that felt really busy. Like everyone else we went up Gohyo Ri, which has great view of Everest.
Unlike everyone else we went further up the valley and camped at Choyo base camp. Freezing but lonely and amazing.
We planed to walk all the way out on the classic route but I got a cold and couldn't shift it. Classic altittude. We hung round in namche but then admitted defeat and flew from Lukla by helicopter.
All in all brilliant. I have done some Alpine Peaks and on that trip we had been rock climbing to HVS in Autralia and USA. But in Nepal I was happy to trek. A pass with crampons would have been nice. I got scared high in the Himlalayas as a teenager and so was very happy not to be going up Peaks.
Here are some photos. Scanned slides so dodgy in places. But bring it all back to me and give a feel for what its like
yaks treking.jpg by John Clinch, on Flickr
Typical Trail above Namche
sherpa house, small high.jpg by John Clinch, on Flickr
Last house as we headed up a deserted valley
tengboche light side.jpg by John Clinch, on Flickr
Sue by rocky stream.jpg by John Clinch, on Flickr
Sue near Gorak Shep (I think)
yaks up high.jpg by John Clinch, on Flickr
Yaks at a similiar point
tenboche 1mask.jpg by John Clinch, on Flickr
Tenboche again, I think
america0046.jpg by John Clinch, on Flickr
Friendly welcome. Although by this point Sue could speak Nepali and was called sister by all the women we stayed with
Nepal.jpg by John Clinch, on Flickr
Cho Oyo base camp. Well accordign to our navigation
Sue and I on Gokyo Ri. Everest behind, I think
Everest and the Nuptse Lhotse Ridge by John Clinch, on Flickr
Everest behind the Nuptse Lhotse ridge, taken from the edge of Namche. The face we are looking at is 2 vertical miles tall