First-time Asia, Volume 14

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Rough Guides, 2003 - Travel - 398 pages
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A book to read when considering a first visit to Asia, covering more than twenty first-time destinations, each profile covering the country's main highlights as well as its more unusual attractions. Suggested itineraries, online resources, embassy and tourist information are included together with the practicalities of life on the road. The final chapter, Basics, covers contact addresses and websites for everything from backpack suppliers to travel health clinics.
 

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Nepal: Chola Pass and Everest Base Camp 18-Day Trek
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Trek the Chola Pass and Gokyo Lakes of the Himalayas on an 18-day tour from Kathmandu. Enjoy fantastic views of the Dudh Kosi Valley, go to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar, look for endemic wildlife, and visit remote mountain villages.
Highlights:
Trek the Chola Pass and Gokyo Lakes of the Himalayas
Visit Everest Base Camp
Explore the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar
Hike the alpine meadows and yak pasture of the Himalayan Highlands
Discover the highest freshwater lakes in the world at Gokyo Lakes
Navigate the spectacular wilderness of the Cho La Pass
See one of the highest settlements in the world at Dhugla
Go to the Khumbu Glacier
Climb to the viewpoint of Kalaptthar for panoramic vistas
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Walk across the roof of the world on a comprehensive and challenging trek of the Cholo Pass, Goyko Lakes, and Sagarmatha National Park. You will get stunning views of Mt. Everest and some of the other beasts of the Himalayas visit the Everest Base Camp and climb to the high altitude viewpoint of Kalapatter. Go to the Tengboche Monastery, pass through the Sherpa villages of the lower mountains, and discover one of the highest settlements in the world.
Day 1: Kathmandu - Lukla - Phakdhing (Trek: 4 Hours) (B,L,D)
Take an early morning flight to Lukla, enjoying spectacular views of the peaks of Gauri Shankar and the Himalayan mountains en route. Then, head north trekking along the bank of the Dudh Kosi (Milk River). End with a meandering walk along the level paths of the Sherpa villages to Phakding. Spend the night at a guesthouse.
(Altitude: 2,850-2,610 Meters / 9,350-8,563 Feet)
Day 2: Phakdhing - Namche Bazaar (Trek: 6 Hours) (B,L,D)
Cross several bridges of the Dudh Kosi River as you trek via Jorsalle. Then, climb a steep ascent to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar, with panoramic Everest views through the pine forest. Marvel at the alpine flowers en route. Upon arrival, explore the facilities of Namche Bazaar, one of the best equipped towns of the region, with bakeries, internet cafés, money exchange stores, and a museum. Now is a good time to purchase any last minute equipment for your trek.
(Altitude: 3,450 Meters / 11,319 Feet)
Day 3: Namche Bazaar (B,L,D)
Today is an acclimatization day so you will rest up in Namche Bazaar. Use the day for gentle hikes to Khumjung, Thomo, or Khunde village above Namche Bazaar.
(Altitude: 3,450 Meters / 11,319 Feet)
Day 4: Namche - Dole (Trek: 7 Hours) (B,L,D)
Depart Namche for a gentle trek, walking to Sanasa before climbing to Mong La. Then, trek back down to Phortse Tenga, passing birch and pine trees. Look out for musk deer on the way up to Dole above the tree line.
(Altitude: 4,040 Meters / 13,255 Feet)
Day 05: Dole - Machharmo (Trek: 4 Hours) (B,L,D)
Hike the alpine meadows and yak pasture of the Highlands on a 4-hour trek from Dole to Machharmo. Look for the native bird life and marvel at the mountain flowers, enjoying stunning views of Cho Oyu to the north. Although this is a short walk, due to the altitude you will stop at Machharmo for your overnight rest.
(Altitude: 4,420 Meters / 14,500 Feet)
Day 6: Machharmo - Gokyo (Trek: 4 Hours) (B,L,D)
Walk north into the Dhudkosi Valley via Fanga, then admire the waterfalls as you get your first views of the Gokyo Lakes.
(Altitude: 4,790 Meters / 15,715 Feet)
Day 7: Gokyo (B,L,D)
Enjoy a day at rest, and explore the Goyko Lakes, the world’s highest freshwater lake system. Take an early morning hike up Gokyo ri for 360-degree views of Everest and Makalu among other mighty mountains of the Himalayas. Return to Gokyo to explore the 5th lake and the Nagjumba Glacier.
(Altitude: 4,790 Meters / 15,715 Feet)
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Contents

Where to go 1 Bangladesh
5
Bhutan
10
Brunei
15
Cambodia
19
China
24
lndia
32
lndonesia
41
Japan
48
Planning your route
123
Visas tickets and insurance
153
When to go
172
How much will it cost?
187
Guidebooks and other resources
207
What to take
224
Your first night
249
Culture shock
267

Laos
55
Malaysia
60
Mongolia
66
Nepal
71
Pakistan
77
Philippines
82
Singapore
88
South Korea
92
Sri Lanka
98
Taiwan
104
Thailand
109
Vietnam
115
The big adventure
121
Getting around
279
Accommodation
303
Staying healthy
315
Keeping in touch
335
Crime safety and sleaze
349
Coming home
363
Basics
368
Discount flight and courier agents Specialist tour operators Voluntary work and conservation
369
projects
376
Accommodation booking agents
377
travel clinics information Travel book and map stores
381
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