I am so excited to go to the Top of the World with MM4MM to help raise money and awareness for the multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. If you haven’t already, please take a look at my fundraising page.
The trip is being guided by Embark. They seem quite professional.
Here is the itinerary. From what I understand this is just provisional as all plans in the mountains must be.
Day 1. We meet in Kathmandu (4, 593 feet).
Day 2. We fly from Kathmandu to the world’s most dangerous airport in Lukla (9,383 feet).
Day 2. After landing in Lukla we hike to Phakding (8,563 feet).
Day 3. From Phakding we trek to Namche bazaar at 11,290 feet. Namche is in a bowl in the hill side, it is a commerce center. Will arrive in the afternoon and may need to climb up to our hotel.
Day 4. We have a rest day in Namche to help with acclimitization. We won’t go any higher to sleep but we will do day hikes. We should have the opportunity to go to Kumchong to see a Hillary School.
Day 5. The next day we will go to Tenboche (12,687 feet). This hike starts by going down and then up. We will be going to the Tanboche monastery, one of the largest in the area. Namche the crowd thins out and the villages are farther apart.
Day 6. The next day is at the Pheriche (14,340). We should get a view of Everest from here.
Day 7. Above Pheriche we encounter the glacier and go to Lobuche, 16,700 feet. We will be walking on the terminal moraine of the glacier.
Day 8. Biggest day is from Lobuche to Gorakshep. We will dump our gear and then climb up to the Everests Basecamp (17,598 feet). We will head back to Gorakshep to sleep (16,942 feet).
Day 9. The next morning we will get up early and head to the summit of Kalapathhar, the highest point of the trip (18,514 feet) and what should have a spectacular view of the glacier and Everest.
Day 10. We then go all the way to Pheriche (14,340 feet) that night. Long day.
Day 11. The next day we go from from Pheriche to Namche where we will catch a helicopter to take us to Kathmandu.