Kim, Lhakpa and the Kamzang Journeys staff have 15+ years of trekking experience in the Everest region. Kim first trekked in the Everest region in the mid-90s, and taught English in Monjo in 2001. Lhakpa (Khumbu Adventures) comes from Thame, his wife Doma’s family is from Pangboche, and their relatives own many of the lodges in the Khumbu. We have lots of local support and MANY Sherpa friends in the region, invaluable! Our staff all come from the Solu region, along the Jiri to Lukla trail, now coined the Hillary & Norgay Everest Trek.
We have THE safest acclimatization schedule, Sherpa AND Western guides along with our wonderful, experienced staff who ONLY trek with Kim & Kamzang Journeys and we have intimate relationships with many of the Sherpas of the Khumbu. We’re love cultural experiences, are experienced photosgraphers, do lots of local shopping, enjoy visiting private Sherpa houses for a cup of ‘chang’ and are happy to share these experiences with whoever is interested! We carry a full medical kit along with oxygen (and sometimes a PAC bag), Kim has extensive medical background and we have a nearly perfect record of mountain safety.
Our Kamzang-style trek means you will have a private heater for chilly lodges, a library of books on Everest & the Khumbu region, hot water bottles for your sleeping bag and a colorful caravan of yaks, along with our cheerful yak drivers, to carry your duffel bags (and enhance your photos). You choose from the extensive lodge menus for all meals, which are accompanied by snacks, a candy jar, chocolate, biscuits and other deserts and a choice of herbal teas, hot drinks & freshly brewed coffee. Our water is filtered using the best western gravity filter.
Our Everest High Passes Trek (often called Everest Three Passes Trek) in Nepal is a challenging, ‘best of the Everest region’ trek through some of the most spectacular landscapes in the Nepal Himalaya with guides who spend all their time in the Himalaya. Our Everest trek is a window into traditional Sherpa villages and ‘gompas’ (monasteries), their mountain Buddhist culture and their sacred peaks and valley. Not only peaks, the Everest region is an incredibly spiritual place, and we have the chance to visit its many colorful gompas (monasteries), and share salt-butter tea with the monks of Pangboche, Namche, Khumjung, Khunde, Thame and Lawudo Gompa.
Some of the highlights of our Everest trek: The Chhukhung Valley and the Himalayan views (including Makalu) from Chhukhung Ri, trekking to Ama Dablam Base Camp, trekking to Everest Base Camp and its otherworldly ice pinnacles, climbing Kala Pattar for incredible Everest views, the turquoise Gokyo lakes with the colorful prayer flags fluttering at the top of Gokyo Ri, the Himalayan panorama from the top of the Renjo La, descending into the traditionally Sherpa Thame valley, where the Tibetans pass through on their way from Tibet to Namche Bazaar. Throughout, we are surrounded by spectacular 8000 meter peak panoramas and hosted by welcoming Sherpas in their wonderful lodges …
November and December are the perfect times to trek in the Everest region, the Himalayan peaks accentuated by clear, blue skies without the hoards of trekkers of the peak months. Wildlife such as the Himalayan thar, musk deer, danphe (Nepal’s national bird), blood pheasant, Himalayan snow-cock, snow-pigeon and chukkar roam the mountain-sides.
Mountain views don’t get any better than trekking in the Khumbu region!
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Kamzang Journeys is owned and operated by Kim Bannister, an American expat and traveler of 25+ years who is based in Kathmandu, Nepal (spring, autumn and sometimes winter) & Leh, India (summer). Kamzang Journeys is a registered LLC in the USA. The inspiration for Kamzang Journeys originated in Ladakh, where Kim and team have been trekking for 15+ years. It came from trekking through sparkling river valleys of sculpted ochre, mustard and moss-green rocks under soaring Himalayan peaks, through green, nomadic pasture lands peppered with nomadic yak-hair tents under a canopy of endless blue skies. Our passion for these regions inspired us to make a lifestyle of leading treks and bicycle trips through Nepal, India, Tibet and Bhutan, later adding Mongolia and newly Pakistan to the list. All of our Kamzang team shares our love of these Himalayan regions, of the adventure of trekking, of exploring far-flung villages, sipping salt-butter tea in local houses, of camping with the nomads as they round up their flocks of sheep, goats and yaks, of watching for snow leopard and kiang as we journey through remote plateaus on the border of Nepal and Tibet, of bicycling through some of Bhutan's most breathtakingly beautiful regions.