You arrive in Kathmandu, a very lively place.
You have a day to kill as your trip is prepared. You explore Kathmandu. Being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you have a eide range of cultural sites to view. Or perhaps do some last minute shopping.
You are driven to Chhetchhet, taking nine or 10 hours. You stay overnight in a hotel here.
Your trek begins proper today. Your first destination is Singate, with the first few hundred feet made up of very steep steps.
Today you ascend 2,300 feet in altitude, with much oscillation. This gives you the hardest day of the trek. You finish up in Donang where you stay for the night.
You climb 3,300 feet. This could lead to altitude sickness, but sans intermediate accommodation, there is no alternative. With the valley so heavily vegetated, there are perhaps higher oxygen levels, but you will not feel that way. With the mountains Dorje Lakpa and Melungtse and one of the highest passes in the world, Tashi Lapcha, in sight, you make it to Beding.
This is an acclimatisation day. A few hundred feet away is a monastery that was once occupied by a single soul. From there are good views of the valley.
You trek to Na, 13,800 feet up, where you will stay for three days to explore the surrounding area.
You spend the day walking to and from a glacier that is 15,090 feet above sea level, where the view is impressive.
You next ambulate to Yalung Base Camp, 16,100 feet up.
You leave Na for Donang. You initially ascend through a grass-covered valley to Tso Rolpa, where you are reminded of the threat of global warming: this lake was tiny two decades back, but grew to immense size when glaciers melted. An outburst could cause massive damage further downstream, so sirens were installed on the banks of the Tamakoshi River that drains the lake. An outlet was constructed in 1998 to release water in a controlled fashion.
You traverse a moraine – an area of dirt and rock – on the valley’s north side, reaching the snout of the Tram Bau glacier. You stay the night at Simigaon.
From Simigaon, you head for Chhetchhet then ascend to Thare to bed down for the night.
Today you trek to Laduk where you stay the night.
Today you trek to Bulukpa.
You trek to Bigu.
You cross Tingsang La to Dolansa.
You trek to Barabise.
You are driven back to Kathmandu.