Everest Pilgrim is an exceptionally entertaining, informative, and beautifully written account of a rare solo trek to Everest Base Camp and beyond in the fall of 2013.
[NEW! Don't miss the sequel to Everest Pilgrim, Himalayan Pilgrim: A Chronicle of Independent Trekking Through Nepal's Less-Traveled Regions.]
When writer and lifelong lover of the mountains Tristan Higbee unexpectedly found himself in Nepal, he set his sights on a trek through the Mount Everest region of the high Himalaya. The book begins with the author's seven pre-trek days in Kathmandu, including details of his adventures and misadventures in acquiring all of the necessary trekking permits, clothing, and equipment.
The reader will then experience an exciting day-by-day account of the trek. Hiking without the support of a porter or guide, the author visited historic Everest Base Camp, famous Tengboche Monastery, intriguing Ama Dablam Base Camp, remote Island Peak Base Camp, the spectacular high pass of Cho La, the remarkable lakes of Gokyo, and countless small Sherpa villages. Along the way he also climbed the mountains Chukhung Ri (18,238 feet/5,559 meters), Kala Patthar (18,514 feet/5,643 meters), and Gokyo Ri (17,575 feet/5,357 meters).
The book itself contains more than 40 of the author's photos of Kathmandu and the trek. On the author's website (a link to which is included in the book) are more than 200 additional stunning photos and a detailed map of the trek.
At the end of the book are two valuable appendices. The first is a meticulous, itemized, daily record of all of the author's trek-related expenses, including flights, meals, lodging, and equipment purchases and rentals. The second is the author's complete gear list for the trek, nearly all of which was acquired in Kathmandu.
This book is perfect both for armchair adventurers and those who are planning their own treks in Nepal.
This book is 33,200 words in length. The first 83% of the book is about trek preparation in Kathmandu and the trek itself. The remainder consists of the two appendices.
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