Jonsom Trek

Here is the itinery of my trek in the Annapurna Area November 1999. I went with my friends, Jim Robinson and Kristina Stinson and their porter Durka. I started out without a porter, till I got sick. Ganesh Gahana (Mr. Quick Fast) was my porter on the 8th and 9th going up from Tatopani to Ghorepani. Ganga was my porter on the 10th from Ghorepani to Naya Pul.

Nov. 2 Afternoon flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara
Nov. 3 Early morning flight from Pokhara to Jomsom. Hired Durka in Jonsom. Trekked up to Jharkot.
Nov. 4 Walked from Jharkot to Muktinath. Saw the Jwala Mai Temple where a blue flame of natural gas is emmitted from the same hole that water flows out of. Walked back down to Jonsom.
Nov. 5 Walked from Jomsom to Larjung
Nov. 6 Went to Kopchepani
Nov. 7 Went to Tatopani
Nov. 8 Had nasty cough starting up hill towards Tatopani. Jim found a porter, Ganesh, who was psyched to carry my pack to Ghorepani. We went to Sikha and stayed there, except for Ganesh, who went back home to sleep then got up early to meet us back in Sikha.
Nov. 9 Went to Ghorepani, excellant views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna.
Nov. 10 Durka found me another porter, Ganga. We walked to Naya Pul. Got taxi to Pokhara.
Nov. 11 Flew from Pokhara to KTM

Everest Trek

This is itinery of my trek in the Everest Area, Dec 1997 - Jan 1998. I did this for the most part alone, without a guide or porter. At times I did walk with other people I met on the way.

Dec. 6 Took bus from Kathmandu to Jiri, bus left Kathmandu at 6:30 am, arrived in Jiri at around 5 pm.
Dec. 7 Walked from Jiri to Bhandar.
Dec. 8 Went to Dagchu.
Dec. 9 Went to Everest View Sherpa Lodge and Cheese Factory, near Sallung between Junbesi and Ringmo. It was too cloudy to see Everest
Dec. 10 Went to Jubing.
Dec. 11 Went to Puiyan.
Dec. 12 Went to Phakding.
Dec. 13 Went to Namche.
Dec. 14 Rest day in Namche, went to airfield and back.
Dec. 15 Went to Tengboche. Took 4pm tour of Gompa
Dec. 16 Went to Pangboche.
Dec. 17 Went to Tuglha. This was a much faster ascent than the recommended guidelines. Normally one is supposed to spend 2 nights in Pheriche. I only stopped there for tea. I did listen to my body though and it had no complaints. For the most part I got away with it. I did have a restless night and a mild headache that night in Tuglha.
Dec. 18 Went to Loboche. Banged my knee on a rock on the way up.
Dec. 19 Sore knee day in Loboche.
Dec. 20 Knee better but still a little sore. Went to Italian research pyramid just north of Loboche.
Dec. 21 Went up Kala Pattar. Left Loboche at 6:30 am returned at 4:30 pm. All lodges in Gorak Shep were closed. On way back down passed a lodge owner from Gorak Shep on the way up to open a his lodge.
Dec. 22 Went to Pangboche.
Dec. 23 Went to Dole.
Dec. 24 Went to Machermo.
Dec. 25 Went to Gokyo.
Dec. 26 Went up Gokyo Ri. Saw very big footprints on the way back down, Yeti perhaps.
Dec. 27 Went to between 4th and 5th Gokyo lakes to camp of Japanese group. Past the camp the trail became too difficult so I had to turn back.
Dec. 28 Went From Gokyo to Dole
Dec. 29 Went to Khumjung
Dec. 30 Went to the hospital in Khunde to make sure knee was OK. Doctor said it was just a bruise. Went to the Everest View Hotel for lunch. Spent night in Khumjung again.
Dec. 31 Went to Namche, partied till midnight. Happy New Year.
Jan. 1 Went to Lukla
Jan. 2 Went to Puiyan
Jan. 3 Went to Nuntala
Jan. 4 Went to Phaplu
Jan. 5 Flew from Phaplu to Kathmandu

Mt Everest (8848m)

Mt Nuptse (7861m)

Pumori (7165m)

Mt Machapuchre (6993m)

Annapurna I (8091m)

Other people who have trekked the Everest Area:
Scott A. Yost's Nepal Journal
Eric's Everest Trek

Other Nepal related sites:
The Kathmandu Post
Stego's Usenet FAQ's on Nepal travel

Better check here before you go just to be safe:
Travel Warnings & Consular Information Sheets