Mt Everest Waterfall. When you think of Mt. Everest you don't think of waterfalls! You think brrrrrrrrrrrr!
To the Sherpa people, who migrated to the base of Mt. Everest about 400 years ago, Mt. Everest is known as Sagarmatha, or "Mother of Ocean," so I'm not that far off, right?
A Mt Everest waterfall could fit right in! To the Tibetans on the other side, Mt. Everest is known as Chomolungma, or "Goddess of the Universe." A Mt. Everest waterfall could fit in here too, wouldn't you agree?
Well, there is a Mt. Everest waterfall near the summit on the North Face, which is the most dangerous side to climb. In fact, you only have a 50% chance of being successful if you try to climb the North Face.
But I have no intention of seeing that Mt Everest waterfall, because I have no intention of climbing Mt Everest! I'm looking for a Mt Everest waterfall I can play in -- not one that seriously endangers my life!
I'll leave that to the likes of New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary (he was made a "Sir" afterwards) and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, the first persons to climb Mt Everest. I'll just keep looking for a Mt. Everest waterfall, instead.
They reached the summit from the Nepal side on May 29, 1953. Hillary, now 87, started out as a beekeeper and is now a hero in my book. Not because he was the first to make the summit of Mt Everest, but because of how he has chosen to live his life, creating the Himalayan Trust and dedicating his efforts to helping the Sherpa people.
He has been quoted by National Geographic as saying, "If that one day on Everest allows me to do what I do, so be it. I was doing what the Sherpas wanted us to do -- be it building a school, a hospital, or a bridge, that was enough reason for me.
I came here for the mountains, and I stay for the people. I never want to give that up."
Don't get me wrong. It is no small feat to climb Mt. Everest. How tall is Mt Everest? The most recent measuring of Mt. Everest by National Geographic is 29,035 feet (8850 meters).
It's certainly not standing still, rising at 1/3 inch/year (1 centimeter) and moving NE at about 2 inches per year (6 centimeters).
1200 men and women from 63 countries have reached the summit -- and many have died trying. There is a dead zone on Mt Everest once you get to a certain elevation that begins above what is called Camp 4 on the most popular route up Mt. Everest.
It is -40 degrees F, and your skin will freeze within 30 seconds of being exposed. You are only 1500 ft from the summit, but that distance, if you can make it, will take around 18 hours to climb! You come to what is called the Second Step at 28,230 feet. It is a 100 foot wall of rock! In order to reach the summit of Mt. Everest, you must somehow scale this rock wall.
A Chinese group claimed to have done it in their bare feet in 1960, losing toes to frostbite. Then, in 1975 another Chinese group got smart and took a ladder! A ladder has been used ever since.
How Hillary and Norgay did it, I don't know! There is even speculation that two other men reached the summit 29 years earlier in 1924, George Mallory and Andrew "Sandy" Irvine, but they died on the mountain and the evidence is not conclusive.
Mallory, whose body was found in 1999 at about 27,000 feet, made the now famous response to the question of why he would dare to climb Mt. Everest: "Because it is there."
Well, you all go on ahead and climb Mt. Everest because it is there. I'm looking for a Mt. Everest waterfall! I know myself well enough to know that me climbing would not be a good idea! You should see me scaling those climbing walls, whispering expletives all the way! I can't seem to convince myself that reaching the top is worth the frustration.
It's just too much concentration for me and not my idea of play. I'll save concentration and strategizing for trying to solve world problems!
But a Mt. Everest waterfall I can play in, I can do that! I'm there! Of course, I want to see Mt. Everest, but I needed a different goal. When I learned of the magnificent waterfall just above the village of Simigaon, on the Dolakha trail, closer to the base of Mt. Everest I had my goal!
You will see other waterfalls, hot springs, glaciers and high peaks as well as forests full of pine, rhododendron and magnolia (in late spring and early autumn). You will see another world of little villages, gracious people with huge smiles, ancient Buddhist & Hindu sacred places, and quaint teahouses all along the way!
First Class Dirt Cheap Vacation to a Mt Everest Waterfall
I'll start and end my adventure in Kathmandu at the Gokarna Forest Golf Resort and Spa just minutes from downtown, with the majestic Himalayas providing a stunning backdrop.
Deer, monkeys, bird and flora await me on enchanting forest walks nearby, as well as an on-site golf course, restaurant, sauna, indoor pool and hot tub. Close by I'll find a casino, live entertainment, bicycling, horseback riding, an outdoor pool and tennis.
To get to my Mt Everest waterfall, I'll take a bus to Dolakha, trek to Singatee and stay there for the night. The next morning I'll trek to the picturesque village of Simigaon. Another 2-3 hour trek from there and I have found my Mt Everest waterfall!
Kathmandu is the capitol of Nepal, and needs a page all it's own! I do have to see the Changu Narayan temple in Kathmandu, dedicated to the Hindu Lord Shiva. It dates from the 4th century A.D., and is just one of the many UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the area. Such a rich history.
Check out some things to do in Kathmandu.
It is having challenges. Air pollution in Kathmandu has become an issue, which is a real danger not only to people, but to the degradation of the ancient cultural sites. It would seem inversion would be a factor. I've experienced living in a valley surrounded by mountains in Colorado.
Any pollution created, especially in winter, seems to be amplified and held down by breezes coming down off the mountains. it appears that climatologists are progressing in finding solutions.
You also want to be careful to protect your belongings and keep your ears open regarding the Maoist conflict. Registering with your consul and staying away from political protests would be smart.
So, you're dying to know how much, right?
Kathmandu at the Gokarna Forest Golf Resort and Spa will cost me about $200 per week! I'm not kidding!
That leaves me more money to take one of the mountain flight tours over the Himalayas in addition to my trek to my Mt Everest Waterfall!
Ta! Da! There you have a First Class Dirt Cheap Vacation to a Mt Everest Waterfall.
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