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Best Adventure Trips 2008

by Sarah Tuff

Globe-Gazing in Tibet

No matter how many records Everest churns out—youngest, oldest climber, fastest ascent, highest cricket game (really!)—the mountain known as Chomolungma remains as sacred and seductive as ever. For trekkers who want to get as close as possible (more than three quarters up) without worrying about actually summiting, this is your opportunity. Wilderness Travel's once-in-a-lifetime expedition—aptly titled "the World's Highest Trek"—is a 30-day immersion in the culture of Tibet, Himalayan hiking, and the singular world of Everest. With top Tibet trekking authority Gary McCue, the team spends almost two weeks hiking the blooming valleys and holy lakes around Shishapangma and paying respects at the storybook Dza Rongphu Monastery, the highest in the world, at 16,142 feet. The Everest ascent is on the North Face, the route of George Mallory. You'll sleep at the same camps as summit climbers, including Camp III at 21,100 feet—the high point, in all senses, of the trek. Hello, Everest! Forget Folgers and freeze-dried food, as WT guides brew fresh coffee and provide bread and desserts for the trek. There are even special privy and shower tents, perhaps creating a new record: cushiest Everest trip.

Departure: May 18–June 16

Price: From $8,695; internal airfare, $355; originates in Kathmandu, Nepal

Wilderness Travel
Tel: 800 368 2794 (toll-free)
Tel: 510 558 2488

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