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Interactive Mountain Panoramas


In conjunction with Thomas Worbs of Mountain Panoramas we have been developing some very exciting, interactive 360 panoramas from various sites around The Khumbu region. These are very high definition and when viewed on a laptop you can scroll around, turn on labels and zoom in. Alternatively they are interactive when viewed on a smartphone.

Just click on any of the photos below and a new browser will open. Enjoy the show and prepare to be impressed.

Ama Dablam panorama from Camp 3

This is actually the latest of the panoramas having only just been released in Jan 2016. But it takes pride of place at the top of the page because it is our highest and probably most impressive of all the work we have done. A tricky one to take and a tricky one to stitch – but what a result. You can see climbers heading for the summit, the amazing layers in ‘The Dablam’ and a mountain vista that is pretty breathtaking. Enjoy.

Everest Base Camp after some fresh snowfall and before everyone had got out of bed. Indeed, as I was setting up, the sun started rising over the shoulder and I had to work quickly to make sure that all the photos were taken under fairly similar light conditions. This was slightly complicated by the fact that it was also quite cold and I can’t operate a lot of the buttons on the camera with big gloves. The whole shoot took around 25 minutes and Thomas did a great job – apparently the shadows had all changed by the time I had done the first rotation of 45 shots. In all there are at least 315 to create a 180° x 360° panorama and you can scroll from the sky to the floor and all the way around.

 

Everest and Nuptse from the famous viewpoint of Kala Pattar – as you have never seen it before. I had reached the main summit of Kala Pattar (slightly higher and up to the left – there are lot of prayer flags there) and tried to set up there but the view just wasn’t as rich. Partly this was because of the prayer flags and partly the angles just weren’t quite as good. So I dropped down to the original Kala Pattar view point (this is where everyone used to stop until about a decade ago) and thankfully, because it has fallen out of favour as being a lower viewpoint, I had the place to myself.
This is a full 180° x 360° panorama and you can scroll from the sky to the floor and all the way around.

 

A 109° x 360° from The Kongma La. Like the Everest Base Camp panorama an early was required and I was blessed with clear skies, a big moon and some atmospheric clouds on Lhotse. This is my favourite camp site in The Khumbu and I have never had to share it with any other groups. A lot of folk do the pass as a day hike from Chukkung to Lobuche (best) or in the other direction which is a bit of a slog. We use this amazing camping area for a couple of nights as part of our acclimatisation schedule so that when we arrive at Everest Base Camp we have already slept higher & have also taken in an ascent of Pokalde – just over 5,800m.

 

A 110° x 360° The Renjo La – the most impressive Everest panorama in the area. Another panorama where I had to work quickly … but this time not because of the changing light but the fact that there were porters and trekkers arriving imminently. I don’t have an issue with having people in the photos but in this instance the area was going to get very cramped very quickly and when folk start wandering around you lose all control of the shoot.

 

The mountain vista from Gokyo Ri above the village of Gokyo. This is an amazing, but accessible, panoramic viewpoint and is a short hike above the village. As we made the trip there were quite changeable conditions and it was difficult to know whether the light would be right, the cloud cover would be acceptable or indeed if the mountains would actually be in view. But on arrival we were blessed with a really great vista and the results speak for themselves. This is a full 180° x 360° panorama and you can scroll from the sky to the floor and all the way around.

This is the summit of Island Peak as you have never seen it before. We were a small team (myself, 3 clients and 2 Climbing Sherpas) and there were only 2 others on the mountain that day. To get the summit shots without having any climbers in I pushed ahead on the summit slopes. I was rewarded with perfect conditions (albeit a little bit breezy on the summit) and enough time to take the 450 photos that make up this vista.

Next up it’s Ama Dablam. Sadly in the 2014 season there was a lot of objective danger from the right side of The Dablam (a Climbing Sherpa died from another team and his 3 clients were injured when a huge block of ice fell on them whist they were on their summit bid). I was obviously hoping to get a panorama from the summit but it wasn’t to be. But that didn’t stop me spotting a great opportunity whilst travelling between Base Camp and Advance Base Camp. This was a shot from 5,000m on a ridge in amongst an amazing mountain vista and needless to say I am very happy with this on – the results speak for themselves. Click and enjoy.


Each panorama is not only painstakingly stitched by Thomas but they are painstakingly taken by myself. To that end we have decided on what is the best kit and equipment for the job.

The camera is a Sony a7R which is very easy to use, very light and very high definition. The drawback is that it doesn’t like the cold so I carry plenty (and I mean plenty) of spare batteries and endeavour to keep the camera and batteries warm (enough). For Everest this presents possibly our biggest challenge but we are looking at different strategies to cope with the ever changing conditions.

The make and model of tripod is a thorny issue – generally speaking the more stable they are the heavier they are and weight is definitely the enemy. The most recent acquisition which I have been using is the Amarula from Bushman Panoramics which gives a great height for not too much weight.

For the panoramic head we didn’t need to look any further than the Gobi – again from Bushman Panoramics. It is a really nicely engineered piece of equipment and does the job to perfection. You can use it with big gloves on and still have the dexterity required to alter the necessary settings. Nicely crafted and a good chunky feel to it – this is a piece of kit that will never let me down.

Next on the list is portable power. I have been using the GoalZero Yeti 150 which is charged using the Boulder 15 Solarpanel. This is a piece of kit that is really really good … when the sun is out. Thankfully the sun shines a lot in Nepal so it is certainly not short of potential. It is a tad on the heavy side so I won’t be taking it up and down the hill with me but as a Base Camp power supply it is fantastic. The USB and 3 pin outputs are ideal for most situations and there is a ‘cigarette lighter’ output as well. All in all it copes with Base Camp life extremely well and I can keep all (and I have loads) of batteries, phones, laptops etc charged at all times.

Now all you need to do is get in touch about Everest , Ama Dablam, Island Peak or trekking in The Khumbu and experience it for yourself.

Everest Base Camp

Everest Base Camp Trek

A 4 week trekking itinerary accompanying Everest expedition members to EBC.

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If Everest isn’t really your thing … but you would like to come on a trek in The Everest region then this 4 week itinerary could well be right up your street. This is a specific itinerary for my group of potential Everest summiteers and is very carefully chosen to make sure that they arrive at Base Camp fit, health and acclimatised. So if it is good enough for them it is definitely good enough for you! The days are reasonably short so that maximum enjoyment can be attained whilst making sure that people aren’t over exerting.

Not only that it provides one of the best itineraries in The Khumbu. This schedule takes us away from the really busy routes whilst trekking over some high passes and taking in a few very easy trekking peaks with unparalleled views and vistas all the way.

No previous experience is required … walking is a transferable skill. If you have hiked in The Lakes (or anywhere in the UK for that matter) then you can hike in Nepal. Indeed the trails are better than most mountainous areas in the UK.


Day 1 – Arrive Kathmandu (KTM). You will be met at the airport and transferred to a 4* Hotel on the outskirts of Thamel. We will then pop in to town for our first group meal (meals in Kathmandu at the start of the trek are included in the cost of the trip).

Day 2 – Sightseeing trip in the morning (transport, guide and all entrance fees are included). Meet for lunch. Sort gear / final preparations for the expedition in the afternoon.

Day 3 – Early morning flight to Lukla (2,800m). This is the flight of a lifetime. After our early morning departure we’ll arrive in Lukla and transfer to our lodge for breakfast. After sorting the gear in to loads we start trekking. We follow the easy trail, stopping for lunch along the way (again all meals en route are included in the price) and gradually descend in to the valley bottom. We use teahouse accommodation for the trek in and our first stop is at Phak Ding (2,650m). Around 4 hours of easy trekking.

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Day 4 – After breakfast we start on the trail along the side of the Dudh Kosi (Milk River) which originates from the Khumbu Glacier some 30 miles away. We cross the river 4 times on the route today on some quite exciting (but very well constructed) suspension bridges. We enter the National Park at Monjo and then make our way gradually up the zig zags to Namche Bazaar (3,450m).  In Namche Bazaar we convene at the Everest Bakery for Coffee and Chocolate Doughnuts and then continue along the trail to stay with my good friends Tashi and Lakpa at Kyanjuma. All in all about 4 and a half to 6 hours of walking. (Interesting point to note … Tashi & Lakpa visited the UK in January 2014 for an audience with HRH The Prince of Wales. Lakpa was one of the Sherpas when Prince Charles visited Nepal in the 80s and was invited for an audience with His Royal Highness at Clarence House).

Day 5 – A rest day. But when we say rest day it merely means that we will stay at the same teahouse – in the meantime we will go up an exciting ‘hidden staircase’, an amazing construction, and follow the trail to the Mong La (3,950m) where we will have lunch. We’ll then descend back down to Kyanjuma in time for afternoon tea. At some stage today we’ll also visit Tashi’s amazing prayer room.

Day 6 – Today we transfer to Thame. We go up to Kyanjuma and see the amazing Mani walls (the longest mani walls in The Khumbu) and then crest a col and drop down to Syangboche where we stop for elevenses. We then follow a great trail through a beautiful, wooded valley, to Thamo, where we stop for lunch before continuing to Thame (3,800m). Around 6 to 8 hours of easy walking.

Day 7 – Another rest day. But again, it doesn’t mean that we rest. Today we go to the most amazing monastery, set in the hillside a short walk above Thame. There are some fantastic painted mani stones along the way and we visit the monastery for a puja.

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Day 8 – A lovely walk up the quiet Thame valley to the village of Marylung (4,150m). A short day (around 3 hours of walking).

Day 9 – Another acclimatisation day where we trek up to around 5,000m before dropping back down to stay for another night at Marylung.

Day 10 – Today we cross the first of the high passes – The Renjo La. It is an easily accessible pass with a great staircase – but it is at 5,345m and the altitude will make it slow going. The views when you get there are well worth the effort involved. After admiring the scene we drop down to Gokyo (4,750m) for afternoon tea.

Mount Everest seen from the Renjo La
Click the photo and be transported to an amazing 360 x 180 interactive panorama.

Day 11 – A rest day. For those who fancy an early start there is the opportunity to see the sunrise from the summit of Gokyo Ri our first chance of summiting a peak. Or if you prefer you can go in the late afternoon for the sunset views where you get to experience the alpenglow on Everest. Whichever you choose you’ll need a warm jacket, hat, gloves, headtorch and camera. Or you can take a mooch around the lake if you fancy an easy option which still affords some spectacular views.

Day 12 – We descend the Gokyo valley on the East side – a rarely trodden route. The terrain is spectacular and there are hardly any trekkers who take this trail descending to the quiet village of Phortse.

Day 13 – Another day when we will see very few trekkers. This time we are taking the high level route to Pangboche. Great trekking and awesome views especially as we approach Pangboche and have Ama Dablam in the windscreen.

Day 14 – A pleasant day of trekking initially along the main Khumbu trail but after an hour or so we veer off to Dingboche. Dingboche is an amazing village nestled at the bottom of the Imja valley with great views of Island Peak (Imja Tse) at the head of the valley and Ama Dablam opposite the village.

Day 15 – A rest day. And today, if you so desire, you can actually have a rest day. Although for those so inclined there is a great vantage point at around 5,000m above Dingboche which can be gained in around an hour and a half.

Day 16 – Next we are to the lovely village of Chukkung (4,750m) … the last village in the Island Peak valley.

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Day 17 – From Chukkung we trek up Chukkung Ri (5,550m), our second peak, which offers some great views of Lhotse up close.

Day 18 – Next on the agenda is the Kongma La pass. We gain height quite gradually and you will be rewarded with some stunning view of Makala (the 5th highest in the world). After cross the pass we drop down to Lobuche village for the night (4,910m).

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Day 19 – We now follow the main Everest trail to Gorak Shep – the highest village in The Khumbu situated at 5,250m.

Day 20 – There are a variety of options today. Either Kala Pattar, our third peak, for sunrise followed by a visit to Everest Base Camp, or just Kala Pattar, or just Base Camp, or Everest Base Camp followed by Kala Pattar for sunset. Either which way this is the culmination of the 3 weeks’ of trekking and it’s awesome whatever you choose to do.

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Interactive 360 x 180 view at Everest Base Camp

Day 21 – Spare day.

Day 22 – It’s time to start dropping back down the valley where we’ll be staying at Pangboche (3,850m).

Day 23 – After an hour or so from Pangboche we’ll gain a little bit of height to the village of Tengboche where there is an amazing bakery and monastery. After visiting one, or both, of these we drop down to the valley floor and then up the trail on the other side to Kyanjuma to stay with Tashi and Lakpa again.

Day 24 – An hour or so from Kyanjuma and we’ll be back at Namche bazaar where coffee and cake are calling. Then we descend to Monjo

Day 25 – And thence on to Lukla. This is quite a short day and is included as it can also be used as a spare day if the itinerary has been compromised elsewhere due to, say, weather or acclimatisation.

Day 26 – It’s time to return to the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu where the agent will collect and deliver you to the hotel.

Day 27 – Depart KTM.


All in this 4 week trip comes in at only £2,595 (price as at 2022)

This includes all of the following:

  • 3 nights’ hotel accommodation in KTM
  • All group meals in KTM at the beginning of the trip
  • KTM / Lukla / KTM return flight
  • KTM / Lukla / KTM departure tax
  • A mixture of Teahouses and tented accommodation for the duration of the trek
  • All group feeding arrangements in The Khumbu
  • National Park Entrance fee
  • Trekking permit
  • Cook crew
  • Porters
  • Climbing Sherpa(s)
  • Insurance for the crew
  • Administration fee for our expedition agent in Nepal – we use one of the premiere expedition agencies in KTM. They have a proven track record of providing an excellent service, are able to provide full support throughout the expedition and have a tried and tested emergency call out procedure should the need arise
  • My fee for administration and planning prior to the expedition and technical support, guiding, instruction, planning and logistics during the expedition
  • Peak Fee for Pokalde
  • Ropes etc for fixing Pokalde
  • Comprehensive 1st aid kit including antibiotics and medicines for use at altitude
  • Insurance for Base Camp and Sherpa crew
  • Airport transfers in KTM

What is not included in the costs

  • International flight (approx £650 – £950. Please arrange a ticket that is flexible so that you can change the dates if you need to head back ahead of schedule. Alternatively I get a quota of tickets through the Travel Agent I have used for a number of years with a 30kg extra baggage allowance. These tickets will be available directly from the Travel Agent – please contact me for their details)
  • Nepalese entry Visa
  • Inoculation / vaccination costs
  • Travel and medical insurance – MUST be valid for trekking in the Everest region
  • Hire of any equipment for personal use
  • Tips for the staff (£95 / US$120 in to the kitty)
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Drinks with meals in Kathmandu
  • Any drinks and/or food during the trek other than that which is provided by the crew (e.g. soft drinks, snacks, alcohol, etc etc)
  • Any teahouse and feeding costs if rest days are taken other than those in the itinerary
  • Meals in Kathmandu at the end of the trip
  • Spending money
  • Any costs incurred if leaving the expedition early
  • Any international freight charges in the event that your bags don’t arrive in Kathmandu from Lukla due to any delays prior to your departure from Nepal.

Optional Extras

  • Single room in Kathmandu – £60 supplement
  • Island Peak side trip. Climb Nepal’s most popular trekking peak. At 6,189m it offers fantastic views over to Makalu, Baruntse and Lhotse. Mainly scrambling with an easy glacier … you need to be competent in using crampons for this peak. Allow an extra 5 days for this trip. £750 supplement
  • PLEASE NOTE – if you arrive earlier than the suggested itinerary, or depart later, then we can make hotel reservations for you but you will need to settle the bill with the hotel accordingly

What Is Next?

  • To secure a booking for The Everest Base Camp Trek 2022 or 2023 I require a completed application form and a non refundable deposit of 30% of the trip cost per person.
  • I will also require a copy of your trip insurance which MUST be valid for the trip.
  • Lastly I require the final balance to be paid in full 8 weeks prior to the trip.

Please go to the comprehensive kit and equipment list as well as the ‘Health, Hygiene‘ and ‘Altitude‘ pages which will expand on these areas in more detail.


In the meantime ‘Live the dream’

Yours – Tim Mosedale