Lonely Planet Writer

Staff trips: hiking to Mount Everest

At Lonely Planet we love to travel to every corner, trough and peak of the world - and then share what we find with you.

When we found out that Lonely Planet staffer Mark Walsh was planning to hike Mount Everest we couldn't resist asking him to take a few photos along his way. Here they are (including a sunset to finish):

1) This is the passenger plane we took from Kathmandu to Lukla, where we started the trek. Not for the faint-hearted!

2) Here I am, fresh faced at the start of the trek, on the walk from Monjo to Namche Bazaar.

3) Namche Bazaar, the biggest village I passed through on the trek. It’s really well-equipped for travellers, with everything from trekking gear to bakeries – which is great, as most trekkers spend a couple of days acclimatising here.

4) I admire these people so much. They were taking part in the Everest marathon. The winners usually complete the 42km (26.2 mile) course in around four hours – at that altitude!

5) Sherpas playing volleyball at Gorak Shep, the village most trekkers use as a base for the walks up to Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar.

6) Everest Base Camp. There was nobody camping here as it’s off season at the moment, and it may not look like much but it was a great feeling to reach it after nine days of trekking!

7) This is Andrew, my trekking buddy who I met on the flight to Lukla, taking in the fantastic views from Kala Pattar.

8) Everest at sunset, seen from Kala Pattar. Breathtaking.

Thrill to the high passes, breathtaking landscapes and exhilarations of trekking in Nepal.