Everest. Named after Sir George Everest, the British Surveyor General of India at the time when the mountain was first identified as ‘Point XV’ on the border with Nepal and Tibet. To the Sherpas and Tibetans however she is ‘Chomolungma’ – Mother Goddess of the Earth. And the Nepalese have their own name, ‘Sagarmartha’. But there is no dispute about the mountain – the highest in the world. Every year climbers from nations all around the world rendezvous at the Nepalese Base Camp, just beneath the infamous Ice Fall to plot a route up the mountain and to dare to dream. Our trek to the simple peak just beside Base Camp, the point known as ‘Kala Pattar’, follows in the footsteps of these mountaineers up the Khumbu valley, home to the most famous people in the Himalayas, the Sherpas. Traditionally traders, they have been associated with Everest ever since the first attempts on the North (Tibetan) side of the mountain in the 1920’s. Nowadays, few expeditions attempt the summit without a cohort of Sherpas in support – and often out in front. Join us on this 15-day, Grade 4 (strenuous) trek; the most famous trek in the world.