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Medieval towns are living galleries, and Everest is closer than you think.
Chop to the Top
Jump Nepal's peaks by helicopter,
stopping at base camps usually
reserved for mountaineering's
strongest souls. Ascend to the
dizzying 17,400-foot base camp
shared by Everest and Lhotse,
where you'll have views of four of
the world's six tallest mountains.
When not flying, sip butter tea in
cozy mountain lodges spot rare
wildlife; such as the one-horned
rhino and Bengal tiger; and
spend three days in Kathmandu
exploring sacred Buddhist and
Clockwise from top:
Annapurna base camp;
Bengal tiger on the hunt;
Greet the ten-armed goddess
at the center of Golden Gate,
the resplendent doorway at the
heart of Bhaktapur. Though badly
damaged by an earthquake in
2015, the town is still a stunning
showcase for the artwork of the
Newari people. Your stay in Nepal
follows 12 days exploring Tibet.
Some departures of this tour are
accompanied by Peter Hillary, son
of Sir Edmund Hillary. The trip
also stops at Everest's legendary
north-facing base camp.
The peak of Everest is reached
only by a select few, but serious
hikers who can contend with the
mountain's midsection may join
a 15-day trek up to the Everest
base camp. Stay at a guesthouse
adjacent to the Thyangboche
Monastery, and another at Kala
Pathar (18,200 feet). The trip is
bookended with relaxing days in
the lively town of Namche Bazaar.
Your Virtuoso travel advisor
can arrange these exceptional
experiences and more.