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Mount Everest: the go-slow guide to base camp – with a fast ride home

Filled with some of the grandest views on Earth, the journey to Mount Everest base camp is not for the faint-hearted

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Rajan Simkhada has a knack for delivering bad news in the most cheerful way imaginable. The Kathmandu tour operator is briefing us about our 16-day trek to Everest base camp and his main message is that we should lower our expectations.

“This is Nepal. Two hours late in Nepal is on time,” he says with a huge smile.

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