Saturday, May 22, 2010

Live Mint Story on South Col Expeditions May 22nd 2010

Everest made easy

Expeditions to the world’s highest peak are now available for the time-starved who want a taste of it

Footnotes | Sumana Mukherjee

 You read about Sujoy Das when we profiled him as one of our “how-to” men and women in our 25 August 2007 issue. If you were impressed by his single-minded devotion to the mountains, here’s your chance to share his adventures. A chartered accountant by training and a photographer by calling, Das has launched South Col Expeditions, which specializes in guided treks for people with little or no trekking experience, including children. Departures have been scheduled for the Annapurna foothills (December), Everest Panorama trek (April 2011) and Everest Base Camp/Kala Pattar (April 2011). The Annapurna trek (seven days, Rs15,500) route lies through the picturesque landscape of the eastern Himalayas, with a maximum of 6-7 hours walking daily. The Everest Panorama trek (10 days, Rs13,500) is perfect for those who can’t spare the time required for the Base Camp visit. And the “dream trek” to the Everest Base Camp (18 days, Rs22,500) takes you into hallowed climbers’ territory, past Sherpa villages and glacier trails.
“All the treks are rated easy to moderate,” says Das, “and accessible to children in the 8-12 age group. The days are divided so that there are no drastic altitude changes. Kids are more likely to get bored than tired, so we have ingenious ways of keeping them entertained and engaged.” With ample time to get into shape, this is the best time to sign up for one of his trips. Visit for details. All costs per person, on Kathmandu-Kathmandu basis.

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