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Namche to Phortse

The first stage of the long hike up to basecamp.

Hiking Difficult

9.8 km
895 m
592 m
3-4 hrs
Low Point
3.4 km
High Point
4 km
Namche to Phortse Map

The expedition begins!


Athletes Hilaree Nelson and Jim Morrison arrived by heli in Namche to begin their expedition with the aim of being the first people to ski from the summit of Lhotse.

From Namche they walked to Phortse where they would meet up with their team of sherpa.

Once in Phortse, they spent a day hiking and acclimatising.



Hiking trails where obstacles such as rocks or roots are prevalent. Some obstacles can require care to step over or around. At times, the trail can be worn and eroded. The grade of the trail is generally quite steep, and can often lead to strenuous hiking.

Extreme Exposure

4 out of 4

Some trail sections are extremely exposed where falling will almost certainly result in serious injury or death.


4 out of 4

In the high mountains or remote conditions, all individuals must be completely autonomous in every situation.

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