VIRTUAL 360 Everest Trek Part 02 Up to Namche Bazaar

Join our virtual trek to the south side of Mount Everest to the top of Kala Patthar, in immersive 360 VR video, in this limited series from Jon Miller and The Rest of Everest! Part 02 – Up to Namche Bazaar.

Don’t miss Part 01 – Kathmandu to Lukla here

In Part 02 we wake up in the village of Phakding to a glorious Himalayan sunrise and the splendor or high peaks shining in the sun. After breakfast our porters Khul and Ongchu load up our gear and we all head out on the trail.

Along the way, we cross many suspension bridges spanning the Dudh Kosi river. I even get a chance to fly the drone up and over the highest bridge, named after Sir Edmund Hillary, for some spectacular footage of trekkers, guides and porters with the turquoise glacial runoff below.

Once we make it into the famous town of Namche Bazaar, Dawa and I marvel at the new entrance to the town with its Chorten and prayer wheels and the larger, water-powered prayer wheels that flank the main path. This is much different than the last time we arrived in Namche in 2014! We look forward to it being completely finished. Namche Bazaar is high and the walking is slow for our unacclimatized bodies so the final hike up, through town takes about 30 minutes. It is well worth the effort as our hotel is one of Dawa’s favorites– the Panorama Lodge. It is so good to be back!

Jon Miller
June 24, 2020

While you can absolutely enjoy this series on a mobile phone or computer, for the most “you are there” immersive experience I HIGHLY recommend viewing the videos using a VR headset. Here are some suggestions that I own and have personally tested. They range in price from just a few bucks to a few hundred dollars. Buying them from these links will support this endeavor!

I Am Cardboard VR Box

This is a fantastic entry-level VR viewer that can be used with the YouTube app on your mobile phone. I found this one to be superior to the less expensive versions that need to be assembled. This one comes ready to use and has a more thoughtful design and better user experience. Worth buying even if you only have a passing interest in VR content.

Pansonite 3D VR Glasses Virtual Reality Headset

A real upgrade from Google Cardboard devices. This is a true headset and is very comfortable to use. Since you actually wear it, the experience is much more immersive yet still uses the YouTube app on your mobile phone for viewing which keeps it inexpensive. It is also far more adjustable than the Cardboard options. I’ve given a Pansonite unit to Dawa’s family for viewing these episodes!

Oculus Go Standalone Virtual Reality Headset – 32GB
Oculus Go Standalone Virtual Reality Headset – 64GB

This entry-level Oculus is a true VR headset and is completely standalone with no phone needed. It has everything you need to view all kinds of VR content and even play VR games. It is a lot of fun!

Oculus Quest All-in-one VR Gaming Headset – 64GB
Oculus Quest All-in-one VR Gaming Headset – 128GB

The Oculus Quest is the best all-in-one VR headset on the market right now. Using it is like peering into the future. For viewing 360 videos it only beats the Oculus Go in terms of screen quality but if you’re interested in gaming THIS is the headset to purchase. There is NO comparison. I use an Oculus Quest connected to Adobe Premiere while I edit these episodes. Amazing device with a lot of “wow” factor.

Thanks for watching. If you’re new to The Rest of Everest, please consider checking out Episode 000 to see what this series is about and how it all started almost 20 years ago.

If you’re based in Colorado, consider checking out Dawa’s Fort Collins restaurant, The Himalayan Bistro


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