Short travelogues from my maiden trip to the Everest region, the trek to the Everest Base Camp and crossing the Three High Passes of Khumbu.
Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean. - John Muir
Seven months of planning and here we are; One small step, and a giant leap.
As soon as I got on the jet bridge at the Tribhuvan International Airport, a blast of cool air after the rain blew on my face like someone opened the doors of a refrigerator. The air full of life and history. This was Nepal!
We started out by midday and roamed around the streets of Thamel for our trekking gear and paperwork. Everything under the sun related to the mountains are available at Thamel.
30 minutes on the flight, the plane made a 10 second landing and slammed it’s wheels on the mini airstrip which only 500m long. It was the scariest landing ever!!
It was day 2 of the EBC (Everest Base Camp) and Three Passes Trek which takes us through a circuit of the Khumbu area and the Sagarmatha National Park in Nepal, right at the foot of the tallest mountains of the world.
It was acclimatisation day at Namche Bazaar. After a healthy breakfast, we took a slow climb to the Tenzing Norgay Memorial and Museum.
Just a little after leaving Namche after a turn, a small blip in the sky, the mountain of mountains finally appeared to us. I was in disbelief for a few minutes until I had to wrap my head around the fact that I had just seen the tallest mountain in the world.
From Deboche, we trekked up into much higher lands. The treeline was replaced by big bushes and after a while just shrubs which dotted the landscape.
The effects of altitude sickness is very high at 4400m. We decided that we will stay one day and see if we succumb to any sort of illnesses.
After the 2 hour trek from Dingboche to Chhukung, we rested for the remaining day to acclimatize further at the elevation, 4.7kms high to be precise.
After our stunt at Chhukung Ri, the next day was a power packed trekking day.
Lobuche was cold. We stayed indoors for the day. The previous day’s tireless trekking played on our minds and we needed a day off.
After resting for two nights at Lobuche, we were fresh and ready to leave to Gorekshep and then to the Everest Base Camp from there.
The trip to EBC was a stuff of dreams. It took time for the mind to come in terms with the beauty of the mountain. They say, “Everest beckons you” and so it did.
This was arguably the best village on the trek and without doubt, hands down had the best views of the Khumbu Himalayas from a village. Dzongla was a small fairy-tale village.
The beautiful village of Dzongla gave us the feeling of the last village of the world before it drop on the other side.
Gokyo village, is nestled in between the Gokyo lakes and the mountains. This lakeside settlement boasts of one of the most serene views of the entire region.
Continuing my journey across the Khumbu region traversing the Three High passes. We docked in beautiful Gokyo, deep inside the Sagarmatha National Park.
We went to sleep with the plan to summit Gokyo Ri the next day
We were out of gas when we reached Thame. Our feet was heavily blistered and bleeding, there was barely any energy left in us.