Everest Base Camp October 2016
Everest Base Camp was on the top of my bucket list and I was able to complete this wonderful trek on October 2016. It was a unique travel experience, the view was breath taking and i loved every bit of this wonderful journey, we had to go through a lot of struggle which was worth it at the end of the day.
Itinerary goes like this
• We flew to Kathmandu spent 2 days in Kathmandu
• Took a flight to Lukla (worlds 2 nd dangerous airport)
• Started our trek from Lukla (2860 m)
• Phakding (2860 m)
• Namche Bazaar (3440 m)
• Tengboche (3870 m)
• Dingboche (4410 m)
• Lobuche (4940 m)
• Gorak Shep (5164 m)
• Everest Base Camp (5380 m)
• Kala Pathar (5643 m)
| Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla |
This is the Lukla airport. Flying into the airport is an adventure by itself. It was an amazing experience. The fligh had to land and stop in a runway of 400 m after which is a mountain. So only small charter flights fly in and out of Lukla. This was a trilling experience..
This is the market place in Lukla. We met our porters and guide here and did our final last minute shopping and started our trek from here.
| Trek Starts From Here |
We are the four member team who went on this trek.
This was the small waterfalls we came across in our first day of the trek.
On the way to Namche Bazaar town, took a short break in this small shop. Till Naamche Baazar this kind of small villages and shops are very common scene. The price of the water increases as you climb high. It starts with 100 per lit to 1000 per lit in the high altitude.
This is the place where we need to stop for the permit checks. Without the permit we cannot cross this place. The guide had organized and got the permits before we could reach this place.
This is again the same permit check place.
This is the famous twin bridge before reaching Namche Bazaar. Took a big sigh looking at it. We had to cross these two bridges to reach Namche. It was already too tiring, but I was sure we will do it.
We have stopped in these kinds of small restaurants where we got good food. Mostly we could get dhal and rice. We got pizzas too but made out of yak cheese which tasted a little different. We stuck on to fries and chocolate drink and omlets.
| Reaching Naamche Bazaar |
Here we are in Naamche Bazaar. This is the view of Naamche Bazaar from a hill top. This was an amazing small town. It was a happening place with lots of Cafes and restaurants and shopping places. I was surprised to see this happening town in this remote Himalayan range.
This is the day when we left Naamche Bazaar. This is the place where we got the first view of Everest peak. It was an amazing feeling to see the Everest top. But we have another 8 days of trek to see the Everest in a closer view.
This is a common scene all the 15 days of trek. The Yaks have the right off way in the trekking path. We need to stop on the sides and give way to the Yaks.
This is the next town Tyangboche after Naamche Bazaar. There is popular monastery here. 40% of the trekkers come to visit this monastery. Hardly there is anything else other than the monastery here. Only one small place for accommodation is available.
This is the view of Amadablam peak and the Debuche town together.
| Reaching Debuche |
This is a short trek we did in Debuche. In Debuche we had to stop over for 2 days to get acclimatized to the height. It is a general practice to do a short trek on the acclimatization day.
This is the entrance of the Snow Lion Lodge were we stayed in Debuche. Here few of us started getting the head ache which is a symbol of High altitude sickness. There was a nurse available here who suggested to take Dimox tablets for the high altitude sickness.
Tip for taking Dimox tablet : Drink lots of water. Take my words do not ignore!!!
This was the day when we left early morning since we had to reach Gorak Shep on time. Varun felt very cold and started crying, we had to rub his hands and make him wear 2 gloves and once sun came out he felt better.
This is on the way to Gorakshep. The landscape was bad but still it was exciting since this was the last day of trek, and the thought of reaching base camp and going to get a close up glimpse of Everest was pushing us.
This is after the tough climb from Dughla where we all took a break. Here is the place where they have 6 peoples tomb who died in the major Everest accident in 2013.
Had a chance to meet Kancha Sherpa in Naamche Bazaar who was a part of Hilary Tenzing expedition. He is suppose to be the only survivor of the first successful Everest expedition.
And finally this is the EVERSET BASE CAMP and we made it!!!!
And this is the view of Everest from KaalaPataar. Finally I am done with one of my bucket list – Everest Base Camp!!!
Well! I must say, the Mouth Everest is an enormous beauty which can not be explained in words. Hence, these pictures. One of the best experience in my life was climbing this god’s creation.
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