Day Two A Shorter Walk from Monjo to Namche Bazaar
People planning to trek to Everest Base Camp read about the steep 600 metre climb to Namche Bazaar after crossing the high bridge over the Dudh Kosi river and gorge.
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Starting Out On A Trek
Trekking Poles – Don’t Leave Home Without Them
I’m a fan of trekking poles. A friend walked part of the Camino thoughts on trekking poles I must admit they do help but it does look like you have an affectation.The Trainer (my husband) put it more succinctly. You look like a wanker. I replied. Lots of wankers on this trail then. And took off down the trail. With my trekking poles.Continue reading
Cameo Stories Around Namche Bazaar
Just after leaving our lodge in the middle of Namche we came upon this building which was like a boarding school. At least that is how we interpreted what our porter guide told us. I just love all the little shoes. And everything as neat as a pin.
We walked to the top of the Museum and Visitors Information Centre. My favourite part was the traditional house.
I loved the warm interior, the timber and the metal pots.
Up the top of the hill near the satellite tower the sculpture of Tenzing Norway and the sign underneath …
There was a great view from there but being the end of September we didn’t see it for the clouds which can still be an issue but what a dramatic scene they can make.
I love washing on line shots …
I love, love , love the yaks on the trail. This guy is patiently waiting to be moved on to wherever…
Namche Bazaar is also an opportunity for
- A sleep in
- Apple pie
- Souvenir shopping (on your return)
- Cafe wifi
- A huge variety of things in the little general store
- A place to buy the book you wish you had bought
- Buying something from a chemist
- Buying extra trekking gear that you wish you had now that you’re on the trail – gloves, an extra fleece etc
- Buying a buff (which were hard to find in Kathmandu)
- A daily film is shown in the afternoon about Everest
- Trekking above the town to Khumjung or Khunde. More about this in the next post.
Is Crossing Cho La Pass Dangerous?
You bet it is.That’s me with the worried look on my face on top of Cho La Pass (5368metres / 17,611 feet). I’d made it to the top with a lot of help from our porter guide, I was still anxious. And scared. All I wanted was to get off the top and safely to our lodge in Dzongla for the night before weather set in. I could include a bucket load of expletives here but I haven’t, I’ll just let you imagine them. Lots of them.Continue reading
Decisions in The Khumbu Nepal
You can plan and prepare for a trek, but you can’t control fate. I had caught a cold just before leaving Melbourne for Nepal and for eight days I had coughed my way through the Khumbu. Now more than three quarters of the way up to Gokyo Ri I was exhausted.Continue reading
To My Valentine Trainer
We met in Egypt. And had four days together. He made me laugh, something clicked and there was that spark. We talked about me visiting him in Milan but as a teacher it had to be the school holidays and it seemed way too long off. We exchanged details and said goodbye.Continue reading
A Basic Overview To Everest Base Camp Trekking
Maybe you’ve just returned from hiking to spectacular Machu Picchu and are keen to try the Everest Base Camp trek. Or you’ve been thinking about it for years but you know next to nothing about it, this post is for you.
Decide when and where you will trek twelve months in advance to give yourself plenty of time to prepare, research and train whether you are trekking with or without a tour operator. Being prepared for what the trek is like this is critical. Mental preparation is everything. Everything.
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Himalayan Landscapes Are Forever in Your Heart
I have become addicted to wanting to walk in these landscapes. Forever.
That’s me on Day 13 of our Mount Everest Base Camp trek returning to Lukla. From the top of Kala Pattar we had the closest view of Everest, two weeks before I turned 58. That was October 2015. Now, we just have to go again. Back to see, and be a part, of these massive landscapes.Continue reading
There Are Steps and More Step on the EBC Trek So Do Step Training
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How Difficult is the EBC Trek ?The trail in 20 photos
It’s about what you are walking on…
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DAY eight Dingboche acclimatisation day – My Favourite Day
I loved , loved, loved this day and Dingboche. I could go back to this part of the world every year if I could.
Ok there is a fuzzy bit in the video but – who cares….
Who is coming next time we trek here ?
Yes and thank you to our Porter .. Basanta he was lovely… for always watching out for me.
Thamel in Kathmandu is a bit like the scene in Alice in Wonderland where there are signs everywhere and you still don’t know where to go. A present for Mark from This Amazing Planet
We were told all the wires were internet cables not electricity.
A Photo is Worth a Thousand Superlatives
From the moment you walk out of Lukla to trek to Everest Base Camp the views are beautiful. The higher you go the more amazing the views, higher again the views become breathtaking panoramas. Continue reading
If someone says that they are trekking to EBC it doesn’t mean they have to sleep in a tent or are intending to climb Mount Everest.
It is not normal walking and Diamox is the key to managing altitude. Make sure you have it an I would tend to follow the trekking guides’ recommendation, as in experienced guides who lead treks on a regular basis. A slow trek is key to getting there without be sick. Altitude headaches can be really horrible. I’ve heard and read. We didn’t have any.
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Three Months Until Your EBC Trek? Get Training
Do I need to include steps in my training ? You bet. By the end of your training you should be able to do 1 hour of steps with a ten minute break in the middle.
There’s the man with the vision and the all the plans. Trek to Everest Base Camp, Nepal. He had been to trek the Annapurna circuit in the 80s and he knew there is a lot of uneven ground so he insisted on finding uneven hills to train on and lots of stairs too.
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Om Mane Padme Hum
The colour on the inside of the monastery was a welcome warmth from the cloud that had descended on the town for most of the day. The monastery is the red building you can see on the right (below).Continue reading
Meeting Yaks on the Track
On the Everest Base Camp trek you might see mountain goats, magnificent eagles and other beautiful birds but the yaks were my favourite along the trail.Continue reading
A Post about Food on the EBC Trek Becomes More. Or Is it Less?
There is a difference between basic and simple. Especially when you are traveling.
Recently I posted about accommodation on the EBC trek being basic. A comment from a fellow blogger (thanks Miriam) made me rethink how I had labelled the accommodation. It is the very fact the Everest Base Camp Trek is basic, makes it so good. Basic can be seen as a negative. So simple, not basic, is a better word to use. Because it is the simplicity of the EBC trek that makes it so special.Continue reading