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.
The simplicity of the accommodation, the simple food, the every day simple routine. The early to bed, early to rise. Get up, get dressed, eat, leave. Which way to go? Up or down. Maps to consult? No, not really, there is one path. Just like a pilgrimage, you know where you are going and why. The people you meet, the common quest, the simplicity of the destination but the challenge of getting there make it special. A quest so well rewarded.
No phone calls, television, emails and internet access is limited. All put into perspective in the big landscape or simple path you are on. Up or down.
And yes, simple meals too. This simple meal below in simple surroundings is one I remember well. A bowl of hot simple potato soup made with the broth and grated potatoes. A well earned bowl of soup after a hard steep walk out of Namche Bazaar and a 600 metre trek down hill to the river to Phunki Tenga. Three hours plus of a hard work, it was a meal well earned. A simple meal, simple surroundings the roar of the river, the sound of the yak bells as the yaks pass. Simple stunning beauty all around.
So back to the food, yes the food is simple. But it is good. It is organically grown along the track and cooked in a simple kitchen.
A meal in Namche Bazaar above.
This bowl of potato soup was al fresco at Debouche on the trail down. In a stunning landscape. How much simpler and more beautiful can you get?
The umbrellas above, weren’t the norm. The Sherpa stew was.
Simple, but addictive. Everest Base Camp Trek too simple to say no.
Need more convincing? 25 Reasons to Trek To Everest Base Camp