Plan Your Nepalese Trek with a Flexible Itinerary


Starting Out On A Trek

Trekking Poles – Don’t Leave Home Without Them

A good friend walked part of the Camino a few years ago. I remember word for word his comment about 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. He said to me. Lots of wankers on this trail then. I replied to him and took off down the trail. With my trekking poles.

I am a big fan of trekking poles and wouldn’t leave home without them. For this trek it helped us with some very tricky parts of the trail where it was quite dangerous getting down onto the Ngozumpa Glacier. But I am getting ahead of myself.

If you watch the video you will see at a certain point I start to trip and right myself. The reason this happened was because I was trying to watch exactly where the porter guide was stepping and trying to step on the same steps he did while I was watching where I was stepping too. I learnt by watching the porter they always find the easier way to follow a path. They find the steps that have the lower rise etc. You watch a Nepalese person walk the path and see what I mean.

The Number of Days on a Trek and the Amount the Altitude Increases Each Night is Critical

The Trainer designed our trek to sleep no more than approximately 300 metres higher each night. Every 1,000 metres you should have an acclimatisation day. Climb higher on the second acclimatisation day on a day walk but sleep at the same altitude for two nights. Of course there is an anomaly with this, on the lower part of trek when you are starting out. It kicks in around Namche Bazaar.

You will read different advice and opinions about how much altitude you can safely increase daily. Ascending no more than 300 metres in a day at the altitude of Namche Bazaar and above seems to be the critical altitude. With 300 metres altitude increase is conservative and safe and you are less likely to experience altitude headaches. That’s what we went with after extensive research. You should go up slow but you can come back down quite fast with longer walk days if you are up for it.

Unfortunately trekkers being “time poor” or wanting cheaper options keeps the trekking market offering shorter treks. A trek shorter then 14 days can make the trek more dangerous for you and increase your risk of getting altitude sickness.

You hear many stories of trekking groups having members of the groups turn back or being medevacked out in helicopters. Certainly there are helicopters going up and down the valley all the times.

Many trekking companies sell treks to Everest Base Camp that are 10 and 12 days some are really only 8 days because they start counting your “trek package” starting from your arrival in Kathmandu and your sightseeing day there.

Our Flexible itinerary to Gokyo and over Cho LA PASS

  • Day 1 Kathmandu – Lukla (2860m) to Phakding (2640) / Benkar/ Monjo (2820m)  (stayed at Monjo)
  • Day 2 Phakding / Benkar/ Monjo – Namche Bazaar (3440m) 
  • Day 3 Namche Bazaar and acclimatisation walk (3440m) 
  • Day 4 Namche Bazaar to Thame (we went to Khumjung due to my cough) (3780m)
  • Day 5 Thame to Khumjung or Mongla (we went Khumjung 3780m – Mongla) (3975m) At this point our trek broke off from the main Everest Base Camp trail. We could see the trail to Tengboche below us on some parts of this track.
  • Day 6 Mongla to Dole (4090m)
  • Day 7 Dole to Macchermo (4410m)
  • Day 8 Macchermo to Gokyo (4750m) Climb Gokyo Ri (4470m)
  • Day 9 Acclimatisation Gokyo & trek to Fifth Lake (we climbed to Gokyo Ri instead)  (4470m)
  • Day 10 Gokyo to Dragnag across Ngozumpa glacier. (4650m)
  • Day 11 Dragnag to Dzonglha (4843m) over Cho La Pass (5420m) could go to Dughla(4620m) (Dughla what was he thinking!)
  • Day 12 Dzongla/ Dughla to Pangboche/Debouche/Tengboche (we did Dzongla – Pangboche) (3930m)
  • Day 13 Pangboche/Debouche /Tengboche to Namche (3440m)  
  • Day 14 Namche to Phakding / or Lukla (we chose the slower option.)   (2640)
  • Day 15 Phakding to Lukla (2860m)
  • Day 16 Fly Lukla to Kathmandu (1400m)

Start Your Acclimatisation in Kathmandu   

We had arrived at Kathmandu and had two nights there before we left. This is a very good idea in case your plane is delayed and more importantly as Kathmandu is at 1,400 metres or 4,600 feet you start your acclimatisation here especially if you are usually live at sea level.

TIP – Be careful where you buy your SIM card. If you end up in a back street, walk back to the main street and buy the card there.

Getting on Flight to Lukla at the Domestic Airport in Kathmandu

At Kathmandu airport on our departure morning, the guy processing our luggage asked us to please put my trekking poles inside our luggage. It caused a moment of tension. Highlighting another difference between us. My patience and the Trainer’s lack of it. Getting my poles which are big and sturdy type rather than a lighter version into an already full duffel bag was going to be a challenge. I thought the bag was going to end up ripped apart stuffing the poles in, but we managed. The Trainer’s hatred of my sticks clearly showing.

We were quickly processed through security and sat down with our packed breakfast the hotel had arranged for us. We had no sooner eaten it than we were called to the gate, on the bus for a short wait there and on the plane in record time. This is not always case as the weather must be clear at Lukla to fly out. Sometimes there are no flights out on a given day because of the weather and sometimes this can be the case for days. I have read one blog post where there were no flights to certain region for two weeks one year.

We have always been lucky on our three treks that we flew out on the scheduled day and have three times been in the first four planes out to Lukla as a group. In some ways I guess it may be because Our “group” is only the two of us, so it means we can fit on the plane with a larger group of trekkers. Our first flight in November 2013 we did have to wait for about four hours for fog to lift for the planes to leave. For our second trek in at the end of September 2015 we very nearly missed our plane because of the bus driver arranged by the cheap hotel we stayed in had slept in and seemed to be in no hurry to get to our hotel when we he was woken by the call from the hotel reception. He had his breakfast and took his time getting to the hotel. Fortunately, our Kathmandu contact was waiting at the airport and had everyone waiting on stand by at the critical points waiting to process us and shove us through. It was very nearly a disaster. Not something I wanted to repeat and why we will always be careful about taxi arrangements to the airport and where we stay for future treks.

Flying into Tensing Hilary Airport Lukla

We set out after a short wait, the all clear had come from Lukla. Presumably someone phones Kathmandu with the conditions at the Tensing Hilary Airport. After boarding the fourteen-seater plane (that’s my counting) you are in the air in no time. The flight attendant in traditional dress hands out boiled sweets and cotton wool balls for your ears before take-off.

Beautiful landscape
Above the clouds flying to Lukla

We flew above a thick blanket cloud all the way with the large mountains popping their peaks out through the clouds. I had my eye on my watch thinking it must clear soon. I felt us starting to descend but still there was no break in the cloud. I was getting a little worried. At the last minutes there was a hole in clouds and the short Lukla runway was visible. In a minute we are on the ground engine turned off and being directed off the twin engine plane and into the small building to wait for our luggage. Although an old hand now at flying in and out of Lukla it is still good to be back on the ground. We later found out that the four planes that arrive in our group are the only planes to fly that day. And for another four or five days after.

Meeting Our Porter Guide and Our Traditional Start at the Paradise Lodge

Our Porter Guide, Dilip and the two of us found each other among the huddle of Nepalese men, probably all porters, waiting outside the small building where the luggage is distributed. We waited while they unloaded and started throwing backpacks and duffel bags into the middle space behind the counter. Our bags were not there. We were told they were on one of the planes still to land. That was first. Fortunately, they did arrive on the next flight. Lost baggage takes on a whole new meaning if you are about to trek off up a mountain.

The three of us headed off past the departure building where presumably the only people to leave would have been those luckiest to be on the first group of four flights out.

We walked the short distance to the Paradise Lodge. For our three treks we have always started the morning here and stayed here the last night of our trek before flying out. The owners know our Kathmandu contacts who book our flights and organise our porter for us. We’d already eaten breakfast this time it was a brief stop to have tea/coffee, use the toilet and organise our packs. We booked our return accommodation and left our air tickets for safe keeping with the owner and in case changes needed to be made to our tickets. They would do this for us. This had happened on our first trek because we turned back before Everest Base Camp and needed to fly out earlier than our scheduled flight.

Yaks on the Base Camp trek walking back to Lukla
Our first yaks for the day of the trek! September 2018

Trekking with a Porter Guide is Enjoyable and Safe Option for Your Trek

I should point out we trekked independently on our three treks in Nepal. By independently I mean not with a group trekking company. For our first trek my husband didn’t want to take a porter. It wasn’t about the cost, he was worried we would get stuck with someone we didn’t like. In a way this decision cost us not getting to Base Camp on our first trek, but that’s another story, see the link at the bottom if you are interested. On our second trek I insisted we take a porter guide and he was great. For our third trek it was no brainer.

Every Trek Is Different

Leaving Lukla and Setting the Scene

On our first trek in 2013 it did feel odd starting out from Lukla. With my trekking poles and my orange pack on with 5.5 kilos of weight. I felt like I didn’t belong just because it was such a new experience. That feeling soon changes. Give it a couple of hours. Of course, I was also worried about a list of things for trekking to EBC.Very worried. But once you are there, you just get on with on it.

Blue skies, mountains, mani stones and trekking poles what more does a girl need. Me with my orange pack used on our first trek in November 2013

For our second trek in 2015 the year of the earthquakes I was very emotional on arrival in Lukla. We had almost cancelled our trek and, I was not sure what damage to expect to see and was nervous about aftershocks and potential landslides on the lower part of the track.  I got teary when I saw the owner of the Paradise Lodge Dawa and as we left she zipped up my fleece and patted me on the shoulders and said we’ll see you in two weeks. The only thing that really proved problematic on this trek was the stupid purple day pack which was not comfortable and gave me shoulder pain. I should have bought a new one. Bad decision not to. Our best decision was hiring a porter guide. Unlike the first trek when we should have.

Ghat on the Main Trail Lukla to Kala Patthar and Everest Base Camp
Day One of the Main Trail Lukla to Kala Patthar and Everest Base Camp

On our last trek in 2018 I was feeling happy about the trek up to a point. That point being Cho La Pass. Play a bit of dramatic piano music here. I was most unhappy about the Trainer’s persistence in his plan to cross over Cho La Pass. Where clearly, I was going to die. It was on my worry list. Cho La Lou he was calling me. Queen of the High Pass. And I wasn’t keen about crossing the glacier either. With the Pass put out of mind until we got to that part if the trail, we trekked out of Lukla with our lovely porter guide Dilip on the most perfect day.

Pasaing Lhamu Memorial outside of Lukla Nepal
Popular photo spot for trekkers leaving and returning to Lukla

Day One to Phakding / Benkar / Monjo

We were on the track in record time at 8:00 with the plan to stay the night in Phakding, Benkar or Monjo. It was a seriously glorious day. Blue sky and no clouds and the slightest breeze. It was a perfect washing type day and the fringes on the stupas and different prayer flags fluttered and the cosmos flowers waved slightly in the breeze.

One of the important factors to how far you trek on the first day will be what time your flight lands in Lukla

The Lower Trail to Monjo including Phakding

I really enjoy this part of the Main Everest Base Camp trail. All the small villages, settlements and lots of lodges along the trail. A variety of types of bridges to cross and the milky, fast flowing noisy rivers below. The odd water wheel too. Plots of vegetables and gardens, trees and flowers.  

People walking and working along the track. School children, shop keepers in their shops, Buddhists monks, people carrying baskets of dung, people drying vegetables, older women going about their business. Porters carrying all types of loads from food to building materials. New lodges being built along the track. Donkeys, yaks, lots of dogs sitting in the sun. There are stupas, mani stones (keep on the left-hand side) and prayer wheels to turn and sometimes monasteries on the hillside to watch out for. Last but least are the donkeys, yaks and horses (watch out for them) and the dogs sitting in sun at their lodge watching the parade go by. Which includes us, all the trekkers.

What I haven’t said was this experience wasn’t quite the same feeling on the first-time trek. No two treks are the same I have decided. I was totally mentally prepared for the day because I had done it before. But in 2013 it was my first time. The description of the day’s walk from Lukla to Phakding was a short 4 hour downhill walk. What you will discover is you must go up a lot to go down. Up, down, down, up, up, up, down, down, up, down. I wasn’t mentally prepared for it and it felt like we were never going to get there. And of course, we didn’t have a porter guide to ask. But that was the first trek and the one I just described was our third trek when I was totally blissed out and knew exactly what to expect. Being mentally prepared is everything.

I could do this part of the trek and never tire of it. It was so familiar to me after the fifth time (counting in and out) that it feels like home away from home. I was so full of it this time around with such a beautiful day that I felt like bursting into song. The earworm stuck in my head was not climb every mountain but oh what a Beautiful Morning from Oklahoma. Go figure it was probably the corn growing along the track at one point that put that song in my head.

Oh what a beautiful morning oh what a beautiful day… when the corn is as high as a

We happily walked up and down the hills to Phakding and had lunch at a lodge Dilip recommended. It had table and chairs outside which meant we could sit in the sun. The menu doesn’t really vary from lodge to lodge, so it doesn’t make a lot of difference. And if there were other people there at least we knew the kitchen was in action already.

Making Good Time on the Trail to Phakding

We had arrived so early in Lukla (8:00am) and made good time to Phakding (12:00) We had taken our time and not rushed, had lots of rest stops and taken photos along the way and we were feeling good, so we decided we would just keep going.   Of course, we checked in with Dilip our porter guide to see if he agreed and he did, so we headed out for Monjo and stayed there the night.

Prayer wheel at the monastery at Cheplung
Prayer wheel the monastery at Cheplung

Confessions of a Scaredy Cat on Top of Cho La Pass

Is Crossing Cho La Pass Dangerous?

In my opinion the answer to the question is yes. You bet it is.

  • 5 October 2018
  • Cho La Height : 5368metres / 17,611 feet
On top of Chol La Pass with the Porter Guide, Nepal

That is our porter guide on the left and that’s me with the worried look on my face. We are on top of Cho La Pass. Even though I had made it to the top with a whole lot of help from our porter I was feeling anxious. Very worried. And scared. Very scared. And just wanting to get off the top and safely to our lodge in Dzongla for the night and before any weather set in. I could include a bucket load of expletives in this post but I haven’t, I’ll just let you imagine them. Lots of them.

My husband of over thirty years took the photo and managed to get a smile out of me eventually. I wasn’t feeling too charitable towards him and had told him so earlier in the morning after we walked out of Thangnak. Just before what I think was my first ever panic attack. Not bad since it wasn’t the first time he had taken me out of my comfort zone. Except this time took the cake.

Trekker and Porter Guide on top of Cho La Pass Nepal
Our Porter Guide (left) and my husband on top of Cho La Pass

Saying I worry too much is a bit of an understatement. From a young age I had a keen sense of my own mortality. As a child, being in a head on car collision and later a narrow miss with a runaway speed boat didn’t help the cause. For me it spelt out “it can happen to you too.”

It was my husband’s idea to trek in Nepal. He had trekked the apple pie circuit in the Anna Purna area in Nepal the 1980s. He loved it and had talked about taking our daughters as young children.This never happened.Then in 2013 the plan was to trek with them as adults but it improved impossible to coordinate everyone’s various work commitments to find dates when everyone was available. In the end my husband decided to go anyway and I didn’t want to get left home worrying about him, so I went even though I was really scared about it.

Just what was I scared about?

I was terrified I would die somehow. I was worried I would

  1. fly to Lukla and crash into the side of a mountain and die,
  2. get lost and freeze to death,
  3. break an ankle on the side of the mountain, be stranded and freeze to death,
  4. get robbed and killed,
  5. get knocked off the side of the mountain by a yak and die
  6. fall off the side of the mountain and die
  7. be caught in a rock fall and die

so what did happen on the way to base camp?

On our first trek in 2013 I got a rash. Yes a rash. Because I thought the rash was cellulitis (a bacterial skin infection which can kill you) we turned back at Shomare or Somare. Had we been trekking with a porter guide instead of totally independently things may have turned out differently. We decided to return in 2015 and try again and this time we made it to EBC and Kala Patthar. I wasn’t worried about any of the things on the list above. I had a different list with just two dot points. Landslides and another earthquake.

Last year in September/October 2018 my husband wanted to trek to Gokyo a destination I was happy about. But he also wanted to go over Cho La Pass which I was definitely not happy about. I tried to talk him out of the idea. This time bullet points number two and number seven were high on my worry list. Rock falls at Cho La Pass are a real possibility as is freezing to death on top if the weather comes in.

what is the climb like to the top of cho la pass?

The next photo below really puts a bit of perspective on the climb. Click on the photo and it will open up so you can see people climbing about a third of the way up. Every picture tells a story as they say.

Trekkers climbing Cho La Pass Close Up Nepal
Trekkers climbing up Cho La Pass

Climbing this area was down right dangerous. Anyone who tells you differently is in denial. Climbing Cho La Pass made going to Everest Base Camp and climbing Kala Patthar put together seem like a picnic. And the thing is you don’t have a choice. If you start out you need to keep going. You just want to get over the Pass and down on the other side which is also dangerous and make it safely to your lodge to sleep. We trekked for ten and half hours on that day. We stopped for the briefest lunch on top of the Pass as it is so cold up there.

On side of stupa Lower track EBC trail before Phakding
Decoration on the side of a newly renovated stupa on Day One of our trek in Cheplung.

A woman recently asked me whether I was really scared because I went anyway. Yes I was scared about the idea of climbing over Cho La Pass. Really scared. Why did I go? I would follow that Trainer anywhere. Well almost. And clearly, I didn’t get my She – Lion on enough before we left Australia, when I argued constantly that I did not want to climb Cho La Pass because it sounded dangerous. I should have bared my teeth a bit more.

And yes we made it all the way safely and now I’m back home in Melbourne, writing about our third trek in the Everest Base Camp region. I can tell you we won’t be climbing Cho La Pass again nor trying our luck with Renjo and definitely not Kong Ma the other two of the three passes in the region either. However our love affair with trekking in Nepal continues and a fourth trek to another region is on the cards. We are addicted to Nepal.

My next post will be Day 1 and 2 from Lukla to Namche Bazaar as we trekked with our porter guide. I will revisit this climb and the whole of Day 10 as it unfolded from Thangnak, over Cho La Pass and to Dzongla in detail in another post but in order of the days as we trekked. Hope this is taster for you to following our journey.

Does anyone know the name of the animal on the side of the stupa?

We Are Off for Trek Number 3 in Nepal

We’re off to Trek in Nepal. Again.

Above Dingboche Everest Base Camp trek

Above Dingboche Everest Base Camp trek

Yes, I am in love. In love with the Nepalese landscapes and with the simplicity of the trekking in Nepal. A colleague asked me what’s the attraction, she knows it is my third trek.

Why Go to Trek In Nepal?

If you ask The Trainer (aka my husband) he’d say he’s doing it to keep me fit! In fact, the need to keep up a general level of fitness and then to train four times a week for two or three months before we leave for Nepal, is a big side benefit. But I really liked the feeling of achievement after taking on the challenge of trekking to Everest Base Camp. And feeling so incredibly fit from the simple days, sustained walking, fresh air and fresh food walking through magnificent landscapes. It felt amazing. And I was glowing when I returned home.

Good Planning is Important for a Successful Trek

Signage in the Khumbu

Although we have to the Everest Base Camp region twice before or maybe, because we have been before, I am conscious to not become blasé about what we are about to do.

  1. We have kept up the training.
  2. We (that would be the Trainer) have researched the route and itinerary options
  3. We are reviewing what we are taking. I have bought a new Osprey day back pack.
  4. We are reviewing the packing list
  5. We reviewed the drug list – the Trainer bought out the chemist
  6. We checked in with our contact in Kathmandu that everything is on track with flights to Lukla, organising our Porter and getting our TIMS Card
  7. We have booked our hotel in Kathmandu

So, we fly to Nepal in two weeks. I am very excited to be staying at the Kathmandu Guest House when we arrive and when we leave. If it is good enough for Ricky Martin, it’s good enough for us too.

We are trekking independently again but will be taking a porter/ guide, like on our second trek.

Trekking to Gokyo Ri and the Gokyo Lakes

We are going back to the Khumbu, the Everest Base Camp region but we are trekking to Gokyo. The trek is marketed as Gokyo and the Glacial lakes. If you read the trekking tour blurbs this is what they list as the highlights.

  • Stand at the shores of a chain of six turquoise, glacial-fed lakes
  • Hike along Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest glacier in the Himalaya
  • Avoid the Everest crowds, but enjoy the selection of great views
  • Climb Gokyo Ri (5,357 m) for spectacular views of Everest, Lhotse, and Cho Oyu
  • Trek through the Sherpa town of Khumjung, home of a ‘real’ yeti skull
  • From ‘Scoundrel’s viewpoint’ near the fifth lake, peer over the vast Ngozumpa Glacier a wasteland of rock and ice

Khumjung Everest Base Camp trek September 2015

Walking into Khumjung

In fact the view from Gokyo Ri is meant to be better than the view from Kala Pattar on the Base Camp trek. Also, weather permitting, we will be crossing over Cho La Pass. We haven’t done that before. Climbed a pass. This will be a hard a long day. Easily the hardest.  But we will only go if the weather is good otherwise it can be treacherous. We have a day and a buffer day at Gokyo to help with this. We have been told that the walk to Fifth Lake is well worth while.

And in true Nervous Nelly style I am anxious about it. Again. This time I am anxious about the pass. However, the Trainer is talking me up. Cho La Lou he is calling me. Cho La Lou, Queen of the High Passes. Sort of has a nice ring to it doesn’t it ?

Everest Base Camp trek


Any advice on the Cho La Pass an Gokyo, comments are very welcome.

Nepal Captures Your Heart Forever

Himalayan Landscapes Are Forever in Your Heart

I have become addicted to wanting to walk in these landscapes. Forever.

Main Everest Base Camp Trail

Well at least one more time. But then I know it will be one more time. Again.

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.

Flying to Lukla

All my reservations  left me when I saw the first vista from the plane flying to Lukla.  And my eyes filled with tears. In 2013 it was the first time I had ever done anything like this – hike or trek. Me, walk all the way to my next destination? Never.

EBC Trek Day 2

On the lower part of the trek the vistas are smaller. Remember it’s all relative. The noisy river, the trees, the small villages along the trail. And the bridges which cross back and forth over the river. The blue roofs are at Benkar and our porter is a little up ahead with the orange pack.

Then there is the iconic bridge which features in in the movie Everest. After crossing the suspension bridge and the fast moving Dudh Kosi river below there is the steep big climb to Namche Bazaar.Bridges across to Nacmhe Bazaar hill

Day 4 Above Namche Bazaar heading towards TengbocheIn the photo above look closely at the bottom point of the river to see the two bridges. Looking back at different points and seeing how far you have come gives you a great sense of achievement. It’s all part of the addiction. Lodges in Nepal

There can be amazing views even from your room. The climb to Namche Bazaar is worth the view. You can even climb higher, pay more and stay at the Everest View Hotel and get a view of Everest.  Above Namche Bazaar on Acclimatisation Day

I love the view of the two rivers below. The two bridges in the photos above cross where the two rivers meet. The day before I had walked alongside the river. There was a bit of cloud and rain as it was the very end of September. But we didn’t get wet.

Namche Bazaar to Tengboche EBC Trek

When we flew to Lukla the first time there was an man sitting next my husband who was on his seventeenth trek to Nepal. I told you it was addictive. He pointed out the mountains by name. I want to be able to recognise all the mountains and name them too. The one above is Ama Dablam, she is distinctive and easy to spot.

EBC Trek Walking to Dingboche

Above the tree line and blue skies. The track levels out in places.

Day 7 EBC Trek to DingbocheLittle hamlets and big views. Part of the attraction is no crowds. I loved Dingboche and the acclimatisation day walk above it. Half way up the hill you can see the C-shaped track above the stupa and to the right. That’s about 400 metres above the town and where the flag pole below was. The views were stupendous. I loved it.

View of mountains above the small village of Dingboche on the EBC Trek

There are walks to be taken from Dingboche so I just have to go back…

EBC Trek Dingboche to Lobuche

EBC Trek Dingboche to Lobuche

The massive landscapes put things in perspective.

Above Pheriche, Everest Base Camp trek

You could look at the view forever but you have to move on to the next amazing vista.

EBC Trek near Gorak Shep

And the views feel so special because you have “worked” and walked to get there. Note the people in the bottom left hand corner.

Gorak Shep and Kala Patthar

And when you get to your final destination and climb that final brown hill and stand in front of Everest and above Everest Base Camp…

On top of Kala Patthar in October

you understand it’s not just about getting there. The whole journey and the effort to get there is special. But be warned. It’s addictive.

Everest Base Camp in the morning

A morning view from Mount Everest Base Camp.

Posted on February 1, 2018 by Louise Terranova

Beautiful One Day Breathtaking the Next

A Photo is Worth a Thousand Superlatives

Above Pheriche, EBC Trek, Nepal

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

Om Mane Padme Hum

Monastery or Gompa at Khumjung Nepal

Khumjung Monastery

Khumjung Monastery Khumjung Nepal



Gompa at Khumjung

IMG_0462Khumjung Monastery

The colour on the inside 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.

This monastery has the famous yeti skull. I don’t think it is right for me to have a photo of that here. You will have to go and see for yourself and pay a donation for the privilege.

Photos taken 25 September 2015. The weather can be still a bit tricky at the end of September.  Also posts on the same day


Earth, Dingboche Ridge-top, Nepal


A Favourite Day on the Everest Base Camp Trek

Dingboche Ridge-top Everest Base Camp Trek

To celebrate Earth Day April 22

Read about our Acclimatisation Walk to Dingboche Ridge-top probably one of my favourite days on our trek.

Or the walk into Dingboche or the walk out to Lobuche.

Daily Post: Earth Photo Challenge

Here’s Looking at You Kid


Just a reminder that Nepal is not all about mountains. This photo was taken at the Chitwan National Park on the fringe of the Indian plains. We rode on top of this fellow into to the forest in search of rhinos, tigers and deer. They are magnificent creatures, aren’t they?

Not part of our original travel plans in 2013 but after turning back  Continue reading

Street in Bhaktapur Nepal

Day Two: “Street” — Establishing Shot


Bhaktapur Nepal

Pots drying in the sun Bhaktapur

Bhaktapur is an UNESCO world heritage site not far from Kathmandu.The old town is closed to traffic so it is a peaceful place to walk and explore. Sadly Bhaktapur was significantly damaged in the 2015 earthquake. Continue reading

Travel Makes Us Modest


Travel makes us modest,
you see what a tiny place
you occupy in the world.

Gustave Flaubert

Acclimatisation Walk on Dingboche Ridgetop

Acclimatisation Walk on Dingboche Ridge-Top

I could not agree more Gustave.