- the first day walking to Phakding
- walking everyday
- talking with Dawa in Lukla
- hearing the rush of the river
- hearing the yak bells
- the vista in Dingboche
- the feeling having climbed to the top of Kala Patthar
- seeing eagles soaring high above
- the boxes of papers in the monastery at Khumjung
- the hot shower in Dingboche
- hearing the stone masons and the noise of the town above Namche
- the donkey trains
- sitting at our meals at the end of the day with a sense of achievement
- black tea
- everything yak
with inspiration from this lovely blog https://listsofthingswelike.com/
via Daily Prompt: Minimal
For some time I have planned to write a post about this amazing woman who I met on both our Everest Base Camp treks. Both our treks started out from her Paradise Lodge in Lukla after breakfast, after our early flight to Lukla. We stayed our last night in Lukla before our morning flights back to Kathmandu at the end of our treks.
This photo was taken after our evening meal in her lodge in October 2015. Due to the two earthquakes that year, it was a quiet night guest wise in the lodge and so she had some time to sit down and talk to me about her work in the Khumbu. The reason I knew to ask about her work in the community was because on our 2013 trek we found a hotel directory with some information about Dawa and her husband Ang Pasang.
I have taken the information from the directory.
Dawa Phuti Sherpa
- Born in Khunde
- First Sherpa woman from the Khumbu region to attend school
- Served as a nurse in the Khunde Hospital
- Served as a teacher in the Khumjung School (The Edmund Hilary School)
- Has been working in the hospitality industry for thirty years
- Chairperson of the women’s group
- Board member of the Himalayan Trust Nepal
- Board member of Pasang Lhamu Nique Hospital Lukla
- Recipient of the Friends of Khumbu
- Recipient of the Peace Ambassador
- Recipient of the Nava Durga award
Needles to say she is very busy with running the lodge and all the community work she continues to do. What better day than International Women’s Day, to acknowledge Dawa Phuti Sherpa’s wonderful work in the Khumbu both past and present.
Inside dining room at Paradise Lodge talking with Dawa
Nava Durga Award in Nepal
Celebrates Womanhood started in 2002 as an annual event to celebrate the vision, inner beauty and power of women. The objective is to honour women in various fields of arts, education, sports, community service, health and industry and to applaud their dedication to their respective fields. Shrijana Singh Yonjan, the mind behind the event says that each award has been named after a goddess and the attribute she signifies. The awards recognise nine different fields of achievement (Nava Durga).
Nava Durga Maa
Leaving Lukla Memorial to Pasang Lhamu the first Nepalese woman to summit Everest.
Selling flower garlands and flowers, Durbar Square, Kathmandu December 2013.
Todd Samson’s Salute to Sherpas and Climbing Lobuche
What Todd Samson has been getting up to lately is far from tame. Todd Samson is an Australian Canadian television celebrity is currently in a show called Body Hack.
Each episode looks at a different group of people who are involved in extreme activity and how the body copes with it. Taking it one step further Todd Samson walks in their shoes for some time. The Nepalese episode looked at the life of the Sherpa people who work as porters along the Everest Base Camp Trail. Continue reading
Striding Through Pheriche in the Khumbu
Here I am walking through Periche looking like the Michelin Man. There are lots of terrible shots of me on the trek with hat hair, up way too close etc. Showers are a rare thing on the track, so is clean hair and there are no mirrors. Complete with the hat and given today is the first Tuesday in November, the day of the nation stopping Melbourne Cup (horse race) I decided on a twist the Fashion on the Track theme. Tongue in cheek of course. However my ensemble does show off some accessories that you shouldn’t leave home for Everest Base Camp without. Continue reading
Bridges the Traffic Lights of the Everest Base Camp Trek
via Daily Prompt: Bridge
The last bridge before Gorak Shep, the last place with lodges before Everest Base Camp. That’s me and our porter guide just ahead. Continue reading
Believe It or Not
Italian Weather Pyramid out of Lobuche in the direction of Gorak Shep
The Weather Cam at Everest Base Camp or thereabouts. The Trainer walked there by himself. I decided to stay in the lodge and rest up for the next to big days. Built by the Italians he joked he was in search of a short black coffee …
Day Two Phakding to Monjo 2013 and Phakding to Namche Bazaar 2015
Above is the suspension bridge at Upper Phakding. We stayed at the lodge just above the end of the bridge in the photo on the way back down from our 2013 trek. The bridge is the site of my donkey video.
PLANNING THE TREK BY THE SEASONS
When planning our trek for late September we expected some rain. Continue reading
Keeping the slow donkeys moving from the safety of the sidelines. CHUK!
Rule Number Two: Give Way to the donkeys too.
I posted this video on Facebook on our first trek in November December 2013. It was taken on my iphone and shows the number of donkeys on the trail and why you don’t want to be on the bridge at the same time as donkey herd. Continue reading
trek n.1. a long difficult journey, esp. on foot 2. SA journey or stage, esp by ox wagon 3. make a trek – trekker
Saying Goodbye in Melbourne
In September 2015 my husband and I flew to Nepal to trek to Everest Base Camp. At the departure hall at Melbourne Airport saying goodbyes to our adult daughters, the eldest hugged her father and said
“Dad, go easy on Mum remember it’s her holiday too.” She turned to me and said “Mum, ….man up.”
And with that sage advice… Continue reading
Beautiful, peaceful Bhaktapur once the royal city for Nepal situated 20 kilometres east of Kathmandu. An easy day trip and well worth the time. Continue reading
Thamel the Tourist Precinct of Kathmandu
Barbie and the Trainer in a Bakery shop in Thamel
We all know Barbie gets around, but we were a little surprised, to find Marzipan Barbie, stepping out in our favourite bakery in Thamel the tourist district in Kathmandu. I suggested my husband pose with her. He’s the master mind, researcher and driver behind our two treks to Everest Base Camp and The Trainer in my blog. Continue reading
The Best Travel Adventure
Trekking to Everest Base Camp
I had travelled through the Sahara and been to Timbuktu, seen Iguazu Falls and Rio and lived in Milan and Buenos Aires and was about to go on the trip of my life but I didn’t know it. I sat on the couch with a small pot of expensive lip moisturiser in my hands, crying. Continue reading
Facebook tells me it was one year ago today- the sleeping bags were being aired and I was nervously psyching myself up for the big picture. Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Tabouche, Ama Dablam, Kantenga, Thamserku, Kala Patthar. Nervous and worried about landslides and aftershocks.
Resting Spots Along the Trail to Everest Base Camp
A post about the porters on my Everest Base Camp Trek blog is long overdue. The Daily Post Daily Prompt Recharge has given me a perfect launching point.
Trekking through the Khumbu you see resting points for porters to unload, rest and recharge. These resting spots are at a height so the porters can easily unload and reload onto their backs without having to lift their load from the ground. The photo shows the typical oversized baskets called a doko used by porters. The T-shaped wooden walking stick at the bottom left of the screen is called a tokma. Continue reading