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
Souvenir shopping (on your return)
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.
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.
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 andDiamox 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.
about Kathmandu, trekking to EBC and Nepal in general.
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.
Three photos of a Stupa in Khumjung taken from different directions and over five years. Photos taken in December 2013, the end of September 2015, two earthquakes later and in September 2018.
There is a beautiful mani wall along the walk in from Namche Bazaar.
I assume the cracks are from the second earthquake on May 12 2015. The small boy in the photo has his back pack on and had just come out from the Edmund Hillary School, the biggest school in the Khumjung.
And finally in September 2018 the repaired stupa in Khumjung but the eyes and face are not finished in this photo. The open space in front of the stupa to the right of the mani wall is the play area for the Sir Edmund Hillary School. The wall around the school has been repaired as well. That is me walking in with the red jacket and our porter guide on my left. As for most of the photos the Trainer (my husband) was taking the photo.
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.
It’s true there is weather station on the Everest Base Camp Trek Trail
Italian Weather Pyramid out of Lobuche in the direction of Gorak Shep
The Weather Pyramid 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 …
Sadly since we visited in 2015 the Weather Pyramid was defunded by the Italian Government and I have read the structure has been turned into a lodge of sorts,
I had travelled through the Sahara and had explored Timbuktu, had marvelled at Iguazu Falls and the Perito Moreno Glacier. I had lived and experienced life in Milan and Buenos Aires. I was about to set out on a trek that would be the travel adventure of my life, but I didn’t know it.
I sat crying on our couch. My husband and trekking partner wanted to go out on a final training session. I was exhausted from training five times a week and I wanted to cry even at the thought of it. So I cried. He’d pushed it too far. He designed the training plan so we would make it to Everest Base Camp without feeling pain all the way. I had named him The Trainer he had trained us so well.
He had also researched, planned and organised the trek. Now he was weighing my pack and contents and being tough like the The Trainer could be. I could take 5.5 kilos in my back pack and my little pot of lip moisturiser had not made the cut I cut. I would be carrying it up the hills. So I sat on the couch crying with exhaustion and at not being able to take my only luxury item on a trek I didn’t want to go on in the first place.