Two Treks

Two Treks an Over 50s Woman and Her Trainer

The EBC trek. Me the over 50s anxious woman and her husband “The Trainer.”

 

Shops line Namche Bazaar EBC Trek trail

Walking into Namche Bazaar past shops selling handicrafts and trekking gear.

2013 Trek Coming into Namche – no porter this trek

Two treks. One in a quiet season in 2013 at the end of November to December where we didn’t get all the way to Base Camp. But we were hooked on the beautiful Khumbu region and it felt liked unfinished business. So we tried a second time.

Despite the Nepalese earthquakes in April and May last year, with our flights already paid for we decided to continue with our proposed trek. So in an even quieter season in late September to mid October 2015 we trekked and we this time we made it to Everest Base Camp and climbed Kala Patthar.

And yes, there may be another.trekking Phakding to Monjo Everest Base Camp Trek September 2015

2015 Heading out for Namche Bazaar – with a lighter load we had a porter guide.

TIP: Take a porter and use trekking poles they make a huge difference.

Itinerary 2013 Trek   and 2015 Trek               2013 Trek Posts and 2015 Trek Posts

The first bridge in 2013 and the last bridge in 2015 before Gorak Shep and Base Camp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The EBC Trek Trail in 20 Photos

How Difficult is the EBC Trek ? Here it is in photos.

Part of the answer to how difficult the trail is about what you are walking on. This shows why you need to do step training. And hill training of course.

Main Street Lukla, setting out on Main Trail EBC Trek

Cobblestones inLukla, there are flat parts through villages in the lower part of the trail.

EBC Trek Before Phakding after Ghat

When down hill is uphill too. And lots of steps.

EBC Trek Between Phakding and Monjo

Watch your step.

Lower suspension bridge over the Dudh Khosi taken from the higher bridge

One of the Bridges at Namche Bazaar.

EBC Trek Above Namche Bazaar

Rocks and rocky paths.

EBC Trek Coming Into Khumjung

Smooth path into Khumjung after a big climb.

EBC Trek Above Upper Phakding

Windy paths along the side of mountains,

 

EBC Trek Heading Towards Dingboche

The hills look innocent enough here but the altitude is increasing.

EBC Trek Towards Dingboche

Paths widen over turf

Bridge at the confluence of Khumbu Khola and the Imja Khola Nepal

and over rivers

EBC Trek Heading towards Dingboche

Flat but at altitude don’t rush.

EBC Trek Dingboche to Dughla

Across turf at 4,000 metres

EBC Trek Dingboche to Dughla above Periche

From Dingboche to Dughla above Periche

EBC Trek To Gorak Shep

To Gorak Shep an amazing part of the trail. Lots of rocks to pick your way over.

EBC Trek near Gorak Shep

The path from above…

EBC Trek The climb up to Kala Patthar

The hardest walk to Kala Patthar. Over 5,500 metres.

EBC Trek almost to Base Camp

Walking the last few kilometres to Base Camp.

Everest Base Bamp Trek

There are hills to go up as you go back down to Lukla. These are marathon runners.

Coming down from Tengboche EBC Trek

Coming back down can be slippery with those little loose rocks.

EBC Trek Looking back towards Periche

There are still hills coming down but still the magnificent views in reverse.

The thing to realise about these photos is that the really big climb days to Namche Bazaar and to Tengboche – you are too exhausted to take photos. And  the photos don’t really show the steepness of the climb.

Lukla-EBC-KP-Gorakshep_Elevation Profile

Here is a elevation profile I found. The triangular peak represents the acclimatisation day walk above Dingboche.

 

 

 

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