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Trip number 3 with the adventure company was to Everest Base Camp in Nepal.
This trip was immense and something i will remember and look back on forever! kathmandu was busy, dirty and a bit mad but im glad i have experienced it and seen the sights, even the cremations on the river bank. I was one of the lucky ones and managed to avoid getting ill on the trip!.
The flight to and from Lukla was brilliant fun and you get some great views of the himalayas on the way there. We had some great guides and the porters as usual did a great job in carrying all of our stuff up the mountain. The teahouses were nice to start with but as you get higher they get colder and dirtier. the conditions in some were pretty bad so be prepared. The sherpas all get to sleep in the warm room which you get kicked out of when its bed time so you find yourself sleeping in all of your clothes at times!!. Take a book as alot of the afternoons there is nothing to do but read or play cards. There are some great cakes and apple pie on the way and you may find yourself salivating over a tube of pringles. The food gets a bit boring so make sure you take lots of snacks and chocolate with you. Stock up in Kathmandu as its cheaper. Things get very pricey as you get higher. The trekking is challenging and as you get higher altitude kicks in and everything is tough with a permenant headache. I managed without diamox and pushed through. I would say you need willpower, grit and determination when it gets tough. Sometimes we all felt like getting a chopper back down to lukla but at the end of the day when you finally get to basecamp its all worthwhile!
The sense of achievement is awesome. Its amazing to be somewhere like that. I have no words to explain it. Only five of us out of sixteen ventured out at 4.30am the next morning to summit Kala pathar. it was snowing, dark and very cold. It was the hardest thing i have ever done but well worth it. So if you have any energy left DO it. The view is amazing. On the way down things are so much easier as the air gets thicker and the temperature warms up. Getting back to Namche is brilliant and we were all so glad to be there again as the lodge has a flushing toilet and a shower. you can eat eggs again among other things and there is a great coffee shop and couple of bars so beer is back on the menu!! The party in Lukla was a bit crazy!! i shall say no more!! Fog delayed us all day in lukla. Hungover and really wanting to be back in a hotel with showers and a few home comforts. Finally got back in the evening. Some of us went to the raddisson hotel for the buffet. OMG it was amazing after all the days eating nothing but veg fried rice or noodles!! once again the people on the trip were great especially my room mate Meg and her "chilly chant" at bed time, and i have made some more great friends. If your looking for a challenge and an adventure to remember then this is it!!!
Kilimanjaro is next on the list for the 2012 adventure:)
Other blogs for this trip
- Everest Base Camp
- Everest Base Camp Trek - March 2010
- En route
- We made it!
- Everest Base Camp 11th March 2011
- Everest Base Camp Trek - 4th November 2011
- India: Exploring the great north/south divide
- Everest Base Camp: Experiencing the real Nepal
- Everest Base Camp 2nd April : Anyone going ???
- All the hard work is worthwhile on the Everest Base Camp tour
- everest base camp 'base camp buddies'
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