EVEREST BASE CAMP

October 2016

 

 

The magic of Everest lures trekkers from all over the world to trek along the best-known trail in the Himalayas – and this classic Everest Base Camp Trek is a once in a lifetime opportunity to stand in the shadow of the tallest mountain in the world.

Garry, our previous Chairman, joined Mountain Kingdoms for this fantastic trip to Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar. Taking advantage of luxury lodges he travelled in style, enjoying the magnificent views of many peaks, including Ama Dablam which means "Mother's necklace"; the long ridges on each side like the arms of a mother (ama) protecting her child, and the hanging glacier thought of as the dablam.

Follow his route to experience the magic of walking in this part of the world where many of us can only dream of visiting.

Days 1 & 2 - - - Fly to Kathmandu.
Days 3 &4 - - - -Fly to Lukla. Trek to Monjo. Acclimatisation day.
Days 5 & 6 - - - Trek to Namche Bazaar. Sightseeing & trek to Mende, 3,700m/12,138ft.
Day 7 - - - - - - -Trek to Thame and return to Mende.
Days 8 & 9 - - - Trek to Pangboche via Tashinga and Thyangboche.
Day 10 - - - - - -Walk to Ama Dablam Base Camp, 4,576m/15,014ft, return to Pangboche.
Days 11 & 12 - -Trek to Dingboche and on to Lobuche
Day 13 - - - - - -Trek to Everest Base Camp, 5,300m/17,384ft. Descend to Gorak Shep.
Day 14 - - - - - -Ascend to Kala Pattar 5,454m/18,188ft and descend to Pheriche.
Days 15-17 - - - Trek to Namche and visit market. Trek back to Lukla.
Days 18-20 - - - Fly to Kathmandu. Sightseeing and time to relax. Fly to London.

Mountains merge into cloud as the plane flies south of the Himalaya range

Dwarika Hotel, 5 star luxury in Kathmandu

Low cloud suspended flights to Lukla so a helicopter trip gave me the opportunity
to try out the co-pilot position where I got great views of Kathmandu City

We sort out our kit in Lukla

The wooded lower slopes . . .

of the Khumbu Valley

A Mani Stone and a prayer wheel

Our team gathers together at the Monjo Lodge

Waitresses at Monjo

Khumbi Yui (18,896ft), a holy mountain which climbers are respectfully asked not to summit

Nangpo River

First views of . . .

Everest

A yak train

Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital . . .

climbs up the hillside

The Tenzing memorial at Jorkhang National Park HQ

School at Namche Bazaar

Heading north from Namche Bazaar

Sherpa Tenzing's house, newly rebuilt house after the earthquake

Staff at Mende Lodge

A Himalayan thar spotted in the woods

Airstrip at Syangboche

The breathtakingly beautiful Ama Dablam (22,350) soars above Khumjung

Khumjung main square

The Edmund Hillary school in Khumjung with a statue to the great man himself

Ama Dablam from Thyangboche

Classic view of Everest (29,02ft) from Thyangboche. From this angle Everest, on the left, . . .

looks smaller than sister mountain Lhotse (27,883ft) on the right

Gompa entrance at Thyangboche

The Everest massif from Pangboche

We cross the river to begin our climb to Ama Dablam base camp

Saying goodbye to the only waitress at Pangboche

Patient yaks await their next assignment

Dingboche village

The tea house accommodation is very basic compared to the lodges,
but no less welcoming as our trek gets tougher

Peaks galore! Lobuche (20,123ft) on the right

Nuptse in a fiery alpenglow - stunning!

Amazing views!

Toweche and Cholatse

Memorials to those who have lost their lives on and around Everest, a grim reminder

Pumori (23,501ft) Lingtren (22,137ft) and Khumbutse (21,774ft),
peaks which look down on base camp

Nuptse

Descent to Gorak Shep, the final habitation before Base Camp.
Notice the Kala Pattar track climbing to the left

Walking to Base Camp

Everest has a peep!

View of Base Camp, the rough stony ground next to the ice fall

Made it!

Everest Base Camp

It is me - despite goggles and shadow!

A 6:00am start to climb Kala Pattar (18,188ft)

The summit is the stony promontory in the centre

We are rewarded with the classic view of Everest - . . .

a moment of sheer unbridled joy!

Heading back down, Ama Dablam

It's the market day at Namche Bazaar

The group gathers to bid farewell at Lukla

The very short runway at the notorious Hillary Tenzing airport in Lukla

A plane makes the hazardous approach . . .

before turning into the apron

Flying to Kathmandu

Welcome luxury in the Dwarika Hotel

Our final meal

Unwinding . . .

in . . .

Kathmandu . . .

with a spot of . . .

sight seeing

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