Everest Base Camp

Kate Johnson

Wow, what an exciting adventure – trekking to the top of the world – well to the base camp of the top of the world:  Everest Base Camp!!   

Our group of 8 trekkers fulfilled a lifetime ambition and ticked off a huge Bucket List destination with this trek.  The experience was absolutely awesome with so many memorable moments with below being just some of the highlights:

  • We immersed ourselves in Kathmandu’s amazing history, religions and culture, visiting: Bhaktapur, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Durbar Square, The Garden of Dreams and Patan.  We even met a living Goddess!

  • We flew into what is referred to as ‘the world’s most dangerous airport’, Lukla, with huge grins on our faces full of excited anticipation for the impending adventure;

  • We met amazing Sherpas from the many villages scattered along the track to Base Camp and learnt of their daily lives, crops, beliefs, houses, animals, food and lifestyles, their tie to the Himalayans and their total respect for Chomolungma, Goddess Mother of the World – known to us as Mt Everest;

  • We visited monasteries (Khumjung and Tenboche) full of colourful wall paintings, prayer books, and many symbols of history, tranquillity, belief and peace;

  • We ate hearty, warming meals such as sizzling yak steaks and yak burgers; mo mos (like dumplings) of various types: steamed, fried, buff (buffalo), chicken, tuna, veg – yumm; the infamous garlic soup which kept us oh so healthy; Sherpa stew. You could even order Pizza, apple pie, fried rice… the choice was endless;

  • We hydrated ourselves with lots of water (when it wasn’t frozen in our bottles and camelbaks) plus a wide array of warming teas: GLH (Ginger Lemon Honey) was the most popular), as well as ginger tea, mint tea, even orange tea plus many more;

  • We viewed the most amazing mountain range in the world:  the mighty Himalayas. Every time we looked up from where our footsteps fell, we were overwhelmed with surprise at the mighty ones: Everest (8848m) of course, the many faces of our second favourite, Ama Dablam (or Mother’s necklace) (6812m), Lhotse (8516m), Nuptse (7855m) plus many, many more. Everywhere you looked was filled with these snow-covered, towering giants;

  • We trekked through dusty paths, up icy slopes and across steep snow-covered tracks, through falling snow and icy winds. On the way to Base Camp the tailwinds pushed gently at our backs towards our destination but on the way back the strong, icy headwind seemed to try to keep us high in the mountains;

  • We witnessed men carrying amazingly awkward and heavy loads in baskets on their backs and a band around their foreheads to take the whole weight. They were headed to Base Camp carrying supplies for the impending Everest mountaineering expeditions in April/May. We were in awe, knowing that no matter how much gym work we did, we would never be strong enough nor determined enough to carry these loads under such conditions;

  • We increased our elevation by several hundred metres each night, trekked high and slept low so as to avoid any Altitude Sickness.  We all stayed very healthy!

  • We trekked, laughed and celebrated with THE most amazing team, guides:  Dawa, Nima, Kalandar and porters: Darpan, Chitra, Sauji, Syam – we loved their stories, humour, singing and dancing;

  • We laughed, talked, ate and trekked as a team but fought weariness and cold as individuals but in the end…we trekked to 5,364m to arrive at that amazing place called Everest Base Camp.

And wow, what an adventure it was!!!

 
 
the team at Lukla.jpeg