Two suspension bridges spanning across a wide valley surrounded by trees and green foliage. Pheriche to Khumjung to Benkar - After Pheriche, we enjoyed our final views of Everest around Tengboche. To get to Khumjung we hiked ten miles, we went down 5,000 feet, and up 3,000 feet (give or take). Hardest day yet! The trek from Khumjung to Benkar wasn’t so bad. It was still a fairly long day – around 7 hours of trekking – […]
Snow covered mountain peaks with the sun's rays shining from behind. Kala Patthar & Gorak Shep to Pheriche - The word to summarize day nine: tiring. I was awake shortly after 5am, and I met up with Steve, Louise, Hari, and Binod at 6am to trek halfway up Kala Patthar. We received nice views, but it was very cold and a rough up hill trek for so early in the morning without having eaten anything. […]
Yellow arrow signs pointing the direction to Kala Patthar and Everest Base Camp with mountains in the background. Everest Base Camp at last! - The big day finally arrived! And it was a success – the skies were clear most of the day – providing us with amazing views of the mountains, including Everest. It was very slow going for me at first, but Bill eventually took my pack to lighten my load and things got much easier. We […]
Snow capped mountain peaks surrounding a village in the valley against a blue sky with pink clouds at sunrise. Dingboche to Lobuche - Around 4:30am I looked out the window to see clear, star-filled skies. Bill and I put on our boots and jackets and went out to get a better look. It was amazing. SO MANY STARS! We also saw a handful of shooting stars and the silhouette of the mountains around us. The clearest view we […]
Prayer flags spread across an area surrounded by stacked rock cairns. Rest day in Dingboche - Day 6 was our second rest day. However, it still had a fairly steep hike. The four of us set out around 6:30am. While it was cloudy when we started, there were still good views of several peaks along the way. It was also nice that no one else was on the trail and it […]
Large room with plywood walls, a painted ceiling, and a simple bed in the corner. Deboche to Dingboche - On this day we saw Everest, Nuptse, and Lhotse while standing in front of the tea house in Deboche. Everest was stunning from that angle. Ama Dablam also made a brief appearance. As for the day’s 4.5 hour trek – it started out well – but as the day went on, the air started getting rough […]
Mountain peaks surrounded by white clouds against a blue sky. Namche to Deboche - Shortly after leaving Namche Bazaar we saw Everest for the first time! After a few more views of Everest, we were in for a long, tough trek. At one point we gained 500 feet, then descended 1,000 feet, and finished with a 2,000 foot gain. All in 6 hours. For lunch we enjoyed an egg sandwich […]
Young couple standing in front of a bronze statue of a man holding a pickax in front of cloudy skies. Wishing for Everest - The first of our two “rest” days of the trek, this day left us wishing for Everest. We woke up to mostly clear skies and decided to venture out for a bit to see if we could find a place to view Everest. Unfortunately, the farther we got, the cloudier the skies became, and we […]
Black cow with horns carrying large duffle bags on its back walking down a trail with a line of cows following. Phakding to Namche Bazaar - On our way to Namche Bazaar, we spent 6 hours and 40 minutes on the trail, crossed five suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi, gained 2,723 feet, encountered one dzo jam, and finally arrived at our lovely guest house in Namche Bazaar. After our less than ideal room in Phakding, our expectations were set very […]
View of airplane propeller engine with mountainous valleys below. Cleared for takeoff - We departed our hotel at 9am. The day vibrated with positivity. My cough was gone (I had arrived in Kathmandu with a residual cough that I had before we left home.), there were blue skies, and the sun shone brightly in the sky. Back to the airport we went, with hopes of safely arriving at […]