Day 12: Rest Day at Base Camp

We spent most of our morning continuing to unpack and getting settled into our new environment. Shortly thereafter, I walked around the humongous Base Camp and visited with a few friends. It took about 45 minutes to walk from one end of BC to another. I also stopped by the HRA (Himalayan Rescue Association) tent, […]

Day 11: Lobuche to Everest Base Camp

Under beautiful blue skies, we got on our way for the final leg of our trek to Everest Base Camp. The trail between Lobuche and Gorak Shep, the last stop before EBC, gradually rises under a very rocky terrain. We stopped in Gorak Shep for a long leisurely break. After rehydrating with some warm drinks, […]

Day 10: Rest Day in Lobuche

Today is is rest day to further acclimatize at an altitude of 5000 m. We took a short acclimatization hike to the Italian Pyramid Laboratory-Observatory also known as the High Altitude Research Science & Technology Research Centre at an altitude of 5050 m asl. After a tour of the station, we headed back to our […]

Day 9: Pheriche to Lobuche

As it snow flurried throughout the night, we woke up to about an inch of snow dusting. We had our usual breakfast at 7:30 AM and hit the trail an hour later. We hiked through the wet, rocky and lightly muddy trail to the outpost town of Thokla (Dughla) at 4620. We were surrounded by the […]

Day 8: Rest day in Pheriche

Today is a rest day in Pheriche. Rest Day doesn’t mean we just sit around and hangout; it’s more to the fact that we’re not moving from one spot to another. After the daily 7:30 AM breakfast, we set off on a nice acclimatization hike climbing 588 vertical meters up to 4828 m, 10 meters […]

Day 7: Deboche to Pheriche

Broke off from the traditional group breakfast this morning and hiked back up to the Tengboche Bakery for Cappuccino and some delicious pastries. The uphill hike was well worth it. We rejoined the group in time for the departure towards Pheriche. Our first stop was at Pangboche (3930 m) at Lama Geshe’s house. Lama Geshe […]

Day 6: Khumjung to Tengboche to Deboche

Today was a pretty spectacular one. We started the day with a visit to the Hillary hospital in Khunde, about a 30-minute roundtrip walk from our Tea House in Khumjung. Upon our exit out of the village of Khumjung, I stopped by the local bakery for a cappuccino and apple strudel and later caught up […]

Day 5: Thame to Khumjung

After a quick breakfast at the Tea House, we headed over to Lakpa Rita’s native home in Thame. We were given a tour of the house, served milk tea, given another Khada for blessing and had the opportunity to meet his parents. Shortly thereafter we hit the trail taking a different route back to the […]

Day 4: Namche to Thame

We started our day with a private mini Puja ceremony at the Panorama Lodge. Each member of the expedition climbing team received a prayer blessing by flicking some rice wine called “Chang” in the air and taking a small sip. A blessed scarf named “Khada” was later put around our neck. After the ceremony, we […]

Day 3: Rest Day in Namche

Today was a rest day at Namche so we headed up for a morning acclimatization hike from our Panorama Lodge up to the Everest View Hotel climbing up from 3,440 meters to 3,860 meters. Halfway up the climb we were treated to spectacular panoramic views of Ama Dablam and our final destination of Mt. Everest. […]