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Asia » Nepal » Gorak Shep April 1st 2020

I always said "Why go to Everest Base Camp if you were not going to climb the mountain ?" I had previoulsy visited Nepal in the late 1970's when I had completed the Overland or Hippie Trail from the UK to Nepal on public transport, going through such places as Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, India and finishing in Nepal. I had seen the incredible scenery of the Himalayas, having driven from Pokhara to Kathmandu and gone up into the mountains around Kathmandu. So, in April 2018, I decided to change my mind and head to Everest Base Camp, or EBC, having booked a trek again with World Expeditions. The trek was for 17 days and after checking the sizes of their tents, decided not to pay the single tent supplement. So I arrive in Kathmandu and after ... read more
Alternate airstrip
View of Lukla Runway
Early morning view to wake up to

Asia » Nepal » Gorak Shep November 12th 2018

Today turned out to be easier and much more enjoyable than I had thought it would be. I didn’t sleep as well as usual, mostly due to waking up short of breath due to the high altitude. Despite this I felt refreshed on getting up and feel well I myself. We enjoyed breakfast with our companions from yesterday and set off on our way in yet more glorious sunshine. The walk from Lobuche to Gorak Shep is only about 200m ascent. The trail is once again extremely well travelled and we got stuck behind large groups of trekkers and yak trains. Expecting it to take about 2.5hrs we were pleasantly surprised to arrive just after 10am. The recommended Himalayan lodge had rooms for all of us (including a double bed for Stephen and I!). We dropped ... read more
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Asia » Nepal » Gorak Shep March 16th 2016

Following our grueling six day journey from Jiri all the way to Namche Bazar, our trek continues towards Everest Base Camp. Day 7 We enjoyed a full days rest in the Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar (3440m), acclimatizing to the altitude there and trying to heal our sore and spent bodies. By this point I was very comfortable around Adam and Rebecca as we had seen each other through some hilarious as well as trying times. They were both motivated to push themselves and that suited me pretty well. Namche Bazaar sits on the side of a hill and is the gateway to the Khumbu region. Many comforts could be found here - for a price. We spent our first day going to Everest Bakery and having pizza and apple pie, playing cards, and buying a ... read more
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Asia » Nepal » Gorak Shep March 6th 2016

So Sonia and I went to our meeting and met our fellow travel companions who were stuck with u for the next 2 weeks…and met our tour guide Pre…After the meeting we packed our bags, then repacked, then repacked again trying to get the weight down – somehow even when packing light and using the list provided to us our bags were too heavy – if only we knew then what we know now and realised we could have packed it all if we wanted to…but it was being carried by someone else so we wanted it as light as possible. We had dinner with the new crew (amazing group of people…you will hear more about them soon)…then we had an early night before our early flight in the morning DAY1 – Phakdang (2610m) We all ... read more
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Asia » Nepal » Gorak Shep March 15th 2014

The next part of the trek saw us complete some long days predominantly walking uphill. We travelled from Namche Bazaar (3400m) to Debouche (3800m) to Dingboche (4400m) to Lobuche (4900m) to Gorak Shep (5100m). We have also found that travelling uphill in Nepal means doing slightly less downhill throughout the day than uphill. As we climbed the alpine scenery became more sparse, dramatic and stunning. The ups and downs were steep and required careful navigation of stone steps or around yak poo. Luckily the national diet of dhal baat (dhal curry and rice with other assorted curries and pickles) was able to sustain our energy for hours at a time. Each of the lodges and restaurants we sat in did very similar fair in terms of food and drink: There was always noodles, some select western ... read more
Meg and her hero
Acclimatisation walk over Dingboche
Stone farmers house

Asia » Nepal » Gorak Shep March 14th 2014

kala pathar, 5.545m heute werden wir früh aus den federn geworfen, um noch in völliger dunkelheit, unter den zilliarden sternen des himalaya, den kala pathar zu besteigen. man muss ehrlich zugeben, dass jener, umrundet von den wirklich großen, eher lächerlich aussieht - ich finde, der kala pathar wirkt wie der kackhaufen, der anderen berge. verzeiht meine ausdrucksweise, aber wenn ihr ihn googelt, dann wisst ihr, was ich meine. na gut, er ist also nicht besonders imposant. die guten 400 höhenmeter, die er uns auf nüchternen magen bei -13grad C abverlangt, sind aber gedenkwürdig. mindestens 20 mal habe ich ans aufgeben gedacht - bei zu dünner luft und einem ernüchternden blick an die spitze, welche sich nur weiter nach oben zu winden scheint, braucht es all unsere mentale stärke um weiter zu gehen. wir waren beide verzweifelt. ... read more
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Asia » Nepal » Gorak Shep March 13th 2014

E.B.C., 5365m heute ist es also soweit: wir gehen ins everest base camp! markus hat in der nacht leider ganz schlimme kopfschmerzen und ich hab mein wassersystem im bett entleert (ich kann nur mit stark erhöhtem oberkörper schlafen, sonst meine ich zu ersticken und der rucksack unter mit enthielt auch den camelbag, den ich brav ausgedrückt habe), die restliche nacht bleibt mir nur wenig raum, um im trockenen zu schlafen. etwas früher als sonst geht es vom mother earth house richtung gorak shep, dem tor zum everest base camp. der teils sehr steinig-felsig-staubige, aber vor allem wahnsinnig steile weg auf 5.100 höhenmeter zehrt ungemein an uns. die höhe lässt sich einfach nicht leugnen und wir gehen, wie 80jährige mit rollator und schnaufen, wie ein lungenkranker im 3.stock. es ist erbärmlich! markus' kopfschmerz beruhigt sich auf diamox, ... read more
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Asia » Nepal » Gorak Shep April 16th 2013

Wednesday 10th April This trek had two main objectives, firstly to reach Everest Base Camp itself, and secondly to reach the summit of Kala Pattar in order to see the 'classic' view of Everest. We achived the first objective yesterday and the intention today was to achieve the second and then begin the return journey to Lukla. It is generally considered that the best view of Everest from Kala Pattar is around sunrise. In theory Everest can be viewed from there at anytime but in the afternoon it is more likely to be clouded over and therefore the best chance of a good view is early morning. For this reason we were woken at 4am and dressed and met down in the dining room for a cup of tea at 04:30. At 04:45 we left the ... read more
Everest
Base Camp and the Khumbu Ice Fall
Kala Pattar

Asia » Nepal » Gorak Shep April 15th 2013

Monday 8th April A normal morning routine saw us leaving Dingboche (pronounced Ding-bo-shay) at 07:40. The walking started with a short westward uphill section to climb out of the Imja Khola (Dingboche) valley and then contoured along the side of the Chola Khola valley as far as Thokla. At 09:40 we stopped at the lodge/tea house at Thokla for the normal mid-morning lemon tea and half-hour rest. Thokla is at the bottom of the terminal morraine of the Khumbu glacier. That meant we then had a long steep uphill section to get up the the level of the Khumbu valley. I was hoping that at this point we would see and walk alongside the Khumbu glacier but unfortunately the glacier was on the other side of a quite high morraine wall from the footpath up the ... read more
Lobuche
Khumbu Glacier
Pumo Ri

Asia » Nepal » Gorak Shep March 3rd 2013

Lobuche (4930m) to Gorak Shep (5160m) to Kala Patthar (5546m) Say goodbye to the Christians, they are heading for Gorak Shep and EBC, we are doing Gorak Shep with Kala Patthar. Out the door in a lot of clothes with the addition of the crampons we bought in Kathmandu. They are small, lightweight and just slip over your boots. Getting them on is challenge though when your fingers are soooooo freezing cold. Anyway, we head out along the icy, rock terrain. Its noticeably harder going this morning. The crampons are a fantastic asset. We pass the Italian research station mentioned in the LP guidebook. Here is their link complete with webcam views from Kala Patthar- very cool. http://evk2.isac.cnr.it/ Lots of yak trains this morning. The views are, once again, stunning, the sky has taken on an ... read more
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