In Part 1 of my trek to Everest Base Camp, I had a section on the smells and sounds of Kathmandu. Enter the Himalayas and these sounds are gone, replaced with the roaring sound of the Dudh Kosi or Milk River, yak bells and literally the sound of air being beaten into submission by the many helicopters which fly overhead…
On the second day of my trek, a massive avalanche occurred on the Khumbu Icefall, resulting in the death of 16 Sherpa’s. The ensuing search and rescue mission meant that every 10-20 minutes, a helicopter would fly past, either to or from Base Camp. Now I’m not sure how regular the air traffic is in normal operating conditions, but the high flight activity did allow for some cool shots of the helicopters flying through the mountains. Continue reading Himalayan Helo’s
So initially, I was going to tack on this section to the end of my “Part 3” article. But after typing out a few points, I quickly realised how long it is, so figured it deserved a post of it’s own… I’ll keep adding to the list if I think of anything more… Continue reading Everest Base Camp: Some free advice
Reaching Base Camp
Day 8: By this time, most of us in the group had no idea what was the day of the week let alone the date, though it was not like we had any real need to know up in the mountains. Either way, my hope of getting a good night’s sleep were quickly killed alongside a few brain cells as Yoon and I nearly suffocated overnight, having forgotten to open our room’s window. At 4910m, only 56% of the air at sea level is available with every breath so ensuring that you have a fresh supply of air in the room overnight is a must! (A pretty cool website on the effects of altitude can be found here.) Only after managing to open our window at 4:00am was I able to get an hour and a half of continuous sleep before having to wake up for breakfast. Continue reading Everest Base Camp Part 3: Arrival and descent
The trek begins…
Flying out from Kathmandu on one of the first flights of the day meant delaying breakfast until the group reached Lukla. Therefore after a short walk carrying our main packs up the hill, we stopped at the Khumbu Resort for a quick breakfast and the morning’s brief, including a summary of the trek and an introduction to our assistant guides and porters. Continue reading Everest Base Camp Part 2: The trek begins
Trekking to Everest Base Camp has been one of those ‘wish I could do’ things which has been in the back of my mind for quite some time. I swear I’ve mentioned it in passing to a few friends, some of which have also been keen on the idea whilst others have made it pretty clear that trekking for two weeks isn’t their cup of tea; each to their own.
What really got the ball rolling was when I visited the Melbourne Travel Expo with my friend Gary in 2012. Continue reading Everest Base Camp Part 1: Arrival into Kathmandu
Only a few days away til I jet off to Kathmandu, Nepal to start my trek to Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar, altitude 5545m!
I’m booked in with the travel company Intrepid, who have organised the guides, porters and teahouse/guesthouse accommodation along the way.
Not sure about how I’m going to fare on this trip. The trip notes recommended 12 weeks of preparation involving running, cycling, swimming and weekend hikes. Though I’ve been doing a lot of walking and some hiking, travelling around means that I haven’t been able to prepare as much as I would have liked. We’ll see how it goes… Continue reading Going high for 5545m!