The trek starts from Lukla and from its green sorroundings until we reached the base camp covered in snow at 5.362m. From the very beginning we can enjoy meeting Nepali and tibetan people by staying in small guest-houses or walking the the villages we came across. Even if it can be phisically demanding mostly because the altitude the sense of achievemnt and the experience itself are incredible.
We found this man fixing clothes open air in Lukla
This is one of the many hanging bridges that will make you feel like Indiana Jones
From the very first days it´s possible to suffer from altitude sickness. It is important to acclimatisation step by step.
We found this two kids playing in a small village in the firs few days
The people of the valleys do lot of their life outdoors
We witnessed a very interesting ceremony while visiting the Tengboche monastery. Some monks were praying while singing and playing instruments, all together creating a very spiritual atmosphere
All the way is covered with praying flags, stupas and praying stones. Making the ascension way more mystical.
White symbolises air, red is fire. Green is water, yellow is earth, and blue is wind. They also represent directions – North, South, East, West and Center.
The inmensity of some of the scenerys is just breathtaking
The Everest is known in Nepali as Sagarmāthā and in Tibetan as Chomolungma, is 8,848 m high
In our eighth day we reached the Everest Base camp (5360m) with clear altitude sickness. But apart from the tiredness and the headache the day was clear and the experience of being at the foot of the highest mountain on earth incredible.
We found this memorials when getting close to the highest points. It was really hard to see how many people had the mountain taken away
Supplies are shipped to the South Base Camp by sherpas or porters, and with the help of Yaks. While the Tibetan Noth Base Camp can be accessed by road.
Sherpas take a rest from preparing the Base camp
Avalanches are very common in the Base Camp. During our stay we could see several everyday, however normally they do not pose a risk
Trekking to the Everest Base Camp was for me an unforgettable experience. Being able to get to the point where many famous climbers started their ascension was very special. And all the way to the Base Camp was impressive as well with the scenery, the kindness of the local people, the food….
However after the return the memory of the experience changed a bit. It turns out that after just two weeks of returning from Nepal the country suffered from a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that left 9,000 dead. In particular, the Base Camp of Everest suffered a great avalanche as a result of the earthquake that took the lives of 19 people. These joined the hundreds of people who have lost their lives on this mountain
The Kalapathar is the highest point I reached, around 300m over the Base Camp it offers a perfect view over the Everest