12-DAY TREKKING TO EVEREST BASE CAMP
Trekking to Everest – Day 1
It’s 5 o’clock in the morning and the time for my flight is approaching…
I am leaving my hotel in Kathmandu and I am heading to the domestic airport with a taxi.
I’m on a memorable 25-minute flight to Lukla, one of the most dangerous airports on the planet and I am feeling a little bit afraid and impatient. While I am sitting on the plane, the fear starts to disappear and admiration takes its place. The amazing view of the Himalayas makes me feel awe!
Time goes by fast and it’s now time for landing. I feel like my heart is going to stop… We land and all passengers applaud!
Landing at Lukla airport one of the most dangerous airports on the world
Another big adventure is about to start.
A few minutes later I meet my guide, Chandra, and my porter, Santosh. These two really nice guys will lead me to the biggest adventure of my life!
After a stop at a small coffee shop in Lukla, Chandra briefs me on the details of the trekking plan and we are ready to start.
We pass through some wonderful places at the beginning of our trek and by the looks of it, these 12 days are going to be amazing.
After 4 hours we reach the first village, Phagding. A small wooden room with a single bed is the place where I will spend my first night. The temperature is -3 C°, but the cold is bearable.
Trekking to Everest – Day 2
We wake up at 6:00 in the morning for breakfast and at 6:30 we set off to continue our trek.
This morning we pass by incredible places, such as the Dovan double bridges. First we meet Milk river (Dudh Koshi) and the holy Kusum Kangaroo mountain. It’s worth mentioning that there are some holy mountains in Nepal where climbing is prohibited. Seven hours later, we are finally at Namche Bazaar, a village built at the edge of the mountain.
This was actually the first difficult day of our trekking. We are going to spend the next day in Namche Bazaar as well, to get acclimatized. The altitude is 3.450 meters and the lack of oxygen is already starting to affect me. We have a small walk around the village and after dinner at 7:00 in the evening, we go to get some rest.
Trekking to Everest – Day 3
The temperature is -5C°. I wake up at 5:30 to see the sunrise. The view is amazing and worth the early wake-up. After breakfast we go to Sagarmatha National park view point, to see Everest for the first time! Because the sky is clear, we also have the opportunity to see Ama Dablam mountain and Lotche mountain. Later, we visit the market of Namche Bazaar, which is right at the end of the cliff and the day goes by fast and very pleasantly. As usual at 7:00 it’s time to go to bed!
Trekking to Everest – Day 4
It’s -6 C° at 6:00 in the morning, when we wake up, have breakfast and begin our trek again at 6:30.
After a 7-hour hard trekking, during which we see the monastery of Tengboche and unforgettable landscapes, we arrive at Pamboche totally exhausted, to rest and spend the night at 3.930 m. altitude. We have lunch, then later dinner and at 7:30 in the evening, it’s time to sleep – which is not so easy. The lack of oxygen is a problem…
Trekking to Everest – Day 5
It’s -5 C° and we have to wake up time at 5:30. The next target in our trip: We have to try and reach the Ama Dablam base camp at an altitude of 4.700 m.. We do a hard trek for 3 hours, but it is totally worth it! Afterwards, we return to Pamboche to take our backpacks and continue our journey. Five hours later, we are at Dingboche at 4.410 m.. This day is so difficult and it’s so hard to breathe, but there is a reward for every difficulty! We see unbelievable landscapes and accomplish the first achievement: reach Ama Dablam base camp!
As usual, I am in my tiny wooden cold room at 7:30, trying to get some sleep even for just 2 or 3 hours.
The altitude is really affecting me… I am afraid to sleep.
Trekking to Everest – Day 6
It’s -10 C° and I “wake up” at 6:00 o’clock. I have my breakfast and start trekking for 3,5 hours from Dingboche to Thucla, which is at 4.300 m.. After our arrival at Thucla, we leave our backpacks and go to see Cholache lake, which is a 1,5-hour trek. I feel very weak and tired! Every step is a struggle. Every day we see several helicopter rescues of people who could not withstand the mountain sickness. At the village the locals say that these past days, 2 people died from this.
Trekking to Everest – Day 7
It’s -15 C°! So cold… and something unexpected happens!
Chandra, my guide, can’t go on. The lack of oxygen has affected him so he needs to go back. I will continue my adventure with my porter, Santosh. From Thucla, it’s a 3-hour trek to Lobuche, at 5.030 m altitude.
I am having great difficulties due to the lack of oxygen. I don’t know if I’ll make it…
Trekking to Everest – Day 8
The temperature is at -18 C° and at this point I can’t sleep at all.
We start our trek at 6:00 in the morning. It’s 3 hours from Lobuche to Gorakshep at 5.190 m.. This is the big day.
We leave our backpacks at Gorakshep and head to Everest base camp. After 3,5 hours we are finally there, at 5.380 m.! It’s so hard to believe it! The view is amazing and there are no words to explain my feelings. Santosh and I embrace. I feel like a winner!
We leave base camp and return to Gorakshep for lunch and 1 hour of relaxation. The time for my biggest achievement has come: I will try to reach the peak of Kala Patthar at 5.643 m.! Even now I can’t believe that I made it. It’s 3 hours of climbing and yes, I feel like I am at the top of the world! At the end of the climb I can’t feel my legs anymore. We return to Gorakshep to spend the night. I really feel so very proud of myself!
Trekking to Everest – Day 9
It’s now -22 C°! Ι couldn’t sleep for even a moment and I am not feeling very well.
The time of the return has come and we finally leave Gorakshep to reach lower altitudes. We begin our descent at 6:00 in the morning and after 7,5 hours we approach Pamboche. I feel tired and have no energy, but we are now at 4.000 meters. You can perceive the change in the oxygen level, even though it’s small. I can breathe a little bit better, but I am totally exhausted.
Trekking to Everest – Day 10
The temperature is -7 C° and one more night went by without sleep.
With no more strength left, we continue the return trip from Pamboche directly to Namche Bazaar. Severn hours later we are finally there. I really don’t remember when I last slept and I don’t know how I still managing to stand on my feet, but I know this: a hot shower awaits me after 6 days!
Trekking to Everest – Day 11
I finally slept and in fact for more than 12 hours.
So after a good rest we begin our last day of trekking at 7:30 in the morning. It’s a 7-hour trek directly to Lukla.
This amazing and memorable adventure is coming to an end. After 11 hard days I am back at the place where everything started. I enjoy some good food, a hot bath and I finally get some sleep in “normal” altitude (2.800 m.).
Trekking to Everest – Day 12
This is my last day in the mountains. I’m waiting for my flight that will take me from Lukla back to Kathmandu. After a 4-hour delay I am on the most dangerous flight of my life…for the second time.
Once the airplane takes off, I leave behind me the Himalayas and now everything I experienced in the past 11 days feels like a fairy tale.
One story that I will cherish for as long as I live. For sure, it is the most exciting story of my life. Many thanks to the company unique adventures international P. LTD for giving me the perfect experience.
Take off from Lukla one of the most dangerous airports in the world!
Take off from Lukla Airport
Everest base camp trekking 2018