Posted By : Trek Nepal Himalayas Pvt Ltd /56259
Everest…. it has been always a dream to me and hopes the same for you. It has been a long dream to see the Mount Everest closely. The day I knew Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world, the same time I have decided that I will see it with my eyes and will get as close as possible at least once in a lifetime. Everest…..Every single time I see……read….. or talk….. it creates an excitement and the fantasy to see it and feel the chill of the Himalayas.
17/03/2018……..A childhood dream…a young blood and the excitement… the day has arrived to get to my dream trip. The night before for the trek, it was probably the longest night for me. The day has finally arrived which will lead me to my dream trip.
Here I am going to share, every single experience I have experienced during my trip;
17/03/2018: Kathmandu- Lukla (30 minutes flight/2840m.) then Phakding (4 hours trekking/2610m.)
Our flight was scheduled for 7:30 am, with Summit Air. I was told to be at the airport at 6:30 am, was there before 6:15 am- even I couldn’t see Mount Everest on that day. The luck was that or god wanted to make me wait- the flight was delayed by 2 hours. Finally, at 9:30 am, the plane took off from Kathmandu.
Flying over the Kathmandu to the high Himalayas was fantastic itself. And the silver layer makes it something special. After a fun and adventurous flight landed in Lukla. I found Lukla totally different than Kathmandu. No vehicles, no noise, no pollution…feels like I was already in the heaven. The trek from Lukla to Phakding was easy and interesting. Walking via Dudh Koshi river bank and passing the painted Mani walls with sharing a smile with the local kids was just amazing. On top of that Kusum Khanguru, offer with its wonderful view.
The night was in a teahouse, which was wooden crafted. The lunch and the dinner was the healthy and big portion of Dal Bhat (The Typical Nepalese Food).
18/03/2018: Phakding-Namche Bazar (3440m./ 6 hours walking)
The second day, was a more exciting day as I was told that I will get the first glimpse of my dream. I was literally ready at 5 am. After the hot and healthy breakfast (Veg. Thukpa- Soup Noodles with vegetables), then the walking started. The up I went the mercury of the curiosity rose up. The toughness of the walk (Uphill) was not affecting me as the motivation to see the Mount Everest was driving me. Upon crossing the Larja Bridge and a little hike up, I saw the first glimpse of Mount Everest. The moment I saw Mount Everest, I was………..could not explain it with the words.
Further trekked to Namche Bazar, the Sherpa Capital, a wonderful settlement was two days stop. The first day, I just took a good rest and visited the bazaar. Namche is the last place to buy the things needed, where I bought an extra pair of batteries for my headlight and spare memory card to make sure I do not lose my best moments.
19/03/2018: – Everest view Point hike and the fun
The reflection of yesterday’s Mount Everest was still in my eyes. And how could two hours uphill stop me to get an even better view of my dream? Took a fast breakfast and started the hike to Syanboche (3720m.)- the Everest viewpoint. It took me 2 hours of hiking to get to the best part of the Everest viewpoint.
The weather was just perfect and the views were spectacular. It was one of the best days of my life. The 360 mountains around and my love was looking at me from far.
I took my mobile phone and gone live on Facebook to show the world why I was crazy with her. Best moments!!!
20/03/2018: Namche Bazar to Tengboche (4 hours walking/ 3860m.)
Left Namche Bazar around 7:30 am after the breakfast, ten to fifteen minutes of the walking I found the Lophophorus- the national bird of Nepal- she tried to hide from me but couldn’t hide from my lens. It was a fun trekking through the jungle, villages and the monasteries.
Upon arriving Tengboche, I was again offered with the good views of Mount Everest and the neighbouring mountains. Exploring the biggest Buddhist monastery in the Everest region was something to cheer about. It amazed me to find a good bakery shop at that altitude and I cannot stop myself from taking the bite of the apple pie.
In the evening it was an amazing feeling to watch the sunset in the Himalayas.
21/03/2018: Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m./ 4 hours trekking)
The feeling to catch the sunrise in the Himalayas did not allow me to sleep longer than 5:30 am, woke up early brushed my teeth, had a cup of hot water and ran out to the yard of Tengboche monastery to collect the good views of the mountains. The temperature outside was freezing, the gloves were not able to block the cold, the cold wind was hitting my fingers and was making harder to grab my camera. But, it was nothing against the good views.
Later, after the breakfast, the trek continues to Dingboche. Along the trail, the whole trip, the mules and the yaks were the fellow trekkers. Sometimes, I imagine that I could have the strength just like they do. They are such hardworking and strong fellows. Huge respect to them.
On the way, I found Himalayan Musk Deer grazing nearby.
22/03/2018: Dingboche acclimatization and hiking to Nagarjun Hills
Do not surprise if you find no water in the tap in the morning. The cold will convert the running water into the ice. I found three to four inches of the ice in the water drum in the morning. Though the sleeping at the night time was good and warm enough. Most surprisingly the room has attached toilet and in western style toilet.
The hiking to Nagarjun Hills was interesting as Ama Dablam looks in the touchable distance. The views of Makalu, Lhotse, Chalotse, Tawache was also spectacular.
23/03/2018: Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m./4 hours walking)
Again, an early morning breakfast, then the trekking through the high alpine. The walking was as fantastic as previous days. It was more exciting indeed as I am getting closer and closer to Everest. Monument Hill was the pick up the day as there are so monuments of memories of the people who have lost their lives in Everest, while trekking/climbing the Himalayas.
The day went smooth and well, had the dinner and went to the bed.
But at 11:45 pm, got the little problem in the breathing and the stomach was not comfortable. Once, I thought it is AMS but later found that it was because of the food poison. Two hours went without sleeping and at 2 am, finally, I can sleep again.
(I think it was because I had the meat at that elevation, and the meat might not be in the good condition. With my experience I do not recommend anyone to try meat in the higher elevation unless it is fresh and hygienic)
24/03/2018: Lobuche to Gorakshep(5140m.) and Kalapatthar (5545m.) sunset.
Woke up fresh, no problem in the breathing, stomach was still slightly upset but it seemed to be fine to continue. The walking was easy and gentle to Gorakshep. Reached Gorakshep after three hours walking, then took a lunch (Dal Bhat). The normal trend for Everest Base Camp Trekking is to go to the base camp first then Kalapatthar but I opted to visit Kalapatthar first for the sunset.
Hiked up to Kalapatthar (2 hours), my dream, my love looks the closest from the top. The clock ticks 6:10 pm, and finally, I was able to purpose my love…. who did not answer me but turned red, I thought she was shy and has accepted my purpose silently. Kissed my love from far and hike down to Gorakshep for the night.
25/03/2018: Gorakshep to Everest Base Camp (5364m.) and trek back to Pheriche (4240m./ 7 hours walking).
Started early morning to Everest Base Camp, it took me two hours to get to base camp through the moraine trails. The Khumbu Glacier looks amazing and the views were just stunning along the way. The moment I reached Everest Base Camp …that feeling….. the words cannot describe it. Literally, the tears of joy were falling down from my eyes.
Keeping the time constraint and the distance to travel back, I spent thirty minutes in Everest Base Camp and retraced back to Pheriche for the overnight.
26/03/2018: Pheriche to Namche Bazar (3440m.)
Keeping the wonderful memories, trekked back to the Sherpa capital again.
27/03/2018: Namche Bazar to Lukla (2840m./ 5 hours walking)
All the downhill, it was an easy trekking day back to Lukla from Namche bazar but probably the hardest feeling that I am leaving my darling behind. The hot shower after the long trip was something to remember the day.
28/03/2018: Fly back to Kathmandu (30 minutes flight)
After fulfilling the lifelong dream, flew back to Kathmandu that day. The take off the flight from Lukla is something adventurous which add the excitement on the trip.
What have I learnt from the trip?
Have a dream, keep the faith and work to get it. Nothing is impossible neither it is easy to get. I had always had a dream to trek to Everest Base Camp, it took me years to fulfil it. The trek itself was not easy, gone through the ups and downs but I was always motivated.
The thing I learnt is never giving up and keep on the faith of your ability. You are the one to catch your dream.
Based on Steven Ng- A trekker from Indonesia