|Posted by Jan Bella on January 21, 2012 at 9:40 AM||comments (0)|
Visiting Himalayas was always my big dream. In the spring of 2011 I finally got opportunity and time off work to go. After few days spent in Kathmandu, Pokhora and Chitwan national park and after quick visit to Nepali hospital I was on the plane to Lukla. Lukla has one of the most dangerous airports in the world that is at the altitude of 2860 meters above the see level. Single 600 meters runway with no space for mistakes and brick wall on one side and deep deep valley on the other. Anyway. We landed, picked up bags and after meeting fellow French tourist we set off towards the Everest base camp.
First day took me to Pakhding. Mostly down the hill and easy walking. Second day was a different story. Climbing up to Namche Bazaar was rather long day. However seeing Everest made me forget all the pains. Namche is main trading centre of the Khumbu at altitude of 3440 meters. Namche is first place where people usually take an acclimatization day and go up to Everest view hotel or Khumjung. Views from the Everest view hotel are one of the best in Khumbu. Ama Dablam on the right Lhotse-Nuptse ridge and Everest still bit shy looking at you from behind this massive ridge.
Few days later I arrived to Tengboche. In the village is important Buddhist monastery, which is largest gompa in Khumbu region.
Soon after leaving Tengboche whole surroundings change. We passed the tree line and the familiar looks of Ama Dablam has changed too. This was first time that down jacket came out as it's got quiet cold, even during the day. I took another acclimatization day here and went for a trek to about 5000 meters. Felt really good and was looking forward to moving higher up.
After leaving Dengboche trail heads for Doughla and Labouje. Labouche sits on the bottom of the Khumbu glacier with great views of whole valley and Pumori. Everest base camp was only 2 days away. Next day I arrived at Gorak Shep. Last "village" in the valley with very simple accommodation. On the way we passed memorial site for climbers and Sherpas that lost their lives in Himalayas. During the night there was snow fall with about 15 centimetres of new snow. After 7 days I couldn't even be sure if we would be climbing Kala Pathar! At the end we did. Short 2 hour walk and we were at the summit at around 5600 meters with great views of Everest. I made it! Dream dreamt for years has become true. Great feeling. It took 8 days to get here and only three days to get back to Lukla. Great places with lots of interesting people made this trip perfect. Leaving Lukla was sad but hopefully I'll return one day.