Mangru Minz: Blog https://www.mangruminz.com/blog en-us (C) Mangru Minz (Mangru Minz) Tue, 23 Jun 2020 19:11:00 GMT Tue, 23 Jun 2020 19:11:00 GMT https://www.mangruminz.com/img/s/v-12/u1053146096-o468121978-50.jpg Mangru Minz: Blog https://www.mangruminz.com/blog 101 120 HOW I TRAVELLED TO EVEREST BASE CAMP https://www.mangruminz.com/blog/2020/2/page_under_construction I have never been to any organized mountain trek before, niether a avid trekker, however I was a  regular participant of local trek within nearby jungle around Bhopal organized by YHAI ,BHEL wing, but trekking Himalaya and that to Everest Base Camp may not be a good idea, but still wish to trek to EBC and I’m pretty sure because of one of my previous bad experience to cruise down on Bike from Delhi to Jammu via Manali , Leh and Srinagar in year 2012 to cross  all Seven high passes in one go      ( An Adventure expedition was organized by YHAI ,BHEL wing for the first time, although we were only three participant ). This idea came to my mind six month before performing the trek , so I started researching in Web and gone through some Trekking site like India Hikes, Adventure Nations etc .Having gone through personal experience of other trekker , looking into the weather condition there  in different season and my physical health, considering all the above aspects I booked my trek for the month of October’2018 through Adventure Nations . My trek schedule was 6th October  to 20th October 2018.

Well I was expecting few more participant from across the country but things doesn’t go like that , we were only two . I was little frightened to think about , we are only two from such a vast country but I know it was now or never.

Here is our travel schedule :

Day 1       Arrival at Kathmandu, briefing of trek , checking of trek gears , purchasing / Hiring of gear if any.

Day 2       Kathmandu to Lukla , trek to phakding  (2652m)

Day 3       Phakding to Namche Baazar (3440m)

Day 4       Acclimatization day at  Namche bazaar (3440m), Sort Hiking

Day 5       Namche Bazaar to Pangboche ( Although schedule was to Tengboche (3860m) but we further hike for 2 hrs to reach 

                 Pangboche (3985m)

Day 6     Pangboche to Dingboche   (4410m)  

Day 7       Acclimatization day at Dingboche , Short Hiking 

Day 8       Dingboche to Lobuche ( 4940m)  

Day 9       Lobuche to Gorakshep (5164m) to Everest Base Camp (5364m) and return to Gorakshep 

Day 10     Hiking to Kala Patthar (5645m) and descend to Pheriche (4371m) 

                (We didn’t  hike to kala patthar and proceed to descend from Gorakshep to Pheriche )

Day 11     Pheriche to Monjo (scheduled to Namche Bazaar but due to heavy rush we didn’t find any tea house ,so decided to descend

                further  to Monjo )

Day 12    Monjo to Lukla 

Day 13    Lukla to Kathmandu (Due to bad weather all flights cancelled after 10’O clock in the morning, so we have to stay one more day at Lukla)

Day 14    Lukla to Kathmandu ( We were lucky to board )

Day 15    Departure to Delhi 

 

Now Trek along with me

Day- 2 ( Kathmandu to Lukla to Phakding )

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  Mr Gourav from Delhi, my Co-trekker at Domestic Airport Kathmandu, waiting for check-In IMG_20181007_1104541IMG_20181007_1104541

  On board Waiting Hall  IMG_20181007_1254473IMG_20181007_1254473

   National Carrier, Summit Air

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    Air Hostess   EBC (1 of 96)EBC (1 of 96)     Kathmandu City after take off from domestic airport  To Lukla

  EBC (2 of 96)EBC (2 of 96)    Areal views on the way to Lukla

   EBC (3 of 96)EBC (3 of 96)   Disembarking at Tenzing Hillary Airport Lukla. Tenzing–Hillary Airport is frequently referred to as the     most dangerous airport in the world.
   EBC (4 of 96)EBC (4 of 96)    Tenzing Hillary Airport, Lukla

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    Airport Runway  is just 527 meter. And few rescue chopper at far right used  for evacuating trekker during emergencies . EBC (5 of 96)EBC (5 of 96)   Meeting our guide and porter

   EBC (6 of 96)EBC (6 of 96)    Quickly we took light lunch and proceed further

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    Lukla town , Only flat street at a stretch of nearly 100 meter. EBC (93 of 96)EBC (93 of 96)    Gateway to Everest Base Camp trekking  trail.

  EBC (9 of 96)EBC (9 of 96)     The trail 

 

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   Prayer wheel on the way to Phakding , and we pray for our successful Journey. EBC (12 of 96)EBC (12 of 96)

   More prayer wheel 

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    Beautiful Stream with clear and crisp water on trail EBC (7 of 96)EBC (7 of 96)

    Reached Phakding , nearly three and half hours of first day trekking .  EBC (8 of 96)EBC (8 of 96)     

    Day-3  ( Phakding to Namche Bazar )   

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     Tent House on the way IMG_20181008_0933347IMG_20181008_0933347

  Sagarmatha ( Top of Ocean ) National Park Entry gate

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   Waterfall on the way to Namche bazaar EBC (88 of 96)EBC (88 of 96)

   And stream

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    One more waterfall

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    Koshi river besides the trail EBC (17 of 96)EBC (17 of 96)

    Below one is Hillary bridge , presently abandoned and not in use over Koshi river before Namche bazaar.

    Day-4  ( Namche Bazar - acclimatisation day ) 

   EBC (31 of 96)EBC (31 of 96)      Mountain Kongde Ri from tea house where we stayed at Morning EBC (18 of 96)EBC (18 of 96)       Hiked another 440 meter to Everest view point for acclimatisation above Namche bazaar EBC (19 of 96)EBC (19 of 96)     Trekkers  EBC (20 of 96)EBC (20 of 96)       Here we get a first view of Everest (Right peak next to black mountain at center of Image )  EBC (21 of 96)EBC (21 of 96)      Everest view point Elevation 3880 meter EBC (24 of 96)EBC (24 of 96)      Mount Everest in full Picture ( Mount Tobuche, Mount Everest, Mount Lhotse and Mount Ama Dablam at extreme right ) EBC (23 of 96)EBC (23 of 96)

    A closer look EBC (25 of 96)EBC (25 of 96)

   With a different perspective

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    Mount Kangtega      EBC (28 of 96)EBC (28 of 96)

  Wild flower at View point  EBC (29 of 96)EBC (29 of 96)

     Namche bazaar from Everest view point.

   Day-5  (Namche Bazar to Pangbuche )  

   EBC (32 of 96)EBC (32 of 96)       On next day, trail to Tengbuche EBC (33 of 96)EBC (33 of 96)       Strenuous trail

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  Trail Continues EBC (34 of 96)EBC (34 of 96)       After climbing a stiff height we reached Tengbuche.  Elevation :3860 meter

   Chinese lady posing in front of Tengbuche Monastry  EBC (35 of 96)EBC (35 of 96)      View of Mighty Everest from Tengbuche.

    EBC (47 of 96)EBC (47 of 96)   Although our scheduled stay was at Tengbuche , but we prefer to trek further two to three hours to reach Pangbuche. (Village above stream   at a distance)

   Day-6 ( Pangbuche to Dingbuche )

    EBC (44 of 96)EBC (44 of 96)       View of Mountain Kangtega (North side) from Pangbuche ( Peak 6782 meter ) EBC (42 of 96)EBC (42 of 96)     Mount Tobuche (South face) From Pangbuche ( peak 6495 meter ) EBC (45 of 96)EBC (45 of 96)          Mount Kongde Ri from Pangbuche EBC (38 of 96)EBC (38 of 96)       Mount Ama dablam at early Morning from Pangbuche ( Peak 6812 meter ) EBC (48 of 96)EBC (48 of 96)       Mount Kongde Ri EBC (50 of 96)EBC (50 of 96)

  View of Mountain Kangtega (North face) 
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   French Bakery at Dingbuche

   Day-7  (Dingbuche - acclimatisation day ) Elevation: 4410 Meter
   

EBC (52 of 96)EBC (52 of 96)        Mount Tobuche (From North face) From Dingbuche and onwards trail to Lobuche , We just turn around.

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     Mount Ama Dablam from View point EBC (54 of 96)EBC (54 of 96)      Mount Tobuche from view point at Dingbuche  
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     Close up view of Ama Dablam 

   Day-8 ( Dingboche to Lobuche )  Elevation : 4940 meter
     EBC (58 of 96)EBC (58 of 96)       Pheriche Village from trail to Lobuche EBC (76 of 96)EBC (76 of 96)     End of Khumbu Glacier   and rising of  Koshi River near Dughla where we took lunch

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     Everest Memorials after climbing a stiff height EBC (73 of 96)EBC (73 of 96)

  Memorials of decedent climbers at Dughla top EBC (74 of 96)EBC (74 of 96)

    Memorials of decedent climbers
   

   Day-9  ( Lobuche to Gorakshep, Gorakshep -Everest base camp - Gorakshep ) 

  EBC (71 of 96)EBC (71 of 96)      Further trail to Gorakshep EBC (72 of 96)EBC (72 of 96)

      We then walk besides Khumbu Glacier

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   We then crossed a huge Glacier before Gorakshep , Bottom right to top left EBC (68 of 96)EBC (68 of 96)

      Besides the Glacier EBC (69 of 96)EBC (69 of 96)        Finally we reached Gorakshep our last Halt ( Elevation : 5164 meter )  EBC (59 of 96)EBC (59 of 96)     After Lunch ,We then headed for Everest Base Camp 

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  The Last trail to Final destination IMG_6018-EditIMG_6018-Edit

   Last milestone of the trek , top left

EBC (64 of 96)EBC (64 of 96)   Khumbu Icefall and Glacier
 

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   In between Glacier of Mount Pumori & Khumbu Glacier (Better known as Glacier of Mount Everest)
  Summiters Saving Energy for  Summit , far end center right.      

     

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  Everest Base Camp Summit point ( Photo Courtesy : Gourav )

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  Returning to Gorakshep

EBC (70 of 96)EBC (70 of 96)   Mount Pumori from Gorakshep Peak: 7161 Meter

  Day-10   ( Gorakshep to Pheriche )

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    To lobuche     EBC (77 of 96)EBC (77 of 96)

      Day-11 ( Pheriche to Monjo )

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   Mount Kangtega While returning EBC (79 of 96)EBC (79 of 96)

    Somewhere at Pheriche and Pangbuche  EBC (80 of 96)EBC (80 of 96) EBC (81 of 96)EBC (81 of 96)

   Two monk side by side eyeing on you EBC (82 of 96)EBC (82 of 96)

  Tengbuche Monastry  EBC (84 of 96)EBC (84 of 96)

   Namche baazar while returning 

      Day-12 ( Monjo to Lukla )

      

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   Mount Kangtega from Monjo  (South face) EBC (90 of 96)EBC (90 of 96)

   Some Wild Flower 

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   Day -13 Due to bad weather we have to stay one day more at Lukla

   Day -14 ( Fly back to Kathmandu )
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Conclusion :

Are you a Nature lover, then this is the trek which take you more closer to Nature with exhilarating Adventure, you will certainly fall in love with the mountain. If not ,you will mesmerize the days spent there in rest of your life, Sherpa’s who summoned their life to serve every bit of your comfort at high altitude , walking along and stepping out from the fastest moving glaciers , Ever changing clouds over mountains and the cool breeze.

Everest base camp trek is absolutely amazing but it is exhausting, requires good physical fitness to counter such low level of oxygen, at the same time it is one of the most luxurious and popular trek, there are cozy beds, you can have pizza there and beverages too, little bit pricey but it’s Okey.

Enjoy the Trek and prove me  WRONG .

 

 

 

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