Everest Base Camp & Kala Pathar Trek

As I write from my cosy and comfortable home, I know only too well that a lot of people have worked behind and in front of the scenes to make the mission of my first ever trek become a reality. I owe a big thanks to Sneha for addressing every little query that I sent across before the trip. I can only appreciate how hard the Tamang family porters and assistant guides worked and of course Rishi bhaiya, our guide, who knew in two days that I want warm water at wake up, masala chai with my breakfast – that is usually omelette and toast! To say the very least I would say that he looked after me very well.

Almsot the entire gang - up there!<br />
Almost the entire gang - up there!

Runway at Lukla AirportHimalayan spring-timeJust a bit more to go before I finish my first trek ever!Nepali babies are the cutestHeading towards Everest Base Camp

I really can’t say that the trek was an easy experience for me, but I am taking comfort in assuming that it is probably what will leave me amongst a small segment of the world’s population that attempts and completes this trek – the support of the crew and my fellow travellers was critical in making me put my next foot ahead every day and every hour of the walk and I am grateful to them all.

With Subhash our Assistant Guide - Mt. Everest is the backdrop
With Subhash our Assistant Guide - Mt. Everest is the backdrop

Taking RestThe descend begins.. himalayas!My almost 20 year old buddy Felix!With Tom & Liranwalkathalon to Dingabochethe truly majesticOnward to Namche BazaarWith the funniest trio - Greg, Liran and TommyGreen patches now visible

I can also not thank Mingmar, our assistant guide enough for looking after me at Gorak Shep when I was hit with altitude sickness on the day we were to go to EBC. I appreciated not only his care-taking abilities but also his sensitivity to the fact that I was unlikely to do this trek again and therefore descending to Labouche would be a lost opportunity for me. He gave me every chance to feel better so that I didn’t have to abandon my planned climb to Kala Pathar the following day – without allowing me to put myself through any risk. And to Kala Pathar I did go, thanks to him!

There is a very good reason this trek is rated amongst the top 10 trekking experiences in the world – it is challenging, it is adventurous! It is not easy, but it is not impossible! It allows you to take in amazing sights and appreciate a world and its people that is little known to us. It makes us push ourselves to the limit so we can return with a lingering feeling of accomplishment. As T.S.Eliot said ‘Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go!’

T - shirt says it all - I dunnit :0)
T - shirt says it all - I dunnit :0)

Onwards to Dugla @4600 m / 15090 feetsights of villages enroutethe next morning!And though I didnt go to EBC - I saw it and the spectacular Kumbhu Glacier from Kala Pathar 600 ft higher than EBC!A well utilised acclimatization day - NamcheThis is when you know - God is greater than man!This is when you know - God is greater than man!Our guide Rishi BhaiyaBut then... it could have been worse - like sleeping in these tents!

And finally Naba, let me compliment you on building the great team that you have. I can see that each one of them love working for the company and put their work before everything else. The best advice I got from a friend of mine who had trekked to the EBC a few months ago was that I go with a group. It was the most sensible advice and without doubt I made the best choice when I chose to go with HGT.

Best regards
Gauri