EVEREST BASE CAMP, Nepal — We reach Everest Base Camp on a sunny but chilly afternoon, after an eight-day trek that stretched our physical and mental limits.
Aching knees from steep descents and headaches from mild altitude sickness are forgotten as the yellow and orange tents for the summit-bound — framed by some of Himalaya’s highest snow-capped peaks — come into view.
We stay for only about an hour on a hill overlooking the camp, pitched near Everest’s Khumbu icefall. We take photos, along with dozens of other amateur trekkers from across the globe, before hiking to the nearest lodge, about three hours away.
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We have been home for 6 weeks now and time we thanked you for our wonderful trip to Nepal. We had a fabulous time on our trek to Everest Base Camp thanks largely to our exceptional Trekking Guide Kapil & his team, Moden, Bilbodur & Bolbodur. They made our trek exceptional. There was always someone looking after us no matter what time of day or where we were on the trek. If not for their care and professionalism we would not have made it to Kala Pattar and experienced the most amazing views of Everest and the surrounding peaks.
I thought that a trek to Mount Everest Base Camp would be an adventure and a once in a lifetime experience and a great fundraising event for the MS Society. That is exactly what it turned out to be and Himalaya Glacier Trekking made it come true.
Namaste! I hope all is well with you and Himalayan Glacier Trekking. It has been 4 months since we left for Nepal and 3 months since we returned home. We think of our trip often because it was such an extraordinary adventure. Now that a few months have passed, the highlights of our trek to Everest stand out even more vividly in retrospect than they did at the time.
In reviewing those highlights most people would expect us to wax poetically about the beautiful wooded countryside on the way to Namche. Also who could forget the scary crossings of those wonderfully engineered suspension bridges replete with their colorful prayer flags billowing in the breeze while far below the rapidly flowing bluish-tinged glacier water (of the Dudh Khosi and Imja Khola rivers), twisted its way from up high, framed by steep cliffs on either side. Others would expect us to dwell on the Yaks, those magnificent creatures, unknown to most Westerners, that can only survive in the rarified atmosphere in and above Namche and that are so important to the local economy. Read More