Reviews • 7
Namche Bazaar to Lukhla ( 6 hr / 9,200 ft ):Finally, here we were: last day of the trek. We followed the same rule: ”Slow & Steady”. We reached Phakding around 2 PM, had lunch there and continued till Lukhla. The last stretch seemed like never ending. It got dark while we were still at a 40 mins distance from Lukhla. Barsha was in bad shape, hardly able to lift her leg. In those darkness and gloomy forest, She literally limped, jumped, but never stopped and made her way to Lukhla. It was around 7:30PM when we reached Lukhla. The sight of first street lamp of Lukhla gave me more happiness that day than EBC or Kala Pathar. Next morning we flew back to Kathmandu.
Day 8 through to Day 14 you be making your way back down to Lukla via some tiny mountain villages of Dangbouche, Pangbouche, Phortse and then back to Namche Bazaar where from here you'll lap the first part of your trek on the way up. I found myself relaxing a lot more on the trek back. I even treated myself to a couple of *lukewarm* showers. Absolute heaven.There will be some crying, but that's okayMany people fear they aren’t ‘fit enough’ to do the EBC trek. Of course the fitter you feel the more pleasant your trekking experience will be however I saw people of all ages (up to 85!) and all fitness levels complete the trek. Your guide should walk at your pace and the 14 day allows you plenty of time so there’s no need to rush yourself.The biggest consideration is the risks around trekking at high altitudes. There’s really no way of telling how your body will cope with this and there’s not actually much you can do to prepare for it. The best thing you can do is take it slow and acclimatize properly. Don’t climb too high too fast and if you do notice signs of symptoms (a headache, nausea) descend straight away. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to abandon your trek completely; it may just be a sign that your body needs more time to get used to the altitude.The trek is tough. You’ll probably cry, you’ll definitely sweat and there’s a good chance that you’ll shed a little blood (hopefully nothing more serious than a blister). You’ll have moments where you question your sanity and you’ll have moments where you wonder why it took you so long to do it. You’ll be pushed to the limits of your comforts and you’ll feel like you want to give up. But you won’t. You’ll carry on another day because you know that what awaits you each day is reason enough to keep going. You’ll be pushed to the limits of your comfort, and further still. But long after the blisters have healed and the sun burn on your nose has faded, what you’ll feel is an indescribable sense of accomplishment that you did it. And my goodness, that makes it all so worth it.
Day 3 is a ‘rest day’ or ‘acclimatization day’. If you think you get to put your feet up and relax, think again. After an optional visit to a museum of Sherpa culture (the name given to those who live in the mountains) it’s a 1 ½ hour steep climb to The Mountain Viewpoint Hotel for an incredible view of Mount Everest.
Day 2 begins with an easy-moderate 3-hour trek to your lunch stop. From here the fun really starts. For the next 3 hours you will trek on a constant steep incline. Just when you start to feel as though your legs have escaped on the next flight back to Kathmandu you’ll catch your first glimpse of Mount Everest in the distance and you’ll quickly forget about the last 3 hours of torture. You’ll end day 2 at Namche Bazaar, a lively and populated mountain village at 3500m.
You can visit beautiful market, Sherpa village and of course enjoy with the magnificent views of Himalaya.
Great views around Namche bazaar. The peaks of Kusum Kangru look magnificent from Namche.
The trail then took us north up the Dudh Kosi valley to Monjo, where we officially entered Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. We caught our first glimpse of Everest during a steep climb that brought us to the Sherpa market town of Namche Bazaar, our home for the next two nights. We spent an extra day here to acclimatize, heading out on short hikes to take in views of Everest. Namche is a colorful village with many wonderful and interesting shops and vendors, fabulous food, and stunning views of the surrounding mountains. An early hike above town, before the clouds moved in, gave us a spectacular Himalayan sunrise and views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse (the 4th highest peak in the world), and the beautiful Ama Dablam. On the way down, we we visited the Sherpa Museum that houses an exhibit on traditional Sherpa lifestyle and a fabulous photography display by a local Nepalese naturalist. The next day we set out on a trail along the Bhote Kosi to the remote village of Thami, the last outpost on the ancient trading route over the Nangpa La (pass) between Tibet and Nepal. We cross the Bhote Kosi and hiked steeply uphill to Thami.