After climbing to the Thami Monastery, we retraced our steps before turning uphill toward the lovely village of Khumjung, where Sir Edmund Hillary established a school in 1961.
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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.
After the steep climb of the moraine of Kumbu glacier beyond Thukla you reach a place called Chupki Lara marked by an array of memorials of mountaineers who perished on missions to climb Everest. On the way to Lobuche you come across Mt Pumori, Khumbutse and Lingtern passing by Khumbu glacier. This is where serious trekking starts and one is really prone to altitude sickness.
Day 7 is the big one. You start early and trek 2 ½ hours to Gorakshep. From here you're roughly 2 hours from EBC. Here I can remember only 2 things. The first being how completely quiet and still everything was around me and the second being the fact I was running on nothing but pure adrenaline. And then there I was.
Everest Base Camp I
It's a no brainer that hiking to the Everest Base Camp (EBC) is something most hikers aspire to do at some point in their lives. Despite the fact that it's a busy trail which attracts hikers from across the world, the chance to see Everest up close is enough for hikers to pack their bags and show up in Khumbu valley.I first thought of going to EBC in the summer of 2014, but couldn't go due to an injury from a cycling accident. As soon as my knee started recovering, I wrote to my friend, Mallika, who is my partner in crime, as I knew that she would be the best person to share this adventure with.
On Day 4 the trek really starts to get challenging. The first 2 ½ hours is pretty flat, winding around mountains with a big descent down to the river. You’ll lose quite a bit of altitude in this part and spend the next 3 hours making up for it. This was probably the toughest part of the trek but the view that awaits you at the top at Tengbouche is unbelievable.
9. Cho Oyu Base Camp trekAnother relatively unclimbed and unvisited mountain is Cho Oyu, which is half in Nepal and half in Tibet. Cho Oyu is an incredible mountain for climbers, and the perfect trekking option because unlike the Everest, Lhotse and Makalu base camp, this one is relatively less populated. Even though Cho Oyu comes in the list of the highest peaks in the world, its beauty is unique.
10. Gokyo Ri TrekGokyo Ri is a peak in the Khumbu region, located just next to the Ngozumpa Glacier, which is considered the largest glacier in the Himalayas as well as in Nepal. The Gokya Ri trek includes a trek to the Gokyo lakes, and from the Gokyo Ri you can easily see some of the 8-Thousander peaks in Nepal, such as Makalu, Lhotse, Cho Oyu and Everest. The Gokyo Lakes are one of the most pristine lakes in the world.
Lukla - Everest Base Camp Trekking Route
The trail from Lukla to Phakding (our stop for day one) is a gentle descending one over looking farmlands and the Dudh Kosi canyon Pretty cultural as well with the trek route lined with mani stones (stones with religious inscriptions), chortens (buddhist temples) and prayer flags.
Lobuche Base Camp
Day 6 and you’re now trekking through the harsh wilderness of the Himalayas on your way to Lobuche. There’s snow, there’s ice and there’s not much around besides Mother Nature in all her magnificent glory. At just below 5000m, the trek is tough, and each step feels like a greater effort. What’ll keep you going is the thought that in less than 24 hours you’ll be standing at EBC.
Naar and Phu
This is not an extreme trail, but more of a relaxed one that will let you ponder over the scenic beauty and the local culture. Start from Koto villiage in the Annapurna Circuit Trail and follow the small river that flows through narrow gorges and cliffs. At one point this trail even passes from under a majestic waterfall. Situated in the northern border of Nepal, Phu has two abandoned Khampa settlements on the way along with two local villages that constitute of lovely Buddhist monasteries. Naar, is towards the west underneath the beautiful Pisang Peak. This trek is a nice peak into the local culture and some out of way beauty. And to cap it all off you can cross the 5322m Kang La pass back onto the Annapurna Circuit, and see the entire northern sweep of the Annapurnas.
Ama Dablam Basecamp
8. Ama Dablam Base Camp TrekThe Ama Dablam trek is one of the most sought after by mountaineers. People who are not skilled to climb a mountain are encouraged to trek to the base camp of this magnificent mountain! While you trek this route, you will experience an adrenaline rush, with the highest peaks of the world overlooking you at every step. Ama Dablam is a soothing sight after a difficult climb!