Left Dingboche for Lobuche after breakfast around 8 am. I was happy with the food and the weather was looking promising as well.
Few hours into the trek, had to cross one massive hill that nearly got me in tears!ha Then there was a memorial for Everest climbers who’d passed away. A lot of famous climbers. You can see it in the youtube video I’m going to post this weekend.
So in less than 6 hours, I’d arrived in Lobuche 4940 meters. My room was the size of a shoebox but still had a decent view of Himalayas from the window. Dal bhat for lunch and during the afternoon I went to check out the O2 restaurant, had my green tea and browse through some books. These are a few great lines I remember.
– Why climb? Because it’s there!
– Realize better climbers than you’ve failed in it. Realise worse climbers than you’ve made it.
I ordered MoMo for dinner …never again! Just stick with trusted and reliable D.B. and sat near the fire all evening reading my book, writing my diary and playing cards with a group of people from GAdventure who were occupying the whole lodge.
Bed around 10 pm but I was finding it hard to breathe. I was at 4940 meters above seal level for the first time in my life and my body was fighting a bit. I remained calm, applied the same technique as the night in Pangboche and after some time I slept like a baby in a nice and warm bed.
Woke up right in time with an amazing view of mountains. Had breakfast talking life with a cool couple from Colorado, they were returning from EBC. so, did our goodbyes and it was time for Gorakshep. I was looking forward to getting there before lunch and then Mt Everest Base Camp right after!! Today was going to be the day to cross off EBC from my bucket list!
There were many obstacles to get to Gorakshep but today’s trek was nothing compared to those scary ruthless stairs in Lobuche. I didn’t mind the trek and was content to be surrounded by stunning landscape and giant mountains with every step.
Then I bumped into the same French girl from Pangboche! By now she had already done one of the passes and was on the way to Gorekshep as well. But because we have a different style of trekking we decided to go our own ways and see each other at the lodge later.
Finally arrived Gorekshep 5164 meters in a few hours. As soon as I checked into the hotel and sat for hot water; I figured the same group from gadventure were there too and one of the guys decided to share with everybody the message his mother sent a warning about death in EBC a few days ago. Hmm .I felt sorry for that person for an unfortunate accident but not something I want to know when I’ve headed there myself in an hour!
Anyway, first thing first food and rest. I had D.B. for lunch ( D.B.was priced 700 npr here and as expected things were expensive as you go up and far from Namche) laid down for awhile with thoughts running through my hear and then finally it was time to roll! I was stocked knowing I was only a few km away from EBC!
Gorekshep to mount Everest basecamp was all about huffing and puffing through the flat land, steep uphill and downhill, landslides, crossing the scary hole between mountains, encounters with fellow trekkers, agitation of bitter wind, light, zigzag trail surrounded with an amazing view and low oxygen. I was beginning to wonder about the distance covered and the next thing I know..Boom! I was in front of Mt. Everest Base Camp. 5364 m!! The excitement was an understatement!
I just stood there admiring those beautiful mountains thinking about the courage and journey it took to get there and my loved ones who helped. I can’t thank them enough. All in all, majestic feeling just being at the Base Camp even though you can’t see Mount Everest from there. It is a historic place, after all, the beginning of another wild ride to the Summit.
Full with the happiness of amazing experience, I didn’t need a break when going down to Gorekshep. The evening was well spent by the warm fire, decent D.B., chats with fellow trekkers and a good book.
Now I was looking forward to the next day and Luxury hotel stay as a treat to myself. My plan was to wake up at 5 am for sunrise at Kala Patthar. This was where I was going see Mt Everest up close but also the place with a lot less oxygen than EBC itself. Trekking to Everest Base Camp was definitely worth the wait and something I would never forget.
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Annnnnd here’s the most awaited video. Enjoy!