Everest Base Camp Trek, Nepal

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davejo davejo
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Was i the last one to see the REAL yeti skull ? Jan 29, 2017
I just read that the yeti's skull and hand on display are replicas of the stolen ones from 1991, but you can still go and see them. Actually i may have been about the last person to see the real skull or shall we say the original yeti skull before it was stolen. i stayed one night in Pangboche so i was looking forward to going to the monastery to see the skull. the custodian of the monastery lived in a up and down building next to the monastery and when i requested to see the skull she squatted on the ground and relieved herself, before asking for a few rupees to open the monastery. I entered the monastery to see some beautiful coloured displays but casting my eyes around i failed to see the skull, but the problem was solved by producing a few more rupees and she produced a glass case from a cabinet with the skull and hand inside. The next morning when we woke at the lodge we were informed that the skull had been stolen so for those of you who have to make do with the replica here is the original. Probably this would have been sometime in April 1991 if i am not mistaken. Please visit the replicas, the monastery is interesting anyway.

THE HAND AND SKULL WERE REPLACED
yeti skull or not ?
drum
gods
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davejo davejo
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Namche Bazaar, a place to rest and acclimatise Jan 29, 2017
If trekking from Jiri you will reach Namche Bazaar (3,400 m) after 7 or 8 days, but if flying into Lukla you can make it in a day or better 2 days is more advisable. Trekkers usually spend 2 or 3 nights in Namche to get acclimatised which is very important, because from now on it is slowly uphill all the way to Everest. This is the place to spend a day relaxing, perhaps try a yak steak or an Everest beer. Some people take a day trek up to Khunjung / Khunde where Sir Edmund Hillary started his clinic and schools for the locals.This trek will help get you acclimatised as you increase your altitude by about 400 m. Most of the houses are built from slabs of stone and have a compound for their animals. Try to be in Namche Bazaar on a Saturday when the market is held, as hundreds of locals trek in from neighbouring villages and others further afield to trade their goods and pick up supplies. I even saw some Tibetan horsemen who had come with sacks of salt to trade.
market day
namche Bazaar
market at Namche Bazaar
Tibetan horsemen
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davejo davejo
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Gokyo, the lakes and the mountain Jan 29, 2017
If you are on the Everest trek you can take a 5 day diversion to Gokyo. Gokyo (4,750 M) sits on the edge of a beautiful turquoise lake, one of 5 or 6, part of the highest lake system in the world. Of course, you might be there when Gokyo Lake is frozen so i think it is not such a picturesque view. When i was there i stayed in one of the two basic lodges by the lake, but i gather there are a few more now. It was so cold that we had to shelter indoors after 3 pm. Most trekkers will get up at 4 am and try to climb Kala Patar or Gokyo Peak to try and catch the sunrise and great views of Everest.I followed the trail up Kala Patar with my flashlight and i guess i reached the top in two hours at an altitude of about 5,400 m.I had been dreaming for several years to trek to Everest and tears came to my eyes as i viewed Everest in the distance. Normally trekkers will descend the mountain by lunchtime, collect their gear and trak down the mountain to a lower altitude.
view from Kala Patar
view from Kala Patar
view from Kala Patar
view from Kala Patar
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davejo davejo
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Trekking from Jiri to lukla Jan 31, 2017
I always advise trekkers to hike in from Jiri, rather than flying in to Lukla. The trek from Jiri to Gokyo, EBC and trekking out again will take up to 4 weeks and is well worth doing as the trail on the first few days from Jiri passes through different climatic zones and the nature is magnificent. Above Namche Bazaar the scenery can be rather desolate with not so many trees. From Jiri you will stay a night or two at Junbesi, a really beautiful village that you will arrive at on the third or fourth day. On both my Everest treks i have taken a rest day here and wandered up the valley to a monastery. Before you arrive at Junbesi you will have to climb over the Lamjura La (pass) which involves ascending the mountain for a whole day until you reach the pass at 3,500 m. The trek up the mountain starts at 1,400 m altitude so you will be gaining over 2,000 m.
near Shivalaya
one of many bridges
a local house
on the way from Jiri
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A slight diversion---Chukung Jan 31, 2017
If you are trekking to Everest Base camp and have a couple of days to spare it is well worth leaving the main trail at Dingboche and head a few kilometers east to Chukhung. Check into one of the lodges here and spend the next day exploring the trail that leads you further east. There are great views of Ama Dablam and the trail will eventually lead to Imja and Chakarma lakes, each side of the trail. The Chukhung valley is surrounded bu some great peaks, Lhotse and Nuptse, Cho Pulo and Barutse. There are also several glaciers in the area too. Chukhung village is 4,750 m above sea level so it is a great place for an acclimatisation rest.

One thing to be aware of is the path becomes narrower and narrower and if it snows heavily it will be very difficult to follow the path, but it is unlikely you will get lost as it is in the center of the valley and easy to find your way back to Chukhung.
Ama Dablam
our host at our lodge in Chukhung
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davejo davejo
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Blowing in the wind Jan 28, 2017
Whenever you cross over a pass or reach the top of a peak you will notice prayer flags that are fluttering in the wind. Most people think that prayer flags carry prayers to the gods but traditionally this is not true as Tibetans believe that prayers and mantra are blown by the wind to spread goodwill and compassion into all areas, therefore prayer flags are thought to benefit everyone.

Nowadays by hanging flags in the high places the LUNG TA (wind horse) will carry the blessings depicted on the flags to everyone and everywhere. As the wind passes by the flags the air is purified and sanctified by the mantras. The images on the flags fade away through time and become a part of the universe just like life moves on and is replaced by new life. Tibetans will hang new flags next to the old which symbolises life's changes and that we are all a part of a greater ongoing cycle. The symbols and mantras on the prayer flags are scared and should never be placed on the ground or used on clothing. Old prayer flags should be burnt.
Prayer flags fluttering in the wind
on the Everest trek
at one of the passes
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Phortse Bridge to Gokyo Jan 31, 2017
Most trekkers will take 3 days to trek from the Lodges at Phortse Bridge to Gokyo, but it is also doable in one day but certainly not advisable as there would be a great danger of suffering from altitude sickness. From Phortse to Gokyo is not far but the first stop should be at Dole at an altitude of 4,038 m, nearly 400 m higher than Phortse Bridge, just about within the advised limits of altitude gain for one day's trekking. The next stop will be at Machermo at 4,465 m altitude, before heading to Gokyo the next day at 4,750 m altitude. Getting between these settlements only takes a couple of hours so do not be tempted to continue further, just spend the day relaxing and exploring the area around you. Don't forget to drink lots of water.
Just below the first lake before G…
Machermo
a cool dip in the waterfall
early morning at Machermo
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Remember those who perished Jan 31, 2017
Over 280 climber have perished trying to scale Mount Everest and you can see their names carved on rocks as you trek towards base camp, but many trekkers have also died on the trek. A few trekkers die every year on the trail , some from altitude sickness and others from falling. Make sure that you have adequate insurance while trekking as the helicopter will not come to rescue you without a guaranteed payment. Also never trek alone because who will go for help if you suffer an injury. I have seen many people being escorted down with altitude sickness as they have gone from low altitude to a higher altitude too quickly.
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Tengboche, a picturesque village Jan 31, 2017
If leaving Namche Bazaar on the way to Everest Base Camp you will more than likely stop overnight at the beautiful village of Tengboche where the largest gompa in the Khumbu region is located. Tengboche Buddhist Monastery was constructed in 1923 but was rebuilt 11 years later after it was destroyed by an earthquake. In 1989 it was again destroyed by a fire (which must have happened at the end of the year as i was there in Oct that year). Tengboche is 3,860 m above sea level and is mostly inhabited by Sherpas who settled here from the Tibetan region 600 years ago. Approaching Tenngboche from Namche Bazaar you will pass through many Rhododendrum forests which are particularly beautiful when they are in bloom. From Tengboche area there are beautiful views of the valley below.
in bloom
Tengboche with Everest in the dist…
Tengboche (1991)
yaks on the trail
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It is tough being a female in the Everest area Jan 28, 2017
Often when trekking towards Namche Bazaar you may find yourself trekking alongside some female porters and you may see the same ones several days in a row. These women add a little color to the trek as normally they wear different colored clothes, where as male porters tend to wear black or khaki colored pants and jacket. It is quite difficult to communicate with these ladies but most don't mind having their photograph taken. These porters wil walk from sun-up to sundown taking their loads to Namche Bazaar or the nearby villages. Some are not traveling great distances bur are collecting firewood or grass for the livestock. It is now possible for female trekkers to hire a female guide or porter if they don't feel comfortable having a male porter.
lady porters
lady porters
rest time
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Amazing Views and a lifetime adventure Aug 28, 2016
Everest Base camp Trek is great adventure for you if you love trekking and adventure. Everest Base Camp Trek is a once in a lifetime experience with an adventure of the highest sort. The trek leads you through the beautiful Khumbhu valley, spectacular Everest High Passes and stunning Sherpa Villages leading you towards the Base camp of the Mighty Everest at 5430 meters. The Everest region is understandably one of the world's most popular and spectacular hiking destinations.

If you are looking for an adventure of lifetime give it a go. Plan your trip well before you reach there :)
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paullovestrek paullove…
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Amazing experience Nov 03, 2014
For those of us who are not mountain climbers, Everest Base Camp (EBC) is as close as we can get to the highest place on Planet Earth. Getting there is not easy but it's definitely worth the effort. I suggest spending the night, either at the marginally adequate government guest house across the road from the Rongphu Monastery, or at the tent city a little further up the road (bring your own sleeping bags). Arriving in the afternoon and spending the night will provide more opportunities to view the mountain. But, of course, there is no guarantee. During our trip in mid June, the mountain played hide-and-seek with the clouds on the first day we were there. But the next morning it was gloriously clear and we had near-perfect conditions for viewing and photography.
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mathewray mathewray
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Everest Base Camp Trek Aug 29, 2011
The first trek of my life was in Nepal,with my wife in 2005.Duration 3 weeks,Keshab as our guide became a real friend and he was always ready to resolve any problem.Second time in 2008,again with my wife and Keshab of course.Even in cases of health problems,Keshab showed an outstanding behavior!I hope to do my third trek this autumn and I suggest you that his experience is enough for a safe and charming adventure with Broad Adventure.After 6 years a great friendship created between us and nowadays he is much more than one of the best Nepali guides!Wish you all,Gods of Nepal,always by your side.
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