The route took us over many high passes and back down into valleys, which was good for acclimatising to the altitude. Along the way we passed many sights which would become familiar over the trek: prayer flags and stones, temples, bridges, small villages with teahouses, mountains and donkeys who were carrying supplies for villages and trekkers and climbers.
We arrived in Lukla (2,860m) and watched planes come and go until Heghine and Sheryl and our extra porter arrived. Lukla is the main starting point for most trekkers who fly from Kathmandu onto the short steep runway and as this was peak season the airport was quiet busy.
We continued our trek up to Namche Bazaar (3,440m) where we stayed 2 nights to acclimatize. During our acclimatization day we walked around the area and visited some sites including the highest hotel in the world (Hotel Everest view 3,962m), Syangboche Airport (3,750m) the Khumjung secondary school (one of the schools founded by Sir Edmond Hillary) and the local market.
As we left Namche and continued up higher into the mountains the air became thinner and colder, breathing was harder, but the views became more spectacular. In these higher mountain regions yaks were now carrying supplies instead of donkeys.
We reached base camp on the mid morning on the 9th April just as snow began to fall. As it was climbing season we saw all the tents set up for the people who would be trying to summit in a few weeks time. We only stayed at base camp for about half hour and didn’t walk right down into it as we had to walk back to Gorak Shep (5,140m) where we were staying the night.
At base camp Mt Everest is hidden from view behind other mountains so the next morning we got up early and hiked through snow to the top of Kala Patthar (5,643m) which has the best view of Mt Everest in the area.
From Kala Patthar we trekked back to Lukla on a slightly different route. Due to bad weather we were delayed at Lukla as no planes were flying in or out. We ended up getting a helicopter back to Kathmandu.
Guide and Porter: Nepal Social
Stayed: Tea houses
Ate: Dal Bhat (Rice, lentils, potatoes), eggs/omelettes for breakfast.
Drank: water (with chlorine tablets) and tea
Adventured: Hiked through the Himalayas to Everest Base camp