Everest Base Camp Trek Day 12: fly out from Lukla Airport, the wildest plane ride in the world

Friday, March 9th, 2012
Cockpit of the Lukla to Katmandu Airplane

Lukla Airport and how to fly out It’s a bevy of frenzy even if you arrive at Lukla airport well before the first flight. Usually an hour after day break. Be prepared for cramped conditions at the airport, no signs and a mass of people queuing for unknown things. Everyone from summit climbers, scientific expeditions, expensive tours,… Continue reading more »

Everest Base Camp Trek Day 11: Trekking at night

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012
Red Sunset on the Himalayas

Two nights arriving in darkness on the Everest Trail My own oxygen high came with some stupid risks too. Due to my broken boots we could only go slowly. Yet our side trips to see things like the Nepalese Tahr kept us occupied. As a result we arrived into Namche Bazaar just as darkness was setting in.… Continue reading more »

Everest Base Camp Trek Day 10: The best drugs are found in the Himalayan mountains

Monday, March 5th, 2012
Tengbouche Monastery the highest in the world

Don’t rush a trek to Everest Base Camp I say something like this every time I do a trek. I guess it’s in my nature to try and “get somewhere first”. With age comes wisdom, so they say. And a hint of laziness mixed up in the guise of a lot of “been there, done that”… Continue reading more »

Everest Base Camp Trek Day 9 part II: the locals you meet on the trails

Friday, March 2nd, 2012
A Nepalese Goat herder

Trekking to see skiers at Tengboche Monastery? Snow turning to slush turning to ice joined us after finding the Nepalese Tahr’s. We were now running late. That said the day was full of locals struggling along the ice trailed mountain paths too. Including this man and his flock of rather aggressive looking goats. Nepalese carrying the weight… Continue reading more »

Everest Base Camp Trek Day 9 part 1: Encounters with Himalayan Tahr in Nepal

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
Alpha Male Himalayan Tahr from Nepal

Wildlife encounter with the Himalayan Tahr (Hemitragus jemlahicus) Even in the middle of winter the sun shines brightly in the mountains. Tengboche was our next destination, home of the worlds highest monastery. It would be a cold night ahead on a mountain peak as we looked down and could see snow further ahead. So for… Continue reading more »

Everest Base Camp Trek Day 8 part III: Retreating from the snow and ice

Monday, February 27th, 2012
Trekking through snow and ice on Everest Base Camp

Through snow & ice a rush to Lobuche It’s a very different feeling coming back from a goal than reaching it. The Everest Base Camp Trek is different to the Annapurna circuit in that you have to retrace your steps back down the trail rather than head back along a different path. To me there’s very… Continue reading more »

Everest Base Camp Trek Day 8 part II: Trekking to Base Camp, avalanches & yeti prints

Friday, February 24th, 2012
Mount Everest Base Camp Sign

The Trek to Mount Everest Base Camp From cloud covered mountains to blue sky vistas of Kala Patthar and the remaining trail to Everest Base camp. The morning proved that in areas like the roof of the world things can change in an instant. Narayan and I crunched through the snow out of Gorak Shep.… Continue reading more »