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Everest Base camp

By: Hardy Hoegh

My life travel adventure

My travel history to the Himalayas in Nepal in October 2014 .

Day 1-2 Departure and arrival in Kathmandu. October 9, 2014 early morning, I traveled by train to Copenhagen, and subsequently with Fly via Qatar to Kathmandu in Nepal, 24 expectant days with nine other participants and our guide from Topas Mette lay ahead. The entire 18 days trekking in the mountains be carried out, my longest and biggest travel and trekking experience.

Day 2: Arrival in Kathmandu. We arrived in Kathmandu on 2 days. On the ride from the airport to the center of Kathmandu we got the same impression of the chaotic and busy city. We were staying at a hotel on the outskirts of the district of Thamel, and here we could pull us back a little from the hustle and bustle. The tour guide Mette who went against us at the airport, held immediately after arrival an information and trekking meeting where she told depth on the upcoming trek. Everything from the route for the equipment will be reviewed so that we all could feel well prepared for the trip. In the evening we went for a walk in the city and to eat together at the restaurant, also so that we could learn to know each other.The 10

people were Anne Berit, Arnulf Heisedal, Britt Schøndorff, Doris Charlotte, Gro-Merete, Me "Hardy", Lotte, Mads Christian, Stine Reinhardt and Trine. I shared the room with Mads Christian. Tired we went not too late to bed when we were up early the next morning at 5 the time to go to indrigslufthavnen.

Day 3: Fly to Lukla - panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain range. We went to the domestic airport early in the morning and fly to Nepal's most legendary mountain airstrip in Lukla ( 2,850 m) . " The world's most dangerous airport " Here - in the middle of the Himalayan beauty - should our trek begin. We are met by our local and strong Sherpa team to follow us and help us through the next 18 days of walking . We greeted our team, and as soon as the supports have been arranged luggage , we are on the way . Himalayas waiting. We follow the path north along the Dudh Kosi - Milk River - to the small town Pakding . Here tacks for the first time acquainted with the Sherpa culture and tehusene as overnight accommodation. We are welcomed at our cozy accommodation of a family that Topaz has come through many years and therefore know well.

Day 4. Sagarmartha National Park and Namche Bazaar. We followed most of the morning Dudh Khosi and had to repeatedly cross the river via suspension bridges . By city Monjo we entered into " Sagarmartha National Park " where our long trek takes place . Sagarmartha National Park has an area of ​​1,148 km2 in Solo Khumbudistriktet and height curve in terms of the variable is huge : from 2,845 meters to the height of Mount Everest 8,848 m . The large geological span means that the park represents no less than four climate zones : forest, alpine , upper alpine and arctic zone. A huge diversity that we came to see and experience firsthand the next few weeks . After a few hours walk runs Dudh Khosi with bhote Khosi and we abandoned the lower Khumburegion - Solukhumbu - and moved us up to the highlands. After a 500 meters height increase we arrived in the afternoon to Namche Bazaar at 3,450 m . On the way up we saw for the first time Mount Everest in the distance

Day 5: Rest day and altitude acclimatization in Namche Bazaar. We needed another day at the same height and became one more night in Namche Bazaar , as an important part of our altitude acclimatization . Namche Bazaar is the largest city in Khumbuområdet , and it is a sherpa village development. There are built and invested. The small, colorful main street constitutes a lively center of the city. Here you can find everything from yakhaler for pastry from Hermans bakery to the Internet . There are many small shops and street vendors, and you can also buy supplies last equipment if need be . For that we had too little højdetilvævning we walked 300 meters in altitude up to the Everest View Hotel where we hvade one pannorama view to tomorrow's trekking trip .

Day 6 Tengboche - and visits to the area's beautiful monastery. There awaited us a nice day on the trail. From Namche we went against what is termed as Everestdalen. We had not gone for many hours before we got a glimpse of some of the largest Himalayan mountains. On the horizon looms Mount Everest (8,848 m) up as a black pyramid. Next to Mt. Everest we see another 8,000 meter mountain: Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Lhotse Shar and the special serrated Mount Nuptse massive. In the foreground we Ama Dablam (6,841 m), with its classic "toblerone-form" addressed as the world's most beautiful mountain. We took a tea break with a clear view of just Ama Dablam, before we started the descent.

In the bottom of the valley we ate lunch udefor a teahouse. I had stomach upset so the break got me feeling good. Unfortunately, toiletet only a shed with a hole in the bottom, not so exciting when you have stomach upset. I got some stomach pills which fortunately helped quickly. After forkosten started the climb to Tengboche (3850 m). In Tengboche is Khumbusdalens largest monastery, which is open to visitors. After the accommodation in Tehuset Tengboche, we were fortunate that we in the afternoon visited the monastery and lived to see a Buddhist prayer ceremony, a great experience in a completely different culture than Christianity. But where was wildly cold in the monastery.

Day 7. Dingboche. 7 days, where we continued on up in Everestdalen towards Dingboche (4,300 m), would appear as one of the most beautiful trekking days during the entire trip. Also because we were so lucky to blizzard as overnight hardened in Nepal, though sadly killed some Trekkers in the area, put a nice blanket of snow over the landscape when we next morning woke up to trekkers on. Also in Denmark was our closest bekrymmede of our state, fortunately we were able to get in touch via the internet with our family, etc.

We came through rhododendron forests and also passed through areas where the Sherpa people have their yaks on grass in summer. We took a tea break in Pangboche (3,850 m), and this passage we see you for forests and planting for the next several days. We moved really up in the barren and high alpine landscape, and we would spend the next two nights in Dingboche, which like Namche Bazaar is a village in development. The lower part of Dingboche is primarily teahouses, while the upper part is a traditional Sherpa village with fields, stone walls, yakindhegninger and religious stones and prayer flags. No matter how we move about in the city, we were surrounded by the White Mountains, and the place is perfect for a second tilvænningsdag. We slept in Dingboche two nights

Day 8. Dingboche - voluntary toptur to Nangkartshang Peak (5,080 m). As an important element in the tour akklimatiseringsprogram it is important to be another day at the same height. There were several options from Dingboche. Among other things, it will be possible to get on the tour first top - Nangkartshang Peak - which is more a højdekam than an actual top. The view was, however, as correct as it can be! There are the top free sight to the beautiful mountains like Makalu, Peak 39, Island Peak, Cholatse, Tawoche - just to name a few. In the neighboring town of Pheriche keeps the Himalayan Rescue Association, and if the expatriate doctors have time, are offered in the afternoon a small lecture about altitude sickness. It takes about 40 minutes to walk between the two villages - Dingboche and Pheriche - and on the ridge that separates the two cities, one can see, among other into Chukkungdalen to Island Peak (6,180 m) and Makalu (8481 m). It felt that we have come up in height. The air is colder, but the view is even more magnificent.

Day 9 Chukkung - voluntary toptur to Chukkung Ri (5,530 m)

We leave the popular Everestdal and turn the morning up in Chukkungdalen. It is a barren and harsh landscape that opens up and we could feel that we have come up in height. Fortunately, the increase was to Chukkung (4750 m) - which is a small development consisting only of a few teahouses - tractable. We traveled the distance in 4 hours and was arrived at our teahouse for lunchtime. In the afternoon there was toptur to Chukkung Ri 5546 m for the fresh participants. The peak Chukkung Ri provides spectacular views east to, among other things 8,000m Mount Makalu and to 7,000 m mountain Baruntse (7,200 m) and Ampu Laptza passport. Out of Topas 10 participants, there were only four participants came up on top, the height difference was too fast for me, did begin headaches list of possible altitude sickness. But I came for the first time on the trip over the 5,000 meters, I and five other participants took a half portion of topturen for more vertical meters. However, we were all a grand view from Chukkung RI hillside out over several massifs

Day 10 From Chukkung to Lobuche. The day trek should have been trek first passport : Kongma La ( 5540 m) . Unfortunately, caused the heavy snow storm the other day about Nepal area that our Danish guide Mette in sammenråd with our local sherpa team decided due . Safety reasons it vile be too dangerous to climb the pass at this time. So we had to walk all the way around Kongma La mountain to get to Lobuche which was our next overnatningsmål before the Everest base camp .

We start early from Chukkung when we had a long day ahead of us . One of the longest of the trip since we were forced to wander back to Dingboche to enter the Everestdalen . Just before Dingbouche should we ascend the mountain for a get to Kongmatsegletsjeren . Khumbugletsjeren flowing in Everestdalen is long and sometimes a bit steep. Late in the day we arrived at Lobuche ( 4,910 m), where we would spend the night, the last kilometers it began to snow

Day 11. Gorek Shep and Mount Everest Base Camp (5365 m).

We initiated another long day, and started again early - this time from Lobuche, bound for Gorek Shep. We walk along Khumbugletsjeren and Lobuche Khola and arrived after four hours to Gorak Shep, which is located at the foot of the fabled Kala Pattar at 5545 m. We took a break, a little food and a cup of tea before we went to one of the tour absolute Highlights: Everest Base Camp. We went a couple of hours on the glacial deposits of Khumbugletsjeren before we eventually sloping down over the moraine, where the world famous base camp is located. The trip to the base camp gave a clear view of the impressive Khumbuisfald as we came quite close. We enjoy the impressive surroundings before you return against Gorek Shep where we are back in the late afternoon. So far toughest trekking tour on the trip but and trip highlight. I could feel the altitude and thin air besværgelige did bevægelsene. Tired we were if all when we came back to Gorek Shep where we had to stay overnight.

Day 12. Kala Pattar (5545 m) - back to Lobuche. This morning moved 2/3 of participants up to Kala Pattar (5545 m), which means "black rock". From the top of Kala Pattar they could look down at Everest Base Camp, where we were yesterday, and they could now see Khumbuisfaldet above. In the spring, the Everest of his main bestigningssæson, you can see the many expeditions colorful tents that the mountain's growing popularity is as a yellow blanket over the moraine. To the north are the beautiful and triangular mountain Pumori (7,180 m). Were they lucky, they can with the naked eye - or with a little help from a telescope - spot climbers on the steep, snowy slopes. I and 1/3 chose to save forces for the Latter-day efforts. I was totally exhausted after Base Camp trek yesterday, why I chose from, to spare me the next day efforts. Now, however, I am sorry that I did not go to the top of Kale Pattar. The stay in Gorek Shep was a cold pleasure, minus 8 degrees was there that night inside the room where we were to spend the night. Us who chose from, standing up with those who wanted to go to the top, we did take back to Lobuche, we were back at the afternoon time, where we had dinner and a well deserved rest.

Day 13 Dzongla - and opportunity toptur to Awi Peak ( 5,245 m)

Upstairs the last few days hardships , we have today a short day ( 4 hours to Dzongla ( 4,830 m) . We started the day following the Khumbugletsjeren before we turn towards the Cho La pass , which we must pass tomorrow. Right up of us , we have the twin peaks Cholatse and Tawoche whose steep walls challenger skilled technical alpinists from around the world every season. For the most energetic plan was to , cross over Awi Peak ( 5245 m), which is not very well known , and only slightly visited lookout point . This trip was also shortened because of ice and too much snow on the top. the terminus Dzongla consists simply of two teahouses and is only used by people who need to cross the Cho La .

Day 14. Tour second pass Cho La (5370 m)

We started early from Dzongla, it was a chilly morning so we were well wrapped in the clothes, the sun was first coming up over bjergtopperne. Today we have to climb the Tour second pass on the trip: Cho La. It's a beautiful watch, and we were on the front page of the passport over a not so technically difficult glacier. We were really up in the high alpine Himalayas, and we align gradually in height with several of the many alpine peaks that surrounded us. The trip over the pass takes 8-9 hours depending on weather conditions and the group's overall fitness and health. The increase started soaked from the morning, and we had the time and energy to enjoy the landscape within the terrain was a little more challenging. We should pass a little steep rock where ice fell down from the hillside. So we had to be a little diligent ascent, in some places we were using our Nepal Orthopaedics team who cared a hand where it was steepest. The very last piece up against the pass itself took place on the glacier, it was a great feeling to have snow under your boots. It began to taste a bit of high alpine trekking. The view from the pass is magnificent, we kunnenu look down on Gokyodalen that we should move up in the next coming days. We were promoting in the small town Thagnak late afternoon after a long day in the high alpine.

I must admit it was my life's most beautiful mountain pass, you forgot a little hard stranding basses was to come up to the top, the view and the ascent to the pass, I could have in my memories for a long time to come.

Day 15 Gokyo and deep blue mountain lakes ). Upstairs, the long crossing of Cho La , we had today a short day to Gokyo . The day included moderately hilly terrain - no wild noticeable ascent or descent , however, even stigniner of 50-100 meters can be felt in the thin air that only about 50% oxygen in relation to the sea level - It took about three hours to cross the world's largest glacier , which filled the entire valley between Thagnak and Gokyo ( 4,790 m) . We crossed so an open moraine , which among other things gave us a direct view to the world's sixth highest mountain and 8,000m peak , Cho Oyu 8201 m . We arrived to Gokyo at lunchtime and we spent the afternoon on the well-deserved relaxation and comfort in the tea house . Where we played cards and made cakes for tea.

Day 16 Gokyo - and voluntary toptur to Gokyo Ri ( 5360 m). The day included several options . We stayed a deserved overliggerdag in the scenic area around Gokyo . Those who felt tired and needed rest recovered and gathered strength for tomorrow's final passport. Those who , had made profits and good legs , was the trip up to Gokyo Ri in the 5,360 meters a great experience. From here it was a stunning panoramic view of four of the world's highest peaks: Cho Oyu , Everest, Lhotse and Makalu . We could also see towards the Cho La pass , as we came from the other day , and we could see Cholatse and Tawoche from another angle. We were back in Gokyo at lunchtime, and after food and drink were restored before tomorrow's passport , the trip last Renjo La .

Day 17. Tour third and final pas: Renjo La (5415 m) Today we should be the tour last passport Renjo La. As usual, we start early before solgang, so again it was cold, we found our warmest clothes up. From Gokyo we went west - beyond the third blue Gokyo lake - ascent starede already from the morning, we went up along the side of Gokyo Ri bjeget and had beautiful views of the lake. As we got further up we should up a little steeper hillside before we came up the valley between mountain peaks, we went longer in the snow, but the sun warmed now. So we came to the final climb up to Renjo La. The climb up to the pass took a total of 4 hours, and the descent of the other part more or less the same. The view from the top of the pass is one of the Himalayan best: an impressive panorama of 7,000 and 8,000 m peaks all around, and the colorful Buddhist prayer flags as a marker for the mountain pass. Unfortunately hvade we do not have much time on top, as it pulled up to udvejr. The descent was initially steep and slippery, here we could well have used crampons, luckily there was plenty of time to take it slow, and both the tour leader and the local team was ready to lend a hand. On the back of the pass we came after the first bit steep descent to the two Renjo Lakes, here we held a lunch break before the next nedstigning.Snart we could discern Thamedalen which leads back to Namche. We spent the night in a primitive teahouse where it was freezing cold. Can remember the walls were thin plates so we could hear the other in the bedrooms. Before bedtime we got supper and hot tea. We sat close to the stove where they burned dried feces from yak. Even indoors, it was necessary with down jackets to keep warm.

Day 18. Well known Namche Bazaar . Today we should follow Thamedalen back to Namche Bazaar . It was like stepping back in time when many of the villages we passed , are old traditional Sherpa villages. We befand us in one of the parts of Khumburegionen where the traditional way of life still dominates . The area and hiking trail is also an important trade route for Tibetans , so we shared the path with both Tibetans and their yakkaravaner . They come walking from Tibet, via the high and challenging mountain passes , Namche Bazaar , to sell their Tibetan and Chinese products in the local market . Soon we pass the village Thamo , the terrain begins to look familiar . We got back to Namche Bazaar which we again had to stay in it again starts to smell of civilization that we had to again eat meat that we have not gotten lately we left Namche . So there should be eaten and festes when our youngest participant was 30 years.

Day 19. Descent to Pakding .Today we had to say goodbye to Namche , but as today's hike would only take about 3 hours we could take it easy in the morning. There was time for some last minute shopping before it went downhill and south along known paths against Pakding . We were going back down through the forest and across rivers . The green terrain was a welcome contrast to the arid and high alpine terrain , we move in the past two weeks. We arrived at Pakding and spent the night in familiar circumstances at Khumbudalens sweetest Sherpa family .

Day 20. trek last day - Lukla . We had a relatively short final day ahead of us. The ultimate objective was called Lukla and it was a special and good feeling - a mixture of sadness and joy - to approach the ultimate goal . Himalayas is now behind us and the horizon we can see the small propeller plane approaching Luklas runway . Civilization is waiting just around the corner . Promoting Lukla we stay in teahouse where we started the first day of Lukla , and in the evening we gather with our Nepalese helpers as we thanked him for the ride properly . We said goodbye to the mountains and our Nepalese team in the traditional way : with chang - local beer - and a last portion of Dal Bhat (traditional Nepali law , ed.)

Day 21-23 Back to Kathmandu and holidays.

There were early check-in in Luklas chaotic airport. We said goodbye - and maybe see you - to the Himalayas. We could again enjoy the beautiful panorama of the Himalayan mountain range from the small propeller plane. This time we looked at the mountains with a different look. For it was among these mountains - the world's highest - that we have walked up and down, completed several kilometers, marked the thin air, forced stunning passport and moved into one of the world's most beautiful natural sites. Half an hour after the wheels have slipped runway at Lukla we landed in contrasting Kathmandu. We were picked up in the bus and drove to the familiar hotel we stayed overnight in when we arrived to Kathmandu, where a much-needed bath awaited us after 20 days without a bath and babe ring.

The last 2 days were at leisure. In Kathmandu's temples not only the sights, but an active part of everyday life, where you often witness a religious ceremony. Therefore chose some of us to rent a bus with a local guide who could tell us about serværdighederne.

Other participants chose on their own to see the city, etc. We first drove to the cemetery Pashupatinath is a Hindu temple and burial at Bagmati River. Where we saw a Hindu funeral and the burning. After two we Boudhanath Temple, a Buduistisk temple and the biggest Stupa in Nepal. Concluding we drove up a mountain in the middle of town where Swayambhunath temple "monkeys' temple where we could enjoy the view of Kathmandu. On took evening we gathered to eat a farewell dinner at one of the many cozy restaurants in Thamel, while we took Parting with Mette our incredibly talented Danish guide. As she next day was to travel on to new adventures in Nepal.

The last day we spent on their own around the city, we used to go shopping and spend the last Nepalenske money. Some bought wool, leather, handmade stationery, elaborate, hand-painted tapestries, Tibetan prayer wheels and everything within the "new" and old antiques.

The day was at leisure.

Day 24. We leave Nepal and fly to Denmark. We fly from Kathmandu and arrive in Denmark , where we have something vedmodigt and tearfully say goodbye to our travel participants as we had lived and traveled together in 24 days , new friendships were there for . I admit I was surprised by how well the strangers can come together as close to nature when compared and survival præsses to the extreme.

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