Everest Base Camp Trek Sept-Oct 2019

Hiregoudar

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Post lunch we started climbing and after 2 hours of rock climbing we reached a place called Chukpi Lhara.
This place is a memorial for all the brave Sherpas who died during Everest expeditions.

We stopped by took photographs and got much needed rest. It was still overcast and wet.

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We reached Lobuche by 4 PM and we had a long evening ahead of us.


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We spent entire evening in the Dinning hall which was warm and had lots of folks paying cards reading books etc. We had hot ginger tea and relaxed.

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Outside still raining and very cold.

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We had dinner by 7 PM and went to bed by 8PM. It was cold and we were praying for sunshine next day as we would reach the Base Camp. We had not seen any peaks even after 7 days of trekking.
 

Hiregoudar

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30th Sept 2019
Day-8 of trek
Lobuche (5030 MSL) to EBC (5365 MSL) and Gorak Shep (5169 MSL)
Total Trek today 15.6 KMS.


We used the hot water in our flask to brush and shave. At breakfast Shreen told us that today we may have a clear day that was the best news since 21st Sept. We were ready for departure by 7 AM after breakfast and daily dose of Diamox. None of us were feeling sick and it appeared we were now totally acclimatized. All of us were very excited to reach the Base Camp and it had been tough 9 days of travelling/trekking.

When we got out of the tea house we saw these views.

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Happy faces....to see some peaks ...


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Today we would cross two glaciers and then walk along Khumbu Glacier (we had crossed this before Dughla).

The first glacier would be Lobuche Glacier and then Changri Nup Glacier just before Gorak Shep our Lunch stop.

Some views today before lunch stop.

Mount Pumori

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Sky is opening up. No rain at all.

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So happy...

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What we trekked...

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Sun trying to come out...

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Chumbu on left and Pumori on the right.

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Nuptse still not clear...

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Khumbu Glacier

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Getting closer to Pumori

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Clouds moving to the top...

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After crossing Lobuche Glacier

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close up of Pumori

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First view of Khumbu ice fall

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Elusive Supriya on camera..

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First clear view of ECB and Khumbu Glacier, with Nuptse peak ( 7849M) on the right.

Changtse Peak (7543M) in Tibet at 12 o'clock position

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Kala Pattar in view with Pumori in the back ground.

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This is just wow

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Nuptse in full glory....

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First view of Everest (Sagarmatha) behind Nuptse range


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Top of the world feeling.

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bright sun....Nuptse ......and Khumbu Glacier

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We reached Gorakshep by 11:30 AM noon for our Lunch stop. We dropped our luggage and checked in Snowland Highest Inn.

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Info at Gorak shep

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We had lunch and by 1.00 PM we were ready for our final push to EBC. We had T shirts with EBC prints and we all wore those for photography at the EBC.
 

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Hiregoudar

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Shreen told us this trek to EBC can take 2.5 hrs to 3 hours and we also had reach back before it gets dark. We were happy to have the sun and hoped it would stay dry the whole day. We were thankful to almighty for he gave us bright sunny day when it mattered most.

We trekked along the Khumbu Glacier almost for 1.5 hours on very rocky trail and then we saw the colourful tents of the Everest Base camp on the Khumbu glacier. We could see many trekkers on the return journey and their happy faces of having completed the trek.

Approaching ...

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Nuptse is imposing and comes in every photo..

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Base camp ahead with Khumbu Ice Fall

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Snow fall from Nuptse

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Wall paper ...

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Khumbu glacier close up...

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Khumbu Ice Fall

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Changtse (7543M)

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Changtse and Nuptse with Everest seen a small peak (below the cloud).

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close up of Nuptse

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Close up of EVerest

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Better Close up of Everest...

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First view of Base Camp in a distance.

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Then at last we climb down 100 meters into the Khumbu glacier and walk across 300 meters across over huge rocks and ice to arrive at the Base Camp. Yes didi it.

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My individual photo

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The group (L to R) Satish, Supriya, Punch, Kanak, Shreen (Sitting), Kamal and Ram.

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With Explore Vacation logo and Punch.

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With our National Flag. There was huge rush and we had to hurry with our photographs as many were in a Q for their photo ops.

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On the top, very proud moment "Bharat Mata Ki Jai". There was another Indian group from Gujarat and they also borrowed the Flag (Thanks to Kanak for carrying). There were flags from US ARmy, Israel, China, Italy and many other European countries.

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The BASE CAMP


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Close up Base Camp.

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The actual Base camp ......

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Kamal saying his thanks to Bholenath from all of us.

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It was 4:00 when we were done with all the survey and photo op and started our return trek to Gorak Shep.

We reached back to Gorak shep around 6 PM.

Direction for Kala Pattar.

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A statue of Shivaji Maharaj installed in Gorak Shep by Giri Premis in 2012.

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We were back to Tea House.

We discussed about the return journey and we were two days behind our schedule. Our return flight from Lukla was booked for 3rd Oct and today was 30th Sept. We had just two bays to trek back 65 Kms.

Supriya, Kanak and I decided not to go to Kala Pattar in the morning to watch the sun rise, instead we thought it would be better to get back to Lukla. Kamal was interested but when all of us were not interested he too decided to return with us. It would be taking a chance to trek up Kala Pattar and find it overcast as the trek to kala pattar would start at 3:30 AM.

Some photos from Kala Pattar which Ram shared with us.

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Ram's click

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Ram's click

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Ram's click

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Shreen told us we should start early by 7 AM and try to reach Namche Bazaar if possible or Phungi Thenga. It meant 35 Kms to 32 Kms trek tomorrow. We had dinner by 7:30 PM and went to bed by 9 PM.

We were extremely happy that we reached EBC.
 

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Hiregoudar

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1st October 2019
Day- 9 of trek
Gorak Shep (5169 MSL) to Phungi Thenga (3316 M)
Total Trek today 33.1 KMS.


We had to use the hot water from our flask for brushing and shaving. There is water crisis in Gorak shep as it has to be manually carried. They catch the rainwater from the roof drains for washing etc.
There is helipad and we were told you have to charter entire flight and they charge USD 3,600 to Lukla and carry just 3 passengers.

We had breakfast and left Gorak Shep at 7 AM. We planned lunch at Pheriche. It was clear sky and we stopped Diamox tablets from this morning.

We reached Lobuche in quick time and then sopped at Dughla for a small stop for washroom and rest. We now stopped for photography of landscape and flowers.

At Pheriche, Supriya was craving for Pepsi and for a fast food lover, this was limits of tolerance. 10 days without fast food. She was advised she would get it at Lukla and not before.

Return journey photographs.

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Sun coming up on the east over Nuptse.

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Flowers

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Frost on flowers

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Yak express with water load


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Now Tsola river valley. We took valley path to Pheriche and it was very windy and cold.

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Best view of Ama Dablam.

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Peak of Ama Dablam.

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Looked like Shiv and Parvati.

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After Lunch at Pheriche we started at 1 PM towards Shomare, Pangbouche and Debouche. Information board at Pheriche.

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Path from Dingboche below

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Grazing horse. we were down by 1000 meters and we could see grass n shrubs.

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It was 5 PM when we were crossed Deboche and it would take another 2 to 3 trek to Phungi Thenga. We all decided to terk and try to reach Phungi Thenga. Around 6 PM we had crossed Tengboche Monastery and it became dark.

It was a very difficult climb downwards - rocks and slippery terrain and that too in complete darkness. We used our torches and Kanak was finding it very difficult to climb down in darkness, so Shreen told us go ahead and he would come with Kanak.

Ram, Supriya, Kamal and I used just two torches and trekked very difficult 1.5 hrs to reach Ever Green Lodge by 7:30 PM. We all were very tired as we had trekked 33 KMS. Kanak and Shreen came in after about 20 min. Today we had trekked 12 hours.

We had Khurki rum and then dinner. My phone battery was dead and Tea house did not have power to charge it in spite of me paying. One Lesson learnt is carry at least 2 - 3 power banks. Our solar charger failed totally as there was no sun light. I had kept my phone on air plane mode and used it for photography. GSM network does not work after Namche Bazaar (4G) and works only in Gorak Shep (2G). They have a special Wifi Package for the EBC trek. Other places it is Tea House Wifi which is paid.

They had hot water facility and very clean toilets. We all took shower before retiring. Six days without shower. We could not reach Namche Bazaar as planned.

Shreen said we start at 8 AM tomorrow as we had cover another 35 KMS to Lukla.
 

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Hiregoudar

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2nd October 2019
Day- 10 of trek
Phungi Thenga (3316 M) to Chheplung (2693MSL) with lunch at Jorsalle.
Total Trek today 28.6 KMS.


We all had a good sleep, were feeling good and ready for another 12 hour long trek as the plan was to reach Lukla as our flight was at 8 AM on 3rd October. My phone was being recharged by Supriya as she had some power left in her power bank. It also went out soon but my phone now had 70% charge.

Another important (lesson) take away is to keep Vicks or Zandu balm for as it helps you clear your chocked nose. I had forgotten one but Shreen gave me a brand new bottle of Zandu and that kept me going all through these 10 days.

We were ready by 8 after BF and morning duties. The tap water was comfortably cold. We took some early morning photos of peaks that we could see. Phungi is in a valley surrounded by huge mountains and the sun reaches pretty late in the day here.

Now we had to climb up to Namche Bazaar and then down to Jorsalle and then up again to Phakding and Lukla.

One thing of this trek is that there is up and down are in equal measures so you have to do it both ways. Kanak was struggling with his knee but his determination to complete was amazing.

Today was a clear morning and we got to see all the peaks/views/landscapes that we missed out while going. There were flights from Kathmandu to Lukla in the past few days, as we could see hordes of trekkers now. We were told it is mad rush in October.

Glad we did EBC during lean period.

Video of EBC area with live record of avalanche.


Silhouette... and Kantega Peak

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Silhouette...

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Kantega close up

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Silhouette...

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Dual color leaf plant

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Ama Dablam from West side

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Picture frame of Ama Dablam

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Thamserku in frame

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This one picture has most peaks covered.
On left are Cholatse (6440M), then Tobuche (6495M) then Everest (8848 M), Nuptse (7849 M) and Lhotse ( 8516 M) in the middle, on right is Ama Dablam (6812 M)


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Everest (8848 M), Nuptse (7849 M) and small white cloud over Lhotse ( 8516 M)

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Thamserku (6608 M)

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North of Namche Bazaar is Kyajo Ri Peak (6186)

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Everest (8848 M), Nuptse (7849 M) and Lhotse ( 8516 M) within a window provided by clouds.

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Close up full 240 MM zoom.

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Kyajo Ri Peak (6186)

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Tea break with Ama Dablam view

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The double wire rope bridge from Namche Bazaar to Jorsalle (we will cross it later in the day).

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Clouds roll in after 10:30 AM. we are so happy that we were able to see all the major peaks in the morning itself.

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Namche Bazaar by 11 AM.


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Very beautiful Sherpa town, very clean and up market.

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We had coffee break and Kanak was the last one to roll in. He was in great pain and we had small discussion about airlift to Lukla. The chopper costs USD 600 and carries 5 passengers for this short 12 min ride. Kamal was not keen as he wanted to trek it out. Lucky we did not hire it as services were cancelled for the day due to bad visibility. Had we waited for chopper then we would have definitely missed our flight out of Lukla the next day. Whatever happens happens for our good.

So we restarted again for a steep climb down.

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Leaving Namche Bazaar

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We had lunch at Jorsalle and then restarted after lunch towards Phakding. Not many photos after this as we had taken them while coming. We reached Phakding by 4:30 PM and picked Supriya left luggage and moved on towards Lukla.

It got dark by 5:30 PM and then we trekked in darkness till 7:30 PM till we reached Chheplung and we stopped for the night (Ama Dablam rest House) as we were tired (28.6 Kms) and Lukla was just 3 Kms away. Shreen told us if we start early we can reach Lukla in one hour.
Ram then called up Sita airline office and re-scheduled our flight to 9:30 AM (second flight).

We had Rum party to celebrate the EBC trek and we had made up the 4 days delay and were on schedule for 3rd Oct departure. Our prayer was good climate in the morning for the flights to land. None of us had the will power to walk back to Phaplu if flights could not land.

We had free wifi and power to recharge mobiles. We were back in modern civilization.
 

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