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Sep 20, 2015 - Qomolongma (aka:Everest)!

Wow, Everest, need I say more? The Tibetans call her Qomolongma (mother of the earth or holy mother). Even during the best season, she is often covered in clouds, so many visitors never get a glimpse of her. Imagine our delight when after almost 5 months on the road, we drove over a ridge, and there rose the Himalayan range with Qomolongma in all of her glory. Sun shining down on us, prayer flags waving, we jumped up and down with delight taking photo after photo. So very lucky. We realized how lucky when we arrived at the collection of...

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Oct 5, 2010 - Everest Base camp

Departed from Tibetan town called Shigatse on the 4th of October.In total 11hours bus journey. Stopped at Namtso Lake 4500m above sea level, second largest salt water lake. This was spectacular. The toilets!!! Im back on about the toilets again. In Tibet I reckon they do not understand privacy. Little was i too know that walking into the womans toilets it'd be completely open no walls no barriers just everyone lined up peeing together into a hole!!I made it a mission from then on, to run behind a wall or hedge when the bus stopped. Even...

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May 13, 2009 - Everest Base Camp

After an exhilarating drive for about 9 hours of increasingly treacherous road from Sayka along what is little more than a yak track we arrived at Rongphu - about 5000m above sea level and a mere 8km from Everest Base Camp. The view is incredible! We had stopped along the way for lunch and inadvertently collected a climber, Peter, who is part of an expedition planning to summit Mt Everest later this month. When we arrived at Rongphu the weather was beautifully clear and we decided to trek out to base camp with Peter straight away before...

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Taking the Long Way

Oct 11, 2008 - Day 17: To Lukla

Retracing our steps along the valley, we pass through a variety of settlements and forests before a gentle climb to Lukla. We savour our final mountain sunsets of the trek as we complete this exhilarating journey. Our last evening of the trek is a good time to have a small party for all the team, especially the porters who will return to their villages from here. There is usually lots of music, dancing and singing and if we are lucky, one of the superb cakes that our Nepali chefs are renowned for.

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Oct 10, 2008 - Day 16: To Monjo

Nearby on a hilltop, with views of the mountains, is the Everest View Hotel, where you can stop for refreshments before passing through the yak breeding farm and descending to Namche. After a break we continue down through the forest to the valley floor to follow the Dudh Kosi downhill and out of the national park to our camp at the small settlement of Monjo.

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Oct 9, 2008 - Day 15 - To Khumjung

There are excellent mountain views as we follow the trail as it traverses high above the river and drops to the fields at the village of Portse and then descends to cross the Dudh Kosi at Portse Tenga. A short but steep climb is taken in our stride as we are now very fit and acclimatisation is not an issue. We crest the ridge at a chorten draped in prayer flags and traverse towards the villages of Khumjung and Khunde. It is a morning’s walk, with time to explore these unique and more traditional villages. As we near them we pass through...

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Oct 8, 2008 - Day 14 - To Deboche

There can be a tendency now to rush, particularly as we are walking downhill, but there is still much to see. We descend to Pangboche and visit its historic old monastery, thought to be the oldest in the Khumbu. After lunch we continue to Deboche and our overnight camp.

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Oct 7, 2008 - Day 13 - To Orsho

Descending alongside the glacier we reach the snout and drop steeply onto the old moraine. We reach the site of a row of cairns to climbers who died in the mountains, before we continue to the small settlement at Tugla. Our path is along the old valley floor through the village of Pheriche. Our campsite today is at Orsho, about 2 hours below Dingboche and the views are superb.

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Oct 6, 2008 - Day 12 - To Base Camp

By camping at Gorak Shep we can get an early start and the extra day of acclimatisation we have had by staying here will be invaluable on the walk to Base Camp. Although it has undoubtedly been a cold night we have time to comfortably ascend to the historic site and enjoy it to the fullest. Return to Gorak Shep.

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Oct 5, 2008 - Day 11 - To Gorek Shep and Kala Pattar

We trek alongside the Khumbu Glacier as the path winds over the rocky moraine towards the settlement of Gorak Shep. We are high, among the glaciers of the world's highest peaks. At the junction of two large glaciers and nestled in an amphitheatre of peaks, this campsite is spectacular. Pumori (7145m), Lingtren (6697m) surround our camp. Following our arrival at Gorak Shep we have an early lunch before ascending Kala Pattar. Kala Pattar is not a Nepali name but a Hindi name and translates to "black roc k". From these black rocks atop the...

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Oct 4, 2008 - Day 10 - Lobuche

We are gaining altitude and it is important that we move at a slow, steady pace. The slopes are quite barren now as we have moved above the tree line. Views of different peaks, such as Cholatse and Lobuche, unfold before us in this contrasting and spectacular landscape. We move up the Dhugla Ridge and onto moraine towards Khumbu Glacier. Rock cairns can be seen, many of which are dedicated to the memory of climbers attempting the high mountains of the area, including Everest. The temperatures drop here as we are more exposed with our camp...

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Oct 2, 2008 - DAY 8: Dingboche

The early morning mountain views from the monastery are outstanding. Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse are at the head of the valley, their line of sight flanked by Tawatse on one side, and Ama Dablam on the other. Almost directly above us are Kantega and Thamserku. Completing a 360- degree panorama of mountains are Khumblia and Kongde Ri which encircle us from across the valley. From Thyangboche we head down to cross the Imja Khola before an easy climb along a wide, open trail to the small village of Pangboche (3901m). We may take a slight detour...

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