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Oct 1, 2008 - DAY 7 - Thyangboche

The walk to Thyangboche is one of the most spectacular trekking days in Nepal. The trail meanders easily around the ridges and Everest can be clearly seen on the horizon ahead before we descend through splendid rhododendron forests for lunch. After lunch we cross the Dudh Kosi and begin the ascent to the top of a long ridge which flows from the summit of Kantega. Our trail takes us through pine and rhododendron forest, and, as this is a devout Buddhist region, the wildlife is unharmed and not too shy. As a result there is a possibility that...

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Sep 29, 2008 - Day 5 - To Namche Bazaar

This morning we pass through the gates of the Sagarmatha National Park. The establishment of this national park is a significant attempt to stem the use of fire-wood in the area and the few local people who have a permit to cut wood must gain approval from the authorities on the basis of it being primarily for their personal use. We follow the river course to the confluence of the Dudh Kosi and the Bhote Kosi, and cross a spectacular high bridge before commencing our ascent to the village of Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa "capital" of Nepal. It...

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Sep 28, 2008 - Day 4 - To Monjo

Today we cross and re-cross the thundering glacial river, named "Dudh" (milk) Kosi (river) because of its colour. Sections of today's walk are through pine forest and cleared areas reveal terraced fields and a variety of crops. We pass small groups of donkeys and yaks carrying trading goods and trek-gear along the trail. Our own gear will most likely be carried by yak, or more correctly dzopko, a yak-cow crossbreed, A yak is a full-blood long-haired male, more commonly found at higher altitudes. Spectacular mountain peaks unfold above us...

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Sep 27, 2008 - Day 3 - Fly to Lukla, Trek to Ghat

We transfer to the airport for the 45 minute flight to the STOL airstrip at Lukla. This was the airstrip built by Sir Edmund Hillary and his friends to service the Everes t Region when he began his work of building schools and hospitals for the Sherpa people. It is a memorable flight, with marvellous views of the Eastern Himalaya. At Lukla we are immediately impressed by the scale of the huge peaks that surround the village but this is only a foretaste of what is to come. Our crew assemble and we head downhill towards the Dudh Kosi, a...

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May 8, 2008 - Everest Base Camp

Made it. Four hours in, three hours out. Eleven hours of trekking that day. Problem is, it's actually two and a half hours to trek in and two hours out with eight hours for the day. When you reach Base Camp @ 3:30pm, it causes some issues. I'm going to post up a helluva story. Oh, and I'm missing a few kg as well. No no, nothing was amputated or frozen off, just a hell of a lot of walking (and scrambling, and tripping, and wondering why those clouds are racing in at eye level when you're still on a glacier). But it ended well. Heck, I'm...

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May 4, 2008 - Dingboche

Day 7: Pangboche to Dingboche. Aren't the names of the towns starting to sound the same? I guess it's a lot like how you travel through the USA and you here a town called something-"ville". Woken up around midnight by people wandering outside screaming at the top of their lungs, laughter and a gravel-crunching "THUD" followed by more giggling. I think the locals or other trekkers were getting into the rakshi, the millet-based firewater around these parts. Then the dogs, who'd slept all day, decided to join in the cacophony. We struck out...

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May 2, 2008 - Thyangboche... Dave turns back.

Day 5: Namche to Thyangboche (Tengboche)... The Agony and the Ecstasy "Morning!" Deepak beamed, notepad and pen in hand at my door. Before I could respond, he got to the order of business at hand. "Porridge or Muesli?" "Muesli please mate." I yawned, hoping that it'd act as nature's plug. Nothing like your stomach doing somersaults like Cirque du Soliel's finest trapeze acts to start your day. I had been roomed at the end of the hallway, having an excellent view to the south of Namche Bazar of the mountains but I reckon it's to isolate my...

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May 2, 2008 - Thyangboche and the start of the end

Namaste all, well as reported in my last post i had hurt my knee coming down from a walk above Namche, I woke up today still feeling low, the altitude is starting to play havoc with my appetite and I usually wake up feeling like i need a bucket :(. This feeling usually subsides within an hour and i can start to move about ok. I got up and tested my knee, it felt okay but nothing special, it was not as good as when i got here. Had talked to our boss and decided i did not want to turn around but that i would go on and see how the day...

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Apr 30, 2008 - Namche Bazar

OMG NAMCHE!!!! Well today we are heading into Namche, this for me is the first mile stone and a major achievment, for those who have seen my laptop they would have seen the picture of Namche Bazzar for the last 9 months. the town is so beautiful sitting high on a ridge with mountains all around it. but i am getting ahead of myself, first the trip there. the Day started like most others up at 7 for a quick wash, pack our gear and head down for breakfast, by 8am we were ready to hit the road and 8:10 had our feet on the trak for Namche. Just...

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Apr 29, 2008 - Monjo

Day 2: Phakding to Monjo. "Namaste!" came the friendly greeting. Three children poked their heads out of a nearby window to welcome this new group of trekkers as we passed their village. Their dirty faces were lit with a cheerful grin, before their high-pitched giggles faded as they ducked their heads back in. Nepal is always full of surprises. Terraced gardens were growing "aloo" (potatoes) and tall spinach topped with beautiful yellow flowers, resembling the choy sum varieties I cook with at home. Dave noted that the valleys also looked...

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Apr 29, 2008 - Monjo

I'm feeling a little better today, it is amazing what a good nights sleep can do for you (sorry Gav but i prefer my own room.... but i still love ya ), woke about 6am and just relaxed until the porters brought us a bowl of warm water, yep no showers now just warm water, a face washer and some soap. So after the a quick wash down it was out of the room to see what the new day would bring. The breakfast was hot tea, porridge and egg on toast, the meals have been great so far and probably healthier than any i have had lately. Surprisingly the...

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Apr 28, 2008 - Phakding

Was woken today at 4am by the hotel, shower packed and hit the road. We arrived at the airport and quickly went through to board our flight on Yeti airways , love that name, we were waiting to board for a while and found out later our bags were to heavy and fuel had to be taken out of the plane so we could safly fly and land etc. luckly i got a seat on the left which if weather is good gives a great view of Everest and friends on the way in, we could only just make out the peaks due to cloud but even that was mind blowing....i am really now...

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