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EBC Day 08 – Tengbouche to Dingbouche

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Tengbouche Monastery


I woke up early to join a group of other hikers that were heading to the Tengbouche Monastery for the morning puja, an act of devotion that involves acts such as bowing, making offerings, and chanting. As we approached the monastery, a monk leaned out one of the second-storey windows and blew on a huge conch shell called a 'sankha' - a trumpet that is customary to be blown before the morning puja. Read more
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EBC Day 07 – Namche Bazaar to Tengbouche

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On to Tengbouche


Even though it was bright and sunny that morning, the temperatures outside hovered just above freezing - a sure sign that winter was just around the corner. Despite the cold, I quickly packed up my gear, eager to get back out on the trail and on to Tengbouche. After making my way up the narrow shop-lined alleyways to the northern side of Namche Bazaar (elevation : 3440m), I turned right along the trail that began to lead eastwards out of the town. As the buildings started to disappear and Namche Bazaar faded away into the distance, the mountains gradually began to open up to proudly showcase their majestic splendour. Read more
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EBC Day 06 – Acclimatisation at Namche Bazaar

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Namche Bazaar


The day started off slow and relaxed with a bit of coffee and lemon tea (NPR70+150) before I went out to look around the quaint little shops that were scattered around town. Namche Bazaar (elevation : 3440m) is considered the business capital of the Khumbu region and is the site of a weekly market where you can find all sorts of goods and trekking paraphernalia. I ended up stocking up on quite a few things that I felt I needed - a mesh bag (NPR400), another water bottle (NPR250), some filtered water (NPR100), and extra toilet paper (NPR100). Read more
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EBC Day 05 – Phakding to Namche Bazaar

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Nature's Wonders


Today I witnessed the mountains come to life! I woke up at 04:30 and went outside to do some stargazing in the crystal clear mountain skies, braving the brisk temperatures that were as low as -10 degrees Celsius. After setting up the intervalometer on my Nikon D7000, I stood watching the constellation Orion and Jupiter (then situated just above the Hyades cluster in Taurus) slowly set behind the mountains. Read more

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EBC Day 04 – Lukla to Phakding

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'World's Most Dangerous Flight'


I had been looking forward to the flight to Lukla for quite a while as all the things that I had both read and had heard from others travelers made the journey not only sound dangerous but also immensely fun. As such, I awoke that day bright and early and very eager to go. I had paid USD282 (NPR29000) for the return flight from Kathmandhu to Lukla Read more

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Everest Base Camp & High-Altitude Passes

EBC Day 01 - Kathmandhu Arrival
EBC Day 02 - Kathmandhu's Durbar Square
EBC Day 03 - Boudhanath & Pashupatinath
EBC Day 04 – Lukla to Phakding
EBC Day 05 – Phakding to Namche Bazaar
EBC Day 06 – Acclimatisation at Namche Bazaar
EBC Day 07 – Namche Bazaar to Tengbouche
EBC Day 08 – Tengbouche to Dingbouche
EBC Day 09 – Acclimatisation at Dingboche
EBC Day 10 – Dingbouche to Lobuche
EBC Day 11 – Everest Base Camp
EBC Day 12 – Kalapattar
EBC Day 13 – Cho La Pass
EBC Day 14 – Gokyo & Gokyo Ri
EBC Day 15 – Gokyo’s 4th & 5th Lake
EBC Day 16 – Renjo La Pass
EBC Day 17 – Lungden to Namche Bazaar
EBC Day 18 – Namche Bazaar to Lukla

Everest Base Camp & High-Altitude Passes


The Everest Base Camp Trek (commonly refered to as 'EBC) is considered one of the world's classic treks and takes one to the foot of the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest (elevation : 8848m). The trek takes at least two weeks with several days of acclimatisation stops, and passes through the world's highest mountain range, the Himalayas. Trekking amongst 'eight-thousanders' provides one with some incredible views of some of the highest mountains in the world. I on the other hand, was looking for something far more remote so that I would be able to escape the ridiculous crowds that one tends to find on the EBC trail. The three high-altitude passes seemed perfect and at that time I thought would be a great side trip from EBC. Little did I know that (underwhelming) 'EBC' would end up being the side trip! A trip to the high-altitude passes (and EBC) requires a lot of preparation as any sustained trek uphill for weeks on end tends to take its toll, both physically and mentally, on those who try to take it on unprepared. I was fairly confident with my fitness levels so felt that I didn't require any special conditioning for the trip but I did ensure that the routes that I had planned to use were pre-programmed on my Suunto Ambit for assistance with navigation if they ever were required. Read more
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