Archive for December, 2010
Everest Base Camp trek
Day 1 Oct – 30
I went to pick up the group in Kathmandu Airport at 12:pm. They were coming by Thai Air Lines. They came out on time and i welcome them with flower garland in Nepal. They all seems happy. I droped them to the hotel. I checked their trekking equipment after a while. Only few have enough Equipment. some are okey and some are not enough. I helped them to make a list what need to buy while i checked their equipment. I went out with group and walked around thamel and went for dinner. I gave them brief information about trip and Next day. Then I went home after dinner leaving them in hotel. Day 2: Oct 31 – kathmandu- fly to Lukla2860m – trek to phakding 2640m I come to see in hotel at 6:30 to see them. they all were almost ready. I bought a tea for three girls and other 4 men didn’t accept my offer. Then we went for breakfast, back to hotel then Drive to airport for Lukla flight. I had booked the ticket one and half month earlier. Our flight was third flight but seems not like that. Finally we flew to Lukla about 12pm. we took a lunch at lukla in kumbu resort. Then i just gave them how to trek? what should need to be careful? some more…. Then we started journey to Everest Base camp. all looks ready,so happy and exciting. they all trek so fast.We walk through the rhododendron and pine forest. It looks so beautiful. Just a half and hour descent Chaurikharka welcome us. its a nice and one of the oldiest village in Khumbhu. Chauri means hybrid yak and kharka means the places where yak/chauri used to keep. Before it developed as touristic area many peopel have yak/chauri shed there. most of those people are busy with hotel for tourist so now we couldn’t see those. There is one high school also now. we easily can see it from the way. we also can see the one Buddhist temple near school. Trail will be more easier, not hard up and down. we keep walking along the Dudh Koshi river. Dudh means milk and koshi means far a way or far behind himalaya. weather was not very good. seems like gonna rain but didn’t . we down to thade (STEP DOWN OR UP) koshi river, cross the bridge and walked up a little bit. there are some nice tea houses also. It seemed very nice for lunch and for camp also. We keep trekking. Just before a phakding, there are nice buddhist temple and many mane. we also can see many stone carving and and all have written the buddhist mantra like om mani padme hom. when those places stand infront of us, we can’t wait to click our camera and capture some nice pictures. It’s really nice there. I was at the last. Mei (one girl) was last. she didn’t feel good. so i just walked with her slowly and slowy taking many rest one the way. there was little rainfall either. I feel she really tired, Then i carried her hand bag, it was very light either. We arrived to hotel earlier than i guessed.Nearly all hotel were full there. Hotel owner seems very happy. we had dinner and let them have short information about tomorrow plan. Then all went bed with good night smile.
Day 3: Oct 1- Phakding – Namche Bazzar 3450m
Wake up early for breakfast.There were many people in hotel so i decided early breakfast time 6:30 am. and trek early. so finished our breakfast and leave hotel about 7 am. Today is little hard day. we have to climb up all the day up. I help mei to carry her small and light bag. she also seemed feel better. We walk along the dudha Koshi river and crossed the some bridge over dudha koshi river. view is really beautiful. Water is really clean. water seems little white like milk also. I used to sing a some nepali song with the natural music of Dudha koshi river and rhododendron and pine forest. I really enjoy the movement of walking there with so fresh air , clean water and peaceful and silent movement. we pass some village with some tea house like tok tok, benkar, then we arrived to monjo. There is a sagarmatha national park check point. we stoped there for a while and took group picture and Checked in inside the sagarmath national park. We walk about 20 minutes to Jorsalle for lunch. All member order the Fried rice. All said very good. I guessed all were very hungry so feel the food is good. I had dal Bhat. it was very good. We trek about 45 minutes on easy trail crossing the two bridge over the Dudh koshi river.All seemd good. Even Mei was good. We have to hike up all the way to Namche Bazaar crossing the second bridge after Lunch. weather is really good today. I enjoy walking on sunny day with fresh air, silent and peaceful environment. I took a first picture of Mt. Everest while hiking up to Namche Bazzar. When i see it first i feel that she is standing there with sweet smile and waiting for me. It was so good so beauful. I had seen Mt. Everest many times before also. I had trek here several times as being guide. We continueing ascending up slowly. finall we arrived a rest place with good Everest view. Other members were waiting there for me and mei. We all took some nice pictures there and again continue our journey to Namche Bazaar. All were walking very fast. All look very happy and exciting. They all talked in chinese or taiwanese i don’t know what they were talking. Because i can’t understant all. We arrive namche also earlier than i guess. we have coffee and cake in one bakery. All smees very happy. They spent for a while for shopping. Then we went our hotel Moonlight. All seems happy and exciting. we had dinner. i gave then short briefing about next day plan.
Day 4 Oct-2 Rest day in Namche Bazaar.Today is our rest day here. we have plan to go syanboche to see good view of Mt.Everest and more Himalayas.We had breakfast about seven. then we hike up to the syangboche. All looked Happy but Mei feel little headache while we were hiking up. But she complete the journey to hotel Everest view. we had tea break there with some cookies. We all took many nice picture from there in different shape and style. Trek down to namche bazar again and took lunch. Free time for all. we meet for dinner in evening. Mei feel little uncomfortable in night didn’t eat/drink anything. just vomit a couple of time. I suggest our Groupleader Lulu to give her a half pill of diamox. I check everyone’s heart beat and oxyzen saturation with my small machine. I used it every trek. It’s really helpful for me. It’s being my good freind now. We went bed after all.
Day 5 Oct-3 Namche Bazzar to Tengboche 3860m
We are trekking to Tenboche today. today is really a beautiful day also. we just trek 45 minutes along the pine and rhododendron forest from Namche. Many huge peaks stand infront of me like Mt. Everest, Mt, Lotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Thamaseku. i stoped there for while and see it, feel it. Closed my eyes for while and then open my eyes and heat and see it, just see it. feel want to sit and sleep there and see it whole day. Then Open my camera and just click click click……… I took nice pictures of group. the way is really smooth and wide. so eay to trek here and see Himalayas. I feel i am just dancing beyond the himalayas as Danfe and Singing in himalays as Thunder while i was trekking at that movement. After 2 hours trek, we get a village called kyangjuma. then we trek down to Phungi Thanga. Mt. Everest and lostse were just disappear for a while. We took a lunch at phungi thanga and hike up to tengboche. We climbed about 600m up after lunch. Today also i helped mei to carry her small bag. she seemed better today than last night. Her oxyzen was better than last night but i was still worrying about her. A huge Tenboche monastry welcome us When we arrived in Tengboche. Again world huge peaks stand infront of me and ask me? why did you take so many pictures of us? I told them i want to write few words to save you and make your life more longer. so that now i m writing it here now. Hope, After reading all this, you all will know and feel that this Himalays question not only for me but also for you all. We took some nice pictures of sunset view of Mt. Everest and more Himalayas. Today our one porter come hotel very late than us. i was worrying about him. I send One porter to find him also. he was coming up. he told me that he left somethings in namche so he went back to nacmhe and back to punki thanga and carry up baggage again. we all happy with his arival. We visited Tengboche monastry and pray with buddha for safe and happy trek. We had dinner in evening. All looked happy. I check all members heart beat and oxyzen saturation. All have good one. I give them short breifing for next day.
Day 6 Oct-4 Tengboche to Dinboche 4410m
We had breakfast as our usual time 6:30 am. I checked everyone’s oxyzen and heart beats. all were good. We started our trek to dinboche. we trek down to imja river via debuche village. There here few and nice tea Houses in Debuche also. we trek alonge the rhododendron forest. all the way offer very nice view of Mt. Everest and more himalays. You can see the snow himalayas view sorrounding us. today also a very beautiful day. I took many pictures on the way. we cross the imaja river and hike up to pangboche. One the way to up Hill I help Leona carry her small and light bag. we still can see a little shape of Everest. I offered the tea break for member with Everest view.I know that Mt. Everest is going to disappear for few days for a while later. so i took some nice pictures also. we again continue our trip to Somare for Lunch. it’s about an hour away from pangboche. We took a nice picture of Imja river and Ama dablam. Ama dablam base camp way also seperate from pangboche village. We had lunch at somare and again continue our journey to Dinboche. Today’s way is not very hard. it’s just smooth up. After cross a river again we need to hike up a bit. Then after i helped another bag of Mei.We arrive the hotel also early. Seemed all have energy to take pictures. All Took a nice picture with sunset view over the himlayas. I and one girl Mei, we all the time wear ogange jacket. I think this day I gave her a Neplai name Suntali. We took some nice picture of sunset view with our orange jacket. it seems so beautiful. We had Dinner at our hotel restaurent. I checked every members oxyzen level and heart beats. Every one oxyzen level is going down and heart beats are going up. That let me worry about them. But it still not in very danger situation. I discuss about tomorrow plan and went bed. i worry for mei today also.
Day 7 Oct-5 Rest day in Dinboche
Today is our Another rest day here in dinboche. weather is being so fantastic so beautiful. i don’t have word to explain about himalayas beauty and my inner heart feeling. Every time himalayas touch my heart wherever i trek. I can’t explain how Happy and excited i will be. You can see/guess it with my pcitures. We had breakfast and hike up to chhukung for accalimatise. we had plan to eat lunch in chhukung. i walked in last with the slowest member. first Mei was last then another Leona became last. She nearly didn’t talk with me. She seemed busy writing and drawing the himalayas and some white guys. So i don’t know much about her. i used to ask how are you feeling to all members Everyday including her. She every time give me readymade answer, Good. One way, she told he got very severe headache. I send her down with one guy and Group leader Lulu. I continued hike up to chhukung. after a while mei also told she wants to quit. I send another guy down with her. Again I continued journey to chhukung with other four men. They walk very fast. we ate lunch at chhukung and trek down to dinboche. Chhukung also very nice place. it offers very beautiful view of himalayas sorrounding you. It’s the way to Climb the Island peak also. While i came back to hotel, i check Mei and Leona’s Oxyzena and heart beat. Seems not good. I talked with them about their feeling and current situation. Both of those girls Mei and Leona told me that they felt better than this morning and afternoon. I suggest both of them to have Garlic soup. then we all took rest for a while. All back for dinner but Leona didn’t come. i went to see her with Lulu or Mei. She was sleping inside her sleeping bag. I called her for dinner. She came and had dinner together with other members. Even she didn’t feel good still can eat as usual meal. it’s good news for me. This night both girl didn’t feel so good. so that LULU (Group leader) decided to sleping with them. we all went bed about 9:00 pm. I was sleeing in room. Lulu knocked my door in mid night about 12:00 am. She told me Leona oxyzen is getting low. it’s Lower than 60 . i check that Suntali was noted down that data in her diary every half an hours. Then I back to sleep in my room. Lulu again come to knocked my door again a while later. She told me that her oxyzen level is going down again than before i cheked. I took some oxyzen for emergency used. She told me to bring one oxyzen bottle. I take it out from bag and went to see her and check her oxyzen. It’s getting down than before. It’s really a tough situation for me. Carry down to her in mid night or give her oxyzen. I decide to give her oxyzen until morning and early morning call for helicopter or carried down by porters. Lulu and Mei didn’t sleep until 1:00.Lulu asked me be there and send Mei to sleep in my room. Then I just feed her oxyzen. Lulu keep checking her heart beat evert 15-20 minutes different. Her Oxyzen goes up when have oxyzen and feel easy to breath. Then let her sleep. After While she again have same situation. Drink Oxyzen 20 minutes then she feel betters and lie on bed. When she feel difficult, The strainge sound use to out from her. Then call her and drink hot water some time and some time take oxyzen. I passed that so critical/difficult night. I Never ever encounter like that movement in my 12 years trekking life. Lulu and me, we Both didn’t sleep at that night. I know it’s ok for me but not ok for Lulu.
Day 8 oct-6 Dingboche to Lobuche 4951m
But i feel happy when sun coming out with light replacing all darkness. I help her tight her shoes. Lulu/mei and I packed her baggage. We had breakfast and meeting together Then decided to carry down to her. I asked to porter can carry down or not. they said ok. They told me 12000 rupee. but Lulu asked me to discount. i again request for porters for price down. They ready to carry down to her until pangboche in 6000 Rupee. We said Bye to her after breakfast. Porter carried down her. I send one guide with Leona to take care her in downhill. I was worrying about Mei. I checked all members Oxyzen and heart beat. Every one have better than last night. After a while we contined our trek to Lobuche. Today is really a beautiful days. All the way offer the eye catching and heart touching view of different Himalayas. We can see Hundred himalayas peak today. Weather is really beautiful. Blue sky, white mountain,happy heart, exciting eyes, dancing leg beyond himalayas and click click click camera with sun bath will touch every person hearts. We had lunch at Thukla. All feel so happy and so good. We climbed up after Thukla. I was last with Mei. Other members were waiting for us there. I checked my mobile here also but still there is not any signal.We took good break there after finished the difficult uphill. There are many everest Climber’s Monument build by their near and dear one. we still can observe it. That places offer so nice view of surround himalayas view such as Ama Dablam, Lotshe, Thamaserku, kangdega, Taboche, cholache, Lobuche east and west and so many other peaks. We continued our journey to Lobuche after a photo sesson there. Then further ways are smooth and Very easy Ascends. After 20 minutes walked from monument another beautiful and tall mounatain Pumo ri welcome us. It seemed very tall and beautiful. We can’t wait to take pictures there even feel very tired. We reached in hotel early today also. I again checked my mobile there is signal. I called the guide who went down with Leona. he told she is better. I told him, can i talk with her? She is sleeping in room. so id din’t want to disturb her. Then I took them to Lobuche Ri. When we trek, I do believe in Trek high and sleep Low. so i took them to Lobuche ri. It took about One and half hours. They all looked very tired when we back. We orderd dinner and played card that night. I bought a card that night. It costs 180 Rupee. It helps to kill the time easily. Then I checked oxyzen and heart beats. Every one’s oxyzen were going down and heart beat is going up. When Get to Lobuche, Mei felt so cold so i gave her my down Jacket to her. After a card session, we went bed.
Day 9 oct-7 Lobuche to Gorakshep 5180m
We ate our breafast as our usual time. Then i checked everyone’s heart beat and oxyzen level. Most of seems ok. Still can smile and eat some foods. We started out trip about 8 in moring. Today is not long and not difficult also but due to the high altitude trail, all people feel tired. We trek over 5000m today along the Khumbu Galcier with sorrunding view of Himalayas. You can see the 360 degree view of Himalayas each and every step of your trek. The views are amzing. Much more beautiful than even seen in picture or ever imagine before you be here. It’s really more beautiful than i write here. We walked slowly and smothly. we reached in Gorak Shep early also. We ate Lunch there and take a couple of hours rest there and plan to hike up to Kalapatthar 5545m (Black Stone in Hindi Language). about 1 Pm we continued our journey to Kalapatthar. We all get to kalapatthar top. I feel so happy to see all member there. I always have dream to take all member in final destination. When i was at the top. I feel if Leona is there might be much better and more happy. But i used to call another guide about Leona. he told me that she is getting better. That makes be feel little good. Even I trek up all the time worrying about her. I used to call Guide over 5 times to know about Leona. Four men walk down quickly from kalapatthar. I was last with Mei and Lulu. While we trek down, it was time for sunset. We took so nice suset view Pictures of Mt. Everest and more himalayas. It’s really wonderful. back to hotel and order dinner. I checked their heart beat and oxyzen. Once again going little down but all are still over 70. We ate dinner and go bed.
Day 10 Oct-8 Gorakshep – Everest Base camp 5380m- Lobuche 4951m
Today is an important day. we had breakfast as our usual time and i orderd some boild potato and boild egg for pack lunch. Lulu also prepared to cook Noodle in Everest Base camp. We borrowed some bowl and coking set from hotel and let porter carry all. we started our Base camp journey about 7:30 am. I walk last and let ask the porter be first and walk slow. First few hours they were with us. but later they walked faster than us. we also get to base camp and took nice pictures. Three men went in front with porters. we could catched them. i tried to called them but did’t hear. then i went to call them come back and cook noodle in early base camp but they supposed to cook there. so i come back to see YY. lulu and Mei. Mei quit and back. I Just run back to catch her on the way and trek back with her to Gorakshep Hotel and wait for others. They come nearly an hours later. then we have lunch there and trek down to Lobuche.Trek down seems very easy and fast. We ordered dinner and I checked every members oxyzen and heart beat. seems better than last night. coz we already trek down over 400m. We ate dinner and went bed.
Day 11 Oct-9 Lobuche – panboche 3890m
No hurry from today. so we took breakfast little late than our regular time. Then we contined to trek down to Pangboche. First we cross Thukla. After Thukla we cross a small river and trek little down. Suddenly a flat Pheruche valley was appear. it looks so beautiful. Blue roof hotel and white mounatins make my pictures so beautiful and clorful. I took the member to visit the Hospital in Pheruche. they took some pictures and we had lunch in hotel HImalaya in Pheruche. it’s best Hotel here. very beautiful one. Their food also very nice and delicious. we again continued our trek. we cross a bride after 30 minutes walk from lunch place. Then we climbed up a bit. Then we arrive to somare at the same way we hike up. then after one hours walked we arrive to pangboche. Some member cooked their own noodle and eat, I am vegeterian person so i didn’t eat it. after that we play card for while and eat dinner Check Oxyzen level and heart beat. All have better than before. Then went bed.
Day 12 Oct-10 Panchoche – Namche bazzar
Today also we have an easy day. So we took a breakfast as our comfortable time and headed to Namche Bazaar. We saw a Musk deer grazing just down to the way I took some pictures of Deer and headed cheering up to see the Danfe(Nepali National Bird). After finished the upnhill from lunch, we arrived at kyangjuma. Just before the hotel, one Danfe crossed the road just infront of me. I show to all member. They feel so happy to see it. walk another 30 minutes appear two more Beautiful danfe . We were very colsed to Namche bazaar, There were about a dozen dange were searching food. i had video with my camera and headed to hotel in namche. We took so many nice pictures at there. Leona is waiting for us in Namche. I was worrying about her. When I went there, first I find her room and knocked her. she seems better and writing diary and drawing. happy to see her again. Later Lee Bought cake to welcome back to Leona.Seems all very happy and have more energy to talk. We had dinner. Then check all members oxyzen and heart beat. All are feeling better and their oxyzen and heart beat coming back to normal .Tomorrow we are going Lukla. it’s long day walk so went bed early.
Day 13 Oct-11 Namche Bazaar – Lukla
We had breakfast early and started to trek down early. We have to say by for all himalayas today.We saw many danfe this morning also. About 10 at the same ground.it looks so beautiful and colorful. just about 45 minutes down, we took the last view of Mt. Everest and say by to her with my sweet smile and promise her to see soon. I asked her wait for me. I will try to back soon to see you.Then we keep trekking down to Dudh Koshi river cross a couple of bridge pass the jorsalle and monjo village. It’s still early for lunch there so we decided to descent more for lunch. we trek down along the Dudha Koshi river surrounded by Pine and rhododendron forest. So peaceful and calm breath i had there. I was thinking that there is no place in kathmandu for this to me. We had lunch at Phakding and arrived Lukla also earlier than I guessed.Even Leona walked very fast today. I invited the porters to have last dinner together. All looks very happy with successful ending. Members give some their things to porters. Later Leona give 3000 Rupee and Lulu add 3000 more rupee and give me to give porters. I know that money is for Leona’s carry down fee. I just think why Lulu pay 3000 Rupee. May be she borrowed before from her. I just guessed it. I don’t know it. We sing a song Resham Firiri…. I have to Thank YY for taking care Wen all the time and help to order food. then went bed.I had Requested the Hotel boss to make my flight earlier if possible before go trek. she helped me to arrange the flight one our earlier. I was happy with this News. Day 14 Fly Back to kathmandu.