For years now I've been obsessed about seeing the world, yet only touched a few countries in Europe. Now, I am finally about to explore Nepal and the Himalayas in all their stunning glory. Follow me on my journey :)
  • Day19

    Back in Kathmandu - Day 14

    December 22, 2017 in Nepal ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    We arrived back in Kathmandu safe and sound. It seems really weird being back into some sort of normality now but it’s a good feeling.

    Tonight we headed off for dinner with our guide Lalit and a final farewell to our group. First time having meat after 12 days, was nice!!

    Afterwards we went out to party in a place called th maze. Unfortunately one by one our group were getting smaller and smaller and it ended up being just me, James, Charlie, Lachlan and Billy until the early hours. Great night!!
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  • Day19

    Quest For Everest - Day 14

    December 22, 2017 in Nepal ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

    Early morning start today to fly back to Kathmandu. Unfortunately the weather has delayed us a bit so we just sat and waited for a gap in the clouds.

    The weather has to be clear at both Lukla and Kathmandu airports and we finally took off a couple of hours after schedule.Read more

  • Day18

    Quest For Everest - Days 11, 12 & 13

    December 21, 2017 in Nepal ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    After leaving Orsho we trekked for another 4 hours to our lodge in Tengboche (3840m), after 30 minutes of trekking I realised I had left my GoPro at the lodge, our leader G went back for it for me and caught up with us later! Whilst in Tengboche we visited the monastery to witness the prayers, however, we all had to take our shoes off and the stentch of our socks just killed the atmosphere!

    The day after, we left Tengboche on a 5 hour trek to Monjo (2860m), it’s very noticeable now with the air being now breathable and thicker! half of the group had been struck down with food poisoning, not a great day for those!

    Next day we trekked another 4 hours to lukla where we will spend the night and hopefully fly early tomorrow morning.
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  • Day15

    Quest For Everest - Day 10

    December 18, 2017 in Nepal ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    Still on a high from reaching base camp yesterday we had breakfast at 7:30am then left on a trek downhill to our lodge at Orsho (4040m), still a hard day though as although we are descending overall there are still plenty of uphill parts and the altitude still gets you.

    Our lodge is called the Sunrise Guest House and we are literally in the middle of nowhere. We are the only building here and only our group has occupied it, great atmosphere.
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  • Day14

    Everest Base Camp - Day 9

    December 17, 2017 in Nepal ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    We made it!!!!

    It was very hard to get here but finally we reached Base Camp at 5365 metres. It actually turned quite emotional for me (and some others) as I sat in the awesome view of the Himalayas thinking about life - I had a little secret cry.

    9 days of trekking for 7-9 hours each day had finally come to an end. As I sat there reflecting i was thinking about four long days trekking back down.

    I am immensely proud of me and my group we all did amazingly well through colds, headaches and altitude sickness.
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  • Day14

    Quest For Everest - Day 9

    December 17, 2017 in Nepal ⋅ ⛅ 5 °C

    Well today is Everest Base Camp day, we leave Labouche for a 3 hour trek to Gorak Shep and an incline to 5165 metres. We had a quick lunch and then proceeded to our ultimate goal Everest Base Camp a total elevation of 5365 metres. Will we make it??

    It was amazing walking side by side of the Khumbu Glacier a huge mass of ice covered with ice and rocks hearing it creaking and moving and the odd avalanche on the mountain opposite.

    I have to say Gorak Shep was the coldest, dirtiest and smelliest place I’ve ever stayed at, all part of he experience I guess but when your peeing five times a night due to the diamox you have to go to toilet with frozen water and piss on the floor, not pleasant!!!
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  • Day13

    Quest For Everest - Day 8

    December 16, 2017 in Nepal ⋅ ☀️ 8 °C

    Early start again. It was a bit warmer last night at -8c. We started a six hour trek to the next destination of Lobouche (4910m) It feels like another planet walking through rocks and small bushes with the odd yak showing it’s face, it’s a very surreal yet stunning experience.

    We arrived at our lodge, checked into our room and hiked a little higher to 5000m to over look the Khumbu Glacier, a huge glacier that pushes its way though the valley from Everest.

    Tomorrow we wake at 6am for our trek to Everest Base Camp, so close to our ultimate goal now, everyone’s in good spirits, a little tired but all good, oxygen at this height is now 53%, small steps help and we will reach the goal tomorrow!
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  • Day12

    Quest For Everest - Day 7

    December 15, 2017 in Nepal ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Today was a rest day in Dingboche (4410m) although we did a small hike of a 300m elevation and back down to acclimatise.

    A couple of guys have come off the diamox which is worrying. They don’t like the side effects of pins and needles and headaches. I take ibuprofen at the same time, not had a headache yet. Tomorrow is a big day so if the guys get I’ll you can’t just get back on the diamox, you have to get lower.

    The strangest moment so far is that there is a snooker hall here, actually full size snooker tables 4410 metres high in the Himalayas. A very surreal and special moment I will never forget.

    We ventured outside after dinner into -12c to look at the stars, being in the middle of nowhere we are blessed by seeing so many stars and even the Milky Way, a sight I’ll never forget and no doubt never see again in my lifetime.
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  • Day11

    Quest For Everest - Day 6

    December 14, 2017 in Nepal ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Again we had breakfast at 8am and left Phortse to head to Dingboche (4410m), trees don’t grow above 4000m so it’s a strange and barron landscape now.

    The altitude isn’t having as much an effect as I thought it would, yeah I get out of breath just after 10 steps but I though j would have headaches and be nauseous so good result all round.

    From now on all tea houses have squat toilets,solar powered electricity and no internet so this post will not be published until maybe a week after.

    I love it that with each village we pass we get a local dog following us until the next village almost looking after us and making sure we are ok.

    Again we had spectacular views of Everest, day by day we are getting closer to base camp, we arrive there on Sunday!!
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  • Day10

    Quest For Everest - Day 5

    December 13, 2017 in Nepal ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

    After our 8am breakfast we left Namche Bazar and headed to Phortse (3810m) an elevation of 420 metres.

    It was a long hard 7 hours, the first half was generally quite flat with an incline at the end. The second half was all the way down to the river so that meant we had to go all the way back up, again we did baby steps, the only way to achieve the goal.

    Checked into our lodge and from now there are only outside hole toilets and electricity is powered by solar do goodbye Facebook for a good week. Electricity is also charged at 500rs (5$) for one hour so I’ve already charged by battery pack, if it runs out then so be it.

    Trust me to pick this day to get the squits!!

    We’ve all been tested for oxygen levels tonight, everyone’s ok and mine was 85%, these tiny lungs are working well :)
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