Sometimes there simply are no words. So maybe some pictures will help to understand just what it’s like when walking amongst some of the worlds highest peaks…. Enjoy 🙂
From Jiri to the starting line:
I had time on my hands and a dream to walk throughout the mountains to fulfill. So instead of flying into the mountains I thought I would walk in. From Jiri.
The lower Foothills of the Himalayas
Stopped for lunch with this family on my first day of hiking
Showered and changed, this was a nice spot to end the first day of hiking
The devastation of the 2015 earthquake still apparent all over the hills
I was just about to start complaining about this steep walk up…until I turned around and saw these guys!
Taking a much needed and well deserved rest.
After 3 hours steep incline…this beautiful lodge was our bed for the night
Cute huh 🙂
Overlooking the hills
Waking up on the morning of the Nepalese New Years Day….
…with new friends.
Stopping for a drink stop high up in the clouds.
Heading into the Rhododendron Forest
Walking towards the Lamjura Pass
3500 meters high
I stopped for lunch, homemade apple pie
Digs for the night. The mother of this family run lodge made the first yummy meal I’d had since I’d left home…Macoroni, cheese and tomato…simple but very effective
Which way do we go?
I wonder where she’s off to?
I just loved these tea house rest stops in the hills. A quick cup of orange or lemon squash is just what you need!
I had just walked up a steep incline to get here! Tired.
Digs for the night in Nunthala
A place to stay the night in Bupsa. This would be the last stop before joining the main trail hiked in from Lukla.
Donkey traffic jam. Overtaking became a bit like a game after a while!
Oh just walking across yet another swing bridge
But not a bad view eh!
Dudh Kosi River heading towards Namche. ‘Dudh’ meaning milk, aptly named as you can see.
The famous swing bridge heading over to Namche Bazaar! I can’t wait to get to this mountain village I’ve read so much about.
And would you believe…they have an Irish pub!
Not a bad view to wake up to. From this point on I would be surrounded by high mountains like this.
Namche Bazaar to Everest Base Camp, and back again:
As much as I loved the walk in from Jiri and everything I got from it mentally and physically, I’m glad I didn’t have to do it again walking back. The inclines and declines were STEEP! After I reached Namche Bazaar I then walked the normal route to Everest Base Camp and then up to Kala Pattar. Then a quick descent back down, flying back from Lukla. The mountains here….I can’t explain the way they make you feel. There are no words.
Spotting Everest for the first time….a moment that will stay with me forever.
It wasn’t just Everest that took my breath away…Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, Nuptse
…I could look at them forever
Ama Dablam Mountain. Known to be one of the most picturesque and photographed mountain in the Himalayas.
Taking a moment
Stopping for lunch, oh with Ama Dablam as a backdrop 🙂
Heading into higher terrain now. Everything is getting barren, air is getting thinner, scenery is becoming epic!
Nuptse in the background
This was home for a couple of days whilst I acclimatise
Just look at these!
Mountains mountains everywhere…
…I think I need a moment to take it all in.
I had wanted to come and lose myself in the mountains….I couldn’t have imagined anything so stunning!
It gets to a point where tears just come out of your eyes because the emotion of how these mountains make you feel needs to escape the body.
Looking over the memorial for many who have lost their lives trying to reach the summit of Everest
This place got to me the most. The mountains were epic and the emotions were high looking at the memorials.
Walking towards Gorak Shep
Made it to Gorak Shep, digs for the night at 5140m high…
Which is why the mountains look like this!
Come on gal…we got a base camp to get to 🙂
Nearly there…I can see it in the background!
Looks cold and frozen doesn’t it
I went in April so there expeditions happening…I wonder how many of these tents were home to people about to attempt a summit?
Everest Base Camp! I made it!
So of course I need a moment to myself to actually comprehend it all.
We met in Jiri, went our separate ways, and randomly found each other again in Lobuche a day before reaching EBC!
Sunrise over Everest as I hike the steep hike to Kala Patar
It was hard…probably the hardest thing I ever did…but just look at those views…
…totally worth it!
Did it y’all!
So did these guys
Heading back down and one final visit to the memorial
Thank you mountains
I wish these pictures could show you the emotions as well…
…the feelings I had will never leave me….
…because…well, just look!
Thank you guys for looking. I hope I’ve inspired even just one person to think about doing this for yourself. I honestly can’t recommend it more…it will change you.