Everest Base Camp Trek
After having trekked the Annapurna circuit last year, EBC remained on our list to do. We only decided to do this at very short notice. And sent a tentative inquiry to Chandra to see if it was possible. Within 24 hours everything organized and off we went. While we had some idea of the demands of trekking in Nepal after Annapurna. EBC is in a completely different league as far as a physically challenged. It was definitely a lot harder, given both a prolonged period at higher altitudes. And colder temperatures morning and evening to contend with. On the other side, we had magnificent weather with blue skies every day. So November is definitely a good time to do this trek.
The views were simply stunning. Everest, Lhotse, Amadablam, etc. Our guide Dinesh was fantastic, taking care of all the details and looking after us really well. He picked great accommodation for getting us the best rooms in the lodges. Every night he cut up some fresh Jomson apples for us for dessert! The flight into Lukla was amazing and a real highlight. The walk and acclimatization days all well planned and most enjoyable. During the day with the sun out, it was very warm. In addition to our guide, we had a helper (Surat)to carry our gear, which I recommend. You don’t have to be super fit to do this walk provide you don’t overstress yourself. I took Diamox (125mg) morning and evening and that helped prevent any symptoms of altitude sickness, which I suffered the year before on Annapurna, where I didn’t take this drug.
Interestingly enough we met a Canadian Neurologist who was also taking Diamox. So, that in my mind click to the fact I was doing the right thing. Chandra and his team at Himalaya Guide Nepal Pvt Limited are great to deal with and would heartily recommend them to anyone. Family-friendly and professional they cover all the basics. Our next trip is to Pokhara and their village.