|The amazing postcard views....|
Prior warning to everyone before we start this is going to be a long one! Here's a breakdown of our trip with Advanced Adventures to Everest Base Camp via Chola Pass...
On our first day with the company we were met from our current hotel that we had been staying at by our trekking guide Sudip and transferred to our new hotel which the company uses which happened to be where Marie was already staying, we dropped our bags off and then the three of us went to Advanced Adventures HQ where we met Keshav the managing director and had a briefing of what we would be doing each day of the trek and we were given the opportunity to ask any questions on the whole we didn't really ask much as Keshav and Sudip were both really informative, Marie was quite nervous as she was facing quite a few of her fears during the trek so this helped reassure her. Once we had finished at the office the rest of the day was free for us before we met back up in the evening to go out for dinner. Sudip had informed us that if you were over 15kg at the airport (this is either one bag or main and hand luggage ) you will be charged so me and Paul spent the afternoon reevaluating our previous packing to ensure that we were under to avoid charges.
For dinner we were taken to a local restaurant where we sampled local cuisine whilst listening to local music and watching ethnic dancing. We enjoyed the evening and me and Paul admitted it wouldn't of been something we would of probably done on our own.
|The garden of dreams, Kathmandu.|
|Just a 'normal' view from our plane|
|Going into land, that is the full runway!!!|
|World Famous Hilary Bridge..|
|Views had just started to come through!|
Day five saw us stay at Namache to acclimatise. After breakfast we walked up to the abandoned airport where Hilary's wife and child were killed and subsequently the closure of the airport before visiting the highest hotel in the world Everest View Hotel which is Japanese based . With the weather still bring overcast we got a little glimpse of Mt. Lhotse but it became our second failed attempt of viewing Mt. Everest. The rest of the day we were left to our own devises so me and Paul took this as an opportunity to go for a run as we had never been this high before . Today also was Marie's (and my Mums) Birthday so we went to for a celebratory drink at the local pub and Sudip made Marie a chocolate Birthday Cake which we all tucked into for pudding after tea.
|Gem making her way up a long climb...|
|Paul enjoying a little rest after reaching the top first.|
|Perfectly timed shot by Paul..!|
The next morning we woke up and Marie was still feeling unwell so Sudip decided that we would stay on in Dole for the morning to let her rest and reevaluate the situation later on. During this time I started with an upset stomach so I decided to go and try and sleep it off and Paul feeling great decided to go for a run, he ran up to 14000ft which is a new high for him and really enjoyed his run up in the mountains. Around midday Marie came down and even tho she hadn't been ill that morning she hadn't been able to eat anything and was feeling very weak and asked Sudip to call in for a helicopter evacuation as she felt she could no longer continue on. Me and Paul were sad that Marie had chosen to leave but respected her wishes. Due to Marie decision we had to stay in Dole that night and the helicopter would come collect her early the next morning so we made the most of our last evening together.
|Just stunning views in every direction around Dole..!|
|Very rugged peaks in Nepal!|
|Every where we looked :-)|
|Waking up to this view was priceless!|
|A rare little local bird!|
The next day we had a rest and acclimatisation day around Gokyo. Paul was still unwell but fighting through, so we went for a seven kilometres hike. The original plan was to walk out to the fifth lake where there is a viewing point for Mt. Everest on a clear day but when we got to the fourth lake the weather turned so we decided to turn back. This made it the fourth failed attempt of a view , we had everything crossed that we would get to see it during the duration of the trip. During the hike we got up to the height of 16108ft , so every day me and Paul were achieving new heights :). Once back Paul went to rest and Sudip re routed our trip from originally scheduled to compensate for our missed day from when Marie was ill and not to miss out we had to change where we would be staying from here on out as due to extra day in Dole we were a day behind. This again showed us how professional 'Advance Adventures' are as a company, having experienced guides to do all this on route no problem.
|Amazing peaks everywhere.|
|Exploring around Gokyo Lakes...|
|Finally MT EVEREST - south side|
|Sunrise on Mt Everest!|
|Summit of Gokyo Ridge...|
|Making our way across the glacier..|
|Making our way up...|
|Chola Pass Summit!!!|
|Paul making his way..|
|Stunning views down the valley///|
|Making our way to the end of the valley.|
|A step closer to the dream!!|
|Mt Everest North Side...|
|MADE IT..! Everest Base Camp :-)|
|Crossing glacier to get to EBC.|
|Stunning peaks everywhere...|
|Gateway to heaven!!|
|Cool waterfalls along the trails..|
|Lukla Airport and runway.. (No room for error)|
Here's to fulfilling your dreams
Thanks for reading Gem & Paul x