Everest Base Camp Trek – Part 4

Day 11
Lobuche (4940m) – Everest Base Camp (5364m) – Gorak Shep (5164m)

Finally the big day had arrived with Everest Base Camp less than 500 vertical metres away. After a truly awful cinnamon pancake we started to trudge to Gorak Shep. Apart from one steep, but thankfully short ascent the trail was fairly forgiving. Some ups and downs but nothing too severe. However the altitude gains continued to make it feel like a bit of a slog.

Upon arriving in Gorak Shep we grabbed a room, dumped our packs and fuelled up on snickers. Then it was off for the final stretch to base camp.

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Everest Base Camp Trek – Part 3

Day 8
Dingboche (4410m) – Dughla (4620m)
We set off from Dingboche and started the gradual ascent to Dughla via the undulating trail. Our pace was fairly slow due to the altitude and ever decreasing oxygen in the air. We were motivated on by views of the Dughla glacial lake in the distance.

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Everest Base Camp Trek – Part 1

Day 1
Kathmandu – Lukla (2840m) – Phakding (2610m)

Our flight to Lukla was scheduled for 6.15am and as per the ticket instructions we were at Kathmandu airport at 4.15am. Of course the airport was closed when we arrived, so we waited patiently for the doors to open at 5am.

Checked in and ready to go we waited in the chaotic domestic departures lounge. There were no screens displaying flight information so we had to keep a sharp ear out for the crackly announcements. Soon we were ushered into a bus ready to board our tiny fixed wing plane.

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Everest Base Camp Trek – Packing List

When I trekked to Everest Base Camp in October 2015 I made the decision to carry my own pack. As I’m a bit of a weakling it was imperative to keep this light and only take the essentials. When I hopped on the flight to Lukla my bag weighed in under 7kgs – phew!

Of course if you are hiring a porter (or are stronger than me) it is possible to take more but rather unnecessary. Continue reading