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Photos: Mt. Everest Base Camp Trek

Here’s my shots in a kind of time line. Enjoy as I will be trying to avoid snow capped anything for a while.

The end of the road is Jiri which was my starting point. Actually the trekking started 11 kms before getting to Jiri because of land slides.

My first night stop. Kind of misty and wet pretty much like the whole first leg. I think it was around 3000M.

Taking a pondering rest stop.

Pretty wild flowers which were starting to bloom all over. One good thing about trekking during the monsoon was that everything was green and blossoming.

A trail way temple.

This was the high pass monument. Unfortunately there were a lot of these meaning a lot of ups and downs.

No pain, no itch, no problem. Leeches are an amazing breed.

Thats Lukla on the other side of the valley. The valley running to it’s left is the way to Mt. Everest. Most of the trekking was like this. You could see your destination way across the valleys and you know that the only way to get there was all the way down, cross the river and then back up the other side. Not sure if it was good or bad, but most of the time it was too foggy to see anything.


Lots of these beautiful rock etchings around.

This was the last of the sketchy bridges that the Everest climbers used to have to cross. Now they are almost all the new steel bridges.

Meet Jane my trekking partner.

There is even wildlife around. Uke’s or something like that they were called.

Meet Namche Bazaar which has been turned into a tourist resort up at 3500M. There must be a hundred guest houses and not one locals shack in site.

My fourth pair of Merrels had a blow out causing my feet to get wet. After 12 hours they turned to mush.

Spinning the lucky wheels. Nepalese slot machines.

Jane and some porters.

The monastery with the monks up in Tengboche.

Mr. Buddha.

Working Yaks on a new steel bridge.

Tengboche with the surrounding Himalayas.


Yaks grazing around the death stones of climbers and sherpas who have died.

This one was for a Sherpa who climbed Everest a dozen times as well as holding the fastest ascent time. Extraordinary.

My trusty umbrella which has become my most important trekking tool.

It was a magical trek going from Lobuche to Gorak Shep. It had snowed a little the night before so things were powdered up.

Gorak Shep 5100M with a shot of Kala Patar to the left (just follow the trail lines) 5550M.

Gorak Shep with the Ice fall to the right. At the end is the clearing where base camp is located.

The entrance to Base camp which is the spot just to my right at the base of the mountain. The Khumbu Ice fall is the stretch of what looks like a few spikey snow mounds which were actually up to a hundred feet high. Oh yea, taking a celebratory gulp of Coke at altitude is not a very good thing. Burns like Aguardiente.

Emerald colored lakes formed in the pockets below the glaciers.

The gang climbing Kala Pattar 5550M.

Jane on top.

Memorial for Scott Fischer the climbing guide who died during the 1996 fiasco.

No other photos for the return trip as I stopped maybe five times in thirteen and a half hours to eat a handful of Granola and drink five litres of water. I wanted it to be over really bad. Even left Jane up on Kala Pattar.

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One response to “Photos: Mt. Everest Base Camp Trek”

  1. Fantastic pictures. You’ve done quite a trek ALL THE WAY from Jiri. For an intimte portrait of the Sherpas who live in the Khumbu, read Beyond the Summit by Linda LEBlanc. Sherpas are the true heroes of Everest. Without their assistance, very few would reach the summit. To learn more about this amazing tribe, read Beyond the Summit by Linda LeBlanc. Details of Sherpa culture and religion are interwoven in a tale of romance and high adventure. The story has something for everyone: a love affair between an American journalist and Sherpa guide, conflict between generations as the modern world challenges centuries of tradition, an expedition from the porter’s point of view.

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    Beyond the Summit, is the rare gem that shows us the triumphs and challenges of a major climb from the porter’s point of view. The love of two people from diverse cultures is the fiery centerpiece of a novel that leads its readers through harshly beautiful and highly dangerous territory to the roof of the world. Malcolm Campbell, book reviewer

    Conflict and dialog keep this gripping story of destiny, romance and adventure moving from the first page to the last paragraph. LeBlanc has a genius for bonding her readers and her characters. I found I was empathizing in turn with each character as they faced their own personal crisis or trauma.
    Richard Blake for Readers Views.

    A gripping, gut-twisting expedition through the eyes of a porter reveals the heart and soul of Sherpas living in the shadows of Everest.

    A hard-hitting blend of adventure and romance which deserves a spot in any serious fiction collection. Midwest Book Review

    LeBlanc is equally adept at describing complex, elusive emotions and the beautiful, terrifying aspect of the Himalayan Mountains. Boulder Daily Camera

    LeBlanc’s vivid description of the Himalayas and the climbing culture makes this a powerful read. Rocky Mt News Pick of the Week

    A rich adventure into the heart of the Himalayan Kingdom. Fantastic story-telling from one who has been there.

    This is the book to read before you embark on your pilgrimage to Nepal. The author knows and loves the people and the country, and makes you feel the cold thin air, the hard rocks of the mountains, the tough life of the Sherpa guides, and you learn to love them too. This is a higly literate, but also very readable book. Highly recommended.”
    – John (college professor)

    Memorable characters and harrowing encounters with the mountains keep the action moving with a vibrant balance of vivid description and dialog. Literary Cafe Host, Healdsburg, CA

    This superbly-crafted novel will land you in a world of unimaginable beauty, adventure, and romance. The love story will keep you awake at night with its vibrant tension and deep rich longing. Wick Downing, author of nine novels

    Such vividly depicted images of the Everest region and the Sherpa people are the perfect scenario for the romance and adventure feats narrated. It’s a page-turner, so engrossing you end up wanting to visit Nepal! Not just novel, but perfect for those seeking to get acquainted with the culture of this country.
    By Claudia Fournier (América, Bs. As., Argentina)

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