Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Everest Walk Out

Sunday 4 (day 20): Lobuche to Tengboche. A warm early morning start and a late breakfast at Duglha before making Pheriche for lunch where I'm forced, by the icy heat-sapping wind that howls up the valley, to add several layers of clothing. Moving fast now, at lower altitude, it's like walking on air. I've caught up with David and Kate and, from our tea and apple pie stop, there are good views back to the soaring peak of Ama Dablam. 'Thyangboche' Guesthouse (recommended) is our warm and welcoming overnight stop in Tengboche.
Monday 5 (day 21): Tengboche to Namche Bazaar.
In the morning we explore Tengboche's Monastery, made famous for blessings endowed on Everest expeditions and there are fine views over the cloudy valley where it's all downhill to Namche. Saying goodbye to the Californians I opt for the Khumba Lodge this time. It's where ex-US President Carter stayed when he visited. I'm sure he had a better room than the one I'm in, but the piping hot shower is wonderful.
Wednesday 7 (day 23): After a rest day Namache it's downhill again but, paying too little attention to my route, I'm going uphill. I've taken a wrong turn and find myself all the way up in Lukla. So as night falls, and having to use a head torch, it's a relief to drop down to the Everest Trail Lodge in Surkhe.
Thursday 8 (day 24): Surkhe to Jubling. A long day down past painted stone chortons and pretty homes, Gorkhali Lodge in Jubling has a comfortable room overlooking the village centre.
Friday 9 (day 25): Jubling to Junbesi. Another long day and it's dark when I happily arrive back at Ang Chhokpa's Lodge (recommended) for more of the best dhall bhat of the trek.
Saturday 10 (day 26): Junbesi to Kinja. Early morning up then a long downhill stretch back Kinja and New Everest Guesthouse, once again, arriving after dark.
Sunday 11 (day 27): Kinja to Shivalaya. A shorter day and in daylight I arrive at River Guesthouse next to a suspension bridge on the east bank of the Khimti Khola.
Monday 12 (day 28): Shivalaya to Jiri. Mostly downhill it's a short day down to the Sherpa Guesthouse (a better choice than before) in Jiri to buy a kilo of, so called, Yak cheese and arrange a microbus (minibus) back to Kathmandu. Great trip.
Photos of Everest Walk Out back to Jiri.

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