Flew from Kathmandu to Lukla, then hiked almost to Tengboche. I only had a week so couldn’t go too far. My original path was to follow the Everest Base Camp Trek as far as I could in the time I had. After meeting others on the trail I learned that Ama Dablam Base Camp is 3 days shorter and achievable in the time I had. So I decided to give that a go.
After I returned home I found my memory card was corrupt. I was only able to recover the low res JPG files, so quality isn’t the best. The videos and raw files were not recoverable.
Flighting from Kathmandu to Tenzing-Hillary Airport (Lukla).
Small plane, only 13 people.
First sight of the Himalayan Mountains.
Flight was bumpy due to turbulence in the mountains. Flew pretty close to them in the valleys.
Landed in clear skys at Lukla.
View of the runway at Lukla.
Hiking all day was nice and sunny. Later on clouds started to roll in.
My first night was in Monjo at this lodge.
The next morning I set out for Namche Bazaar.
Crossing suspension bridges.
Iconic prayer flags are all over bridges and between trees.
Hillary (new) bridge. The older bridge is below.
Is crazy how much porters carry. This guy was carrying beer and soda.
First sight of Mount Everest.
Arrived at Namche Bazzar.
Lodge I stayed at in Namche.
The view from my room.
After check-in and resting a while I hiked up to the view point just above Namche.
The next day I decided to push on. Usually everyone waits an additional day to acclimatize. But I was feeling good and since I had limited time I figured I’d push on.
Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam peaks behind me. Was just past the Everest View Hotel.
Helicopter near the Everest View Hotel.
Wide view of where I was headed.
On the bottom ridge is Tengboche, my next stop.
Then on the decent altitude hit me. Got a headache. I sat down for while to let it pass, but it didn’t. I decided it was best to turn back since I was going solo and hadn’t passed any other trekkers all day.
View of Ama Dablam
Since I probably wouldn’t be able to make another push the next day due to time, I decided to have my celebratory Reese’s before I head back over the mountain.
Last photos of Everest and Lhotse.
Headed back to Namche Bazaar.
Steep decent into Namche.
The next day I made my way back down to Lukla to beat the weather. A storm was coming in. Ended up having to wait 5 hours before there was a hole in the clouds for takeoff. The ground staff covered all the planes to prevent icing up.
Snowing in Lukla
After 5 hours there was a mad dash out to the planes for takeoff. Visibility was limited, but enough to get off the ground. From here I headed to Kathmandu then back to Hong Kong.
Overall I had a good trip, even with turning back. I was only one day out from my estimated turn around point anyhow. I will be back to the Himalayas again, maybe not Everest specifically, though will try to plan for more time so I can acclimatize properly.