After flying from the UK we stayed overnight in Katmandu, before making the short journey back to the airport for the legendary flight to Lukla (http://www.wearyourboots.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/lukla-worlds-most-dangerous-airport.html).
Arriving at Lukla we steadied our nerves and before beginning our trek. Lukla is perched on the hillside at 2840m asl (above sea level) and fortunately our first days short trek would see us drop to 2610m which would help prevent us getting Altitude Sickness.
|The first valleys of our trek|
Each day we would not ascend more than approximately 300m to avoid the effects of the dreaded Altitude Sickness, if we did have to make an ascent of more than 300m then we took a rest day at a tea hut.
|One of the bridges spanning the many river crossings.|
|Namche Bazar cut into the mountain side|
|Sherpa Tashi, Si (Roomie), Brett & Mark spin the prayer wheels in Khunde.|
Day 9 of our trip saw us reach Gorak Shep 5140m which is the last 'settlement' before Everest Base Camp, here it was decided we would trek to the summit of Kala Patthar before returning overnight to Gorak Shep and make the short 2hour trek to Everest Base Camp the following day.
|Perched on the summit of Kala Pathar|
|Everest Base Camp.|
|Everest Base Camp|
The trek took us through many small settlements, some consisting of just a couple of tea houses whilst others had shops and a couple of bars and others were built around temples. I found the people of Nepal really friendly, especially the Sherpa people from where the famous shepa's are descended.
It was my first trip to Nepal and the Himalaya and I loved it from start to finish, even the unfortunate stomach problems and heavy cold didn't take away from the experience and I would love to return at some point.