Today’s plan was to go from Lobuche to Gorak Shep, then to Everest base camp (EBC) and back to Gorak shep, around 8h of trekking.
So we set out at 7:30, going slightly uphill, which took us around 1,5h, until we reached another glacier. Luckily, it wasn’t as crazy as the Khumbu glacier that we were crossing the other day, but still – up and down and up and down..
We reached Gorak Shep around 10, “checked in” in the Yeti “hotel”, had some lunch and hit the road in direction of EBC. Again, EBC lies at a glacier so you have to climb up, then down, watch for the rocks and be careful in general.
I have to admit that I imagined the camp a bit differently, bigger I guess. And with tents. Full of climbers trying to reach the summit😁 Well never mind! It was pretty cool anyway, surrounded by the Khumbu glacier and Khumbu icefall in the back, there were two stupas (if I can call two piles of rocks like that😅), wrapped with prayer flags with signs that this is the EBC.
So we stayed for a while, took some pics and went back.
Do you know why I always wanted to visit base camp so much? Looong time ago I saw a pic on google – a sign saying that this is the way to Everest base camp. It seemed so amazing and like out of this world to me – so unreachable, and I thought that whoever took that picture, he must be the luckiest person alive. Because obviously! You’re below the tallest mountain in the world, what is better than that!?
So I’ve put this on my bucket list – on a first place actually – to go to EBC and take the same picture.
Aaaand… Exactly on the day of my 27th bday, it happened😊 I think it’s impossible to get a better gift, but you can still try people!😆
And what’s more, I saw an avalanche as well, how cool is that!?
I met so many cool people in the lodge today – a big Czech group doing the EBC trek (they were very surprised to see another Czech girl alone in here, and when I told them the reason why, they were even more), then some lady from Morocco, preparing to climb the Everest summit in April (this time I was surprised, because she seemed so fragile and small, but she already climbed 5 major summits, so appearance can be very misleading!), and many more. It’s always interesting to learn what drives people to come to Himalayas and what’s their personal story. And then you realize how much in common you have😊 Such a shame to see them only for a short while!
The only downside today: Still no gas shower available.. 4th day already!😩 And I’m not doing the bucket challenge, nope.
Yuck, I’m disgusting but happy🙄😂