Feels like I’ve been away for a month, but I’m finally home now! Saying finally is actually pushing it, as I really feel sad for not being in Nepal anymore. How can one come back from a trip that gives you the feeling of meaning in life? Something that’s bigger than life itself and something that felt like home. Although, coming back made me understand even more that I belong out there.
Oh my god where to start. Well, yesterday we arrived at Namche Bazaar, which is the main meeting point and biggest “town” in the Everest region. What. A beautiful place. We’re surrounded by massive mountains and they make you feel like nothing really matters. Everything else in life becomes so small. It was a 14 kilometre walk from Phakding through incredible surroundings and we also crossed the bridge you see in the “Everest” movie.
We were all a bunch of tired, excited, happy campers this morning, despite the early hours and lack of sleep for the most of us. We got some breakfast to-go and we were off! The plane to Lukla though.. smaller than expected. Made me super excited, because I knew it was action coming. And I was right, some good old turbulence and the landing was pretty insane, as we landed on a short landing strip with an height increase of 11,7%.
Back at the hotel now, eaten and then ready for a good night’s sleep. Hopefully. Because, guys, tomorrow it all starts. We are waking up at 4.45 AM and will take a flight to what is been said to be the most dangerous airport in the world, Lukla. And from there our trek starts to the almighty Base Camp.
This city is seriously buzzing – even by night. If it’s not construction work at 4 am, it’s dogs fighting for their lives. I got some sleep though and had a lovely breakfast with the gang. Had a small brief about our trek and if we lack any gear. So we went shopping and here you get everything you need when you’re hiking. A whole business going on. Watch out for copies though.
We finally arrived Kathmandu and I’m speechless already. Where’s my napkins..
Sinus infection on the flight, 0 NOK on my bank account and it’s inhumanely early – but at least we’re in Abu Dhabi and I’ve never been more excited in my life. And “we” as in I picked up a weirdo on the way, Rune, who is joining me and the Refuga gang.
Just left A-town! Right now I’m still all over the place with things I need to finish before I’m leaving mother Europe. But, I feel the happiness. Knowing I’m on my way to something I’ve dreamed about since I was young.
To relieve some stress from my parents and for others to keep track (including myself, because I have no idea what I’m doing), here’s our program in Nepal:
18th of May; arrival
19th of May; experience Kathmandu
20th of May; flight to Lukla (2,800 m), 9-10 km hike to Phakding (2,652 m)
21st of May; hiking to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m) for 5-6 hours
22nd of May; rest day at Namche Bazaar + Sagarmatha National Park
23rd of May; hiking to Thyangboche (3,867 m) + old Thyangboche Monastery or Ghompa
24th of May; hiking to Dimboche (4,358 m)
25th of May; acclimatization at Dimboche
26th of May; hiking to Lobuche (4,928 m)
27th of May; hiking to Gorakshep (5,160 m)
….. and Everest Base Camp (5,357 m)
28th of May; morning hike to Kalapathar (5,545 m) + walk to Pheriche (4,234 m)
29th of May; hike to Tangbuche
30th of May; hike to Namche
31st of May; hike to Lukla
1st of May; morning flight back to Kathmandu + rest day
… celebration time!!
2nd of May; the end.
Ok, now I felt the excitement.