Epic Rapids and Peaceful Monks. Daily Vlog: 18

I wake up completely refreshed after one of the best sleeps I have had on this entire trek. My body really likes the lower altitude. Today is only a short walk but through some of the most incredible scenery. It is amazing to see the mountains change as you start to descend. Everything from the animals you see, the people you meet, the local houses and of cause the trees. We haven’t really seen a proper tree for a while.

Dingboche, Nepal

Best Sleep Ever

The day starts off cold but it does promise to be a beautiful day. The sun is shining, there is a nice gentle breeze, its just a beautiful himalayan day, but we all know to well that the weather can change in an instant up in the mountains, our guide Prasant once said “If you don’t like the weather, come back in 10 minutes” The mountains did not let us down, the clouds quickly rolled in, the wind picked up, the temperature dropped and it started to snow. This did cause a few issues as the well worn tracks quickly became slippery and rather hazardous. As we descended further the snow turn to sleet and tracks turned to slush. Then almost as quickly as the weather turned bad it switched back to beautiful.

As we crossed the river and into the forrest, Nepal decided it would show us this magical, hidden, mystical valley full of beautiful moss covered trees and breathtaking views. As you could imagine the rivers in these parts are crazy, they twist and turn, the water rushes fast down the side of these massive mountains, the water up here is unforgiving. We soon see how powerful this force of nature can be. The remains of an old bridge, like the ones we have crossed plenty of times already, its solid steel frame all bent up, cascading into the valley below. I looked across to the other side and you can see the rock where it used to attach to. It now lay in the middle of the raging river. The force of this epic river had ripped apart the rock  and sent this massive steel structure tumbling, bending into the depths of the valley. I really hope there was no one on the bridge when this happened.

Epic Rapids

Raging Himalayan River

Epic Himalayan Rapids

Magical valley views

As we had plenty of time at camp this afternoon we walked up again to visit the beautiful Tengboche or Thyangboche Buddhist Monastery. This visit was worth the short 1 hour walk up the hill. I love visiting monasteries, their peacefulness vibe passes onto you, you leave with this overall peaceful feeling that I just love. The monks don’t judge you, they don’t have preconceived ideas on what type of person you are by the way that you dress nor do they feel the need to impress you, they just carry on doing what it is they are doing, give you a peaceful smile and a nod.

Tengboche Monastery

Tengboche Monastery

The entire monastery area was full of beautiful animals just enjoying this sunny afternoon. There were bulls and cows just chilling out, not fussed about the trekkers walking through their paddocks, or the puppies that were happily playing around and just being puppies. They came up to our group and got a good amount of attention from the girls. I think that us westerners could learn a lot from these Buddhist monks about what life really is about. We get so caught up in owning stuff, the latest gadgets, or the latest and best smart phone so we can take great selfies and post them instantly to the world via social media. I feel another blog post coming on here so I will sign off now and say goodnight.

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The Highest I’ve Been. Daily Vlog: 17

Today would have to be one of the most extreme days of my life, and I do seriously mean that. We wake up ridiculously early, before it was light and hit the trail before breakfast. The Aim? To summit Kalapathar and watch the sunrise over Mt Everest.

It was cold and it was hard, no one was around and the ground was still frozen, which made this odd crunching sound as you walked. A few of us were finding it real tough today. The mixture of the early morning, no breakfast and the altitude were all playing a mean part in making this ascent the most difficult. I myself was finding it difficult to breath, the frozen air and the lowest amount of oxygen I have ever experienced made holding a conversation difficult. However somehow I was still really excited to be there. Today I reach 5545m the highest part of our trek and The Highest I’ve Been.

Everest Sunrise

Sunrise over Mt Everest Western Shoulder

We were just shy of making the top for the sunrise, however we still managed a magical view as the sun rose over Mt Everest’s, western shoulder in a glimmer of white and gold aura, it was amazing to watch. Once at the top and completely out of breath I congratulated everyone who had made it and made my way up on to the very tip and just gazed out over the Himalaya. I was at 5545m and the massive 8000m+ peaks all around, begged for me to explore some more. It was here that I told myself that I will be back. I will come back and visit the himalaya. I have given myself a challenge, I want to break the 6000m mark on my next adventure to Nepal.

Kalapathar

At the Summit of Kalapathar

After breakfast we made our way to La Bouche for lunch, we stayed there only a few days prior, then on to Dingbouche, that is were the day turned. As soon as we left Dingbouche the weather turned on us. We watched as the clouds rolled in and the sky turn this unforgiving grey, then it started to snow. At first it was light then heavier and heavier, we needed to put our water proof covers on our bags and really rug up. At one point my glasses were pretty much frozen over and we were walking on the edge of a cliff. I could not see anything, I thought to myself this is not good and ended up taking the glasses off. Not the best idea I might add, now I was getting snow and ice in my eyes.

trekking Nepal

Its Snowing

Memorial

Himalayan Memorial

The temperature was dropping quickly and so was our visibility. I was struggling to see Kristy in front of me and we could no longer see any sign of a pathway. It was a little nerve racking at times when I could only just see the path and could faintly make out that I was on the edge of cliff of an unknown depth? After 3 hours we crested a hill, it had cleared up a fair bit and I got sight of some bright orange tents. I new that was home and all our hearts picked up and we powered on.

Trekking in Nepal

Dreadsticles

Once inside the warm very basic Tea House we all felt this amazing feeling of “We just did that!” We just hiked for 4 hours in pretty much a blizzard and we made it. It was a pretty awesome feeling, now just to get the feeling back in all our fingers and toes.

 

 

 

 

 

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Emo Yaks, Avalanches and Mt Everest Base Camp. Daily Vlog: 16

Daily Vlog: 16

Today is “The Day” the day that I have been training for, over 12 months of sweat, tears and even some blood, (insert “tough mudder” joke here). We wake up before sunrise, pack up our gear, have a wholesome breakfast and hit the trail for a very big day. We find ourselves all psyching ourselves up, Clare gives us the usual morning “Day 13” chant and we are off.

Only a few minutes in and a heard of out of control Yaks storm our parade. The young Yak Herder is having a hard time with a few of the yaks, as they decide to do what ever they want. They are massive creatures, so big if they decide to not listen to you there is not much you can do about it. At one point they get very close to me and give us all a bit of a fright.

I’ve woken up with a few sniffles and my back is starting to stiffen up, making it a difficult day for me. I decide i need some motivation so I chuck the iPod on and guess what changes my mood and gets me going??? South park’s very own, Cartman singing Sail Away.

mykombiandi, nepal,

Our EPIC trail.

We stop for morning tea at Gorak Shep and prepare ourselves for the 3 hour hike to Base Camp. We stop and look down the glacier and can see base camp, it’s a long way but we can see it. Once on the track we quickly learn of the dangers of this mountain. As we pass memorial after memorial, I stop and read everyone. It is a stark reminder that it all can change in an instant and re-enforces what I am doing here. I have made a personnel choice to live my life, to see the world, really see it, not just from a window of a tour bus that brushes over what is really going on, but to live and breathe adventures.

Mykombiandi

I’m in the Himalayas!!!

We pass a few people, no where near as many as we had been expecting. The trekking season had come to an abrupt stop only a short time ago and the effect was everywhere. My thoughts drift again to the 16 Sherpas who had just lost there lives on this mountain and how massive the effect has and will be in this region. We could see a few yellow tents left

mykombiandi, base camp,

Its just there, so close now.

at the expedition base camp, but the “Tent City” that we had been told about was missing. There were a few porters walking back to Gorak Shep caring all types of gear, including a big chest freezer on their backs. The vibe was strange in the region, you could feel the tension, you could feel the uneasiness. Then it happened, we heard a huge crack and our trip leader yelled “Avalanche”. I turned and seen it, an avalanche, it was, incredible, awe inspiring and I felt the magnitude and power of Mother Nature. The avalanche was on Nuptse and ended in the Glacier. I was quick enough and was able to caption most of the action on camera. You will see some on this daily vlog.

mykombiandi, everest avalanche

The power of Mother Nature

mykombiandi

We made it!!!

When we finally reached base camp the emotions were high through out our group. Everyone had been training and preparing for this moment, It was magical, it was beautiful, it was Base Camp. I let this feeling wash over me and really enjoyed the moment. At one point i remember looking around and thinking to myself, “I made it, I am at Mt Everest Base Camp, Nepal” I am here.  The old saying “The journey is more important than the destination” well I understand this now. Base Camp is just a few rocks pilled up, a bunch of prayer flags strewn around and a little sign. Its the 15 months of training and preparing, its the 13 days of trekking, its the people you meet, the sites you see, the problems you face and the lessons you learn that make the journey.

I hope you have been liking this series through Nepal? Have you been to base camp? What were your experiences? Are you planning a trekking adventure through Nepal?

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Shane