Special Episode: The Trekking Party.

Special Episode:
The Trekking Party.

We make it Ghat and get to celebrate our trek with our Sherpa’s and Porters. They treat us to a night of Traditional Music and dancing. We all had such a great time, a night we will never forget.

Than you to all you amazing World Expedition staff, Sherpa’s Porters and Chief for a your amazing food. You surprised us every day with what you could make in the middle of nowhere.

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You Are A Monkey I am A Monkey. Daily Vlog: 20

Daily Vlog: 20

Namche to Ghat.

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Saying Farewell to one of my favourite towns in Nepal

We wake early and hit the trails heading down the massive decline from Namche to Ghat. We walk passed a stone building that I watched getting built when we passed through on the way up the mountain only a couple of weeks ago. It was impressive to see how fast the local Nepalese people had built this Tea House, the fact that it was built by hand was amazing. I have been in the building industry for a while now and I have never seen something built so fast. I think that us Australian Trades People need to take a leaf out of the Nepalese book here and pull our heads in. These people had hand built a two story building in a couple of weeks with no power tools and equipment other than hammer and chisel. We have all the equipment under the sun and take 6 or months to build a single story house??? That is with out taking into account that they are at a massive 3500m above sea level.

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Hand Built Tea House

 

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Altitude Kills. A real Warning

I have absolutley loved being up in the Himalayas, being in a remote natural environment is where i feel most at home. Looking out over the mountains and not seeing any big sky scrapers, no pollution, you can see for miles, is just refreshing. However one thing that really annoys me up here is the rubbish. This area see’s a huge amount of trekkers and adventure travellers, which you would think come to this region for the natural environment, you think they would be a nature love, an environmentalist or just want to keep the place beautiful so that there children could visit and it will still be amazing? But for some reason this is not the case. There is rubbish everywhere, trekkers please pick up your rubbish! The entire way up the mountain there are rubbish bins, they are clearly marked and on the paths, so use them. The day that we returned to Gorak Shep from Base Camp we picked up 2 full bags of rubbish in an 2 hour walk, that included the huge hessian bags we used to carry the rubbish. So please I urge you to keep this magical place clean, keep it beautiful for generations to come, keep it natural and breathtaking.

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The National bird of Nepal, Himalayan Monal

The day had us walking over many suspension bridges, one of which would have to be the highest suspension bridges I have ever crossed. We were lucky enough to see a Himalayan Monal the national bird of Nepal, it was so beautiful and just peacefully sitting high in the trees. We had a giggle in Phakding a small village that had a Reggae Bar, something that is vey popular in Nepal. The sign out the

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“Let’s Get Together and Fill Alright”

front said “Let’s get together and fill alright” Now I am a fan of Bob Marley and “One Love” is a great song, but I don’t think this is quite correct? however I can’t say much about mixing up words in foreign songs. The traditional nepalese folk song “Resamm Phiriry” or as most trekkers know it as “The Trekking Song”, which I am certain we all butchered that song, we were saying “You are a monkey, I am a monkey Resamm Phiriry” but somehow I don’t believe that is correct? But the Nepalese are just way to nice to correct us even when we asked them to. We finished off the day with a little surprise to our incredible Sherpa Guides by serving them all dinner, they loved it and it was a bunch of fun, a nice little way to say thank you for looking after us for the last 18 days.

 

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I will be posting a “Special Episode” very soon, special footage from the Party in Ghat. It has some great and some not so great dancing as well as a bunch of Traditional Nepalese songs. It was such a great night and a great way to finish off our trek.

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Shane

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.

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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.

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Raging Himalayan River

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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The power of Mother Nature

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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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What is M&S? Daily Vlog: 15

Daily Vlog: 14

Cho-La to Labouche.

We wake up after a freezing night in our “Wilderness Camp” to one of the most picturesque views I have ever seen. The sky was perfectly clear, the sun was out, it was still cold but the sun was out and standing tall over our camp were breathtaking snow camp mountains that just made you go “WOW”. The morning was so perfect that we all decided to have breakfast Al-Fresco, which was a welcome change.

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Having breakfast outdoors today.

Today was only a short day, and we needed it after the massive day yesterday. We only walked for just over 3 hours and had arrived at our Tea House by lunch time. This enabled us to re-group, re-energise and re-focus on our next few even bigger days, tomorrow we reach Base Camp! After lunch the group settled into our rooms for the night and then congregated in the pretty cool little dinning room. We played our favourite game of “M&S”, (masters and sluts) I realise that sounds horrible but it is pretty much a card game called “Goodies and Baddies”. We now had a few extra members of the group that would stay with us for a few days and we where all quickly getting to know them. The new members were from a Canadian group who had been a part of raising money for a school and a hospital in the Nepalese Himalaya. They were soon taught the rules of M&S and they all loved the game.

Tomorrow we reach Mount Everest Base Camp, it will be a massive day, 8 hours all up and some pretty tough terrain. We are all so excited about tomorrow, hopefully we can actually get some sleep tonight. We heard from Mel today, she had made it safely to Kathmandu and after a few scares and having to deal with a Nepalese hospital Mel was diagnosed with HACE, High Altitude Cerebral Edema. So we all are very grateful to our super talented, super awesome trek leader Prasant, for saving our friends life. If any of you are thinking of trekking in Nepal or are interested in an adventure holiday I would seriously consider World Expeditions.

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Conquering the Pass. Daily Vlog: 14

Daily Vlog: 14

Cho-La Pass

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Getting pumped for Cho-La

Well it’s Cho-La Pass day, one of the biggest days on this trek. We leave bright and early in the morning chill, it was so cold many of our group could not feel there feet and hands for quite some time. We had stayed the night at one of the World Expeditions “Wilderness Camps” in Yakkaka and tonight we would be staying at another incredible wilderness camp on the edge of near freezing river.

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Crossing Ice

We all had heard the “Are you going to Cho-La? Oh…. good luck with that!” comment so many times from passers by. This played on our minds again and again and was re-enforced early on Cho-La day.  As we were approaching Cho-La we could see how big and how steep it was. The accent was a rocky scramble the entire way from the base to the pass, including the hour before we had even reached the base. We were already at 5000m and were all struggling with the dwindling 50% oxygen. The air was so cold it was taking what little oxygen there was left away, making it very difficult to hold a conversation.

Cho-La day really brought the group together, we all helped each other get over the pass, both physically and mentally, it was a team effort. Once at the top the feeling of success was huge, we had just conquered something that had us all worried for some time. The mind games that the other trekkers had unknowingly brought on us were at times causing more issues than the actual altitude. We all felt on top of the world and that we could do anything.

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We made it!!!

The decent was breathtaking and filled with joy and laughter, even though it to was treacherous. Somehow we were able to complete it and no one really struggled. I feel that we were able to beat the mind games and face the mountain head on. The decent had us trekking along glaciers filled with ice holes (that I fell down), down rocky cliffs, crossing freezing creeks and over dodgy wooden bridges, and we did it all with a smile, as if we just conquered a mountain.

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Walking on Ice. Daily Vlog: 13.

Daily Vlog: 13,

Gokyo to Yakkaka,

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Gokyo village

Today we get to trek across the Gazumba Glacier, the glacier we could see from the summit of Gokyo Ri yesterday. The trail was quite treacherous, we had to watch out for falling rocks from the cliffs on each side of the glacier.

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The treacherous glacier track.

The track was just rocks on rocks and very difficult to walk on, but so exciting. I loved looking at all the different patterns in the ice and rocks and wondering where they had come from and how

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Loving life on the Glacier

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Kristy and Shane on the Glacier

old they were? The glacier lakes were pretty cool as well, they were a mix of colours, bright blue, crystal clear and a turquoise green.

Once out of the glacier we walked along a valley until we made it to the Tashi Delek Lodge for lunch. I was a bit upset as I though that we had climbed a little, until i saw a sign that said 4700m, we had started at 4800m. At lunch the Australians sung a song for Ana-Maria the Columbian, “Waltzing Matilda” after that Ana-Maria sung us a song.

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Walking in the valley before lunch

After lunch we had to start to climb, it was getting cold, the clouds were quickly rolling in and the wind was picking up. We new we were sleeping at 5000m tonight and that we were currently at 4700m. Putting two and two together we had a big climb in front of us. The track vanished into nothing, there was ice everywhere, it was getting colder and colder and the air was getting thin, it was a hard afternoon. Then we saw a tent and a collective sigh of relief was released over the group, but we soon realised that the tents

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We are almost there

were on the other side of the ice. So we very carefully walked across the ice and found our tents. Tonight was our first World Expeditions “Wilderness Camp”, I had been hanging out for this type of camping. The tents were not the same tents as the World Expeditions “Permanent Camp” they were little A-Frame tents with thing foam mattress’s on the ground. The toilet was a hole in the ground with a tent and a make shift seat. Our dinning room was a bigger tent with a fold-up table and fold up chairs. It was the warmest place, as there so many of us in there, so after dinner we played a few games of cards.

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Daily Vlog: Day 10. Oxygen Levels Low!

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Daily Vlog Day 10,

Dole to Machermo:

Waking up first thing meant I was treated to this magnificent site, the entire campsite and the valley was covered in this thin layer of snow, it was so beautiful.

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What a beautiful sight to wake up to.

I really started to feel the altitude today, we were at 4100m and you could really start to feel the air getting thin,

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Like A Hangover

at Machermo the oxygen level is only 57%.The night was so cold that all my batteries crashed so I was giving my solar charger a work out, however that was even struggling. After reaching camp we went for our usual afternoon altitude hike and once again were treated with a magnificent view over the valley from our own little mountain ridge.

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Ridge Walk

That night we slept at the World Expeditions permanent camp at our highest point so far 4410m. Later that evening we wondered over to the Machermo rescue post for there daily altitude talk and we all had our “Sats” taken, I was at 86%. It was interesting to see the deference in our oxygen levels, even though it does not really matter.

 

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Daily Vlog: Day 9. Getting High in the Himalaya.

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Daily Vlog: Day 9:

Phortse Tenga to Dole:

The day starts off with a steep climb up the mountain on the other side of the river we crossed last yesterday, where we get to see our first bit of ice. After setting up camp a few of us go for an afternoon walk to get some altitude and were treated to a beautiful view but were battered by the icy cold wind that cuts straight through you.

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Getting close to the edge

That night mother nature put on a show for us, It starts to snow, us Aussies who don’t get to see snow get a  little excited! We finish the night with one of the funniest games of “Celebrity Head” I have ever played.

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Our first ice for the trip.

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Afternoon hike up the mountain

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