Everest Base Camp: Day 10 -13 The Descent

Day 10:

Orsho to Namche Bazzar

After an exhausting Christmas day, we all had a sleep in (sort of) and consequently set off a bit later than usual. We were originally meant to stay in Tengboche, however our team leader asked if we would instead like to stay at Namche Bazzar for its offer of a hot shower, decent food and shops. We all agreed that this was a great idea. We only had 4 hours of hiking today and as we were still steadily going down, we knew the hiking was going to get easier and easier, as the oxygen began more plentiful.
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We had amazing weather for our trek to Namche Bazzar and it was nice to be able to strip down to a T-shirt every now and again, to absorb some of the warm sun’s rays.
On this day we also got to stop at a Monastery and the Sherpa Heritage Foundation which was a nice interlude from trekking.
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Namche Bazzar
It was pretty cool to witness the spatiality and culture of the  Sherpa people and watch over as they meditated, high in the himalayas.
After the nice rest stop we continued down hill, which is actually challenging in its own right. There was a mix of steep stairs and just gravel decent and both put pressure on your knees and quads. This day and the day prior were probably the only times i wish i had brought trekking poles. We arrived at our accomodation in Tengboche late afternoon, excited to reach the lukla, where a hot shower and indulgent food would be waiting, which was just one more day hike away.
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Our last view of Everest before she was hidden behind the towering Himalayas

Day 10 info at a glance:

  • Altitude for sleeping: ~3840m
  • Attitude difference between start and finish: – 500m
  • Hours of Trekking: ~4hrs
  • Accommodation: Guest house in Tengboche
  • Level of difficulty: 4-5/10

Day 11

Namche Bazzar to Monjo:

Once again this days trek was even easier than the last, due to the now abundant supply of oxygen!! Today we had 5 hours to trek before arriving at the small town of Mojo.
We had lunch in an awesome little guest house today, that we had actually stopped at on the way up, however when we had had a break there some 6 days ago the cloud cover was plentiful, so the amazing view was hidden. But on this lunch break we could see a nice view of towering peaks above us.
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After lunch we continued trekking down hill for a few hours, before arriving at the tiny settlement of Monjo.
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Day 11 info at a glance:

  • Altitude for sleeping: ~2860
  • Attitude difference between start and finish: – 980m
  • Hours of Trekking: ~5hrs
  • Accommodation: Guest house in Monjo
  • Level of difficulty: 4/10

Day 12

Monjo to Lukla

Our final day !
Today we only had a short 3 hours trek to Lukla, although not all of it was downhill, rather it was nepali flat (up and down, up and down).
As a group we decided we would hike without stopping, to get to Lukla in time for lunch.
The hike itself was relatively easy and we had already been on the path before, but heading in the other direction, so it was good to compare things we hadn’t noticed or taken in the first time around.
We got to Lukla around 11am and the first thing we did was charge our devices, use the wifi and check in with family and friends. This was followed closely by having a warm shower and some food!
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Our group standing at the Entrance to EBC trek, having just completed the trek!
We spent the afternoon in Lukla, walking around the town, going out for dinner and doing some shopping at the small towns. It was a nice way to finish the trip and we were all excited to get back to Kathmandu the next day, although we did have one danger flight separating us and the city.

Day 12 info at a glance:

  • Altitude for sleeping: ~2840
  • Attitude difference between start and finish: – 60m
  • Hours of Trekking: ~3hrs
  • Accommodation: Guest house in Lukla
  • Level of difficulty: 4/10

Day 13

Lukla to Kathmandu

Day 11 saw us getting an early morning flight out of lukla and back to Kathmandu. We stayed in Kathmandu one more night before all going our seperate ways. On this last night of our trip we all went out for a celebratory dinner and drinks at the dodgiest night club/bar I’ve ever been to! It was such a fun night and was good to let our hair down before everyone was to stay goodbye the following morning!

It was an amazing trip and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is into trekking and amazing scenery! Intrepid were great and we also saw Intrepid’s sister tour company, Gecko Tours along the way, and they all only had good things to say about their trip also.

Th only bad comment i have about it, was the price. Purely due to the fact that the accomodation along the trail is free, as long as you eat there, i’m left wondering where all my money went, especially considering its expected to tip the guides upon completion of the trip.

But other than that, I had such an amazing time, met the most genuine and lovely people and its an experience I will never forget!

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