Everest Base Camp Trek January 2019 Day Seven : Acclimatization day in Dingboche 4410m

I woke up around 7.30 PM, this is a “No Stress day” , we had our breakfast in joy then with Ganesh we went on a tour around the village. Obviously i was the only trekker their, yesterday we met with Oliver a solo trekker from Denmark and two couples from China, while we were laughing while gathering around the heater, the couple of Chinese were watching Harry Potter movies in their laptop, i am not lying to you guys and my dear respectful fellows,we were observing them and we were pretty sure that they saw all the episodes during the same night 🙂 🙂 🙂 :). After visiting the village we returned to the lodge for lunch then i went out by my self to meditate while contemplating the mountains around, the snow everywhere , feeling the contact of the wind on my face and my frozen nose and lips and other parts of my human body i would prefer not to talk about…..marvelous 🙂
at 4 PM we gathered around the heater me Ganesh, Bim and the two sisters actually who were the managers of the Lodge (Oliver the Danish and the two couples from china were already in their way to Lobuche) . After Dinner and with tears in my eyes (because of the cold) i went to my frozen room to sleep, tomorrow we will trek to Lobuche 🙂

Everest Base Camp Trek January 2019 Day Six: Pangboche 3985m to Dingboche 4410m

Day Six, i woke up at 6 AM, Water completely frozen in the bottle that why guys i advice you to put the bottle of water inside the sleeping back with you before sleeping so that you can drink water in the morning. After a quick breakfast we started our trekking to Dingboche. i was happy to leave the lodge in Pangboche because as i told you, there was a lack of everything in there especially the heater the WiFi the ambiance and the quality of food.
this time the circuit started to progressively changing , more snow more wind the view always breathtaking , we met a few of trekkers returning from the Everest base camp, no accident were reported or bad weather. We stopped to have lunch in Ganesha’s friend lodge, there we met with a cute little girl, she was on holiday , she is studying in Namche Bazaar, she as son happily surprised when she saw my stethoscope, she speaks English fluently and told me that her dream is to become a nurse so that she can help children in her village :), i explained to her that there are children in her age living in the other side of the world in the Atlas Mountains who have nothing, no schools no healthcare no libraries no hope…… i was upon to tell her that politicians in my country are a bunch of motherF……. greedy selfish incompetent and thieves and that they were supported by other corrupt politicians motherf…… from Europe and USA ……. but finally i thought that it was not a good idea to tell that to a child 🙂 :). I took a photo souvenir and
after that we continued our trip till another village where i met another little boy who also sent positive energy and support to the children in the Moroccan Atlas Mountains. After 5 hours trekking we arrived to Dingboche , fortunately we found a good place to stay “Snow Lion Lodge” we first had lunch, i went out on a tour, outside it seems as a ghost village out of the season of trekking. At 4 PM, we gathered around the heater where we met with Oliver an intrepid trekker from Denmark, we laughed so high while he was telling us about his trek and that the heater was functioning with “Yak shit” 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 My Dear Oliver where ever you are now, i love you ,you are a real case 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 i will never forget your answer when i asked you if you were interested to climb the Everest ? ” Hell no…… i love trekking because it is about discovering nature , beautiful places……. in the summit of Everest there is nothing but EGO ” You know what Oliver, you were right 🙂 After warming our frozen bodies i went to my room , a real fridge , with tears in my eyes from the cold , i put myself in my bed. tomorrow is Acclimatization Day 🙂

Everest Base Camp trek January 2019, day Five : Namche Bazaar 3440m to Pangboche 3985m

Day Five, i woke up at 6.3 AM , happily the weather was good sunny day , After breakfast we started our trek to Pangboche, this part of circuit i found it a little bit difficult mostly because i started to feel the weight of altitude, struggling a little to breath but thanks to the patience of my two fellows and the drinking of water and also little breaks to rest and to contemplate the view this helped me to continue till Thyangboche 3860m. In our way we stopped to have lunch at a beautiful restaurant , nice view strong energy (nature mountains wind and river ) there we met with a couple of chineese and a wonderful solo intrepid trekker “Richard” from Laetvia, this man is a chef cuisinier , also doing big humanitarian activities to make this world (f…. by the scam of the earth : politicians) a better place to live in. he used to cook for children and he is doing research in how to make to produce a healthy food. ww had a good chat and lunch at the top of the world :), we did not met after that. Dear Richard it was a pleasure meeting you i hope that everything went well for you and you succeeded to rich the #EBC. After ups and downs and enjoying the breathtaking views, we arrive at Thyangboche 3860m where i had the first encounter with Mount Everest 8848m : Magic spiritual unique and solemn moment 🙂 , we had cafe at the Himalayan lodge then my guide asked me if i can make it to Pangboche 9gain of time and miles). YEEEESSS let’s goooo , i said (by night i was regretting this decision 🙂 )
Arriving to Pangboche we went directly to “Echoholiday lodge” at the entry we could read : WIFI, Hot water, heat….. but none of this was disposable, nor WIFI nor heater , nor good food nor good ambiance……., i asked to by a bottle of water, a kid there asked me to pay 300 ruppies, i went out at the entry of the lodge there was a shop, the price of water was 150. by night the room was like a fridge or more, i never taught that someday i will cry because of the cold and before to go to sleep 🙂 one good advice for future trekkers: from Thyangboche i advice to everyone to put their bottle of water inside the sleeping back by night, yes sleeping with it otherwise you will only find a frozen water in the morning. the temperature in Pangboche varies between -14 in the evening to -25 at 3 AM. Answer to a very wise question : do i need to bring condoms with me during the Everest base camp trek ? well it may be useful till Namche Bazaar , after that my fellow trekker if you succeed to have an erection at -25 degrees, dude you are a hero my advice to you is to make as soon as possible contact with Hollywood, you deserve an Oscar:) i would say that  bringing a needle would be more accurate, because during some very cold mornings you may not find  it 😉


Everest Base Camp trek January2019, day Four: Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar 3440m

Day Four , i woke up at 7 AM, first look from the window, what a magnificent view, Namche Bazaar is wearing white, it snowed all night 🙂 , quick breakfast then i started the village discovery day. As i explained yesterday we are in January low season son the village is empty , only few tourists. i like the village , it situated in the middle and surrounded by mountains, the architecture of the houses is beautiful, the sound of water is nice and peaceful , people are nice and friendly , the temperature was around -14 degrees. The day was snowy and cloudy so Ganesh my guide judged that there will be no need to go to the Everest View hotel because we would not have any view on the Everest or the other mountains arround, so i spent my day reading and enjoying the Chocolate carrot cakes in Namche Bazar Bakery cafe . Then around 4 PM as i advised you before i returned to the Lodge gathering around the heat , i had dinner then went to my room, i had to sleep earlier so i could awake at 6 AM, tomorrow will be a long day, Namche Bazaar to Pangboche. Still no signs of Altitude sickness, i used to drink 2 to 2.5l water per day.

Everest Base Camp Trek January 2019 Day Two: Benkar 2630m to Namche Bazaar 3340m

Day Three, Early in the morning i woke up around 6 AM, we had breakfast in joy and laugh, it is extraordinary this feeling of love and happiness you can only feel during a trekking . Everything is about energy, After saying good bye to the nice couple and their little girl, and to our intrepid trekker Zinzin, we started our trekking to Namche Bazaar, personally i found it the most tough circuit in the Everest base camp trek, many ups and downs, more ups than downs, we crossed many bridge, one in particularly very famous, the “Hillary Bridge”. Nature , rivers, the sky, mountains, the scent of mother earth, the view…… you should go to see and feel it by yourself my friends, i do not have enough words to describe such beauty 🙂 we met on our way we met many porters with superhuman powers, everything that we have been taught at school and in the medical school was wrong, come ooooon its obvious !!!!! , i mean in an altitude around 3500 m i saw normal humans carrying between 80 to 100 kilos climbing beside us with a smile a normal pulmonary rate, normal pulse rate , Dyspnea none,
hypersialorrhea none, hallucinations none, altitude sickness none, priapism none!!!! , meanwhile i had all these symptoms 🙂 🙂 🙂 let resume all this to Energy , everything is Energy. We arrived to Namche Bazaar around 12 AM, the village was empty because of the low season , this was very convenient for me and the other rare trekkers because everyone of us had his own room (every room there is two beds) and two blankets, easy access to the toilets, to charging the batteries, silent nights…… if i have to advice future trekkers or if i have to return to trek in the Himalayas i will do it again in January . After arriving to the lodge very good by the way: Moonlight Lodge highly located in the village, we had immediately lunch because we were starving, i meant to show you the prices, there is a large difference between prices in Namche Bazaar and Dingboche , lobuche ….. as far as you go the prices are higher so please follow my advice minimum change 500 dollars. After lunch i went to my room where i had a very very beautiful view on the village. I did not rest, no signs of Altitude sickness yet, immediately i went to visit Namche Bazaar , i found the perfect trap for Cakes Amateurs : Namche Bazzar bakery 🙂 then returned to the lodge around 4 PM { very important time to remember and never miss especially for medical reasons, from Namche Bazaar the weather get very cold and if you want to keep using your Goods (testicles and ovaries, stick to my advice 🙂 } time for all humans (Trekkers, guides, porters, managers ) to gather every day around the heater which by the way uses wood to product heat (after Tyangboche, they are more creative and use another product :). After that direction to my frozen Room , tomorrow is Acclimatization day, we will stay 24 more hours in Namche Bazaar.

Everest Base Camp trek January2019, day two : Kathmandu1400m to Lukla2886m to Benkar2630m

January 21th 2019, i woke up earlier 5AM, Ganesh came to pick me at the hotel, we headed to the airport, there we had breakfast, 30 minutes waiting then we boarded into the plane, fortunately no delays. Lukla is around 25 minutes from Kathmandu, i will say about the flight that it was very noisy maybe for those who will fly for the first time they will may find it a little scary, but the pilots were pro so the trip was smooth and we landed peacefully at Lukla airport one of the most dangerous airport of the world. In Lukla 2886m we met with our porter Bim then we started immediately our trek to Phadking 2640m where we were supposed to stay at the night but Ganesh judged that it was more convenient for us to continue to Benkar 2630m since i did not show any sign of altitude sickness till then , i think the fact that i climbed mount Kilimanjaro 5880m in 2016 was an advantage for me. nature was breathtaking, the view the feeling the smell of mother earth were simply magnificent. We trek around 6 hours, good safe trek till Benkar , we found a very cosy and beautiful tea house managed with a nice couple with their cute little girl. We met Zinzin an intrepid trekker a young lady from South America, “well Zinzin you are a special case” 🙂 🙂 , she told us that few does ago while trekking with her friend , she managed to find an abandoned hut in the middle of nowhere , she told her friend ok we will spend the night here !!!, her friend told her: well zinzin, i told you you should brought your medication with you, let me noticed to you that the hut is wide open , no windows no door….. we are in the Himalayas, i think that by night all our ovaries and uterus would be quiet frozen, what do you think sweetheart? Zinzin told us, she could not understand that reaction from her friend !!!! the i look to Ganesh and told him maybe we should secure our doors tonight 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 , at the end Zinzin’s friend returned to Lukla ( i do not think that she was still there when zinzin returned to the village) meanwhile Zinzin spent the night at the abandoned hut ALONE and she told us proudly with a happy smiley face pulse 77 that in the middle of the night she verified the thermometer it was -35 degrees Celsius 🙂 We laughed very very loud all together. After begging her (me, Ganesh ,Bim and the managers of the tea house and their little kid) to promise to us not to do such thing again, she said we may be right and what she did was crazy and dangerous. Then i went to my frozen room and felt asleep.
Three interesting questions
1)How much money do i have to change before to start the 14 days trek to Everest Base camp ?
Answer (updated in January 2019 from what you are going to see in YouTube): minimum 500 dollars if you will not drink alcohol during the trek, more if you will, however i advice you not to do so, enjoy the trip live the moment the now with your entire feelings, let alcohol for celebrating the end of your trek, extreme cold and alcohol are very bad combination and will harm you.
Why minimum 500 dollars? for example the price of the water varies between one dollar in Kathmandu to 3 dollars or more in Lobuche. Batteries charging price varies between 3 dollars all day in Namche Bazaar to 3 dollars an hour in Lobuche . This is normal because after Lukla , transportation of the food and material is very expensive for Tea houses to procure. The money can easily be changed in many currency exchange places in Thamel, take your time to find the interesting offer.
2) What about packing list ? i brought everything i needed with me, i did not buy any further gear from Kathmandu
3) ATM , credit card ? No, i had cash 🙂

Everest Base camp trek January 21th to February 3rd 2019.Day one : Trip from Kuala Lumpur to Kathmandu

January 20th i woke up at 4:30,
my backpack was prepared since yesterday, i prepared my Coffee while singing then i headed to the train station then to Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Now Flight OD184, inside the plane in direction to Kathmandu, my first trip to Nepal and tomorrow i will start trekking to “Everest Base Camp” woww …… another adventure, i couldn’t even dreamed about it when i started to write my biography in November 25th 2014 🙂 Does the Law of attraction exist ? no doubt , Does gratitude effect exist ? 100%. I have been living in Kuala Lumpur more than 6 months, 6 months full of astonishing things, new experiences, feelings and challenges. After arriving to Kathmandu airport, i took a Taxi (Paid from the Agency) to Eco Resort Hotel in Thamel where i met Mister Hari khadka the director of Welcome Nepal Trek and his associate Mister Nawa, We introduce ourselves , had a friendly chat while enjoying a Nepal Tea, i went to my room get a shower and rest a little then we met again this time with Ganesh my future Guide , 30 years old very nice young man who aim to reconstruct his house in his village which suffered from the earthquake in 2015, and he also wants to bring water to his community . after that i went on a walk to discover Thamel, very beautiful touristic neighborhood very famous in Kathmandu and Nepal, i had lunch in a beautiful restaurant in a beautiful terrace then returned to the hotel tomorrow i will wake up earlier, Ganesh will come to pick me at the hotel , we will go to the airport and then fly to Lukla from where the Great Adventure will begin:)
How i found The Agency ? googling and i was pleased by the reviews from others trekkers on the Agency team. I definitely recommend “Welcome Nepal Trek” to all trekkers : Solo, family and groups…….