|Sunset on Everest, Nuptse and Makalu from Gokyo Ri|
|Tsering Sherpa from Thame - a lovely little boy|
My first idea was to try to organize one or two trekking Peaks over 6,000m (Mera and Island Peaks) but the cost of permits, the fact that I didn’t have my equipment and the difficulty to find climbing partner made me change my mind. I still want to do this but it would make more sense to get together with a couple of friends and come over here with our equipment and do it now that I know how it works!
I am sure some of you must wonder why I decided to visit the Khumbu region as it is very busy with Trekkers going to the Everest Base camp. It is not the type of place I usually go!!! I hesitated a lot before going there but after a 4 months of cycling remote areas I thought that trekking from lodge to lodge would be kind of relaxing. Also Pierre had told me how beautiful the area is so I decided to give it a shot. It took a bit to get my head around the concept of trekking for 20 days with a backpack that hardly weigh more than a normal day hike pack!! In Canada any multiple day trek involve carrying food, camping equipment, etc. It is quite a treat to be able to spend 20 days trekking from lodge to lodge like one would do in Europe for a fraction of the price!
|Thank God they have new bridges!|
We choose to do the Three Passes trek. This trek allowed us to get some great views of the regions, see 3 different valleys and walk over 3 passes over 5,400m. The vast majority of people go to Everest base Camp and return the same way. The Three passes trek allow to see more of the regions and mostly we didn’t have to back track!
|Three passes - Khumbu region|
Even if I had spent the last month cycling in high altitude I had lost most of my acclimatization and had to be meticulous about our ascent rate. Most trekkers hire guide and porters but it is really not necessary. We carried our own bag and had no time constraints! As for the trail I am not sure how someone could get lost there!!!!
|First glimpse at the mountain from Khumjung|
Suzanne had visited the area 20 years ago and was amazed at the development in the region. The increase of trekkers and the construction of new lodges put a lot of pressure on this environment and brings all sorts of issues but I think overall the people in the valley have a much better life than before.
|Lower Pemboche - Typical village along the way|
The day we crossed Renjo La I had a terrible time. I had some intestinal problems and my energy level was incredibly low! I was moving rather slowly and was happy when we reached the lodge at the end of the day. There we met the funniest little Sherpa. Tsering Sherpa a 4 year old very happy and social boy. Within few minutes of us arriving at the lodge he was sitting on Helene's lap....only one minor problem...we were not sure he was completely toilet trained!!!! ....one stinky little guy!! The funny thing was that he only knew on entence in English that he kept repeating "Ho my God". It was hillarious to listen to hear saying it without having any idea of what it meant! The next morning I spent time with him drawing, making paper boat, running around and took few photos. He was very thrilled about the photos!
Back in Kathmandu now. The next leg of the trip will be 6 weeks of cycling through Nepal and Sikkim.
|Few minutes after Sunset - Everest Nuptse and Makalu|
|Village with Lhotse in the background|
|Me in Heaven!!! (photo: Suzanne Graf)|
|At the foot of Ama Dablam|
|View from Chunkung Ri (Ama Dablam in the background)|
|Kongma La pass|
|Yak returning from Gorak Shep (Pumori behind)|
|Foggy morning below Cho La Pass|
|Suzanne and I Chukung Ri|
|What is my name?|
|Typical lodge dinning room|
|6th lake and Cho Oyu|
|Walking acroos the glacier Cho La pass|
|Tibetan and his yaks going to Namche Bazar|
|Tibetan caravan on its way to Namche Bazar|
|Tsering Sherpa a happy boy!|
|Everest seen from Kala Patar|
|Sunset on Makalu|
Thanks again for all your comments and emails.I really appreciate it. The rest of my trekking photos can be seen on Flickr