Everest Base Camp Trek Travelogue: Day 13 & 14

Day 13: Last Day in the Himalayas

October 9, 2014

Today was our last day in the Himalayas, and there was a bit of bittersweet to the whole day. We again started early because we had another 9 hours of walking to get back to Lukla and catch our flight the next morning. There was plenty of going down, but there were a fair amount of hills and stairs as well.
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As we go back the way we came, I find myself amazed at how far we had come and some of the very steep steps we had climbed. I’m glad I didn’t know what was in store because I think I would have psyched myself out with how hard I thought it was going to be. I’ve learned the body is a lot stronger and can do more than our minds sometimes will let it.
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My stomach was still a bit off today, so I was grateful we were on the way down, not on the way up. Let’s just say I won’t be as adventurous with my food choices for the next day or so. ๐Ÿ™‚ All part of the adventure, right?
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The view back to Lukla - Everest Base Camp Trek

I very much enjoyed coming back through this part of the trail. We crossed a lot of the bridges we’d crossed before. Passed several of the spots where we had been so in awe of the view. The same little boy that had passed out flowers to the trekkers was still around, and we got not only one bunch of flowers but two because he followed us along the trail for awhile.

It was interesting to reflect on how I felt just a few days before when I came this way. I was feeling lots of anticipation, excitement, and laser focus to reach my goal. This time around I felt happy, and satisfaction from achieving that goal, much more aware of my surroundings due to less sensory overload, and my new focus was to get down off this mountain safely.

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We made it to Lukla about 4:45. We checked into the hotel, and all of us were exhausted. While there had been a lot of downhill, there was a lot of uphill on the last part leading up to Lukla. It honestly has been an unforgettable adventure, but we are all a little worn out. ๐Ÿ™‚

Tonight was the last night we were with the porters. We bought them drinks and dinner and presented them with generous tips. My young porter is so shy. I gave him a generous tip for being superhuman and left him with my fleece gloves because I noticed he didn’t have any. I hope he was pleased, but it was so hard to tell.

I was falling asleep at dinner, so I headed to bed pretty early. We have the first flight out of Lukla tomorrow, so we’ve got to be up and ready at 5:15 a.m. Thankfully, we are right next to the airport.

I’m not a huge fan of Kathmandu, but am looking forward to sleeping in a real bed and getting a real shower. I seriously need to do some laundry…I smell as bad as I think I have ever smelled. ๐Ÿ™‚

I truly have enjoyed this adventure though. It’s made me appreciate the little things, reflect on what’s really important, and help me realize that with God, I can do all things.

Marianne

Day 14: Back in Kathmandu

October 10,2014

The flight back to Kathmandu this morning was uneventful but spectacular. The weather was clear, and we had the first flight out, so we didn’t have to wait for anyone else. We all sat on the right side of the plane so we could see the mountains one last time. Not sure I will ever get used to seeing mountains this majestic.

The drive from the airport to our hotel wasn’t too bad. Thankfully it was still fairly early, so the traffic craziness hadn’t reached its height of madness. I was still a little bit out of it this morning due to the stomach issues from that spaghetti. So grateful it happened at the end of the trip. I’m confident it’ll go away soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

Kathmandu Hotel View in Thamel
Kathmandu Hotel Bed
Kathmandu Hotel Shower and Toilet

They checked me back into the same room that I was in before. I decided first thing was first…I was going to take a nap. A shower would have to wait…I was just too tired. I mean I’d showered two days before, so I was good for at least another week. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Just kidding. After a short nap, I got up and showered, and it was divine.

Today was truly a rest day, no acclimatization hike today. I did laundry in the hotel room sink and hung it up to dry. I exchanged more money, so I have something to tip my guide tomorrow night at our final dinner. I got my bag back from the hotel that I had left and repacked my bags partially, so I’m good to get back home.

Thankfully there is a restaurant in the same building I’m staying in, and I was able to get lunch there. The host remembered me from when I stayed here before and was anxious to hear about my trip. It’s been a good day to rest, get organized, and just take it easy.

Tomorrow is my last day in Kathmandu. I’m excited to sleep in and get another hot shower. ๐Ÿ™‚ Tomorrow evening is when we’ll have our farewell dinner. We’ll meet back up with our guide and our fellow travelers. Should be a good time.

I fly out Sunday, but I’ll check in again before flying out. ๐Ÿ™‚

Marianne

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2 Comments

  1. Great to read the account of your trek. Looking forward to getting there in March. Thanks for sharing your journey with us. The photos are tremendous. Looking forward to seeing the real thing.

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