In December I went to Nepal. I wanted to trek to the Everest Base Camp. It was an old dream to see the tallest mountain on Earth. I decided to do it solo, mostly to save money, but I also wanted to see if I was able to do it. I did it. My major concern was the altitude sickness but apart from a short breath above 13 000ft it was okay. Winter is a great time to do this trek: few people and great blue sky above tree line.
I am not doing a detailed trip report this time. There are already too many blogs and websites about this trek. Plus it’s a trek, so no “big” adventure this time, just a trail to follow… with the nicest views I ever had.
Just a few words, I want to make it short but I also want to give a piece of advice about the EBC trek: This trek is easy but demanding. The only problem you could encounter is to suffer from altitude sickness. Don’t try to be a heroe, I’ve seen some dudes in really bad shape trying to ignore the symptoms, stupid! There’s just one trail so you won’t get lost. It’s super easy to do it alone during this time of the year: the lodges are not crowded, you’ll always find a bedroom. The days are pretty warm but the nights are super cold, there’s no heater in the lodges so be prepared for cold nights. Pack smart and light, you can easily have a 5-6kg backpack. You don’t need big boots, hiking shoes are fine and a pair of light trekking pants are alright, even in December (have some tights for the night though). I had two rest days (Namche and Dingboche) and that was enough. Now book a flight and go for it!
If you want to do some rock climbing in Nepal, you should get in touch with the guys from Harcore Nepal , they’re great!
One of the most dramatic views of Ama Dablam I had.
Porters are true heroes.
Prayer flags above Dingboche.
Kathmandu from the monkey temple.