Everest Trek Day 5: Nuntala to Bupsa – Donkey crap and dal bhat

Today we hiked about 8 hours from Nuntala to Bupsa. After breakfast at our guest house in Nuntala we set off for another 2 hours downhill.  I was feeling a teeny bit better first thing in the morning (as these things usually go) and while my knees and ankles still hurt I did alright. We had to jockey with multiple donkey trains today going both uphill and downhill (aka the Continue reading Everest Trek Day 5: Nuntala to Bupsa – Donkey crap and dal bhat

Everest Trek Day 4: Junbessi to Nuntala – Everest and the toughest day yet

Today was fucking brutal. There’s really no other way to accurately describe it. We set off from Junbessi around 7:30am and walked uphill for about an hour. It wasn’t too steep though and initially I had no problems with it. However after about 45 minutes of walking I started to feel a bit sick. I’d had some congestion since China that had lingered and remained as a cough and more Continue reading Everest Trek Day 4: Junbessi to Nuntala – Everest and the toughest day yet

Everest Trek Day 3: Sete to Junbessi – Where the hell is this place??

Yesterday while hiking from Bhandar to Sete we had covered 1000m of an approximately 2000m ascent over the Lamjura Pass which, once we reached the top, would put us at about 3700m.  Therefore we started our day from Sete with a 1000m uphill battle which took us about 3.5 hours to complete.  This was also the first time we would encounter a potential issue with elevation.  Technically any elevation over Continue reading Everest Trek Day 3: Sete to Junbessi – Where the hell is this place??

Everest Trek Day 2: Bhandar to Sete – Banana porridge and gorgeous sunsets

Knowing that today was going to be a bit of a toughie, the night before I decided on a hearty breakfast that would presumably keep me full of energy.  Banana porridge for breakfast was a terrible idea.  The whole first 3 hours or so during our hike from Bhandar to Sete I could just feel the oats sitting there and every time I drank water or jumped down off a Continue reading Everest Trek Day 2: Bhandar to Sete – Banana porridge and gorgeous sunsets

Everest Trek: The Journey to Shivalaya and Day One

THE JOURNEY TO SHIVALAYA The morning of October 18th we took the bus from Kathmandu to Shivalaya.  Worst.  Bus ride.  Ever.  It took about 8 hours and was unbelievably bumpy.  Words cannot describe accurately enough how bumpy it was. And, per usual, all driving was done on the side of a cliff with no guard rails and hairpin turns and more speed than should be used for driving up and Continue reading Everest Trek: The Journey to Shivalaya and Day One

How to Prepare to Trek Mount Everest Base Camp

My journey from China to Kathmandu, Nepal was, to say the least, an interesting one. I had the option of taking a direct flight from Kunming, China to Kathmandu for about $430 or going the indirect route via AirAisa and flying from Kunming to Kuala Lumpur to Kathmandu for about $280.  Being the budget traveller that I am I went for the latter option.  Never again. The flight to Kuala Continue reading How to Prepare to Trek Mount Everest Base Camp

The cost of travel – October 2014 budget roundup

The month of October was my second month on the road but my first FULL month of travel (I spent the first week and a half of September at home in Massachusetts).  I also spent the 10th month of the year in two separate countries: China and Nepal.  The majority of my time in Nepal was spent on the Jiri – Everest Base Camp trek which I’ll write a separate Continue reading The cost of travel – October 2014 budget roundup