Monday, November 16, 2009

Everest Base Camp (9) - Final

The 17 days (4 to 20 October) were indeed a moment to cherish in our lives: the beautiful and magnificent landscape of Everest Base Camp (EBC) treks and the tough trekking for 12 consecutive days. Despite the cold temperature, we felt warm inside with the warm friendship and camaraderie within the 13-member team..
Being the Team Lead for this group, my heartfelt thanks to Cheban, the trusted Trekking Agent in Nepal. click here. The EBC trip would not have been possible without Cheban's good arrangement and connection; Ram, the committed and dedicated Main Mountain Guide who is so careful in taking good care of us; Suresh, the responsible and helpful 2nd Mountain Guide; Takur, the senior porter; and not forgetting the seven strong porters that carry our duffle bags..
We were pleased with the good standard of lodges that we stay along the treks. At Kathmandu, we were impressed with the three hotels that we stay, the latter is always better than the previous one.

Also, not forgetting the two sumptuous dinners at Manbap Restaurant and also the farewell dinner (complete with Khukri Rum, beer and Coke). Special thanks to PK Chan and Rocky Dan for contributing USD 100 each for the roasted lamb.

It was very thoughtful of Cheban to present the group with garlands each when we arrived at Kathmandu (on 4 October) and the presentation of certificates on the completion of EBC trek on departure day (20 October 2009).

Special thanks to Patrick Tan, the Senior Sales Manager (Kuala Lumpur) of Thai Airways for arranging the flight tickets for the EBC group. Flying Thai Airways is excellent and the service is friendly and superb. They even have special halal food to cater for the Muslim travelers..
Please click here to view photo album #9 (final) for photos taken by yours truly (KC)..
For a complete nine (9) EBC postings, click here. Scroll down the pages. At the bottom of the page, click Older Posts to continue..
For a complete photo albums, click here for yours truly's (KC) gallery.
.Click here for all the local trekking/training in preparation for the EBC trekking trip.
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Day10 (15 October 2009) -- the journey continues to Namche Bazar. Shopping along the route: Arriving at Kyangjuma (3,560m) for lunch. Sharon looking at the precious stones and ornaments.

Meet a group of children; just like us, on a mission to arrive at their destination.

Myraid of colour for the autumn season

Namche Bazaar (at the hill top) is within sight again after a lapse of eight days

Visit the National Park in Namche Bazar ... Alexis, Sharon and Fiona

The streets of Namche Bazaar. This is a township by itself with many lodges and shops that sell trekking gear. There is a morning market on Saturday.

We see the lush greenery again at lower plain. The donkeys are hard at work here carrying the cooking gas tanks.

Lots of flowers

Day 11 (16 October 2009) morning... We trek from Namche Bazaar to Phakding 2,610m. The group put up a night in Phakding. Then the next night in Lukla (17 October 2009) and fly to Kathmandu on 18 October 2009 morning.

A farewell dinner (19 Oct) organizes by Cheban with PK Chan and Rocky Dan contributing USD 100 each for a roated lamb.
Cheers! Cheers! Cheers! for completing the mission to EBC and Kalapatha.Notice how I look (in 2-tone facial complexion; wearing orange jacket) after losing 5.5 kg of weight (due to exhaustion on the trek and with 4 days of non-stop purging) !!

Presentation of certificates by Cheban to the 13 certified Everest Base Camp (EBC) trekkers on 20 October 2009. The group then fly back to Kuala Lumpur from Kathmandu by Thai Airways via transit in Bangkok.
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That completes the journey to the west -- Everest Base Camp..
Signing off by yours truly (KC), EBC group Team Lead..
Mission Accomplished !! BRAVO !!
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