Everest Base Camp Day 16

April 25th, 2014 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

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This was the final day of trekking. A pleasant walk through the valleys back up to Lukla.

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Different views to higher up, but still incredibly beautiful. Also nice to be tramping again in shorts and one layer – not in below freezing conditions.

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Again many more crops grown down here.

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But still the odd snow covered peak.

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The final valley.

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The final ascent. I estimate we claimed a total in excess of seven vertical kilometres over the trek.

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Great to have colour back in the bush.

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And after 16 days we are back at Lukla, where we started.

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The English in the local bars can be amusing. See the above “tit bites” instead of tidbits!

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And not sure Coca-Cola appreciates that spelling! I wonder how many people tried to order a cock before they changed it :-)

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We then had the final farewell dinner with the five of us, and the porters and guides. I couldn’t resist ordering a Yak Steak. Yes they’re cute adorable animals – but they also taste quite good.

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And then we drank. To paraphrase, what happens in the tea house says in the tea house, but it was a lot of fun. The fact we had to be up at 5.00 am for an early flight did not deter us. A great 16 days trekking, with views you really won’t get anywhere else in the world.

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13 Responses to “Everest Base Camp Day 16”

  1. radvad (772 comments) says:

    Thanks for your posts David. I enjoyed going to base camp with you from the comforts of my lazy boy.

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  2. OneTrack (3,218 comments) says:

    Thanks David

    A fantastic trip. Well done.

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  3. Redbaiter (9,503 comments) says:

    A truly wonderfully informative series of posts and a great adventure for you.

    Appreciate that you kept posting under what must have been quite difficult conditions.

    Amazing dedication and much appreciated.

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  4. mjw (399 comments) says:

    Wonderful series of posts, thanks dpf. I liked the “Painapple” as well today. And the whole nepalese tea house/whisky thing made me think of Raiders of the Lost Ark … did you escape with the headpiece to the Staff of Ra?

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  5. Deborah Russell (156 comments) says:

    This has been a great series of posts, DPF. Many thanks for making the effort to share it all with us.

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  6. lolitasbrother (746 comments) says:

    very funny and clever and invigorating as usual Farrar,
    ‘Tit bits’ and ‘Cock Cola,’ and we also serve children.
    you were awarded the Quixote medal for Courage while you were away,
    http://paulscottstories.blogspot.co.nz/2014/04/david-farrar-awarded-medallion-of.html

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  7. chuk (43 comments) says:

    Brilliant, David. Well done and many thanks for sharing the trip and wonderful photographs.

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  8. thor42 (971 comments) says:

    Great series of posts DPF! Thanks for sharing them.

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  9. trout (944 comments) says:

    Thankyou David for a reminder of the spectacular scenery, and the effort required, to trek in the Himalayas. It is a tragedy that Everest is now seen as a cash cow at the expense of Sherpa lives. We are now seeing a proliferation of outdoor challenges (hunting, mountaineering, etc.) where guides and staff take incredible risks to serve up a manageable experience for rich people. Fixed ropes and ladders on Mt. Everest are an abomination.

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  10. fredinthegrass (274 comments) says:

    Knowing where you have come from to reach these dizzying heights – pun intended DPF – I am in awe
    of your efforts and achievements. Congratulations.

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  11. Andronicus (219 comments) says:

    Yes David, well done.

    The photographs were awesome as well.

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  12. martinh (1,257 comments) says:

    You should of got into the poppy crop

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  13. Elaycee (4,403 comments) says:

    A brilliant effort, DPF. Thanks for sharing it via your blog.

    LAC

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