Thursday, 03 November 2016. Gorakshep Tea House Gorakshep, Khumbu Region, 5,170m asl. My head was throbbing as I stood across a pile of boulders, colorful Tibetan prayer flags flapping in the icy fall wind. A middle-aged man was a little emotional while his photo was being taken beside a slab of granite with the … Continue reading DAY 09. Everest Base Camp 2016.
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 Mother Earth House Lobuche, Khumbu Region. 4,930m asl. I left Dingboche almost 4000 rupees (~PhP 2000) poorer. I wanted to cry. I spent so much on water and internet in Dingboche that the essence of being detached from the urban living comforts had been lost. But it was part stupidity, too. … Continue reading Day 08. Dal Bhat Power, 24Hr
01 November 2016. Tuesday Yak Lodge and Restaurant Dingboche, Khumbu Region. 4,360m asl It’s Day 7 on the trail and the first of November! Two more days and we’d be back to warmer weather again. For the record, the temperature this morning at 7:30 was -11°C. Minus 11 degrees. This was, by far, the coldest … Continue reading Day 07. Sweet Dreams Are Made of These: Thin Air and Less Oxygen
31 October 2016. Monday Yak Hotel and Restaurant Dingboche, Khumbu Region. 4360m asl. It’s actually Day 07 today. I begged off from our acclimatization trek today because I was running a mild fever last night. Or felt like it. Soon after we reached the tea house early evening yesterday, I requested for a hot shower just … Continue reading Day 06. Officially Solo-Trekking—Well, Sort of.
30 October, 2016. Sunday Phortse Guest House Phortse Village, Khumbu Region. 3790m asl. 15:49, Tea house dining area. And I thought I’d never make it to Phortse. Or even lunch. The trek today was supposed to be fairly easy with bulk of the morning trek to Mong-La Pass on level ground. But with the … Continue reading Day 05. Getting High(er) in the Himalayas.
29 October 2016, Saturday. Tashi Delek Restaurant and Lodge Khumjung Village, Khumbu Region. 3,810m asl. 06:44am, The Nest Dining Hall I still woke up today with the heart rate of a One Directioner standing face-to-face with Harry Styles. I guess HRs between 105-120 are my new normal for now. But compared to our first night … Continue reading DAY 04. When AMS And Homesickness Kick In
28 October 2016. Friday. The Nest at Namche. Namche Bazaar, Khumbu, Nepal. 3,440m asl. Yesterday was supposed to be the worst trekking day. Until today. When I had to heave my worn-out self up Namche Bazaar for our acclimatization trek. I woke up today with a sore upper back and a pounding heart. I hoped … Continue reading Day 03. First Acclimatization Day