Everest tea House Trek 4th – 19th March
Lemon Teeee ……………
That was the regular call of our sirdar.
The Everest Tea House Trek was an adventure beyond comparison. The group of 10 was led by Al Sergeant in his inimitable optimistic and caring style. Whilst on the trek, Al was ably supported by the local guide, Embee (our sirdar).
Lunch at a tea house
From landing in Kathmandu on the 5th of March to leaving on the 18th of March, we were blessed with glorious weather, with only a couple of days being affected by mist or snow.
First view of Everest
A couple of days at the magnificent Shangri-La hotel were followed by a domestic flight to Lukla, the airport being known for its short, sloping runway. Then we were off on our nine-day trek along the Everest Base Camp Route, including a detour to Thame.
Little did we know the ‘delights’ the tea houses had to offer:
– No running water as we left Namche Bazaar (or for the next few days) as the pipes had frozen.
– The ‘ice box’ rooms with plywood walls where the water in our bottles had frozen overnight.
But all the hardships were totally outclassed by the highlights of the trek:
– Our first view of Everest at the view point we named ‘Everest oranges stop’.
– The towering mountains with snow-capped summits.
– The magnificent sky, littered with thousands of stars, when we ventured out into the cold after dinner (no light pollution here).
– The friendly people, including the children who delighted in practising their English.
– The colour of the glacial meltwater rushing over the rocks as we crossed the numerous swing bridges.
Everest and Lhotse with snow plume from Tengboche
What a delight when the day of our return to Kathmandu dawned bright and clear and we were confident that our flight would take off. Then, to top it all, we returned to the luxury of the Shangri-La where hot baths and showers awaited – nine days of dust could finally be washed away!
With so many different experiences to explore – and I haven’t even mentioned the sightseeing – the only way you can possibly take it all in is to travel there yourself.