Everest Base Camp Trek – Day 3

Everest Base Camp Trek – Day 3
Date: 14 November 2017
Walked to: Kyanjuma
Distance: 7.5 miles
Altitude: Sleeping at 3,600m (high point was 3,880)

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I woke up with a bit of a headache this morning, and had to force breakfast down – the effects of altitude were beginning to hit. But luckily, the moment I was out of last night’s tea house and walking uphill, I felt fine. That was very handy indeed, because today was probably the most extraordinary day of walking I’ve ever had, in terms of knock-out scenery.

The walking day started with a stiff climb out of Namche Bazaar to a viewpoint of Everest, Ama Dablam (my favourite looking mountain) and the other surrounding mountains, before heading on up to what was probably my highest altitude (to date) hot chocolate, at the posh Everest View Hotel. Then it was on to the twin villages of Kunde and Khumjung, fitting in lunch, a visit to the local school and hospital (both originally founded by Sir Edmund Hillary), and to the nearby monastery, which has been rebuilt following the 2015 earthquake.

Home tonight is a tea house in Khumjumg, where, after three days of walking, I’ve finally had a shower; sounds minging, I know, but it is seriously cold here once the sun goes down. It may also be my last one for six days as the guides advise against it once we get much higher. On the plus side, because it’s so cool, and because we’re walking so slowly due to the altitude, there’s not a whole lot of perspiration going on. Ah, the glamour of walking…

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About silkakt

I'm a map addict. I nip out in my lunch break to go to the National Map Centre, just around the corner from where I work, to feed my habit. My fix normally costs £7.99 and comes in the form of an OS map, although I'm a big fan of Sustrans cycle maps, the Trailblazer walking guides and maps of the world too. And once I've got my new map, I start plotting - routes, adventures and an escape away from the office that I spend too much time in. Maps, quite simply, make the world a better and more exciting place.
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8 Responses to Everest Base Camp Trek – Day 3

  1. Barrie Stillwell says:

    So proud of you, just enjoy and be safe 👍👍👍👍

  2. Eleanor says:

    Hygiene limitations aside, it all sounds amazing. Any pics?

  3. Daria says:

    Seems like you’re enjoying your hike up Everest:-D Take care and make sure you keep warm!

  4. Kirsten Taylor says:

    Fond memories of the Annapurna and ‘hot buckets’ while standing in hand also on ice! Be safe x x

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