So, bits and pieces of Everest…

Howdy!
Back again in the buzzling area of Thamel in Crapmandhu. Actually feels really good. Staying in the same place as last time, feels pretty OK. Something that felt f*****g awesome though was having the first shower in 14 days. Man, used about half a bottle of shower cream. It was bad, they almost had to send in some Japanese catastrophe-workers in radioactive proof gear to clean that mess up. And I am feeling really bad for the guy taking care of my laundry. Those socks doesn’t smell like a summer morning…

Enough about my (lack of) hygiene, as I did actually wash my hands three times during the 13 days of trekking, it wasn’t all that bad. So, just flew out from Lukla airport this morning after spending the night in Lukla. That’s the main Airport to the area, and its short mountainside airstrip leans in an angle of 20 degrees so that the planes can brake before hitting the mountainside and lift of before plummeting into the valley… The planes takes about 15-20 people each and only flies when there is full visibility, as they operate on eyesight rather than technology. Quite a feeling you could say…

So, trekked to Everest Bacecamp (5364m). Took me about 8 days of walking to get there. This included 2 acclimatisation days to avoid AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). This is a very real threat to anyone going over 3000m, and it starts with headache, dizziness, loss of appetite and can end with death if one does not descend. It is very easily cured though, as descending will get rid of it completely, and you can try ascending again as soon as the symptoms clear. Had no problems with this though, probably because I took it quite easy. Even though you can only walk 3-6 hours a day not to ascend to high the walks at that altitude are extremely tiring. I have never experienced anything like it, the fatigue was extraordinary. Walking for 100metres, even on flat ground made you gasp for air, stopping for 30 sec to recuperate and then continuing on. When getting up on 5000m it was extreme. But, nothing that couldn’t be handled, as the only way to do it was slowly, slowly slowly… And eventually I got there.

Have tons of pictures, some spectacular views from the top of Kala Patthar (5550), a “small” peak surrounded by some of the giants, of which Everest of course is the main attraction. I can now proudly say that my eyes has viewed the sun rise over the top of the world. A sight not everybody has seen. And a spectacular sight that is. Will try to upload some of these pictures, but as I written before internet isn’t super fast here, so it will come at a later stage. Don’t know what more to say about the trek. It was long, cold and tiring. I am happy I did it but it will take a while before I do it again (if I ever do). There is another big trek, the Annapurna circuit (21 days) that I would like to do some day, but we’ll see… Sleeping in socks, pants, thermal long-sleeves, fleece-jacket, scarf and a cap in lodges that are freezing cold doesn’t really do it for me right now.

And, by topping this of, I signed up for another stupid mission. Just barely being over the fact that I survived Lukla airport I signed up for a bungee-jump tomorrow. Met some really cool Swedish guys (and a Canadian) on a local bakery where I was chowing down cake. They had just signed up for it (one deeply regretting this already) and convinced me to do the same. The only thing is (apart for being bungee-jumping, scaring me shitless) is that is the worlds second highest. 160 meters down a mountain gorge. 100m free falling, takes about 3-4 seconds. I’ll bring an extra par of underwear. For real. So, I’ll try to at least update facebook if I survive, if somebody cares. Well, I know you do. So far the survival rate is 100%, not planning on changing the stats. Then I’ll head of to Pokhara for maybe a week or so, planning on some more high elevation activities. But that’s another story…

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