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Everest Trek 1998

Everest Trek 1998


Postby Sgurr » Thu Feb 25, 2021 12:07 pm

Date walked: 01/03/1998

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I am going stir crazy walking within a reasonable distance from my house, so here is a blast from the past.
1998 Trek to Nepal and Kalapthar (Overlooking Everest Base Camp). At 58 & 59 we had thought we had better do this before we got too old. All bar one of the people on this trek, including the leader, were young enough to be our children. We both managed to get to the summit of Kalapathar, but it took enormous will power for R to do it, as his lungs were already congested, and he was suffering from either pneumonia or altitude sickness. He managed downhill for a couple of nights and then the leader Jon took us down to 14,000 feet in the hopes it would get better. When it didn't, we were evacuated by helicopter to a hospital in Khatmandu, where the doctor said a clean hotel room would be better for him than an iffy hospital. After a couple of days R insisted on wandering around again, but was diagnosed with pneumonia when we got home. Despite that, it was a great trip.

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To Lukla in an old Russian helicopter. Below, the airstrip

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Walking on from Lukla to Phakding

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Phakding to Namche Bazaar. Thse kids walk miles to school.

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In and around Namche

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Seeing Everest for the first time

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Back to Namche

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Namche to Thamo

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In Thamo

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Thamo to Khumjung

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Kumjung to Tyhyamboche

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Thyamboche to Dingboche

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Dingboche acclimatisation

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Dingboche to Lobuche

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Jon and Jonny staging Holmes versus Moriarty above the Reichenbach falls.
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Kalapthar (18,519 feet)) and back down to Lobuche

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Lobuche to Pangboche

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Pangboche to Lower Phortse & helicopter out

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R ill in Katmandhu

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Tibetan carpet factory and Nepalese Temple

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Pashupatineth and Bodnath Stupa

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Bhaktapur and Katmandu

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Re: Everest Trek 1998

Postby iangpark » Thu Feb 25, 2021 7:21 pm

Fascinating stuff Sgurr! A lot of drama crammed in as usual it seems, even back then, and nice to see film photos in the forum :) Always blown away by the wonderful contrast between the brown sunniness of the 'glens' vs the petrifying blue, black and white of the summits in photos of that area.
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Re: Everest Trek 1998

Postby Chris from Bingley » Thu Feb 25, 2021 11:26 pm

Great pics - brought back happy memories. We went the following spring with our kids as our friends were working out there and got married at Namche.

Great experience among such friendly people - thanks for reminding me! Good to dream of things post COVID!

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Re: Everest Trek 1998

Postby Anne C » Wed Mar 03, 2021 10:20 am

Fascinating! What memories of a spectacular land.
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Re: Everest Trek 1998

Postby HalfManHalfTitanium » Mon Mar 08, 2021 8:25 pm

Stunning photos!

And they brought back some happy memories of Nepal for me...

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Re: Everest Trek 1998

Postby HighlandSC » Fri May 14, 2021 3:55 am

Great report. What a trip 8)
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