Somehow the time has flown by and there are now only 6 days until I get onto an iron bird and start making my way to Nepal. I thought I would document the proposed itinerary, both of my trek and my travel more generally so that anyone interested can have a vague idea of where I might be. I’ve also included weather links so that I can see what I am in for 🙂
The first few days of the trip will be in Singapore, which at the time of writing is shaping up to be a warm and damp experience. http://www.yr.no/place/Singapore/Other/Singapore/ Fortunately I have did all of the big outside things I wanted to do last year, so will be quite content with taking it easy if the weather gods don’t provide blue sky days. The only thing that I’d be a bit sad about missing out on is a visit to the Night Zoo.
On Wednesday next week I will be flying to Kathmandu, and rushing through the pre-trek formalities – as noted in an earlier blog post, the trek was swapped and consequently I am arriving a day after I am supposed to arrive. The others on the trek will be doing the pre-trek stuff on Tuesday, including having a pre-trek dinner to get to know each other. So I will be the sore thumb. Weather for Kathmandu is shaping up to be quite fine and hot. http://www.yr.no/place/Nepal/Central/Kathmandu/
Thursday next week and we are scheduled to be on the scary plane to the scary airport at Lukla. Steeper than Ngauranga Gorge. Popular on YouTube for ‘scariest airport in the world’ searches, and the gateway to the Khumbu region. I can’t wait!! The weather, which is typically fine in the morning and cloudy or worse as the day progresses, is the reason for the 0430 wake up call on this day. http://www.yr.no/place/Nepal/East/Lukla/
Two days walking from Lukla should see us reach the ‘Sherpa Capital’ of Namche Bazaar. http://www.yr.no/place/Nepal/East/Namche_Bazar/ Starting to get into the thinner air now, Namche Bazaar is about as high as Mt Dampier, the third highest mountain in New Zealand, with only those venturing onto Mounts Tasman or Cook able to get higher in Godzone.
From Namche Bazaar, the trek climbs (and drops and climbs and drops) up to Dingboche http://www.yr.no/place/Nepal/Other/Dingboche/ , on to Lobuche http://www.yr.no/place/Nepal/East/Lobuche/ (link good for weather not temperature) and finally to Gorak Shep for the climb up Kala Pattar http://www.yr.no/place/Nepal/Other/Kala_Pattar/ and a fleeting visit to Everest Base Camp.
Then it is back down the valley, hopefully crossing over the Kongma La to Chhukung for a week, then back out and over the Cho La to Gokyo http://www.yr.no/place/Nepal/East/Gokyo/ . A couple of days here then up and over the Renjo La and meandering back down into the thicker air of Namche Bazaar (the irony of calling the air in Namche Bazaar thin on the way up and thick on the way down is not lost on me).
A longish day from Namche Bazaar back to Lukla, then back to Kathmandu for several days before heading home.
Fingers crossed that bodies, lungs, and weather all play nicely. Oh, other nature too – no more earthquakes please.