S: Jim and Arlene - an adventure to Everest Base Camp and beyond
FC: A Himalayan Adventure | Nov. 18 - Dec. 18, 2013
1: Stepping off the plane in Kathmandu we entered a chaotic world filled with colors, smells and sounds
2: ...vibrant colors | ...the view from our room
3: ...up on the hotel roof for down time
4: Exploring the streets of Kathmandu
5: We walked past slums, fine carpentry, barbed wire, markets and Holy men. So much chaos. The roads are shared by everyone , everything.
6: Day 4 ... full of unexpected Adventure | Heart-pounding hairpin corners on the bus hugging the edges of cliffs, celebration rally's all around us, almost rooftops rides with the locals, whitewater fun rafting in the canyon
7: And then to the mountains... Lukla Airport | The most dangerous airport in the world
8: The trek begins... | .with the spin of a prayer wheel
9: The Team our guide Govinda, Alan and Chloe, Alix and Jack, Ashley and Liam, Shelley and Jamie, and our guide in training Bicram
10: The first of many suspension bridges that we had to cross
11: Stunning Scenery...so far so good
12: We enjoyed Namche Bazaar. A real village with Internet, and shopping (bearing in mind that roads with cars were long gone). It was bigger than Lukla. In the bar they showed the movie "Everest" served with popcorn (when you bought a drink). A nice time spent with our hiking comrades.
15: Tengboche the highest Monastery of its kind in the world
16: Sunrise at Tengboche | It was a lovely clustering of stone buildings
17: yaks roaming free while waiting for morning prayers
18: a long, hard 5 hour acclimatization climb to a very steep peak
20: Getting higher!. ...colder ...more remote ...less oxygen.
23: seeing The Khumbu Icefall on the final push monuments of those who died
24: Everest Base Camp
26: they stack yak dung like we stack firewood | heading back down...
27: We followed a train of yaks into Lukla. We were finished...in every sense of the word. A great adventure but we were ready to get out of the mountains
28: Bucatar was an ancient city filled with color, history, temples and customs that were bizarre to us.
30: We stayed at the Antique Hotel and they had an awesome breakfast, very small bathroom but great food | Istanbul | the Blue Mosque
31: After taking an overnight bus to Selcuk, we arrived in the little town on market day, found a perfect pension where we could cook our own food. Explored the countryside from there. It was great!
33: with the taste of fresh oranges still lingering in our mouth we flew back to Istanbul and then on home to Canada.. After a month away, we were anxious to get home.and see the kids.