Nepal has always left marks and memories in people’s mind and heart. A beautiful diary in Nepal by Safa Khairy.
It was actually a spontaneous decision where I just signed up to be part of a women empowerment expedition to base camp and camp 1 in Everest. But the mountain got closed so it became a base camp expedition only. I love traveling and trying new things and since I believe in empowering women, I joined the expedition.
Stayed in The Yak and Yeti, Kathmandu.
Yak and yeti: a beautiful tranquil hotel in the heart of Kathmandu, it was exactly what I needed after the 14 day trek. The room was spacious overlooking the garden. One of the key feature of the hotel was having a really nice closed garden with a side pool. In a city that it quite crowded and polluted it was like finding a piece of heaven in a mess. The spa was extremely clean and the massage therapist was unbelievable. What really hit home for me was the rain showers available in the new rooms. As I said after being completely disheveled from the trek it was a really great feeling to go back to a extremely clean extremely comfortable room where you can have a long hot shower. The hotel location is also ideal close to palace St and was a 10 min walk from Thamel the heart of Kathmandu. The staff was very warm, welcoming, and helpful. Over all I give it a 4 out of 5. I think the major let down for me was the wifi situation where I had paid for the service but the connection was quite poor.
Camp de base: Rooms with a toilet, hot shower and free electricity!!!!! That is a big deal in the mountains, the rooms were clean and neat once we arrived, the staff was really helpful and even allowed us to cook our own food in the kitchen after getting so bored of eating NepalIi dishes. It was a breath of fresh air.
Rivendell lodge: while nothing was free and the toilets and showers where shared outside of the room, the location and staff were extremely warm and the lodge was extremely clean. The food there was really tasty. The owner (female) was also quite entertaining and fun to be around making sure she spoke to all of the trekkers and joking around with us, it was entertaining specially after a long day ascending.
Everest kitchen: great food, private in suite rooms, hot water is warm at best be aware of that J. Right next to the airport and a 10 min walk from the village center. Had really comfortable beds, clean sheets and towels were provided. It was the little things that made this lodge really memorable, the staffs son was running around playing with us, they really did make you feel like part of the family.
In your suitcase The rucksack had the basics for trekking trip, liner socks and think and think hiking socks, light trekking pants and one pare of heavy breathable trekking pants. Down jacket, waterproof shell jacket, sleeping bag, basic first aid kit, base layers (pants and shirts) all breathable. Thermal underwear for the cold nights, a sleeping bag, water bottles and basic toiletry kit. Most people used walking poles (important to relieve pressure from knees). And my go pro that was the most important thing for me. Stick to the basics and make sure you have enough wet wipes and baby wipes because it’s too cold to shower and you don’t want to get sick. I took a shower and got a really bad chest infection on the way back because I just couldn’t handle one more day without a shower. And I had to pay $5 for it. IT’S NOT WORTH IT keep clean with wipes
Diary Walking for the most part, it was a trekking trip to EBC. It was more like wake up eat, walk walk walk, stop for lunch and eat then walk walk walk then we arrive at a town and we have dinner rest read a book or go on line and sleep. That’s the reality.. but the magic happens during those walks – the views, the mountains the rivers, it was breathtaking. The change of scenery from a lush green to the rocky icy trail was magnificent.
We met a lot of trekkers all over made friends and picked up a couple from chile to join us through our trip. Meeting other sherpas and locals was also a common occurrence. For me personally it was the children that were my companions a lot of the time. I met 2 children that were by far the sweetest funniest people. They put a smile on my face, the first was a girl who so casually decided she wanted to listen to my music, knew how to use an iphone and wanted to take selfies. The other was a boy in lukla who at 4 years old knew before I did that the weather was not OK for flying and was trying to tell me I wasn’t going anywhere and being disappointed when I couldn’t understand his language, but then decided that he wanted to play angry birds on my phone by saying “GAME GAME GAME” it was just amazing to see how they are so used to technology yet they don’t have hot water running.
Tips It is more a mental challenge than a physical one really. I think if you are well prepared and know what to expect it will be a life changing experience for any one. Unless you are a hard core mountaineer this will really be outside anyone’s comfort zone. But then again the greatest things happen there J
Mode of Travel I went with fly Dubai it was on time and easy. In-fact I had an injury and they upgraded me to a more comfortable seat. I love it cause its cheap and its comfortable for the 4 hour flight.