(PT 7) A View of Everest – Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar and finishing the Everest Base Camp Hike

Just Starting our “Experiencing Everest Series“? Then jump to our Everest page and start from Part 1 “Why go to Everest”. Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar Even through the sub-freezing chill of the unheated room, I could feel energy in the air as I opened my eyes in Gorak Shep, rustling in my sleeping bag … Read more

Part 6: Feeling Human: Pheriche to Gorak Shep on the Everest Base Camp Hike

Wandering with Himalayan Mustangs on the Everest Base Camp Hike from Pheriche to Dobuche

Just Starting our “Experiencing Everest Series”? Then jump to our Everest page and start from Part 1 “Why go to Everest”. A Morning in Pheriche and the shadow of the Himalays The sensation felt almost weird.  Warm air hitting my face.  A soft bed beneath me.  Waking up in the Edelweiss Lodge had not disappointed.  … Read more

Pt 5 – From Namche Bazaar to the Tengboche Monastery and Pheriche on the Everest Base Camp Hike

Pheriche - a tiny town made of stone on the Everest Base Camp hike, situated between Tengboche and Gorak Shep

The Last comforts of Namche Bazaar As the sun once again shined through the cool window of my teahouse, I looked out over the tin roofs and the cascading buildings of Namche Bazaar, and smiled.  The view was amazing to wake up to, and I actually remembered to keep my water bottle in my sleeping … Read more

Pt 4: A View of Everest and a Rest Day in Namche Bazar on the Everest Base Camp Hike

A view of the Himalayas from the Everest View Hotel

Namche Bazaar, home away from home and Sherpa metropolis on the Everest Base Camp Hike At 11,268 feet above sea level, the familiar mountain chill felt oddly refreshing as I poked my head out of the down mummy bag.  My eyes focused passed the frozen water bottle and beyond the old plywood walls of the … Read more

Pt 3: Lukla Airport to Namche Bazaar: Altitude Sickness and Beautiful Views on the Everest Base Camp Hike

Aerial Entertainment at Lukla Airport The flight into Lukla from Kathmandu was interesting and gave me a newfound respect for the pilots that fly into “the most dangerous airport in the world”, but that adventure was behind me, and Everest Base Camp was ahead of me. I bolted through the tiny airport, grabbed my trekking … Read more

Pt 2: “The Most Dangerous Airport in the World!” – Kathmandu to Lukla Airport on the Everest Base Camp Hike

Lukla Aiport runway is 527 meters long and ends at a cliff

Early Morning Coffee – the perfect treat before flying into the most dangerous airport in the world: Lukla Airport As I walked out of the alley from my temporary home with half of everything I owned strapped to my back, I breathed in the crisp Kathmandu, air which somehow felt cool yet filled with a … Read more

Pt 1: Into Kathmandu and EBC Prep: The Calm Before the Storm

A View of the Himalayas flying into Kathmandu (www.abrotherabroad.com)

Kathmandu to Everest Base Camp: Step 1 – Arrive at Kathmandu Airport As the light peered through my airplane window, I awoke to a Nepali voice announcing that in minutes we would be landing at Kathmandu Airport.  Years in the making, I knew the second I stepped off this plane my bucket list item of … Read more

Pt 0: Why go to Everest? (Experiencing The Everest Base Camp Hike) – A Brother Abroad

Why do the Everest Base Camp Hike?  Answer: Because it’s there. When Sir Edmund Hillary was asked why he climbed Everest, he simply replied “…because it was there.”  In a nutshell, this sums up the spirit of most adventurous travelers…especially those hell bent on completing the Everest Base Camp hike.  On the surface of this … Read more