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    Enjoyed reading this and the photos are great. Waiting eagerly for more!

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    Day 8, October 15th, 2003

    We left Tengboche at 7:30 a.m. It was a foggy morning. It was a bit of a descent at first, followed by repeated ups and downs. We were at an altitude of more than 12000 ft., so were having some difficulty in breathing. The weather became clear after sometime and the stunning views of the Ama Dablam continued to be by our side for the rest of the trail.

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    We reached Simara at 10:45 a.m. after crossing two to three villages and were tired already. We had our lunch there and took some rest. We were to start off for Dingboche, which is a village in the Khumbu region of eastern Nepal in the Chukhung Valley. Its population is approximately 200. Situated at an altitude of about 4,530 metres (14,800 ft), Dingboche is a popular stop for trekkers and climbers headed to Mount Everest, Ama Dablam or Imja Tse. Trekkers will typically spend two nights in Dingboche for acclimatization purposes.

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    The way to Dingboche was interesting as initially our route saw the presence of wild and colorful orchids growing in bushes all along, but as we neared Dingboche, the flora reduced with remarkable increment in the number of boulders. Now, we were walking amidst ice and boulders.

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    Clearly, the terrain had become much more rocky and full of challenge. There were many glaciers all around with occasional Juniper trees here and there. The rivers are all frozen as we were at a height of 14381 ft. with only the Imja Khola seen flowing at times. It is a tributary of the Dudh Kosi in Nepal and drains the slopes of the Mount Everest. The day after we would trek by its sides to Chukhung, which is the Base Camp for the Ama Dablam and the Island Peak.

    Day 9, October 16th, 2003

    The day started with a clear sky and the weather was spine chilling. We had a quick breakfast, took some pictures and started off for Chukhung (4,730 metres or 15,518 ft). The trail was solely over boulders. On our way, we came across small village huts and plots of farmland full of potatoes. The elevation of the route was not much this time. Upon reaching Chukhung, we saw that it is a valley on the left fork of the Imja Khola. The valley is formed on the southern slopes of Lhotse and Nuptse by the Lho Glacier and the Nup Glacier, the western slopes of Cho Polu and Baruntse by the Imja Glaciers and the northern slopes of Mount Ama Dablam by the Ama Dablam Glacier and Chukhung Glacier.

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    It extends westward past the village of Dingboche where it joins the Pheriche Valley. There were three Base Camps surrounding the place and we felt like running to anyone of them. We were awestruck by the challenging, yet breathtaking beauty of the place. We took some time off to save the picturesque views in our memories. After strolling a bit, we had some dry food and made our way back to Dingboche. Tired to the core, we had our dinner and headed off to sleep.
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    Day 10, October 17th, 2003

    We started our journey at 8.00 a.m. and reached Thukla village at 11.00 a.m. The route had an ascent of 300 m with straight tracks in some areas. We also felt the dearth of oxygen in the air and walking was a bit tough for us. Thukla is a small village which was all but wiped away by a freak flood in 2007 when a natural dam holding a glacial lake in the Khumbu Glacier broke. It is nothing more than a teahouse/lodge in the middle of seemingly nowhere. The ridges on the lofty mountains surrounding the horizon present a thrilling effect. With no greenery around the place only had a river flowing down in the valley. We had our food in Thukla and headed forward and started with a tough climb up to the edge of the Khumbu glacier, where memorials were built for the many climbers who have died on the slopes of Everest through the last six decades.

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    This place is called the Death Valley. Most of these memorials are shaped like small Buddhist stupas. More than two-thirds of the people who died on Everest are Sherpas, despite being much more adapted and experienced than the non-Nepalese climbers who attempt Everest. Although on average 'only' three percent of the climbers perish on Everest (there are far more dangerous mountains elsewhere in the world), it is staggering to see the amount of memorials here. The route till the Death Valley was sunny and bright, but the moment we entered the valley, it was foggy all of a sudden. We stopped for a while and paid our respects and moved on to Lobuche (also spelt Lobuje). It is a Nepalese mountain which lies close to the Khumbu Glacier. There are two main peaks, Lobuche Far East and Lobuche East (often mistaken for Lobuche West which is a separate mountain further west). At 6,145 metres (20,161 ft), Lobuche East is 26 metres (85 ft) higher. Between the two peaks is a long deeply notched ridge. The whole place was covered in rough boulders and the huge mountains loomed over our heads. It rained a little and dusk was approaching.

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    The whole terrain was drained by numerous small streams and one can cross their shallow waters very easily. There are small islands formed in between the streams making room for a few colorful tents of the expeditors. Our place of stay was a smelly tea stall where we would also get some food to eat. The oxygen level has gone down remarkably and even talking was difficult now.

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    We heard from the locals that from the summit of the mountain in front, we could view the Lhotse glacier and its ice fall. After a quick cup of tea without wasting much time, we started to climb the mountain for it would be dark soon and the chilliness in the wind was becoming unbearable. The climb was very steep; practically one has to find his own way up to the top as there are no trails as such. Ultimately, we reached the top and a huge glacier was waiting in front of us. Our hearts started beating fast as we saw huge chunks of ice falling apart from the glaciers carrying with it large boulders. The sound of the avalanche rang in our ears for quite sometime. The scene was similar both in front and at the back. Spellbound, we lost track of time. We were transported to some other world, a world where human existence seemed like a mere mockery of Mother Nature.

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    We started to descend down after a while with our senses filled with the fresh experience. At the tea stall, we had another cup of tea and waited for our dinner. With a small fireplace lit up inside our room, we started singing and chatting. At an altitude of 16252 ft., the dearth of oxygen was felt every moment and sleeping in the room was very difficult as there were awfully smelly chunks of meat hanging from the roof above our heads. We managed to catch a wink or two, for the next day, it would be another tough trail to the Gorak Shep, which is a frozen lake bed covered with sand that sits at 5,164m (approximately 17,000 vertical feet) near Mount Everest and the Kala Patthar, meaning 'black rock' in Nepali. It appears as a big brown bump below the impressive south face of Pumori (7,161 m/23,494 ft).

    Day 11, October 18th, 2003

    The day would be cherished for years to come as it was on this day that we viewed Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lohtse, Ama Dablam and innumerable other peaks. It was as if we were standing in the middle of a sea of mountains. The day was promisingly bright but immensely cold. All the streams were frozen and we started walking through the boulders with nothing but the mountains to give us company. The entire walk to Gorak Shep was across glacial moraine along the edge of the Khumbu glacier. Like most glaciers around the world, the Khumbu is shrinking due to global warming. We noticed patches of ice and water in between the rocks. As it turns out the entire glacier is covered in rock and sand from the many landslides that happen in the valley. The walk to Gorak Shep is really odd. The first section is over the same rocky terrain and snow and then you are faced with what can only be described as a massive quarry. One may have to clamber over massive boulders and rocks for around an hour. There is almost no foliage at this point, just rocks and sand. We reached the top of a mountain and before our eyes laid the Mt. Pumori (7161 m) with a huge glacier by its side. Pumori (or Pumo Ri) is a mountain on the Nepal-Tibet border in the Mahalangur section of the Himalaya. Pumori lies just 8 kilometers west of Mount Everest. Pumori, which means "Unmarried Daughter" in the Sherpa language, was named by George Mallory. Climbers sometimes refer to Pumori as "Everest's Daughter". Pumori is a fantastic mountaineering objective; the peak straddles the Nepalese-Tibetan border allowing a view of the great contrast between the arid Tibetan Plateau to the north and west and the white snow covered peaks of Nepal to the south and east.

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    We kept on walking a path full of boulders with many ascents and descents. Truly speaking, we were actually walking over Khumbu glacier. What we were thinking to be boulders was century old frozen ice in reality. We had a stunning view of the various stalactites and stalagmites along our journey. The ice was blue from within and milk white outside. The sight was heavenly. We reached Gorak Shep around afternoon. Gorak Shep is the final acclimatization stop on most common treks to the Everest Base Camp. Dubbed "the steps to heaven”, Gorak Shep is the best "launching pad" for an ascent of Kala Patthar, which looks like a giant dune looming over the lake bed.

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    We finished our lunch quickly and without much ado we headed towards Kala Patthar. We crossed a dry river bed and started climbing up Kala Patthar. We had to climb up to the top because Mt. Everest could not be seen from Gorak Shep. The climb was really steep with 400m ascent and over 2 km of trail. However, the views were staggering. We took our pictures, but it was tough to get the whole panorama in one shot. The view was insanely majestic with all the snowcaps and glaciers surrounding Kala Patthar.

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    We could also see the glacier at the Everest Base Camp from Kala Patthar. With so many visitors coming to this place, the initial part of the trail was full of soil and dust, but as we made our way up to the top through the much worn out trail created by numerous footsteps, we only came across huge boulders. The oxygen deprivation, the freezing cold, the tough track - it was a draining experience. The views on the way were magnificent though. For most of the time we walked right beneath the magnificent Nuptse peak (7861m), with the pyramid shaped top of Everest just peeking above its ridge. Strangely enough, you can't see Everest from the base camp - by that time it disappears entirely behind Nuptse. The Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse were all in front of our eyes.

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    Mesmerized we continued although a few of us contemplated returning back to the base as we had already got the full view of the peaks and were too tired and thirsty as our water supply was already exhausted. But lulled by our adventurous spirits, we made the tough decision to continue. The struggling walk against the gusty winds surely made us fear a probable fall. From such a great height, we could see the peaks of many mountains deep down below.

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    We surely were in a trance. Climbing to the top of Kala Patthar proved to be quite taxing as one has to literally scramble his way up, and upon reaching the summit, the speedy winds threaten one to be thrown deep down below into the Khumbu icefall or Pumori icefall. We somehow positioned ourselves between the boulders clasping them every now and then while trying to get a few clicks. An array of colored flags adorns the mountain top adding a splash of color to the otherwise neutral backdrop. We felt that we were at the top of the world with nothing but deep gorges surrounding us. Even looking down or turning our heads was making us feel nauseated. A little slip of hand or negligence would result in an assured fall and subsequent death. We were numb with fear, the views were amazing though. With 360 degrees around us there were massive snowcapped peaks of Lobuche, Changri, Chumbu, Pumori, Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse, Everest, Nuptse and Ama Dablam; all peaks were over 6000 metres high. The Pumori Base Camp could be seen just opposite to that of Everest, which was already boasting of many tents. The Everest Base Camp was also adorning various tents. The Camp is set up on a pile of rocks on top of a glacier. We decided to make our way back as it was going to be dark soon and with our trigger happy selves and contented with the day’s achievements, we started descending down. The peaks of the mountains were already tainted golden red as the sun was slowly setting. While coming down we lost our track a few times among the boulders, but in the process, we sort of hit the jackpot of witnessing the final rays of the setting sun falling on the summit of Mt. Everest. Nature was at its best playing with colors. The gradual descent of the sun painted the peaks golden and then gradually it turned crimson. The experience is actually inexplicable.

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    We were captivated by this enigmatic beauty. It was a dream come true for all of us and suddenly all our pain and efforts found its worth. The magic of the ever changing light beams were simply out of this world. We finally reached the base safely. Afterward, we had our dinner and tucked ourselves into our sleeping bags. It was freezing cold outside, so our wish to see the mountains in the moonlit night was canceled for the day.


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    Day 12, October 19th, 2003

    Today we were to return back to Thukla. We started off early, climbing down was a lot easier, so it took us much lesser time. On our way back from the mystical land of Gorak Shep, we would often remember the previous day’s experience. Our route changed from Thukla. We were now heading towards Pheriche. We gradually came down by the river. While going up we had taken the trail upwards from Chukhung and had seen the trail to Pheriche from the heights. [Chukung is the name of a valley, a ridge, as well as a village in the country of Nepal. The Chukung village is located over the southern regions of Mt Everest among the Himalayan ranges. The Chukung valley is placed over the slopes of the Nupse and Lhotse peaks in the southern parts of the country. The Lho glacier and the Nup Glacier cover the southern regions of Chukung in Nepal. Chukung valley is enveloped by the western slopes of the Baruntse peak and the Cho Polu peak].

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    Pheriche is a village in the Khumbu region of eastern Nepal. Situated at an altitude of about 4,371 m (14,340 ft), above the Tsola River, Pheriche is a popular stop for trekkers and climbers. Apart from the basic facilities available here, there is a medical-aid post maintained by the Himalayan Rescue Association of the Tokyo Medical College with Japanese doctors in attendance. Among other facilities, there is an air compression chamber installed for assisting victims of high altitude sickness. Most trekkers spend a day at this place for acclimatization. Pheriche was primarily a farming village raising potatoes and buckwheat and keeping yaks. However, now in the summer seasons many of its men are employed by trekkers as guides and bearers. There are no trees in this high valley; there are small, tough grasses and other tundra vegetation, but nothing to obscure our views of the nearby mountains. Just north of Pheriche, there is a field of cairns -- rock towers -- that memorialize climbers lost in the mountains. It is a solemn place, one that reminded us that this countryside isn't always so benign. We were to stay in Pheriche for the day. The place for stay was quite pleasing.

    Day 13, October 20th, 2003

    We reached Pangboche (3860 m), a village in Khumbu. Upper Pangboche (to the left as one enters the village when coming from Tengboche) is a pleasant place to rest and relax. Pangboche and Tengboche are two neighboring villages separated by a deep gorge and river. We continued our trail with the views of Tengboche by our side. Pangboche is the highest year-round settlement in the valley where the Imja Khola, coming from the right, joins the Dudh Koshi river a little above the village.

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    It has a famous gompa (monastery) which is thought to be one of the oldest in the Khumbu region. Buddhism is believed to have been introduced in the Khumbu region towards the end of the 17th century by Lama Sange Dorjee. According to the legend, he flew over the Himalayas and landed on a rock at Pangboche and Thyangboche, leaving his footprints embedded on the stone. He is thought to have been responsible for founding of the first gompas in the Khumbu region, at Pangboche and Thami. The way till the monastery was easily walkable, but after it starts the narrow path of steep ups and downs with a sheer drop to the Imja Khola below. We had to walk pressing ourselves against the slopes of the mountains. We reached Phortse (3800m) at around 3.30 p.m. We were to stay here for the day. Buckwheat and potatoes are grown on the hillside, and a fine gompa is seen at the top of the village. The peak of Cho Oyu could be seen at the top of the valley. We wanted to stay in this beautiful valley for one more day, but alas! The following day had plans of proceeding towards the Gokyo Lake.

    Day 14, October 21st, 2003

    When we started our journey from Phortse we saw ice along our trail. The dew fallen the grass the night before had frozen into ice and all the rivers were also frozen. The ice crackled beneath our feet as we were walking over them.

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    Gradually, our trail became a series of ups and downs, sometimes through forests sometimes over the rugged boulders. Ultimately, we reached Phorstsadonga. The trail onwards was very steep. At times we walked by the river bank and at times we were climbing the slopes of the mountains. There were no villages on our way and slowly our energy levels were declining. Much after we came across a village, Dole. Dole is a small village in the Khumbu region of Nepal. It lies in the Dudh Kosi River valley just north of Khumjung and south of Machhermo at an altitude of 4038 m. Dole is often a stopping point for trekkers on their way to Sagarmartha (Mount Everest) via the Gokyo Ri route. We carried on.

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    Then came La Palma village where we had our food and pushed forward. It was very chilly indeed. Although the sky was free of clouds, we were shrouded in fog. A little further we halted for the day at a village named Luja (15000 ft). The weather seemed to be chillier on this part and doing anything was becoming very difficult for us.

    Day 15, October 22nd, 2003

    The day began with reaching Macherma (4440 m) within an hour of leaving from Luja. Machermo is a small picturesque valley with abundant places to stay and lies between Dole and Gokyo. It's a small remote village where herdsmen used to come to graze their cattle from the lower region. We continued our journey climbing over the ridge from Machermo. Here one can again have great views down the valley and enjoy the magnificence of the mountains even more as one gets closer. The experience of this trail was a bit different as the number of people visiting the site was less; the roads were not developed as such. Some of the peaks viewed while going towards the Everest could be seen from here as well. Now there were a few more new peaks added to the skyline. The trail passes through Phanka (4472 m), again a small village after a tough steep hiking of 45 minutes, and goes towards the river. Although there we faced a steep climb, the roads were good. We decided to halt at the village of Losa. Here we saw the peaks of Cholatse (6440 m), Teng Ragi Tau (6943 m) and the Gokyo Peak (5357 m, 17 575 ft) standing before our eyes. Later we took the slightly steep road winding by the sides of the mountain and reached a somewhat plain area.

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    There were a couple of hotels and we took our food and promptly continued our trail walking along the path sandwiched between lofty mountains and deep gorges. Soon we were walking on the terminal moraines of the Ngozungpa Glacier. The Ngozungpa Glacier is the largest in the Nepal Himalaya. Strange looking mountain contours were laid before our eyes. After a while we reached yet another place covered with various memorials in remembrance of the trekkers and mountaineers who had unfortunately lost their lives on this trail. It was a vast stretch of land and all of a sudden the eternal truth of life flashed in our minds. We payed our respects and headed to our destination of the Goyko Lake (5483 m). Gokyo Lakes are oligotrophic lakes in Nepal's Sagarmatha National Park, located at an altitude of 4,700–5,000 m (15,400–16,000 ft) above sea level. These lakes are the world’s highest freshwater lake system comprising six main lakes, of which Thonak Lake is the largest. The trek to Gokyo provides an excellent opportunity to see an eyeful view of the Mt. Everest at close range. The path had already become rugged with numerous boulders with Dudh Kosi meandering among them. We crossed the stepping stones over the Dudh Kosi, and began to walk up the hill of Gokyo Ri (5357 m, 17 575 ft). Zigzagging up the ridge on the front of the hill, it took us about 2 hours of ascent to have the glimpse of the tip of the Everest in the east. The steep climb up the moraine along the stream made us reach the First Goyko Lake (4650m). The lake was rather small and had green waters, which was so clear that we could easily see the gravel, moss and its sandy bed. The reflection of the surrounding mountain peaks seen on the still waters of the lake was breathtaking. The trail now is more level as we trekked along the river fed by the lakes.

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    Gokyo, a one time yak pasture is blessed with two beautiful high lakes. The mountains are more spectacular, from a ridge above Gokyo, and from here the peaks of Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu are visible at once. The view of the tremendous ice ridge between Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang (7922m) is one of the most dramatic panoramas in Khumbu. With bated breaths we continued leaving the first lake on our left side. After crossing a couple of elevations and a few plain areas we reached the Second Gokyo Lake. The Second Gokyo Lake (or Taboche Tsho 15,551 feet / 4740 meters), lies beneath the peaks of Arakam Tse ( 21,000 feet) and Cholatse (or Jobo Lhaptshan 6440 m), in the Sagarmatha National Park, in the Himalaya of eastern Nepal. The lateral moraine of the Ngozumpa Glacier dams this lake. It was already noon, and the clear blue sky above the deep blue waters of the lake surrounded by the snow clad mountains, well God surely took his time to create this unparalleled beauty. We felt blessed and fortunate standing among the terrain.

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    It would take another hour to reach the Third Goyko Lake ( or Dudh Pokhari, 15,584 feet / 4750 meters), so we continued although by this time our physical tiredness was slowly giving way. Upon reaching the lake we were left speechless. What lay before our eye was truly out of the world. The third Goyko Lake is the largest of all the lakes and has an unique turquoise color. One can walk onto the ridge of the lateral moraine for superb views across to Cholatse and up the glacier to the huge bulk of Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang. It takes another 3-4 hours. We had the Teng Ragi Tau, Cholatse and Goyko peaks in our view.

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    There were a number of hotels and a few colorful tents on the right side of the lake, and a small path of white pebbles passed by them. Spellbound we could only think that this was probably God’s own abode. We were having trouble to in breathe due to the high altitude. We managed to find a place to stay for the day and had our lunch late in the afternoon at around 3 p.m. Resting for sometime, we decided to climb to the top of the Goyko Peak. Tired to the core, walking with shortness of breathe was something unthinkable, but our determination got the best of us. The climb seemed never-ending. The more we ascended the more the peak seemed to be far off. Time was flying by and slowly it was getting dark. We still continued. On our way we got some great snaps. At the back of our minds we constantly feared dusk as it would be practically impossible for us to climb down the mountain in the pitch black darkness. We soon realized that if we had started an hour ago, then may be we would have made it to the top. But nonetheless whatever we had seen already seen were enough. We witnessed a similar play of colors over the mountain peaks as witnessed over the Everest from Kala Patthar. We were standing at an elevation from where almost all the peaks of Nepal were visible and it felt as if we were amidst a sea of mountains. All the three lakes could be seen along with the glaciers and the icefalls of the mountains such as Makalu, Kangchenjunga, Everest, Dhabalgiri, Ama Dablam and many more.

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    Approximately there were 19-20 peaks all around. Gradually the clouds obstructed the rays of the setting sun and all of a sudden, the sky changed its color from pink to an unusual blue. We clicked a few pictures, but unfortunately our camcorders could not capture the correct hues.

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    Mesmerized by Mother Nature’s mischief with the ever-changing colors we took some time to gather our senses back again. Deep in our hearts we all prayed to get the opportunity to come back this place yet again. It was time to climb down from 18098 ft to 15675 ft to Goyko. The whole trail is covered in boulders and dust. The descent down in darkness with only the insufficient faint torchlight coming to our rescue was really nerve-racking. After a few leg sprains we managed to come back to our hotel.


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    Day 16, October 23rd, 2003

    In the morning after a brief stroll in the areas adjoining our hotel it was time for us to leave this dreamworld and descend down. With our senses saturated and memories full of unforgettable moments, we made our way back. It was mainly a climb downhill, so we reached Dole rather fast. It was quite foggy there indicating a snowfall, but the temperature was lesser than Goyko.

    Day 17, October 24th, 2003

    The morning started with a snowfall. Our trail for the day was through a jungle over many ascents and descents, so we had to be quite careful. We waited for the snowfall to subside a little and then started off from Dole. Every step should be carefully planned as one might slip on ice and fall. With occasional snowfall, bone-biting chilliness of the wind and foggy trail, the way to Phorstsadonga was quite unique. Our trail continued till we reached to the top of Mango.

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    This path was new for us and we decided to stop and have our food. We had to wait here for sometime as a new bout of snowfall had begun. Our plan was to reach Kanyam, an old town in Ilam District in the Mechi Zone of eastern Nepal, but due to the bad weather we directly descended down to Namche Bazaar. It was raining heavily now.

    Day 18, October 25th, 2003

    The whole day was spent in Namche watching the tireless rain. Today, it was the “Festival of Lights”. The gloomy weather and the monotony of the downpour brought a feeling of nostalgia into our minds. Yes, we were missing our home and the loved ones. There would be so much of celebration, fun and fireworks back home on this day, and all of a sudden we were longing to go back to our very own, Kolkata.

    Day 19, October 26th, 2003

    When the sky was clear we started off for Lukla at around 8.00 a.m. “Bhaiphonta” or “Bhaiduj” is a major festival for the Nepalese people. As we climbed down the mountain slopes we could see the people of the villages engrossed in arranging for the festival. We reached Phakding at 12.30 p.m. We had our food at Phakding and carried on with our journey. On the roads we saw local Nepali women wearing garlands of marigold on their heads, something they were during festive season. The rain water had fed the rivers well and they had swelled up considerably giving a deeper blue tinge to the water. The freshly washed flora also looked greener than before. The wild aroma of the alongside forests was tantalizing. We reached Lukla. We boarded a plane and headed towards Kathmandu, a day ahead the scheduled time. It was almost the end of our 20 day journey. The flight was phenomenal. We soared through the valleys, staying under the clouds, sometimes topping ridges and hill tops. Finally we made it to the city of Kathmandu. Once back in Kathmandu we went straight to the hotel and each of us spent about half an hour in the shower scrubbing the ingrained dirt. As rightly said “all is well that ends well”, yes; all of us were back in sound health and were content with what we had experienced all these days. We would now happily go back to our respective homes. In our hotel room we were filling with many afterthoughts. To us this journey was like touching the moon, we felt so blessed and fortunate to be able to witness the sheer beauty and excellence of Mother Nature on our earth. But, our endless days of toil and slumber, climbing steep mountain slopes, walking on the rugged terrain, crossing rivers and finding success in almost impossible situations seemed nothing in comparison to what numerous mountaineers from all over the world do by climbing Mt. Everest (8848 m) in reality. Their determination and passion are unmatched. We had only seen the mountain from a distance, but the ones who had really climbed it were specially blessed. Rightly name in Tibet Chomolungma: (means: mother goddess of the universe) and Sagarmatha (means: goddess of the sky) in Nepal, this 60 million year old mountain is worth all the efforts. By the time evening came our whole body was almost numb with tiredness. We went off to sleep.

    Day 20, October 27th, 2003

    We took a day off.

    Day 21, October 28th, 2003

    We boarded the flight to Kolkata. Once more we were in the busy city life full of hustle and bustle. Left with unquenched craving for more of such treks in the near future, we headed off to our respective homes.


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