December 16, 2013 - Boudha, Kathmandu, Nepal
I decided last week to go on a vacation to the sunny beaches of the Solukhumbu region of Nepal. Why Solukhumbu? Solukhumbu has Sherpas and Rai, rural trails, and yaks. Solukhumbu has Everest; Sagarmatha, the mother goddess of the world, the highest mountain on earth.
December is the off-season for trekking and expeditions. It will be cold and lonely. I have two weeks before my next engagement, so i have time to be trek in along the Tenzing-Hilary Trail, the route of the two climbers that first summited Everest. The journey starts with a eight hour bus from Kathmandu to Jiri, then takes some weeks of walking to reach Everest Base Camp (EBC). (Lonely Planet recommends three weeks for the there-and-back trip) There are also flights to Lukla, a mountain town closer to Everest, but I want to feel the place as I make my way in.
To prepare, I bought a sleeping bag, cold weather gear, trail food, maps, trekker and national park registrations, baby wipes, and other exciting items. Because the trail goes from village to village, I don't need a tent or cooking gear. I leave tomorrow. Here we go.