From the 2013 Travel Journal – The WMS CME Trek to Everest Base Camp
Part 2 of There Are Signs Everywhere
The trek along the Khumbu is beautiful and loaded with quaint tea houses and lodges. We covered acclimatization yesterday in the airport while waiting for a safe time to fly in to Lukla. Only about 50 percent of the scheduled flights actually leave because of the weather in the mountains you’re flying into. It was an exhilarating ride to say the least! The landing was phenomenal!
Day one we actually trekked down with a net loss of 150 m elevation into Phakding. We passed Mani Stones and crossed harrowing suspension bridges into the majestic Himalaya.
Trekking from Phakding to Namche. The sun shines such gorgeous colors on the pine, rhododendron and mountains. The pine smells just like the pines in the Sierras.
One of our Trekkers stayed behind today in Phakding with Traveler’s Diarrhea. Eighty percent of the time this bug is bacterial (she happened to be my roommate at the tea house, and I seemed to be ok). She improved after some odansetron, rehydration fluids and antibiotics, but caught us a day later in Namche. Her illness inspired an impromptu discussion at breakfast about hygiene around food as most Traveler’s Diarrhea is transmitted via the “fecal-oral” route. The most common symptoms are nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, as well as abdominal cramping and less commonly, fever. Our UK friends call the symptoms “D & V,” which actually sounds quite pleasant with a Scottish accent! Lots of hand sanatizer going around at this point, and we learned how to share hygienically:
The group was bonding nicely, and we enjoyed sharing everything. So we had to lay down the law about “safe sharing practices” (see last photo). We would get to views of Everest the next day! Namaste and hugs.
To read the trip summary: WMS Everest Experience