Zzapped's EBC Trek.......Part 2 The Trek

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  1. Zzapped

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    Slowly getting through my photos.

    Day 1 of the trek saw us up at 5:00 AM , then straight off to Kathmandu airport for our 6:00 AM flight to Lukla. That was just mindblowing in itself, Google l Lukla airport landings and you'll see what I mean

    Anyways, Heres a shot from the hill at the end of the runway, theres a small plane which has just taken off in the near distance

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    There are already some spectacular views from here


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    A few of Mira Peak and surrounding peaks

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    And so the trek begins with a relatively easy start, slightly uphill and out into the Khumbu valley

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    We take a detour after about an hour and head down into the base of the valley to visit the Edmund Hillary School

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    We arrived before the start of school so there were only a handful of kids there, some of them liked to show off a bit :)

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    They have some amazing views from the school grounds

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    After a short break we headed back up to the path and could see clearly our path ahead through the valley

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    There are many many small huts and shacks dotted throughout the countryside and the people are so very friendly

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    there are always locals building or repairing homes

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    One thing started to bother me......the bridges seem to get bigger and bigger as the day goes by

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    The cloud cover came in quite early so not much light was left and i didnt take many more shots for the day but it was pretty exhausting and i was glad just to rest up.

    Thats day 1 covered, now to start on some from day 2 :)

    Cheers

    Z
     
  2. SikMate

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    Nice photos and country mate. Looking forward to seeing the rest. :thumbup:
     
  3. xhanatos

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    how was the hike? did you train for it prior to your trip?
     
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    How heavy are those packs ??/
     
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    It was physically exhausting, i was going to the gym prior but still weighed just over 100kg's when i started the trek, once we got over about 3500 metres it really didnt matter as everyone was shagged after an hour or so's trekking :)

    The porters each carried 3 large backpacks and each one weighed about 12 kilos on average , the day packs we each carried were about 6 kg's

    Cheers

    Z
     
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    Have you got a photo of this? I think this is something i would love to see.. I remember carrying a 12kg backpack and it sucked let alone doing 3 at a time.
     
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    Awesome stuff, love that view from the school! It must have been an amazing trip. Signed up for part 2b!
     
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    Awesome

    Great photos!
     
  9. @sia@home

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    Gave me goosebumps and brought back memories for me.


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    BTW I have movies of the takeoff and in flight. The 2nd the planes wheels were on the ground in lukla my hands where in the air and i was cheering LOL
     
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  10. slobber

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    ^ Whats @ the end of that runway that seems to disappear :wired:
     
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    Its about a 500ft sheer cliff face :)

    Cheers

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    LOL, I was lucky to be sitting right behind the pilot and video'd the landing, ill link it as soon as ive uploaded it to youtube......... :wired:

    Cheers

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    I'd have to wear a nappy :o, I HATE flying in small planes
     
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    Haha, the pommy gave me 2 benzos each time. He had about 4 himself and got absolutely MAGGOT. My own fucking doctor wouldn't give me any tho LOL


    And the other side is a BIG BRICK WALL if you come in too fast!
     
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    heres one of a local carrying some gear , you can just make out the two blue plastic 30 gallon drums strapped to his back along with the other masss of gear on top of it, must have weighed 50+ kilos at least

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    Cheers

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    Yeah, apparently they regularly carry up to 70kg. Considering the altitude, that's just nuts!

    Nice photos, thanks for lugging your camera, I appreciate seeing photos like this :)
    Considering all the walking, it takes even more energy to stop and shoot.
     
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    This one takes the cake,

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    we spoke to the guy and he told us that the pole was weighed at 150 kilos and he and the other guy were taking turns in carrying it :wired:
     
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    For what purpose were they carrying the pole? lol seems kinda pointless on a big snow covered mountain..??
     
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    It was one of about 30 they were bringing up as support columns for a new lodge being built

    Cheers

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    You shoulda seen the guys I saw carrying a table over there back. Not sure I took a snap as I felt BAD!
     

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