Everest Base Camp Trek & Lobuche: Knoff & Team Arrive and Explore Kathmandu
Posted by: Adam Knoff
Namaste from Kathmandu.
Day 1 of our Everest Base Camp and Lobuche Expedition is in the books. I would say yesterday was the official first day but I don’t want to start confusing people this early into things.
Despite where we sit on the official green light of our multi week adventure, one thing isn’t confusing, this team is not afraid to drink a beer! Yesterday, whatever day of the week that was for those of you reading this now, we all met for our first team lunch and within minutes were making a toast to all of our bags showing up, all of us showing up and to offsetting jet lag with alcohol. I liked everyone from the get go. The rest of the day brought some shopping, resting and a nice dinner.
Today we started with a wonderful breakfast at our Hotel Yak and Yeti, quickly followed by a fun city tour. We saw ancient Buddhist temples, a Hindu cremation ceremony and monkeys cute enough to want to bring home but would likely eat all your food and kill your cat.
These are all beautiful sights with lots of history and meaning but to me the most intense part of this city is the traffic! If anyone reading this has a family member on said trip, don’t expect them to come home and be the same person, especially crossing the street. We all have a much different “margins of safety” when dealing with moving vehicles now. Don’t attempt to stop us, just close your eyes and count to ten.
After surviving our last walk to and from the restaurant zone, we are now packing for our anticipated 6am flight to Lukla, one of the most challenging runways in the world and gateway to Everest.
We will report on the flight and first stretch of the walk tomorrow.
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March 21, 2022