Since we had limited time in this sprawling city, we decided the best way to learn its stories was to take a guided tour. It was definitely the right decision. We toured around the city with a local university economics professor all day.
Did you know that the royal family of Nepal was massacred Romanov style in 2001? There are still many conspiracy theories related to the event and it arguably launched the country into "democracy" after centuries of monarchy.
I took a video from the inside of the plane taking off from Lukla
Our last two days saw us hiking almost 18 miles and losing 4000 feet in elevation. We are back to normal people altitude and civilization again.
There were about 20-30 tents at the BC. A guide for an Italian couple we encountered on the way up told us that there were about 20 climbers that week trying to summit Ama Dablam. We watched a group leaving base camp heading up to camp 1 that morning.
Our journey continues in the Himalayas. This is our hike on Day 11 up Chukhung Ri which has a gorgeous panoramic view including the north face of Ama Dablam.
When we woke up on Day 9, our mindset had already shifted from strenuous climbing to leisure descending.
When Tricia and I travel anywhere, the first thing we look for is good food. We don’t look for fancy restaurants. It’s just not our thing. We look for food with big flavors and large portions. I love sampling local food of various cultures. So when we realized that we have two and half days in Kathmandu on our trip to Nepal, we did our research.
Day 8 marks the highest point we reached in our trek: 18,514 feet or 5,644m. Say hi to Everest!