Everything started when I was in Guatemala back in 2016. I went on a 2 days hiking trip to the top of Acatenango. I got to sleep on the mountain, wake up super early, watch the sunset from the top and watch a volcano in eruption. The experience was great, and I was surrounded by an excellent group of friends. However, I wasn’t fully satisfied with it. The feeling of achievement was not there… I was thriving a better adventure where I would my push my limits a bit.
One year later, I was landing in Kathmandu. On my compass, the Everest Base Camp (EBC). The EBC is the first camp people establish before starting their journey to the top. People who summit Everest will use the EBC as their Headquarters.
Walking around Thamel, the tourist district of Kathmandu, I had saved the offline map of Thamel prior to my departure so it was easy to find my hostel. Since Thamel is the tourist area of Kathmandu, there are many places to eat, sleep and drink. This is most traveller’s first stop before starting their journey to their hiking location in Nepal.
I went to a random trekking agency. There are more than 3500 trekking agencies over there. This is a big part of their economy and using their service create work for the local people. I had 21 days available and I didn’t want to stick to the classical EBC trail… The classical EBC trek will fly you from Kathmandu to Lukhla. From there, you will need 9 days to go up the EBC and then 2 days to walk back down to Lukhla, where you will take an airplane back to Kathmandu.
If you are somehow in good physical condition, this trek is not so hard and it is quite accessible for many people. Hire a good guide, a good porter and you are all set to summit the EBC! Since I wanted to get to know myself, my limits and have an adventure, I decided to do not get a guide or a porter.
Kathmandu to Jiri in a Bus
In 1953, Sir Edmund Hilary, the first men to summit the Everest, started his own journey from Jiri. This route, known as the Jiri to EBC route, is popular among individuals looking for an extended stay in the Himalayan countryside. It is also a great exposure to real-life workings of the Sherpa people and their culture, untainted by the more popular tourist route that will be encountered later on the trek.
The ride from Kathmandu to Jiri was a hell of a ride…. If you think taking public transport is bad, you have probably never been into this bus. It was 11 hours of pure madness, going through this maze across the mountains… The bus would stop here and there to make quick fixes, tighten bolts, etc. One bad turn and my journey would come to an end rather quickly. This route is also closed during rain season as it is too dangerous and unusable.
11 hours later, I was stopping in Jiri, and this is where my journey began.
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