Jiri to Everest Base Camp: Nunthala

Day 4. More than 40 km walked in the past 3 days. My body was getting a beat with all the walking and my overloaded backpack! Landscapes were so breathtaking tho that it made it worth.

Today, the plan was to make it all the way to Nunthala. Nunthala is more of a town than a village, which is always nice. A town was always easier to find on my map!

As I was walking, it was the first time I got to get a good look at the mountains. This was my path, head toward the mountains! What seemed so far away would eventually be right there. It was exciting and scary at the same time.

I had a good lunch break there, contemplating my objective. However, I knew I had to make it to Nunthala before darkness!

Within a day, I could gain 1000 m in elevation before going down another 1000 m, to finish the day at the same elevation I started! The good thing is those fluctuations helped my body to acclimatize to this altitude, making it a bit easier up there. You are supposed to walk to higher altitude than where you will sleep.

It is possible to get to villages that are not always on your map and it can make it hard to know exactly where you are on the trail. Throughout this whole journey, I only used a map and a good sense of orientation to find my way. My cellphone was solely to take pictures and I wouldn’t use it as a GPS.

David (on the left) is a German trekker I met on the way to Lukla. We walked together for 3 days before he got sick… From now on, I was all by myself.

This morning, I had one of those moment where you wonder what the heck you are doing there, far away from home and walking 8hours+ a day.

If you like the journey so far, make sure you like, comment and stay tuned for the next post!

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