Day 12 & 13: Going Up to Go Down

Departing Periche with stunning views of Thamserku and Kantega.

In the past two days we have hiked 21 miles while descending from Periche (13,900’) to  Lukla (9300’), crossed 11 suspension bridges over the Khumbu and Dudh Koshi rivers, and seemingly spent more time going up than going down due to the constantly undulating terrain.

Despite the long days, we continued to be impressed by the Sherpa people who live in the many small villages along the trekking route. This gentle culture is generous and kind. We were fortunate to have three of the very best guides (Kalden Sherpa, Nigma Sange, and Dorjee Sherpa) who cared for our every need, shared their culture and knowledge, and even opened their homes to us. This has been an experience that none of us will forget.

Nigma, Dorjee, and Kalden at the monument to Tenzing Norgay.

Some days have been challenging, and a few in our group  dealt with symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness (nausea, headache, loss of appetite, etc.), but in the end we pushed through the difficult moments and were rewarded with inspiring views and indelible memories of Nepal.

Our last view of Everest…

One thought on “Day 12 & 13: Going Up to Go Down”

  1. Congrats to everyone!!! You’ve completed an incredible challenge and you’ll have this wonderful memory for years to come.


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