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EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK DIARY DAY 9

DZONGLA TO LOBUCHE

KEY STATS

Starting Point: Dzongla (4,860m/15,950ft)

Finishing Point: Lobuche (4,910m/16,100ft), 

Distance: 6.5km/4mi

Trekking Time: 2.5 Hours

Accommodation: Himalayan Eco Resort

Trekking to Everest Base Camp is definitely a challenge. With more than half of our adventure under our belts, we welcomed the simplicity that day 9 brought us. Our journey from Dzongla to Lobuche offered us more stunning views without the crossing of glaciers, schlepping up high passes or testing our limits with extreme altitude. It was on this day that we left the more remote trails of the Three Pass Trek and rejoined the main Everest Base Camp route.

The clearly marked trails leaving Dzongla follow the moraine and descend alongside Chola Lake. The little village on Periche can be seen dwarfed by the majestic Ama Dablam.

Instead of heading towards Periche, our path veered left over the moraine and into the Khumbu valley. I was both excited and nervous at the same time. 

It was at this point that I could see the wall of mountains where the valley begins. It’s at that very place that where Everest Base Camp lies – and where we would be heading in the next couple of days. It was another one of those moments on the route that made the trek and what we were experiencing feel very real.

We continued to follow the undulating trails from Dzongla to Lobuche on the left hand side of the valley. On our right, we were accompanied by the Khumbu Glacier – covered in debris with pieces of ice attempting to peak through.

After a couple hours of easy trekking, we made it to Lobuche. You can hardly call Lobuche a town but it felt like a bustling metropolis compared to what we had seen over the past few days. We went from hardly seeing anyone to being surrounded by tons of people. It was official – we were back on the main Everest Base Camp Trek route.

We checked into the Himalayan Eco Resort, grabbed a cup of masala tea and rested in the communal room. Our teahouse was fully booked. The communal room was rammed. There was loud, constant chatter. It was a shock to the system. We were the only ones staying at the luxury teahouses during the first few days of our trek, and hardly saw anyone when we left the main route and headed onto the tougher Three Pass Trek. We definitely were not alone in Lobuche.

Lobuche tends to be one of the last overnight stops en route to Everest Base Camp. Trekkers have the option to leave Lobuche early in the morning, take a lunch break in Gorakshep and then head to Everest Base Camp (and back). Doing so makes for a very long day and often means that people miss out on one of the popular side trips – getting view of Everest at the top of Kala Pather (5,643m).

Enjoying our cup of masala tea, we chatted with lots of people. Some climbers were using Lobuche as a base to summit some of Everest’s surrounding peaks. Some trekkers were waiting for their travel partners to return from Base Camp and Kala Pather side trips. And other trekkers were like us, waiting to make their way further up the valley to Everest Base Camp. It was almost a shock to the system to have so much activity going on around us.

It was in Lobuche that we bumped into the Base Camp Manager for one of the largest Everest Expedition companies – Adventure Consultants. You can’t read or watch films about Everest with hearing about the tragic incidents of the 1996 Everest season. Rob Hall, Scott Fischer and John Krakauer – these are almost household names given the wild success of the film Everest.

It was really special having the opportunity to talk about all things Everest with her. She was en route to Base camp to make sure that everything is set up before the season’s summiteers arrive. Talking about the company, the amount of work that goes into the preparation and hearing the stories of the summit hopefuls was super cool.

Whether you are staying in Lobuche or just passing through, a stop at the “World’s Highest Bakery” is a must. It might take fifteen minutes for the water to heat up for your latte, and the apple pie might be stale – but it’s a proper coffee shop at almost 5,000m! We may or may not have visited twice. ☺

After our cuppa, we took advantage of the nice weather and took an afternoon acclimatization hike. We crossed over the neighboring ridge and made our way further up into the Khumbu Valley. With this little boost in height, the surrounding mountains were on full display. Everest was hiding, but we had great views of Pumori (7,161m), Lingtren (6,749m), and Nuptse (7,861m).

Before heading back to our teahouse in Lobuche we meandered further along the ridge into the Khumbu Valley. In the distance, little specs of orange and yellow could be seen. They looked like little specs of dust under the soaring mountains and icefall above. Everest Base Camp. That was it. That’s where we were going. That’s where we would join an expedition team for an overnight experience that we would never forget.

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18 comments

  • your photos are amazing! visiting Everest Base Camp is a dream of mine. I really enjoyed reading about your trek!

  • Wow great post! This is something that is on my bucket list and your description put me there and gave me that rush of excitement only something like Everest can deliver! Thanks and now I need to read more!!

    • Awesome – glad you enjoyed the post. Bucket list items are great to have as long as they don’t stay there. 🙂 If you can’t tell, it delivered everything and more.

  • The photos are incredible. I have trekked throughout North Bengal but these photos make me want to do the more difficult trek through Nepal. Thanks for the post.

    • Thanksd for checking us out. Trekking through North Bengal must have been amazing! I need to dig into trkking options there. 🙂

  • Day by day we are exploring this place with you and this so so amazing! The photos are so beautiful and describe very well the place.
    We think it’s something we can’t miss, we have to try this experience 🙂

    • Thanks for the kind words. Glad you enjoyed the post. And yes, you are right – this is deffo an experience that needs to be had by more people.

  • I cannot stop marvelling at the photographs! SO stunning and this is a dream! I felt I was on a journey with you seeing these glorious views. Your piece is so inspiring!!

    • Thanks for the kind words Nancy. The journey was super fun – I’m ready to go back. 🙂

  • Loved your video. I offer you top kudos for even attempting anything close to Everest. I will never come close to wanting to do this, but I admire those who do. I can imagine how wonderful Lobuche would have looked to you after no other civilization!

    • Thanks for the kind words Rachelle. EBC is defitintly a trip for outdoors and mountain lovers. Hoppefully the video helps show you what it’s like to be there. 🙂

  • What a stunning landscape. That is 360 degrees of paradise right in front of your eyes. Everest Base Camp is the perfect choice for a rough adventure. I’m sure its been one of your most memorable.

    • You are 100% correct. So much so, that I can’t wait to go back and share more of the Everest Region with followers. 🙂

  • Wow! Your photos are stunning! This trek has been on my list for such a long time. Thanks for sharing!

  • As you near the base camp, the heart starts pounding faster and faster. The excitement is almost palpable for us readers too! The views of the mountains are gorgeous and loved reading about all the activity in Lobuche. And the highest bakery in the world, having a latte there must indeed be a nice experience.

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