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Is It Far To The Monastery? Everest Base Camp Trek Day Four

Sunrise: Namche Bazaar to viewpoint

Our Everest Base Camp day four starts early with a slow plod up a rocky track. Yak trains carrying our luggage pass by as we quickly step to the side. After around 25 minutes of laboured breathing, we spot a colourful archway welcoming us to Sagarmatha National Park. We pass through the gate to sights of a memorial dedicated to Tenzing Norgay.

Sunrise in Namche Bazaar
Sunrise in Namche Bazaar

Beyond is the most incredible view I’ve ever seen. Everest is finally within my sight! Surprisingly, the mountain looks smaller than many of the surrounding mountains. Ama Dablam (6814m), Lhotse (8501m) and Nuptse (7879m) all look bigger. Don’t be deceived, however, as Everest is simply further away. Ama Dablam has a dramatic cliff face and we stand in awe taking in the breathtaking beauty in front of us.

Our first view of Everest
Our first view of Everest

Darkness gradually fades, replaced by shades of orange and pink as the sun rises. On the other side of the plateau, the valley descends to Lukla. Dense cloud cover hides any sight of the settlement and planes are grounded again! After enjoying the incredible view we return to the Hotel Sherpaland for our breakfast of porridge, eggs, potatoes, and toast.

Views down the valley to Lukla
Views down the valley to Lukla

Morning Namche Bazaar to Zambala restaurant

After breakfast, we once again ascend from Namche Bazaar to join a cliffside trail which snakes around the side of the mountain. It is a sheer drop off down to the valley below and the views are majestic. In the distance, we catch glimpses of Everest, Ama Dablam and Lhotse glistening in the sun. A Buddhist stupa sits on a corner high above the valley its prayer flags dancing in the sun. This is the easy part of the day with undulating trails and glorious mountain and woodland views.

Buddhist stupda on the cliffside trail from Namche
Buddhist stupda on the cliffside trail from Namche

Yak trains

Occasional yak trains hurtle through, their owners herding them away from the trekkers. I’m quite concerned when I see one almost tight rope walking along the edge. I ask one Sherpa if they ever fall over. ‘Yes,’ he calmly replies but doesn’t seem overly concerned.

Yaks on the EBC trail
Yaks on the EBC trail

They pass by laden with gas cans, trekker bags and all manner of other goods. Locals also pass by with baskets loaded full of bamboo and other items. At one point, we even pass a sherpa with a door on his back. Whilst they practically scamper around the mountains, we shuffle along, one small footstep at a time, often struggling for breath.

Just one of the porters on the EBC trail
Just one of the porters on the EBC trail (Picture courtesy of Jason Bryce)

Lunch at Zambala restaurant

We eventually reach our lunch stop and feast on vegetable rice and lemon tea (my new favourite). I’ve been having some friction on my feet so need to take a trip to doctor Daisy to get strapped up before we continue.

Afternoon: Zambala restaurant to Tengboche

The afternoon is a long slog uphill with little respite. We climb for almost three hours, stopping for the occasional rest and snack. I’ve literally never eaten so much chocolate! Our Sherpas remain faithfully with those who are lagging at the back (i.e me!). They chat away as we concentrate on putting one foot in front of another, ignoring the trail stretching away in front of us. Goldie and Daisy keep up the stream of positive encouragement, commending us on how far we’ve come. Goldie even offers to carry our bags but I need my water and am desperate to do this on my own (although I may not be saying that in a few days!)

Tengboche monastery
Tengboche monastery

Eventually, we reach the top and see the golden spire of a stupa and the whitewashed buildings of Tengboche monastery. We pass a monk in burgundy red robes and head to the entrance. After the obligatory pose by the entrance, the nearby bakery tempts us and we indulge in a well-earned treat of a brownie. The accompanying latte has to be one of the best I’ve experienced.

Evening: Tengboche to Deboche

We descend to Deboche for a welcoming lemon tea and stay at the Ravinelli Inn.

Fast facts

Height increase:

Namche Bazaar (3,443) to Tengboche (3,875m) to Deboche (3,820m)

Distance travelled:

9.5km

Trekking time:

8 hours

Overnight digs:

Ravinelli Inn with basic rooms and shared bathrooms with both western-style toilets and squat toilets. You will need your own toilet roll.

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Amazing views of the Khumbu icefall
To see this of course – the Khumbu Icefall

Our day four route

Here is the route we followed on day four.

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Anne is the founder and editor of TravelTheGlobe4Less. If she isn't travelling, she is thinking of travelling or planning her next trip. She has visited over 90 countries on six continents and sampled everything from backpacking to bank bursting travel. Her mission is to help you enjoy more luxurious travel without the luxury price tag through the use of airline and hotel rewards and other money saving travel tips

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4 comments

  1. Ian Greatwood

    I’m thinking of doing the EBC walk but have heard very opposing views from ‘best thing I’ve ever done’ to ‘way to busy with trekkers, ignore it and go elsewhere’. I noticed on one of your earlier photos at the end of a rope bridge that there are a lot of people in the background. Is that your party or other groups?

    • HI Ian, Thanks for stopping by and asking this question. I think there will always be naysayers who dismiss such challenges however for me personally, it is the best thing I have ever done (and I far from inexperienced when it comes to travel and adventure). Yes, 50,000 people a year do the trek (allegedly) and on the week that we were there around 1,000 people were heading there but if you put that into perspective compared to the world’s population it is a tiny number. There were times on the trek when we got stuck in traffic jams (but I am talking once or twice over the course of the 12 days) and there were infinitely more times when I was alone or with just one or two other people. I am not sure which photo you are referring to so I can’t really answer that question but hopefully my comment above covers it.

      There are unfortunately very few untouched places around the world and if we didn’t go to places simply because others were there, we would miss out on some incredible places but I genuinely feel EBC gives you the best of both worlds. The other thing I would say is that much depends on when you go. The two peak seasons for trekking are April/May and October/November. If you go in April the route will be infinitely busier as you will be ascending with the expedition groups looking to summit the mountain and they come with an army of people. October is not really summit season and thus the numbers are lower. If you go slightly later, I am lead to believe it becomes quieter still as you are heading towards winter. Be warned though, the teahouse bedrooms are not heated so that is the trade off! I say go Ian!! Everyone in our group genuinely thought it was life-changing and many had done other expeditions.

      • Ian Greatwood

        Anne

        Thank you very much for your swift and comprehensive answer, which provided some information I hadn’t seen in any of the guides. I think I shall start planning now for next year. Good luck in your future adventures.

        Ian

        • Hi Ian. So welcome and do let me know if you decide to go for it. It truly is an amazing experience (and thank you so much for sponsoring us. We massively appreciate it!)

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