02 Jul Photos from the April 09 trek to Everest Base Camp with Joe and Sir Chris Bonington
Okay, we have finally sorted our software issues and have some great photos from our recent Everest Base Camp expedition.
For this trip I had invited my father Chris Bonington along for the ride. This was the first time that I had spent time with my father in the Khumbu region and at Everest Base Camp.
Mount Everest being a place that had dominated my father’s career and my childhood for many many years.
Our trekking party numbered 15. Myself, Joe, as Trek leader, my Dad Chris as guest and story teller and 13 team members. Kathy Taylor, Liam Dai and his sister Trinh, Jeremy Larkin, Catherine Quayle, Daniel Greenwood, Janice Duncan, Susan King, Lee Burrows, Adam Halen, Paula Morrison, Nardia Norman and Tan Hunyh (unfortunately Tan was delayed but still managed to get up to 4600m and join us for the last half of the trip).
We start in Kathmandu, one of my favourite cities in the world. Despite the many changes and the advance of time and technology it is a wonderfully chaotic, smelly, dirty, but beautiful and culturally rich and diverse place. Our first day consists of a tour of local sites including Nepal’s largest Buddhist monument, the Boudnath.
We also explore the hills behind Kathmandu. There is a holy hill that overlooks the city, a site of regular pilgramages. It makes for a great little training walk.
The Trek itself starts in Lula. Lukla is one of the most exciting landings and take offs anywhere. The plane literally drops off the end of the runway.
We walk from Lukla (2860m) to Phakding (2650m). Our team gets to experience its first Tea houses, with people glugging down as much fresh ginger tea as possible (great for the circulation and reputedly acclimatisation) . We camp and then trek to the famous Namche Bazar. It also the team’s first experience of the wire bridges that span the gorges and valleys in the region.
If you are interested in one of our unique trips go to our homepage to learn more about trekking in Nepal.
Photo’s (c) Lee Burrows, Kathy Taylor, Jeremy Larkin, Janice Duncan, Susan King, Chris Bonington, Joe Bonington, Liam Dai, Adam Halen
Thanks to Berghaus UK, Outdoor Agencies, Trek and Travel Kent Street, Paddy Pallin Kent Street, HimEx and Ally Kilpin, MTA Travel.