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  Anna and Niklas reflection from trekking [ Watch Videoo ]
 

Anna Carlsson and Niklas Grahn, young trekkers from Sweden, will be trekking to Everest Base Camp. They will start their trek from Jiri. Anna and Niklas were recommended to join Peak Promotion by Bosse Tingback, a Swedish adventure consultant as well as a very good friend of ours.

Ngima Sherpa will be guiding them on this trek. He is an experienced guide for trekking and mountaineering as well. He has climbed Island Peak, a bunch of times. He also climbed Mt. Everest up to South Col (7900 m) with our expedition team in 2005 Spring.
05 November; in Kathmandu

Peak Promotion team met with Anna and Niklas today and discussed about the trek to Everest Base Camp. After a short meeting, Wongchu and Ngima checked their equipments (clothes, boot, sleeping bag, etc.). A few things were needed to buy. Thus, Wongchu and Ngima helped them buy appropriate equipments they needed.

A lot of people, who have short holiday just fly from Kathmandu to Lukla and start trekking. But, Anna and Niklas are going to start the trek from Jiri as they have a longer holiday. They will drive from Kathmandu to Jiri on Monday, November 07, 2005 and start the trek.

06 November; in Kathmandu

 

Its 6.00 am, Guide, Anna and Niklas already prepared for the departure from Kathmandu to jiri. They are excited for the trip. They left to Jiri on jeep at 6.30 a.m. after having their breakfast early in the morning

They are now at Jiri, we got call this evening by the driver. They are going to stay overnight in Shivalaya. They will continue their trek for next 3 and half weeks. The driver will head back to Kathmandu tomorrow.

Once they are on trek, they will call us from wherever it is possible. It is not possible to call from everywhere in Khumbu. We will update as soon as we hear from them.

It is 15 December. Anna and Niklas left Kathmandu in the evening for Sweden. They enjoyed nicely while they are in Nepal. Ram Krishna at Tibet Guest House to say good bye to them

5-7 December, Pokhara Tour...

Early in the morning of December 6 we took a taxi to Sarangkot. We walked the last bit up to the view point in the dark. It took about 20 minutes. When the sun came up we had no regrets getting up so early in the morning. It was a beautiful sunrise over the Annapurna massif. The sun looked like a red fireball as it made its way up in the morning fog.

After a much needed and appreciated breakfast we rented a boat for half a day for a relaxing time on the lake. We paddled around gazing at the stunning views and enjoying the sunny weather. For lunch we paddled to the luxurious Fish Tail Lodge. We ate our food in the nice garden facing the lake and the mountains. Afterwards we walked around the area and relaxed in a hammock.

We liked the Fish Tail Lodge so much that we returned later that afternoon for a drink in the nice garden. This time we got there by raft (the hotel is situated on a peninsula) pulled by man power.

Next morning we caught the Greenline bus back to KTM. And here we are!

3-5 December, Chitwan Tour......

After Anna, Niklas enjoyed trekking to Everest B.C. they headed to Chitwan and Pokhar tour. We have updated their activities in their own words.

After a tireing bustrip from Kathmandu we finally reached Sauraha, Chitwan. We checked in at the comfortable Royal Park Hotel and ate a terrific lunch. Afterwards we met our guide for the afternoon activity. He took us on a village tour on ox-cart and told us about the native Thaura people and their culture.

We watched the sunset from the river bank and even spotted a sun bathing crocodile!

Later in the evening we gathered around the bamboo garden at Royal Park to enjoy the dance performance of the Thaura people. We even got the opportunity to participate in the dancing.

The next morning it was time for elephant riding in the jungle. We headed straight into the misty jungle in a not too comfortable seat ontop of a huge elephant. After a while we spotted two peacocks high up in a tree. Then we saw beutiful deer, both male and female. Then nothing... then some spiderweb (really close...)... then nothing... then... Rhinos! Two big rhinos were munching on some grass by the river. Our elephant driver steered the elephant really close so we could take some really nice pictures. The driver ordered the elephant to use his trunk to clear our view from obstructing branches. Cool trick!

 

In the afternoon it was time for canoeing and a visit to the Elephant Breeding Center, EBC. During our half hour canoe trip we saw lots of birds, including the beautiful blue Kingfisher. We also saw monkeys and six crocodiles!

The visit to EBC was interesting. We played with a two months old baby elephant. He was really cute!

We ended the perfect day by once again catching the colorful sunset.

Next morning it was time for the next uncomfortable bus ride, this time to Pokhara.

UPDATES FROM TREKKING:

29 November; Kathmandu End of the Trekking.........

We, Anna and Niklas, are back in Kathmandu and have just had a very nice shower and Niklas has shaved... We would like to give you some more comments on our trekking with Peak Promotion.

Ngima has been the best guide one can wish for during this trek!!! He has helped us so much and answered so many questions. Whenever we wanted to change the itinerary, like when we wanted to make a daytrip to Thame, there were never any problems. He is very service minded and very caring. For instance when Niklas was sick (upset Swedish stomach) the first days of trekking, Ngima carried both his own AND Niklas's backpack...

We are very happy that we got to go off the beaten track and got to see the village where Ngima was born and where his mother lives. We stayed one night at Ngima's mother's house and one night at his sister's house. His sister lives just a few houses down the valley.

It was very interesting to see how the Sherpa people live. The most of them are farmers and they grow a lot of potatoes and corn in this area.

During this time off the track Ngima cooked us all the food. This was the best food during the trek! One night we got delicious chicken soup and another night we got fried chicken with potato chips, soooo good!!!

28 November; Lukla

Nima is calling from Lukla at 3:15 p.m.


Today we walked faster than ever, so we arrived Lukla from Namche almost 3:00 pm. We spent two nights in Namche. We met with another filming group of Peak Promotion in Namche. Anna and Niklas went to Thame for hiking with together. In Thame they visited Thame Monastry, which is very nice Buddhist monastry.


We will arrive in Kathmandu tomorrow.


26 November; Photo Dispatches

Photo Dispatches of Trekking

November 24
The scenery really changed during our trek. Between Jiri and Namche there are all these beautiful, green valleys that seems to go on forever. From Namche to Thokla we started to see more and more mountains with snowy peaks, eventually we got above the tree line where only small bushes grow. There are a lot of rhododendrons in this area and it must be so beautiful in the springtime. This picture is taken on the way down to Thokla from Gorak Shep. Here the scenery again is very different. There are a lot of glaciers and big boulders of rock everywhere.

 

November 25
Tengboche is a very pittoresque village situated on top of a ridge. It is known for its monastery where a lot of young people go into learning about Buddhism. On this picture Anna is enjoying a cup of hot lemon, this has become our most favourite drink (we're even having a glass right now as we write this!). The picture is taken around noon, just when the clouds started to roll in over the ridge. However, the clouds disappeared in the afternoon and when night came around it was a clear, starry sky that we admired for a long time.




November 22
Every day Ngima would tell us where we would go during the day and what the terrain would be like. Here he is talking about the last bit up to Nangkartang, which indeed was very steep! We climbed this peak to prepare further for higher altitudes.

 







November 24
We walked from Lobuche to Gorak Shep, which took about two hours. At Gorak Shep we had lunch, noodle soup and pasta and then started the climb to Kala Pattar. It took us about two hours to get to the top. It was not as hard as we had thought, but it sure was not like a walk in the park. You breathe harder and your heart is racing because of the altitude. Kala Pattar, meaning the Black Rock, rises 5545 m. From here the views are magnificent!! We saw Mt Everest from really close and all the other high peaks like Lhotse and Nuptse. We could also see Everest base camp and part of the Gokyo valley.

November 22
Here we are on top of Nangkartang. We made it though the terrain was so steep... The view from here was really stunning! We saw the Ama Dablam and its beautiful green and blue lakes really close by and we also saw Island Peak.









November 21
We start walking quite early in the morning, usually around 7:30. This day we walked from Pangboche to Dingboche and the first ray of sunlights has just managed to reach above the mountains. This day was the day of the Everest Marathon. The runners start at 6 am in Gorak Shep and reach Namche at around 10:30. Do we need to say that at least the six first runners were Nepali people?!

 

 

25 November; returning from Everest Base Camp

It is Ngima calling from Tengboche. It was not possible to call from uper Khumbu as no telephone facilities are available. We have arrived today from Tengboche and we are staying overnihgt here. A big Monastry is situated in Tengboche. It is a very beautiful monastry with a lot of monks including student monks.

It is Ngima calling from Tengboche. It was not possible to call from uper Khumbu as no telephone facilities are available. We have arrived today from Tengboche and we are staying overnihgt here. A big Monastry is situated in Tengboche. It is a very beautiful monastry with a lot of monks including student monks.

We went to Everest Base camp yesterday and returned to Thukla, after talking some pictures. Everest base camp in autumn is empty as no expedition teams are here. It looks more beautiful in the spring when there are a lot of expedition teams. Everest base camp will be full of tents and every facility at the altitude of 5300 m. I stayed here in the spring of 2004 while I was climbing with the Working Title expedition.

Anna and Niklas are talking rest. They want to do more trekking in the area so we will be going around Thame from Namche. We will send you some photos tomorrow after we arrive in Namche.
 
19 November ; From Khumjung

Today we are in Khumjung; we arrived in khumjung almost 12.30. We don't have any interesting news today. I will be reporting you further news of our trip soon.

17 November ; Acclimatizing in Namche

It is 17 November; I'm calling from Namche. We have three days for the acclimatization in Namche and it is second day for acclimatization. We hiked to the syangboche and returned back to Namche. We will be staying tomorrow in Namche. Everything is well with us.

16 November; Arrived in Namche , the Sherpa's capital in Khumbu

Ngima calling from Namche at 1.00 p.m.

Today, we arrived in Namche around 12.30 p.m. Weather is quite cloudy and not clear. After a long day trekking, its now time to take rest. We will be spending two nights at Khumbu Lodge that is one of the best and the largest lodge in Namche Bazaar.

This picture is from Lamuje with Everest in the background. It was great to see the Everest for the first time and really beautiful place. We're having a great time and it was nice to have a hot shower in namche. (Anna and Niklas from Namche)

15 November; Calling from Lukla, on the way to Phakding

It is 15 November Tuesday, Ngima calling from Lukla at 11.45 a.m.

"On Sunday 13 November we started our trek at 7.30 in the morning from Phaplu to Nunthala. On the way from Traksindo we encountered with a dramatic view of different Mountains like Pike Peak, Dudhkunda Himal Thamserku etc. We reached in Nunthala at 2.30 p.m. and took rest there. Again 14 November we headed to the Puiyan.


Now, today we are in Lukla, our trek is wounderful and everything is well with us . After a while we will start our trek to Phakding and stay there".

12 November; From Phaplu

It is 12 November, Saturday evening; we recently got call from Phaplu by Nima Sherpa, the guide. On the way from Jiri to Phaplu, he did not get the access of communication. So we have a short discription of their activities of the trail, Jiri to Phaplu in his own word.

"On same day 7 Nov, Anna, Niklas and me started trek from Jiri to Shivalaya and stayed there. We spent a night here in Shivalaya enjoying with local people. Again 8 November, In the morning the journey begun towards Roji with well preparation. Here the route of trekking is quite different than the common where the trail is practically giving us different observation. We reached Roji at the evening and past a night there. After then on 9 November, Turture is our destination from Roji.

In 10 November, we three fellows left to the Chyangba. We reached Chyangba and Spent two nights. Chyangba is our familliar place. Most of the staffs are from this place and me too. It is a nice place and not lay in common trekking route. It is taken as a nice cultural village of Khumbu Region. Anna & Niklas visited to my house and stayed here for two nights, enjoying with Sherpa family. I showed them the School of our village. After collecting experience of Chyangba we leaved to the Phaplu on 12 November, Saturday. And reached in Phaplu at the evening".

   
 
 
 

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