Mt. Everest Base camp & The Three Passes Trek – 18 Days
By Rosy Ahluwalia
Namaste !!! Sat Shri Akal !! One needs to be there and experience it as my words will always fall short in its description. I feel blessed to have done this long and beautiful trek in November 2019, with amazing group of trekkers Suma, Prathap, Rishi and Suraj, all from Bengaluru and high spirited trek leader Jude Rayen of Tour de Outdoors and the local guides Pemba ji n Desh bhai. Sharing pics taken by Jude, others n myself.
The Three Passes Trek covers Kongma la, Cho la and Renzo la. The trek span was 18 days(Lukla to Lukla) and was a complete anti clockwise circuit of the Khumbhu Valley region. Landed in Lukla (one of the scariest airport runway is located here) and started the trek at 9000+ feet and the highest crossing was of Kongma la(pass) at 18000+ feet.
A big high was the trek both to Mt. Everest Base camp , though mighty Everest is hardly visible from the Mt. Everest Base camp.
Ama Dablam Base Camp. Crossed the Khumbhu and Ngozumpa glaciers and also climbed Chukung Ri and Gokyo Ri
Being amidst the world’s highest peaks of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and so many more was an exhilarating experience. Undoubtedly it was an arduous trek with high altitudes and cold and windy conditions and staying at 16000feet for most of the days.
There are absolutely no roads so no vehicles. Only vehicular sound is the jingle of the bells around the necks of the Yaks and the sound of the rotors of choppers. Sherpas are a strong community and their survival in the challenging conditions is highly commendable.
The trek footfall was more on the EBC route and the three passes trek being more strenuous had far less trekkers. There would be times when I would be all by myself in the vastness and only the howling wind keeping me company. I would feel so minuscule and irrelevant. I would actually start to introspect and assess if I have lived a life worthy of God’s creation.Many a times I would speak out loud asking the almighty how n why such a heavenly place has been created.
Overwhelming moment was when I came across a picture of Shri Darbar Sahib at a Sherpa lodging in Dragnag(15500 feet). I was amazed to know that the Tibetan owner’s parent’s had visited The Golden Temple. Another big moment was meeting the famous mountaineer Nirmal Purja @nimsdai
The trek had a happy ending in Kathmandu where I got to meet Prwachan a student of mine, after 21 years.
The trek tested me on physical, mental and emotional levels. The breathless ascents and knee breaking descents on rocks and loose soil and home sickness made me chant ‘Waheguru’ endlessly to stay strong and fearless. I also owe a lot to my gym instructor Kiran Sidhu for my fitness
Love Gurfateh, Niyamat, Mom, Manju n Ashu for encouragement and support.
The trek journey has given me lots to ponder over and revise and reprioritise. Biggest learning has been to always follow your heart and go with the flow.