Everest Base Camp Trek - Eyewitness Account, Breathing is Fundamental
The summit isn't the end - we still had to make it all the way back down to Lobuche before sunset and ultimately to Lukla. Admitted it is easier to go down but it is still a challenge. We arrive cold and tired in Lobuche just at twilight. We then make our way over the course of the next 4 days back to Lukla. The weather on the return trip is decidedly less welcoming than on our ascent. Much of the way, the wind is right in our face and then the clouds roll in with some brief rain and snow showers. It's the lack of sun however that really makes a difference. It lets in the cold, cold, cold! Ultimately we make it safely back to Lukla and then fly to Kathmandu.
We have a few days left to experience the rich culture and ancient architecture on the narrow medieval feeling streets of Kathmandu. It is really a fascinating place to explore. For such a small country on the map, Nepal has so much to offer. I feel that even over the course of two visits comprising nearly 10 weeks that I have barely scratched the surface Nepal. Well it's always good to have reasons to return to such beautiful places.