Wilderness Medical Society (WMS) Everest Base Camp Trek 2018

10 April 2018, Trek Kyangjuma to Monjo

We find ourselves with only one more day of trekking ahead, when it feels like only yesterday we all met at the Yak and Yeti. The group was lucky enough to make it to the Mount Kailash Lodge prior to the onset of a late afternoon rain shower. Spirits were high as we marveled at the downhill terrain we had climbed up only days prior. There was even energy to spare for an occasional celtic ditty.

Earlier in the day, the group was able to spend an enjoyable lunch in Namche feeling like tourists and chasing the elusive authentic yak bell sourvenier. An authentic Nepalese lunch of potatoe pankakes(Alu Roti), sherpa tea, chang, and homade sauces was a welcome respite before starting our afternoon trek. As we creeped back into the treeline and sparsely populated Rhododendrons began to emerge we took in more of the local sights including various breeds of friendly dogs, baby Zopkyos, laughing children, and we even passed a climbing team of all local Nepalese women, Women Everest Expedition 2018, entering the Sagarmatha National Park. Part of the group was pushed even more outside their comfort zone as they found themselves sharing part of the metal terrian bridges with a Zopkyo train.

All parties emerged unscathed. As we sign off for the night we welcome the warmer temperatures, the ability to shower, and the gradual return of brain function as we recover from our brief exposure to altitude hypoxia. Many of us have related to the Nepalese expression “Ke garne” translated to “what can you do,” taking one day at a time and enjoying the journey as we head down to Lukla tomorrow. We cannot thank our Wongchhu Peak Promotions team enough for supporting us and making this amazing adventure possible.

Megan W. Rand CICP, EMT-P, PA-S2