Wilderness Medical Society (WMS) Everest Base Camp Trek 2018

31 March 2018,Trek to Tengboche

I’m writing this from Hotel Himalayan in Tyangboche, Solukhumbu, Nepal at 3876M. I am led to believe, if the weather is favorable, we may catch a glimpse of Everest tomorrow. So far, I have felt a bit like I did the last time I went whale watching, staring hard and hopeful through the fast changing clouds to see if we can see it, and maybe even imagining it… So far it eludes us. Mother nature does what she does. Desire creates suffering. But do not get me wrong, even if by some fluke we don’t get to see Everest, this has been a trip of a lifetime.

The scale of the Himalayas is beyond words and you just have to see it for yourself. Yesterday, we stood in the heartfelt embrace of Amadablam 6812M (shaped like a woman embracing a child in her lap) and were humbled near her feet. As we walked in her presence, along the trail there was a jyopkyo (a yak/cow cross found in the lower elevations) laying down in the afternoon sun.

I approached her to see if she might like to meet me. She seemed happy to have me near her, so I began to scratch her about the neck and massaged her for a good five minutes. She was enjoying it so much she stretched and bowed her head. When I stopped, one of our Sherpas told me what I did was a very good thing. My heart was warm. As I continued down the trail, I was so touched by the beauty of the surroundings, connecting with the animal, and receiving the acknowledgement from the Sherpa, I wept tears of joy. Granted, sleep deprivation has made me more emotional at times, but this was a very special moment in my life.

Our Sherpas are amazing and they are taking such good care of us. When they bring you your morning bed tea or when they give you your hot towel before dinner, you can feel the kindness. Life is beautiful.

Monica Oesterling