Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek

Hey Everyone,

I’m Aritra. I’m an Indian based in San Francisco and this October I’m finally going to live my childhood dream of trekking up to the Everest base camp. I’d love to make this trip more memorable by trekking with some like minded partners so here I am!

Trekking Experience: I’ve been backpacking in the USA for a few years now and will start a mountaineering course in July, with the goal to climb Mt. Shasta at ~14000ft. I’ve never been on such a long or high altitude trek before, but I am super motivated and I’m training for this.

Trip Details:
– Trip duration: 23 days
– Trip Dates: Departing Kathmandu on Oct 2nd and returning on Oct 23rd
– I’ll be trekking with a guide and porter from a highly recommended local agency (Himalayan Glacier). Their team will help with all the arrangements as the tea houses can get over booked at this time of the year. Since this will be my first experience with high altitude, I wanted to make sure I travel with a safe and reputed agency
– I am taking the traditional route from Jiri/Salleri to the Khumbu region. I choose this option over the flight to Lukla, as a) the flight is unsafe and Lukla violates most American and European airport safety norms b) gives more time to acclimatize, increasing the chances of success and c) we’ll literally be treading on the footsteps of Hillary and Tenzing 🙂
– Why Goyko Ri and Goyko Lakes? They say that once you see these glacial lakes, you’ll have to redefine the color blue to this new standard :). Also the EBC route can get a bit crowded in October so the route via Gokyo provides a nice off the beaten path. Oh and the summit of Gokyo Ri provides unparalleled views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu!

Personal:
I’m a very open minded person and I love exploring new places and cultures. I grew up all over the world so that helps me keep an open mind towards new experiences and people. I enjoy getting to know people and making strong bonds, while also being mindful of one’s personal space. I’m also a pretty easy going person and I’m not fussy about most things. I truly believe that travels broadens our outlook and I’m looking forward to meeting trekking partners who share similar thoughts.

Do hit me up if this sounds interesting as I’d love to hear from you!

Cheers,
Aritra

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