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Everest Base Camp trek
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Great work, Chuck, and glad you could fulfill one of your bucket-list items! Delighted to hear most everything went well for you (covid sucks). And very enjoyable to see the pics, read the narrative, and be amazed at how much has changed. I was less interested in the mountains, however, and far more in how the area has responded to tourism over years. We did Kathmandu in our hippy-dippy days back in the mid-70’s and it was great to see some current photos, especially of Darbar square and Monkey temple – the little bastards stole our lunches there one day! – our course, we were fair game!

Our hotel/street near “Freak Street”/Darbar square circa 1975.

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Alas, I still recall the Khumbu cough you mentioned. Everyone in Kathmandu seemed to suffer from it, but then it was just called the Kathmandu URI (upper respiratory infection). The more things change, the more they stay the same.

On 11/7/2022 8:32 PM, Chuck Bennett ( wrote:
Fabulous pics, videos and narrative, Chuck!  So glad you were able to get it done despite the Covid handicap!!  Welcome home...


Absolutely incredible photos and I loved the detailed captions. Thanks for taking the time to write all that out! I felt like I was right there with you!
I'm so glad you were able to power through the breathing difficulties and didn't get sick from the donut either! lol
Thanks Chuck and congrats on an epic adventure!!
"Frosty" Gill

Great photos and captions, what an amazing experience! Thanks for sharing Chuck. Eric

Fellow Chemeketan Nick Secrest and I recently made it up to Everest Base Camp.  We used a local guide named Pralhad from Mosaic adventures and we were extremely happy with our choice.  Amy Dale John used this company several years ago and recommended it.  I’ve been plotting and planning to do this trip for the last 10 years, and the stars finally lined up.


Below is a link to a photo journal.  If you click on the i (info) button you can read the story and captions.  (Probably doesn’t work on a phone.)  The short version is: it was an incredible trip to see all this magnificent scenery including 3 of the 5 highest mountains in the world, and experience the rich culture of Nepal and Khumbu region.  Naturally, I had to increase the degree of difficulty by getting Covid on the way up, without even knowing I had this problem at the time.  As if breathing at 17,500 feet wasn’t difficult enough already!


Chuck Bennett



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