Despite the influx of trekkers heading to Everest Basecamp, the Khumbu valley is still a very beautiful and awe-inspiring corner of Nepal.

The white glacial waters of the Dudh Kosi river carves its way deep into the valley, with the incredible mountains soaring up on either side.

We weren’t heading to basecamp, our highest point was a seven-day trek to Tengboche. Famous for its Buddist Monastery and the first glimpse of Everest.

Reaching this altitude was a struggle, even the fittest of the group did not escape the exhaustion that comes with a lack of oxygen. With only two lodges in Tengboche, we were lucky to be able to overnight here. Cold and weary we headed to bed for a restless night at our highest altitude.

The next morning, scraping the ice off the inside of the window, I realised it had been worth the effort. Watching the sunrise over Everest, tucked up in my down sleeping bag with a cup of ‘bed tea’ is a memory I will always cherish.

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Author: Steppes Travel