As you descend leaving Namche Bazaar, the well-worn EBC trail becomes lusher and greener. The yaks disappear and are replaced by bullocks. The harsh rock strewn terrain above 4000 metres is replaced by lush rainforest, tall trees and fast running icy rivers.
Rock and ice – the glacier is constantly on the move. The noise of crashing rocks and distant avalanches permeates the air.
The retreat of the Khumbu Glacier is a concerning and very apparent indicator of rapid climate change. The lower reaches of the glacier are shrinking every year. This is affecting villagers, wildlife and river flows.
Mount Everest with Everest Base camp in the foreground.
This place is so rich in history, stories of survival and death, the strength of the human spirit and great human courage. In particular the inspirational dedication, loyalty and utter dependability of the brave Sherpas, who made climbing Everest possible. I am drawn to return to the Khumbu, which I shall do in 2018.