My first trip to Nepal, in November 2011 was a life long dream. I flew over full of excitement and information, gathered in a lifetime of reading about the mighty Himalayas, Everest, it’s neighbouring peaks of Lhotse and Nuptse and many more majestic mountains.
I set my goals at getting around the Gokyo lakes and the Cho La Pass, then getting to the very friendly peak of Island peak (6180m above sea level). I was lead on this trip by a sherpa guide called Dorje, who could not speak much English but we somehow managed to communicate.
Dorje had no interest in flora or fauna , culture or otherwise, but knew every peak along the way, its dangers, possible routes etc.
He came into his own when we reached Island peak base camp. you could just tell he was waiting for this moment for the entire 2 weeks of our trip. ropes, ice equipment, seeing all his friends and colleagues on the mountain made him feel in his element!
Our porter, a lovely man called Patan, from the village of Monju, was a fantastic character.