EBC trek Day 01 – Kuala Lumpur KLIA to Kathmandu (1,334m/4,375ft)

2017 Everest Base Camp Trek 
Walked in the Footsteps of Mountaineering Legends!

2017 Namaste! Everest Base Camp (EBC) 5,364m in the Himalayas welcome (L-R) Ching Neng Bin, Abdul Rashid, Simon Loh, Alan Koh, Prakash Kapri (guide), Ong Teik Hong, Randy Ngatimin and two porters infront; Binod and Rajendra.

After having trekked the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) four years ago in October 2013, it was my only dream left to trek the Everest Base Camp, which was considered one of the great treks of the world and to walk in the footsteps of mountaineering legends - Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. My dream came true when I joined a six member team from 28th October to 11th November 2017.

Day 01 (28.10.17) – Kuala Lumpur KLIA fly 3,400km to Kathmandu (1,334m /4,375ft) by Malindo Air. (Flying time: 4hr 40min). Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, the trekking agent representative welcomed us and transfer us to Hotel Thamel which is well located in the heart of Kathmandu for briefing about our EBC trek. Overnight at Thamel Hotel.

The first three team members (Alan Koh 62, Ching Neng Bin 64, and Ong Teik Hong 58) met at KLIA1 before our departure for Kathmandu at 9.50am on Malindo Air. The other three team members from Singapore (Abdul Rashid 29, Randy Ngatimin 29, and Simon Loh 30) flew in by MAS in the evening and be joining us later in Kathmandu.

SAT. 28 OCT MALINDO AIR: OD 0184 Duration: 4hrs 40mins
Departing At: 9:50am Arriving At: 12:15pm

The scenic view from the air of the highlands in Nepal.

The scenic view from the air of the highlands in Nepal.

Area view of Kathmandu City, Nepal.

The scenic view of Kathmandu City, Nepal.

The scenic view of Kathmandu City, Nepal.

The scenic view of Kathmandu City, Nepal. We arrived Kathmandu on time, though the weather was cloudy and clear. The pilot's descent was quite abrupt and frightening against the backdrop of the mountains. We applied our 15day visa on arrival for USD25 which took us at least 2 hours before we exit the arrival lounge.

Hotel Thamel is 15 mins drive from airport and is in a walking distance from most of the attractions like monkey temple, Garden of Dreams, King Palace and Durbar square.

Beautiful carving on-top of the hotel entrance door.

The shopping area of the Thamel commercial district.

The shopping area of the Thamel commercial district.

We went to change money - one USD for 102 Nepalis Rupees. Noticed the telephone wire, just as messy as in Laos and Cambodia.

This was what we have been scouting for - Nepalis Kukri knife. We were walking around the knife shops inquiring about the prices.

The kukri or khukuri (Nepali: खुकुरी khukuri) is a Nepalese knife with an inwardly curved blade, used as both a tool and as a weapon in Nepal.

We found this knife which we intend to buy on our last day in Kathmandu.

This pair of knife costing US50.00

As for dinner it was on our own to arrange. We walked about in Thamel, each of us ordered a plate of fried rice which was far too big for us to finish. We retired early while we heard our team B consisting of younger adults from Singapore only arrived at midnight while their plane was circling in the sky for their landing slot.

The 15day ground trip in Nepal is ​USD1,050 per-person excluding the flight to Kathmandu from KL.

Cost Inclusive: Exclusive medical kit bag, All government and local taxes, All domestic airfares as per the itinerary, Everest base camp trek permit & tims card, Down jacket and four seasonal sleeping bag, Airport arrival and departure by private vehicle, 2 star accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast, 1 English speaking guide and (porter) and their payments, Sagarmatha National park entry fee and necessary permits, Comfortable accommodation on tea-house/lodge during the trek, Full board meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea & coffee) in during the trek.

Cost Exclusive: Personal trekking Equipment, Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu, Travel and rescue insurance, battery re-charged, Tips for driver, guides and porters, hot shower, pot of tea or coffee. Personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, bar bills & extra porters. 

click below to view:

EBC trek Day 01 (28.10.17) – Kuala Lumpur KLIA to Kathmandu (1,334m/4,375ft)

EBC trek Day 02 (29.10.17) – Kathmandu fly to Lukla (2,865m) and trek 8km to Phakding

EBC trek Day 03 (30.10.17) – Phakding trek 10.4km to Namche Bazaar (3,445m/11,299ft)

EBC trek Day 04 (31.10.17) - Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar (3,445m/11,299ft)

EBC trek Day 05 (01.11.17) - Namche Bazaar trek 10km to Deboche (3,867m/12,684ft)

EBC trek Day 06 (02.11.17) - Deboche trek 10km to Dingboche (4,412m/14,471ft)

EBC trek Day 07 (03.11.17) - Acclimatization day at Dingboche (4,412m/14,471ft)

EBC trek Day 08 (04.11.17) - Dingboche trek 12km to Lobuche (4,931m/16,174 ft)

EBC trek Day 09 (05.11.17) - Lobuche 8km to Gorakshep trek to EBC (5,364m/17,595ft)

EBC trek Day 10 (06.11.17) - Gorakshep to Kalapattha and fly back to Kathmandu

EBC trek Day 11 (07.11.17) - Kathmandu 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’

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  1. Christine Lee01 December, 2017

    Ching, thanks for sharing. Awesome pics. You are very lucky to be still physically fit. Ya, enjoy life while you can. Visit places you wish to visit. Don't wait till you can't even walk to be sorry and regret.

    Nowadays I seldom travel. No company. Friends not interested. So, I sit in front of my TV and indulge in virtual tours of countries I would love to visit.

    Kudos to you. Enjoy your life!

  2. Thanks for sharing Ching. Fantastic adventure! You had accomplished your bucket list and fulfilled your dreams! Well done and keep it up. Take care..

  3. Lee Kam Boon03 December, 2017

    Dear Ching, Thanks for the adventure and photography! It was an adventure of a life time for all hikers and you have done it! Bravo!

  4. wow..simply awesome,i will give anything to be with you ..this is op david yap ..200592 inkerman 1954...born 25/5/1938..so that makes me 80 next May 2018..very blessed still as strong active..running HASH doing own business free/lance..insurance, properties, indirect taxi services only to Singapore..NISSAN sales advisor..etc etc
    ok i really envy your life style..
    GOD WILLING..taking a day at a time..enjoy..live LAUGH and love..Amen
    dimyap@gmail.com....whatsapp 0197736220...facebook etc.
    do you still remember us ( the first TWIN from FMC david and james )

  5. Ching........congrats. My friend and me intent to do ABC trek around April next yr. Would like to get some tips from u. Thks. Bala

  6. Minder Benvait05 December, 2017

    Hi Ching looks like a wonderful trip. Lovely photos. Thank you for sharing. God bless.

  7. Thank you so much for sharing with me your adventure to Everest Base Camp. Wish I could have joined you, though I am not sure if my age will qualify. You and your fellow adventurers are really living life to the fullest. Best wishes..

  8. Ching, you are certainly keeping yourself while enjoying fruitful journey too. Congratulations to you for taking the challenge trekking Everest! Cheers!

  9. Envy you Ching, thanks for the photo sharing. Have a wonderful day!

  10. Wow, you are adventurous. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Mate you are amazing. Keep doing all the great trips you do. Believe me after 70 you slow down!! We live these wonderful trips through your eyes.

  12. Thank you very much. I am glad to be able to share your wonderful trip. The detail accounts of your trek has enable me to imagine I was there too. I wish you best of health so that you can continue to travel the world over.

  13. Concurred with all the above .Awesome well taken photos depicts its cool clear mountainous atmosphere & pure air ! Envy & appreciate your marvellous successful adventure which few will be able to achieve .
    Love & happy to view your news .Tq.

  14. Thank you for these. The first 2 parts of your itinerary brings back memories, as I flew to Kathmandu from KL. But we just did a flight with Buddha Air that they called the "Everest Experience Flight" that leaves Kathmandu and fly's up and about Mt Everest. I then went and visited other parts of Nepal. All the best, Allan.

  15. Thanks for sharing your wonderful experiences ching.It was great meeting you and we are delighted to hear that you had great time in Nepal with our crews..

    Best Regards
    Shankar Pandey

  16. Thanks for your sharing.. Hahaha..now have several platforms to view your greatest travel achievements in life.. May need to find time just to view it all. Anyway, many thanks to you.

  17. Dear Ching ... thanks for sharing. Mission accomplished in the EBC trek :-) KC

  18. Bro Ching,
    What a wonderful feat by your ownself! Really rejoice over your energized endeavor & generosity of sharing. However I do not intend just to rush through your photos now but to reserve some time later in order to have a feel of your journey of quest via photos or narratives.. this is something I would never be able to accomplish, not in this life time, irrespective of whether it is necessary or not.

    Thanks for sharing.
    with metta

  19. Rachel Wan Chooi Leng16 December, 2017

    Thanks for sharing and congratulations for a dream come true. May you be blessed with many more trips in the future.


  20. Hi Ching,
    Feeling great. It's wonderful experience. Happy for you and wishes too. I did it in 2007. Regards.

  21. Ching, I am happy that you managed to climb and fulfill your final dream. Congrats and well done.

  22. Yeoh Hock Seng18 December, 2017

    Thanks and good work.. don't think i can ever climb to where you guys are going... enjoy and good luck..

  23. Anne M Ngalim19 December, 2017

    Wow Mr Ching, you are such a ardent traveller. Thanks for sharing your beautiful adventures...

    Best regards

  24. Hi Neng Bin, thanks a lot for sharing, such an inspiring adventure. Kudos to you and your team for conquered EBC. Cheers...

  25. Sherina Balaratnam22 December, 2017

    Congratulations, this looks amazing! Would love to do something like this one day. Well done 👏🏽👏🏽

  26. Spiderman Chan22 December, 2017

    Congratulations to you towards your GREAT achievement!

  27. Wong Mun Heng22 December, 2017

    Thanks for sharing. I always enjoy reading your detailed accounts of your travel. You sounded as if you would not trek in Nepal anymore. But, in my opinion, for your fitness you can still trek many more times. As for me, even though I'm not as fit as you and have trekked in Nepal 5 times, I still want to trek some more.

  28. Thanks Cheng Neng Bin for sharing this awesome trekking experience.

  29. Wong Yim Fatt23 December, 2017

    Hi!! Ching, good evening.

    Congratulations!! It must be a fantastic dream that happened & come true albeit short of reaching the peak. Anyway happy for what you have achieved & thank you for keeping me posted on all your outings & adventures.

    Warm regards,
    y.f. Wong

  30. Ching, Fantastic!!!! So proud of you and your Team. Well Done...

  31. Thank you for sharing! Great info for my plan in 2018.

  32. Wong Fook Chai23 December, 2017

    U are fantastic. 👍.

  33. Hi Ching, Thanks for this. I am planning to run a full page story of your adventure for January 2018 edition of SJ Echo. Can you write about your experience in about 600-700 words? I will try and use some of your eye-opening photos for the story. Regards TH Teoh.

  34. Jagjit Singh24 December, 2017

    Well done my friend. I am overawed by all your exploits. Jagjit

  35. William Toh KK25 December, 2017

    Dear Mr Ching, This wishing you and your family a blessed Christmas and a Blessed New Year 2018.

    Warmest Regards,
    William Toh

  36. Amy Teresa Wong28 December, 2017

    Good morning Ching, I followed your blog now and then and admired the scenery you were in. I know I am not fit enough to follow and have great difficulty with uphill climbs. Unfortunately, most beautiful scenes are at the top. So now I resolved to watch travel channel haha... Have a great time ya n take care.

    Warm regards

  37. Well done on your adventures for EBC last year. Your pictures are very awesome and simply give me inspiration. May I know what kind of DLSR camera that you used and also the lenses for the journey? Thank you.

  38. Really Thank you for such important and beautiful Blog for Everest base Camp Trekkers.