Today was the deadline for the “Where is this toilet in the world?” competition so now we will reveal the answer to the photograph.
We can now reveal the answer to our reader’s poll.
It wasn’t Buckingham Palace or Starbucks. It was in fact a Himalayan toilet.
Read about our wee monkey adventures in the Himalayans here:
Congratulations to all of those with the correct answer. One of you successfully guessed the correct answer. Please contact our webmaster on our usual webmaster email to claim your prize which is a test tube containing a sample of our wee cuddly toy monkey urine. We will disptach the urine sample to you by courier.
The next “Where is this toilet in the world?” competition will be published at 8am tomorrow morning (UK time).
The webmaster team
Well tonight was the deadline for all the entries in our current “Where’s Monkey?” competition and the judges was busy sifting through all the entries for the competition winner.
Before we announce the winner, we will tell you the answer to the current “Where’s Monkey?” photograph.
We can now tell you, where is our wee monkey!
Our wee monkey was at Mount Everest Base Camp in Nepal.
Read about our wee monkey adventures in Nepal here:
Congratulations to all of those with the correct answer.
The winner is….
As no one bothered to enter the competition.
You know, we had run five of these “Where’s Monkey?” competitions over the past year and we had only had one entry. Why? We are giving away great prizes.
So we are changing the format of this competition to get more people entering the competition. We will no longer offer the competition as such but instead we will offer the “Where’s Monkey?” as a poll and you vote for the right answer.
So for our first ever “Where’s Monkey?” poll we will begin with this photo:
Now you have to vote for where you think our wee monkey is:
Please vote and the judges will reveal the answer on December 31st 2012.
Good luck in your voting.
The webmaster team
N.B. A clue to the place and country of this photograph can be found on one of our wee monkey previous travel blogs.
I made it! After ten days on the go, I made it to Everest Base Camp.
We were at the foot of the Khumbu Icefall.
I was very tired but my Sherpa porters encourage me all the way. Without my porters, I wouldn’t had made it so I thank all of them one by one.
My Sherpas then put on traditional Nepali dancing costumes and gave me and the rest of the expedition team a traditional Nepali dance.
Everest Base Camp soon became a party piece with dancing, booze and celebrations.
One of my Sherpas then took a photograph of me posing at Everest Base Camp.
I did it, the first cuddly toy to make it to Everest!
A telegram was soon sent to London to confirm our wee monkey amazing achievement and within hours we received aknowledgement from the Guinness World Records that our wee monkey had become the FIRST cuddly toy to set foot on Everest! WOW!
After the party, our wee monkey flew back to the UK and reported back to the barracks for duty on the Monday morning.
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Today was the day we trek to the Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,598ft).
I was very excited to be on the last leg to the EBC after over a week on the road now.
My luggage Yak was carrying my peanuts and Pringles supplies.
The path to the EBC was well trodden with the many tourists whom came here.
It was very cold and the air was thin, I had to walk very slowly because of the thin air.
Contouring along the valley side, the trail leads on to the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and becomes quite vague, weaving between mounds of rubble.
All around us was frozen ice.
The trek was slow.
Eventually Everest came into view.
I asked my Sherpa guide to take a photo of me against Everest.
We began to see the Khumbu Icefall.
As we got closer we saw the tents that made up EBC.
After about 3 hours we will eventually reach base camp near the foot of the Khumbu Icefall.
I was almost at EBC after ten days on the go. Find out tomorrow in the last installment of my travel blog on how I became the FIRST cuddly toy to conquer Everest and set a record for cuddly toys achievement.
To be continued….
From Lobuche we trek to the lodge at Gorak Shep (5,180m/17,126ft), the site of the 1953 expedition’s base camp.
Overall altitude gain today is 240m.
My luggage Yak was keeping up with my fast pace.
Here we have astonishing views over the Himalayas.
I was glad it was sunny but it was freezing!
Eventually we saw the Khumbu Icefall where Everest Base Camp is just situated off.
We kept going heading for the lodge for the night in the small trekkers village of Gorak Shep.
Even though the trekking lodges at Gorak Shep are basic, in recent times more modern amenities have become available, such as satellite high-speed Internet access and a shop selling ‘Mars Bars’ etc….
This was to be our final acclimatization stop before trekking to Everest Base Camp and we were heading out tomorrow morning for our final leg of our trek!
I was excited.
To be continued….
Today we were to trek to Lobuche (4,940m/16,207ft) and is about five hours bringing us close to our ultimate goal!
Overall altitude gain today is 490m.
The scenery was changing each day and by now there was no vegetation at all.
I kept going with the help of my porters whom carried me up when I got tired.
Tea houses were dotted regular along the route. Obviously Mt. Everest cater to the tourists now.
We began to see the icefall at the base of Mt. Everest.
I was so tired after a week of trekking now.
The clouds dropped down by late afternoon and the temperature was dropping.
After a few hours the track eventually leads to a small cluster of tea houses pleasantly situated at Lobuje.
My backpack was heavy and the thin air made it harder for me to carry. I was glad that I had my guides, porters and Yak.
Tomorrow we were to trek to the last building before Everest Base Camp.
To be continued….
Today we were to climb above the tree-line and trek approximately six hours covering the distance of eight kms to Dingboche (4,410m/14,465ft). Our overall altitude gain today is 600m.
Dingboche is a good location for acclimatisation, prior to our ascent up the upper section of the Khumbu Valley.
Contouring up the valley side, we will re-cross the river and turn up the Imja Valley to reach the picturesque farming village of Dingboche.
This village was at an altitude of 4,400 metres above sea level and yet the villagers were using the barren landscape for farming.
It was late afternoon when we got here and the clouds were getting very low.
Lucky for us, we had telephoned ahead and arranged rooms for us to keep us warm and dry for the night.
We had planned for two nights in the village.
I went to bed early to get my energy up for the next day.
The next day was very sunny!
Today is another acclimatisation day. We take a day hikes to Amadablam Base Camp and back to Dingboche.
The hike will also serve as good acclimatisation training.
Eventually we got to Amadablam Base Camp, the views were stunning.
I headed back to the village for a good night rest.
To be continued….