Mount Everest Base Camp Trek
Everyone thinks that trekking to Everest would be really hard, but it’s not hard in the ways you would think.
Physically, it’s pretty straightforward. As long as you in basic good health, you can do it. I saw many seniors doing it. It’s all the other factors you have to consider that make it a difficult trek. Like altitude sickness. Talking to people on their way down, it was always surprising to see the people who made it, or didn’t make it. Their would be some people who appeared in great shape, but had to turn around early, and their were people who looked to be in not so great shape and they made it up without too much difficulty.
Then there’s mental factors. Are you used to hiking in peaceful nature environments? Don’t expect that in Nepal. This is not a nature walk. You are in one of the most extreme environments on earth. You will inevitably develop a cough or hack due to the dry dusty air, you won’t sleep well because every time you roll over in bed you are out of breath. (however sleeping at altitude is known to cause vivid dreams which can be pretty entertaining) Your altitude pills Diamox will give you some weird side effects like tingly fingers and toes and they will make your food taste gross. You will also not feel like eating. Every guesthouse along the way has an identical menu of bland food. You eat for sustinence, not for enjoyment. Also, don’t expect peace. The Solo Khumbu region is very well populated and the trekking path is also the Sherpas highway. Their are constantly people and yak/donkey trains passing you.
With all that said, would I recommend it? ABSOLUTELY! It will be a once in a lifetime (hopefully more than that for me since we didn’t make it I need to go back and finish) experience that you will never forget! The photographs below speak for themselves.
Go to http://www.flickr.com/photos/kylegiesbrecht/sets/72157627048123877/ to view all my photos and videos from the trek.
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