After successfully climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in October 2012, I honestly thought that I would never attempt to climb another mountain again.
Don’t get me wrong, it was an amazing ‘life-changing’ experience, but it was also one of the hardest things I have ever done, and the thought of sleeping mountainside in minus temperatures for a week, is not something I could see myself doing again, until now…
Just 12 months have passed since our Kilimanjaro Climb, and while I am sure that most people live on the memories of this extraordinary experience for a lifetime, we soon found ourselves discussing the next ‘big adventure’ and it didn’t take long for the word ‘Everest’ to start popping up in conversation.
At 8,848 metres, Everest is a whopping great mountain, and if you want to get to the top, you need buckets of determination, buckets of time and buckets of money! However, there is an alternative for us lesser mortals, and that is to trek to the Everest Base Camp in Nepal at 5,364 metres, a mere 500 metres lower than Kilimanjaro’s Uhuru Peak.
Usually packaged as a 14-day or a 17-day tour, trekking to the Base Camp of Everest is no ‘short hop’, but the longer tours generally include stopovers and tours of Kathmandu so you can learn about the people, the culture and the history of Nepal before heading off on your Himalayan Escapade.
The thing that appeals to me most about trekking to Everest Base Camp, is that fact that you sleep in Tea Houses rather than tents along the way, and while they are understandably ‘basic’, they are certainly a whole lot more comfortable than the ground!
As we intend to add this tour to our own portfolio, we feel it only right that we ‘go there and do that’ so we can share our ‘real life’ experiences with other travellers, so I guess it’s time to dust off our mountain boots, dig out our rucksacks, and make our way to Lukla…
If you have ‘been there, done that’ please tell us all about it!