Everest Base Camp Trek Blog the Training to Get There and More
I had never been really fit and training had definitely never featured in my lifestyle but in 2013 I travelled to Nepal and trekked the Everest Base Camp trail. The same year I touched my toes for the first time.
Poster Girl for the Everest Base Camp Trek
Trekking to Base Camp wasn’t on my list of things to do. I had ventured to some exotic places across hot deserts on bone jolting journeys but none had included a physical challenge. My husband wanted to trek in Nepal with our daughters and assumed I wouldn’t want to go but there was no way I was going to be left home! In the end we went without our daughters. I had a list of concerns, flying into Lukla being one. My husband had reassured me for each concern but I flew to Kathmandu with apprehensions. Three weeks later I returned the poster girl for Everest Base Camp trek. It was the best thing I had ever done.
At 4040 metres and with only four days more to walk to reach Everest Base Camp we turned back for health reasons. Back in Melbourne we knew we should have and could have made Base Camp and planned to return in two years.
My training and the trek inspired friends so I decided to share my experiences and my journey to a newly found fitness.
I had no concerns about the proposed 2015 trek until the April 25 earthquake, a week after we had purchased our air tickets. After the second quake a month later we were ready to cancel. Over the next months we swung from wanting to go and not go and discussed other holiday options. We read reports and any news we could find and emailed our Kathmandu contacts. With four weeks to go we cancelled the trip in our minds. After sleeping on it we decided it didn’t feel right to cancel after so much training.
We flew out with our gear and Diamox and a new itinerary to see earthquake damaged Kathmandu for ourselves and looking forward to experience the trail again, the amazing scenery and the feeling of exhilaration the trek can leave you with.
As soon as we landed in Lukla it felt that we had made the right decision. Our second trek went well and we made it to Everest Base Camp and back to Lukla, Kathmandu and home.
Other post you might like to read.
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