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There exists a psychological phenomenon in which perfectly sane people, with no desire to die, find themselves faced with a steep cliff and experience a strong desire to leap. To jump from their safe vantage point into the unknown. This phenomenon is so common in fact, that the french have a term for it: L’appel du Vide – Call of the Void.
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I’m sure, after seven or eight posts you are tired of reading about my Everest Base Camp Trek. So, if you are tired of reading about it, you can imagine how tired I was of doing the trek. However, you can skip this post if you want – after reaching Everest Base Camp, I still had four more days of trekking BACK to Lukla that I couldn’t possible skip. As you can imagine, after the thrill of reaching Everest Base Camp, everything else was a bit anticlimactic. There was the option the next morning of hiking to a nearby look … Read More
This is day 7 of my Everest Base Camp Trek. For the full series click here. From Leboche, the hike to Everest Base Camp would be 5.5 hours with another 2.5 hours after that before we reached our overnight. It would be our longest day of hiking so far and we would reach our peak altitude of the trek. It promised to be both an exhausting and exhilarating day. In order to ensure we would reach Base Camp before the weather turned, we left early at around 6 am. We stopped at Gorek Shep at 10:30 to eat an early … Read More
This is day 6 of my Everest Base Camp Trek. For the full series click here. When we woke up in Dengboche on the morning of Day 6, the thermometer read -5 degrees celsius in our room. The top blankets were covered with a thin layer of frost and the windows had iced over. The water bottle by my bed had frozen over, meaning I would have to forgo brushing my teeth until I could thaw it by the yak dung fire. I had slept in my clothes the night before, so after pulling on my shoes I was ready … Read More
Day 4, Day 5, Day 6 – slowly the days have started to blend together. A continuous cycle of cold nights, bland meals, and endless trekking: by day 5 it seemed like I had been doing it forever. Life on the way to Everest Base Camp had become second nature. The Cold It’s Cold. Really Cold. I mean obviously – it’s Everest. During the day, when the sun is out and you are walking up hill – it’s not so bad. Then comes night time – and it really is that bad. Every part of you is freezing. There is … Read More
This is day 4 of my Everest Base Camp Trek – for the complete series click here. After our day of acclimatization in Namche, it was time to hike to the next village of Tengboche (3,867 m). The previous night had been freezing – for the first time we had to break out the sleeping bags in order to stay warm in bed. But, we felt refreshed after our day of rest and we were confident that the hardest hiking day was behind us. As it turns out – that was not the case. Our guide was always a bit vague … Read More
This is day 3 of my Everest Base Camp Trek Adventure. For the full series click here. If you plan to hike Everest or any large peak, its important that you take time on your trek to properly acclimatize – get your body used to the higher altitudes. Otherwise you put yourself at risk for altitude sickness, a series ailment which can result in death. Signs of altitude sickness include headaches, dizziness, disorientation and lack of appetite. To stay healthy, its important to not ascend more than 500 meters in one day. It’s also wise to spend at least one … Read More
This is Day 2 of my Everest Base Camp Trek Adventure. For the complete series click here. Our first night on the mountain was cold. The morning air was frigid and I dreaded taking off my sleeping cloths to change into the day’s hiking clothes. The “hot shower,” which was located in a corrugated metal shed outside, was out of the question as I knew my hair wouldn’t dry for hours in the cold. I decided to make do with face wipes and extra deodorant and hope that the larger town of Namche would have better facilitates. I woke up … Read More
This is day 1 of my Everest Base Camp Trek. For the complete series – click here. I woke up this morning with a lot of trepidation. Today, we would climb Everest. It sounded crazy even in my head. What was I doing? I’m really in horrible shape – I have no business doing any kind of multiple day, high alittude trek. I really have no business doing anything that can be classified as a trek. I was way over my head. In many ways, the feeling right before the trek began was way worse than the trek itself. It … Read More
We’ve been planning to Everest Base Camp trek since before we left the states. I knew it would be challenging but I also hopped it would be one of the highlights of our five month trip. Gear Unfortunately, we knew that there was no way we would be able to carry the required clothing and other necessities for the first two months of our trip – we had no choice but to hope that we could by it all in Katmandu. We had heard that the Thamal area of the city was packed with outdoor equipment shops – and were … Read More
You may have noticed that it’s been a few weeks since my last update – that’s because Shannon and I have been busy trekking through the Nepali Himalayas. For the past two weeks we’ve been hiking through freezing cold, high altitudes to reach Everest Base Camp. Why? You ask. In the words of George Mallory “Because, It’s there.” We signed up for this trip months ago – before we even left the states, and to be honest, ever since then I’ve wondered if we would actually make it. It’s not just the seven long days of up hill hiking, or … Read More