I’ve been saving the best for last – tomorrow I fly to Nepal! I’ll be doing a 16 day organized tour to the base camp of Mt. Everest! I’m so excited – I’ve been looking forward to this for so long.
I’m nervous I’m going to get altitude sickness, but I have pills to take and we spend a few days just resting to acclimate to the altitude. The base camp is just over 19,000 feet.
The actual trek itself is 13 days. The tour I’m doing includes a day for guided sightseeing in Kathmandu, which was important to me. The company is also local to Nepal – it’s not a huge company with headquarters in a foreign country.
Here is a link to the itinerary for anyone interested. If all goes to plan, I’ll be at Mt. Everest on April 26!
We fly from Kathmandu to Lukla, which is one of the world’s most dangerous airports, due to its small runway between mountain ranges. Not good for someone who doesn’t like to fly!
Our trek is a loop, which is much better than just an out and back. We go counterclockwise in the below image.
Everything is included, so we’ll have porters to carry our bags and meals will be prepared. We stay in what they call “tea houses,” which have beds (just a mattress I assume), a common room to eat and presumably showers.
I need to rent a few things in Kathmandu for the trek – it’s what most people do. You just pay for items by the day and I’m sure my guide can recommend good stores. I need trekking poles, a big down jacket, small daypack, etc. I didn’t want to carry that stuff with me my entire trip.
I’ll try to update everyone after sightseeing in Kathmandu, but then it likely won’t be until May 3rd that you hear from me!
Wish me luck!!!