A narrative of our 14-day trek to from the Everest Base Camp published in the December 2014 issue of Outdoor UAE magazine.
Realizations and life lessons learned while trekking for eight days in Annapurna, the tenth highest mountain in the world located in Nepal.
The past night had been the coldest to date. If not for the sleeping bag that was provided to us by our trekking agency, Adventure Mountain Explore Treks (AME Treks), I should be dead by now due to hypothermia. And though I felt better, I still woke up to a news that Doc Rhoda felt she wasn’t fit enough to continue with the trek and that she wished to just stay in Deboche for another day. Agot and Migs were too eager in encouraging Doc Rhoda to push herself, that her headache was normal, that she couldn’t stay in Deboche alone. I couldn’t muster myself to do the same. If we force Doc Rhoda to get going and she really was not okay, we’re gonna get in big […]
How lovely it was to wake up feeling all well! And as part of our daily morning routine during our trek to the Everest Base Camp (EBC), we packed our stuff, freshened up, and had our breakfast. I once again do not recall what I ate that morning but I did learn one thing. Just like in Annapurna, locals believe that mountains are sacred and must be treated with utmost respect. One way of showing this is to cease from eating meat. Therefore, there’s a certain elevation or village up to which meat is allowed. In EBC’s case, it is in Namche Bazaar. I felt bad that I had my last taste of meat in Phakding, which was three days ago. I would have to wait for six […]
Waking up to clothes you wore the day before which absorbed all your sweat and whatnots, who wouldn’t enthusiastically jump out of their beds to change and freshen up themselves? Rise and shine, Budiday! It’s Day 3 and you have a wonderful day ahead of you!
When I woke up the next day, I no longer was feeling the headache that ruined my night in Phakding. I felt so much relief knowing that it wasn’t altitude mountain sickness or AMS that struck me the day before. Yipee! No one’s gonna send me back home! Hello, Everest Base Camp trek Day 2. I’m so ready for you. I had another set of continental breakfast, which I again failed to finish not because I didn’t like it but the serving was just too much for what I could intake. We had our bottles refilled with drop-treated water, then day 2 (D2) trekking officially began.
When an activity commences (regardless of its kind), all involve are in high spirits. But how can you maintain such energy if that activity will last for 14 days? This is Day 1 of 14 of our Everest Base Camp trek. There are two ways to reach the main jumpoff points of Mount Everest from Kathmandu. One is by bus via Jiri and the other is by plane via Lukla. Many choose to fly to Lukla despite being known as the world’s most dangerous airport because it saves you time, which flying time is just 45 minutes. From Jiri, it’d take a trekker eight days to reach Phakding, the next stopover after Lukla.
After I’ve seen this one show in History Channel titled Most Extreme Airports where Tenzing-Hillary Airport or more popularly known as Lukla Airport topped the list, I have always wondered how extreme the airport really is. Is it really a gateway to death? You’d be surprised with what I found out when I finally had the chance to land and take-off in Mount Everest’s starting point. During the initial stages of our preparation and planning for our Everest Base Camp (EBC) trek, my team The Himalayas Project first talked about our itinerary. How much days do we need? When is the best time to trek? How many buffer days are needed? Buffer days, I said? Buffer time or days is the extra time or days added into itinerary, which is used to make […]
Have you spent a night with a bunch of trekkers? Not the rated-R type, okay. If not, well then let me tell you how our day ends and starts—constant packing and unpacking. We wrapped-up our day in Pokhara a little late than expected because of the delays during our land travel from Kathmandu. Add up our crazy packing, unpacking, packing, unpacking (repeat 10x). We were moving everywhere. Our stuff must be perfectly organized so we won’t have any problems during our trek. It’s a technique that all trekkers should master. So say 1AM late, yes, 1 AM late.
The Tribhuvan airport is a complete chaos. From the arriving or departing passengers to the airport staff and even the airport itself. No computers, scanners, or anything digital. Everything is done manually. Being out of the airport is a satisfactory feeling.