If you have any hesitation about doing this trip...don t ...do it . It was the trip of a lifetime, very , very special.Its hard work, and a interesting experience walking at high altitude, but well , well worth it .
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Seeing Everest , Nupste, Lhotse and the magnificent Ama Dablam for the first time is the most amazing and exciting experience , words cannot describe how thrilling that first sighting is, and photos, though great ,cannot capture the beauty of this amazing place, and its equally amazing , beautiful people .
We started as nine strangers plus 3 guides and our lovely Yak man, very quickly becoming good friends looking after and helping each other , sharing our resources and working as a team. Great banter , loads of laughter and great fun and camaraderie Friends for life I hope .
- What did you think of your group leader?
Our group leader, Gele, was fantastic. He consistently looked after us well, everyday making sure everyone was ok, checking for signs of AMS, ensuring we were all safe and well, throughout the trip, offering support, advice and encouragement . Gele also was great fun always had a smile , joke and story to tell us. His kindness, support and friendship helped make the trip very special ,the trip of a lifetime.
Our other support guides Nima and Mingma were awesome too , the happiest ,most hard working and kind people I have ever met. It was a great pleasure to have met them and had the opportunity to spend 2 weeks with them,
making the trip extra special.
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Our trip was at the beginning of May, which I would definitely recommend(unless we were just extremely lucky )
the weather was very, very good , we almost, everyday had consistent blue skys and warm weather and great visibility until the afternoon, where it clouded over , clearing again by late afternoon . We had one afternoon of snow which was lovely , melting the next day , but no real wind or rain. But it is cold at night , higher up, and sometimes in the afternoons. Take clothes you can layer .
So bearing in mind our weather experience , take plenty of high factor sunscreen, lip balm and decent sunglasses and hat. Walking poles very helpful, Metal water bottles make fab hot water bottles filled with boiling water, and are then ready to drink the next day . Your appetite does take a nose drive at altitude so worth taking some high energy snacks, nuts (which you can buy there in most places) and jelly beans for instant energy were a hit .
Maybe a few Strepsils for the Khumba cough , it was dry and dusty at times, and definitely a buff , a must have.
I took Crocs for the evening which were great, really light to pack, you can get socks under them and great for wearing in the shower.
Train as much as you can, though nothing can prepare you for altitude , the fitter you are the easier and more enjoyable it will be, you do need plenty of stamina , even coming down , although exciting is still quite hard work.
Take your time and just enjoy the magnificent sights .
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
Its one of those trips which will touch your heart and you will remember forever .
Don't have any doubts just do it ....