by Tina the Travel Agent
What can I say as I look back at my Everest Base Camp experience from behind my warm and comfy travel agent desk? Where on earth do I begin?
Well, I will say that it was the experience of a lifetime. I pushed myself physically and mentally and at times -- I must confess -- I questioned my sanity! Especially during the first few days, before my body acclimatized to the terrain and lack of oxygen.
One of the greatest lessons I learned was to plod along at my own pace. Competing with others is pointless above 12,000 feet, so I very quickly realized to respect what my body was telling me.
Mt. Everest Landscape Photo Credit: Sacha-Mlynek
Life is deliciously simple on the Everest Base Camp trail. You walk, you admire, you eat, you rest. And you think: You think about all of the important stuff we don’t usually get to think about in our everyday lives because we’re too busy making dinner and paying bills.
Despite fighting fatigue, altitude sickness and achingly sore feet, I was rewarded with spectacular scenery and an amazing sense of personal achievement every single day. Lush farmland transformed to dense forest, clear blue rivers and glacial pools. And somehow, that makes all the discomfort disappear and allows you to stay positive.
Prayer Flags Photo Credit: Sacha-Mlynek
When you actually hit Base Camp -- 5,364 metres high in the sky -- the feeling is nothing short of euphoric. And you finally realize that despite the day-to-day grind of everyday life and the daily pressures of having family to care for and rent to pay and deadlines to meet—there really ain’t no mountain high enough…
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