Everest

Location

Mount Everest, Nepal

Date

2018

Client

Chasing Sunrise

For me, the trek to Everest Base Camp in the Nepal region of the Himalayas reminds me of the raw beauty and power of nature – and of the human spirit’s willingness to persevere. It’s a landscape and journey that demands strength, perseverance, and an unyielding sense of adventure, and our trip is one that I’ll never forget.

The journey begins in Lukla (2,860 meters/9,383 feet). A small mountain town that is home to one of the most dangerous airports in the world due to its location and short runway (527 meters/1,729 feet),

From here, we set out on a trail that winds through the breathtaking Khumbu Valley. The Khumbu Valley is home to dense forests and rocky terrain, with most of the peaks of the Himalayas hidden high above.

The trail is steep and rocky, but the scenery is simply breathtaking, dotted with suspension bridges that span deep gorges, steep staircases that lead you higher and higher into the mountains, and yaks and Sherpas going about their daily activities.

As we ascend, the landscape began to change, leaving behind the lush green forest and entering the beautiful but barren world of ice and snow.

The trek is physically demanding, and we’re often hiking for six or more hours a day. The high altitude can be challenging, and we must take care to acclimatize properly to avoid altitude sickness. As we climb, we pass through small settlements and villages, where the local Sherpa people go about their daily lives, and we stop at teahouses to rest, refuel, and interact with the locals.

The final push to EBC is the most challenging part of the trek. It is known as the Khumbu Glacier, where we’re greeted by the towering peak of Mount Everest and must navigate semi-treacherous paths of ice and snow. The winds howl, the air temperature reaches negative double digits, and you realize why nothing around you can sustain life up here.

The air is thin, and every step feels like a struggle.

But, step-by-step, you inch towards the goal, and the sense of accomplishment you feel when you finally arrive at base camp is indescribable.

Until you realize that for some this is just the beginning…

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