I spent the better part of February 2014 travelling through this spectacularly beautiful country. I spent three days in Kathmandu and the remaining sixteen in what is know as the Khumbu Region of Nepal. Kathmandu is certainly not the prettiest of cities, but the culture and history; the people and excitement that create the heart of Nepal make it an unforgettable experience – the streets are incredible to explore! Our trek took us up through Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Dole, Machermo and Gokyo Lakes at which point the weather forced us to abandon our hopes of crossing the high pass at Cho La, and compelled us to return 1000metres worth of accession to the mountains, beginning our hike along the “traditional route” from Phortse. We then proceeded up through Dingboche and on to Lobuche, to finally reach Gorakshep. From here we marched on towards our finally destination, but not our highest altitude, Everest Base Camp. An achievement certainly ranked amongst my highest. There were no summit teams at Base Camp as the climbing season for Everest only begins at the start of April, and through May, where the weather provides a small window to allow climbers to attempt to summit the highest mountain on Earth. Throughout the rest of the year winds on the summit can reach 200km/h as one of the jet streams passes through the region. We nonetheless made the most of conquering our challenge and revelled in the fact we had no further to ascend. Until the following morning when at approximately 0430 we were awoken to tackle Kala Pather, our highest point reaching 5550m. At this altitude the atmospheric pressure is so low it provides you with 50% of the oxygen levels you would enjoy at sea level. We had incredible views of Everest from the top of Kala Pather, something we could no enjoy at Base Camp, and watched as the sun rose in the East, above the dozens of mountains that complied the Everest region. We braved the cold, -30C some mornings, -15C in some of our rooms at night; we braved the snow which was relentless some days, we braved the wind which battered us constantly other days – but the entire journey was incredible; undoubtedly within the reach of almost anyone.
See below for my adventures in Nepal.