I promised myself I would see Everest for myself, and if all goes to plan, that is what I will be doing this time next year. I once listened to a dinner guest at my parent’s home, who had repeatedly been trekking in Nepal, and his descriptions were of the sort that kept a dinner table entirely as you absorbed his vivid descriptions. He spent most of his time as a Doctor for a charity organization in the Far East but took three months’ sabbatical every year to either trek, train, or lead a trek in Nepal. While I spent plenty of time with him in Thailand, my parents loved the Thai beaches and the weather; Nepal only interested them as conversation, but it fascinated me. I guess it became a bit of an obsession, but fitness, finance, and time have prevented me from fulfilling my goal. It has all come together, and now it’s up to me to get my act together and get ready. My first action in preparing for the trek was to ask myself some questions.
Over the years my interest in Everest has never waned, I have faithfully followed TV and media programs on anything to with Everest, but I have found blogs written by others like myself, to be the most exciting and inspiring. I have lost hours reading comments and following links, but hearing about the trip from non-professionals made it real for me in a way I could identify with and think I could achieve that. From the comments and descriptions, it helped the OCD part of me plan my campaign of getting me ready to be able to tackle my Everest adventure.
What are you aiming for?
Are you going to go to the summit? That demands specific expertise in climbing and stamina and bravery. The Base Camp at 17,590 ft. is still an accomplishment that requires slightly less in the way of skilled mountaineering.
Are You Physically Prepared?
How fit are you?
The only one that could answer that is a doctor, and a full physical examination is an excellent way to sort out where you are at physically. Once you have the all-clear and a baseline indication of your fitness or lack of, you can start to improve on it. Plan as if you are doing a summit trek, and you will be on track to cope well with a base camp trek. Dealing with high altitudes will be essential. It is not just being in peak physical condition but being able to adapt and cope with extreme climate change, strong winds, and low oxygen. Allow yourself time to achieve the physical fitness required.
Are You Financially Prepared?
Everest base camp Trek does not come cheap. Not only have you’re the expedition costs which are in the thousands then your flights, accommodation, but even the expected tip for your Sherpa can also be over £500. Ensuring you have the best equipment to deal with the world’s deadliest mountain is a given. Add that to training costs; time is taken for the training. It all adds up to a considerable amount. Everest is not a trek you can do on a whim; the financial commitment is high and requires planning and forethought.
Are You Psychologically Prepared?
This trek is demanding and daunting. People have died on this trek; this is not a trip for the faint-hearted or the disorganized. Motivation and a personal level of commitment and stamina in your psychological health are as crucial as in your physical health. You will not know the people you are trekking with, yet you will quickly have to become a team. Being a team player is takes self- awareness and the ability to compromise and the skill of listening. Leaders provided for the trips are experienced and knowledgeable; it is what you pay for. Listening to their instructions is something you need to be able to do. On this trek, you leave your ego at home
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