In little over a month – I will be leaving my laid back lifestyle on Bondi Beach to go and hike in the Himalayan mountain range at sub zero temperatures. The two scenarios couldn’t differ much more, and I’m not sure if The Himalayas is where the majority of people would rather be exactly.
It’s all for the dream of reaching Everest Base Camp, the closest i’l ever get to being on top of the world.
Physically I am trying to prepare myself – morning runs, long walks and a lot of steep stair climbs. But i know the mental challenge is going to be the biggest test for me. The cold, the constant wind. Not being able to shower, pushing on through exhaustion, doing your business behind a rock.. eating only when fed, Needless to say I’m going to be packing a lot of snickers bars for emergency hunger outbursts.
I’m leaving for Lukla on March 28th, famously known as one of the most dangerous flight paths in the world. The run way is only 527 meters long, and so landing the plane is completely down to the skill of the pilot. I’m not the best with small planes, or heights – so i’m really looking forward to it.
Lukla is where my journey will begin. My days will be spent walking up and across the mountains, crossing suspension bridges over the valleys and constantly dreaming of my next meal. By night, i’l be staying in tea houses made of plywood, cocooned in my sleeping bag at minus 15 (definitely not getting up for a wee in the middle of the night). A couple of days will be spent acclimatizing, climbing high to get your body used to the altitude, and coming back down to rest. By day ten we hope to arrive at Everest Base Camp. I’ve no idea what to expect in between, but I’m going to require a lot more stamina than I ever have.
There’s no telling how my body will react to the altitude, I’ve never done anything like this before, but I’m hoping that if i take every precaution it won’t get in the way of me reaching the top. Cutting out caffeine is going to be the hardest for me, I’m going to be such a bitch in the mornings..
Follow me on the biggest challenge of my little life so far. I’l be keeping a day by day account of my adventure, fingers crossed for success..