An amazing experience - lovely local people, fantastic scenary, outstanding leaders and a great group of people to trek with.
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
As is often the way, the hardest days were the most memorable - reaching the top of the Cho La Pass to see the sparkling glacier beyond, plus the incredible views after climbing Gokyo Ri and Kala Pattar.
It was also a great experience walking through the expedition tents at Everest Base Camp and meeting Russell Brice there (those who follow Everest expeditions will know who he is!).
We did the Chitwan Extension after the trek. Getting completely soaked on the back of an elephant on two separate occasions in different circumstances was also a day to remember!
- What did you think of your group leader?
Gum was superb and went out of his way to look after everyone during the trek. I was extremely impressed that he telephoned us after our Chitwan extension to check that we were back safely and knew all the arrangements for our flight home the next day, despite the main trip having ended three days previously and the rest of the group having gone home.
Gum was very knowledgable and keen to stress the importance of responsible tourism and Exodus's projects in Nepal. Due to him, everyone in the group treated our drinking water for the whole trek rather than buying mineral water in plastic bottles which cannot be disposed of properly in the mountains - whereas we saw many other companies just buying mineral water.
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
If you are thinking of an Everest Base Camp trip, I would definitely recommend adding the Gokyo Lakes on if you can - the trails were much quieter and the Gokyo Lakes themselves were absolutely awesome. The Cho La Pass day was hard but almost certainly the best part of the whole trek.
We didn't spend lots of money beforehand on down jackets which we'd would never use again, despite everyone saying we needed them and we were absolutely fine - if you have several layers, a good quality fleece and waterproof/windproof jacket you should be fine. You can buy extra gear really easily and cheaply in Kathmandu or Namche Bazaar anyway if you decide you haven't got enough.
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
- I want to go back!