Everest Base Camp: I did this!

Everest Base Camp - it's the most iconic of all the world's classic treks. But it's not for the faint-hearted. At 5,364 metres, it's a challenging prospect even for the most altitude-hardy of walkers. But the rewards are worth every step...

For Exodus customer Paula Forzani, it was the ultimate challenge. A keen mountain trekker, Paula had Nepal in her sights for a while.

"Nepal was always a country I'd had a strong desire to visit and trek in," she tells us. "I'd heard so much about the culture, the people and the landscape. When I started investigating I realised a trek really was the best way to explore it. And I didn't want just a normal trek, I wanted to get the best out there, hence I had my head fixed on Everest Base Camp!"

Fortunately, her time spent on the trails added up to quite a training regime. "I got into mountain trekking during a year's sabbatical two years ago, where I did Machu Picchu, various treks in Southeast Asia, New Zealand and Argentina," she says. Clocking up those all-important trekking hours really does make all the difference.

 

It's why Paula opted for an iconic trek that would push her. "When I started investigating, I knew a two-to-five day trek wasn't going to be challenging enough so I went for one of the longest and highest ones," she says, admitting that the experience was as much a mental as a physical workout.

"It's about determination and a willingness to succeed," she says. "The trek is long, the conditions get harsher as you get higher and the altitude starts to hit you, so you need to maintain focus and follow advice. As our guide used to tell us all the time - a positive mental attitude us everything. I couldn't have made it to Kala Pattar if my guide wasn't there, pushing me on those last fifteen minutes to the top and giving me the confidence to do it!

 

"Reaching Base Camp and Kala Pattar was incredibly emotional, and seeing the guys getting ready for summitting Everest was amazing," Paula says.

"Nepal is a very spiritual place. The Himalaya really do have a special feeling about them," she admits. "Once you achieve it, you are exhausted but you feel on top of the world. What you live and experience in those two weeks only you and the people around you will understand. It changes you. Gives you the strength to think you can accomplish just about anything."

Everest Base Camp Trek

Paula's not the only one who's had an incredible experience in Nepal! Here are three of our favourite Instagram shots from the region...

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A photo posted by Debbie Ackroyd (@debbie_ackroyd) on Oct 23, 2016 at 4:49am PDT

Throwback to 2 years ago today. The most amazing trip with amazing people! The view from Gokyo Ri is truly spectacular! Photo by @edk0r #exodustravels #3highpasses #nofilter #nepal #travel #everest #everestbasecamp

A photo posted by 🗻 Laura Phillips 🚴🏼 (@laphillips25) on Oct 17, 2016 at 4:06am PDT

Some #MondayMotivation for you - Exodus traveller @hg_richardson celebrates at #EverestBaseCamp! Congrats! #Repost @hg_richardson with @repostapp ・・・ Made it to Base Camp! #EverestBaseCampTrek #Nepal #motivation #motivateme #getoutdoors #trekking #hikingadventures #hiking #walking #himalayas #Himalaya #everest #prayerflags #ebc #ebctrek #mountain #mountainsarecalling #mountains #landscape #landscapelovers #achievement #travelmore #travelgoals #travel #womenwhotravel #womenwhohike

A photo posted by Exodus Travels (@exodustravels) on Oct 10, 2016 at 2:31am PDT

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