It’s not much of a secret that I have been spending part of the year in Nepal, guiding trekkers to Everest Base Camp. It is a fun job, well, more of a hobby really because I do not look at it asa job but more of a lifestyle that pays for itself. Last year I decided to shoot couple hundred gigabytes of video and edit in all to share the experience with more people. While this is not at all done in the standard “monkeetime” format of tomfoolery and goofing off, this video, or rather a collection of videos strung together, offers a good glimpse at a trekker’s life.
Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya (especially the Everest and Annapurna treks) is particularly attractive for several reasons. First, the scenery is unreal. The sheer scale of the mountains you are looking at is mindblowing, and it never seems to end. Second, being a teahouse trek, it is much more comfortable as you do not have to schlep 3 weeks worth of food on your back… Well.. Someone else did it for you and you just need to pay for it when you purchase meals in the 100+ lodges along the way. Lastly, the remoteness and the high elevation constantly remind you that you are indeed on an adventure of a lifetime!
Have a look at the video here:
If you cannot handle an hour-long movie, then you can find all the individual clips HERE.
The format of the Everest Trek allows for comfortable acclimatization and I have trekked there with people as old as 75 years, and it is not uncommon to have youngsters who haven’t seen their 10th birthday yet. There are loads of rest days, heaps of free time for exploration, photography, videography, or just plain ol’ laziness Most trekking companies do this in about 14-16 days, which is a big rush and people tend to either miss a lot of things on the account of being perpetually tired, OR they acclimatize poorly and never make it to the end, needing to get flown out by a helicopter. My personal feeling on the subject is that if you have saved the money and decided to do this trek, you might as well take the full month off from work and do it the slow, enjoyable way.
Click HERE if you want to see the Himalayan Trexplorers’ Photo Gallery with some of the awesome mountain photography we have collected over the years.
Anyways, have a look at the video, visit the website, enjoy, and tell your friends!