Some interesting things about our trip and destination
Top 10 fun facts about our trip!
1. Did you know that Everest isn’t actually the tallest mountain on the earth – that’s right! Although it is the highest point on Earth from sea level, Mauna Kea, an inactive Hawaiian volcano, holds the record as the world’s tallest mountain. Even though Everest is taller from sea level, Mauna extends down over 20,000ft under the sea. Rising to 29,029 ft, the summit of Mount Everest is only just lower than the cruising altitude of a jumbo jet.
2. We will not be camping! We are staying in tea houses which are very basic accommodation dotted in villages all along the Everest trek. We are already pre-booked into these tea houses with our package deal. They will have a communal area and a private room to sleep with just a bed and a pillow each. We will be able to buy things like hot water, wifi, electricity and food.
3. You can get married on Everest! Pem Dorjee and Moni Mulepati made it to the top as part of the Rotary Centennial Everest Expedition in 2004 and kept their plan a secret until the last minute since they didn’t know if they would make it all the way. I wonder can you renew your wedding vows – eh Deryl?!?!
4. We’re going to become vegetarians! Although we love our meat – let’s think about this. The food has to get up the mountain, over a period of a few days, on the back of a yak, with no refrigeration. So the choice is really simple – a lentil, potato and veggie diet for 2 weeks or a runny bum bum!! I think I know what I’m gonna choose. The thought of not being well, while 15,000ft up the side of Everest is horrid.
5. Everest is moving AND growing – as if we need it to be any taller! Yip, Scientists say that the mountain is moving in a northeast direction, about 3 inches a year. To add to this, every year, the mountain is rising about 1/3 inches.
6. There will be no toilets as such on our trek – now, if you know me, being a lady and all, this is going to be an issue! I’m hoping I’ll get over it pretty quick. Some of the tea houses provide a hole in the ground, some a bucket and water type system, few have proper flushing toilets so I’m not sure what to expect. While trekking, the toilets will be of the squat and drop variety! Sure, it’s all part of the experience.
7. The youngest person to summit Everest and survive was 13 year old Jordan Romero, and the oldest was 80 year-old Yuichiro Miura! Wow, amazing for those so young and old to be so determined and accomplished! We’ve got no excuses now!
8. You can even do a virtual tour of Everest on Google Street Map! In 2011, a team spent 12 days walking more than 70 miles to reach Everest base camp to capture images for Google maps. Hmmm, maybe we should have just done this!!! Here is the south base camp: https://email@example.com,86.86105,3a,75y,92.93h,87.22t/data=!3m5!1e1!3m3!1sUdU6omw_CrN8sm7NWUnpcw!2e0!3e2?hl=en-GB
9. Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal and is home to almost 1,000,000 people. Most of Kathmandu's people follow Hinduism and many others follow Buddhism. There are lots and lots of temples and religious places to visit when we’re there.
10. On our trek, we’ll come across a number of obstacles and challenges, outside of the mountain itself and the altitude! We’ll have to cross a number of suspension bridges which are above a pretty steep drop or on the side of a cliff – yeah, looking forward to that one! We will be landing uphill, on one of the shortest runways in the word, in the middle of the Himalayas! And we will face bullish yaks who have the right of way on the trek path and will knock you out of the way if you don’t move quick. We’re going to need our wits about us!
That’s it for this instalment. I’m shortly going to sort out my packing list, what I’ve got and what I need to get when I’m out there.
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