It’s been a while since I have posted anything on my website. I have had quite the adventure through Vietnam, Cambodia, Lao and India. Once I get back to the United States, I’ll update more about my adventures through Southeast Asia.
May 18 – Everest Hike
I met up with Grant Dillion in Lukla, Nepal where we started our journey of hiking to Mt. Everest. Our journey really started with a safe landing at the most dangerous airport in the world “Lukla”. You can read about it here. After that absolute hair-raising landing that I’ll never forget, we headed out to get a room and get ready for this hike.
Mount Everest is 29,029 feet tall and we are going to hike to the base camp of Mount Everest which is around 18, 000 feet on the south side of Mount Everest in Nepal. The South Base Camp is one of the most popular trekking routes that people attempt each year. Many trekkers like us fly into Lukla and start their journey there instead of hiking up to Lukla. We also chose to fly into Lukla because of time constraints. The path we chose to take is one that we found and researched on WikiTravel.org. You can read about the hike in detail there. If you are thinking of tackling this type of hike, I would recommend getting insurance for your trip. The last thing you want is to get hurt or altitude sickness, but it does happen. Getting emergency help up there and medivac out by helicopter is very very expensive.
MAY 20 – Everest Hike
We reached the altitude of 11131.89 feet at Namche, Nepal and the oxygen levels there are around 64%. I have never hiked a mountain this high, so getting adjusted to the altitude slowly is important. We are going to rest here today
We reached the altitude of 11131.89 feet at Namche, Nepal and the oxygen levels there are around 64%. I have never hiked a mountain this high, so getting adjusted to the altitude slowly is important. We are going to rest here today and get adjusted to the new altitude. After a day of rest, we headed back out onto the trail and reach our next goal of 12,526.25 feet. Both Grant and myself have been testing our blood oxygen levels frequently to make sure we are in the recommended range and not feeling sick.
We stopped here and tested our blood oxygen levels and both of us are feeling good. The ideal range should be around 95-100% and I tested out at 92% and Grant tested out at 86%. Tomorrow may be another day of rest. It really depends on how Grant and I feel physically and mentally in the morning.
May 22 – Everest Hike
After a couple days of rest, we are really getting cabin fever and are ready to leave for Tengboche tomorrow morning. The good news is our blood oxygen levels are back to 93% where they should be. I am glad that there is an internet connection here.
May 24 – Everest Hike
I am glad that there is internet here at 12,000 feet, but I have found that it is expensive to post to my snapchat, Instagram and Facebook account on a regular basis. So, I have kept most of the updates posted to my snapchat account. it costs approximately $6 for 200mb of data here.
May 26 – Everest Hike
We are hiking from Tengboche (3870m) to Dingboche (4360m) today. Here are some pictures of our travels so far.