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Everest Base Camp: Experiencing the real Nepal
We all know the famous saying: "When in Rome, do as the Romans do". I tend to take this pearl of wisdom with me when embarking on any adventure holiday, so when in Nepal, I will endeavour to do as the Nepalese do.
This was especially the case when I headed to the Himalayas to fulfil a lifelong dream of being in the vicinity of the great Mount Everest. Having already sampled the unique culture on offer in the capital Kathmandu, I was desperate to immerse myself even further into the Nepalese way of life when I went to the Everest Base Camp. No luxury hotels and shopping malls here. Instead, our group retired to the far more humble surroundings of local teahouses after a hard day's trekking through the Asian mountain range. And do you know what? I wouldn't have it any other way.
There was something really enchanting about the living conditions that I experienced throughout the twelve-day hike to Base Camp. Don't get me wrong, we were far from roughing it, as the accommodation was not only rustic and full of character, but also surprisingly comfortable. This is something that experienced walkers will know is a necessity when you have spent all day negotiating the peaks and troughs of the Himalayas.
Few people have the stamina or the bravery to conquer Mount Everest, but for those like me who enjoy a good stroll and have a penchant for sightseeing, trips to the Base Camp are hard to rival. Spending days staring up at the awe-inspiring mountain - the tallest peak in the world - really is paradise for an adventure traveller. Overall, Nepal provides a refreshing break from the commercialisation of the UK, where generic streets are lined with the same restaurants, bars and shops. That is just another factor that has given this unique destination a special place in my heart.
Other blogs for this trip
- Everest Base Camp
- Everest Base Camp Trek - March 2010
- En route
- We made it!
- Everest Base Camp 11th March 2011
- Everest Base Camp Trek - 4th November 2011
- Everest 2011
- India: Exploring the great north/south divide
- Everest Base Camp 2nd April : Anyone going ???
- All the hard work is worthwhile on the Everest Base Camp tour
- everest base camp 'base camp buddies'
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