Everest Base Camp Trek

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Mike Allen,  HICSE Test Manager, and his wife Karen have always wanted to return to Nepal after a short trek there before they had their children, so they decided to trek to Everest Base Camp while their knees are still up to the job!

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Mike and Karen chose November/December as it’s out of the main season and clear weather, although getting a lot colder. Over 15 days Mike and Karen have trekked a circular route up to Gokyo lakes, the highest freshwater lakes in the world, crossing the Ngozumpo Glacier and over the daunting Cho La pass.  They have spent each night in different Tea houses, which are basically wooden huts heated by a Yak dung burning stove.  As soon as the fire burnt out (~20:00) temperature’s plummeted and everything froze solid, inside and out, so early nights were the norm. The challenge for them was although they do lots of walking, they have never been at high altitude (max 5545m) before, also they have never managed being without alcohol and meat for over 2 weeks :>(

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Anyhow, it all went well, great part of the world and with lovely people.  It’s amazing the weight that the Sherpas carry (more than twice their body weight), as everything in the area is carried up by man or Yak.  They altitude turned out not to be too much of an issue, although most nights they only slept for a few hours and both lost 3 or 4 KG along the way.  To keep in contact with the family, Karen got Facebook and then went a step further by opening a just giving page for Cancer Research UK and raising over £300. 

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If you would like to donate to Cancer Research UK, please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mikekaren

(11/01/2018)

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