unexpected everest (pt 1)

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I had never been so excited to take off before. At Changi, I was shaking with excitement, so so ready to start the trek up to base camp. I knew it would be a tough trek (I didn’t doubt that for a second), but I had absolutely no idea how not only physically, but also emotionally draining the next two weeks would be.

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I was pleasantly surprised to find a Sushi Burrito at Changi Airport. I had been to the Tanjong Pagar location once before with my friend, Sophia (Soph- weren’t they amazing?!), and fell in love with it, so I had to pick it up!

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After scarfing that down, I boarded my flight to KL.

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From KL, I boarded my next flight to Kathmandu and 4 hours later, I had arrived! My mom was on a different flight with me since we decided to go on the trek at different times, so I met her while getting my visa on arrival. We met our guide, Kisim, outside of the airport and were off to our hotel!

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Kisim greeted us with the most beautiful leis.

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The next morning, my mom and I started the day with a simple breakfast- tea, eggs, and toast. We were being super cautious with what we ate so that we wouldn’t come down with any food poisoning before our trek.

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After buying the necessary trekking equipment we didn’t have, we stopped for lunch.

We feasted on fried rice, momos (the dumplings), curry, and tea.

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After lunch, we decided to explore a little bit. I liked how busy Kathmandu was, however on the return from our trek, I found it really overwhelming compared to the silent mountains.

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After exploring and buying some chocolate for the next two weeks, we walked back to our hotel to pack for the next morning. Hotel Silver Home is a really wonderful place to stay. Harry is the best and will help you with absolutely anything you need!

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At 5 am the next day, Kisim picked us up and brought us to KTM domestic airport. It was a small airport with not much to do, but that didn’t really matter as we were so excited to get going.

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Unfortunately, weather plays a huge role in whether flights can take off or not. Lukla is a dangerous airport to fly into (nicknamed “World’s Most Dangerous Airport”), and flights very rarely take off on time. At around noon, our 6 am flight was cancelled, and we ended up waiting to see if the weather was clear enough in Lukla to take a helicopter. After waiting a grand total of 11 hours at the airport, we were given the OK to fly in a helicopter up to Lukla.

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My mom and I got really lucky and got to sit in the copilot’s chair for the hour flight.

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The views were incredible and made waiting 11 hours completely worth it. We were going to Lukla to start our trek!!!

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Because we arrived in Lukla at around 4:30, when the sun sets, we decided to spend the night there and start trekking the next morning.

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I had no idea how tough the next days were going to be.

How tough? Read part 2 here!

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