I’ve been trekking in Nepal twice (1990 and 2002 with Anna), both times in the Mt. Everest region. So you’d think we would try something new this time, wouldn’t you? Nope … we both love the trek to the Everest base camp and can’t wait to do it again, this time with the kids.
Both altitude sickness (the highest point will be just above 18,000ft / 5500m) and the cold (expecting night time temperatures around -12C/10F in March) will be a concern, but we have planned so much extra time for the trek that we think we’ll have plenty of time to acclimatize. And if we show symptoms (I was very seriously sick in 1990), we’ll just have to descend and wait. Honestly, I don’t think there is a high probability that we’ll make it all the way to base camp … if we don’t, no big deal either. The way there is actually much more beautiful than the view from base camp itself.
By the way, here is a link to an unbelievable gigapixel panorama of base camp and Everest. You can zoom in until you see people (high bandwidth needed).
The pics are from our 2002 trek.