On top of the world…
… well nearly, at 5,364m Everest Base Camp.
David Bloor, from Wigmore Head Office, took part in a two-week trek to Everest Base Camp on behalf of the charity at the end of September. Not only did David take part in this amazing achievement, but he did it after falling seriously ill with meningitis in June 2015, and starting a journey to survive and get better (super better!) after fighting off septicemia, severe blood loss, erratic heart beat and possible amputation of at least his right leg.
Donate on David’s fundraising page here.
“I feel stronger and taller today, than I did at the start of my journey. I do feel different from this experience, fixed after my illness and yes ‘Super better’!
Flying out of my comfort zone to Kathmandu via Delhi, meeting 15 strangers, 5 sherpa’s and not forgetting the 4 Dzo’s for carrying our kit bags [Yaks / Cows].
Seeing and hearing the hustle and bustle of Nepal where India meets China was exhilarating, a true ‘ Indiana Jones’ adventure.
A traditional Nepalese meal with the group mixed with some dancing on Saturday night and back to a relaxing luxury hotel.
Onwards and upwards…
The trek began with a short 45 minute flight to Lukla, and weather permitted we were due to land on the Sunday.
And the itinerary accurately described the day by day trek with destinations, altitude, distance, accommodation and breakfasts.
I’ve climbed down into river valleys, up and across metal bridges, up and up again. Through rhododendron forests, with tall sided mountain ridges.
Giving way to yaks, ponies and Sherpa’s all carrying goods towards base camp. Stopping occasionally at different tea rooms for lunch and tea.
I’ve trekked through villages always passing to the left of prayer wheels, prayer stones on the way to EBC. Acclimatisation was part of the journey at Thyangboche and Dingboche.
There was a monastery visit where I could see the construction and decoration in progress of elaborate wall paintings by Buddhist Lama’s. Stopping off at the Hillary school and hospital for a tour of the sites, set up by Hillary himself in the 1950’s, was a highlight.
I was well looked after by the Sherpa’s from Exodus and they helped me get to Everest Base Camp. It was very exhilarating to achieve this life time goal, a very emotional day for me and the large landscape views are well worth the effort.
Seeing Everest peak over the snow capped mountain range in front of the Khumba Glacier topped everything. I’ve done it!
I trekked back in four longer days with more oxygen on the descent and had the luxury of 2 days site seeing in the city of Kathmandu, visiting Swayambhunath Stupa at ‘Monkey temple’ and Durbar square in Thamel and Patan.
Lucky for me it was ‘Dashain’ festival with lots of people out in the streets, the sounds and smells to embrace, visiting temples, shopping and enjoying the festivities surrounding the city. Magical! Thank you Nepal.
I came back to the office feeling like a hero, everyone was so happy to see me succeed on this journey.”
To sponsor David for taking part in this incredible challenge and once-in-a-lifetime experience, visit his fundraising page.