by Chris Denu
Dreams, you must chase them. That is how I attempt to live my life and that is how I ended up in the magnificent Himalayan Mountains of Nepal. This is a place where historic expeditions have taken place, where people from all over the world come to test themselves and where the peacefully happy people live.
Mount Everest is something of legend, it is a giant and a true test only considered to be taken by a very small percentage of mankind. Trekking to Everest Base Camp and engrossing oneself in the surrounding sky-scraping mountains is doable and should be experienced. I would recommend it to anyone, who is in search of a challenge, an escape and a possibly life changing experience.
As I found myself trekking up the Khumbu Valley, I was hit with feelings of wonder, awe and appreciation. The Himalayan Mountains are larger than life and the Sherpa people, who live there, are in their own way larger than life as well. This is a place to go find perspective. Here you realize how small you are, the landscape constantly looms over you from up high. The simple life of the Sherpa people helps you to truly understand what is most important. Nature is raw, ugly and powerful here. It is also jaw-droppingly beautiful and has the power to really touch one’s soul.
This particular part of the world gives you the chance to really test yourself. High altitude affects everyone in different ways and to different degrees. If you like to challenge yourself, this is a great place to do it. If the altitude doesn’t take your breathe away, the spectacular vistas will. And on your trek to Mount Everest you will pass memorials. It is among these memorials where you must take stock, and reflect on those who came before you.
There are many unique and beautiful places in this world. I encourage you to explore as many as you can. This trip to Himalayan Mountains was an example of myself heeding my own advice and I don't regret any of it. It wasn’t always smooth and perfect. I got sick, I was fatigued and I wasn’t always in a good mood, but a bond was forged between myself and those I shared this experience with. I wouldn't go back and change a thing! I will say this, however, that once I have adventured to other parts of the world, I’d love to go back to Nepal and explore more of the magnificent Himalayas.
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