Philip Brazier & friends trek to Everest Base Camp
Brazier Interiors Chairman, Philip Brazier, was amongst a party of 10 friends and colleagues to successfully complete a 14 day trek upto Everest Base Camp in the Himalayas above Nepal late last year.
The trek started from Lukla at over 8700 feet after an unforgettable short flight from Kathmandu.
The trek was full of incredible mountain views and concentrated on the main Khumbu valley, the ascend to Kala Pattar for tremendous views of Everest and the walk over the amazing Khumbu glacier to Everest Base Camp which is at a height of over 18,300 feet.
The approach to Everest Base Camp from Nepal is one of the classic treks in the world. The mountain scenery is breathtaking and the Buddhist Sherpa people are incredibly friendly. Along the trails colourful prayer flags and Buddhist monuments are seen against a backdrop of glorious Himalayan Mountains.
The Group faced a number of challenges along the way. The Himalayan terrain itself is very varied and presented some difficulties. Apart from a couple of acclimatisation days the trekking started early and often finished late on in the day. Temperatures ranged from below freezing overnight to well over 25 degrees C in the middle of the day. As they ascended some of the Group suffered from altitude sickness and some members suffered more than their fare share of sickness and diarrhoea. Accommodation during the trek was in very basic lodges which sometimes provided facilities which fell short of those which could be expected by tired trekkers at the end of a long day.
The Group managed to meet all the challenges and achieve their goal. Apparently on average only 7 out of 10 of those who trek upto Everest Base Camp manage to get there. Philip and his friends all returned safely, nearly all supporting full beards, having managed to loose weight, and having thoughally enjoyed the experience.