Ms. Heidi Sendorovitz form Denmark and Mr. Francis Gerard from Ireland had a wonderful trek to Everest Base Camp this autumn. After the completion of their trek, they shared their experiences of Everest Base Camp Trek with Explore Himalaya. Here, we have an interview with Mr. Lacey and Ms. Heidi. The trekkers through our exclusive country partner Kipling Travel departed back home very happily.
Highland landscape on the trial to EBC
EH: How was your trek?
Heidi: Trek was Fantastic. For us it was totally new. First time to Nepal and first time to do anything like this is a challenge. When you cope with the challenge you feel great. Everything we saw and everyone we met, it was all fantastic. We really really enjoyed the trek.
Lacey: Totally different relating with the experience before. I spoke to somebody, who said wheels haven’t been invented here which is true. Once, you get to Lukla, there are no cars, no machines. People walking uphill with things on their back made us very excited because it was totally different to the things we used to see. It was challenging, physically and psychologically. Physically it was uphill climb and we were told that to get to that altitude is an achievement. I agree that. Psychologically, before we got that far we never considered seriousness of altitude sickness . It was challenging too, in terms of accommodation. By our standards, sometimes tea houses were very primitive and that was something to cope with. The trek was really very adventurous.
Colorful prayer flags on the way
EH: During the trek you might have met the natives of Khumbu region, how do you have to tell about them?
Lacey: Those we met them on the path and in the tea-house were generally very friendly. It was a pleasant atmosphere. We felt very safe. It was a nice place to be with basically nice people. It was very peaceful. It was also great because, every day was a brand new day with new experiences.
EBC trial, wonderful floral biodiversity
EH: Weather condition was not that favorable while you were on trek, how did it make a difference on your trek?
Heidi: Yes or no. When we started the weather was crystal clear for four days, it was the way it was supposed to be. Then, the bad weather came for 2 and half days. That wasn’t fun as you are in the middle of the trek and you don’t know when it is going to end. But, the weather was fine again. It was great. The weather made the trek even more challenging. Icy mornings and bright days it was enjoyable.
Time for photo shoot in the Himalayas
Trekkers the EBC neighborhood
EH: How did you feel when you got to Kalapattar?
Heidi: We felt very tired (laugh) but great. We were fine.
EH: If you have to pick one betweenKalapattar and Everest Base Camp which would you pick?
Heidi: We stayed a night at Lobuche and next morning we made to Gorakshep where we had our lunch there. After the lunch we made to Kalapattar which was superb. We returned back to Gorekshep and then next morning we made to Everest Base Camp. If we have to pick one, we would pick Base Camp and we both agree on that.
Highland Sherpa hamlet in the lap of Mountain giants
Lacey: We were watching the spectacular views of the mountains for the fourteen days. Once we got to Kalapattar the Mountain View was incredible but not spectacularly different to those we saw for fourteen days. On the other hand, the walk to the Base Camp was spectacularly different because of the glacier, which was completely different. The difference between the holiday here and in other places is that, here you have a goal. Throughout the trek, Everest Base Camp was our goal and achieving that goal was a wonderful experience. This wasn’t a normal holiday. Every step we walked, took us closer to our goal which made this holiday very special.
Heidi: Yes, on the way out to Base Camp it was spectacular to walk very close to Khumbu Glacier which was the best experience of the trek.
Leaving the footprints in the Everest region
EH: That means you are totally satisfied with the holiday?
Lacey: Yes very much. We felt we were very well taken care of. Dhan, our guide did very good job in the mountains and Jeeten and other staffs in the city took very good care of us. We are totally satisfied.
EH: Do you have any plans to come back to Nepal in the future?
Lacey: Honestly, this holiday has been precious. For example, after the delicious lunch if I am offered the lunch again, I would say “no” because I am full. But, tomorrow I would definitely like to have it. Similarly, this holiday has been great and it takes time to let it go. But sooner or later, we could want a similar holiday in Nepal.
Towards Kalapattar 5545m
Closer to the Base Camp of world’s crown Everest
Finally mission accomplished
EH: If you have to describe this holiday in one word, how would you describe it?
Heidi and Lacey: Fantastic
EH: Thank you for the wonderful interview.
Ms.Heidi, happy to be there
Photo Courtesy: Ms. Heidi Sendorovitz and Mr. Lacey Gerard