Explore Himalaya recently organized a special trek to Everest Base Camp for an English couple, Roy and Karen.This trek was special for two reasons, firstly because the couple wished to get engaged at EBC and secondly Explore Himalaya was organizing this trek during the monsoon, an ‘off- season’ where trekkers usually stay away from the trails. It was a memorable experience for both Karen & Roy, and they share their experience with us.
Karen & Roy at Kala Patthar, EBC
“We chose to trek during the low season, risking leeches, monsoon rain and cloudy grey skies. Luck was on our side, we were rewarded with exceptional weather and great trekking conditions – not a leech in sight!! And rather than sharing the trail with hundreds of trekkers, we shared it with an occasional yak.
After an exciting flight from Lukla, we met our guide and porter for the trip and got underway … it’s a long walk to base camp! Phul, our excellent guide looked after us really well. His knowledge of the region, the mountains and the people that inhabit them is outstanding. He ensured that our trek was enjoyable, interesting and safe. The amazing Mr Uttra carried our gear with a cheerful whistle.
The couple, with their guide & Porter
Day nine, and finally we were on our way to base camp! The sky was crystal clear and the views breathtaking. Fortunately both Roy and I had acclimatized, and only suffered a few headaches. Reaching base camp gave us a great sense of achievement, combined with a new admiration for those who use this as the starting point for climbing everest. Standing on the Khumbu Glacier gazing up at the huge mountains all around, one is filled with a sense of awe.
Day ten, and the best is yet to come. Our trek started at 5am – we head up Kala Pathar before the sun has risen above the huge mountains.As the sun climbs, the ice covered hill-side sparkles. Two hours later we reach the summit of Kala Pathar (5550m), the highest point on our trek; and the most magical. The view is spectacular, 360 degrees of magnificent snow covered peaks. And then the most magical moment … with Pumo Ri behind us and Mt Everest in front, Roy proposed! We’re the happiest couple in the Himalayas, we’re engaged and can’t stop grinning!”
Explore Himalaya congratulates the couple on their engagement.They literally got engaged at the ‘top of the world’ ! We wish Roy & Karen all the best and hope to organize more magical & memorable trips for them in the future.
(Photos courtesy: Karen Donald)
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