I made 2016 the year to trek into the Everest region. After watching Ian video’s on You Tube and then speaking with him at length, I was sure I was with the right people. Ian’s information, training advice and enthusiasm motivated me to achieve my goal of seeing Everest and trekking in this wonderful region.
Trekking in the Everest region has always been a dream of mine. I always believed it was beyond me, but the more I read Ian’s information, dossier and all the blog posts. I understood the journey forward and how I could prepare myself to trek in and out of the Everest trail.
I was blown away by the views, but the pacing, extra acclimatization set us up nicely for the more amazing views above Dingbouche 4,410m/ 14,468 feet. The group as a whole felt great. A few people were on Diamox, most were not. Ian’s team tested out heart rates and oxygen levels morning and night to make sure we were all doing well and adapting as well as possible to the low levels of oxygen.
The journey is challenging under foot so having the leg strength is so so important to feel comfortable on the trail. Hiking uphill over 500m/ 1,650 feet most days needs to be prepared for. On the way down you are still walking uphill on certain days so it is vitally to be training prior to the trek. I was training 4/5 days a week for 3 months prior to the trek. I have been pretty active most of my life but I needed to train specifically to make sure I had the endurance, strength and conditioning for multi-day hiking at altitude.
Trust me, the training pays off. I was standing above Dingbouche at 4,900m/ 16,000 feet and loving every moment. The journey to the Thukla pass, passing Gorak Shep onto the Khumbu Glacier is so special and one of the most amazing experiences of my life. The journey up Kala phattar for the artists view of Everest is out of this world. Living at high altitude was hard, trekking up Kala Phattar to 5,545m/ 18,192 feet is not easy but the views reward your hard work and months of training.
The journey is unforgettable and one I highly recommend. I had been to altitude before on a few occasions and never looks after like this trip. The pacing was so different to what I was used too. Ian’s team on the ground were amazing, very professional, always ready to help and I had full trust in their ability. They knew how to manage each member of the team and helped me all the way through the journey. I look forward to climbing Mera Peak with Ian in the near future.