I would love to share about the time I went to Nepal in April of 2014 and did the 12-day Everest Base Camp trek. It was during a time in my life that I wanted to give back as much as I took from traveling; which has changed not only my profession as a wedding photographer, but my entire life as a person. I really wanted to share the travel experiences and lessons learned with whomever was interested in traveling; especially those drawn to adventure and the outdoors.
While being a full-time photographer and gaining an affinity for backpacking, trekking and the outdoors, I wanted to travel and do travel photography. I thought tackling one of the greatest treks in the world would be a memorable trip, that is why I picked the Everest Base Camp trek.
The one specific experience on this trip that impacted my life profoundly, was the morning I was scheduled to trek to the highest point on the entire trail, to Kala Phatthar (at 18,514ft) to see the sunrise over Mt. Everest. The day before while trekking to the very small town of Gorak Shep, which is the gateway to Kala Phatthar and Everest Base Camp, I started to get altitude sickness (from being at elevations that high). I was dizzy, had a headache and could not eat. I was told this could happen, something that seemed inevitable.
Part of me wanted to stop and even turn back, but another part told me to keep going and not give up. I ended up getting up at 3AM on the 10th day of the trek, and slowly made my way up to Kala Phattar. Although I did see the sunrise over Mt. Everest, I did not make it to the top; the highest elevation on the trek. I was about 600-800ft away, but I physically was not able to continue due to altitude sickness.
Some may think I was very disappointed, and part of me was. I came all the way here and was not able to make it to Kala Phattar. However, I was more inspired and motivated. Not only did the trek change my outlook on life, but not getting to the top meant I still had a long way to go to obtain the goals I have set out for myself in this lifetime.
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