Off we go to the Himalayas, Everest Base Camp (5364m) to be exact! After our bout of food poisoning we decided that the clean crisp mountain air would be the best medicine and it would have been stupid to have not gone during the 'perfect window' in terms of climate. (and because 'it's there, the biggest mountain in the world' - how could we not visit it?)
This is a massive thing for us both seeing as we are feeling weak, we have done zilch training and are complete beginners to trekking! We called it the 'challenge of all challenges'. After a last minute dash to stock up on clothes suitable for cold climates we were ready at the airport only to be faced by delays. Helen didn't feel too good and had the runs, whether it was from the food poisoning or nerves we will never know but she felt like pulling out but couldn't justify losing all the money we have paid 'just cause she had the runs'.
We flew to Lukla Airport (2880m) from Kathmandu which has apparently been named the 'most extreme airport' in the world and my god, the landing was scary. The runway is tiny and you feel like the plane is going to crash through the barrier at the end, Nick obviously thought it was a brilliant experience and got his adrenalin pumping!
After a horrible lunch in Lukla, we were not feeling positive but we carried on with a 2.5 hour trek from Lukla to Phakding at 2610m. We got our first view of Nupla at 5555m and thought 'gosh, we have to climb to near that height to reach base camp' and that's when the reality sunk in.
To sum up our first day, Nick said 'today is certainly a taster of what's to come' knowing that the big stuff lies ahead.