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Everest is Calling!

I am leaving for my next trek to the beautiful mountains of Nepal on the 24th April. There will be 12 of us. As well as the 9 trekkers in the team I am taking professional photographer, Stuart Coleman with us to capture the best moments on camera and video, plus our own Artist in Residence, Richard Clarke, who will be recording the journey and the people on it with his talented paint brush.

We are going to Everest Base Camp, to have a look at the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest. The Tibetan name for Everest is Chomolungma, which translates as Mother Goddess of the Earth…and when you see Everest, you really can understand why she is called that. She stands head and shoulders above all the other huge mountains around her…she is majestic…she is so beautiful…and indeed really does seem all-knowing, towering there above the Earth.

The walk to Everest Base Camp is, in one sense, really just that – a walk. However, in another way it is so much more than that. The challenge comes with the altitude. When you are walking at 5000 metres your body is saying "hey, what's going on here?" Your limbs feel heavy and won't go as fast as you are used to moving, as your muscles are getting much less oxygen than usual. For most people who are not climbers, achieving their goal of trekking to Everest Base Camp is the equivalent of climbing their Everest. It is a huge achievement. Base Camp is at 5,300 metres and most trekkers also climb the hill behind Base Camp, called Kala Pattar, which is 5,500 metres – that is high!

The reason people climb Kala Pattar is because the view of the Everest massif from this high point is quite incredible. You actually can't see the top of Everest from Base Camp as you are too close up to the mountain there to see the top. In order to have a view of the summit and the route up there via the South Col, you either have to climb up the Khumbu icefall to Camp 1 or climb Kala Pattar – most people choose the latter! But it really is THE most incredible view. One you will never forget. If you would like to follow us on our trek, I will be sending back daily Newsletters (technology depending….!). You can sign up for my Newsletter by scrolling down the Home page to Receive News From Sue and clicking on Manage my subscriptions. This will take you through the sign up process and will ensure you receive a Newsletter from the Himalaya as soon as it is written – so you can follow us from your armchair! If you feel you would like to have a closer look at the world's highest mountains, then I still have some spaces on my next trek leaving in November. Details are on this website. I'd love to have you along!

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