In the past two days we have hiked 21 miles while descending from Periche (13,900’) to Lukla (9300’), crossed 11 suspension bridges over the Khumbu and Dudh Koshi rivers, and seemingly spent more time going up than going down due to the constantly undulating terrain.
Despite the long days, we continued to be impressed by the Sherpa people who live in the many small villages along the trekking route. This gentle culture is generous and kind. We were fortunate to have three of the very best guides (Kalden Sherpa, Nigma Sange, and Dorjee Sherpa) who cared for our every need, shared their culture and knowledge, and even opened their homes to us. This has been an experience that none of us will forget.
Some days have been challenging, and a few in our group dealt with symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness (nausea, headache, loss of appetite, etc.), but in the end we pushed through the difficult moments and were rewarded with inspiring views and indelible memories of Nepal.