You will ask yourself why are you doing this?
Why am I putting my body in a place where there is not enough oxygen getting into my lung and then walking up and down mountains for 6-8 hours per day????
Now when these times come it will serve you well to be armed with your reasons and motivations for wanting to trek to the base of the world’s highest mountain.
What follows is a list of reasons that have been given by many different people. Use them to inspire yourself, but you need to find your own reason for wanting to reach the base of Everest.
Some motivations for wanting to trek to Everest Base Camp:
· The sense of achievement
· It’s a goal that has been on my bucket list for so long
· I am here now, so I better get this thing done!
· I will have a great story to tell at the pub with my buddies
· I enjoy not showering for two weeks
· It’s here to be done
· It’s an amazing place
· Spiritual experience
· If I survive the flight into Lukla, I have got this in the bag
· I might get to meet someone who has summited Mt Everest
· I am going to overcome my fear of heights by walking confidently across the many suspension bridges
· Get to meet other likeminded people on the trek
· Waking up in the Himalayan mountains, sipping a coffee and smelling the fresh air
Whatever your reasons are…its good to have then clearly in mind right from the start. When your training back at home pushing yourself to get fit, to when you’re on the track and need to get out of your warm sleeping back into the freezing cold, to when your body is telling you to stop walking and turn around!
Perhaps you should write out your reasons and read them to yourself each morning as you head out for training and each day you’re on the track. This will keep them front of mind and give you that extra mojo you will need!
**** Trekking to Everest Base Camp should not be extremely hard, yes it’s a challenge, but very achievable. You will need to push through pain a few times, but you should also listen to your body and go slow. Attitude sickness seems to prey on those who are super fit and used to pushing themselves hard! Take a rest if you need too, its ok!