A HIGHlight of travelling

Trip Start Feb 25, 2004
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Wednesday, May 5, 2004

Our illegally hired jeep snaked its way through the very roughly dug out road. Actually, it wasn't a road. A track or bumpy lane better describes it. Derek, Brendan, Myself, Gary and Helen - don't know the name of the driver so his adopted name was 'drives'. No normal vehicle could make this fantasic journey. Our 1991 Toyota 4WD could.... Firstly, I'll try and explain the illegal bit...... Basically, we were told that we had to hire a driver and a guide for around 7000Y to get to the border with Nepal.... just over 500 hundred quid.. In the end, we hired one for 2,800 (minus guide) and embarked on our journey..... We'd just finished our bombing incident and were all tired yet in high spirits.

The journey to the border took 3 days and we stopped off at some great places. . One place of note which kind of blows all the others away was everest base camp!!!! WOW!!!!!!!

Seeing the highest point on this great planet of ours was a emotional thing to do!!

Like ants, i could see the jeeps (similar to ours) winding their way along the dusty bumpy road, zig zagging their way on this incredible journey. Our conversation consisted of the following stupid topics:-

1. If you were an animal, which one would you be and why?
2. If you were a colour, which one would you be and why?
3. If you were a fruit, which one would you be and why?
4. How would you spend a lottery win? Which cars would you own?
5. Think of someone famous and the others have 20 questions to guess who you are and you only have to answer 'řes'or 'no'. This became very funny when stupid questions were asked at critical stages. For example, Derek asked (on question 17) are you a lesbian? We'd already established that this person was male so Del was on the receiving end of a scarborough punch - to which he laughed!

Anyway, adrenaline was rushing through our veins and anticipion was at an all time high. Then it came into view... We were still about 50 miles away but Everest stood proudly infront of us as the sun began to set over it. What a sight!! The next day we were going to base camp which was still a 3 hour drive away. Everest stands (or sits) at 8,848.13 metres above sea level and we reached 5,200 metres. At base camp I just sat there, taking it all in, blowing away a few cobwebs and chilled. Ok, it was bloodly freezing - probably minus 10 or less(or more if you get my point?) so we didn't stay there for that long but it was long enough to truely appreciate where on this planet I was.

I always say that the people you're with either make or break a place. Sharing this experience with the people I was with made it one of the most memorable things I have ever done in my entire life!!!! I struggle to find the words that will communicate to my readers what a great experience Everest was. Perhaps that sums it up in the best way. There is no substitute, no matter how great the writer is, to actually 'going there' and 'doing it' To my readers, i've crossed Everest of the list of ''things to do'. Maybe you should too!
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