My cousin Bala and I went backpacking in Nepal for a week in April. The plan seemed simple enough to begin with: get to Kathmandu, fly to Lukla, walk for 7 days to the Base Camp. Easy right?
Not so fast. Air India - a staunch non-believer in these things people make called "plans" - delayed our start from Kathmandu by a full day and a half. Flying to and from Lukla on 40-year old propellers and choppers in stormy conditions were among the most nerve-wracking experiences of our lives; managing to scalp tickets for those flights was a close 3rd. The trekking itself pushed us to our physical limits - both of us lost about 16lbs (7kgs) each over the course of the week - as we pushed forward for an elevation gain of 700-1000m every day in temperatures ranging from 5 to 77 F (-15 to 25 C).
With no serious prior trekking experience to speak of, our race against time and altitude sickness to make it up to the Base Camp at Mt. Everest turned out to be an adventure we'd never forget. Luckily, we remembered to leave our GoPros running throughout, which Bala has edited into a short movie.
This was our trip. Others may have done it faster, filmed it better, climbed it higher. But this was our trip.