Today it was time to head home, it was a very early start at 5am and I got picked up by Balram at my hotel. The airport was a bit strange as when I arrived the doors were locked and everyone was queueing outside, this was strange as my flight was due to leave in a couple of hours. I eventually got in after waiting outside for over an hour and was soon heading home.
I was glad that I had shed some weight before i set off as the restrictions for hand luggage were a max of 8kg was allowed. I had left one of my bags behind as a gift for my guide and left some clothes etc as well. I am glad to say my bag was 7.5kg which was the perfect amount, also it was around half the weight of when i had started (2kg was snacks which were eaten by that stage).
My flight was slightly delayed and I spent an hour or so in the airport waiting to be able to take off, while also working out if I was going to be able to get my connecting flight!
The trip had been a fantastic experience, it was hard going some days and I was not prepared for how sunny it was going to be and how difficult sleep was going to be. I dont think I would change much if I did it all again, the main mistake i made was not giving myself more of a buffer in Lukla for catching my flight. The flights were cancelled on so many days when I was there and not flying out the day after arriving in Kathmandu is definitely recommended. In terms of the toughness of the trek, I am pretty fit as I do lots of running and play a couple of sports so the physical side of it was not a problem for me. However you dont need to be a great athlete to do the trek, there were people of all ages and abilities that I saw along the trek. A case in point was a guy who was in his late 40’s and a bit over weight, I saw him several times along the trek and he was going really slow and seemed to be on the verge of death everytime i saw him. However the last time i saw him was on my way back from Base Camp which is impressive for 2 reasons. Firstly i did the trek 2 days shorter than the standard itinerary which means this guy not only made it but somehow made it 2 days early too! Anyone thinking of doing the trek should not let lack of fitness put them off.