Monday, 25 February 2008

Q&A

Who will I be walking with?
Roger Brown my walking friend who has previously done four treks in Nepal and other parts of the world. We will be joining up with a larger group (total 15 people) which is being lead by KE Adventure Travel of Keswick. I am paying all the costs for my trek.

When do I leave?
On 16th March 2008 I leave for Kathmandu in Nepal. I then fly on in a twin otter plane to Lukla, landing on a narrow and sloping runway in the heart of the mountains, one of the most spectacular flights in the world, and commence the hard sixteen day long trek.

What do you see as the hardest part of the trip?
The steep climb up to Kala Pattar at 18,368ft on day 13. Sleeping (hmm?) each night in a tent with temperatures falling to 16 degrees below will also be very different!!

Do you need oxygen to get to 18,000ft?
No. However you can suffer from Altitude Illnesses. There are no specific factors such as age, sex or physical condition that correlate with susceptibility to altitude sickness. Continuing to higher altitude without proper acclimatization can lead to potential serious, even life-threatening illnesses.

What is High Altitude?
High: 8k to 12k feet
Very High: 12k to 18k feet
Extremely High: 18k+ feet.

What are the symptoms of mild Acute Mountain Sickness?
Headache, dizziness, fatigue, shortness of breath, loss of appetite, nausea and disturbed sleep.

Will you communicate with sponsors/friends while you are in Nepal?
Yes this is the intention. Check into this blog to receive regular updates, or better still, enter your email address in the subscribe box on the top right of this page.

1 comment:

Jayne B. Smith said...

Fraser, are you likely to come back from this experience in one piece? God bless you!
Jayne.

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