I’ve posted already about how much we loved the experience of trekking in Nepal’s Everest region, so don’t take what I’m about to say the wrong way. Just because I was scared half to death regularly and frequently by the scariest of scary bridges ( and the odd path with precipitous drops, mud slides and general precariousness) and just because I *may* have been reduced to tears once or twice (or three times), doesn’t mean I wasn’t having a good time. I love the mountains with a passion and I’ll be back in the Himalayas just as soon as I can, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Sometimes it’s scary.
My dear husband decided to capture my reaction the highest, worst, most terrifying of the scary bridges in the Everest region. Just to clarify, we were on the Everest Base Camp trek but turned back just 2 days before Base Camp, we didn’t think it fair to take the kids any higher at just 9 and 11, so we did some lower side treks instead. That, and we didn’t have much by way of gear, hitting the serious snow in just running shoes didn’t seem so smart. So if you’re heading to Everest Base Camp, or trekking in the Everest region generally, these are the bridges you will be crossing. There are several and I’ll save the worst, and the video of me mildly losing it, for the end of the post.
The bridge below was on day 1, as we descended from Lukla airport. As if the flight to Lukla wasn’t hair-raising enough. I coped petty well with this one, better than I managed on the Annapurna circuit 16 years ago. My fear of heights may have diminished with age.
I’m scared of heights, really scared. I also suffer from anxiety, particularly where there is potential for my kids to plummet to their death in the melt waters of the Khumbu Icefall, so yes, I freak out maybe more than most. But I never let it stop me!
To me, getting up those mountains is worth all the stresses and strains of the journey times 10 million, so I just get on with it.
Here are some pictures of our favourite scary bridges from our Everest trek.
So here’s the video my husband took of me being pathetic. It won’t win any Oscars but might give you a good laugh 😉
I react to fear by trying to organise everyone, so it’s ” Everyone Focus!” and ” No chattering, pay attention!” and “Chef FFS stop bouncing the bridge!”
Yes, they bounce, with every step. And SOME people don’t give a flying one about those of us who may be terrified.
You’ll also notice my deathly grip on the hand-rail.
Sorry it’s poor quality, he only had his phone, but you can see how high it was.
So would you do it? Could you do it? Are you just itching to do it?
I’m seriously going back soon, solo, to Everest Base Camp, get in touch if you fancy a trip, we can organise something.
for you, for Pinterest. Thanks!