Nepal,  We12inspire

Off to Nepal and Everest Base Camp!

It’s nearly midnight while I’m writing this and although I planned to be in bed way earlier already, I’m still up and preparing for tomorrow.
The past 10 days have been weird. Life tends to punch you in the face when you are least expecting it. Right after we launched we12travel 4.0 I got sick. First I got a nasty cold but two days later, this turned into a bronchitis. On Monday I left the office sick, on Tuesday I spent my whole day in bed and on Wednesday I went to see the doctor. I couldn’t breathe at all and had no idea how I was ever going to get up that mountain. Luckily, she understoord my need to get cured a.s.a.p. so she prescribed me Prednisone and Antibiotics. A killer combo that knocked me out for the rest of the week. All I did was go to work, come home, crawl into bed and sleep. I canceled all of my meetings and the blogger weekend in Friesland we were supposed to attend, I didn’t see any friends nor did I do anything else. I just hid on the couch and felt miserable. Oh, and I went to see Foo Fighters. Eventually I just couldn’t put myself to not going… but that’s a whole different story.
And today is the day we are leaving. Never before have I felt this weird about a long trip. Somehow, I don’t realize I’m actually going to be hiking through the Himalayas next week. Normally I always carefully prepare our trips, make a day-to-day schedule and read as much as I can about it. This time, all we did was book a flight and a hiking package. Apart from the fact that I made sure I’ve got everything that’s on the packing list and filling out our digital visa application, I’ve not prepared anything. Because there was no need to. All I have to do the upcoming 3 weeks is walk, eat, sleep (repeat). It feels heavenly that I don’t have to think about anything over the upcoming period of time. Once in Lukla (planned arrival in Monday) I just have to follow our guide and place one foot in front of the other continuously. And enjoy the mountains – being surrounded by some of the highest peaks in the world will be an amazing experience.
I will be disconnected from the world for a while. A part of me hates it but the other part of me knows it’s good for me. All I need to do is focus on hiking and enjoy nature. To not have to think about blogging, writing, social media or anything work related for a extended period of time feels great. I can reset my mind. There won’t be any updates on the blog until we get home. I may share some pics while on the trek, but only if I feel like it. Connect with me on Instagram if you’re curious
See you in December!
(cover picture credit: Margreet Versteijlen)
In the meanwhile, if you want to read something, there are over 300 blogs on we12travel and I’m sure you haven’t read them all yet. Here are some suggestions:
Travel without social media: this is how you do it!
Nepal Now: 5 Things that I’m worried about when in Nepal
Travelling 113 days a year with a fulltime office job
Thank you for sharing!


  • Uzol rai

    Hey. Welcome to Nepal.
    I’m so sorry to know that you got sick just before coming here in the himalayas you’re even taking the Antibiotics. You should really really be careful here in the mountains. It is too cold here right now, with a very dry air.
    So my suggestions for your traveling are
    -Please always cover your face almost always (to avoid dry wind, which makes you coughing).
    -Usually people hate warm water but for your condition right now will be your best friend
    -You might love coke, its better not to take, (to avoid cold)
    -may be you’ve been to the coldest place on earth but Himalayan cold is different, please keep it in mind.
    And best wishes for the success of your trip.
    Thank you again for choosing Nepal for vacation.

    • anto

      Hey! I read your advice before the trek and can’t believe we are back home now. We met someone in our hotel in KTM before the trek and she told us about the extreme cold they had endured. I think we were lucky that the weather was gorgeous and we had almost no clouds … I thought it would be colder so we were extremely happy. Only in Gorak Shep I found that it was truly freezing but that was just for the one night. It was great seeing you along the way and I still feel sorry for not being able to meet. The good news is thought that we’ll be back in Nepal for sure so there will be a new chance!!

  • Rajkumar

    We are very lucky that there are so many people around the world who loves us, our himalayas and country. You were sick at the last minute and still you travelled to Nepal …….!!!

    Nothing more but what to wish you all the very best for your adventure holiday in Nepal and looking forward to read more about your Nepal holiday, Nepal experience.

    Happy Trek.

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