Just returned from an amazing trip to Everest Base Camp. From the onset Mary our leader was a shining light and did everything in her power to make sure we thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Her background knowledge of the route, geography, the history and the culture meant that we had a walk leader and guide all rolled into one. Her humour and lovely singing voice ensured that we always had fun even when energies were low from walking. In short, she is a natural people facilitator and helped us get the most out of our trip. Our Sherpa guides especially Lakpa the leader were always on hand to attend to our every need and always cheerful in going about their business. The walk, of course, was stunning and the terrain changed every day. We were well advised as to what to wear and how much water to bring. Nagged senseless about drinking plenty to prevent Mountain Sickness and the pace of the walking interspersed with tea breaks and lunch breaks were perfect for our group. When I’m looking to do another such epic walk i.e. Annapurna Circuit or Kilimanjaro I will be straight back to Earth’s Edge as I know that I’m guaranteed to have another peak experience.

Pauline Bradley. Co. Clare, Ireland

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