It’s just over 48 hours since Curt left en route to Nepal. It was dinner time on Sunday for me, Tuesday morning for him. He messaged today noting that he lost a day somewhere. The messages from him started coming in with plenty of updates filled with lots of excitement, compassion and enthusiasm. I’m going to back up a little bit to fill you in on how things have gone so far up to this point.
Curt is trekking to Mount Everest base camp along with his daughter Zoe who was in Amsterdam. The plan was for them to meet in Dubai for an overnight stay before moving on to Kathmandu. Zoe’s flight was delayed which led to Curt exploring Dubai on his own. If you know Curt then I’m sure you’d agree that he had no problem making new friends in Dubai.
As soon as the Emirates plane he was traveling in opened the door to let him off the sightseeing begun.
To see Curt’s first impression of Dubai International Airport watch the video below!
Dubai to Kathmandu
Kathmandu is the capital city of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal. It’s area consists of approximately 19 square miles with a population of over 1.6 million. Elevation is approximately 4600 feet above sea level.
Curt said the town was busy and that the shuttle ride to the hotel was “CRAZY!” as well as “Traffic is nuts! Cars, scooters-everywhere!”.
On his first night in Kathmandu he had dinner with 5 people from Australia whom had just finished their trek from Lukla to base camp. He was impressed that the youngest member of the Australian group who successfully completed the trip was an 11-year-old girl. The group conceded that the hike was tough and their advice to him was to just keep putting one foot in front of the other. I suppose that Curt’s dinner with the Australian hikers was his Monday night (our Saturday) because I received a message from him shortly before my local time 5 p.m. (my Sunday) that said:
“5:30 am Tuesday-trying to adjust to the time zone. What happened to Sunday? I have no idea?? Totally lost a day”.
Zoe arrived and he was so excited because he missed her but jet lag still had a hold of her so she was still sleeping but at 5:30 am, who wouldn’t be?
Curt and Zoe and very pleased with the tour company and have decided to set out on their hike a day earlier to join a group of 2. They’ve been advised that it is cold at base camp and so today they were going out with one of the guides to purchase what they are still in need of. Curt has said that he will enjoy his hot shower because for the next few weeks there will only be 2 hot showers available along their journey. The tour company is going to have a meeting with them and then tomorrow they will board a small airplane and fly to Lukla to officially begin their trek to Mount Everest Base Camp!
God speed Curt and Zoe!