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After 30 years of reading about Nepal and dreaming about travelling to Everest Base Camp, following in the footsteps of my heroes, the time has almost arrived to depart.

Am I excited? You bet. It’s the most adventurous thing I’ve ever done (and I do regard myself as pretty adventurous). I’m also slightly apprehensive. Will I be fit enough? Have I packed everything  I might need for 24 days on the mountain? Will I get dreadfully homesick? I hope I don’t offend the wonderful Nepalese people with my Western ways etc.

However, it’s time to overcome these apprehensions as there’s nothing I can do about them now, it’s simply time to embrace the whole experience, every single little detail.

Final checks on Sunday and then we’re off.

Will keep you all posted!