By Martin Eade - ASPAC GROUP – www.aspacgroup.com.au
I was fortunate enough to embark on the trip of a lifetime as I followed in the footsteps of a legend, and an inspiration to many including myself, Sir Edmund Hillary, to the base camp of Mount Everest.
While Sir Ed and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay stood on the top of this majestic and powerful mountain for the first time on May 29th 1953, my goal was much less ambitious , satisfied with getting to the bottom but still in rarefied air at 5340 Mtrs. (Everest summit is at 8850 mtrs)
To put it in to perspective Australia’s tallest mountain, Mt Kosciuszko is 2228 Mtrs, less than half the height of Everest base camp, New Zealands highest peak, Mount Cook is also well short at 3754 Mtrs.
Throughout the 25 day, 300km trek I was joined by 12 other intrepid travellers, 30 sherpas, porters and cooks as well as a copy of the country’s most influential magazine.. The Australian Arbor Age !! www.arborage.com.au