The Everest Base Camp trek is one of the best ways for mountain and
adventure enthusiasts to catch an overwhelming glimpse of the world’s
tallest mountain. At 8,848 metres (29,028 feet) above sea level, Mount
Everest – also called Sagarmatha by the Nepalese and Chomolungma by the
Tibetan Buddhists – lies on the border of Nepal and Tibet (China). The
South Base Camp in Nepal is located at 5,364 metres (17,598 feet). The
trek begins at Lukla, a town at 2,860 metres (9,383 feet), which has a
small airport handling flights from the capital Kathmandu. MRIDULA DWIVEDI recounts her physically demanding albeit memorable trek to the Everest South Base Camp.