Kathmandu: A 19-year-old British student, Sophie Duncan, has appealed to the youths from around the world to travel to Nepal and explore its gorgeous beauty.
Talking to NepalLiveToday, Sophie who had returned from the trek to Everest Base Camp in April said that she had an amazing experience. ‘I really enjoyed trekking with Hari Budha Magar, a double amputee who has set a record of being the first double amputee to trek to the Everest Base Camp and skydive over Everest,’ said Sophie.
‘It surpassed my expectations. I had a bit of a headache in Lebucho. We started trekking again and I was fine,’ she added.
Sophie says that trekking up to the Everest Base Camp was one of the best experiences of her life. ‘I enjoyed being out in nature and had time to think about myself. It has inspired me to trek more,’ she said.
When asked if she would like to climb Mount Everest, Sophie said, ‘I don’t know if I will ever climb Everest. (But) Next year I would like to come back to Nepal to climb Mera peak (6,476 meters).’Sophie had got the booster dose against the Covid 19 before leaving the UK.
I really wanted to see Everest. It depends on what you want. Everest is amazing.
‘I was aware of covid, I was cautious it might be a problem, but we don’t have to stop what we are doing.’
Sophie had hired a guide while trekking to the Everest Base Camp. ‘If you are experienced, then doing it on your own would be amazing, but for first-timers, it’s much better to have a guide.’ She also advises trekkers to buy appropriate travel insurance.
Before arriving in Nepal, Sophie visited Sri Lanka and then Thailand. ‘I worked last year and saved for this trip,’ she said.
Sophie, who will be pursuing law at Cambridge University from late September 22, has got a message to young people in the UK and elsewhere.
‘Definitely come to Nepal to trek and meet people. It’s an amazing place, I will highly recommend it.,’ she said.