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By Alywin Chew in Shanghai | China Daily | Updated:2017-10-27 07:51Trekkers at the Qomolangma base camp via Nepal. [Photo by Alywin Chew/China Daily]Golden Week in China is usually an affair I look forward to because the weeklong holiday allows me to take a lengthy trip away from the city to relax and recharge.But ahead of this vacation which involved trekking to the Qomolangma base camp via Nepal, I was filled with more apprehension than excitement. After all, people have lost their lives during this trek. In March, an Australian man died of acute mountain sickness, or altitude sickness, while descending from the base camp of Qomolangma (also known as Mount Everest in the West).Two days before setting off, Bimal Thapa, our guide, gave us some words of advice.”Just remember this is not a race. Take all the time you need, drink lots of water and youll be fine,” he says, while flashing us a reassuring smile during the pre-trek briefing in Thamel, a tourist hub in Kathmandu.Pacing ourselves would be easy, I thought. But landing safely in the worlds most dangerous airport was a different matter that was out of my hands.The Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla, the gateway to the base camp trekking route, is widely associated with the terms “most dangerous”, “scariest” and “deadliest”. A cargo plane crashed while landing at the airport in May.Previous1 2 3 4 5 6 NextPrevious1 2 3 4 5 6 NextRelated StoriesA new nightlife in TibetTibets Potala Palace decorated to greet National DayWildlife paradise: Changtang National Nature Reserve in TibetCouple sow seeds of success in Tibet countyRuins of Guge Kingdom in SW Chinas TibetPhotoAutumn scenery of Yudu Mountain in BeijingWhere to see red leaves of autumnBadaling Great Wall dyed red with autumn leavesAutumn scene in Siguniang Mountain, Sichuan provinceLate autumn scenery in Zhangjiankou, Hebei provinceEndangered water bird Oriental stork seen in Naolihe reserveTop ViewsMost PopularChinese stars dazzle 2017 Bazaar Charity NightSix Chinese faces to grace Victorias Secret showThe Chinese panda shakes up famous paintingsThe evolution of Hong Kong beauty cultureChinese faces shine at the Met GalaFemale celebrities featured in Chinese-style fashion photosPhotoAutumn scenery of Yudu Mountain in BeijingWhere to see red leaves of autumnBadaling Great Wall dyed red with autumn leavesVideoEndangered white-necked cranes stopover in NE China wetlandBreathtaking view of Mount Huangshan in East ChinaAmazing! Hukou Waterfall in N China gives its best view in autumnSpecialAmazing HuichangSpecial report: Rise and rise of Chinas outbound tourismBACK TO THE TOPHOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELWATCHTHISSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperMOBILECopyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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