By Gureni Lukwaro
Alongside his childhood friend Arihant Jain, they took the 130 kilometers, journey to climb up to the famous base camp in Nepal which stands at an altitude of 5,364 meters.
“Everest Base Camp Trek is, so far, the most exhilarating experience of my life!” said Shahpurwala. “My friend and I decided to do it ourselves. It was just my friend and I. No guide. No porter. All we had was a map and local people guiding us along the way. And we made it all the way there.”
Trekking independently to Everest Base Camp is an option that people may choose to have a more adventurous experience and to save money. Even though it is possible to trek from Kathmandu to Lukla, where base camp treks begin, but trekkers would usually fly from Kathmandu to and from Lukla to save time and energy. The duo flew from Kathmandu to Lukla and started their trek from Lukla.
On what they took back from this epic journey, Shahpurwala, who is a senior student at AUS, said it was endurance and patience as they had to hang in there through the thick and thin and keep pushing forward towards achieving the goal they set out to achieve.
“This trek means a great deal to me and my childhood friend, Arihant, because it will serve as a reminder that no matter what hardships we faced or how tough or cold it got, we kept calm, kept walking, and kept bearing the pain until we reached our goal!”
On his advice to others who are aspiring to achieve their life dreams, Shahpurwala said nothing can actually stop anyone from achieving their dreams. Even though people sometimes think its money or others, but it is actually themselves and how they set their priorities. He said people need to find and make the time to achieve things that will make them enthusiastic and make them feel alive.
American University of Sharjah is a vibrant community where students, faculty staff and other members of the community strives to excel in a variety of activities both academic and extracurricular. An AUS staff member trekked to Everest Base Camp last month. An AUS alumnus did the same earlier.
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