3 hours ago
Officially finished my trek on the EBC! It has been an incredible 11 days. And with all that time to think, I wanted to share one recurring thought I had on the trail:
When I said I wanted to do my first solo trek last year, I got all of the well-intentioned responses you would expect: messages of concern, frantic suggestions for guides to hire, statistics of fatalities on the trail, and then some. Beyond a fear of exposure to the elements, I've found there's an ever-present fear of the evil men one might encounter on the trail. Ultimately, the conclusion is always the same: women shouldn't trek alone.
The problem with this narrative is that it can make the world feel pretty terrifying. It causes women to miss out on the awe-inspiring experiences and countless opportunities for personal growth that solo trekking can offer. Experiences that men have free, unbridled access to.
And, trust me, there is so much women can gain from solo trekking: the confidence that comes from reaching your destination on your own, and the strength you build to get there. The independence of going anywhere you can point to on a map, and the freedom of your time being dictated only by the sun. You gain friendships, cultural experiences, time for introspection and much-needed silence...hell, there's even business networking opportunities on the trail. Above all, there's nothing more liberating than knowing your feet can take you wherever you want to go, and that everything you could ever need is right there in your 10 kg pack. It is a life-altering experience. One that every woman should have access to.
So let me just say this: women can and should experience nature on their own, whether it is locally or abroad.
I have always felt completely safe as a female solo trekker on popular routes like the EBC. All you need is the right gear (sup, @rei ) and a firm understanding of AMS symptoms/prevention. And know that "solo" doesn't have to mean completely alone... inevitably you'll make trail friends along the way. The trekking community is always welcoming.
And if you don't know where to start, know you always have an ally in me. 💚 at Everest Base Camp - Nepal