Mandy Moore talks Everest trek: no showers, ‘altitoots’, gasses, yaks, mules and more. Moore trekked 17,600 feet above sea level.
Mandy Moore talks Everest trek
Moore climbed up to the Mount Everest base camp, which is over 17,600 feet above sea level. After her trek was over, she took to Instagram to do a Q&A regarding her experience.
She also took to Instagram to post pictures of her travels, along with the caption, “There’s no way to distill this experience down to a few sentences. There’s no way to encapsulate what coursed through our veins and brains living in the mountains this past week. It will come in time.”
She added, “I think I’m slowly learning that I feel most like me when I’m outdoors. It’s couldn’t be any more outside my every day realm and yet there’s something entirely refreshing about being tasked with nothing more than breathing and slowly putting one foot in front of the other.”
Read what she had to say about her travels below:
Q: Did you make it to the top?
A: “We hiked to base camp-a weekend long trip through the Himalayas that anyone hiking the south side of Everest must journey through to begin their climb. Everest takes about 2 months total to climb to the top!”
Q: What were the tea houses like?
A: “The tea houses were some of my favorite parts of this trek! We were lucky to stay in some fantastic ones along the way. Nothing is fancy, mind you… it’s pretty rustic… but there’s nothing like a hot cup of milk tea and a place to take off your boots after a long day of hiking. And no showers after the first day.”
Q: Did you see any cool animals?
A: “So many yaks! I fell in love! Since there are no roads in the mountains at all, yaks and mules carry supplies up and down. They’re hiking right alongside you. Also, yak (or nak) milk and cheese is [great] coming from someone who is allergic to cow’s milk.”
Q: What are your hiking essentials?
Q: What was the most difficult part?
A: “The fear of getting altitude sickness and letting myself/everyone else down. Thank goodness that didn’t happen.”
Q: Were you able to go to the bathroom during the hike up?
A: “Nature pees (or happy naturals as they called them) are my favorite! Though you tried to reserve your [poop] for a tea house toiler (basically just a hole in the ground).”
Q: How do you breathe at 17,000 feet? Is there portable oxygen?
A: “You can breathe at 17000 feet… but it’s definitely more difficult. The higher you go, [the lesser oxygen there is]. You don’t realize just how crappy you feel until you start descending.”
Mandy Moore is the star of This Is Us, which just aired its third season.