View from the top of the world
Deborah Mayne shares her elective experiences in the Himalayas
- By: Deborah Mayne
It was going to be such an original elective--to Nepal--until I discovered that at least five other students in my year had had the same idea. However, not to be deterred, I decided that Kathmandu was not my image of Nepalese culture and so I opted for the wilds of the Himalayas.
I spent the first three weeks trekking, definitely the best way to start an elective especially as finals were only just finished. The “walk” from Jiri to Everest Base Camp is spectacular, and watching the sun set over the highest mountain in the world has to be one of the most beautiful sights to be seen (even if it was -10°C).
While trekking, I carried out a research project aiming to find out if there is a genetic susceptibility to acute mountain sickness. After my initial reservations about approaching people and asking for their blood, I managed to