April 11, 2012

A Dream to See Mt. Everest and the Himalayas

Moon Over Mt. Everest
Photo Credit: Bernie Schopp

During my high school years, I was first introduced to mountaineering (or mountain climbing) by my teachers and schoolmates. I was a freshman then, a student so full of enthusiasm and eagerness to discover many things that the mountains can offer.

One activity that fueled it all was our river trek and climb to a mountain near our school. The thrills that we experienced and the lessons we learned made me love mountaineering.

That love still blossoms today!

Highschool friends crossing a river in Javier, Leyte (circa 2000).
Photo Credit: Godofredo Romanillos II

From high school until now, I have climbed several mountains. I have successfully scaled almost all major mountains in Bukidnon like Mt. Dulang-Dulang, Mt. Kitanglad (2 times), Mt. Kilakiron (3 times), Mt. Kalatungan, Mt. Capistrano (4 times), Mt. Nabalabag, Musuan Peak, and Pinamantawan Peak; Magsanga Peaks, and Mt. Banao in Leyte; and Osmeña Peak in Cebu.

Dalikyat Society members at the summit of Mt. Capistrano in Bukidnon.
Photo Credit: Dalikyat Society

Until this time, my fascination for climbing mountains never ceases. My fascination surged up when I read the book, The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest by Anatoli Boukreev and G. Weston DeWalt. That book made me feel that I am with them in their journey to the top of the world. It opened my eyes to the techniques the climbers use during the expedition and the challenges they face.

Mt. Everest stands at 8,848 meters and the Himalayas are regarded by the ancient Buddhist scriptures as the “storehouse of snow”. Kathmandu, Nepal, Tibet, Namche Bazaar, Base Camp, Khumbu Icefall, Camp I, South Col, The Balcony, Hillary Step – these words were engraved in my memory up to this moment.

It is always a mountaineer’s dream to make it to the summit of Mt. Everest, the world’s highest point. That dream is also true for me!

Yet, my ultimate dream is to have a trek to the Himalayas and to see Mt. Everest at the Base Camp.  If I can make it, it will certainly fulfill all my mountaineering wishes!

Prayer Flags at Mt. Everest
Photo Credit: James Hofman

Recently, I was invited by my friend, Regin Reyno of Regin's Travels to go to Nepal and have our trek to the Himalayas. So now, we are preparing (and saving hard) for this amazing feat that is scheduled next year.

I will ultimately take this chance to see Mt. Everest!

I will see Mt. Everest in 2013.
At Osmeña Peak in Dalaguete, Cebu.

I dream of Everest!

This is my entry to the Pinoy Travel Bloggers' Blog Carnival for April 2012 with the theme 
“My Ultimate Dream Destination and My Pledge to Turn It Into A Reality" 
being hosted by Robx Bautista of The Travelling Dork.

For previous PTB Blog Carnival topics, click here.


  1. Now this is a big dream!!! One that is about to become a reality, I assume. :D

    Best of luck to your climb next year! :D

    1. Yeah, a one big dream, really!! Will make the greatest effort to realize this dream..

      Thank you sir!

  2. good luck to your climb! have fun!

  3. Wow, can't wait to read on your trek in the Himalayas next year!
    Good luck Ephraim!

    1. Thanks Dylan! You will be the first to read it here in my blog. Keep reading!!