Ballajura mother and daughter conquer Mt Everest base camp in ‘trip of lifetime’


Suze Trappitt of Ballajura with her 18 year old daughter Tekaisha. Suze and Tekaisha climbed to base camp on Mt Everest last month. Picture: David Baylis
Suze Trappitt of Ballajura with her 18 year old daughter Tekaisha. Suze and Tekaisha climbed to base camp on Mt Everest last month. Picture: David Baylis

A BALLAJURA mother, who recently returned from conquering Mt Everest base camp with her daughter, said they experienced the “trip of a lifetime”.

Suze Trappitt and her daughter Tekaisha completed their 16-day tour this month, where they reached the end of base camp, which has an altitude of about 5364m.

Ms Trappitt said the trip was both enjoyable and phenomenal.

“Tekaisha enjoying seeing the snow the most, both up close and on the mountains in the distance,” she said.

“I was in awe of the scenery and simple lifestyle of the people.”

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Ms Trappitt said they trekked about six and a half hours each day in temperatures as low as -16C.

“The most challenging was of course the altitude and difficulty physically with breathing, and climbing,” she said.

“The guides did a fantastic job to ensure we all kept well…we did take altitude sickness tablets to make the acclimatisation easier and ward off the headaches and nausea.”

She admitted both herself and her daughter found a new appreciation for those trekkers who climbed the mountain.

“Tekaisha says a definite no (to doing base camp again), but she may consider a smaller mountain where altitude is not such a factor,” Ms Trappitt said.

“I doubt I will do it again as I want to explore other parts of the world, but it was an amazing and rewarding experience, and I do recommend it to those that are considering the trek.”