From the Author
The notes for this book were jotted down whilst trekking to Base Camp in 2003. This was a memorable year as Everest felt like the only safe place in Asia with SARS breaking out everywhere in North Asia - its epicentre in Hong Kong where I was living at the time. It was also a memorable year for Everest, being the 50th anniversary of Sir Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay summating Everest. A lot of Everest personalities were in Nepal at this time and we timed our trek to make the big celebrations in Tengboche which is an important part of the story.
The idea for writing this book from a fleas perspective probably came from lying down on the stone porters benches and looking up at the mountains and feeling how much bigger the world looks in the Himalayas. There were also so many interesting animals - yaks, goats, birds and characters - climbers, monks, porters, yak herders - all travelling towards the worlds highest mountain and a flea seemed an appropriate fly on the wall.