On Sunday we started the day of relatively early by eating breakfast at 7:30 and had to quickly pack to leave at 9:00. I heard a lot of complaining about the trek from the group who had just done the trek (staying at the same hotel) and I asked them for advice, which I later found very useful. They suggested to take timed breaks and told us that the first day was the hardest. We rearranged our bags at the trek office so that we only needed to carry things we needed. Even after taking out all of the “luxury items” my bag felt extremely heavy and I suffered the consequences later on in the day along with my fellow students. When we were doing the trek, I was keeping time for the breaks but I refused to let everyone know the time as it would only distract them. The entire day was uphill, so everybody was complaining about the intensity but we eventually made it and we were so happy to be at the top. Then, we wrapped up the day by eating dinner and we all went to bed early because of exhaustion. All in all, it was a good but challenging day.