Everest Base Camp - A Trek to Remember
21st October 2018 - 6th November 2018
Taking on this challenge is an incredible way to make a difference!
Combining raising money for a cause close to your heart and trekking to Everest Base Camp, it doesn’t get much more gratifying than that! This is an opportunity to make a real difference, you may find that people will be very generous and supportive of you taking on something as unique and impressive as this!
We have chosen Adventure Alternative UK based on their value and impressive wealth of experience. Their Tanzanian group hosted our Kilimanjaro Challenge and we only have very positive things to say about them. Their reviews are exceptional and they have hosted a number of fundraising treks in the past.
We are sure that you will have lots of questions! Please take a look at the information and FAQs below, and we look forward to hearing from you!
About Everest Base Camp
The seduction of Mount Everest has long been known to travelers, climbers and adventurers alike. The region of the Sherpa people is famous not just for it's fabulous peaks but also for it's people, those of the Khumbu region whose tremendous ability have been the lifeline for many Westerners wanting to climb in their home area. Surrounded by the world of Tibetan Buddhism trek the trek is for many a pilgrimage to one of the most remarkable countries on earth.
Reaching Everest Base Camp is a feasible goal for most fit trekkers; it is a well trodden path but this should not put you off as each individual will leave with memories and experiences that will last a lifetime. Added to that the convenience and camaraderie of a staff of Sherpas and porters who will make the necessary arrangements for food and accommodation along the route, leaving you to enjoy the stunning mountain scenery that each day will bring.
There will be an exciting opportunity to visit the Base Camp of the highest mountain in the world, trekking easily through lush forests and stunning mountain scenery over a period of two weeks. It is not technical and much of the enjoyment is immersing yourself in such a slow and easy routine, with only the elements, the mountains and the quiet character of the people to accompany you.
The cost of your trip is $2,495.00 per person
The minimum fundraising target for Dementia Australia is $2,500.00 which you must have achieved on or before your return date.
The cost of your trip - $2,495.00 - includes:
- Airport transfers
- 3 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu based on twin occupancy & B&B.
- Internal flight to Lukla
- Trek accommodation in lodges/tea houses (mostly twin rooms with beds and mattresses)
- Three meals per day during the trek with a hot drink (additional drinks are self-funded)
- Sagamartha National Park Fees
- Sherpa guides (English speaking, professional, experienced and trained in first aid)
- Porters (max weight carried for you is 15kgs)
- Staff food, insurance, accommodation and equipment
The cost of your trip - $2,495.00 - excludes:
- International flight to Kathmandu
- Meals and drinks in Kathmandu ($80)*
- Personal costs like drinks, laundry, hot showers, bottled water ($200)*
- Trip Insurance
- Additional Porters if packs are overweight ($20 per kg over limit)*
- Visa (40USD for 30 day visa)*
- Airport departure tax for some tickets (£30 paid in Nepalese rupees)*
- Tips ($100 per trek)*
- Sightseeing Tours
* These prices are based on current exchange rates and may vary slightly
Health and Fitness
Number one on our list of priorities will be your general health. One slip-up over drinking water or bad food will affect your whole trip. Diarrhoea is debilitating and may well stop you in your tracks. Food provided in the lodges is always of good quality, water is boiled and vegetables treated. However take your Imodium, but far better to make sure you don't get it in the first place. Of course we presume you will all have been to see your doctor for the correct injections prior to the trip. Bring a good supply of headache tablets (Aspirin) and a general antibiotic like Ampicillin if you can. The most common causes of complaint are headaches (caused by a combination of the altitude and dehydration). Trekking in Nepal is largely about looking after yourself and it will require self-discipline to ensure your own daily health.
For those who fancy trying to beat altitude with Diamox or Dexymethasone, be advised that the best way to beat it is with a good easy pace and plenty of proper acclimatisation. Our treks are designed to offer everyone the safest and optimal chance of reaching base camp without falling ill from altitude and our track record is successful. Do have a look at the Health and Altitude section on the Adventure Alternative website.
There is no need to worry that we are going too fast or that you may not keep up. The pace has been tried and tested many times, having said that, it is not uncommon to suffer mild altitude related complaints such as headaches, loss of sleep, increased urine output and occasional nausea. These are the first signs of altitude sickness but can be easily dealt with by waiting a day at any one place, resting and drinking plenty of liquid. The next stage of the ailment is more serious and will require a descent. Loss of co-ordination, change of character, increased sickness and worse headaches will quickly indicate that need. Unfortunately a person’s susceptibility to altitude sickness or the more serious oedema is more or less random, and is to do with a persons metabolitic rate of acclimatisation. It is not all to do with fitness, but recent tests have shown that an aspirin can help with thinning the blood and vitamins can help with assisting the body in combating the effects of less oxygen in the air. Particularly vitamins C and B. Antioxidants are also very helpful in ridding the blood of radical agents which inhibit the process of acclimatisation. Using Diamox is not something we entirely recommend since it is a strong drug that has a diuretic side effect, meaning you go to the toilet a lot more! This in turn can cause dehydration which can be harmful at altitude. Diamox is best used when symptoms become evident, rather than a 'cure-all' preventative. At the end of the day the best prevention is to go slowly, and the best action in the event of contracting more serious symptoms is to go down. We always carry a medical kit with us to Base Camp for emergencies and there is the opportunity of helicopter rescue as far as Base Camp if there is a serious accident. Your insurance policy must include this provision. There are also excellent medical facilities along the entire route to Base Camp.
How fit do you have to be to take part?
On the way up, the paths can be steep in places but generally for short periods of time and we are in no rush, however it is highly recommended that you embark on a good fitness program that builds up stamina and leg muscles. There is nothing like hiking with a rucksack to train, so the best advice is to get out into the hills as often as you can. You do not however have to be of a marathon standard!
This is not a forced march and the pace is always slow, the days are generally shorter than a days hike at home. We do not gain height too quickly but the terrain cuts across the grain of the land so you tend to go up and down a lot within one day but the net gain at the end is always within the margins of safety and proper acclimatisation.
Do I need travel/medical insurance for the trip?
Yes, you do need Travel Insurance, it is very important. You will need to get your own travel insurance for a trekking holiday to Nepal which covers you up to the altitude of base camp. You will not be doing any technical climbing, your policy needs to be purely for trekking but do check that under repatriation that helicopter evacuation is covered from the mountains back to Kathmandu.
Do I need a medical kit?
Bring a good supply of headache tablets (Aspirin) and a general antibiotic like Ampicillin if you can. The most common causes of complaint are headaches (caused by a combination of the altitude and dehydration). It is also recommended that you bring your preferred plasters, anti bacterial spray or wipes and and other supples you might take with you on an adventure!
On arrival at Tribhuvan airport you will be required to get a holiday visa for Nepal. Make sure you have the correct money, one passport photograph and a valid passport. Your address while in Nepal is C/O ADVENTURE ALTERNATIVE NEPAL - TREKS & EXPEDITIONS Bansbari, Kathmandu, Nepal, Tel/Fax no. : +977-4379570. You will also need a copy of your passport and two photographs (passport size) for your trekking permit (TIMS), which you will need prior to your arrival in Kathmandu.
How much spending money will I need?
You are going to need money for the visa on arrival at Tribhuvan airport (or you can apply for it before from the Nepalese Embassy). Your accommodation in Kathmandu if not pre- booked with us. Meals are quite cheap with an evening meal in a restaurant about $10. Your average bottle of beer / soda is about $2 and things like chocolate, mineral water, sweets and so on are all about the same as Australian prices in the mountains. Souvenirs to watch out for are things like cashmere and textiles ranging from stratospheric prices to about $3 for a pair of trousers. The clothes are extraordinary and you'll definitely want to buy something. If they don't have the style you want they'll make it for you on the street for no extra charge. Yak hair jackets are popular. I suggest about $200 for a good selection of gifts and mementos. You can get money on your credit or debit cards if shopping fever takes over but not in the mountains.
What is the accommodation like?
For the three nights you will spend in Kathmandu, you will be staying at Hotel Manang situated in central tourist spot of Kathmandu. Hotel is close to the shopping and nightlife of Kathmandu city with 48 contemporary guest rooms and is 100% non-smoking inside house, each room has en-suite shower, air cooling and flat-screen TV with free view channels, free WIFI throughout, 24/7 reception service, 24/7 snacks/drinks, buffet breakfast, well decorated rooms, Roof Top Garden and mini bar.
In the mountains we use various lodges which are clean and comfortable and offer fantastic food. Each lodge varies but most now have twin rooms, occasionally dorms and it’s possible to upgrade at the time should you wish some privacy. They are privately run and offer a real insight into the Sherpa way of life and always fun and entertaining in the evenings. The lodges provide you with bedding however you’ll also need your sleeping bag especially higher up.
Is a Personal Porter provided?
Your main bag will be carried by a porter, and the bulk of your gear will go there. You will not be carrying it at all. You will be carrying a day pack, which shouldn't weigh much.
What are the walking times and distances each day?
Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to Manang Hotel
Rest day and acclimatisation, opportunity to go sightseeing plus trek briefing.
Day 3 -
2 hrs, 2460m: Flight to Lukla, walk downhill to Phakding or Jorsale along the edge of the Dudh Kosi River. Easy, busy path, surrounded by forest.
Day 4 & 5
6 hrs, 3440m: Uphill to Namche Bazaar which is the Sherpa ‘capital’ in the heart of the Khumbu region. Initially follow the valley to Monjo where you enter the National Park, then cross the river a few times and start a long unrelenting path uphill, with one spectacular bridge spanning a deep gorge. Leave the coniferous forest behind, and arrive at a huge natural amphitheatre with the houses spread around the sides. Namche is the major trading centre of the Khumbu, with Tibetans crossing the high Nangpa La Pass to reach the Saturday market. Nowadays there are also many equipment shops, internet, bank, post office, cafes, bars, lodges and hire shops. Rest here for a day and take the chance to visit the Everest Museum.
6 hrs, 3850m: Walk to Deboche which is near the famous Thyangboche Monastery. The path out of Namche is initially steep and then opens out into a high valley, passing through villages like Pangboche before negotiating two steep hills. After this it is a short walk to the beautiful rhododendron glade where you will find the lodge.
Day 7 & 8
5 hrs, 4252m: A gradual gradient up to Dingboche for another rest day. The path skirts the side of the valley with the river far below on your right and passing beneath the spectacular Ama Dablam. The village sits on the confluence of two valleys and is good farming land. In the neighbouring village of Pheriche it is important to visit the Himalayan Rescue Association to listen to the daily lecture on high altitude health, and get a check from the medical staff.
5 hrs, 4920m: Trek up the high valley to Lobuche which is alongside the huge Khumbu Glacier. You can now easily feel the effects of the thin air as the hike takes us up to the Thukla Hills where there are many stupas erected in memory of Sherpas who have died on expeditions. Few plants live up here and it will be much colder in the evenings. It is important to walk slowly and listen to your body. Fatigue from lack of oxygen to your muscles is common, but some people may feel nauseous and suffer from headaches. Drink lots of liquid and keep warm, give your body maximum opportunity to recover.
4 hrs, 5200m: Hike on the glacial moraine to the final settlement of Gorak Shep. The views here are spectacular; Nuptse dominates the other side of the valley, behind which the black triangular peak of Everest is just visible. The giant wall of ice ahead is the border with Tibet. Gorak Shep is the last outpost, a small collection of huts just below a hill called Kala Patthar which is your final destination and traditionally the finest viewing point for Everest itself.
6 hrs return trip, 5360m: Trek to Everest Base Camp along the lateral moraine and finally on the glacier itself. Sometimes this route is impassable. Arriving at the small tented city where climbers congregate to climb the mountain is a surreal experience. There is a network of ‘roads’ between the camps, a bakery, and a chance to have a chat with people. Visit the Himalayan Rescue Association, which does an amazing job of looking after climbers.
2 hrs up to 5540m, 3 hrs back down to 4920m: Early morning climb to the summit of Kala Patthar to see sun rise behind the peak of Everest. The climbing route through the Khumbu Icefall, into the Western Cwm and up the Lhotse Face to the South Col is clearly visible, with the SE ridge to the top on the right hand skyline side of the summit block. This is a tough walk in the cold and not to be underestimated. Take warm clothing. Back at the lodge for breakfast and a walk back to Lobuje and further if the team wishes.
Day 13, 14, 15
Descent to Lukla: Over four days a descent via Namche Bazaar
Lukla flight to arrive in Kathmandu in the morning. Day of rest and sightseeing.
Depart Kathmandu. If you leave in the morning it is possible to arrive in London the same day, or arrive home on day 18.
What gear do I need?
Below is a guide for equipment needed - Adventure Alternative can discuss equipment with you in more detail
- Boots which must be 100% waterproof, worn in and have good ankle support
- Your main bag (preferably duffle) At least 70 litres big and can weigh up to 12kgs
- Your day pack (comfortable) Around 35 litres big and weigh up to 5 kgs
- Water proof bags/liners for main bag and day pack in case of rain
- Sleeping bag - At least 3 to 4 season (lodges have comfortable beds with mattresses and blankets)
- Waterproof jacket and trousers
- A duvet/down jacket
- 2 pairs Trousers (one can be fleece trousers)
- Thermal underwear & socks
- 2 Fleece tops
- 2 Hiking shirts
- Water bottle
- UV protection
- Spare batteries
- Hiking sticks
- Umbrella, for sun and rain
- Gaiters (optional)
- Personal First aid kit
How do I find out more
Contact Arpi for more information.