Ever since I was a child, I could remember spending hours looking at my uncle’s old National Geographic magazines, gaping at the photos of exotic destinations and epic adventure experiences.
At that time, I thought going on these adventures would remain nothing but a far-fetched dream. Little did I know that the little travel blog that Tom and I built would not only take me around the world but would also allow me to experience some of these adventures that I could only dream about.
As most of you already know, Tom and I have set ourselves the ambitious task of completing the Top 50 Adventure Holidays in the world. Regardless of the fact that we’re not super athletes, we are super excited to huff and puff our way through these epic adventures.
The first one on our list to conquer this 2018? Mt-freaking-Everest!!!
Now, before you shudder in fear as scenes from Into Thin Air and avalanches flash into mind, we’re NOT scaling the mountain itself but will be heading to Basecamp. Regardless, this is something we’re SUPER stoked about. In fact, we’re both buzzing with excitement and anticipation.
A lot of people have expressed interest in joining us for this trip which is why we decided to write a short post about our plans and the itinerary.
Everest Basecamp Details
Due to the fact that you, our readers value our opinion and recommendations a lot, we’re committed to only featuring the best companies for our Adventure Holidays.
With this in mind, we’ve partnered up with a company called Explore Himalaya who not only have glowing reviews but also have a fantastic support team which handles all the bookings, logistics, and communications. I’ve personally met a few members as well as the owner of the company during my last trip to Nepal and I can 100% recommend them. They’ve also been doing this since 1997 so you can trust them when they say they know what they are doing!
So for those that are keen, the Explore Himalaya Team have kindly extended a special rate for Adventure in You readers so we can take on this epic adventure together. Sounds good? Here are a few of the details listed below.
Trek Starting Point: 2,850m/ 9,350 feet
Highest Point of the Trek: 5,632m/ 18,477 feet
EBC Itinerary & Costs
Dates: March 5-19
Cost: $1100 on twin sharing basis
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
Day 02: Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu (Bouddhanath, Pashupatinath and Patan)
Day 03: Transfer from hotel to airport and flight to Lukla. Trek to Phakding [2656m]
Day 04: Trek to Namche [3450m]
Day 05: Rest day in Namche
Day 06: Trek to Devoche [3820m]
Day 07: Trek to Pheriche[4252m]
Day 08: Rest Day in Pheriche[4252m]
Day 09: Trek to Lobuche [4930m]
Day 10: Trek to Everest Base Camp via Gorekshep [5184m] and Back to Gorakshep
Day 11: Trek to Kalapatthar[5357m] and trek back to Pheriche[4252m]
Day 12: Trek to Namche [3450m]
Day 13: Trek to Lukla[2800m]Day 14: Flight back to Kathmandu
Day 15: Depart Kathmandu
P.S. This is an INCREDIBLE deal, only available for AIY readers for this particular trip.
- Accommodation during trek in local lodge/Tea house (standard rooms non-Attached bathroom)
- Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu airfare
- English speaking local expert guide, porters during the trek
- Sagarmatha National park fees
- Trekkers’ Information Management System fees(TIMS)
- 3 nights’ accommodation at 3-star Hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing with breakfast
- Airport transfers with escorts
- Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with and entry fees
What’s NOT Included:
- Any International airfare
- Meals during the trek
- Extra baggage charge if any (weight allowance 12kg + 3kg in domestic flight)
- Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
- Tips for Guide, porters, drivers etc.
- Any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/roadblock due to any reason
- Personal expenses like Table drinks, snacks while walking, hot water/shower, internet, telephone
- Your Insurance and Medical expenses
- Any other tours, transfers and Hotel accommodations other than mentioned above
Everest Basecamp Training Regimen
Now if you’re like me whose
scared sh*tless worried about what it really takes to climb Basecamp fitness wise, here’s a bit of information that I have from my initial research. The EBC base camp trek is difficult, but not impossible. In fact, considering this is the world’s tallest mountains, you actually just trek up the mountain with no equipment.
In general, they say if you’re comfortable in walking up for 4-5 hours a day with a light day pack, you should be fine. The only main hurdle is altitude sickness but given that these treks have been done before, they have the trek acclimatization schedule down to a tee. As long as you follow your guide, the trek should be perfectly safe.
The secret is to acclimatize well is to walk at a slow pace, ascend slowly and getting plenty of rest along the way. Also, eating and sleeping well while keeping yourself hydrated during the trek is a MUST.
We plan on hitting the treadmill at least 3x a week (walking up at a steep incline) and hiking the local mountain near us 2x a week. You DON’T have to be in i’m-going-to-run-a-marathon-condition but you have to be at least relatively fit in order to enjoy the trek.
There are only actually a few days where you will be hiking for 5 hours straight as most of it consists of morning walks until each tea house where you can then spend the rest of your time resting, reading, enjoying the spectacular views and getting to know the local culture.
So if you’re keen on joining us for these dates, contact us using the details below and we can take on this EPIC adventure together.
-Tom & Anna
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