Prepping for Everest Base Camp in Kathmandu

Just a quick update to say we’re all sorted and excited to be heading in to the mountains tomorrow.

We’ve been staying with a Nepalese friend of Jamie’s cousin, Binod, and his lovely family since we arrived in Kathmandu on Saturday. Binod is coming up the mountain with us – he’s an expert trekker and an all round legend so we’re very thankful that he’s part of the team!

Most of our days have been spent manically going to and from town trying to pick up all our last bits and battling with the daily cash withdrawal limits to make sure we have enough cash for the trek. We also bizarrely bumped into Jamie’s housemate from university who now lives in the US so we had a fun evening catching up with him in town.

We’re finally there (we hope!) and, after our Pre-Trek Check Trek this afternoon, our flight to Lukla is booked for 8.30am tomorrow morning.

It’s a very small plane which goes through some rather large mountains so flights are frequently delayed in bad weather, but fingers crossed we get off at some point tomorrow. I’ll make sure to get some pictures of the airport when we get there, but parents and grandparents might want to hold off looking it up until then…

Below is a rough estimate of our trekking route up through the Gokyo valley, over the Cho La pass and then up to Everest Base Camp. It’s all a rough estimate and will depend on how we acclimatise and whether we want to explore more on the way up. The Cho La pass will also depend on the weather and we may end up having to go the long way round if it’s bad.

As you can see there are lots of nice short days to start to help us adjust to the altitude. You can’t sleep more than 300m higher than you did the day before, so we have a few nice ‘easy’ days in a row. We haven’t mapped out our stops on the way down yet and how fast we make it down will all depend on the state of our knees by then! We have a tentative return flight booked from Lukla on 29 April, but it’s moveable and we think we might take longer to stop at a few interesting mountain towns on the way down. Although, who knows, we may just be desperate for a shower by then!

  1. Lukla to Phakding , 3 hours (2840m-2610m)
  2. Phakding to Namche, 5-6 hours (2610m – 3440m),
  3. Namche acclimatisation day with a 1-2 hour acclimatisation hike
  4. Namche acclimatisation day with a 4-5 hour acclimatisation hike to Khumjung and back
  5. Namche to Phortse Tenga, 2-3 hours (3680m – 4200m)
  6. Phortse Tenga – Dole, 2 hours (3680m – 4200m)
  7. Dole – Macchermo, 1-2 hours (4200m – 4470m)
  8. Machermo – Gokyo, 3-4 hours (4470-4790)
  9. Gokyo Ri peak trek – 5360m, 4 hours
  10. Gokyo Lakes trek, followed by Gokyo – Tagnag, 4-6 hours (4790-4700)
  11. Tagnag to Dzonghla over the 5420m Cho La pass, 8 hours (4700m – 4830m)
  12. Dzonghla to Lobuche, 3-4 hours (4830m – 4930m)
  13. Lobuche to Gorak Shep, 3 hours (4930m to 5160m)
  14. Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp, 6 hours (5160m to 5545m and back)

We think we can pay for WiFi in a few of the lodges so we’ll try and instagram a few pics on the way, but the next post will be coming to you post-Everest. Wish us luck!

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