|Everest Rocks Itinerary|
|Total number of days||20 days|
|Grade & days trekking||
Vigorous (grade 3), 14 trekking days -see Appendix II for grade descriptions
|Accommodation||5 nights hotel, 14 nights lodges|
|Dates||October 11th to 30th 2007 (ex Kathmandu)|
Trek leadership team
Shannon Foley is the director of Love Hope Strength. She is your liaison and trip coordinator. Shannon also specializes in coordinating outdoor adventures such as African safaris. She is in charge of all of the events, fundraising and planning for Everest. Please feel free to contact her for any and all questions or concerns. 303.518.8939 or Shannon@lovehopestrength.com
The western leader on your Everest Rocks trek is Adrian (Ade) Summers. Ade is a very experienced mountain guide originally from Wales, he now lives in Australia when not guiding expeditions around the world! Ade will work with a team of Sherpa guides to organise and lead the trek.
Roland Hunter, the founder of The Mountain Company, will help with arrangements in Kathmandu and will meet you on arrival. You will also meet both Tulsi and Prashant who work in our office in Kathmandu, they will be on hand to answer any of your questions.
Jake Norton will also be travelling with us as a photojournalist and second guide when needed. At age 32, Jake Norton is one of only a few people to reach the summit of Everest twice - via the Northeast and Southeast Ridges - in consecutive years. He has spent more than 365 days on the mountain. Jake is available to answer any questions you may have about equipment, training and more. Contact Shannon for info.
Eric Orton of “Train with Eric” is your personal trainer and coach. Eric specializes in Tri-athlete conditioning and training. He will assist you with your endurance, meal and overall fitness levels before our departure. If you have not been in touch with Eric yet, please feel free to reach out to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is our intention to keep to the day by day itinerary detailed below, although there might be some flexibility due to local conditions or other factors beyond our control.
Day 1, Oct. 11. Arrive Kathmandu, collection from airport and transfer to Hotel Yak and Yeti.
|Monkey Temple, Kathmandu||Durbar Square, Kathmandu|
Day 2, Oct. 12. Day in Kathmandu. Overnight Hotel Yak and Yeti.
Day 3, Oct. 13. Fly to Lukla (2,840m), trek to Monjo (2,840m)- 6 to 7 hours walking.
You will be driven to the airport for the early morning flight to the mountain airstrip at Lukla. This is a truly spectacular beginning to the trek as you fly over the rolling foothills of Nepal with the huge Himalayan peaks visible to the north.
On arrival we meet our Sherpa guides and porters and then begin the trek by following the Dudh Khosi valley to the village of Monjo. Overnight Everest Summit Lodge/ teahouses.
|Lukla airport||Approaching Phakding|
|Everest Summit lodge at Monjo||Typical bedroom|
Day 4, Oct. 14. Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,445m)- 5 to 6 hours walking.
Today we walk up to the trading town of Namche Bazaar. Halfway up the Namche hill we are rewarded with our first views of Everest.
Namche is the largest town in the Khumbu and has superb views of Thamserku (6,648m), Kwangde (6,220m) and Khumbila (5,700m). Overnight Zamling Guesthouse/ Camp de Base.
|Crossing the Hilary bridge||Namche Bazaar|
|Zamling Guesthouse in Namche||Everest collection in the dining room|
Day 5, Oct. 15. Acclimatisation day. Trek to Sherpa villages of Khumjung (3,740m) and Khunde (3,840m) and back to Namche Bazaar.
Today we take an essential rest day to allow us to adapt naturally to the gain in altitude. There is plenty to do in and around Namche, we can take a short walk above the town to the Sherpa villages of Khumjung and Khunde. On the way we can drop into the infamous Everest View hotel and enjoy a fine view of Everest and the beautiful mountain called Ama Dablam (on a clear day of course!). Overnight Zamling Guesthouse/ Camp de Base.
|View of Ama Dablam from Khumjung||Khumjung village and the Hilary school|
Day 6, Oct. 16. Trek to Tashinga (3,450m)- 4 hours walking.
This morning we leave Namche on the trail which contours the hillside high above the Imja Khosi. There are spectacular views of Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse and also the beautifully shaped Ama Dablam known as one of the most beautiful mountains in the world!
The lodge is located just outside the village of Tashinga with views down the valley to Ama Dablam and Everest. Overnight at the Everest Summit Lodge/ teahouses.
|View Ama Dablam||Everest Summit lodge at Tashinga|
Day 7, Oct. 17. Trek to Pangboche (3,875m)- 6 hours walking.
Today we set out for Pangboche village and pass the important Tengboche monastery along the way. The Tengboche monastery is the most important gompa in the Sherpa region, and home to the abbot and about 80 monks and novices following Nyingmapa Buddhism, the predominant Sherpa sect. There is a good view of Everest from here.
After a visit to the monastery we will carry on walking to the village of Pangboche. Overnight at the Everest Summit Lodge/ tea houses.
|Tengboche monastery||Lunch at one of the lodges|
Day 8, Oct. 18. Trek to Dingboche (4,350m)- 5 to 6 hours walking.
After a descent to the Imja Khola, we cross the river and climb gradually to the village of Dingboche. We spend two nights here to help with the acclimatisation process. This village is in a sheltered location above the Imja Khola and is less windy than the neighbouring village of Pheriche. Overnight at the Everest Summit Lodge/ tea houses.
|Dingboche village||View of Ama Dablam|
Day 9, Oct. 19. Acclimatisation day walk and back to Dingboche.
Today we recommend you go on a day walk up to Chukhung towards Island Peak. The views from this valley are superb with Ama Dablam and the massive wall of Nuptse and south face of Lhotse. Overnight tea house/ lodge.
Day 10, Oct. 20. Trek to Lobuche (4,931m)- 5 to 6 hours walking.
From Dingboche the trail contours above Pheriche and on towards the moraine of the Khumbu glacier and then across to Dughla.
From Dughla the trail goes directly up the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier before turning left just past the climber and sherpa memorials. From here the route descends a little and follows the western side of the valley to Lobuche.
Tawache and Nuptse are particularly spectacular from Lobuche, towering almost two kilometres directly above you! Overnight Ecolodge.
|Pumori||Bird of prey|
Day 11, Oct. 21. Trek to Gorakshep (5,160m), afternoon walk up Kalapathar (Everest view point).
After an early start we follow the trail along the western side of the broad Khumbu valley. The conical peak of Pumori soon comes into view, it is on a lower ridge of this mountain that we will be going this afternoon for the Everest view point at Kala Pattar.
The trail makes a short descent onto the sandy area at Gorakshep. It should take between 2 to 3 hours to get to Gorakshep from Lobuche. We will check into one of the lodges here, have a light lunch, then head off to walk up Kala Pathar.
It is a steep walk to the Kala Patar summit which normally takes a couple of hours. It is definitely worth it for the superb views of Everest along with the other Himalayan giants of Pumori, Changtse, Nuptse, Lhotse and many others! Overnight tea house/ lodge.
|Kalapathar summit!||View from Kalapathar|
Day 12, Oct. 22. Trek to Everest base camp and back to Gorakshep.
After breakfast those in the group who would like to walk to Everest base camp will head off for the 6 hour return trek. The trail is mainly on rocky moraine before crossing over on to the glacier. There is a dramatic view of the infamous Khumbu icefall from the basecamp.
We will walk back to Gorakshep and spend another night here. Overnight tea house/ lodge.
|Everest base camp and Khumbu icefall||Birthday party at over 5000m!|
Day 13, Oct. 23. Return trek to Pheriche. Overnight tea house/ lodge.
Day 14, Oct. 24. Return trek to Tashinga. Overnight ESL/ tea house.
Day 15, Oct. 25. Namche Bazaar. Overnight tea house/ lodge.
Day 16, Oct. 26. Return trek to Lukla. Overnight ESL/ tea house.
Day 17, Oct. 27. Fly to Kathmandu. Overnight Hotel Yak and Yeti.
Day 18, Oct. 28. At leisure in Kathmandu. Overnight Hotel Yak and Yeti.
Day 19, Oct. 29. Overnight Hotel Yak and Yeti.
Day 20, Oct. 30. Fly back home.
Transfer to Kathmandu airport for the flight back home. End of trip.
During the last few days in Kathmandu we are scheduling visits to local cancer canters, a concert and other events. More info to come.
|Drinking the local brew in Kathmandu!||A chance to do some more sightseeing|
Ethical and environmental considerations
The Mountain Company is committed to adopting a responsible attitude to the areas we visit. We are guests of the communities visited and with some thought and care we can ensure that everyone benefits from the experience.
We work closely with the International Porter Protection Group (www.ippg.net) who we support as a Camp 1 sponsor- we abide by their 5 guidelines for porter protection.
We also work with other organisations such as Climate Care (www.climatecare.org), Tourism Concern (www.tourismconcern.org.uk), Friends of Conservation (www.foc-uk.com) and Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (www.keepnepal.org).
We have developed a Responsible Tourism policy which aims to ensure that The Mountain Company and its clients act in a way that is socially, environmentally and culturally sound; please refer to Appendix III in this Trip Dossier.
The Mountain Company has joined the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Know Before You Go campaign. The aim is to make sure travellers are properly prepared before travelling overseas. The best way to get the FCO latest advice is to visit their website at: www.fco.gov.uk/travel.
Altitude and acclimatisation
The Everest base camp itinerary has been designed for gradual acclimatisation. Take a look at the altitude profile for the itinerary below:
The Mountain Company provides an oxygen saturation meter to use during this trek. This helps the western leader monitor the acclimatisation of the group by reviewing % oxygen saturation of your blood and pulse rate. This is the best way of preventing altitude sickness because we can tell at an early stage if someone is having problems acclimatising.
Using an oxygen saturation meter
We bring along a comprehensive first aid kit on this trek. See Appendix IV for the contents of The Mountain Company’s group first aid kit.
There are no hard and fast rules about who is likely to be affected by altitude related problems as it happens to both experienced Himalayan climbers and fit athletes. The main reason for the problem is due to people going too high, too fast. The only treatment that works is rapid descent.
There are ways of helping the acclimatisation process, as described below:
- Climb slowly. There is plenty of time included in the itinerary so there is no need to rush, go at your own pace and enjoy the incredible views along the way!
- Drinks lots of water. It is easier for your body to acclimatise when hydrated, so drink at least 3 litres of water per day and try to avoid coffee and alcohol.
- Consider taking diamox (acetazolamide). Charles Houston MD, a well known high altitude expert, concludes that diamox enables acclimatisation by making one breathe more often or deeper.
See the suggested reading section for further altitude and acclimatisation information.
Accommodation in Kathmandu
In Kathmandu you are staying at the Hotel Yak and Yeti (5 star). This hotel is probably the best in Kathmandu, for more information take a look at their website http://www.yakandyeti.com/
There is a left luggage room in the hotel for leaving items behind that you do not require while trekking.
In Kathmandu there is a wide range of excellent restaurants, some of the more popular ones are: Everest Steak House, Rumdoodles, Fire and Ice, La Dolce Vita, Mike’s Breakfast and New Orleans. Breakfast is provided each morning by the hotel.
While on the trek, the lodges provide good quality food in sufficient quantities. For breakfast you are likely to get porridge, cereal, toast or chapattis, omelette and a range of hot drinks. On arrival at the lodge in the afternoon you will be given tea and biscuits and a three course meal will follow with soup, a main meal and dessert.
It is a good idea to bring a few of your favourite snacks, you can buy chocolate, biscuits & Pringles in the lodges or in a supermarket in Kathmandu.
October is recognised as having the best trekking weather normally with clear blue skies and sun.
This trek is likely to have a wide range of temperatures depending on the altitude and the time of day. In the mountains between 1,000m and 3,500m the nights will be cool, normally around 5˚C, and during the day temperatures sometimes rise to 25˚C. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 20˚C to -15˚C.
Clothing and equipment
A list of suggested clothing and equipment for the Everest base camp trek has been included in Appendix II below. This is a comprehensive list and experienced trekkers will often take only a selection of these items based on what has worked in the past. It is worth pointing out that you will need a sleeping bag for this trip (rated to at least -15 degrees Celsius).
If you are UK based then please contact the office for the Cotswold Outdoor promo code that entitles you, as a client of The Mountain Company, to 10% discount in their stores and online.
Trekkers should bring all their gear in one large duffel bag (or a large backpack) and a small backpack (40 to 50 litres). Each day you will carry the small pack containing items that you might need while trekking such as warm clothes, waterproof jacket, camera, water bottle, personal first aid kit and some snacks.
The rest of your personal equipment, contained in your duffel bag, will be
carried by a porter. The maximum weight allowance is 15kgs. If your bag is more than 15kg extra charges will apply for porterage and for Lukla flight. Please ensure that your bag is marked clearly on the outside for easy identification.
All foreigners require a visa for entry into Nepal. It is your responsibility to obtain the entry visa. You can get your visa either from a Nepalese embassy overseas or on arrival at Kathmandu airport. If you stay in Nepal longer than the duration of the initial 60 day visa you will require a visa extension.
Most people will obtain their visa on arrival at Kathmandu airport. You need two passport photos, and a completed visa application form. Love Hope Strength will be paying for the Visa but you MUST supply the paperwork and photos. Application enclosed.
The visa application can be downloaded from their website at http://www.nepembassy.org.uk/images/visaform.pdf
Vaccinations and medical
You should obtain professional advice from a travel clinic or your local doctor about which vaccinations to have before you arrive in Nepal.
A dental check-up is a good idea as there will be no dental facilities while on the trek.
We bring along a comprehensive first aid kit on this trek. See Appendix IV for the contents of The Mountain Company’s group first aid kit.
You will want to obtain comprehensive trekking insurance for this trek. If you are a resident of the UK, you might be interested in obtaining insurance from The Mountain Company (in partnership with Endsleigh). For an online quote, see http://www.themountaincompany.co.uk/content/view/93/96/ Love Hope Strength is looking into group insurance rates. Please be sure that you have your medical covered.
In the months before departure you will need to build up your training so that by the time you leave you can walk comfortably for around 6 to 7 hours a day in hilly terrain. You must also be able to do this over consecutive days, so your body gets used to the idea of walking for 2 weeks.
If you need to buy new boots your number one priority is getting them broken in. Buy them as soon as possible and take advice from a specialist outdoor shop.
For more advice and tips on training, please take a look at our website http://www.themountaincompany.co.uk/content/view/111/
For those of you who are visiting Nepal for the first time we have provided some cultural information to help you fit in and feel at ease:
► dress code is important for both men and women:
- both men and women should wear full length trousers and a shirt;
► there are hot springs, rivers and lakes where it is pleasant to take a dip, it is fine for men to go bare-chested while bathing but should not go nude. Women should try and be as modest as possible in these situations.
► Hindus are concerned about the ritual pollution of food when it is touched by someone outside their caste or religion. Therefore, do not touch any cooked foods on display and when drinking from a container used by others avoid touching your lips to it. Do not eat food with your left hand and make sure you only give or receive food with your right hand.
► shoes are considered degrading so keep them on the ground and remove them before putting your feet on anything. If you enter a Nepali house follow the example of your host in deciding whether to remove your shoes but on entering a temple or monastery you should definitely remove them. When sitting do not point the soles of your feet to anyone and you should make sure they are pointing towards the ground. Nepalis will not step over your legs and feet so make sure you draw them to make a path for anyone moving past.
► you will pass Buddhist mani walls, chortens, and stupas along the trek and to follow local traditions you should pass them on your right.
► when visiting a monastery or gompa it is customary to give a donation for its upkeep.
For recommended books & maps to Nepal and the Everest region take a look at our online bookstore at http://astore.amazon.co.uk/themountainco-21/203-3664731-9980744?%5Fencoding=UTF8&node=6
Everest- 50 years on top of the world by George Band
Above the clouds by Anatoli Boukreev
Eric Shipton- Everest and beyond by Peter Steele
Touching my father’s soul by Jamling Tenzing Norgay
Into Thin Air by John Krakauer
The Ascent of Rum Doodle by WE Bowman
Altitude and acclimatisation information and advice
Going higher Oxygen, man and mountains by Charles Houston, MD
The High Altitude Medicine Handbook by Pollard and Murduch
Medicine for mountaineering by James Wilkerson, MD
The BMC website- www.thebmc.co.uk/world/mm/mm0.htm
Base camp MD website- www.basecampmd.com/expguide/highalt.shtml
High Altitude medicine website- www.high-altitude-medicine.com
Everest Base Camp trekking National Geographic 1:135,000
Mount Everest Schweizerische Stiftung fur Alpine Forschung (Swiss Foundation For Alpine Research) 1:50,000
Mount Everest National Geographic Society 1:50,000
Nepal Trekking Map Himalayan Maphouse Scale: 1:900,000
Suggested clothing and equipment list
- Trainers and/or sandals. To be used in camp in the evenings.
- Light hiking boots. A pair of water repellent hiking/trekking boots.
- Gaiters. A pair used to keep boots dry if walking through deep
snow or on wet ground.
- Wool or Pile Socks. Heavyweight wool to be worn over the liner
- Liner Socks (optional). Pair of smooth thin liner socks to be worn next to the skin which reduce the likelihood of getting blisters and hot-spots.
- Water & windproof jacket and trousers
- Medium weight down or insulated jacket
- Lightweight trekking trousers
- Long sleeve synthetic shirt
- Mid to heavyweight fleece jacket (Polartec 200 to 300)
- Medium weight fleece
- Lightweight synthetic long underwear/baselayer for both top & bottom
- Light to mid weight fleece pants (Polartec 100 to 200)
- A few T shirts to wear in the lodge in the evening
- Fleece gloves
- Warms mittens and/or gloves
- Warm wool or fleecy hat/balaclava
- Sun hat or baseball cap
- Bandana or scarf
- Good sunglasses (best are wrap arounds or with side patches)
- 4 season sleeping bag (rated to at least -15 degrees Celsius)
- Day pack (large enough to carry water bottles, camera, lunch and extra clothing)
- 1 pair adjustable trekking poles (optional)
- Two 1 litre water bottles
- Torch (head torch is best)
- Sunscreen and lipsalve with an SPF 30 or better
- Water purification tablets (iodine or Pristine- solution of activated chlorine dioxide)
- Favourite snack food
- Paperback books, walkman/ipod and cards
- Camera and film
- Two passport photos for Nepal visa (and USD$30 cash)
- Insurance certificate (very important!)
- Earplugs (optional)
- Anti bacterial hand gel (optional)
- 1 large duffle bag or backpack. For transporting your personal
gear on the trek and during flights. Maximum weight while trekking is 15kg.
- Small combination padlocks to lock bag.
- Large plastic bin bags for keeping gear dry in your bags whole
- Stuff sack for packing
- Travel clothes. You will need street/casual clothing for air travel
days and time spent in Kathmandu (you can leave these at the
hotel when trekking)
- Toiletry bag include toilet paper, soap, towel, toothbrush, toilet
Personal first aid kit
Note: we provide a comprehensive group first aid kit but please bring personal medications and other items you might use regularly such as:
- Any personal medications
- Blister treatment- Compeed patches are the best
- Multi vitamins plus iron supplement
- Analgesic- paracetamol, ibuprofen and aspirin
- Throat lozenges
- Diamox (optional)- helps with acclimatisation, can buy in Kathmandu
Trek grades and fitness
Each trek has been given a grade based on the level of difficulty to be encountered. The grading system is subjective to a degree and clearly conditions can vary year to year, but it gives a good overall picture of what you are likely to experience. Please contact us if you have any question about the grading levels.
► Gentle (Grade 1): a walking holiday with cultural interest and anything from 3 to 7 days trekking. Low altitude trails but could involve some ascent and descent. Light daypacks. A fun and varied trip.
► Moderate (Grade 2): these treks generally have 4 to 6 hours of walking per day and are on trails that have a reasonable amount of ascent and descent. This grade would suitable for someone in good health and who is reasonably fit taking regular exercise. Suitable for anyone who enjoys weekends in the British hills, no previous trekking experience required. Light day packs.
► Vigorous (Grade 3): typically around 8 to 14 days trekking with up to 7 or 8 hour days. The trek spends time in high mountain terrain involving considerable ascents or descents, altitude may be a factor but is not always so. There may be adverse weather conditions. Light packs. Suitable for the fit enthusiast, although you may need to train beforehand to improve your level of fitness.
► Strenuous (Grade 4): anything from 10 to 30 days trekking with some crossing mountain passes at over 4900m. Challenging mountain terrain will be encountered including scree slopes, glacial moraines, or areas with no paths. No technical climbing/mountaineering skills required. Considerable stamina will be needed, training weekends in the British hills is recommended.
► Strenuous expedition grade (Grade 5): treks at this grade have all the elements of those classed as ’strenuous’ but with additional factors increasing the difficulty further. These could include high and difficult passes, roped glacier travel and other similar terrain where it may be necessary to use ice axe and crampons. Not technically difficult but all are a considerable challenge. Previous strenuous trekking experience is essential.
► Reconnaissance: if this appears in brackets after the main grade it denotes a new trek. These trips should appeal to the really adventurous and the trekking itineraries may be less predictable than most.
The Mountain Company’s Responsible Tourism policy
- All areas of our operations are planned with responsible tourism in mind, and we require our business partners to support this vision.
- Porter welfare is a top priority, our local agents are monitored on a continual basis and all post trip questionnaires are read and acted upon where necessary. We do our utmost to comply with the International Porter Protection guidelines (“IPPG”) and have shown our support by becoming an IPPG base camp sponsor (http://www.ippg.net)
- The Mountain Company is a life member of Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (“KEEP”). KEEP is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation with two main aims, firstly to provide impartial and independent information to travellers, and secondly to ensure the future ecological and cultural prosperity of Nepal through positive impact tourism and outreach project work (http://www.keepnepal.org)
- The Mountain Company will offset its carbon dioxide emissions each year by contributing to Climate Care who fund projects around the world to reduce greenhouse gases (http://www.climatecare.org)
- Appropriate behaviour is encouraged by providing Trip Dossiers with sections on social and cultural awareness and by using local guides and staff who discuss these issues with the group.
- In the office we will recycle what we can and try and reduce waste.
We believe that our clients have an important role to play as well, with each person ultimately determining the overall impact of the group in the area visited. The following are some ideas you might like to consider:
- Try to buy locally made crafts and support local skills to encourage the positive sides of tourism.
- Consider tipping a reasonable amount for good service.
- Bargaining is an accepted practice in all countries we visit but do so in a good humour and bear in mind the amount of money you are haggling over!
- Think carefully about giving money to beggars, it is often more effective to give money to local charity to reduce reliance and expectation.
- Learn some words of the local language, this is appreciated and often results in getting more out of the experience.
- Ask for permission before taking photographs out of respect for the local people.
- Enjoy the areas you visit but, if possible, try and leave in a better state than you found them in.
- Respect the local laws, customs and cultural beliefs.
- Observe the dress code of the area and be aware of differences in social behaviour and norms.
- Do not buy ancient artefacts or souvenirs made from endangered species (eg ivory).
- Try not to damage any plants you see on the trail.
- Wild animals should not be touched, fed or disturbed and do not encourage local people to parade animals.
- Do not collect firewood, all the treks use kerosene for cooking.
- Ask permission before using a village well or pump.
- Please burn all loo paper and bury away from a water source (30m) and please use toilet facilities if they exist.
- Our policy is to carry out all non biodegradable rubbish, if any is left behind in the morning, please bring to the guides attention.
- Bring along environmentally friendly detergents and shampoos and use as little as possible to keep fresh water supplies free from pollution.
- Be economical in using fresh water for showering and washing as often they are in short supply.
- Consider offsetting environmental effects of international travel by contributing to Climate Care.
The Mountain Company’s group first aid kit
► the contents listed below are included in The Mountain Company’s standard first aid kit used in every country where we organise treks.
► we check the expiry date on all the medicines prior to starting the trek.
The High Altitude Medicine Handbook by Andrew Pollard and David Murdoch- a very informative book which can be used as a reference for diagnosis and what medicine to take & dosage.
Oral rehydration solution- replacement of salts used for heat exhaustion or diarrhoea
Decold & decongestant
Loperamide (immodium) 2mg
Bandages and dressings
Medical adhesive tape
Analagesics & painkillers
Altitude and acclimatisation
Diamox 250mg- preventative and treatment of AMS.
Nifidipine (depin) 10mg- for High Altitude Pulmonary Oedema (HAPE).
Dexamethasone 0.5mg- for High Altitude Cereberal Oedema (HACE).