Everest Base Camp Competition
No Roads Expeditions in partnership with Kathmandu and Keen Shoes is giving away two trips for 2 to Everest Base Camp (1 winner from Australia and 1 winner from New Zealand). The prize includes international airfares, accommodation, insurance, visas, a pair of Keen shoes and $500 worth of Kathmandu gear per person, now that is awesome. Total prize value is up to $10,600.
To be eligible for this competition all you need to do is purchase any pair of full priced Keen Shoes from any Kathmandu store between the 18th of May, 2018 and the 15th of June, 2018. The competition is open to all Summit Club members over the age of 18, so you will have to join the Summit Club before entering.
The winners will be announced on the 20th of June, 2018.
Everest Base Camp Trek
You and a friend could be off to trek to Everest Base Camp. How amazing would that be? But what's the trek all about?
The total expedition time is 18 days and 14 of these days will be on the trail. Our itinerary is specifically crafted to give you not only the best chance of reaching Base Camp, but of reaching it safely and comfortably. To achieve this we have built in several acclimatisation days, so that your body can adjust to the increasing altitude gain. By the time you reach Base Camp you will be 5360 metres above sea level, so your body needs time to adjust.
There is also an option to trek to Kalapathar, (see above) which is even higher than Base Camp with unsurpassed views of Everest, standing at 5545 metres above sea level.
Our Classic Everest Base Camp Trek is as follows:
Day 1: Welcome to Kathmandu! A Traditional Nepali Dinner and Cultural Dance
Day 2: Kathmandu City Tour: Buddhist Temple and Hindu Shrine
Day 3: Flight to Lukla (2800m/9186 ft), Trek to Phakding (2600m/8530 ft)
Day 4: Namche Bazaar (3450 m/11318 ft)
Day 5: Rest
Day 6: Khumjung (3780m/12401 ft)
Day 7: Trek to Phortse Village (3810m/12500 ft)
Day 8: Dingboche (4360 m/14304 ft)
Day 9: Rest Day
Day 10: Lobuche (4910m/16108 ft)
Day 11: Gorak Shep (5288m/17349 ft), Everest Base Camp (5360m/17585 ft)
Day 12: Kalapathar (5545 m /18192 ft), return to Pheriche (4240m/13901 ft)
Day 13: Namche Bazaar
Day 14/15: Lukla
Day 16/17: Lukla to Kathmandu
Day 18: Departure
For more information about this trek click here to go to our Classic Everest Base camp Trek
Frequently Asked Questions
How High Do We Go?
Everest Base camp is 5360 metres above sea level. However more important than that is how high do I sleep? That will be at Gorek Shep at 5288 metres. We build in several acclimatisation days (1 at Namche Bazaar, 1 at Dingboche) to give your body a chance to acclimatise.
What Fitness Level Do I Need?
There are several steep sections on our Classic Everest Base Camp trek however, the incline for most of the trip is quite gentle. If you are an active person (meaning you cycle, swim, run or walk at least 3 or 4 times a week), then this trek should be ok for you. If not, then we suggest you start training, getting as many hours and inclines in your legs as possible.
What's The Weather Like?
There are 2 main trekking seasons : February to May and September to December. February to May is the warmer season with day temperatures in the mid teens and night temperatures getting below zero at some places along the trail. The mountains can be a little hazey due to the warmer weather. September to December is after the monsoon so the skies are very clear but the temperature is colder with low teens during the day and well below zero at night. Don't worry you will be in a nice Tea House then.
Where Do We Stay Along The Way?
In Kathmandu you will stay in a hotel in the tourist district of Thamel, an area buzzing with excitement, colour and sounds. On the trail you will be staying in well appointed Tea Houses. Most of these are family run and consist of a downstairs communal room with the bedrooms upstairs. Shower and toilet facilities are basic and are shared. The communal room is usually very warm and festive with people from all over the world coming togther to share their experiences. Bedrooms are a little cooler, however we will supply you with an excellent sleeping bag.
What Equipment Do I Need?
While the days may be pleasant and warm, when the sun drops below the mountain peaks the temperature can drop very quickly, so you will need to layer. The first layer should be a merino wool type tshirt, the next can be a light polar fleece. The third layer can be a warm jacket and just in case it rains this jacket should be both wind and water resistant.
A good sturdy pair of walking shoes or boots (Keen have excellent trail shoes) are needed along with a pair of light weight footwear for around the Tea Houses (not thongs).
We will provide you with a warm down jacket, a rain poncho and an excellent sleeping bag as well as a duffle bag to carry all your gear in.
What Will We Eat?
In Kathmandu, there are many restuarants serving both Nepali and International cuisine. Along the trail most meals will be Nepali with dal bhat being a staple. However familiar food such as pasta and fried chips is very common, so too is excellent coffee. However, as we move further up the Khumbu away from Lukla, food becomes more basic.
What Do I Carry?
You will only need to carry a sturdy day pack (approximately 30-40 litres). The remainder of your gear will be packed into a duffle bag that we supply and our porter team carries this for you. We have a 1 Porter 1 Trekker policy so our Porters do not carry any more than 22kgs.