Everest

The World's Highest Trek – Mount Everest Advance Base Camp

Mount Everest Advance Base Camp (EABC) not to be confused with Everest Base Camp is approached from Tibet and is the highest that one can go on Everest without a climbing permit. It’s also the world’s highest trek on an established trail. The same route is typically used by climbers attempting to summit who continue on past Advanced Base Camp and follow the North Col and then the Northeast Ridge to the summit. The route has to Mount Everest Advance Base Camp is a challenging but beautiful trek through a stunning mountain landscape. The journey to EABC starts in Lhasa (11,975ft/ 3,650m) the capital of Tibet where it’s best to spend a few days acclimatizing before heading out towards Everest. Lhasa is amazing destination itself with the majestic Potala Palace, the great three monasteries of Sera, Ganden and Drepung as well as the Barkor Square and Jokhang Temple. It’s 627km by road from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp and the Rongbuk Valley that’s best taken over three days both to enjoy the sights but also to assist in the acclimatization process. A possible itinerary is to spend the first day visiting Yamdrock Lake, a beautiful turquoise lake, before crossing the […]


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Everest or Kilimanjaro? Trekking Comparison

Are you planning a trek and trying to decide between either Everest Base Camp or Kilimanjaro? I have been to both and wanted to put together a bit of a comparison of the experience on each. This comparison looks specifically at the Kilimanjaro’s Marangu Route which is the quickest and also one of the most popular summit approaches. The other routes to Kilimanjaro’s summit take more time and give trekkers a better chance to acclimatize. Everest or Kilimanjaro: Which is more difficult? The summit day on Kilimanjaro is definitely more difficult than any day on the Everest Base Camp trek and involves ascending 1200m to the summit and then descending nearly 2400m to camp. On the otherhand, the trek to Everest Base Camp is more of an endurance test taking 9 to 10 days or almost double the time required on Kilimanjaro. The rapid ascent and elevation change experienced on Kilimanjaro add an additional level of difficulty and creates more potential problems with acclimatization. The Everest Base Camp trek is 122km (76 miles) round trip and one gains a total elevation of 4200m/13900feet accounting for ups and downs on the trail. In comparison, Kilimanjaro’s Marangu Route is 70km (42 miles) […]


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Mount Everest  –  50 Amazing Records, Facts and Extremes

Mount Everest has captured our imagine and tested the limits of human endurance and capability. Here are just a few of the many firsts and records set on the mountain both by man and nature. If you think we missed some important ones let us know and we will add them to the list! Climbing Facts and Records Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the summit in 1953 for the first time. A Swiss team failed to reach the summit of Everest in 1952 just 250m short of the summit. Sir Edmund Hillary was also the first man to reach both of earths poles as well as the summit of Everest – aka “The three poles.” Willie Unsoeld and Tom Hornbein summited via Everest’s West Ridge in 1963 one of the most difficult routes possible. The last time that a season went by without anyone reaching the summit was 1974 Reinhold Messner in 1978 became the first to climb Everest without oxygen. Peter Hillary, son of Edmund Hillary, scaled the peak in 1990 making Edmund and Peter the first ever father and son combination to climb the mountain. Yuichiro Miura made the first septuagenarian summit in 2003. The same […]


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High Altitude Sickness and Everest Base Camp

One of the major challenges facing trekkers heading to Everest Base Camp or any other high elevation trek in the Himalayas is dealing with the potential threat of High Altitude Sickness. The primary cause of High Altitude Sickness is a decrease in the amount of available oxygen with altitude. To ensure you have a safe trek it’s important to be aware of this potentially life threatening condition and its symptoms. Everyone is susceptible to High Altitude Sickness and it is just as likely in physically fit persons as those who are unfit. This article is worth a read even if you have been to high elevations before without symptoms. Cause of High Altitude Sickness The primary cause of High Altitude Sickness is that amount of available oxygen in the atmosphere decreases with altitude. While the percentage of oxygen (21%) in the atmosphere remains constant the density of the atmosphere decreases so that the available oxygen when you take a breath becomes less. The decrease in density of the atmosphere is not linear and that density decreases more rapidly with increasing altitude so that the impact of going from 10,000 to 20,000 feet is not as significant as going from 20,000 […]


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Alternate Trekking Routes to Everest Base Camp

The trek to Everest Base Camp is the most popular in Nepal drawing upwards of 30,000 visitors a year for its incredible mountain views, excellent trails and comfortable tea house style trekking.  Here we present a few options for those wanting to visit Everest Base Camp but at the same time get off the beaten track. These treks offer a sense of the undeveloped side of Nepal and the Himalayas that most travelers miss entirely on the traditional route. Traditional Everest Base Camp Trek This is the traditional trekking route that is travelled 95% of the time and takes about 10 days. It starts with a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and then follows the Dudh Kosi River past Phakding to Namche Bazaar. After taking a rest day at Namche you get the first great views of Everest as the trek continues to Tengboche.  The trek then follows the course of the Imja Khola to Dingboche. Climb the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and stay at Lobuche before making the final trek to Gorakshep (5164m) and Everest Base Camp. See More   Three Passes and Everest Base Camp This one gets our vote as one of the best treks […]


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