The Expedition

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October 17th 2013

Ely (20m) to Abu Dhabi,_Cambridgeshire

October 18th 2013

Abu Dhabi to Kathmandu

 Expedition briefing. Acclimatisation

 October 19th 2013

Acquiring Expedition Kit In Kathmandu

  October 20th 2013

Flight to Lukla

Gather Sherpas, Porters and Yaks – commence trek along Dudhi Koshi river to Phakding,at a height of 2,650m.

October 21st 2013

Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,400m)

At Namche Bazaar we see first glimpse of Everest

October 22nd 2013

Acclimatisation day at Namche Bazaar

Saga Martha National Park Headquarters and surrounding trails

October 23rd 2013

Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (Tengboche)  (3,867m)

Overnight at Tyangboche, home to a Buddhist monastery

October 24th 2013

Tyangboche to Pherice

October 25 2013

Acclimatisation at Pherice

October 26th 2013

Trek to Lobuche

October 27th 2013

Lobuche to Gorak Shep

October 28th 2013

 Gorak Shep to Everest Base Camp and back to Gorak Shep.

October 29th 2013

 Gorak Shep to Pangboche

October 30th 2013

Pangboche to Namche

October 31st 2013

Namche Bazaar to Lukla

November 1st 2013

Lukla to Kathmandu

November 2nd 2013

Kathmandu Valley staying with Babu

November 3rd 2012

Kathmandu Valley with Babu

November 4th

Kathmandu Valley – Teaching at local school

November 5th


November 6th

Kathmandu Valley with Babu

November 7th

Fly from Kathmandu to Abu Dhabi and onward to Heathrow

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13 Responses to The Expedition

  1. Life Normal says:

    Hi there. Thanks for picking up my blog. I might suggest traveling from Lukla to Phakding or Monjo the first day. From Lukla to Namche is too long a haul unless you’re in excellent shape.

    I also noticed that you go from Dingboche to Lobuche in one day which many people do. I’d strongly recommend that you stay at Dugla for acclimatization purposes. Plus, Dugla Pass won’t be on your afternoon. You’ll be real tired by then and that it’ll be the last thing you’ll want to do. Understand, each day gets harder as you go and there won’t be a reprieve until you are on your way down.

  2. Life Normal says:

    My mistake Eli. You ARE going from Lukla to Phakding. I would build in some flexibility into your schedule though. Dingboche to Lobuche is doable but I don’t think I’d want to do it myself. Plus, I looked again, Lobuche to EBC in one day? That’s too long a day. From Lobuche you have to climb the Lobuche Pass. Once you’ve made the pass you will have a series of hills to go up and down until you reach Gorak Shep. You’ll be dead tired once you reach the village and you won’t want to move the rest of the day. It’ll be because of the altitude. Then from Gorak Shep to EBC will take you two hours. You might also want to consider an extra night over on the way down. And what happens if your mountain flights don’t arrive and depart from Lukla on time? Best to build in some flexibility for unforeseen circumstances. You can absolutely reach base camp but I’m a conservative planner.

  3. Life Normal says:

    I think fear or at least trepidation is a natural feeling for many people. The landing in Lukla is an adventure. The suspension bridges can be too. If you just remember that you can’t do it all in one hour or even two, then you’ll be alright. Once you get to Dingboche you’ll begin to get the sense of how desolate the world is in these parts. But it really doesn’t smack you fully until you reach Lobuche. If you don’t have hiking trails in the mountains where you are, definitely get going on the stair master or at a large stadium to run stairs like Jillian suggested.

    Let me know if you have any questions. I’m here to help.

    Indispensable for me were four pairs of Smart Wool socks, four pairs inner sock liners, and a heavyweight Ibex Wool Merino Poolover.

    • elytoeverest says:

      This area is as flat as a pancake – all fens. I think I will be up and down my stairs a lot.

      Thanks so much for all of your advice. Be sure I will be asking plenty more questions if that’s okay.

  4. Life Normal says:

    Ask away. You might do better if you could find a soccer or rugby stadium for working out on stairs. Take them two at a time because that’s the height of the stone blocks you’ll be climbing.

  5. Whoa! All the Everest-trekking-bloggers are here! How fun! We can literally advise Keith half to death (wink). Scott’s advice is solid – we went from Lobuche to Gorek Shep (4am-7am), ate breakfast, and then climbed Kala Patthar. Done by @ 1pm. Tough day. Three of our group went on to EBC that afternoon, but the rest of us crashed out for the night. Altitude will be the main problem here, and chances are good that you won’t have an appetite and won’t have consumed enough calories. You might also have a ridiculous headache. You won’t know until you get there, but building in some extra time is the best idea.
    Congratulations again on your decision to go to Everest! It is a special treat.

  6. Life Normal says:

    DEATH! Did someone say death?
    Calories. All I have to say are four words…Honey Stinger Waffle Bars. I brought 32 of them with me and they were my saving grace on the trail. Somewhere along the line every day you’re going to be wishing you could have more calories. I suffered from appetite suppression, lost 12 twelves pounds on the trail. But these energy bars are very light and can give you a boost when you desperately need it…like halfway up to Namche, halfway up to Tengboche, somewhere along the way to Dingboche…you get the idea. These energy bars are ideal and take plenty of water on the trail with you as well.

  7. Scott B. says:

    Oh. Jill. Did I ever mention to you that I’d start my morning with a liter of tea?

    Trekking tip for Keith. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. I had a liter of tea EVERY morning. Soup with lunch, soup with dinner, and water throughout the day. I came down with a few headaches but nothing like what I saw from other trekkers.

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