Tell us some of the juicy facts about your trip: How high is Everest Base Camp? How cold will it be? How long will the climb take? What will you eat?
“Mount Everest itself is nearly 30k feet or 9k metres high (29,029 ft / 8848 m). Some people find it easier to think about it in miles – it’s 5.5miles high but it actually grows 4mm every year due to some geologic uplift.
I am trekking to Everest base camp, which sits at nearly two thirds of the height of Everest at 5,380m. It’ll take 10 days to get there. We only get two proper acclimatisation days – on Day 5 at 3500 metres and Day 8 at 4500 metres before climbing an extra 1000m by Day 10. By the time I arrive, I will have trekked for 78hrs at high altitude with temperatures down to -20.
Day 11 will be the greater challenge though. For those that are feeling okay and not struggling too much from the altitude, we will attempt to climb Kala Patthar, which is 300m higher than base camp at 5,643m. If the weather is clear, we should be able to get stunning views of Mount Everest, which is why people push themselves to do it. I am sure I will be fine though. I am fit and determined so will just get on with it.
As for food, it all has to be carried on the backs of Yaks or by Sherpas. We’ll stay in tea houses along the route, where meals will be prepared. They say the food is a mix of Nepalese and international. I’m led to expect that there’ll be a lot of eggs, porridge, pasta, noodles, rice and potato to keep us going. Any meat is flown in via Lukla Airport and carried up without refrigeration, so we have been advised to stick to a veggie diet!”