THE WEEKLY #46: PREPARING FOR EVEREST BASE CAMP
After much contemplation, I bit the bullet and decided what would a trip to Nepal be without some serious trekking in the Himalayas. I decided to tackle the Everest Base Camp although there were other enticing options. There’s something grand about Everest, the tallest peak in the world. So this is my chance to get about as close as possible unless I scrape together the $40,000 required to climb the actual thing.
The trek will take twelve days in and out. It can be done faster although you need to progress slowly otherwise altitude sickness will strike if you climb in altitude too quickly. I think I have two days without actually trekking to a new village. Those days we will trek but just to sightsee in the area, explore and shoot some photos.
I had no gear whatsoever. I’ve literally emptied out my backpacking bag into a plastic bag and had to go out and buy all the gear, all the warm clothes, and necessities for the trek. It might sound expensive but I bought everything brand new and all of the gear for the entire tw0-week trek came to a total of $224.
This is Sanu. I met him on the street in Thamel as he was looking for trekking customers for his travel agency. A few milk teas later I was booked and he had everything organized.
I have organized a guide and it will be just him and myself trekking during the days. Including the flights from Kathmandu to Lukla ($320) the total cost was $900 USD. It includes all meals, accommodation, the guide, flights. I’ve been told wifi, electricity and hot showers will cost you a little extra along the way.
I managed to organize a couple of sponsors for the trip. How does that work? I will be shooting some content/products while surrounded by the amazing scenery of the Himalayas. However, I still had to fork out over half of the expenses for the trip, which I was more than happy to do. I’m stoked that brands and organizations get behind me and support my independent adventures around the world.
We will stay in tea houses in a sleeping bag. I’m not sure how fancy or basic they will be. However, many have been before me and many will trek after me so I am sure the facilities are great and the trek is going to be a blast. I’ve never done a trek in the cold. In fact, the coldest weather I have been in is while it snowed in Oregon. I’ve been told to prepare for possible -15 to -20 temperatures at some points. After Nepal, it will be straight to India to defrost.
I am assuming I will have limited access to the Internet, which to be honest will be a great little break. Therefore, if you don’t see or hear much from me for the next 12 days, fear not. I will be inside multiple layers of clothes staring at some of the biggest mountains in the world.
I hope you all have an awesome week.. or two weeks not sure if you will hear from me midweek. I will try and throw out at least THE WEEKLY 47 if I get any wifi. If not peace and see you all in 12 days.
Want to see what I got up to last week or the week before that? Or maybe you want to see the VLOG I threw out on Youtube this week, just scroll on down.