Everest Base Camp Trek – Nepal – May/June 2018

David Spashett

In May 2018 I will be travelling to Nepal to meet up with my youngest son.

We will be joined by a Nepalese friend of my son’s who will help with porterage, although we will be personally carrying roughly 11kg of gear in our rucksacks as we trek in the Khumbu Valley heading up to Mount Everest Base Camp.

This will be my second attempt to reach the dizzy heights of Base Camp. Back in 2014 a group of 6 of us made the trip, which unfortunately for me ended in the town of Pheriche (4252m) 9 miles shy of our goal, suffering from a bout of altitude sickness. The other 5 made it however!  I am hoping for better luck this time.

My reason for carrying out this insane task is to give support to my son who, on the 29th May, is taking part in the 16th annual Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon which commemorates the historic first successful ascent of Everest on 29th May 1953. The race starts at Base Camp (5364m) and finishes in the Town of Namche Bazaar (3440m). Last year’s race times varied from 3hr 44min for the winner to 17hr 18min for number 196. I will be happy with two days, which is what it usually takes us mere mortals.

In total we will be spending roughly fifteen days in Nepal with twelve trekking in the mountains, depending on weather conditions, acclimatisation days, flights etc. We will be starting the trek at Lukla at an altitude of 2860m. The 32 mile route consists of 3455m of ascent and 951m of descent, reversed on the way back. Percentage of oxygen in the air is 70% in Lukla dropping to 50% at Base Camp.  My son will be raising money for the charity ‘Buddhist Child Home’, an orphanage for homeless kids of Nepal. Check out his specific Facebook site for more details.

This has inspired me to look to raise money from my own meagre efforts for St Matthew’s Reordering Project.
You can follow our progress here.

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Thank you!