The Trip Notes provide detailed information and background for Adventure Consultants' Luxury Everest Base Camp Trek.
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Luxury Everest Base Camp Trek Trip Notes
We will take a maximum of 6 trekkers with each departure, hence spaces are limited. We will consider separate groups as mentioned earlier.
We employ strong and specialised Expedition leaders and Sherpa staff, who are some of the most pre-eminent in the industry. We pride ourselves on operating with small teams, the best back-up and support available. This year our guiding team includes:
Suze Kelly, Lead Guide Luxury EBC #1
AC General Manager Suze Kelly has a wealth of experience trekking and mountaineering around the world. She has climbed Everest, Lhotse, Island Peak, Aconcagua, Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya and Vinson Massif to name a few! As well as ensuring the operation, planning and administration runs smoothly behind the scenes at AC, Suze has worked several seasons as Everest Base Camp Manager and also regularly guides our treks to Kilimanjaro and Everest Base Camp.
Thomas Fotrin, Lead Guide Luxury EBC #2 & Private Trek
Thomas was born and raised in the French Alps, where the call for the outdoors was an easy choice. He was introduced to skiing and climbing at a very young age, and has since continued to make the outdoors his home, qualifying as a ski guide and amassing a wealth of experience in the outdoor and ski industry.
Bronwen Waters, Lead Guide Luxury EBC #3
Bronwen has spent many years guiding trekking throughout New Zealand and Nepal, including Mera Peak. She has a passion for the mountains and is a qualified ski guide and avalanche educator, having spent winters patrolling and heli-skiing in New Zealand, Canada and Norway.
Head Office Support Team
Running successful journeys and expeditions is more about experience, knowledge and strategic management than any other factors. As an organisation, we place a substantial amount of time and resources into ensuring our trips are well planned and supported. You can be assured that the AC staff will provide you with friendly advice and knowledgeable support throughout the planning stages of your trip and we will be there to provide backup while the trip is running.
Hayley Furze, Client Liaison
Hayley joins the AC team with a wealth of experience working in the tourism and hospitality industry along with a love of travel. She works as Client Liaison on a number of our South American expeditions and Himalayan treks.
Trek team members will be provided with pre-trip medical advice and a medical questionnaire and asked to visit their family physician to receive a full medical examination. This information will be sighted only by the trek leader and our medical adviser and treated with full confidentiality.
Each of our trips is individually rated according to its physical and technical difficulty, displayed in the icons towards the top of each trip page. You can click on the accompanying question mark for additional descriptions and the full run-down of our grading system is available on our Difficulty Ratings page.
Preparing for Your Trip
Although the trek to Everest Base Camp is straightforward, you must train prior to departure to make your trip as enjoyable as possible. While the trek is achievable you need to be prepared to hike for the full 14 days for around 4-5 hours on hilly terrain, with some hill climbs of around 600m elevation gain. The trek takes in a total distance of 120km with over 3000m elevation gain.
Training should include regular walking on hills, in combination with swimming, light running or biking and gym work to develop strength. For more information read our AC Blog article 'Fit to Trek', visit our Fitness Training Programs page , or check out our Training Peaks Uphill Athlete 12 Week Everest Base Camp Trekking Program.
What You Carry
You have the luxury of porter support during the trek. Each day you will carry your daypack containing; rain jacket, fleece, sun block, water, snacks, trekking poles, small personal first aid kit, camera and a few extra personal items. At higher elevations you will add a warm hat and gloves.
There is the issue of altitude you have to contend with and sufficient time for acclimatisation is incorporated into our trekking itinerary. We have included rest days at the appropriate elevations to allow our bodies to adjust to the thin air and we carry sufficient medication to deal with most altitude related problems. Experience has shown us that good hydration, rest days at significant elevations and good base fitness help avoid any significant problems during this trek.
Nonetheless, everyone will feel the effects of the high altitude. For those who have not been to altitude this can be a concern pre-trip. Please do not worry as your guides are trained to assist you through your acclimatisation programme.
Symptoms you should expect to feel include mild headaches, similar to the sensation of wearing tight sunglasses for too long. These ‘pressure’ headaches, as they are known, are usually relieved by Panadol, Ibuprofen, Excedrin, Tylenol or similar. Sometimes they can be completely avoided or relieved by drinking more water, rest and pressure breathing (blowing out through pursed lips). Being ready to relax, read a book, or take a ‘cat nap’ after each days trek, or on rest days is vital to allow your body to adjust. People who can’t sit still, drink excessive alcohol, or rush around usually adjust slower than others.
The feeling when you get to a new altitude has been compared to having a mild hangover. It is important to remember to walk slowly and efficiently and don’t try to keep up with any locals!
We include ‘active’ rest days as part of our acclimatisation programme. By taking a gentle walk on rest days to a slightly higher elevation we exercise the principle of ‘climbing high, sleeping low’, which aids our acclimatisation greatly.
Food will be of the highest standard possible, given the remoteness of the situation. In the Khumbu Valley during the trek we will be dining in restaurants at our superior lodging and at higher elevations catering staff will provide with fine meals of fresh local and imported foods. Please inform us if you have any special dietary requirements.
Throughout this journey we utilise superior lodging in the lower villages and at higher elevations you will stay in luxurious tent camps that are supported by our attentive staff.
Clothing & Equipment
Expedition trek members will be sent a list detailing all necessary clothing and equipment to be individually provided.