Join our Everest Base Camp Trek in April 2021
It’s time to say a not so fond farewell to 2020 and start planning for 2021. And there is no better way to get out and explore than an Everest Base camp trek with Soul Adventures. We have been guiding in the Himalayas for over 15 years and guarentee you will have the time of your life. And we don’t expect you to it alone. We will be with the whole way. From the time you make a booking, the training, preperation and trek.
What to expect on an Everest Base Camp Trek?
Lets just say that it is pretty difficult to try explain the sheer awsomeness of the Himalayas. Yes, you can look at images online , envy over your friends photos or hear fascinating stories of mystery, culture and mind blowing scenery. But none of that can do the Himalayas justice. You need to experiecne it for your self. Our trek is a combination of all that and more. Massive ice capped giants. Trekking through the Khumbu Valley from Lukla into Base camp. Interacting with the most amazing and humblest people in the world, The Sherpa people. Dodging yaks laiden with goods and supplies for the upper villages. Exploring the temples of Kathmandu. Treading in the footsteps of mountainerring pioneers like Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay. Watching in wonder as the panoramic landscape is constantly changing the higher you trek. Spending time in the monasteries of Namche Bazaar and Tengboche. Chilling in the tea houses after a great day of hiking. And of course…..hammering back an ice cold Everest Lager reminiscing with new found friends.
Take it easy, relax and let it be
Adventure is all about the unkown. There is also a heck of a lot of things that might not go according to plan. We ask our clients to please keep an open mind and just go with the flow. There are always going to be things beyond our control like bad weather, delayed flights, luggage going missing, people getting sick, forgetting your panties or yaks blocking our way. We will obviously do our best to make alternative plans to ensure you get the best experiecne possible. It;s what we do. We have a passion for mountaineering and the Himalayas. We want you to come away in awe of this magical place.
Dates of the Everest Base Camp Trek 2021
We depart Johannesburg on 24 April 2021 and hopefully return again on 10 May 20121.
We say hopefully, because you never know what can go wrong in the mountains. There are so many variables in play that can effect the trip. These usally include missed flights to due bad weather. This is where travel insurance comes in sunshine. We will discuss that later.
Cost for the trek?
R39,900 per person
What does that include?
- Return flights from Johannesburg
- Return flights from Kathmandu to Lukla
- All airport transfers in Nepal. And no… we don’t help with transfers in Johannesburg. We are too scared.
- 2 Knights in Kathmandu. Sir Lancealot and Sir Gallahad.
- 2 nights accomodation in Kathmandu ( bed and breakfast only). We make use of a 3 star establishment in the heart of the Tamel District. Our favourite hotel is the Avataar. But only if there is availibility.
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner in the tea houses on the trek. You can choose from whatever you like on the menu. Enjoy delicious Nepalese mountain food that includes Sherpa Stew, Dim Sum, soups and Dal Bhat.
- Porters to carry your gear
- All Everest Base camp trekking permits
- 10 nights shared accomodation in tea houses along the route.
- 46 dad jokes
- 50% of any Drakensberg training hike
- Access to our Himalayan mountaineering expert
- 2x Free Training sessions ( Johannesburg only)
What does the cost exclude?
- Dinners, lunches, drinks, weed and massages in Kathmandu
- Extra nights accomodation in Kathmandu. The reasons for extra nights? If you have to be sent down early because of health issues or the flights into/out off Lukla are delayed.
- Extra nights in the Himalayas due to delays in flights.
- My wife.
- Tips for the porters, guides. Budget between $150 and $200 in total.
- Sleeping bags, backpacks, duffel bags and clothing.
- Water/tea/hot drinks in the tea houses. You will have to buy them.
- Wifi in the teahouses. You can buy the Everest link or purchase a sim card in Kathmandu.
- Electricity power points for chrging cell phones. The tea houses will charge you for it.
- Any extra siteseeing in Kathmandu. You will need to buy the tickets at the entrance and pay the guide for his time. Usually we all club in for the transport and guide.
- Any extras like chartered helicopter flights in case of bad weather and extra nights accomodation.
The importance of travel insurance
Okay. If there is anything you need to listen to, this is it. You must have travel insurance that includes helicopter evacuation. In fact, IT IS COMPULSORY. Comprendhe? Savvy? We make use of TIC
Here is a little story about why you should have travel insurance. In a galaxy far, far away there was a hiker who went on the Everest Base Camp Trek. He got altitude sickness just before base camp and and the only way to save his life was via helicopter. Without a helicopter, we would need to carry him down on a donkey which would take days. In that scenario, he may kick the bucket. And we don’t like to bring buckets on our trips.
What about the affects of altitude on your body?
It is difficult to say how you will adapt to the altitude, Everyone is different physiologically. And it has nothing to do with your fitness either. We have had endurance athletes getting sick on the trek. In a nut shell, and not the guides, your body will go through changes as you climb higher and the air gets thinner. The result is the lack of oxygen and air pressure. You body will have to compensate by producing more haemoglobin (red blood cells). We call this process aclimitisation. Some people just do not have the ability to acclimitise. The problem could manifest into Acute Mountain sickness, Pulmonary or Cerebral Edema.
For more info on the affects of altitude, read this: http://www.souladventures.co.za/mountain-sickness/
What equipment do you need for the trek?
Nothing fancy sunshine. You are not summiting the Big E. You will just need your basic trekking clothing. With the addition to a few extra warm things like a down jacket, gloves, beanie and windproof jacket to name a few. Here is the link to the everest base camp equipment list that we suggest.
How do I train for the Base Camp Trek?
Hike. Hike and Hike. Easy Peasy, not Japanesy. Come and join us on a multi day Drakensberg hike to test your fitness and mental levels.
How Long is the trek?
The total hiking distance covered on the Everest Base camp trek is 130km. Did you notice I mentioned the words “total”? You did? I’m glad. For the less observant types, let me break that statement down for you. If the total hiking distance of the base camp experience is 130km that means it is only 65km to the actual Base camp from the start of the hike in Lukla. And of course…..you guessed it……another 65km back from Everest Base camp to the end of the hike, which is also Lukla. That equates to a total of 130Km. Now calm down sunshine. Remember that we cover that distance over 11 days. So if my Mathematical Degree is worth anything that works out to about 11.32456km a day.
What will the weather be like?
Or rather, how long is a piece of string. The Himalayas, like any other mountain experiences some volatile weather conditions. So guess what? We prepare for the worst and hope for the best. That is where your equipment is so important. April in the Himalayas is spring time. So there is still alot of ice and snow on the mountains from the winter months. This also means the air can be a lot drier. The plants have not yet bloomed and the glacial rivers are not as full as in the autum months. There are high chances of snow and bad weather. But that is par for the course in the Himalayas. We will bring an extra batch of sympathy if you get wet. Here is a link explaining the various weather conditions
Top 20 things to consider when going on an Everest Base camp Trek?
Read this link. Or this one.
The basic trip itinerary?
Here is the trip itinerary in summary. For a more detailed description, click here.
- 24 April-depart Johannesburg
- 25 April- Arrive in Kathmandu
- 26 April- Fly to Lukla, trek 8km to Phakding
- 27 April- 10km trek into Namche Bazaar
- 28 April-rest day. Visit the local Monastery
- 29 April-9km trek into Tengboche
- 30 April-8km hike into Periche
- 31 April- rest day and acclimitisation hike to 4800m
- 1 May-7km trek to Leboche
- 2 May-4km trek into Gorek Shep, Have lunch and then take the 12km retun hike to Everest Base Camp
- 3 May- Summit Kala Pathar and trek 8km to Pengboche
- 4 May- 9km terek into Namche Bazaar
- 5 May- 14 km trek into Lukla.
- 6 May- Day kept aside in case of bad weather
- 7 May- Fly to Kathmandu from lukla
- 8 May- Explore Kathmandu
- 9 May- Fly back to SA
- 10 May- Arrive back in SA
Can I extend my trip in Kathmandu after the hike?
Of course you can darling. As long as you pay for it. Just let us know if you would like to extend and we will make the neccesary flight bookings.