Everest Expedition Trek Frequently Asked Questions | Action Medical Research

Everest Expedition Trek frequently asked questions

Question: Is altitude a problem?
Answer: We will be trekking up to an altitude of 5,545 metres; being at this altitude is one of the challenging aspects of this trek but our route has been designed to allow time for us all to acclimatise. You may suffer from headaches and shortness of breath but by taking short walks and taking time to adjust we will limit the effects. We will have a doctor with us on the trek, but if you have any pre-existing medical conditions or have any concerns you should consult your GP before we depart.
Question: How fit do I have to be?
Answer: We will be walking 6-7 hours a day over undulating terrain for 13 days so you will need to have trained and established a good level of fitness to take part in this trek. The more you have physically prepared yourself then the more enjoyment you will get out of the challenge. Don’t worry, we will send you a training guide to help you prepare and we are always on hand for training advice and support.
Question: Do we go to Everest base camp?
Answer: We do not trek to the base camp of Everest as the icefall obstructs views of the mountain. The base camp area is littered with debris from years of climbing expeditions and unless an expedition is actually at Base Camp, a route can be difficult to find. We get the best views from the summit of Kala Pattar, you won’t be disappointed!
Question: Will I have to carry my own kit?
Answer: No, you will only be expected to carry what you need that day, ie. camera, water, sun cream, waterproofs, snacks etc. All you need to do is concentrate on enjoying the magnificent views and experiences. On the trail the Sherpas will carry your baggage.
Question: Do I need any specialist kit?
Answer: You will need a pair of good quality walking boots and a four season sleeping bag. We also recommend you get walking poles and a down or duvet jacket for the evenings. We can recommend places to buy or rent equipment and will send you a full kit list when you register.
Question: Where will we stay?
Answer: Accommodation on the route will be very basic but comfortable, as we will be camping in two-man tents. On some nights there may be an option to stay in one of the teahouses, this will be at your own cost. Prices ranges from US$5-25 per room depending on how high up we are! In Kathmandu we will be staying in twin share accommodation at the Summit Hotel.
Question: What will we eat and drink?
Answer: Safe drinking water will be provided on the trek. Bottled water is available to buy in the hotel and at some tea houses. Meals will be substantial, but it is still a good idea to bring energy bars, snacks and other treats to keep you going during the day. Breakfast will consist of bread, biscuits, jam etc. On some days you will get a hot breakfast such as porridge, pancakes or with tea, coffee or hot chocolate. A typical lunch will be soup, cheese/eggs/ salad sandwiches etc, plus drinks. For our evening meal there will be soup followed by a main course with chicken, rice, potatoes and curried vegetables, lentils and dahl, followed by a dessert. Vegetarians will be well catered for.
Question: What does the registration fee cover?
Answer: The £299 non-refundable registration fee goes to Action Medical Research. It is used to fund the administration involved in organising the trek i.e. resources, staffing, marketing and information packs.
Question: Is this trek for me?
Answer: ABSOLUTELY! If you are looking for the challenge of a lifetime, a chance to learn more about Nepalese culture or the opportunity to explore the highest mountain range in the world, then this challenge is just what you are looking for!
Question: When do I need to bank the money?
Answer: We require you to bank at least 80% of the minimum fundraising total eleven weeks prior to departure to Nepal, which means you need to have raised £3,200 by 14 December 2012. The final deadline for the full amount to be banked is eight weeks after we return from Nepal, 13 May 2013.
Question: What happens if I can’t raise the money?
Answer: If you cannot raise the full amount, you are liable to forfeit your place on the trek or you may choose to make up the difference yourself. Remember to let us know if you have any difficulties; we are here to help.
Question: What next?
Answer: To be part of this once in a lifetime trip, just register online now!
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