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12:27  18 may  2019
12:27  18 may  2019 Source:   nationalgeographic.com

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Hundreds of international mountaineers journey to Mount Everest each spring hoping to make a successful ascent of the world’ s highest peak. The vast majority of their time, however, isn’t spent climbing up the flank of the mountain.

Everest is our tallest mountain. It is difficult enough to have killed many climbers in horrible falls and Base Camp is like a Formula One car racing depot. Satellite phones buzz in international tents as the Only a small climb above camp , you look down the Tibetan plateau with it ' s vast brown plains

Here's what it's like to live at Everest base camp © Photograph by Freddie Wilkinson, National Geographic

The kitchen is where the magic happens for head cook Subash Magyar. Rice, pasta, eggs, canned fruit and vegetables, and flatbreads (locally known chapati) form the bulk of the ingredients for the three meals a day.

Hundreds of international mountaineers journey to Mount Everest each spring hoping to make a successful ascent of the world’s highest peak. The vast majority of their time, however, isn’t spent climbing up the flank of the mountain. It’s spent resting, acclimatizing, and preparing at the mountain’s two principle base camps, one on the Nepal side and one on the opposite side of the mountain in Tibet. Life at base camp is an odd mix of mundane domesticity, logistical challenges, and the occasional flash of life-or-death drama.

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Instead, the Everest Base Camp trek provides an opportunity for regular hikers like me to tackle a feasible portion of one of the most iconic climbs in the world. Base Camp is where those planning to summit spend weeks acclimating and preparing for their journey. It is also the farthest you can go

Here ’ s how it unfolded-. Some places in the world should not be easy to get to, and The closest expedition to the Base Camp viewpoint when I was there, the 2011 Iceland Everest Expedition. I could live to be a million but I doubt I could ever forget what it was like to be at Mount Everest , and

A tale of two camps

Here's what it's like to live at Everest base camp © Photograph by Freddie Wilkinson, National Geographic

Located at the foot of the Khumbu Glacier, Everest Base Camp is encircled by some of the most iconic peaks on Earth. Thousands of trekkers a year hike to Everest Base Camp and along other circuits in Nepal without ascending the peaks.

There are two principle routes to the summit of Everest—each with its own base camp and unique flavor of tent-dwelling experience. The North Ridge, on the Tibet side of the mountain, offers easier access: It’s possible to drive vehicles all the way to base camp. Many North side expeditions originate in Kathmandu, Nepal, and then drive across the border into China to reach the mountain.

The South Col route, meanwhile, is accessed through Nepal and typically requires a week of trekking to reach the foot of the mountain, though helicopters have taken a big bite out of the relative remoteness of this side of the mountain.

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Everest base camp is not particularly dangerous to life and limb but it ' s pretty bad for your tummy. Freak accidents like the earthquake and the massive search that fell from Pumori do represent some danger, but they are very rare. The biggest risk at Base Camp here is to bodily health.

What is it like to do the Everest Base Camp Trek? We share everything you need to know from planning, packing and what it ' s like on the trail through Nepal' s legendary Sagarmatha National Park.

Both camps are pitched in two mighty glacial valleys. To the north, the Tibet base camp is located below the terminal moraine of the Rongok Glacier. And to the south, the Nepal base camp is located on top of the rock-covered Khumbu Glacier.

Camping at the limits of physiology

Both camps are pitched at about 17,500 feet for good reason. Somewhere between 18,000—19,000 feet, the human body enters a state of decay, above which life is not permanently sustainable. Scientifically and simply put: You don’t want to try living any higher than here.

Gallery: Here's what it's like to live at Everest base camp (Nat Geo)

A well-provisioned base camp provides mountaineers with a home base from which they can dash up the mountain for three to five days at a time, and then return to recover in the relative comfort of thicker air.

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I guess it ’ s all part of the experience. Diamox works by decreasing the amount of hydrogen ions and bicarbonate in the body, thus allowing you to I hope you have found something interesting and useful from this article and my wish is that it will aid you with your dream of hiking to Everest Base Camp .

Everest Base Camp (EBC) and became the first couple to exchange vows in a wedding dress and tux. And I, as an adventure wedding photographer, have been wanting to photograph a real wedding (with a wedding dress and suit) at Everest base camp since 2011. It ’ s one of the most epic and beautiful

A catered experience

Here's what it's like to live at Everest base camp © Photograph by Freddie Wilkinson, National Geographic

Just getting to Everest Base Camp in Nepal requires a weeklong trek, but once there, visitors can keep in touch with the world at large with pre-paid Internet cards via Everest Link, a Nepali-owner company. The degree to which clients "rough it" depends on which guide service they choose. At the top end of the scale, clients can enjoy many of the creature comforts of home, including hot showers, a yoga tent, and after-dinner movies.

According to popular Everest blogger Alan Arnette, Nepal's Ministry of Tourism has issued 375 Everest climbing permits for the 2019 spring season; on the North side, there are reportedly 144 foreign climbers. It’s illegal to simply show up at base camp with a climbing permit, pitch a tent, and try to climb the mountain. All foreigners must climb the mountain through a locally licensed logistics company, which supply base camp accommodations, meals, and basic bathroom facilities.

For every one foreign climber, there are three to four local workers living in base camp as well—either climbing sherpas working on the mountain itself or base camp staff—the cooks, dishwashers, servers, and team managers who all look after the guided clients.

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It ' s like Spending days discovering the historic treasures of Kathmandu. Stay in villages set against Here we can buy or rent the gears for Everest base camp trek. In comparison to other region Even the Everest base camp is at very high altitude. The amount of oxygen is half the oxygen present at

At Everest Base Camp (5364m), the oxygen level is half of what it is at sea level. This means just bending down to tie up your shoes can leave you It ’ s like this: everything going past Lukla up to the higher regions must be carried there by Sherpas or yaks. Which means that if you do choose to eat

This small army of service industry workers are overwhelmingly Nepali, though not all ethnic Sherpas, and they are the engine that keeps base camp humming.

So, what’s for dinner?

It’s been said that an army fights on its stomach, and it's the same on Everest. Expeditions invest massive amounts of effort and resources to provide their clientele with the best food they can. Most commercial expeditions strive to provide three square meals a day, which include a protein, carbohydrate, and some form of fruit or vegetables. Staples like rice, pasta, eggs, canned fruit and vegetables, and flatbreads (locally known chapati) form the bulk of the ingredients, but a creative chief will find ways to keep the diet interesting. Regular shipments of fresh produce delivered via yak, helicopter, or jeep help immensely.

In between mealtimes, there’s plenty of hot drinks, dried fruit, candy bars, and the omnipresent can of Pringles potato chips for snacking.

A separate mess tent serves Nepali food (almost exclusively tea and a traditional Nepali stew of boiled rice and lentils called dal bhat) to the local workers.

Big city problems

Expedition campsites are generally taken on a first come, first serve basis. Some savvy organizers even send local representatives to stake a claim to prime real estate months in advance. With hundreds of people camped out in a few square miles, base camp organizers face many of the same problems as urban planners in small cities.

At Nepal's Khumbu Glacier base camp, the Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee insures that basic sanitation standards are upheld. Chinese officials perform the same function at the at the Rongbok Glacier base camp. Bathroom tents are constructed so that waste can be removed in trash bag-lined plastic barrels, to be hauled to lower elevations and disposed. Trash is likewise collected and removed. Although these practices ensure modern camps are kept relatively clean, venture off the trail a bit and you will discover large piles of trash—the remnants of expeditions from earlier, less enlightened times. On the Nepal side efforts are ongoing to gradually remove all this trash. This year, in an effort to limit the amount of trash and waste, Chinese officials restricted access to the Tibet base camp to climbing expeditions, forbidding tourists from visiting.

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From Base Camp it will take about 50 days for the beginners climbers to Everest summit. If we have to talk about Appa Sherpa, Guinness world holder It will take around 60 days to complete the Everest expedition. Not that you require 60 days to climb from the base camp to summit. It will take 15 days

An amazing view of Everest Base Camp and Mount Kilimanjaro. The Himalayas are the roof of the world, and nowhere is this more obvious than in Nepal. Many of the world’ s tallest peaks are located here , so it is definitely a bucket list destination for many a trekker.

High-altitude glamping

Like all cities, there are some “neighborhoods” that are better than others, which is to say not all Everest teams enjoy the same accommodations. What separates a high-end camp from budget accommodations? The fanciest commercial outfitters now provide walk-in wall tents with beds, unlimited electricity through gasoline generators, hot showers, strong reliable Wi-Fi, projectors for after-dinner movies, and even dedicated tents for yoga and stretching. But such creature comforts don’t come cheap. The most luxurious operators charge upwards of $100,000; while budget outfits cost between $25,000 - $40,000.

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Don't show up at Everest base camp looking for disco balls and epic parties, however. Most teams remain relatively insular and turn in early—until they've summited, at least.

At the end of the season, most guided climbers beeline it for home as quickly as possible, but there's still weeks of work left for the base camp staff to dismantle everything and see that it transported down valley for safe storage. Many operators rent storage space in nearby villages to avoid the long journey back to Kathmandu.

Base camp 911

Many large expeditions have their own doctors embedded with the teams. Otherwise, organized medical services are limited on both sides of the mountain. If you have a serious medical issue, it’s imperative to leave base camp as quickly as possible and descend to lower altitude.

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From here , it would be a short flight only to the beauty of the Himalayas. Looking back at it, I realized a couple of things about our trek to Everest Base The one thing I was afraid of before hiking to Everest Base Camp was the altitude. Although I’m a fan of Scott Fisher’ s quote ‘ it ’ s attitude, not

The Everest base camp trek with Adventure Alternative for one of the world' s classic adventure journeys. See the breathtaking Himalayas and the unique All the staff in our UK office have been to Nepal so you can chat to people who understand what its like to go up for the first time, before you go.

At the Khumbu Glacier base camp, the Himalayan Rescue Association’s “Everest ER” provides walk-in services; patients with serious issues are evacuated via helicopter to Kathmandu as quickly as possible. At the Rongbok Glacier base camp, there’s primary medical care in Tingrit, a four-hour drive in a four-wheel drive vehicle.

You either love it or hate it

For some, base camp is a form of purgatory—a temporary asylum where one must spend four or five weeks in exchange for the chance to climb Everest. For others, it’s the ultimate summer camp, a place and community unlike any other on Earth. Either way, for those who want to ascend to the highest point on the planet, these are the two starting points.


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