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What’s it really like to
trek to Everest Base Camp?

The allure of Everest has captivated daring adventurers since the 1920s, with many making huge sacrifices to reach the summit.

Almost 3,500 metres below the summit, however, is Everest Base Camp, and although not your average adventure, it is steadily becoming a destination of choice for ordinary people looking to catch a glimpse of the world’s highest peak.

Arriving into Kathmandu, you are immediately immersed in the charming confusion of Nepal’s capital city. While hurtling towards modernity, Kathmandu stoically maintains its traditional, religious and cultural uniqueness, as evidenced by its many World Heritage-listed sites.

From Durbar Square, the beating heart of the city, to Freak Street where hippies gathered in the 1960s and 1970s on their way to Europe, the experience of Kathmandu is as unique as each person who visits it.

From the hustle and bustle of the city, it’s only a short flight to Lukla and the majesty of the Himalayas. Landing at the airstrip, built by Sir Edmund Hillary and sherpas in the 1960s, you will realise that it is now that the real adventure begins.

Along narrow mule tracks, you will trek for 12 days between snow-capped mountains, into birch and rhododendron forest, across pristine rivers and through alpine meadows. Under the expert care of local guides and sherpas, you will experience the exquisite scenery and culture of the Himalayas as you steadily ascend to your destination.

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From the pine and cedar woods along the Dudh Kosi River you will trek to the Pema Choling Monastery, perched on a hillside high above the village of Phakding. Climbing still, you cross the river and make your way through blue pine and rhododendron forest. As you traverse Sagamartha National Park on the way to Namche, the snow-capped peak of Mount Everest will appear in the distance.

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With a day to acclimatise in Namche, you can explore a town that was once the staging point for trading expeditions to Tibet. Even today, Tibetans are often seen in the village, trading rugs and Chinese-made goods, clothing, salt and dried meat.

Farewelling Namche, you will then make your way to Tengboche, by far one of the most spectacular treks of the adventure. As you journey through pine, fir and black juniper forest, the mighty mountain as your beacon, you will follow the snaking path to victory.

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Crossing a line of Cairns, the temperature begins to drop and you will trek in single file, following in the footsteps of those before you and willing the finish line closer. From Loboche alongside the Khumbu Glacier and down to Gorak Shep, you are now among the glaciers of the world’s highest peaks. And just as you think your goal may be unattainable, you will reach Everest Base Camp. With colourful prayer flags flapping in the crisp mountain air, you will look around you and begin to appreciate the enormity of your accomplishment.

Take a look at our latest adventures to Everest Base Camp!

Adventurer of the Month – Carole Labram

Carole Labram

Cause: Interplast
Adventure: Turia’s Everest Trek 2017
Fundraising Page: Turia’s Everest Trek
Social: @calabram75

As our Adventurer of the Month, Carole has scored herself a $100 Paddy Pallin voucher! To be our next month’s winner, make sure you’re uploading your journey to social and use the hashtag #IveBeenInspired.

What inspired you to take on your Inspired Adventure with Interplast?

I’ve always had a fascination with Everest and what better way to see it than with a group of like-minded people all raising money for a wonderful life changing cause!

How are you feeling about the challenge ahead? Have you ever been to Everest Base Camp before?

I’ve never been to Everest Base Camp or Nepal for that matter.  I’m feeling so excited about the trek, the physical challenge itself but the seeing the stunning scenery, the Nepalese people and culture and meeting new people.  I have to say the bit I’m nervous about is the flight into Lukla, not the trek itself!

What have been some of the highlights of your fundraising experience so far?

Having to make 51 dozen shortbread biscuits before Christmas, which raised over $500, I didn’t think my shortbread would be so popular.  I’ve also been amazed by the generosity and support of complete strangers 🙂

"I can do anything I set my mind to!"

What have been your biggest challenges in taking on an Inspired Adventure? How did you overcome this?

My biggest challenge has been putting myself out there to fundraise, in particular approaching companies for sponsorship.  I’m an introvert by nature so it has pushed me out of my comfort zone.  I overcame it by setting myself smaller goals and initially meeting with people I knew, that way after several positive experiences my mindset changed and I could approach others.

Have you noticed any changes or transformation in your life since taking on your first adventure?

I now have a belief that I can do anything I set my mind to!

What are you most looking forward to about your upcoming adventure?

Watching the sunrise over Everest and making memories that will be with me for a lifetime.

What advice would you offer to other people looking to complete a challenge like this?

Do your research, find an organisation that matches your values and go for it!  Be prepared to challenge yourself physically and mentally in the preparation and reap the rewards when you go on your challenge.

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Become our Adventurer of the Month to win a $100 Paddy Pallin voucher

Take a picture whilst on your adventure or when you’re training and use the hashtag #IveBeenInspired and your adventure hashtag. The most exciting use of the hashtag, with an adventure, and fitness focus will be our Adventurer of the Month – it’s that easy!