Liz O’Callaghan Tackles the Trek to Everest Base Camp
Liz, a member of the club for three years and a veteran of Kilimanjaro flew off last week on the first leg of her trip to Everest Base Camp.
There are actually two Everest Base Camps – Everest North Base Camp in Tibet at an altitude of 5,150 (16,900 ft.) and Everest South Base Camp in Nepal at an altitude of 5,364 metres (17,598 ft.). Liz and her fellow climbers are trekking to Everest South Base Camp in Nepal.
They flew with Etihad Airways to Abu Dhabi and then on to Kathmandu. Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal is situated at an altitude of 1,400 metres (4,600 feet). It is the gateway to the Himalayas and the southern approach to Mount Everest.
The Trek to Base Camp
The Everest Base Camp Trek on the south side is one of the most popular trekking routes in the Himalayas and is visited by thousands of trekkers each year. Trekkers usually fly from Kathmandu to Luka to save time and energy before beginning the trek to the base camp. However, trekking to Lukla is possible. There are no roads from Kathmandu to Lukla and as a result, the only method of transporting large and heavy goods is by plane.
From Lukla, Liz plans to trek upward to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar, 3,440 metres (11,290 ft), following the valley of the Dudh Kosi river. It takes about two days to reach the village, which is a central hub of the area. Typically, at this point, climbers allow a day or two of rest for acclimatization. They then trek for another two days to Dingboche, 4,260 metres (13,980 ft) before resting for another day for further acclimatization. Another two days trekking takes them to Everest Base Camp via Gorakshep, the flat field below Kala Patthar and Mt. Pumori. Liz and her group plan to climb to Kala Patthar 5,545 metres (18,192 ft) where there are better views of Mount Everest. They will trek 105 kilometres there and 105 kilometres back.
Liz was one of a group of Backpackers who recently climbed Slieve Donard, the last of this year’s Four Peaks Challenge.