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March 2015

Fun facts about our trip!

Some interesting things about our trip and destination

Top 10 fun facts about our trip!

1. Did you know that Everest isn’t actually the tallest mountain on the earth – that’s right! Although it is the highest point on Earth from sea level, Mauna Kea, an inactive Hawaiian volcano, holds the record as the world’s tallest mountain. Even though Everest is taller from sea level, Mauna extends down over 20,000ft under the sea. Rising to 29,029 ft, the summit of Mount Everest is only just lower than the cruising altitude of a jumbo jet.

2. We will not be camping! We are staying in tea houses which are very basic accommodation dotted in villages all along the Everest trek. We are already pre-booked into these tea houses with our package deal. They will have a communal area and a private room to sleep with just a bed and a pillow each. We will be able to buy things like hot water, wifi, electricity and food.

3. You can get married on Everest! Pem Dorjee and Moni Mulepati made it to the top as part of the Rotary Centennial Everest Expedition in 2004 and kept their plan a secret until the last minute since they didn’t know if they would make it all the way. I wonder can you renew your wedding vows – eh Deryl?!?!

4. We’re going to become vegetarians! Although we love our meat – let’s think about this. The food has to get up the mountain, over a period of a few days, on the back of a yak, with no refrigeration. So the choice is really simple – a lentil, potato and veggie diet for 2 weeks or a runny bum bum!! I think I know what I’m gonna choose. The thought of not being well, while 15,000ft up the side of Everest is horrid.

5. Everest is moving AND growing – as if we need it to be any taller! Yip, Scientists say that the mountain is moving in a northeast direction, about 3 inches a year. To add to this, every year, the mountain is rising about 1/3 inches.

6. There will be no toilets as such on our trek – now, if you know me, being a lady and all, this is going to be an issue! I’m hoping I’ll get over it pretty quick. Some of the tea houses provide a hole in the ground, some a bucket and water type system, few have proper flushing toilets so I’m not sure what to expect. While trekking, the toilets will be of the squat and drop variety! Sure, it’s all part of the experience.

7. The youngest person to summit Everest and survive was 13 year old Jordan Romero, and the oldest was 80 year-old Yuichiro Miura! Wow, amazing for those so young and old to be so determined and accomplished! We’ve got no excuses now!

8. You can even do a virtual tour of Everest on Google Street Map! In 2011, a team spent 12 days walking more than 70 miles to reach Everest base camp to capture images for Google maps. Hmmm, maybe we should have just done this!!! Here is the south base camp: https://www.google.com/maps/@28.007168,86.86105,3a,75y,92.93h,87.22t/data=!3m5!1e1!3m3!1sUdU6omw_CrN8sm7NWUnpcw!2e0!3e2?hl=en-GB

9. Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal and is home to almost 1,000,000 people. Most of Kathmandu's people follow Hinduism and many others follow Buddhism. There are lots and lots of temples and religious places to visit when we’re there.

10. On our trek, we’ll come across a number of obstacles and challenges, outside of the mountain itself and the altitude! We’ll have to cross a number of suspension bridges which are above a pretty steep drop or on the side of a cliff – yeah, looking forward to that one! We will be landing uphill, on one of the shortest runways in the word, in the middle of the Himalayas! And we will face bullish yaks who have the right of way on the trek path and will knock you out of the way if you don’t move quick. We’re going to need our wits about us!

That’s it for this instalment. I’m shortly going to sort out my packing list, what I’ve got and what I need to get when I’m out there.

Don't forget to sponsor our charity at https://www.justgiving.com/deryl-and-joey-do-everest

Posted by DerylandJo 09:57 Tagged mountains hiking trekking everest fun nepal kathmandu facts Comments (0)

Holy Moly! We're off to Everest!

first ramble, itinerary and just giving page

So.....yip, we're definitely going, we're going to Everest, we're going to climb up Everest.....actual Everest....well a part of it anyway, 17,500 ft to be exact. I don't think I'd actually got my head around that until today.

If you don't know us, or only know one of us - I'm Jo and my husband is Deryl - we're from Northern Ireland and as you have probably guessed by now, we're off to Nepal at the end of April to trek the whole way up to Everest Base Camp. We've never done anything like this before, we're total novices and we're just going to have to learn as we go!

We've booked our trip through Outfitter Nepal and even though we booked it ages ago - it's coming around REAL fast. We're really only starting to buy up the gear we need, research all the other fab blogs out there with hints and tips and start to actually get our heads around this challenge.

But the one thing we have managed to do is set up a just giving page to raise some money for charity and the money has been flooding in - everyone is so generous and giving. I just can't believe it.

We have funded the entire trip ourselves, so all the money raised through just giving is going to the Alzheimer's Society. If you want to donate, you can find our page at https://www.justgiving.com/deryl-and-joey-do-everest

So if you're a bit like us, and have no idea what this trip will entail - I've pasted our itinerary below. It gives a good overview of where we'll be and at what stage.

Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel - overnight at hotel.
Day 02 : Full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley
Day 03 : Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m) and Trek to Phakding (2610m)
Day 04 : Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.)
Day 05 : Rest day at Namche Bazaar (3440 m) for acclimatization
Day 06 : Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3867 m.)
Day 07 : Trek from Tyangboche to Dingboche (4260 m.)
Day 08 : Rest day at Dingboche (4260 m.) for acclimatization
Day 09 : Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4930 m.)
Day 10 : Trek from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp via Gorakshep (m.)
Day 11 : Trek from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5545m.) and trek to Pheriche (4243m.)
Day 12 : Trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3441 meters)
Day 13 : Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2886 m.)
Day 14 : Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu.
Day 15 : Leisure day in Kathmandu.
Day 16 : Home time!

I've been told by more than one person that this is going to be the trip of a lifetime. From the culture to the scenery I reckon it's going to be a trip we won't forget in a hurry!

We're hoping to populate this page in the lead up to our trip and during it - depending on the wifi connections and availability of electricity. That should keep our Mum's happy at least....eh myrtle and phyllis!? Until then, we might stick up a few posts about our preparations and musings. Who knows we might not bother putting anything up, but that's the plan at this stage.

Until then........

Posted by DerylandJo 14:11 Archived in Nepal Tagged mountains hiking trekking everest camp base nepal kathmandu Comments (0)

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