/ everest base camp
general opinion is that if you are covering all costs yourself and "all" the money you raise will go to a charity then just book the trip through one of the numerous operators and start letting folk know what you are doing, ie friends , relatives and workmates, if its a credible charity you might even get a few donations of here.If the charity is something local and worthy let your local paper know and it might raise the profile of it and get you some donations.
if its of the type where much of the money you raise will be put towards your trip costs be prepared for a bit of abuse.
Start in Lukla !!
> Start in Lukla !!
NO! Start at home, go to airport, fly to Kathmandu then Lukla :0P
> Start in Lukla !!
That's cheating, You need to start a sea level preferably with the sit start.
But, you can get a bus from Kathmandu to Jiri and start walking from there. The advantage of this is that you get match fit at lower altitude and also aclimatise more slowly. The "pre lukla" walk is lovely and very quiet and is also where the lads set off from when they did the first succesful attempt on Everest.
Ignore all of this if time is an issue though as it will add 7 days walking to get to Lukla. (but does avoid an air fare)
Also, if you are lucky enough to have time, do explore the other valleys once you have walked to Gorak Shep, you can return to Dingboche and then walk toawrds Island peak along the Chukung Valley which is spectacular and for my money the best view from Chukung peak (Ama Dablam and Lhotse). You can also do the Gokyo Lakes as well. To do all of this will take a considerable amount of time if you don't want to rush it and enjoy it. I would guestimate at least 4 weeks, but would say 5 weeks to aclimatize and enjoy it.
You will be pretty fit on your return to UK!
give us a call. no obligations at all but we can send you a sample itinerary, previous client experiences,fitness plan and very comprehensive kit-list for starters.
I did the 3 High Passes in april with explore (http://www.explore.co.uk/holidays/details/high-passes-of-everest) taking in Chukkung Valley, Khumbu Glacier and Gokyo. Guess that takes the hassle out of booking everything seperately but is probably more expensive.
I wrote a blog about it too
Good luck and I'm sure you'll enjoy it.
I have used Access Himalaya (a Nepali company) five times and can not fault them. All you need to do is sort your flights to Kathmandu and they sort the rest. http://www.access-himalaya.co.uk/index.php
They also run there own charity.
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