Everest Base Camp 2017


She’s been called ”the Mountain of dreams”. 8848 meter (29029 feet) above sea level she reaches up, higher than anything else on our planet. She lies on the border between north east Nepal and west China (Tibet). I talk about l Sagarmāthā, Chomolungma – Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world.

A modest dream for many, but also a dream that rarely comes true. Lack of knowledge and resources stops it. Getting to the top of the mountain is an adventure that requires big efforts, both physically, mentally and financially. It’s said, that from the moment you make the decision to climb it, till you been standing on the top and then are back home again, you have to count on years in preparations and tens (close to a hundred) of thousands of dollars in expenses.

A minor, but still great adventure if you want to experience the highest mountain in the world, is to hike to the base of it – to Everest Base Camp. This is where the people who aim for the top have their base camp, at 5364 m (17598 ft), about 3500 meter (11400 ft) lowers than the actual summit. To this place goes a well attended hiking trail that tens of thousands of people trek every year. In about two weeks you can walk from the small village of Lukla, through winding mountain trails and breathtaking suspension bridges, up to Base Camp and back again. But the dream about a trip like this, is still something that remains a just a dream for many. Why?

Picture from Google maps.

I think it’s about the same thing that stops people that dreams about reaching the summit. The lack of knowledge and money. If you google ”Mount Everest” some of the top results will contain scandalous headlines like ”four climbers dead on Everest”. This creates fear for the mountain and many might feel that an adventure to this place is a bit to extreme. Sure, climbing Mount Everest is not an easy thing to do and unfortunately people do die on the mountain. But the trek to Base Camp is much easier. You walk between mountain villages and there’s no dangerous obstacles as glaciers along the trail, just a steady uphill. But this isn’t something that make headlines in the tabloids, where the main purpose is to make people worried and terrified.

For those who doesn’t care a about the headlines it might instead be the financial part that puts an end to the dream. To go here with an organized group cost about $2000-4500 and that rarely includes the flight tickets to/from Nepal. This can be quite a large sum, especially for those who haven’t much money left after the bills are paid by the end of the month. When I first heard this numbers, I asked myself what it was that made the price so high. How could it be so expensive to use your own body as transportation?

One part of the cost that is usually included in the organised treks, is the guides and sherpas that carrying your stuff up the mountain for you. But after doing some research, I found out that on a hike up to Base Camp, the most common thing is that you both eat and sleep in some the many lodges/teahouses that you pass along the trail. This mean that you don’t have to carry either food or tent. The trail up to Base Camp is also very easy and simple to follow. People who’s been there says that it’s almost impossible to get lost. Would I really need sherpas and guides then? Is there any other expenses I can get rid of or lower? And how complicated is it, really?

When I started this website about a year ago, one of my biggest driving forces was to inspire and motivate others to dare to get out in the wilderness. To prove and show that it really isn’t that complicated and also how insignificant experience is, I decided to, without even a year of hiking experience, hike the Pacific Crest Trail. 2660 miles from Mexico to Canada along the the highest mountain in the continental U.S., Mount Whitney.  Now I wanna do the same thing with Everest Base Camp – but this time I also wanna show that money shouldn’t stop us from letting our dreams come true! Even if you don’t get the biggest pay check by the end of the month, it shouldn’t stop us to fulfill our dreams, even if the dream includes the highest mountain in the world.

I will therefor, without any sponsors or co-financers, in less than a year save money to, in October 2017, go to Nepal and start my hike towards the foot of Everest, to Everest Base Camp. I will do the hike completely on my own, without any friends, sherpas or guides and with as little money as possible. I want to examine the conditions to do this trek on your own and how you can do it with as little money as possible. This to inspire others, but also to share the information about how you can do it yourself, for those who want to start making there own dream come true och go there themselves.

Will it work out? Will I reach the base camp? Follow me here on the blog during my preparations, and on the way up to Everest Base Camp this fall!

….on my way back from Base Camp I will though meet an organised group and join them for a few days when they aim to climb the Lobuche Peak (6119m). This because I really can’t resist to take the chance and summiting a peak myself while I’m in the Himalayas, the worlds greatest mountain range and that is something I can’t do by myself. I’m usually a spokesperson for doing adventures on your own, but you must use your mind while in nature. Some things are just to dangerous to do on your own, like this, especially if you like me have very limited climbing- and mounaitneering experience. But I also want to hear what it’s like to do this trip with a group and I want to show that there’s alternatives to doing this trip by yourself. I know that many others do prefer to pay a little extra to have someone arrange the whole thing for you and I want to meet people who have decided to do it this way and listen to what they have to say about it and what encouraged them to do this trip. 

To the swedish site:

http://www.wilderness-stories.com/sv

Me who runs the blog

... is Linda Åkerberg. I'm a 32 years old photographer based in Stockholm, Sweden. Read more about me here

Instagram

CONTEST: Tag a friend and win a photo print!
In September I will visit the Swedish outdoor festival #UTEFEST and talk about my hike along the Pacific Crest Trail last year. I will also bring my exhibition with photos from the trail. Now you have the chance to win one of the prints! Tag a friend below that you want to set out on an adventure with for your chance to win! 
The winner will be picked at September 4th in collaboration with @utemagasinetsverige
#mywildernessstory
Few things taste as good as a cup of coffee made in the wild! After a long day of hiking, paddling, climbing or whatever you prefer to do, when you take a moment to sit down and reflect about the day you just went through, about the things you made, obstacles you have overcome - that's when a simple cup of coffee can taste better than anything else in the world. ☕️💕
#mywildernessstory
Spread some wilderness inspiration! Use the hashtag #mywildernessstory when posting your story or pictures in social media!
.
Wilderness Stories is growing. Right now I'm in the middle of designing the brand new website that will be launched in September! One new section will be #mywildernessstory where you can read other inspiring people's own story from the wilderness!
.
You can also share your own story for a chance to get featured by using the hashtag #mywildernessstory in social media.
.
Spread the word and help me inspire more people to get out in the wilderness! // Lots of love 💕 Linda
Always say yes to trying new stuff! It's by the end of our comfort zone magic starts to happen! 
This past week I've experienced some of the best days this summer. As I got to borrow two kayaks from @kajaksidan and @melkerofsweden, I've been able to try out my new passion for kayaking even more. And the best part - I've also been able to introduced it to some of my friends! This is @pearliepics on our magical sunset/photo shoot kayak trip last night. She was a bit unsteady in the beginning but paddled like a pro by the end of the night. ✨
My preparations for Everest Base Camp continues! In my new blogpost at wilderness-stories.com (link in bio) I've written about the risks being at higher altitude, how to prepare for it and how to act while you're there. Check it out!
Pic from climbing Mt. Whitney earlier this summer, taken at about 3900 meters.
Summer nights ❤️
TÄVLING! COMPETITION!
This fall I'll be visiting the Swedish outdoor festival Utefest where I will talk about my hike along the Pacific Crest Trail. I will also show my pics from the trail and now you have the chance to win one of the prints!
Do like this:
* Post your best adventure picture and tell your story behind it. * Tag: #mywildernessstory #utemagasinetsverige #utefest2017
* Follow @wildernessstories & @utemagasinetsverige 
The winner will be announced on September 4 and get to pick one of the images on wilderness-stories.com/sv/print-shop (link in bio) in the size 30x40cm. The print can be picked up on Utefest or be mailed after the event (with in Sweden).
It's not about having time - it's about making time.
What are you doing a normal day after work? Going home, cooking food, watching TV? Killing time? Why not bring your dinner and take a drive till you find a beautiful spot close to home instead? 
Picture from the back of my van by a lake I found exploring backcountry roads earlier this summer.
#makeeverydaycount #everydayisanadventure
I hope you all have had a really nice weekend! I went out with my boyfriend on my very first boat+camping trip! Jumped in the boat on Friday night and then just went straight out towards the sea until we found this super nice spot on a small island in the Stockholm archipelago. ❤️
It was such a luxury to not have to worry about the weight, so I brought my old super heavy and super big tent - felt like living in a castle after months in a one person tent! 😂
What have you done this weekend? Share your story under the hashtag #mywildernessstory !

Subscribe to new posts on Wilderness Stories!



Supporters