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. 

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It’s easy to forget, that when climbing a mountain, reaching the top means that you’re only halfway through your climb. The way down can be at least as heard (or sometimes even harder) than they way up. This is important to keep in mind when climbing. This and much more will be part of my talk about Kilimanjaro at @naturkompaniet (Hantverkargatan) in Stockholm tonight at 18.30! Drop by if your interested in learning more! ☀️
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Mawenzi Peak, the third of the three volcanoes that is part of the Kilimanjaro massive. With its 5149 meters above sea level, it’s not only the second highest point on Kilimanjaro, it’s also the third highest point in Africa! (After Kilimanjaro’s Uhuru Peak and Mt Kenya.) Pic from the crater rim just an hour or so after sunrise.
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Did you know that you can get a certificate that you climbed Kilimanjaro even if you don’t get to the top? If you’re reaching Gilman’s Point at 5685m (only passed if you’re doing the Rongai or Marangu Route) or Stella Point at 5756m, you also get one. The golden summit certificate you only get if you make it all the way to Uhuru Peak at 5895m though. .
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Sunrise seen from Kilimanjaro during my summit push.
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When you’re climbing a mountain, it’s normal to start your summit attempt very early in the morning. On Kilimanjaro, I started at midnight!
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So why start so early in the middle of the night?
🗻The climb from base camp and back took about 11 hours and you wanna do this while the snow and ground is still frozen and hard. That makes it easy to walk on and you won’t have to worry about sliding around. 🗻The sun and heat is also a reason. The air is thin on the top and once the sun has rised it can be very hot - but you still need to cover yourself to not get burned. 🗻A third reason is that you get to watch the magic sunrise from the top of Africa. Maybe the best reason of them all. 😍
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One of the most well known plants on Kilimanjaro is the groundsel Dendrosenecio. Walking down in the fog from Lava Tower, these gigantic plants appeared for the first time on the Machame Route and they felt both spooky and so pretty at the same time.💕
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Patience - one of the most valuable traits of a hiker or climber.
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The same is it with altitude. There is no easy solution. To be able to handle it, you have to let you’re body slowly adapt to the new altitude and the less amount of oxygen it gets.
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This pic is from my way up to Lava Tower. I was lucky to have snow there which is not always the case! Can you see the small people in the lower left corner?!
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