Everest Base Camp in Nepal sits at an altitude of 5,364m (17,598ft) above sea level. That’s about 4 times the height of Ben Nevis (1,345m) and about 5 times the height of Snowdon (1,085m). At that altitude, there’s about half the oxygen as you’ll find at sea level making acclimatisation critical to prevent the effects of altitude sickness.
Getting there is no small task. The journey to Everest Base Camp begins with a flight from Kathmandu into Lukla (known as “the most dangerous airport in the world” for its short, inclined runway located on a mountain shelf, with a rock face at one end and a drop into the valley at the other). From there, 130km of high altitude trekking awaits - a constant battle for the body against the effects of reduced oxygen levels.
In November 2021, I’ll be making that trek. Most people know that I love the mountains, and reaching Everest Base Camp is a long held goal for me. EBC sits higher than I’ve ever ascended before - some 1,200m higher than the summit of Mount Toubkal (the highest mountain in North Africa), which is the highest I’ve previously climbed. It’ll be hard work - particularly after so many months in lockdown, away from the hills & mountains of the UK and the valuable training they offer. But I’m very excited to walk in the footsteps of the greats, including Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay.
I’m taking the chance to raise funds for the Northamptonshire Domestic Abuse Service. This small charity does incredibly important work supporting men, women, and children who have been affected by domestic abuse and domestic violence, to reach safety and to rebuild their lives. The importance of their work can’t be overstated - domestic abuse will affect 1 in 4 women, and 1 in every 6-7 men during their lifetimes. Charities like NDAS are there when they are needed most.
Please note that this is not one of those ‘charity’ treks where some of the money you give goes to covering the costs of the trek for the participant. The trip is completely self-funded. Equally, when you make your donation through Givey, the Charity receives 100% of the donation. So you can be confident that every penny you give will be used to support victims of domestic abuse. Your details are safe with Givey and donating is completely secure. Whatsmore, they never share your email address with any third parties except the Charity you donate to.
So, if you’re able to do so, I would be very grateful for any support you can offer.