Everest Base Camp 2019 FAQ!

When is the trip?
It will be a 17 days trip from 21st May 2019 to 6th June 2019. We will meet up at Changi Airport on 21/05/19 at 0510HRS (The terminal would be told to you at a later timing!) We will arrive back in Singapore on 06/06/19 at 2255HRS!

Where are we going?
This trek is like no other as we take you to the Everest Region! Hence, we will be doing not one, not two but ten treks in total!
First, we will be doing a day trek to Phakding, which is a small village in the Khumbu region of Nepal. It is at an altitude of 2,610m.
Next, we would trek to Namche Bazaar which is 3,440m where we would visit the National Park Museum, Everest View Hotel and have R&R at the bazaar!
On the third day, we would trek to Phungitenga and then Tengboche that is 3,860m.
For the next few days, we would trek to Dingboche (4,410m), Makalu Viewpoint, Loubuche (4,940m), Gorak Shep (5,164m), Everest Base Camp, Feriche (4,240m), Namche Bazaar and finally Lukla.
There, we would take a flight back to Kathmandu and rest for the day.
Our R&R officially begins with sightseeing through Freak street, then Thamel for shopping! We would also visit Boudanath Stupa, Swayambunath Stupa and finally Bhatakpur before heading back home.

How much is it and what does it include?
This trip will cost $2,300 for NUS Rovers Members and $2,350 for non-members. (Learn more about membership here if you would like to sign up!)
The price includes return airfare, accommodation, guides, and meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) as stated in the itinerary*.

What is not included?
1.    VISA – Some of you might need to apply for a visa to enter Nepal. (All Singaporeans are required to apply for Nepalese Visa!!)
2.    Travel Insurance – NUS provides minimal insurance coverage for NUS students ONLY. Hence, NUS students are advised to purchase their own travel insurance for more coverage if they require. Non-NUS Students are responsible in getting their own travel insurance.
3.    You might want to consider getting a vaccination for childhood diseases (Tetanus and Diphtheria, Measles, Mumps and Rubella) as well as cover against food and water borne diseases, including Typhoid and Hepatitis A.
4.    Anything else that are not mentioned in the itinerary such as food and shopping expenses.
5.    Do note that you might need to incur additional expenses during the trek, and these are not provided for! For example, water during the trek cost US$1 – US$5 depending on altitude.

How are the 17 days going to be like?
Day 1: We will depart from Singapore to Kathmandu on Thai Airways with a stopover at Bangkok! (We do not have time to shop though) After arriving at Kathmandu, we will head to Thamel where our accommodation is at. We are staying in a hostel! We would then shop for some items needed for the trek, and gather back for dinner together
Day 2: We will take a flight over to Lukla where we commence our first trek to Phakding!
Day 3: Trek to Namche Bazaar and R&R.
Day 4: We will visit National Park Museum and Everest View Hotel, and R&R back in Namche Bazaar.
Day 5: Trek to Phungitenga and arrive at Tengboche.
Day 6: Trek to Dingboche.
Day 7: Hike to Makalu Viewpoint.
Day 8:  Trek to Louboche.
Day 9: Trek to Gorak shep, Everest Base camp.
Day 10: Trek to Feriche.
Day 11: Trek to Namche Bazaar.

Day 12: Trek to Lukla.
Day 13: Flight back to Kathmandu.
Day 14: Visit Freak Street and Thamel for some shopping!! Well-deserved rest after the climb!
Day 15: Set off to Boudanath Stupa and Swayambunath Stupa, followed by sunset and dinner before heading back to our accommodation.
Day 16: Set off for Bhatakpur
Day 17: Depart for the airport, where we will stop over at Bangkok again.

*Note that we will not have time to explore Bangkok

How’s the temperature like?
Trek: High/Low, 15°C /-5°C (Chance of Snow!)
Kathmandu: High/ Low, 17°C / 5°C
Please pack more warm clothing!

Where will we be spending our nights?
•    11 nights in a lodge during the trek
•    5 nights in a Hostel at Kathmandu

Will there be a local guide?
Yes we have engaged local guides!

Will there be a Porter?
Yeap, 1 to every 2 participants. (Max load per porter is 20kg)

Who’s going?
You will be traveling with 4 committee members and 10 other participants! There are less than 10 slots available so sign up now!

Important things that I need to take note before signing up:
1.    You must have good medical health. Please do not sign up if you have any serious medical condition (please be truthful in your application!!)
2.    You must be comfortable with eating vegetarian meals as it is highly recommended for the trek.
3.    Bring really really warm clothes because it WILL be very cold (and it might snow)!

How difficult is this trek?
We are rating the treks 3.8/5. EBC is known to be a tough trek due to its altitude, temperature and also length. Hence to prepare yourself for this trip, you’d be required to train!

Do you have specific training to follow?

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Week 1

Jogging 4km

REST

5 Storeys (5 Sets), w/ straw

REST

Jogging 4km

5 Storeys (5 Sets), w/ straw

REST

Week 2

Jogging 4km

REST

5 Storeys (5 Sets), w/ straw

REST

Jogging 4km

5 Storeys (5 Sets), w/ straw

REST

Week 3

Jogging 5km

REST

10 Storeys (3 Sets), w/ straw

REST

Jogging 5km

10 Storeys (3 Sets), w/ straw

REST

Week 4

Jogging 5km

REST

10 Storeys (3 Sets), w/ Straw

REST

Jogging 5km

10 Storeys (3 Sets), w/ Straw

REST

Week 5

Jogging 6km

REST

20 Storeys (2 Sets)w/Straw

REST

Jogging 6km

20 Storeys (2 Sets)w/ Straw

REST

Week 6

Jogging 6km

REST

20 Storeys (2 Sets)w/Straw

REST

Jogging 6km

20 Storeys (2 Sets)w/ Straw

REST

Week 7

Jogging 8km

REST

30 Storeys (1 Set)w/ Straw

REST

Jogging 6km

30 Storeys (1 Set)w/Straw

REST

Week 8

Jogging 8km

REST

30 Storeys (1 Set)w/ Straw

REST

Jogging 6km

30 Storeys (1 Set)w/Straw

REST

8-Week Training Plan Objectives:

  1. Mental Endurance
  2. Simulate Lack of Oxygen in High Altitude
  3. Build Cardiovascular Endurance
  4. Build Strength (emphasis on lower body as there are porters during Trek)
  5. Proper Pacing

Workout Plan Explanation:

The 8-week workout plan will commence as soon as the Safety Briefing for the trip is conducted.

Stretching Exercise (Warm Up before Activities)

Warm-ups: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rx3Mn3jZZc

Both stairs and jogging training will be conducted at participants’ own time, we will use a tracking system to monitor your progress.

Description of Key Workouts:

  • Stairs
  • Stairs training will be conducted while inhaling through a straw to simulate lower oxygen in high altitude. Ascend two stairs at a time.
  • Progression:
    1. 5 stories in 2min 30 sec , 5 sets, Rest between set: 1 min
    2. 10 stories in 5min, 3 sets, Rest between set: 2 min
    3. 20 stories in 12min, 2 sets, Rest between set: 2 min
    4. 30 stories in 18min, 1 set
  • Jogging
  • Progression:
    1. 4km, 26 mins
    2. 5km, 32 mins
    3. 6km, 40 mins
    4. 8km, 50 mins
  • Group hike
    • 2 Group hikes will be conducted as stated in the Training Plan above. The hike will be conducted at Bt. Timah Hill (Green Route) with 5kg backpacks (You will be only carrying day-packs in the EBC trek).

How do I find out more about this trip?
Feel free to contact us at nusebc2019@gmail.com if you have any queries!

* Prices will be subjected to change!

 

 

Brought to you by:

Mervin

Mervin

Project Director

Shi Hao

Shi Hao

Vice Project Director

Sim Yun

Sim Yun

Treasurer

Sandeep

Sandeep

Safety Officer