Climbing to Everest Base Camp is a tough challenge, at altitude, but one that is very achievable with the correct training. It requires a reasonable level of strength, stamina and determination. Your training should incorporate aerobic (endurance building), anaerobic (strength building) exercises and some good long walks!
Everest Base Camp
Frequently asked questions
Yes! We have a number of pre-challenge Training Days in London and the North and South Downs, and Weekends in the Peak District, Snowdonia and the Breacon Beacons spread across the year, from early Spring until September, so there should be a weekend to suit you.
Our training weekends are the best way to prepare yourself physically and mentally prior to tackling one of our Challenges, and they are a great way to meet other trekkers, the Action Challenge team and our fully qualified Mountain Leaders. They're also a brilliant excuse to also test out your kit and equipment, against the elements!
Visa - British Nationals do require a visa to enter Nepal. An email will be sent out reminding you to apply for your visa within 4 months of your departure date. This will include the application form and the details you need to complete it.
Insurance - Insurance is imperative and should cover the costs of medical repatriation, trip curtailment costs and trekking up to 6000m. Your itinerary includes internal Nepalese flights that will be dependent on weather and we strongly recommend adding “missed flight connection” cover to your policy. We recommend you obtain insurance as soon as possible.
Vaccinations – Whilst the risk of contracting malaria on your climb is very low as you are at altitude, Nepal is considered a high risk malaria zone. Therefore, you may wish to take anti-malarial tablets, to ensure that you are covered for times when you are at lower altitudes. There are various brands of medication on the market so please seek medical advice from your local travel clinic about taking anti – malarial prophylaxis medication. Please also make sure you are up to date on all necessary boosters and vaccinations by speaking to your local GP / travel clinic. Advised vaccinations include Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid, Diptheria and Rabies.
You need to be a minimum of 18-years-old at the start of the challenge in order to participate.
Life on the Trek
All of our challenges are group adventures and the average size is approximately 20 participants. We welcome individuals, couples and groups of friends on to our challenges, and many who join us literally have a mountain to climb in terms of the scale of the challenge they are taking on. We advocate camaraderie and team bonding, and really believe that this enhances your experience.
The mximum group size is usually 25 clients plus our staff,
Your challenge will be led by an experienced Action Challenge leader. Our leaders are selected for their experience, knowledge, enthusiasm, sensitivity and sense of humour, and will ensure that your trip runs smoothly.
You will also be accompanied by an Action Challenge doctor, who will be carrying a fully stocked medical kit in case of any emergency. They will carry out daily health checks, and the re-assurance of their presence should allow you to focus on, and enjoy your challenge!
We have a full support team in country with two way radio contact between the Action Challenge Head Quarters in London and local staff and satellite phone for emergencies. If for any reason you need to leave the group early local staff will assist you with your descent and will arrange transfers, accommodation and medical care if necessary.
We experience various climate zones, from forestry at the start up to alpine scrub with limited vegetation as the altitude increases.
On the first and last few days of our climb, temperatures should remain warm around the low-mid twenties, with high humidity, becoming cooler at dusk and at night dropping to around 10C.
As we ascend and the vegetation becomes more sparse, temperatures begin to drop dramatically to around the low-mid teens and then into single figures around the 4000m mark - it becomes very cold at night so you will need to ensure you are fully kitted out with warm thermals and sleeping bag!
The temperature falls on average by 1C every 200m in altitude gained.
Mountainous weather is always unpredictable and can change very quickly. To ensure that you embrace this as part of the experience, ensure that you are ready for wind, rain, sun and snow!
Food - We are provided with three varied and nutritious meals a day, and an unlimited supply of fully purified and treated water a day whilst trekking. Breakfast will be at the accommodation, lunch will be en-route at a prearranged tea house or lodge and dinner will always be in a good local restaurant or at the tea house.
Dietary Requirements - Please note that we will do our best to accommodate all dietary requirements if informed in advance.
Accommodation - Accommodation will be allocated on a twin sharing basis. In Kathmandu, we will stay in a comfortable hotel. On the trek, our accommodation will be in tea houses which are basic lodges with rustic facilities. Toilets are long-drop style. Rooms sometimes have attached bathrooms and hot showers, but the lodge owners may (or may not) charge an extra fee and this can change depending on demand. You can simply pay for these if and when you desire them. Tea houses are often located in remote areas and getting supplies is expensive and time consuming – you can’t expect 5 star facilities, but what you get will be more than compensated for by the friendliness and hospitality of your hosts. They will be doing their best, but please keep your expectations low.
Single supplement - We can accommodate single rooms in the majority of the accommodation on the challenge. Though this is limited when staying at the tea houses along the challenge route.
Flights & Extending Your Stay
All flights depart from London with a layover en route and are included in your package.
Yes, this becomes our land only package and reduces your final balance or minimum sponsorship balance - please contact us for more information if you are looking to book your own flights.
You will be required to arrange all flights and transfers in order to meet the group at the starting hotel on day 2 of your challenge and Action Challenge will require details of your travel arrangements before departure.
Please note you are unable to change your package once final balance invoicing has been completed and tickets have been issued by the airline.
Yes – why not stay on and explore more of what Nepal has to offer! We can request with to change your return date with the airline. Places are limited and all arrangements are subject to availability.
Funding & Fundraising
You can choose to fully fund the challenge yourself, fundraise for a charity of your choice (from which a minimum of 50% of the sponsorship will cover your trip cost), or opt to do a mixture of both! For all three funding options, an online registration deposit is required to secure your place. Please check the Dates & Prices page of your preferred challenge for the exact prices & fundraising targets.
We have worked with over 200 UK charities and welcome partnerships with new ones all the time! As long as they are a registered UK or Irish charity and agree to you doing so, we are more than happy for you to fundraise for any charity close to your heart.
To secure your place on a Himalayas Challenge departure, please click on the BOOK NOW button on the Dates & Prices Page. Please ensure you have a credit or debit card with you to pay your registration deposit. You will also need to have the below information to hand:
• Name as per Passport
• Home Address
• Email Address
• Telephone Number
• Date of Birth
Before you embark on your challenge, we will need your passport, travel insurance, next of kin, medical details and dietary requirements (if applicable). If you have any medical conditions to declare or are over the age of 65, you will be required to complete a medical declaration form, signed and stamped by your GP. If you don’t have all this information to hand, you can still register your place today, and then submit the additional details at a later date.