The Trip Notes provide detailed information and background for Adventure Consultants' Khumbu Trek.
You can view the trip notes online by clicking the image or download a pdf by clicking the following link:
Khumbu Trek Trip Notes 2020
For the Khumbu Trek we will take a maximum of 12 people hence spaces are limited.
We employ strong and specialised Expedition leaders and Sherpa staff, who are some of the most pre-eminent in the industry. We pride ourselves on operating with small teams, the best back-up and support available. The expedition leader will be scheduled approximately six months out from the trip start. The 2017 guiding team includes:
Lead Guide Trip 1
The expedition leader for our April departure is Matt Chessor. Born in Australia, Matt is now based in Rossland, Canada. He started alpine climbing in 2000, at age 16, largely to facilitate ski mountaineering. He began guiding in 2008 and is now a fully certified IFMGA Mountain and Ski Guide. He has both climbed and guided several of New Zealand's highest mountains.
Matt guided our Ama Dablam expedition alongside lead guide, Lydia Bradey in 2013 and in 2014 he summitted Cho Oyu (8201m) guiding alongside lead guide Steve Moffat.
Head Office Support Team
Running successful journeys and expeditions is more about experience, knowledge and strategic management than any other factors. As an organisation, we place a substantial amount of time and resources into ensuring our trips are well planned and supported. You can be assured that the AC staff will provide you with friendly advice and knowledgeable support throughout the planning stages of your trip and we will be there to provide backup while the trip is running.
Katie has been with Adventure Consultants since 2019 in the role of Client Liaison. Having spent many years working in the outdoor industry, Katie brings a wealth of experience to her role.
Trek team members will be provided with pre-trip medical advice and a medical questionnaire and asked to visit their family physician to receive a full medical examination. This information will be sighted only by the trek leader and our medical adviser and treated with full confidentiality.
Each of our trips is individually rated according to its physical and technical difficulty, displayed in the icons towards the top of each trip page. You can click on the accompanying question mark for additional descriptions and the full run-down of our grading system is available on our Difficulty Ratings page.
Preparing for Your Trip
Although the Khumbu Trek is straightforward, you must train prior to departure to make your trip as enjoyable as possible. While the trek is achievable you need to be prepared to hike for the full 14 days for around 4-5 hours on hilly terrain, with some hill climbs of around 600m elevation gain, with over 3000m elevation gain in total.
Training should include regular walking on hills, in combination with swimming, light running or biking and gym work to develop strength. For more information read our AC Blog article 'Fit to Trek', visit our Fitness Training Programs page, or check out our Training Peaks Uphill Athlete 12 Week Everest Trekking Training Program.
What You Carry
We have the luxury of porter support during the trek. Each day you will carry your day pack containing; rain jacket, fleece, sun block, water, snacks, trekking poles, small personal first aid kit, camera and a few extra personal items. At higher elevations, you add in a warm hat and gloves.
A robust acclimatisation program has been incorporated into our itinerary to allow the best opportunity for our body’s to adjust to the reduced atmospheric pressure when travelling high in the Himalayan Mountains. We have included rest days at the relevant elevations to allow our bodies to adjust to the thin air and we carry sufficient medication to deal with most altitude related problems. Experience has shown us that good hydration, rest days at significant elevations and good base fitness help avoid any significant problems during this expedition.
Nonetheless, you will feel the effects of the high altitude. For people who have not previously been to altitude this can sometimes be a cause for concern but please do not worry about this as your guides are trained to assist you through your acclimatisation programme.
Symptoms you may experience include; mild headaches which are similar to the sensation of wearing tight sunglasses for too long. These ‘pressure’ headaches, as they are known, are usually relieved by drinking more water, rest and pressure breathing (blowing out through pursed lips). Should symptoms persist, they can be relieved by Panadol, Ibuprofen, Excedrin, Tylenol or similar. Taking the time after arriving at a ‘new’ elevation is vital to allow your body to adjust. People who can’t sit still, drink excessive alcohol, or rush around, usually adjust at a slower rate than others.
The feeling when you get to a new altitude has been compared to having a mild hangover. It is important to remember to walk slowly and do not try to keep up with any locals!
We include ‘active’ rest days as part of our acclimatisation programme. By taking a gentle walk on rest days to a slightly higher elevation we exercise the principle of ‘climbing high, sleeping low’, which aids our acclimatisation greatly.
Food will be of the highest standard possible, given the remoteness of the situation. Please inform us if you have any special dietary requirements. In the Khumbu Valley during the trek we will be staying and dining in Lodges and at Island Peak Base Camp we will be staying in tents and eating in the Adventure Consultants mess tent. Our base camp equipment and ample, nutritious meals are always the envy of other groups on the mountain!
Accommodation and dining during the trek will be in lodges where you will be in dormitories or twin rooms. Mattresses are provided but you will need to bring your own sleeping bag. Each lodge has a large lounge and dining area where trek members can congregate to share meals, socialise or simply relax by the fireplace. Some even have showers, internet, battery re-charging and laundry services available for a small fee.
Clothing & Equipment
Expedition trek members will be sent a list detailing all necessary clothing and equipment to be individually provided.