THE TREK OF A LIFETIME - SEEING EVEREST UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL
EVEREST BASE CAMP TREKThe trek to Everest Base Camp is magical in many ways - the views as you walk amongst countless Himalayan giants - the cultural experience trekking through villages and seeing mountain-life up close...unforgettable.
We want this trek to provide you with the full experience of the Himalayas, so we have included some incredible additions - you will trek across 3 high mountain passes (aka 'The 3-Passes'), and summit Gokyo Ri - a peak that offers arguably some of the best possible views of Mount Everest. This 24-day expedition is made achievable with an included 8-month build-up training program in Melbourne, Australia. Participants will train with their teammates and trek leader, so come time to fly to Nepal, you will be ready to tackle the mountains with your supportive crew.
EXPEDITION from 26 Sep - 19 Oct 2024
BUILD-UP TRAINING from 5 Feb - 25 Sep 2024
Join us for a one-of-a-kind Himalayan adventure to Everest Base Camp in 2024. An unforgettable journey; a complete physical, mental, emotional and cultural experience as you climb the spectacular “steps to heaven”, visit the Gokyo lakes and traverse three high mountain passes.
Your 24-day adventure begins as soon as you register, right here in Melbourne, with our unique 8-month Build-Up Training Program to help you prepare for this trip.
We’ll work with you on your fitness, lifestyle and mindset. We aren’t just trekking guides, we are health and movement coaches who specialise in helping our clients achieve incredible things.
The journey to the base of the world’s highest mountain is called ‘the steps to heaven’ for a reason. Our unique 24-day journey combines breath-taking scenery, exciting high mountain passes, fascinating Nepalese culture and a personal sense of achievement to deliver an experience that will be carved into your memory forever.
We’ve created a gold class adventure itinerary to offer you the full Himalayan experience, following a circuit loop, exploring the Gokyo lakes, summiting Gokyo Ri (for incredible views of Everest), traversing three high mountain passes, visiting the iconic Everest Base Camp and Kalapather to reach unsurpassed views of Mt Everest. You will spend almost three weeks in the Himalayas, experiencing high altitude living, surrounded by huge majestic & famous peaks, and will witness close up what it is like for not only climbers embarking on the summit of Everest, but also life of the Sherpas in the Himalayas.
We’ve ticked all the boxes and pulled out all the stops. This is one trip that all committed outdoor adventurers cannot miss.
Trekking with Rossfit is an experience unlike any other offered. We aren’t just experienced mountain guides, we’re also world class health and movement coaches. We help people make positive changes to their thoughts, lifestyle and health as soon as they sign up. We won’t take your money and then just see you in Nepal when the trek starts. We offer support along the way through your 8-month build-up training, and the trek. Plus, we have a proven track record of 98% success on all our adventure activities.
We have a bigger itinerary with more variety and options including:
Bonus additional trek to Gokyo Ri – with the most spectacular views of Everest –better than the views on the traditional Everest Base Camp route;
Traversing three high mountain passes (one word…surreal!)
Additional rest days, to ensure better acclimatisation to the high altitude, and to allow time to be with your surroundings and take in the magic
8-Month Build-Up Training Program with the same expedition leader who will take you on your trek – fitness, nutrition, trekking skills, high altitude awareness training, first aid.
Day 1 Kathmandu (26th September 2024)
Today is a travel day. We recommend booking a day flight to Kathmandu, so that you arrive at your hotel NLT 10pm, to give yourself a solid night sleep.
Day 2 Kathmandu
Welcome country brief in the morning, followed by a familiarisation walk around Thamel. Group dinner and meet our Nepalese climbing Sherpas and guides.
Day 3 Kathmandu
Morning city tour, followed by free day to explore Kathmandu and finalise gear/equipment for the trek.
Day 4 / Exped 1 Kathmandu / Phakding (2610m)
Exciting privately chartered helicopter flight to Lukla (2840m), trek to Phakding.
Day 5 / Exped 2 Phakding / Namche Bazaar (3440m)
Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar – beautiful market town high up in the Khumbu, our home for two nights.
Day 6 / Exped 3 Namche Bazaar
Acclimatisation day. Multiple day hike options for great views and to assist acclimatisation.
Day 7 / Exped 4 Namche Bazaar / Thame (3880m)
Trek Namche Bazaar to Thame.
Day 8 / Exped 5 Thame / Marulung (4249m)
Trek Thame to Marulung.
Day 9 / Exped 6 Marulung / Lungdhen (4368m)
Trek Marulung to Lungdhen.
Day 10 / Exped 7 Lungdhen / Gokyo (4790m)
Trek Lungdhen to Gokyo, crossing over Renjo La High Mountain Pass (5360m).
Day 11 / Exped 8 Gokyo
Hike up Gokyo Ri (5380m) in the morning to see epic views of Everest. Rest for the remainder of day.
Day 12 / Exped 9 Gokyo / Dragnag (4700m)
Trek Gokyo to Dragnag.
Day 13 / Exped 10 Dragnag / Dzongla (4830m)
Trek Dragnak to Dzongla through Chola High Mountain Pass (5330m).
Day 14 / Exped 11 Dzongla / Lobuche (4940m)
Trek Dzongla to Lobuche.
Day 15 / Exped 12 Lobuche / Gorakshep (5140m)
Trek Lobuche to Gorakshep. In the afternoon visit Everest Base Camp (5364m).
Day 16 / Exped 13 Gorakshep / Lobuche
Sunrise hike up Kala Patar for epic views of mountain Everest, followed by the return trek down to Lobuche.
Day 17 / Exped 14 Lobuche / Chukhung (4730m)
Epic day of adventure as you cross the final high mountain pass on your trek - Kongma La (5535m), descending on the other side to the town of Chukhung.
Day 18 / Exped 15 Chukhung / Tengboche (3860m)
An enjoyable downhill (mostly) hike to the monastery town of Tengboche.
Day 19 / Exped 16 Tengboche / Namche Bazaar (3440m)
Return to Namche Bazaar.
Day 20 / Exped 17 Namche Bazaar / Lukla (2840m)
Final day of trekking, from Namche Bazaar to Lukla, where we celebrate mountain-style!
Day 21 / Exped 18 Lukla / Kathmandu
Today we say goodbye to the Himalayas with an early morning fixed-wing flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. Enjoy some well-deserved luxury at one of Kathmandu’s best hotels, Hotel Mulberry.
Day 22 Kathmandu
Rest, relax and recover. Rooftop pool, massages, room service….you get the idea.
Day 23 Kathmandu
Rest, relax and recover. Farewell dinner.
Day 24 Kathmandu
Depart for home.
No prior trekking or mountaineering experience is necessary. However, a strong level of hiking fitness and a positive attitude is required to take part in this trek. For almost three weeks you’ll be walking for 4-8 hours a day on average, crossing steep, hilly and sometimes rocky terrain. When trekking up Kalapather, reaching Everest Base Camp and crossing the high mountain passes, we may encounter ice and snow, which will test your balance, coordination and core strength. Each year the conditions change and it’s crucial that we’re physically prepared for the worst possible conditions. Moreover, the high altitudes trekkers experience throughout this route make it harder to breathe and physical exertion becomes more difficult.
As part of your application process, an assessment will be made by our coaches/guides to determine if you’re physically able to take part. Then once your 8-month build-up training begins, you’ll receive customised guidance on what training you need to do to be physically ready for the trek. Those without any trekking or climbing experience will be required to attend training hikes and mountain endurance training weekends during the build-up training to ensure you are adequately prepared for this trek.
Only those with a high level of fitness who are acclimatising well are likely to successfully complete the trek.…that is where an effective build-up training program is so important.
Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases or injuries such as back, knees, ankles or hips should inform a Rossfit coach before booking the trek. We also require that you consult your doctor and receive medical clearance before committing to the trip.
8-Months Build-Up Training
Training Start Date: 5 February 2024
Training Finish Date: 25 September 2024
Every participant is required to take part in the 8-Month Build-Up Training Program to prepare them physically and mentally for the challenges we will face in Nepal. We have a 98% success rate on all our adventure challenge treks and expeditions, and we plan to upload this record. We want to see you succeed and come out of this Adventure overwhelmed with happiness, as well as fitter, stronger and healthier than ever.
8-Month Build-Up Training Program (required):
- Individual health, fitness & skills assessment
- Individualised build-up training program - a bespoke periodised training program for each participant that includes:
- Cardio training
- Strength training
- Muscular-endurance training
- Nutrition and supplementation protocols
- Rest and recovery protocols
- High-altitude preparation protocols
- 4 x single-day training hikes (taking place at various locations around Melbourne)
- 2 x mountain skills training weekends
- Self-aid, first-aid and wilderness first-aid training (classroom)
- High altitude awareness training (classroom)
Additional Build-Up Training Components (optional):
- 1on1 or semi-private strength & conditioning coaching with Ross
1-on-1 & Semi-Private Strength & Conditioning Sessions
Above you read the outline of the 8-month build-up training program. In addition to the numerous group training activities that take place throughout the build-up training period, it is essential that participants engage in structured fitness training on a daily and weekly basis. This is crucial for the development of your physical fitness, so that you can perform at the required level in the group training activities, as well as on the trek.
If you would like additional support and accountability on a weekly basis during the build-up training period, it is worth considering 1on1 or semi-private strength and & conditioning sessions, coached by Ross at the Rossfit studio in Port Melbourne. In these sessions you will be guided through specific workouts in your periodised training program, ensuring that you are training with correct technical and at the appropriate intensity.
Semi-private sessions have 2-4 participants to one coach. If you are interested in learning more about 1on1 or semi-private sessions, make note in the booking form below.
As this adventure involves trekking at high altitude, we have decided that all participants will use a porter service (that is included in the cost) to conserve energy and maximise their chance of having a successful and enjoyable time in the mountains. You will place the bulk of your clothing & equipment into a duffel bag which your porter carries. You will then carry a medium size day pack with water, snacks and a spare layer or two (approx. 5-8kg).
A full packing list will be provided to participants at the start of the build-up phase, and plenty of coaching is provided on packing configuration, weight minimisation and clothing/equipment selection. Here’s a brief version for your initial information and planning:
- Medium size day pack
- Suitcase/bag to leave at hotel in Kathmandu with anything you don’t need on the trek
- Heavy duty trekking boots that protect ankles
- Sunglasses with full eye protection (wrap-arounds or mountaineering glasses)
- Cold weather and wet weather trekking clothing
- Sleeping bag (rated to at least -10 degrees Celsius) and liner
- Camera with spare batteries and memory cards
- Personal first-aid kit
- Reusable water bottles (2 x 1 litre)
- 24-day fully guided trek by both Australian and Nepalese guides
- 8-months build-up training
- Airport transfers
- 3-nights 4-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast prior to trek
- 3-nights 5-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast after the trek
- Teahouse accommodation during the trek
- Breakfasts in Kathmandu and all meals on the trek
- All ground transportation
- Privately chartered helicopter flight - Kathmandu to Lukla
- Fixed-wing aircraft flight - Lukla to Kathmandu
- Experienced English speaking and government-licenced Nepalese trek guides. 3:1 guide to trekker ratio the entire time
- Porter service throughout the trek, duffel bag provided
- All required paperwork and trekking permits
- All government and local taxes
Not Included in Cost:
- Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu
- International flights to/from Nepal
- Personal first aid kit
- Passport/visa related costs
- Travel insurance (required)
- Trekking equipment (pack, sleeping bag, clothing, etc.) See ‘What to Take’ section
- Some costs associated with Build-Up Training activities (food, accom & transport on single day hikes, mountain training weekends, etc.)
- Optional 1on1 or Semi-Private strength & conditioning coaching sessions
"Hands down the most incredible experience of my life. The Rossfit leaders ran a fun and professional expedition, and the build-up training was priceless!"
"Being able to do the expedition with people who you'd met and trained with before you went away was a fantastic thing. There was such an amazing connection and comradery within our group particularly."
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