Base Camp Everest 2022!

Posted by Ellie Domoney

3 May 2022

Pony's | Ambassador | Podcast | Volunteer

4 min read

The start of the journey!... 07/04/22

Here is our amazing, courageous Base camp Everest team ready to go, departing from Heathrow airport. All smiles from everyone and I'm sure they were eager to get going! The next photo showing Basta waiting for their arrival in Kathmandu at the guest house. Exciting times for them all, good luck team!

And they have arrived!... 08/04/22

After leaving from the airport after a long 11hr flight, the team had to tackle the busy Kathmandu traffic before arriving to the hotel, plenty of amazing things to see though to keep them busy!

They finally arrived to the hotel. allocated their rooms, had a full briefing of the upcoming busy days ahead, issued all equipment, most importantly.. been fed! and finally resting up before a meeting tonight. All smiley faces throughout the team! And as Harvey Banger is demonstrating.. very tired!

An adventure before the adventure! 09/04/22

Today our Base camp Everest team unfortunately couldn't fly into Lukla on the plane due to the weather. Better to be safe and enjoy it! But with quick thinking the team ensured they would go up by helicopter. An amazing experience some of the team never have had. 

After the first day of trekking, the team have now settled down in Phakding for the night. Rest up team! you all deserve it and need it for the long adventure ahead! Good luck!

Day 4 - 10/04/22 - Trek Phakding - Namche (11316 ft) 

An early start for the team today, but nothing stops them! Shortly after they started they came to Jorsale, where the long trail officially enters the Sagarmatha National park. With some amazing views along the way too as they have shown us! They continued along the trial, crossing the Bhote Kosi river to begin the steep climb up to Namche Bazar! (11316 ft). From here they could see a glimpse of where they were going to be in a few days... Mt Everest!

Once again, amazing photos and a great team!

Day 5 - 11/04/22 - Rest and acclimatization

How are we on day 5 already! time is flying by for this amazing team. A short walk uphill to the Sagarmatha National park headquarters, a breathtaking spot on top of Namche Bazaar with magnificent views of the surroundings, snow capped giants and the valleys way down below. Also a very interesting museam with loads of facts and history of the Himalayas, its geography, culture, mountaineering history and information on flora and fauna of this region.

As said previously, keep checking in as time is flying by for this team!

Day 6 - 12/04/22 - phortse 3810m (B,L,D) 6hrs

The team start on their journey again, walking and enjoying the amazing views of Mt Everest, Nuptuse, Lhotse, Amadablam and closer view of Thamserku. Hopefully plenty of photos captured aswell! The first section of the trek is quoted "easy" by the team, flat to Sanasa where they will stop for a nice cup of tea and coffee to enjoy the breathtaking view, then they climb up to Mongla Pass (3975m) from there they can enjoy the views of Amadablam, Thamserku, Tauche and Mt. Khumbla.

From here they will descend along a wide trial to Dudhkoshi khola (3250m). They cross a bridge and trek through the rhododendron forest, a habitat for Himalayan wild deer and musk deer. they finally arrive at the walled fields of a Phortse.

The team are in great hands, the most amazing Sherpas, having a once in a lifetime experience that will stay with them forever! Go team!

Day 7 - 13/04/22 - Dingboche 4410m

From Phortse the teams track continues to climb the steep hill ahead... they are heading to the altitude of 4250m taking their time so they can prepare themselves for the thinning air ahead. the trek continues too follow through Pangoche village then to Dingboche village. Then overnight in the lodge. 

Amazing, breathtaking photos from the team, Keep going guys!

Day 9 - 14/04/22 - Lobuche 4890m

The team are on their way to reach Thugla (4600m) an easy walk so far along a wide trial. hiking across the grassy hills, up to the rest of the Dugla Hill and through the huge boulders! brings the team up to 4930m Lobuche, with stunning views of Lobuche peak and Cholatse. 

They will cross over Dugla Hill where they are confronted by a knoll studded with chortens, which is a monument to fallen climbers and sherpas who have died on Mt. Everest over the years. A short while after this, an incredible vista opens the khumbu Amphitheatre. Again heading over to lodge overnight!

Getting closer and closer! go team!!

THEY DID IT!! - 15/04/22

Wow what a team! they finally made it, everyone at The Knights foundation are insanely proud of every single team member listed below who truly deserve the recognition.

  • Jo Mcbrearty
  • David Mills
  • Scott Taggart
  • Richie Byrne
  • James white
  • Harvey Banger

A huge thank you to all the team, the amazing leaders, Gurkhas and sherpa's. As ALWAYS you were amazing! And some recognition for the photo which is just breathtaking!

Day 11 - 17/04/22 - kalapatthar (5545m) 

Another early one for the team this morning, wake up for 4:30am!! headed up the Kalapatthar slope. It took a long two hours to reach Kalapatthar and on arrival they had the most breathtaking view of Mt. Everest. They then reached Gorakhshep for a quick breakfast stop, as I'm sure they were very hungry after all that climbing! proceeded onto Lobuche for a nice lunch with a fantastic view again! and finally descended to Pheriche for their overnight stay and a well earned rest!

Amazing people, views and photos! great job guys!

They are back!!

The team are now back all in one peice, in Kathmandu. Yesterday Scott proudly said.."we nailed it! Kalaptar at 5580m was one the hardest things I have ever done, but all six of us did it!... very cold this morning; leaving at 4:30am, it was hard, lost all feeling in my toes and fingers, was so intense".

Harvey Banger commented, "on Sunday we did 42,000 steps downhill, and 37,000 yesterday!!"

what a huge achievement for these guys and bravery is defently needed for this journey! Enjoy the rest of your trip guys. we will be waiting for you to arrive back in Heathrow on Saturday!