The Everest Base Camp App
“This historic trek through the Sagarmatha National Park to the very foot of Everest will be one of the greatest adventures you may ever undertake. You will find yourself standing, looking in awe, before some of the world’s highest peaks. Every bend in the path brings a new view and a fresh experience. An adventure you will hold in your memory forever, long after you have stopped looking at the photographs.
This Everest Base Camp app has the following information in the Guide Section:
- An overview of the trek
- When to go
- Independent or group travel
- Getting to the start of the trek
- Kathmandu: accommodation, eating, drinking and sights
- A suggested 12 day trekking itinerary with alternative finish
- Nepal information: culture, religion, customs, common wildlife, language, money and environmental impact
- Top Tips for Trekking
- Health and wellbeing, including altitude and acclimatisation
- Equipment for the trek
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Photo galleries
- Route profiles
The brand new maps of the Khumbu region (the area of Nepal through which you will be walking) in the app are created from aerial photos, then GPS sourced by one of the team marking waypoints along each route and hand drawing the features. These are then added to the original map and drawn digitally by the mapping team at Harvey’s. It’s the first digital interactive map of the Khumbu that is available as an app. And it works!
There are 17 layers of mapping within the app, each one accurate and to scale, ranging from1:100,000 right down to 1:5,000 so you can zoom in to individual lodges and features, and zoom out to see all the mountains around you.
The app uses the GPS on your iPhone to track your position, allowing you to make use of the ‘progress’ function which will show ‘your’ time, distance travelled and height climbed. These can even be shared on your social networking sites at the end of each day.
If you decide not to record your progress the app will still work, and is still an excellent guide and map with the GPS disabled.
When you arrive off the plane in Lukla, you use the app at 1:5,000 scale so you can recognise every individual hotel/lodge/bar.
As you continue up the valley to Namche Bazar the app switches scales to 1:20,000 so you can see more around you in each village, and finally when you ‘open’ the 1:100,000 scale all the major mountains around you are named. When you are standing at Kala Pattar above Base Camp you will be able to see your position on your phone screen and Everest summit within the same screen – and you can post to facebook or twitter and your friends will be able to see where you are.
Authors of the Everest Base Camp App
Creating our first app has been a journey on it’s own. I’ve been to Nepal many times, and walked this route before. For this app, we made two trips to Nepal: first to walk the route and collect the GPS data, then again when we realised there was not enough information on the satellite images to create a detailed enough map. A chilly trip in January 2012 allowed us to collect a huge amount of detail which has now been drawn onto our new map.
Photographer extraordinaire, Rob has been to Everest Basecamp around 18 times so has one or two photos in his collection. Most of the photos in the app and on the website are his. Rob and Issie created the text from their own experiences of working and trekking in Nepal, ably edited by Harriet.
Cshiring Sherpa is a climbing sherpa who was born in the Khumbu area where his family still lives. He works now for Himalayan Expeditions and is a long time friend of Issie, having worked on many treks together. Cshiring worked on the detailed GPS survey of the upper Khumbu with Issie in January 2012