The Everest Base Camp digital books
“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.
These books are designed to help you achieve your dream of trekking to Everest Base Camp”.
These Everest Base Camp books contain the following information:
- 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
- Route profiles
The new map of the route to Everest Basecamp is included in each day of the trekking route, as an overall view of the route and, at a larger scale. The map is a normal walker’s map but may be using some symbols you have not seen before such as prayer wheels, gompas and mani walls. Otherwise, the only other slight difference is the contour interval which, because you will be in the middle of some pretty big mountains, is 50metres.
An explanation of the symbols in the KEY which you will find in the book.
This map was created as a digital map and thus able to go to a very large scale. However to use all this information in the book would mean an enormous amount of mapping. Therefore we have taken the decision not to use the biggest scale, which means that not every single piece of information will be on the map. What this means for example, is that although you will able to identify that there are lodges in the villages from the icons they may not all be named, apart from the key villages along the route where we recommend that you stay; here we have increased the scale of the map and named all the lodges. At this big scale the map is really more of a plan and most of the information is given with symbols.
You can just use the map to navigate as you would normally with any printed map.
The ibook contains Photo galleries, map galleries and video
A fully interactive version of the new map will soon be available as an ipad app.
The Kindle Book
The Kindle book is less interactive but still contains photos and maps. This book is designed for, and best viewed on, a Kindle Fire. All the text and photos are easily viewed on other models but the maps less so.
A fully interactive version of the new map will soon be available as an app for Kindle.
Authors of the Everest Base Camp Book
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