March/April 2019

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What is the aim of this trek?

The ultimate aim of this adventure is to raise funds for gynaecological cancer research.

What is gynaecological cancer?

Gynaecological cancer affects the tissue and organs of the female reproductive system. These include the cervix, uterus, vagina, vulva or other areas of the pelvis. Approximately 6000 women are diagnosed with gynaecological cancer each year in Australia, and a third of these will not survive this disease.

Gynaecological cancers have not been researched as well as other cancers, such as breast cancer. Little is known about the support that women need during and after treatment. More research is needed to establish what the best treatments are, how we can prevent this deadly disease and ultimately, to find a cure. Click here for more information about this disease.

Where does the money raised go?

Cherish Women’s Cancer Foundation’s primary goal is to raise funds towards clinical trials that result in better treatments for women diagnosed with gynaecological cancer. Cherish chooses trials that can be developed and implemented quickly, giving women real and tangible improvements that positively impact on their quality of life. The Cherish Base Camp 2019 research partner and beneficiary is the Queensland Centre for Gynaecological Cancer Research. More information about the clinical trials funded by Cherish can be viewed here.

How fit do I have to be?

It is recommended that you embark on a fitness program that builds up stamina and leg strength for approximately 4-6 months prior to leaving. There is nothing like hiking with a rucksack to train, so the best advice is to get out into the hills a couple of times per week.

Do I need Travel & Medical Insurance?

YES! You will be responsible to get your own travel insurance for a trekking holiday in Nepal which will cover you up to the altitude of base camp.  You will not be doing technical trekking, so your policy needs to be purely for trekking.  When arranging your policy, ensure that you have included helicopter evacuation from the mountains back to Kathmandu, hospital stay and general medical expenses.

Do I need a medical kit?

It’s always better to be safe than sorry. Bring a supply of your preferred headache tablets, a general broad spectrum antibiotic, your preferred band-aids, antibacterial spray or wipes and a few other medical/personal supplies you normally wouldn’t leave home without. Please bring your regular medication (e.g., diabetes, hypertension) with you.

What vaccines are recommended for travel to Nepal?

There are a number of vaccine preventable diseases which you might be exposed to during your time in Nepal, so if you are planning a trip to the region, we recommend you speak with a Travel Vaccination Clinic doctor and have any recommended vaccinations in the lead up to your trip. This also includes making sure you are up-to-date with the childhood immunisation schedule.

Do I need a visa?

YES.  On arrival at Tribhuvan Airport, Kathmandu, you will be required to get a holiday visa for Nepal.  You will be required to have a valid passport and one passport – size photo with a light background.

Visa’s can be obtained only through payment of cash in the following currency: Euro, Swiss Franc, Pound Sterling, US Dollar, Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar, Singapore Dollar and Japanese Yen.

Credit card, Indian currency and Nepali currency are not accepted as payment of visa fee.

How cold will it be?

April is one of the best months to trek Everest Base Camp in Everest region. The weather starts to turn warm and the best thing is it’s still a dry season as the Nepalese monsoon rain starts in mid-June.

Thus, April is a good time to see Nepal for early spring weather and witness the clearest view of the impeccable, Mt. Everest.

Here is a rough approximation of weather in April in Everest region:

Place Elevation Avg Temp Min Temp Max Temp
Lukla 2,829 m/9281 ft 11°C 5°C 16°C
Namche 3,463 m/11,361 ft 7°C 0.6°C 13°C
Dingboche 4,483 m/14,708 ft 0.7 °C -7°C -8.5°C

From the above table, you can see that the higher you move along altitude, more the temperature starts to decline. The average temperature significantly declines from Lukla to Dingboche.

The temperature in Everest Base Camp will be between +15°C and -10°C.

Normally, during April, it is sunny and dry with sunshine 7 hours a day.

While trekking in Everest region besides the temperatures wind speed also play a major role. But don’t you need to worry, the wind speed is 14 km/hr, a normal speed.

How many people will participate in the Cherish Trek?

We hope to be a group of 12 to 18 like-minded trekkers hiking to Everest Base Camp.  The minimum number of trekkers required for the event to proceed is 6.

If we haven't answered all of your questions ...

More trek related FAQ’s can be found on the Satori Adventures Pvt. Ltd website

https://www.satoriadventuresnepal.com/everest-base-camp-trekking.html

I want to fundraise, but don’t know how or where to start

Fundraising can be easy – here are some helpful ideas to get you started:

  • host a morning tea/lunch
  • organise a car wash
  • arrange a movie night
  • have a sausage sizzle
  • arrange a raffle or two
  • host a cocktail/dinner party with an entrance fee

Click here for some other great ideas!

How do I register?

Register your interest by – inquiry box or by contacting obermair@cherish.org.au

How do I set up my fundraising page?

Please contact us at obermair@cherish.org.au when you’re committed to the trek and ready to fundraise to reach the minimum target of $10,000. We can then email you the directions on how to register to start raising funds. It’s quick and easy to do.

I cannot participate in the trek. Can I organise my own activity to fundraise money toward the Cherish Basecamp Trek fundraising?

If trekking to Base Camp isn’t your thing or you’re just not ready for this challenge, be it time, logistics or health constraints, you can set up your own fundraising challenge to raise fund for the Cherish Base Camp Trek cause. The sky is the limit!

Contact us on how to create your own fundraising page to help us raise funds toward our overall fundraising goal of $160,000.

What is the minimum age to participate?

At this time, all participants must be 18 years or older to take up this adventure.

 

Do I need to live in Australia to join the Trek?

We welcome participants from around the world! You’ll find the information on our website is for people living in Australia because we’re based here.  But you don’t have to be.

 

Is there a minimum fundraising amount?

Yes.  This is our most important fundraising event for 2019.  For this reasons, we have set a fundraising minimum, which guarantees support for vital gynaecological cancer research activities to continue.  The minimum amount is $10,000.

 

When does registration close?

We encourage you to register as early as possible.  Spaces are limited. Registration closes when spaces are filled.