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Trek to Everest
Max Landsberg   Jacquetta Megarry  
23 May 2016
UK price £12.99
80pp, 145 x 220mm, 242g

Trek to Everest


Max Landsberg Jacquetta Megarry

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“Packing in as much information in its 80 pages as many books will bloat out over 200 pages ...” Judges' comment, OWPG Award for Excellence guidebook winner 2016

The world’s highest mountain has lured visitors from all over the world ever since its discovery. Attempting its summit is dangerous and requires special skills and experience, as explained in our guidebook dedicated to the climb. However, the trek to its Base Camp in Nepal can be completed by well-prepared walkers of any age – safely and enjoyably. The views from the route are breath-taking, and the trek is punctuated by intriguing Buddhist monuments and monasteries. In the aftermath of the earthquakes in April/May 2015, Nepal needs trekkers more than ever. Profits from the sale of this book are being donated to Mountain People, a respected charity that helps the mountain people of Nepal to help themselves.

The authors focus on the popular route from Lukla to Base Camp, but they also include the trek to the beautiful Gokyo Lakes with the challenging option to link the two valleys over the Cho La pass. They provide background on Sherpa culture and religion and on wildlife and geology. There’s a wealth of information on practical aspects of trekking and preparation, including how to prevent and manage altitude sickness.

In October 2016, this guidebook won the Award for Excellence from the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild.


This guidebook contains everything you need to plan and enjoy your trek to Everest Base Camp and beyond:

  • details of each section with trekking time and altitude gain
  • how to prevent and manage altitude sickness
  • background on Nepal, Sherpa culture, geology and wildlife
  • nine pages of detailed mapping at 1:50,000 of all trekking routes
  • lavishly illustrated, with 95 colour photographs
  • rucksack-friendly, weatherproof format.
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3.7 Kala Pattar
4.4 The Cho La

From a review by Neil Reid in Scottish Mountaineer

The trek to Everest Base Camp has become a secular pilgrimage for so many walkers looking to experience travel in the Himalaya. For some it may be the trip of a lifetime, so it’s good to be able to get it right. …

The book gives lots of information on required fitness, altitude problems and preparations, before talking about the country and the people, and practical information for visitors. The rest of the book splits the trek into stages, summarising the day’s route and giving tips about what you’ll see, each stage accompanied by an easy-to-follow map.

It is a useful addition to anyone’s rucksack. In the wake of the 2015 earthquakes in Nepal, profits from the book are being donated to Mountain People, a charity which helps mountain people to help themselves. Find out more from their website:

SM Winter 2017 page 81

Chosen as "Our favourite" in Scotland Outdoors magazine

With helpful background information on Nepal and its people, the guide has 9 pages of maps with different options, durations, altitudes and photography.

Useful advice throughout with a section on altitude sickness (acute mountain sickness), symptoms to look out for and how best to prevent and manage it. Checklists help focus the reader on what is and isn’t required for this trek.

The guide is well illustrated, easy to navigate and dip in and out of depending what you are looking
for and written in an easy to understand style. Profits from the sale of the book are being donated to Mountain People, a charity that helps the people of Nepal help themselves.

From review in Scotland Outdoors 2016 page 23 (

Customer review online

A comprehensive guide for first-time trekkers to Everest Base Camp, although it also includes alternative routes to Gokyo Ri and over the Cho La as these routes also provide spectacular views of Everest. There are day-to-day accounts of what the routes would entail, including where best to stop for acclimatisation breaks and to experience local delicacies. All of this is backed up with photographs and maps, showing the high-levels of research and excellent consultancy that went into the making of the guide book.

There are helpful tips on dealing with acclimatisation problems such as altitude sickness and how best to tip the local guides. Throughout, there are mentions of the 2015 earthquakes and the damage that was caused, as well as ways in which readers and trekkers can help with the relief funds—just by buying the book you will be helping. It ends with a quick guide to some much needed everyday sayings in Nepali.

The views seen in the photos throughout the book are remarkable … The commentary throughout is particularly engaging, with the authors’ matter-of-fact writing voice leading to a certain level of honest humour. This has also helped to solidify my desire to one day trek to Base Camp myself, although I might have to now take a detour to Gokyo Ri!

Full review is at

Reviewed by Patrick O'Sullivan, Editor of Irish Mountain Log

The two authors both bring a significant amount of experience to this guidebook … very experienced in the areas of high altitude trekking and altitude related problems.

The contents are very well organised with quite detailed information on a number of background topics in the first half to help you plan your trip and to help you better understand the cultures and practices in Nepal and in the the Solu Khumbu. The sections on Buddhism and on altitude effects and Acute Mountain Sickness seem particularly comprehensive from my perspective as somebody who lived in Nepal for five years, and are very readable.

Overall, another excellent guide from Rucksack Readers, with an impressive amount of information in its 80 pages, all very accessible.

Irish Mountain Log, Autumn 2016 page 64

From a review in Outdoor Focus magazine

Jacquetta Megarry has a special interest in the medical aspects of trekking at altitude, and was a volunteer on the Xtreme Everest medical research project. So her introductory chapters on the effects of altitude on health and advice about diet are particularly enlightening and valuable.

There are also interesting introductory sections on Kathmandu, the Sherpa people and Buddhism and its buildings. Combined with concise but clear directions, easy-to-follow maps and excellent photography, this handy little guide should provide all you need to reach your personal trekking Everest.

Roly Smith, Outdoor Focus summer 2016, pp 14-15

Reviewed by Polly Murray

This book is a superb, easy-to-follow guide about various treks to base camp, packed with essential tips, detailed routes and unmissable sights. It is full of expert advice to prepare you for everything that you will and may encounter – a must-have for a safe and enjoyable trek to a very special corner of the world.

Polly Murray, first Scottish woman to summit Mount Everest

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