Everest Base Camp guide – what’s in a name?


It’s time for a competition!

We need a title for our new trekking guide and would love your help.

Jay Reilly, our newly acquired son in law,  has written a brilliant guide all about trekking to Everest Base Camp. It is currently with Bill Journee, our illustrious eBook designer,  and is coming together beautifully. It looks magic. The only problem is we cannot decide on a title.

That is where you come in.

The competition is to come up with a catchy title (and subtitle if you can) for the new guide.

It’s that simple!

To enter, think up a title and either leave a reply below or a comment on our Facebook page.  Don’t stress if you double up or have one the same as someone else (or just Like one on Facebook)  this will help us decide the most popular title.

The broad chapter headings are listed below to give you an idea of the content. It is quite extensive and as someone who read the draft version recently emailed:

The book summarises about 100 hours of Google searching and chats I had with people who had been over there. For me, I am obsessed about being physically fit enough for the trek and so chapters 4 & 5 were fantastic.

The good thing about this eBook is the little tips for things that you wouldn’t figure out until you got there and thought ‘aha next time I should bring this

The prize? A free copy of our other new eBook Pick your Gear – Outdoor Photography for Beginners.

Yes, everyone who makes a suggestion or Likes one on Facebook will receive a free copy of Pick your Gear!

The best suggestion,  that is the one we use for the  book,  will receive a copy of all our eBooks (Food to Go,  How to Hike the Overland Track and Pick your Gear) and, of course,  a free copy of the new Everest Base Camp guide.

Value? Around $60

So who is this Jay Reilly and what qualifies him to write a guide on trekking to  Everest Base Camp?

Everest Base Camp Guide - Jay Reilly

Jay  started visiting the Khumbu Valley (where the trek to Everest Base Camp is located)  in 2002 as a commercial mountain climbing guide. Since then he has led around 20 mountain climbing and trekking expeditions in the Everest Region. He has summited Ama Dablam (6856m) 5 times out of 9 attempts and Pumori (7145m) twice and actually holds a record for being the only Australian to do so.

During his guiding exploits, Jay spent most of his time in the Khumbu Valley and has an intricate knowledge of its moods, politics and people.

Jay is somewhat of a Nepal expert, having dealt with storms, injuries and illness, both altitude and otherwise – as well as now having a good understanding of the way Nepalese bureaucracy works.

Apart from being in the Khumbu region, Jay spent a lot of time hanging out in Kathmandu between mountain climbing expeditions. His knowledge of the city and his ability to get off the tourist trail make him a sought after leader and guide. Recently his travels have centred around facilitating Australian school students performing community service work in Nepal.

Finally, to get you rolling on a title, here is a broad outline of the contents:

  • When to go – the best season and why
  • Health – vaccinations, altitude, acclimatisation
  • Training for the trip – yes, you do need to be fit
  • Gear and equipment – what to bring from home or what is available there
  • Guided v independent – helps you choose what is best for you
  • Kathmandu Survival Tips – enough said
  • Tips for the Trail – independent advice from an expert
  • Costs – setting a budget
  • Local contacts – trusted people who have worked with the author
  • Suggested Trek Schedule – yes, finally you are on the trail!

That’s it!  What title would catch your eye if you were searching for a guide on trekking to Everest Base camp?

Leave your suggestion below or on our Facebook page

The competition closes on Thursday 29th March at midnight (AEDST)  The winner will be announced soon after, as will instructions on how to grab your prize for participating.

(Oh, for anyone who is interested, the guide will be ready in under 4 weeks. We will let you know details soon about registering for an advanced copy discount)


  1. Jim says

    Don’t know a thing about the trek so here are some risque or tacky suggestions.

    rest before everest
    Because planning your trek shouldn’t be the hard part

    Khumbu to Basecamp
    The guide to make the preperation easier than the trek

    Frozen nepals
    trekking to everest base camp without them

  2. Frank says

    Thanks to you all, excellent suggestions!

    @Leigh – Not to bad a short notice!

    @Jim – some gems in there ….;-)

    @Greg – Like it!

    @Steve – Nice one!

    Oh, we have just extended the cut off till Thursday so people on the mailing list get a couple of days to enter.

  3. Marg says

    I haven’t done the walk but have some friends who did it a couple of years ago…

    One Step at a Time: Prepare well, Go well.

  4. Fiona says

    One step at a time: Guide for all stages of planing, training and performing on your hike to Everest Base Camp.

    I know it is a long one but the best way to optimise web searches is with heaps of key terms.

    I really enjoyed my recent hike to EBC and personally spent hours trying to get information and verify sources in Nepal. A book by an Aussie covering these topics would have saved me precious hours.

    All the best Fiona

    • Frank says

      Thanks Fiona!

      I like it. It tells the story of what the book is all about.

      Really pleased you enjoyed your trip and yes, Jay has been hanging around Nepal for a while so he has a fair bit of knowledge to share. It includes some great information that can be hard to source, especially that is independant!

      Best back at you


  5. Andy says

    Hike Everest: There and back again, in one piece

    Everest Base Camp: The front door to the roof of the world, a definitive guide

    Khatmandu to Base Camp: The essential guide to planning and executing a successful expedition.

    A few options for what looks like an amazing publication! I trekked Annapurna from Khatmandu the other year and thoroughly enjoyed it. Reaching Everest Base camp is a great dream of mine and hopefully one day this book will help me get there!

    Thanks for the opportunity. :-)


  6. Virginia says

    And another one which came to me driving home from work tonight:

    Getting to First Base – A Complete Guide for Trekkers

  7. Bob says

    How about:

    ‘Trekking to Everest Base Camp – from start to finish’

    I was lucky enough to do the trek in 2005 – an incredible experience!
    Look forward to reading Jay’s book.

  8. Frank says

    From Rosemarie by email:

    Hi Frank.

    As a connoisseur of Everest books I find them fascinating My title is ‘Everest: What to Expect !’ a base camp guide

    P.S As a Scout section leader I found your Trangia stove instruction fantastic for my scouts.

  9. Frank says

    Mardelle replies by email from Namche Bazaar in Nepal where she is recovering from Acute Mountain Sickness:

    You wouldn’t believe it but I am actually sitting at Namche Bazaar and unfortunately no planning can help AMS. Here I stay as I got so sick from the get go that I decided to not go on as someone recently died.

    My husband has gone on and no doubt loving every minute. My disappointment in my first major hike being such a disaster is deep but I have plenty of places under 2000mtr to see in the future.

    love your posts

    • Frank says

      Had a follow up email from Mardelle after I checked it was Ok to share her email here:(from Nepal, weird hey?)

      That is fine. It is good to share with others that these things happen and its random, gutted is a good word. I bet the book is good I used your info for my first hike on the overland which I loved.

      If you get a chance you must come here. There is a woman that is celebrating her 70th on this hike, mind you it her 7th and already planning her 8th trip! She is also raising money for charity and let me tell you she is fit and looks great, lots of older people actually so everyone get out there just take it slow…

      The altitude is tough but most people are breezing through but it is dangerous and needs to be respected.

      Anyway thanks for the kind words

  10. Andy says

    That must be so dissapointing Mardelle! It may cheer you up to know that I got terrible altitude sickness when I first went to the Pyrenees (c.2000m)…it lasted a couple of days, but I haven’t (so far) had it return and I’ve trekked up to Poon Hill at over 3000m. Just saying that with a bit of acclimatisation and re-trying, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re limited forever.

  11. Jim Wilson says

    Trekking to Everest Base Camp? – Start Here!!
    Everything you wanted to know but were too afraid to ask.

  12. Frank says

    And the winner is?
    Congratulations to Leigh. We slightly modified her entry but love the Remember to Breathe prefix.

    Leigh entered: Remember to Breathe: The Definitive Guide to Hiking to Everest Base Camp

    We did a slight modification and decided on:

    Remember to Breathe: The Definitive Guide on Trekking to Everest Base Camp

    Leigh will receive a copy of all our eBooks by email in a day or so.

    Many thanks to everyone who entered the competition. Your efforts were really appreciated!

    Please email Frank@ourhikingblog.com.au and we will shoot you a complimentary copy of Pick your Gear – the first of our Outdoor Photography for Beginners guides.

  13. Frank says

    Hi Andy and apologies to EVERYONE.

    I wrote the reply (above) in the 16th April and thought it was published………….It was sitting there in pending…..blast!

    Yes, there is a winner! Please see above.

    Many aploogies to everyone who entered. Please contact me and I will shoot through your prizes and really sorry again.

    Andy, a copy of pick your gear is in the email for you now. Thanks!

  14. Michael says

    Hi Frank,

    Where can we purchase a copy of Jay’s book? I’m super keen to have a look :)

    Thank you.


    • Frank says

      Hi Michael,
      Thanks for your comment. Jay just headed off to Borneo for a month and our graphic design fella has been busy. It is SOOOO close just needs a few edits and tidying up. The delays have been frustrating but we wanted to create something of real value.

      I have emailed you the latest draft copy to check out. Will be interested in your comments!
      Frank (and Jay…..)

  15. says

    Hi Frank
    Its nice to hear about your courage. I would like to suggest some names hope you can have a look.
    1. Everest for Everyone
    2. Easy to Everest
    This are my only suggestion as i have been working as active guide to Everest base camp for many times.If you are interested to contact me please free to mail me. you can also visit my website about the everest base camp trek.http://trekintonepal.com/trekking/everest-base-camp-17-days.html. hope this can help you to get some ideas.
    All the best for your Success

  16. says

    The name sounds great. I am from Nepal and been to Everest over a dozen times. Also climbed Island peak, Tashi Laptcha, Mera Peak and did many other treks in the region. I am glad to find this blog and know that a new guide book is out. I will look to read Jay Reilly’s ‘Remember to Breathe: The Definitive Guide on Trekking to Everest Base Camp’
    It was bit late for me to participate submit title though (smile).

  17. says

    In November 2012, I did the 14day trek to Mount Everest base camp. I decided not to go with an organised group / tour, and had a Nepalese guide recommended to me through someone on Trip Advisor. My reason not to go with one of the large organised company, is that I wanted to ensure the money went all the the Nepalese people – who work so hard. If you use Nepalese company / guides – it is cheaper and the big companies are not taking a big cut.

    The guide I was recommended was Sanjib Adhikari, http://www.nepalguideinfo.com/ or you can reach him on sanjib-adhikari@hotmail.com, was a great guide. He has been doing treks for the last10+ years, and speaks very good english. He arranged everything exactly how I wanted, he gave me good advice before getting to Nepal and on of course on the trek.

    When I got sick with what we thought was altitude sickness, but turned out to be food poisoning, he was fantastic, he looked after me and ensure I did the right thing to get better. We made it to Base camp, and I don’t think I would have done it without his direction and guidance. I would highly recommend him.

    You have alot more flexibility going with a Nepalese guide than an organised group. The organised group walk to the slowest person, which is frustrating for people who are faster, and pressure for those who are slow and feel like they are holding up the group. I had the most magical once in a life time trip. Please feel free to contact me about the trip or Sanjib.
    Sydney, Australia

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