A couple of weeks back, myself and 'painted yeti' Dave headed over to Nepal for 4 or 5 days to finalise things before the trekking season kicks off in a few weeks time & also to look at a few improvements and upgrades to our treks to Everest.
One of the big things to come out of this visit was our plan to change the way we purify water on the trek!
We get asked about water purification a lot and rightly so, as you need to be drinking at least 3 or 4 litres of the good stuff a day on a trek to Everest base camp.
In previous years, we have provided water purification tablets or droplets to add to the water to make it safe to drink. However, from experience, this isn't that great for you & after a few days, you do get sick of the taste of chlorine.
I've had numerous days of heartburn myself from drinking chlorinated water and I came to the decision that we needed to change this.
So we have decided to invest in water filters for all of our treks! No more chlorine! Wahhoooo!
This means that each morning, each stop during the day and each evening your guide/assistant guide will filter the water for you and fill your bottles/bladder so you enough for the entire day.
This also means you don't have to buy bottled water which saves not only on plastic consumption and is far better for the environment but also will make a huge impact on your wallet as at higher altitudes, a bottle can be as much as £3.50 for a 1 ltr bottle!
In the words of Sawyer International who make the filters -
Just drink: no pumping, no chemicals, no waiting, no worries!
The only place we would still recommend buying bottled water is at Gorak Shep(5180m) as there is no flowing water source there.
You can read more about the filters we will be using HERE
We will be one of the only companies in the UK to provide filtered water to our customers on the Everest Base Camp trek and I'm super stoked to be making this happen.
I believe it can not only have a huge environmental impact in the Khumbu region of Nepal by saving on the plastic but also make the trek a more enjoyable experience for our customers in the upcoming season & beyond.
MD & Head Yeti