Omar Di Felice: reaches the Everest base camp
On March 8th 2021, after completing the 1294km and 33630 meters of altitude difference in 19 days, for a total of 135 hours and 53 minutes spent cycling and after crossing the whole Nepal, between the Mustang region and the Himalayan valleys with some passages at more than 4000 meters high, the ultracyclist from Rome reached the Everest base camp.
The adventure, which began with two very long stages through the busy streets of Kathmandu and Pokhara, continued through the suggestive region of Mustang, one of the driest and coldest areas of the Asian continent, in that part of nepalese Tibet that still remained uncontaminated.
He then climbed up to the 4660 meters of Kora La Pass, on the border with China, and descended again along the valleys until reaching Muktinat, where the hard climb to Thorung La Pass began, the true “Cima Coppi” of the adventure with its 5416 meters above sea level beaten by the very strong Himalayan winds and with rigid temperatures down to -20°C.
One of the peculiarities of this adventure was represented by climatic conditions: if on the one hand there was no need for camping outdoor thanks to the great hospitality of the Nepali people, on the other hand sleeping in the small rooms made available and without any heating system was a real challenge in the challenge itself.
After this first part and the crossing of Kathmandu, where Omar was able to recharge his mental and physical energies with a 36-hour stop, as well as carrying out a bike check, the adventure restarted to reach its final phase.
The long ascent to Lukla catapulted Omar into the scenic Khumbu park where the last 100km of its journey began. These were the most inaccessible and difficult kms because at least the 60% of the time he had to put the bicycle in the special backpack equipped with hooks and safety, and walk with shoes on the very steep Himalayan paths.
After a last stop at the CNR Pyramid, legacy of the close collaboration between the Italian and Nepalese governments, on Monday, March 8th Omar completed his adventure kneeling in front of the iconic plaque that marks the entrance to the Everest Base Camp, an area usually full of tents and camps but which now, given the winter season (in fact this adventure marks an absolute first time in winter on mountain bikes) had only a few “porters” who climbed up to carry the equipment that will be used to set up the fields of the spring expeditions expected in Nepal.
After returning to Gorak Shep (5190m) where he spent his last night, Omar boarded a helicopter that took him back to Kathmandu. Soon he will return to Italy with a safe flight after having proved negative to a Covid test. The adventure took place in full compliance with all the safety rules: PCR tests before departure and, subsequently, rapid tests carried out every 5 days during the adventure itself.
The dedicated collection with all the routes is already available on the Komoot profile and at this link, while on Garmin Connect you will find all the data relating to cycling dynamics.
It is already underway a check by the international organization RHR – Record Holders Republic and the check to the Endu Live tracking system based on Garmin inReach device which will certify the progress of the challenge and the final official time as well as the passage on the higher pass in the world in winter season.
On Monday, March 15th at 7pm live on Ferrino IG page @ferrino_official Omar will tell us all the details of the adventure. Don’t miss it!