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Everest Base Camp a 16 – Days Charity Trek, Autumn 2023

Highlights of the Trip:

  • A total distance of trekking is approximately 120km
  • The highest point we reach is Kalapastar 5555M
  • The total days of trekking is about 8.5 Days
  • Classic Everest view from Everest view hotel in Khumjung and Kala Patar
  • Visit Everest Base Camp
  • Trekking in the land of the Sherpa people
  • Raise money for Charity to support children in need in Nepal
  • Dinner with Children in Nepal after trek
  • Minimum Group Size: 6
  • Maximum Group Size: 12
  • Minimum fund rise: excluding flight £ 1999 & including flight £2999
  • UK registered Charity, website: communitysupportnepal.org

Nepal is a small landlocked country in south Asia. It is located in the Himalayas and bordered to the North by the people’s Republic of China and to the South, East, and West by the Republic of India. With an area of 147181 square kilometres (56827 sq Miles) with a population of approximately 30 million. Nepal is the world’s 93rd largest country by land mass and the 41st most heavily populated country. Kathmandu is the Capital of Nepal and it is the country’s largest city. Nepal has a rich geography with a huge mountainous range and eight of the world’s 14 tallest mountains that happen to be in Nepal, including the highest point on Earth the Mountain Everest called Sagarmatha in Nepali. It contains more than 240 peaks over 20000 ft (6096 m) above sea level. The fertile and humid south is heavily urbanized.

In Nepal by some measure, Hinduism is practiced by a larger majority of people than in any other nation. Buddhism, though is second in the majority faith in the country, is linked historically with Nepal as the birthplace of the Lord Buddha. Many Nepalese do not distinguish between Hinduism and Buddhism and follow both religious traditions parallelly. Many other religions are also practiced in Nepal however never had any religious conflicts here.

Nepal is a roughly trapezoidal shape, 800 kilometres (497 mi) long and 200 kilometres (124 mi) wide, with an area of 147,181 km2 (56,827 sq mi). Nepal is commonly divided into three physiographic areas: the Mountain, the hill, and Terai Regions. These ecological belts run east-west and are vertically intersected by Nepal’s major, north-to-south flowing river systems. The southern lowland plains or Terai bordering India are part of the northern rim of the Indo-Gangetic plains. They were formed and are fed by three major Himalayan rivers: the Kosi, the Narayani, and the Karnali as well as smaller rivers rising below the permanent snowline. This region has a subtropical to tropical climate. The outermost range of foothills is called Shiwalik or Churia Range) marks the limit of the Gangetic Plain, however, low valleys called inner Tarai which lies north of these foothills in severances. The Hill Region borders the mountains and varies from 800 to 4,000 meters in altitude with progression from subtropical climates below 1,200 meters (3,937 ft) to alpine climates above 3,600 meters (11,811 ft). The Mahabharat Lekh reaching 1,500 to 3,000 meters (4,921 to 9,843 ft) is the southern limit of this region, with subtropical river valleys and “hills” alternating to the north of this range. Population density is high in valleys but notably less than 2,000 meters (6,562 ft) and very low above 2,500 meters (8,202 ft) where snow occasionally falls in winter. The Mountain Region situated in the Great Himalayan Range, makes up the northern part of Nepal. It contains the highest elevations in the world including 8,850 meters (29,029 ft) height Mount Everest (Sagarmatha in Nepali) on the border with China. Seven others of the world’s eight- thousand-meter peaks are in Nepal or on its border with China: Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Kanchenjunga, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and Manaslu. Nepal has five climatic zones, broadly corresponding to the Tropical and subtropical zones. Nepal experiences five seasons: summer, monsoon, autumn, winter, and spring. The Himalayas blocks cold winds from Central Asia in the winter and forms the northern limit of the monsoon wind patterns. In a land once thickly forested, deforestation is a major problem in all regions, with resulting in loss and degradation of ecosystems. Nepal is popular for mountaineering, containing some of the highest and most challenging mountains in the world, including Mount Everest. Technically, the southeast ridge on the Nepali side of the mountain is easier to climb; so, most climbers prefer to trek to Everest through Nepal. Moreover, Nepal has 8 of the top 10 highest mountains in the world with postcard beauty.

Everest Base Camp 16 days Trekking:

Everest Base Camp is one of the most famous, and one of the most beautiful trekking routes in the world. The route gives us an insight into the lives and culture of the Nepalese people, combined with a journey through the heart of the Himalayan foothills, and up to the exhilarating heights of Everest Base Camp. This is a truly unforgettable adventure for those looking for a real challenge to the foot of the world’s greatest mountain. The scene of the permanent snow-capped peak of Mt Everest and its neighbouring Mountains provides a constant source of inspiration when viewed from the vast plains. It is also a natural focus for any trekkers keen to reach to the Base camp of the highest mountain in the world. While the ascent is demanding and a level of fitness and an ability to acclimatize are essential, before entering the attractive Khumbu Valley which is filled with villages, farmlands, and delightful forest, with the opportunity for viewing several different kinds of wildlife along the way and passes through several different climate zones and also meeting legendary Sherpa people and observing their wonderful culture, friendliness, and amazing hospitality, adding considerably to the interest of the trek. The Everest area still retains a sense of unspoiled wilderness and offers a different perspective. As you ascend to the Himalayas world, it slowly opens providing you opportunities to view the Khumbu valleys which are guarded by the Himalayas.

Trip Overview: This Everest base camp Charity trek is a great lodge trek that offers sensational mountain views and insight into the lives of the local people. After arriving in Kathmandu and exploring the temples, shrines, and bazaars of Kathmandu we take an exciting mountain flight to Lukla and trek up the Dudh Kosi Valley, surrounded by the soaring peaks of Thamserku and Kusum Kanguru. It’s a steep ascent to Namche Bazaar, the capital of the Kumbu, where we are again greeted by spectacular mountain vistas. A rest day here aids acclimatization and there are great optional walks to enjoy the area and improve to acclimatization. We then follow the trail to the famous monastery of Tengboche, located high on a ridge where a magnificent 360-degree panorama view awaits. The views of Everest, the Lhotse-Nuptse Wall, Ama Dablam, and Kantega dominate this peaceful and spiritual location – surely one of the most soothing and inspiring places in the world. While passing Buddhist monasteries views of Everest gets closer every step we walk. This stunning trek visits both, Everest base camp and Kala Patar (5555m), a viewpoint recognized as the best vantage point to see Mount Everest which is a premier goal for many adventurous walkers in the Himalayas. After trekking to base camp and Kalapattar we return at our leisurely pace back to Namche and Lukla for our return flight to Kathmandu.

The more adventurous treks have the option of returning over the Cho La pass to the Gokyo valley, and then ascending Gokyo Ri. Or if you are really fit, you can attempt the summit of Island Peak as well at another time.

Itinerary in Details:

 06 October 2023, Day 01 Arrival at Kathmandu airport (1345 meters): We are met at the airport and transferred to our hotel in Kathmandu. Here we have a briefing from our guide that will be taking us on the challenge to Everest Base Camp. In the evening we have a welcome meal and relax before our departure on the challenge of a lifetime. Bed and breakfast included

 07 October 2023, Day 02 Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley: In the morning after breakfast at 9 AM, we host a Pre-Trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduced your trek Leader/Guide meantime and it will provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about your trek and to introduce you to other participants. This includes a final briefing and preparations for the trip. After the Pre-Trip meeting and breakfast, your sightseeing trip will start around 9.45 AM. We visit Bodh Nath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. After BoudhaNath Stupa we visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. Then we will go to Monkey temple. The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping for trekking in Thamel or nearby your hotel. Stay overnight stay at the hotel. Bed & Breakfast included

 08 October 2023, Day 03 Fly to Lukla (2804 meters) trek to Phakding/Manjo (2610 meters/2850m), 7-8 hours and 14 km trek: We leave our hotel early and transfer to the airport for our thrilling flight to Lukla. Clear skies permitting, views of the Himalayan giants like Ama Dablam, Everest, and Nuptse will take our breath away and give us a taste of what is to come. On arrival in the famous town of Lukla, we start our acclimatization walk to Phakding/Monjo 2610m/2850m. stay overnight at the guesthouse, Lunch, dinner, bed, and breakfast are included.

09 October 2023, Day 04 – Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441 meters) about 5.30 hours trek: We continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing this majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering Sagamartha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breath-taking views. Namche Bazaar known as the Gateway to Everest is home to many quality restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, a Money exchange, an internet cafe, and a bakery. Namche is one of the biggest villages along the whole Everest trail. stay overnight at the guesthouse, Lunch, dinner, bed, and breakfast are included.

10 October 2023, Day 05 Namche Bazaar Acclimatization Day: Today we rise early to climb to the ridge above Namche for stunning dawn and sunrise over the panorama of the Khumbu peaks from the Everest view hotel and visit the Khumjung village the home of the Sherpas. We then trek along the beautiful valley and return for a more leisurely afternoon in Namche. We remain at Namche Bazaar for a second night to allow for further acclimatization. stay overnight at the guesthouse, Lunch, dinner, bed, and breakfast are included.

 11 October 2023 Day 06 Trek to Tengboche Monastery (3860 meters, 8km): The trek continues along the rushing glacial waters of the Dudh Kosi with magnificent views of the mountains. We trek to an altitude of 3860 meters today. On reaching Tengboche you will see the local monastery. Inside the monastery are incredibly ornate wall hangings, a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. The group will be taken to observe a prayer ceremony either in the evening or morning depending on how the day’s trekking went. Stay overnight at Guesthouse, Lunch, dinner, bed, and breakfast are included.

 12 October 2023 Day 07 Trek to Dingboche (4350 meters, 10km): From Tengboche, the trail drops to Debuche, crosses another exciting suspension bridge on the Imja Khola, and climbs to Pangboche amongst thousands of mani stones. Our uphill trek continues, taking us to the charming traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche with its wonderful views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam. We take our time to trek so we avoid getting affected by the altitude. stay overnight at the guesthouse, Lunch, dinner, bed, and breakfast are included.

 13 October 2023, Day 08 Trek to Chhukung (4710 meters) and trek back to Dingboche: Today you can enjoy another day for acclimatization. We will have a trip to Chhukung valley via the Imja Khola valley to get a marvellous view of the surrounding mountains, especially Lhotse massive south wall, then return to Dingboche in the evening. Stay overnight at a guesthouse, Lunch, dinner, bed, and breakfast are included.

 14 October 2023 Day 9- Trek to Lobuche (4910 meters,7-9 hours, 8km): Today, the trail continues along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and passes stone memorials for climbers who have perished on nearby summits. We continue to climb as we are heading to the altitude of 4910 meters at Lobuche which is just a few huts at the foot of the giant Lobuche peak. Some breathing problems may arise today due to altitude. Stay overnight at a guesthouse, Lunch, dinner, bed, and breakfast are included.

 15 October 2023 Day 10 Trek to Everest Base Camp (5365 meters) then back to Gorak Shep (5180 meters): Today has a real expedition feel to it and sees us leaving Lobuche at dawn. The sun soon reaches the summits of the Himalayan peaks and slowly lights up the valley bottom. We traverse the Khumbu Glacier, climbing towards Gorak Shep, whose name means “Graveyard of Crows”, the site for a couple of very basic lodges set amongst breathtaking mountain sceneries. We continue at a slow but steady pace on our bid to reach Base Camp along the Khumbu Glacier, on a long and tiring day at altitude. After a little time to take photos and relax, we make our way back down to Gorak Shep where we stay the night, lunch, dinner, bed, and breakfast included

 16 October 2023 Day 11 Trek to Kalapattar (5555 meters,7-9 hours 15 km): Early in the morning we climb up to Kalapattar after enjoying the Khumbu Vista that is guarded by tall mountains, we trek down to Pheriche (4200m): This will be one of the most difficult yet rewarding days of the trek. Most of the morning on this day is spent climbing Mt. Kala Patar, a small peak (by Himalayan standards) at 5555 meters. The ascent is demanding but the climber gets the most magnificent mountain panoramic view of Mt. Everest and Khumbu Valley, the highest point on the planet at 29028 ft, 8850 meters, towers directly ahead, and on all sides loom the other giants, Nuptse, Pumori, Chagatse, Lhotse and countless other peaks. We make a quick descent to Gorak Shep, a tiny hamlet at 5180 meters then trek down to Pheriche. stay overnight at the guesthouse, Lunch, dinner, bed, and breakfast are included.

 17 October 2023 Day 12 Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441 meters): From Pheriche, we take a slightly different route down to Orsho and then to Pangboche village. Here is the oldest monastery in the region which contains what is said to be the scalp and bones of a Yeti or abominable snowman. Leaving mountains behind us our descent takes us through Tengboche Monastery at an elevation of 3860 meters before continuing back to the town of Namche Bazaar at 3441 meters. We arrive back in Namche Bazaar in the afternoon. stay overnight at the guesthouse, Lunch, dinner, bed, and breakfast are included.

 18 October 2023 Day 13 Trek to Lukla (2804 meters): Finally, we return to Lukla where the trek began, which will seem like a lifetime ago. Enjoying time to reflect on the trek as a group and the personal achievement of all those who took part. Also giving you time to explore the town. stay overnight at the guesthouse, Lunch, dinner, bed, and breakfast are included.

19 October 2023 Day 14 Morning fly back to Kathmandu: Enjoy your last glimpse of the mountains you have recently visited for one last time on the 35-minute Scenic flight back to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu, we are met and transferred back to our starting hotel. Stay overnight at the hotel Bed and breakfast included.

20 October 2023 Day 15 a Leisure Day in Kathmandu: It’s also a spare day in case of bad weather in Lukla, and today we visit the children and have dinner with them in Kathmandu. You may wish to do some shopping and wander around the town. Stay in a Hotel bed and breakfast included

21 October 2023 Day 16- Transfer for your final flight departure: After having done a trip for a lifetime and experiencing the beauty of nature it is time to bid goodbye. After breakfast, we drive to the airport for our return flight unless we plan to continue staying in Nepal and do something else, which can be organised.

WHAT IS INCLUDED? 

  • Kathmandu to Lukla return flight
  • All airport transfers,
  • Accommodation twin sharing basis with breakfast in Kathmandu,
  • National Park entry fees,
  • An experienced English-speaking guide and potter.
  • Three meals (Bed, Breakfast, Dinner, and Lunch) during the trekking
  • Local transports
  • Attraction entry fees

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED? 

  • International flights
  • Personal travel insurance (should cover rescue up to 5500m, travel and medical)
  • All the drinks,
  • Any personal nature expenses
  • Tips for local support staff (guides and porters tips are expected)
  • Any other items that have not been mentioned on the inclusion

ACCOMMODATION: In Kathmandu, we stay in a comfortable hotel. Throughout the trek, we stay in basic tea-house accommodation. All rooms are on a twin-share basis. Tea houses have shared washing facilities. Bed, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included during the trek.

 FOOD: Breakfast each morning will be at our accommodation. Lunches will be en-route in tea- houses and evening meals will be at the lodges at our night stops. Variety in menus at this altitude is limited, but we attempt to offer a mix of typical Nepalese local dishes with an international influence.

Mobile Phone:  Mobile phones do work in most of the trekking areas in Nepal. Although in some of the areas you are trekking, there may be no signal or connections. If you have not used your mobile outside the UK before you will have to contact your operator to enable international calls. Please ensure your phone is set for roaming if you are taking and using a mobile phone during the trek. Please note that it is expensive to use your mobile network abroad. We do not however encourage mobile phone use whilst walking on any of our trips – out of courtesy to other clients and trekkers please use your mobile phone discreetly.

Tipping:  This is at your discretion and we must stress that tips do not form part of the wages of your guide and trekking crews. However, Nepalese people are as a rule incredibly cheerful and friendly and nothing ever seems too much trouble for them. Your guide and trekking crews will be no exception and as a tip is the accepted form of saying ‘thank you if you have received good service, a tip at the end of your trek will be greatly appreciated.

 Vaccinations and medical precautions: We always recommend visiting your doctor for a check-up before traveling. Your doctor will also have access to the most up-to-date information on vaccinations and medical precautions for the country you are about to visit.

 First Aid: You should always carry your own small, personal first aid kit. This should consist of the following: A general antibiotic, throat lozenges, painkillers, plasters (band-aids), blister treatment, insect repellent (DEET), rehydration salts, antiseptic cream, altitude (Diamox) diarrhoea treatment (e.g., Imodium)

 WHEN CAN I GO? 07 October 2023 arrive in Nepal, we are planning this Everest Base Camp Charity trek in early autumn 2023. If you have a group of 6 or more friends or colleagues then you can choose the time that suits you best. Recommended seasons are Spring and autumn.

 How much will it cost me? Choose from one of the following two payment options:

Option 1 Excluding flight: £1999: The cost of the trip is £1999 person excluding international flight. The initial registration fee is non-refundable £799 which can be paid by, Cheque or bank transfer, and should be accompanied by your registration form. Further £1200 should be paid at least 12 weeks before the departure day.

Option 2 including flight: The cost of the trip including flight is £2999. The initial registration fee including (non-refundable £799) is £1299 which can be paid by, Cheque or bank transfer, and should be accompanied by your registration form. Further £900 should be paid at least 16 weeks before the departure day and the remaining £800 should paid no later the 3 weeks before the departure date.

 What is minimum sponsorship and who is it? This trip is intended to raise funds for community support Nepal (CSN). CSN works for the benefit of the street, homeless, abandoned, exploited, and sold children in Kathmandu, Kavreplanchok, and Sidhuli at present. CSN exists to provide resources and facilities to meet the needs of victims of earthquakes and to provide a better future for the children in Kathmandu, Kavre, and Sidhuli. Please visit www.communitysupportnepal.org to learn more about CSN and its work

 How can I join the Everest Base Camp trekking If you are interested to join the Everest Base Camp Challenge for the charity, please fill out the form and send it to us with a Non-refundable deposit of £795 to cover the initial cost. Once we received your registration form and deposit, we will contact you for a joint briefing and presentations about the events and provide ideas for fund rise.

 Guideline for clothing/equipment:

  • Walking boots
  • Trainers/approach shoes
  • Socks – 3+ pairs (Walking and Casual)
  • Underwear 3+ / Thermal underwear
  • Casual/T-shirts 3+
  • Trekking Pants
  • Light fleece 1-2/ Thick fleece 1-2
  • Thermal Base layer shirt x 2
  • Waterproof jacket with hood, Warm Jacket (Down)
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Warm Jacket (Down)
  • Winter/Thermal Gloves
  • Sun Hat, Warm Hat

 EQUIPMENT:

  • Daypack/rucksack (min. 30 litres)
  • Sleeping bag (4/5 seasons)
  • sleeping bag Sheet
  • water bottles
  • Towel – quick-drying pack towel is recommended
  • Torch (and spare bulb and batteries)
  • Camera & accessories
  • A variety of dry bag/plastic bags
  • Sunglasses
  • Trekking poles (highly recommended)
  • Washing/Shaving kit & toilet paper
  • Insect Repellent
  • Small personal First Aid kit
  • Anti-Bacterial Handwash
  • Water purifying tablets (iodine-based are best)
  • Sun Cream & lip salve
  • Blister plasters – i.e., Competed
  • 2 Passport size photos for trekking permit

 Additional clothing and Equipment Lists : Sleeping Bags and down jackets can be rented in Kathmandu. We can arrange these rental items for you in advance. Rental fees for these have to be paid locally in Kathmandu. The following items should also consider as being useful on a walking holiday

  • Penknife/small scissors
  • Moisturizing cream
  • wet wipes
  • Snacks/Energy bars (should have, it is important)
  • Safety pins
  • Padlock for your kitbag
  • Small sewing/repair kit
  • Small mirror
  • Nail clippers
  • Spare glasses/contact lenses
  • Earplugs (against snorers)
  • Cold water Travel Wash
  • Travel adaptor (highly recommended