NEPAL Trek Everest Adventure Challenge

Bucket list ....trek this classic trail through Sherpa villages to the base of Mount Everest and Kala Pattar, with ample time for safe acclimatisation and help raise funds for your charity.

Challenge Highlights

  • Raising vital monies for your charity
  • A rewarding challenge with stunning views of Mount Everest
  • Come face to face with the famous Sherpa Culture
  • Trading village of Namche Bazaar
  • Thyangboche Monastery
  • Fully supported camping based trek including 3 hearty meals per day prepared by your private cooks
  • Climb Kala Pattar & visit Everest Base Camp
  • Ample acclimatisation days built in
  • Himalayan Mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla

Overview

The Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the world’s classic challenges. Ever since Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay achieved the summit in 1953 thousands of trekkers across the globe have thought to themselves ‘well, perhaps I can at least make it to the base camp!’ We invite you to take up the challenge to trek to Everest Base Camp. The Everest Base Camp trek takes you into one of the most spectacular regions of Nepal, the Khumbu, where the Sherpa culture thrives amongst the highest peaks in the world. The Everest massif as seen from Thyangboche and Kala Pattar is a sight you will never forget, and the hospitality of these tough mountain people will remain with you for a long time.

This is the traditional trek to view Everest, following the historic trail; it will appeal to those who wish to retrace the steps of history to the base of Everest in the aid of your Charity. Our crew will ensure high catering and hygiene standards whilst providing the comfort of staying in specially selected Sherpa camps. We have been operating treks since 1975 and are the world’s most experienced Himalayan trekking operators. Our high standards of service, looked over by our very experienced first aid trained local Nepali guides, will ensure that all you need to worry about is taking on the challenge of the trek!

Challenge Grade

On a moderate trek physical activity will generally not exceed eight hours in a day, and altitudes generally not exceeding 5,500 metres. On a moderate adventure the physical activity is sustained and travelers should be comfortable with occasional rough terrain. At any stage of a moderate trek you can expect long steep climbs and descents and a wide range of weather conditions. An example of an average day on moderate trek could include several ascents and descents of 500 metres or more, level ground is rare in the mountains. To prepare for a moderate trek you should begin training at least four to five months before your departure. As a guideline, an hour of aerobic exercise three to four times per week would be considered a minimum requirement. The best preparation is bushwalking involving relatively steep ascents and descents. If you can manage a couple of valley floor to ridgeline ascents per bushwalk, albeit with stops along the way, you will cope with a moderately graded trek. Speed is not important, stamina, confidence and continuity are.

Itinerary

Upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport you will need to clear customs and make your way to the group hotel. As we have fundraisers arriving from different countries on different flights we are not including airport transfer, if you need to book please contact nearest Huma office at additional cost. The remainder of the afternoon is free time to relax and stretch your legs. A pre-trek briefing with your guide will be given around 5pm where arrangements will be made for the distribution of your kit bag, sleeping bag and down/fibrefill jacket.This is a great opportunity to get acquainted with your fellow group members, check your equipment and ask any questions before heading out to dinner with the group to a local restaurant.

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We transfer to the airport for the 45 minute flight to the STOL airstrip at Lukla. This was the airstrip built by Sir Edmund Hillary and his friends to service the Everest Region when he began his work of building schools and hospitals for the Sherpa people. It is a memorable flight, with marvellous views of the Eastern Himalaya. At Lukla we are immediately impressed by the scale of the huge peaks that surround the village but this is only a foretaste of what is to come. Our crew assemble and we head downhill towards the Dudh Kosi, a raging river that flows from the highest peaks. The broad and well-marked trail meanders around fields of potatoes and buck-wheat and passes through small villages, as we pass rows of tree dahlia to make our way to our first overnight stop at our private permanent campsite at Ghat.

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Today we cross and re-cross the thundering glacial river, named “Dudh” (milk) Kosi (river) because of its colour. Sections of today’s walk are through pine forest and cleared areas reveal terraced fields and a variety of crops. We pass small groups of donkeys and yaks carrying trading goods and trekgear along the trail. We pass small groups of donkeys, yaks and dzopko carrying trading goods and trek - gear along the trail. A dzopko is a yak-cow crossbreed while a yak is a full-blood long haired male, more commonly found at higher altitudes. Spectacular mountain peaks unfold above us and seem to hover above the tree-line as they rise above the deep river valley. Shortly after leaving camp we cross the Kusum Khola, a tributary stream to the Dudh Kosi, and the peak of Kusum Kangru (6369 m) can be seen to the East, at the head of the valley. Further along the trail, across the valley to the North-West, Nupla (5885 m) and Kongde Ri (6093 m) rise above the forested ridges. At a turn of the trail, Thamserku (6808 m) rises majestically, seemingly from the river floor. We will see our first Mani walls today. These stone structures are a compilation of many stone tablets, each with the inscription “Om Mani Padme Hum” which translates to “Hail to the jewel in the lotus”, and is mantra (chant) venerated by Buddhists and Brahmans alike. Buddhists will walk to the left of these Mani Walls and chortens, but you may notice that people of the lowlands who have no knowledge of Buddhism do not follow this practice.The allure of the mountains is hard to resist, but we must be patient, as it is very important to acclimatise slowly and thereby fully appreciate our time at higher altitude. Today’s walk is not a long one, and you will be eager to press on. Slow down, and enjoy the journey. Overnight at our private permanent camp site above Monjo.

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This morning the challenge enters the gates of the Sagarmartha National Park. The establishment of this national park is a significant attempt to stem the use of fire-wood in the area and the few local people who have a permit to cut wood must gain approval from the authorities on the basis of it being primarily for their personal use. When we are camping, only kerosene will be used for cooking and heating washing water. This puts money into the local economy and by carrying a majority of our supplies; we do not tax local resources further. It’s good to know your challenge is being responsibly operated. We follow the river course to the confluence of the Dudh Kosi and the Bhote Kosi, and cross a spectacular high bridge before commencing our ascent to the village of Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa “capital” of Nepal. It is a tough climb as the trail passes through forest of pine to a vantage point that provides our first views of Mt Everest. The trail continues to climb and meander to Namche, and the sight of this prosperous village spread within a horse-shoe shaped valley opposite the beautiful peak of Kongde Ri is worth every step. After lunch you may wish to peruse the Tibetan trader’s stalls or the Sherpa shops in search of a bargain. Our accommodation will be at our private eco camp site.

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This rest day in Namche Bazaar is very important for safe acclimatisation. For those willing and able to take on an acclimatisation walk your leader will organise for you to walk to the top of the nearby hill or possibly even to the nearby villages of Khumjung and Khunde, home of the school and hospital built by Sir Edmund Hillary’s Himalayan Trust. Remember, walk high, sleep low. If you prefer to rest your legs and stay at the current altitude there are a number of things to do nearby. The Sagarmartha National Park Headquarters on the hill above the village offers a very interesting display of photographs, memorabilia and information on the park, and is a wonderful vantage point for the spectacular view up the Imja Khola Valley towards Everest. The change from the narrow lowland valleys to the broad glacial ones is immediately obvious. The steep-sided glacial valley before us gradually winds towards the base of Everest, broken only by the moraines left by retreating glaciers. Towering to over 4000 metres above the valley floor, spectacular peaks seem to engulf you. Around us are Tawetse (6542 m), Thamserku (6808 m), Kantega (6685 m), Ama Dablam (6856 m), Nuptse (7896 m) and Lhotse (8511 m). The greatest of all, Mt Everest (8848 m), rises at the head of the valley. An early morning rise to view these peaks will provide wonderful views and photo opportunities. Our accommodation will be at our private eco camp site.

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The walk to Thyangboche is one of the most pleasant in Nepal. The trail meanders easily around the ridges and Everest can be clearly seen on the horizon ahead before we descend through splendid rhododendron forest for lunch. After lunch we cross the Dudh Kosi and begin the ascent to the top of a long ridge which flows from the summit of Kantega. Our trail takes us through pine and rhododendron forest and as this is a devout Buddhist region, the wildlife is unharmed and not too shy. As a result there is a possibility that we may see Hog Deer and other animals in the forest and around our campsite. As we approach the ridgeline we pass through a traditional gateway and around a chorten before cresting the ridge onto a wide grassy meadow at the monastery village of Thyangboche. The monastery was re-built with the assistance of Sir Edmund Hillary after it was destroyed by firein 1989. The views of the Everest massif, as well as all the other major peaks of the area are astounding. After a rest and visit to the monastery we head downhill to our private permanent campsite at Deboche.

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This morning we begin a steady ascent. The stunning views of Everest, Lhotse, Kantega, Thamserku, Ama Dablam and Nuptse are spectacular throughout our walk today. We head down to cross the Imja Khola before an easy climb along a wide, open trail to the small village of Pangboche (4000m). We may take a slight detour to visit the Pangboche Gompa - the oldest monastary (around 300 years old) in the Khumbu Region. We cross the river again and then gradually trek up to Dingboche, situated just beneath the impressive Ama Dablam. Overnight private permanent camp.

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An important acclimatisation/rest day today with the option of hiking high up to the ridge overlooking the village, or perhaps up to Chukung Village. Excellent views of Nuptse, Lhotse, Chukung Peak and Imja Tse (6189 m) are had from both in the valley or from the ridge above the camp. Massive glaciers drape beneath cliffs that soar up to 3,500 metres in this dramatic valley. Our company has a very high success rate of participants completing their challenge simply because we allow enough time to acclimatize naturally. We’ve drawn on three decades of experience in this region to ensure you achieve your goals.

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We are gaining altitude and it is important that we move at a slow, steady pace. The slopes are quite barren now as we move above the tree line. Views of different peaks, such as Cholatse and Lobuche, unfold before us in this contrasting and spectacular landscape. We move up the Dhugla Ridge and onto moraine towards the Khumbu Glacier. Rock cairns can be seen, many of which are dedicated to the memory of climbers attempting the high mountains of the area, including Everest. The temperatures drop here as we are more exposed amongst this glacial moraine. We enjoy spectacular views all day today of Pumori and Nuptse. The hill above the town affords fine sunset views of Nuptse. Overnight eco lodge.

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This is what you have been training for. Today you should reach your goal! We trek alongside the Khumbu Glacier as the path winds over the rocky moraine towards the settlement of Gorak Shep. We are high, among the glaciers of the world’s highest peaks. Following our arrival at Gorak Shep we have an early lunch before we commence our trek to Everest Base Camp. In the pre monsoon season many expeditions can be seen at base camp and this excursion is one of the highlights of the trek. Base camp is not a specific site but a part of the Khumbu Glacier near the entrance to the Khumbu icefall. Each expedition makes their own decision as to where to set up their ‘base camp’. Whilst base camp is a very interesting trip, and the objective of our challenge, do not expect to see spectacular views from here. Being so close to Everest you cannot actually see the summit! For many the climb up Kala Pattar on the next day will be the highlight of this trekking challenge. The air is clear and the sun is strong at this altitude, but as the sun sets it becomes very cold. Sunsets here can be stunning. Overnight eco lodge.

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You’ve completed your challenge of getting to Base Camp however today could still be tough as you will reach the high point of this challenge. By staying near Gorak Shep we can get an early start for our ascent of Kala Pattar so we can be there for the clearest views. The extra days for acclimatisation will now prove invaluable today on the ascent of Kala Pattar, our highest point on this trek. Although it has undoubtedly been a cold night we have time to comfortably ascend to the viewing point and enjoy it to the fullest. It is feasible for the very fit to ascend Kala Pattar in 2 hours. Kala Pattar is not a Nepali name but a Hindi name and translates to “black rock”. From these black rocks atop the hill at 5545m the views are spectacular. Most eyes are locked on the mass of Everest, its rocky buttresses immediately before us. Many of the famous ascent routes are quite clear. Below us the Khumbu Glacier snakes towards the icefall and Western Cwm. We can see the area where modern Everest expeditions set their base camp but the original site was at Lake Camp, now known as Gorak Shep. Take a look in every direction and soak it in. The view south and our route out are particularly beautiful. We descend to Gorak Shep for lunch. Snow Cocks gather around for scraps as we pack for the walk downhill to Lobuche (4930m) and our permanent campsite.

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Whilst the toughest parts of the challenge are behind us there will still be some long walks ahead, but it is time to enjoy the region a little more to ensure vivid memories of your challenge. Descending alongside the glacier we reach the snout and drop steeply onto the old moraine. We reach the site of a row of cairns to climbers who died in the mountains, before we continue to the small settlement at Tugla. Your path is along the old valley floor through the village of Periche. There can be a tendency now to rush, particularly as we are walking downhill, but there is still much to see. We then descend to Deboche and our private permanent camp for the night.

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The early morning mountain views are outstanding. Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse are at the head of the valley, their line of sight flanked by Tawetse on one side, and Ama Dablam on the other. Almost directly above us are Kantega and Thamserku. Completing a 360-degree panorama of mountains are Khumblia and Kongde Ri which encircle us from across the valley. It’s a pleasant walk down to Namche, and as we near the village we pass through terraced fields that are home to a brightly colored pheasant, the Danphe Pheasant, the national bird of Nepal. Overnight lodge in Namche.

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Continue down through the forest to the valley floor to follow the Dudh Kosi downhill and out of the national. Retracing your steps along the valley, you will pass through a variety of settlements and forests before a gentle climb to Lukla. Savour your final mountain sunsets of the trek as you finally complete this exhilarating challenge (getting to Base Camp is really only ‘half’ the challenge). Our last evening on the challenge is a time to celebrate and to have a small party for all the challenge team, especially the porters who will return to their villages from here. There is usually lots of music, dancing and singing and if we are lucky, one of the superb cakes that our Nepali chefs are renowned for. Overnight in a lodge.

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This morning you fly to Kathmandu, a thrilling flight over forests, fields and villages, with the Himalayas in the background. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to the hotel for a well deserved shower. The rest of the afternoon is free time before meeting for a celebration dinner.

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The time has come to say farewell. After breakfast your challenge concludes. As we have fundraisers departing from different countries on different flights we are not including airport transfer, if you need to book please contact nearest Huma office at additional cost.

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What's Included

  • Farewell celebration dinner
  • 15 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 15 dinners
  • Experienced english speaking local leader trained in mountain medicine and first aid
  • Full trek staff including assistant guides, porters and cooks
  • flights Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu US$310 approx
  • 15kgs luggage allowance on Kathmandu/Lukla flights
  • Private group internal transport
  • Good quality accommodation in Kathmandu based on twin share
  • Accommodation on trek in a combination of our comfortable eco lodges and permanent campsites with off the ground camp beds, mattresses and pillows twin share
  • Porter welfare supplement (porter's insurance, meals, accommodation and adequate clothing for your porter)
  • The use of a World Expeditions trek pack which includes a quality sleeping bag, down or fibre fill jacket and insulated mat (valued at over US$500)
  • All park entrance fees and trekking permits
  • Group medical kit
  • Portable altitude chamber

What's Not Included

  • Bottled water, aerated & alcoholic drinks
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc
  • Tips
  • Visa
  • Travel Insurance
  • Single supplements
  • International flights to Kathmandu
  • Airport transfers
  • Meals not mentioned

What You Carry

  • In your daypack you will need to carry extra warm clothing (depending on the altitude, location and weather), a rainjacket, water bottle, camera gear, valuables and personal items such as sunscreen, lip-eze etc. Porters and mules carry all group gear and your trek pack.

Fundraising Impact

Step 1: Choose your charity – determine which registered charity you’d like to fund raise for.

Step 2: Choose your challenge – choose from our range of iconic Adventure Challenges. The Adventure Challenges are all operated by our parent company, World Expeditions, and have been tailor made just for fundraisers. Complete the registration form and pay the registration fee. You can register online 24 hours around the clock or you can download the registration form online and post, email or fax the completed form to us.

Step 3: Charity authorisation - once we have received your registration form we will contact your chosen charity to seek authorisation for you to fundraise on their behalf. Following this the charity will contact you with your permission to fundraise, the minimum fundraising target and most likely directions for you to create an online fundraising page. Your registration will not progress further until the charity officially gives their authorization.

Step 4: Receive your Confirmation Kit - once you are booked on an Adventure Challenge we’ll send you a Confirmation Kit containing:

• Welcome Letter

• Fundraiser’s Guidebook

• Responsible Travel Guidebook

• Trip Pre-Departure Information

• Medical Form (if applicable)

• Travel Insurance document

• Travel Invoice

Step 5: Start Fundraising - now here comes some of the challenge as you set about fundraising for your charity. The Fundraiser’s Guidebook we provide you with will assist you greatly in settling fundraising objectives and determining your fundraising activities. Your charity may have aligned with one of the many online fundraising portals in which case you can set up your personal fundraising page and link to your charity. It’s then a matter of getting your friends, family, colleagues and greater network to support you by pledging donations.

Step 6: Start Training - depending on the type of challenge you have chosen, it may be graded introductory through to challenging, you will need to set yourself a fitness program to ensure you're physically ready for the challenge component of your travel. Take a look at our website where we provide definitions for all levels of grading as well as provide some tips for ‘getting fit’ and some suggestions on the gear you’ll require.

Step 7: Take the Challenge - once the fundraising is done it is time to set off on your Adventure Challenge ... good luck and enjoy the experience with the knowledge that you have made a much needed contribution to your chosen charity.

Travel Dates

Other Challenge Costs

Non Refundable Registration Fee:USD$90 
Optional Single Supplement:USD$250 
Minimum Charity Donation/Fundraised:USD$400 

Fast Facts

Trip Dates: DepartReturn
 31 Oct 201815 Nov 2018
 1 Apr 201916 Apr 2019
 1 Oct 201916 Oct 2019
Duration:16 Days
Activities:Trekking
Charity Challenge
Grade:Moderate  Click for more information
Trip Code:CET
Travel Cost:USD$2050

The key is to tap into your different networks, friends, family and the broader community and to try different ways of fundraising. From running a BBQ day, to hosting a movie night in local cinema, or an afternoon tea or fun dinner event. We also have a Facebook group just for our team members. Here, people share ideas and feedback on their fundraising. Plus our fundraising booklet with many fundraising ideas and how to make these super duper effective