Everest Base Camp
26 September - 13 October 2019
Mount Everest, Nepal
Eight of the world’s 14 giants meet in the Nepalese Himalayas, including the greatest of them all: Mount Everest standing at a formidable 8,848m.
Beginning in Lukla, we will follow in the footsteps of the Sherpa on this epic quest trekking at high altitude. You will take in the overwhelming panoramic views of deep gorges and glaciers whilst sampling traditional Sherpa hospitality along the way. Cross numerous rivers along the way until we reach the highest point at Kalapathar (5,545m). Take in the astonishing array of peaks and glaciers below before celebrating in the Nepal’s mystical capital city of Kathmandu.
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Pay a registration fee of £495 when you book, then a balance of £2,181 (eight weeks before your challenge).
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International departure from London
It’s time for your long-awaited flight to Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital. Here, you'll meet the rest of the team and our Charity Challenge representative before saying goodbye to family and friends.
On landing in exotic Kathmandu, you’ll be welcomed by the local Charity Challenge representative, who will transfer you to your hotel for the first team dinner. After dinner, there will be time to rearrange your kit in preparation for the trek.
Fly Kathmandu to Lukla and trek to Tok-Tok village, 2,652m
An early rise and transfer to Kathmandu Airport for the exciting flight to Lukla. After arriving, there’s a chance to pick up any last minute kit and meet your Sherpa crew and Ghopkyos (a mix breed of yak and cow). After lunch, there’s a pleasant acclimatisation trek with a view of the Kusum-Kangru crossing at 6,369m. Once in Tok-Tok village, camp will be set up for the night.
Trek to Namche Bazaar, 3,440m (approximately 7-8 hours)
Cross the first suspension bridge of the trek as you leave Tok Tok, and follow the trail to Monjo, beneath the peak of Thermasarkhu (6,608m). From here, it’s a meandering path along the river until the last bridge, where the ascent starts towards Namche Bazaar, the colourful Sherpa capital.
Acclimatisation day at Namche Bazaar
With Everest now in sight, you'll have time to acclimatise by walking to the top of Namche Bazaar. There is an optional walk to the Everest View Hotel, with sweeping views over Mt. Everest, or to the Sherpa Culture museum to learn more about the region’s mountaineering history. Spend the night back in Namche Bazaar
Trek to Deboche, 3,800m (approximately 6 hours)
The morning follows the winding trail from Namche Bazaar, with exceptional views of Everest; from Shanasa, descend into Phungitenga (3,250m) a pretty settlement in the midst of alpine woods before a tough ascent to Tyangboche (3,867m). Tyangboche, with its monastery and sweeping views, is arguably one of the most beautiful sites in the Himalayas. Continue along the trail to Deboche at 3,800m where and the group spends the night in the shadow of the Ama Dablam peak.
Trek to Dingboche, 4,358m (approximately 6-7 hours)
Leaving Dingboche, the follows the long prayer mani wall and up towards Shomare. The altitude may start to take its toll as you climb higher above the Imjatse River. However from here it’s a lovely descent into the Imjatse Valley and into the shadows of mountains Nuptse, Lohtse and Ama Dablam. The village of Dingboche, is where you rest your weary legs, overlooking a patchwork of fields.
Acclimatisation day in Dingboche
Today is another acclimatisation day. Explore the monastery and admire the incredible vistas from the ridge over Dingboche and the Imja Khola tributary. Spend the afternoon drinking tea in a coffee shop, or resting up for the days ahead.
Trek to Loboche, 4,928m (approximately 5-6 hours)
Heading north, the trek follows the path above the village of Pheriche towards Thukla for lunch. The colourful memorial ground of fluttering prayer flags and monuments are dedicated to climbers who have lost their lives whilst mountaineering. It also serves as reminder of how challenging the natural environment can be so take a moment to appreciate your achievement so far.
Trek to Gorakshep, 5,288m (approximately 3 hours)
Set off on a rocky moraine path and climb above the glacial pond and icebergs of Khumbu glacier. After the last rocky moraine dunes, a short downhill walk brings you to the town of Gorakshep, below Kalapatthar (5,545m) and Mt. Pumori (7,145m). Home for the night is Gorakshep, famous as Sir Edmund Hillary’sbase camp during his expedition to Mt. Everest in the 1950s.
There and back to Everest Base Camp, 5,357m (approximately 6 hours)
Today is the day - the finale of your trek to Everest Base Camp. Follow the lead of your Sherpa guide through the Khumbu ice-fall, and the ever changing trail. The high altitude and difficult terrain makes the trekking a lot more strenuous but the lively commotion from Everest Base Camp will help to spur you on. Celebrate with friends old and new as you reach Everest Base Camp, before heading back to Gorakshep.
Ascent of Kalapatthar, 5,647m, and back to Pherice, 4,245m (approximately 3 hours)
Although optional, the steep hike to Kalapatthar is worth it, with breath-taking views of Everest. . The descent back to Lukla starts, stopping for the evening in in Pheriche, at 4,245m.
Trek to Kanguma, 3,550m (approximately 5-6 hours)
The return journey will take you through the village of Pangboche, as you continue back along the Imja-Tse gorge and up to Tyangboche. The village of Kanguma is home for the night, with the campsite sitting alongside the beautiful Dudh Koshi River.
Kanguma to Chumoa, 2,710m (approximately 5-6 hours)
The morning climb from Kanguma is steep, pushing weary legs through pine forests and valleys towards Namche Bazaar. Enjoy lunch before continuing along the path towards Monjo and your campsite for the evening.
Trek back to Lukla (approximately 3-4 hours)
The final day of walking is pleasant, following the Bhote Kushi River towards the village of Phakding, before embarking on the final leg of your journey. It’s one last final push to tackle the 45 minute uphill climb to Lukla. The night will be spent in a traditional teahouse here where you will enjoy a celebratory dinner with your team.
Lukla to Kathmandu
Bid farewell to Lukla and the magic of the Himalayas. Touching down in Kathmandu, you'll have the entire afternoon to relax or go bargain hunting in the Thamel district.
Today is dedicated to exploring the wonders of the magical city of Kathmandu and its many temples and monasteries. Mingle with the monkeys at Swayambhunath Temple or go for a stroll through the Garden of Dreams and pick up some prayer flags before your last supper together.
Depart Nepal & arrive home
Today you depart from Nepal, leaving with fond memories and a great sense of achievement. Touching down in the UK, it may be harder than you expected to say goodbye to all your team mates. Be sure to swap details before heading home to share stories with family and friends.
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