The Classic Everest Base Camp Challenge

Nepal | Friday 22nd October - Friday 5th November 2021

An absolutely MUST for all the adventurous souls. This breath-taking 12-day journey will reach altitudes of more than 5,500 metres, trekking on the slopes of the mightiest mountain in the world, surrounded by the majesty of the Himalayas. The terrain is immensely varied with rhododendron forests, roaring mountain rivers, alpine meadows and impressive glaciers, all towered over by the awesome backdrop of the snow-capped mountain range.

FUNDRAISING: To fundraise for our charity project in Kathmandu, Street Child Nepal, we are inviting you to trek one of the most beautiful wonders of the world while supporting a truly worthy cause. Together, our goal is to raise USD14,000 (AED50,000) to build two new schools for children of migrant workers that will each accommodate up to 40 children, and will be equipped with water, sanitation and hygiene facilities. To enable the success of this project, and to support access to education in areas where these children would otherwise receive none, we ask each individual to fundraise a minimum of USD1,370 (AED5,000).

FITNESS LEVEL: 
This will be an extreme test of fitness and determination. There is no technical climbing, but there will be plenty of challenging sections and trekking at high altitude.
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TRAINING: 
In the run up to the challenge, Gulf for Good runs a variety of free, weekly training sessions that we encourage you to join. In addition, registering for this challenge grants you an unlimited membership to Gulf for Good's soulFIT fitness and hiking community.
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COST INCLUDES:

  • A challenge, adventure and charity experience of a lifetime!
  • An opportunity to visit the charity and experience the difference your fundraising will make
  • soulFIT training membership
  • Unlimited access to all Gulf for Good hikes, fitness and training activities in UAE
  • Fundraising approval and support with fundraising events
  • Pre-challenge briefing and get-togethers
  • Discount with Gulf for Good partner outdoor outfitters
  • Safety, medical and equipment advice
  • Internal flights and transfers
  • Accommodation, food and water
  • Experienced Outdoor First Aid certified, Gulf for Good support team
  • In-country medical and vehicle back up
  • Ethical, global standards for in-country guides and porters

Either pay at once or opt for our easy installment plan below.

PAYMENT DEADLINES:

  • On registration AED1,000 (USD 275) - Deposit toward Challenge Expenses (non-refundable & non-transferable) due to Gulf for Good
  • Thursday 19th July 2021: AED 3,000 (USD 800) - 50% remaining balance towards Challenge Expenses due to Gulf for Good
  • Thursday 9th September 2021: AED 3,000 (USD 800) - 50% final balance towards Challenge Expenses due to Gulf for Good
  • Thursday 14th October 2021: AED 5,000 (USD 1,360) - Minimum Charity Donation due to International Humanitarian City 

(USD 1 = AED 3.67)

EXCLUDES:

  • International flights
  • Visas
  • Tips and spending money
  • Vaccinations
  • Insurance
  • Kit items
  • Drinks (other than water)

This event is approved by the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department, License 3411

Day1

Friday 22nd October - Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m) and charity visit

On arrival in Kathmandu we will be met by the guide company and transferred to our hotel. After a quick break to freshen up, we will visit the charity project that we are supporting through this challenge, Street Child Nepal, where we will meet with their team to show how our fundraising is helping their efforts in Nepal. This will be followed by a trek briefing, equipment checks and a welcome dinner.

Overnight at hotel.

Day2

Saturday 23rd October: Kathmandu – Lukla (2,860m) – Phakding (2,652m) : 3 hours

Today, we will take a short 45-minute flight to Lukla where we will meet the Sherpas and explore this small bustling hill top town. After lunch, we will start our first trek in beautiful surroundings, descending to Phakding (2,652m) and dinner.

Overnight in Tea House

Day3

Sunday 24th October: Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3,447m) : 4 – 6 hours

The trek will start gently, passing through small rural villages and a monastery. In the afternoon, we will pass through the Sagarmatha National Park to Jorsale. After crossing a suspension bridge, we will begin the steep climb to Namche Bazaar, enjoying the first incredible views of Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse.

Overnight in Tea House

Day4

Monday 25th October: Namche Bazaar - Acclimatisation Day

As the name suggests, the bustling village has numerous shops selling items of every description! We can rest, explore and visit the National Park Visitors Centre.

Overnight in Tea House

Day5

Tuesday 26th October: Namche Bazaar – Thyangboche (3,863m) : 5 – 6 hours

Following a brief uphill stretch, the path levels out for two hours, with dramatic views of the “big three”. We will then head downwards through the rhododendron forest to the Imja Khola river where we will stop for lunch at Phunki next to several water-driven prayer wheels. The afternoon is spent climbing slowly to the Thyangboche Monastery, one of the most beautiful spots on earth. It is the traditional place where Everest expeditions receive their blessings as they walk on towards base camp.

Overnight in Tea House

Day6

Wednesday 27th October: Thyangboche - Pheriche (4,220m) : 5 hours

The day starts with a steep muddy descent through mixed woodland to the meadows of Devouche, across the river’s suspension bridge and on to the village of Thyangboche. We trek along a trail cut out along a sheer rock cliff, to the upper Pangboche village followed by a steep climb to Khumbu Khola into the windswept valley of Pheriche for the night.

Overnight in Tea House

Day7

Thursday 28th October: Pheriche (4,220m) - Acclimatisation Day

A wonderful day of relaxation and acclimatisation at this altitude before resuming the ascent tomorrow.

Overnight in Tea House

Day8

Friday 29th October: Pheriche - Lobouche (4,931m) : 5 – 6 hours

Today’s trek traverses an open landscape, with a short steep ascent cresting a ridge, taking in the beautiful views of Mount Cholatese to the west. After an early lunch, we have a steep trek to the Sherpa memorial site for those who have passed away during Everest expeditions. From here we will continue through the moonscape of the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier, to emerge at Lobouche.

Overnight at Guest House

Day9

Saturday 30th October: Lobouche - Gorak Shep (5,160m) : 7 – 8 hours

The day starts with a fascinating hike along the Khumbu Glacier, through jumbled moraine and scattered rocks, before a steep climb up to a ridge, from where Mount Everest can be seen on a clear day, looming behind Nuptse. The small community of Gorakshep is a short way down the ridge. After lunch, you can choose to rest or join an arduous climb to Kala Pattar (5,545m) for the breathtaking views of the giants of the earth: Pumori, Everest, Changtse, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and many others!

Overnight in Tea House

Day10

Sunday 31st October: Day trek to Everest Base Camp (5,360m) and back to Lobouche (4,931m) : 8 hours

Finally, the day we have all been anticipating! Mounts Lhotse and Nuptse also loom over the site of the camp and we will be able to explore the area, including the entrance of the Khumbu Glacier and sites of several base camps.

Overnight in Tea House

Day11

Monday 1st November: Labuche - Devouche (3,800m) : 7 hours

Today’s walk to Devouche is delightful, made easier by decreasing altitude and warmer, softer climbs.

Overnight in Tea House

Day12

Tuesday 2nd November: Devouche - Monjo (2860m) : 6 hours

The walk to the small riverside village of Phunki with its water powered Prayer Wheels will be “up and down”, cresting ridges and bridging rivers with many beautiful spots, following the Dudh Kosi river to Monjo for the night.

Overnight in Tea House

Day13

Wednesday 3rd November: Monjo – Lukla (2,860m): 5 hours

The morning’s hike will start with a 2-hour descent to Phakding, then we’ll have a 3-hour uphill climb to Lukla, where we will have a farewell party for the Sherpas at the campsite.

Overnight in Tea House

Day14

Thursday 4th November: Lukla - Kathmandu

We will catch the early morning transfer flight to Kathmandu, where we should arrive in time to explore and shop. During the evening we will enjoy farewell cocktails and a celebration dinner!

Overnight at hotel

Day15

Friday 5th November: Kathmandu - Dubai

Return flight home..

Notes: This itinerary may change due to border regulation changes, unusual weather patterns, wildlife movements, group strength, etc. We will endeavour to keep to the planned itinerary but cannot be held responsible for last minute changes that might occur. In all such circumstances, the group leader will have the final say. This itinerary is tough, and you may encounter poor weather. The trek is not for the unfit or the faint-hearted. Most mountain treks have occasional exposure to sheer drops. Therefore, should you suffer from vertigo; you should discuss the itinerary with a member of our team.

Street Child Nepal

Gulf for Good has been working with Street Nepal for a number of years to support its efforts to provide access to education for children across Nepal. This challenge’s fundraising efforts will support migrant workers in the Bhaktapur district in the Kathmandu Valley and address the specific issues facing children within the various brick kiln communities across the district. Through our efforts we will support the establishment of safe and secure access to early childhood education, which is critical for children, is severely limited at best.

The fundraising achieved will go towards building two new schools, which will include appropriate water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities including latrines, handwashing taps and drinking water that promote high standards of health and hygiene amongst the children and the community. Each school will comprise one classroom which will accommodate up to 40 children and will be fully furnished with the required furniture such as cupboards, carpets, tables and so on.

In addition to the construction of the schools, the classrooms will serve to provide classes for children and adults who remain in the community outside of the six-month brick kiln season with an accelerated learning programme where they learn a year’s curriculum in just six months. 

About Street Child Nepal: Street Child is a UK-based organisation that was established in 2008 and works to protect vulnerable children and improve access to education in some of the poorest communities around the world. Street Child believes that achieving universal basic education is the single greatest step that can be taken towards the elimination of global poverty. They are currently based in fourteen countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burundi, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Liberia, Nepal, Nigeria, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka and Uganda.

Since 2008, Street Child have helped over 250,000 children to go to school and learn and supported over 25,000 families to set up businesses so they can afford the cost of educating their children long-term.

Fundraising goal: USD14,000 (AED50,000)

Number of children impacted: 80

Charity number: 1128536 (UK Registered)

United Nation’s sustainable development goal: health, wellbeing and quality education

Taz Walker (Rep)

Milly Larmer

Sandra Valdez-Almada

Julie Phillips

Laura Kelly

Joanna Kotyrba

Paul Wilson

Roshan Bhat

Sean Cope

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