The Virtual Everest Base Camp Challenge

Friday 2nd - Friday 9th April 2021

Have you ever wanted to trek to Everest Base Camp?

Or been there and want a trip back 'up' memory mountain? 

Does the idea of trekking 65 km reaching 5,364 m interest you? 

Due to COVID-19, we cannot currently travel to Nepal to complete this incredible trek however we remain committed to fundraising for our charity projects and to providing ways for you to keep fit with us. 

Want to do the real Everest Base Camp trek in October 2021 with us? Check out more details here

Are you up for this virtual charity challenge? We hope so!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Make a minimum donation of AED 100 to register through YallaGive
  2. You will then receive an email providing all the information and instructions you need to take part
  3. Download Zoom to your device and join us at the virtual start line for the warm-up, then off you go!

You will have 8 days to complete the challenge. There will be pictures and videos shared with you as you progress so you can get a feel for what the real EBC trek is like. A few surprises along the way too!

Gulf for Good will be offering daily beach walks throughout the challenge. Do your kms with us!

Any questions - contact us at [email protected]


This event is approved by the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department, license 3706


Thursday 1st April - Welcome: 6pm Dubai; 7.45pm Kathmandu (by Zoom)


Friday 2nd April - Lukla to Phakding (2652m) - 8 km

After a short 45-minute flight to Lukla which boasts a small bustling hill top town we will meet the Sherpas and start our first trek in beautiful surroundings, descending to Phakding (2,652m)


Saturday 3rd April - Phakding - Namche Bazaar (3,447m) - 12 km

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


Sunday 4th April - Namche Bazaar (3,447m) Acclimatisation Day - 6 km (optional)

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. 

Today is a shorter trek, to allow for acclimatisation at almost 3,500m


Monday 5th April - Namche Bazaar – Thyangboche (3,863m) - 10 km

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.


Tuesday 6th April - Thyangboche - Pheriche (4,220m) - 11 km

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.


Wednesday 7th April - Pheriche (4,220m) - Acclimatisation Day - 7 km (optional)

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


Thursday 8th April - Pheriche - Lobouche (4,931m) - 9 km

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.


Friday 9th April - Lobouche - Gorak Shep (5,160m) and onto Base Camp (5,364m) - 15 km

Finally, the day we have all been anticipating! 

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. We stop for a rest before our last stop - Everest Base Camp!

Mounts Lhotse and Nuptse loom over the site of the camp and we will be able to explore the area, including the entrance of the Khumbu Glacier - the walkway to the Mighty Mountain itself.


Mission Himalaya Eco-Farm

We are aiming to raise funds of USD4,000 (AED15,000) for a Green House tunnel setup at the Eco Home to produce crops and vegetables that can be eaten and also sold at the market for increased sustainability.

Mission Himalaya was founded in 2008 by a group of socially committed professionals to help rural and back tracked Nepalese communities. Not only have they committed to reaching out to those in need of proper healthcare and education but are also dedicated to helping orphaned and homeless children. Nepal has as many as 80,000 orphans, all in need of a safe, secure home.

Their objectives are:

  • to help build self-sustaining eco-friendly children’s home, for orphaned and abandoned children
  • to build proper healthcare centres, schools and even homes for the rural communities all over Nepal
  • provide basic medical treatment to local communities in rural areas, with no proper access to healthcare centres
  • to perform eye cataract surgeries – free of cost, including a pre-operation check-up, as well as post-operating follow up
  • to build a strong relation with the local communities, to help expand our future community-based services and charities

Their primary project has been:

The Children's Eco Home & Farm - A self-sustaining eco-friendly home for orphans based in Kavre, Panauti. Mission Himalaya provide proper care and nurturing to children who have been abandoned or orphaned. 

Registration No: 134/064/065

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