The Classic Everest Base Camp Challenge

Nepal | 10 - 24 April 2020

An absolutely MUST HAVE, for all the adventurous souls in the world. This is a breathtaking journey with views of the mightiest mountain in the world. This includes 12 days on the trail and 2 rest/acclimatisation days. You will trek to altitudes of over 5,500 metres where you will be surrounded by the majesty of these mountains. 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 Himalayas.

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. Click here to read more about the challenge fitness ratings.

TRAINING:
We run a variety of free, weekly training sessions that we encourage you to join before the challenge. Registering for this challenge grants you unlimited membership to Gulf for Good's soulFIT fitness and hiking community.

COST INCLUDES:

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

*optional helicopter out on day 10 of the itinerary available for approximately AED2000 extra (price TBC dependent on numbers). This option reduces the itinerary to 11 days, 10th to 21st April

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

PAYMENT DEADLINES:
1. AED1,000 (USD275) - Deposit toward Challenge Expenses (non-refundable and non-transferable) due to G4G to reserve your space on the challenge
2. AED 3,000 (USD800) - 50% remaining balance towards Challenge Expenses due to G4G Thursday 16 January 2020
3. AED 3,000 (USD800) - 50% final balance towards Challenge Expenses due to G4G Thursday 27 February 2020
4. AED 5,000 (USD1,360) - Minimum Charity Donation due to International Humanitarian City Thursday 2 April 2020

(USD 1 = AED 3.67)

EXCLUDES:

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

This event is under process for approval by the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department.

Day1

Friday 10th April - Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m) and charity visit

On arrival in Kathmandu, we will be met by the guiding company and transferred to the hotel. After a quick freshen up, we will visit the charity project to be supported by this challenge, Street Child Nepal, followed by a trek briefing, equipment check and welcome dinner.

Overnight at hotel.

Day2

Saturday 11th April: 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 camp at Phakding (2652m) and dinner.

Overnight in Tea House

Day3

Sunday 12th April: 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 13th April: 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 14th April: 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”. Down through the rhododendron forest to the Imja Khola river for a lunch stop 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 in towards base camp.

Overnight in Tea House

Day6

Wednesday 15th April: 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 16th April: 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 17th April: 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 view of Mt 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. Then, we will continue to follow the trail through the moonscape of the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier, to emerge at the Campsite at Lobouche.

Overnight at Guest House

Day9

Saturday 18th April: Lobouche - Gorak Shep (5,160m) : 7 – 8 hours

A fascinating hike along the Khumbu Glacier, through jumbled moraine and scattered rocks will precede a steep climb up to a ridge, from where Mt Everest can be seen on a clear day, looming behind Nuptse. The small community of Gorak Shep 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 19th April: Day trek to Everest Base Camp (5,360m) and back to Lobouche (4,931m) : 8 hours

Finally, the day we will all have been anticipating! Mts. 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 20th April: Labuche - Devouche (3,800m) : 7 hours

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

Overnight in Tea House

Day12

Tuesday 21st April: 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 22nd April: 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 23rd April: Lukla - Kathmandu

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

Overnight at hotel

Day15

Friday 24th April: 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

Street Child Nepal is an incredible charity, UK based they work to protect vulnerable children and improve access to education in some of the poorest communities around the world. In Nepal, Gulf for Good is partnering with Street Child Nepal to work in the brick kiln communities by building schools to provide an education for the children of these communities who would otherwise receive none.

Schools in Brick-Kiln Communities – Giving early year’s education where there otherwise would be none.

The Kathmandu Valley’s brick making business is a major part of the Nepalese Economy and has rapidly expanded in the rebuilding efforts after the 2015 earthquake. There are currently approximately 1,100 brick kilns; where over 175,000 workers migrate six months each year from 45 districts around the country, in search of seasonal work. Limited access to schools in the surrounding area often means that children miss out on education during this period and often participate in informal labour. It is often the youngest children who fail to attend school as they are unable to travel to school unaccompanied whilst their parents are working; this is especially the case in the brick kilns, where accessing surrounding schools requires a walk of over an hour through the hazardous grounds of the brick kiln.

Recent research shows that of the 60,000 children living in brick kilns, 66% of those children asked during the brick making season said that they had never attended school.

The project aims to address the specific issues facing children at the various brick kiln communities across the Bhaktapur district in the Kathmandu Valley by establishing safe and secure schools. Each school will serve the children of the migrant workers and the surrounding catchment area where access to early childhood education, which is critical for children, is severely limited at best. Each school 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 1 classroom which will be fully furnished with the furniture required such as cupboards, carpets, tables and so on.

For the 6 months of the year that the brick kilns are closed, it is intended that the schools will be used to provide classes for children and adults who remain in the community with an accelerated learning programme where they learn a year’s curriculum in just six months. 

Each school (serving 40 children) costs USD6,500 (AED24,000). This project aims to fund a further five schools in the Bhaktapur district (AED120,000).

The majority of migrant labourers are from lower caste and marginalised groups, and suffer from poverty, food insecurity and uncertainty regarding their futures. 65% of child labourers identified by brick factory studies were Janajatis (‘ethnic communities’) and 18% were the Dalit (‘untouchables’). Labourers also tend to come from the poorest and most deprived regions of a country where 25% of families are living on under $1.25 per day and thus have to migrate to the brick kiln areas. In addition, these workers are frequently bonded by debt to exploitative labour brokers as a result of loans paid with very high interest, and an insufficient wage to cover the payments.

For many, this will mean access to early year’s education in a safe, secure child-friendly environment for the first time.

https://www.street-child.co.uk/nepal

Taz Walker

Milly Larmer

Keith O'Malley Farrell

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