The Everest Base Camp Fundraising Trek is a trek with an important purpose! All monies you raise for the trek will go directly towards supporting the running costs of local NGO, Volunteer Service in Nepal’s Shining Stars Children’s Home, which will help with education, health, food, utilities, clothing, activities and the homes staff salaries.
This trek is a wonderful introduction to the mountains of Nepal. It is a stunningly beautiful trek, taking you up through ancient rhododendron forests, to what feels like the face of the mountains themselves, as you get up close and personal with Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhre, Gangapurna, Annapurna I and Mardi Himal.
And better still you will be helping the local community! Shining Stars is currently home to 18 children, 6 girls and 12 boys, aged around 15 – 22 and studying in classes 9 – 13. We also have 3 kids with Down’s Syndrome who attend a local day care facility.
All of the children have grown up with VSN and VSN has been their main family for the last 11 – 13.5 years. Those who where once toddlers, are now amazing young adults with strong personalities and dreams of what they want to achieve with their lives, and its people like you who are helping make these dreams come true.
All of the children have some family. Some have just a mother, others are from remote and backward districts of Nepal, but all have come from difficult or deprived backgrounds. It is VSN’s policy to promote as much contact as possible between the children and their family members in order to ensure relationships are maintained, as upon completion of their class 12 education, they will return to live with their families or relatives to either go on to higher education, or work and live once again within their own family unit. [Read below for more info ↓]
Locations: Kathmandu, Lukla, Namche Bazaar, Tyangboche, Everest Base Camp, Kalapattar
Tour Length: 16 days
Tour Cost: $2197
Finish Date: The tour will end on Sunday 16 days after the start date
Arrival Airport: Kathmandu International Airport (KTM)
Departure Airport: Kathmandu International Airport (KTM)
Group Size: Maximum 20
Minimum age: 18
Going Solo?: Over 70% of those on our tours start off as solo travellers
Available dates: Click here for dates
- Airport meet and greet - Accommodation throughout the trip
- All in-country transport
- 24/7 support from our experienced local guides
- All tour activities included in the itinerary
- Heaps of meals!
- Experienced, knowledgeable and professional guides to accompany you along the way
- Porters to help carry your gear
- Trekking passes - In-country transport including return flights from Kathmandu to Lukla
With 20 persons per group MAX! The exact cost of this tour is US $2197. This goes towards covering everything from in-country transport and accommodation to project fees and tour related activities (we really do cram it in!). Please note that your international flights are not included.
To secure your spot you pay a deposit of US $250 (you can then pay the rest in weekly instalments or 90 days before the tour). We also provide you with a comprehensive tour guide which covers everything from what to bring, to travel insurance and international flight recommendations.
In addition to the trek fee, a US $1000 fundraising donation is required from each trek participant.
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Witness the beautiful sights of the Himalayan mountain range
See Everest - the tallest mountain on the planet
Trek to the legendary Everest Base Camp
Raise money for the adorable children of Shining Star's Children's Home
Spend time amongst the local communities
Dig in - eat your Daal Bhat like the locals (with your hands)
Kathmandu - Your accommodation here will be a guest house which includes breakfast.
Accommodation during the trek will be in basic tea houses or lodges. During the trek all your meals are included, including tea/coffee during meals. Extra snacks, fizzy drinks, dessert etc will be at your own expense.
Internet: WiFi is available in Kathmandu, and in some tea houses along the trekking route
Laundry: You can use the local laundry services that are quick, cheap and good in Kathmandu. If you need to wash as you trek, be sure to pack some biodegradable soap/washing powder and your tea house will lend you a buck to hand wash in.
Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport. Transfer to the hotel and overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Trek briefing and preparation day. Overnight in Kathmandu. (B)
Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m), approximately 30 minutes. Our trek to Phakding (2640m) starts directly from the airport and will take three to four hours. You will trek along a pleasant trail gently descending, with a steep climb from Tarhe Khola, where you have a superb view of the Kusum-Kangru (6,369m). After another short climb, you reach Ghat village, and after another 1½hrs of trekking you arrive at Phakding village. Overnight in Phakding. (B, L and D)
Day 4: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m), approximately 5-6 hours. After crossing a suspension bridge over the Dudh Kosi River, the walk is pleasant with a few short uphill climbs and then downhill, with magnificent views of Thamserku (6,808m). From the village of Benkar, you will cross a long suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River once more, and then continue on this trail of trekkers, Ghopkyo (mix of yak and cow) and porters, before finally arriving at the small village of Monjo. Monjo is situated below the magnificent peak of Thamserku and near to the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park. After a few minutes walk from Monjo, you will enter the Sagarmatha National Park, where your trekking permit is checked. From here there is a short descent to Jorsalle village, the last village before Namche Bazaar. You will continue to trek by the river until the last bridge over the Imjatse River is reached.
From here the walk is along a winding uphill path all the way to Namche Bazaar, with views of Kwangde Peak and its other sister peaks to the east, with Kusum Kangru behind you as you climb higher. There are also views of the Mt. Everest - Nuptse Wall, Lhotse and a closer view of Taweche Peak, which can be seen all the way up to Thop Danda, where there's a resting stonewall for porters and trekkers. From here, there is still another 1-2 hour walk, which brings you to the famed Namche Bazaar, with its colourful houses situated in an amphitheatre shaped bowl. Namche Bazaar is the main trading village in the Khumbu region and holds a busy Saturday market. It is also a meeting place for Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have reached the town by crossing the glaciated Nangpa La. Overnight in Namche Bazzar. (B, L and D)
Day 5: Acclimatisation day in Namche Bazaar. Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, teashops and souvenir shops as well as a magnificent outlook. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day for acclimatisation to the high altitude before heading off towards Tyangboche. As part of our acclimatization process we undertake a morning walk, in order to follow the rule of walk high, sleep low. As a group we will head to Syangboche (3800m) where the Everest View Hotel is situated offering (subject to weather) outstanding views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. From here we return to Namche for lunch and you are at leisure to spend the afternoon as you wish.
For those of you with sufficient energy, you may wish to undertake the short, uphilll walk to the Sagarmatha National Park headquarters, a magnificent spot perched on top of Namche Bazaar with spectacular views of the surrounding snow-capped giants and the valleys way down below. There is also an interesting museum with all kinds of information regarding the history of the Himalayas, its geography, culture, mountaineering history and information on flora and fauna of this region. Overnight in Namche Bazzar. (B, L and D)
Day 6: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3870m), approximately 5-6 hours. The trail leads along a winding path high above the Dudh Koshi with great views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and a close-up view of Thamserku. You will come to a busy place called Shanasa, and in this area there is a much higher chance of seeing the beautifully coloured Danphe pheasant, the national bird of Nepal, the elusive musk deer and sometimes, even a herd of Himalayan Thar (mountain goat). From Shanasa, the trail steeply drops to a bridge over the Dudh Koshi at Phunki Tenga (3250m), a small settlement with a couple of teahouses in the midst of the alpine woods of mostly silver fir blue pines, rhododendron and some magnolia and birch trees. The village has an excellent place for lunch and you can take a short rest before making the steep climb to Tyangboche.
The walk from here is strenuous for an hour on a winding trail through shaded woods until a small religious monument of prayer stones covered with rhododendron leaves and junipers is reached. From here the walk is uphill for another hour, with views of Thamserku and Kangtenga. Tyangboche is one of the most beautiful places in the Himalayas, and the first thing that you will see is a big Ghompa (monastery) beneath the peak of Ama Dablam, with Everest looming above, the Nuptse wall to the north, Lhotse and Lhotse Shar to the north east and many more peaks all around you. Tyangboche is famous for its legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu region. It also has an amazing bakery, offering tempting treats to tired and hungry trekkers. Overnight in Tyangboche. (B, L and D)
Day 7: Trek from Tyangboche to Dingboche (4410m), approximately 5-6 hours. Trekking today you gently descend through a forest of birch, fir, juniper and rhododendron and come out at a lovely spot at Deboche (3,650m) with further views of Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse. From Deboche you will walk past the long mani prayer wall and the path is gradual until you reach a small bridge over the narrow gorge of the Imjatse River. The walk continues gradually uphill, passing through Pangboche village and then continuing onto Shomare, a small settlement with a fantastic close-up view of Ama-Dabla.
From here your journey continues eastwards, after an hours walk, before a small wooden bridge the road splits two ways and we take the route leading east beneath the towering north face of Ama Dablam. The trail climbs slowly, winding above the Imjatse River, until you come to a big mani stupa. From here onwards the walk is fairly moderate as you enter the Imjatse Valley beneath the mighty peaks of Ama Dablam, Nuptse and Lhotse with views of the eastern snow capped mountains. Dingboche is a beautiful patchwork of fields enclosed by stonewalls protecting the crops of barley and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. Overnight in Dingboche. (B, L and D)
Day 8: Rest at Dingboche for acclimatisation and a local excursion. Here you can climb steeply up to Nakartsang Gompa for the rare outstanding view of Mount Makalu (8463m) along with Lhotse, Island Peak, Baruntse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku or head up the Imja Valley to Chhukung, a small summer settlement at 4730m, with fantastic views. It is also the staging place for climbers attempting Island Peak. Overnight in Dingboche. (B, L and D)
Day 9: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m) via Dongla (4620m), approximately 6-7 hours. Today’s onward journey leads north for about 40-50mins until you come to a mani prayer stupa. The trail is gentle, looking down to Pheriche village below. Today's walk offers views of the Mt.Tawache, Ama Dablam and to the north Pokalde (5,741m), Kongma-tse (5,820m) and the great wall of Nuptse. After a walk of 1½-2hrs the trail from Pheriche joins another near Dugla (4,595m) before a small wooden bridge over the river of Khumbu glacier. You will stop at Thukla, for lunch, before continuing for an hour up a steep hill to the top.
As you summit the hill you enter a memorial ground of prayer flags and monuments dedicated to climbers who have lost their lives attempting to reach the lofty pinnacles of these majestic mountains. From here you have unrivalled views of Mt. Pumori and other peaks west of Everest. The path then climbs gently along the glacier, to eventually reach the cluster of houses at Lobuche, hidden and sheltered from the wind. Overnight in Lobuche. (B, L and D)
Day 10: Trek from Lobuche (4910m) to Gorakshep (5140m), approximately 4 hours and then on to Base Camp (5486m), a further 6-7 hour round trip. The first hours walk is gradual followed by a short 20 minutes climb to the top of the pass. The walk from here follows a rocky moraine path, and as you walk you can see the icy, glacial pond and icebergs down below of Khumbu glacier. After the last rocky moraine dunes, a short downhill walk brings you to Gorakshep on a flat field below Kalapatthar (5,545m) and Mt.Pumori (7,145m). Gorakshep has two teahouses, and it was used as base camp in the early 50's Edmund Hilary expedition to Mt. Everest. You will have lunch and a rest at Gorakshep, and for those who feel up to it, you can walk to your ultimate destination, Everest Base Camp. The walk is strenuous due to the high altitude and thin air and it passes over rocky dunes, moraine and streams. A great view of the Khumbu Icefall awaits you. Overnight in Gorakshep. (B, L and D)
Day 11: Trek from Gorakshep to Kalapatthar (5545m) for sunrise and down to Pheriche (4243m), approximately 8-11 hours. This morning you have the option to ascend to the summit of Kalapatthar for sunrise. A few minutes of easy walking on the sandy fields brings you to the base of the peak, then a steep climb for 45 minutes brings you to a near level field. The walk from here is gradual until you reach a rocky spot after an hour. From here, it’s another steep climb to the top of about 1 ½ hrs. At the top of Kalapatthar is a small rocky peak on the southwest ridge of Mt.Pumori, the view from here is beyond the imagination, as Everest looks within a stones throws distance. Between the summit of Nuptse, Lho-la and Lhotse, the panoramic view from this spot is something to cherish, and you’ll feel the hard climb was worth it, as you get the feeling of being on top of the world.
All of the high snow capped giants that dominate, will be all around you. To the south the Khumbu glacier sweeps below you and you can also see Everest Base Camp nestled on its moraine. From here you will head back down to Gorakshep for breakfast and then on to Pheriche. Pheriche is known as the Windy Town and is home to the Himalayan Rescue Association Aid Post, manned by foreign volunteer doctors. Here you can see the perpendicular walls of Cholatse and Tawache. Overnight in Pheriche. (B, L and D)
Day 12: Trek from Pheriche to Namche (3810m), approximately 6-7 hours. Descend down to Phunki Tenga (3250m), then climb up to Khyangjuma (3550). From here you will and mostly contour all the way to Namche Bazar. Overnight in Namche. (B, L and D)
Day 13: Trek from Namche (2800m) to Lukla (2800m), approximately 7-8 hours. From Namche you will retrace your day 3 route back down to Phakding, where we will have lunch, before starting the gradual ascent back up to Lukla. Overnight in Lukla. (B, L and D)
Day 14: Early morning flight back to Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel.
Day 15: Projects Day at Shining Stars Children’s Home, where you will have the opportunity to meet the children who will benefit from all your hard work. (B and L)
Day 16: Depart Nepal – transfers to airport. (B)
The allocated times for each day are approximate timings only and will depend on the group.
They are not just walking times, but allow for walking, snack, meal and photo stops
Tell me more about Nepal?
For many of us Nepal conjures up images of snow-capped mountains. Indeed, eight of the world’s 14 eight-thousands lie in Nepal, making it a mountaineer’s dream. Bordered by the magnificent Himalayas, Nepal is a land of spectacular scenery, time-worn temples, and some of the best walking trails on earth. The country is sandwiched between India to the south and Tibet to the north. Until recently it was the only Hindu Kingdom in the world, Nepal has now moved into a new era of democracy and a secular society. But Nepal has more to offer than just the high Himalayas. Small as the country may be, the land is diverse geographically as well as ethnically. You will find rich cultures and vibrant traditions, exquisite temples and monuments as well as fast flowing rivers and tropical jungles teeming with wildlife, making your trip an unforgettable one. It is a country where people of different races and religions live in relative harmony. For more information we suggest you purchase the Lonely Planet’s guide to Nepal.
What is the climate like in Nepal?
Nepal’s climate is typically monsoonal with a wet and dry season. The dry season runs from mid September through to mid June with the monsoon season lasting the rest of the year. May and the start of June is the hottest time of the year and the temperature in Kathmandu often reaches into the mid 30s. During the winter temperatures can still be as high as 20C+ in the sun, but beware of near freezing conditions first and last thing. Even though Nepal is well known for the snow capped Himalayan mountain range it rarely actually snows in the Kathmandu Valley. Having said this, during February 2007 snow fell in the Valley for the first time in 62 years! You should be aware that if you are trekking at altitude you may experience very cold temperatures even during the summer months. We suggest you conduct thorough research into temperatures at altitude and the risks involved with trekking at altitude.
Can you tell me more about the political situation in Nepal?
The political situation in Nepal is a topic of frequent conversation. On 21 April 2006, following weeks of nationwide violent street demonstrations by the political parties and the Maoists, the King handed over power to the political parties. The Parliament convened on 28 August 2006 and a new Prime Minister, G P Koirala was sworn in to office on 30 April 2006. The 18th of May 2006 was the historic day when the House of Representatives declared the people as sovereign and the sole source of state authority forever. History has been changed. Nepal is no longer a Hindu Kingdom but a secular state, with the fate of the monarchy in the hands of the people. The Cabinet appointed the army chief and the Royal Nepalese Army is now the Nepal Army. The Government of Nepal and the Maoists signed a peace agreement on 21 November 2006, thereby officially ending 11 years of conflict in the country. On the 21st September 2015, the long awaited consitution was finally promulgated eight years after it was promised. Although not perfect in the eyes of many and with issues that still need ironing out it is definitely seen as a huge step towards moving the country into the next phases of democracy. Up to date information is available at Nepalnews.com
Do I need travel insurance?
Travel Insurance is a mandatory requirement for Bamboo's Everest Base Camp Trek. You will need to purchase a comprehensive travel insurance package which covers you to the maximum elevation of 5545m as well as offering Emergency Evacuation off the mountain. While trekking to Everest Base Camp, because of the altitude, it is very important that your insurance will cover for Emergency Evacuations. We have arranged a comprehensive travel insurance package through our third party provider AHI. It includes excellent medical and accident coverage as well as a ’loss of deposits’ cover which covers fees paid to Bamboox, airlines etc. If you would like to learn more just follow this link: http://www.wearebamboo.com/about/insurance.php.
What and Where is Mount Everest?
Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world. This giant sits on the crest of the Himalayan Range between Tibet and Nepal.
Mount Everest has many names. In Tibetan the name "Chomolongma" means "Mother Goddess of the World," in Nepalese the name "Sagarmatha" means "The Forehead of the Sky." Its English name, though not nearly as descriptive, connotes similar feelings of awe. At 8850m/29,035ft Mount Everest sits literally at the top of the world, nestled in the Himalayan Mountains of Nepal.
Mount Everest is on the border between Tibet and Nepal. This mountain offers the trekker the prestige of climbing to the base camp of the highest mountain in the world, while not requiring that the trekker have extensive climbing experience. Yet this climb is not to be taken lightly, it is a tough hike to Base Camp and only very physically fit people with a degree of mental preparedness will reach their goal.
Yet those who do succeed will find that standing at the base of the "Mother Goddess of the World" will be a sight not easily forgotten.
How fit do I need to be for this hike?
You will need to be physically fit to attempt this hike.
Mount Everest is the highest mountain on Earth and even though you will not ascend to the summit, a trek to Base Camp is still a very demanding climb. The Mount Everest Base Camp trek is not going to be an "easy" walk but instead one of the toughest physical and mental challenges you will ever face.
You should be confident in your physical fitness before attempting this trek. You should be able to walk for several hours without too much of a problem. Aerobic activity, such as cycling or running, is a fantastic way to get and stay in shape. Hiking before this hike is the best means of preparing yourself for this adventure. Not only does hiking prepare you for the particular difficulties you'll face on this trek but it will also further assist you in your efforts to become physically fit.
The main concern on a trek of this nature is the altitude. The failure of the body to adapt quickly enough to the reduced level of oxygen in the air, as one reaches higher altitude, is the reason a person experiences altitude sickness. Most people who hike at altitude will have some form of altitude sickness. Mild symptoms include headaches, light-headedness, nausea, loss of appetite, tingling in the fingers and toes and mild swelling of the face/ankles/fingers. Altitude sickness seems to affect people indiscriminately, regardless of age or fitness level, yet becoming physically fit before your hike will increase your chances of having an overall enjoyable trip.
We recommend beginning a strict training regime 3 months prior to the trek, achieving max physical fitness 2 weeks before the actual trek to Mount Everest Base Camp.