uDare – Everest Base Camp Trek
28th March to 12th April 2015 – £899 !!!
This trip is being run jointly between uDare groups in London & York.
The biggest one!
We searched long and hard to create a magnificent 16 Day trip to Nepal, which included a 12 day Himalayan trek to Everest Base Camp!
... if you're EVER going to do this, the time is NOW!
A direct approach to the foot of the world's highest mountain - Mount Everest. A trek designed to get you right up next to the 'mother of all peaks'!
Mount Everest Base Camp has been a popular destination for trekkers since the very first expeditions to the Nepalese side of Everest in the 1953. To reach this part of the Himalaya within a limited time, we have chosen this two week trek to Everest Base Camp which runs directly to and from Lukla.
The Everest Base Camp trek, a very well known mountain trek, starts at the upper Phakding and follows the Dudh Kosi valley which climbs up to the Sherpa capital of Namche, a bustling bazaar that’s a junction for trekkers, the local Sherpa and expeditions en route to the mighty Mt. Everest.
Our route combines simple but comfortable accommodations with great hiking and must-see sites such as magnificent Tengboche Monastery and bustling Namche Bazaar while still allowing enough time to venture off the beaten path in favor of more remote and secluded villages seldom visited by most trekkers. Explore Khumjung, where Sir Edmund Hillary helped build the region's first school and whose monastery houses a mysterious relic – might it actually be the skull of the mythical Yeti? Trek onward to Thame, home to one of the region's oldest monasteries which appears to grow directly out of the mountainside. Trekking through these hidden Sherpa villages is like hiking through time as we experience daily life in these remote agricultural outposts as it has existed in many ways unchanged for decades. Then, trek higher through vast rhododendron forests and enter Tengboche Monastery, the largest and most active in the region, where evening brings the strange and hypnotic sounds of traditional chant, thundering drums and the great resounding horns of the 40+ devout Buddhist monks who live, study and worship here. Throughout our trek we encounter spectacular views of Mount Everest and other legendary Himalayan peaks before ultimately returning to Kathmandu, where we have even more time to discover the gentle and colourful Buddhist and Hindu cultures of this magnificent and ancient city. Experience the awe-inspiring presence of the world's highest peaks and soak in the magic of Nepal and the Everest region.
(Some of the uDare 2014 Everest Base Camp Crew)
The price of this trip includes:
ALL accommodation - Hotels at start and end in Kathmandu plus trek nights in mountain lodges (twin sharing basis)
ALL transportation (Airport transfers/internal flights etc) in Nepal
Guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city incl entrance fees
Welcome dinner at a nice restaurant in Kathmandu
ALL Meals (Breakfasts, Lunch and Dinners plus a tea/coffee at each meal) during the trek itself
Professional, equipped, licensed, salaried (and tested by uDare) guides and porters (incl care/logistics for anyone having trouble along the way & having to stop/turn back)
Farewell/Celebration dinner at another nice restaurant
National Park permit fees & local/government taxes
The ever present uDare good time vibe...
Bragging rights for the rest of your life that you trekked to Everest Base Camp!!
Sightseeing will take in...
Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple), Pashupatinath, Durbar Square, possible addition of Boudhanath Stupa
28th March (Day01) Arrival at Kathmandu International Airport - Transfer to hotel - attend briefing about Everest base camp classical trekking by our professional Trekking leader over a typical Nepali welcome dinner.
29th March (Day02) Guided sightseeing tour of the Kathmandu –visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as, Pasupatinath, Boudhhanath, Kathmandu durbar square and Monkey temple (swyambhunath) /Trek Preparation. Overnight at hotel.
30th March (Day03) Internal flight to Lukla then trekking to Phakding (2640m)
31st March (Day04) Trekking from Phakding to Namche Bazar (3440m)
1st April (Day05) Acclimatization day/explore around Namche bazaar
2nd April (Day06) Trekking from Namche bazaar to Pangboche (3860m)
3rd April (Day07) Trekking from Pangboche to Dingbuche (4410m)
4th April (Day08) Acclimatization day/day hiking to Chhukung (4,750m)
5th April (Day09) Trekking from Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m)
6th April (Day10) Trekking from Lobuche to Gorakshep &.. ** same day visit Everest Base Camp(5364m) ***
7thApril (Day11) Gorakshep visit Kala Pattar (5545m) then back to Pheriche (4240m)
8th April (Day12) Trekking from Pheriche to Tengboche (3875m)
9th April (Day13) Trekking fromTengboche to Namche bazaar (3440m)
10th April (Day14) Trekking from Namche bazaar to Lukla (2860m)
11th April (Day15) Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu - Transfer to Hotel – relaxing, go shopping, Farewell dinner
12th April (Day16) Transfer to Kathmandu airport for final departure
Trek duration: 12 days
Activities: Trekking & Walking /sightseeing
Trek Difficulty:This trip is rated Strenuous. Trekking in Nepal is for active people in good health who enjoy vigorous hiking. Nepal has an "up and down" topography, there is very little level walking. Gear will be carried by porters, leaving members free to carry only a daypack. No technical climbing or other special abilities are required.
Max.Altitude: 5545m / 18,192 ft
uDarer Naren, reaching Nirvana!
As per uDare Terms & Conditions, your organiser will need to have received a completed 'uDare Liability Waiver' form, without which you cannot participate in the event. This can either be handed to the organiser or scanned/emailed prior.
* Day 1 is the day you should plan to arrive at the official meeting point (Our Hotel in Kathmandu). This may require departing your home one or more days in advance and travelling on an overnight flight. There will be appropriate 'recommended flights' given for each uDare group in due course.
* FULL information regarding baggage weights, Hotel details, cash recommendations, clothing, Kit list, Visa's etc will follow after your RSVP.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the potentially harsh climate & wild environment the itinerary may be subject to change at any time without prior notice.
Trip cost Does Not Include:
Visa for Nepal (Details of where to obtain prior to travel will follow. Can also be obtained at the airport on arrival)
Return flight to Nepal (Recommended flight details to follow by Oct 2014)
Meals in Kathmandu other than welcome & farewell dinners.
Personal expenses (Extra drinks at meals, Bottled water en route, additions to set menu's, laundry, phone, internet etc)
Personal medical and travel insurance and medical bills (Travel insurance is compulsory and must cover Hiking upto 6000m altitude and helicopter evacuation)
Hot shower during the trekking is small cost but is a paid extra
Personal trekking Equipment (There is an opportunity to but anything you need in Kathmandu - Prices are much cheaper than UK/OZ but quality is variable)
Tips for your guides/Porters (The custom is for each person to tip one porter US$50 & one guide $65 - which works out around £7 per day for you in tips)
1) RSVP on Meetup.
2) Transfer £199 into the account below within 3 days to confirm your place
3) Transfer the balance of £700 by no later than 1st March
* Please use the a payment reference of: ‘Everest + Yourname'
Account name: uDare
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Please answer the questions asked when you rsvp to ensure we can contact you when necessary & make the correct arrangements for you.
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Q1) Could I really manage this? How much fitness/training would I need to undertake?
A1) While this trip should be considered strenuous and preparations be taken seriously, it can generally be completed by most healthy people with at least above average fitness. Most will find it physically/emotionally challenging at a few points but that of course is an essential part of your journey and subsequent growth. It's a big part of the reason you're interested in EBC in the first place right!?! ;-)
Anybody, regardless of fitness or training can succumb to 'Altitude Sickness' at any time, which can often be dealt with but there is always a possibility that you have to be transported down.. at which point nobody wants any complications which is why Helicopter Evac insurance cover is compulsory. We have used this twice on each trip so far & was dealt with very professionally by our guides :)
Q2) Give me the bottom line, how cold will it be?
A2) Obviously so much depends on the weather which, despite the fact that they pretend to know and tell us every day.. nobody can really know, especially in the Himalaya's. What we can say is that in the past two years it was fine sunshine in Kathmandu & for the first 4 days & last 2 days in the mountains, then gradually got colder, reaching freezing for 3 or 4 days either side of Base Camp ;-)
Basically, be prepared for walking for up to 6 hours in sweltering sun and/or freezing rain, along with a good 4 season sleeping bag, then whatever the weather, you'll be fine.
Q3) What is the accommodation like?
A3) Our hotel in Kathmandu is of good quality, very friendly and comfortable. The guest houses on the mountain vary quite a bit. Some are cosy, colourful, warm and friendly, good toilets etc. Some (it tends to get more like this as you go higher) have very basic comforts, somewhat dodgy toilets, are freezing cold & more crowded/less personal, where you just want to have some hot food and drink then get in your warm sleeping bag
Q4) What can I expect of the food?
A4) The most important thing you need to know is that everyone has been more than happy with the food overall so far.
Like the accommodation, take into account that when in the mountains you are in remote/poor country where everything is carried in by Yaks & Sherpa's, so there is a lot of very similar menu offerings at each accommodation but there are always a few good options. Food generally feels like it has been prepared with care & good intentions, fresh, natural ingredients and served with enthusiasm :)
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Be considerate, be responsible and enjoy!
** Nish's triumphant celebration after having his marriage proposal to Rena accepted while at Everest Base Camp 2014!! .. congratulations guys :) **