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Everest Base Camp trek - 11th April 2013 – £798 !

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uDare – Everest Base Camp trek - 11th-26th April 2013 – £798 !!!

The biggest one! We have searched long and hard to create an amazing great value trip of 16 Days in the magnificent kingdom of Nepal including an 12 day Himalayan trek from Lukla to Everest Base Camp!!

..if you're EVER going to do this, now is the time!

Join the challenge!!

A direct approach to the foot of the world's highest mountain - Mount Everest.
A trek designed to get you real close-up to the 'mother of all peaks' Mt. Everest, the highest peak in the world.

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 devised 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 colorful 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.

This 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

Full day 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, insured, salaried (and tested by organiser) 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
Durbar Square
Itinerary:
11thApril (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.
12thApril (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.
13thApril (Day03) Internal flight to Lukla then trekking to Phakding (2640m)
14thApril (Day04) Trekking from Phakding to Namche Bazar (3440m)
15thApril (Day05) Acclimatization day/explore around Namche bazaar
16thApril (Day06) Trekking from Namche bazaar to Pangboche (3860m)
17thApril (Day07) Trekking from Pangboche to Dingbuche (4410m)
18thApril (Day08) Acclimatization day/day hiking to Chhukung (4,750m)
19thApril (Day09) Trekking from Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m)
20stApril (Day10) Trekking from Lobuche to Gorakshep &.. ** same day visit Everest Base Camp(5364m) ***
21ndApril (Day11) Gorakshep visit Kala Pattar (5545m) then back to Pheriche (4240m)
22ndApril (Day12) Trekking from Pheriche to Tengboche (3875m)
23rd April (Day13) Trekking fromTengboche to Namche bazaar (3440m)
24thApril (Day14) Trekking from Namche bazaar to Lukla (2860m)
25thApril (Day15) Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu - Transfer to Hotel – relaxing, go shopping, Farewell dinner
26thApril (Day16) Transfer to 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
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As per uDare Terms & Conditions, your organiser will need to have received a completed 'uDare Liability Waiver (http://files.meetup.com/1383851/uDare%20Waiver%20of%20Liability.docx)' form, without which you cannot participate in the event. This can either be handed to the organiser or scanned/emailed prior.
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Important Notice: Day 1 is the day you should plan to arrive at the meeting point (Kathmandu Airport) for the trip. This may require departing your hometown one or more days in advance and traveling on an overnight flight.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the harsh climate & wild environment the itinerary may be subject to change at any time
Monks playing football in Tengboche
Namche Bazar
Trip cost Does Not Include
Visa for Nepal (we can get it on arrival at the airport)
Return flight to Nepal (Recommended flight details to follow in due course)
Any meals in Kathmandu other than breakfast
Personal expenses (alcoholic drinks, Bottled water, cold drinks, laundry, phone, internet)
Personal medical and travel insurance and medical bills (Travel insurance is compulsory and please make sure that your insurance is cover Hiking/Trekking between 2000m and 6000m altitude and helicopter evacuation)
Hot shower during the trekking
Personal trekking Equipment
Tips for guide, porters, drivers
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Recommended flights: please check the flights first at www.skyscanner.net (http://www.skyscanner.net/) as I found the cheapest tickets here. I would recommend to take Qatar Airways as they are reliable and have a really good reputation,service,.... so on ! At the moment you can get a really good price with them from £605 (return) !!!
Qatar Airway
Outward journey: Departure on 10th Of April, Arrival on 11th 21:30 LHR – 16:35 KTM 1 stop DOH 14h 20 (+1)
Return:
Departure on 26th of April, Arrive back on the same day
09:35 KTM – 22:00 LHR 1 stop DOH 17h 10
Or Departure on 26th of April and arrive back on the 27th morning.
19:35 KTM – 07:15 LHR 1 stop DOH 16h 25 (+1)
Payments
1)To secure/confirm your place, you need to pay £198 deposit ! Only a payment confirms your placement on this event !
2) Transfer the remaining 2 payments of £300 each by end of November and January.
3) Email istvan.udare@gmail.com after each payment confirming the amount, time/date and any reference code attached to the transaction.
Please note we ONLY accept payments via BANK TRANSFER for this event !
Account:
Bank: Lloyds TSB
Account name: Istvan Nyeste
Sort Code: 30-91-79
A/C No: 23911360
* Please use reference: ‘Everest + Yourname'
The name of your insurance company and policy number are required when confirming booking with us as well.

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Refund Policy
The deposit and balance payments are non-refundable. We only offer a refund if the trip has been cancelled or rescheduled.
If members are unable to attend they should advertise/sell their places (to another members) on the message board for the specific event or contact those on the "Waiting List".
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EXTRA INFO:
Please answer the questions asked when you rsvp to ensure we can contact you when necessary & make the correct arrangements for you.
** Email any further questions you may have to istvan.udare@gmail.com**
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