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Julia’s House Everest Base Camp Trek

13th Nov 2021 - 28th Nov 2021

16 days/Nepal /Challenging to Extreme

Overview

Join us on this tough 12-day trek to Nepal’s Everest Base Camp, including an optional (but highly recommended) summit of Kala Pattar. This trek allows you to walk in the footsteps of some of the world’s most respected mountaineers. Nepal’s Everest Base Camp is not just a popular trekking route for tourists; it is actually the starting point for mountaineers who intend to reach the summit of Mount Everest. The Nepal Base Camp is located at 5364m and mountaineers base themselves here for weeks to acclimatise on the mountain, return to rest and prepare themselves for their ascent. The scenery along the trail is beautiful with views of huge Himalayan peaks dominating the landscape. Staying in teahouses along the trail offers a unique insight into the lives and culture of the local Sherpa people.

 

A Challenging to Extreme Trek. This is a tough 12-day trek to Nepal’s Everest Base Camp, including an optional (but highly recommended) summit of Kala Pattar. You will be trekking for 12 consecutive days over rough terrain, you will be exposed to higher altitudes each day, (average 4000m and up to a maximum of 5554m) and you will stay overnight in basic teahouses. Each day’s trek is between 5 and 8 hours (variable depending on group pace) and you will cover approximately 10-15km per day.

You will be accompanied throughout the trek by English-speaking local Sherpa guides who have an excellent knowledge of hiking in the region and may have even summited Everest itself. The guides are first-aid trained and will support you throughout your journey, sharing their experience and wisdom with you. You will also be supported by a team of assistant guides and a Different Travel UK tour manager. Your luggage is carried by a team of local porters.

The terrain will vary throughout the 12 days but in general you will trek up and down hills constantly throughout the day as the terrain is relentlessly undulating. Some days you may have a full day trekking uphill, followed by the next day trekking downhill all day. It is essential that your training includes plenty of hill walking and trekking up gradients over consecutive days in order to condition your muscles to this type of exertion. Underfoot the conditions will be dry, rocky and very dusty (bring a ‘Buff’ www.buffwear.co.uk to cover your face to prevent ‘Khumbu cough’). There are numerous river crossings which utilise very high suspension bridges.

Nepal’s climate varies with topography and altitude. You can expect daytime temperatures up to 20°C during the first few days, dropping to 0°C at night, then daytime temperatures of 5-15°C as you progress, with sub-zero night time temperatures (-10°C or lower). It tends to get dark between around 5-6pm. May is one of the best times to trek in the Everest region and generally offers dry days with clear skies to enjoy incredible views of the mountains.
Please note: the conditions above are historically accurate but climate change can lead to uncharacteristic conditions which are out of our control. The guides will assess the situation and make decisions to ensure the best enjoyment and ultimately safety of the group as a whole.

During the trek the food is plentiful and delicious although the teahouses tend to offer similar menus so be prepared for a menu which is repeated. Generally you will be met with variations of rice, potato and noodle dishes, and soups. A typical breakfast will include a choice between eggs, omelette, toast, cereal, porridge. Lunch will typically include: dal bhat (steamed rice with a lentil soup), pasta, noodles, vegetables, rice, soup, momos (dumplings), whilst a typical dinner will include soup, dal bhat, vegetables, pasta, noodles, rice, potato dishes. There will also be plenty of snacks and drinks available to purchase at each teahouse (prices vary) or at local cafés and bakeries (particularly in Namche). In tourist areas of Kathmandu you will find a wide range of restaurants catering for international and high-quality Nepalese food.

You will stay each night in teahouses which are locally owned lodges accommodating trekkers and climbers from all over the world. The tea houses are comfortable but basic and feature a main lounge-dining area which is heated with a central yak-dung burning stove which makes it a very cosy environment. You will take your breakfast and evening meals in this room and will probably play cards and get to know each other here each evening too. Battery charging facilities, soft drinks, hot drinks, snacks and souvenirs are available to purchase at many teahouses along the way. The bedrooms usually have two or three single beds per room which have mattresses and occasionally pillows and blankets. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag.

The facilities at the teahouses will vary. Most have hot water showers or access to buckets of hot or tepid water for washing, payable locally. Washing facilities are increasingly expensive the closer you get to base camp. Toilet facilities are basic. In the early stages of the trail there will be a combination or Western and Asian squat toilets which are flushing. Further along the trail there are fewer flushing toilets and instead water buckets are provided for flushing. Please DO NOT put toilet paper down the toilet as this will block the toilets and make the facilities unusable for other trekkers.

You must be aged at least 18 to participate unaccompanied. It may be possible for you to participate if you are aged 16 or 17 years old if you are accompanied by a parent or guardian – please contact us for advice. There is no upper age limit. An ideal candidate for the trek would be someone who enjoys being out of their comfort zone and trying something new.

You are strongly advised to train to a good fitness level before departure to ensure fast recovery from each day’s walk. The distances covered may not be great but you must be prepared for, and be capable of, trekking for many hours a day on steep, rough terrain while carrying a daypack of around 6-8kg in weight. If you attempt to complete the trek without training, it will be unnecessarily challenging and will hinder your experience, and the experience of your teammates.

This trek is graded challenging to extreme because you will be trekking for 12 consecutive days over rough terrain, you will be exposed to higher altitudes each day, (average 4000m and up to a maximum of 5554m) and you will stay overnight in basic teahouses. Each day’s trek is between 5 and 8 hours (variable depending on group pace) and you will cover approximately 10-15km per day. The trek is an endurance challenge so you are strongly advised to build up to a good fitness level before departure to ensure fast recovery from each day’s exertion. Do not underestimate the training required for this trip. Being away from home comforts and family for an extended period of time is often a challenge for participants although access to communications on the trail is very good overall.

The trek includes two important acclimatisation days. These days involve exposure to higher altitudes before descending back to your teahouse for the night. This exposure offers your body a chance to adjust to the altitude in a controlled way, before you ascend to higher altitudes over the coming trek days. Acclimatisation days are also a great opportunity to do some local exploring and learn more about the history and culture in the Himalayas. Please note that acclimatisation days are not rest days although you may have the opportunity to spend the afternoons at leisure.

The maximum altitude on the trek is up to 5554m (summit of Kala Pattar), or 5364m at Everest Base Camp. There is a likelihood of altitude related symptoms. Your local guides are experienced in spotting signs of altitude sickness but it is important that you do your own research so you can be aware of how your body is adjusting. Common mild symptoms of altitude sickness include headache, nausea, loss of appetite, disturbed sleep and fatigue. These generally subside after a few days, once your body acclimatises to the altitude. It is vital that you make your guides and tour manager aware of any symptoms immediately so you can be monitored. You may wish to consult with your GP about Acetazolamide (Diamox). Please note that this medication is an unlicensed prescription-only medication in the UK and as it is unlicensed, your GP may not wish to prescribe it to you.

More information can be found at the NHS pages about altitude and the Travel Doctor website among other sources.

We require a medical form to be completed by everyone upon registering, and any pre-existing conditions, medications used and other medical issues must be specified. All your medical details are treated in the strictest confidence.

The information will be securely screened by a qualified medical professional, and details provided to your tour manager and local guides so our staff are adequately informed and prepared to support you during the trip. By completing this booking form you are giving consent for us to contact you confidentially with any follow up questions regarding your health.

If you declare any medical conditions you may be asked to provide more information, or we may request to contact your GP. We must be informed if any conditions or medication change, or if new conditions develop. If necessary confirmation of fitness to travel from your GP or specialist may be required.

In the event that your medical issues represent a concern for your safety and wellbeing, or the safety and wellbeing of others in the group, you may be recommended not to take part. If this happens your deposit will be refunded. Please note that we will never unreasonably deny participation on a trip nor contravene the Equality Act 2010.

Essentials

E-tickets + pre-departure info
Passport + copy
Nepal visa or US$25 plus visa-on-arrival authorisation form
2 passport photos (for trek permit)
Insurance policy details
Pen for immigration forms
Cash (£) / ATM card(s)
LED head torch + spare batteries
Adaptor 2 round pins (Euro)
Sunglasses (preferably polarized)
Plastic bags – various sizes

Clothing

Hiking boots*
Trainers/camp booties for evenings
Trek socks
Underwear
Trek trousers
Thermal base layer trousers & top
Non-cotton t-shirts
Non-cotton long sleeve base layer
Warm fleece
Waterproof jacket + trousers
Warm jacket (e.g.down)
Sun hat
Buff (www.buffwear.co.uk)
Warm hat
Gloves x2 (1 heavy or mittens, 1 light)
Casual clothes & shoes for sightseeing

Hygiene

Shampoo + conditioner*
Toothbrush + toothpaste*
Antiperspirant deodorant*
Shower gel/ shave kit / loofah*
Wet wipes*
Toilet paper*
Nappy sacks* for used toilet paper
Sun cream (high SPF)*
Hand sanitizer
Small travel towel
Nail brush
Feminine hygiene products*

First Aid Kit

Prescription medicine
Altitude medicine (see your GP)
50% DEET insect repellent
Ibuprofen and Paracetamol
Plasters and blister plasters
Imodium (Loperamide)
Rehydration (e.g. Dioralyte)
Muscle rub (tiger balm/Deep Heat)
Anti-histamine tablets/cream
Antiseptic cream (e.g. Savlon)
Indigestion remedy (e.g. Gaviscon)
Lip balm with SPF protection
Decongestant
Throat lozenges
Scissors/tweezers
Vaseline
Zinc oxide tape (optional)

Optional

Books/playing cards
Camera + spare batteries
Video camera + charger
Mobile phone + charger
iPod/MP3 player
Walking pole(s)
Sewing kit
Notebook/diary

Luggage

Suitcase/rucksack for luggage
Trek kit bag
Daypack (25-35 litres)
Small combination Padlocks

Eating and Drinking

Energy snacks
2- 3L CamelBak or Platypus
1L bottle (e.g.Sigg or Nalgene)
Water purification (e.g. Biox Aqua)
Electrolyte tablets (e.g. NUUN)
Thermos for hot drinks (optional)

Sleeping

Ear plugs (essential)
Sleeping bag (comfort rating -10°C)
Sleeping bag liner (silk or thermal)
Pyjamas

Please note: This list is not exhaustive and does not account for your personal taste or preference. It should be used as a guideline only. If you have any questions or queries regarding this list which are not answered in the sections above please contact info@different-travel.com.

*Please ensure you pack your boots in your hand baggage in the unlikely event your luggage is delayed or goes missing.

*Please consider eco-friendly or biodegradable options. Consider shopping at Little Footprint Gifts.

Itinerary

Day 1 (Saturday 13 November 2021):

London – Kathmandu
Depart London on an indirect overnight flight to Kathmandu.

Day 2 (Sunday 14 November 2021):

Kathmandu 
Upon arrival in Kathmandu you will be transferred to a hotel where the rest of the day is free before a trek briefing and welcome dinner at a local restaurant this evening.
Meals: Dinner
Overnight: Hotel

Day 3 (Monday 15 November 2021):

Kathmandu – Lukla (2843m) – Monjo (2835m) 
Depart the hotel early this morning for Kathmandu airport, from where you will take a scenic 40-minute flight landing on a steep mountain runway which sets the scene for our forthcoming trek. The flight departs at 6am (tickets will be issued locally). Upon arrival in Lukla we will meet our assistant guides and porters before starting the trek up the Dudh Koshi Valley on a well-marked trail towards Phakding where we cross and re-cross the river on a series of high suspension bridges before we arrive into thesmall village of Monjo where we stay overnight.
Trekking: Approx. 4 hours / 9km
Meals: Boxed breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: Teahouse

Day 4 (Tuesday 16 November 2021):

Monjo – Namche (3445m) 
From Monjowe take a steep hike to Namche where, if the weather is clear, we catch our first glimpse of Mt Everest. Just beyond Monjo is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park, a protected area which aims to preserve the fragile mountain environment for futuregenerations of trekkers and mountaineers. Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu and has a busy market, numerous shops, cafes and most famously, freshly baked apple pies.
Trekking: Approx. 5-6 hours / 7km
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: Teahouse

Day 5 (Wednesday 17 November 2021):

Namche (acclimatisation day)
This morning you will go on an important acclimatisation trek. There are a number of options for acclimatisation in the area, such as trekking towards the Everest View hotel (3880m) with views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku and more; or perhaps visit the interesting Sherpa museum and Syangboche airport (3780m) where you may catch a glimpse of Everest. After lunch the rest of the day is free for you to relax and enjoy the bustling town of Namche (and perhaps try a slice of famous apple pie).
Trekking: Approx. 2-3 hours / 3km
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: Teahouse

Day 6 (Thursday 18 November 2021):

Namche – Deboche (3820m) 
From Namche, the trail contours on to the side of the valley, high above the Dudh Kosi river where we enjoy our first really good views of the great peaks of the Khumbu. Passing several villages and numerous tea shops we descend steeply into the forest towards the village of Phunki Tenga situated next to the river, where we stop for lunch. After lunch we take a steep climb out of the forest to Tengboche which is famous for its monastery, the largest in the Khumbu. We then descend to a village nearby, Deboche, where we stay overnight.
Trekking: Approx. 5-6 hours / 10km
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: Teahouse

Day 7 (Friday 19 November 2021):

Deboche – Dingboche (4410m) 
This morning we continue to descend through the forest until we cross the river and start our steady ascent up towards the village of Dingboche, stopping at a village for lunch. The trail this afternoon opens up into what feels like a vast plain after following a narrow trail earlier in the day. You will notice the temperature dropping as you approach Dingboche, which is the highest altitude village on the trek so far.
Trekking: Approx. 6-7 hours / 12km
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: Teahouse

Day 8 (Saturday 20 November 2021):

Dingboche (acclimatisation day)
Today is another important day for acclimatization. You will ascend to around 4600m from where you will have panoramic views of the nearby peaks and the rural farmland in the valley below. Look out for Ama Dablam, Amphu Gyabjen, Cholatse and Tabuche which surround vast glaciers and turquoise lakes. This afternoon you can explore the village and perhaps visit one of the bakeries or cafes for refreshment.
Trekking: Approx. 2-3 hours / 3km
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: Teahouse

Day 9 (Sunday 21 November 2021):

Dingboche – Lobuche (4910m) 
We retrace our steps from yesterday’s acclimatisation up the wide valley beneath the impressive peaks of Cholatse and Tabuche but turn right and take a steep ascent towards the foot of the Khumbu Glacier. We stop to have lunch at Thukla (4620m), a small village surrounded by vast peaks before continuing on the trail towards the memorial, home to tributes to all those who have died in Nepal’s Himalaya. After some time to reflect, we continue following the Khumbu glacier up towards the cluster of houses at Lobuche where we stay for the night.
Trekking: Approx. 5-6 hours / 9km
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: Teahouse

Day 10 (Monday 22 November 2021):

Lobuche – Everest Base Camp (5364m) – Gorak Shep (5140m) 
Today we make our final journey to our goal, Everest Base Camp. Starting our trek just after dawn we continue to follow the ice pinnacles and crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier as it winds its way through the valley. After around 4 hours trekking we stop for an early lunch at Gorak Shep before making the final push to reach Base Camp, arriving a few hours later. After celebrations, group photographs and time to appreciate the stunning surroundings at Base Camp we return to Gorak Shep for a well-deserved rest!
Trekking: Approx. 8-9 hours / 10.5km
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: Teahouse

Day 11 (Tuesday 23 November 2021):

Gorak Shep – Kala Pattar (5545m) – Pheriche (4240m) 
The trek to the top of Kala Pattaris optional but it offers superb sunrise views of Everest (which you can’t see from Base Camp) and other vast peaks. If you wish to do this trek a 3am start is required to make it to the top for sunrise. For those trekking Kala Pattar, you will return to Gorak Shep in time to meet the rest of the team for breakfast before starting the descent to Pheriche, a small town you will have seen from across the valley in Dingboche when we stayed there on days 7and 8.
Trekking: Approx. 7-8 hours / 10km (+ extra 2km for Kala Pattar)
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: Teahouse

Day 12 (Wednesday 24 November 2021):

Pheriche – Kyangjuma (3550m)
Today’s trek is mostly downhill as we retrace our steps and descend to Kyangjuma, a village just outside of Namche. There are lots of places of interest along the way including a trekker’s health post, water driven prayer wheels and rhododendron forests.
Trekking: Approx. 5-6 hours / 10km
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: Teahouse

Day 13 (Thursday 25 November 2021):

Kyangjuma – Monjo (2840m) 
Today we continue on the trail to Namche and Monjo. We can take a small detour this morning to visit Khumjung (3780m) and Khunde (3840m), where you can visit the Edmund Hillary School and hospital, both still in use today, or the Monastery. We descend into Namche for lunch before making our way back to Monjo for the night.
Trekking: Approx. 4-5 hours / 8km
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: Teahouse

Day 14 (Friday 26 November 2021):

Monjo – Lukla (2843m) 
Today marks our final day of trekking as we follow the Dudh Kosi back to Lukla. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure and you may wish to visit one of the many bars, cafes and restaurants, or simply relax and reflect on your incredible achievement. Tonight you will enjoy a celebratory meal together and have a thank you and tip ceremony for the local guides and porters.
Trekking: Approx. 4 hours / 9km
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: Teahouse

Day 15 (Saturday 27 November 2021):

Lukla – Kathmandu
This morning we will depart Lukla on the earliest flight back to Kathmandu. We will arrive at the hotel just before lunch and you can enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. This evening we will enjoy a farewell meal in Kathmandu.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: Hotel

Day 16 (Sunday 28 November 2021):

Kathmandu – London
Transfer to the airport for the return flight to London. Dependent on flight schedules you may arrive back in the UK the next day.

N.B.The day-to-day program is subject to weather, general conditions and the progress of the group. While we do not anticipate any changes to the itinerary, we cannot be held responsible for changes made due to unexpected circumstances. Ultimately the safety and health of the group takes priority in all circumstances.

Costs & How to pay

Registration fee: £499 (may be payable in instalments)
and then either…

Sponsorship: £3700

or

Flexi: £850 trip costs and fundraise £2900 for Julia’s House Hospice

or


Self-funded: £2000 trip costs and fundraise as much as you can for Julia’s House Hospice

SPONSORSHIP

This option is for those who wish to raise sponsorship to cover both the costs of the trip (flights, accommodation, food, guides etc.) and a donation to Julia’s House. There is a minimum sponsorship amount for this tour that you are required to raise in order to participate.

  • A registration fee is payable at the time of booking.
  • The minimum sponsorship must be paid to the charity 12 weeks prior to departure.
  • The amount the charity receives is at least 50% of the minimum sponsorship total.

FLEXI

This option is for those who choose to pay some of the tour costs (flights, accommodation, food, guides etc.) themselves and a donation to Julia’s House. There is a minimum sponsorship amount for this tour that you are required to raise in order to participate.

  • A registration fee is payable at the time of booking.
  • The minimum sponsorship must be paid to the charity 12 weeks prior to departure.
  • Tour cost balance is payable to Different Travel eight weeks prior to departure.

SELF-FUNDED

This option is for those who choose to pay the tour costs (flights, accommodation, food, guides etc.) in full themselves and raise as much as you can for Julia’s House.

  • A registration fee is payable at the time of booking.
  • The donation must be paid to the charity 12 weeks prior to departure.
  • Tour cost balance is payable to Different Travel eight weeks prior to departure.

What's included

  • Return flights from the UK
  • Airport taxes and charges
  • Local transfers and transport
  • 3* hotel in Kathmandu (2 nights), teahouse accommodation on trek (12 nights)
  • English-speaking local guides
  • Porters and support crew
  • All meals as specified
  • Sagmartha National Park entrance fees and trek permits
  • Different Travel UK tour manager

What's not included

  • Any necessary vaccinations
  • Nepal visa
  • Drinking water (can be purchased locally or tap water purified)
  • Drinks, laundry and personal expenses
  • Spending money (tips and gratuities, souvenirs)
  • Transport to/from UK airports
  • Personal trek kit
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals other than those specified
  • Optional helicopter transfer in the event of poor weather conditions in or out of Lukla etc

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