Trek to Everest Base Camp

For Dementia Australia

Overview

Trek to Everest Base Camp on a trip of a lifetime whilst also helping to fund Dementia Australia.

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Taking part is simple:

  • Contact the Dementia Australia team by clicking here! (All payments for this trip are through Dementia Australia) 
  • Sign up with the Dementia Australia team and start dreaming of being surrounded by the planets highest mountains!
  • Book your flight and organise your travel insurance - the Dementia Australia team will be able to recommend times / dates & contacts.
  • Raise your funds with full support, hints and tips from the Dementia Australia team.
  • Pay your trip cost 6 weeks prior to departure
  • Join us in Kathmandu for an amazing trek to here....

Everest Base Camp trek
Above: Kala Pathar, looking back down along the Khumbu Glacier and the approach route to Everest Base Camp

Right now there are more than 321,000 Australians living with dementia, with this number set to rise to more than 1 million by 2050. The number of people under 65 being diagnosed with younger onset dementia is also growing at an alarming rate. This places a huge financial burden on the community and government, as the population ages and more and more people are being diagnosed. That’s why our work – and your support – is so important. Help us today by signing up to this bucket list challenge.

The seduction of a trek to Everest base camp has long been known to travellers, climbers and adventurers. Immersed in the peaceful world of Tibetan Buddhism, and framed by the majestic Himalayas, this Nepalese trek offers more than just a walking holiday; it is for many a pilgrimage to the bottom of the highest mountain in the world, in a remarkable country which will leave you with vivid memories of the people who live there.

Adventure Alternative have a long history with this region of Nepal and are in their third decade of running treks and climbs here, so rest assured you’re in excellent hands!

The total distance covered throughout the trek is approximately 92km. Every day the trek starts after breakfast at about 8.30am and there are many opportunities to stop and take photos, or have a cup of tea. The pace is slow and the itinerary allows for good acclimatisation and also rest days. At the start of the trek the distances are short but there are a few hills and once up higher the distances increase but the gradient is more consistent and even.

Kathmandu is at an approximate altitude of 1400m and the flight to Lukla will take you up to a height of 2866m.  With Everest Base Camp standing at 5360m and Kala Patthar at 5545m, the base camp trek gains a total of 2679 metres from Lukla and 4145 metres from Kathmandu.

This trek is achievable for any bush walker of any age! For a look at what kit you will need, check out our Trekking Guide to the Himalaya.

Full details and sign up information - click here!

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Dates & Bookings

Cost

Cost for Dementia Australia trek to Everest Base Camp

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Dementia Australia Everest Base Camp Trip Cost: $2,495 AUD 
Dementia Australia Fundraising Target $2,500
(Both amounts are paid to Dementia Australia)

Trip costs include:

  • Airport transfers
  • Internal flight to Lukla*
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu for 3 nights - twin/double rooms
  • Accommodation in lodges/tea houses (twin rooms with beds and mattresses)
  • Three meals per day during the trek, and a hot drink (e.g tea, coffee, juices)
  • Sagamartha National Park Fees
  • Sherpa guides (English speaking, trained in first aid)
  • Porters (max weight carried for you is 15kgs)
  • Staff food, insurance and equipment
  • Specialist Fundraising Support
  • Alzheimer’s Australia NSW Fundraising Kit
  • Alzheimer’s Australia NSW Fundraising Materials
  • Alzheimer’s Australia NSW T-shirt

Trip fee excludes:

  • International flight to Kathmandu
  • Meals and drinks in Kathmandu 
  • Personal costs like drinks, laundry, hot showers, bottled water 
  • Trip Insurance
  • Additional Porters if packs are overweight. £10/kg overweight/trekker
  • Visa (US$40 for 30 day visa)
  • Tips 
  • Sightseeing Tours

* Please note that it's necessary, in order to reach our trek start point of Lukla, to take a domestic flight from Kathmandu, which is an amazing experience and commonly gives you your first glimpse of Mt Everest. These flights ‘fly by sight’ so if there is cloud cover, or bad weather there can be delays. If necessary we can be flexible and adapt the itinerary to catch up on lost days, but if the planes can’t fly then there is little that we can do except wait. Occasionally the planes can’t fly but helicopters can, if you prefer this option we can organise it for you, but there would be a supplemental charge. This doesn’t happen very often but if your trek is very early, very late, or out of the main season you should consider possible impacts on delayed international flights.

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We run 14 day treks which gives a good time to acclimatise. Reducing the number of days may make the price cheaper but the chances of safely reaching base camp also greatly reduce. We follow established mountaineering principles of height gain on all treks to altitude. 

We include professional staff and porters. We do not operate kitties and we use a good hotel in Kathmandu with which we have built up a strong relationship over the years, or you have the option of staying in our own guesthouse. 

We have our own licensed company in Kathmandu, Adventure Alternative Nepal and full time staff to operate all our treks, climbs and tours in Nepal.

By coming with us you are also ensuring long term support to our own charity too, the Moving Mountains Trust, which Adventure Alternative donates staff time, expertise, equipment, logistics to alongside covering the costs of the Moving Mountains office.

Insurance for a trek to Everest Base Camp

As soon as you book you should purchase a policy which covers trekking to 5500m this will cover you should any unexpected events force you to cancel. Your policy should also include helicopter rescue in the event of an evacuation.

Itinerary and Dates

Itinerary for Dementia Australia Everest Base Camp Trek

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Everest Trek Dates: 21st October - 6th November 2018

Summary:

Days 1 & 2 : Arrival and preparation in Kathmandu
Days 3 - 11 : Fly to Lukla then trek up to Everest Base Camp
Days 12 - 15 : Trek back down from Everest Base Camp
Days 16 - 17 : Fly back down to Kathmandu & depart

DETAILED ITINERARY

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21st Oct 1400m None

Arrive into Kathmandu. You will be met by our staff at the airport and transferred to the Buddha hotel (B&B), Thamel. Depending on your arrival time you can relax or sight-see around Kathmandu.

Accommodation in Kathmandu (5)

22nd Oct 1400m None Rest day and acclimatisation to jetlag, sightseeing plus trek briefing, overnight at Hotel Buddha (B&B).
23rd Oct 2460m 45min flight 2hrs Trek

Flight to Lukla, walk downhill to Phakding or Jorsale along the edge of the Dudh Kosi River. Easy, busy path, surrounded by forest.

Lukla airstrip

24th Oct 3440m 5 - 6hrs

Uphill to Namche Bazaar which is the Sherpa 'capital' in the heart of the Khumbu region. Initially follow the valley to Monjo where you enter the National Park, then cross the river a few times and start a long unrelenting path uphill, with one spectacular bridge spanning a deep gorge. Leave the coniferous forest behind, and arrive at a huge natural amphitheatre with the houses spread around the sides.

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25th Oct 3440m n/a This is an acclimtisation day which you can rest or enjoy the sights and sounds of Namche. You can also go for short walks to the Sherpa museum and other local places of interest.
26th Oct 3850m 6hrs Walk to Deboche which is near the famous Thyangboche Monastery. The path out of Namche is initially steep and then opens out into a high valley, passing through villages like Pangboche before negotiating two steep hills. After this it is a short walk to the beautiful rhododendron glade where you will find the lodge.
27th Oct 4252m 5hrs A gradual gradient up to Dingboche. The path skirts the side of the valley with the river far below on your right and passing beneath the spectacular Ama Dablam. The village sits on the confluence of two valleys and is good farming land.
28th Oct 4252m n/a

This is another rest and acclimatisation day. In the neighbouring village of Pheriche it is important to visit the Himalayan Rescue Association to listen to the daily lecture on high altitude health, and get a check from the medical staff.

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29th Oct 4920m 5hrs Trek up the high valley to Lobuche which is alongside the huge Khumbu Glacier. You can now easily feel the effects of the thin air as the hike takes us up to the Thukla Hills where there are many stupas erected in memory of Sherpas who have died on expeditions.
30th Oct 5200m 4hrs

Hike on the glacial moraine to the final settlement of Gorak Shep. The views here are spectacular; Nuptse dominates the other side of the valley, behind which the black triangular peak of Everest is just visible. The giant wall of ice ahead is the border with Tibet. Gorak Shep is the last outpost, a small collection of huts just below a shoulder of Mount Pumori called Kala Patthar which is our destination the day after tomorrow as a fine viewing point for Everest.

If the group are doing well then it's possible to visit Everest Base Camp on this day too. If we do, then we can trek up to the summit of Kala Patthar the following morning, which reduces our time sleeping at high altitude and it'll give us an extra day lower down to relax. It can also be used as a bad weather day in case it affects the internal flights. The rest of the itinerary below assumes that we don't visit base camp on the 30th Oct.

Everest Base Camp - Gorak Shep

31st Oct 5360m 6hrs

Trek to Everest Base Camp along the lateral moraine and finally over the Khumbu glacier itself. Arriving at the small tented city where climbers congregate to climb the mountain is a surreal experience. There is a network of paths between the different expeditions' camps and a chance to have a chat with people. Visit the Himalayan Rescue Association, which does an amazing job of looking after climbers.

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1st Nov

High point 5540m drop to 4920m 2 + 3hrs

Early morning climb to the summit of Kala Patthar (5540m) to see sun rise behind the peak of Everest. This is a tough walk in the cold and not to be underestimated. Take warm clothing. Back at the lodge for breakfast and a walk back to Lobuje and further if the team wishes.

Everest Base Camp - Kala Patthar

2nd, 3rd & 4th Nov 4920m down to 2850m ~6hrs a day Over three days a descent via Namche Bazaar all the way to Lukla with various options for accommodation. It is possible to stay in different villages, for example Pheriche, Khumjung, Monjo, but the route is the same as the way up.
5th Nov 1400m 45mins

Lukla flight to arrive in Kathmandu in the morning and transfer to Hotel Buddha. Rest and sightseeing.

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6th Nov n/a n/a Depart Kathmandu.

The trek to Everest is a 14 day journey going up and back along the same path from the starting point in Lukla. The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla takes 45 minutes. The trek is ten days uphill, which includes two full days rest and acclimatisation, to the last settlement of Gorak Shep. After two days (as mentioned above it is possible to reduce this to one) visiting Everest Base Camp and climbing to the high point of Kala Patthar (for dawn views of the sun rising behind the summit of Everest), the descent is in three days.

The start dates refer to the arrival date in Kathmandu and the end date refers to the earliest you can book your return flight home for. However you are welcome to arrive earlier or stay on at the end, and stay in our guesthouse in order to spend more time sightseeing in Kathmandu.

Fitness and Terrain

EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK - FITNESS AND TERRAIN

The Everest Base Camp trek is a well trodden path all the way, although it can be rocky and uneven in parts. It is not precipitous and there is no rock climbing or ‘mountaineering’ which requires equipment. It is a walk all the way to Everest, although some of the hills can be steep and never-ending! 

You will meet many people along the way, and also yaks. There is only one rule of the road when meeting an oncoming yak, and that is to always ensure you step to one side, towards the inside of the trail. 

Poles are useful but not necessary, depending on whether you have problems with knees and if you have a personal preference for using them. Higher up, the open slopes and moraine may give you added reassurance with a pole, but again the path is quite easy to follow. 

The final section to Everest Base Camp, on the Khumbu glacier itself, is not difficult but occasionally slippery underfoot. The ice is covered in dirt and stones, so it is not like being on a skating rink. 

Lightweight hiking boots with a high ankle are recommended for the base camp trek, to protect you against possibly going over on an ankle, but heavy boots will be hot and heavy and cumbersome. Cross trainers are popular, but cold in the morning up high.

ACCOMMODATION ON THE EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK

Accommodation will be in comfortable lodges and tea houses run by Sherpa families, unless people specify a preference for tents. Each lodge has a central communal area with stove, while the bedrooms are unheated with two beds and mattresses and pillows. You will need to bring a sleeping bag (3 season is normally enough), and the lodge will lend you a blanket if you ask. 
The lodges generally have showers which are powered by gas and they use ‘drop’ toilets (in Namche Bazaar they are generally flush systems now). 

Sometimes we use tents which are two person mountain tents, and we will provide foam mattresses. The tents are pitched close by the lodge and eating is done indoors.

EXPERIENCE FOR THE EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK

The Everest trek is not a forced march and the pace is always slow, the days generally being shorter than a day hike at home. 

We do recommend that you embark on a good fitness programme prior to your trip though, and one that builds up general stamina and specific leg muscle groups. There is nothing like hiking with a rucksack to train for Everest Base Camp, so the best advice is to get out into the hills as often as you can. You are likely to carry about 5 kilos in your day sack so this is a good weight to work with. 

If you are going to be using the gym then concentrate on step machines which work on the thigh and calf muscles, and try to build your heart rate up to 50% above resting rate. Any cardiovascular activity is good, but remember that swimming will not train the correct muscle groups so it must be added to other exercises to be effective. Exercise groups like bodypump, Pilates and aerobic are all excellent preparation for a trek like this, especially those which work on core strength, balance and stability.

Adventure Alternative support

The porters will carry your main bag up to a maximum weight of 15 kgs and cater for all the group needs, including assisting you if you need to go back down the valley. Unless specifically tenting, all accommodation is in lodges or teahouses which are very well equipped, warm and sociable.

We run our Everest Base Camp treks from a permanently staffed office in Kathmandu and our dedicated team provide an excellent service. As well as Pasang, our other guides include Geljun Sherpa from Bupsa, Tsering Sherpa and Lopsang Sherpa.

All of the guides have been employed for over ten years with us, and they have been trained to our high standards personally by Director and high altitude climber Gavin Bate. They know how to deal with medical emergencies and speak good English. They are very attentive and after so many years have a good understanding of western needs.

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