Everest Base Camp Charity Trek
Everest Base Camp (5,364m/17,598ft) is one of the most popular and visually rewarding treks around the globe and an immense challenge for even the most experienced of trekkers. What better way to do it than for a great charity.
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Trekking to Everest Base Camp is an epic adventure and what better way to do it than for a great charity. The trek, all the way from Lukla Airport to Everest Base Camp isn’t about what to explore, but how much you can explore. This little world of mountains offers splendid views of some of the tallest peaks in the world, including Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu and Cho Oyu. Whilst looking at the diverse flora and fauna in the Sagarmartha National Park you can also experience the unique culture, tradition, rituals and the lifestyle of the Sherpa people.
A well developed trekking trail, offering plenty of great accommodation facilities with the special Sherpa hospitality making you feel well looked after. This trek however is a serious and difficult challenge and upon reaching the end goal of Everest Base camp, it will be an emotional and satisfying time. Take it all in and savor the moment.
The trek winds through the Khumbu region reaching the base of Mt Everest whilst offering trekkers a chance to climb to Kala Patthar which stands at a height of 5545 meters. All of this makes the Everest Base Camp Charity Trek a perfect getaway and a dream experience for the most avid of trekkers around the globe.
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The 15 Days Everest Base Camp Charity trek is a full board package which includes all meals and accommodation during the trek with bed and breakfast being included in Kathmandu. You will have a Leader from the UK and we will also provide an English speaking Nepalese guide and porter to carry your gear. This package also includes a day tour of a UNESCO World heritage site in Kathmandu exploring the city before heading off into the mountains.
The trip starts with a 30-35 minute flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. From there, the journey takes you through mountain valleys, passing through Sherpa Villages until you reach the base of the highest mountain in the world, Mt Everest.
Join us on the Everest Base Camp trek
- Your trip leader will be Andy Moore, Co-Founder of Bucket List Adventure Travel
- Our Team in Nepal have been guiding to Everest since 2001. In the spring season, you can meet climbers at base camp.
- Help a great cause whilst ticking something off your Bucket List
- Our Everest Base Camp trek includes 2 rest days, giving you more time to acclimatise
- You stay in comfortable lodges (or “Tea Houses”) rather than camping
3 nights accommodation in the fantastic Aspara Boutique Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
We take special care of our porters & guides. They are probably the best equipped in Nepal.
- Your kit bag is carried for you, so you only need carry a day pack
- Prices include all permits
- You can take advantage of our free duffel bag, down jacket and sleeping bag for the trek.
The Everest Base Camp Charity Trek is suitable for keen walkers/trekkers who are able to walk for 4 – 5 hours in a day, with a light rucksack.
We can forward a detailed equipment list upon booking. However you can also view our Recommended Equipment for this trip »
Over the years, we have gained an incredible amount of experience and expertise in outdoor equipment and clothing. We have applied this to each trip that we offer and recommend what we believe to be the most suitable items for your trip
- Airport Pick-up and Drop-off service in a private vehicle
- 3 nights accommodation in the excellent Apsara Boutique Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
- Full day guided city tour in a private vehicle
- Welcome and farewell dinner at one of the best Nepalese restaurants with traditional, ethnic music and dance
- Airport transfer for domestic flight
- Trekking permit and TIMS permit
- Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight tickets
- All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
- All accommodation whilst on trek (Lodge/Tea house) or Tent on request
- Fresh fruit after dinner
- Tea/Coffee & purified water on trek
- Government licensed and well trained English speaking guide and his entire expenses
- Porters (One porter for each 2 members) and his entire expenses
- Insurance of Guide and Porter
- All required local and government taxes
- Down jackets, duffel bag and sleeping bag (if required)
- Bucket List Challenge T-Shirt
- Full back-up support including first-aid qualified staff and first-aid supplies
- All challenge management before, during and post event
- International flights to Kathmandu
- Nepal arrival Visa
- Meals in the city except breakfast and other mentioned special dinner
- Personal expenses including mineral water, and alcoholic drinks and beverages
- Monument entrance fees
- Your travel insurance that covers Helicopter evacuation
- Any other extended trips and accommodation
Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
We welcome you to Nepal. Upon your arrival to Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), you will be greeted by one of our company representatives who will further escort you to the hotel. Later that day (if possible) or the following day, a meeting is scheduled at our head office to brief you the details of your upcoming trek. Here, you will also be introduced to your trekking guides and Sherpas. If your flight arrives on time, we will also take you to one of the most popular local restaurants where you can enjoy Nepali food along with cultural music and ethnic dance. On request, this scheduled dinner can also be postponed to the following day (as per your convenience). Meals included: Dinner (Highlights of the day: Nepali food, Cultural music and Ethnic dance.)
Day 02: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing and trek preparation (1,300m/4,264ft)
The capital, Kathmandu valley itself, is a big storehouse of exclusive natural, cultural and historical sites. Therefore, today, we take you on a few hour tours to the major attractions of Kathmandu valley. After spending a few hours observing these wonderful sites, we again meet for a few hours to finalize your clothing and trekking gears (down jacket, trekking boots, sleeping bags etc.) required during the trek. The night will be spent at a hotel in Kathmandu. Meals included: Breakfast (Highlights of the day: World Heritage sites like Kathmandu Durbar Square (a historical structure offering architectural wonders), the Pashupatinath temple (a Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva- lord possessing the power of destruction), Swyambhunath and Boudhanath (a Buddhist shrine dedicated to Lord Buddha- Light of Asia. Optional site:Another World Heritage site ‘Patan Durbar Square’ along with other historical masterpieces like Mahabouddha Temple, Krishna Temple, Golden Temple and Kumbeshwor Temple.)
Day 03: Kathmandu-Lukla-Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft) (30-35 minute flight and 4 hours walk)
Early in the morning, we will be escorted to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport to board our flight to Lukla (2,800m). It will approximately take 30-35 min to reach Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla. Sit back and enjoy the views over the Himalayas. On reaching Lukla Airport, you will be introduced to other trekking members awaiting your arrival and this is followed by breakfast at the lodge. Here, the luggage is prepared for the Porters. Shortly after this, a walk towards Bhaisekharka begins through the stone paved trails where you make your way through numerous prayer rocks while enjoying the flourishing village of Lukla. Here you can capture some of the most beautiful rural scenery on the entire trek. This first and short hike is specifically designed for the purpose of acclimatisation. However, on reaching Phakding also known as the lodge-city, you can freshen up and take a trip to the nearby Monastery (on the west side of the river and half-a-hour from the main part of Phakding. This night will be spent in one of the lodges in Phakding. Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner (Highlights of the day: Wonderful aerial view of the terrain from the plane, colorful Lukla village, ‘Mani’ prayer rocks, Phakding village and ‘Gompas’ monasteries, downhill and flat trail)
”Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft),(5-6 hours walk)
After having breakfast at your lodge in Phakding, the trail leads you towards the first suspension bridge of the trek and easy uphill through the settlement of Zapute, Toktok, Benkar, Chumoa to Monju, which is also a gateway to Sagarmatha National Park. Between Phakding and Monju you can enjoy small tea houses and shops. After short National Park formalities at the entrance to the park, the trail drops steeply to the long suspension bridge built across the Dudh Koshi River. We further cross another suspension bridge and continue the walk to the high Hillary Bridge at the bottom of the hill. After the bridge, the trail leads you uphill to Namche Bazaar- a gateway to Mt. Everest. This uphill trail will give you the first great view of Mt. Everest that is hidden behind Lhotse-Nuptse and other peaks like Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Kusum Khangru. The night will be spent in a lodge in Namche Bazaar.
Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
(Highlights of the day: small settlements like Zapute, Toktok, Benkar, Chumoa and Monju, Sagarmatha National Park, small tea houses and shops, suspension bridges, steep trail, Namche Bazaar and the very first view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Mt. Kusum Khangru.)
Day 05:Namche Bazaar- a day for acclimatisation
This is the first day of two days set aside for acclimatization. Namche is an essential acclimatisation stop. It is recommended to stay active than idle. For this you will either be taken to Thame, which is an old Sherpa village or another good option Khumjung/Khunde/Khongde village which further aids acclimatization while allowing you to enjoy the views of Mt. Everest and surrounding snow-capped peaks along with Sherpa culture. You will also have enough time to visit the National Park head office, Museum and monastery or you can simply spend your time enjoying cafés, shops, bakeries and restaurants at Namche Bazaar, Namche Bazaar is also considered as the main center of Everest region as it features other important services like post office, modern dental clinic, hospital and government health post and good electricity, high speed internet access and water supply. This night will also be spent in a lodge in Namche Bazaar. Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner (Highlights of the day: Thame-an old Sherpa village, Khumjung/Khunde/Khongde, National Park Head office, Museum, monasteries, cafes, bakeries, shops, restaurants, post office, hospital, government health post, 24 hour electricity and water supply and high speed internet access)
Day 06:Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,867m/12,684ft) / 5 hours walk
After having breakfast at the lodge in Namche Bazaar, we follow the trail that leads short up towards the ridge and an easy way to Kyamjuma then descends slightly to Dudhkoshi at 3250m. This trail is accompanied by the splendid view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Ama Dablam and a very close up view of Thamserku. Between Kyangjuma and Sanasa is virtually the only birch/rhododendron forest of the trek to Lobuche. This trail also gives you an opportunity to spot wildlife musk deer, multi-colored pheasants and a herd of Himalayan Thar. The trail then reaches Sansa, which is a major trail junction to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp. After that a steep ascent will bring you to the famous Tengboche monastery. The night will be spent in a lodge in Tengboche. Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner (Highlights of the day: The Dudh Khoshi River, spectacular view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam and Mt. Themserku, Rhododendron forest, animals and birds like musk deer, multi-colored pheasant and Thar, and Tengboche – the largest Gompa in the Khumbu region.)
07:Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4,358m/14,295ft)/5-6 hours walk
Our usual day journey is started from Tengboche. We hike half an hour down to the riverside through lush forest, across the river and take a gradual climb up to the valley’s highest year round settlement of Pangboche (3,860m/12,664ft). Here you can spot several Chortens and Mani walls and small villages as well. You can also get a close of view of Mt. Ama Dablam. In the afternoon we continue ascending to Pheriche from where a fairly moderate walk leads us to Imja Valley. Here, on climbing the last and steepest climb of the day, we finally reach Dingboche. The night is spent in a lodge in Dingboche. Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner (Highlights of the day: Lush forest, steep climbs, and magnificent Chortens and Mani walls.)
Day 08: 2nd Acclimatisation Day of the trek – Dingboche (4,360m/14,300ft)
After a refreshing breakfast, you can climb the ridge on the north behind the village to appreciate the magnificent view of Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Lhotse and numerous other peaks that are visible from Dingboche. The vantage point on the ridge also gives you a chance to observe Imja Khola Valley and the charming fields and pastures of Dingboche. Or, you can simply spend your d
Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
(Highlights of the day: Dingboche-summer settlement, view of Mt. Lhotse and Mt Amadablam and Imja River from the ridge on the north of the village, Kilometers of stone walls covering the Imja valley, internet cafes and world’s highest Billiard Hall.
”Day 09: Trek to Lobuche (4,928m/16,164ft)/5 hours walk
Shortly after breakfast, the trail starts with a climb to Dughla through the Khumbu Khola valley. On reaching Dusa, the valley begins to narrow down. We then continue through Phulong Karpo. During the walk you can enjoy Chola Lake and a majestic view of Mt. Pumori (7,138m/23,418ft) which disappears as the trail descends and curves as we come across a roaring stream. On crossing a small wooden bridge the trail ascends to Dughla. From here, we climb up the steep terminal of the Khumbu Glacier, which offers memorials of Sherpa who perished on the glacier of Mt. Everest. You can also spot other great peaks like Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal. On leaving Khumbu Glacier behind the train gently climbs up to the Lobuche. The night is spent in Lobuche.
Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
(Highlights of the day: The view of Chola Lake along with Mt. Pumori, memorials of Sherpas that perished on the glacier of Mt. Everest at Khumbu glacier, view of other peaks like Khumbutse, Lingtren, and Mahalangur Himal.)
Day 10: Trek to Gorak Shep-Everest Base Camp- Gorak Shep (5,320/17,450EBC) /(5,160m/16,929 Gorekshep)/7-8 hours
The trail continues to climb to Gorak Shep where we check in to Mt. Lodge, have lunch and again start to climb up to Everest Base Camp. Having passed the pyramid sign, we can now spot the crest of the north ridge of Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mt Mahalangur, Mt. Lingtern, Mt Khumbutse, Mt. Nuptse and son on. Just a small ascent from here leads you to 360 degree vista of the amazing snowy mountains. A steep climb up to the top through the torrent of Changri Glacier gives you a glimpse of Kala Pattar. Walking through rocky and glacial trails finally leads to the Everest Base Camp (5,357m/17,575ft). After reaching the target of Everest Base Camp you will return to Gorekshep (5,160m/16,929ft) for overnight stay. Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner (Highlights of the day: North ridge of Everest along with 360 degree vista of snowy mountains like Mt. Pumori, Mt. Mahalangur, Mt. Lingtern, Mt. Khumbutse, Mt. Nuptse, glimpse of Kala Pattar, rocky and glacial trail and the Everest Base Camp.)
Day 11:Hike to Kala Pattar-Pheriche (5,550m/18,204ft Kala Pattar)/ (4,358m/14,295ft Pheriche)/7-8 hours walk
It’s a day to take a dark hike to the Kala Pattar. So, we start early in the morning. After walking upwards for a couple of hours you will reach a famous viewing point of Kala Pattar (Black Rock at 5,545m/18,192ft.),that offers the best views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Pumori and Ama Dablam. The view grows golden with the first light of the day which gradually changes back to its original color. We spend some time here appreciating and taking the snaps of the breathtaking snowcapped peaks. Then we hike back to Gorekshep, have breakfast and retrace to Pheriche for overnight stay. Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner (Highlights of the day: Sunrise, view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Pumori and Ama Dablam from the best view point of Khumbu region ‘Kala Pattar’)
Day 12:Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,400m/11,283ft)/7-8 hours walk
After having a hot breakfast at the lodge, the trail drops easy downhill till Pangboche village. Then, the trail drops to the riverside to cross the bridge over Imja Khola and continues to climb up to Tengboche. A steep descent form Tengboche now leads you to the DudhKoshi River. We cross the first bridge over the DudhKhoshi River on our return trip inPhunkiTenga and having passed the village of Tashinga and Sansa, we reach Kyangjuma. Namche bazaar is an easy walk from here. The night will be spent here so that you can enjoy a hot shower, and relax in restaurants, cafes and bakeries. Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner (Highlights of the day: Villages like Pangboche, Tengboche, Tashinga, Sansa, Khumjung and Namche bazaar, suspension bridges, vertical descent, view of Imja Khola and modern facilities like restaurants, cafes and bakeries at Namche bazaar.)
Day 13:Trek to Lukla (2,652m/8,700ft)/7-8 hours walk
After taking a quick breakfast, the trail drops from Namche Hill to the suspension bridge crossing the DudhKoshi River near the confluence of DudhKoshi and Dodh Koshi rivers. Then we reach Monjo. After some formalities at the check post of National park at Monjo the walk continues to Phakding for lunch. Since this is the last day of your trek we continue our walk to Lukla.Also, most of the tracks are flat which allows you to enjoy open plains, rhododendrons and pine forests, Sherpa village, prayer stones, and flapping prayer flags with very less effort. On reaching Lukla you will be loaded with memories made during the past few days. On reaching Lukla you can opt for some alone time, or spend your time with other crew members. Overnight stay at the lodge.
Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
(Highlights of the day: Flat trail, open plains, Rhododendrons and Pine forest, Sherpa villages, prayer stones, and flapping prayer flags.)
Day 14: Fly back to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
Normally flights are always in the morning. You will have plenty of time to enjoy your breakfast while the guide takes care of airport formalities. Your luggage will be taken to the airport by Sherpas and porters. Once the flight arrives, you can directly get into the plane and fly back to Kathmandu enjoy 30 minutes scenic flight. On your arrival to the airport at Kathmandu, a private vehicle will be awaiting to escort you to your hotel. Meals included: Breakfast/Dinner (Highlights of the day: Wonderful aerial view of the terrain from the plane, tourist standard hotel)
Day 15:Farewell Day
This is the last day of your trip and with us. If you are looking to extend your stay, we can make the necessary arrangements. However, if you have booked the ticket for the same day, then, one of our company representatives will assist you to get to the airport as per your flight departure time. If your flight is late in the evening, then you can also go for last minute shopping to collect some souvenirs for your friends and family members.
Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is adventure travel in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it! Weather conditions, availability of porters and the health of team members can all contribute to changes. The guides and their Sherpa assistants will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if necessary.
Accommodation in Kathmandu is at the Apsara Boutique Hotel. This friendly and very spacious hotel lies in the center of trekking city aka Thamel! There is a relaxing spa attached to the hotel to unwind and relax and is perfect for a post trek massage
Along the trek you will stay in comfortable lodges and Tea houses. These do change depending on the time of year you visit but all are on a twin sharing basis unless stated.