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Climb for Compassion / Everest Base Camp 18 Day - from $2950

Charity Trek and Village Project Community Development Work

 

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Overview

27th August- 13th of September

Steve Alberts is the Project leader for our Climb for Compassion trek. Steve travels the world working in the entertainment industry and leads a life of Compassion and loving kindness. Steve is an inspiration to all who meet him.

This father of 5 fell in love with Nepal and its people 7 years ago when he helped co-found a successful charity that took kids off the street of Thamel and gave them a home and love.

Since the earthquake with the help of several charities and a lot of friends, they have managed to build houses, schools, roads, toilets, water projects, school bag gifting and many more acts of compassion to help remote Nepalese villages get back on their feet.

This is a bucket list and Compassion trip where trekking to Everest base camp will conclude with a visit to the remote village of Pritti in Ramechaap where the team will meet with the villagers and decide how they will spend the money they have raised. Several projects will need funding and you get to decide on what project you want to fund. Steve promises that “every cent raised will go to the delivery of these projects as we have done in the past.”

Highlights

  • Trekking to Everest Base Camp
  • Buddhist villages
  • Himalayan Mountains peaks
  • Visiting local school
  • Priti Village
  • Nepal village life
  • community Work
  • Farming culture
  • Meeting locals
  • Real Nepal Adventure
  • Day 1: 27th of August: Arrival in Kathmandu
  • Day 2: 28th of August: Kathmandu Introduction and Exploration.
  • Day 3: 29th of August: DAY 3: LUKLA to PHAKDING
  • DAY 4: 30th of August:  PHAKDING to NAMCHE
  • DAY 5: 31st of August: TIME TO ACCLIMATIZE in NAMCHE
  • DAY 6: 1st of September: NAMCHE to PHORTSE
  • DAY 7: 2nd of September: PHORTSE to DINGBOCHE
  • DAY 8: 3rd of September: MORE TIME TO ACCLIMATIZE IN DINGBOCHE
  •    DAY 9: 4thof Septmeber: DINGBOCHE to LOBUCHE
  • DAY 10: 5th of Septemnber: LOBUCHE to EVEREST BASE CAMP to GORAK SHEP
  • DAY 11: 6th of September: GORAK SHEP to KALA PATHAR to PHERICHE
  • DAY 12: 7th of September: PHERICHE to NAMCHE
  • DAY 13: 8th of September: NAMCHE to PHAKDING
  • DAY 14: 9th of September: PHAKDING to LUKLA
  • Day 15: 10th of September: LUKLA - RAMECHAAP – PRITTI VILLAGE
  • Day 16: 11th of September: Pritti Village.
  • Day 17: 12th of September: Pritti Village to Kathmandu
  • Day 18: 13th of September: Departure
  • Day 1: 27th of August: Arrival in Kathmandu
  • Day 2: 28th of August: Kathmandu Introduction and Exploration.
  • Day 3: 29th of August: DAY 3: LUKLA to PHAKDING
  • DAY 4: 30th of August:  PHAKDING to NAMCHE
  • DAY 5: 31st of August: TIME TO ACCLIMATIZE in NAMCHE
  • DAY 6: 1st of September: NAMCHE to PHORTSE
  • DAY 7: 2nd of September: PHORTSE to DINGBOCHE
  • DAY 8: 3rd of September: MORE TIME TO ACCLIMATIZE IN DINGBOCHE
  •    DAY 9: 4thof Septmeber: DINGBOCHE to LOBUCHE
  • DAY 10: 5th of Septemnber: LOBUCHE to EVEREST BASE CAMP to GORAK SHEP
  • DAY 11: 6th of September: GORAK SHEP to KALA PATHAR to PHERICHE
  • DAY 12: 7th of September: PHERICHE to NAMCHE
  • DAY 13: 8th of September: NAMCHE to PHAKDING
  • DAY 14: 9th of September: PHAKDING to LUKLA
  • Day 15: 10th of September: LUKLA - RAMECHAAP – PRITTI VILLAGE
  • Day 16: 11th of September: Pritti Village.
  • Day 17: 12th of September: Pritti Village to Kathmandu
  • Day 18: 13th of September: Departure

Itinerary

Day 1: 27th of August: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 1: 27th of August: Arrival in Kathmandu

You’ll be greeted with a warm Nepalese welcome at the Kathmandu Airport (KTM) by a local Take on Nepal member who will bring you to our hotel in the heart of the city. In the evening, we’ll gather for a traditional Nepalese welcome dinner where we’ll meet one another and get briefed on the magnificent trek that lies before us!

Included: Dinner

Day 2: 28th of August: Kathmandu Introduction and Exploration.

Day 2: 28th of August: Kathmandu Introduction and Exploration.

After breakfast and introductions, you’ll be guided to the famous Buddhist Swayambunath Temple in Kathmandu. This temple attracts Buddhists and tourists from around the world. The view of Kathmandu valley from the top of the temple is stunning. You will then enjoy a local lunch at a typical Nepali restaurant. The time after lunch is allocated for purchasing items for your trek to Everest Base Camp.

The group will come together in the evening, to enjoy a traditional Nepali dinner, after which you will have the opportunity to discuss any concerns and will be briefed on the following day’s plans.

Included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Day 3: 29th of August: DAY 3: LUKLA to PHAKDING

Day 3: 29th of August: DAY 3: LUKLA to PHAKDING

 Elevation: 2,800 – 2,655 m

Distance: 9 km

Early in the morning you’ll take an exhilarating flight to Lukla airport, this flight will provide you with awe inspiring views of the terraced landscape and river valleys below, also of the Himalayan peaks which will become your constant companions over the coming days. After you arrive, your trek begins straight away with a lovely, gentle walk to Phakding. Words cannot describe the feeling you will have when you are there, be prepared to be overwhelmed!

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4: 30th of August:  PHAKDING to NAMCHE

DAY 4: 30th of August: PHAKDING to NAMCHE

 Elevation: 2,655 – 3,445 m

Distance: 12 km

Today the real trekking begins as you walk through stunning forests filled with rhododendron, you will also be waking alongside a river named in Nepali as the “milky river” due to its milky colour from the flow of melting of the ice. A highlight of your day will be crossing the famous “yak bridge”, the highest suspension bridge in the world, this is an experience to remember! The days trek ends at Namche Bazaar, Namche Bazaar is incredible, a trading town, the hub of the Everest region right there in the foothills of Mount Everest. It’s like something out of a movie!

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5: 31st of August: TIME TO ACCLIMATIZE in NAMCHE

DAY 5: 31st of August: TIME TO ACCLIMATIZE in NAMCHE

Elevation: 3,445 – 3,880 – 3,445 m

Distance: 4 -5 km ( 3 to 4 hours hike up and back)

Today is all about acclimatizing! After breakfast, we’ll take a short but relatively steep hike up to the Everest View Hotel for a well earned cup of tea, the Everest View Hotel made it to the Guinness Book of Records for being the highest hotel in the world! On a clear day you will have spectacular views of Ama Dablam or Mother’s Necklace, and the mighty Mount Everest! You’ll have the rest of afternoon free to enjoy the beauty of the traditional mountain village of Namche and the hospitality of the local Sherpa people!

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6: 1st of September: NAMCHE to PHORTSE

DAY 6: 1st of September: NAMCHE to PHORTSE

Elevation: 3,445 – 3,840 m

Distance: 10.5 km

Today is a special day as you’ll veer off the beaten track and away from the hustle and bustle of the trails as we make our way to the beautiful, traditional village of Phortse. On your way to Phortse you will walk through pine forests, past stupas, and give us breathtaking views of some of the Himalaya’s highest peaks. In Phorste you can learn about the lives of the Sherpa people, many Everest summiteers live in Phortse and it is also home to the oldest monastery in the Khumbu region and to the remains of a yeti.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7: 2nd of September: PHORTSE to DINGBOCHE

DAY 7: 2nd of September: PHORTSE to DINGBOCHE

Elevation: 3,840 – 4,440 m

Distance: 8-9 km

Today you will notice the landscape change dramatically around us as we trek through mossy forests, cross the Imja River, past more intricate Buddhist Mani stones, and climb upwards to Dingboche. You will feel so close to the Himalayas here with Ama Dablam looking down upon you as you trekThis is around the time in our journey where you might begin to feel the effects of the altitude but that’s normal and our guides will be looking out for you, making sure that you are staying hydrated.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8: 3rd of September: MORE TIME TO ACCLIMATIZE IN DINGBOCHE

DAY 8: 3rd of September: MORE TIME TO ACCLIMATIZE IN DINGBOCHE

Elevation: 4,440 – 4,730 m – 4,440m

Distance: 5 – 6 km (4 to 5 hours hike up and back)

Today we’ll help up our bodies further acclimatize to the altitude by hiking high and sleeping low – an important part of being a safe and smart trekker! We’ll walk up the mountain ridge that towers over Dingboche with the option of continuing your upward ascent to climb a small peak, taking breaks along the way at stupas with a view, before descending back into Dingboche for a relaxing afternoon.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

   DAY 9: 4thof Septmeber: DINGBOCHE to LOBUCHE

DAY 9: 4thof Septmeber: DINGBOCHE to LOBUCHE

 Elevation: 4,440 – 4,900 m

Distance: 12 km

After breakfast, we’ll continue our ascent towards the world’s highest glacier, Khumbu, and the village of Lobuche. It’s a difficult day as you will be ascending and feeling the altitude. A memorable part of your day will be the our stop at Khagan Chorten, a beautiful cemetery and spiritual Buddhist site that remembers those who have lost their lives on Everest. Today it is important to walk slow, take plenty of rests and drink a lot of water.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10: 5th of Septemnber: LOBUCHE to EVEREST BASE CAMP to GORAK SHEP

DAY 10: 5th of Septemnber: LOBUCHE to EVEREST BASE CAMP to GORAK SHEP

Elevation: 4,900 – 5,380 – 5,125 m

Distance: 15 km

We’ll start the day heading upwards with a challenging ascent to the village of Gorak Shep for lunch and breathtaking views of the magnificent Mount Pumori. After lunch, we’ll walk along the famous Khumbu Glacier to Everest Base Camp (5380m), where climbers spend over a month acclimatizing and preparing for their summit attempt of the one and only Mount Everest! From Base Camp, we’ll enjoy a breathtaking view of the Khumbu Icefall, the seasonal tent village that is Base Camp before descending back down to Gorak Shep for the evening. It was be diffiicult for you to sleep tonight but things will become easier tomorrow as we head down.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11: 6th of September: GORAK SHEP to KALA PATHAR to PHERICHE

DAY 11: 6th of September: GORAK SHEP to KALA PATHAR to PHERICHE

Elevation: 5,160 – 5,555 – 4,370 m

Distance: 13 km

The high altitude and cold temperatures make this early morning one of the toughest parts of our trek but this mornings trek really is worth getting up for! We’ll trek up to the highest point of our journey, Kala Pathar (5555m), for stunning, unobstructed, 360 views of the highest Himalayan peaks in the morning light. Afterwards you will return for breakfast in Gorak Shep before beginning the decent through the valley, past yaks and rivers to the village of Pheriche. Pheriche is home to the medical medical post used by the Himalayan peak climbers.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12: 7th of September: PHERICHE to NAMCHE

DAY 12: 7th of September: PHERICHE to NAMCHE

Elevation: 4,370 – 3,445 m

Distance: 22 km (be prepared for long day of walk)

Today we’ll start our big day of trekking early, compared to what you have been though the day will feel relatively easy as you descend all the way down to Namche to Deboche. It’s interesting to be getting the reverse views of trails we took from Lukla days ago, many people find it more enjoyable as you don’t have to contend with the uphill and adjustment to altitude. You’ll find that even on day 10 of our trek, you’ll never tire of the surroundings, and will still be awestruck and surprised by the beauty that is the Himalayas!

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13: 8th of September: NAMCHE to PHAKDING

DAY 13: 8th of September: NAMCHE to PHAKDING

Elevation: 3,735 – 2,655 m

Distance: 12 km

It’s a relatively easy day today which means that you can enjoy explore the village of Namche before we set off on the trail to Phakding. We’ll arrive early enough which will allow you the afternoon free to relax, do some shopping in the village, or grab a beer a well deserved beer at your lodge or in the village! It’s time to relax and unwind now as you have only 1 short day of trekking left!

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14: 9th of September: PHAKDING to LUKLA

DAY 14: 9th of September: PHAKDING to LUKLA

Elevation: 2,655 – 2,800 m

Distance: 12 km

Today we’ll continue making our way up and down to Lukla for our final night (tear) in the Everest region. In the evening we’ll have our celebratory dinner to reflect and toast to the incredible experience and achievements we shared with your Take on Nepal team and your group members!

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: 10th of September: LUKLA - RAMECHAAP – PRITTI VILLAGE

Day 15: 10th of September: LUKLA - RAMECHAAP – PRITTI VILLAGE

Elevation: 2,800m- 1,218m-

Distance: 20m Flight plus 2.5 4wd

Today is truly a special day, it’s the day we will make it to Pritti village, the place where our joint humanitarian efforts will be impacted. This is a place very close to your leader Steve’s heart, he will be proud and excited to be able to share with you to great work that has been done in Pritti and also to meet with community members to discuss future projects.

You will catch a flight from Lukla to a small airport in Ramechaap. From Ramechaap we’ll walk for a few hours to reach our special destination, Pritti Village.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 16: 11th of September: Pritti Village.

Day 16: 11th of September: Pritti Village.

This morning after breakfast you we will visit the local schools to see the outcome of our past humanitarian work. We will meet with village elders and leaders to put a plan into place for the funding of projects. The money raised through “Climb for Compassion” will be spent on projects in this beautiful village.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 17: 12th of September: Pritti Village to Kathmandu

Day 17: 12th of September: Pritti Village to Kathmandu

After saying our heartfelt Goodbyes we will return to Kathmandu in 4WD’s. It is approximately a 12hr hour bumpy ride back to Kathmandu. We will stop for lunch along the way.

This evening you will share a final dinner with all of your group members. This is a time to reflect on the incredible journey that you have been on, and to say farewells to some of your team members.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: 13th of September: Departure

Day 18: 13th of September: Departure

Final farewells! A local guide will assist you to get to the airport. NB: Anyone departing after this day, will need to pay for their own accommodation from this point onwards, and will be responsible for their own transport to the airport.

Included: Breakfast

Your Everest Base Camp Trekking Team:

Take on Nepal (www.takeonnepal.com.au) supports education, in regards to facilities, resources and opportunities, for children in remote Nepali villages. We then create pathways for training and employment, for those same children, some of whom go on to becomes guides and porters for Take on Nepal. Take on Nepal is committed to ethical, sustainable operations, on every level, with positive outcomes for all involved. In doing so, Take On Nepal is committed to:

  • Improving the standard of education received by children in remote Nepalese villages
  • Providing employment and training opportunities to some of the most disadvantaged people in Nepal, in particular women
  • Promoting Nepal as an adventure destination for travellers searching for a purposeful experience
  • Ending child trafficking through educational programs facilitated by volunteers in the villages of Nepal
  • Providing a professional and affordable program with meaningful outcomes for both the villagers and volunteers

Dates

DatesAvailableCost (AUD)
27 August 2019 - 13 September 2019 Available$2950

Inclusions

What's Included

 

What’s Included:

  • Hotel and airport transfers
  • All Domestic Transport
  • Flight: Kathmandu-Lukla-Ramechaap
  • All necessary paper work and permits (ACAP, TIMS)
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu, teahouses during the trek and homestay in Pritti Village
  • An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), porters to carry luggage
  • Breakfasts in Kathmandu. All meals during the trek and during your time in Pritti
  • Sleeping Bags
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All government and local taxes
  • T-Shirt
  • Tips for your Guides and Porters

What's Not Included

What’s Not Included?

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Additional hot drinks
  • Deserts and entrees
  • Hot shower
  • Internet Access
  • Travel insurance and evacuation insurance
  • Phone Calls
  • Charging of your devices
  • Bottled or boiled water
  • Laundry
  • Bar Bills

Checklists

Clothing and Equipment

The mistake many people make, is having too much stuff. There is nothing worse than carting clothing and equipment with you for 2 weeks (at altitude) in Nepal and ultimately not having needed it. The below list outlines the standard clothing we recommend you take for trekking, 14 – 15 days in the mountains.

Clothing

Clothing

  • Heavy fleece long sleeve top
  • Mid weight long sleeve top
  • Zip-off full leg hiking pants and additional pair of hiking shorts
  • Stretch/lycra type full leg pants
  • Thermal fleece style long pants
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket with hood (Gore-Tex or equivalent) or Down Jacket
  • Thermal long sleeve tops (2)
  • Thermal long johns (1)
  • 2 T-shirts for hiking (polyester or equivalent with good wicking properties –cotton is not recommended)
  • 2 T-shirts for ‘after hiking’ (cotton is okay)
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with waterproof outer shell
  • Lightweight gloves (synthetic or poly-prop)
  • Warm hat / beanie and neck-warmer
  • Underwear (3 – 4 pairs)
  • Additional set of thermal underwear (can double up as pyjamas)
  • 3 – 4 pairs heavy weight woolen hiking socks
  • 2 pairs lightweight / thin comfortable socks
  • 1 pair of sturdy hiking boots with spare laces
  • Joggers or sandals for the end of the day when your trek has finished.

Equipment and Other

Equipment and Other

Your Everest Base Camp packing list should include the following equipment:

  • Light weight head torch (LED)
  • Digital camera
  • Backpack (30 – 40 litres)
  • Sleeping bag inner sheet (optional but nice to have)
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Water bottle, buy in Kathmandu (1 litre capacity)
  • Trekking poles (optional)
  • Waterproof leucoplast tape or similar for preventing blisters (available at chemists)
  • Small personal towel
  • Personal toiletries (include soap for washing clothes)
  • Wet Wipes (100 plus)
  • First aid kit (Optional)
  • Sweets / chocolate (buy in Kathmandu)
  • Tissues
  • Lip Balm

If you do not already own these items, we highly recommend that you purchase or hire these items in Kathmandu. They are made to a high quality and it’s always great to support the local economy. Another option is to hire a sleeping bag and jacket at a cost of approximately AUD$50 for each item for a period of 14 days.

FAQ's

About Take on Nepal

Who is the Take on Nepal team leader?

Our leader is Nepali born and raised and now an Australian citizen, Som Tamang. Som spent many years working as a guide in Nepal and has much experience guiding groups to the Everest and Annapurna Regions of Nepal. Som has all the local knowledge required to ensure you get to know the “Real Nepal”.

Som is passionate about providing help and support for the people of Nepal and believes that real change can happen through the skills of volunteers. Som is friendly, happy and has strong leadership skills.

Som is the founder and president of the charity “Friends of Himalayan Children” and has been awarded a Pride of Australia Medal for the outstanding charity work that he has undertaken in Nepal and in Australia. The team leader and guides are all qualified in First Aid.

When do I pay for my trip?

Payment of a nonrefundable deposit of $400 is required to secure your place. The easiest way is through PayPal or directly into our back account. Final payment is due 10 weeks prior to departure.

I have special dietary requirements, can you cater for that?

Not a problem! Please inform us of your dietary requirements prior to departure and we will ensure that you are provided with suitable food options. During your time in the village, you will be eating as the villagers do, which is mainly vegetarian. Meat is a luxury the majority of Nepali people only enjoy on a rare occasion.

What if there is an emergency?

You will always be in the company of someone who is trained in first aid. In the case of serious health concerns, you will be transported back to Kathmandu, where you will be treated in a Western Hospital. During your time in the village, there is the option of 4WD or helicopter back to Kathmandu in the case of an emergency. All medical costs incurred should be covered by your health insurance. When booking your travel insurance it is important to enquire about the extent of your coverage, ensure that travel from remote areas is covered. We also encourage you to seek advice from your doctor prior to departure about the vaccinations required for visiting Nepal.

About Nepal

Is it safe to travel in Nepal?

The short answer is yes. Nepal is safer than most countries around the world, possibly due to the religious nature of the people and their natural kindness. Over the past 10 years Nepal has enjoyed a growth in visitors, from all over the world. The people are very hospitable. The Nepalese accept that tourism is a mainstay of the economy and are very welcoming.

Will I need a visa?

Yes. You can obtain your visa prior to departure through the General Consulate of Nepal. Please visit their website to download the details and relevant form Nepal Australian Consulute

Alternatively, you can obtain the visa upon arrival at the airport in Kathmandu. You will be applying for a tourist visa. If you choose this option, we advise you should have 4 passport sized photos ready and AUD or US dollars in cash to pay for the visa. The cost for a 30-day visa is between $30 and $50. There is an EFTPOS facility at the airport, but this is unreliable and we recommend you have cash ready to avoid any issues that could arise. The process at the airport is straightforward and easy. Please download the visa application form, fill it in and take it with you in your hand luggage, this will save you some time at the airport.

Please see attached a scanned copy of the visa application form, this form gives you an idea of the information they require upon arrival. We recommend that when you disembark from the airplane that you don’t dilly dally, head straight for the visa applications, fill it out and get in line! Sometimes there can be quite a line up (I’ve been caught out a few times!) but that may not be the case as you are travelling in the off season.

Do I need insurance or vaccinations?

Travel Insurance is compulsory if you wish to participate in the program. We will require a copy of the insurance certificate and you must also bring a hard copy of your insurance certificate with you to Nepal. Nepal does not require any vaccinations in order to enter the country. However, we strongly recommend that participants consult with a doctor before departing for Nepal for information about immunisations and advice on how to stay healthy while traveling.

What will the weather be like?

Nepal has four distinct seasons. Spring lasts from March to May and is warm with rain showers; temperatures around 22°C. Summer, from June to August, is the monsoon season when the hills turn lush and green. Temperatures can get quite warm, up to 30°C. Autumn, from September to November, is cool with clear skies and is the most popular season for trekking. Temperatures are not too warm, with daily maximum about 25°C and cool nights with minimum of 10°C. It usually does not rain for more than one or two days during the autumn and the winter season. In winter, from December to February, it is cold at night with temperatures sometimes below zero. However, the maximum temperatures can still reach up to 20°C. Then the mountains are covered with snow.

Will I need to speak the local language?

You do not need to learn Nepali. Prior to departure, we will provide you with a document of key words and phrases in Nepali, in order for you to be prepared. On your first day in the village, you will be given a lesson in Basic Nepali. We are encouraging the village children to learn English, as this is the key to better opportunities for them in the future. The children are keen to learn and to practice their English with you.

Will I be able to phone home?

You will have access to the internet and telephones in Kathmandu and in Chitwan. We encourage you to open a Skype account, to reduce the costs of calling from Nepal to Australia.

In the village your team leader will have a reliable phone connection, you will be provided with his number prior to departure, to leave with family members who may wish to contact you during your time in the village. We encourage volunteers to distance themselves from internet and technology, as this allows for a more authentic village experience.

How do I book my flight?

You will need to book your own flight and travel insurance. You’ll be met at the airport and transported from there to your accommodation in Kathmandu.

What should I bring?

Upon acceptance into the program you will be sent a comprehensive Preparation Pack, this will outline all that is required to be fully prepared for your exciting experience. It will include a list of items that we encourage you to take with you to Nepal.

Will I have clean drinking water?

The water in Kathmandu and Chitwan is unsafe to drink, we will provide you with free bottled water. In the village, the water is clean and safe to drink but it will be treated to ensure your protection against any water borne issues.

Trekking and Volunteering

How do I book or reserve a place on one of your treks?

You can make a booking by clicking this link.

When do your treks depart?

Treks depart each month, throughout the year. Dates vary depending on the arrival date of a particular group. We can accommodate different departure dates in the same month if required.

When trekking, do we have to travel as part of a group?

No. If you are a couple or small group, and you wish to travel alone, we can accommodate you. We try to bring trekkers together into groups as we find it’s a more enjoyable experience for all, but if you wish a more individual trek for yourself or your companions, we’d be happy to arrange this.

Everest Base Camp Trek Questions

Is it scary?

This is a difficult question to answer, as it depends on personality. Some people love the thrill of flying into Lukla and crossing high suspension bridges, but others have to overcome many fears to make this experience a reality.

From my own personal experiences, I tend to be the latter. I’m not a risk taker and I worry a lot. Having flown into Lukla airport and trekked the Everest Base Camp Trail, I can say my fears were unfounded. I enjoyed the flight and found the trek to be the most incredible experience of my life. After crossing the first suspension bridge the rest did not bother me, in fact, I started to look forward to them!

Whenever you trek with us, you will be surrounded by a team of professionals who know what to look out for and will constantly be keeping your wellbeing at the forefront of their minds. Our guides will always put your mind at ease and will act quickly in a situation where you may be feeling uncertain. You’re in safe hands!

Will I be giving back to the people of Nepal?

When you trek with us, you are most definitely helping the people of Nepal. As one of the only companies hiring young women, you will be supporting our very important work of ending early marriages and human trafficking. We pay above award wages and treat all our team members as family members, we want a happy and productive team and we believe we have achieved that.

We enrol and fund the costs of training for our team members, we also provide our team with accommodation in Kathmandu in order for them to continue their education, we constantly encourage and support our young team to continually advance forwards in life. Our porters are all guides in training, we want them to strive for better and we do our best to assist our team to reach their goals. This is not done by any other trekking company in Nepal.

Our team will share the culture and traditions of Nepal with you, leaving you feeling connected to not only the spectacular mountains, but also to the people of Nepal, who will leave an imprint on your heart. Take on Nepal co-founder Som Tamang, is the founder and president of the not for profit organisation, Friends of Himalayan Children Inc. (FHC). FHC works in remote villages to provide educational opportunities to thousands of children and a safe and nurturing home to 50 young children. Take on Nepal is committed to giving back to Nepal on many different levels. By choosing us as your preferred trekking company, you will be too.

What cultural traditions should I be aware of?

The most important one to be aware of, when trekking to Everest Base Camp, is the many Stupa’s. A Stupa is a Buddhist shrine. Your guide will point them out to you. You must always walk on the right side of the Stupas; in Buddhism it’s considered important to go clockwise, this relates to always moving forward in life, not having regrets or going backwards (anti-clockwise).

Nepal is a developing country, many people live in poverty. It is considered polite to finish all the food on your plate. If you are simply too full to finish your meal, please offer the food to a friend or guide.

It is considered disrespectful to shout in the mountains of the Everest region. Always use a normal speaking voice and refrain from yelling out, unless you absolutely must!

Your guide will make you aware of any other cultural traditions you need to know, during your trek. Please do not hesitate to ask your guide lots of questions. Our guides appreciate you showing an interest in their country and you will leave Nepal full of interesting information.

What training do my guides have?

All our leading guides undergo a training course to receive their license. We do not allow our clients to trek without an experienced, licensed guide leading the way. Our guides also do first aid training and will be offered every opportunity to attend mountaineering, hiking and biking courses wherever possible.

Take on Nepal believe that a well-trained team of professionals, will guarantee positive outcomes. We are also one of the only companies that fly our young trainee guides into Lukla, to begin their journey as trainee guides/porters. Most companies hire their team at Lukla as it reduces their flight expenses.

Lukla has been described as the “most dangerous airport in the world”, is this really the case?

We feel this is an unfair title. When researching statistics related to the airport, it’s easy to see why this is an exaggeration. Over the past 40 years, there has been only one fatal plane crash. During peak season, up to 30 flights take off and land to/from Lukla, on a daily basis. The airlines are very careful not to fly, unless the conditions are perfect. For this reason, we recommend you always allow a minimum of 2 days free at the end of your trek, before returning to your home country. This will ensure you do not miss your return flight.

The title “most dangerous airport” was given due to the altitude at which the planes land, the surrounding mountains and also because of the length of the runway. It is a short runway, with a steep gradient to allow for flights to land safely. We are sure that you will find it to be an exciting and exhilarating experience!

Do I need to be super fit to be reach Everest Base Camp?

No, you do not need to be super fit to undertake this trek. However, the fitter you are, the easier and more enjoyable the experience will be. To get prepared, we recommend you stick with the training plan we will provide to you, to ensure the best possible outcome for you for the trek.

We have seen people of all ages and sizes successfully reach Everest Base Camp, fitness is not dependent on size, it is strength that matters most. Strength of mind and self-belief is also another crucial factor, in achieving your goal to reach Everest Base Camp.

Are my porters treated well?

We go above and beyond to ensure our porters are treated with respect. We do not allow our male porters to carry more than 20kg and our female porters 15kg. This is much less than other companies. Our porters are paid fair wages and tips are divided amongst guides and porters. We view our porters as an integral part of our team and treat them with the respect that is deserved.

How much money should I tip my guide and porter?

Although our team are paid wages for the work they do, tipping is a way of showing gratitude for a job well done. As a general rule, the average tips given to your team (guides and porters) are 10% of the cost of your trek. For example, if you paid $2,000 for your trekking experience, $200 would be a kind and respectful amount to pay to your team.

We also want to stress that in the unlikely event that you are unhappy with the level of service received from your team, you are not obligated to tip.

Keep in mind that tips make a big difference to the lives of our guides and porters, this money always goes to good use, generally towards caring for their families. Your generosity has a wonderful roll on effect in Nepal. Generous tips result in happiness all round. You will leave Nepal knowing you have rewarded the people who have made your experience what it was and your team will feel gratitude for your kindness.

I can only get time off to do the trek in December/January. This is off season, is it too cold to trek during this time?

We understand many trekkers can only get time off work during the Christmas period, this also happens to be the off season in Nepal. From my personal experience of trekking in Nepal, I must say this is my favourite time of year to trek. Although the temperatures are lower, especially once you reach an altitude of above 4,000m, the skies are always clear and blue and the views are second to none. The trails are much quieter and the trekking lodges are less busy, which raises the level of service you receive. Also, flights in and out of Lukla are more reliable, as the weather tends to be predictably clear. Finally, and most importantly, you’re just about guaranteed a great view of Mount Everest!

If you follow our packing list, you will be warm enough at night and cool enough during the day.

Am I guaranteed to see Mount Everest?

You are sure to see Mount Everest at some stage during your trek to Everest Base Camp, the best views of the mountains are between September and May. The only months of the year when you may not get to see Mount Everest are June, July and August; these are the Summer monsoon months but you will certainly know you’re amongst the giant mountains of the world, and will often be walking above the clouds, an incredible feeling!

Do I need to trek in a group? I would like to undertake the trek with my partner or on my own.

Our treks can be customised for large groups, small groups, couples and also individuals. The costs outlined on our website are based around groups. If you are trekking as an individual or couple, there may be a small additional cost.

What is the food like on the Everest Base Camp Trek?

When you trek with Take on Nepal, all main meals are included in the cost of the trek. At each tea house and trekking lodge, you’ll be provided with a menu to choose your meal from. Feedback in relation to the food on the trek is always positive, the menu caters for all tastes!

It is our strong recommendation that you order the traditional Nepalese meal of Dahl Baht for at least 1 or 2 of your daily meals. Dahl Baht consists of rice, vegetable curry and lentil soup. It is a meal that will meet most of your nutritional needs, whilst also being filling and tasty. The people of Nepal have a saying “Dahl Baht Power, 24 Hour!” meaning it provide the energy required for 24 hours.

What is the accommodation like on the Everest Base Camp Trek?

Accommodation is always on a twin share basis, in cozy lodges along the trekking route. The rooms are basic, they are small with two single beds. You’re provided with a blanket and pillow, but you need to have a sleeping bag to be comfortable and warm at night.

When staying in the lodges, most of your time (other than sleeping) will be spent in the dining room. These Tibetan-style timber dining rooms are an oasis after a day of trekking. They are warm, homely and filled with happy trekkers and guides chatting contently to one another.

Is the itinerary flexible?

Yes! We’re more than happy to adjust the itinerary to make your dream trek a reality. Some people choose to have additional days trekking, while other people are short on time and the itinerary needs to be adjusted to fit in with the time frame allowed. Our expert team can provide you with advice. If you have additional days to spare, we recommend that you join one of our city tours. Kathmandu has a lot to offer!

What should I bring with me?

This is itemized on each tour page. Please note, we highly recommend that you purchase as much as you can in Kathmandu, by purchasing quality goods in Nepal, you will be supporting the local economy.

Will I have internet and mobile phone reception during the trek?

This is your choice. You will have the option of purchasing internet (Everest Link).

Are there shops for me to buy essentials during the trek?

There are small tea houses and lodges along the trails, that sell some necessities. We highly recommend that you have everything you need, before commencing the trek, that way, everything you purchase along the trail will be additional luxuries (such as fruit, biscuits, pringles and soft drink). Prices along the trail are very high and this is out of necessity. We fully encourage you to buy luxury items along the way, in order to support the local economy.

Is it possible for me to have a woman guide?

Take on Nepal are very proud to be one of the only companies hiring and training a team of women. We work alongside some of the most vulnerable women in Nepal, providing them with opportunities that are unheard of within Nepal. Our young women guides are trailblazers, paving the way for other young women who wish to break free from the cycle of early marriage and poverty.

When we first started bringing young women along as trainee guides and porters, lodge owners and trekking guides were shocked, and would sometimes disapprove of what we were doing. Attitudes are slowly shifting and now if a woman guide/porter is not working with our group, we are asked about their whereabouts.

Nepal is a male dominated country. Female education is not valued and the expectation is early and more often than not, pre-arranged marriage. Our work with young women in Nepal begins in our co-founder Som Tamang’s home village of Batase. Through the humanitarian not for profit organisation “Friends of Himalayan Children Inc.” we ensure the girls in the village are given every opportunity to attend school. We break down barriers that stop young village girls from achieving their full potential. If the girls attend school and show motivation towards work opportunities, we support them to continue their education in Kathmandu, whilst also providing employment as trainee guides and porters with Take on Nepal. Hiring young village women is something that as a company we are most proud of.

Practicalities

What should I wear on my feet while trekking?

Make sure you wear an old, trusted pair of reliable and comfortable trekking boots or shoes. If purchasing a new pair, do so a minimum of 4 weeks prior to departure, to allow time to break them in properly. It is so important to avoid the possibility of getting blisters, something as simple as that could negatively impact on your trek. We recommend you wear woolen socks when trekking, as they keep your feet warm and dry.

How much money do you recommend I bring with me for my trek?

Your trekking fee covers most of your costs, including all of your meals, accommodation, permits and the flight in and out of Lukla (where this destination is included in your trek). However, the costs of “luxuries” are not covered (such as coffee, sweets, alcohol and other souvenirs you may wish to purchase along the way). We recommend you budget approximately $20 per day, to comfortably cover any additional expenses you may encounter.

What can I expect to happen if the flight in/out of Lukla is cancelled or delayed?

This can happen due to weather conditions. If your flight in or out of Lukla is delayed, you may end up having to wait 1-2 days for another flight. We recommend that you allow an extra couple of days, when booking your flight out of Nepal, to allow for such an occurrence. The additional time spent in Lukla or Kathmandu will be a personal expense to you, but we will be very happy to organise any logistics, such as your accommodation in Lukla or Kathmandu. Another option is to use a privately chartered helicopter. The cost for this is high, but it’s a guaranteed way to ensure you meet any deadlines you may have.

How much weight can my porter carry?

We’re different to most other trekking companies, in that our porters are often female (to empower and provide employment), and we set the limit at 15kg for our female porters. Our recommneded load for male porters is 20kg unless they choose to carry more, we don’t encourage this but some of our porters are used to carrying heavier loads; we don’t allow any team members to carry more than 30kg’s. 10kg is plenty for your trek and you would also be carrying your personal daypack, which generally weighs 5kg.

Will I have access to the internet and other telecommunications during my trek?

You will have reliable Internet access in most places. Many lodges on the Everest Base Camp Trek have Internet access, but you must purchase usage. On other treks it varies, but overall, coverage in Nepal is reasonable but slow. Our team has access to satellite phones during treks, to call for support in the event of an emergency.

Can you provide me with more information on your terms and conditions and also information on your cancellation policy?

Yes, please famialise yourself with our detailed terms and conditions and our cancellation policy. Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have. We’re always happy to help!

Health & Safety

How do I know if I’m physically strong enough for the trek?

If you’re in doubt about whether or not you would be able to undertake the trek, we recommend that you visit your doctor for a health check. Overall good health and determination, combined with good coordination and balance, will all work in your favour.

How will I be supported if I have an injury, or if I become sick during the trek?

Your safety is our number one priority. Our professional guides are skilled and experienced when responding to emergencies. Take on Nepal have a comprehensive risk management document, that ensures most possibilities have been carefully addressed and plans put in place. Our guides are all trained in First Aid and through their experience and knowledge, know when to call a helicopter for an emergency evacuation. With Take on Nepal, you are in safe hands.

How will I adjust to the change in altitude?

At altitude, sickness can set in at any time. We pace our treks to allow your body to adjust to the change in climate and our team monitoring your wellbeing, throughout the trek. The most common form of altitude sickness is actually called “Acute Mountain Sickness” (AMS). It’s the least dangerous form and symptoms include a light headache, nausea, loss of appetite, insomnia and fatigue. To prevent this from happening we highly recommend that you see your doctor to discuss the medication “Diamox” Diamox works to prevent you suffering from the very real risk of AMS, we want you to make it to Base Camp and highly recommend that you take this medication, it works!  If your condition worsens, you will be evacuated out of the region by helicopter, to receive medical treatment at a hospital.

I’m a female, is it safe for me to travel alone?

As a female, Nepal is generally very safe. Many of our team members are female and much of our work centres around empowering young women and girls. Most, if not all of our treks, will have a female staff member on board, who will give you strength and inspiration as you trek through the mountains of Nepal.

Trekking In Nepal

What does an average day of trekking in Nepal look like?

You will trek for between 4 and 7 hours every day. Our treks are moderately paced, it is not a race. We want you to enjoy the experience and to learn about your surrounds from your guide.

What kind of accommodation is used?

Most accommodation during your treks will be in trekking lodges; the lodges provide basic sleeping facilities and tasty meals. Local families usually operate the lodges. Your evenings will be spent chatting to your guides, porters and fellow trekkers. Unless you have paid an additional charge for a single room, you will share your room with 1 or 2 other trekkers of the same gender. Couples will share a room of their own. Again, the lodges are basic; do not compare them in your mind to any accommodation you have stayed in in Western countries.

Where and what will we be eating during our trek?

On the more heavily touristed trekking trails, such as Everest Base Camp and the Annapurna treks, you will be able to choose from menus with quite a few choices. You will eat dinner and breakfast at the lodge you are staying in, lunch will be at another lodge along the way. Daal bhaat is guaranteed to be on the menu at every stop off, and you can be sure this will be what you guide and porters will be eating. Daal Bhaat isn’t just the most popular meal in Nepal, for many Nepalis it’s the only meal they ever eat. Twice a day, every day of their lives and they don’t feel they’ve eaten properly without it!

What training do my guides have?

All our leading guides undergo a training course to receive their license. We do not allow our clients to trek without an experienced, licensed guide leading the way. Our guides also do first aid training and will be offered every opportunity to attend mountaineering, hiking and biking courses wherever possible.

Take on Nepal believe that a well-trained team of professionals, will guarantee positive outcomes. We are also one of the only companies that fly our young trainee guides into Lukla, to begin their journey as trainee guides/porters. Most companies hire their team at Lukla as it reduces their flight expenses.

What precautions do I need to take in relation to drinking water?

You will be able to purchase bottled water all along your trekking route. As a general rule, the cost increases the more isolated you are. We highly recommend you take water-purifying tablets with you, or a water-purifying pen. These can also be purchased in Kathmandu. During your trek, it is crucial that you drink plenty of water, if you don’t, the risk of becoming unwell is much higher.

Getting Organised

Do I need insurance or vaccinations?

Travel Insurance is compulsory if you wish to participate in the program. We will require a copy of the insurance certificate and you must also bring a hard copy of your insurance certificate with you to Nepal. You need to ensure that the travel insurance purchased insures for helicopter evacuation above 5500m.

Nepal does not require any vaccinations in order to enter the country. However, we strongly recommend that participants consult with a doctor before departing for Nepal, for information about immunisations and advice on how to stay healthy while traveling.

What do you recommend that I take on my trip with me?

The mistake many people make is having too much stuff. There is nothing worse than carting clothing and equipment with you for 2 weeks (at altitude) in Nepal and ultimately not having needed it. The list below outlines the standard clothing we recommend, for trekking 14 – 15 days in the mountains.

  • Heavy fleece long sleeve top
  • Mid weight long sleeve top
  • Zip-off full leg hiking pants and additional pair of hiking shorts
  • Stretch/lycra type full leg pants
  • Thermal fleece style long pants
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket with hood (Gore-Tex or equivalent) or Down Jacket
  • Thermal long sleeve tops (2)
  • Thermal long johns (1)
  • 2 T-shirts for hiking (polyester or equivalent with good wicking properties –cotton is not recommended)
  • 2 T-shirts for ‘after hiking’ (cotton is okay)
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with waterproof outer shell
  • Lightweight gloves (synthetic or poly-prop)
  • Warm hat / beanie and neck-warmer
  • Underwear (3 – 4 pairs)
  • Additional set of thermal underwear (can double up as pyjamas)
  • 3 – 4 pairs heavy weight woolen hiking socks
  • 2 pairs lightweight / thin comfortable socks
  • 1 pair of sturdy hiking boots with spare laces
  • Joggers or sandals for the end of the day when your trek has finished.

Your packing list should include the following equipment:

  • Light weight head torch (LED)
  • Digital camera
  • Backpack (30 – 40 litres)
  • Sleeping bag inner sheet (optional but nice to have)
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Water bottle, buy in Kathmandu (1 litre capacity)
  • Trekking poles (optional)
  • Waterproof leucoplast tape or similar for preventing blisters (available at chemists)
  • Small personal towel
  • Personal toiletries (include soap for washing clothes)
  • Wet Wipes (100 plus)
  • First aid kit (Optional)
  • Sweets / chocolate (buy in Kathmandu)
  • Tissues
  • Lip Balm

If you do not already own these items, we highly recommend that you purchase or hire these items in Kathmandu. They are made to a high quality and it’s always great to support the local economy. Another option is to hire a sleeping bag and jacket at a cost of approximately AUD$50 for each item for a period of 14 days.

What items should I NOT take with me for my trek?

Jeans, Jumpers / Sweaters, Dress Shirts, Dress Shoes, Dresses or Hair Dryers.

What about entry fees into national parks and trekking permits, do you organize that?

We organise all this for you. All the costs are included in the cost of your trek.

What time of year do you recommend I undertake my trek?

All seasons have their pros and cons, but as a general rule, the best time to trek in Nepal is from February to May, when the temperature has warmed after Winter. September through to December is also a fabulous time to trek, during these months the clouds start lifting after the Monsoon rains of June and July, which often leaves you with spectacular views of the Himalayas.

Essentials

Will I be able to do this?

Yes! If you are physically fit, if you love the outdoors and if you have a positive attitude, you will make it. Altitude sickness or injury can end your trek, but this only affects a small percentage of people who trek. Being amongst the tallest peaks in the world is a feeling that cannot be described in words and we recommend that you undertake some basic fitness training, prior to your departure, to ensure it is a positive experience for you.

Do I need to have a guide?

You can go it alone, but we can assure you it would be a vastly different experience. Our guides bring with them knowledge and experience; this becomes a bridge between the two cultures. You are guaranteed to learn so much more about Nepal and the terrain through which you are trekking, when you are guided. You are also providing employment to people who rely on tourism to survive, they are passionate about their work and we are sure your guide will soon become a friend to you.

I understand that my guide and porter may be female. Can you give me more information about this?

In the mountain villages of Nepal, opportunities for women are few. Many young girls have little or no education, and marriage at an early age is still common. Take on Nepal and Friends of Himalayan Children Charity have been working to change this, for many years.

As Take on Nepal has grown, we’ve begun hiring young women and girls from Batase, first to work as porters and then as guides, roles that up to now have been seen as exclusively male. For young village girls, early exposure to paid work as porters and the experience of interacting with Western women, is an eye opener. It provides them with a glimpse of other possible futures, futures far different from the lives their mothers lived and to the lives they may have thought they were going to live.

The trekking industry in Nepal is a male dominated environment. Women guides are unheard of, which is surprising when you consider that a huge proportion of Western trekkers visiting Nepal are women. Spend a few nights staying at various lodges on the trails and you will see that 60% of all trekkers are women, many coming from European countries. At Take on Nepal, we’re all about empowering women, giving the village girls the opportunities that their brothers have and opening their eyes to the possibilities of a larger world.

Can I take my children to Everest Base Camp?

It is becoming quite common for families to trek to Everest Base Camp together. Children aged 9 and upwards have trekked comfortably to Everest Base Camp and why not take your parents too! Age should not be a barrier to undertake this experience, as long as family members are fit, healthy and have a positive frame of mind, it is a possibility. We can tailor a trek specifically for the needs of your family, as we do recommend adding a few extra days on to the trek.

Do I need to undertake a training program to complete my trek?

This is highly recommended as the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. We offer a helpful training program for you, once you have booked, and we’re always on hand to answer your questions. Our team will support and encourage you throughout your trek. Our treks are paced to allow plenty of time for you to reach your daily destination. However, if you choose to undertake the trek without prior training, you will be fine, as long as you have great willpower and plenty of stamina to get you through the tough times.

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Testimonials

I have known Som Tamang and Susan Devitt the founders of Take on Nepal for many years. I can’t wait to trek to EBC with Take on Nepal having known their guides and porters for many years from my time in Batase village. Such a wonderful company that trains, supports and educates these young and inspiring people. There is no other trekking company that does this. I am so excited to lead this project with the team from Take on Nepal.

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