Join the Everest Trek: Everest Trek with GVN

You are about to discover a new culture, accomplish something unforgettable, and explore the best Everest has to offer!

Everest Trek

We are excited to get your placement under way where you will:

  • By taking part in this trek you have the chance to raise funds to support 15 children who are cared for at the Brighter Future Children’s Home. The funds you raise will help provide nutritional and educational needs and you get to meet the children!
  • Have the 24/7 support of a non profit with 10 years experience in placing 19292 volunteers that will provide you with an affordable and rewarding placement.
  • Volunteer with a world-class organization which is recommended by Bill Gates and CNN
  • Be a part of progressive non profit that has raised over $1.8 million to help women and children in need.
  • Have the comfort of knowing that GVN staff have collectively flown over 1 million miles to ensure you get a quality placement.
  • Make a long-term impact in your community of choice - it's not just a vacation.

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Everest Trek

By joining this trek you will part of a unique team of individuals destined for adventure and making a difference in the lives of children in need. Our Nepali partner is a local non-profit organization which runs Brighter Future Children's Home and Shining Stars Children's Home. Unlike many children's homes in the Kathmandu Valley, the children in these homes are well cared for by the staff working there. Many other children in the surrounding area live in appalling conditions, sometimes without adequate food, education or even water.

Funds raised through this trek will support the 14 children living in the Brighter Future Children's Home. There are 5 girls and 9 boys, aged from 8 to 18 years who reside in the home. Our partner ensures that their health, nutritional and educational needs are met fully and the funds you raise will help provide ongoing assistance to cover the costs of these needs. Following the trek you will get to visit the Home and meet the wonderful children which just may end up being a bigger reward than Everest Base Camp!

Itinerary - 18 September - 5 October 2014

Day 1: Thursday 18 September

Participants will depart from their city of origin and plan to arrive to Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, on the 18th September 2014.  Transfer to hotel and overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 2

Trek briefing and preparation day. Overnight in Kathmandu. (B)

Day 3

Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m), approximately 30 minutes. Our trek to Phakding (2640m) starts directly from the airport and will take three to four hours. Overnight in Phakding. (BLD)

Day 4

Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m), approximately 5-6 hours. Namche Bazaar is the main trading village in the Khumbu region. Overnight in Namche Bazzar. (BLD)

Day 5

Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar. As part of our acclimatization process we undertake a morning walk, in order to follow the rule of walk high, sleep low. As a group we will head to Syangboche (3800m) where the Everest View Hotel is situated offering (subject to weather) outstanding views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. Overnight in Namche Bazzar. (BLD)

Day 6

Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3867m), approximately 5 hours. Tyangboche is one of the most beautiful places in the Himalayas, and the first thing that you will see is a big Ghompa (monastery) beneath the peak of Ama Dablam, with Everest looming above, the Nuptse wall to the north, Lhotse and Lhotse Shar to the north east and many more peaks all around you. Tyangboche is famous for its legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu region. It also has an amazing bakery, offering tempting treats to tired and hungry trekkers. Overnight in Tyangboche. (BLD)

Day 7

Trek from Tyangboche to Dingboche (4410m), approximately 5 hours. Dingboche is a beautiful patchwork of fields enclosed by stonewalls protecting the crops of barley and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. Overnight in Dingboche. (BLD)

Day 8

Rest at Dingboche for acclimatization and a local excursion. Here you can climb steeply up to Nakartsang Gompa for the rare outstanding view of Mount Makalu (8463m) along with Lhotse, Island Peak, Baruntse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku or head up the Imja Valley to Chhukung, a small summer settlement at 4730m, with fantastic views. It is also the staging place for climbers attempting Island Peak. Overnight in Dingboche. (BLD)

Day 9

Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m) via Dongla (4620m), approximately 6 hours. You will stop at Thukla, for lunch, before continuing for an hour up a steep hill to the top. As you summit the hill you enter a memorial ground of prayer flags and monuments dedicated to climbers who have lost their lives attempting to reach the lofty pinnacles of these majestic mountains. From here you have unrivalled views of Mt. Pumori and other peaks west of Everest. The path then climbs gently along the glacier, to eventually reach the cluster of houses at Lobuche, hidden and sheltered from the wind. Overnight in Lobuche. (BLD)

Day 10

Trek from Lobuche (4910m) to Gorakshep (5140m), approximately 3 ½ hours and then on to Base Camp (5486m), a further 4 ½ hour round trip. The first hours walk is gradual followed by a short 20 minutes climb to the top of the pass. The walk from here follows a rocky moraine path, and as you walk you can see the icy, glacial pond and icebergs down below of Khumbu glacier. After the last rocky moraine dunes, a short downhill walk brings you to Gorakshep on a flat field below Kalapatthar (5,545m) and Mt.Pumori (7,145m). Gorakshep has two teahouses, and it was used as base camp in the early 50's Edmund Hilary expedition to Mt. Everest. You will have lunch and a rest at Gorakshep, and for those who feel up to it, you can walk to your ultimate destination, Everest Base Camp. The walk is strenuous due to the high altitude and thin air and it passes over rocky dunes, moraine and streams. A great view of the Khumbu Icefall awaits you. Overnight in Gorakshep. (BLD)

Day 11

Trek from Gorakshep to Kalapatthar (5545m) for sunrise and down to Pheriche (4243m), approximately 6 hours. At the top of Kalapatthar is a small rocky peak on the southwest ridge of Mt.Pumori, the view from here is beyond the imagination, as Everest looks within a stones throws distance. Between the summit of Nuptse, Lho-la and Lhotse, the panoramic view from this spot is something to cherish, and you’ll feel the hard climb was worth it, as you get the feeling of being on top of the world. All of the high snow capped giants that dominate, will be all around you. To the south the Khumbu glacier sweeps below you and you can also see Everest Base Camp nestled on its moraine. From here you will head back down to Gorakshep for breakfast and then on to Pheriche. Pheriche is known as the Windy Town and is home to the Himalayan Rescue Association Aid Post, manned by foreign volunteer doctors. Overnight in Pheriche. (BLD)

Day 12

Trek from Pheriche to Phortse (3810m), approximately 4 ½ hours. The trail descends to Pangboche and then wiggles up and down to Phortse. On the way there is an opportunity to see wild life in and around the area such as mountain goats, musk deer and many species of Himalayan birds. There are village monasteries in Pangboche and Phortse rich in the cultural heritage of the Sherpa people. The old monastery in Pangboche is believed to have been established during the 16th century and Pangboche village is known to have the highest permanent settlement throughout the year. Overnight in Phortse. (BLD)

Day 13

Trek from Phortse (3810m) to Khumjung (3790m), approximately 3 ½ hours. The trail here descends for nearly twenty minutes and ascends up steeply for almost one hour to Mongla (4000m). From this spot, you can see the panoramic view of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kusum Kangaru, Konde-Ri and Tawache Peak. The trail then follows an up and down route to Khumjung. Khumjung village is believed to have the largest settlement of the Khumbu region. There is a well-equipped high school and hospital built by the late Edmund Hillary in the 1960s. Not limited to this, the skull of a Yeti is housed in an old monastery. Overnight in Khumjung. (BLD)

Day 14

Trek from Khumjung to Phakding (2640m), approximately 5 hours. From Khumjung you will head uphill out of the village onto high pastures. From here you will walk across the pastures to Syangboche and then down to Namche Bazaar for lunch. From Namche you will retrace your day 2 route back down to Phakding. Overnight in Phakding. (BLD)

Day 15

Trek from Phakding to Lukla (2800m), approximately 4 hours. This day the trail gradually ascends back to Lukla. Overnight in Lukla. (BLD)

Day 16

Early morning flight back to Kathmandu taking approximately 30 minutes. Overnight in Kathmandu and end of trek celebration dinner. (B)

Day 17

VSN Projects Day including lunch. (BL)

Day 18

Depart Nepal – transfers to airport. (B)

Note:  A complete itinerary will be provided to all trekkers. The trek itinerary is a guide only and may be subject to change at short notice.
(B.L.D = Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner provided)

 

Costs

How it works...

If your application is successful you will be accepted and we will then get to work organizing your placement.

You will receive a Program Guide which contains a wealth of information. You'll find everything from a broad overview of the country you are going to; project details; life on the project (accommodation, meals, what to wear etc); along with extremely helpful information and advice for preparing for your trip.

GVN provides three different options to pay your program package and secure your placement. These include:

  1. Installments: In this option your program package is broken into monthly installments based on the number of months you have left until your start date.
  2. Deposit: By paying a US$500 deposit you can secure your placement and then you will pay the remaining amount 10 weeks before your start date.
  3. Fundraising: GVN has partnered with an online fundraising platform called StayClassy. You can use this platform to fundraise the costs for your trip.

Program Fee – 18 days US $2,997

Due to the timing of this trek, GVN requires the trek fee payment in full by 29th May 2014.


Nepali Children's Fund Fee - US $2,000

In the months preceding your trek, you will be asked to raise US $2,000 to support our partner organization. 75% of the money donated will go directly to our Nepal Partner. This money will go towards funding the day to day operations of the Brighter Future Children's Home. 15% will go towards general operational support, 5% will be dedicated towards ensuring that all money sent to community organizations abroad is being used appropriately, and 5% will go towards educating individuals both here and abroad about the specific issues our target communities face (specifically HIV/AIDS, Environmental Destruction, Starvation etc). Please note that WorldPay takes a 4.5% commission for credit card purchases before GVN receives the funds. Donations made to GVN by American donors are tax-deductible. Non-US donors cannot receive a tax-exemption.

Please note: GVN/GVNF/GVN Nepal reserve the right to determine the dissemination of funds.

 

tickWhat's included:

  • Accommodation: All participants will stay in hotel/lodges for the duration of the trip.
  • Meals: All meals on the trek. Some meals before and after the trek.
  • Airport pickup: On arrival and departure date.
  • Transportation: Flights to/from Lukla and project visits.
  • Training/Permits: In-country briefing and Sagarmartha National Park Entry Permit.
  • Supervision: In-country staff supervision and expert trip leadership.
  • Support: Pre-departure personal support from your trek coordinator, 24/7 in-country support from partner, necessary porters, rescue assistance, group medical kit, and 24hr emergency line.  Also necessary equipment such as sleeping bag and down jacket.

 

tick Additional Benefits:

  • A Quality Volunteer Placement Quality
    Dedicated staff with the sole focus of facilitating the placement of volunteers, reviewing and improving programs and supporting the work of our partners.
  • Everest Program Guide Program Guide
    Your online resource guide that covers topics such as country information, details on your placement, travel links, visa application process, and much more!
  • Fundraising guide Fundraising Guide
    Your Fundraising Guide and Software which provides you with proven fundraising strategies, letter generating software and other resources to help you raise up to 100% of the cost of your trip.
  • Personal online journal Journal
    Which help you to communicate effectively and easily with your family and friends back home.
  • Access to a non-profit: 5 years
    Contribute to the ongoing support of the charitable + educational work of community organisations.

crossWhat's not included:

International flights, insurance, visas, vaccinations, accommodation before or after the trek, medication and medical equipment if required, gratuities, beverages, laundry, hot showers, snacks, sightseeing in Kathmandu, charges incurred as a result of delays beyond the control of the trekking company or GVN.

We recommend you allow a minimum weekly budget of US $75 for your other expenses such as water, personal items, beverages, and snacks.

 

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