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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!
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.
Trek briefing and preparation day. Overnight in Kathmandu. (B)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Trek from Phakding to Lukla (2800m), approximately 4 hours. This day the trail gradually ascends back to Lukla. Overnight in Lukla. (BLD)
Early morning flight back to Kathmandu taking approximately 30 minutes. Overnight in Kathmandu and end of trek celebration dinner. (B)
VSN Projects Day including lunch. (BL)
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)
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:
Due to the timing of this trek, GVN requires the trek fee payment in full by 29th May 2014.
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.
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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