Mt. Everest Base Camp Expedition, Nepal for a Cause.

Everest Base Camp Expedition, Nepal [18th Dec 2010 to 1st Jan 2011]

Fundraising Challenge event organized by Childreach International, India.
 
Day 1 – Saturday 18 December 2010

Arrival in Kathmandu and Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
Pick-up at Tribhuvan International Airport, meeting with your guide and transfer to Potala Guest House. First impressions of Kathmandu – walk to medieval Kathmandu Durbar Square and explore the beautiful complex of palaces, temples, shrines and courtyards built by the ancient Nepali kings between the 12th and 18th century. We also discover Thamel -  the vibrant tourist area with hotels, restaurants and outdoorshops.Briefing in Potala hotel where we will be discussing the technicalities of the trek.Sightseeing with private bus to Pasupatinah, the most important Hindu temples of Nepal with the sacred burning ghats located at the holy Baghmati river.In the evening you enjoy a welcome dinner at Nepali Chulo - www.nepalichulo.com.np
Overnight stay at Potala Guest House Kathmandu – http://www.potalaguesthouse.com/



Day 2 –  Sunday 19 December 2010
Flight to Lukla – Trek to Phading
In the early morning we drive to Tribhuvan Airport to connect our fly to Lukla - flight time app. 40 minutes from Kathmandu.  After breakfast in Lukla (2 850 m) we start trekking through beautiful settlements to join soon the main trail in Churi Kharka.  We follow the east bank of the Dudh Koshi- the River of Milk- where you witness the typical Nepal terrace culture, slate roofed houses and views on Kusum Kangaru (5 579 m). We reach Phakding(2 640 m) after 3 - 4 h gentle walking.
 
Overnight stay at lodge Phakding



Day 3 – Monday 20 December 2010
Trek Namche Bazaar
Today we make a challenging hike to Namche Bazaar (3 440 m), situated at 6-7 hours walking from Phakding. We climb up along the west bank of the Dudh Kosi to the tiny village of Toktok.  We get our first glimpse of Thamserku peak (6 608 m) and reach Benkar (2 710 m).  The cliffs above the village are decorated with huge paintings of Buddhist deities. We cross the colorful suspension bridge  and enter the Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo (2 840 m).  After Jorsale we follow the riverbank  over gravel, climb through a pine forest and cross the Dudh Kosi by a big suspension bridge. Then we face a continuous zigzag ascent of 2 hours through dense pine forests.  In the early evening we reach the vibrant center of Namche Bazar, one of the most attractive settlements of Solu-Khumbu district.
Overnight stay at lodge Namche Bazaar



Day 4 – Tuesday 21 December 2010
Acclimatizing day at Namche Bazaar
Rest day in Namche. Optional walk to the Sherwi Khangba  Sherpa Culture Museum or dayhike to the Hotel Everest View in Khumjung village (3 700 m) and Khundi Hospital in Khundi Village, the first hospital build in Khumbu Region by Sir Edmund Hillary and Himalayan Trust in 1966.
Overnight stay at lodge Namche Bazaar.



Day 5 – Wednesday 22 December 2010
Trek to Tengboche
Trek to Tengboche (3 860 m), 5-6 hour long hike from Namche Bazaar. The first part of trail is a winding smooth path which offers fantastic views on Mount Everest (8 848 m), Thamserku (6 618 m), Ama Dablam (6 814 m). After the trail goes down to the riverbank and then we make a strenuous 2 hour ascend to Tengboche. We walk through rhododendron forests where musk deer and Himalayan 'tahr' or mountain goat live. At the rest place you can enjoy the views towards Kantega mountain
 (6 783 m). Tengboche, is famed for the Buddhist Tengboche Monastery (where you can attend the daily puja), Cafe Tengboche and the view point.
  
Overnight stay at lodge Tengboche



Day 6 – Thursday 23 December 2010
Trek to Dingboche
Trek to Dingboche (4 410 m), 6-7 hours walking from Tengboche. We descend through conifer and rhododendron forest to the beautiful settlement Deboche where you have a close view at Ama Dablam. We cross the suspension bridge and look over the surging white waters of Imja River. Soon after a snow white stupa with gorgeous all seeing eyes is mirroring the Ama Dablam, this is a marvelous place for a picture!  Then the trail ascents gently to the village of  Pangboche (3 860 m), where we climb above the treeline.  After, the trail passes numerous farmer pastures with big yak populations before we Dingboche valley.  Overnight stay at lodge Dingboche



Day 7 – Friday 24 December 2010
Rest day in Dingboche
Optional acclimatization trek (5-6 hours) to the remote village of Chhukung  (4 730 m) and Chhukung Ri (top) located at 5 550 m.  We have magnificent sights at Island Peak (6 189 m), Amphulapche (5 663 m), Baruntse Base Camp (5 400m) and the white ice lake of Imja Tsho. 
Overnight stay at lodge Dingboche.

Day 8 – Saturday 25 December 2010
Trek to Lobuche

After ascending 150 m up to the main road, we reach a viewpoint where we have outstanding sights at Tawachee (6 495 m) and Cholatse peak (6 440m).After our lunch camp in Dugla (4 620m) the trail goes directly up the gravely terminal moraine of the Khumbu glaciers for about one hour.  The trail leads to a row of memorial monuments of lost climbers and sherpas. The trail then drops a little and follows the western side of the valley to Lobuche. After four to five hours hiking we reach the small settlement of Lobuche which is situated at 4 930 m.  Overnight stay at lodge Lobuche


Day 9 – Sunday 26 December 2010
Trek to Gorak Shep
 The ascent to Gorak Shep (5 160 m) becomes steeper and rougher as we cross several moraines.  Soon we see the peak of Pumori (7 145m). We also have our first views at Nuptse (7 864 m), Kala Pattar (5 545 m) and Mount Everest.  At the right side you look over the Khumbu Glacier, an enormous tongue of ice which marches down the slopes of Everest. We reach Gorak Shep by lunchtime and trek to Base Camp in the afternoon.  In total we hike six-seven hours today.
We sleep  in a lodge at Gorakskhep, a semi-permanent village at the bottom of the Khumbu Icefall. 

We enjoy our Christmasdinner in the shadow of the highest peak of the world!  
Overnight stay at lodge Gorakshep.



Day 10 – Monday 27 December 2010
Trek to Pheriche

Early morning we climb to Kala Pattar – the Black Rock - located at 5 545 m and marked by a tangle of prayer flags.  At this viewpoint - one of the most astonishing views on earth- you have a 360 degree panorama of Himalayan giants from Pumori and Lobuche West to Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest. We return back to Gorak Shep via the view points of the ice lakes of Pumori and Everest.
After breakfast we return in 4 hours back to Pheriche located at  4 215 m.
Overnight stay at lodge Pheriche.



Day 11 – Tuesday 28 December 2010
Trek to Namche
Trek from Pheriche  to Namche Bazaar (3 440 m). We descend approximately 5 hours.
Overnight stay at Namche Bazaar.



Day 12 – Wednesday 29 December 2010
Trek to Lukla
We start this 6 hours during trek with a streneous descent from Namche Bazaar to the Dud Kosi (hard work for the knees), after the path climbs up to Monjo and then runs easily to Benkar, Phakding and Lukla. Overnight stay at Lukla.





Day 13 – Thursday 30 December 2010
Trek to Lukla
After breakfast we fly in about 40 minutes from Lukla to Kathmandu. Arrive at Tribhuvan Airport and transfer to hotel. 

Overnight stay at Potala Guesthouse - http://www.potalaguesthouse.com/


Day 14 – Friday 31 December 2010
Stay at Kathmandu
Have Breakfast in the morning after breakfast volunteering session in one of the childreach international Nepal projects, where participants can actually have one on one interaction with the kids.
In the evening we will be celebrating New year's eve in Kathmandu.

 
Day 15 – Saturday 1st January 2011
Fly out Kathmandu
Transfer to Tribhuvan Airport – We hope you enjoyed your stay!


Contribution per person: Rs. 67,500.00
Please draw cheque or DD on the name of Childreach International India payable at Delhi.
The following provisions are made available to the participants in the event:-
Payment option: By cheque or DD in favor of "Childreach International India" payable @ New Delhi.

ACCOMMODATION:
On twin or triple sharing basis as mentioned above.
MEALS:
13 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 13 dinners as mentioned in the itinerary.
TRANSPORT:
1) Using coach for arrival and departure transfers, sightseeing, and excursions as per itinerary including transfer of baggage in the same transport or separately depending on the size of group.
2) Meeting and assistance on arrival/departure by representative.
3) Airfare Delhi-Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu-Delhi and airport taxes   (4 flights)

GUIDE:
English speaking guide for sightseeing in Kathmandu and English speaking trekking guide for trekking.
ENTRANCE:
1) Entrance fees at the monuments at all places as per programme
2) Sagarmatha National Park entry fee.
3) TIMS (Trekking Information Management System) fee

DURING TEA-HOUSE LODGE TREK:
1) All meals and accommodation in normal standard lodge during the trek
2) Service of an English speaking experienced trekking guide (The trekking guide will be provided in a ratio of 10 pax per guide basis)
3) Porters to carry personal baggage. 01 porter for every 3 persons.
4) Transportation and accident insurance for staffs and porters.

INSURANCE (US$145):
5) Insurance for the clients during trek only (Day 02 to Day 12) covering Personal Accident Insurance (Maximum US$ 25,000)
6) Medical (Due to accident any Hospital_nurshing home within the republic of Nepal), Maximum some insurance (US$ 10,000) per person.
7) Evacuation (Within the republic of Nepal), maximum some (US$ 10,000).

Subject to the policies of Insurance company which will be provided during the contract with Insurance company.


Our offer doesn't include:
Personal expenses like laundry, communication, shopping and meals in Katmandu except welcome dinner and celebration party.
Tips for Guides and Porters or staffs

 

Contribution towards Participation:

This Winter expedition is a challenge event organized by the Childreach International India (childreachindia.org). Contribution towards participation in the event will also serve social cause benefiting underprivileged children in India.
Contribution to programs/ events organized by Childreach International India are exempted under section 80-G of the income Tax Act,1961.
Cancellation Terms (Keep yourself posted for updates in Cancellation Terms)..

1. Cancellation charges upto 5 days from the date of the event will be 5% of the event cost.
2. Cancellation 4-3 days prior to the event will incur 15% of the event cost.
3. Cancellation between 3-2 days (72 hours to 48 hours) from the event will incur charges of 50%.
4. No refund if cancellation is <48 hours to the event.
5. We still want to be people friendly club, hence if you replace your seat with somebody else, there will not be any cancellation charges.
6. If for some reason  BMC has to cancel the event, participants will refund 100% Refund.

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