These photos were taken on our recent successful Everest Basecamp Service Trek where members trekked to the Deboche Nunnery and Everest base camp and returned home safely. Photos in the Everest Basecamp Service Trek slideshow: Marcia MacDonald, Elselien te Hennepe, Dan Mazur, Tunc Findik, Bruce Manning, and Mike Martin. For caption information on these photos, please visit our Everest Basecamp Service Trek photo gallery .
Support trek to visit and help restore the Pema Choling Buddhist women’s convent, also known as the Deboche Nunnery
Includes a walk to the world' s most famous basecamp and enjoy a beautiful trek with our friendly team.
Walk up the famous Kala Patar for fabulous Everest views.
Trek to the Deboche Nunnery and base camp on snow-free paths through green terraced villages, rushing rivers, suspension bridges, lush forests, stay in civilized 'teahouses' and camp in verdant meadows beneath towering peaks.
We welcome all members to join this trek, including medical practitioners, educators, farmers, gardeners, technicians, builders, foresters, renewable energy professionals, and everyone else. You don't have to be an expert to make a difference.
We offer 5% discounts for carpentry and building specialists, medical practitioners, environmental energy and sanitation engineers who perform service work along the trek.
We help you buy and rent inexpensive mountain climbing, trekking, hiking, and walking gear, equipment, clothing, boots, shoes for sale, purchase and hire at affordable, cheap, low prices.
Most equipment, boots, clothing, shoes, mattresses are available for purchase and hire in Kathmandu, with the exception of good high altitude handwear. We allow extra time for our leaders to check your equipment in Kathmandu. If you need additional items, we allow time for shopping and have staff and members to show you where the shops are.
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Here is some information on Kathmandu equipment prices:
Prices for hiring are the same as purchasing used equipment, seen below in Nepalese Rupees (Rs), at the lowest range of the used prices. $1 USD = 75 rupees (as of 2011)
Rs. 350 - 2200
Down Sleeping bag, extra-long size for tall person:
New Shonas: Rs. 9000 to 9500
New Everest Hardware: 14,000 to 25,000
Used Imported: 7000 to 20,000
New Imported: 51,000 to 55,500
Renting: 100 to 300 per day
Lightweight leather trekking boot:
Used Price: 3000 to 10,000
New Price: 5500 to 28,000 (Coleman, Millet, Crispi)
Used Price: 2000 to 10,000
New price: 3500 to 27,000
Used Price: 1500 to 5000
New Price: Rs. 6500 to 20,00
Renting: 45 to 100 per day
Used Price: 1500 to 3000
New Price: Rs. 4500 to 8000
Used Price: 1500 to 4000
New Price: Rs. 6000 to 8500
Gloves and Mittens:
Used Price: 3000 to 5000 (hard to find)
New Price: 9000 to 9500
Used Price: 600 to 2000
New Price: 3500
Here is a partial list for those desiring to contact Nepalese manufacturers:
For hardwear like boots and crampons, go to the Everest Summitters shop in Thamel. Email: email@example.com , phone: 9771 4219404, 9771 4468775.
For soft goods like down jackets trousers and suits, we have used two shops:
1. Shona's Shop in Thamel: e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org , phone: 9771-4265120
2. Everest Hardwear shop in Thamel. e-mail email@example.com tel 4230399 mobile 98510 45706
There are so many shops in Kathmandu, you will find almost everything you need, except good mittens and gloves.