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.
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Extensive experience is not required for trekking to Everest basecamp and doing service work at the Deboche Nunnery for a few days. The most important thing is for members to be in adequate walking fitness.back to top
Fitness and Health:
It's not necessary to be in extremely good shape to enjoy this service trek. If you can have fun walking for 3-6 hours with a few 20 minute breaks mixed in, you can accomplish this trek.
Prior to joining our group, please see your doctor and obtain the necessary permission and advice, as well as medications for travel in extremes of altitude, and also for exotic locales.
Note: You can purchase all necessary medicines inexpensively with no doctor's prescription in Kathmandu. On our application form we ask you to inform of us your condition, previous illnesses, health and medical situations we should know about, what medications you are taking, etcetera. Please help us to be informed by being honest and fully truthful when you complete it. Thank you. back to top
Training Prior to the Expedition:
If you are in good shape from regular exercise, it is likely you are already more than prepared to enjoy this trek. Here are some fun training tips below.
In the beginning, to see how you handle the training, and to avoid muscle strains that could slow your training down, you may wish to use shorter more frequent but less taxing workouts, and take more rest. After you get "up to speed" as it were, you could increase the rigour. Older walkers, please take note of the latter. Also remember that swimming and bicycling are a fun and excellent form of training because they do not put stress upon your joints. Thank you.
In order to train well for your trip you should work toward excercising a few times a week for about 30 minutes each time.
Adequate rest and a well balanced diet are also essential to avoid injury and illness before the trip. You should sleep at least 8 hours per night, and eat 3 nutritious meals a day. Don't forget that you will perspire when you train, so try to drink lots of water.
Utilising both gym equipment and the great outdoors will provide more balanced exercise. You should try to accomplish at least half of your workouts outside. This could include walking, running, and cycling, but above all should be fun. Hillwalking with a pack weighing 5-10 Kilos/10-20 pounds is good preparation for trekking.
We want you to arrive for your expedition in top shape, so please take plenty of rest and do not over-do it.back to top
Training During the Expedition:
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, members are requested to participate in one to two days of orientation to how the trip will be conducted. There will be plenty of time for discussion, question answering, and for equipment review and purchasing. Training will be conducted both in Kathmandu in the areas of trekking techniques, safety techniques, medical equipment and procedures, communications equipment, camping techniques and high-altitude cooking. For the expert and beginner alike, it is important to review these techniques in order to enhance skills, ensure safety-awareness, and work together as a team.back to top
We hope that you will arrive for your Everest Basecamp Service Trek in good health, both mentally and physically prepared, so we can work together as a team and have a successful expedition.