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Remote Nepal Service Trek

  • Service Trek Remote Nepal Sherpa Village. Photo Deha
  • Service Trek Dr. Brian Rolfson teaching Jamyang Sherpa (one of the health worker). how to check baby. Photo Deha
  • Service Trek View of Himalayas from foot hill. Photo Deha
  • Service Trek Hiking near Shisa Khola. Photo Dinna
  • Service Trek Students from Charmading School. Photo Dan Mazur
  • Service Trek Member enjoying taking picture while trek to remote Nepal trek, background Everest View. Photo Deha
  • Service Trek John showing remote village to Kim. Photo Deha
  • Service Trek Pharmacy at Patle Health Center, which are donated by different sponsors. Photo Dan Mazur
  • service trek Member enjoying evening near camp. Photo Squash
  • Service Trek Team members enjoying Sherpa Dance. Photo Dinna
  • Service Trek Suspension bridge. Photo Stew
  • Service Trek Member and Dati Sherpa at Jafre. Photo Squash
  • service trek Player flag and Buddhist stupa in Jafre. Photo Deha
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  • Run by the MountEverestFoundation.org.
  • Dates : 14 to 26 June or 17 to 29 November. 13 Days in Nepal. Or, flexible dates on offer: Go whenever you like.
  • Price - Donation: $1,450 £1,050 €1,200 (Gift-Aid Eligible UK / IRS Tax-deductible US) (100% of your contribution for the trek and your international flight are tax deductible).  (Converted 16-08-2016)
  • New Flexible Date Option: arrive anytime during any month of the year.
  • We offer 5% discounts for teachers, medical practitioners, environmental, energy and sanitation engineers who perform service work along the trek.
  • Leader: Jangbu Sherpa , Everest friendly walking expert: 21 base camp treks. 14 Everest expeditions.
  • Add on an extension of volunteer work at the beginning or end of the trek in Kathmandu.
  • Trek to visit remote health clinics, schools, sanitary and environmental projects.


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    Greetings from Mount Everest
    , where we are working with kind and friendly local Tibetan and Nepali people to help adapt to the changes brought by an earthquake which struck the Everest region on 25 April, lasting about 40 seconds. This was the largest earthquake for 80 years. About 2 in 10,000 have tragically passed away in collapsed antique farm style buildings made of mud and stone with no support nor concrete. In the high mountains, ice shook loose in a few places, and unluckily, basecamp was hit. As the tremor came at noon, most everyone was up and around and able to run away. However, some did not make it. We send our deepest condolences to the victims families and friends. Lets work together to rebuild Nepal.
 
Our Recent Service Trek just returned from a successful trip to rural Nepal. Please Check Here . Please also visit MEFNews.org and our "Archived News" for more stories of past trips.
  • 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.
  • Walk on snow-free paths at low elevation in the foothills near Mt. Everest through green terraced villages, rushing rivers, suspension bridges, ancient old-growth forests, stay in rustic local travelers inns and camp in verdant meadows.
  • Visit a beautiful, quiet, and pristine remote region on the "wrong side" of Everest where no tourists go.
  • See how local farm families are helping themselves.
  • This low-altitude trek may represent the most affordable low budget trek you could do in Nepal.
  • 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.
  • Enjoy this trek with our western leader and top quality sherpa staff who are with you all of the way.
Please Click Here for a heart touching drone video of Nepal depicting how her people have been badly affected by the earthquake.


Please contribute to the rebuilding effort at Everest Earthquake News .


Please Click Here for a shocking video of a wind borne avalanche hitting basecamp and a 3d interactive map of basecamp , the Khumbu icefall and Everest summit.


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Remote Nepal Sherpa Service Trek Programme Description

Please click one of the links below to view that section of our introductory information or just scroll down (photo right by Murari Sharma: Patale health post worker Jamyang and Dr. Lisa McClellan examine a Nepalese baby).

Service Trek Programme Description:

  • Introduction: Trek to remote Nepal delivering needed medicine and supplies, visiting health clinics, schools, temples, and wander around these extremely beautiful forested valleys with their lovely streams and terraced farms and meet some of the charming local families who provide wonderful hospitality to us.Remote Nepal Service Trek
    • After a short flight on an 18-seat plane we trek through remote Nepal at low altitude on snow-free paths, up and down hills, through green terraced villages, rushing rivers, suspension bridges, ancient old-growth forests, stay in rustic inns and camp in verdant meadows beneath towering peaks. There is ample time to experience the friendly and exotic culture, as we walk through some of the most spectacular natural settings and mountain scenery in the world, while staying in comfortable lodgings.
    • You travel at a very careful pace without having to carry a heavy rucksack, while enjoying freshly prepared meals and lots of hot drinks. The logistics are all taken care of, so just relax and enjoy the pure and pristine environment of the areas we pass through and meet the local people (photo right by Dan Mazur: Ms. Elselien, Walking on foot hill of Everest. 
    • This easy, peaceful and interesting trek maximizes many years of coordinating volunteer projects and treks, accumulated wisdom in the Himalaya, a long and proven record of safe and fun trekking through Tibet, Nepal, China, Africa, and many other fascinating mountain destinations around the world. back to top
  • Leader and staff: Our friendly guides and trip leaders are experts at leading interesting groups of men and women throughout Nepal. In addition, they have an intimate knowledge of the Sherpa people and customs and temples and shrines in each picturesque village you stroll through. We must also give credit to our polite and highly experienced, hard-working trekking sherpas, cooking, and office staff (photo right by Morris Prokop: Our team brought much needed school supplies to Patale Village and are handing them out to the children in the photo. There are 3 classrooms that serve over 70 students from grades 1 through 5. The school has 3 teachers on staff and students travel here daily from as far away as a 3-hour walk to attend classes daily).
    • On trek: Our guide, together with friendly and helpful sherpas, cooks and local porters carry all of your personal equipment, group equipment, and set up camp each day, prepare and serve delicious meals, so you can relax and enjoy the trek. You do not need to carry a heavy rucksack.
    • Sherpas: Our excellent sherpas have an intimate knowledge of this beautiful trek and the comfortable villages we will visit because this is their home region. They live in this land, grew up on farms here, have family and friends in the fun areas we will pass through, making our visit less of the usual tourist experience and more involved with the unique and genuine culture of Nepal. They go out of their way to help make your visit remarkable and create lasting ties with the majestic landscapes and the inhabitants who reside there. This is a very enjoyable trek with friendly people. back to top
  • Solu-Khumbu District: Covers an area of 1148 square kilometres in Nepal. This district verges upon Everest National Park, including Mt. Everest and several other well known peaks such as Lhotse, Pumori, Island Peak , and Ama Dablam. Because this district lies on the wrong side of Everest, tourists do not go here. In fact we have never seen another tourist during any of our previous service treks. The surrounding area is a 'world biosphere reserve'. Since 1976 the park has served to safeguard unique cultural, physical and scientific values through sound conservation principles. At low altitudes the district is made up of jungle vegetation, such as trees, rice paddies, and banana trees. At medium altitudes it varies from oak, pine and hemlock forests at lower altitudes to fir, juniper,birch and rhododendron woods at mid-elevations. Scrub and alpine plant communities with bare rock and glacier are found above the tree line, although our Service Trek does not reach this altitude. 22 species of rhododendron bloom during the spring (April and May) and much of the flora is colourful throughout the year. Wild animals most likely to be seen in the park are Himalayan tahr, goral, serow, musk deer, red bear, and well over 100 different bird species (photo right by Lisa McClellan: A Buddhist ceremony in Patale village temple, welcoming the arrival of our service trek).
  • Optional 'VolunteerKathmandu.org' extension programme: Volunteer in Kathmandu at a school and/or hospital before or after the Service Trek for as many days as you wish to participate. Price includes liaison between volunteer placemnt and the Mountainfund.org staff, airport pick-up, half day city tour, food and lodging. Cost: $200 USD (one time enrollment fee for a minimum of 2 days, plus $20/day for as many days you wish to volunteer before and after the trek).

  • Trek: This is one of the most beautiful treks in the world with ancient snow-free paths winding past green terraced villages, rushing streams crossed on swinging bridges and each night a rustic travelers inn or a good tent pitched in a quiet pasture with views of the foothills and perhaps in the distance the highest peaks in the world. Along the way we will stop in several villages delivering needed medicine and supplies, visiting health clinics, schools, local families and temples. Throughout the trip we eat delicious meals of local vegetables, rice, potatoes, and sometimes chicken for the meat-eaters in our group. The trek will be moderately paced, allowing plenty of time for rest and site-seeing. The route winds through rugged up and down valleys and beautiful forests and terraced farms, where you can explore rustic tiny villages. Our trusty porters carry all of your baggage, so you don't have to carry a heavy rucksack. back to top

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Kandu Sherpa who got Tuberculosis, year ago and treat in kathmandu help by Mount Everest foundation. Walking down to other village. Working in the Kitchen for dinner. 

  • Charity/Non-Profit. Please visit the sites of the groups who support our Service Trek, and help local people to help themselves:

  • Who is this trip for?
    • We encourage men and women from around the world, of all ages to join us as an individual team member or with your own group, whether that is your spouse, partner, friends, sibling, clients, colleagues, etc. Most of our members join as individuals, our team dynamics work well, and we are able to build successful and safe groups that enjoy trekking, climbing, and traveling together.
    • We encourage all different kinds of people to join our Service Treks. We also like doctors and medical professionals to join our teams in return for a 5 % discount (photo right by Murari Sharma: Our service trek team going over logistics and getting ready to head out to rural Nepal in our busy Kathmandu office. From left to right: Arnold Coster, Khanad Chakrabarty, Jangbu Sherpa, Deha, Shrestha, Dr. Lisa McClellan, Celia Rogers, and Dan Mazur).
    • Previous camping experience is beneficial to enjoying the trip, although not required.
    • It would be nice if you have some experience with foreign travel, although we are happy to advise and help you if this is your first time out of the country and, for many of our members, it is.
    • All of the work is done for you, such as cooking, carrying group equipment, setting up tents, etc. Porters will carry all of your personal items so you do not have to carry a heavy rucksack.
    • It is not necessary to be in extremely good shape to enjoy this trek. If you can have fun walking for 3-6 hours up and down hills with a few 20 minute breaks mixed in, then you should be fine. back to top
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Local family. Member bless. Final view of Everest before leaving remote village. Stupa near Jafre.
 
Please "click" one of the links on the column on the upper right of your screen under "Service Trek" to learn more about our trip.

Service Trek Donation - Included vs. Not Included

* Your Service Trek donation includes:

  • Trek Leader: A very experienced and qualified British, European, or American leader;
  • Nepalese Sherpa-English speaking guides for the group (we are also able to provide Sherpa French and German speakers);
  • Return round-trip internal/domestic flights for you and your baggage;
  • Yak and porter transport of all your equipment from the beginning to the end of the trek;
  • Three hot, nutritious, simple meals per day during the trek;
  • All permit fees, trekking fees, and liaison officers;
  • Emergency equipment and supplies: first aid, etcetera;
  • Sleeping arrangements will be in simple tents and beds in inns;
  • We will be carrying satellite communications equipment so we can send news and updates on our progress and stay in touch with our loved ones at home during our trek.
  • Your trip includes 2 free Kathmandu hotel nights at the beginning and two free Kathmandu hotel nights at the end of the trip. You will be sharing. If you want your own single room, the cost is an aditional $32 per night (during the included four free hotel nights) and for extra nights $65 per person for single occupancy. Please bring extra cash to pay for your extra nights and / or your single supplement. We often stay at the comfortable three star Hotel Shakti. Its an excellent and classic hotel surrounded by green gardens and located in the heart of the city action near many delicious restaurants, the city's best mountain equipment shopping, and abundant nightlife all within a few minutes walk. The Shakti also offers lots of entertaining day trip (and night outing) options such as city tours, walking tours, rock climbing, mountain biking, wild game safaris, horse back riding, art classes, volunteer opportunities at orphanages, hospitals, schools, women's centres, bird watching, cooking classes, sport fishing, day peak climbing, herbal medicine seminars, day hikes, pottery classes, car tours, sightseeing, temple tours, henna handpainting classes, massage, swimming, beauty salon, motorbiking, yoga retreats, river rafting, painting classes, golf, language courses, kayaking, writing seminars, bungie jumping, religious worship, canyoning, hot tubs, health club, saunas, fitness center, spa treatments, Mount Kailash Treks, night clubs, meditation retreats, gourmet restaurants, cultural dance performances, wine tasting, pedicures and manicures, casino gambling, barber shop, discotheques, airport transfers, Scenic flights around Mount Everest and much much more.

Dan typing emails, to be sent during our service trek via satellite telephone. The equipment is powered by solar panel (John Vavruska). There is no electricity, no telephone, and there are no roads in this area.

Sherpas and Equipment Transport: Our trek includes transport of all of your equipment from Kathmandu to your destination, and returned to Kathmandu. While on the trek, we DO NOT ask our members to carry heavy group equipment (although it is an option if you really want to), such as tents, rope, fuel, food, etcetera. We employ trekking sherpas porters, to carry group equipment and supplies. To learn more, please click here.

Cooks and Food: On the trek our experienced trekking cooks provide delicious meals. Our skillful and hard working cooks prepare three hot meals each day with a very healthy diet of fresh vegetables, cheeses, eggs, and fresh as well as tinned fruits, meats and fish (all meats and fish are prepared separately out of respect for the vegetarians in our midst). They supply you with unlimited hot-drinks as well.

Group Equipment: We provide a plethora of top-quality, and time-tested equipment, group gear, and supplies, including: trekking tents; cookers, fuel, food, walkie-talkie radios, etcetera. Please see the group EQUIPMENT link, in the menu bars above to study what we bring for your use and safety.

Staff: Our staff, working together as "Everest Parivar Expeditions, Pvt. Ltd." led by the experienced and influential Mr. Murari Sharma, are hospitality experts and have, for the last 21 years, been arranging overland tours, safaris, raft trips, treks, mountain climbs, trek support staff, cooks, peak climbing permits, satellite phone permits, video and film-making permits, translators, liaison officers, climbing Sherpas, oxygen, helicopter flights, air tickets, equipment purchase/hire, storage, import/export, shipping, customs clearance, transport bookings, advance hotel bookings, visas, repatriations, and permits.

Safety: Our expeditions are allowed access to our extensive communications equipment, medical supplies, first-aid kits, in case of emergency. Thank you for being a well-prepared and safe team member!

Hotels: Your trip includes 2 free Kathmandu hotel nights at the beginning and two free Kathmandu hotel nights at the end of the trip. You will be sharing. If you want your own single room, the cost is an aditional $25 per night. This a clean and comfortable "two-star" hotel. We use good quality hot water hotels in a central neighborhood, near many tasty restaurants, and excellent mountain equipment and gift shopping, as well as our trekking and mountain climbing office where we meet before and after the adventure. 

*What is not included?

Visa and Passport: Your Nepal visa is conveniently purchased by you upon arrival at the Kathmandu airport. It is not necessary to purchase a Nepalese visa prior to landing in Nepal. In 2013, the cost of a 90 day visa was $100 USD. 30 days visa cost $60. Please bring cash and 2 extra passport-sized photos (extra photos are necessary to obtain the visa in the airport). Thank you. Please Note: Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months fom the END of the expedition and contain at least 2 blank pages.

Additional expenses like bottled or canned drinks on the trek, tips and gratuities, and expenses of a personal nature (ie: laundry or gift shopping) are not included.
We recommend the following tip for our group staff: Remote Nepal Service Trek: $125. Expect to pay the above tip no matter what.
Please ask any questions regarding cost at info@summittrek.com.

Service Trek Detailed Daily Itinerary & Trekking Schedule

Please click one of the links below to view that section of our Service Trek daily itinerary or scroll down.

Please also visit our Service Trek route description for more about what to expect on the trek from Kathmandu, during the climb itself, etcetera.

Note: This is a proposed schedule, which has been developed through previous trips. The actual itinerary of your trip can differ depending on such factors as weather and local conditions. For example, the trip may finish earlier than these dates, or we may need every single day of the schedule. Thank you for being patient and flexible when coming to a foreign country like Nepal.

Arriving in Kathmandu:

1) Arrive in Kathmandu (1300 metres/4250 feet), group dinner option.;

2) Briefing 10:00 am; gear check; shopping; visit the famous Monkey Temple; dinner at 6:00 pm;

Service Trek:
3) Fly to Phaphlu (2470 metres/8100 feet), trek to Dungopa (2250 metres/7400 feet);

4) Trek to Jamphre (2820 metres/9250 feet);
 
5) Vist Taptang, trek to Patale Village (2860 metres/9370 feet). Stay at Jangbu Sherpa's house;
 
6) Walk to Charmading school and visit, walk back to Jangbu's for lunch. Hike to Dhaurakharkha and make camp;

7) Puja ceremony in the morning. Medical professional members work in the health post, other members walk down to Maidane School and teach there;
 
8) Medical professional members work in the health post, other members walk down to Dhaurakharkha School and teach there. In the afternoon team hangs out in the health post. Ceremonies and a dance party that night;
 
9) Say farewell to Patale, trek to Khiji Bazaar and sleep there (2320 metres/7600 feet). Night bus ride back to Kathmandu;
 
10) Trek down to the village of Sierse (2190 metres/7200 feet); back to top
Going Home:
11) Arrive in Kathmandu early am after night bus ride. Go to hotel and sleep, freshen up, etcetera;

12) Relax in Kathmandu. Last minute shopping, saying goodbye to new friends;

13) Fly back to your home country. Thanks for joining our service trek! back to top

Thank you for joining our Service Trek.

Service Trek Detailed Trekking Route Description

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Introduction-
Trek to remote Nepal delivering needed medicine and supplies, visiting health clinics, schools, temples, and wander around these extremely beautiful forested valleys with their lovely streams and terraced farms and meet some of the charming local families who provide wonderful hospitality to us.
We are leading upcoming Service Treks to a new health clinic in the village of Patale that we are helping to foster. It is located in Nepal, the world's 12th poorest country and the poorest country in Asia, near to Mt. Everest in a very poverty-stricken valley where tourists never tread and where there are no doctors, no medical facilities, no school teachers, no roads, no electricity and no phones. Some of the patients walk or hobble for two days to get a chance to see the doctors.
It’s in a district called Okhaldunga, a valley where 4000 people toil on the steep Himalayan foothills of Everest. On past treks, not only did our medical team see nearly 100 patients in one day during their visit, some of whom had severe injuries that had been left untreated for months, they also donated a new solar panel, medical and educational supplies. The clinic is part of efforts by the Mount Everest Foundation for Sustainable Development of Nepal and Tibet. We are trying to help them raise funds to help poor families living on the "wrong side" of Mt. Everest to get health care so they can go back to work in the fields and survive in their own village and raise their children with dignity, rather than migrating to the teeming unemployed slums of Kathmandu. If you are interested, please visit www.MountEverestFoundation.org, and please consider sending a donation cheque. Thank you very much.

Itinerary-

The proposed itinerary allows enough time for a stunning trek to a rural and majestic less traveled area in Nepal. The weather at this time of year is normally quite good and stable. back to top

Weather-

Throughout the trek temperatures can vary from 27°c to -7°c ( 80°f to 20°f). At night we stay in warm, comfortable teahouse lodges for most of the trek. The wind is the most chilling factor, and can be quite variable, with everything from a flat calm, to brisk. There may be snow, rain, mosquitoes in wet areas, blowing dust, heat, and bright sunshine. back to top

Arriving in Kathmandu-

The trip begins in the ancient and colorful city of Kathmandu, and the staff will personally meet your flight at Tribhuvan airport. Tour Kathmandu, a beautiful exotic Hindu and Buddhist city with an abundance of ancient temples. If this is your first visit, we strongly suggest you tour the temples, including the Monkey Temple, atop a small mountain above the Vishnu Mathi river and the Thamel neighborhood, the Pashupatinath Temple, where the cremations are conducted along the Bagmathi River, Boudhanath , an enourmous white massive stupa first built in 600 AD that you can walk around, absolving a lifetime's sin, and finish at the Kathmandu Durbar or King's Square, where the 400 year old Kathmandu capital was situated. back to top

Touring the exotic temples of Bakhtapur, in the Kathmandu Valley (Felix Berg). A holy man praying near the Baghmati River in Kathmandu (Chris Kinny).

We will take this day to finalize arrangements (such as issuing your trekking permit, etc), in between enjoying food and drink at some of the many westernized restaurants in the Thamel neighborhood. Today is an ideal day to pick up extra bits of trekking kit from the plethora of mountain shops selling a surprising variety of good quality new and used mountain clothing, shoes, and nearly everything you might find in a trekking shop in your home country. The local "supermarkets" are great places to stock up on imported chocolates, sweets, and some surprisingly tasty local trekking foods like energy bars, nuts, granola bars, etcetera. back to top

 Service Trek-

After a few beautiful and exciting days of exploring historic and exotic Kathmandu, our Service trekkers will fly together with our Sherpa staff in a twin-otter 18 seat propeller plane, the workhorse of Himalayan flying, to the remote airstrip of Phaphlu at 2364 metres/7750 feet, where our trek will begin. During the trip, we will be treated to exciting views of the Himalayan high peaks.

The first day we will stay in the vicinity of Bitta Kharka (2100 metres/6900 feet), and the second day, we will walk down to the village of Dhaur Kharka, at 2100 metres/6900 feet. We will spend a day delivering needed medicine and supplies, and visiting a new health clinic, school, local families and temples, and wander around this extremely beautiful forested valley with its lovely streams and terraced farms.

Trekking in a beautiful and scenic river valley. This river flows past Mount Everest (Dan Mazur). A peaceful happy Sherpa family in one of the villages along our trek (Liz Stevens). Unloading our 18 seat twin-otter plane, the workhorse of the Himalaya (Dan Mazur).

After a nice long visit these warm and friendly Sherpa's people's village, we will walk to Jamfre at 2500 metres/8200 feet and stay in a simple inn beside the trail. The following day, we will trace the ridge-tops down to the market center town of Rumjatar at 1350 metres/4400 feet. The next morning we will fly to Kathmandu. This is a very beautiful plane trip. back to top

Photos taken along our service trek. Elselien is showing a photo she just took of a local family living near to Everest, in a poor village where tourists never go, surprised and excited; unaccustomed to seeing photos of themselves (J Vavruska). Doctor Jennifer Heinegg checks a patient's leg in the health post. A tree fell on it 8 months ago. It is badly infected. He will need surgery to repair the leg. His condition is serious, but with a little help, he can return to his job, rather than moving to Kathmandu to become a beggar and live in a cardboard shack (Arnold Coster photo)

Going Home-

After packing up all of your equipment, supplies, and rubbish, you will make the return trek to Phaphlu. The following morning, you are up early, and fly back to Kathmandu, where you can enjoy a hot shower and a grand Nepalese western-style feast. In Kathmandu, you can have a day to relax, celebrate, tour the valley, write postcards, and do a bit more shopping, before heading home. We hope you had a safe, enjoyable, and successful adventure. Thanks for joining in! back to top

See the long ridge in the center of the photo? Look to the right and you will see a flat-topped mountain (Nuptse), and a large pyramid to the right behind the flat-topped mountain (Everest). Seen at sunrise from the ridge above the Dhaur Kharka health clinic, located near to Mount Everest National Park. Flying back to Kathmandu after our trek (Dan Mazur). Thanks for joining in!

Thank You for joining our Service Trek!

Service Trek Leadership & Trekking Staff

Organizer: Dan Mazur  He has led and organized more than 25 treks and expeditions to Everest, Ama Dablam, Pumori, Mount Kailash, Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya, and many others. He has trekked to this remote service area numerous times before, and knows very well the local people who we shall be meeting (photo right by Murari Sharma: Greg Mills, Murari Sharma, Dan Mazur, and Troy Chatwin at Everest basecamp in April).

Sherpas: We hire Sherpas and high altitude porters in a support capacity, and now have 23 of these very experienced, friendly, strong, helpful, and loyal people on our staff, including some of Nepal's best climbers and some of Nepal's only women Sherpas. Some of our Sherpas have been to the summit of Everest more than 7 times and led treks to rural Nepal on our Service Trek, Everest Basecamp & up Island Peak countless times. One of our lady sherpas just became the first Nepalese woman to reach the summit of Ama Dablam, Pumori, and Cho Oyu. Many of our sherpas have personally assisted foreign climbers to the summits of more than ten of the highest peaks in the Himalaya.

During our trek they will be carrying group equipment such as tents, rope, food, and gas. They are also there to assist in any rescues and provide help in the extreme case that there is a sick member. Many of them hail from the areas we will be trekking through, personally knowing the route, villages, and people we will experience on our visit. They have an intimate knowledge of the area, making our trek more authentic and rewarding for our members and less of a common tourist experience.

Staff: Our staff, working together as "Everest Parivar Expeditions, Pvt. Ltd." in our busy agency office in Kathmandu is led by the experienced and influential Mr. Murari Sharma. They are hospitality experts and have, for the last 21 years, been arranging overland tours, safaris, raft trips, treks, mountain climbs, trek support staff, cooks, peak climbing permits, satellite phone permits, video and film-making permits, translators, liaison officers, climbing Sherpas, oxygen, helicopter flights, air tickets, equipment purchase/hire, storage, import/export, shipping, customs clearance, transport bookings, advance hotel bookings, visas, repatriations, rescues, and permits.

Our staff in Kathmandu are available to assist you 24 hours per day, seven days per week. It does not matter which day nor at what time you arrive or depart Kathmandu, they will meet your flight, take you to the hotel, help you find essential things like money changing, shopping, arrange tours of the city, etcetera.

Top row from Left: Murari K. Sharma - Everest Parivar Exp. Pvt. Ltd(MD) Jangbu Sherpa - Climbing Sherpa, Pemba Sherpa - High Altitude Kitchen Boy, Dorjee Lama - High Altitude Kitchen Boy, Tempa Sherpa - Basecamp Kitchen Boy, Krishna Rana Marag - Trekking Guide, Deha K Shrestha - Manager. Bottom row from left; Jens Vogel, Kandu Sherpa - Lady Trekking Guide, Cho-Wang Sherpa - Friend, Maya Sherpa - Lady Climbing Sherpa.

Our leaders, staff, and sherpas look forward to serving you on our treks to form a successful team and create a rewarding experience.

Service Trek - Your Experience & Training

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Team Member Experience:

Extensive experience is not required for the Service Trek. 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 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 a day 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, and camping techniques. 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 Service Trek in good health, both mentally and physically prepared, so we can work together as a team and have a successful expedition.

Service Trek - Trekking Personal & Team Equipment

Below is a detailed list of equipment you need to bring for the Service Trek and at the bottom is a description of team equipment that we bring for you. (Click the links below to go directly to that section of the personal equipment list or just scroll down):

Where should I purchase my equipment?

Please "click here" to view our list of recommendations on where to purchase kit.

Upper Body-

  • 1 cotton t-shirt;
  • 1 cotton long sleeved shirt;
  • Synthetic lightweight shirts or tank-tops
  • 1 polypropylene warm but light thermal long shirt;
  • 1 fleece jacket;
  • 1 wind/waterproof jacket with hood;
  • Umbrella (optional); back to top

Hands-

  • 1 pr. warm poly thermal gloves, with plastic wind shell (the latter is optional);

Head-

  • 1 cotton sun hat;
  • 1 cotton head scarf;
  • 1 very warm hat;
  • 1 head torch with extra battery; back to top

Lower Body-

  • 2 pr.+ cotton underwear briefs;
  • 1 cotton walking shorts;
  • 1 cotton long trousers and/or comfortable synthetic hiking/trekking trousers;
  • 1 polypropylene warm but light thermal leggings;
  • 1 pr. fleece/pile/trousers;
  • 1 pr. wind/waterproof trousers;

Your clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks, bin-liners, or large plastic bags. back to top

Feet-

  • 2 pr. cotton socks;
  • 1 pr. sandals for use in hotel;
  • 2 pr. med. polypropylene thermal socks;
  • 1 pr. comfortable trekking/hiking boots with good ankle support and water resistant ("broken-in" please);
  • 1 pr. trainers, lightweight running shoes for trekking on flat, easy trails; back to top


Sleeping-

  • 1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 10 degrees F);
  • At least 1 closed cell foam kari-mats. We do not recommend inflatable mats, as we have never seen one not puncture. You can buy these non inflatable mats very inexpensively in Kathmandu. Why carry foam mats around the world, when you can purchase them inexpensively in Kathmandu?

Your sleeping bags should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks, bin-liners, or large plastic bags. back to top

Rucksack and Travel Bags-

  • 1 medium backpack (40-60 liters, can be used for airplane carry);
  • Waterproof rucksack cover (optional);
  • 1 large kit-travel bag with lock (80-100 liters for checked bag); back to top

Personal Hygiene-

  • 1 toothpaste/brush;
  • 1 bar soap/1 small towel;
  • female or male hygiene supplies;
  • 1 set earplugs;  back to top

Medical-

Medications are inexpensive and readily available in Kathmandu with no Doctor`s prescription;

  • 1 bottle water-treatment tablets;
  • 2 tubes lip sun cream, 1 tube skin sun cream (min.factor 15);
  • anti-mosquito cream;
  • 1 skin blister repair kit;
  • 1 bottle anti-diarrhea pills;
  • 1 bottle anti-headache pills;
  • 1 bottle cough and/or cold medicine;
  • 1 bottle anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox, Acetylzolamide;
  • 1 small bottle stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc.;
  • Do not bring sleeping pills. They are a respiratory depressant. back to top

Personal Food-

On the trek we cook 3 hot meals each day. This food will consist of soup, local cheese & sausage, biscuits, dried noodles, potatoes, rice, porridge, butter, dried and tinned vegetables, fruit, meats, and fish, tea with milk and sugar, powdered juice drink, and drinking chocolate. Our sherpas will be carrying this.

  • We ask each member to bring their own imported daily snack and energy foods. We do not provide cold “snack” food such as chocolate or "energy-bars". We ask that you bring or buy your own "snack" or daily cold energy food, 2 kilos/4 pounds, is a good amount. A growing variety of imported foods such as European and American cheeses, chocolates, biscuits, cookies, nuts, and locally made power-bars are now available in Kathmandu, at realistic prices. However, imported power bars, GU, re-hydration drinks, dehydrated food, "freeze-dried meals", imported cheese and sausage are not available. If you want these items, you must bring them from your home country. Many of our members, especially Britons, Europeans, and Australians with tiny baggage allowances, now purchase their daily snacks in Kathmandu. Our schedule in Kathmandu allows plenty of time for shopping. back to top

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  • Comfortable clothes for in town;
  • 1 water filter;
  • 1 bathing suit/swimming costume (you never know);
  • 1 telescoping ski stick/pole (3 section);
  • 1 pr. sunglasses . For eyeglass wearers, prescription sunglasses are best and are available inexpensively in Kathmandu with your prescription for just $40. Please order in advance if you are interested;
  • extra prescription glasses, contact lens supplies. Contact lens wearers, please bring glasses in case of emergency. A new pair could be quickly made in Kathmandu for just $20. Please order in advance if you are interested;
  • 1 litre water bottle;
  • 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing repair kit;
  • 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box matches;
  • 1 compass, 1 small multi-purpose knife;
  • 1 battery powered alarm clock/watch;
  • 1 camera and film or digital camera with spare cards;
  • 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks;
  • passport, 2 extra passport photos, flight ticket, flight itinerary;
  • separate photocopies of passport and relevant visa pages, proof of insurance;
  • Dollars, Pounds or Euros cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts;
  • Credit cards (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc;
  • Please be sure and bring your patience and try to keep an open, relaxed, positive and friendly attitude as travelling in this part of the world may be very different than what you are used to, but things always seem to fall into place at the last moment. Thank you.

This is not an exhaustive list. Please submit other equipment concerns and suggestions. Thank you. back to top

Group Equipment:

We provide a plethora of top-quality, and time-tested equipment, group gear, and supplies, including: trekking tents; cookers, fuel, high-altitude food, walkie-talkie radios, etcetera. Please see the group EQUIPMENT link, in the menu bars above to study what we bring for your use and safety.back to top

Please submit any equipment questions or concerns to: info@summittrek.com

Service Trek Question & Answer Section

Service Trek Video Movie Trekking Clips

Below are some short video clips taken from our recent Service Trek. Please click the picture or title in the left column to view each clip. In the right column is the description for each video.

 

Mount Everest Foundation video with scenes from our 2006 Service Trek. 7 minutes (58 MB).

Baby Exam

Patale health post worker Jamyang and Dr. Lisa examine a Nepalese baby (Dr. Lisa McLellan). 1:10 minutes (10 MB).

Knee Exam

In the Patale health post, Dr. Lisa shows health worker Ms. Pasi Sherpa and Jamyang how to examine a patient's swollen knee (Dr. Lisa McLellan). 1 minute (8.5 MB).

Patient

A person carrying in a sick family member to see the doctor(Tenji Sherpa). 0:10 seconds (1.5 MB).

Phaphlu

A panoramic view of the main trail in the "large " village of Phaphlu (Tenji Sherpa). 0:20 seconds (2.5 MB).

Shisha Kola

The nearest school to Patale is 2 1/2 days walk to the village of Shisha Khola (Tenji Sherpa)

Buddhist Ceremony

The Buddhist ceremony in Patale village temple, welcoming the arrival of our service trek (Dr. Lisa McLellan). 0:20 seconds (3 MB).

Leaving Ceremony

Ceremony thanking us for our visit to the Patale health post and school (Tenji Sherpa). 0:30 seconds (4.5 MB) 

Kathmandu

A few scenes the ancient and colourful city of Kathmandu, where the trip begins (Scott Darsney). 0:25 seconds (3.5 MB).

Team members enjoying a delicious meal at one of the comfortable tea houses we stay in along our trek (Scott Darsney). 0:40 seconds (5.5 MB).
 

If you wish to purchase our mountain climbing and trekking films, please contact Videoland Productions.

You can can go to their site www.videolandproductions.com and email info@videolandproductions.com or call (+1)360-491-1332 to buy any and all of the mountain climbing and trekking films we have. Please tell them we said hi!

We will be expanding this section with more Service Trek video clips.

Service Trek News & Expedition Dispatches - Stories

Archive news: Please Click Here

Trekking in a beautiful and scenic river valley. This river flows past Mount Everest (Dan Mazur).
 
Thank you for reading about our past Service Treks. To follow along with our ongoing trips around the world, please view our "Recent News" section.

Service Trek - US Members Trekking Application

What questions do you have? Please ask as many questions as possible. This helps us to have a proper conversation so we can better understand one-another's expectations, so you will have a very safe, enjoyable, and successful trek. Thank you. Before completing the application forms, please be sure to carefully study the Service Trek "Questions" website for information regarding flights, payment, team members, application forms, insurance, etcetera: Service Trek Frequently Asked Questions .

Below you should find a pdf or MS document containing the application pro forma. Are you able to read it? When all of your questions have been answered to your satisfaction, please print out the application and return it to us with your refundable ten-percent deposit, to hold your place in our team. Would you please just post it to us at the mailing address you will find on the form? Thank you very much. If you decide not to go, your deposit will be refunded according to our refund policy. Your registration and the final payment must be completed two months prior to the expedition starting date. Thank you very much.

Click here to download PDF Form for US Service Trek Applicant

 
 

If you do not have an Adobe PDF reader, please obtain it here

Here is a checklist of what we need to have in your file at least two months before the trip begins. We encourage you to send an electronic scan of all of the below documents, please be sure they are signed. Thank you:

[ ] Completed Payment,
[ ] Trip Registration Form (part of 4 page form),
[ ] Signed Participant Release and Acknowledgement of Risk (part of 4 page form),
[ ] Signed Terms and Conditions of Booking (part of 4 page form),
[ ] Signed Medical Form (part of 4 page form),
[ ] 1 Passport sized photo, which is a simple, very clear picture of your face, sent as an email scan. (We simply require a picture of your face against a white background. You can take it yourself for free with your own digital camera or smart phone),
[ ] Exact photocopy of passport identification pages,
[ ] Exact photocopy of complete flight itinerary,
[ ] Proof of mountain rescue and repatriation insurance,
[ ] Proof of travel, accident, and repatriation insurance (cancellation and trip interruption insurance is advised).

Please do let us know what further questions you may have about the registration process, or anything else for that matter. Thank you.

Welcome to our team.

Service Trek - International Members Trekking Application

What questions do you have? Please ask as many questions as possible. This helps us to have a proper conversation so we can better understand one-another's expectations, so you will have a very safe, enjoyable, and successful trek. Thank you. Before completing the application forms, please be sure to carefully study the Service Trek "Questions" website for information regarding flights, payment, team members, application forms, insurance, etcetera: Service Trke Frequently Asked Questions .

Below you should find a pdf or MS document containing the application pro forma. Are you able to read it? When all of your questions have been answered to your satisfaction, please print out the application and return it to us with your refundable ten-percent deposit, to hold your place in our team. Would you please just post it to us at the mailing address you will find on the form? Thank you very much. If you decide not to go, your deposit will be refunded according to our refund policy. Your registration and the final payment must be completed two months prior to the expedition starting date. Thank you very much.

Click here to download PDF Form for International Service Trek Applicants

 
 
 

If you do not have an Adobe PDF reader, please obtain it here

Here is a checklist of what we need to have in your file at least two months before the trip begins. We encourage you to send an electronic scan of all of the below documents, please be sure they are signed. Thank you:

[ ] Completed Payment,
[ ] Trip Registration Form (part of 4 page form),
[ ] Signed Participant Release and Acknowledgement of Risk (part of 4 page form),
[ ] Signed Terms and Conditions of Booking (part of 4 page form),
[ ] Signed Medical Form (part of 4 page form),
[ ] 1 Passport sized photo, which is a simple, very clear picture of your face, sent as an email scan. (We simply require a picture of your face against a white background. You can take it yourself for free with your own digital camera or smart phone),
[ ] Exact photocopy of passport identification pages,
[ ] Exact photocopy of complete flight itinerary,
[ ] Proof of mountain rescue and repatriation insurance,
[ ] Proof of travel, accident, and repatriation insurance (cancellation and trip interruption insurance is advised).

Please do let us know what further questions you may have about the registration process, or anything else for that matter. Thank you.
Welcome to our team.

SummitTrek and Mount Everest Foundation Service Trek Reviews, Testimonials, Complaints, and Comments

Please Scroll Down for More Testimonials:

Here is what Marie has to say:

Just a line to let you know how impressed I was to observe our guide's gentle and efficient leadership on our service trek.. Do you believe she managed to organize the transport of the delicate equipment and supplies from overseas and from Kathmandu all the way to the health post, and most impressive of all to have the health post workers provide the care under her supervision, and with the team around,... All went smoothly as everybody was involved, doing their best and with very good will, starting with the excellent staff from your office and the Sherpa team of course ..;

A beautiful example of collaboration and thinking outside the box.... You can be proud of your team !

Continued success on future service treks!

Marie

Marie and Dati Examining patient at Patle clinic. Photo Jeremy Smith Shelley Bloom, Hamu Sherpa, Marie Serys, and Yanke Sherpa at Helping Hands Hospital.

Marie and Dati Examining patient at Patle clinic. Photo Jeremy Smith. Shelley Bloom, Hamu Sherpa, Marie Serys, and Yanke Sherpa at Helping Hands Hospital.

Here are what Christine and John say:

We bought another large bag yesterday, so will be  going home with all our blessings, scarves and a few Christmas gifts!  Having trekked for days happily with you all, we are looking forward to sifting the photos and keep discussing the so many amazing incidents and impressions we are left with.
It is almost like there was no time at all to assimilate as we went along; what a brilliant trek on so many levels. 

Keep in touch,
All the best,
Christine and John
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Trek members heading to Patle Village with very good weather John and Squash working with student teachers Lakpa and Kandu to instruct he primary students at Maidane school.

Trek members heading to Patle Village with very good weather.  John and Squash working with student teachers Lakpa and Kandu to instruct he primary students at Maidane school.

Here is what Squash! says:

Hello,

I miss you guys already! It was, however, so good to be back on another bus today. Even though it was just a short 7hr journey & nothing like as Epic as our 'fox & bus' ride.

Thank you so much everyone for making the trip such fun, I had a wonderful time and really, really enjoyed meeting & spending time with all of you.
Enjoy whatever is next & until we meet again...!

Lots of love
Squash! Xxxx
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Squash giving away a blanket kindly donated by the students and teachers of Shaker Junior High to a new mother in Maidane Village The team crossing a suspension bridge

Squash giving away a blanket kindly donated by the students and teachers of Shaker Junior High to a new mother in Maidane Village. The team crossing a suspension bridge.

Here is what Grace says:

Thanks for leading a wonderful and memorable trek.
 
Strengths: The Sherpas were extremely helpful and warm hearted.  I can quote several instances where they went the extra mile for me ie. getting warm water for me in an instant, and always with a smile.  At times during the trek they provided insightful information and conversation about Nepal culture and people. Also, I really appreciated their efficiency in setting up the tents and taking them down as well as their efficient and ease of handling our bags.

In terms of the food, I truly enjoyed the Momos, chips, soups, pancakes for breakfast and of course Dhal Bhat with veggies.  The food was simple, tasty, filling, and cooked with much care.  A person could not ask for more!

Tents and Showers were wonderful!! I am very appreciative to all those who took the time to set up the tents and shower tents and provided the hot water. It was heavenly.

Bus ride was interesting and eventful which provided much entertainment!

The Leader and the Trek was organized at a comfortable pace.  I was impressed at the Leader's ability to make adjustments to changes in plans while meeting the needs of the group.  He showed much intuitiveness and good interpersonal skills.  As well, all the staff were extremely knowledgeable about the terrain and gave adequate information.
 
Areas of Improvement: Personally, I did not observe any areas of improvement that is worth mentioning.  I believe, that the Leader's ability to understand people and their needs helps overcome any negative attitudes or complaints one may have during the trek.  Furthermore, I believe his strong ability for conflict resolution will enable him to handle any crisis or problem that may arise.

Sincerely,
Grace Back to top

Student at Dhorkharka School. Photo by Anne Kates Paper and Pen distribute to school student by Anne Kate. Photo Anne Kates
 
Student at Dhorkharka School. Photo by Anne Kates. Paper and Pen distribute to school student by Anne Kate. Photo Anne Kates.
 
If you would like to contact our previous members, please send an email to info@summitclimb.com
 
We take our member's feedback and testimonials seriously. These help us to refine and make our trips a successful, safe, and enjoyable experience for our future teams. 

What our clients say?

  • Here is what Kanad from New Jersey had to say:

    "Our trek was a wonderful and exciting experience. We had the opportunity to participate in the lives of people who don't often see tourists. It is certainly a worthwhile venture to see the beautiful and wild areas of this country, but to be able to experience the people's hospitality and hopefully give them something back in the process is something special indeed. We left with the hope that our presence planted the seed in the minds of the people of Patale that their way of life is something valued by people of other nations. May all subsequent Service Treks meet with the success that ours enjoyed!"

  • Here is what Lisa from Phoenix had to say:

    "We are absolutely overwhelmed by the hospitality of our hosts who have made us feel incredibly welcome. Last night we were treated to a Sherpa song and dance presentation and this morning we were visited by children from the village school, to whom we presented backpacks donated by our friends Maya & Arnold. Our stay has gone by very fast. We have some extra baggage due to the generous offerings of dozens of kata (scarves which are a cultural symbol of hospitality.) Our backpacks are decorated with fresh flower garlands made by local sherpa children and given to us by their mums as a going away present. "