Climate Change Trek – Nepal

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Climate Change Trek – Nepal

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  • Explore the beautiful Khumbu region with a knowledgeable glacier recession scientist engaged in current research, visting the amazing blue Gokyo Lake and Everest basecamp. Learn first hand how the glaciers are melting rapidly and receding before our very eyes.
  • Walk up the famous Kala Patar for fabulous Everest views.
  • Trek to 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.
  • The Nepal (south) side of Everest is warmer and less windy than the Tibet side of Everest.
  • 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.

Climate Change Trek Nepal Programme Description

Climate Change Trek Nepal Programme Description:

Introduction: On this trek, while walking the beautiful Gokyo Valley, walking to Everest basecamp and up the amazing 'Kala Pattar view Ridge' you will have the opportunity join glacier researcher Dr. Ulyana Horodyskyj and participate in research to understand the rate at which Mount Everest's glaciers are melting. You will help to set up and maintain glacier cameras in action. You will walk (Autumn trek) or paddle an inflatable boat (Spring trek) around glacial lakes, to see, close-up, the collapsing ice walls, as well as collect data first hand. This data helps scientist to understand and forecast the glacier's future. Himalayan glaciers pose an enigma to scientists:  they are covered in rocks and dirt, which should insulate (protect) them, yet they are still melting and "down-wasting". University researchers have been focusing on the Ngozumpa glacier, which flows through Gokyo, and originates on Mount Cho Oyu, the 6th highest peak in the world. This glacier is riddled with supraglacial (surface) lakes.  It turns out that the formation of lakes expose bare glacier ice walls, where sunlight can focus its power, leading to enhanced melting and ponding of water. Through time-lapse photography, we have been tracking major inputs and outputs at these lakes (things like rainfall, ice wall collapse, and drain events). Our goal is to determine the life cycles of these lakes and how they contribute to the bigger picture of the (diminishing) life cycle of the glacier. Your participation in this trek will help us to gain an understanding of what is happening to Mount Everest's glaciers.

     

View of one of the holy lakes of Goyko, after trekking down GokyoRi. Carrying the boat to a lake put-in point on Ngozumpa glacier.Boat put-in point at a glacial lake, Ngozumpa glacier.  (Ulyana Horodyskyj )

Mt. Everest was first climbed in 1953 by Hillary and Tenzing. Their base camp was at Gorak Shep which we will visit along our adventure. Our trek to the base of the highest mountain in the world allows you to enjoy the incredible beauty of Nepal and walk to a very high altitude on good snow-free paths, providing spectacular views of Everest and the surrounding Himalaya Giants.

We trek to 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. There is ample time to experience the friendly and exotic culture of the Khumbu Valley, as we walk through some of the most spectacular natural settings and mountain scenery in the world, while staying in comfortable lodgings.

These treks are in the spring and fall, the main climbing seasons for Everest and Ama Dablam. You will have a chance to sample expedition life and check out the basecamps of teams from around the world

You travel at a very careful pace without having to carry a heavy rucksack, while enjoying freshly prepared meals and lots of hot drinks, all important for acclimatization. The logistics are all taken care of, so just relax and enjoy the pure and pristine environment of the high Himalaya.

     

View of Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse.  Top of Kala Patta.  Crossing a bridge over the Dhudkhosi river on the way to Phakding. (Ulyana Horodyskyj )

This easy, peaceful and interesting trek to Everest maximizes many years of 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.

Leader and staff:Ulyana is a PhD candidate at CIRES. She has climbed over a dozen peaks over 14,000 ft. in Colorado, Washington, Mexico, Tanzania and Nepal. 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

On trek: Our guide, together with friendly and helpful sherpas, cooks and local people leading yak caravans 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 during the trek.

Sherpas: Our excellent sherpas have an intimate knowledge of the beautiful trek to Everest 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 the Khumbu Valley. 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.

     

Standing next to an ice block from an ice calving event on a glacial lake,Ngozumpa glacier. (AngPhula Sherpa), Exploring one of many glacial lakes on Ngozumpa glacier.View of the terminus end of Ngozumpa glacier from the top of GokyoRi.(Ulyana Horodyskyj)

Everest National Park: The park covers an area of 1148 square kilometres in the Khumbu region of Nepal. This includes Mt. Everest and several other well known peaks such as Lhotse, Pumori, Island Peak , and Ama Dablam. Mt. Everest and 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. Vegetation in the park 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. 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, and well over 100 different bird species

     

Our Everest Nepal Basecamp trek is one of the most beautiful trips in the world (Bruce Manning). One of the many terraced hillsides on the trek to Everest basecamp (Elselien te Hennepe). Everest base camp. (Ulyana Horodyskyj)

Trek to basecampThis 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 comfortable 'teahouse' or a good tent pitchein a quiet pasture beneath the highest peaks in the world. Throughout the trek we eat delicious meals prepared by our skillful cooks. The trek will be moderately paced, allowing plenty of time for acclimatization, rest and site-seeing. Together we retrace the classic "Everest Approach March" made by Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa. The trek winds through some of the most spectacular mountain scenery on earth, where you can relax in exotic, friendly Sherpa villages. Our trusty yaks and porters carry all of your baggage, so you don't have to carry a heavy rucksack.

Kala Patar: Just above Gorak Shep is the small hill-ridge of Kala Patar (5,545 metres/18,200 feet). It is a windy path up grassy, rocky slopes to reach the top. It was from here that Eric Shipton helped to choose the first ascent route on Mt Everest, which Tenzing and Hillary climbed in 1953. The mountain behind Kala Patar has an interesting story: Mallory wanted to name a peak after his young daughter. In the Sherpa and Tibetan languages, "Pumo" means girl, and "Ri" means mountain. So Mallory chose to name it Pumori. According to David Padwa, the peak was named during the first Everest reconnaissance

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 of people that enjoy trekking, climbing, and traveling together

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. Yaks and sherpas 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 can accomplish this trek.

Climate Change Trek Cost

* Our “full-service” trekking peak climb includes:

  • Trek Leader: Ang Sangay and staff, fluent English speaker with over 10 years leading treks and climbs in Nepal.
  • Organizer: Daniel Mazur, over 20 years experience trekking in Nepal;
  • Nepalese Sherpa-English speaking guides for the group (we are also able to provide Sherpa French and German speakers);
  • Transport to basecamp to/from Kathmandu, for you and equipment, including all internal / domestic flights Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu;
  • Yak and porter transport for all your equipment from Lukla to and from to your final destination on the trek and back down;
  • Three meals per day during the trek, normally these may be cooked, but sometimes, during trekking, they may be a "packed-lunch".
  • All permit fees, trekking fees, climbing fees and liaison officers;
  • Emergency equipment and supplies: basecamp medical kit, high-altitude medical kits, etcetera;
  • All group equipment like ropes, anchors, tents, stoves, etcetera.
  • Sleeping arrangements will be in comfortable and roomy bunks in teahouses;
  • 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.

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 climbing sherpas, and high-altitude porters, to carry group equipment and supplies.

Ms. Elselien te Hennepe, looking out into the Imja Tso Lake on the left of the photo on our October 2005 trek. Behind her, on the right side of the photo is Island Peak basecamp at 5,100 meters (16,728 feet) (DL Mazur).

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, the key to successful acclimatization. 

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, medical oxygen, and a gamow bag in case of emergency. Thank you for being a well-prepared and safe team member!

*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 page
  • 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.
Please ask any questions regarding cost at info@summittrek.com.
Climate Change Trek Itinerary

Climate Change Trek daily itinerary, please scroll down.

Gokyo – Cho La Pass – Everest Base Camp Climate Change Trek (10 Oct – 30 Oct)

Day 1    Arrive Kathmandu

  • A representative will meet you when you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport and will transport you to check‐in at the pre‐booked Hotel in Kathmandu for BB Plan overnight accommodation. Check into the hotel and tour Kathmandu, a beautiful exotic Hindu and Buddhist city with an abundance of ancient temples. There will be a short team meeting in the evening to discuss orientation, review gear and discuss where to locate any additional gear required. Back to top

Day 2  Kathmandu

  • This day provides an opportunity for additional touring of Kathmandu area. Team dinner.Make arrangements to leave unnecessary gear at hotel while on trek.

Day 3 - Fly Kathmandu to Lukla(2,840 m/9,280ft) Trek to Phakding(2,652 m/8,710 ft) - 6.4 km/2-3hrs

  • After arriving at the Tenzing-Hillary Airport at Lukla we will organize porters and load yaks for the trek. The airport was built by Sir Edmund Hillary in 1964 to support his charitable work.  Short trek to Phakding where we will spend the night in a teahouse.

Day 4 - Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,446 m/11,306ft) - 11.6 km/5–6hrs

  • Namche Bazaar is the Sherpa capital and has the headquarters for the Sagarmatha National Park.

Day 5 Rest and acclimate at Namche Bazaar

  • The extra day at Namche is to help with altitude acclimation. While there, a person can visit the Sherpa Cultural Center and/or take a short hike to places such as the Sherpa village of Thame or to a place on the Thyangboche trail with dramatic views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse and Nuptse.

Day 6 - Trek to Phortse (3,643 m/11,952 ft)  -7 km/3-4hrs

  • Phortse is a Sherpa village.

Day 7 - Trek to Dole (4,084 m/13,399 ft) - 4 km/2-3hrs

  • Along the trail today you will pass through rhododendrons. Back to top

Day 8 - Trek to Machermo  (4,465 m/14,649 ft) - 5 km/2-3hrs

  • Machermo is the site of a reported Yeti attack. In 1974 a Sherpa girl was knocked down by a Yeti that then killed three of her yaks by breaking their necks. This is a short day, so it is possible that we will push on to Goyko.

Day 9 - Trek to Gokyo  (4,759 m/15,584 ft) - 7 km/3-4 hrs

  • Goykois on the edge of the dramatic and holy Gokyo Lakes. There will be climate change talks on the moraine. It is a short 20 minute hike to the moraine from the village.

Day 10 - Tour glacial lakes on Ngozumpa Glacier

  • The Ngozumpa glacier moraine, five glacier lakes and the Cho Oyu Base Camp are accessible from Gokyo. From Gokyo there will also be an opportunity to trek 550m/1800ftto the top of Gokyo Ri Mountain (5,340m/17,520ft). GokyoRi is a steeper version of Kala Pattar the mountain near Gorak Shep and the Everest Base Camp. GokyoRi has the one of the finest views of Everest. Weather permitting you will be able to see Everest, Ama Dablam, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Ngozumpa Kang and many other Himalayan peaks. There will be an opportunity to camp at Ngozumpa Glacier.

Day 11 - Trek to Dragnag (4,960m/15,387 ft) - 4 km/ 1.5-2hrs

  • There is a short trek to Dragang, crossing the Ngozumpa Glacier and viewing/exploring the infamous Spillway Lake on the glacier. We have the opportunity to explore the supraglacial (glacier surface) Spillway Lake by rubber raft and also to rest before the next day’s challenging trek across Cho La Pass. See the FAQ section for additional information about climate change, ongoing studies of glacier changes and Spillway Lake. Back to top

Day 12 - Trek across Cho La Pass(5,420m/17,782 ft) to Dzongla (4,830m/15,846 ft) – 10 km/ 6-7 hrs

  • Trek across Cho La Pass to Dzongla. Cho La Pass is links the Goyko to the Tschola valley. Conditions can vary according to weather. It can be an easy rock scramble or may involve a snow adventure. The east side of Cho La can be snowy or icy. If icy, trekkers may require crampons, an ice axe and will be roped.

Day 13 - Trek to Gorak Shep (5,184m/17,008ft)  xx km/ 6-7hrs

  • There are stunning views at Gorak Shep. This is a rest day.

Day 14 - Remain at Gorak Shep and opportunity for ascent of Kala Pattar (5,644m/18,514ft )-1.5-2hrs

  • Kala Pattar is large brown hill that sits below 23,494 Pumori. From the top of Kala Pattar you can view the base to the peak of Everest. There are two Kala Pattar summits. One is at 18,192ft and takes 1-1.hrs to ascend. The highest is at 18,514ft takes 1.5-2 hrs to ascend. There will be an opportunity to camp here. Back to top

Day 15 –Remain at Gorak Shep and round trip trek to Everest Base Camp (5,300m/17,388ft)  - 7.5 km/ 4-6hrs

  • We will trek to the Everest Base Camp. Its pans a large area. We will have an opportunity to explore the Khumbu Glacier lake on a rubber raft and to do ice climbing on the Khumbi. Khumbi Climbing School Sherpas may participate.

Day 16 - Trek to Tengboche (3,867m/12,687) –21 km/7-8hrs

  • Tengboche is the location of the Tibetan Buddhist Tengboche Monastery – also called DawaCholingGompa. (note: 1.Gorak Shep to Pheriche 10 km 3.5hrs.   2. Pheriche to Tengboche 10 km 3.5 hrs)

Day 17 - Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,446 m/11,306 ft) – 9 km/5-6hrs

Day 18 - Trek to Lukla (2,860 m/9,283 ft) – 11.6 km/xx hrs

Day 19 - Fly to Kathmandu (25 min)

  • Check into pre-booked BB plan hotel, pick up any gear left at Kathmandu while trekking.This day is an opportunity to see Kathmandu area sights. The trek has an extra day in Kathmandu built into the return to accommodate a possible Lukla to Kathmandu flight cancelation.

Day 20 - Kathmandu area tours

  • Team farewell dinner.

Day 21 - Flight Home

  • Check out of hotel and fly home.

General Comments:
While on the trek we will primarily stay in teahouses. The intent is to camp at the Ngozumpa Glacier on day 10. We may camp on day 14. However, if teahouses are crowded we may decide to do additional camping. Each evening on the trek, there will a talk about things we may have seen during the day and a discussion about the next day’s activities. 
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Thank you for joining our Climate Change Trek.

Climate Change Trek Leadership and Staff
Leadership: During the full-service trek, you will benefit from the leadership provided by Ulyana Nadia Horodyskyj. She was born in February 1986 in Rochester, New York.  By the age of 6, she had her first taste of the mountains: the Swiss Alps, where she witnessed her first avalanche.  Since then, Ulyana has traveled to all 7 continents, with experiences ranging from working on the back deck of an icebreaker in Antarctica to climbing Kilimanjaro in Africa.  She has climbed over a dozen peaks over 14,000 ft. in Colorado, Washington, Mexico, Tanzania and Nepal.  Currently, Ulyana is a PhD candidate at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder.  Her PhD work focuses on the changing state of the Himalayan glaciers, through the use of field instruments and time-lapse photography.  She is fluent in English and Ukrainian.

For more about Ulyana Nadia Horodyskyj,

Organization: Your expedition is organized by our British, European, American, Nepalese, Tibetan, and Chinese office personnel working on-the-ground together as well as in your home-country. For example, one of our lead organizers is the very experienced Dan Mazurtrekking in Nepal since 1986 and climber-leader-organizer of Everest, K2, and 12 "eight-thousand-metre-peaks". He is a relaxed, friendly and well organized person, and a highly-skilled professional with 25 years experience in helping people explore the mountains, with the highest attention to detail, comfort, and safety. For more about organizers, leaders, sherpa, and staff, please "click" here .

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 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.

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

Climate Change Trek Personal and Team Equipment

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

Please go to our personal & team equipment section of the "Everest Basecamp Trek Nepal Questions" for additional information and detailed discussion of the equipment lists below.

Where should I purchase my equipment?

Please "click here" to view our list of recommendations on where to purchase kit from our Frequently Asked Questions.

Upper Body-

  • 1 cotton t-shirt;
  • 1 cotton long sleeved shirt;
  • 1 polypropylene warm but light thermal long shirt;
  • 1 fleece jacket;
  • 1 wind/waterproof jacket with hood;
  • Umbrella (optional);

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 fleece balaclava or very warm hat;
  • 1 head torch with extra battery;

Lower Body-

  • 2 pr. cotton underwear briefs;
  • 1 cotton walking shorts;
  • 1 cotton long 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.

Feet-

  • 2 pr. cotton socks;
  • 1 pr. sandals for use in hotel;
  • 2 pr. med. polypropylene thermal socks;
  • 1 pr. sturdy, 100% leather, top-quality trekking boots with good ankle support ("broken-in" please);
  • 1 pr. trainers, lightweight running shoes for trekking on flat, easy trails;
  • Crampons (Not essential but recommended when crossing the Cho La Pass);

Sleeping-

  • 1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 10 degrees F);
  • At least 1 closed cell foam kari-mats (optional). Most of the tea houses we stay in have nice soft mattresses to sleep on.

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

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);
  • Please note that porters and/or yaks will carry a duffel bag. Limit is one per person and then a daypack that you carry while hiking. WE ARE NOW LIMITING OUR TREKKERS TO ONE 20 KILO BAG.

Personal Hygiene-

  • 1 toothpaste/brush;
  • 1 bar soap/1 small towel;
  • female or male hygiene supplies;
  • 1 set earplugs;
  • Face Mask
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Disposable gloves
  • Disinfectant wipes

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.
Medications are inexpensive and readily available in Kathmandu with no doctor's prescription.

Personal Food-

On the trek we supply plenty of food for you and 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 food to the higher camps.

  • 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.

Practical-

  • 1 water filter;
  • 1 bathing suit/swimming costume (you never know);
  • 1 telescoping ski stick/pole (3 section);
  • 1 pr. glacier sunglasses (with side shields). For eyeglass wearers, prescription glacier glasses 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; (Please note; you can bring a water bladder or Camelbak if you wish a but it’s a good idea to bring a back-up Nalgene bottle too in case they freeze or burst);
  • 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;
  • Ice Axe and harness (Not essential but recommended when crossing the Cho La Pass)
  • For water purification you may wish to bring a SteriPEN or some other sort of Ultra VioletPurifers? Please note that with the SteriPenyou may have difficulty with it at the higher altitudes, due to the cold. So, you would have to bring plenty of extra batteries - the lithium kinds are preferable. As a back-up, please bring iodine pills or something similar.
  • 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.

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, bamboo marker wands, etcetera. Please see the group EQUIPMENT link, in the menu bars above to study what we bring for your use and safety.

Please submit any equipment questions or concerns to: info@summittrek.com
Climate Change Trek Experience and Training

Please "click" one of the links below to go directly to that information or scroll down.

  • Team member Experience
  • Fitness and Health
  • Training Prior to the Expedition
  • Training During the Expedition

Team Member Experience:

Extensive experience is not required for trekking to Everest basecamp. 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.

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.

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.

We hope that you will arrive for your Climate Change Trek in good health, both mentally and physically prepared, so we can work together as a team and have a successful expedition.

Climate Change Trek Application Forms

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 Everest Basecamp Trek Nepal "Questions" website for information regarding flights, payment, team members, application forms, insurance, etcetera: Everest Basecamp Trek Nepal 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 Trekking Applicants
Click here to download MS Word Form for International Trekking 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.


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