Deboche Project and Everest Base Camp Trek – Nepal

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Deboche Project and Everest Base Camp Trek – Nepal

  • Dates 2023 and 2024: 26 March to 13 April, 10 to 31 October, or 8 to 29 April. 22 Days in Nepal. Call for custom dates
  • Donation: $2,850, £1,850, €2,850. (Your contribution for the trek and your international flight are tax deductible).

  • Support trek to visit and help restore the Pema Choling Buddhist women’s convent, also known as the Deboche Nunnery
  • Leadership: Marcia Macdonald, Mingma Sherpa & Yangjie Sherpa, professional experts in trekking and climbing in Nepal.
  • Run by the
  • We offer a 5% discount for carpentry and building specialists, medical practitioners, environmental energy, and sanitation engineers who perform service work along the trek.
  • Includes a walk to Evereest basecamp.
  • Walk up the famous Kala Patar for fabulous Everest views

Recent News: Our recent Service Trek has just returned. Please check the news for recent dispatches and updates from the trek.

Deboche Project Everest Service Trek Overview

This trek supports the PemaCholing Buddhist women’s convent, also known as the Deboche Nunnery, where 20 impoverished nuns live in a convent. The nunnery is falling down, and many tourists walk past and never consider it. It was built in 1928 and it has had little or no maintenance since. The convent is the “sister-monastery” to the famous Thyangboche along the Everest basecamp trek. We plan to help with putting in a new water system and remodeling the building the nuns share for a few days before heading up to Everest base camp and Kala Patthar.


Deboche Project and EBC Trek donation

Our full-service expedition includes:

What is not included?

  • International flights to/from Kathmandu
  • Mountain climbing rescue and travel insurance
  • Personal climbing equipment and clothing
  • Gratuities for staff
  • Nepalese visa
Deboche Project and EBC Trek Itinerary
1) Arrive in Kathmandu.
2) Orientation and tour of Kathmandu
3) Fly to Lukla 2,840 meters/9,317 feet. Trek to Phakding, 2650 meters/8,694 feet. Stay at Tea house.
4) Walk to Namche Bazaar 3,440 meter/11,286 feet.
5) Rest, acclimate, and relax in Namche Bazaar.
6)Trek to Deboche, 3,900 meters/12,795 feet.
7) In Deboche - help dig new waterline, restoration work on buildings, visit with nuns, etcetera.
8) In Deboche - help dig new waterline, restoration work on buildings, visit with nuns, etcetera.
9) In Deboche - help dig new waterline, restoration work on buildings, visit with nuns, etcetera.
10) In Deboche - help dig new waterline, restoration work on buildings, visit with nuns, etcetera.
11) Walk to Pheriche, 4,250 meters/13,944 feet.
12) Walk to Dughla at 4,620 meters/15,157 feet.
13) Walk to Lobuche, 4,930 meters/16,175 feet.
14) Walk to GorakShep, 5,160 meters/16,929 feet.
15) Walk to Everest basecamp, at 5,300 meters/17,388 feet. Return to GorakShep.
16) Trek to Kala Patthar (5,545 meters/18,192 feet), then descend to Pheriche at 4,250 meters/13,944 feet.
17) Walk to Tengboche.
18) Walk back Namche Bazaar.
19) Walk to Lukla.
20) Return flight to Kathmandu.
21) Extra day of rest and celebration in Kathmandu.
22) Flight Home.
Deboche Project and EBC Trek Leadership and Staff
TREK LEADER – Marcia Macdonald: a 12 year veteran of trekking/expedition adventures into Nepal’s Himalaya is also the Project Leader of the Deboche Project.

Sherpas: We hire Sherpas and 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 female Sherpas just became the first Nepalese woman to reach the summit of AmaDablam, 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.
Deboche Project and EBC Trek Personal and Team Equipment

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)


  • 1 pair warm poly thermal gloves, with waterproof wind shell (the latter is optional)


  • 1 cotton sun hat
  • 1 scarf (optional)
  • 1 fleece balaclava or warm hat
  • 1 head torch/headlamp with extra batteries
Lower Body:
  • 2 pair underwear
  • 1 pair walking shorts
  • 1 pair long trousers
  • 1 pair warm but light thermal leggings
  • 1 pair fleece/pile pants
  • 1 pair wind/waterproof pants
  • 2 pair socks
  • 1 pair sandals for use in hotel
  • 2 pair medium weight wool socks
  • 1 pairof sturdy, leather trekking boots ("broken-in" please)
  • 1 pair trainers/lightweight running shoes for trekking on flat, easy trails
  • Sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 10 degrees F)
  • Closed cell foam kari-mat/sleeping pad (optional).
Rucksack and Travel Bags:
  • Medium backpack (40-60 liters)
  • Waterproof rucksack cover (optional)
  • 1 large kit-travel bag with lock (80-120 liters)
Personal Hygiene:
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Bar of soap and small towel
  • Female or male hygiene supplies
  • Earplugs
  • Face Mask
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Disposable gloves
  • Disinfectant wipes

Medical: Medications are inexpensive and readily available in Kathmandu without a prescription.

  • Small personal first-aid kit: blister repair, first-aid tape, plasters/ Band-Aids, personal medications, etc. The leader will have an extensive first-aid kit.
  • 10 anti-diarrhea pills (Imodium, Loperamide)
  • 10 anti-headache pills (Paracetamol, Tylenol)
  • 10 anti-inflammatory pills (Ibuprofen)
  • 20 cough lozenges, cough sweets, Strepsils, Halls
  • 1 small bottle anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox, Acetylzolamide
  • 10 stomach antibiotic pills: (Ciprofloxacin, Norfloxacin)
  • 6 broad spectrum antibiotic pills: (Azithromycin)
  • Do not bring sleeping pills. They are a respiratory depressant
  • Steripen, bottle of water purification tablets, or water filter
  • Small bottle of hand-sanitizer
  • Sunscreen for skin and lips. At least 30SPF

Personal Food:

  • We ask that you bring or buy your own "snack" or daily cold energy food. 2 kilos/4 pounds is a good amount.
  • Bathing suit
  • Trekking poles
  • Glacier glasses
  • 1 liter water bottle
  • 1 small roll of repair tape
  • Small multi-purpose knife
  • Battery powered alarm clock/watch
  • Camera, extra batteries, charging cords
  • 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
  • Contact lens supplies and an extra set of prescription glasses
Deboche Project and EBC Trek Experience and Training
Extensive experience is not required for trekking to Everest Base Camp. The most important thing is for members to be in adequate walking fitness. You may attempt this trek as a novice and we will teach you what you need to know. No further experience is required.

To participate in this expedition you must be a fit and active winter walker/climber and be in good health. 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.
Deboche Project and EBC Trek Application Forms

Please fill out an application and return it to us with your refundable ten-percent deposit to hold your place on the team.

In addition to your application, we will need the following at least two months before the trip begins:  

  • Completed Payment
  • Oxygen order (if any)
  • Sherpa order (if any)
  • Trip Registration form
  • 1 Passport sized photo
  • A scan of your passport identification pages
  • Complete flight itinerary
  • Proof of travel, accident, and repatriation insurance. We strongly recommend Global Rescue, with at least $50,000 worth of helicopter rescue insurance.
  • Trip cancellation/interruption insurance is recommended

Please contact us with any questions you may have.