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Deboche Project Everest Service Trek

  • Deboche Photo Everest seen from Kalapather. Photo Mia.
  • Deboche Photo Deboche Nunnery Nun. Photo Mingma
  • Deboche Photo Deboche nuns returning from a trip to town. Photo Dan Mazur
  • Deboche Photo Mitch on bridge on trek in Khumbu valley. Photo Mitch
  • Deboche Photo Mountain Animal call Tihar. Photo Mingma
  • Deboche Photo Namche Bazaar. Photo by Elmo Francis
  • Deboche Photo Some Flower near Deboche. Photo Mingma
  • Deboche Photo Water pipe line in Deboche Nunnery. Photo Dan Mazur
  • Deboche Photo Player Flag. Photo Mingma4
  • Deboche Photo Squash in Kalapather. Photo Squash
  • Deboche Photo Walking in Khumbu valley. Photo Sandra
  • Deboche Photo Water fall in Taktak. Photo Migma
  • Deboche Photo Yaks in Periche. Photo Dan Mazur
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  • Run by the MountEverestFoundation.org.
  • Support trek to visit and help restore the Pema Choling Buddhist women’s convent, also known as the Deboche Nunnery
  • Dates : 26 March to 13 April or 10 to 31 October, 8 to 29 April. 22 Days in Nepal.
  • Donation: $2,850, £1,850, €2,550. (Converted 1/12/15)
  • (Your contribution for the trek and your international flight are tax deductible).
  • New Flexible Date Option: arrive anytime at your convenience during April-May or October - November .
  • Leadership: Marcia Macdonald, Mingma Sherpa & Yangjie Sherpa, professional experts in trekking and climbing in Nepal.
  • We offer 5% discounts for carpentry and building specialists, medical practitioners, environmental energy and sanitation engineers who perform service work along the trek.
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  • Includes a walk to the world' s most famous basecamp and enjoy a beautiful trek with our friendly team.
  • Walk up the famous Kala Patar for fabulous Everest views.
  • Trek to the Deboche Nunnery and base camp on snow-free paths through green terraced villages, rushing rivers, suspension bridges, lush forests, stay in civilized 'teahouses' and camp in verdant meadows beneath towering peaks.
  • We welcome all members to join this trek, including medical practitioners, educators, farmers, gardeners, technicians, builders, foresters, renewable energy professionals, and everyone else. You don't have to be an expert to make a difference.
  • We 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.


 
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Deboche Project Everest Service Trek

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Deboche Project Everest Service Trek Programme Description:
  • Introduction: Support trek to the Pema Choling Buddhist women’s convent, also known as the Deboche Nunnery (also spelled Debouche Nunnery and Debouche Monastery), where 20 impoverished nuns live in a leaky old convent, while also getting to walk to Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar. The building is falling down, and many tourists walk past and never consider it. The nunnery was built in 1928 and it has had little or no maintenance since. The convent is the “sister-monastery” to the famous Thyangboche monastery on top of the hill between beautiful Deboche and Namche, along the Everest basecamp trek. The men who live in the monastery on top of the hill have brand new buildings with fancy paintings and solid walls and intact roofs, while the women live at the bottom of the slope in very simple (and leaky) circumstances. 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 Pattar (photo below right by Fabrice Imparato: The Khumbu Icefall seen from basecamp. Everest is on the right behind Nuptse, with Lhotse in the center).
  • 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 the Deboche Nunnery and base camp on snow-free paths through green terraced villages, rushing rivers, suspension bridges, lush forests, stay in civilized 'teahouses' and camp in verdant meadows beneath towering peaks. 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.
    • This trek is in the spring, the main climbing season for Everest. After working at the Deboche Nunnery for a few days, you will have a chance to sample expedition life and check out the basecamps of teams from around the world (photo right by Liz Stevens: Our past Everest basecamp trek leader, Elselien, receiving a blessing from the local Buddhist Lama in Pangboche).
    • 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.
    • This easy, peaceful and interesting trek to the Deboche Nunnery and 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. 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 Tunc Findik: Namche Bazaar at 3,440 metre/11,300 feet, the capital of the Sherpa people. See this unique village on our trek to and from basecamp).
    • 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 the Deboche Nunnery, 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 also have a lot invested in the remodeling and upkeep of the Deboche Nunnery and hope to see it flourish once again. 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
  • 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 Pe ak , 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 (photo right by http://www.americazoo.com/goto/index/mammals/420.htm: The Himalayan Tahr can grow to a metre high and weigh upwards of 100 kg).
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). Annie and Dolma, Buddhist nuns we met in Tibet several years ago on a trip to Mt. Kailash, two of the kindest trekking staff we've ever met (Dan Mazur).
  • Trek to Deboche Nunnery and basecamp: 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 comfortable 'teahouse' or a good tent pitched in 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. back to top
  Everest basecamp on a misty morning (Fabrice Imparato). Nuns made a special prayer ceremony wishing good luck to our team at the Deboche Nunnery. Thanks to Marcia Macdonald (Dan Mazur)! Our trek team standing in front of Pumori (Mike Martin).
  • Service Work at Deboche: Before going up to Everest Basecamp and Kala Pattar, we will stop into visit the nuns at the Deboche Nunnery for a few days of service work. We are organizing and putting in a new water system for the convent, as well as preservation work and remodeling the ongoing building rennovations. You do not need to be a professional to help out. Anyone can join and make a difference and we welcome all to come with us for this exciting new Service Trek. Thanks for getting involved!
 
A view of the Deboche Nunnery and surrounding valley (Marcia Macdonald). A stunning view of Ama Dablam, Asia's most famous mixed snow-ice-rock climb (Elselien te Hennepe). Two of our members up near Everest basecamp (Patty Burritt).
  • 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. back to top
  • 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 (photo right by Dan Mazur: Ani Dolma, Mia and Squash enjoying making new friends at the Deboche Nunnery).
    • 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. back to top
    • 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.
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Everest Basecamp Service Trek Nepal Expedition Trekking Cost

* Your Service Trek donation includes:

  • Trek Leader: A  very experienced and qualified British, European, or American leader;
  • 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: medical kit, high-altitude medical kits, etcetera;
  • All group equipment like ropes, anchors, tents, stoves, etcetera.
  • Sleeping arrangements will be in comfortable and roomy tents while camping, or in comfortable 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. Meals in Kathmandu are at your expense.

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. To learn more, please click here .

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. 

Hotel: 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. 

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 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:Everest Basecamp Service Trek: $125. Expect to pay the above tip no matter what.
Please ask any questions regarding cost at info@summittrek.com.

Deboche Project Service Trek

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  • DAY 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu
  • DAY 2 – Sightseeing and preparation for the trek.

We start with a pre-trip meeting and a chance to go over equipment for your trek. After our meeting we start a guided tour of several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these sites are considered World Heritage sites: including Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple” Swayambhunath. and the Buddhist Stupa at Bouddhanath. Back to Top

Budish stupa at Chabil chok.  Boudhanath is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu. Photo Elselien te Hennepe

The Taleju Temple is a large temple in the Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square.  The temple is an oddity among temples in Nepal as it opens its doors to the public only once a year, on Maha Navami during Navarati.  Photo Christina Kristensen Kali - Hindu Goddess - ferocious form of Devi  at Dhoka Durbar Square. Photo Christina Kristensen

The temple is an oddity among temples in Nepal as it opens its doors to the public only once a year, on Maha Navami during Navarati.  Photo Christina Kristensen. Kali - Hindu Goddess - ferocious form of Devi  at Dhoka Durbar Square. Photo Christina Kristensen

  • DAY 3 – Flight to Lukla (2886 meters) and trek to Phakding (2640m)

We catch an early morning flight to Lukla. After our adventurous 30 minute flight across the green mountains and farmland above Kathmandu we approach the snow covered peaks of the Himalaya…One of the most beautiful air routes in the world culminates in a dramatic landing in Lukla. Here we meet our mountain crew members and after lunch we trek some 3 ½ hours to the village of Phakding. Back to Top

Good weather at 8AM on the Lukla Heli Pad Maybe I will get to be on one of these planes...
Good weather at 8AM on the Lukla Heli Pad. Maybe I will get to be on one of these planes...

 Tea houses at Phakding. Photo by Hyker

Tea houses at Phakding. Photo by Hyker. Our trek is one of the most beautiful trips in the world (Bruce Manning).
  • DAY 4 – Trek to Namache (3440m)                           

The track leads us along the Dudh Koshi river – crossing many suspension bridges beneath the  towering peak of Thamserku (6618m). After passing through scenic Sherpa villages, we arrive at the entrance of the Sagarmatha National Park. We then start our ascent of the famous ‘Namache Wall’ and get our first sight of Mt. Everest peering over the Lhotse Nuptse ridge. After a stop at Chautara to admire the view, we continue hiking into Namache Bazaar, the Sherpa capital and gateway to the Everest region. Back to Top

Dudh Koshi .  Photo Nate Jenega First Bridge of the Day. Photo Nate Janega

Dudh Koshi .  Photo Nate Jenega First Bridge of the Day. Photo Nate Janega

Last Bridge of the Day 1. Photo Nate Janega Prayer in Stone. Photo Nate Janega

Last Bridge of the Day 1. Photo Nate Janega. Prayer in Stone. Photo Nate Janega 
  • DAY 5 – Acclimatizing day in Namche (3440 m)

Today is an important acclimatizing day. Health experts recommend us to stay active and move about during our rest day. We may spend the day taking a short hike to the Everest View Hotel or relaxing and exploring Namche…making sure we trek a few hundred vertical feet during the day. Namche has an ATM, government offices, shops, restaurants, a bakery and a colorful market open on the weekends. A side trip to the Tourist Center and Museum will show us historical displays of Everest’s first ascents, Sherpa culture and the plant and animal life of the region. Back to Top

The Bazar at Namche. Photo Nate Janega Namche! Photo Nate Janega

The Bazar at Namche. Photo Nate Janega. Namche! Photo Nate Janega 
Animal seen in Namche hill. Photo by Stephanie View of Nuptse, Lhotse, Everest and Ama Dablam just 15 minutes walk from Namche. Photo by Hyker
Animal seen in Namche hill. Photo by Stephanie. Animal seen in Namche hill. Photo by Stephanie. View of Nuptse, Lhotse, Everest  just 15 minutes walk from Namche. Photo by Deha
  • DAY 6 – Trek to Thame (3820m)

The trail to Thame is also the main trail to Tibet over the famous escape route - the Nangpa La. Our trail, with its views of the Konde Ri (6187m), stays high above the Bhote Koshi river as it wanders through beautiful forests and small Sherpa settlements. We reach our lunch stop at Thamo which is the site of a newly restored Tibetan nunnery rising high above the village. The track continues along high above the river until it crosses the Bhote Koshi in a spectacular gorge before climbing into the famous climbing village of Thame. Back to Top

thame prayer flag ridge

Thame. Prayer flag ridge. Photo Mingma tenjing sherpa

  • DAY 7 – Trek to Thyangbo (4230m)
Leaving Thame we strike out toward a most beautiful unspoiled area of the Himalaya. As the trail splits for Tibet and the Rowling valley we stay on the trail to the Tashi Lapcha passing the beautiful old Thame monastery perched on the cliffs above Thame. The trail gradually continues past the mastiffs of Konde, Tenkhangmuche and Pharchamo along the small river coming from the Thyangpo valley with its huge snow covered peaks dropping dramatically to the valley floor. We arrive at a remote farm and the summer yak pastures of Thyangbo. Back to Top
Thyangpo
Thyangpo.  Photo Mingma tenjing sherpa
  • DAY 8 – Visit Parechomuche Lake

After breakfast we start hiking up higher toward the Tashi Lapcha Pass and then ascend via a narrow yak trail which continues on to a beautiful, sacred lake – Parenchomuche. During the monsoon festival of Yaar Chhang, people come here to worship this lake. The photographic opportunities here are truly amazing. After exploring the area we return to the farm for another night.

  • DAY 9 – Trek to Khumjung via Thame (3790m)

We will retrace the track back toward Namache until the trail splits and gradually ascends toward the Syangboche airstrip. Just above the airstrip the trail descends toward Khumjung. This beautiful, historic village is surrounded by the snowy peaks of Kongde, Thamserku and the scared peak of Khumbila. The monastery in Khumjung is said to house a yeti scalp..your call on this! We will also visit the famous Hillary school built by Sir Edmund Hillary – Everest’s first summiteer with Sherpa, Tenzing Norgay. Back to Top

  • DAY 10 – Trek to Phortse (3950m)

From Khumjung we take the higher trail through a narrow rocky gorge to Mongla. Upon crossing the lower slopes of Khumbila we enjoy mesmerizing views of Cholatse and Taboche and beyond Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kangtanga. Lower Phortse village lies south of Everest off the main trekking routes. After lunch we descend down to the rushing river and then sharply ascend through an old forest of rhododendrons and paper birch. This beautiful forest is an important habitat for the endangered Musk deer..with luck we will spot them during our climb into Phortse one of the oldest Sherpa villages and home to the new Himalayan Climbing Center. Back to Top

phortse

Phortse. Photo Mingma tenjing sherpa

  • DAY 11 – Trek to Deboche (3820m)

A beautiful trail winds high above the rushing Dudh Koshi river, across a pass to the village of Pangboche. We will stop at the oldest Sherpa monastery to receive good will blessings from the renown Lama Geshe. After a short descent we reach the Deboche nunnery and the tiny village of Deboche.

Approaching Deboche Beneath the bridge
Approaching Deboche. Beneath the bridge
 
Chorten Kumbu covered in Laligurasn
 
Chorten. Kumbu covered in Laligurasn
  • DAY 12 – Rest day at Deboche

An optional morning hike to Prayer Flag Ridge to hang prayer flags. We will visit the famous Tengboche monastery restored by the Canadian and American Himalayan Foundations before heading back to Deboche to meet the nuns and see first hand, the restoration project Back to Top

The oldest Nun's Monastery in Nepal The main building

The oldest Nun's Monastery in Nepal. The main building

  • DAY 13 – Visit Marcia’s Secret Valley

After attending an early morning Puja at the nunnery we will follow the classic Everest trail before turning onto a gradual climb through a beautiful forest of paper birch, juniper and rhododendron – a habitat for Thar, Musk deer and pheasants. We will come out into a vast, beautiful valley by a rushing glacier stream. While we stop for a picnic lunch you can see the magnificent glacier descending from the peaks of Malangphutang and Khangtega.  Back to Top

secretvalley Article of Deboche Nunnery. Photo Murari Sharma Flower. Can you tell us this flower name.  Photo Murari Sharma.

Secret valley. Photo Mingma tenjing sherpa Article of Deboche Nunnery. Photo Murari Sharma. Flower. Can you tell us this flower name.  Photo Murari Sharma.

Overhead view of Deboche. Photo Mingma Sherpa
Marcia Macdonald, one of the Deboche Nunnery project's biggest supporters, sitting on the steps of the convent with the nuns. Photo Marcia Macdonald. Overhead view of Deboche. Photo Mingma Sherpa.
View from the South-East West Face of Gompa
View from the South-East. West Face of Gompa.

One of the Deboche convent houses which requires refurbishment. Team with Marcia MacDonald

Ani Nawang Pema, the oldest and most famous of the Deboche nuns, has been meditating for 50 years (Marcia MacDonald). Anis work in the kitchen preparing a meal around their wood cook stove (Marcia MacDonald)

  • DAY 14 – Return to Namache (3440m)

After breakfast we head uphill to Tengboche and then steeply descend to the Dudh Koshi river before ascending through the forest to Phunka Tenga and on through the villages of Tashinga, Sansa, and Kyangjuma before returning to Namache. Back to Top

One of the many diverse species of grouse pheasants that populate Everest National Park. Photo Valerie Hovland. Namche as seen from above.

  • DAY 15 – Trek back to Phakding (2640m)
  • DAY 16 – Trek to Lukla (2886m)
  • DAY 17 – Flight back to Kathmandu
  • DAY 18 – Sightseeing in Kathmandu
A chance to buy last minute gifts and then a celebration dinner for our incredible trek!!
  • DAY 19 – Departure for home or further adventures!!! Back to Top

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Please also visit our Everest Basecamp Service Trek route description for more about what to expect from Kathmandu, on the trek 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.

2) Tour Kathmandu, a beautiful exotic Hindu and Buddhist city with an abundance of ancient temples. Orientation.

Trekking to Deboche:

3) Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla 2,840 metre/9,300 feet. Trek to Phakding, where we camp in a comfortable tea house at 2650 metres/8,700 feet.

4) Walk to Namche Bazaar 3,440 metre/11,300 feet.

5) Rest, acclimate, and relax in Namche Bazaar.

 

6)Trek to Deboche, 3,900 metres/12,800 feet.

Deboche Nunnery:

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.

Trekking to Everest Basecamp:

11) Walk along to the village of Pheriche, 4,250 metres/13,900 feet.

12) Walk along to the village of Dughla at 4,620 metres/15,150 feet.

13) Walk along to the village Lobuche, 4,930 metres/16,200 feet .

14) A short day up the Khumbu glacier takes us to the rocky outpost of Gorak Shep, with three cozy teahouses at 5,160 metres/16,900 feet.

15) Walk up to Everest basecamp, which lies atop the Khumbu glacier at 5,300 metres/17,400 feet. Return to Gorak Shep.

16) Trek up Kala Patar (5,545 metres/18,200 feet). This evening we stay in Pheriche at 4,250 metres/14,000 feet. Back to Top

Going Home:

17) Walk back to Tengboche

18) We will walk back to Namche Bazaar.

19) Walk down from Namche to Lukla.

20) Return flight to Kathmandu.

21) Extra day of rest and celebration in Kathmandu. Do take a taxi out to Bhaktapur if you wish to visit an impressive temple city.

22) Flight Home. Good Bye everyone, it was nice meeting you! Back to Top

Thank you for joining our Deboche Project Service Trek

Everest Basecamp Service Trek Nepal Detailed Route Description

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Introduction-
Support trek to the Pema Choling Buddhist women’s convent, also known as the Deboche Nunnery (also spelled Debouche Nunnery and Debouche Monastery), where 20 impoverished nuns live in a leaky old convent, while also getting to walk to Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar. The building is falling down, and many tourists walk past and never consider it. The nunnery was built in 1928 and it has had little or no maintenance since. The convent is the “sister-monastery” to the famous Thyangboche monastery on top of the hill between beautiful Deboche and Namche, along the Everest basecamp trek. The men who live in the monastery on top of the hill have brand new buildings with fancy paintings and solid walls and intact roofs, while the women live at the bottom of the slope in very simple (and leaky) circumstances. 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 Pattar 

Everest was first climbed in 1953 by Hillary and Tenzing, their Base Camp was at Gorak Shep which we will visit. Just above Gorak Shep is the small hill-ridge of Kala Patar (5,545 metres/18,200 feet). It was from here that Eric Shipton helped to choose the first ascent route on Mt Everest, which Tenzing and Hillary climbed in 1953. According to David Padwa, the peak was named by Mallory during the first Everest reconnaissance. The mountain behind Kala Pattar 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.

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 Nepal, Tibet, China, Africa, and many other fascinating destinations around the world. 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. Many of these excellent sherpas who work for us 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, enjoyable along the way, and create lasting ties with the majestic landscapes and the inhabitants who reside there. This is a truly wonderful trek with an enthusiastic and polite group of friends.
 
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). Annie and Dolma, Buddhist nuns we met in Tibet several years ago on a trip to Mt. Kailash, two of the kindest trekking staff we've ever met (Dan Mazur).

Style of Trekking-

The Basecamp Service Trek will be moderately paced, allowing plenty of time for acclimatization, a stop in Deboche for a few days of service work and site-seeing and features the classic route to Everest basecamp, where you can follow "Everest Approach March" made by Sir Edmund Hillary and the famous: Tenzing Norgay Sherpa. The trek passes through some of the most spectacular mountain scenery on earth and through interesting and friendly Sherpa villages. It's enjoyable walking the wide trails on this relaxing and energizing trek, where our cooks pamper you and our trusty yaks and porters carry all of your baggage, so you don't have to. After completing 4 days of service work at the Deboche Nunnery and a slow and careful walk up to high altitude, with plenty of time for rest and acclimatization, the team will stop at the tiny hamlet beneath Everest: "Gorak Shep". Using Gorak Shep as your basecamp (it was also Hillary's) you have the opportunity to spend an entire day walking up to the modern-day Everest basecamp, where all of the big Everest expeditions now go. The following day you can walk up to the ridge top known as "Kala Patar" for fabulous views of Everest. The donation includes return round-trip domestic flights, cook, food, porters, guide, and everything for your trek, even a visit to basecamp and a fun and easy climb to 5,545 metre/18,200 foot, Kala Patar. back to top

  Everest basecamp on a misty morning (Fabrice Imparato). Nuns made a special prayer ceremony wishing good luck to our team at the Deboche Nunnery. Thanks to Marcia Macdonald (Dan Mazur)! Our trek team standing in front of Pumori (Mike Martin).

Itinerary-

The proposed itinerary allows enough time for proper acclimatization and rest days. The weather at this time of year is normally quite good and stable.

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 at basecamp. There may be snow, rain, mosquitoes in wet areas, blowing dust, heat, and bright sunshine. It is slightly chillier during April trip than in May or October. The coldest portion of the trek is the morning we walk up Kala Patar, where it can get below freezing on average. 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.

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

Trekking to Deboche Nunnery and Basecamp-

In a small twin engine, twin pilot, 18 seat propeller driven "Twin-Otter", the trusty workhorse of the Khumbu-Everest trekking trade, we will fly for 40 minutes from Kathmandu to the airstrip at 2,840 metre/9,300 foot-high Lukla and stroll a couple of hours down and through the forested and farmed Dudh Khosi valley with a small clean river ripping through a narrow green rocky mountain studded valley to the picturesque small town of Phakding, where we camp in a field on the river bank at 2,650 metres/8,700 feet. Throughout the entire trek, every day, our bags will be carried by porters and yaks. Interacting with the people transporting our equipment, as well as their livestock, will be an interesting part of our trip, and allow us to set foot into the local culture.

We arise early and have a typically wholesome breakfast of omelettes, toast, porridge and hot drinks, then walk 4-7 hours up through the fir trees and ever-rarer herds of Himalayan Tahr, an endangered large wild mountain sheep. Topping the rim of the Sun Khosi Gorge, we slowly and steadily walk into the steep village of 3,440 metre/12,800 foot high Namche Bazaar, the capital of the Sherpa region, which we will have time to explore. It’s important to drink lots of liquids during today's trek, and you will certainly appreciate the stunning views of Numbur Peak (6,959 metres/23,000 feet) over several cups of tea, in our terraced campsite, in what used to be a potato field on the upper slopes of the town. In 30 minutes walk on a trail traversing the slope towards Everest , we will see our first views of the stunning Ama Dablam and perhaps Everest itself. back to top

The Himalayan Tahr can grow to a metre high and weigh upwards of 100 kg. (http://www.americazoo.com/goto/index/mammals/420.htm). At the gompa of Thyangboche, which burned in 1989, Steve doing some exploring (Liz Stevens). The Pangboche Lama blesses all of us. Here he is blessing our trek employee and trek leader, Ms. Kandu Sherpa. Kandu's sister Maya works for SummitClimb and has become the first Nepalese woman to climb Ama Dablam , Pumori, and Cho Oyu . Kandu would also like to become a climbing Sherpa one day (Liz Stevens).

We rest, acclimate, and relax, in order to soak in the comfortable exotic landscape of this Sherpa kingdom. One of the main features of spending a day in Namche is the opportunity to walk 15 minutes down the slope to partake in the tumult of this bustling sherpa and tourist village, especially the many tasty restaurants, tea-shops, pubs, billiard rooms, and internet cafes. All of the electricity here is locally made micro-hydro electric power, and the telephone and internet connections are wireless/satellite.

From Namche we drop down to the river and the famous tea-stop of Fungki Thangka and have a steep climb up through tree nurseries where you could help with the replanting of the Khumbu valley, which is starting to show signs of over-forestation by sherpas heating water for trekker's hot showers. Throughout this part of the walk, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for a glimpse of endangered herds of Tahr.

Finally cresting a rise in a forest of gorgeous Sub-alpine fir and Hemlock, walking at the feet of the Khumbu giant peaks of Kusum Kanguru and Thamserku, we reach the Buddhist monastery at Thyangboche, which we can visit. The monastery burned in 1989, apparently due to an electric kettle being left on. Tragically the gompa's book collection was ravaged, and during the following years, groups of monks were seen spending hours each day writing with ball-point pens on stenographer's pads, trying to recall ancient texts from memory, which were burned when the fire tore through the library. Here we will find inspiring views of Mt. Everest , Nuptse, Lhotse , Ama Dablam , and a very welcome tea and lunch stop.

A view of the Deboche Nunnery and surrounding valley (Marcia Macdonald). A stunning view of Ama Dablam, Asia's most famous mixed snow-ice-rock climb (Elselien te Hennepe). Two of our members up near Everest basecamp (Patty Burritt).

We will then carry on for an hour through the tiny old-style hamlet of Deboche, in a high altitude birch forest, inside the inspiring Khumbu gorge, where there is a spectacular bridge crossing.

Now at the Deboche Nunnery, we will begin our 4 days of service work helping to dig a new waterline, work on restoring the faltering buildings, meet and visit with the nuns, and help out with daily tasks.

There are twenty nuns at the Deboche Nunnery, including four elderly, eight from the Solukhumbu and eight from Tibet. They also help nuns from all over Nepal, who come to visit, stay and learn different prayers and ceremonies in a kind of religious exchange programme. Not only that, but the Deboche Nunnery provides crucial refuge for beleaguered Tibetan nuns. Plans to rebuild parts of the old nunnery, bring a fresh water line to the kitchen and develop new nun’s quarters and a retreat centre are underway thanks to your support in thsi Service Trek. The idea is to bring new nuns and foreign students of meditation and Buddhism together, as well as breathe life back into this 80 year old convent.

After our service work is over, we will say goodbye to our new friends and walk to the village of Pangboche, 3,900 metres/12,800 feet, a religious village and the home of the Khumbu Lama, the most respected Buddhist leader in the upper Khumbu valley. This is a long day of trekking, but after all is said and done, you only gain 350 metres/1,150 feet. From Pangboche village, one can enjoy the most stunning views of Ama Dablam , Everest , and the imposing south face of Lhotse . back to top

From Pangboche we enjoy a walk along the beautiful Dudh Kosi gorge, to the enourmous flat valley where lies the village of Pheriche. At 4,250 metres/13,900 feet, it’s where the famous Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) health clinic is located. Pheriche is the last permanent Sherpa settlement. Here we have spectacular views of Nuptse, Lobuche, Cholatse, Ama Dablam and many others.

Two bridges over the Pangboche gorge. The new bridge is the higher one. Sherpas love to hang prayer flags all over their bridges. Looking down on Pangboche at 3,900 metres/12,800 feet (Steve Miscione).

A few hours of walking up a rocky slope brings us to the former yak herder's outpost of Dugla at 4,620 metres/15,150 feet, where a comfortable lodge provides an ideal spot to spend the rest of the day and night, where we can relax, rest, acclimate and drink tea. back to top

Monuments to fallen climbers, known as "chortens" atop the Dugla Hill, with Ama Dablam in the background (Steve Miscione). The view of Lobuche peak from the teahouse at Lobuche at 4,930 metres/16,200 feet (Liz Stevens).

Hiking across grassy hills, up the rest of the Dugla Hill and through enormous boulders brings us to 4,930 metre/16,200 foot Lobuche, with stunning views of Lobuche peak and Cholatse. Along the way we cross over the Dugla Hill where we are confronted by a knoll studded with chortens, monuments to fallen climbers and Sherpas who have died on Mt. Everest over the years. You will probably recognize several of the names on the memorials.

A short day up the Khumbu glacier takes us to the rocky outpost of Gorak Shep, with three cozy teahouses at 5,160 metres/16,900 feet. We will tuck into a comfortable tea house and marvel at the lovely views of Everest , Nuptse, Pumori, Lobuche, and so many other vast mountains that tower around us, as if our tiny teahouse was a crumb of bread in the jaws of a dragon. We eat and drink a lot up here, so you will have a good chance to rest and recuperate. The nights can be very chilly up here, so you will enjoy bundling up in your warm, fleece, pile, or duvet/down jacket, and wearing your wooly hat, especially in the evening. back to top

Nepal, Gorak Shep Himalayan Ular - fat birds feel very safe in Gorak Shep.

One interesting thing about trek life is being woken up every morning by these Himalayan Ular Snow Cocks (Web).

Sturdy and hardworking local gentleman carrying beer to sell to tourists in the teahouses (DL Mazur). These strong yaks carry our expedition equipment (Liz Strevens).

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).

Those of us who are feeling well will wake up early and walk up to Everest basecamp which lies atop the Khumbu glacier at 5,300 metres/17,400 feet. There is a good trail on rocks and scee all the way to basecamp, where you will see several spectacular crashed Russian helicopters. Then we will return to Gorak Shep for another warm night, lots of tea, and a delicious meal.

With an early start we trek to the top of Kala Patar (5,545 metres/18,200 feet) to see the breathtaking views of Everest . Here is where Shipton stood in 1952, to plan the successful ascent of Everest . After climbing to the top of Kala Patar, we shall walk down to Gorak Shep and have a relaxing lunch, followed by a short walk down to Lobuche and camp. We now walk back down the valley, retracing our steps to Pheriche, and enjoy the final stunning views of the stunning Everest massif. If you are joining our Island Peak trip , here is where you will branch off for the village of Chukkung. back to top

Going Home-

After packing up all of your equipment, supplies, and rubbish, you will make the return trek to Lukla. 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

Thank You for joining our Everest Basecamp Service Trek.

Everest Basecamp Service Trek Nepal Leadership & Trekking Staff

Leadership:

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. 

GUIDE – Mingma Tenzin Sherpa: One of the Everest region’s most popular and professional mountain/trekking guides. Born in the Sherpa capital of Namache, a graduate of Kathmandu University, Mingma speaks excellent English and his knowledge of Nepal’s history, Tibetan/Sherpa culture and Buddhist traditions will continually impress you...not to mention his wonderful sense of humor. Mingma is our Deboche Project Coordinator. please click here. for details. 

A meeting on the roof of our hotel, where we describe the plan of our expedition. The audience, our trekkers and climbers. Felix and Arnold demonstrating the members high mountain equipment before a shopping trip to one of Kathmandu's 50 mountain shops to purchase any needed essentials for the members (Franck Pitula).

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 and led treks to Everest Basecamp 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.

Everest Basecamp Service Trek Nepal - Your Experience & Training

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

Team Member Experience:

Extensive experience is not required for trekking to Everest basecamp and doing service work at the Deboche Nunnery for a few days. The most important thing is for members to be in adequate walking fitness. back to top

Fitness and Health:

It's not necessary to be in extremely good shape to enjoy this service trek. If you can have fun walking for 3-6 hours with a few 20 minute breaks mixed in, you can accomplish this trek.

Prior to joining our group, please see your doctor and obtain the necessary permission and advice, as well as medications for travel in extremes of altitude, and also for exotic locales.

Note: You can purchase all necessary medicines inexpensively with no doctor's prescription in Kathmandu. On our application form we ask you to inform of us your condition, previous illnesses, health and medical situations we should know about, what medications you are taking, etcetera. Please help us to be informed by being honest and fully truthful when you complete it. Thank you. back to top

Training Prior to the Expedition:

  • If you are in good shape from regular exercise, it is likely you are already more than prepared to enjoy this trek. Here are some fun training tips below.
  • In the beginning, to see how you handle the training, and to avoid muscle strains that could slow your training down, you may wish to use shorter more frequent but less taxing workouts, and take more rest. After you get "up to speed" as it were, you could increase the rigour. Older walkers, please take note of the latter. Also remember that swimming and bicycling are a fun and excellent form of training because they do not put stress upon your joints. Thank you.
  • In order to train well for your trip you should work toward excercising a few times a week for about 30 minutes each time.
  • Adequate rest and a well balanced diet are also essential to avoid injury and illness before the trip. You should sleep at least 8 hours per night, and eat 3 nutritious meals a day. Don't forget that you will perspire when you train, so try to drink lots of water.
  • Utilising both gym equipment and the great outdoors will provide more balanced exercise. You should try to accomplish at least half of your workouts outside. This could include walking, running, and cycling, but above all should be fun. Hillwalking with a pack weighing 5-10 Kilos/10-20 pounds is good preparation for trekking.
  • We want you to arrive for your expedition in top shape, so please take plenty of rest and do not over-do it. back to top

Training During the Expedition:

  • Upon arrival in Kathmandu, members are requested to participate in one to two days of orientation to how the trip will be conducted. There will be plenty of time for discussion, question answering, and for equipment review and purchasing. Training will be conducted both in Kathmandu in the areas of trekking techniques, safety techniques, medical equipment and procedures, communications equipment, camping techniques and high-altitude cooking. For the expert and beginner alike, it is important to review these techniques in order to enhance skills, ensure safety-awareness, and work together as a team.back to top

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

Everest Basecamp Service Trek Nepal - Personal & Team Equipment

Below is a detailed list of equipment you need to bring for Everest Basecamp Service Trek 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 Service Trek 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); 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 fleece balaclava or very warm hat;
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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. back to top

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;


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;

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 crea;
  • 1 skin blister repair kit;
  • 1 bottle anti-diarrhea pills;
  • 1 small bottle stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc.;
  • 1 bottle anti-headache pills;
  • 1 bottle cough and/or cold medicine;
  • 1 bottle anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox, Acetylzolamide;
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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.

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  • 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 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;
  • 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, 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.

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

Everest Basecamp Service Trek Nepal Question & Answer Section

Everest Basecamp Trek Nepal - Trekking Video Movie Clips

Below are some short video clips taken along our recent Everest Basecamp Trek by our team members. Please click the picture or title in the left column to view each clip. In the right column is the description for each video.

 
Deboche
A short video about the Deboche / Debouche Nunnery & Convent made by Squash Falconer, Mingma Sherpa and Tom Grimshaw (www.tomgrimshaw.co.uk).


EBC

A look at Everest basecamp and the Khumbu Icefall (Dale Wagner). 1:20 minutes (11 MB).


Kala Pattar

Views from the top of Kala Pattar, next to Everest (Dale Wagner). 0:40 seconds (6 MB).


Above EBC

A shot from above Everest basecamp, showing the west face of Everest and Nuptse (Dale Wagner). 0:45 seconds (6.5 MB).


Dughla

A panoramic view  from the Dughla Pass, looking at Lobuche East, Pumori, and other peaks in the Himalaya (Dale Wagner). 1 minute. (8.5 MB).

Namche

Namche Bazaar at 3,440 metre/11,300 feet, the capital of the Sherpa people (Scott Darsney). 0:50 seconds (7 MB).


Kathmandu

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


Kathmandu

Short clip of the bustling streets of Kathmandu (Dale Wagner). 1 minute (8.5 MB).


Lobuche

The view approaching Gorak Shep, looking at Pumori, Changtse, the Khumbu Glacier, and Nuptse (Dale Wagner). 0:45 seconds (6 MB).


Trek

A few scenes of the trek to basecamp, including the town of Tengboche (Scott Darsney). 0:55 seconds (7.5 MB).


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

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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).

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Everest Basecamp Service Trek Nepal - International Members 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 Everest Basecamp 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 travel, rescue, 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.

Everest Basecamp Service Trek Nepal - US Members 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 Everest Basecamp 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 travel, rescue, 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.

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