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Thu 15 Mar - Sun 01 Apr 2018


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Day 1, Thu 15 Mar 2018

International departure from London

It’s the beginning of your challenge and time for your long-awaited flight to Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital.  Here you'll meet the rest of the team and our Charity Challenge representative before saying goodbye to family and friends.


Day 2, Fri 16 Mar 2018

Arrive Kathmandu

On landing, you are welcomed by our local Charity Challenge representative who will transfer you through the bustling city of Kathmandu to your hotel for our first team dinner.   After dinner there is some time to rearrange your kit and if you need to leave any surplus kit, you can leave it at the hotel.


Day 3, Sat 17 Mar 2018

Fly Kathmandu to Lukla and trek to Tok-Tok village, 2,652m

Today take the exciting flight to Lukla.  After arriving, there’s a chance to pick up any last minute kit and meet your Sherpa crew and Ghopkyos (a mix breed of yak and cow). After lunch, there’s a pleasant acclimatisation trek with a view of the Kusum-Kangru crossing at 6,369m. Once in Tok-Tok village  set up camp for the night.

NB. This flight can be subject to delay or cancellation as it is weather dependent.  There are a number of acclimatisation/rest days built in to counter potential delay for up to three days keeping the ability to complete the challenge. If flights are unable to take off after three days, we would implement an alternative trek itinerary.



Day 4, Sun 18 Mar 2018

Trek to Namche Bazaar, 3,440m (approximately 7-8 hours)

As you leave Tok-Tok cross over the first of the suspension bridges over the Dudh-Kosi River and follow the trail to Monjo beneath the peak of Thermasarkhu (6,608m).  From here, it’s a meandering path along the river until the last bridge, where the uphill starts towards Namche Bazaar the Sherpa capital with its amphitheatre of colourful houses.


Day 5, Mon 19 Mar 2018

Acclimatisation day at Namche Bazaar

With Everest now in sight you'll have some time to acclimatise by walking to the headquarters of Sagarmatha National Park at the top of Namche Bazaar. There is an optional walk to wander up to the Everest View Hotel which lives up to its name or to check out the museum and learn more about the region’s mountaineering history. Spend the night back in Namche Bazaar.


Day 6, Tue 20 Mar 2018

Trek to Deboche, 3,800m (approximately 6 hours)

Today you set off along a winding trail with exceptional views of Everest; from  Shanasa, descend into Phungitenga (3,250m) a pretty settlement in the midst of alpine woods before a tough ascent to Tyangboche (3,867m).  Tyangboche is arguably one of the most beautiful sites in the Himalayas; continue along the trail to Deboche at 3,800m where you set up camp and spend the night in the shadow of the Ama Dablam peak.


Day 7, Wed 21 Mar 2018

Trek to Dingboche, 4,358m (approximately 6-7 hours)

Leaving Dingboche the path takes you past the long prayer mani wall and up towards Shomare. The altitude may start to take its toll as you climb higher above the Imjatse River. However from here it’s a lovely descent into the Imjatse Valley and into the shadows of mountains Nuptse, Lohtse and Ama Dablam. Dingboche, is where you rest your weary legs where you can admire the endless patchwork quilt of fields enclosed by stonewalls.


Day 8, Thu 22 Mar 2018

Acclimatisation day in Dingboche

Today is another day to acclimatise in preparation for you trek to Loboche tomorrow. Explore the monastery and admire the incredible vistas from the ridge over Dingboche and the Imja Khola tributary. The valley offers breath-taking views over the north face of Ama Dablam and the Lhotse-Nuptse Ridge all the way up to Island Peak and is a great spot for counting shooting stars.


Day 9, Fri 23 Mar 2018

Trek to Loboche, 4,928m (approximately 5-6 hours)

Heading north trek up above the village of Pheriche where you can catch glimpses of the north Pokalde at 5,741m and stop at Thukla for lunch.  The colourful memorial ground of fluttering prayer flags and monuments are dedicated to climbers who have lost their lives whilst mountaineering.  It also serves as reminder of how challenging the natural environment can be so take a moment to appreciate your achievement so far.


Day 10, Sat 24 Mar 2018

Trek to Gorakshep, 5,288m (approximately 3 hours)

Set off on a rocky moraine path and climb above the glacial pond and icebergs of Khumbu glacier. After the last rocky moraine dunes, a short downhill walk brings you to Gorakshep below Kalapatthar (5,545m) and Mount.Pumori (7,145m). Gorakshep is where Sir Edmund Hillary set up base camp and led his expedition to Mount Everest in the 1950s.  Spend the night here and as you fall asleep, think of the incredible feats of those before you and draw inspiration from them.


Day 11, Sun 25 Mar 2018

There and back to Everest Base Camp, 5,357m (approximately 6 hours)

The finale of your challenge is here, the trek to Everest Base Camp.  Ensure you listen to your Sherpa guide as they guide you through the Khumbu Ice-fall and the ever changing trail as the glacier moves.  The high altitude and difficult terrain makes the trekking a lot more strenuous but the lively commotion from Everest Base Camp will help to spur you on. Celebrate once you reach the top and then head back down to Gorakshep.


Day 12, Mon 26 Mar 2018

Ascent of Kalapatthar, 5,647m, and back to Pherice, 4,245m (approximately 3 hours)

If you are feeling up to it you have the option of crossing the sandy fields towards the base of Kalapatthar. The climb is steep and takes approximately three hours. It may sound exhausting considering yesterday’s efforts, but will be worth it for the breath-taking view of Everest at the top. Then it’s back to camp in Pheriche at 4,245m.


Day 13, Tue 27 Mar 2018

Trek to Kanguma, 3,550m (approximately 5-6 hours)

Your return journey will take you through Pangboche, as you continue back along the Imja-Tse gorge and up to Tyangboche. You'll stay at Kanguma and camp beside the raging torrent of the Dudh Koshi River.


Day 14, Wed 28 Mar 2018

Kanguma to Chumoa, 2,710m (approximately 5-6 hours)

It’s a steep climb this morning as you depart Kanguma and climb away from the river. The path meanders through pine forests and steep valleys back towards the Sherpa capital. Arriving in Namche, you'll stop for lunch before continuing down the long path back to the river.  You'll then head towards the park entrance at Monjo, from where it’s a short stroll to your campsite in Chumoa.


Day 15, Thu 29 Mar 2018

Trek back to Lukla (approximately 3-4 hours)

The final day walking is pleasant as you tackle a few uphill climbs before your descent towards the Bhote Kushi River. En-route you’ll stop in Phakding, before taking on the final leg of your journey. It’s a final push to tackle the 45 minute uphill climb to Lukla.  The night will be spent in a teahouse here where you will have a celebratory dinner with your team.


Day 16, Fri 30 Mar 2018

Lukla to Kathmandu

Sadly, it’s the beginning of the end as you bid farewell to Lukla and the magic of the Himalayas. Touching down in Kathmandu, you'll have the entire afternoon to relax or go souvenir shopping.


Day 17, Sat 31 Mar 2018


Today is dedicated to exploring the wonders of the magical city of Kathmandu and its many temples and monasteries. Mingle with the monkeys at Swayambhunath Temple or go for a stroll through the Garden of Dreams and pick up some prayer flags before your last supper together.


Day 18, Sun 01 Apr 2018

Depart Nepal & arrive home

Today you depart from Nepal, leaving with fond memories and a great sense of achievement.  Touching down in the UK, it may be harder than you expected to say goodbye to all your team mates. Be sure to swap details before heading home to share stories with family and friends.


Important information

You will be using an internal airline to fly from Kathmandu to Lukla. Charity Challenge have audited several of the various airlines used within Nepal for this flight, and as a result of the audit we now only use one of three airlines in Nepal who passed this specialist aviation audit. For emergencies only we also have a list of approved helicopter companies, which have passed our due diligence processes. As a result of these processes, we are confident that we have done all we can to ensure that your EBC trek operates to the highest standards of safety that can be reasonably expected in light of the overall airline safety standards in Nepal. We still recommend that you educate yourself on the FCO's advice for Nepal before booking, particularly the advice on airline safety.

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