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Everest base camp challenge 2019 - Embrace CVOC


Day 0 | Saturday 2 November 2019

International departure from UK

Accommodation: Over-night flight

Day 1 | Sunday 3 November 2019

Arrive Kathmandu (1360m/4488ft)

On landing in Kathmandu, the group will transfer to the hotel. A pre-trek briefing by the group leader will be scheduled for late afternoon. An evening meal will be organised by the group leader, evening otherwise free.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 2 | Monday 4 November 2019


In the morning we explore Kathmandu on an organised sightseeing tour, visiting Boudhanath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world. We also visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country. The early afternoon is free. In the afternoon you will be supplied with your trek pack and departure information.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 3 | Tuesday 5 November 2019

PHAKDING (2600m/8580ft) or MONJO (2835m/9355ft)*
*Dependent on time of arrival in Lukla

Early in the morning we leave Kathmandu for Lukla. Flight time is approximately 40 minutes and will take in the awe-inspiring Himalayan giants bordering Nepal and Tibet. In the afternoon there is some time to explore the village before the start of the trek.

We descend on a wide trail towards the Dudh Kosi River, before joining the main trail to Namche Bazaar, the bustling capital of Khumbu. The walking is easy and, after passing through the small village of Ghat (2500m), we cross the river to our accommodation in Phakding. If we land earlier, we will have lunch here, and continue on to Monjo.

Accommodation: Lodge

Day 4 | Wednesday 6 November 2019

NAMCHE BAZAAR (3446m/11372ft)

Treking 7 or 4 hours, depending on starting point, we cross the river again to the western bank and enter Sagarmatha National Park. Continuing upstream to the intersection of the Bhote Kosi and Dudh Kosi, we cross a large, stable, suspension bridge high above the river, before starting the steady 2 hours climb to Namche Bazaar. There will be fantastic photo opportunities as the peak of Everest comes into view for the first time. At Namche, your time is yours.

Accommodation: Lodge

Day 5 | Thursday 7 November 2019

KYANGJUMA (3600m/11372ft)

The day walk to Kyangjuma, via Khumjung and Khunde, is a similar altitude to Namche and therefore forms part of the acclimatisation. There are two options for getting there:
A steeper climb to the Everest View Hotel, climbing a trail out of the village bowl of Namche, which then contours around Khumbilya’s lower slopes. There are incredible views to the west, the ridge of Nupla and Kwangde Himal lie across the valley. To the south, the towering ice-fluted walls of Thamserku rise above you, and to the east the head of the valley, the Lhotse and Nupste wall, towers a full three and a half thousand metres above the valley at Dingboche. Lunch at Khumjung before heading down to Kyangjuma.

Or, if anyone feels they cannot manage a big climb so early on, it is possible to go the easy way which involves a 3 hour walk along a wider, meandering trail, to Kyangjuma. Excellent jewellery shopping opportunities in Kyangjuma!

Accommodation: Lodge

Day 6 | Friday 8 November 2019

PHORTSE (3840m/12672ft)

Trekking 5 hours approx.

After breakfast, it’s an ascent to Mong, where we have morning tea. The trail contours around Khumbilya’s lower slopes, passing through beautiful birch forest and on to treeless, grassy slopes to a rocky ridge at Mong La. Phortse, a picturesque village will come into view, and it’s a trek to the bottom of the valley, and back up again, to get there. We reach Phortse mid-afternoon after a lunch stop in Phortse Tenga.

Accommodation: Lodge

Day 7 | Saturday 9 November 2019

UPPER PANGBOCHE (4000m/1320ft)

Trekking 4 hours approx.

From Phortse the trail climbs a little then you have a wonderful walk to Upper Pangboche with fantastic views, including of Everest, as you walk. We will spend the night here and you will have the opportunity of seeing the beautiful monastery that once housed the legendary Yeti scalp.

Accommodation: Lodge

Day 8 | Sunday 10 November 2019

DINGBOCHE (4360m/14388ft)

Trekking 3 hours approx

From Pangboche, our walk follows a trail high above the ImjaKhola passing the tea houses at Orsho before crossing the ImjaKhola and the old glacial moraines to our lodge in Dingboche. We are now well and truly above the treeline and, in clear conditions, sunsets here are magnificent.

Accommodation: Lodge

Day 9 | Monday 11 November 2019


Rest and acclimatisation.

Accommodation: Lodge

Day 10 | Monday 12 November 2019

LOBUCHE (4930m/16269ft)

Trekking 5 hours approx.

Ascending the small ridge to the chorten behind the village, we have a gradual climb high above the Pheriche valley. Tawoche and Cholatse lean towards us from across the valley to the west. To the north, Lobuche Peak and the snowfields of the Cho La dominate the skyline. The walking is now fairly flat on wide open fields until we come to a short descent to cross the Khumba Khola at Dughla. We stop for lunch at the huge terminal moraines of the Khumbu glacier which flows off Everest. At the top of the Moraines we pass a line of memorial cairns, built in memory of Sherpas and climbers who have died in various Everest Expeditions over the last 50 years. After a tiring walk, to find the tea houses at Lobuche.

Accommodation: Lodge

Day 11 | Tuesday 13 November 2019

GORAK SHEP (5160m/17028ft)

Trekking 7 hours approx.

Starting very early in the morning we follow the broad valley running parallel to the Khumbu glacier. A gradual ascent enables us to build the slow, steady rhythm required when walking at high altitude. Soon we reach the moraines of the Changri Nup Glacier and, after a series of small ascents and descents, we round a bend to enter the flat, sandy basin of Goran Shep.

After lunch, there is opportunity to relax before setting of for Kala Patar (5545m/18298ft), a small, rocky peak on the south west ridge of Pumori, to experience the sensational sunset views from this amazing vantage point – Everest Base camp can be seen in a bowl at the bottom of the Khumbu Ice Fall.

Tibet is just on the other side of the Lho La.

Accommodation: Lodge

Day 12 | Wednesday 14 November 2019

GORAK SHEP to BASE CAMP (5360M/1768ft) return

Trekking 5 hours approx.

After breakfast we set off for Everest Base Camp. The trail can sometimes be difficult to follow so keep an eye on your Sherpa guides and fellow trekkers on this section. The rough track takes us along a glacial lake and then up to Khumbu Glacier itself. Here you need to walk slowly and carefully over uneven, loose rocks, with glimpses of blue glacial ice sometimes visible underneath.

Arrival at Base Camp will be the highlight of your trip – within touching distances of the highest point on earth. We return to Goran Shep where we spend the night.

Accommodation: Lodge

Day 13 | Thursday 15 November 2019

PHERICHE (3243m/1400ft)

Trekking 5 hours approx.

For those who did not climb Kala Patar on Day 12, and for those who want to go again, we lead the lodge early in the morning and make the ascent. On return to the lodge, we have tea and a bite to eat, before heading down through LoBuche and then follow a different trail along a wide alpine valley, on to Pheriche. Here it may be possible to find imported chocolate, tinned prawns or smoked oysters!

Accommodation: Lodge

Day 14 | Friday 16 November 2019

KYANGJUMA (3650m/12045ft)

Trekking 6.5 hours approx.

In the morning, we cross the Khumbu Khola and ascend steeply to the small ridge. Here we have great views of the Imja valley, Ama Dablam and Kantega.

We descend to Orsho, Pangboche, Deboche, and then to Thyangboche for lunch. Continuing, we cross the Dudh Kosi, descend steeply on a dusty trail to Trashinga. We then contour round to Shanasa and Kyangjuma where Tibetan traders with numerous ‘artefacts’ bargain hard to persuade trekkers to part with a few rupees.

Accommodation: Lodge

Day 15 | Saturday 17 November 2019


Trekking 5 hours approx.

After breakfast we return to Namche Bazaar. We can take the easy or harder path, and one final stop at the Everest View Hotel, before stopping for lunch at Namche. We follow the trail through Jorsale and back to Monjo for the night.

Accommodation: Lodge

Day 16 | Sunday 18 November 2019


Trekking 5 hours approx.

Our final day is a relatively easy one, with just a short walk to Benkar through blue pine and rhododendron forest and great views of Kusum Kangaru. We will stop for tea and then it does not take us long to get to the point where we make the final climb to the airstrip at Lukla. We have lunch at our lodge and the afternoon is free to relax. In the evening, a farewell dinner may be followed by a few celebratory drinks and dancing with our Sherpa companions.

Accommodation: Lodge

Day 19 | Monday 19 November 2019


We get up early in the morning for the flight back to Kathmandu, where you will transfer to your hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 20 | Tuesday 20 November 2019


Depart for UK

Day 21 | Thursday 22 November 2019

Arrival in UK

The Embrace Everest Base Camp Trek 2019 is self-funded.
Pay a registration fee of £250 when you book.

Then a balance of £2,600 (8 weeks before your challenge, or by instalments before this date)

Cost is £2,850 per person plus a fundraising target of £1,000. This is an inclusive cost of all flights, transfers, accommodation and guiding. There is a self-funded price (without the need to fundraise) at £3,500.

We are asking participants to aim for a personal sponsorship target of £2,500. We know this is a tall feet and we’ll be here to support you with fund-raising ideas.

Before you go:

  • Access to a named Embrace member of staff for support and information
  • A training day with your fellow Embrace trekkers and/or online access to a trainer for advice and support
  • Access to Embrace Everest Base Camp 2019 Facebook group
  • Embrace fund-raising pack with materials
  • Embrace Everest Base Camp Trek 2019 wicking top for you to wear on the trek

On your challenge

  • Flights
  • All ground staff including English speaking Sherpa guide, drivers, cooks and porters
  • Accommodation during the challenge (usually twin-share or same-sex dormitories in the tea houses)
  • Three meals a day (unless otherwise stated)
  • Entrance fees to parks and places of interest as outlined in the itinerary
  • Travel to and from the UK departure airport
  • Visa
  • Vaccinations (please see FAQs)
  • Travel insurance (please see FAQs)
  • Tips on your challenge
  • Departure tax on your challenge (if applicable)

Who can take part?
Anyone with sufficient fitness levels, availability and drive to take on this challenge of a life-time can take part.

How many people will be in the group?
There group will be no more than 20 and may be less than this.

How fit do I need to be?
You are expected to have good levels of general fitness. You do not need to have had any previous technical climbing experience. The most difficult aspect will be adapting to altitude. It’s expected that you can easily hike 5-6 hours per day for several days before you go.

How will I acclimatise to the altitude?
Acclimatisation refers to the process by which the body adapts to the conditions of high altitudes, such as lower levels of oxygen and decreasing air pressure. This is achieved by spending time at in increasingly higher elevations over a period of time, making the process gradual. The Everest Base Camp Trek covers the two altitude zones of ‘high altitude’ and ‘very high altitude’. Your welfare is paramount and the Sherpa guides expert in identifying and managing any issues.

What will the conditions be like (climate/terrain)?
November is one of the ideal months for trekking in Nepal. The weather is likely to be comfortable and stable, with sunny and bright days. See the full itinerary for terrain details, which is variable.

What travel insurance will I need?
Make sure you have a travel insurance that covers treks to Nepal including high altitude treks like Everest Base Camp Trek. You should get insurance that includes emergency evacuation and rescue. Also, be sure to check the maximum altitude stated in your insurance policy.

How do I obtain my visa?
To enter Nepal you need a visa. You get a visa on arrival in Nepal at a small cost.

Do I need vaccinations?
It is recommended that you have key vaccinations for travel but please consult your GP for advice. We recommend: Tetanus, Diptheria, Polio, Hepatitis A and Thyphoid vaccinations.


What essential kit will I need?

Clothing: Base layers (‘wicking’ tops and trousers), insulation layers (lightweight fleeces), upper layers (warm and waterproof jacket and trousers), a good heavy winter jacket, breathing, moisture wicking underwear, wide-brimmed hat, beanie, buff (protects your neck), gloves (light, insulated), hiking boots (comfortable with ankle support), breathable, moisture wicking socks, trekking sandals (great for exploring tea houses/villages etc), a good water-proof day backpack, sleeping bag with liner.

Equipment: Trekking poles (for balance and descent), sunglasses, torchlight (head-torch is good), water bottle.

Other: Camera/phone, portable chargers, books, games, easy-dry towels, travel-size toiletries.

What food and drink will be provided?
Most of the tea houses, cafes and restaurants along the trails welcome trekkers and there is a choice of simple and healthy food. It will include Dal Bhat Tarkari (a meal of steamed rice, lentils and seasonable vegetables). Or, noodles, momos (dumplings), roti (flatbreads), cereals and so on.

There are lots of options for drinks along the trail. It is best to carry a refillable water bottle instead of bottled water.

You can buy water purifying tablets or gels to be safe from water contaminations. This was you can fill your bottles from springs, rivers, taps and waterfalls along the way.

Can I bring my phone and other devices?

Will there be WiFi?
Wifi is available to buy (up to 500 rupees/hour) in some places but is not widely available. It is available in Lukla, Phakding, Namche Bazaar, the Everest View Hotel, Lobuche and Gorak Shep.

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Date: 2 November to 21 November 2019
Duration: 19 days
Level: Challenging
Registration Fee: £250
Cost: £2,850* (flights included)

Minimum fund-raising target: £1,000
*Prices guaranteed for bookings taken before 30 April 2019