Everest Base Camp Leadership Expedition

Nepal | Minimum Age - 14 years

One of the world's most iconic treks, the EBC Trail takes us to the base camp at the foot of the greatest mountain in the world, Mount Everest (8848m). Designed as a Leadership Expedition, the greatest take away from this trip is the extraordinary sense of personal accomplishment. The trek challenges you while demanding focus, commitment and team-work – all essential life skills.

We fly from Kathmandu to Lukla and thereafter we walk through the Sherpa country, resting at Nepalese tea houses at night, discovering Nepalese traditions and cultures. To ensure that our participants make the most of their experience, we have self-assessment modules designed by experts in the fields of child psychology and leadership.

What can you expect to achieve from this trip
  • Trek on one of the most iconic mountain trails in the world
  • Challenge yourself with a trek to EBC at 5380 m
  • Catch sunset views from Kala Patthar at 5643 m
  • Develop holistic skills in leadership, team work, and self-awareness through Outdoor Learning
  • Learn about the Sherpa culture through visits to local establishments & maybe even a football game
  • Engage in community work such as clearing the trail of garbage on select days
  • Discover the flora and fauna of the Everest region including hiking past the Sagarmatha National Park
  • New experiences in a safe, secure environment and an opportunity to acquire skills - independence, interdependence, and personality development
  • Get rewarded with the certificate of accomplishment from DoTheDifferent

Trip Highlights

Trek to Everest Base Camp
Six Week Training & Self-Assessment Workbook
Leadership, Teamwork and
Self-Awareness
Visit Hilary School
Community Work
Understand Local Culture

Itinerary - 16 Days

Arrive in Kathmandu

The group flight from Delhi gets in to Kathmandu at 2:50pm. If your child is booked on a different flight, we will have the Trip Leader waiting to receive them at the airport. The group transfer is organised for 4pm so please ensure your child’s flight arrives no later than 3pm.

We have the afternoon free to look around Kathmandu before meeting for the trip briefing in the evening. Here is when we get to meet our local guides and finish final preparations for the trek.

This is followed by an early night in preparation for the early morning flight to Lukla the next day.

Meals: Dinner

Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding (2,651m/8,700ft): 40 minutes flight; 8km, 3 - 4 hours trek

Early this morning we take a flight to Lukla and the starting point of the Everest Base Camp trek!

We meet the rest of our team in Lukla and then start what promises to be the trek of a lifetime. We walk on a trail that gradually descends to Cheplung village from where we get a glimpse of Mt. Khumbila, a sacred mountain which has never been climbed. From here, we gradually descend until Phakding - our halt for the night.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,438m/11,280 ft): 11km, 5 - 6 hours

We start the day walking along trail passes through a pine forest and then continue walking on the trail that goes north up the Benkar valley. We cross Dudh Koshi River and pass Chumoa and Monjo villages before reaching the entrance of the Everest National Park. At about half-way up to Namche, a gap in the trees allow us to spy Everest for the first time. If the weather is clear the top of the South-West Face will be just visible behind the long Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. A plume can often be seen stretching away from the summit.

After crossing a suspension bridge, we pass Jorsale village and walk alongside of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. We ascend on a steep trail and reach Namche Bazaar which is probably the biggest town in the Everest region.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Acclimatisation Day - Namche Bazaar: (3,440m/11,284ft)

On our acclimatisation day in Namche, we explore Namche Bazaar - the wares on display include meat, grains, and vegetables, tennis shoes and trinkets as well as hand woven aprons and Tibetan boots. The Sherpas play host to traders from the foothills, as well as Tibetans from over the border. We partake in one of the many environmental projects and help with cleaning up the trail as part of sustainable tourism. We also do a little hike around the area to help with the acclimatisation process before returning to the tea house for the evening.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft): 10km, 5- 6 hours

Prepare for spectacular views of the Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and close up views of Thamserku as we trek towards Tengboche.

The trek until Phunki is an easy walk. From here, we ascend towards Tengboche village which houses the very famous Tengboche monastery - the biggest monastery of the region. It is located within the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sagarmatha National Park. The monastery is blessed with panoramic views of the Himalayas, including Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft): 9km, 5 - 6 hours

Our path today descends and passes through lush forests of birch, confer and rhododendron trees. We have spectacular views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam to admire today as we trek to Dingboche. We walk downhill to Debuche and cross the Imja River to reach Pangboche. Walking along the upper Pangboche trail to the Imja Valley and Lobuche River before the final steep climb to Dingboche. It is a picturesque village with beautiful barley, potato and buckwheat fields complete with grazing animals dotted along those fields. This is where we spend the night today.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Dingboche acclimatisation

Spending a day in Dingboche will help us to acclimate to the altitude. We climb a ridge located behind the village and see six of the world’s tallest peaks including Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu.

We go over energy issues in the region and the use of solar panels and solar cookers to highlight how locals are powering tea houses and heating water.

This is also our chance to reflect on the journey so far, swap stories and prepare for the days ahead.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Dingboche to Duglha (4,600 m/15,090 ft): 4km, 3 - 4 hours

The distance from Dingboche to Duglha is quite short and involves us walking across a wide pass - a much wanted change from walking in a straight line! Around the beginning of our trek today we enjoy the company of the mighty Himalayas on all sides. The valley begins to narrow as we come closer to Dusa. The walk today is rather special because we cross the campsite of the first successful Everest Expedition in 1953. From here, we continue along the path till we cross a stream and ascend to Duglha which is a tiny village with a huge strand of prayer flags hung across the valley.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Duglha to Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft): 4km, 2 - 4 hours

On another relatively short day we ascend to the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and pass through boulder-strewn slopes as we ascend Chupki Lhara - a ridge with spectacular mountain views. The top of the ridge is filled with prayer flags and stones which are memorial shrines for climbers lost on Mt. Everest. As the trail drops to the Khumbu Glacier moraine, we find ourselves facing several great peaks including Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal. As we are crossing Khumbu Glacier we can also see Mt. Nuptse.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lobuche - Kala Pathar (5,545m/18,192ft) - Gorakshep (5170 m/16,961ft); 13km, 6-7 hours

Today we hit our highest point on the trek, Kala Pathar at 5,545 mts. With the day’s trek involving a climb up to Kala Pathar and then down to Gorakshep, this is a long day with a very early start.

We trek along the rough path beside the Khumbu glacier to the tea shacks at Gorak Shep. In the distance is the attractive 7000m peak of Pumori dwarfing our trek’s summit of Kala Pattar. The route up is straight forward and takes most people between 90 minutes and 2 hours. All the peaks - Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Changtse, Ama Dablam and scores of other lesser peaks can be seen from the wonderful vantage point of Kala Pathar.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Gorakshep - Everest Base Camp (5364 m/17,594 ft) - Periche (4,288m/14,070ft): 16km, 7-8 hours

The trek to Everest Base Camp is not very difficult. However, the ascent and descent is mostly on a glacier path and there is also a lot of meandering on rough terrain. At the base camp we take in the incredible melt patterns and admire the gently rounded ice towers on the upper part of the Khumbu glacier. The Everest Base Camp is stunningly beautiful and we have some time to enjoy views of Nuptse, Khumbuste and Pumori mountains from here.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Pheriche to Khumjung (3780m): 5-6 hours

In Khumjung we visit Hillary school, which is a legendary school & the first of it’s kind, started by Sir Edmund Hillary in 60’s. Started with much work to raise funds, it’s legacy stands tall at at 12,600 ft, surrounded by stunning valleys and hills. Many Sherpa people are educated there. We spend the day distributing school supplies & visiting local school library & hostels.

Khumjung to Monjo (2835m): 5-6 hours

Today is shorter, spent trekking in Monjo & your sore legs are likely to thank you for this! Monjo is a small village in the Khumbu region of Nepal. It lies right next to the Dudh Koshi River valley, just south of Monjo. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979.

The rest of the day is spent enjoying the breathtaking landscapes, relaxing & swapping stories.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Monjo to Lukla (2860m): 2-3 hours

On our last day of the trek we retrace our steps from day 1 of the trek. From Monjo it’s a fairly easy walk to Lukla. We cross several suspension bridges & walk past several monasteries and villages. We spend our last night in the mountains at Lukla.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lukla to Kathmandu

We take an early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. We will be met at the airport and transferred to our hotel for the night.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Departure from Kathmandu

With the trip of a lifetime behind us, we take the flight back home from Kathmandu this afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast

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Expert on this trip

Sangeetha Sashindran

Sangeetha Sashindran

For over 20 years Sangeetha has been associated with education and training of young adults. When she is not busy counselling students on international university admissions or helping them prepare for life-defining exams, you’ll find her rock climbing, running or most likely on a high altitude trek putting to use her Trip Leaders skills acquired from National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), USA. She’s also trained in High Altitude evacuation (though luckily she’s never had to use those skills!) She’s been on over 30 high altitude treks spread across India, Nepal, Greece, USA & Morocco and she lives by one mantra: Where to next?

What's Included

Arrival and departure transfers at the destination at specified timings. Our team will help you with the details for your trip.

Safe, secure and fun accommodation at hostels, lodges & camps on shared basis - separate for girls and boys.

All meals. Breakfasts are continental style with cereal, toast, jam, butter. Picnic style lunches and hot dinners with snacks available on most days.

An experienced Internship Leader from the #DoTheDifferent team who travels from India and stays with the group at all times.

Meaningful experiences to introduce you to practical exposure on the subject of your interest.

Certificate for the valuable real experience and knowledge you have gained to boost University Applications & your CV.

Testimonials

  • An Amazing Experience! A wholly humbling and eye - opening experience filled with a ton of fun, challenges and learning. I gained a ton of knowledge about the Nepalese people and their culture and our I will cherish my interactions with them forever. The trip was designed to push any participant out of their comfort zone so that we could get something out of it and that is exactly what happened. The beauty of the landscape needs no words to describe it, either ways my words would do no justice to it. To conclude, it was a once in a lifetime experience that I'm extremely glad I signed up for! Kudos to #DoTheDifferent

    Akash Shroff
  • Amazing experience... will remember this my whole life

    Aryan Manoj
  • Excellent Trip! The trip was a lot of fun the fact we grew close on our trek made it all the more worthwhile. The immense beauty is also quite enchanting.

    Chirag Raaj
  • Best. Trek. Ever. It was amazing. Nothing else to be said.

    Dhruv Shetty
  • An experience of a lifetime; a very educative and memorable trip; lots of fun with awesome people; the best 16 days of my life!

    Devansh Gulati

FAQs

What flights should I book? Open or Close

Flights are not included in your trip price. Should you like to travel on the same flight as our Trip Leader from India, we suggest the following flights ex-Delhi:

Onward:
Wednesday 9W 260 DEL 12:45 KTM 14:50
Return:
Thursday 9W 263 KTM 09:50 DEL 11:35

You are welcome to book other flights if you find them suitable, however please aim to arrive and depart within 1 hour of the above group arrival and departure from Kathmandu to ensure the Trip Leader can personally receive and see you off.

What sort of accommodation can I expect during the trek? What sanitation facilities are available during the trek? Open or Close

At Kathmandu we stay at a basic hotel with en-suite facilities and during treks we stay at locally run lodges called ‘tea-houses’. Tea houses are communal areas offering the locals a meeting place food or a hot cup of tea and over the years the owners have added basic rooms that are now used by trekkers. Rooms are simply furnished with just a wooden platform for a bed and occasionally, a small table. Toilets are available throughout – these are on sharing basis.

What should I bring along? Is there a comprehensive packing list that I can follow? Open or Close

We provide a comprehensive packing list after you have registered for the trip. This trip does not require any technical equipment. You do need special clothing and good shoes and a trekking pole is handy.

Who will be carrying my luggage during the trek? Open or Close

This trip includes the services of local Sherpa porters who will transport your luggage from one point to another during the trek. Please be considerate and keep your luggage as light as possible. All participants are required to carry their own day-pack with them with water bottle, camera, sunscreen, spare jacket etc. You can expect this bag to weigh about 3-4kgs.

What sort of food can I expect on this trek? Open or Close

All meals are included on this trip and although the food is plentiful, you should be aware that the menu is straightforward. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice & dal (lentils), noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. Food on this trip is vegetarian.

What about altitude sickness? Open or Close

AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness is a valid concern at the altitudes you will be hitting on this trek and common symptoms include headaches, dizziness, sleeplessness, and loss of appetite. Altitude can and does affect everyone differently and AMS can range from mild nausea and headaches to a potentially life-threatening illness. Though several people do not experience any symptoms at all and this is always a possibility. There are many over-the-counter drugs such as Diamox that can be used to prevent AMS and we recommend that you speak to your physician about this. Our trip is longer than most EBC treks to allow more time to ascend slowly, minimizing the risk of AMS. We also suggest that you stay hydrated at all times - about 5lts a day is a good rule of thumb. The most effective treatment for AMS is descent to a lower altitude and our guides are fully trained to assess the situation and take decisions as necessary.

How can I train myself to the level of fitness needed to undertake this trek? Open or Close

We provide a comprehensive 6 week training plan to all our participants. The best form of training is simulating the activity you are training for and then increasing the level of exertion as the routine becomes easier. In the 2 weeks leading up to the trek, you should be able to walk 6-8 hours per day for 3-4 days a week. Most active teenagers are able to cope with the physical demands of this trek without any trouble.

What if I need extra days on account of weather situation? Open or Close

The weather in this part of the world is unpredictable and flight cancellations are common. Should we have to add extra days to your trip for any reason, the cost of these will have to be borne by you. You will have to also bear any expenses incurred from rescheduling flights.

Is water easily available on the trekking route? Open or Close

Water is easily available along the entire route but ranges from very expensive bottled water to slightly less expensive boiled water, and free water that you can fill from streams along the route and purify with tablets. Bottled or boiled water is not included in the cost of the trek and you will have to purchase this directly at an additional cost. Most trekkers choose to fill tootles from streams and either purify the water with tablets or use a filtration device.

Will I be able to charge my camera batteries and other gadgets during the trek? Open or Close

The entire route has electricity and you will be able to charge your camera batteries and other gadgets on the trek all the way till the Base Camp. Most tea-houses have a nominal charge for recharging.

Do I need a special insurance coverage to do this trek? Open or Close

Yes, this trip requires a special insurance coverage which includes cover for Emergency Medical Evacuation and covers high risk activities such as trekking EBC. Ordinary travel insurance, even if it has Emergency Medical Evacuation, does not cover trekking. Please ask us about specialist insurance companies. Travel insurance is mandatory on all our trips and all details of your insurance policy including the policy number and insurance company’s 24 hour emergency contact number must be submitted to us before the trip begins.

What documents do I need to enter Nepal? Open or Close

Indians over the age of 15 can enter Nepal only with a valid identification document i.e passports or PAN cards. Aadhar Card is not recognized in Nepal. Students between the age of 15 to 18 years may also enter Nepal with an Identity certificate issued by the principal of the school in the prescribed Performa. Please contact us if you do not have a passport.

Dates

Start Date End Date
01 May 2019 16 May 2019
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