Everest Base Camp expeditions

Nepal at a glance

Population: 29.9 million

Terrain: Mountains

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Ideas for your students' expedition to Everest Base Camp

Here is just a flavour of the amazing things your students can do on an expedition to Everest Base Camp.

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Trekking

Everest Base Camp

16 Days

Everest Base Camp has got to be on most people's 'bucket list' in life. This challenging trek offers fabulous walking and truly breathtaking scenery throughout the Khumbu region, allowing you to get up close and personal with the highest mountain in the world!
 
To reach your goal, you will trek for four to eight hours each day. Then overnight at Gorakshep before a torch-lit early start to your day trek of choice: one trek option will give you the best possible views of Everest and Kalapathar (the highest point at 5,545m), the other will take you to Everest Base Camp at 5,360m!

16 Days

Project

Work in a school

Since the earthquake which devastated Nepal in April 2015, many of the schools that we have previously worked with have been severely damaged and there is a huge need to rebuild and renovate these existing buildings, to allow children to be children and to learn in a safe and secure environment. We are working closely with our project partners and our project co-ordinator to find projects that are not only safe and suitable for our teams, but that will greatly benefit the local communities.

As earthquakes do pose a constant threat in this part of the world, we are going to double the project budget to allow for skilled workmen to be on site to not only assist our teams, but allow buildings to be built to the highest quality that they can be, so they can hopefully withstand any future earthquakes. Not only will this allow the schools to withstand shakes, and allow the local children to receive an education, it will also put vital money into the local economy and employ local people, many of whom have lost not only their livelihoods but their houses. The Nepal government has passed a new law stating any new school building must be up to their ‘earthquake proof’ standards. We have committed to doubling the project donation for 2016 – this is in reaction to the extra repair and renovation work that is required at the schools we work with.

In 2016 we are going to be focusing our efforts in and around the Kathmandu Valley which is one of the most affected regions and then as more areas open up again, and the FCO declares them as safe to travel, we will expand our efforts into the Langtang region. The FCO has already removed travel restrictions to the other areas we go to. Langtang is a trekking area that we will need to assess the safety of before sending our teams to trek there; we do not have any projects in the Langtang region. Our other projects are in the Pokhara and Chitwan regions; there is similar need in these areas, although less affected by the earthquake, but we do not have enough teams travelling in 2016 to send teams here, so we have decided to focus on the Kathmandu area this year as this is where there is most need.

Rest & Relaxation

White water rafting

Raft down the Trusili River three hours outside of Kathmandu, where you will find some of the region's best rapids. You can even camp overnight on the banks of the river. You will be in safe hands with our supplier, using top of the range equipment on this adrenalin-filled adventure.

In-Country Agent

Andrew Kumai

Andrew Kumai is a fantastic In-Country Agent; based in Kathmandu he is always on hand to help teams and share his vast knowledge of this region.

Andrew has been working with World Challenge since 2009 and has a great sense of humour.

Factfile

Languages spoken: The locals speak many dialects but the main language you will come across is Nepali.
 
Time zone: GMT +5.45
 
Interesting fact: In 1865 Peak XV was renamed in honour of the Surveyor General of India, George Everest. The Nepalese name is Sagarmatha which translates as ‘Forehead (or Goddess) of the Sky'.
Acclimatisation

Scenic trekking

Spend time acclimatising in Namche Bazaar, with a short walk up to Khumjung (3,780m) – home to Khumjung School (also known as Sir Edmund Hillary School after the mountaineer and explorer who founded it in 1961) – or Hotel Everest View (3,870m).

Navigating your own way along trails, you'll carry all the food, water and clothing you need in your day sack, plus any group kit that the Expedition Leader has asked you to bring, while the Nepali porters carry the rest. You'll trek across Himalayan foothills, over high mountain passes and through friendly Sherpa villages, with the choice to camp out or stay in traditional local teahouses.

From October 2014 to April 2015, we sent

53 teams

to 20 different project sites across Nepal, from Kathmandu to Pokhara and Chitwan. Each team helped improve the village school, whilst staying on site.

A tour of your village project site is a great opportunity to meet and learn about the friendly locals.

Top Tips for High Altitude

  1. Remember  to take things slowly, at altitude things often seem harder than they would at sea level.
  2. Wear your kit and break in your boots before you go.
  3. Stay hydrated as this will aid your acclimatisation.
  4. The locals pride themselves on being some of the friendliest and most hospitable in the world, get to know them.

Chitwan National Park

Take your pick!

Whether you're on safari in the back of a jeep or cruising down the river in a canoe, keep your eyes peeled for glimpses of Chitwan's 68 species of mammals, including Bengal tigers, gharial crocodiles and the one-horned Indian rhino!

Project

Mother and Children Art Foundation (MCAF)

In 2009, we started working with the Mother and Children Art Foundation (MCAF), a non-profit charity organisation working with women and children in education, health and employment. Through MCAF, teams work at schools with children from underprivileged families. Your MCAF hosts, school staff and the students at your school are warm, welcoming and love interacting with our teams.

A once in a lifetime expedition and truly something that should be on everyone's bucket list. It is a magical mountain that will push and challenge but also reward you with some of the best views in the world.
James, our Everest Base Camp Expedition Planning Manager

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