School Trek - Everest Basecamp
Nepal, School Expeditions, 18 days - from £1,795 (land only) - from €2,245 (land only) - from $3,140 (land only)
Day 1: On arrival at Kathmandu Airport, usually in the afternoon, we will be met by our KE representative and transferred to the group hotel.
Day 2: An early start for the dramatic flight through the mountains to Lukla. After lunch we have a short trek, walking mostly downhill to our first night's lodge at Phakding (2610m).
Day 3: Following the Dudh Kosi Valley upstream we cross and re-cross the river before making a final steep climb to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar (3440m).
Day 4: An important day for acclimatisation at Namche. There is plenty to see and do. One option is to hike up to the Sherpa villages of Khunde and Khumjung for views that include Mount Everest. We can also visit the Sir Edmund Hillary School and the Everest Museum.
Day 5: We continue our trek now following the Imja Khola (river) to Thyangboche monastery (3860m) located on a ridge below the impressive north ridge of Kang Taiga.
Day 6: Today, our trek takes us to Pangboche, where there is the oldest monastery in the Khumbu. Continuing our hike and gaining height only very gradually, we arrive at our lodge in the picturesque settlement of Dingboche (4530m) at the entrance to the Khumbu Valley.
Day 7: In accordance with our programme of careful acclimatisation, we spend a rest day and second night at the lodge at Dingboche. Options for day hikes include a 4 - 5 hour return trip to view the turquoise lake of Cho La Tso beneath the towering north face of Cholatse.
Day 8: We will spend a third night at Dingboche as part of our acclimatisation programme. Today we trek up the side valley of the Imja Khola for spectacular views of Island Peak and the immense South Face of Lhotse, the world's 4th highest peak.
Day 9: Continuing our trek to Everest Base Camp, we follow the Khumbu Valley to the tiny settlement at Dugla. Here, the trail starts to level out, following the lateral moraine on the west side of the Khumbu Glacier to Lobuche (4910m). A day of 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 10: We make the hike alongside the Khumbu Glacier to highest lodge at Gorak Shep (5164m), once a small summer grazing area for Yaks . From here, we make the climb up to the splendid viewpoint at Kala Patar (5500m).
Day 11: Another spectacular day. Above Gorak Shep, it is a 5 to 6 hour round-trip to Everest Basecamp (5364m), walking at first on the moraine crest and finally on the Khumbu Glacier itself to arrive at the base camp area.
Day 12: From Gorak Shep we first retrace our steps to Lobuche, before descending the Khumbu Valley to Pheriche (4370m) where we check into our lodge.
Day 13: We follow the main base camp trail as far as Pangboche. Here we climb to visit the monastery and then take an alternative high trail to the lesser visited village of Phortse (3800m).we stay overnight in a simple lodge.
Day 14: From Phortse we drop steeply down to cross the river at 3600 metres and then make a long climb up to the Mon La at 3973 metres. From here we descend to a junction with our outbound trail above Namche Bazaar. Passing through Namche, we continue to the village of Monjo where we check in to our lodge.
Day 15: From Monjo the trail descends steeply, passing through Phakding and Chopling, to reach Chaumrikharka where the trail cuts up to the airstrip at Lukla. After checking into our lodge it will be time to say goodbye to our trek crew. Approximately 5 hours trekking today.
Day 16: We take the spectacular flight out of the mountains to Kathmandu, where we check in to our hotel. The afternoon is free for sightseeing or for hunting out souvenirs in the clourful bazaars.
Day 17: We have a full day for sightseeing in Kathmandu. If preferred, today can be used to visit a local school in Kathmandu, built by the Juniper Trust. You can simply visit or we can organise a community project day.
Day 18: After breakfast we transfer to the airport for the homeward flight.
Learning Outside the Classroom
If you have a particular part of your curriculum that needs fulfilling whilst you are away, we are more than happy to work this into your itinerary. Incorporating learning objectives into your School Group Adventure allows the pupils to engage with the learning process. If you send us your list of criteria, we will write the programme for you.