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Everest Base Camp Trek for Teenagers

Everest Base Camp Trek for Teenagers (YAIE09)

Country Visited: Nepal
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Experience

Taking us to the most iconic base camp of all, at the foot of the greatest mountain in the world, Mount Everest (8848m), this is one of the world's classic treks. The greatest takeaway from this Internship is the extraordinary sense of personal accomplishment that comes along with it. Part of our Outdoor Leadership Expeditions; the trek will challenge you while demanding focus, commitment and team-work – all essential life skills.
We walk through the Sherpa country, past cultivated fields and small villages, exploring mountains and valleys, flora and fauna en route to the Base Camp as we rest in Nepalese tea houses and discover the traditions and cultures of the Sherpas.
The heady mix of natural beauty, fascinating culture and a personal sense of achievement, as well as warm Nepalese hospitality make the Everest Base Camp trek one of the world’s most unforgettable and a truly once in a lifetime experience. To ensure that Young Adults make the most of their experience, we have self-assessment modules designed by experts in the fields of child psychology and leadership.   

 
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT TO ACHIEVE FROM THIS TRIP
  • Trek on one of the most iconic mountain trail in the world
  • A wholistic outdoor leadership programme geared to teaching leadership, team work, and self awareness 
  • Learn about the Sherpa culture and flora and fauna of the Everest region
  • Catch sunset views from Kala Patthar
  • Visit Sagarmatha National Park for wildlife like pheasant, musk deer, or a herd of Himalayan Tahr

Minimum Child Age

Children below 14 year(s) of age are not allowed for this trip.

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive in Kathmandu Open or Close

The group flight from Delhi gets in the Kathmandu at 2:50pm. If your child is booked on a different flight, we will have the tour 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 will be met by our representatives and transferred to the hotel. 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 guides and finish final preparations for the trek.
This is followed by a welcome dinner and an early night in preparation for the early morning flight to Lukla the next day.
Meals: Dinner

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

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

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

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

Day 4
Acclimatisation Day - Namche Bazaar: (3,440m/11,284ft) Open or Close

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

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

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

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

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

Day 7
Dingboche acclimatisation Open or Close

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

Day 8
Dingboche to Duglha (4,600 m/15,090 ft): 4km, 3 - 4 hours Open or Close

The distance from Dinboche 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

Day 9
Duglha to Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft): 4km, 2 - 4 hours Open or Close

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

Day 10
Lobuche - Kala Pathar (5,545m/18,192ft) - Gorakshep (5170 m/16,961ft); 13km, 6-7 hours Open or Close

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

Day 11
Gorakshep - Everest Base Camp (5364 m/17,594 ft) - Periche (4,288m/14,070ft): 16km, 7-8 hours Open or Close

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

Day 12
Pheriche to Khumjung (3780m): 5-6 hours Open or Close

n 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 also spend the day distributing school supplies & visiting local school library & hostels.

Day 13
Khumjung to Monjo (2835m): 5-6 hours Open or Close

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

Day 14
Monjo to Lukla (2860m): 2-3 hours Open or Close

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 by several monasteries and villages. We spend our last night in the mountains at Lukla.
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15
Lukla to Kathmandu Open or Close

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

Day 16
Departure from Kathmandu Open or Close

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

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Accommodation

  • Kathmandu: Hotel Norbu Linka or Hotel Encounter
  • During trek: Teahouses

Dates & Prices


 Operates from  Operates till  Price per personr Indian National
01 May 2019 16 May 2019 Rs.89,900

  • Travel Insurance covering medical and evacuation is mandatory for all travellers and not included in the price of the trip.
  • The above price excludes 5% GST

Inclusions & Exclusions

Inclusions

  • Accommodation at hotels and tea houses on quad / triple share basis.
  • All meals - breakfast, lunches and dinners on fixed menu basis 
  • Arrival and departure transfers at Kathmandu
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu) with airport departure taxes
  • Community engagement activities during the trek - visits to local schools, homes, friendly football match etc.
  • Porterage for your trekking bags throughout the trek (day packs need to be carried on your own) 
  • Trained and Experienced English-speaking Local Trek Leader and a support team with 2 trekkers:1 support staff
  • Active Holiday Company Trip Leader from the city of departure in India, throughout the tour   
  • Comprehensive Medal Kit and 24/7 Emergency Support Services
  • All Nepal government taxes, paperwork and permits (National park permit, TIMS)
  • Tips for sherpa porters at the end of the trip, in addition to including their wages, insurance, equipment, flights if applicable, meals and lodging.
  • Pre-Departure six week Training Plan 
  • Self-learning Leadership Workbook designed with experts 
  • DoTheDifferent T-shirt to all participants 
  • Certificate of Achievement to all participants   

Exclusions

  • The exact inclusions on your trip are detailed on every trip page.
  • Typically, the cost of flights, visas, passport, insurance is not included in the tour price unless stated otherwise.
  • Any meals not mentioned as included are at your own expense.
  • Single rooms, optional tours and extra nights cost extra.
  • Tips for drivers, guides and tour managers is not included in your tour price.
  • Arrival and departure transfers may or may not be included in your tour price – this is clearly stated on the trip page.
  • Excess baggage, porterage, laundry, phone calls, alcoholic beverages are considered personal expenses and not included in your tour price.
  • GST, VAT and other taxes as applicable in your country are additional to the tour price.

Terms & Conditions

Detailed Registration Form is required to confirm services. Full payment is needed for travel documents to be sent. Cancellation and amendment fees apply. All bookings are subject to availability at the time of booking. Active Holiday Company and supplier terms and conditions apply, as applicable. It is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with our conditions as these are deemed accepted by you when you book a tour with us. Please read our detailed conditions here.
 
Flights
Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flights are often delayed or cancelled due to unfavourable weather conditions, sometimes for hours and at times for days. Please be prepared for long waits, and possible delays and cancellations, and if possible an extra day or two. On the extra days, optional trips can be taken including sightseeing, rafting, wildlife safaris, shopping, etc.
 
In case of a delay/cancellation at the start of your trip that affects your international flights, we can offer n alternative such as a trek in the Annapurna or other regions.If the flight is cancelled before the trip, we will provide you accommodation and lunch in a guesthouse in Kathmandu.

FAQs

Q. What flights should I book? 
Flights are not included in your trip. The Active Holiday Company Expedition Leader will be travelling on the following flight. You can book your ward on this flight or on any other flight. Should they be booked on a different flight, we will have a representative from the company meet them at the KTM airport. 
 
Ex Delhi - 
Wednesday 6E-31 DEL 11:45 KTM 13:45
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Thursday RA-205 KTM 08:00 DEL 09:40
 
Q. What is the best time to do the trek to Everest Base Camp (EBC)?
EBC is not done during mid June to mid August which is the rainy season.

Q. What level of fitness is required to for EBC Trek?
While the Everest Base Camp is not a technical climb, it is challenging and you do need to be fit to attempt it. This means that you should be able to walk 5-6 hours at a stretch on consecutive days. Please remember that while the distances are not great, the altitude does take its toll. Please remember that you will be carry your own day-pack with water, snacks, and some clothing you will need while walking that day. You can expect the bag to weigh 3-4kgs. You will be walking between 4-6 hours a day on your way up and between 8 and 10 hours a day on your way down.

Q. How can I train myself to the level of fitness needed to undertake this trek
There are many ways you can condition yourself for the trek. We believe the best form of training is stimulating the activity you are training for and then increasing the level of exertion as the routine becomes easier. For example, walking uphill and stair climbing are excellent ways to train your lower body, heart, and lungs for climbing. Begin slowly, without the weight of a pack, and eventually add weight as you increase your training pace. Subsequently supplement these workouts with running, swimming, cycling or other forms of aerobic activities. Additionally, we highly recommend that you incorporate a weight training program into your training to build upper body strength. 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.
Having said this, most Young Adults who are active should be able to do this trek without any trouble. 

Q. What are the everyday distances we trek on this trip?
The distance from Lukla to the Everest Base Camp is about 62km. You will cover this distance in about 8 days on the way up - that is walking between 4km and 7km or 4-5 hours per day. However, on the way down, this distance is covered in only 2.5days - this means walking between 15km and 20km and up to 10 hours a day.

Q. Do I need special equipment or shoes for this trek?
There is no special equipment required for the trek. If you would like to use trekking poles these can be bought in Nepal at Thamel - our hotel is located right here. While people do this trek in sneakers, sturdy trekking shoes that have been broken into are definitely recommended.

Q. What should I bring along? Is there a comprehensive packing list that I can follow?
We have a comprehensive packing list that you can download from this page to help you with packing for this trek. We provide all trekkers with a down jacket and a sleeping bag - both are to be returned at the end of the trek. Everything that you need to carry is detailed in the packing list.

Q. Who will be carrying my luggage during the trek?
During the trek, your main luggage will be carried by porters - please be considerate and keep your luggage as light as possible (around 10kg). You will have to carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sunscreen, spare jacket etc. You can expect this bag to weigh about 3-4kgs.

Q. What sort of food can I expect on this trek?
On this trek, we provide standard breakfast, lunch, and dinner, tea or coffee will also be included with each meal.
Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. You can buy packaged water (bottled mineral water) from local lodge and shop en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water (extra cost to be paid).
In addition to this, the Everest is a route frequented by people from all over the world and tea-houses have cuisines ranging from India, to Chinese and Italian.

Q. Can I request non-vegetarian meals on this trip?
Non-vegetarian food is available but we would recommend that you try and eat vegetarian. This is primarily because while meat is available on the mountain, it is not usually fresh and storage conditions are not always ideal.

Q. What are the safety measures taken by Active Holiday Company on this trek?
All our treks are led by a professional, certified leader who has many years of experience in leading groups and is a qualified first-aider. We also emphasises on a ratio of 2 trekkers to 1 porters and 4 trekkers to a guide. This means that, should the need arise, we can have a trekker accompanied down while the rest of the group carries on with the trek. Our on ground partners have a comprehensive emergency evacuation system in place and arrangements will be made to airlift a trekker off the mountain. All of these measures ensure that our trekkers are absolutely as safe as possible while on the trek.
Additionally, this group will be accompanied by an experienced Active Holiday Company Expedition Leader who will be with the group from the point of deaprture in India to the time we return. 
 
Q. What about altitude sickness?
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. Having said this, many people do not experience any symptoms at all and this is not something that should dictate whether or not you do the trek. 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. We ascend slowly to minimise the risk of our trekkers getting AMS and also advice you to 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.

Q. What if I am unable to cope?
Our support team and chaperone will do everything they can to ensure that the whole group is successful. However, in the event that someone cannot continue, we will have one of our experienced leaders will stay behind while the rest of the group continues. 
This trek is regularly successfully completed by children 12 years and over.

Q. What happens in case of an emergency?
As detailed in the safety measures, we ensure that we stick to 1 porter for every 2 trekkers and 1 guide for every 4 trekkers. Should there be an emergency, you will be escorted down while the rest of the group continues the trek. Should you need to be evacuated from the mountain, we will make arrangements to have a helicopter pick you up and transfer you to the nearest hospital. Your medical insurance will cover this. 

Q. What sanitation facilities can I expect during the trek?
You will find toilet facility at tea houses where you spend the night and small restaurants till Gorak Shep close to base camp. This is a very popular route and very well developed for a trekking route!

Q. What if I need extra days on account of weather situation?
Should we have to add days to your stay at any point, these will be charged and you will have to make the payment directly to the group leader. You will have to also bear any expenses incurred from rescheduling flights.
The emergency money with the group chaperone wil cover all such situations. 

Q. What is the weather like? How cold is it?
Kathmandu is in a valley and can become quite warm with temperatures reaching 38 degree Celsius in the summer months. At 19,000 ft above sea level, Base Camp is never warm. Even in the summer, you can expect the temperatures at the base camp to be between 4 degrees and 0 degrees at their coldest - expect a layer of ice on the trail in the mornings even in May as you ascent towards base camp. Dress is layers that you can shed or pull on as you ascend or descend from the mountain. 

Q. What sort of accommodation can I expect during the trek?
On Everest Base Camp Trek accommodation is in simple locally run lodges, known as teahouses. Tea houses are communal areas where the locals typically gather - often around a plate of food or a hot cup of tea. Over the years, teahouses have expanded to include rooms that are rented out to trekker - it is in these rooms that we will be staying throughout the trek. Rooms are simply furnished with just a wooden platform for a bed and occasionally, a small table. 

Q. Is water easily available on the trekking route?
Water is easily available along the entire route but ranges from very expensive bottled water to slight 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.

Q. Will I be able to charge my phone, camera batteries and other gadgets along the trek?
Yes, you will find electricity facility to charge your phone, camera batteries and other gadgets on the trek all the way till the Base Camp.

Q. Is there phone connectivity and Wi-Fi on the EBC trekking route?
Yes, there is phone connectivity on the EBC trekking route on large sections of the route. WiFi might be available in some places.

Q. Do I need a special insurance coverage to do this trek?
Yes, you need 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, will 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. 

Q. Will I have the chance for local experiences on this trip?
You will be passing through villages and forests on this trek and your hosts will be native to the region. Staying at local Tea-houses, you will have an opportunity to immerse yourself in the local lifestyle of Nepalese. You will also have plenty of opportunities to chat with Sherpas while on the trek. Experiences don’t come more local than this!

Q. What can I do with the equipment etc. that I am unlikely to use at the end of the trip?
A great way to dispose of equipment that you are unlikely to use is to give it to the porters and guides on your trek. It is often not within their means to buy equipment that we think of as inexpensive and giving them lightly used equipment is something most trekkers do.
 
Q. What flights do I book my ward on?
The flights the Expedition Leader is booked on will be put up a little closer to the date of departure. We encourange all parents and guardians to book their wards on the same flight. However, should you choose to, you can book your ward on a different flight and they will be met at Kathmandu Airport and transferred to the hotel where they will meet the rest of the group. 

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  • Akash Shroff

    May 2018

    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 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 active holidays!

  • Aryan Manoj

    May 2018

    Amazing experience ...will remember this my whole life

    The ah-ha moment on the trip

    When we reached base camp

    Feedback on the trip guide

    He was really informative

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