Culture

 

Learning

 

Leisure

 

Community engagement

 

Physical demand

 

  • All meals included Yes
  • Free beverages No
  • Persons per room 2-6
  • Wifi in public areas Yes
  • Laundry facilities No
  • Safety box No
  • Lockable rooms Yes
  • Hot shower No
  • Private bathroom Yes
  • Western toilet Yes
  • Bed linen Yes
  • Towels No
  • Mosquito protection No
  • Fan Yes
  • Air conditioning No

Program & Schedule

Our program will get your introduced to Nepali culture while reaching the base camp of the mighty Mount Everest. You will encounter highland Sherpa people’s lifestyle and their unique cultural hospitality and get to see ice fall views from Kala patthar, visit local places such as namche bazar, Tengboche Monastery, Khumjung and so much more! Everest Base Camp Trek is a mountain adventure journey to roof of the world!

First Week: Introduction Week

Our introduction week will get you kickstarted into this amazing country located at the foothills of the mighty Himalayas. Now only will you get to learn about the language and lifestyle, but you will also visit temples, go on a hiking tour and even take part in a scavenger hunt race at a local market!

Second and Third Week: Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Trekking region is known as the most popular destination among high alpine travelers and to make it to the base is on every adventurer-at-heart’ bucket list. Our trek will rarely allow you to rest but in exchange, you will pass through Sherpa villages, admire some of the world’s most stunning landscapes and get to see the best of Nepali culture.

Fourth Week: Community Service

You will get the chance to give back to Nepal by helping out in some of our projects. Your choices will be teaching at a local school, helping out at a kindergarten or aiding injured dogs in our shelter.

What is included in the program

  • Airport transfers as per the policy - Airport Pickup in Kathmandu - Tribhuvan International Airport
  • Presence of a dedicated program coordinator throughout your travel, at the projects and facilities- Logistical management support in case of emergencies
  • Authentic Nepali meals and European (breakfast, lunch, dinner) for the duration of the entire program as per the meal plan
  • Accommodation at hotels, tea houses, and at our accommodation facility - Shared accommodation
  • Local transportation to all venues
  • Entry fees to all places
  • Extensive pre departure information
  • Overland public local transportation

What is excluded in the program

  • Personal expenses such as table drinks, room service items, laundry, telephone calls, tips, portage at hotels or airport, bottles of water during your road travel etc.
  • Any additional expenses caused by or liability for disturbance in the program due to circumstances, weather conditions, sickness, natural disasters, riots etc.
  • Liability for or insurance against injury, loss of life, accidents or loss of goods.
  • Our program does not cover any liability and does not insure participants. Participants must have appropriate insurance before joining the program.
  • Any camera fee where applicable.
  • Any service not specified above.

Few things to consider when you are with us!

  • Returning to the accommodation after your personal trips before 22.00 everyday
  • You will not be allowed to hire any vehicle on your own
  • Consumption of alcohol inside the accommodation is strictly prohibited
  • Respect and adhere to our code of conduct
  • Our staff is there to support you, guide you and make your trip memorable. We kindly request you to follow their instructions at all times
  • You will not be allowed to bring outsiders inside our centers/ guest houses or hotels

Aims & Objectives

The aim of this program is to bring you closer to the authentic Nepal. This trek brings you closer to the majestic Himalayas and truly immerse you in the Nepali culture, customs and lifestyle.

Schedule

Week 1: Introduction in Kathmandu

Day 1: Monday

  • Puja to the gods & goddess and name-giving ceremony
  • Go over the week’s schedule and handling of documents
  • Introduction game to get to know fellow participants
  • Cultural seminar on social behavioral norms, dos & don’ts in Nepalese culture. Cross cultural orientation on eating and drinking habits, bathing, clothing and toileting custom in Nepalese culture.
  • Go out to explore your surrounding around the program house

Day 2: Tuesday

  • Nepali language training
  • Talk on general health precautions and safety during the program
  • Cultural as well as historical orientation tour to Budhanilkantha.
  • Shopping at the local market

Day 3: Wednesday

  • Yoga and meditation session
  • Nepali language training
  • Lecture on religion and culture
  • A cultural as well as historical orientation tour to the famous Boudhanath temple

Day 4: Thursday

  • Nepali language training
  • Nepali cooking session
  • An amazing race for a Scavenger Hunt at the local market and orientation tour to exclusive area of Kathmandu and tourist downtown.

Day 5: Friday

  • It’s all about hiking today! We will go on a nature trail into the mountains to get a view of Kathmandu valley.
  • Feedback sharing (evaluation)

Day 6-7: Saturday to Sunday

  • Free time to explore on your own or relax

Week 2: Everest Base Camp Trek

Day 8: Monday

Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla 2700m and trek to Phakding (3 - 4 hrs) and overnight. A spectacular flight and a jagged landing on a steep mountain runway will bring us to the start of our trek at the village of Lukla [2850 m]

Day 9: Tuesday

Phakding trek to Namche Bazaar 3440m, (6 - 7 hrs) and overnight. We will continue north following the Dudh Kosi river and on to Jorsale, where will we enter the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park. From here, it will be  a short walk to the confluence of two rivers, the lmja Drangpa (Imja Khola) and the Nangpo Tsangpo (Bhote Kosi) followed by a steep climb (for about 2hrs) to Namche Bazaar, the main town in the Khumbu region. Namche is a prosperous Sherpa town and an important trading centre with a weekly Saturday market.

Day 10: Wednesday

Namche Bazaar (resting day and overnight). Namche Bazaar is tucked away between two ridges amongst the giant peaks of the Khumbu. Once named the “Trekkers Mecca of Nepal”. Namche now boasts an abundance of lodges and souvenir shops. It is an ideal place to spend a resting day, acclimatizing to the new altitude of 3450m before heading off towards Gokyo.

Options for acclimatization walks include a visit to Khunde Hospital and also the one hour walk up to the Everest Hotel above Namche for the sunset view of Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest.

Day 11: Thursday

Namche Bazaar trek to Tengboche (3860 m) for about 6 hrs and overnight. From Namche, the trail contours around the side of the valley, high above the Dudh Kosi. Now, we will get our first really good views of the great peaks of the Khumbu including Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam. Passing by several villages and numerous tea shops, we will descend steeply to a bridge over the river at Phunki Tenga. The village is an excellent lunch spot, and here we can rest before making the steep climb to Tengboche.

Although tiring, the hike up the zigzag path has numerous distractions, with rhododendron bushes, beautiful birds and superb mountain scenery. Tengboche is famous for its legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu.

We will stay near the monastery with Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam framed in the doorway of our guest house.

Day 12: Friday

Tengboche trek to Pheriche, (4252 m) for 6 hours and overnight. After breakfast we will head up to Pheriche with the majestic Amadablam overshadowing our day. On the way, we will meet a little Sherpa village called Pangboche and continue to Pheriche.

Day 13: Saturday

Pheriche trek to Lobuche (4930 m) for six hours and overnight. We will continue up the wide valley beneath the impressive peaks of Cholatse and Taboche on the left. We will then turn right and climb more steeply towards the foot of the Khumbu Glacier. At the top of this climb, there are many stone cairns, built as memorials to the many Sherpas who have died while climbing Mt Everest. The path then climbs gently along the glacier, to eventually reach the cluster of houses at Lobuche.

Day 14: Sunday

Lobuche trek to Gorakshep (5184 m) for two and half hrs and (Kalapattar 5500 m) and back to Labuche.

Week 3

Day 15: Monday

Lobuche trek to Dingboche (6 and half hrs) and overnight. Today is downhill most of the way, as we will retrace our steps to Dughla and descend to Pheriche. The Himalayan Rescue Association have their trekkers aid post here and it is quite interesting to visit.

Day 16: Tuesday

Dingboche trek to Tengboche ( 3860 m) for 4 hrs)and overnight. We will continue to follow the river and, after crossing it, climb back up through birch and rhododendron forest to Tengboche.

Day 17: Wednesday

Tengboche trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m) for 5 hrs and overnight. From Tengboche, we will descend to the bridge over the Dudh Kosi at Phunki, where there are water driven prayer wheels. Then, we will climb and contour around the hillside to Namche.

Day 18: Thursday

Namche Bazaar trek to Lukla (2840m) for 7 hours and overnight. From Namche Bazaar, the trail descends steeply to the village of Jorsale. Passing the villages of Phakding (2640m) and Choplung, we will reach Chaurikharka and the trail that cuts up to the airstrip at Lukla.

Day 19: Friday

Lukla to Kathmandu. Early morning flight to Kathmandu

Day 20-21: Saturday to Sunday

Free days to relax and to catch your breath.

Week 4: Community Work in Kathmandu

Day 22-26: Monday to Friday

You can choose from the following options:

  • Teaching at local schools
  • Helping out at a Kindergarten
  • Working with rescued dogs at our Canine Rehabilitation project
This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                18

Maximum age:                65

Minimum English level:        Basic

CRB required:                On Signup

Passport copy required:        On Signup

Resume copy required:        No

Required qualification:        None

Additional Requirements

Due to the length and active nature of this program, a decent level of fitness is required.

Air ticket from Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu should be purchased by the participant on his/ her own.

Living & Location

This route takes you through Dingboche to Lobuche to Gorakshep towards the Everest basecamp.

Along the trekking route you will have overnight stays in hotels/guest houses. More information can be found inside the schedule.

Food Arrangements

Mostly Nepalese style dishes (vegetarian and chicken) will be served during the trip.

Facilities

Along the route - but not at all times - there are ATMs and small local stores. Please make sure you have enough money with you before starting the trip.

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the program.

Sights & Surroundings

You’ll be on a busy schedule.

Transportation

From this location we do not provide free transport to other locations.

Quick Facts

Name:                Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal        

Population:        26 million

Capital:        Kathmandu

Language:        Nepali

Currency:        Nepalese rupee (NPR)

Time zone:        UTC +5:45

Country Information

Namaste and welcome to Nepal, a country of high Himalayan Mountains, artistic monuments, exotic wildlife, and diverse cultures. Located between 80 12' east longitude and between 26 22' and 30 27' north latitude, the kingdom of Nepal extends along the south slopes of the Himalayas in central Asia.

Although Nepal is small, it has the greatest latitudinal variation of any country. The land rises from the southern plains of the Terai, barely above sea level at 70 meters, to the top of the Mt. Everest, the highest peak on Earth at 8848 meters above sea level, in a distance of less than 200 km.

Climate

Weather conditions in Nepal vary from region to region. Summer and late spring temperatures range from about 28C in the hill region of the country to more than 40C in the Terai. In the winter, average maximum and minimum temperatures in the Terai range from a brisk 7C to mild 23C. The central valleys experience a minimum temperature often falling below the freezing point and a chilly 12C maximum. Much colder temperatures prevail at higher elevations. The Kathmandu Valley has a mild climate, ranging from 19 to 27C in the summer and 2 to 20C in the winter. In the winter, it only snows in the high elevations, around 9,000 feet. In the highest elevations, it snows year-round. The monsoon can last from mid-June to mid-August although the majority of the rain arrives in July.

Winter: From December to February, the mornings and evenings will be cold; in the daytime, you will be fine with a sweater or thin jacket.

Spring: From March to May is the best time to be in Nepal as it is neither hot nor cold. However, it does get quite windy.

Summer: June to August. Hot, humid and monsoon season.

Fall: Very pleasant and mild weather. It gets a bit windy but you will be fine with a sweater or a jacket.

Culture

Nepal's many ethnic groups are as varied as its land with their own languages and cultures. A wide variety of ethnic groups occupy the mid-hills. In the Kathmandu Valley the major population that we find is Newars, whose culture and artistry have earned them an international reputation. The Sherpas are known as tough mountain climbers. Brahmins and Chhetris are scattered over the hills and valleys, and Tamangs are found in the districts around the Kathmandu Valley. The Rais, Limbu, Gurung, Magars of the mid-hills have earned fame as Gurkha soldiers. Lowland ethnic groups such as Maithili, Bhojpuri, and Tharu enhance the colorful mosaic. The population of Nepal is about 23 million.

Do’s & Dont’s

Namaste

  • Namaste to those older than you in age, rank or position. Only once on the first meeting each day. You may also shake hands with people of same sex. Don't shake hands with a person of the opposite sex.

At the table

  • If someone offers you something to eat, do not say “no” directly. If you do not want to eat, you can say, "I have just had….." or "I do not feel like eating now " or "I never eat/drink…."
  • Brush your teeth, wash your face before eating breakfast.
  • Wash and rinse your hands before and after eating food

Public displays of affection

  • Affection between men and women is seldom expressed. Public kissing, hugging, or hand holding (different sex) is offensive to Nepalese.
  • However, you will often see men holding hands with other men, and women holding hands with other women. This is acceptable and is not indication of homosexuality.

Shoes, feet & legs

The Nepalese believe the feet are the most polluted, profane part of the body. That is why

  • Before entering a temple always take your shoes off
  • Most Nepalese take off their shoes before entering the inner rooms of the house
  • Don't point the soles of your feet at another person
  • Don't step over any portion of another person, food, utensils, books, stationary, etc
  • Accidentally touching someone else with your feet should be apologized for immediately by touching your hand (or making a motion) to the other person’s feet and then touching your head while repeating Vishnu's name, in essence saying "Your feet are higher than my head"
  • Crossing your legs in front of someone senior to you is considered offensive

Left hand - right hand

Your right hand is your more sacred and pure hand, and your left hand is the less sacred and pure. That is why..

  • Don't give or receive things with your left hand
  • Eat with your right hand only. If you are left handed its considerable
  • Your left hand is generally reserved for cleaning yourself in the toilet

The head

The head is the most sacred and pure part of the body. That is why..

  • Avoid patting people, even children, on the head.
  • Don't ever take a man's hat from his head, even in jest.

Clothes

  • The Nepalese are conservative people; try to respect their local dress, even if many tourists do not. Women should not wear short-cut shorts, halter-tops, or tank tops. Knee length shorts and T-shirts are acceptable.
  • Women: Long skirts and conservative pants are best. Anything that is not tight or revealing is acceptable. Men: Long pants and shirts are most preferable. Shorts can be all right if they are relatively conservative. Going bare-chested is unacceptable.
  • Wearing traditional clothes is greatly encouraged by Nepalese. It shows that your respect and are interested in their culture.

Gastronomy

Much of Nepali cuisine is a variation of Asian themes, with a lot of roots from Tibet, India and Thai food. The national dish is daal bhaat tarkaari, which is spiced lentils over rice served with tarkari and cooked with spices.

Cow meat is forbidden because Hindus consider cattle to be sacred. In fact, many tribes and communities in Nepal are strict vegetarians.