About Mount Everest
Your trek to Everest Base Camp at 5,364m will take you over suspension bridges high above rivers, past hidden Buddhist monasteries, and into the heart of the warm, rugged Sherpa culture.
Leave behind your busy normal life and surround yourself by natural beauty. The path begins in ancient Kathmandu, where you’ll acclimatise, explore the city and meet local deaf people.
You’ll support rural economies, discover hidden strengths in yourself, and make both friends and memories to last a lifetime. What are you waiting for!
- November 2021 – exact dates coming soon!
Colombo, Sri Lanka
- 14 day trek through the tallest and most majestic Himalayan mountains
- Experience the famous Everest Base Camp
- Learn about the Sherpa culture
- Explore Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and engravings
- See three of the world’s tallest mountains (Mount Everest 8,848m, Lhotse 8,516m, Cho Oyu 8,201m)
- Stay in unique ‘tea house’ accommodation in the mountains
- Visit Swayambhunath (the Monkey Temple) in Kathmandu
- Connect with Kathmandu’s deaf community
- Fully supported by VoluntEars staff, BSL Interpreter, Nepalese Guides and Sherpas
- The first two days will be spent in Kathmandu, acclimatising, visiting the Monkey Temple and spending time with local deaf people from a Deaf association
- The following 10 days, on the trek, life is beautifully simple. We wake up and admire stunning sunrises over the mountains, have breakfast together before trekking for around 4 hours (including breaks). After lunch, we trek for around another 4 hours and spend the evening relaxing at our accommodation.
- After completing the trek and returning to Kathmandu we will again meet local deaf people to share experiences and learn about Deaf culture in Kathmandu. You’ll also have time to relax, go shopping, get a massage, buy souvenirs and put your feet up!
Tea houses are simple mountain guest houses, usually with a large central dining room with a wood-burning stove to provide heat, and several twin bedrooms and shared bathrooms. They are very simple but quite comfortable and provide a variety of food and often wonderful views.
14 day trek to Everest Base Camp
This 14 day trek is from Lukla all the way through the Himalayan mountains to Everest Base Camp and back.
We include all the required trekking permits allowing you into the Sagarmāthā National Park, TIMS card, trekkers security card and local taxes.
English-speaking government licensed guide.
Porters to carry big bags of clothes etc (1 porter between 2 customers, max 25kg per porter).
BSL Communicator on every trip
Trip leader from our UK office
Airport transfers in Nepal
Our friendly VoluntEars staff will be waiting to collect you on arrival and they’ll accompany you on all local airport transfers.
Spin the bronze prayer wheels, watch the bright coloured prayer flags fluttering, see the monkeys playing and admire the view. It’s another world!
Help at a Deaf association
Comprehensive orientation on arrival in Nepal.
Pre-trip meeting in Sussex, UK
If you can’t attend the meeting we will email all the information to you and can arrange a video call to explain everything and answer your questions.
Day 1 - Sunday
We will meet you at the airport and drive you to our accommodation. You can unpack, meet the other travellers and relax. We will do the orientation this evening so you know what to expect over the next 2 weeks.
Day 2 - Monday
Then we’ll visit the famous Swayambunath, one of Nepal’s oldest Buddhist temples. Also known as the Monkey Temple, you will get great views of the whole city after climbing many steps to the top!
This afternoon we’ll spend time at one of our partner Deaf associations in Kathmandu. Take the opportunity to find out about the local Deaf culture, Nepali sign language and their lifestyle in Nepal.
Dinner in a local Nepali restaurant.
Trek briefing at the hotel.
Day 3 - Tuesday
Flight time: 35 min
Altitude: 2,800m/9184ft (Lukla) & 2,652m/8,698ft (Phakding)
Walking Distance: 8km (3-4 hours) – All distances and time estimates are approximate.
Day 4 - Wednesday
We’ll have breakfast in Phakding before gearing up for the trek to Namche Bazaar, the biggest sherpa village in Nepal.
Our trail takes us first over the Dudhkoshi River via a long suspension bridge, and then through a beautiful pine forest to Monjo, about two hours away. Soon afterwards, we will approach the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park for a brief permit check and then descend to Dudh Kosi River (spotting Mani stones along the way!) en route to Jorsale. Lunch will be served here, and then it’s uphill to Namche. Our path along the riverbank is flanked by two crossings, one of which is the Hillary Suspension Bridge. It’s a tough climb up the hill to our resting place, but you’ll be rewarded in Namche Bazaar with your first glimpse of Mount Everest in its majesty.
Walking Distance: 10-12km (5-6 hours) – All distances and time estimates are approximate.
Day 5 - Thursday
Breakfast in Namche Bazaar fuels us for another day of trekking towards Everest Base Camp! Breathtaking views of the Himalayas – Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kwangde – are some of the highlights not be missed. A short drop takes us to the riverside, then it’s across the river upwards through the forest pass. Brace your legs for a continual uphill trek at this point, alternating between a gradual grade and some seriously steep ground! Our destination, Tengboche, is known as one of the most beautiful places in the Everest region. Its views, which include Ama Dablam, are legendary. We’ll stop in on the Tengboche monastery, which is one of the largest in Khumbu. Nourish your spirit with a guided tour of the monastery grounds, followed by chanting and prayer with the resident Buddhist monks (optional).
Walking Distance: 10km (6 hours) – All distances and time estimates are approximate.
Day 6 - Friday
This is your chance to rest up before the last leg of our adventure! Savor a full day of exploring Dingboche and the surrounding valleys of Chhukung and Imja, the latter of which links with Island Peak, the high passes of Amphu Laptsa, and Makalu Barun National Park. Taking an optional trek to the valleys will pay off in rewarding views, but taking it easy is the most important thing today. You’ll need your rest for the penultimate day of ascent tomorrow.
Walking Distance: 0km
Day 7 - Saturday
From here onwards, the trek will gradually be more challenging, due to the higher altitude.
We’ll pass Dungla, but not before a tough, steep walk to the top of a high hill. Here are the memorial stupas dedicated to the climbers and trekkers who lost their lives to Mount Everest over the years. The next part of our adventure brings over craggy mountain terrain to Lobuche, a small settlement with amazing views of Mt. Lobuche, Mt. Pumari and the Nuptse. Prepare to snuggle up for a cold night, as we are now almost three miles above sea level and the evenings can be very chilly!
Walking Distance: 11-12 km (6-7 hours) – All distances and time estimates are approximate.
Day 8 - Sunday
This is it! Our big day kicks off with an initial, relatively easy trek from Lobuche to Gorekshep. The subsequent, straight trail to Everest Base Camp is harder, involving rocky dunes and moraine, formed from an accumulation of unconsolidated glacial debris. On the way to our destination, we’ll approach the famed Khumbu Glacier and ice-fall, located on the slopes of Mount Everest.
At the Base Camp, our goal, you’ll have the chance (during the spring climbing season) to meet climbers attempting to scale the mountain’s summit. Break out your cameras for unbelievable views of breathtaking beauty. As the afternoon sun starts to wane, we’ll head back to Gorekshep for some much-needed rest and relaxation after a grueling and busy day.
Altitude: 5180m/16,994ft (Gorekshep) & 5364m/17598 (Everest Base Camp)
Walking distance: 15km (6-8 hours) – All distances and time estimates are approximate.
Day 9 - Monday
We’ll wake before dawn today to trek towards Kalapathar (which means “black rock”) for a fiery, glorious sunrise over Mount Everest. The day’s first light will illuminate your spectacular view of Nuptse Nup, Changtse and Lhotse.This may be, of the whole journey, your most opportune moment to snap amazing pictures of Everest and its neighboring peaks. Afterwards, it’s back to Gorekshep for breakfast and down in the direction of Pheriche, our overnight stop. Our pace will be a lot brisker as we descend, and the walking is easier going this way.
Altitude: 5,545m/18,192ft (Kalapathar) & 4,320m/14,173ft (Pheriche)
Walking distance: 12-13km (5-6 hours) – All distances and time estimates are approximate.
Day 10 - Tuesday
The walk from Pheriche back to Tengboche is mainly downhill, although it does, counterintuitively, require an hour scaling a hill. We’ll be in Namche by late afternoon and off to bed before our last day in the mountains.
Walking distance: 13-15km (7-8 hours) – All distances and time estimates are approximate.
Day 11 - Wednesday
After breakfast, we trek toward the Hillary Suspension Bridge and then pass through several local villages.
Our arrival in Lukla brings an evening in our last Tea House and, traditionally, a party with your trekking crew: you made it! Thanks to great teamwork and perseverance, you’ve accomplished a physical feat of which others only dream. This is your last night on the mountain, which can be bittersweet.
Walking Distance: 16km (6-7 hours) – All distances and time estimates are approximate.
Day 12 - Thursday
In the morning, you’ll take a short flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, where your journey both began and ends. You’ll transfer to your hotel upon landing.
You’ll have the afternoon free for some much-needed rest and reflection after your trek conquering the Himalayas. You may get a massage, wander round the shops, or find a quiet cafe or bar to relax with a coffee or something stronger.
Flight time: 35 min
Day 13 - Friday
After a leisurely breakfast you can choose between either meeting the local students at the Deaf association and sharing your Everest experiences with them and doing some activities together or having a chilled day off in Kathmandu.
We’ll reunite in the evening for a farewell dinner before we all head back home tomorrow.
Day 14 - Saturday
Grab some breakfast, pack your bags and we’ll make sure you arrive at Kathmandu International Airport with plenty time before your flight home. At this time, we’ll say our goodbyes and bid you farewell, armed with warm memories and gorgeous photos to show your loved ones.
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