Reg Charity No: CHY6784 October 16 – November 6, 2011* (*alternative dates available - contact us for details) T +353 1 709 3050 M +353 87 970 0100 trek@ﬁghtingblindness.ie everest base camp trek, nepal www.ﬁghtingblindness.ie The Challenge Itinerary Day 1 & 2: Oct 16 & 17 Day 4: Oct 19 Day 5: Oct 20 Day 6: Oct 21 Day 7: Oct 22 Day 8: Oct 23 Everest Base Camp Trek, Nepal Depart Dublin and arrive Fly Lukla (2800m). Trek to To Monjo (2850m). To Namche Bazaar Acclimatisation day To Thyangboche (3870m). Kathmandu (1300m). Ghat (2530m). Walk approx 4-5 hours. (3440m). Namche Bazaar. Walk approx 5-6 hours. Walk approx 2 hours. Walk approx 3-4 hours. The Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the world’s classic challenges. You will be met by your challenge Today you cross and re-cross The hill above your Sherpa hotel This is one of the most spectacular Ever since Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay achieved the group leader and transferred to Transfer to the airport for the 45- the thundering glacial Dudh Kosi This morning you pass through the is a wonderful vantage point for trekking days in Nepal. The trail summit in 1953 thousands of trekkers across the globe have thought to your hotel, where you are free to minute ﬂight to Lukla. The ﬂight has river. Today’s trek passes through gates of the Sagarmatha National the spectacular view up the Imja meanders easily around the ridges themselves ‘well, perhaps I can at least make it to the base camp!’. relax until the pre-trek brieﬁng that marvellous views of the Eastern pine forest and clearings reveal Park. The trail follows the course of Khola Valley towards Everest. The and Everest can be clearly seen evening. Himalaya. The scale of the huge terraced ﬁelds with donkeys and the river and crosses a spectacular change from the narrow lowland on the horizon ahead before We invite you to support Fighting Blindness and bring hope to peaks that surround the village are yaks carrying trading goods and high bridge before commencing valleys to the broad glacial ones is you descend through splendid people living with sight loss by taking up the challenge to trek to Everest Base Camp. Day 3: Oct 18 only a foretaste of what is to come. trek-gear along the trail. Spectacular your ascent to the village of Namche immediately obvious. The steep- rhododendron forests for lunch. The group heads downhill towards mountain peaks unfold above you Bazaar, the Sherpa “capital” of sided glacial valley before you After lunch you cross the Dudh Sightseeing tour of the Dudh Kosi, a raging river that and seem to hover above the tree- Nepal. It is a tough climb as the gradually winds towards the base of Kosi river and begin the ascent The Everest Base Camp trek takes you into one of the most Kathmandu. ﬂows from the highest peaks. line as they rise above the deep trail passes through forest of pine Everest. If you are acclimatising well to the top of a long ridge which spectacular regions of Nepal, the Khumbu, where the Sherpa culture The broad and well-marked trail river valley. to a vantage point that provides the you can take the optional morning ﬂows from the summit of Kantega. thrives amongst the highest peaks in the world. The Everest massif as Kathmandu has more World meanders around ﬁelds of potatoes ﬁrst view of Mt Everest. After lunch walk to the Everest View Hotel Today’s trail takes you through pine seen from Thyangboche and Kala Pattar is a sight you will never forget, Heritage sites than any other city in and buck-wheat and passes there will be free time to explore the where spectacular views of Everest and rhododendron forest. As you and the hospitality of these tough mountain people will remain with you the world and today a sightseeing through small villages, as you pass Tibetan trader’s stalls and shops in and Ama Dablam may be seen. Or approach the ridgeline you pass for a long time. tour of the main attractions has rows of tree dahlia to make your the village. Your accommodation you may wish to rest and save your through a traditional gateway and been arranged. There will be time way to the ﬁrst overnight stop at will be at a Sherpa hotel above energy for the exciting days ahead. around a chorten before cresting This is the traditional trek to view Everest, appealing to those who in the afternoon for you to explore your campsite at Ghat. Namche. the ridge onto a wide grassy wish to retrace the steps of history to the base of Everest in aid of the lesser-known towns that dot the meadow at the monastery village of Fighting Blindness. valley on foot, bicycle or trishaw. Thyangboche. Day 9: Oct 24 Day 11: Oct 26 Day 12: Oct 27 Day 13: Oct 28 Day 16: Oct 31 Day 20: Nov 4 How do I sign up? To Dingboche (4360m). To Lobuche (4930m). To Gorak Shep (5288m) and To Base Camp (5545 m). To Khumjung (3780m). Day at leisure in We ask for just two things: Walk approx 6 hours. Kala Pattar (5545m). Walk approx 7 hours. Kathmandu. The early morning mountain views Walk approx 5 hours. The group will take this opportunity • Send your completed registration form and booking fee of €300 to from the monastery are outstanding Today the trek will gain altitude Today is what you have been to visit the village where Sir Edmund Fighting Blindness. with Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse and it is important that you move The trail today takes you alongside training for. Camping at Gorak Shep Hillary built his “Schoolhouse in the Day 21: Nov 5 • Pledge to raise a further €5,695 to support Irish genetic research into at the head of the valley. The at a slow, steady pace. The slopes the Khumbu Glacier as the path and the extra day of acclimatisation Clouds”, and the famed Khunde treatments and cures for blindness. views of Ama Dablam, one of the are quite barren now as you are winds towards the settlement of you have had by staying here will hospital close by. Trip concludes Kathmandu. Himalaya’s most stunning peaks, above the tree line. Views of Gorak Shep, which is where the be invaluable on the hike to Base After breakfast arrangements, you In return, you can expect the adventure of a lifetime, are spectacular. Continuing on, you different peaks, such as Cholatse original base camp was located. Camp. An early start means there Day 17: Nov 1 will be transferred to the airport for plus: cross the river again and trek up to and Lobuche, unfold before you in You are at high altitude now, is time to comfortably ascend to your return journey home. Dingboche, situated just beneath this contrasting and spectacular among the glaciers of the world’s the historic site and take in your Descend to Monjo (2850m). • All international and internal return ﬂights between Dublin and Lukla the impressive Ama Dablam. landscape. You ascend the Dhugla highest peaks. The campsite is surroundings. Descend to Gorak • Accommodation on a twin-share basis in selected hotels, mountain Ridge and onto moraine towards stunningly located at the junction Shep. lodges or tents. Day 10: Oct 25 the Khumbu Glacier. There are rock of two large glaciers and nestled Day 18: Nov 2 • Healthy and nutritious food - 19 breakfasts, 15 lunches and 15 dinners cairns dedicated to the memories in an amphitheatre of peaks. The Day 14: Oct 29 • Experienced group leaders, cooking staff and an English-speaking Acclimatisation day in of climbers attempting the high group has an early lunch at Gorak Descend to Lukla (2800m). expert local guide. Dingboche. mountains of the area, including Shep before ascending Kala Pattar Descend to Orsho (4095m). • Porters to carry all personal and group equipment Everest. There are spectacular where the views are spectacular. Note: The above route and • A kit bag containing a sleeping bag and liner and a down- or ﬁbre-ﬁlled An important acclimatisation day views throughout today of Pumori Most eyes are locked on the mass Day 15: Oct 30 Day 19: Nov 3 estimated times must be seen jacket. today with the option of hiking high and Nuptse. of Everest and its rocky buttresses as a guide only. This itinerary • Emergency group medical kit. up to the ridge overlooking the immediately before you. To Deboche (3750m). Fly to Kathmandu. may change at any time due to • Pre-departure Information Guide, with all you need to know for village, or perhaps up to Chukung weather, trail conditions or other your trek. Village. Excellent views of Nuptse, The group descends to the reasons. Your guide will always • Welcome drinks, sightseeing and site-entry fees in Kathmandu. Lhotse, Chukung Peak and Imja overnight camp at Deboche, make a ﬁnal decision after Tse (6189 m) are had from both in stopping at Pangboche to visit its assessing the situation and the valley or from the ridge above historic monastery, thought to be liaising with the Nepali crew Contact Fighting Blindness for further information the camp. Massive glaciers drape the oldest in the Khumbu. and the group members. T +353 1 709 3050 trek@ﬁghtingblindness.ie beneath cliffs that soar up to 3,500 M + 353 87 970 0100 www.ﬁghtingblindness.ie metres in this dramatic valley.