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October 16 – November 6, 2011*
(*alternative dates available - contact us for details)
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                                                                                     base camp trek, nepal
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
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
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.