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EVEREST BASE CAMP Expedition Brochure 2011/12

“An amazing adventure, completely invigorating� jacob harmer, everest expedition 2010

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Everest Expedition


Expedition Itinerary


Expedition Information


Insurance Days and Additional Travel




Expedition Packages


Booking Your Package


About Us

A stunning view of the Himalayan mountain range on the gokyo trail

Everest Expedition The Base Camp trip is a 18 day package which is rammed full of excitement and adventure, taking you deep into the Nepali Himalayan mountain range to the foot of Mount Everest. The 11 day expedition involves 8 days trekking from the small Himalayan town of Lukla (2,840m) to Everest Base Camp (5,364m) and then 3 days descending back down to Lukla. To ensure a safe ascent to Base Camp we have included 2 acclimatization days to allow your body to adjust to the conditions of altitude. We also offer an optional ascent to the summit of Kala Patthar (5,545m)

from where you can experience some of the most phenomenal views of Everest and the surrounding mountain peaks. On arrival in Kathmandu by your international flight (included in our package) you will be transferred to your accommodation by our friendly Nepali representatives. When booking your package using our online system, you are able choose the level of accommodation that suits you. The following day you will take an exciting flight through the Himalayas in a Twin Otter to Lukla to start your adventure.

a porter on the trek to Dingboche

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We include 4 additional days in our package in order to help ensure your expedition can still be completed successfully if adverse weather is encountered. These days can also be used for any other activities you may wish to carry out whilst in Nepal. If you think your thirst for excitement will still not be quenched after the Everest expedition then experience the worlds highest canyon swing, make a 160m high bungee jump over

a raging river or refresh yourself with some white water rafting down the Bhote Kosi River. Alternatively slow down a little and experience an amazing three day safari or chill out by the beautiful Pokhora lake. The Everest Base Camp package and everything else that Nepal has to offer guarantees a simply unforgettable adventure!

Namche Bazaar, the trading hub of the Khumbu region

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Expedition Itinerary Day 1: International flight to Kathmandu, Nepal Day 2: Fly Kathmandu to Lukla, trek from Lukla to Phakding Day 3: Trek from Phakding to the regional trading hub of Namche Bazaar Day 4: Acclimatization day; ascend 400m, then return to Namche Day 5: Hike from Namche Bazaar to the famous monastery of Tengboche Day 6: Trek from Tengboche to the remote hamlet of Dingboche Day 7: Acclimitization day; ascend and descend 400m Day 8: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche through the Khumbu glacier Day 9: Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep, have lunch and then...

namche bazaar (3440m)

tengboche (3860m)

2 Expedition Day

phakding (2610m)

Expedition Day 4

Lukla (2840m) Expedition Day 1

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kala patthar (5545M)




everest base camp



gorak shek




dingboche (4410m) Expedition Day 8

5 Expedition Day

--- MOUNT EVEREST BASE CAMP --Day 10: Optional summit of Kala Patthar, trek back to Pangboche Day 11: Trek from Pangboche to Namche Bazaar Day 12: Head from Namche Bazaar back to start point of Lukla Day 13: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu Day 13 – 17: Insurance days - Insurance days are included in case of adverse weather. These can be used for additional activities and travel in Nepal Day 18: International flight back home

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day 1: Lukla to Phakding The expedition starts with a 230m descent from Lukla to the peaceful riverside hamlet of Phakding. At Phakding you have the option to visit a stunning hidden monastery, an hour’s walk from the hamlet. This will be your first opportunity to gain insight into the local way of life in remote areas of the Khamdu region. Group Photo at Lukla!

Day 2: Phakding - Namche Bazaar From Phakding you will trek to the hidden town of Namche Bazaar. Namche is the trading hub of the Khumbu region and you will have the chance to pick up some authentic Nepal products here.

Day 3: Namche Bazaar, Acclimatization Day

Overlooking Namche Bazaar

Day 3 is an acclimatization day. You will ascend and descend 400m, and in doing so will ensure your body adjusts to the altitude. You will also have the chance to see some spectacular mountain peaks, including Abu Dablam, as well as the world’s highest airport.

Day 4: Namche Bazaar - Tengboche

After a day trekking you will arrive at Tengboche. You will have the chance to visit the historic monastery, see all of the beautiful architecture, and catch a glimpse at the disciplined lives of the monks who inhabit the monastery.

Tengboche Monastery

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As if the Tengboche Monastery is not stunning enough on its own, the awe inspiring Ama Dablam (6,856m), overlooking the monastery, and considered by many to be the world’s most beautiful mountain, adds a breathtaking finishing touch to the scene.

Day 5: Tengboche - Dingboche As you pass the 4,000m mark the tree line suddenly disappears, and you are greeted by a harsher, rockier terrain. From here onwards you are constantly surrounded by spectacular mountain peaks.



Day 6: Dingboche, Acclimatization Day 6 is the second acclimatization day to ensure your body adjusts smoothly to the altitude. It involves ascending 400m before returning to Dingboche.

Day 7: Dingboche - Lobuche (Khumbu Glacier) After a day’s trekking through a spectacular valley you will arrive at a cosy tea house in the settlement of Lobuche, beside the Khumbu glacier.

Khumbu Glacier

Walk along the edge of the glacier, and hear the growling of the shifting ice. Spectacular avalanches can be seen on the other side of the glacier down the mountains.

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Celebrations at Base Camp

Day 8: Celebrations at Base Camp On day 8, you will awake to a buzz of excitement in the group as you impend on reaching the foot of Mount Everest. After spending the morning trekking parallel to the Khumbu glacier you will arrive at your teahouse at Gorak Shep for Lunch. A final hour and a half push later and your goal of reaching base camp will be achieved. You will spend about an hour at Base Camp, taking in the views and capturing this magical moment on camera. The feeling of satisfaction will truly be indescribable after striving and succeeding to reach Mount Everest Base Camp.

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Day 9: Summit of Kala Patthar

On day 9 there is the option to summit Kala Patthar (5,545m), where some of the best panoramic views of Everest and the surrounding mountain peaks can be taken in. The summit attempt is strenuous and involves an hour and a half trek with a final scramble over some boulders to make it to the summit. After returning to Gorak Shep, you will begin the three day trek back to Lukla for your return flight to Kathmandu. The Summit of Mount Everest (8,848m)

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Expedition information Am I able to participate? No previous trekking experience is required to come on the Everest Base Camp expedition. As long as you are 18 years or older our only other requirement of participation if that you are fit and healthy. The base camp expedition is strenuous to the point that you have to be capable of walking an average of 5 hours a day for the full expedition whist carrying a small day bag. A day bag includes your essential items such as water, snacks and camera. If you have any past medical conditions we require a doctors medical form before your departure date although we advise that all participants consult a doctor prior to departure.

Our Expedition Guides & Porters Our English speaking guides are employed from the local region and have expert knowledge of the Khumbu region. This ensures that you gain the most you possibly can out of your expedition. The number of guides whom lead your expedition depends upon your group size, but as a rule of thumb we aim to have one guide for every four clients. During your expedition local porters are on hand who are responsible for transporting your main bag, expedition supplies and preparing meals. For every two clients we employ at least one porter which ensures a well equipped and supplied expedition.

Expedition Guides at basecamp

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prayer flags enroute to namche bazaar

a typical day on the expedition 8:00: Morning wake up call 8:45: Breakfast served 9:30: Begin the day’s trek, taking regular breaks 12:00: Break for lunch, and take some time to appreciate the sights 13:00: Begin afternoon’s trekking 15:30: Arrive at your lodge for the night with delicious tea waiting for you. Take some time out to relax, chat or play cards until dinner 18:30: Three course dinner is served at 20:30. Group briefing for what is in stall the following day

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Insurance Days & Additional Travel Due to the nature of the expedition, the itinerary planned cannot always be followed exactly due to the effect of adverse weather conditions. If the weather conditions are bad then this can lead to flights being grounded between Kathmandu and Lukla. Therefore to account for this, we have allocated 6 insurance days which can be used in such an event, to ensure your expedition can still be completed successfully. These insurance days can also be used for additional travel so you can explore Kathmandu and experience more of Nepal. We offer a number of additional trips that you can book with us, including a heart stopping 160m high bungee jump. Or if you want to slow down and take things easy, spend a night in a hidden luxurious jungle spa and hotel. Whatever your preference, this culturally rich country has something for you. Please note, the itinerary may be subject to change due to the nature of the expedition.

trekking through dingboche

three day Safari Trip Head out to the Chitwan National Park to see some of the spectacular wildlife that inhabits Nepal. The park is home to over 50 species of mammals including the beautiful Single-Horned Asian Rhinoceros and the Bengal Tiger.

On safari

The trip will start with your private transportation from Kathmandu to your hotel where you will be staying on the safari. Once you arrive you will have chance to relax and go on a riverside walk at sunset where it is possible to see rhinos bathing at dusk. er Elephant Show

crocs Searching for

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After a refreshing night’s sleep you will start the day with a canoe ride down the river where you are likely to be able to spot crocodiles. You will then go on a jungle trek searching for some of the exciting species followed by an Elephant shower. After lunch you trek through the jungle on the back of an elephant which is when the best wildlife is most likely to be found. You will finish the day with dinner and then a cultural show in the local village. On day three there will be an early morning bird watching opportunity and then back to Kathmandu.

Visit a Hidden Rainforest Spa Retreat Take a trip after you return from your expedition out into the jungle and discover a magical hidden rainforest resort which offers much more than just relaxation. The perfect way to finish off an already unforgettable trip. Relaxing and exciting experiences the resort has to offer include: - 160m bungee jump - Worlds highest canyon swing - White water rafting - Lush gardens - Spa facilities -Luxury safari tent themed accommodation

A heart stopping 160m High Bungee Jump over the Bhote Kosi

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Visit the Pokhora Lake After a testing expedition take some time out to relax and no where offers a better place to do so than at the beautiful, peaceful Pockhara Lake. Take some time out to enjoy the tropical weather whilst still being able to look out onto the beautiful Himalayan mountain range in the distance.

Tandem Paragliding

If your craving for excitement has still not been satisfied, you can roam the skies with the Eagles by taking a tandem paragliding flight which offers spectacular views. Or if you want to slow the pace down a bit, rent a boat and chill on the lake. The town situated on edge of the lake offers many delicious restaurants and lively bars.

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Passang on the summit of Eve rest

Summiteer Presentation by Passang Sherpa Attend an exclusive hour long presentation, whilst in Kathmandu, by six-time Mount Everest Summiteer, Passang Sherpa, and hear his personal tales of peril and adventure summitting the highest mountain on earth. Passang is one of the few people in the world to have reached the top of the earth. With a one in ten chance of death, Passang is lucky to be here to tell his tales after 6 summits. A opportunity not be missed by any adventurer!

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Accommodation Whilst in Kathmandu We offer a range of accommodation whilst you stay in Kathmandu so you have the choice of choosing a location that caters for your needs. All of our accommodation is located in close proximity to Thamel, the lively tourist district of the city. We arrange all of your airport transfers so there is no need to worry about getting around. Levels of accommodation include: - Standard - Premium - Luxury Details of which can be found online in the booking section of the website.

Kathmandu, the city of temples

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Looking down on namche Bazaar

Whilst on the Expedition

During the expedition trekkers stay in comfortable, quaint lodges. Flavoured Nepali tea awaits guests on arrival - exactly what is needed after a day in the Himalayas. Rooms are generally twin shared rooms, although single rooms are available on request.

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expedition packages

Base Camp!

Private group bookings We offer private group bookings if you want to keep your expedition within friends or an organisation. We take private groups as small as 2 and as large as 30. This is the perfect option if you wish to keep things intimate amongst a special group of friends. We have a special group booking function built into our website. Contact for more details and special private group promotions. Page 21

on the trek, day two of the expedition

Flexible Payment Plans We offer a range of payment plans designed to suit the needs of our clients. Secure your place on an expedition with a £250 non-refundable deposit and then choose the payment plan that suits you. Standard - £250 deposit, pay the remaining balance 112 days before departure Option A - £250 deposit, pay 100% of the remaining balance at least 56 days before departure (£10 charge) Option B – £250 deposit, pay 50% of the remaining balance 112 days prior to departure and the other 50% 56 days prior to departure (£10 charge) Option C - £250 deposit, pay 100% of the remaining balance today (Receive a £25 discount, only available when booking made at least 90 days prior to departure)

Financial Protection is a member of the Travel Trust Association (TTA), which provides 100% financial protection to our clients in the unlikely event that we were to go insolvent. In such an unlikely event, the Travel Trust Association will take action to ensure your holiday goes ahead unaffected. If this is not possible, the TTA will administer a full refund.

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2011/12 Price List Everest Expedition package Including International flight

Departing from London


Departing from Edinburgh


Accommodation Upgrades

Premium Accommodation


Luxury Accommodation


Additional Extras - Private transport included Product Code





Jungle and Elephant safari, hotel

3 Days



160m Bungee jump

1 Day



Canyon swing

1 Day



Bungee, Canyon swing

1 Day



White water rafting

1 Day



Relaxation, Jungle hotel

2 Days



Relaxation, Bungee jump , Jungle Hotel

2 Days



Relaxation, Canyon Swing, Jungle Hotel

2 Days £153


Relaxation, White Water Rafting, Jungle Hotel 2 Days £143


Relax, Bungee & Rafting, Jungle Hotel

2 Days



Relax, Canyon & Rafting, Jungle Hotel

2 Days



Pokhora Lake Trip

3 Days



Pokhora Lake Trip, Paragliding

3 Days



Everest Summiteer Presentation, Meal

1 Night £28


Expedition Photo Album



2011 Prices: Dates, prices and itineraries advertised for trips departing in 2011 may be subject to change due to increased ground costs, currency fluctuations or other unforeseen circumstances. Please refer to booking terms and conditions for our refund policy.

2011/12 Departure Dates Expedition O’neill: 10th mar – 28th Mar 2010 Expedition Gourlay: 10th apr – 28th Apr 2010 Expedition Brough: 10th may – 28th May 2010 Expedition Majid: 15th jun – 3rd Jul 2011 Expedition Harmer: 15th jul – 2nd aug 2011 Expedition Stephenson: 10th Aug – 28th Aug 2011 Expedition Shovlin: 10th Sept – 28th Sept 2011 Expedition Lama: 10th oct – 28th Oct 2011 Expedition Leach: 10th Nov – 28th Nov 2011 Expedition St Nic: 1st Dec – 20th Dec 2011 Expedition Alsop: 10th Jan – 28th Jan 2012 Expedition Ferry: 10th Feb – 28th Feb


Booking your Package Begin booking your expedition by selecting a ‘Departure Location’ and ‘Departure Date’. Our visual presentation on our homepage takes you through the expedition day by day to give you a clearer insight into the expedition.

Once you have selected the ‘Begin Adventure’ button on the home page you are taken to the customisation stage where you can: - Extend your trip -Upgradeyour accommodation - Book additional activities - Choose your payment plan - Use a voucher code You will be then given your quote and you will be able to proceed with your booking. Page 25

About us

About Us Our aim is to provide all of our clients with an experience of a lifetime which they can look back on and say that the Everest Expedition was one of the most fulfilling things they have ever done. We are all about excitement, adventure and exploration at and we are sure anybody interested in the Everest Base Camp Expedition are like minded. Our strong, experienced and enthusiastic team will ensure that you get the most out of this once in a lifetime adventure whilst maintaining your safety at all times. If you have any questions please get in contact, we would love to hear from you.


Contact Us +44 (0)20 3239 2016 GHS Adventure Limited 58a Eton High Street Windsor Berkshire SL4 6BL United Kingdom

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