Everest Base Camp Trek

A MESSAGE FROM DAVE

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In May 2022, I will spend 2 weeks in Nepal trekking to the basecamp of Mt Everest. I am taking on this challenge with a goal of raising $50,000 to plant churches around the World that specifically care for kids in need. This mission has been at the heart of Connect since we launched in 2013. I will trek anywhere from 3 – 8 miles each day to a final elevation just shy of 18,000 ft. Over the course of 15 days we will hike 53 miles up gaining 13,000 feet in elevation and then 30 miles down losing 8,000 feet in elevation. 

100% of every dollar I raise will go directly toward these efforts.

Thank you in advance for your donation, and for making a difference in the lives of children around the World.

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May 12th – Fly to the Khumbu – 3 hours/3 miles hiking

Transfer to the airport for the mountain flight to Lukla. The short flight leaves the Kathmandu Valley and heads into the Himalaya, home to the world’s highest mountains. Landing on Lukla’s 1,729-foot-long, 65-foot-wide runway, located high on the mountainside above the Dudh Kosi. If our flight is on time, we’ll fit in a warm-up hike to Kharka, on a trail that leads to Mera Peak.

May 13th – Hike Lukla to Monjo – 6 hours/8 miles | 819′ elevation loss/865′ elevation gain (9,317′)

Begin trek from Lukla with a descent to the Dudh Kosi. Follow the trail to Phakding, passing mani walls (boulders inscribed with Buddhist prayers), small villages, and well-terraced hillsides. Meet Khumbu locals who, unlike the majority of Kathmandu residents, are Sherpas – people who migrated from Tibet over 500 years ago and still dress traditionally and practice evolved forms of Tibetan Buddhism. We’ll arrive at the lodge in Monjo (9,317′) in the early afternoon. Rest and have free time while we acclimatize.

May 14th – Trek to Namche Bazaar – 4-5 hours/3 miles | 1,858′ elevation gain (11,175′)

Head north into UNESCO-listed Sagarmatha (Mount Everest) National Park. Cross the Dudh Kosi and begin the steep climb up “Namche Hill” amidst rhododendron, fir, and magnolia forests. As we ascend, we’ll catch our first glimpse of Everest (29,028′)! Arrive in the Sherpa market town of Namche Bazaar, the unofficial Khumbu capital situated in a terraced amphitheater facing the hanging glacier below Kwangde (20,293′). We’ll spend the afternoon exploring Namche Bazaar.

May 15th – Hike to Tashinga – 4-5 hours/4 miles | 795′ elevation gain (11,970′)

We’ll have some time in the morning to visit the Sagarmatha National Park Visitors Center and Museum.  Our trail follows the classical route to Everest, on a winding, almost level trail. After about 3 hours of hiking, we’ll take a slight detour off the main path and hike 15 minutes further before arriving at our lodge. After check in, we’ll have the rest of the afternoon free to rest.

May 16th – Ascend to Tengboche and Pangboche – 5-6 hours/7 miles | 1,274′ elevation gain (13,244′)

Descend into the deep Dudh Kosi Gorge and then climb steeply to the famous Tengboche Monastery (12,680′). Burned in 1989 and now completely rebuilt, Tengboche is the spiritual center of the Khumbu and a training center for new monks. After lunch, we’ll continue through this holy region to Pangboche. This hike follows the Imja River, and Ama Dablam (22,349′). 

May 17th – Day Hike to Ama Dablam Base Camp – 6-7 hours/8 miles | 1,939′ elevation gain and loss (15,013′)

After crossing the Imja River and a gradual ascent to Lhabarma, we’ll be facing Ama Dablam, one of the Khumbu’s mountains. Ama Dablam Base Camp (15,013′) sits on an open yak pasture beneath the west face, with views of Kan Tega (22,254′), Thamserku (21,729′), and Tawoche (21,463′). 

May 18th – Continue to Pheriche – 3 hours/3 miles | 996′ elevation loss (14,017′)

Follow the river and cross the Khumbu Khola making our way up to the remote village of Pheriche (14,070′).

May 19th – Day Hike to Samso Chopo – 5-6 hours/4.5 miles | 2,700′ elevation gain and loss (16,864′)

360-degree views in addition to the Mahalangur Himal range of the Himalayas. It is a steep, 2,700-foot climb.  We’ll return to Pheriche to end the day.

May 20th – Trek to Lobuche – 5-6 hours/4 miles | 2,130′ elevation gain (16,200′)

Walk through the Khumbu Khola riverbed en route to a herdsmen’s settlement – also once a 1953 British Everest expedition camp. Ascend to the hamlet of Dughla, then continue up a steep terminal moraine atop which stand memorial cairns to those lost on Everest.

May 21st – Trek to Gorak Shep – 3 hours/5 miles | 800′ elevation gain (17,000′)

Walk along boulder fields and glacial debris to the edge of the Khumbu Glacier, then continue up to Gorak Shep (17,000′), nestled under the snow-coned summit of Pumori (23,442′) and the sheer west face of Nuptse. If we’re well acclimatized we’ll hike up Kala Patar (18,192′), high above the Khumbu Glacier.

May 22nd – Reach Everest Base Camp – 9-10 hours/7.5 miles | 600′ elevation gain & 1,400′ elevation loss (17,600′)

From Gorak Shep it is a trek to base camp (17,600′), initially following the top of the moraine and then descending onto the glacier. After a couple of hours we’ll reach Everest Base Camp! We’ll have views of the Khumbu icefall then take the trail back down to Lobuche.

May 23rd – Return to Pangboche – 5-6 hours/6 miles | 3,126′ elevation loss (14,474′)

From Lobuche, we’ll follow the path down to tiny Dughla. We’ll make our way to Dingboche to see Imtsa Valley. After lunch we’ll descend the trail to Pangboche. 

May 24th – Trek to Tashinga – 5-6 hours/5 miles | 1,307′ elevation loss (13,167′)

We’ll cross the Mengbo and the Dudh Koshi rivers to a trail on the other side. When we arrive in Tashinga we will check into the lodge with the rest of the day rest and recover. 

May 25th – Return to Monjo via Khumjung – 7-8 hours/7.5 miles | 2,296′ elevation loss (10,871′)

We will trek by the villages of Khumjung, across the top of Namche Bazaar and then up the Nangpo Dzangpo. Time permitting, we will visit the Monastery of Khumjung with the infamous Yeti Skull on display. We will then return to Monjo. 

May 26th – Return to Lukla – 6 hours/8 miles | 117′ elevation loss (10,754′)

We’ll return to Lukla along the Dudh Kosi, retracing our steps from Day 4. 

May 27th – Fly to Kathmandu – helicopter ride

Fly from Lukla back to Kathmandu.

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