Everest Base Camp Trek
Take on one of the world's most iconic challenges whilst taking us closer to a world without dementia.
Explore colourful Kathmandu and enjoy Nepal's breathtakingly beautiful scenery and fascinating culture whilst taking on this challenge of a lifetime.
Trek through varied terrain and scenery including beautiful valleys, dense forests and across glacial rivers. En-route you'll enjoy tantalising glimpses of the mighty Everest before we reach our goal of Base Camp. There is also time built in to trek to the summit of Kalapatar, the famous Everest viewpoint, and wonder at sunrise views of the highest mountain on the planet.
Our 19 day challenge sees us arriving in Katmandu, enjoy a day exploring before flying on to Lukla where we will begin our trek.
The 14 days of trekking takes us via the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar through beautiful valleys, dense forests and across glacial rivers, enjoying tantalising glimpses of the mighty Everest before we reach our goal of Base Camp.
Download the full trek itinerary.
Being fully prepared for the trek is very important, so take a look at the kit list.
There are two ways of funding your place on this trip. For both options we require a non-refundable registration fee of £399.
Sponsorship option 1
You commit to raising a minimum sponsorship of £4,700 per person. £3,760 of this amount (80%) must be sent to us ten weeks prior to the trip and out of this we pay the balance of your trip costs. The rest of your fundraising should be sent in within six weeks of your return.
Self-funding option 2
You may prefer to cover all of the trip costs yourself. If you wish to do this then ten weeks prior to the trip you will be required to have:
- Sent us the balance of your trip costs of £2,350
- Sent us £1,880 (80%) of your sponsorship
The rest of your fundraising should be sent in within six weeks of your return.
We're here to help you every step of the way with your fundraising! If you have any questions or would like some ideas, please don't hesitate to get in touch by emailing [email protected]
Kick-start your fundraising by setting up a JustGiving page. Any money you raise is transferred to us on a weekly basis, so there's no fuss your end!
Print off a sponsorship form and encourage your friends and family to show their support.
Paying in offline donations
Give us a call on 0330 333 0804 or email [email protected] to find out how to pay in offline donations.
How many participants will there be on this trek?
We can take between 15 and 35 trekkers on this trip, but would expect a group size of 20-30.
How fit do I need to be to do this trek?
Trekking Everest Base Camp is all about endurance rather than speed. You will be waking up early in the mornings and trekking for long distances each day so ensuring that you have a good level of fitness before you depart is key. Sticking to our training plan will really pay off. The best form of preparation is to walk for good lengths of time on undulating terrain, and where possible to follow this up with a similar length trek the next day. It is important that you train with the walking boots that you will be using on the trek itself and with your day pack on your back.
How will the altitude affect me?
Trekking at altitude makes even the simplest tasks feel like hard work, and along with feeling cold and fatigued, there will be tough times for everyone. Our route allows for excellent acclimatisation to the altitude, with two acclimatisation days to allow you to trek higher than you sleep at important points on the ascent.
Symptoms of being at altitude include tiredness, shortness of breath, headaches and nausea. Altitude affects people differently and being super-fit is no guarantee of being less likely to feel the effects. Where a participant is suffering from the effects of altitude, it may be necessary to walk them back down the mountain. There is no way of predicting how you will feel at altitude, even if you have been at altitude before.
Our recommendations are to have trained properly, to not drink alcohol in the days leading up to the trip and to listen to your leaders/guides if they try to slow down the trekking pace. The slower you trek the more it helps fending off feeling poorly. A local guide will walk at the front of the group to set the pace. It is not a race - go at a steady pace, enjoy the scenery and the amazing experience! There is a lot of information about Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS) in our document ‘The Effects of Altitude,’ so please have a good read.
What is included in the trip and what else do I need to pay for?
What is included in the trip?
- Return flights from London
- All accommodation and transfers
- Leader, local guides and doctor
- Luggage transfer
- All meals, except lunch and dinner on day 18.
What is not included?
- Travel insurance
- £250-300 for personal expenses
- Tips for local guides (£60-£80 per participant)
- Fuel supplement levied by airline (approx. £200pp)
- Any optional sightseeing
- Lunch and dinner on day 18.
Can I join if I am over 65 years old?
If you are over 65, the only additional requirement is that you provide a medical certificate from your doctor confirming that you are fit and healthy to participate in the challenge.
Is the fundraising target per person?
In order to cover the cost of your place, you will need to individually raise the target. We do encourage teams to sign up, but each individual team member will be required to hit the overall target.
What is the age limit?
You will need to be 18 prior to the departure of the trip.
What support will Alzheimer's Society provide?
Before the trip
We will support you with both challenges of raising your sponsorship money and your training. We provide fundraising support, sponsor forms and publicity tips.
Our training plan will help you achieve the level of fitness you'll need and we'll keep in touch regularly to hear how you are getting on. We also organise a pre-event information morning which is a great opportunity to find out more about the challenge, meet fellow participants and share tips on fundraising and training.
On the trip
A member of our team will trek with you, be there to answer any questions and help with any issues that may arise. You will be travelling with a UK mountain leader, experienced guides and support staff, and a UK doctor will be with you throughout the journey. All luggage is transported by vehicle to the next overnight stop. All you need to carry are the items you need during the day. These should be carried in a 15kg day pack.
What will the weather be like?
Prepare for all weathers as you will experience a range of temperatures whilst trekking at altitude. It’s usually warm and dry at lower elevations, and very cold as we gain height. Never underestimate the power of the sun’s rays, even when it feels cold, there is cloud cover, or the wind is blowing. Please bring SPF30 as a minimum, preferably higher, along with lip salve with a high SPF too. The higher you trek, the more intense the sun’s rays get and risk of burning is increased. A sun hat and quality sunglasses are a must.
Do I need any vaccinations?
You will need to ensure that you have the vaccinations required for this trip prior to travel. You can find some guidance and information on the www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk website. Always consult your local GP or travel clinic for the latest health advice, as they are aware of any updates in World Health Travel requirements.
What will the trekking be like?
Terrain is varied as the route lies through valleys, forest, barren stony slopes and high mountain passes; paths are generally very clear, though expect rough conditions underfoot. There are some steep drops and high suspension bridges. The trek is extremely challenging, not least because of the altitude at which we trek – this should not be underestimated. It’s much more useful when training to think about the hours you need to walk for, and the terrain, not the distance. There’s a reason this challenge is graded very tough.
Do we bring our luggage in a normal suitcase?
Please bring your luggage in a soft bag or rucksack.
Do I need insurance?
You must have adequate travel insurance to take part in this trip. As his trip is at high altitude you will need to make sure that this is explicitly covered in your insurance. It is easy to obtain insurance that will cover you for altitude trekking but it often needs to be added on to your package.
You must let the tour operator have your insurance details by at least eight weeks before the departure date. Do also make sure you declare any pre-existing conditions otherwise your insurance company will not pay up should you need to make a claim.
What is the accommodation like?
You will be staying in a hotel at the start and end of your trek; expect a standard twin room with en-suite facilities. If you are travelling alone, you will be paired up with someone of the same sex and similar age. You can let us know nearer the time if you wish to share with a particular person. On trek, we stay in tea houses (similar to hostels) which are often very basic with shared facilities, but they provide an excellent base each night, and a great insight to Nepalese hospitality. You will need to take a sleeping bag, but mattresses are provided.
What are the transport arrangements for the group and our kit?
Private buses transport the group in and around Kathmandu and a small plane flies you into/out of Lukla where the trek starts and ends. Porters carry all luggage once on the trek, apart from your day bag. There are strict rules restricting the weight of the load a porter is permitted to carry, as explained below – see luggage allowance.
What is the luggage allowance?
Your main luggage limit on the international flight is usually 20kg (44lbs) with a 5kg (11lbs) allowance for hand luggage, however, your luggage limit for the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is 10kg (22lbs) with a 5kg (11lbs) hand luggage allowance. Your main toiletries, travel clothing and anything else that you do not require on the trek can be left in a separate bag at the hotel in Kathmandu, so bring something smaller to hold your extras in.
You will need to travel as lightly as possible as there is a weight limit on the trek itself and your main bag must not weigh more than 15kg (33lbs). Stick to the split kit list and you’ll manage that with no problems. Don’t forget that suitcases are not suitable, so soft rucksacks/kitbags only (with no wheels). Take only small bottles of toiletries, sun cream, and half a pack of wet wipes, for example. Doing a practice pack/weighing your bags before you leave home is very beneficial to make sure you will be able to stick to the limit.
What will I be eating?
The food is fresh and plentiful so make sure you eat well (it’s typical to lose your appetite at altitude, so you may have to make yourself eat at times). Above Namche, we are trekking in a valley the local people hold sacred; no animal can be killed there for food. As such, we only have fresh meat earlier in the trek. Expect porridge/muesli and toast/eggs for breakfast, while lunches are based around rice, noodles or potatoes. Some teahouses have limited cooking facilities, so to cater for the group in a reasonable time-frame, your cook will choose relatively simple dishes for dinner – usually rice, pasta or potatoes with vegetables; you are usually offered a choice. The food is tasty, full of energy and there is plenty of it, but it is carb-heavy for energy, and please do not expect the variety you would have at home.
Do I need to bring snacks?
Bring enough snacks to keep you going each day - around 3 - 4 tasty treats a day. We recommend a combination of slow and fast release snacks such as cereal bars (e.g. Tracker), flapjacks, salted nuts, chocolate bars such as Mars or Snickers, and a packet of sweets.
Bringing a combination of treats will keep you interested in snacking as consistent energy levels are very important. This trip is all about the calories as you may be expending around double your usual calorie intake!