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Everest Base Camp Expedition October 2016

In October 2016 JR Mountaineering is taking an intrepid team of 15 people to Everest Base Camp for the trip of a lifetime, and are looking for people who would like take part. They are waiving guiding fees for the expedition, which means the trip will pay for new toilets at Pangboche School. Their existing toilets were devastated in the earthquake which now has an impact to sanitation and attendance. All expedition participants will be invited to the school to see what they have helped create and also have their names immortalised on a flag to be put up in the hall.

This is an opportunity to challenge yourself, be immersed in a stunning culture/environment and give something to the wonderful people of Nepal. Help the next generation of Nepalese kids with their education and create the right environment for them to learn.

What's Involved?

Arrive Kathmandu 15th October 2016 (depart day before from country of origin)
Depart Kathmandu 31st October 2016 (arrive day after in country of origin)

  • Day 01 Arrive Kathmandu
  • Day 02 Flight to Lukla (2900m) & Trek to Phakding (2660m)
  • Day 03 Trek to Namche (3440m)
  • Day 04 Trek to Pangboche (3900m)
  • Day 05 Project/school day in Pangboche (3900m)
  • Day 06 Trek to Pheriche (4270m)
  • Day 07 Acclimatization day in Pheriche (4270m)
  • Day 08 Trek to Lobuche (4930m)
  • Day 09 Trek to Gorak Shep (5184m) and attempt at Kalar Pattar Peak (5585m)
  • Day 10 Everest Base Camp (5350m) - Return To Gorak Shep (5184m)
  • Day 11 Trek to Pheriche (4270m)
  • Day 12 Trek to Deboche (3600m) - or continue on to Namche (3450m)
  • Day 13 Trek to Namche (3450m)
  • Day 14 Trek to Lukla (2900m)
  • Day 15 Flight to Kathmandu
  • Day 16 Kathmandu and sight seeing/shopping
  • Day 17 Fly home

What JR Mountaineering Have to Say

Nepal has a very special place in the hearts of JR Mountaineering for some of the following reasons as explained by MD Jason Rawles Ė

The people:

My first trip to the region changed them. At that point in my life I was measuring my life success as a percentage against a target or the type of car being driven. The simplicity of life in Nepal is refreshing and the beauty of the culture will knock you sideways. Imagine waking up and living every second of your day for the good of others. This is what Nepalese people do.

Two people I cared for died in the avalanche that swept through Everest that was initiated by the earthquake. Such an unfair card to be dealt to people who give their all, for everyone and everything, rather than themselves. It was then that we made the decision to run commercial operations to Nepal, as our money being pumped in to their economy will help far more than a couple of nice Facebook posts.

The environment:

Iím sure youíve all seen pictures. The scenery is nothing short of staggering. Still, after many trips, I am left breathless by what unfolds in front of me. Youíll see famous mountains, monasteries, architecture, rivers, gorges and much, much more. But sometimes you have to remember to put the camera down and just soak it all up as a picture wonít recreate what your eyes are absorbing.

The challenge:

Being at high altitude is hard and back to back days on your feet can debilitate. While these words may project difficulty, and it is, what it also represents is a challenge. We all love a challenge donít we?!?

My promise is, if we work together in advance, and we plan correctly, youíll be able to achieve this and youíll revel in a new found confidence and belief in capability.

Whatís also really important is that this expedition provides an experience way beyond what other operators can offer. We bring fair wages to sherpaís and porters and we consider the local guides as friends and I personally know, and care for, their families and children.

We go to places and see things that other treks cannot offer or get access to because of the deep relationships we have.

With 15 people confirmed on this trip we will be able to pay for toilets to be rebuilt in a local school where we have connections, which will help the next generation be more educated. The earthquake devastated the existing ones and letís not forget, the kids donít have to go to school, hence we want to create an environment where they want to. Would you go to school if you got sick due to poor sanitation...?

We also know the area like the back of our hands and have extensive experience at high altitude including dealing with medical issues and having the correct safety management procedures in place.

Expedition life is fantastic. We stay in lodges along the way which means we get to immerse ourselves more deeply in to the culture. We have discussions with the owners and get stuck in to conversations about religion and the way of life. As we pass through villages we talk with the kids, and play games as we stop for tea and cake. While we have rest breaks to help acclimatise there is also an ever changing environment to make you go WOW with every second, of every day.

Want to Get Involved? Find Out More:

What we are hoping from this article is that we spread the word. Not just of this expedition but of the wonderful people in Nepal. Putting 15 people on this trip will ensure we pay for a toilet rebuild, and it becomes our project Ė so, yes, please think about coming along with JR Mountaineering. What we do, is very personal, and no other company can do what we offer.

If you would like to be part of something AMAZING please visit the JR Mountaineering website , drop them an email and they'll send more details.

The people of Nepal are our friends, letís get out there and show our love while embarking on a challenge that will change your life, and outlook.

  Comments on this article from our visitors

    Message posted by Ewen c on 28/06/2016 21:10:22Report Post Report this
You are visiting two base camps if you go on this. Gorak Shep was the original.
I wish I could finance this. Nepal needs all the help it can get. It has dropped out of the news since the earthquake. Treks such as this can help.
Surely the experience of a lifetime.

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