A life-changing experience for students from all areas of the globe. Trekking through the breathtaking mountains is only one aspect of this trip - you will also integrate with the local communities through involvement in our various projects, such as forest conservation and activities in local schools. Our Youth to Everest Program is also fully accredited by the Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award and qualifies for Gold (or Silver) Adventurous Journey and Residential requirements.
Day 1. Depart Auckland or home country
Day 2. Arrive Kathmandu
A chance to relax and settle into your accommodation for the night.
Day 3. Kathmandu, fly to Lukla, trek to Phakdingma
We depart Kathmandu on an early morning mountain flight to the Hillary built an airstrip at Lukla, altitude 2,840m. It is a short walk down the valley to the banks of the Dhudkosi River then a one-hour walk takes us on to Phakdingma.
Day 4. Phakdingma to Namche
Another early start for our slow and steady trek up to Namche. This is our biggest day in terms of altitude gain and time on the trail, but our progression is broken up nicely by regular stops in our Sherpa tea houses, and of course, time to soak up the magical views around you.
Day 5. Namche, acclimatisation day
Acclimatisation and rest day in Namche, a chance to explore the markets, shop for gifts, or grab a coffee in a local cafe and soak in the view. We also include a walk to the National Park Headquarters, where we are treated to our first view of Mt Everest and other great mountains of the high Himalaya.
Day 6. Namche to Khunde
A steep climb up to the memorial to Sir Ed, his wife, and daughter, sees us arrive in the small village of Khunde where we get set for our first night in tents.
Day 7. Khunde
The camp is set up and runs exclusively by the Youth trekkers. Group leaders and nurses are close by in case of medical support only. Students do their own planning and cooking. The day is spent on our community projects within the village of Khunde.
Day 8. Khunde
A final night under canvas following the second day of community project work and interaction with this small community.
Day 9. Khunde to Khumjung
After packing up the tent site we commence activities based at the Hillary built Khumjung School. Tonight is spent at the appropriately named Ama Dablam View lodge. The view of this mountain, the Matterhorn of the Himalaya, is spectacular.
Day 10. Khumjung to Deboche
An awe-inspiring day takes us from 3,550m to 3,710m at Deboche and will have us on the trail for approximately six hours. We trek the Thyangboche Hill and then cross the plateau to Deboche.
Day 11. Deboche to Pangboche
Today we reach the literal “high point” of the trip at approximately 4,000m. The day starts with a visit to Pangboche Monastery followed by a day trip to Ama Dablam Base Camp.
Day 12. Pangboche to Jorsale
We’re on the downhill journey and a substantial descent to 3,440m. We are back in the Sherpa capital in time for lunch, then back on the trail down the familiar Namche Hill.
Day 13. Jorsale to Lukla
Our penultimate day in the Everest Valley sees us stop once again at Phakdingma for lunch then on to Lukla whilst reflecting on our achievements since setting off on foot.
Day 14. Lukla to Kathmandu
Our early morning flight from Lukla gives us our last views of the Himalaya. The rest of the day is at leisure, with active options for those who want them, maybe some shopping at the markets or perhaps simply a day of relaxation.
Day 15. Kathmandu
Day tour to discover the wonders of this 1,000-year-old city, including a visit to historic sites at Pashipatinath and Boudanath, followed by some shopping in the Thamel district.