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Everest Base Camp Trek - Planning Meeting #1 (2/26/2018)

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The Basics:
Event Type:Social
Event Location: Basement meeting room of Joyce on 4th, 506 24 Ave SW, Calgary
Date(s) & Time:Mon, Feb 26 2018  6:30 PM
Registration Cut Off: Mon, Feb 26 2018 4:00:00 PM
Event Duration:2 - 3 hours
Difficulty Rating:D1: Easy
Event Coordinator(s): Lorrie W
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:18
Maximum No. Guests:0
Minimum Group Size:4
Maximum No. Guests Per Member:0
Number Registered So Far: 13 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

This event is intended for those who are genuinely considering going on the Everest Base Camp trek (Nepal side) to begin the planning of this November 2018 trek. The trek to Everest Base Camp conjures up visions of sheer awe and beauty, of a magical land far away. After flying into Kathmandu and then Lukla, one is taken through traditional Sherpa villages, meeting Sherpa people and learning about their customs. Rhododendron forests eventually lead up to glacial moraines and the Himalayan foothills, and after acclimatizing in various villages, the trek leads to the base of the world's highest mountain. Base Camp is located at an elevation of 5,364m. One also has the option of hiking to the summit of Kala Patthar at an elevation of 5,550m. Daily trekking is generally up to 9km and up to 600m elevation gain, hiking up to approximately 7 hours/day. We will be hiring a few guides to lead the hike (not porters) depending on the size of group. Please note we will not be doing this section of the trek with a professional outfitter but rather, as a group with guides hired for safety reasons.

The number of guides will be hired as follows:

1. A group of 2 (with one guide)
2. A group of 4 (with one guide)
3. A group of 6-8 (with two guides)
4. A group of 9-12 (with three guides)

The proposed itinerary is as follows:

We are considering leaving Canada on Nov 1, 2018 and starting the trek from Lukla to Phakding on Nov 4, 2018. Our actual departure date has not yet been finalized by the group, however, this is how our itinerary & schedule will look:

Day 0: Leave Calgary, Canada

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu, take care of permits Stay overnight in Kathmandu

Day 2: Visit Kathmandu Stay overnight in Kathmandu


Day 3: Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding Stay overnight in Phakding

Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar, Stay overnight in Namche Bazaar visit Namche museum with view and shop

Day 5: Acclimatization in Namche Bazaar, Stay overnight in Namche Bazaar visit Namche museum with view and shop

Day 6: Acclimatization in Namche Bazaar, Stay overnight in Namche Bazaar climb Shangbouche Hill and/or visit Khumjung village

Day 7: Trek via Tengboche and to Deboche Stay overnight in Deboche

Day 8: Trek to Dingboche Stay overnight in Dingboche

Day 9: Acclimatization in Dingboche, visit Pheriche Stay overnight in Dingboche and trek to viewpoint of Ama Dablam

Day 10: Trek to Lobuche Stay overnight in Lobuche

Day 11: Trek to Gorakshep + trek to Everest Base Stay overnight in Gorkshep Camp and back to Gorakshep

Day 12: Climb to viewpoint at Kala Pattar and trek Stay overnight in Dingboche or Pheriche Back to Dingboche

Day 13: Trek to Namche Bazaar Stay overnight in Namche Bazaar

Day 14: Trek to Lukla Stay overnight in Lukla


Day 15: Fly to Kathmandu Stay overnight in Kathmandu

Day 16: Fly to Calgary, Canada


Total anticipated cost of this trip is $3,000 to $3,500 Canadian, inclusive of airfare from Calgary to Kathmandu, Kathmandu to Lukla and return from Lukla to Kathmandu to Calgary. This cost also includes, meals, accommodations, permits, guide(s), snacks, showers and guide tip.

Your coordinator is definitely committed to completing this trip in 2018.

     · This is an informal get-together for discussion purposes. There is no presentation, etc., organzied for this.
     · Please be genuinely interested in actually going to Nepal before signing up.

References & Resources:
· Everest Base Camp (Wikipedia)
· Naturally Nepal - official tourism board website for Nepal
· Map of the Trek
· YouTube Videos - there are numerous YouTube videos available of the Everest Base Camp trek from 2016 and 2017 treks.

Required Items to Bring:
   · $ for food and drinks if you so choose
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
   · Pen & paper
   · Resources you may wish to share

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Corner of 4th Street & 24th Avenue S.W., Calgary Head downstairs and turn right to get to the meeting room (pool table room).


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