Our Everest Base Camp Resilience for Teens program is a specially designed life-influencing journey for teenagers and their parents.
This program features a host of inclusions that make this the best-resourced and safest expedition to Everest Base Camp available. The itinerary incorporates daily resilience and leadership-based activities which are carefully combined with a range of health and wellness strategies designed especially for young people aged 13 to 23 years.
- Increased self-awareness
- Improved capacity to bounce back when things get tough
- Crucial insights into empathy and humility
- Good mental health strategies made relevant and practical
- Practical application of effective leadership skills
- Undistracted quality time for parents and their children
- The achievement of trekking to Everest Base Camp
Resilience and good mental health
This trip is not a boot camp nor will we spend time in classrooms. An aim of this trip is for parents and their children to spend quality time together in a remarkable and undistracted environment at a crucial development period in the child’s life. There will be regular challenges and activities incorporated into the journey that will foster resilience, teamwork and camaraderie whilst employing an experiential approach to learning. The outcomes will help prepare young participants for the demands and pressures they face in their secondary school years and beyond. Developing resilience is crucial to avoiding unhealthy behaviours and the temptation to give up when things get tough. Good mental health strategies and resilience development go hand-in-hand. Resilience helps us to better cope with challenging situations and setbacks and it is a vital ingredient to good mental health and wellbeing.
Before departure and in Kathmandu
- Getting prepared
- About Nepal (people, seasons, temperatures, time zones, geography, religion)
- Best flights and connections to Kathmandu
- Visas required for Nepal
- Immunisations required for Nepal
- Acclimatisation and altitude
- Money matters
- Clothing and equipment
- Staying healthy in Nepal
- Satellite communications and how we GPS track our programs
On the trail
- Leadership skills for teenagers – regular challenges and activities
- Building and developing resilience – practical application of strategies that work
- Understanding and applying health and wellness strategies
- Problem-solving activities
- Decision-making (judgement) activities and challenges
- Engagement and communication (without devices)
- Teamwork – regular challenges and activities
- Introduction to emotional intelligence
- Understanding and applying empathy and humility
- Daily reflection and journal writing
The brief itinerary below provides a basic outline of each day. Our resilience development syllabus is woven into the daily trekking itinerary and is not detailed here.
Arrive in Kathmandu. All participants then transferred by private bus to our hotel accommodation in Kathmandu. Meet and greet with Nick, Tika, David and our Sherpa leaders who will present a detailed briefing on what to expect over the next two weeks. Then you’ll head out to a special venue with our team for a welcome dinner and cultural Nepalese show (included).
After a fantastic buffet breakfast at your hotel, you’ll then head out for a morning sightseeing tour with our local guides. In the afternoon we’ll help you with last minute shopping and final preparations. A Nepalese feast at the home of our co-founder Tika Tamang and his family is on the schedule for tonight.
Today you’re up bright and early to meet our team for your early morning transfer to Kathmandu airport. An exciting mountain flight will have you in Lukla in 40 minutes. Here you’ll meet your porters and the rest of our team. After a hearty breakfast at Namaste Lodge, you begin your trek to Everest Base Camp. Our first stop for the night is Phakding, a gentle 3 hours walk from Lukla.
We continue our trek today to the bustling Sherpa village of Namche Bazaar. The trail follows the wild Dudh Kosi river and we enjoy meeting the locals as we travel through local villages and farms. Before midday, we begin our ascent up the famous Namche Bazaar hill. If the weather is clear, we get an opportunity to view Everest for the first time. We arrive into Namche Bazaar at 3440m and have earned out rest. Hot showers and great food at The Namche Hotel a well-deserved reward.
Today is an important acclimatisation day in and around Namche Bazaar. We begin the day with a solid walk to the Everest View Hotel at 3800m. We enjoy our first spectacular views of Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam at sunrise. We return to our hotel for breakfast. Late morning we visit the Namche Monastery to receive a blessing from the Lama. The rest of the day is yours to explore the local markets, shops and bakeries.
We’re back on the trail today and constant views of Everest and Ama Dablam dominate the skyline as we wind our way towards Tengboche. A gradual descent to the river below has us ready for lunch. After our break we ascend slowly until we reach Tengboche Monastery. We explore the monastery, shops and then enjoy afternoon tea at the famous Tengboche bakery. An easy 15 minutes further along the trail sees us reach our accommodation for the evening at the beautiful Rivendell Lodge in Deboche.
We can feel the air getting thinner as we close in on the magic 4000m mark. We leave Deboche and the trail leads us over another river crossing as we approach Pangboche. As we pass through Pangboche lower, Ama Dablam looms directly above. Ama Dablam is without question one of the world’s most beautiful mountains. We stroll along the plains through Orsho and then a final push has us in Dingboche. We settle into our lodge rooms buoyed by the fact we get to stay in this stunning location for 2 nights.
Today is another important rest and acclimatisation day. After a well-earned sleep in, we’ll meander our way up the gentle trail to Chukhung. Great views of Ama Dablam, Island Peak and Lhotse dominate the morning walk. We have lunch at Chukhung and then return to Dingboche for some rest and relaxation before dinner. Maybe even a hot shower!
The air is getting noticeably thinner as we make our way from Dingboche to Lobuche. Passing the memorial chortens above Dughla, we pay our respects to those that paid the ultimate price climbing Everest and other big mountains in this region. Here we begin following the magnificent Khumbu glacier to Lobuche at 4910m.
From Lobuche, we trek alongside the incredible Khumbu glacier as we make our way to Gorak Shep (5140m). We arrive in Gorak Shep and enjoy an early lunch. After lunch we set-off for Everest Base Camp. At a nice casual pace, the trip takes around 3 hours so you’ll have plenty of time for photos along the way. You’ll marvel at the stunning (and deadly) Khumbu Icefall and feel an overwhelming sense of achievement having reached Everest Base Camp. After the obligatory high-fives, we’ll trek back to Gorak Shep for a big dinner and a final night above 5000m. Overnight in Gorak Shep (5140m).
An early start is planned for those keen to ascend Kala Pattar (5550m). Setting off at around 4.30 am will see us reach the top in time to witness a magnificent sunrise over Mt Everest and Nuptse. This is a true highlight of this journey and weather permitting is not to be missed. We then head back down to Gorak Shep for breakfast before setting off for Lobuche. Lunch today will be at Lobuche and then we’ll continue the easy trek down valley to Pheriche (4370m). Pheriche has become a vibrant Sherpa community and you’ll find plenty of interesting shops to keep you busy. Overnight at Pheriche (4370m).
From Pheriche, we enjoy another cruisy downhill trekking day to Deboche. Deboche is located in the midst of beautiful rhododendron forests and our overnight accommodation is again at the lovely Rivendell Lodge.
From Deboche we continue back through Tengboche and follow the trail down to the valley floor. We then weave our way back up and take a short break at Sanasa. From Sanasa we continue on to Namche Bazaar and are excited to be having another night at the Namche Hotel. Overnight at Namche Bazaar (3440m).
Today is a fantastic downhill day and an early start gets us out before the yak trains start kicking up the dust. With our acclimatised bodies we power on down the Namche Hill and motor alongside the Dudh Kosi river. We notice all the fresh and clean people passing us preparing to head up the Namche Hill and beyond. It feels like only yesterday that that was us. It’s a great day to cruise and the magnitude of our achievement over the past two weeks is beginning to resonate. We enjoy a final day walking with our Sherpa guides and porters that have become our friends. At Lukla, we enjoy a great celebration to the end of our trip with all our guides and porters. We stay at Namaste Lodge and our hosts – Kami Sherpa and his family – will have the food, drinks and music flowing all night. Our final night parties at Namaste Lodge have become the stuff of legend! Overnight at Lukla (2800m).
Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu and re-check into your hotel. Give the hot showers a solid workout and enjoy a great final day and evening in Nepal. Overnight in Kathmandu (1340m).
Trip concludes and all guests will be conveyed to Kathmandu International Airport to meet their respective international flights.
This program features a host of additional inclusions that collectively make this the best-resourced and safest trekking expedition to Everest Base Camp available.
- 3 nights at The Yak and Yeti (or Radisson) Hotel in Kathmandu (breakfasts included)
- Welcome dinner and cultural show
- All ground transfers in Nepal
- Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu (includes entry fees and guide)
- Fixed-wing return flights from Kathmandu to Lukla (includes taxes)
- All meals while trekking (13 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 12 dinners)
- All lodge accommodation while trekking
- Porters to carry all personal and group equipment
- Porter’s insurance
- Expert program leaders, facilitators and mountain guides
- Pre Everest Base Camp medical and health status questionnaire
- Pre Everest Base Camp customised training program
- Resilience Assessment Tool
- Resilience for Teens handbook
- Resilience development workshops
- Resilience development challenges and activities
- Daily physiological and psychological monitoring
- Mindfulness activities
- Recovery activities
- Reflection sessions
- Yoga sessions
- Meal plan
- National Park entrance fees and trekking permits
- Emergency medical kit and gamow (pressure) bag
- Rental down jacket and down sleeping bag
- Complimentary Trek Climb Ski Nepal kit bag
- All Nepalese tourist taxes and fees
- Follow Us Live technology so family and friends can follow your progress and location in real time via our website
- A 24/7 contact in Australia should anyone need to urgently contact you while you are in Nepal
Accomm + meals
In Kathmandu, we stay in a good quality hotel. Usually, this will be The Yak and Yeti Hotel or The Radisson Hotel. We stay in a good hotel because we want you to stay healthy upon your arrival in Kathmandu. The cleanliness and hygiene of your hotel plays an important role in keeping you well.
In the mountains, we stay in the best lodges available en route to Everest Base Camp. Over the years our team has formed great relationships with the owners of the best lodges in the Everest region. We always book our rooms in advance and are warmly welcomed upon arrival. Importantly, the places we stay consistently observe the high standard of food preparation and hygiene we expect.
We employ an all you can eat food policy on all our programs. This is because plenty of food and fluids are critical to your safe and effective acclimatisation to altitude.