Highest Point Achieved - Pangboche (alt 3,930m)
Maximum trekkers per trip: 18
Cost (all inclusive): NZ$7,850 ex Auckland, New Zealand
Degree of difficulty: Moderate
Fully Accredited Program
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. If you are part of the DofEHA program please let us know so that we can make sure your trip is pre-registered with the DofEHA organisation.
Youth to Everest is a 16-day trek that offers a unique insight into the daily life of Sherpa people; we integrate with the local communities through involvement in specific projects, such as activities in schools. These are life-changing experiences for our student travellers.
Our trek leadership team consists of a Group Leader and a Registered Nurse (both from New Zealand).
We have a trek safety and management program that is second to none. Youth to Everest treks continue to be endorsed by many schools throughout New Zealand.
Day 1 - Auckland to Kathmandu.
Day 2 - Kathmandu, fly to Lukla, trek to Phakdingma.
After arriving in the historic Nepalese capital of Kathmandu, trekkers fly from Kathmandu to the alpine airport at Lukla at the base of the Everest Valley. Lukla, at an altitude of 2,840m, is a significant village through which many trekkers and mountaineers pass each year. We are joined by porters who carry our kit-bags enabling us to carry just day packs containing our immediate requirements.
Day 3 - Phakdingma to Namche
Our biggest trekking day takes us from Phakdingma at 2,840m up to Namche, the capital for the Sherpa people at an altitude of 3,440m, where we acclimatize for two nights before walking to Khunde.
Day 4 - Namche, rest day
Day 5 - Namche to Khunde, camping & community work
Day 6 - Khunde, camping & community work
Day 7 - Khunde, camping & community work
Day 8 - Khunde to Khumjung
Day 9 - Khumjung to DebocheTwo nights are spent at Khunde with our campsite being amongst some of the best mountain views in the world. After visits to Sir Edmund Hillary's Khunde Hospital and Khumjung School we trek up the Thyangboche Hill to an altitude of 3,860m and then cross the plateau to Deboche; stunning views are in every direction.
Day 10 - Deboche to PangbocheThe highest point we reach is approximately 4,000m at Ama Dablam Base Camp. En route we have a private audience with our friend Lama Geshe. At Pangboche we are mid-way up the Khumbu Valley, well above the height of Mt Cook, and within 12 kilometers of Mt Everest itself; we have several opportunities to sight Everest.
Day 11 - Pangboche to Jorsale
Day 12 - Jorsale to Lukla
Day 13 - Lukla, fly to Kathmandu
Day 14 - Kathmandu, day tour
Day 15 - Depart Kathmandu
Day 16 - Arrive Auckland
"It allowed me to see perspective on life; seeing how little these people have I realise how lucky I am."Briana Miller
"I have come back stronger. I have a wider perspective on the world, a greater cultural awareness and an appreciation of what I have."Emily Hacket Pain
"The whole experience made me open my eyes to how little some people have yet they continue with a smile and positive attitude. The trip challenged me, helped me become more independent, with a greater appreciation of what I have."Laura Dennis
"A very big thank you to you and the team for the most wonderful, well organised trip to Nepal. Laura has come home buzzing...lots of experiences to hear about and amazing photos and friendships have been made throughout New Zealand. Please pass on to all involved our appreciation for their efforts in helping Laura to gain a lifetime of special memories from YTE."Fiona Dennis (parent)
"He came back home comparing lifestyles - how we have everything yet are never satisfied, and stress is a major factor in our lives. How Nepalese people have the basics and family are always smiling and don't seem stressed. Quite a profound observation for a 16yr old. He is struggling with what he sees around him since he has been back. Thank you for giving him the opportunity and experience; he got so much out of it."Rhonda Swainson (parent)
"I was on the YTE trip in 2003. I remember it being tough at times but I just want to pass on that my experience in Nepal was truly life changing and has led me down a path of curiosity and gratitude. I am now working in international development including programmes in Nepal."Hannah Cunneen