We are the only company in the world who send an international guide and doctor on all Everest Base Camp (5,364m) expeditions while keeping group sizes sustainably small. Established in 2007, we offer high altitude trekking and mountaineering in some of the most breath-taking locations around the world. Galz Gone Wild Everest Base Camp expedition is a bespoke expedition that we are very excited to launch. This trip is perfect for those who love a challenge.
Galz Gone Wild Everest Base Camp Expedition
We are so excited to be running another expedition with Galz Gone Wild, this time to Everest Base Camp. Equality and female empowerment are so important to us here at Earth’s Edge. This collaboration has enabled us to provide opportunities for women in the outdoor industry in the developing world. We have learned a huge amount from the first collaboration with Galz Gone Wild in Tanzania and we hope to use those learnings to enhance this project in Nepal.
Prior to this expedition, our teams in Nepal have been made up entirely by men. We are currently in the investigation stage of this project, interviewing existing stakeholders in Nepal about the project. Once we get their feedback, we will begin a recruitment effort and set targets for female representation on this expedition. We will also set targets across all of our expeditions in Nepal and formulate an action plan to increase that figure in the years to come, while not unduly impacting employment for our existing staff.
Aoife Gaughan, Head of Sustainability at Earth’s Edge, said “Having joined Earth’s Edge recently, I’m so excited about this equality project. 40 years ago very few women worked in the outdoor industry in Ireland, but that has all changed for the better now. In Nepal, there are still very few opportunities for women to gain access to work in the outdoor industry. Our goal is to provide sustainable and real jobs for women working on expeditions in Nepal and it is fantastic that our collaboration is going to help accelerate that change.”
Trekking Everest Base Camp
Our 18-day itinerary takes you on the historic trek through the Khumbu Valley to Everest Base Camp sitting at the foot of Mt Everest (8,848m). This is arguably one of the best-known expeditions in the world and one of the most popular routes for trekkers to undertake.
We move upwards through the valley at a slow, steady pace taking the time to meet the locals and to absorb the sights and scents of traditional Nepalese life. Each night we stay in locally run tea-houses, enjoying the warm welcome of our hosts. We spend time in Namche Bazaar and get to see this busy market town in full flow. As well as this, we visit the local Sherpa museum, the statue of Tenzing Norgay, the Tibetan mountaineer who became the first to step-foot on “top of the world” alongside Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953.
We spend 13 days trekking to Everest Base Camp, allowing for two rest and acclimatisation days which greatly increase the chances of reaching our goal comfortably and safely.
You will come away from this trek with a great appreciation of the Sherpa way of life, getting the opportunity to experience their unique mountain culture and traditions. We also spend time in Nepal’s main city – Kathmandu. This bustling city is a melting-pot of ethnicities and a great contrast to the relaxed pace of life in the mountains.
About Galz Gone Wild
GALZ GONE WILD was founded by Mel Mc Dermott in 2017. The GGW mission is a simple one – to connect more women to nature and the outdoors through hikes, adventures, getaways, and workshops. The GGW Community is a supportive and safe space that welcomes all Women; Black, Indigenous, BIPOC, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual, Trans, Women with disabilities, Women in recovery and Women of size. Their mission is to create an equitable, inclusive, diverse and accessible outdoor community for all women. As well as this, they strive to have fun together and forge lifelong friendships both on and off the trail.
Added Extras For The Galz Gone Wild Expedition
There are a number of added extras that Galz Gone Wild is offering with this expedition. They are all optional, but we would love you to take part in them all.
GGW will be hosting a training day hike in Kerry in advance of the expedition and prior to the Training Weekend (below). This is an opportunity for you to meet and get to know the rest of the group that you will be travelling with to Nepal. You’ll be led up Carrauntoohil by an experienced expedition leader who can answer any questions you may have. The training day is included within the price of the trip. Food and accommodation required for the training day are not included.
Camping Weekend With Two Training Hikes
GGW will also be hosting a camping and training weekend in Wicklow about two months prior to the expedition. This weekend is another chance for you to meet your fellow adventurers while camping in the beautifully located Wicklow Way campsite. During the weekend, you’ll complete two training hikes, and receive a full expedition brief from an experienced expedition leader. They will also be able to offer expert advice on all aspects of the expedition including training, equipment, weather, etc.
- Tent pitch in Wicklow Way Campsite (Sat-Sun, based on sharing 2 person tent)
- Camp fire and S’mores
- Welcome drink & snacks
- Dinner (Real Turmat Camping Meal)
- Stove Demonstration
- Camp Breakfast with Tea & Coffee
Please note that you will need to register for each of the training events once you have booked your place via the Earth’s Edge booking portal.
Team WhatsApp Group
GGW would like to invite everyone to a private WhatsApp group where you can meet each other, share pictures, share progress and get excited about this trip of a lifetime.
Limited Edition GGW Buff
Each participant will get a limited edition Galz Gone Wild Everest Base Camp 2023 Buff!
We are bringing three litter pickers on the mountain with us. While walking you will have the option to help us gather rubbish which we will dispose of responsibly after the climb.
Everest Base Camp Expedition Costs & What’s Included
The total cost of trekking Everest Base Camp is highlighted above. You are required to pay a 399.00 deposit. You can pay the remaining balance by instalments or in full. All fees must be paid three months prior to departure.
Your fees include the following;
- Return economy class international flights from Dublin to Kathmandu (UK flights not included)
- Internal flights in Nepal
- Experienced expedition leader
- Experienced expedition doctor
- Training Day
- Camping / Training Weekend with campsite, dinner and breakfast
- Local English speaking guides and support team
- All accommodation based on twin sharing in hotels in Kathmandu and in guest houses elsewhere
- All meals and drinking water (except in Kathmandu where accommodation is based on B&B)
- A celebratory dinner at the end of the expedition
- All transport throughout the expedition
- All group gear consisting of first aid kits, mountaineering equipment, cooking equipment etc
- Earth’s Edge bandanna
- Limited edition GGW buff
Flying from the UK?
You are more than welcome to join us from the UK. If so, you can select the ‘exclude flights’ option at checkout. You can then book your own international flights to Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM). We will arrange your airport transfers from the airport to our hotel in Kathmandu.
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Day 1 Depart Dublin.↓
Depart Dublin for Kathmandu. Overnight flight.
Day 2 Arrive in Kathmandu.↓
Arrive in Kathmandu. Relax or explore!
Day 3 Kathmandu to Lukla to Phakding (2,610m), 3 hrs trekking.↓
Fly to Lukla in the morning and trek to Phakding.
Day 4 Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m), 8 hrs.↓
Trek along the Dudh Kosi River and then through pine forest to reach Namche Bazzar.
Day 5 Rest and Acclimatisation Day.↓
Rest day for acclimatisation at Namche Bazaar. Explore the village market and surrounding area.
Day 6 Namche Bazaar to Phortse (3,950m), 5 hrs.↓
Enjoy a scenic walk to Phortse with stunning views of Ama Dablam.
Day 7 Phortse to Dingboche (4,410m), 6 hrs.↓
Another stunning day on the trail today which offers views of Everest if the weather is clear.
Day 8 Rest and Acclimatisation Day.↓
A rest day in Dingboche.
Day 9 Dingboche to Lobuche, 6 hrs.↓
We trek past the climber’s memorial to reach Lobuche.
Day 10 Lobuche to Everest Base Camp to Gorakshep (5,164m), 9 hrs.↓
Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,364m) before descending to Gorakshep.
Day 11 Gorakshep to Kala Patthar (5,550m) to Pheriche (4,371m,) 10 hrs.↓
An optional trek to Kala Patthar in the early morning is followed by a long walk out to Pheriche.
Day 12 Pheriche to Tengboche (3,860m), 4 hrs.↓
Descend to Tengboche with great views throughout the day.
Day 13 Tengboche to Namche Bazaar (3,440m), 4 hrs.↓
Descend all the way back to Namche Bazaar.
Day 14 Namche Bazaar to Phakding (2,610m), 5 hrs.↓
We retrace our steps to reach Phakding.
Day 15 Phakding to Lukla (2,860m), 3 hrs.↓
Our last day of trekking takes us back to Lukla.
Day 16 Lukla to Kathmandu.↓
Fly back to Kathmandu in the morning. Enjoy a special celebratory meal in the evening.
Day 17 Depart Kathmandu.↓
Free day to explore Kathmandu before departure.
Day 18 Arrive in Dublin.↓
Arrive back in Dublin.
In 1856, the mountain was named after George Everest, a retired Surveyor General who never even saw the peak. The oldest person to reach the summit of Everest is Yuichiro Miura (80 yrs old) of Japan in 2013 and the youngest person is Jordan Romero (13 yrs old) of The USA in 2014.
The mountainous north of Nepal is home to eight of the world's ten tallest mountains, including the highest point on Earth, Mount Everest. It is also home to more than 240 peaks over 6,000 metres above sea level.
People of the Khumbu region are called Sherpas who have adapted to living in high altitude conditions for generations. Sherpas are key sources of climbing expertise, advice and help. Most Sherpas under the age of 50 tend to have a good level of English.
Best time to trek to Everest Base Camp?
The best time to attempt your Mount Everest Base Camp trek is in March through to mid-May and September through to mid-November. Summer months are considered too wet for climbing and Everest views are likely to be obscured by low clouds and fog.
The temperature at the summit never rises above freezing, averaging -36C in winter and -19C in summer.
What you need to trek Everest Base Camp?
We have an extensive packing list on what you should bring with you when trekking Everest Base Camp. You can view this packing list here.
How to prepare to trek Everest Base Camp
We have classified Everest Base Camp as a level 4 expedition, for more information about our levels system click here. This trek is suitable for those with a good level of fitness. The group moves at a comfortable pace and nobody is ever left behind. Nevertheless, it is your responsibility to contact us if you have any concerns regarding your level of fitness, health or ability to complete the trek. We strongly recommend that you read our information pack, which gives in detail on how you should prepare for trekking Everest Base Camp. You can read this document here.
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13 October 2023 - 30 October 2023
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