Everest Base Camp 

Service Trip 

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Trip Overview


Together with local trekking guides and community leaders in the Everest region, Padma is hosting all-inclusive treks to Everest Base Camp focused on cleaning decades of plastic waste buildup. This is the first phase of a long-term project that will include: 1-Plastic recycling technology installation to turn plastics into building materials (tiles, bricks etc.) 2-High heat human waste disposal incinerator installation at BaseCamp.


During cleanup treks in 2019 and 2020 participants will be met at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu by their trip leaders. Your Nepal adventure begins with three days in the Tibetan refugee enclave of Boudhanath on the outskirts of Kathmandu. Group members will have time to adjust to the time change and also explore the sightsand sounds of Kathmandu, home to more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than any other city in the world. After experiencing the capital city and purchasing or renting any final pieces of equipment, we will head back to the airport and take the short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla where our trek begins. 


Each day we will hike along one of the main routes to Base Camp for between 5-8 hours and cover distances of 5-20 km. Every morning guides will distribute bags for the collection of plastic waste scattered along our trekking route and around the villages where we will stayat the end of each day. The bags are stored in teahouses along the way and brought to a recycling center in Namche Bazaar by Padma staff. 


Everest Base Camp Cleanup Itinerary


2019 Everest Trip Dates (including international travel time)

Spring Trek

May 2 - May 23 


Fall Trek

October 5 - October 26 

Trip tuition $2500

International Airfare SLC-Kathmandu $1000-$1400



Trip Itinerary


Day 1: Board your flight to Kathmandu.


Day 2: Arrive in Nepal. Be sure to check your arrival date and time, as flights from the US to Nepal can take between one and two calendar days as you will be crossing the international dateline.


Day 2-4: Upon arrival in Kathmandu Padma staff will greet you and travel together to the Tibetan refugee enclave of Boudhanath on the outskirts ofKathmandu.We will explore the sites of Kathmandu and settle into the time difference of being on the other side of the planet. 


Day 4: We will board a van and head back to the airport to catch a flight to Lukla (2840m/9320ft), where our trek will start. The first leg of our hike will be an easier one, from Lukla to Phakding (2610m/8560ft) – approximately 3.5 hours. 6km. 


Each day will consist of approximately 5 - 8 hours of hiking, clean up patrols, and settling into a village teahouse each evening to rejuvenate and rest.


Day 5: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11290ft) - Approximately 6 hrs. 11km.


Day 6: Acclimatization day trip and clean up in and around Namche Bazaar. 6 km.


Day 7: Trek to Tengboche (3860m/12660ft) – Approximately five hours. 11km


Day 8: Trek to Dingboche (4360m/14300ft) – Approx. 5 hrs. 14 km.


Day 9: Acclimatization day trip and clean up around Dingboche. 8 km.

Day 10: Trek Dingboche to Lobuche (4940m/16207ft) – Approx. 5 hrs. 8 km.


Day 11: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5300m/17400ft) and back down to Gorak Shep (5170m/16961ft).10 km.


Day 12: Hike up to Kalapattar (best view ofthe Everest Summit)(5545m/18192ft) then trek to Periche (4270m/14070ft) - Approx. 7 hours. 14 km.


Day 13: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11290ft) - 6 hours. 16 km. 


Day 14: Namche to Lukla (2840m/9320ft) – 6 hrs. 18 km.


Day 15: Fly to Kathmandu from Lukla.


Day 16-18: Stay in mountainside cottages in the village of Dallu just outside Kathmandu for some yoga, a massage or two, meditation instruction for those into that sort of thing, and some well-earned relaxation. Optional day trips will be available to nearby temples, markets, and other interesting sites. 


Day 19: Board your flights back home, tired, probably a bit sunburned, but definitely smiling.


Day 20-21: Arrive home with more stories to tell than your friends and family want to hear. 


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