The Himalayas have captivated the human imagination for centuries. Experience the epitome of mountain adventures by trekking through the largest mountain range on earth to Everest Base Camp at an altitude of 17,598 feet, where climbing expeditions prepare for their summit attempts on Mt. Everest. This is your chance to experience the majesty of these great peaks first-hand and trek to the foot of the highest mountain on the planet. Sleep in simple tea houses each night and hear about local Sherpa culture. Each step among the frozen giants of the Himalayas will keep you immersed in natural splendor, while enjoying the simple, rich joys of the culture and people of Nepal. The trek is designed to let you take in all of the Khumbu (Everest region) as you make your way from village to village. Paced appropriately for comfort and acclimatization, you will enjoy having tea with local villagers, experience the spiritual culture, and become acquainted with the plants and animals that inhabit various elevations within the mountain range.
Trip Itinerary - 17 days, 16 nights
Day 1: Arrive to Kathmandu, Nepal
Day 2: Kathmandu Cultural Tour
Day 3: Lukla and Monjo
Day 4: Monjo to Namche Bazaar
Day 5: Namche Bazaar - Acclimatization Day
Day 6: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche and Deboche
Day 7: Deboche to Pangboche
Day 8: Pangboche to Pheriche
Day 9: Pheriche - Acclimatization Day
Day 10: Periche to Lobuche
Day 11: Kala Patthar and Gorak Shep
Day 12: Everest Base Camp
Day 13: Lobuche to Deboche
Day 14: Deboche to Monjo
Day 15: Monjo to Lukla
Day 16: Lukla to Kathmandu
Day 17: Departure from Kathmandu
Strenuous - The Everest Basecamp trek requires no climbing expereince and there are no technical climbing sections. Travelers who have a strong level of basic fitness should be capable of completing the trek, regardless of age, as this trek is specifically paced for comfort and acclimatization.
As a sociocultural and medical anthropologist, Associate Professor Sienna Craig’s research focuses on the worlds of healing across cultures, the meanings people ascribe to illness, and the social lives of medicines. She is also deeply curious about how communities and individuals navigate processes of migration and social change. She conducts research in Nepal, Tibetan areas of China, and among Nepali and Tibetan communities in the United States. Prof. Craig came to Dartmouth in 2006 after completing her Ph.D. in Cultural and Medical Anthropology at Cornell. A native of Santa Barbara, California, she earned her BA in Religious Studies at Brown University in 1995. Her initial fieldwork in the remote kingdom of Mustang, Nepal, which was begun as an undergraduate and continued through a Fulbright fellowship (1995-96), resulted in an ethnographic memoir, Horses Like Lightning: A Story of Passage through the Himalayas (2008). Professor Craig’s research explores how traditional medical systems - particularly Sowa Rigpa, the Tibetan "science of healing" - interact with conventional biomedicine in the clinic, the pharmacy, and in ordinary people's lives. She has conducted collaborative research with practitioners of Tibetan medicine in Nepal for more than 20 years, and has worked on projects related to maternal and child health in Tibet and Nepal since 2002. Her book Healing Elements: Efficacy and the Social Ecologies of Tibetan Medicine (2012) and edited volume Medicine between Science and Religion: Explorations on Tibetan Grounds (2010) represent some of this work. Together with her husband Kenneth Bauer, she co-founded DROKPA in 1999, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to partner with pastoral communities in the Himalaya to implement grassroots development and catalyze social entrepreneurship. She has led experiential education trips across High Asia for high school and college students, as well travel programs for adults.
As the Program Manager of the Human Development and the War & Peace Studies Programs at the Dickey Center, Dr. Bauer mentors students and facilitates campus events with invited speakers and Dartmouth scholars. Bauer is also a faculty advisor to the Dickey Center-sponsored student organizations Dartmouth Humanitarian Engineering and the International Development Forum. As lecturer in the Department of Anthropology and the AMES program, he teaches courses on environment and development issues, with a regional focus on Asia and thematic interests in state-society relations, biodiversity conservation, and climate change. Among my research interests are nomad settlement in Tibetan areas of China and economic development in the Himalayas. Ken has more than 20 years of experience as a development consultant for a variety of organizations including UNDP, Asian Development Bank, USAID, TetraTech, and Winrock International. Ken holds a BA from Brown University, an MSc from University of California-Berkeley, and a DPhil degree from the University of Oxford.