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Youth to Everest (16 days)

Open to students aged 15 years and over, we operate Youth to Everest trips in the April school holiday period for New Zealand secondary schools. We also operate this trip for students outside New Zealand and will tailor the timing to suit. Youth to Everest offers a unique insight into the daily life of Sherpa people; we integrate with the local communities through involvement in specific projects, such as forest conservation and activities in schools. These are life-changing experiences for our student travellers.

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.




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.

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.  Two nights are spent here at our stunning campsite with 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.  The highest point we reach is approximately 4,800m at Ama Dablam Base Camp.  At Pangboche we are mid-way up the Khumbu Valley, well above the height of Mt Cook, and within 12 kilometres of Mt Everest itself; we have several opportunities to sight Everest.

Our trek leadership team consists of a Group Leader and a Registered Nurse (both from New Zealand), a Head Sherpa (Sirdar) and one other Sherpa guide; adult trekkers are invited to join as well.  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.

Download a more detailed itinerary for our next Youth to Everest trip; please note that this itinerary may be subject to change.

Please click here for information on how to register.



Day 1 Auckland to Kathmandu
Day 2 Kathmandu, fly to Lukla, trek to Phakdingma
Day 3 Phakdingma to Namche
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 Deboche
Day 10 Deboche to Pangboche
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


Youth to Everest
Trip duration: 

16 days

Highest point achieved:

Pangboche (alt 3,930m), plus day trek to approx 4,800m.

Maximum trekkers per trip:


Cost (all inclusive) :

NZ$7,850 ex Auckland, New Zealand
See Cost Inclusions

Degree of difficulty:

Moderate; see Fitness

Next trip:

April 2020