Featured Event

2023 Fund-Raising Trek to Everest Base Camp

2023 April 23 – May 12 (Standard Trek)
2023 April 23 – May 4 (Heli Out)

$4,500 (including donation) PER PERSON TREKKING ONLY

(Prayer Wheels – Photo by Tim van Kempen)

The Nepal Spine Foundation, Shangri-La Nepal Trek and Alpine Ascents Foundation are partnering to bring you an experience of a lifetime! Our guide and friend, Jiban Ghimire, owner of Shangri-La Nepal Trek, will guide a group of no more than 16 people through the Khumbu region of Nepal up to Everest Basecamp. Trekkers have an option of a 15-day trek to basecamp and back to Lukla, or a 10-day trek with a helicopter out option. 

There will be a day of touring in Kathmandu prior to departing for the trek during which you will have the opportunity to meet the children at a school that was founded by the Alpine Ascents Foundation. During the trek, you will also visit Namche Basic School in Namche Bazaar, also founded by Alpine Ascents Foundation.

After the conclusion of the trek the group will have the opportunity to visit Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH), the Kathmandu hospital with which Nepal Spine Foundation partners. 

This is not an opportunity to miss! The unrivaled natural landscape of the Himalayas, the engaging Sherpa and Nepali culture,  deep rooted history, the adventure of seeing Mt. Everest and visiting base camp expeditions is unparalleled. This is the type of experience that will change you in the best of ways. Please contact Michi Wohns for more information or to sign up for the trek: 206-369-7770, michiwohns@gmail.com.

Stupa – Photo by Bikalpa Pokhrel

The most famous among the Himalayan people are the Sherpas, who inhabit the Everest Region. Because of their impeccable mountaineering skills, they are an indispensable part of mountain expeditions as leaders, guides and porters. As an individual or in groups, they have set records of many ‘firsts’ in the mountaineering world. Due to their close affinity to Tibet, in trade, tradition and tongue, the Tibetan influence in their living style is quite distinct. The Sherpa people follow the Nying-mapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The famous Tyangboche and other monasteries are the common gathering place to celebrate religious festivals such as Dumje and Mani Rimdu. The route lies in the highest wildlife reserve in the world, the Sagarmatha National Park. It covers an area of 1,148 sq. km. of Himalayan ecological zone. The park altitudes range from 2,845m at Monju to the top of the world, UNESCO listed the park as a World Heritage Site in 1979 for its unique natural, cultural and landscape characteristics.

A trek in this region takes one to the foothills of the mightiest of the mountains in the world. Enroute, one traverses through rhododendron and pine forests, rivers, Sherpa villages and Buddhist Monasteries from temperate to snow line regions. The Himalayas are best seen on this trek as one traces the main route through the Khumbu region.

The name Khumbu comes from its guardian deity Khumbila Tetsan Gelbu. The literal translation is Khumbu country god. The teachings of Sherpa Buddhism talk of a spiritual understanding between all beings. This is probably why the level of hospitality and acceptance of westerners comes naturally to the Sherpa.


Day 01: Depart Home: Arrive Kathmandu airport transfer to hotel
Day 02: Pre-briefing about trek, Meet at hotel Dwarika or Yak & Yeti

     Check the trekking gears and welcome dinner.

Day 03: Flight to Lukla by plane 2800m. (35minutes) start trek to Phakding 4hrs.
Day 04: Trek to -Namchebazar 3500m. 6hrs slow walk
Day 05: Namche Bazar – Rest Day & Hiking to Kunde and Everest view hotel
Day 06: Namche Bazar – Khumjung 3850m 4hrs.
Day 07: Khumjung – Debuche via Tengboche 3867m visit monastery. 6hrs.
Day 08: Debuche – Dingboche (4350m.) 6hrs
Day 09: Dingboche – rest day for acclimatization – few hours exploration trip
Day 10: Dingboche – Lobuche (4930m) – 7hrs
Day 11: Lobuche – Everest Base Camp – Ghorekshep. – 8hrs.
Day 12: Ghorekshep- Kalapathar (5545m) Kathmandu by helicopter flights – hotel

     Free day in Kathmandu/ shopping souvenirs

OR hike out option – Day 12: Ghorekshep- Kalapathar (5545m) Pangboche – 7hrs
Day 13: Pangboche – Phortse – 4hrs
Day 14: Phortse – Namche 5hrs
Day 15: Namche Bazar –Lukla – 6hrs
Day 16: Lukla-Kathmandu by plane, transfer to hotel, farewell dinner
Day 17: Visit to Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu/shopping souvenirs
Day 18: Depart Kathmandu and arrive home

Namche Bazar
Namche Bazar – Photo by Kalle Kortelainen