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The Sunshine Climb

 Everest Base Camp Challenge 2014

in aid of

Christina Noble Children's Foundation

by Séamas Ó Laighléis


On Sunday 19th October 2014 I will commence the Everest Base Camp Challenge to raise money for Christina Noble Children's Foundation. The climb begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (aka "the most dangerous airport in the world" !) and will take approximately 13 days round trip. As part of the trek I will also climb Kala Pattar peak. An outline of the itinerary is set out in the adjoining tab. I will also be accompanied on the climb by two of my closest (and obviously a bit crazy!) friends, Caroline Sheridan (Irish) and her husband Mark Fahy (Australian), who are flying out from Oz for the trek.

Christina Noble Children's Foundation (CNCF) is committed to alleviating child poverty in Vietnam and Mongolia and giving all children the right to a happy and safe childhood. Please take time to visit the Foundation's website to see the amazing work that Christina has been doing for more than two decades in Vietnam and Mongolia.


Why "The Sunshine Climb"?

The children of the Foundation are Christina's "Sunshine Children" and CNCF has many projects which carry this name, eg. Sunshine School, Sunshine House, Sunshine Village. It is an appropriate title as Christina and CNCF have brought sunshine into the lives of so many of the world's most vulnerable and destitute children.

I have spent some time volunteering with the Foundation in both countries and have seen first hand the difference Christina and CNCF have made to the lives of tens of thousands of vulnerable children and their families - often in the most difficult and harsh of circumstances.



If you would like to make a kind donation to CNCF online you can do so either:


1. Via Christina Noble Children's Foundation, Ireland website (

Please quote reference : Sunshine Climb 2014


2. At the following page



Please note that I am covering all of the costs of the trip myself and 100% of your donation will go directly to Christina Noble Children's Foundation.

Your support is very much appreciated.

Míle buíochas,



Sitting at 8848 m Mt Everest, the highest peak in the world, is one of the greatest trekking destinations. Locally known as Sagarmatha, the mountain has long been revered as the home of the gods. First conquered by Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953, Everest has traditionally been the ultimate goal for mountaineers.

This trip will take on the challenge of reaching the mountaineer's Base Camp and give an insight into the world famous Sherpa culture. It will cross glaciers and broad plains, traverse valleys and climb high passes to reach the picturesque Everest Base Camp. Accommodation will comprise small, basic teahouses along the track. (These basic but cosy remote houses are operated by the mountain Nepalese to cater for trekkers and also offer simple yet filling and delicious meals to sustain their efforts!) This trip will be be challenging and will involve trekking at high altitudes but the whole experience is simply awe-inspiring!

Day 1 - Kathmandu

A day in Kathmandu, the colourful capital of Nepal for pre climb briefing, safety talk and last minute shopping!

Kathmandu is a fascinating blend of traditional architecture and symbols of the 20th Century. Its rich artistic and cultural heritage is evident where ornately carved balconies mingle with beautiful shrines and temples.

Day 2 - Phakding (2610 m)
A very early flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (2840 m) and, after breakfast, the climb begins, following the milk-white Dudh Kosi River approximately three-hours to Phakding.
Overall Altitude gain -190m

Day 3 - Namche Bazaar (3440 m)
Trek 9 km to Namche (approx. 6 hours), the administrative centre of the Khumbu region. The last chance to check equipment and hire any additional gear for the high altitudes from Dingboche onwards. And also the last chance for a hot shower !
Overall Altitude gain - 830m

Day 4 - Namche Bazaar

Acclimatise with a strenuous walk up to a high altitude then come back down to sleep.

Day 5 - Phortse Gaon (3810 m)
Trek for about 6-7 hours to cover the 9 km from Namche Bazaar to Phortse Gaon. This route offers amazing insight into the life and culture of the sherpas. Stay the night in a village that is home to a number of sherpas who have reached Everest's summit. Looking out from Phortse Gaon, the views of Amadablam are great.
Overall Altitude gain - 370m

Day 6 - Dingboche (4410 m)
Climb above the tree-line and trek approximately six hours covering the distance of 8 kms to Dingboche.
Overall Altitude gain - 600m

Day 7 - Dingboche (4410 m)
Another acclimatisation day, taking a hike to Amadablam base camp, Nagarjun Hill or Chukkhung.

Day 8 - Lobuche (4900 m)
The trek to Lobuche is about five hours and covers 7 km.
Overall Altitude gain - 490m

Day 9 - Everest Base Camp (5364 m)
Trek to the Everest Base Camp and then back down to Gorakshep (5140 m) where there are astonishing views over the Himalayas.
Overall Altitude gain - 240m

Day 10 - Kala Pattar
Witness some of the Himalayas most recognisable sights then make an early start to avoid the early morning clouds and trek to Kala Pattar (5545 m) to witness the best views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and other surrounding peaks. This is a tough walking day (approx. 7 hours).

Day 11 - Tengboche (3840 m)
Trek to Tengboche (approx. 4 hours), for excellent views of Amadablam and a visit to the Tengboche Monastery and the Sherpa Heritage Foundation.

Day 12 - Monjo (2860 m)
Trek downhill and out of the national park to the small settlement of Monjo (approx. 5 hours)

Day 13 - Lukla
Descend to Lukla for the night before flying back to Kathmandu.

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Contact:Seamas O Laighleis

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