Mount Everest Expedition

Grade: Star
Duration: 59 days
Maximum Altitude: 8848 meters
Departure: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world, stands at a stunning 8848 meters or 29, 028 feet and has always tested the mettle of the hardiest climbers in the world. It has proven to be the greatest challenge for climbers from all over the world; if you haven’t climbed Mt. Everest, you cannot be inducted into the prestigious ranks of the accomplished climbers.

Mt. Everest is revered by Tibetans who have christened it “Chomolungma” ( Goddess Mother of Snow ) and Nepalis, in general, refer to it as “Sagarmatha” ( Mother of the Universe ). It has been, undoubtedly been bestowed with the title of the Highest Point in the world, based on measurements made from sea level to its summit. The mountain forms the Himalaya range in High Asia and is located on the border between Nepal to its south and Tibet, China to its north. This mountain was first summited on 29 May 1953 by Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay by using the South Col. By doing so, these two pioneers established themselves as heroes of the adventure world. Since then, ample expeditions have made their way to its summit; however, the draw of the towering giant is so powerful that till now it has not lulled mountaineers into complacency. Each climb presents its own challenges, based on weather conditions and the route used. Records in terms of the quickest, the youngest, the oldest, etc. have been established and climbers still come up with innovative ways of making their way to the “Roof of the World”. If one desires to take up the challenge that Mt. Everest offers and to join the International Everest Expedition team, one needs to have extensive mountaineering experience and ample technical know-how, preferably one that involves peaks over 6000 meters and even better still, at least one or two experience on other 8000 meter peaks. Though fixed ropes are used, climbers should be able to ascend and descend the mountain independently and must be proficient with crampons on steep, rugged ice and snow slopes.

Everest should not be taken lightly, it is a serious mountain that requires grit and determination combined with a highly focused and professional mountaineering attitude.

Fitness Level: This trip requires you to be in good health and physically fit. So, we recommend a thorough physical examination before you start the trek.

Skills: You need mountaineering training and experience to climb Ama Dablam.

Travel Insurance: Make sure that you are insured against cancellations, accidents, health, emergency evacuation, and loss, theft of, or damage to, baggage and personal effects. In emergency situations, we will arrange for a helicopter rescue, medical treatment, and aftercare for you. All these costs shall be borne by your travel insurance company.

Required Equipment/Gears:
All Climbing Gears
Sleeping bag
Down jacket
LED headlight
Water bottle
First-aid kit
Water purification solution
Trekking Poles
Full fingers gloves
Thermal cap

Notes: You can choose to bring this equipment yourself. However, we can help you get these things after you arrive here if you want to travel light.
We will arrange your pick-up/drop-off according to your flight schedule.
We can customize this itinerary according to your interests and preferences.

Documents required:
Sagarmatha National Park Permit
Climbing Permit
Scanned copies of passport sized photo and passport of each participant
Travel insurance

Day 1

Arrival at Kathmandu International Airport and transfer to hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2

Preparation day for the expedition. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 3

Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m.) takes approximately 30 minutes and trek from Lukla to Phakding (2640m.) which takes three hours. You will be transferred to the domestic airport for your flight to Lukla. You begin today’s trek from Lukla following a gentle climb up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi. Nupla (5885m) can be seen in the distance on the opposite bank and is a peak atop the Kongde Ridge. You descend a mountainside path that merges into your route to Everest, with views to a valley to your right; and at its far end, Kusum Kang (6367m.) The Dudh Kosi approaches as you pass a Mani wall and arrive at Ghat teahouse. You continue along a small path with many climbs and descents following the left bank of Dudh Koshi to Phakding. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 4

Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.) takes about four and a half hours. This day you trek and cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo (2800m.) is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set up in order to protect and preserve this fragile mountain environment. You then ascend quite steeply to Namche and along the way, if the weather is clear, catch a first glimpse of Mt Everest in the distance. You can also enjoy the view of Mt. Kusum Kangaru, Thamserku, Konde-Ri and Tawache peak. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 5

Rest at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion around the places. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day for acclimatization to the high altitude before heading off towards Tyangboche. For the acclimatization, you walk up to Khunde Hospital which was set up by Sir Edmund Hillary, or a one hour walk up to the Syangboche (3800m.) where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche for the outstanding view of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kusum Kangaru. There are also good views from the National Park Centre and Museum just above the town. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 6

Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3867 m.) takes almost five hours. From Namche, the trail contours around the side of the valley, high above the Dudh Koshi. From here you can catch a glimpse of good views of the great peaks of the Khumbu including Mt Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kusum Kangaru. Passing by several villages and numerous tea shops, the trail descends steeply to a bridge over the river Dudh Koshi at Phunki Tenga (3250m.).The village has an excellent place for lunch and you can take a short rest before making the steep climb to Tyangboche. Tyangboche is famous for its legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu region. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 7

Trek from Tyangboche to Dingboche (4260m.) takes about five hours. You gradually descend through a forest, cross the Imja Khola and climb steadily up to the village of Pangboche. This is directly opposite to Ama Dablam [6,856 m], and has exceptional views of the mountain, with the Gompa, mani walls and scattered pine trees in the foreground. As you gradually ascend, you find thick forests. This part of the trail is full of thorny and juniper bushes. A further two and a half hour’s walk brings you to Dingboche. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 8

Rest at Dingboche for acclimatization and excursion in and around the places. Here, you can steeply climb up to Nakartsang Gompa for the rare outstanding view of Mount Makalu (8463m.) along with Lhotse, Island Peak, Baruntse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku. Another option provided is a small side trip to Chhukung which takes about two and a half hours to go up and one and a half hours to come back to Dingboche. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 9 Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4930 m.) takes about six hours.

The onward journey leads north for up to 50-minutes until you come to a Mani-prayer Stupa. The trail is gentle looking down to Pheriche village below. Today’s walk offers views of the Mt.Tawache, Ama Dablam and to the north-Pokalde (5741m), Kongma-Tse (5820m) and the great wall of Nuptse. After a two hour walk, the trail from Pheriche joins near Dugla (4595m) before a small wooden bridge over the river of Khumbu glacier. You stop at Dugla, for lunch, before continuing for an hour up to a steep hill to the top, where there are views of Mt. Pumori and other peaks west of Everest. After a short break, continue trekking up to Lobuche, hidden and sheltered from the wind. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 10 Trek from Lobuche to Kala Patthar via Gorakshep (m.)

Trek up the valley following the rocky moraine path, view icy glacial ponds and icebergs down below the Khumbu glacier. After the last rocky moraine dunes, a short downhill walk brings you to Gorakshep, the flat field below Kala Patthar (5545m) and Mt. Pumori (7145m.) Gorakshep is the location of the original Everest Base Camp with the new camp being further up the valley. The walk is gradual until you reach a rocky spot; from there another uphill climb for half an hour brings you to Kala Patthar. From the top of Kala Patthar, Everest seems just at a stone’s throw distance. The panoramic view from this spot is something to cherish and you feel ecstatic being at the top of the world. With all the higher snow-capped giants that dominate all around, it is truly a magnificent spot to be on a clear sunny day. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 11

Trek from Kalapatter to Everest Base Camp and back to Gorak Shep. While trekking to Everest Base Camp you pass through a trail, which weaves its way through ice pinnacles and past the crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier. During the spring season, you can meet some expedition teams at the Everest Base Camp. The number of teams is less during the autumn season. On the return leg, you can take a higher route to get a spectacular view of the Khumbu icefall and numerous mountains. You return to Gorak Shep to stay overnight.

Day 12 – 52

Mount Everest Climbing period.

Day 53

Trek from Everest Base Camp to Pheriche. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 54

Trek from Pheriche to Tyangboche (3867 m.) takes approximately four hours. You can have a morning visit to the research center. Then, trek back to Tyangboche, an easier descent passing through rhododendron forest while continuing to walk to Tyangboche. It is a small village with a famous monastery offering you a splendid view of Ama Dablam, green hills and river views. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 55

Trek from Tyangboche to Monjo. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 56

Trek from Monjo to Lukla. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 57

Fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 58

Rest day in Kathmandu. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 59

Fly out from Kathmandu.


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