Code EE • 70 Days •
The Expedition Everest is filled with great physical and mental challenges. The satisfaction of being able to climb through such trepidations, is unparalleled. It checks off everything you’d want in an expedition in the Himalayas- breathtaking views, adventure, challenges and a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
This route, also known as, the South Col route of Mount Everest, is the most used route on the mountain. It also happens to be the route taken by legends, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, who we all know were the first to conquer Everest on the 29 May 1953. Since then, many have successfully climbed Mt. Everest, but this doesn’t change the fact that climbing Everest is the ultimate challenge. So, it is obvious that you’ll need quite an experience in mountaineering if you want to climb Everest. To be part of our International Everest Expedition team in Nepal, you must have good mountaineering experience. You must have experience in climbing high altitude peaks of at least 6000 meters. It’s even better if you have an experience of ascending difficult high-altitude mountain peaks, of about 7000 or 8000-meter peaks in the Himalayas. Everest expedition trekkers must be able to ascend and descend fixed lines independently, even though fixed ropes will be used, and being proficient with crampons on very steep ice and snow slopes is required.
We will take you through a great journey in the Himalayas and guide you at every step. Safety and proper guidance, is our main priority, and with our Team of highly experienced and successful Sherpa Climbers, you will get the best service and guidance that has been proven to be one of the best, through our previous record of multiple successful summits on Everest Expeditions in Nepal. And we’ll provide you all this at an affordable cost. Join us for an exhilarating experience in the Himalayas, with world-class service at a very reasonable price.
For this expedition to Everest, we will establish our Base Camp at 5300m at base of the great Khumbu Icefall before making our way to Camp I at 6200m. We will then climb towards Camp II at 6600m which is in the middle of the Western Cwm. After that, we will make our way up the Lhotse face to Camp III at 7200m. And finally, we will climb up from the South Col to Camp IV, which is at 8000m, before making our ultimate push to the summit of Mt. Everest.
Expedition Base camp
For this expedition, we shall set up an Expedition base camp that will be permanent, that is, the base camp stays put all throughout the expedition. Every member will be provided a personal tent with Exped down filled mattress. There will be a large dining hall with chairs and tables. The dining room will be carpeted, heated and lit by solar electricity. There will be internet facilities as well. All this, just to make your stay at base camp as comfortable as possible. We provide hygienic shower and toilet. Every climbing staff will have their own tent along with kitchen and store tents. We will also have a great expedition cook at the base camp who will provide you with nutritious and nourishing meals required for the trek. There will also be an expedition team manager to arrange all the required logistics essential for a successful expedition.
Training and Climbing Strategy
Safety and proper guidance is our main priority, so we will be spending several nights at the base camp to let climbers properly acclimatize before moving up to the higher camps. On arriving at base camp, we provide with refreshments and climbing trainings like covering climbing techniques, glacier travel, rope fixing, ascending, descending, safety techniques, abseiling, belaying, use of oxygen, mask and regulator, etc. As a test of your climbing skills, we also arrange a climb of a 6000-meter peak before our climb of Everest.
For proper acclimatization, we will climb the Khumbu ice fall several times as part our acclimatization trek to Camp 2 and Camp 3. Our team of climbing Sherpas will ensure that all the high camps are well equipped with tents, food and oxygen for the push to the summit. Before our push to the summit, we will return to base camp for rest and recovery. After we receive confirmation of a favorable weather forecast, we will head up to ABC. From there, we head up to Camp 1, Camp 2, Camp 3, Camp 4 and then finally the summit. Expedition tents will be provided on all the higher camps. Every climber will be supported by a climbing Sherpa- One climbing Sherpa for one climber. This is to ensure that every climber gets proper guidance and support to enable them the opportunity to climb the peak and return to the base camp safely.
Climbing Gears, Expedition Food and Load Ferry
We provide you with essential climbing gears like high-altitude tents, solar lights, carpeted dining tents with chairs and tables, oxygen, mask and regulators, climbing ropes etc. We provide nourishing and hygienically prepared food at both base and advanced base camps during your Everest expedition. Plenty high-altitude foods will be provided at higher camps. Unlike other expedition operators, we don’t charge our climbers extra for all the expedition load ferries from base camp to all the higher camps.
Expeditions safety, communication and weather
Climbers will be supported by our climbing Sherpas throughout the expedition. Our climbing Sherpas have widespread knowledge of wilderness medical training and have the capacity to deal with the general medical issues. We have oxygen and complete medical kits as well as a Gamow bag.
We recommend our climbers to carry personal micro first-aid kits with them. We use the latest TOP OUT mask and oxygen regulator along with 4-liter Poisk oxygen bottles. Two-way radios and satellite phones are always at hand for communication. It is essential to have good weather on all Everest expeditions. Our movements depend upon good weather to ensure the safety of all our climbers and supporting team. Thus, we have a professional and reliable weather forecast service for the whole duration of the expedition. There will be regular info and updates on weather throughout the journey to Everest and back.
Base camp: 17,060’/5200m
The Everest base camp lies at 5,200 meters. It is located on a moving glacier. We will be spending up to 45 days here. The conditions in the base camp is expected to remain constant throughout the climbing period. Our stay at the camp will consist of shifting and moving of tents and platforms as the ice moves and melts. The area is unforgiving yet stunning as it is surrounded by Pumori, Lola, Nuptse, Nutse and the Khumbu Icefall. You will experience warm mornings and occasional afternoon snowsqualls. The base camp will feel like a small village high up in the Himalayas as it will have been filled with so many expedition teams.
Achieving C1 is one of the most challenging part of the south side climb. It is mostly technical as it crosses the Khumbu Icefall. The Icefall is 2,000′ feet of moving ice with deep crevasses, transcending ice sera’s and avalanches off Everest’s west shoulder. We will only be spending two nights at Camp I for acclimatization. We will head towards camp 2 only after proper acclimatization.
After base camp, Camp 2 is where you will spend the most time in your expedition. It is found in a lateral moraine at the bottom of west ridge. As Camp 2 is located in a safe and sheltered location, all expedition operators establish their main climbing camp here. There will be tents for every climber along with kitchen and dining tents. The C2 is also blessed with amazing views of Lhotse. You will be spending a lot of time in Camp 2 as it is also the main acclimatization camp. It is used as the base for camp 3 and the summit push acclimatization.
Since all climbers are feeling the impacts of high elevation and are not yet utilizing supplemental oxygen, climbing the Lhotse Face to C3 is mostly challenging. The Lhotse Face is steep, and the ice is tough, but don’t let this discourage you as the course is settled with rope, the rope can be at angles ranging from 30 to 45 degrees. It is a long and hard journey to C3 yet is required for proper acclimatization preceding an attempt to the summit. You will be spending at least 2 nights at camp three.
South Col: 26,300’/8000m
The last camp, Camp 4, is found at the South Col. Most climbers make their way up to the South Cole without supplementary oxygen. The South Cole is surrounded by Lhotse to the south and Everest to the north. It is flat and covered with loose rock. Climbers must navigate through two rock sections- the Yellow Band and the Geneva Spur. From Camp 3, on the way to the summit, climbers must cross the yellow band and the Geneva Spur on the way to the South Col. These barriers, while not technically difficult, are a challenge at an altitude of 25,000 feet. Both areas are set-up with fixed ropes. The South Col is another world. Sitting between Everest and Lhotse at 26,300 feet, it serves as the base for the summit attempt. Climbers don’t spend long here since the weather is always temporary and the altitude destructive. Once there, they eat and rest and then go to the summit.
The bid to the summit starts with a steep climb up the South side of Everest. It takes about 9-13 hours to reach the summit from the south Col. Reaching the Balcony at 27,500 feet, climbers turn West up the ridge to the South Summit, over the Hillary Step onto the Summit Ridge and then the True summit. The path to True summit is a modest snow slope that demands a physical effort on top of the altitude requirements, but climbers climb through on adrenalin. And then, there it is, the summit! An unbelievable journey to a very unique place, worthy of all the mystique and lure.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m), transfer to hotel, welcome dinner
Day 02-04: Stay in Kathmandu with document preparation
Day 05: Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding.
Day 06: Trek from Phakding to Namche (3,440m)
Day 07-08: Namche Bazaar: day rest
Day 09: Trek from Namche to Tengboche (3,870m)
Day 10: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360m)
Day 10-12: Dingboche: day rest
Day 13: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4,940m)
Day 14: Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,170m), hike to EBC (5,364m)
Day 15-18:Base Camp Stay with Climbing Course
Day 19-64: Ascent of Mount Everest (8848meters)
Day 65: Back to Base Camp
Day 66-69: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu
Day 70: Stay in Kathmandu
Day 71: Final departure transfer
Kathmandu to Kathmandu