Have you heard of Mount Everest Expedition before? We assume you have – quite a few times. And if in case, you have not Mount Everest is the highest point measured on Earth and it lies in Nepal. However, it can be climbed from both Nepal [Southern ] as well as Tibet[ North-side].
While reading this now, a few questions might arise in your mind. Is this possible? Can we climb the highest point on Earth? If yes, how can we make it to the peak of Everest?
Close your eyes for a moment. Now, place yourself on the top of the world.
So, we hope you people are imagining yourself on the top of Mt. Everest locally known as Sagarmatha in Nepali and Chomolungma in Tibetan dialect.
Hence, close your eyes for a moment. Now, place yourself on the top of the world. YES! You read it right, literally, on the top of the world, 8848 meters. At the moment, your feet are rooted to the optimum altitude on Earth.
Walking amid the wandering clouds, witnessing never-ending mountain ranges and capturing photos for life, what more one could seek for. Seeing the same sky but with a different perspective will leave any soul on earth in awe. Of course, the same thing but different appearance and experience. Only limited numbers of people in the world experience this incredible vibes who dares to accept Mount Everest Expedition challenges.
Introduction – Mount Everest
The commitment to climb Mount Everest is not easy though like we just imagined above. But in fact, the hard portion has just begun. Hiking up Mount Everest is no easy task.
It requires intense physical and mental mindsets along with the readiness to combat unpredictable environmental conditions from beginning to end, for at least two months.
Most importantly, it is, therefore, crucial to select not only a tour operator but also a companion, to assist accomplish your Mount Everest Expedition wisely and smartly.
History – The glorious past of Mount Everest
Also known as Sagarmatha in Nepal and Chomolungma in Tibet, Mount Everest is perched on the border of Nepal and Tibet. In the context of Nepal, Mount Everest is located in the Sagarmatha National Park in the Solukhumbu District. While in Tibet, it is positioned in Tingri County inside Xigaze Territory.
The highest mountain on Earth naturally allures legions of visitors each year. A climb of Everest boasts enormous personal gratification, a rewarding cultural experience and a special rendezvous with a wealthy history of discovery. The prettiness of Mount Everest extends not only to the most serious mountaineers, however, but also to non-climbers wishing to witness the majestic Khumbu, one of the world’s most gorgeous mountain regions with an affluent expedition history.
Also, there are two popular routes to ascend Mount Everest – the Southeast ridge, from Nepal’s territory, and the Northeast Ridge, of Tibet. To be more specific, the Southeast ridge is technically easier and has been used frequently.
Going back to history, when Tibet opened its borders for the first time in 1921 from the North, there were many unsuccessful attempts to make it to Everest.
And in 1953, Edmund Hillary from New Zealand along with Tenzing Norgay Sherpa from Nepal successfully climbed Everest on May 29, via Southern ridge I.e.e Nepal’s side. Hence, these days too, a larger portion of Everest climbers climb from the Southern face.
Routes for Mount Everest Expedition
Southeastern Ridge via Nepal
The Khumbu Icefall, although pleasant, is extremely treacherous with any number of hurdles and hazards ready to strike over its 2000 feet of moving ice. Bitter but truth, an ice-pinnacle can fall on top of you, anytime. Perilous and deep crevasses change dramatically. The entire region can fall. In other words, this is not a place for playfulness instead it is the crucial region to be more focused. Almost all climbers concentrate on getting traversed the Khumbu as fast as possible. The Icefall climb occurs quite early in the morning, generally between 4 and 5 a.m. As a strong suggestion, we strongly encourage climbers not to leave Base Camp later than 6 a.m. because the probability avalanche will be high when the ice defrosts in the daytime.
Hiking up, the icefall is Camp 1 at 6,065 meters. Accessing Camp 1 is most risky because of the aforementioned stretch of the Khumbu Icefall. Climbers usually have an optimum of two nights for altitude adjustment in Camp 1.
Then, the trek from Camp 1 to Camp 2 (6,400m) passes the Western CWM which also entails a risky trait with deep abysses. Not only that, warmer temperatures in this region might trouble climbers. Nevertheless, it is relatively sheltered here so climbers tend to spend more time here for acclimatization. Along with the adjustment, one can relish upon the mesmerizing eye-shots of Lhotse.
Conquering the Lhotse Face to Camp 3 (7,162m) is not easy since all climbers are feeling the aftermath of high altitude. And hence the requirement for supplemental oxygen rises. The Lhotse Face is steeper while its peripheral ice is so hard. As mentioned earlier, the route is prepared with ropes and other prerequisites. Then you have to take a long move towards Camp 3. And at the third camp, the duration required for acclimatization before heading to the summit is quite long.
After that, the path to the South Col starts at Camp 3 and across to the Yellow Band. The South Col is a flat region shielded with loose rock and encircled by Everest toward the North and Lhotse to the South. Generally, the climbing team clump tents together and anchor them with nets or hefty rocks to combat the hurricane-like winds. This is the like the platform i.e. staging area for the summit endeavors and the high point for Sherpas to carry oxygen.
Lastly, climbers have to march forward through the Balcony, the South Summit, and the Hillary Step to make it to the Central Summit. Interestingly, one of the most revealed sections of a Southside climb is passing the Cornice Traverse between the South Summit and the Hillary Step. Talking about, the Hillary Step, it is a short 40-foot section of rock climbing, leveraging fixed rope, that creates a bottleneck on crowded summit nights. Often, there will be an up and down climbing rope to facilitate people’s movement as much as possible.
North-side via Tibet
The Base Camp (5,182m) is perched on a graveled region near the Rongbuk Monastery. Unlike, southern face, a transportation and deportation facility can be found up to this point. And after this point, there won’t be any privilege of helicopter rescues or evacuations on the north side, a piece of important information all climbers must consider.
Alpinists should pass the Interim camp (6,187m) on the first trek to reach Advanced Base Camp (ABC) during the adaptation process. It is found that some of the group pitch their tents here, and weather status constantly changes here quite a bit. As a result, there may be snow or there may be none at all.
Although Advanced Base Camp (6,492m) is located in the high altitude, often groups use it as a primary camp for acclimatization. As a retreat, climbers can also savor upon the arresting views of the area from ABC.
The climbing stretch from ABC to Camp 1 (7000m) regularly gains altitude with one steep section of 60 degrees and which is vertical. Sometimes, climbers have to use their ascenders on the rooted rope. Rappelling like the arm-wrap technique is leveraged to descend this steep section. Here, groups will expend several nights at Camp 1.
Hiking up, Camp 2 (7,500m) is mostly a steep and snowy ridge climb that eventually converts to rock. At Camp 2, forceful winds are sometimes creating trouble which in turn makes this climb a particularly cold. We can see a few groups using Camp 2 as their highest camp for acclimatization purposes.
Furthermore, groups set their Camp 3 (8,300m) at various spots on the ridge as it is also vertical, and rocky. But there, using supplemental oxygen, tents are stabled on rock ledges and are still pummeled with strong winds. And do you know? This location is higher than the South Col in terms of altitude.
Similarly, the journey from Camp 3 to the Apex is a sturdy one. Departing Camp 3, climbers have to follow the fixed rope through a snow-covered gully which is a portion of the Yellow Band. The route tends to proceed to the right side of the high point but some may find and rate it as sheer and challenging. This part of the climb in a distinct note requires the best footwork. It is strongly recommended to use steadily, the fixed rope in the final gulley to the ridge. Lastly, the ultimate 500 feet of horizontal distance along the ridge to the summit is quite wide opened. The slope’s angle which is in range of 30 to 60 degrees, makes this stretch even treacherous.
The team has profound experience in all facets of mountaineering, expedition and tour operation. Expedition Himalaya was founded with a clear and solid mission to deliver to each of its clients the best mountaineering or trekking experience of a lifetime to which they can cherish forever. Having assisted clients from all over the globe, and with over 50% of our clientele as the repeated one, we aspire to conquer the mighty Mount Everest.
Expedition Himalaya entails all the infrastructures and experts in place to conduct flexible itineraries to climb Mount Everest. And we are pretty hopeful, it will best suit the needs of all climbers including their team too. Also, we do have the prowess to suggest optimal alternatives for your considerations. And YES! Expedition Himalaya is adept at creating one of the most memorable experiences of your lifetime. For sure, we would be more honored to serve you, to push you in the lap of mountains so that you can hike the highest point on Earth, The Mount Everest.
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