Duration: 60 Days
Starts In: Kathmandu
Ends In: Kathmandu
Max altitude: 8,848 m
Grade: Strenuous Plus
Trip Type: Expedition
Best Season: April and May & October and November
Attraction: Highest point on earth. Outstanding, adventurous and yet daring expedition.
$ 35,000 USD
Mount Everest Expedition from the South side is the ultimate journey for the adventure enthusiasts. Only few people in the world dare to gamble their own life and achieve their dream of being at the top of the World’s highest peak situated at an altitude of 8,848 m (29,028ft) above sea level. Many climbers from around the world attempt every year to set the record of ascending Mount Everest which is the highest point on earth. Mount Everest also known as “Mount Qomolangma” is a sacred mountain which holds a special place in the heart for the people in the Himalayas. A special offering and puja by a lama (priest) is always mandatory before climbing the Himalaya in order to get blessings for the safe and successful attempt.
Since 1921, many expedition teams have made various attempts to reach the top of the world. However, the gateway to the world’s highest peak was opened only in 1953 after the successful summit made by Sir Edmund Hillary from New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay from Nepal on May 29, 1953 from the Nepal side. After which the Everest region got the worldwide recognition and people were assured that Mt Everest can also be conquered. In the later run, there has been many expedition teams that has successfully lead themselves to the top. It is by far, the most successfully climbed route on the mountain.
Nepal offers various seasons in a year. Out of which the spring (March – May) is the most favorable time for the climbers to attempt the climb to the top of Everest. Although the climate in the higher altitude can be harsh and can change drastically in the matter of fraction of seconds, the area have the best weather between March and May. The days are warm however during the night time the temperature drops to freezing point. The climbing parts will generally be performed during the night as there is less wind and less obstruction during the time.
In order to attempt the summit of Everest (29,035'/8850m) you must be in top physical, emotional, and psychological condition. Benchmarks for physical conditioning includes successful previous trips above 20,000' whenever possible, during which you will have gained experience dealing with gear and equipment, handling extremely cold temperatures and extreme altitude, gaining solid crampon skills both on and off rock, snow and ice, rappelling with a pack on, and using ascenders and jumars on a fixed line. In addition to solid alpine living, snow, and ice climbing skills, you need significant strength endurance, high-altitude tolerance, and strong cardiovascular conditioning.
Expedition Himalaya Pvt. Ltd has been successfully organizing many expeditions’ trips to the Himalaya’s. Since our establishment in 2011, we have lead many teams to the top of their summit of their desired peaks. For details of our successful attempts you can also visit all our Successful 8000m mountain expeditions. The safety and security of our clients has always been our prime concern. For the sake of which, we provide our best climbing Sherpa’s as well as our best team forward to help achieve the dream of the climbers. All are climbing Sherpa’s and guides are professional, well trained and are involved in the business for many years now. They are the ones who will be with you all the time to support you whenever you need whilst you are in the mountain. You can be assured that you are in the good hands and we the team of “Expedition Himalaya” will be there at any point to help you through in any possible way.
Our journey to the World’s highest mountain “Mount Everest” starts from the time you arrive in Kathmandu from your home land. We shall try our level best to cater all your needs whilst you are in Kathmandu from accommodations to guiding you with regards to the gears that you would require while you are in the mountain. Then on the third day we shall fly to Lukla the official gateway to Everest and start the trekking journey till Everest Base Camp. It will take a few days to reach base camp as you will need to be well acclimatized to the altitude which keeps on increasing as the days pass. The actual climbing starts from the day you move from the base camp towards the Khumbu icefall. All the logistics and the technical parts related to the rope fixing and route making are done by our well experienced climbing Sherpa’s.
There will be a total of four camps on the mountain. The first, at 19,500ft, is situated at the top of the ice fall. This camp functions as an intermediate camp until Camp II which is established at 21,000ft. Camp II will consist of large tents for cooking and dining and several smaller tents for sleeping. Camp II will be our base during the placements of Camp III and Camp IV (23,500ft and 25,912ft respectively). Camp III, which stands at the head of the cirque on the Lhotse face, will consist of three and four main tents. This camp serves as an intermediate camp which climbers will use to reach Camp IV (high camp) on the South Col. Most of our Sherpa’s are able to carry goods directly from Camp II to Camp IV, so large amounts of gear are not needed at Camp III to establish Camp IV. Oxygen will be used above Camp III to help aid climbers reaching high camp before attempting the summit. From Camp IV, we travel along the South East Ridge to the South Summit. From here we traverse for a few hundred meters before reaching the Hillary step and then onto the main summit.
After the Icefall, the climbers arrive at Camp I, which is located at 19,500 feet. Depending on the type of expedition, Camp I will either be stocked by the climbers as they ascend and descend the Icefall or by Sherpa’s in advance. The area between Camp I and Camp II is known as the Western Cwm or the valley of silence. As the climbers reach Camp II at 21,000 feet, they may be temporarily out of sight of their support at Base camp. Nonetheless, modern communication devises permit the parties to stay connected.
As the climbers leave Camp II, they travel towards the Lhotse face (Lhotse is a 27,920 foot mountain bordering Everest). The Lhotse face is a steep, shiny icy wall. Though it is not extremely difficult in terms of technicality, one misstep or slip could cost a climber's life. Indeed, many climbers have lost their lives through such mishaps.
To reach Camp III, climbers must cross the Lhotse Face. Climbing a sheer wall of ice demands skill, strength and stamina. It is so steep and treacherous that many Sherpa’s move directly from Camp II to Camp IV on the South Col, refusing to stay on the Lhotse Face.
As you're leaving Camp IV…it's a little bit of a down slope, with the uphill side to the left. There are typically snow on the ledges to walk down on, interspersed with rock, along with some fixed rope. The problem with the rope is that the anchors are bad, and there's not much holding the rope and a fall could be serious. Fortunately it's not too steep, but there is a ton of exposure and people are usually tired when walking down from camp. The rock is a little down sloping to the right as well, and with crampons on, it can be bit tricky with any kind of wind. There's a little short slope on reliable snow which leads to the top of the Geneva Spur, and the wind pressure gradient across the spur can increase there as you're getting set up for the rappel. Wearing an oxygen mask here can create some footing issues during the rappel, because it's impossible to see over the mask and down to the feet. For that reason, some people choose to leave Camp 4 without gas, as it's easier to keep moving down the Spur when it's important to see all the small rock steps and where the old feet are going. Navigating down through all of the spaghetti of fixed ropes is a bit of a challenge, especially with mush for brains at that point. One lands on some lower ledges which aren't so steep, where fixed ropes through here are solid. At this point, it's just a matter of staying upright, and usually, the wind has died significantly after dropping off the Spur. The route turns hard to the left onto the snowfield that leads to the top of the Yellow Bands.
Camp IV, which is at 26,300 on the Lhotse face, is typically the climbers' first overnight stay in the Death Zone. The Death Zone is above 26,000 feet. Though there is nothing magical about that altitude, it is at this altitude that most human bodies lose all ability to acclimate. Accordingly, the body slowly begins to deteriorate and die - thus, the name "Death Zone." The longer a climber stays at this altitude, the more likely illness (HACE - high altitude cerebral edema - or HAPE - high altitude pulmonary edema) or death will occur. Most climbers will use oxygen to climb and sleep at this altitude and above. Camp IV is the final major camp for the summit push. It is at this point that the climbers make their final preparations. It is also a haven for worn-out climbers on their exhausting descent from summit attempts (both successful and not). Sherpa’s or other climbers will often wait here with supplies and hot tea for returning climbers.
From Camp IV, climbers will push through the Balcony, at 27,500 feet, to the Hillary Step at 28,800 feet. The Hillary Step, an over 70 foot rock step, is named after Sir. Edmond Hillary, who in 1953, along with Tenzing Norgay, became the first people to summit Everest. The Hillary Step, which is climbed with fixed ropes, often becomes a bottleneck as only one climber can climb at a time. Though the Hillary Step would not be difficult at sea level for experienced climbers, at Everest's altitude, it is considered the most technically challenging aspect of the climb.
After Camps III and IV are established and all our supplies are in place, we return to Base Camp for a rest. At Base Camp we will organize our summit teams and prepare ourselves for summit attempts. Once we are ready, we return to Advanced Base. If good weather prevails we move the summit team to Camp III, on day 2/3. Day 3/4 will be summit day for the team. They will start very early that morning and attempt to reach the summit before mid-day. After the summit, they retreat back to the Camp IV and on to Camp III. Next day the team will back to camp II & base camp.
As always, weather plays a major part in all actual summit attempts. We will try as many summit attempts as safely possible as our goal is to put the maximum number of people on the summit. Guides and Sherpa will accompany all summit attempts and oxygen will be used.
Once the climbers ascend the Hillary Step, they slowly and laboriously proceed to the summit at 29,028 feet. The summit sits at the top of the world. Though not the closest place to the sun due to the earth's curve, it is the highest peak on earth. Due to the decreased air pressure, the summit contains less than one third of the oxygen as at sea level. If dropped off on the summit directly from sea level (impossible in reality), a person would die within minutes. Typically, climbers achieving the great summit will take pictures, gain their composure, briefly enjoy the view, and then return to Camp IV as quickly as possible. The risk of staying at the summit and the exhaustion from achieving the summit is too great to permit climbers to fully enjoy the great accomplishment at that moment.
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02: Rest/preparation
Day 03: Fly Lukla (2800m), trek Phakding (2610m)
Day 04: Trek Namche Bazaar (3420m)
Day 05: Rest/acclimatization
Day 06: Trek Tengboche (3870m)
Day 07: Trek Dingboche (4360m)
Day 08: Rest/acclimatization
Day 09: Trek Lobuche (4930m)
Day 10: Trek Gorak Shep (5160m)
Day 11: Trek Everest Base Camp (5364m)
Days 12-55: Climbing Period
Day 56: Trek Lobuche (4930m)
Day 57: Trek Namche Bazaar (3420m)
Day 58: Trek Lukla
Day 59: Fly Kathmandu
Day 60: Rest/contingency day
Day 61: Depart Kathmandu
Climbing back pack, Pack cover, Alpine ice axe, crampons, Helmet, Harness with belay loop, Ascender, locking carabiners, non-locking carabiners, Ice screws, slings, climbing boots, Down suit for climbing, heavy down windproof jacket with hood, heavy climbing gloves, sleeping bag rated to at least -20F (-29C), glacier glasses, headlamps with extra batteries, Prescription meds, 1-liter pee bottle, Gear duffels. *
*Please make a note that the above is not an exhaustive list.
If the tour/trek finishes before the scheduled time or gets extended because of unforeseen circumstances, MEMBERS WILL BE RESPONSIBLE for all costs related to accommodation, meals, transportation etc.
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