Expedition

Mount Everest Expedition South Side

 Expedition Everest Region, Nepal
 60 Days
  5.0/5 (5 Reviews)
 07th Jun - 06th Jun
$1,000
$900 / Person

Trip Facts

Duration

60 Days

Starts In

Kathmandu

Ends In

Kathmandu

Maximum Altitude

8848m

Expedition Grade

Challenging

Best Season

Spring

First Climbed

First successful ascent by Tenzing and Hillary, 1953

Accommodation

Tea House and Camping

Transportation

Domestic flights

Weather

April To May

Overview: Mount Everest Expedition South Side

Mount Everest, rising 8,848m (29,028ft) above sea level reigns as the highest mountain on Earth. For decades, expedition of Mount Everest has been to the bucket list for adventure junkies and  summiting Mount Everest has been considered one of the greatest mountaineering achievements. In the spring of each year, we embrace this intense challenge by taking a group of qualified climbers to climb Mount Everest via the South Col route. The South Col was the first successfully climbed route on Mt. Everest as Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay accomplished this feat in 1953. Since then, the South Col has seen over 1000 ascents. It is by far, the most successfully climbed route on the mountain.

MOUNT EVEREST CLIMBING ROUTE & HIGH CAMPS

By the time we reach everest base camp, our climbing leaders and Sherpa will be well on the way to having the lower part of the mountain (the Khumbu Ice Fall) already fixed with ropes and ladders. We will establish four camps on the mountain. The first, at 19,500ft, is situated at the top of the icefall. This camp functions as an intermediate camp until Camp II (advanced base camp) 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-man 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 are able to carry 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 in reaching high camp before attempting the summit. From Camp IV, we travel along the South East Ridge to the South Summit of Mount Everest. From here we traverse for a few hundred meters before reaching the Hillary Step and then onto the main summit.

Mount Everest Camp I – 5,945 meters

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 Sherpas in advance. The area between Camp I and Camp II is known as the Western Cwm. 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 in contact.

Mount Everest Camp II – 6,402 meters

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 not technically extremely difficult, one misstep or slip could mean a climber’s life. Indeed, many climbers have lost their lives through such mishaps.

Mount Everest Camp III – 23,500 feet (7,164 meters)

To reach Camp III, climbers must negotiate the Lhotse Face. Climbing a sheer wall of ice demands skill, strength and stamina. It is so steep and treacherous that many Sherpas move directly from Camp II to Camp IV on the South Col, refusing to stay on the Lhotse Face.

Mount Everest Camp IV – 26,300 feet (8000 meters)

As you’re leaving C4, the route becomes very difficult and the wind makes it trickier. 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. 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. This is the final major camp for the summit push. It is at this point that the climbers make their final preparations

Mount Everest SUMMIT- 29,028 feet (8848 meters)

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. 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 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.

 

Itinerary:

Day 01                |      Arrive Kathmandu

Days 02 & 03     |      Rest/preparation

Day 04                |      Fly Lukla (2800m), trek Phakding (2610m)

Day 05                |      Trek Namche Bazaar (3420m)

Day 06                |      Rest/acclimatization

Day 07                |      Trek Tengboche (3870m)

Day 08                |      Trek Dingboche (4360m)

Day 09                |      Rest/acclimatization

Day 10                |      Trek Lobuche (4930m)

Day 11                |      Trek Gorak Shep (5160m)

Day 12                |      Trek Everest Base Camp (5364m)

Days 13-55        |      Climbing Period

Day 56                |      Trek Lobuche (4930m)

Day 57                |      Trek Namche Bazaar (3420m)

Day 58                |      Trek Lukla

Day 59                |      Fly Kathmandu

Day 60               |      Depart Kathmandu      

 

Included

  • Arrival & departure transfer from and to the airport & hotels
  • 4 nights bed & breakfast accommodation in a 3* hotel in Kathmandu (twin share)
  • Teahouse accommodation on full board (breakfasts, lunches & dinners) during the trek
  • Base Camp accommodation with an individual sleeping tent with mattress
  • Freshly cooked meals prepared by our expert cook at Base Camp and Camp II.
  • Base Camp service (shared with the group) includes kitchen tent with the cook, kitchen boy, dining tent with tables and chairs, shower tent, toilet tent, storage tent, gas heater, etc.
  • All foods and EPI gas for the members and staffs for their stay at High camps
  • Airfare: Kathmandu/Lukla/ Kathmandu for members, staffs and liaison officer
  • 1 climbing Sherpa for 1 climbing member during the expedition
  • All the expenses of the Liaison officer such as equipment allowance and wages as per instructed by the Nepalese Government.
  • Expedition Royalty and climbing permit of Nepal Government to climb Mt. Everest (8848M).
  • Icefall charges by Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee.
  • Sagarmatha National Park Permit
  • Khumbu National Park Permit
  • Required number of porters with wages, equipment, medical and accidental Insurances
  • Equipment allowance and insurance for the climbing Sherpa's, Cooks, and Kitchen Boys involved in an expedition
  • Helicopter rescue insurance for high altitude climbing Sherpa, cook, and staff.
  • Baggage allowance of 40 kg per member which will be carried by the porters.
  • 6 bottles of oxygen with a mask regulator for each member
  • 4 bottles of oxygen for the climbing Sherpa
  • Medical Kit carried by the guide/ Sardar
  • Walkie Talkie and satellite phone (charges per call)
  • Rope fixing charge
  • Salary & load carrying bonus for Sherpa (this bonus does not include the summit bonus)
  • Farewell dinner at an authentic Nepali restaurant in Kathmandu
  • Applicable local and government taxes.

Excluded

  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Nepal visa fee
  • Travel & medical insurance including insurance for emergency rescue & evacuation
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry, bottled water, bar bills, etc.
  • Trekking/climbing gear (also available on hire)
  • Summit bonus for Sherpa & tips for local staffs ( $1500+300)
  • Cost for the daily weather forecast
  • Tips for the staffs as a gratitude
  • Any extra cost arising out of natural calamities or cancellation of the program
  • All other items not mentioned in the list of ‘Includes’
  • Scott C

    24th May, 2021

    " Expedition Himalaya excels across the board ". Expedition Himalaya exceeds all expectations. Amazing people, superb logistical planning, and excellent quality. Expedition Himalaya excels at expediting resources when needed to make it happen. EH arranged helicopter’s and much more when extreme limited availability. Expedition Himalaya operates in a safe and effective manner. Climb team comes with many years of knowledge and experience. Younger team members are being mentored properly. Chefs and Cooks were top quality and shocking what they can make at high altitudes. I highly recommend Expedition Himalaya for your Nepal, China and more expeditions.

    5.0
  • @tolivetotravel

    16th Apr, 2021

    I climbed Everest with Expedition Himalaya. Despite us not being able to make it to the top due to Covid, It's been an amazing experience, great Sherpas, very dedicated, friendly and professional, great chef and kitchen stuff, amazing food, and very well connected agent back in Kathmandu that helped us a lot with the tough times during Covid lockdown. This certainly has been an experience of a lifetime.

    5.0
  • Fischer Hazen

    13th Apr, 2021

    I have nothing but good things to say about Expedition Himalaya. They are a professional and well-run organization. We worked with Expedition Himalaya for the 2021 Everest season. From the onset, they provided reliable and timely information with regards to entering the country and initiating our trek into basecamp. Once on the mountain, the basecamp was fantastic. Very organized, amazing food and very nice tents. Dawa, Nabin, Sarki and the rest of the crew were very receptive to any requests, they were always thinking ahead and they organized a very successful trip. I would 100% work with them the next time I go back to Nepal, be it for climbing or treking. They are the best of the best.

    5.0
  • Elsie Bezuidenhout

    6th Apr, 2021

    The services of Expedition Himalaya is exceptional. They are professional, extremely efficient, give attention to detail and go out of their way to ensure every aspect of your expedition is covered. No task is too big or too small for Nabin (managing everything in Kathmandu) and Dawa (managing everything in basecamp). The Sherpa team has an outstanding summit resume, they are very professional, highly technically skilled, super human strong, friendly, patient and treat everyone with the utmost respect. Sarki, the basecamp cook, and his cook team, provides world class meals from their cook tent domain. I can highly recommend Nabin, Dawa and their amazing team!!

    5.0
  • Mark Synnott

    16th Apr, 2020

    We had a lot of choices when it came to selecting an outfitter for our National Geographic-sponsored 2019 expedition to the north side of Mount Everest, and after careful consideration we settled on using Expedition Himalaya. We based the decision in large part on several strong recommendations we received from friends who have worked with them in the past. And I am happy to report that EH did a fabulous job for us, and I can strongly recommend them to anyone looking to hire an outfitter for anything from a simple trek to a full blown Everest expedition. Thanks to the great work done by Navin, Dawa and all of our camp staff and climbing sheras, led by Lhakpa Tenje, our team was able to summit on May 30, 2019. (You can learn more about our trip through the two documentary films we produced - Lost on Everest [available on Disney+] and The Ghosts Above [available on Vimeo). As a testament to how strongly I believe in and trust Expedition Himalaya, I am planning to hire them again to lead a trek to Everest south side base camp for my family.

    5.0
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