Since the first ascent in 1953 by Edmond Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, reaching the summit of Everest has been considered one of the greatest achievements in mountaineering. If you have a desire to stand on the highest summit in the world, this is an exciting opportunity and we can provide you with an excellent chance of achieving that goal. We believe the ascent should be made in the best style possible, a philosophy that has seen us help our expedition members achieve many successful ascents and given us the best reputation in the area of expedition guiding.
Day 1: Leave home.
Day 2: En route.
Day 3: Arrive in Kathmandu. We will pick you up at airport and transfer to the hotel. Clean up and rest evening. Planning dinner.
Day 4: At leisure in Kathmandu. While the leader attends a formal briefing in the Ministry of Tourism, you will be able to explore this fascinating city. It is a wonderful mixture of crowded bazaars, temples and shrines, in a blend of ancient, colonial and modern architecture. Today, the expedition leader will also check everyone's equipment, as Kathmandu is the last opportunity to buy anything missing.
Day 5: Fly Kathmandu to Lukla. We will make an early morning start for the Twin Otter flight to Lukla, the gateway to the Khumbu. This is an exciting flight, which should give a glimpse of Everest in the distance. In Lukla, we will meet our camp staff and porters and set off straight away for our first night's stop at Phakding. Situated on the banks of the Dudh Kosi, which drains the whole of the Khumbu Region, this small hamlet is on the main trade route through the area and there are a number of clean, well-built lodges where we can spend the night.
Day 6: Trek to Namche Bazaar. We will continue up the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing it twice by small suspension bridges before reaching the village of Monjo where we will enter the Khumbu National Park. We will then cross the confluence of the Dudh Kosi and the Bhote Kosi on a high suspension bridge and climb steeply for about two hours to reach Namche Bazaar. This is a prosperous trading town and the capital of the Khumbu Region. Many Tibetans cross the nearby border to trade their wares and the local market is a fascinating spectacle. This is a good place to buy genuine Tibetan artifacts. Just across the valley to the east stand the peaks of Thamserku and Kangtega, both very impressive mountains.
Day 7: At leisure in Namche Bazaar. We will spend a day in Namche Bazaar resting and allowing our bodies to become acclimatized to the altitude of 3450 m (11300 feet).
Day 8: Trek to Deboche. From Namche, the well-worn Everest trail contours around the side of the valley high above the Dudh Kosi. As we follow the path, we will get our first really good views of the great peaks of the Khumbu: Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam. Passing by several villages and numerous tea shops, we will cross the Dudh Kosi river and make a steep climb to Thyangboche, home of an impressive and recently rebuilt monastery. We have plenty of time to look around Thyangboche and have a cake at the bakery before dropping down to the river and the village of Deboche (3700 m/12135 feet) a little further along the trail, where we will stay in a relaxing lodge.
Day 9: Trek to Dingboche. Shaded by rhododendron trees, the path leads gradually down to the river once again to another airy suspension bridge. An hour's walking from here, will bring us to Pangboche, an excellent viewpoint for Ama Dablam. Contouring up the valley side, we will re-cross the river and turn up the Imja valley to reach the picturesque farming village of Dingboche.
Days 10-12: Acclimatization day. This is an important phase of the expedition. We will be based in Dingboche, which is a good location for acclimatization. The expedition leader will organize daily outings to the adjacent hills with the aim of providing gradual and beneficial programs of acclimatization. We will go out with the aim of walking some of the nearby hills in order to slowly increase our exposure to altitude.
However, the aim will not be on strenuous exercise and you will be encouraged to follow the regime that you have previously found most suitable, in order to give you maximum acclimatization before you arrive in base camp. While in Dingboche, we can attend a seminar about high altitude acclimatization at the hospital in nearby Pheriche, run by the Himalayan Rescue Association. The walk over to Pheriche and back will also serve as good acclimatization training.
Day 13: Trek to Lobuche. We will retrace our steps back to Pheriche before continuing up the trail towards base camp. We will eventually reach Dugla situated below the snout of the Khumbu Glacier, which will be a convenient place for lunch. After lunch, the trail starts steeply to climb up beside the glacier moraine. After a couple of hours the track eventually leads to a small cluster of tea houses pleasantly situated at Lobuche.
Day 14: Trek to Gorak Shep. About three hours beyond Lobuche we reach Gorak Shep (5220 m/17126 ft), the site of the 1953 expedition's base camp. It consists of a few small tea houses which, undoubtedly, will become a welcome "bolt hole" during the expedition.
Day 15: Trek to Everest base camp. Contouring along the valley side, the trail leads on to the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and becomes quite vague, weaving between mounds of rubble. After about 3 hours we will eventually reach base camp near the foot of the Khumbu Icefall. This will be our home for the next six weeks.
Days 16-18: Rest and preparation.
Days 19-63: Ascent of mountain Everest. We will climb through the ice fall as infrequently as possible, but this will mean at least 4 planned trips during the expedition. The outline climbing programs for the trip will be as follows:
- Climb One: aim to reach Camp 1 and descend to Base Camp.
- Climb Two: aim to sleep at Camp 1 for 2 nights, and to reach Camp 2 for acclimatization on the day between.
- Climb Three: aim to sleep at Camp 2 or above for 6 nights. During this time, we will also climb to reach Camp 3 and descend to Camp 2 for a rest. Then we take a day off, and go back up to spend one full night in Camp 3, using oxygen for sleeping. Now well acclimatized with strong legs and lungs, we head on down the valley to the warm air of Dingboche, to stock up on calories and to have a thorough rest.
- Climb Four - we go up, to reach the summit.
We will spend one night at Camp 1, one night at Camp 2, one night at Camp 3, and a short night at the South Col before climbing to the top of mountain Everest. The descent will include a South Col night after summit day and a night at Camp 2 during the descent to Base Camp. Weather and route conditions will affect our schedule. They always do. We could reach the top earlier than May 31st, but it might just as easily take an additional 20 days to achieve the summit.
Day 64: Return to base camp. All team members will return to base camp.
Day 65: Trek to Pongbuche.
Day 66: Trek to Namche.
Day 67: Trek to Lukla.
Day 68: Fly back to Kathmandu. Afternoon rest and shower.
Day 69: Free day in Kathmandu. Today we will celebrate the expedition and as a farewell party to thank the Sherpas for their support and friendship.
Day 70: Fly Home.
Note: The above itinerary is not a fixed program but is intended to give an indication of the likely events during the expedition. Any changes to the itinerary will be made with a view to maximizing the benefit to the team members and of ensuring their eventual success on the mountain.
- Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu en-route to the Base Camp and on the return including daily breakfast
- All local transfers in Nepal
- Cargo bond storage Nepal/Cargo gear to Base Camp and back
- Domestic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and return
- Required Liaison officers
- All peak fees and Ministry of Tourism administration fees
- All agency fees
- All Sherpa Base Camp staff
- All high altitude Sherpa staff, all high altitude Sherpa staff, Sherpa climbers and porters and their equipment. All high altitude Sherpa staff, Sherpa climbers and porters and their equipment
- All meals en-route to and from the Base Camp, at Base Camp, and on the mountain
- On mountain tents, dinning facility at Camp 2, and organic mountain food
- Composting ready toilet tent and shower tent
- Warm, comfortable and bright base camp facilities with skylights and non-polluting LED and solar quiet light
- Heated dinning tent and solar panels for charging photo equipment and computers
- All on mountain group equipment, such as tents, stoves, ropes, climbing equipment, party first aid
- Ice falls permit and fees to Sherpa teams for fixing and maintaining the ladders and ropes
- Individual radios for climbers and Sherpa
- Oxygen: 4 bottles above 7800 m and plus backup emergency oxygen
- Availability of second attempt oxygen supplements
- Oxygen masks - the newest technology available, regulators and back up masks
- Unlimited consultation services from the Everest ER medical facility
- One to one Sherpa support
- Private Sherpa climber options. Providing a 2 to 1 Sherpa/climber ratio for those who want extra support.
- Air travel to Kathmandu from your hometown and return
- Drinks, laundry, postage, telephone calls, and all other items of a personal nature
- Original 90-day entry visa into Nepal (this can be obtained at the airport upon arrival at a cost of USD 100)
- Personal medical and travel insurance
- Personal spending money
- Communications line charges
- Personal climbing equipment and gear.
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