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Everest Climbing and Hiking Expedition (8,848 m), Nepal

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 65 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 10 people
Destination(s): Nepal  
Specialty Categories: Hiking & Trekking   Mountain/Rock Climbing  
Season: April - June
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 35000 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 35000 US Dollar (USD)

Mt. Everest, the highest mountain on Earth called appropriately in Nepali Sagarmatha ‘Sky Mother’ and Chomolungma in Tibetan straddles the border of these two nations. First official measurement was conducted in 1856 during the Great Trigonometric survey of British India. Known then as peak XV was certified at 8840 m. With a simple technology and the distance from the mountain, the height was determined with really phenomenal accuracy and only 8 m off from current value of 8848 m. The name Everest was chosen to honour British Surveyor General of India Sir George Everest. Tibet and Nepal were closed to foreigners, so it is reasonable to assume that local names of the mountain were unknown. It was lucky that the tallest mountain was not named after an unaccomplished politician or a royal.

Everest is a climbing pinnacle to everyone from accomplished climber to an inexperienced but wealthy tourist being taken to the summit for a substantial fee by a professional mountain guide with a team of climbing Sherpa guides. The climbing royalty fee of U$25,000 forms a substantial source of tourist revenue for the government of Nepal, for whom Himalayas are a substantial natural resource due to lack of any substantial mineral resources. There are two commercial routes on Everest, south route via Southeast Ridge from Nepal and via North Ridge from Tibet.

The Chinese royalty is lower then Nepalese but the climb from Nepal via Khumbu icefall is extremely spectacular and sheltered from winds up to camp 4 at South Col making climbing much easier and much more pleasant. It is along Western Cwm (it is Welsh word pronounced ‘coom’; it means cirque or bowl shaped valley) well sheltered from winds and very hot on sunny windless day, called also a Valley of Silence.

Approaches to ABC: From South (Nepal): The approached on its south side is through the Khumbu region of Nepal leading up to the Khumbu Glacier extending down to Lobuche (4900 m). It starts with the flight to Lukla and the trek via Namche Bazaar (3440 m), Tengaboche (36600 m), Pheriche (4270 m), Lobuche (4910 m), Gorak Shep (5140 m) to Everest South Base Camp (5364 m). It takes typically 8 days to reach ABC from Kathmandu.

Climbing Route South Cole: South route is technically a trekking route with a little objective danger once past the Khumbu icefall, apart of few crevasses and seracs bridged by ladders, couple short ice cliffs around camp 3 and rock sections protected with fixed lines. There is an obvious danger of high altitude sickness complications and changeable, unprdictable mountain weather.

The Khumbu Icefall is a steep glacier with obvious implication of large crevasses and treacherous unstable seracs making navigation complicated and riddled with high objective danger of falling ice. This is the most dangerous part of the climb. At the beginning of the climbing period, climbing sherpas set the route through the icefall installing ladders across crevasses and along vertical seracs ice walls for efficient and easy climbing. These arrangements make climb of the Khumbu ice fall possible, efficient and relatively safe especially early morning before the sunrise, when the ice structure is well frozen. Khumbu ice fall is very dangerous in the afternoon due to its western aspect.

Camp 1 (6065 m) is located on the top of Khumbu ice fall; it is a desolate and exposed place mainly used as rest and transition location on the way to camp 2 (6750 m). The glacier between camp 1 and 2 flattens but there are still large crevasses close to camp 1, which are also fixed with ladders.

Camp 2 is located in a lateral moraine at the bottom of west ridge. It is a very safe and sheltered location with tremendous views on Lhotse. All companies set-up their main climbing camp for the duration of climbing period with tents for individual climbers, the kitchen and dining tents. Camp 2 is main acclimatization camp and the base for camp 3 acclimatization climb and the final summit attempt.

Camp 3 (7100 m) is located on small ledge on the Lhotse wall. One has to cross the glacier to the right side before 40 deg. 600 m climb on the compact snow field. The route is safe with couple of short less then 3 m ice cliffs, which climbing sherpas set up with fixed ropes.

Camp 4 (7920 m) located at South Col is the last camp; it is easily accessible by majority of climbers without supplementary oxygen. There are two rock sections to navigate before camp 4: Yellow Bands, interlayered marble, phyllite and semischist rocks and Geneva Spur, a anvil shaped rib of black rocks; They are again set-up with fixed ropes. This is when the climb starts, the last section of the southwest ridge. It is steep mostly on the snow with some rock section at the Balconies, nice resting platform.

Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu Airport and transfer to Hotel (1350 m).

Day 2: Rest and prepare day for assignment and briefing.

Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2840 m) and trek to Phakding (approx. 4 hrs walk).

Day 4: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar(3440 m approx 7 hrs walk).

Day 5: Weak up early in the morning at 5 o'clock. You may walk to Everest view Hotel (3800 m approx 2 hrs) and visit to Hilary museum and Sherpa museum and over night at Namche Bazar

Day 6: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche(3860 m, approx. 5 hrs walk).

Day 7: Trek from Tyangboche to Pheriche/Dingboche (4250 m, approx. 5 hrs walk).

Day 8: Trek from Pheriche/Dingboche to Lobuche (5018 m, approx. 4 hrs walk).

Day 9: Lobuche rest day for acclimatization.

Day 10: Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep (5170 m, approx. 3 hrs walk) and rest.

Day 11: Trek from Gorakshep Base camp (5200 m) which takes about two hours.

Days 12-57: Climbing period (summit period for summit).

Day 58: Preparation to returning(Clean Base Camp) and Trek to Lobuche.

Day 59: Trek from Lobuche(5218)to Dingboche (4260 m, approx. 4 hrs walk).

Day 60: Trek from Dingboche to Tengboche (3860 m, approx. 4 hrs walk).

Day 61: Trek from Tengboche to Namche Bazaar(3440 m, approx. 4 hrs walk).

Day 62: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2840 m, approx. 7 hrs walk).

Day 63: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu transfer to hotel.

Day 64: Full Day sightseeing of Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath, Boudhanath and Pashupatinath and Nepalese cultural program with farewell dinner in the evening.

Day 65: Final departure, alternatively, join other activities.

Supplemental Tour Information:
The entire route is setup with fixed ropes, which is crucial for safety of all climbers, who are all affected by altitude with low energy and impaired judgement due to oxygen depravation in the brain and muscle tissue. From the south summit there is knife edge southeast ridge with dangerous overhanging cornices; the most exposed section of the climb between 3050 m Kangshung face and southwest face and Hillary step at the end, a series of imposing rock steps often bypassed on deep the snow.

Notes:
- The above itinerary is a guideline and standard suggested pattern chosen by majority of our customers. Your final itinerary will be customized according to your available time and requirements.
- The final itinerary duration and schedule may be reduced or extend depending on your time, budget, your fitness, class of service or any other preferences. The quote will be provided for you initial requirements and can be adjusted with mutual agreement should you require modifying these requirements.

Everest Overview:
- Elevation: 8,848 m (29,029 ft).
- Location: Nepal/Tibet border.
- First Ascent: Edmund Hillary (NZ), Tenzing Norgay (Nepal), May 29, 1953.
- Climbing Season: Late spring and autumn.
- Expedition duration: 63 days (typically).
- Climbing duration: 27 days (typically).
- Group Size: 1-15 person per Group if more we splits group.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Local English-speaking Tour Guide for sightseeing in Kathmandu.
- Experienced guides and porters during the trekking and climbing.
- Flight Tickets for Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu sector to all climbing member and Staff.
- All trekking and camping equipment.
- 3 meals a day along with available accommodation at Hotel/ Lodge/ Guest Houses or tents for members and staffs during trek and climbing in twin sharing basis.
- Trekking Permit (National Park entry fee)and TIMS card (Trekking Information Management System).
- Expedition Royalty and permit of Nepal Government to climb Mt. Everest along southeast ridge route.
- First Aid medical kits for the Group and the staffs.
- Satellite phone available for members with the cost of US$ 4 per minute.
- Required fixed and dynamic rope during climbing period.
- Emergency Oxygen mask and regulator.
- We provide Sherpa's tents, food for climbing, and insurance.
- Farewell Dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with domestic culture show in Kathmandu before departure.

Price Excludes:
- Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu (except for the farewell dinner).
- Any packed food/snacks, drinks.
- Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Camera/Video Fees or Trekking Gears
- Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations, etc.
- Transportation is not on disposal basis. It is strictly as per the itinerary. Any extra distance travelled will be charged extra.
- Rescue, Repatriation, Medicines, Medical Tests and Hospitalization expenses.
- Medical Insurance and emergency rescue evacuation if required.
- Travel Insurance and helicopter rescue.
- Walkie-talkies & Filming permit (if special camera).
- Airfare of international flights.
- Nepal entry visa fee (Visa issuance is easy at the arrival)

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