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Nuptse Expedition

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Starts from: Lukla

Ending: Lukla

Best season: Spring and autumn

Trip Duration: 45 days

Mountain Background

Situated in the Khumbu Himal just south west of Mount Everest in the western part of the Lhotse-Nuptse-massif, Mount Nup-tse is the southern border of the Everest’s Western Cwm. The main ridge of Nuptse is separated from Lhotse by a 7556m high saddle and has 7 peaks. The main summit Nuptse I (7861m) was first summited by a British expedition on the north-ridge in 1961. The Nuptse ridge goes west-northwest until its steep west-face drops down more than 2300m to the Khumbu Glacier.  The south-face of Nuptse is 2500m high and 5 kilometers wide. The north side is above the Western-CWM valley with the upper part of the Khumbu-Glacier above its famous icefall.

Our Nuptse Expedition begins at Lukla (2850m) and the initial days of the trek pass through the legendary Sherpa country up the spectacular high valley of the Khumbu Region. We follow the normal route to Lhotse and Nuptse massif. The Base Camp lies beside the Khumbu Glacier above its icefall. The steep and rocky south-face of Nuptse slopes rise from the Western valley with the upper part attached with Khumbu-glacier, above the icefall.

Detailed Expedition Itinerary:

DAY 01:  Arrival KTM and transfer to hotel

Upon your arrival in the Tribhuvan international airport, our representative will welcome you and will assist to transfer you in your hotel in Kathmandu. You may relax at your hotel or go around for shopping. In the evening All Trekkers Team will organize welcome dinner for you in one of the typical Nepalese restaurant in the heart of Kathmandu meanwhile briefing about your adventurous trip will take place. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 02-03:  Kathmandu Sightseeing and Preparation for Nuptse Expedition

Sight seen and Preparation for Nuptse Expedition. While the leader attends a formal briefing in the Ministry of Tourism, you will explore the fascinating city of Kathmandu. You will visit famous Stupa, Boudh Nath and the popular Hindu pilgrimage site, Pashupati Nath Temple. In the late afternoon, the leader will check everyone’s equipment, as Kathmandu is the last opportunity to buy anything missing. You will also get introduced with fellow expedition members and guides. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 04:  Fly Kathmandu to Lukla

An early morning scenic flight to Lukla. In Lukla, we will meet our camp staff and porters and set off straightaway for our first night’s stop at Phakding. Situated on the banks of the DudhKosi which drains the whole of the Khumbu region, Phakding 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 05:  Trek to Namche Bazar

Continue up the banks of the DudhKosi, crossing it twice by small suspension bridges before reaching the village of Monjo where we will enter the Khumbu National Park. Cross the confluence of the DudhKosi and the BhoteKosi 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 with genuine Tibetan artifacts.

DAY 06:  At leisure in Namche Bazar

We spend a day in Namche Bazar resting and allowing our bodies to become acclimatized to the altitude of 3,450m (11,300ft).

DAY 07:  Trek to Thyangboche

The well worn Everest trail contours around the side of the valley high above the DudhKosi. Follow the path, savoring the first really good views of the great peaks of the Khumbu: Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and AmaDablam. Passing by several villages and numerous tea shops, cross the DudhKosi River and make a steep climb to Thyangboche, home of an impressive and newly rebuilt monastery.

DAY 08:  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 brings us to Pangboche, an excellent viewpoint for Aaama Dablam. Contouring up the valley side, re-cross the river and turn up the Imja valley to reach the picturesque farming village of Dingboche.

DAY 09: Acclimatization

This is an important phase of the expedition. Dingboche is a good location for acclimatization. The team leader will organize daily outings to the adjacent hills with the aim of providing gradual acclimatization. Walk some of the nearby hills in order to slowly increase exposure to altitude. Follow the regime that you have previously found most suitable, in order to give you maximum acclimatization before arrive in base camp.

While in Dingboche, we can attend a seminar on high altitude acclimatization at a hospital run by the Himalayan Rescue Association at Pheriche. The walk over to Pheriche and back will also serve as good acclimatization training.

DAY 10: Trek to Lobuche

Retrace back to Pheriche before continuing up the trail towards base camp. Reach Dugla situated below the snout of the Khumbu Glacier, 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 11:  Trek to Nuptse Base Camp

Contouring along the valley-side and looking down on the Khumbu Glacier, follow a reasonable trail to Gorak Shep. This was the site of the base camp in 1953 and now consists of a few small tea houses. Leaving Gorak Shep, the trail leads on to the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and becomes quite vague, weaving between mounds of rubble and eventually reaching base camp near the foot of the Khumbu Icefall. This will be our home for the next six weeks.

DAY 12: Rest, Acclimatization and preparation

DAY 13-37: Ascent of Mt Nuptse

DAY 38:  Withdraw to Base Camp

All team members return to Base Camp and assist with packing expedition stores and cleaning the base camp area.

DAY 39:  Retrace to Lobuche

DAY 40:  Trek to Pangboche

DAY 41:  Trek to Namche

DAY 42:  Trek to Lukla

DAY 43:  Fly to Kathmandu

We will return to the welcome haven of the Hotel. Once back in Kathmandu, All Trekkers Team will host an evening barbecue to celebrate the expedition and as a farewell party to thank the Sherpa’s for their support and friendship.

DAY 44: Free day in Kathmandu

Today the journey comes to an end. There’s nothing to do but trade emails with your new friends, organize all your photos and final preparation for departure from Nepal.

DAY 45: Airport transfer for return flight

Recommended Previous Experience

Although a 7,000er, Mt. Nuptse is Everest’s cousin, hence requires both stamina and skill. Moreover, getting back from the summit is more important than getting there. The oxygen level over 7,000m is only 40% of what it is at the sea level. The weather is never fully predictable. The climbers must have years of prior experience on rock and ice climbing. You also need to feel confident and comfortable ascending or descending on fixed ropes along a steep technical terrain. Moreover, as Jon Krakauer says, while you’re Into the Thin Air up there, “The consequences of a poorly tied knot, a stumble, a dislodged rock, or some other careless deed are as likely to be felt by the perpetrator’s colleagues as the perpetrator.” Your actions affect not only your own, but welfare of the entire team.

Travel Insurance

It is a condition upon joining any of All Trekkers Team trips that all clients be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please note that we don’t arrange or sell insurance.

Climbing Day:

The climbing itinerary may vary according to the climber’s personal experience. A climbing day involves a steady climbing for 3-4 hours in the morning. After taking lunch, rest and relaxing, there is a climb of 2-3 hours in the afternoon. However, flexibility in climbing itinerary is necessary as people climb at own pace and respond individually to the stresses of climbing. We ensure the ratio of climbers and Sherpa guides provide a high level of safety so that each individual climber is able to progress at their own rate.

The Climb:

We attempt to climb the normal route to the Lhotse and Nuptse massif. The Base Camp is located beside the Khumbu Glacier above its famous icefall as well as from another side close to Island Peak (ImjaTse). Our base Camps will be located at 5380m and we will be able to set up there without problems. Our plan is to set up three camps above the Base Camp. Please remember to acclimatize and rest properly before you climb higher. Also keep yourself hydrated and take into account of the weather conditions. From the basecamp, climb to camp I at 5700m and then to camp II at 6350m. We depart from camp II at in the Western CWM to our Nuptse tent below Nuptse’s north rib. From there we climb ten pitches of mixed ice and rock. After acclimatizing up to camp III at 7400 meters on Lhotse’s West Face, we wait for better conditions. The view from this side of the CWM of Everest and Lhotse look magnificent. Three more bivys, at 6950, 7100 and 7400 meters take us to the top of Nuptse. The team would need to fix the line for about 200 meters above Camp 3 and near the top of the snow ridge. Our climb involves constant battle with spindrifts, wind, snow and hard climbing before we finally conquer the summit. After Summiting, we rappel down directly to camp II.

Weather Conditions:

The springtime from March to May and the autumn months from September to November are considered the most favorable weather for Nuptse climbing. However, the weather conditions in high mountains are never fully predictable. Temperatures may get as low as minus 20C in summer, but can drop to minus 60C or even lower during winter. The possibility of bad weather such as snow, wind, and cloud should also be taken into account. Similarly, the wind speeds may rise to 80Km/h (50mph). At the Base Camp the temperature is about 15C warmer than at the summit. The oxygen level around 7,000m is only 40% of what it is at the sea level.

Leadership:

Our Nuptse expeditions are led by experienced and professional mountaineers and guides who have scaled the mountain several times.  They are supported by other crewmembers and all the necessary logistics for the expedition. Not only in terms of qualification, but we also make sure that our leaders have proven track records in climbing high altitude mountains. The number of guides is chosen according to the team size to maximize every individual climber’s chance of making it to the summit without compromising safety. Our expedition leaders are also equipped with the expertise in handling altitude related problems including acute mountain sickness (AMS) symptoms. The crewmembers are experts in setting up tents and camps, melting snow on the route, cooking, and other daily needs.

Team Composition:

Team composition is important to ensure safety and comfort of the climbers. We observe high safety standards, therefore, for 2 International Climbers, we assign: All Trekkers Team accredited Climbing Leader, High Altitudes Assistance Sherpa, cook, cooks Base Camp assistant, porters, yaks and yak man and all other necessary trek crew.  Because of our high safety standards, team members would be added as per the number of international climbers.

Trip Start Dates:

We will organize this trip on the dates requested by you. Please contact us for your customized departure date. The spring season of March to May and the autumn season of September to November are considered the best time for Nuptse expedition. The months of April and May and then again October and November are the classic climbing period. The summer months of monsoon rains and the winter months from December to February are considered to be the most unfavorable time climbing.

Why Expedition with All Trekkers Team?

Going on any adventure trip will require a substantial sum of money be paid in advance. Yet trusting a company you have no prior experience with involves a risk. We, however, are a fully bonded trek operator authorized by Nepal Government, Tourism and Civil Aviation Department, Nepal Tourism Board, Industry Department, Company Registration Office, Nepal National Bank and the Taxation Office. We are also affiliated with such prestigious regulating bodies as NATTA, NMA, TAAN, and KEEP.

A detailed list of our registrations and licenses for operation:

Nepal Ministry of Industry, Office of Company Register

Nepal Ministry of Tourism, Department of Tourism

Nepal Department of Small Cottage and Industries

Nepal Ministry of Finance, Department of VAT/ PAN

Tax Clearance Certificate

Central Bank of Nepal (Nepal Rastra Bank), Department of Foreign Currency Exchange:

Fair Price with Quality: 

Service, quality and fair prices – is the motto of our business. The packages we have offer unbeatable value for money. But you don’t have to take our word on it – we ask our clients shop around to other adventure companies to try to find a similar package at a better price. However, we do not compromise on quality to cut down the costs. Our edge over other international operators is that we are a Nepal based business that allows us to keep our overhead to a minimum. So we can offer the same facilities as those provided by a Western company at literally a fraction of the price. That about 40% of our bookings come from repeat business proves our performance when it comes to client satisfaction.

Sustainable Operation Policies:

All Trekkers Team (P) LTD observes responsible and sustainable tourism practices. The company works closely with all stakeholders including the local communities to protect and conserve natural environment. We ensure that all our adventure programs leave the least possible carbon footprint. We are also aware of the corporate social responsibility; hence we maintain highest ethical and professional standards as well as transparency in our business practices.

Local and Experienced Mountain Leaders:

All Trekkers Team (P) LTD employs and trains local staff so that the local communities benefit from our adventure operations. However, we never compromise on our high safety and quality standards. All of our leaders and guides are carefully selected based on their aptitude, experience, and leadership skills. Most of our guides have been continuously working with us for more than 10 years. Our guides are trained for remote emergencies and are well versed in local politics, culture and customs. Please check out the personal records of our guides who have scaled Mt. Everest several times (and hundreds of other lesser peaks). Thus, we guarantee that all our guides, cooks, and other crews members are qualified and experienced professionals who make it sure that you’re always safe, sound, and happy.

Additional Information:

Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for it, please contact us by email. If you want to talk to us directly, feel free to call us at: +977-98510-78240, 98122-85346

Services Included:

All climbing permit, land, air transportation and accommodation in lodges/tent during the trek/climb, Food: three times meals in a day, necessary guides and required number of porter(s), other essential equipment.

Services Excluded:

Personal expenses, insurance, tips, emergency evacuation by helicopter, alternative transportation in case of heavy rain, landslide, strike and road blockade etc