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Everest Expedition North Ridge Tibet

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Starts from: Kathmandu

Ending: Kathmandu

Best season: Spring and autumn

Duration of trip: 57 days

Trip Highlight:

Despite being the highest mountain on planet earth, Mt. Everest (and the rest of the Himalayas) is relatively young.  “Young” when compared to their American and European counterparts such as the Andes, the Alps, and the Rockies. European climbers were able to get close to Everest only when Tibet was open to outsiders in the 1920s. Since then, the Everest has fascinated the mountaineers all over the world. George Mallory gave his now famous reason behind his interest in Everest Expeditions quipping, ‘Because it’s there’. Unfortunately, Mallory and Irvine disappeared high on the mountain in 1924. Mt. Everest was first summited in 1953 by Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Edmund Hillary via the South Col. Because Everest is the highest mountain in the world it is certainly a lifetimes opportunity to climb it. Climbing Everest from the Tibet side is relatively easier and less costly than climbing from the Nepal side. Still, Everest expeditions encounter many seen and unseen obstacles including high altitude, harsh weather conditions and even sheer exhaustion.

We strive hard to conduct the best expedition program placing the highest importance on the safety aspects of the climb. After your arrival in Kathmandu Airport, you will be greeted by a staff member from All Trekkers Team.  The staff member will then transfer you to your hotel. After that, All Trekkers Team will start the process for your Tibetan visa and other necessary documents for the Everest Expedition. After 3 days, we drive to the Friend Ship Bridge at the Nepal-Tibet border. We take the time to acclimatize with one night at Zhangmu (2300m) and two nights at Nylam (3750m). Then we drive to Tingri (4350m) where we spend a further two nights for acclimatization. Then we drive to Everest Base Camp (5200m) also called the Chinese Base Camp.

Detailed Expedition Itinerary

DAY 01:  Arrive Kathmandu – 1350m

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 wander around for shopping. In the evening All Trekkers Team will organize a welcome dinner for you in one of the typical Nepalese restaurant in the heart of Kathmandu.  During dinner there will be a briefing about your upcoming adventure. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 02-03: Rest in Kathmandu

Sightseeing and preparation for Everest Expedition. While the leader attends a formal briefing in the Ministry of Tourism, you will explore the fascinating city of Kathmandu. You will visit the 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 that’s missing. You will also get introduced with fellow expedition members and guides. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 04: Drive to Boarder to Tibet – 2800m

DAY 05-10: Drive Everest Base camp 5150m with acclimatization stops

DAY 11-15: Acclimatize at Everest Base camp

Depending on the weather, we may explore around base camp (there are some fun places to camp at).  We will spend around a week here.  If people are acclimatizing well we may move up to Advanced Base Camp more quickly.

DAY 16: Trek Interim camp – 5600m

DAY 17: Trek Advanced Base camp 6400m

DAY 18-21: Acclimatize at Advanced Base camp

Here we will have a Puja to show respect for the mountain.

DAY:22-53:  The climbing Period

We plan one longer acclimatization trip on the mountain and we may make a second trip up to North Col. We will return to base camp to recover before making a summit attempt. We will summit as a team in one or two groups. In general solo summit attempts without lots of backup are not possible.

DAY 54: Advanced Base camp packing

DAY 55: Trek to Base camp

DAY 56: Drive Kathmandu

DAY57: Depart from Kathmandu

Recommended Previous Experience

Although Everest is not as technical as K2 or Kanchenjunga, it’s simply not a “piece cake”. This is true even for the veteran mountaineers. It’s also true that getting back from the summit is more important than getting there. There is a real objective danger and judgmental error involved in every Everest Expedition. 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 especially above 7,000m. 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 in 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.” Hence, our actions affect not only our own, but welfare of the entire team as well.

Trekking Day:

Trekking days also help the body to respond and acclimatize with the high altitude environment. It’s always advisable to go slow in the beginning, stopping at villages that that are located at increasingly higher altitudes in the range. We would trek a few miles and then rest for the night, letting the body adjust to the thinner air. In the remote countryside, the ‘early to bed and early to rise’ schedule proves most suitable. A typical trekking day starts at around 6 or 7 am. Enjoy a hearty breakfast before we begin trekking. Carry your pack containing personal items you need for the day. The porters and yaks carry all the loads. Walk at your own pace, enjoy the scenery, chat with the natives, and take photographs.

The lunchtime depends upon the terrain and is prepared by our team of experienced cooks. Generally you stop for lunch after about 3 hours of walking. The lunch hour also helps in acclimatization. The aim would be to reach the next stop by the sunset. After reaching the overnight camping point, the crewmembers will fix the tents. You may relax with a cup of tea or coffee or take a pleasurable walk around the campsite. The dinner is generally ready around 7 PM. Enjoy the dinner while sharing the day’s experience with team members.

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 relax, 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 focusing on high safety measures so that each individual climber is able to progress at their own rate.

The Climb:

Base camp (17,000 ft /5666m) to Advanced Base camp (ABC) (21,300 ft/6400m)

It’s about 20 km from BC to ABC, which involves hiking on boulders, ice and snow. Normally, we stop at an interim camp on the first day for acclimatization purpose. The next day we arrive at the ABC by following the Rongbuk Glacier. ABC lies under the slopes of Changtse Mountain on the northwestern side moraine of East Rongbuk Glacier. ABC serves as the primary high camp home for the rest of expedition period.

ABC to Camp 1 (23,000 ft/7000m)

Climb steadily toward camp 1. There will be one steep section of 60 degrees that will feel vertical. Clip into the fixed rope and use your ascenders. Descend by using rappelling. Place a few ladders over deep crevasses. Camp 1 or the North Col is a 2,200 ft climb from ABC. Depending upon acclimatizing and weather, it takes between 5 to 7 hours from ABC to Camp 1.

Camp 1 to Camp 2 (24,750 ft/7500m)

The route from camp 2 is generally snow but it can be rock in times of high winds. It takes 3 to 5 hours to reach camp 2. Camp 2 may also be used as the highest acclimatization camp.

Camp 2 to Camp 3 (25,600 ft/7900m)

From here it is an extremely windy climb. Tents/camps are made on small rock ledges. At camp 3 the wind is usually blocked by the north face of Everest. It takes between 3 to 6 hours to reach camp 3. Since, we are now almost at 8000m, it’s recommended to sleep on supplemental oxygen.

Camp 3 to Camp 4 (27,390 ft/8300m)

Follow the fixed rope through a snow filled gully; part of the Yellow Band. Take a small ramp and reach the northeast ridge proper. Camp 4 is a short rest stop. Have some food and water, perhaps a short nap and start for the summit.

Camp 4 Through Three Steps to the Summit

Three “steps” or rock climbs to be attempted. The route along the 1st Step goes to the right of the high point. The 1st step is steep and challenging requiring hard pulling on the fixed ropes in the final gully to the ridge. The 2nd step is the core and difficult part of the climb with the Chinese ladder. First, climb about 10′ of rock slab then the near vertical 30′ ladder. The 3rd step is a somewhat straightforward, yet challenging rock climb due to the high altitude. Spend the next hour climbing the steep snowfields of the Summit Pyramid – a steep snow slope, often windy and extremely cold. Navigate around a large outcropping and experience three more small rock steps on a ramp before the final ridge climb to the summit. The Summit Ridge is the final 500′ horizontal distance along the ridge. The ridge of the summit is quite exposed. It will take another 4 to 6 hours to get back to camp 3.

Weather Conditions:

The springtime from March to May is considered the most favorable weather for climbing Everest. However, the weather conditions in Everest 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 Everest expeditions are led by experienced and professional mountaineers and guides who have scaled the mountain several times. These leaders are supported by the other crewmembers and they have all of the necessary experience and equipment required for a successful completion of the expedition. All Trekkers Team also makes sure that it’s 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 the safety aspect.  All Trekkers Team’s 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. All Trekkers pays high attention to the safety standards of the climbers. Hence, for two International Climbers, All Trekkers assigns its accredited climbing leader, high altitudes assistance Sherpa, and cook. For base camp assistance and other necessary trek support, All Trekkers Team supplies crews such as porters, yaks and yak man. Further, to maintain the high safety standard All Trekkers Team’s team members would be added as per the number of international climbers.

Best Season:

The spring season of March to May is considered the best time for the Everest expedition. Spring is also the most popular season for the 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 the most unfavorable time for Everest Expedition.

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 just 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, visa for Tibet.

Services Excluded:

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