Mt. Everest Expedition
Starts from: Lukla/Solukhumbu
Best season: Spring and autumn
Duration of trip: 71 days
Mt. Everest Expedition:
Mt Everest climbing has proved to be a benchmark of climbing achievement. The mountain receives around 1000 summit attempts every year. Everest can be climbed both from the southern side in Nepal and the northern side in Tibet. After the Cultural Revolution in the 1950s, China closed the Tibetain borders to outsiders and Nepal began welcoming foreigners to the Everest Region. Since then the southern approach to the mountain via the Khumbu Valley became popular among the climbers. Mt. Everest was first summitted in 1953 by Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Edmund Hillary via the South Col. Climbing Mt. Everest is certainly a lifetime opportunity. However, Everest expeditions encounter many seen and unseen obstacles including high altitude, harsh weather conditions and even sheer exhaustion. Therefore, we strive hard to conduct the best expedition program putting high importance on the safety aspects of the climb.
Despite being the highest mountains on the planet, the Himalayan range, including Mt. Everest, are relatively younger when compared to their American and European counterparts like the Andes, the Alps, and the Rockies. Everest has fascinated mountaineers all over the world since the European climbers first discovered it in the 1920s. During his lecture tour to the U.S. in 1923, George Mallory gave his now famous reason behind his interest in an Everest Expedition quipping, ‘Because it’s there’. Unfortunately, Mallory and Irvine disappeared high on the mountain in 1924, probably due to a snowstorm similar to that documented by Jon Krakauer in his book Into the Thin Air. We believe that our planning, logistics, staffing and experience coupled with your enthusiasm, patience, and perseverance would help you achieve your lifetime dream.
Detailed Expedition Itinerary:
DAY 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel-1300m/4264ft
Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport (KTM) you will be greeted by a representative from All Trekkers Team. After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our representative with All Trekkers Team display board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to hotel in Kathmandu.
After checking in, you will visit the All Trekkers Team’s office, meet your trekking guide and other participants and do the final preparation for the trip. Later in the evening we will organize a “Welcome Dinner” at an excellent traditional Nepalese Restaurant where you will enjoy a Nepalese cultural program along with a fine meal.
DAY 02-03: At leisure 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. Take a rest, familiarize yourself with the area and make a sightseeing tour to Kathmandu. We will organize a guided tour to some of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu valley: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupati Nath, Swayambhu, and Boudh Nath. The day will also be for finalizing official procedure and other necessary arrangements. You will be briefed on the nature of expedition, equipment and team composition. You can also make your last minute purchase of personal items or equipmentas you will be flying to the Himalayas tomorrow. In the late afternoon, the leader will check everyone’s equipment as Kathmandu is the last chance to buy any missing pieces. You will also have a chance to meet and talk with your fellow expedition members and guides.
DAY 04: Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding – 2,840m/9,315ft
Today starts with an early morning scenic flight to Lukla. The mountain flight over to Lukla is one of the most beautiful air routes in the world culminating in a dramatic landing on a hillside airstrip surrounded by high mountains peaks. In Lukla, we will meet our camp staff and porters.After meeting our other crewmembers and with some packing and other arrangements we start our trek through the prosperous village of Lukla. We will trek until we reach Phakding. Phakding lies 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 Dudh Koshi, 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 Dudh Koshi and the Bhote Koshi 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).Although a leisure day, it’s important not to remain idle. Health experts always recommend us to stay active and moving during the rest day instead of being idle. We either spend the day taking a day hike to Thame or visiting Khunde or relaxing and exploring Namche Bazaar itself. Namche Bazzar is the main centre of the Everest (Khumbu) region and has government offices, banks, ATMs, internet cafes, shops, restaurants, a bakery and a colorful market each Friday evening and Saturday. If we trek a few hundred vertical feet during the day, it will help us to properly acclimatize. Our guides will take us to the Tourist Visitor Center near the headquarter of the Sagarmatha National Park where we can observe an assortment of things related to the first Everest ascenders, Sherpa culture and learn about the various plant and animal life of the Everest region.
DAY 07: Trek to Tyangboche
The well worn Everest trail contours around the side of the valley high above the Dudh Koshi. Follow the path, savoring the first really good views of the great peaks of the Khumbu: Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Aama Dablam. Pass by several villages and numerous tea shops, cross the Dudh Kosi River and make a steep climb to Tyangboche, home of an impressive and newly rebuilt monastery.
DAY 08: Trek to Dingboche
We pass through several Chortens, Mani walls and small villages. We enjoy lunch with fantastic close-up views of Aama Dablam. 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 Aama 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 09-13: Acclimatization day
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 nearby Pheriche. The walk over to Pheriche and back will also serve as good acclimatization training.
DAY 14: Trek to Lobuje
Retrace back to Pheriche before continuing up the trail towards basecamp. Reach Dugla situated below the snout of the Khumbu Glacier, a convenient place for lunch. After lunch, the trail climbs steeply up beside the glacier moraine. After a couple of hours the track eventually leads to a small cluster of tea houses pleasantly situated at Lobuje.
DAY 15: Trek to Everest Basecamp
Contouring along the valley side and looking down on the Khumbu Glacier, follow a reasonable trail to GorakShep. This was the site of the basecamp in 1953 and now consists of a few small teahouses. Leaving GorakShep, the trail leads on to the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and becomes quite vague, weaving between mounds of rubble and eventually reaching basecamp near the foot of the Khumbu Icefall. This will be our home for the next six weeks.
DAY 16-18: Rest and preparation day
DAY 19-64: Ascent of Mt Everest
DAY 65: Return to Basecamp
All team members return to basecamp and assist with packing expedition stores and cleaning the base camp area.
DAY 66-68: Return trek to Namche Bazaar via Dingboche and Tyangboche
DAY 69: Trek to Lukla
DAY 70: Fly Lukla 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 71: Fly Back Home
Recommended Previous Experience:
Although Everest is not as technical as K2 or Kanchenjunga, it’s a major undertaking, even for the veteran mountaineers. It is also true that 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 and the climbers must have years of prior experience on rock and ice climbing, especially above 7,000m. Climbers 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 well as the perpetrator.” Hence, our actions affect not only our own, but welfare of the entire team as well.
Trekking days also help the body to respond and acclimatize to the high altitude. It’s always advisable to go slow in the beginning, stopping at villages that are situated increasingly higher 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 7 am. Enjoy a hearty breakfast before beginning our trekking. You’ll only carry your pack containing personal items that you need for the day. The porters and yaks carry all the loads. Walk at your own pace, enjoy the scenery, chat with the nativesand take photographs. The lunchtime depends upon the terrain and is prepared by our catering team. Generally you stop for lunch after about 3 hours of walking. The lunch hour also helps in acclimatization. The aim would be to reach next stop by the sunset. After reaching our overnight rendezvous, the crewmembers set up the tents and start the meal. You may relax with a cup of tea or coffee or take a pleasure walk around the campsite. The dinner would be ready around 7 PM. Enjoy the dinner while sharing the day’s experience with team members.
The climbing itinerary may vary according to the climber’s personal experience. A climbing day involves a steady climb 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 focusing on high safety measures so that each individual climber is able to progress at their own rate.
Description for the South Col route from Nepal:
From base camp on the Nepalese side, the route to the summit can be divided into four separate sections:
The Khumbu Icefall
The Western Cwm
The Lhotse Face
The Summit (South East) Ridge
Basecamp: 5,380 m (17,500 feet)
The basecamp of Mount Everest is at 5,380m (17,500 feet) on a glacial field. Itis higher than most of the tallest peaks in the Alps or Andes. It’s necessary to spend enough time at the basecamp to allow your body to acclimatize. You must feel fully comfortable before higher from the basecamp. You can ascend a smaller peak, Kala Patthar, which gives the views of Mount Pumori and the stark black pyramid of Everest itself. There will be a Puja at the basecamp with the Buddhist chants, prayers, and incense and prayer flags for the successful passage.
Basecamp to Camp 1: (6,400m/ 20000ft)
After the basecamp, we cross crevasses, serecs and black ice. Similarly we face large chunks of ice on the way up. The Sherpa’s fix the Khumbu Icefall with ropes and ladders. Use fixed ropes and aluminum ladders to climb ahead to camp 1 at 6400m. Camp 1 is situated at the top of the icefall on a flat area of snow. Camp 1 also functions as an intermediate camp until camp 2 is established at 21,000ft in the Western CWM.
Camp 1 to Camp 2: 3-4 hours
Camp 2 is located at the foot of the icy mount Lhotse wall. Weather is generally fine here except for the clouds that roll in from the low range. There can also be violent wind. Camp II will be the base during the placements of camp 3 and camp 4. Hence, camp 2 will consist of large tents for cooking and dining and several small tents for sleeping.
Camp 2 to Camp 3: 7,100m, 22300ft
Camp 3 is located at the height of 22,300ft, adjoining to the mount Lhotse wall. Climb the Lhotse wall using fixed rope and leading to camp 4. Ascend the steep down-sloped rotten limestone. Cross the short snowfield route that moves ahead to the east before finishing the flats of the south col. Keep oxygen supply handy.
Camp 3 to Camp 4: 26000ft. (8,400m)
Oxygen will be used above camp 3. Beyond camp 3, there may be some discomforts due to thinning air necessitating use of oxygen. Climbers need to go through the steep shallow bands. Cross another short snowfield and the route takes you up the Geneva Spur to the east before finishing the on the flats of the south col. Camp 4, located height of 8,400m, is the last camp of the Expedition.
Camp 4 to Summit
The push to the summit is the final and most dangerous part of the climb. Here there will be chances of encountering violent winds. The summit is about 500m from Camp 4. The normal way to reach to summit is via the narrow Southeast Ridge.
The springtime from March to May is considered the favorable weather for climbing Everest. However, the weather conditions on 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 clouds should also be taken into account. Similarly, the wind speeds may rise to 80Km/h (50mph). At the basecamp 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.
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 theyhave 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 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 basecamp assistance and other necessary trek support, All Trekkers Team supplies porters, yaks and yak man. Further, to maintain the high safety, All Trekkers Team’s team members would be added as per the number of international climbers.
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:
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Tax Clearance Certificate
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Fair Price with Quality:
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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.
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