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  • Duration: 64 Days
  • Trip Grade: Challenging Challenging
  • Country: Nepal
  • Region: Everest
  • Elevation: 8,848m (29,029ft)
  • Coordinates: 27°59'17''N/86°55'31''E
  • Best Season: Spring (April, May)
  • Group Size: 5+ Pax
  • Trip Start/Ends: Kathmandu
  • Trek Style: Tea House + Camping
  • Transportation: Domestic Air/ Land transportation

“Climbing Everest Expedition is a process, not an event. A lot of it is tedious. Very little of it is glorious when you are there- that magically changes upon return. Much of the satisfaction and feeling of achievement, when it gets down to it, is very private —   Dan Holle

A climb of Mt. Everest is not a mere climb. It is a show that goes on until 8848m in which you see two fighters; your will and the adversaries. It is up to you which side you are to take. Take the side of the will and expedite yourself or succumb to the adversaries and stop. The journey starts with a mountain flight from Lukla.

Great Nepal Treks & Expedition offers its clients a world-class service from Base Camp to high camps to approach for Summit of Everest (South Col). With all-inclusive price gives you a mere chance to focus only on your Expedition. For us Safety comes First, such as we operate with well-trained team of Climbing guides with years of experience. This is a serious climb and mistakes can have serious consequences. This is why we focus extensively on safety and accident prevention for both clients and guides on our Everest expedition. No expedition is without risk and certainly not one to the highest Mountain in the world. However, we implement rigorous safety standards to minimize the risk. We’d also like to highlight that our guides and staff are all employed under ethical standards.

All group members will be fully trained in the appropriate techniques required to negotiate any fixed ropes using jumars, belay devices and prussiks for going up and down the mountain and we will also spend time looking at how to negotiate up, down and across ladders. All members will also be made aware of how to use the oxygen systems and we will discuss the benefits and drawbacks of various flow rates and protocols.
 

South Col Route Camps:
Basecamp: 17,060'/5200m
Everest Base Camp, located on a moving glacier at 5,200 meters from sea level where you will spend up to 45 days. Conditions in base camp will remain consistent during the climbing period and will consist of shifting and moving tents and platforms as the ice moves and melts. The area is harsh, but beautiful surrounded by Pumori, Lola, Nuptse, Nutse and the Khumbu Icefall with warm mornings and occasional afternoon snow squalls. With so many expedition teams at Base Camp, it looks and feels like a small village in the Himalaya.

Camp One (C1): 19,357'/5900m
Reaching Camp One is the most technical part of a south side climb since it crosses the Khumbu Icefall. The Icefall is 2,000 feet of moving ice with deep crevasses, towering ice sera’s and avalanches off Everest’s west shoulder. During the climbing period, we attempt to spend only 2 nights at Camp I for acclimation. 

Camp Two (C2): 20,998'/6400m
Camp Two is located in a lateral moraine at the bottom of the west ridge. It is a very safe and sheltered location with tremendous views of Lhotse. All companies set-up their main climbing camp for the duration of the climbing period here with tents for individual climbers along with kitchen and dining tents. Camp 2 is the main acclimatization camp and the base for camp 3 acclimatization climbing and the final summit attempt. This is the camp, where you are spending the most time after base camp.

Camp Three (C3): 23,294'/7100m
Climbing the Lhotse Face to Camp Three is often difficult since almost all climbers are feeling the effects of high altitude and are not yet using supplemental oxygen. The Lhotse Face is steep and the ice is hard, but the route is fixed with rope and the angles can range from 30 to 45 degrees. It is a long climb to C3 but is required for acclimatization prior to a summit bid. You will spend 2 nights at camp three for acclimatization and the summit push.

Camp Four (South Col): 26,300'/8000m
Welcome to the moon. This is a flat area covered with loose rock and surrounded by Everest to the north and Lhotse on the south. Located at the South Col is the last camp; it is easily accessible by a majority of climbers without supplementary oxygen. There are two rock sections to navigate before camp 4: the Yellow Band an inter-layer of marble, phyllite and semi schist rock and the Geneva Spur, an anvil shaped rib of black rock. Both of these areas are set-up with fixed ropes.

Summit: 29,029′/8848m
The last section from the South Col to the summit takes 09-13 hours to navigate. There is the Balcony, the Hillary Step, and the south summit before reaching the central summit. The route to the true summit is a moderate snow slope and while tired, adrenaline keeps most climbers moving at this point.


Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu (1350m/4,430ft)

Day 2-3: Preparation and last minute shopping

Day 4: Fly to Lukla & Trek to Phakding – 2,840m/9,315ft

Day 5: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440 m/11,280 ft) 6 hrs

Day 6: Rest day in Namche for acclimatization

Day 7: Trek to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft) 5 hrs

Day 8: Tengboche – Dingboche (4350m/14271ft) 5 hrs

Day 9: Trek to Lobuche (5018m/16463ft) 4 hrs

Day 10: Rest day in Lobuche for acclimatization

Day 11: Trek to Gorakshep (5170 m/16,961ft) 3hrs

Day 12: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5364 m/17,594 ft) 2hrs

Day 13 - 57: Everest Summit Climbing Period

Day 58: Trek down to Dingboche (4350m/14271ft) via Base Camp and Lobuche

Day 59: Trek to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft) 4 hrs

Day 60: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11,280 ft) 4 hrs

Day 61: Trek to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft) 6-7 hrs

Day 62: Lukla - Kathmandu Fly back

Day 63: Explore the real essence of Kathmandu valley at a glance

Day 64: Final Departure from Kathmandu

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Arrive in Kathmandu. You will be welcomed by a Great Nepal Representative at the airport and be transferred to your hotel. You will have a brief explanation about the travel itinerary. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.

This day we are busy for briefing about expedition, documentation and last minute shopping and preparation for departure to the trekking and climbing route. You will be kept in get set position.

Early morning, you will be transferred to Domestic Airport to board your onward flight to Lukla Airport commonly known as Tenzing-Hillary Airport. After wonderful 30 minutes on one of the most scenic mountain flights, you will be at Lukla. After having breakfast, you begin the trek which takes around to Phakding village and spends the night there. Overnight stay in Tea House Lodge.

In this Day, the trail will take you along the DudhKoshi River while ascending through Himalayan Pine and Deodar Cedar forests to your destination, Namche Bazaar, a historic trading point for Nepalese and Tibetan traders and the tourist “hub” for Khumbu trekking. Along the way, you will get your first glimpse of Mt Everest as well as other mountain peaks such as KusumKangru (6369m) and Mt Thamserku (6608m). You will see paintings of Buddhist deities at Benkar and a small gompa at Monjo as well as explore the granite bluff carved with Tibetan Mantra’s en route to Jorsale. Overnight stay in Tea House Lodge.

This day you will spend in Namche itself for acclimatization purposes. As the altitude will now increase significantly, a day for acclimatization is paramount and strictly advisable for prospective trekkers. Options for today include a visit the Everest View Hotel which is situated at 3900m for panoramic views of the surrounding mountain range and our first proper view of Mt Everest. On our way, we pass the Syangboche airstrip and there is an option to visit Khumjungvillage which is the location of the Hilary School. Overnight stay in Tea House Lodge.

On the seventh day of the trek, you walk about 4-5 hours from Namche to reach Tengboche which is the location of one of the region’s biggest Buddhist monasteries. Tengboche is a small traditional Sherpa village in the Khumbu region from where there is a beautiful panoramic view of Mount Everest and other Mountain peaks including Mount Lhotse & Mount Nuptse. The highlight of the day is stunning views of Mt Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Thamserku, and AmaDablam. You will have the opportunity to see wildlife such as pheasants, musk deer or Himalayan Thar. Overnight stay in Tea House Lodge.

Today you trek (4-5 hrs) from Tengboche to Dingboche  (4350m/14271ft). Catch glimpses of Lhotse and Ama Dablam where you get teahouse or lodge accommodation in full board basis. Overnight stay in Tea House Lodge.

After breakfast trek to Lobuche which takes around 4-5 hours. Overnight stay in Tea House Lodge. 

Rest for acclimatization process for further trekking. Overnight stay in Tea House Lodge.

The trail will bring you to Thangma Riju for a 360-degree view of the mountains where you will catch the very first glimpse of Kala Patthar before reaching Gorakshep. Overnight stay in Tea House Lodge.

After breakfast trek to Everest Base Camp. You will have preparation for tented camping in Base camp for further expedition. Spend the day checking out the life at Base Camp and watching the daily preparations of our climbing team, taking a look at how meals are prepared, and have a chance to meet our Everest Sherpa staff. Overnight stay in Tented Camp.

Climbing route: We will see four camps as soon as we reach the Base Camp. Camp I (19,500 ft./5,943 m) situated at the top of the icefall will be used as the intermediate camp until Camp II (Advanced Base Camp) at an altitude of 21,000 ft./6,400 m is not made in Western CWN. Camp II will be our basement during the time of placements of Camp III (23,500 ft./7,162 m) and Camp IV (26,300 ft./8,016 m), and also for dining, cooking and sleeping.

Camp III, stands at the head of the cirque on the Lhotse face comprising of three and four man tents used as the intermediate camp to reach Camp IV (High Camp) on the South Col. We don’t require much gears to carry at Camp III as most of them are carried directly from Camp II to Camp IV by the Sherpa. Above Camp II, the climbers require to carry the oxygen. From Camp II, we will travel along the Southeast Ridge to the South Summit and traverse for few hundred meters before we reach the Hillary Step then onto the main summit.

Summit attempts: After the establishment of Camp III and IV, we will return to Base Camp for rest and organize the summit team. Then we will return to Advance Base and move to Camp III, if the good weather prevails. On day2, we will move to Camp IV. Day 3, early morning we will start for our summit and reach before midday. Return back to the South Col after we summit. On day 4 we will be escorted down to Camp II.

Retrace your trial back to Dingboche (4350m/14271ft)    via Everest Base Camp and Lobuche (5018m/16463ft). Overnight stay in Tea House Lodge.

 

After breakfast descend towards Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft). Overnight stay in Tea House Lodge.

From Tengboche, you descend down to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11,280 ft) after 4 hrs trek. Overnight stay in Tea House Lodge.  

Today you will descend from Namche Bazar. Along the trail, you cross the Cross the suspension bridges on Dudh Koshi River and its tributaries. Also, you will get a chance to witness Sherpa culture and their impressive devotion to God. Overnight stay in Tea House Lodge.  

You will board a flight back to Kathmandu while enjoying exhilarating mountain views for 30 minutes. The rest of the time in Kathmandu, you can spend time shopping or for buying souvenirs. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Today you will be going for sightseeing around the world heritage sites in the Kathmandu valley including, Kathmandu Durbar square, Bouddhanath Temple and Pashupatinath Temple. Later in the evening, a farewell dinner will be served in a Traditional Nepali Restaurant where you will be able to enjoy authentic cuisine with cultural program as a celebration of your Succesful Expedition. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Your journey in Nepal comes to an end today! Our representative will escort you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home, you have plenty of time to plan for your next adventure tour in the wonderful Himalayan country. There will be heart touching relationship between you and our company during this journey. We will be missing you and praying for your safe departure home.

Inclusion

  • All arrival and departure transfer services to and from Airport both Domestic and International with other necessary surface transport (by Non A/C Vehicles) as per itinerary.
  •  3 Star hotels or same category in Kathmandu on B/B basis.
  • One day sightseeing in Kathmandu (Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Durbar Square).
  • Local English-speaking Tour Guide for sightseeing in Kathmandu.
  • Necessary staffs including 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 equipments like camp furniture, kitchenware, dining tents, guest tents, etc.
  • 3 meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunch and Dinners with tea or coffee) along with available accommodation at Hotel/ Lodge/ Guest Houses or tents for members and staffs during trek and climbing in twin sharing basis.
  • Required number of porter and yak will be arranged for the expedition
  • Trekking Permit (National Park entry fee)
  • Expedition Royalty and permit of Nepal Government to climb Mt. Everest along southeast ridge route.
  • Nepalese Government Royalty;
  • One Experienced, Trained, Government Licensed, and 3 times Everest Summiteers Climbing/expedition Guide (Sherpa) per client.
  • All wages, equipment’s, medical and accidental Insurances for all involved staffs in trekking and expedition.
  • First Aid medical kits for the Group and the staffs.
  • Appropriate food for high altitude and all climbing crew at base camp and above as required.
  • Required fixed and dynamic rope during climbing period.
  • Emergency Oxygen mask and regulator provided on requirement of guest with appropriate charge
  • Each expedition member will have an individual tent available in the EBC.
  • Solar panel for light and battery charger.
  • All tents for camp 1, 2 and 3. Icefall charges and Gamow Bags.
  • Oxygen Bottles with mask and regulators if insisted
  • We provide Sherpa’s tents, food for climbing, and insurance
  • Free assistance service for Cargo clearance and Duties.
  • Our service charge and Government Taxes levied in Nepal.
  • Farewell Dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with domestic culture show in Kathmandu before departure

Exclusion

  • Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu (except for the farewell dinner).
  • Any packed food/snacks, aerated drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, nutria-bars or any other food consumed beyond the prescribed breakfast, lunch and dinner, etc.
  • Items of personal nature, Laundry Expenses, Tips.
  • Expenses incurred towards usage of landlines, mobiles, walkie-talkies or satellite phone And Internet expenses.
  • 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.
  • Any additional staff other than specified.
  • Rescue, Repatriation, Medicines, Medical Tests and Hospitalization expenses.
  • Medical Insurance and emergency rescue evacuation if required.
  • Travel Insurance and helicopter rescue at the time of emergency.
  • Personal climbing gears.
  • Nepal custom duty for import of expedition goods.
  • Tips, gifts, souvenirs.
  • Airfare of international flights.
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Any extra services or products or offers or activities which are not mentioned in the itinerary.

Trip highlights

  • Amazing Himalayan valleys and endless Fora & Fauna
  • Thrilling experience you will ever gain in your life
  • Sufficient amount of violent winds for adventure
  • Small climbing team with a 4:1 climber to guide ratio and a 1:1 climber to Sherpa ratio

Why with us?

  • Your Safety Come first.
  • Great Value of Money
  • Responsible Tourism
  • Social Responsibility
  • Tailor-Made Program
  • Financial protection

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