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The South Col is the last camp before the summit. The summit push initiates from here, with 10 to 12 hours of climbing in the night, aiming to reach the summit at around 7 a.m.

Mount Everest, also known as the Third Pole, the highest of the all 14 loftiest peaks above 8,000 metres mountains, is the most important mountain on the earth planet. The mountain and its influential area are not only important for its height and beauty, but it is important also for its ecological source. The Everest and its range accumulate one of the largest snow and ice which feeds continuously numerous major rivers benefitting to billions of people and natural habitats. The existence of the highest mountain in the World was brought out to the broader public concern by the Surveyor General of India, from 1830 to 1843, by Sir George Everest. The official name “Everest” was given in 1965. Everest is known as Sagarmatha in Nepali and Chomolungma in Tibetan/Sherpa. The name Sagarmatha (Head of the sea) was given by a Nepalese historian, Baburam Acharya (1888-1971). The name Chomolungma (Goddess Mother of Mountains) in Tibetan and Sherpa is believed to in existence since long before Everest and Sagarmatha, but there is no specific record. The summit of Everest also marks the international border between Nepal and Tibet. Tenzing Norgay Sherpa of Nepal and Sir Edmund Hillary of New Zealand are the first two humans to conquer the mountain and later on by numerous men and women. Most of the climbers who succeeded to achieve the summit lived and are living glorified in the World. The feat is taken as one of the lifetime achievement.

EXPEDITION DETAIL
Our team will meet in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. Kathmandu is a bustling, energetic and exciting city with many amazing sights to see and things to do. Kathmandu has a good selection of local and international mountaineering equipment and clothing, if some of you require to gear-shop, you will have two full days to do last-minute shopping and repacking the bags to basecamp properly.

The journey to basecamp starts with a short panoramic flight to Lukla. The basecamp on the south side of Everest is reached over an eight-days leisurely trek through villages of the Sherpas. Still, we will give some more days to tame our body in the local atmosphere, the only best way to perfect acclimatization. In pre-expedition people had to walk from Kathmandu since there were no roads and airports beyond the capital. The expedition supplies are carried from Lukla to basecamp by yaks and zopkyos (yak hybrids) and by porters.

On the way, we will stop at Pangboche Village, which is one of the oldest villages of the Khumbu valley. We will visit the monastery which also houses the Yeti’s Skull, and pray for a peaceful and safe expedition for all members. We will also request for a puja ritual, from the Monk at the monastery, to solicit the local deities for an obstacle less expedition and continue to walk up to basecamp. The final Puja ceremony gets celebrated for all expedition members and equipment that we will take with us on the mountain at the Everest Base Camp.

Once the puja is performed, the Sherpas will begin their work of transporting the climbing equipment and other supplies to the higher camps, leaving the climbing members at the basecamp or beyond for training/acclimatizing climb on surrounding peaks. After a week or so on of acclimatizing or as per the itinerary we will begin our climbing to Camp-I, II, and III, following the usual procedure the members take the route up to Camp-III at least one time.

The climb from basecamp begins early in the morning to avoid the possible hazard of seracs in the Khumbu Icefall, the most challenging section. From Camp I, climbers cross a broad flat glacial valley, famously known as the Western Cwm, and reach Camp II (ABC) at the foot of the Lhotse face, a warm place to camp. Camp III is halfway up the Lhotse face, precariously and spectacularly perched is reached by a fixed rope. Camp IV, the South Col, is 500 meters above Camp III and up, over and across the Yellow Band and Geneva Spur. The South Col is the last camp before the summit. The summit push initiates from here, with 10 to 12 hours of climbing in the night, aiming to reach the summit at around 7 a.m. Each climber who has made it to Camp IV will have a maximum stay of three days at this altitude, depending on physical and weather conditions, to prepare for and complete the summit push.

Trip Highlights

Trip Profile

Short Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu 1,350m.

Day 02: A free day in Kathmandu.

Day 03: A free day in Kathmandu.

Day 04: A free day in Kathmandu.

Day 05: Fly to Lukla 2,866m. and trek to Phakding 2652m.

Day 06: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440m.

Day 07: Acclimatization in Namche

Day 08: Hike to Everest View Hotel and to Khumjung 3,790m.

Day 09: Trek to Pangboche 3,867m.

Day 10: Visit Pangboche Monastery and trek to Dingboche 4,410m.

Day 11: Acclimatization in Dingboche (Optionally hike to Chhukung Ri).

Day 12: Trek to Lobuche 4,887m.

Day 13: Trek to Gorakshep 5,164m. and Kalapathar 5,545m.

Day 14: Trek to Everest Basecamp 5,364m.

Day 15-19: Everest Basecamp

Day 20: Trek to Lobuje Basecamp 4,930m.

Day 21-24: Acclimatizing expedition on Mount Lobuje 6,119m.

Day 25: Trek to Everest Basecamp

Day 26-27: At BC

Day 28: Climb to CI – 4 hours

Day 28: Climb to CI – 4 hours

Day 30-31: Rest day at C2

Day 32: Climb to C3 (7100m.) – 3-4 hours

Day 33: Down to C2

Day 34: Down to Basecamp

Day 35: Rest and recharging period for to assault on Everest

Day 35-39: Rest and recharge

Day 40: Trek to Pheriche

Day 41: Trek to Lobuche.

Day 42: Trek to Everest BC

Day 43-44: At BC

Day 45: Climb to C2 – 7-8 hours

Day 46: Rest Day at C2

Day 47: Climb to C3 – 3-4 hours

Day 48: Climb to C4 (7,900m.) – 4-5 hours

Day 49: Rest at C4 and depart for the summit in the evening at around 9 p.m. targeting the summit between 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Day 50: Return to C2

Day 51: Down to basecamp

Day 52: Rest and repack

Day 53: Trek from basecamp to Pangboche

Day 54: Trek to Namche

Day 55: Trek to Lukla

Day 56: Fly to Kathmandu. A 45 minutes flight and 45 minutes’ drive.

Day 57: Briefing at ministry and farewell celebration

Day 58: Participate in International Mount Everest Day

Day 59: Departure

Detail Itinerary

ITINERARY in a short description (The dates, especially above basecamp, are approximate)

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu 1,350m.

Upon your arrival, you get received with a traditional welcome at the airport in Kathmandu. After checking into the hotel, you get briefed about necessary formalities and the upcoming program. Depending on arrival time, you will have the choice of visiting nearby shrines or resting. In the evening there will be a welcome dinner and will be introduced with your guide, climbing Sherpa.
  • Overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 02: A free day in Kathmandu.

A completely free day to do last-minute shopping and repacking the bags to basecamp properly. This afternoon you need to hand over your bags to basecamp to us for cargo to Lukla and then by porter to Everest basecamp. In the evening there will be a welcome dinner and will be introduced with your guide and climbing Sherpa guides.
  • Breakfast + Welcome dinner.
  • Overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 03: A free day in Kathmandu.

The mountaineering team leader will need to go to the department of the ministry of tourism to sign the document related to the mountaineering permit and responsibilities. The rest of the team will take a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley.
  • Breakfast.
  • Overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 04: A free day in Kathmandu.

Take a full-day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley.
  • Breakfast.
  • Overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 05: Fly to Lukla 2,866m. and trek to Phakding 2652m.

Early in the morning, at 06:00 hour, we drive to Tribhuvan International Airport to board a flight to Lukla. It is an exhilarating mountain flight of 45 minutes. During the journey, we enjoy exceptional views of the Himalaya and most of the villages and valleys. Upon arrival at Lukla, we meet the porters and Sherpa staff. At Lukla, we stop for about an hour for refreshments and to reorganize and kitbags for porters. After a short tour of Lukla village, we set out on a trek of about 3 hours to Phakdingma, where we lodge for the night.

A pleasant walk of the first day passes through several Sherpa villages with the view of Kongde Peak and Dudh Koshi valley. Phakdingma is a lovely place for an overnight stop set on the bank of the Dudhkunda river.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 06: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440m.

Today's trek goes through the villages of Toktok and Jorsalle and on to Namche. The entire route is scenic and full of nature. The surrounding hills are covered with dense forest and beyond them are mountaintops capped with snow. After a lunch stop in Jorsalle, we continue to Namche Bazaar. Along the way, we climb to a vantage point called Topdanda, near Namche Bazaar. From there, weather permitting, one can see Mt. Everest and the Tengboche valley and its famed monastery. Half an hour later and you are at Namche Bazaar, the "capital of the Khumbu valley".

Namche Bazaar, surrounded by beautiful mountains from all direction, is the commercial centre of the Khumbu region. If you arrive on a Friday, you can view the weekly bazaar the next day, when local people converge from the surrounding area. In the Khumbu Valley killing of any animal is forbidden so people from lower valleys come on Saturdays to sell meat and everyday supplies and the local people and hotel/lodge operator from around converge here to buy.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 07: Acclimatization in Namche

Today, your guide will take you to visit the monastery in Namche, Sagarmatha National Park Museum and the Sherpa House Museum. If one wishes for a long day excursion, then your guide will take you to Thamo, a small traditional village, on the way to Thame which takes about 2 hours going up and one and half hours to come back.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 08: Hike to Everest View Hotel and to Khumjung 3,790m.

Today, your guide will take you to visit the monastery in Namche, Sagarmatha National Park Museum and the Sherpa House Museum.

Instead of staying all day in Namche, we move to the village of Khumjung. After lunch, we make a scenic Namche to Khumjung trek. The trail leads through the nose-ridge above Namche to Syangboche, a short landing field for Pilatus porter plane. The higher we go, the scenarios are more open. The Dudhkoshi Valley, Kongde Himal, Khumbila, Tawoche, Everest, Amadablam, Kangthega, Thamserku and Kusum Kangru are some of the great masses of mountains in the World surrounding us from all directions.

Going to Khumjung, there are several trails. Still, we take the going through the Everest View Hotel, the only five-star hotel situated at the highest place in the World, at an elevation of 3880 meters above sea level. The hotel has a spectacular view of Mount Everest, 8,848m., from every room. The hotel offers a panoramic view of Everest and many other high peaks, including the most imposing Amadablam (6,812m.), described by many as the most beautiful mountain they have ever seen. At this hotel will surely make a stop for a cup of tea/coffee and enjoy the most magnificent panorama that the place offers.

Then we descend to the village of Khumjung where we can optionally visit Khumjung monastery and its village.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 09: Trek to Pangboche 3,867m.

This day's trek contains magnificent views of Everest, Amadablam, Thamserku, Lhotse and Nuptse, all the way to Tengboche. Along the trail, one can spot wild animals, such as longhaired mountain goats, musk deer and the colourful national bird, danphe etc.

We stop for lunch at Punggi-Tanga and then continue gradually climbing to Tengboche, where we pay a visit to the famed Tengboche monastery.

From the meadow, at Tengboche, there are fine views of Nuptse-Lhotse, the tip of Everest and the giant Mt. Amadablam. Tengboche is one of the religious centres of the Khumbu Valley. The monastery burned down in 1989 was rebuilt to its original shape thanks to generous contributions from the local community, trekkers and the Himalayan Trust. Here, every year in October/November, according to the Buddhist lunar calendar, is celebrated one of the most spectacular and important religious festivals, the Mani Rimdu.

The trek continues further to Pangboche through a seemingly virgin forest and beautiful mountain panoramas to a monastery of nuns at Dibuche. After Dibuche we cross a bridge over the Dudh Koshi River. The trees thin out and give way to shrub. Arrive in Pangboche. The village provides one of the best views of Amadablam and Lhotse and Nuptse. We check into our lodge take a hearty dinner and overnight rest.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 10: Visit Pangboche Monastery and trek to Dingboche 4,410m.

In the morning we visit the Pangboche village and 400 years old monastery, the oldest in the region. In the monastery, pray for a peaceful and safe expedition for all members. We will also request for a puja ritual, from the Monk at the monastery, to solicit the local deities for an obstacle less expedition. We receive a Khata as a blessing. The khata symbolizes purity, compassion and good luck. Its primary colour is white, with eight lucky symbols on it.

After visits and puja ritual formalities, we continue the trek to Dingboche through a barren hill with beautiful panorama toward Amadablam and Chhukung. We cross a bridge over a stream that flows from the Khumbu glacier, below Pheriche, and after an easy climb, we arrive at Dingboche, the last largest village in the Chhukung valley. It is a small but beautiful village with views of Amadablam and Chhukung. We reach to Dingboche for lunch with enough time to hiking high above the village in the evening. The evening hike above the village provides a better view of the village and surroundings.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 11: Acclimatization in Dingboche (Optionally hike to Chhukung Ri).

It is a rest/acclimatization day, but we recommend taking a trip to Chhukung and back. The trail is beautiful with Buddhist stupas and prayer flags and incredible views. If time permits, we also recommend climbing to the Chukung-Ri (5.540m), at Chhukung. It is a hill above Chhukung village and just below the incredibly sheer wall of Mount Nuptse and Lhotse. Some say that the view from Chukung-Ri is better than that from Everest Kalapathar. The wall of Lhotse and Nuptse, the red granite of Makalu, and the south wall of Baruntse, fluted with ice next to 7000 metres of Ama Dablam. Many feel that Chhukung-Ri has the most beautiful views in the World. We take a hearty lunch at Chhukung and retrace back to Dingboche. A long day.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 12: Trek to Lobuche 4,887m.

The trek gently leads toward the Khumbu (Everest) Glacier. The World's most significant mountain masses surround you, feel the thinner air. En route, near the lower edge of the glacier, above Thugla, you can see numerous chortens (memorials for those who died during Everest expeditions). Finally, you are at Laboche, the base for most of the trekkers hiking to Kalapathar View Point and Everest Base. After checking into the lodge, time permitting, you can stroll around the glacial rim to observe the Khumbu Glacier, its loud cracking of ice and noises of chunks of ice and scree falling into the glacial river.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 13: Trek to Gorakshep 5,164m. and Kalapathar 5,545m.

We start the trip early in the morning to get the sunrise view from the top of Kalapathar lookout. From Laboche we'll trek to Gorakshep along the rim of the Khumbu glacier catching views of Nuptse, Pumori, Changse, Cho Lhatse and many more peaks. Gorakshep is a pleasant place towered by beautiful Mt. Pumori. From here a further 45-minutes’ walk put us on top of Kalapathar (5,545m), one of the most famed viewpoints to sight the mount Everest from its nearest distance. The view from there is indescribable, seeing the Mount Everest from a distance of your hand reach. After taking an essential photograph and admirations, we descend to Gorakshep for a hearty breakfast and a relaxing day.

In the evening we maybe repeat the Kalapathar for a sunset view. Both sunrise and sunset, from Kalapathar lookout, are truly breath-taking so those willing may take a short sunset hike to the Kalopathar lookout for a sunset view!
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 14: Trek to Everest Basecamp 5,364m.

Today we make our dreamt trek to Everest Base Camp 5,364 metres (17,598 ft) (28°0′26″N 86°51′34″E), the base of the "Third Pole". The trail from Gorakshep is panoramic with a surprising view of the Khumbu Icefall and Khumbu Glacier. The mount Pumori dominates the north-western horizon, just above a hand reaching distance.

The flat field below Kala Patthar and Mt. Pumori is the Khumbu glacier. The glacier is filled with large ice pinnacles, forming a perfect place for ice climbing training.

The Everest Basecamp, one of the most popular mountain bases in the Himalayas and indeed in the World, is visited by thousands of trekkers and climbers each year. We arrive at basecamp for lunch. We will be greeted by our kitchen crew, climbing Sherpa guides and liaison officer. After lunch, we will briefly meet about the rest of the program, take our duffel bags and take into our tents for un unpacking and further organizations.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tented Camp.

Day 15-19: Everest Basecamp

Puja Ceremony, health check-ups, communication check-ups, meets and rest.

In the morning, everyone will visit the doctor for health check-ups. In continuity lunch, communication check-ups, meeting and briefing. We will stay at basecamp for five days, and during this period we will practice and exercise climbing and descending on steep ice walls which require to apply in our Everest Expedition. The training will also include repelling on the steep section, ladder bridge walking, ladder climbing and ladder descending.

During these five days, we will also celebrate the final puja ceremony for all expedition members, guide, Sherpa climbing guides and all equipment that we will take with us on the mountain. A monk from Pangboche or a nearby village will be invited for a puja ritual, to solicit the local deities for a peaceful and an obstacle less expedition.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tented Camp.

Day 20: Trek to Lobuje Basecamp 4,930m.

Breakfast and retrace the trail to Gorakshep and Lobuche. The trail to Laboje Peak Basecamp is a short walk, 30 minutes from Lobuche, with beautiful views of Mount Amadablam and Pheriche Valley. The base camp situates in a small valley opening to the southeast, which provides fantastic views and a warm place to camp. We reach camp to meet with our cook and kitchen crews and spend an excellent rest day and prepare for next days climbing up to high camp.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tented Camp.

Day 21-24: Acclimatizing expedition on Mount Lobuje 6,119m.

Today we shift our camp to high camp of Lobuje Peak, which is situated high above a rocky ridge. The route to high camp climbs up a grassy gully continuing above the basecamp. After setting high camp, we continue the climb and fix ropes on some section and descend to high camp for overnight rest.

This expedition is to acclimatize rather than climbing a peak. We will be sleeping in altitude around 6000 for at least two nights.

The peak climbing route is a rock scramble and steep snow slopes till 6,000m, which many refer to as the summit of Lobuje East. However, the actual summit is much further with far harder climbing. The summit gives stunning views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori, Amadablam and other major peaks of Khumbu Himalaya. The peak consists of two summits, East and West, with heights of 6,119m. and 6,145m. A continuous ridge connects them, but West Summit requires a descending and climb a steep slope to the summit. The East Peak is known as a trekking peak and the West as an Expedition Peak.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tented Camp.

Day 25: Trek to Everest Basecamp

We trek back to Everest Basecamp to continue on our first phase acclimatizing climb on Everest.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tented Camp.

Day 26-27: At BC

Rest, body check-ups, meet and brief, recheck the equipment list, get information on camps, communication, meals, oxygen, climbing guides, time schedules.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tented Camp.

Day 28: Climb to CI – 4 hours

Day 28: Climb to CI – 4 hours
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tented Camp.

Day 28: Climb to CI – 4 hours

Day 28: Climb to CI – 4 hours.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tented Camp.

Day 30-31: Rest day at C2

Day 30-31: Rest day at C2.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tented Camp.

Day 32: Climb to C3 (7100m.) – 3-4 hours

Day 32: Climb to C3 (7100m.) – 3-4 hours.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tented Camp.

Day 33: Down to C2

Day 33: Down to C2.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tented Camp.

Day 34: Down to Basecamp

Day 34: Down to Basecamp,
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tented Camp.

Day 35: Rest and recharging period for to assault on Everest

Fly by helicopter down to Dibuche for rest camp. Dibuche is a place between Tengboche and Pangboche village. A perfect place to rest and recharge us with all-natural requirements. This place is surrounded with seemingly a primitive virgin forest in the shade of Mount Amadblam and fed by the gushing Imja Khola River. During April / May the surrounding forest will bloom in multicolour of rhododendron species. There is also an ancient nunnery.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 35-39: Rest and recharge

Our cook will descend to Dibuche to prepare some special meals to the members, who are on rest camp to continue on Everest. This camp will last for four days, and all members will have individual rooms to grant peace as much as possible. The guide will always be around for if something is required.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 40: Trek to Pheriche

Day 40: Trek to Pheriche.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 41: Trek to Lobuche.

Day 41: Trek to Lobuche.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 42: Trek to Everest BC

Day 42: Trek to Everest BC
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tented Camp.

Day 43-44: At BC

Rest, body check-ups, meet and brief, recheck the equipment list, get information on camps, communication, meals, oxygen, climbing guides, time schedules.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tented Camp.

Day 45: Climb to C2 – 7-8 hours

Day 45: Climb to C2 – 7-8 hours.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tented Camp.

Day 46: Rest Day at C2

Day 46: Rest Day at C2,
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tented Camp.

Day 47: Climb to C3 – 3-4 hours

Day 47: Climb to C3 – 3-4 hours.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tented Camp.

Day 48: Climb to C4 (7,900m.) – 4-5 hours

Day 48: Climb to C4 (7,900m.) – 4-5 hours.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tented Camp.

Day 49: Rest at C4 and depart for the summit in the evening at around 9 p.m. targeting the summit between 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Day 49: Rest at C4 and depart for the summit in the evening at around 9 p.m. targeting the summit between 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Day 50: Return to C2

Day 50: Return to C2.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tented Camp.

Day 51: Down to basecamp

Day 51: Down to basecamp.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tented Camp.

Day 52: Rest and repack

Day 52: Rest and repack.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tented Camp.

Day 53: Trek from basecamp to Pangboche

Day 53: Trek from basecamp to Pangboche.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 54: Trek to Namche

Day 55: Trek to Lukla

Day 55: Trek to Lukla.
  • Full board.
  • Overnight stay in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 56: Fly to Kathmandu. A 45 minutes flight and 45 minutes’ drive.

We’ll board an early morning flight, 08:00 hours, to Kathmandu and arrive at Kathmandu before 9 a.m. We then drive to Kathmandu. Arrive at the hotel and get distributed into the rooms — Rest, refreshing, and all-day free.
  • Breakfast.
  • Overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 57: Briefing at ministry and farewell celebration

The team leader requires to visit the department of the ministry of tourism to submit the climbing reports and to sign the related document. Other members are free to do their last day activities.
  • Breakfast.
  • Overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 58: Participate in International Mount Everest Day

We participate in the International Mount Everest Day to commemorate the first ascension of the peak on the 29th day in 1953. The successful climbers get honoured with medal and certificates from the officials of Tourism Ministry and Nepal Mountaineering Association among various personalities. Each year dozens of internationally noted summiteers will arrive in the capital city to celebrate the day. The evening gets celebrated with farewell dinner in one of the best restaurants in Kathmandu.
  • Breakfast.
  • Overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 59: Departure

Breakfast and free time until the time limit for the departure. In the indicated time, our office representative and vehicle arrive at your hotel to serve you till the airport. Drive to Kathmandu international airport see off formalities and departure.
  • Breakfast.

Cost

EXPEDITION COSTS:
(1) USD 38,500 (1 members)
(2) USD 34,500 (2-3 members)
(3) USD 34,000 (4-6 members)

FOR FAMILY / SUPPORTING MEMBERS
If you have family members or supporting members willing to trek with you up to Everest basecamp or plan a Trek till Everest Basecamp to meet you in the basecamp and spend some nights there, then the Everest Basecamp Trekking Costs - US$ 3,200.00 per person.

OTHER COSTS:
Personal Sherpa:
Our expeditions include 1-member 1-Sherpa ratio on summit day. But lower on the mountain climbers are on their own. We, Annapurna Treks & Expeditions, believe on the value of climbing alongside a personal Sherpa even in the lower mountain, to ensure the help on an everyday basis. If you want your own personal climbing Sherpa, who works only with you for the entire expedition, this would be an added expense of $7000.

Additional Oxygen:
Each team member will have seven bottles of oxygen for their summit push, which is more than enough and has a safety margin built-in. If some climbers like to have an additional bottle, then one must order at the time of booking. They cost $600 each.

Health Issue:
If you are undertaking a mountaineering expedition, anywhere around the World in any height of the mountain and with any kind of pre-experience, the personal health is the most important factor for success and life safety. We suggest making body check-ups and consult with a regular physician. We don't recommend climbing mountains to those who are suffering from Asthma, or their Asthma is not in their control, persons with allergy with cold weather, persons who suffered from severe altitude sickness in the past and to them who has the tonsil problems. We suggest taking several days of rest and medication, if the symptom of the common cold on the way to Kathmandu or while in Kathmandu, before heading to the mountain. We provide regular health check-up services at basecamp, but it would not be helpful for treatment if one arrives sick.

Emergency Evacuation:
All the emergency evacuation is only possible by Helicopter because there is no roads-access. In case of needing an emergency evacuation, from basecamp to the nearest hospital or Kathmandu, the clients are responsible to pay directly to the helicopter company. Your insurance company will cover most costs; however, if the insurance company does not guarantee the payment, then it will fall on your responsibility. Chartering a Helicopter costs 2000$ per hour and each flight to and from BC cost is a minimum of 3,600$. The price may rise in case of bad weather, requiring the Helicopter several landing on the way to basecamp or while flying back to Kathmandu.

Equipment:
We suggest equipping oneself with comfortable and reliable equipment for personal comfort and safety in the mountains. A lightweight and warm climbing boot, a down sleeping bag to use above the basecamp, and one extra at basecamp. And a down jacket and down suite, and at least two pairs of warm gloves. Warm and comfortable equipment promotes climbers' energy and confidence, which are the key factors of success. All the material are available in Kathmandu, both for renting and buying, in trekking shops or with us.

Baggage allowance:
Each climbing member baggage allowance is 60-kilos per person. We request to prepare two baggage containing each 30-kilos.

What is included

  • All related Airport/hotel/airport transfers with traditional well come and see of formalities
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on a full board basis (in a for star hotel - Hotel Malla/Shanker) and introductory sightseeing of Kathmandu as per itinerary
  • Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu airfare both for member and staff
  • All necessary expedition material transport (Lukla/BC/Lukla) by yaks or porters and all their expenses
  • Dining at BC fully carpeted and heated and Dining and kitchen tent in ABC with high altitude cook with Dining Tables and chairs (comfortable armchair)
  • BC & ABC Nepali Cooks and kitchen staff and 1 climbing Sherpa to 1 climbing member ratio with equipment, wages, insurance and all other applicable charges.
  • All mountain tents provided are Big-Single Tent at BC and two people to a three-men tent above BC.
  • Gas heaters in the dining tent at BC & generator + solar panel power at BC.
  • Climbing permit, necessary regional permits and garbage deposit and garbage management charges.
  • Icefall route maintenance fee and above camp two rope fixing charges.
  • Radio walkie-talkie set for each climber and Sherpa with the base station and two set of Satellite telephone with enough recharges in each.
  • EPI Gas with burner and cooking pot set.
  • High altitude food with a personal pack
  • Seven cylinders of oxygen (brand new Poisk) per climber with mask and regulator set and 4 cylinders of oxygen per Sherpa with mask and regulator set.
  • Liaison Officer charges including airfare and insurance.
  • Shower tents at BC and Toilet tent at BC & CII
  • Helicopter service for Everest basecamp to Dibuche
  • Equipment charges, wages, load ferry charges, insurance and all other related expenses of base camp Sirdar (International Mountain guide – Lhakpa Rangdu Sherpa), climbing Sherpa (including summit bonus), cook, kitchen boys etc.
  • Regular physical check-up service at basecamp .
  • Full board service from Kathmandu to Kathmandu.

What is not included

  • Travel insurance (Should include helicopter evacuation and cancellation charges as well).
  • International air tickets.
  • Nepal entry visas.
  • ersonal climbing equipment.
  • Bar bills.
  • And tips and those not mentioned in above cost includes section.

Best Seasons

Nepal has four primary seasons:
1. Winter: December–February
2. Spring: March-May
3. Summer: June–August
4. Autumn: September – November

General Weather:
The best time is from mid-September to the end of January or from mid-February to the end of May. July and August are rainy months for Nepal, but each season has its richness. During the rainy month the jungles will be lush to the rain forest, and the rivers will swell, the lowlands or the fields of the hills will be full of rice and other crops.

During these month Japanese tourists and from other countries, loving the high Himalaya flower, comes to sight flowers. And most of the tourist willing to travel to Tibet comes from May to mid-October. And we also have a lot of Spanish tourists touring and trekking in Nepal in these months.

During rainy months the parts of Terai may see with flood and travelling during these months is hot and temperature may reach to around 38 degrees, but during this time the Indian tourists visit Nepal to escape the heat in their lowlands. During winter months the part of Terai will be misty and may find under winter mist until late morning (11 a.m.).

End of February to mid-May is the best time for fauna and flora both in the mountains and in Terai. During this time one may find a lot of rhododendron flower, magnolia, wild orchids and birdlife. The weather mostly remains fine in all parts of Nepal.

January February are winter, and from the end of January to February, the high passes in the mountain valley will be in the snow. During this time, the temperature around the Everest Base camp will be -17 degrees (after sunset and before sunrise). During day time will be around 5 to 11 degree and more if sunny. Nepal is a sunny country, so the temperature, even full winter, is much better than some European country and in America and in Canada. Many of them from those countries travel to Nepal to escape their cold weather and to enjoy the sunny Himalaya Panorama.

The altitude Weather in the Spring season:
Mid-March to mid-May is the second-best trekking season in Nepal and first best season for mountaineering activities, especially for Mount Everest, Shisapangma, Cho-Oyu and Makalu. These months are also beneficial for climbers due to its long daylight period. In term of season, it is the pre-monsoon and post-winter weather season. In pre-monsoon, the mountain weather is still in full winter, and the temperature remains freezing. The hilly regions of above 4,000 metres and deep mountain valley remain under snow cover. There will be occasional light rain and hailing in the lowland bellow 2,500 metres and snowing on mountains. From around the mid-April to mid-May is the primary time of developing the monsoon weather in Bay of Bengal with several small to the significant cyclone and which may affect the high mountains above 6,800 metres. In 2019 Spring a hurricane named “Fani” developed in the Bay of Bengal and was predicted to enter to Nepal Himalayas from the eastern part of Nepal at around the mid-afternoon of 03 May 2019, Friday. Still, the cyclone arrived on Everest at 02:45 hours of 03 May 2019, twelve hours before it was supposed. In 2020, a hurricane named "Amphan", developed in the Bay of Bengal and classified as a super cyclone and first since 1999, landed on 20 May 2020 in India-Bangladesh border killing at least 84. It resulted in severe damage in the property and life base while the World was suffering from Covid-19 virus and fortunately/unfortunately all mountaineering activities in Nepal was closed.

Due to the sheer sizes of Everest, Makalu, Cho-you and vast valleys between and around them, a kind of local weather get developed and, it may affect the climb with unpredictable wind movements. Such local weather and cyclonic effect make the Himalayan weather pattern, most of the times, unpredictable. A Jet stream with high speed of wind could affect the climbing above 6,800 metres. Any significant cyclonic development far to the Sea of Japan, the Indian Ocean or the Arabian Sea could affect the high mountains of the Himalayas with unpredictable changes in hurricane speed. Even the international weather giants do not map the route of such cyclones once it moves from its origin or even if they map the accuracy is not available. Still, sheer Himalayan barriers play a significant role to disrupt a part of such hurricanes but result in avalanches and fatality if coincided with a mountaineering movement in the Himalayas.

The altitude Weather in the Autumn season:
Mid-September to mid-November is generally the most stable weather even into the deep mountain valleys. The temperature above 5,400 metres starts dropping from the end of August while it is still part of monsoon in the lower altitude and may expect rain until the first week of October. The temperature in the Tibetan plateau starts dropping rapidly from mid-October, which means an extreme cold is developing in Everest and other 8,000 metres. Above 5,600 metres one could expect occasional snowing until the first week of October and start stable and cold weather after that. A Jet Stream wind may also hit in autumn with a wind speed of 100+ miles per hour and which may result from delaying the summit several days back but it is also possible that the Jet Stream wind surface route is not centralised around Everest. For Everest climbing, the autumn season, after the end of monsoon, is regarded as more dangerous because there is much new snow accumulated by summer weather. But in the mountain atmosphere end of summer or the autumn is the pre-winter and the temperature start dropping from the end of August. This new snow and temperature phenomena also benefit for skiing, snowboarding, and other snow required activities. A sunny day temperature, in the mountain, may reach up to 26 degrees on exposed ridges and faces and 28 to 32 degrees into deep snowy valleys. Undertaking an Everest Expedition in this season may get a sheer joy of climbing virgin snowy route to the summit without disturbances of many other climbers as in Spring.

The autumn season is also taken as the only best mountaineering seasons in the Himalaya. Amadablam, Manaslu, Himlung, Tuche Peak, Baruntse, Makalu, Putha Hiumchuli, Pasang Lhamu Chuli, Tukche Peak, Tawoche etc. are some of the most preferred mountaineering peaks to climb in the autumn. Autumn is also the best season to climb the technical routes in any mountain. The trekkers enjoy climbing Peaks of 5,800 to 6,700 metres, categorises as trekking peaks, in this season.

FAQ

Where do we sleep?
In Kathmandu, we stay in comfortable 3-5-star hotels with private en suite bathrooms, category selectable.

While on trek we stay at Nepalese lodges which offer welcoming but straightforward accommodation and wonderful traditional hospitality. Lodges typically have one large communal room where you can sit and take meals, and there is an adjoining kitchen where you can order your food and drinks. Bedrooms are twin bedded with or without private bathroom, and dormitories with shared bathrooms.

At Everest Base Camp, we sleep in a single tent (big enough for 3-man). At Camp II, and above, we will use 3-man tents on a sharing basis.

What equipment do I need?
You will need to bring appropriate warm outdoor clothing and a good pair of walking boots for trekking part. And a complete set of mountaineering equipment. A full equipment list gets supplied when you sign up.

Can I arrive early or extend my stay?
Yes, you can! All you need to do is to tell us what your flight details are and how many extra nights you need and we will book your hotel accordingly. Additionally, if you would like to arrange acclimatizing trekking or Everest climbing training climb, then there are a range of options to choose. Please, let us know.

Do we join a group during climbing?
Yes, especially if you are alone or two, we need to join a group to form a minimum number of persons in the group, which also helps to minimize the climbing costs (sharing some expenses). However, during climbing, each climber will be climbing alongside with a climbing guide assigned for one. The base camp stay is always in an individual tent, and the dining tent, at basecamp, the high-altitude camp such as during Mount Pumori Expedition, Everest camp II, III and IV require to share, but still, you will have your tent.

Can I have a single room in Kathmandu and during the trek?
Yes, you can! There is a single room occupancy supplement indicated in the price list.

What about insurance?
It is a condition of joining the Expedition that you have insurance in place which will cover you for the costs of medical treatment, cancellations, emergency rescue and repatriation to your home country. You must ensure that it provides cover for mountaineering to altitudes above 8000 metres and includes helicopter rescue. We do not sell insurance scheme so requires to manage on your own.

Do I need a visa?
Yes, you do. Everyone needs to get a visa for Nepal, but you can obtain it on arrival at Kathmandu airport. You will need to bring two passport photos and the appropriate visa fee, which is the US $125 for 90 days. Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry to Nepal.

Do I have to carry my pack?
We use porters to carry the majority of our equipment so daily you need only take a very light day pack which should contain no more than the camera, water-bottle, a selection of snacks and a warm or waterproof jacket. Everything else, which you do not need during the trek to base camp, needs to pack into a large duffle bag which gets transported directly to Everest Base Camp.

A smaller kitbag containing your daily required clothing and equipment will be given to a porter each morning. The kitbag will be carried by the porter each day and delivered to your lodge room each afternoon. You need to make sure you have everything you need for the day before giving your bag to the porter as it can be difficult to access while trekking.

What kind of food do you provide for high altitude at C1, C3, C4?
It is dried food where you only need to add water in the bag and eat directly. It saves your time and hassles to cook and carry cooking sets and plates. At camp II there will be our cook and kitchen to serve you hot meals. We serve very healthily and lots of energy-filled quantity food at Basecamp, Camp II and accordingly the dried food for Camp I, III and IV to promote your endurance in the altitude. Healthy and adequate food promotes health and happiness and helps to achieve your goal without much problem.

Can my friend/families accompany me to base camp?
During the Everest Climbing season, the general trekkers are not allowed to trek into the Everest Basecamp. The trekker that arrive during this season requires to limit themselves to a rock marking and enabled to take the picture and see the basecamp environment, which is a camp of more than 1,200 peoples during springtime. But those accompanying an Everest Climbing Group are allowed to live few nights at the basecamp and enjoy the sights and sounds of Everest Basecamp. This trekking is also an opportunity to meet several climbers from various countries and wish them good luck and enjoy a once-in-a-life-time trek in Everest Region. Please, contact at annatreks@gmail.com for any further detail you want to.

What currency do we need to pay for everything?
It would be best if you had Nepali currency, to pay for everything, which you can convert after you arrive in Kathmandu. You can bring in euro or dollar or any convertible foreign currency. Most of the restaurants, hotels, supermarkets, trekking shops, and Tea-house Lodges (on the trekking trails) accepts US Dollar, Euros, Canadian Dollar, UK Pound Sterling, Swiss Franc, Japanese Yen, Chinese Yuan and Indian Rupees. But it is always better if you had Nepalese Rupees. It helps to avoid the exchange rate fluctuations, which are not regarded reasonably, in some places.

How much extra money should we allow on top of the package?
Most of the major expenses are included in the Everest Expedition Package, please check what is include and what is not included section. Still, you will need some extra money to bear the expenses such as meals in Kathmandu and bottled drinks during the trek (Coke/Beer/Juice). In general, please, allow about 2,500$ per person, including the summit bonus and tips, which should be sufficient and + + if you have plan to buy any mountaineering gears in Kathmandu.

What kind of transport are we going to get?
In Kathmandu, we use a comfortable, fully air-conditioned tourist vehicle (Car/Van/HiAce) as required by the numbers of persons travelling together. Between Kathmandu and Lukla, we fly in a 19-passenger STOL utility aircraft or a (Do 228) twin-turboprop STOL utility aircraft. If cacellations occur due to weather or other factor then we provide a Helicopter flight without supplement.

What about the climbing Sherpa guides?
All the Sherpa guides we use have much experience in the mountaineering field and are of exceptionally high quality in technical skills and altruistic behaviour. UIAGM certified Nepali Sherpa guides includes in this mountaineering quotation. Please, let us know if there is any Sherpa guide you have climbed together before and prefer to have him.

Can we buy some climbing gears in Kathmandu?
Yes, many local trekking shops sell and rent climbing gears, and there are some of the branded shops such as of North Face and Mountain Hardware, only for sale. One can find or order such as Down Jackets, Down Suites, Down Sleeping bag, climbing boot and all kind of technical gears. However, it is wiser to bring all of them from your country to avoid the risk of failing to find the one you have thought.

Do I need vaccinations to travel to Nepal?
No vaccination is required to travel to Nepal, but we suggest to consult with your doctor before travelling. You can get an injection in Kathmandu, but it is more comfortable if you get them before you travel.

What are the required documents to be sent before I come and after I arrive?
The documents required before your arrival are: a copy of your passport with a minimum validity of six months from the entry date to Nepal, a recently taken passport size photograph in high resolution, a health certificate from your doctor certifying that you are fit to undertake any mountaineering activities above 8,000 metres, Bio-Data of Team Leader/Member, and a copy of insurance.

Additional information required is a list of all mountaineering or similar activities you completed, list of mountaineering courses you completed (if any).

The document required after your arrival is the copy of your visa, contact number/email of your family member.

How do I sign up?
All bookings need to be made through Annapurna Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. and to secure your place we will require a non-refundable deposit of minimum US $ as indicated in the booking and payment conditions section.

Payment Options:
1. Bank Transfer -this is our preferred method. Payments in US Dollars should be sent to the following account:

Account Name: Annapurna Treks & Expedition
Bank Name: Nepal Investment Bank
Bank Address: Durbar Marg, Kathmandu, Nepal, PO. Box 3412
Account number: 001 611710T
Swift Code No.: NIBLNPKT

2. Payment by a Card - payments can only be processed in Nepalese rupees (NPR), so if you wish to pay by card, we will convert the dollar amount to a Nepalese Rupees equivalent at the prevailing exchange rate. Card payment is accepted only on your arrival into the country. There will be a 3.5% service fee on top.

Booking Payment Conditions

Booking and payment conditions
As soon as we have your Booking, with a specific program and more or less number in the group, we will release an invoice of 3,000$ per person for the confirmation deposit.

1. The final confirmation will require at least three months in advance of the tours commence with 50% of the tour payment.
2. The final and total payment will require at least 25-days before the program commences.
3. The banking transaction charges of each time payment will be needed to be borne by the sender, and a net amount of the total amount will require deposited in the company account.

Trip Cancellation
To compensate the administrative charges, and other expenses in dealing with the booking process, the following cancellation fees will be charged.

  • Cancellation after the confirmation - loss of the deposit
  • Cancellation 45-days before trip commences - 20% of the total cost
  • Cancellation 25-days before trip commences - 50% of the total cost
  • Cancellation less than 21-days before the trip commences - 70% of the total cost
  • Cancellation after arrival or during the trip - 100% of the total cost
Responsibility
We, Annapurna Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd., accept responsibility for ensuring that the services booked with us are as close as possible to the itinerary outfitted in our mutual understanding. You agree and understand that it may be necessary to adjust the program due to unforeseen factors. In such a case, the group leader and sirdar/guide, in the team, will make the final decision.

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