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Mount Everest Expedition

Trip Overview

It is needless to say what Mount Everest is widely famous for. The expedition trip to this mountain requires high level of fitness, courage, and patience. The round trip to the peak from Everest Base Camp normally takes from 40 - 50 days depending on the climber's fitness, speed, and weather. The expedition to Mount Everest is highly regulated by the Government of Nepal if you are climbing from the Southside and similar is the rule if you are climbing from Tibet.

Highlights

  • Climb the highest peak of the world.
  • Experience Sherpa culture and villages.
  • Visit local monasteries popular worldwide.
  • Share the experience of Himalayan Sherpa Guides.

Itinerary


Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu.

Welcome to Kathmandu. You will be received by one of our office representatives at the TIA exit section and escort you to your hotel afterward.

Depending on your arrival time, you will have the chance to stroll around the places nearby your hotel on your own.

  Hotel

Day 02: Permit preparation and trip briefing day.

Today you will have a free day in Kathmandu while your specialist will take time to arrange permits for your trek. You will have time to explore around the Kathmandu valley on your own or enjoy the cultural tour with an experienced tour guide arranged by Trek Guiders.

In the evening, you will be met by your specialist in your hotel lobby. S/he will introduce you to your guide for the trek and brief you shortly about your trek, things to do/ not to do, and any optional activities you may enjoy during the trip. You can ask any queries or share feelings with your specialist during the briefing.

  Hotel

  Breakfast

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2800m). Trek to Phakding (2652m)

You will be picked up by your guide 1.5 hours prior to your flight time to make sure you will reach the domestic airport on time. Make sure you already have your breakfast by the time your guide reach your hotel lobby.

After a scenic 35 minutes flight to Lukla, your guide will arrange local porters there to help you with your luggage throughout the trip. Today is the first day of the trek. So, intentionally you will be having a short trek today to get used to the altitude. You will be descending to Chaurikharka first and then head up the Dudh Koshi Valley to Phakding where you will be staying overnight.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche (3440m)

After breakfast in Phakding, you will continue north following the Dudh Koshi River towards Monjo and Jorsale. From here you will enter the Sagarmatha National Park area. Here your guide will complete the check-post work whereas you can enjoy some time clicking pictures. After lunch here, you will get to cross two rivers viz. Imja River and Nangpo Tsangpo (Bhote Koshi) River followed by a steep climb to Namche Bazaar.

Namche Bazaar is the main village in Khumbu area and is renowned for a central market area of this region. It is an important trading centre with a weekly Saturday market locally known as "Haat Bazaar". 

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 05: Restday in Namche.

Today is the first acclimatization day of your trek. So, you can rest and relax in your lodge. Optionally, you can choose to hike to Kunde Hospital set up by Sir Edmund Hillary in 1966 A.D in Kunde Village located at an altitude of 3840m. This hospital serves approximately 8000 people of Khumbu area and carries significant importance in this area. 

Or to speed up the acclimatization process, you can hike for an hour to reach Hotel Everest View, located in Khumjung village at an altitude of 3880m. This place is quite popular for a great view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Ama Dablam, and Mt. Lhotse. If you have time, you can also visit the Sherpa Culture Museum which in houses traditional Sherpa household, old artefacts, and everyday objects. It is the perfect place to get a sense of Sherpa life through the ages.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 06: Trek from Namche to Tengboche (3867m)

After breakfast in Namche, you will follow the trail to the side of the valley, high above the Dudh Koshi. From here, you will start getting amazing views of the Khumbu peaks viz. Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam. Passing through several small villages and tea shops, you will descend to a bridge over the river at Phunki Tenga where you can have lunch. It's good to have adequate rest and collect your energy for a steep climb to Tengboche. No matter how much you get tired of the trail, the beautiful sights of Rhododendron, beautiful birds and superb Himalayas views will make you forget your tiredness in a matter of seconds.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 07: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4360m)

Wake up early morning to explore the Tengboche Monastery and the places around. The monastery at Tengboche looks even more spectacular in the morning with mountains at its back.

Continuing to reach Pangboche, choose the upper trail for better views. You will pass through several Chortens, Mani Walls and small villages. Stop by at the place which offers delicious food with a fantastic close view of Mt. Ama Dablam. After a few rest time, you will walk the eastward trail beneath the towering north face of Mt. Ama Dablam. From here you will enter the Imja Valley walking a fairly moderate trail. The valley gradually unfolds as you descend into the Lobuche River and begin the last and steepest climb to the day leading up to Dingboche. After reaching Dingboche, you will see the beautiful array of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect barley, buckwheat, and potato from the cold winds and grazing animals.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 08: Restday in Dingboche.

This is going to be the second acclimatization day of your trip. Enjoy your refreshing breakfast admiring the fantastic Ama Dablam to the south.

For ideal acclimatization, climb the ridge on the north behind the village for a better view of Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Makalu and Mt. Cho Oyu, three of the six highest peaks. While on the west you will see the towering peaks of Cholatse and Taboche. Northwest direction will also show an array of peaks rising at the head of the Khumbu Khola Valley.

Rest of the day, you can stroll around the Dingboche village clicking some nice pictures of surroundings.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 09: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4930m)

Continue today's walk up the wide valley beneath the majestic peaks of Cholatse and Tawache on the left. Turning right, you will take a steep climb towards the foot of the Khumbu Glacier.

Enjoy a nice lunch at the tea house of Duglha and have some rest. From here, the trail zigzags up through the boulders of the glacier's terminal moraine. You will see many stone cairns at the top which is built as memorials to the Sherpas who died while climbing Mt. Everest. The path climbs gently along the glacier afterward, eventually reaching the cluster houses at Lobuche.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Trek from Lobuche to Ghorakshep (5170m). Hike upto Kalapatthar (5554m)

To reach your next stop, Kala Pattar, you will follow the Khumbu Glacier. The trail offers superb views of the surrounding mountains, especially where the path is forced to rise to cross a tributary glacier. You will stop for lunch at Gorak Shep.

Later in the afternoon, you will make your way to the top of one of the finest viewpoints in the Everest region, Kala Pattar [5554m]. As the light begins to fade, stroll back to your lodge at Gorakshep.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 : Trek from Ghorakshep to Everest Base Camp (5357m)

With the dawn break, you will resume your trek. Trek to Everest Base Camp from Gorakshep is three hours’ trip. Following the Khumbu glacier- sometimes the moraine glacier and at the other times the glacier itself, you will enjoy the view of captivating and peculiar 15m-high-seracs of ice on the trial. The Base Camp is a wide base from which the Khumbu giants have erected. Though you can’t view Everest from here, the place gives you a tranquil spectacle. Upon reaching the Base Camp, you will pitch your tent for the expedition.

  Camp

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 - Day 57 : Climbing Period

Now onwards, the mountain will be your home for about 6 weeks. In the initial days of climbing, you will do climbing preparations, training, practices, and acclimatization. Once you start climbing, you will follow our experienced climbing guides. Throughout the period, extra precautions are taken regarding the safety and success of the expedition. As you go higher, you will set up several camps till you reach the summit. After the summit, you will retrace your journey to Base Camp.

  Camp

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 58: Trek from EBC to Pangboche (3985m)

After breakfast, you will be walking mostly downhill today. Retracing your steps to Duglha and descending to Pheriche, you will reach The Himalayan Rescue Association, a trekker’s aid post and worth a visit.

After lunch, you will cross the Khumbu Khola on a wooden suspension bridge and follow the Imja Khola to the village of Pangboche.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 59: Trek from Pangboche to Namche (3440m)

Today, you continue to follow the river and, after crossing it, climb back up through birch and rhododendron forest to Tengboche. You will get to enjoy the peaks of Kongde, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kantega and Thamserku once again on the trail. From Tengboche, you will descend to the bridge over the Dudh Kosi. At Phunki Tenga, you will get to see the water driven prayer wheels, before making your way back to Namche.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 60: Trek from Namche to Lukla (2800m)

Today is the last day of your trekking day. You will cross several bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi River. Following the same trail which you used before to climb up to Namche, you will reach Lukla in about 6 to 7 hours.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 61: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu.

Today is the return day from Lukla. Your guide will finish all the airport formalities while you are having breakfast at the lodge. The porters will manage your luggage to be transported from your lodge to the airport. Once the guide get news about your flight arrival at Lukla airport, you will be called to see how the airplane gets landed in the small strip of Lukla airport. Afterward, you will get to the airport to get into the plan for flight back to Kathmandu.

Upon reaching Kathmandu, you will be escorted to your hotel. After lunch, the day is free. You can opt to enjoy some scenic cultural tours or relax during the day.

  Hotel

  Breakfast

Day 62: Freeday in Kathmandu. Buffer day for return flight contingency.

Today is an extra day kept as a buffer day in case the flight back to Kathmandu gets disturbed due to any weather contingencies. However, if you succeeded in landing Kathmandu on the previous day, you can enjoy a short day tour or have some shopping in the market to purchase a token of memory from Nepal to your home.

  Hotel

  Breakfast

Day 63: Depart Kathmandu.

You will be picked up from your hotel 3.5 hours before your international flight time by one of our office representatives to escort you to the TIA. Trip concludes !!

  Breakfast

Commencing this trip

The trail initially follows the same route to the Everest Base Camp. From the base camp, you will be guided by the experienced mountain Sherpas walking with the camping crews. Setting up the camps at various camps pre-determined (Camp 1: 6200m, Camp 2: 6600m, Camp 3: 7200m, and Camp 4: 8000m) and crossing all the hurdles and challenges on the trail, you will get to reach the summit of magnificent Mt. Everest.

After the summit, you will retrace the same path back to the Base Camp and continue down trekking to Lukla from where you will fly back to Kathmandu.

Optional: If you are feeling lazy to trek down the same path to Lukla, you can take the helicopter flight back to Lukla or directly to Kathmandu. (Helicopter flight subject to availability)

Best time to do this trip

Spring season is considered the best time to commence Everest Expedition trip. The month from April to May will be the most suitable period for this trip. During these months, the weather is mostly clear with great visibility of the trail and surrounding landscapes.

This trip can also be done during early autumn but the weather in the Everest is changeable and quite harsh. It all depends on how the climber gets adjusted to the extreme cold.

63 days

Trip at a Glance

  •    Country: Nepal
  •    Trip grade: Challenging
  •    Destination: Everest Region
  •    Activities: Mountaineering
  •    Accommodation: Hotel, Tea Houses, Camp
  •    Meals: City (B), Trek (B,L,D)
  •    Maximum altitude: 8848m
  •    Group size: 4 - 12
  •    Best Season: April , May

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