Everest Expedition - the ultimate dream of most mountaineers, to one day take on the biggest mountaineering challenge possible – climbing Mount Everest! Himalayan Ascent is here to help you make that dream a reality!
The Everest Expedition in the Himalayas is definitely one of the world’s greatest physical and mental challenges that human beings dare to partake. The glory of pride and fulfillment in successfully summiting the Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain, is immeasurable and unsurpassable, that keeps beckoning the climbers to conduct this extraordinary human feat! Of course, turning the dream into reality requires a lot of hard work. Himalayan Ascent will only accept climbers who have the requisite skills and level of experience.
The aim of Himalayan Ascent's Mount Everest Expedition is to provide the necessary framework for expedition members to have a safe, enjoyable trip, with the best possible chance of summiting. The key components of this framework include:
- Employing an experienced, strong, caring and professionally trained team of Sherpa guides on the mountain, all with previous Everest experience/summits
- Creating a small, cohesive team of climbers and Sherpas
- Strictly vetting the caliber of expedition members
- Providing a comfortable base camp
- Staying healthy
We will tackle Mount Everest via the South Col and South East ridge route, the same route taken by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, the first ones to climb Everest successfully. You'll feel like you're climbing through history as you pass through and across such infamous features as the Khumbu Icefall, the Western Cwm, the Yellow Band and the Geneva Spur. Once you're on the summit push, you'll look back in awe towards Makalu, Lhotse, and once you stand on the South Summit and stare across the Hillary Step and the true summit, you shall know that your dream is within reach!
Your Expedition Manager for 2018 Mount Everest expedition
This expedition requires excellent fitness and prior experience of a Himalayan expedition. You should be able to carry at least 15kg, demonstrate strong endurance and high mountaineering experience. The South Col-South East ridge is the classic route that passes through the Khumbhu icefall and involves a steep climb on the Lhotse face. The maximum altitude is 8848m.
- Stunning views of Lhotse, Nuptse, Oho Oyu, Makalu, Shispangma and Makalu
- Colourful Buddhist culture and spirited Sherpa people
- Summiting the highest mountain in the world
A Himalayan Ascent representative will collect you from the airport. It’s a free day to recover from your international flight, and to meet your guides and team. Later in the evening, there will be a group briefing and welcome group dinner.Day 2-3: In Kathmandu
These are free days for you prepare and check through equipment with your guides. There will be time to rent/buy anything if needed. An optional sightseeing tour can be organised to take you to the major attractions in Kathmandu, like the giant Buddhist stupa at Bodha, the massive Hindu temple complex at Pashupatinath, and the historic palaces in Kathmandu/Patan Durbar Square.Day 4: Fly to Lukla (2840m), trek to Phakding (2610m) ~2 hrs
Welcome to the Khumbu! We will take the exhilarating flight on a Twin Otter to Lukla and (hopefully!) catch the first glimpses of Everest from the plane. In Lukla we will meet our porters and other BC staff, and after lunch walk to Phakding, a small village on the roaring Dudh Koshi river, which drains the bulk of the Everest region. The milky, glacier-fed waters of the Dudh Koshi are the source of its name, which means “Milk River.” We will stay in a comfortable lodge on the edge of the river.Day 5: Trek Phakding (2610m) to Namche (3440m) ~7 hrs
Today we will continue up the Dudh Koshi under a forest of mixed conifers and hardwoods, passing through several beautiful villages. Just before the village of Monjo we will officially enter the boundaries of the Sagarmatha National Park, a protected area encompassing 1,148 km2. Soon after, we will cross a suspension bridge high above the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers and head up the hill through a black pine forest to Namche Bazaar, the political and economic centre of the Khumbu.Day 6: Acclimatisation day in Namche
It is critical to the success of an expedition like this to let our bodies gradually acclimatise to the altitude. This will be the first of several rest and acclimatisation days we will take along the way to foster this process. Today you can check out Namche market, rest, or take the optional hike up to Syangboche to take in your first real view of our objective. On a clear day, enjoy the spectacular views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and Everest, as well as an overview of the valley you will be headed up for the next few days. Visit the national park visitor centre to learn about the natural, cultural, and human history of this region. You are part of a long tradition of mountaineers, both foreign and local, to the highest mountain on earth.Day 7: Trek Namche (3440m) to Tengboche (3860m) ~ 5 hrs
From Namche on, the terrain changes dramatically. We will trek along the edge of a juniper-covered ridge, through rhododendron and silver birch forests on the north-facing slopes, ever deeper into the heart of the Khumbu. On this section of trail keep your eyes open for the spectacularly colored Impeyan Pheasant—Nepal’s national bird, or for large mammals like the Jharal—a shaggy wild goat which grazes in this area. After dipping once more down to the Dudh Koshi we climb up steeply to stay the night in the high meadows of Tengboche. Tengboche is the site of a working monastery and several beautiful stupas. Time permitting, you may attend morning or evening services and complete your own khora of the site.Day 8: Trek Tengboche (3860m) to Dingboche (4410m) ~6 hrs
We will continue down into the wide glacial valley from Tengboche, stopping to take in splendid views of Ama Dablam from Pangboche. Here we will also try to visit the senior Lama Geshi and Pangboche monastry to receive personal blessings for our trip. After lunch, we cross the river again before ending up in the lovely farming village of Dingboche at the head of the Imja Valley.Day 9: Acclimatisation in Dingboche
We will take our second rest day in Dingboche, where guides will facilitate your acclimatisation by organising a short walk to visit the Himalayan Rescue Association at Pheriche, or to take in the surrounding scenery.Day 10: Trek Dingboche (4410m) to Lobuche (4910m) ~5 hr
Leaving Dingboche behind, we will continue along the path towards BC, passing just below the edge of the Khumbu glacier before climbing steeply up alongside the glacial moraine to the village of Lobuche. We will stay here for an extra night before continuing onto BC.Day 11-12: Trek Lobuche (4910m) to BC (5364m) ~6 hr
Climbing up the trail 3 hours beyond Lobuche, we will reach the small outpost of Gorak Shep (5140m), the BC for the 1953 expedition that first climbed Everest. From here, we walk 2-3 hr winding through the rubble and scree of the Khumbu glacier, to reach BC at the base of the Khumbu Icefall. There will be an option to spend the night at Gorak Shep before BC for an extra night of acclimatisation.Day 13-15: Rest, acclimatisation and puja at BC
For the next few days we will settle into our comfortable BC and get acclimatised. Sherpas have a spiritual connection with the Himalayas so we’ll perform a special puja ceremony in respect to the mountains and to ask for safety, good health and success.Day 16-17: Introduction to Khumbhu Icefall
We will start moving through the icefall, practicing on ladders and testing our equipment as we make it for the first time to Camp 1 (C1, 5950m) at the top of the icefall.Day 18-20: Rotation to C1, touch C2 and return to BC
For our first major foray up the mountain, we will spend two nights in C1, transverse the Western cwm and climb up to C2 (6400m), acclimatising in between.Day 21-23: Rest and recover
After returning to BC we will rest up for a couple of days before our next climb up the mountain.Day 24-29: Rotation up to C3 and return to BC
This time we will aim to reach C3 (7200m) which sits in the middle of the Lhotse face, and sleep at C2 for at least 4 nights along the way. We will take an extra 2 days to acclimatise at C2, and attempt to spend one night at C3 as well.Day 30-37: Trek to Dingboche or Debuche to rest
We will return to lower altitude at Dingboche and Deboche, and take a much needed break from 5000m+ low oxygen air. Here we’ll rest, breathe in richer oxygen filled air to replenish our bodies before returning for our final push.Day 38-54: Preparation for Summit and Summit Everest
Now that we are acclimatised and ready for the last climb, we will rest up, consume lots of calories, and when the weather is right, go for the top. On the summit push we allow our climbers to spend one full night at the South Col (C4, 7950m) sleeping on oxygen, rather than the couple of hours that most companies take. This allows you to get enough rest and energy to be ready for the final push to the top. We start early in darkness from the South Col, climb to the balcony and reach the South summit by dawn. From here, the route is exposed along the summit ridge to the Hillary step. Straddling the boundaries of Nepal and Tibet up the ridge, we then finally reach the Summit! The view from the rooftop of the world highlights the sheer scale of Everest as it dominates over other regional 8000m peaks (Lhotse, Makalu, Kanchenjunga, Shisapangma, Cho Oyu) seen from its summit. We return along the same route to C4 to rest. The journey back to BC breaks at C2.Day 55-58: Pack up base camp and trek to Lukla
After returning safely to BC we will take a day or two to rest, pack up camp, and return back to Lukla for a much-needed shower and celebratory beer!Day 59: Fly to Kathmandu
From Lukla we will fly back to Kathmandu, where the comforts of your hotel await you.Day 60: In Kathmandu
You will have the day free to shop and visit sites around Kathmandu. On this final night, the sumptuous farewell party will let you celebrate with all your team members and guides!Day 61: Depart Kathmandu
Fly back to your home country. We hope to see you next year!