Mt. Everest (8848m), the mountain that sets the yardstick of climbing achievement, lies on the border between Nepal and Tibet. The height of which a successful climber can brag of, also assures life’s most rewarding experience. For this reason, the mountain attracts mountaineers all over the world and as a result, receives around 1000 summit attempts every year. The first successful attempt, however, was made on May 29, 1953 by Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary. It is the most popular expedition not just in the Everest region of Nepal, but around the world.
Well, who does not dream to stand on the highest point on earth?
Mt. Everest Expedition is the ultimate mountaineering adventure that allows adventure enthusiasts to conquer the summit. Nevertheless, with adventure and experience, it also presents you one of the greatest physical and mental challenges, as Everest lives up to its fearful reputation, if the conditions decide to become unsympathetic to you. Therefore, it’s best not to underestimate the altitude and the technical difficulty.
The Expedition: Mt. Everest can be climbed from the south via the Khumbu Valley in Nepal as well as from the north via Tibet. Amigo Treks and Expedition offers guided expedition via the South Col. As per the itinerary, total 65 days are required to successfully complete the expedition, out of which 46 days are set aside to climb the mountain. 9 days are required to trek up to the Everest Base Camp (including 2 acclimatization day). 4 high camps are set above the base camp. Starting base camp, we have to cross crevasses, seracs and huge ice chunks with the help of fixed ropes and aluminium ladders to climb to camp one- a flat area of endless snow, deep crevasses and mountain wall. Having past the crevasses and seracs through the silent valley, the trail leads us to a rocky patch at the height of about 6400m, at the foot of icy mount Lhotse wall, where we set our second high camp. The walk from camp 2 is initially flat, up till the wall. The icy incline begins from the wall. The trail then passes through the ice bumps, and steep ice before reaching camp 3. After camp 3, we will travel across the wall towards the Yellow Band and the Black Turtle- rocky section of the wall. The climb continues until the foot of the last wall to camp 4 that sits on a plateau resembling a moonscape (inside the Deathzone). From camp 4 we finally attempt the summit via the southeast ridge. It is the most dangerous part of climbing as the place is besieged by violent winds. After achieving the summit, we climb down the same route.
Amigo Treks and Expedition’s planning, logistics, staffing and experience, will easily help you achieve your lifetime dream, as the company offers fully inclusive support all the way up to the summit. The supports include, experienced mountaineers, guides and crew members with extensive knowledge of wilderness medical training; permanent base camp, excellent expedition cook and manager, full board meal and accommodation, solar electricity, internet facility, satellite phone, professional and reliable weather forecast service for the expedition and other required logistics necessary for a successful expedition.
Moreover, this expedition also presents the best cultural trek opportunity into the scenic Sherpa heartland of the Khumbu Valley. March –May and October-November are considered the best season to plan this expedition, while monsoon and December –February are considered the most unfavorable time for an expedition. Our support combined with your enthusiasm, patience and perseverance will help you achieve your lifetime dream. However, if you aren’t ready to attempt the Everest Expedition yet, Amigo Treks and Expedition offer other best expedition options like Pumori Expedition, Annapurna Expedition, Amadablam Expedition, or even Dhaulagiri Expedition.
Day 01: Arrival and Transfer to the hotel
Day 02: Preparation and Briefing for Departure to Everest Region
Day 03: Flyto Lukla and short trek to Phakding
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar
Day 05: Acclimatization day at Namche
Day 06: Trek to Tangboche
Day 07: Trek to Dingboche
Day 08: Trek to Lobuche
Day 09: Acclimatization day at Lobuche
Day 10: Trek to Gorakshep
Day 11: Trek to Everest Base camp
Day 12-58: Everest Summit Climbing
Day 59: Trek down to Dingboche
Day 60: Trek to Tengboche
Day 61: Trek to Namche Bazaar
Day 62: Trek to Lukla
Day 63: Fly Back to Kathmandu
Day 64: The Leisure day in Kathmandu
Day 65: Transfer for Final Departure
Amigo Treks and Expedition has compiled a list of essential equipment, personal medical provisions, and summary of medical conditions likely to encounter during 8000m mountaineering expeditions to help mountaineers in preparation and provisioning for climbing or mountaineering expedition.
This list should be considered as an essential summary and expeditioners embarking on the adventure are encouraged to conduct further study and practical exercises to familiarize themselves with the equipment, medical terminology and understanding of medical conditions related to high elevation, cold, wind, excessive sun radiation as well as injuries likely to sustain in the outdoor situation and in particular high and remote mountainous areas.
Essential Personal Climbing Gear:
For under garments we recommend Merino Wool from Icebreaker because the company understands climbers and mountaineers needs and utilises the best quality material in the world. No other company can at this stage match Icebreaker quality. The quality in extreme conditions is essential for your comfort and safety. Merino wool is the finest wool and it matches cotton with softness and polypropylene with insulation and breath-ability because it takes moisture away from the body and keeps you dry and warm. Due to its natural nano-tube construction it has antibacterial properties, so it stays usable for much longer. It is slightly more expensive then polypropylene so is climbing and trekking.
Travel and Sleeping Gear
Rucksacks and Travel Bags:
Our skilful cooks will prepare 3 delicious hot meals and plenty of drinks each day in base camp, as well as in camp 2 on the mountain. This meals will consist of soup, local cheese & sausage, biscuits, dried noodles, potatoes, rice, porridge, butter, dried and tinned vegetables, fruit, meats, and fish, tea with milk and sugar, powdered juice drink, and drinking chocolate. Our Sherpas will be carrying this food to the higher camps.
We ask only members to bring 5 dehydrated meals (freeze-dried dinners) for their summit attempt. On summit day you will be at high elevation and you will be affected by the altitude with very limited appetite and for period so it is important to have flavours you most likely will consume.
We cannot cater for specific personal and uncommon foods and flavours. If you have any unusual, non-standard or specific personal, cultural or religious dietary requirements, which can only be satisfied with imported product, we ask you to bring your own imported daily snack and energy foods.
We do not provide “snack” food such as chocolate or "energy-bars". We ask that you bring or buy your own "snack" or daily cold energy food in Kathmandu or in home country. From our experience 3-6 kilos/6-12 pounds is a sufficient amount. A growing variety of imported foods such as European and American cheeses, chocolates, biscuits, cookies, nuts, and locally made power-bars are now available in Kathmandu, at realistic prices. However, imported brands of power bars, GU, re-hydration drinks, dehydrated food, "freeze-dried meals", imported cheese and sausage may not be available. If you want these items, you must bring them from your home country. Many of our members, especially Britons, Europeans, and Australians with tiny baggage allowances, now purchase their daily snacks in Kathmandu. Our schedule in Kathmandu allows sufficient time for shopping.
Miscellaneous Practical Items:
On Everest, although some climbers wish to try to summit it without supplemental oxygen, most of members would prefer to have oxygen available. We only allow members to climb Everest with the supplemental oxygen available. How much oxygen one requires is an individual decision; some people want 1 bottle, others want 12; our only requirement is that every expedition team member must have at least one oxygen bottle available for personal use, which will constitute at the minimum an emergency supply for climber to get down to at least camp 4. Our experience indicates five oxygen bottles is usually a sufficient for average climber. All of the equipment is guaranteed to work well together, and it is easy to use, with simple threaded and snap-on fittings which require no tools. We have a 40% buy back policy on unused oxygen bottles, and masks, hoses, and regulators in good condition.
Note: You may have to carry some or all of your own oxygen on summit day, as well as up and down the mountain. If possible, the groups sherpas will help stock the high camps, as well as share in carrying extra bottles during summit attempts. If you are concerned you might not be able to carry your own oxygen, you may wish to hire a personal sherpa.
Who can climb a peak?
There are no restrictions to obtain climbing permit and anyone with appropriate fitness and skills can attempt a peak climbing. Climbing difficulty varies for different mountains and routes. Non-technical climbs can be attempted by a fit trekker with little or no climbing experience. For technical climbs one needs to have an appropriate level of climbing experience.
I have never climbed before. Can I go for peak climbing?
There is always first time for everything including peak climbing. There are non-technical peaks, which can be climbed safely by a fit trekker and even slightly technical peaks can be attempted by a novice climber with a professional climbing guide.
What are physical fitness criteria to climb a peak in Nepal?
To climb high elevation peak the health and fitness is a paramount criteria. The level of fitness required is proportional to peak elevation and route difficulty and length.
What is climbing permit?
Climbing Permit for trekking peaks is a legal document issued by the Nepal Mountaineering Association authorizing the climber to attempt the climb on designated peak or route. Attempting a climb without permit is illegal.
Do I need climbing permit?
Yes climbing permits are required to climb any peak above 5000m and it is illegal to do so without a climbing permit.
Who will lead me during climbing?
A licensed, trained and experienced Climbing Sherpa Guide will lead you while Peak Climbing.
Do I need travel insurance?
Yes the rescue insurance is required while climbing.
Which is the best season for peak climbing?
In general August to November and March to May are two climbing seasons in Nepal.
Do I need to join in a climbing group?
There is no legal requirement to join the climbing group however climbing solo is an unsafe practice. It is recommended to hire the guide even for simple routes.
What will be the food and accommodation?
During the access trek you will be accommodated in a lodge/teahouse; once in the basecamp you will be assigned a tent and your climbing Sherpa will prepare high altitude food; all your climbing gear and food for the climb will be carried by the porter up to the base camp.
How much time is generally required for trekking peak?
It varies for different peaks and weather condition. Generally most of trekking peaks require one or two days to summit from the basecamp. The access time varies also and depends on peak location and peak elevation.
How difficult are the trekking peaks?
It depends on the Trekking Peak. There is a variety of peaks available ranging from non-technical through easy technical to difficult and very difficult technical routes.
Is there any age limit for trekking Peaks Climbing?
Children below 18 are Restricted for Peak Climbing in Nepal. Is this incorrect?
What are the sources of drinking water supply during Peak Climbing?
On most of treks bottled water is available. There are also purified filtered water stations in many lodges. The boiled water will be also available in the lodges and from the camp kitchen.
Where do we eat our meals?
On popular trails we will stay in lodges and guest houses and the meals will be cooked for you with continental menu meals often available as well as soups and noodles and rice dishes; on some routes there will be a limited choice and on some more remote routes only local Nepal Dal Bhat and curry or instant noodle soups will be available. In the basecamp your Sherpa guide will prepare meals for you from instant dry meals.
Is there any communication while we are on trekking?
It all depends on the area with most of the trekking routeshaving local VHF Phones; increasingly more places get mobile coverage of varied capacity; in remote communication is not available or very limited so the only option would be a satellite phone.
What type of shoes or boots should I wear?
You need comfortable trekking shoes preferably with Gore-Tex style lining for ultimate comfort and thick vibratim soles to have comfortable walk on rocky paths. On snow routes you will also require crampons, climbing harness and on many climbs the iceaxe.
What problems can arise on altitude?
At high altitude your cardio-pulmonary system is affected by low oxygen density and you can suffer from general breathing difficulties to Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) as well as your skin is susceptible to sunburn if not protected by cloths or sunblock. The AMS is preventable through appropriate trekking pace and undertaking acclimatization.
What type of insurance should I have? Where can I obtain the insurance?
You need to obtain travel insurance before you arrive to Kathmandu. Your insurance should cover rescue insurance and it should allow the expense of helicopter supported medevac. Nowadays such policies are readily available through many airfare booking agents. Try ihi.com if you cannot find your insurance.
What type of insurance should I have? Where can I obtain the insurance?
You will require a travel insurance, which will not exclude climbing and helicopter evacuation. You need obtain your insurance before you arrive to Kathmandu. Climbing insurance may be obtained through some climbing clubs and some insurers such as IHI.
What is the cost of Peak Climbing?
The cost depends on peak you wish to climb and the number of climbers in the group. The cost of the climb consists of trekking cost, transportation costs (airfare or surface transportation), equipment and staff requirements, climbing duration and permit costs. Please consult us.
Amigo Treks & Expedition is Nepal based local company which is located in Thamel (a downtown) nearby major tourist attractions, hotels and restaurants as well as major shops for the trekking & mountaineering and many more. All our Guides, Porters, Sherpas and Leaders are locals and have many years of practical experience.
Amigo Treks & Expedition is Government registered company and associates with tourism related bodies of Nepal so that we are fully authorized and licensed. Since we do require minimum advance deposit of the total price as it would enable us to reserve accommodations, transportation and flights for this trip. Thus financially you are 100% safe.
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