Mount Everest Expedition (8848.86m), the mountain that sets the yardstick for climbing achievement, lies on the border between Nepal and Tibet. The height of which a successful climber can brag, 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.
Who does not dream of standing at the highest point on earth?
Mount Everest Expedition (Everest Climbing) is the ultimate mountaineering adventure that allows adventure enthusiasts to conquer the summit. Nevertheless, adventure and experience, also present you with 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 expeditions via the South Col. As per the itinerary, 55 days are required to complete the expedition, out of which 38 days are set aside to climb the mountain. 9 days are required to trek up to the Everest Base Camp (including 2 acclimatization days). 4 high camps are set above the base camp.
Everest Expedition Route:
The Everest Base Camp is a renowned location that sits at an elevation of 5364 meters above sea level. The area offers stable conditions during the climbing period, with tents and stages often moving due to the ice melting and shifting. The base camp is surrounded by various peaks, including Pumori, Nuptse, Lola, Nutse, and the Khumbu Icefall. While mornings are usually pleasant, unexpected snowstorms can occur at night. With numerous adventure groups present at the base camp, it feels like a small Himalayan village.
The journey to Camp 1 is the most technical part of a southside climb as it involves crossing the treacherous Khumbu Icefall. The icefall features deep crevasses, towering ice seracs, and fast-flowing streams. To acclimatize, climbers typically spend only two nights at Camp 1 before moving on to Camp 2. Camp 2 is situated on a lateral moraine on the western edge and offers breathtaking views of Lhotse. It serves as the primary climbing camp for most groups during the climbing season and is also an important acclimatization camp.
Climbing the steep Lhotse Face to reach Camp 3 can be quite challenging, as most climbers are not yet using supplemental oxygen at this point. While the path is rope-assisted, the ice is rough, and the angles range from 30 to 45 degrees. Nevertheless, it's a necessary climb for acclimatization before attempting the peak. Climbers typically stay at Camp 3 for two nights for further acclimatization and the summit push.
Camp 4, also known as South Col, sits at an elevation of 26,300 feet and is the final camp before the summit push. The area is known for its rocky terrain, with both Everest and Lhotse being covered in loose rock. Most climbers can reach Camp 4 without supplemental oxygen, although there are two rock sections to negotiate before getting there: the Yellow Band and the Geneva Spur.
The final push to the summit, which takes between 9 and 13 hours to complete, involves traversing the Balcony, the Hillary Step, and the South Summit before reaching the central panel. The last part of the climb is a moderate snow slope, and while most climbers are fatigued, the adrenaline keeps them going. After reaching the summit, climbers descend along the same route they took to get there.
Amigo Treks and Expedition’s planning, logistics, staffing, and experience, will help you achieve your lifetime dream, as the company offers fully inclusive support 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 seasons to plan this expedition, while the monsoon and December –February are considered the most unfavorable times for an expedition. Our support combined with your enthusiasm, patience, and perseverance will help you achieve your lifetime dream. However, suppose you aren’t ready to attempt the Everest Expedition yet. In that case, Amigo Treks and Expedition offer other best expedition options like Pumori Expedition, Annapurna Expedition, Amadablam Expedition, or even Dhaulagiri Expedition.
Day 01: Arrival and hotel transfer:
Upon arrival at your destination, you will be transferred to your hotel to rest and acclimatize to the altitude.
Day 02: Everest Expedition Preparation and Briefing:
In the morning, you will have a briefing session where you will be introduced to the team and discuss the upcoming expedition. You will also be given an overview of the route, safety guidelines, and equipment required.
Day 03: Flight to Lukla and Trek to Phakding:
After an early morning flight to Lukla, you will trek for a short distance to reach Phakding, where you will spend the night.
Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar:
You will continue your trek through the beautiful Dudh Koshi valley, passing through pine forests and small villages until you reach the vibrant town of Namche Bazaar.
Day 05: Acclimatization day at Namche:
This is a rest day to acclimatize to the high altitude. You can explore the town, visit the local market, and hike to nearby viewpoints.
Day 06: Trek to Tengboche:
The trek continues through rhododendron forests and scenic landscapes to reach Tengboche, which offers stunning views of Mount Everest and surrounding peaks.
Day 07: Trek to Dingboche:
You will trek through the Imja Khola valley to reach Dingboche, a small village surrounded by picturesque mountains.
Day 08: Trek to Lobuche:
The trail takes you through the Khumbu glacier and offers stunning views of towering peaks before reaching Lobuche, where you will stay overnight.
Day 09: Acclimatization day at Lobuche:
This is another rest day to acclimatize to the high altitude. You can explore the surroundings and prepare for the upcoming trek to Gorakshep.
Day 10: Trek to Gorakshep:
You will trek through rocky terrain and moraines to reach Gorakshep, where you will spend the night before the final trek to Everest Base Camp.
Day 11: Trek to Everest Base Camp:
This is a challenging trek through the Khumbu icefall to reach the base camp, where you will spend the night.
Day 12-50: Everest Summit Period:
This period is dedicated to climbing Mount Everest, where you will be accompanied by an experienced guide and a team of Sherpas.
Day 51: Helicopter flight to Kathmandu:
After a successful expedition, you will take a scenic helicopter flight back to Kathmandu.
Day 52-54: Leisure days in Kathmandu:
These are rest days to relax and explore the vibrant city of Kathmandu.
Day 55: Departure transfer:
On the final day, you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight.
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.
It takes most climbers around two months to summit Mount Everest, although it depends on factors such as weather conditions and the individual climber's experience and fitness level
Everest has been summited by 6,098 different people, for a total of (Approx.) 11,346 summits. till 2022
The cost of a standard supported climb ranges between $30,000 and $80,000. Transportation from Kathmandu, food, base camp tents, Sherpa support, and supplemental oxygen are typically included.
Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were the first people to climb Mount Everest
No, it is not advised that you attempt to climb Everest with no experience. To successfully summit Everest, you must be extremely physically fit; most people spend at least 1-2 years training. You should also be comfortable on AD-rated climbs and have previous high-altitude experience.
Summiteers typically spend 10-30 minutes on the summit.
During the Everest Expedition, our climbing guides and sherpas will assist you with safety care, medical treatment, and communication services. We will have a dedicated communication channel such as internet and satellite phone, so don't worry; our guide will assist you if a critical situation arises.
Some climbers bring disposable travel toilet bags to use in higher camps, while at Base Camp, toilet tents with special drums for human waste are available. These can be safely removed from the mountain and emptied.
Yes, climbing insurance is required for the Mt. Everest expedition (8848 m). This policy will also cover your trekking insurance. Please check different insurance policies regarding Everest Expedition before you begin your Everest Expedition.
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