Everest Expedition - 63 Days

About Everest Expedition

Everest Expedition is one of the most adventurous and thrilling journeys one can have in their lifetime. A venture to the top of the world, climbing Mt. Everest is the dream of thousands of travel lovers. This journey not only takes you to the summit of the world's highest mountain, but also lets you explore the hidden and isolated corners of the Khumbu region. The trail passes through beautiful Sherpa villages, where you get to see their rich cultural heritage and later join the glaciers & snowy trail. Throughout the expedition, you get to see the stunning landscape and Himalayan mountains views. Get in touch with us to know about the Everest Expedition cost or any other information.

Everest Expedition route (South Col Route)

Everest Base Camp (5,200 m)

The base of Mt. Everest is basically a moving glacier. This is the place, where you will be spending most of the time, therefore the crew will make sure you are having a comfortable stay. All the tents and necessities will be set before your arrival at the Everest Base Camp. You will go on numerous short hikes to acclimatize yourself for climbing Mt. Everest. Likewise, your team leader will also give you technical climbing training.

Camp I (5,900 m)

The route that leads to Camp I is very technical and involves the Khumbu Icefall. Khumbu Icefall is a 2,000 ft moving iceberg with deep crevasses, towering ice seracs, and many avalanches coming off Everest’s west shoulder. Upon reaching Camp I, you will set the tents along with the team and spend a couple of nights before heading above.

Camp II (6,400 m)

Located at the bottom of the west ridge in a lateral moraine, Camp II offers stunning views of Mt. Lhotse. At Camp II, you will be spending a few days. As it is a very safe site to spend the night, you might see other fellow climbers in the peak climbing season. 

Camp III (7,100 m)

The route to Camp III involves technical climbing. Moreover, as you have also touched high altitude, the climb will gradually become strenuous because of low oxygen pressure. You will be exposed to strong wind, cold, and sun. The team leader will fix ropes for you. The path ranges from 30 to 45 degrees in angle. The distance to Camp III is long and can get exhausting.

South Col (8,000 m)

Srrounded by the north summit of the Everest and south summit of Lhotse, South Col is a flat area covered with loose boulders. Here, you will set the last camp before your final push towards the summit. Until this point, most of the climbers do not require supplemental oxygen support, however if you need there will be enough to support you. Crossing two rock sections, you reach the Yellow Band. From here, you pass by the Geneva Spur, an anvil-shaped rib of black rock to reach South Col.

Summit (8,848 m) – 1 hour or less

The distance of the summit from the South is short. You begin pushing towards the summit early in the morning. Crossing the Balcony, you slowly ascend towards the Hillary Steps and reach the south summit and head towards the central summit. You then climb on the moderate slope and reach the main summit of Mt. Everest.

Variation & Custom Itinerary

If you want to explore more parts of the Khumbu region, then we recommend you go for Gokyo Lakes Trek or Everest Three High Pass Trek. We do offer private expeditions for Mt. Everest, where you can create a custom itinerary that will fit your needs and requirements.

Highlights

  • Scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla
  • Walk through adventurous trail and beautiful mountain villages
  • Explore the Namche Bazar
  • Get to observe daily lifestyle of Sherpas
  • Visit Tengboche monastery
  • Reach the top of Mt. Everest
  • Get to see stunning landscape and panoramic views of the Himalayas

Itinerary

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You arrive at Kathmandu Airport, where one of our team members will pick you up and take you to the hotel. He will quickly brief you about the day program and leave you to rest. Later, in the evening, you meet with other team members over a welcome dinner and stroll on the vibrant streets of Thamel.

  • Hotel
  • Welcome dinner

After having a delicious breakfast, you meet with your tour guide in your hotel lobby. He will guide you to different UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath temple, Boudhnath Stupa, Swayambhunath, etc. All of these places will present you rich Nepali art and architecture. 

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast only

The day is spent preparing for the expedition. You will arrange all the documents for the journey and re-check the gears before the final packing. Today, you also meet with your team leader who will help you reach Everest. He will introduce himself and route to you.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast only

After having breakfast, you take an early morning flight to Lukla. During the flight, you can see an aerial view of the Khumbu region and snow-capped mountains. Upon landing at the airport, you meet with the rest of the crew members and begin trekking towards Phakding. The trail gradually descends along a stream through the forested path.

  • Lodge
  • BLD

From Phakding, you pass by small villages and reach Monjo. This is the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park. From here, the trail gets steep and crosses streams and bridges many times. You ascend on a steep path through dense forests to reach Namche Bazar that welcomes you with glorious views of Mt. Everest and other snow-capped mountains.

  • Lodge
  • BLD

Today is an acclimatization day. You will spend the day exploring around the village and interacting with Sherpa people. You also go on short excursion to Everest View Hotel from where you get to see striking views of the Himalayan mountains. Later, in the day, you can visit the Sherpa Culture Museum and Everest Photo Gallery.

  • Lodge
  • BLD

The trail to Tengboche offers stunning views of mountains like Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam. If you are lucky, you can also spot wildlife like musk deer, Himalayan Tahr, pheasant, etc on the way. From Namche Bazar, you descend through lush forest and cross the Dudh Koshi river. The trail takes you to Phunki Thenga and continues ascending on a steep path that leads to Tengboche. You will visit the oldest monastery of the Khumbu region, the Tengboche monastery.

  • Lodge
  • BLD

Following an upper trail, you reach Pangboche village. On the way, you pass by many chortens, mani walls, and stupas. You will enter Imja Valley and descend to a river. Further, the trail ascends steeply towards Dingboche, the Summer Valley of Khumbu region. You will get to see fields of many crops around the village.

  • Lodge
  • BLD

Today is another rest day at Dingboche. You go on a hike to the base of NangkarTshang Peak from where you get to see fantastic views of Mt. Makalu. There are also other short hike options near the village. These short hikes during the rest day will help your body acclimatize with the altitude.

  • Lodge
  • BLD

Leaving Dingboche behind, the trail ascends to a ridge following a wide valley. From here, you will cross a glacial moraine and a few lodges. You reach Thukla and continue ascending towards Lobuche village situated at the lap of Mt. Lobuche. The views are excellent throughout the day.

  • Lodge
  • BLD

The trail today takes you to the first base camp of Everest, Gorakshep. However, now this is the last human settlement area before the Everest Base Camp. The trail moves along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. You get to see superb scenery on the way.

  • Lodge
  • BLD

After having a warm breakfast, you begin trekking towards the lap of the world's highest mountain. Passing by Army Mountaineers Memorials, you trek and reach the base camp, where your climbing team members will be waiting for you. 

  • Camp
  • BLD

From this day onwards, you begin your climbing journey towards Everest. You will spend a few days on the base camp before moving further so that your body can nicely adjust with the altitude. Gradually, you will establish different camps and cross technical sections to reach the top of the summit. After reaching the summit, you retrace the path and drop down to base camp.

  • Camp
  • BLD

The trail descends to Dingboche. You will pass by villages like Gorak Shep and Lobuche. On the way, you will also cross bridges and get to see beautiful mountain views.

  • Lodge
  • BLD

Today, most part of the trail involves a downhill walk. Passing through lush forests of rhododendron, pine, fir, maple, juniper, etc and small villages, you reach Tengboche.

  • Lodge
  • BLD

Trekking through lush forests, you ascend on a steep slope. Further, you pass by colorful prayer flags and chortens. You can see stunning views of Himalayas on the way. 

  • Lodge
  • BLD

After having a warm breakfast, you begin descending through dense forests, crossing numerous streams. Passing through Phakding, you ascend following a stream and reach Lukla.

  • Lodge
  • BLD

Take an early morning flight that will take you back to Kathmandu. During the flight relish on the last views of the Himalayas until next time. Upon landing at the airport, you move to the hotel. Relax for the day and do shopping. Later have delicious farewell dinner with team members.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast & farewell dinner

Today, you fly back to your home or next destination. As per your flight departure time, our team member will escort you to the international Airport.

Cost Details

  • Airport picks up/drop with Private Transportation
  • Flight ticket Kathmandu– Lukla – Kathmandu- Kathmandu including Airport taxes
  • Everest Climbing Permit, National Park Fees & Local government permit and Garbage Deposit Accommodation during the expedition in tea houses/lodge accommodation/tents during climbing in twin sharing basis. All camping equipment’s like tent, dining tent, toilet tent, table and chairs, mattresses
  • Emergency Oxygen- Mask and regulator and other necessary medical equipment’s.
  • Food/Meals during expedition - nutritious breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Experienced and qualified cook and kitchen helper at Base Camp and Advanced Camps. Kitchen and Dining equipment for all camps. Catering to extra dietary requirements. Food, fuel, fresh vegetables, fruits, and meat at camps during the expedition. High altitude food and fuel.
  • EPI Gas burner for high climb, Gamow Bag (life saving device in case of altitude sickness) on a sharing basis with expedition members. Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC). Group gears and supplies like ropes, ice screws, snow bars.
  • Medical Kit. We use pulse oximeter during the expedition to monitor blood oxygen saturation level and avoid altitude sickness or other health risks
  • Quilified staffs and liaison officer
  • Yaks and Porters for transportation. (2 Trekkers:1 Porter) Maximum load 20 kg per porter.
  • Satellite phone and Walkie-Talkie’s available
  • Adventure small World Trekking’s appreciation certificate for successful expedition
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Nepal Entry Visa fee, international airfare and airport taxes
  • Medical and personal high risk insurance. Emergency rescue evacuation if required & Personal accident, medical insurance or Helicopter rescue for climbing/expedition members.
  • Personal Equipment & Climbing gears and Personal Expenses (shopping, laundry, telephone call, extra porter)
  • Applicable permit fees and custom charges for satellite phones, communication equipment’s, commercial filming of expedition
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch/Dinner or meal expenses in Kathmandu and Extra Night – Accommodation/Hotel in Kathmandu
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Extra luggage & personal climbing gear
  • Walkie-talkies & Filming permit
  • Cargo clearance (Custom duty fees to be paid by clients)
  • Summit bonus and tips for Guides and Porters (the on-going rate is $300 per climber)
  • Additional costs or delays caused by unforeseen events like landscape, extreme weather conditions, itinerary modification caused by safety concerns, illness, change in sudden government policies, strikes.

Useful Information

Everest Expedition difficulty & Altitude Sickness

Climbing Mt. Everest is no joke. You have to be physically fit and mentally strong to survive in the harsh environment during the climbing. Likewise, while pushing towards the summit, you have to cross many technical sections. Crevasses, moraines, gorge, glacial walk, snow wall, etc has to be passed by to reach the top of the summit. Previous climbing experience and proper preparation are needed to go on the Everest Expedition.

As you will be touching the highest point on the Earth, the risk of altitude sickness, which is also known as acute mountain sickness always remains there. Well-planned Everest Expedition itinerary with ample rest days in between the journey is crucial for successful climbing. Likewise, make sure to keep yourself hydrated, which can help you a lot to avoid AMS.

Best time to go on Everest Expedition

Spring i.e. March to April is the best time for Mt. Everest Expedition. Stable weather, which is very essential for climbing is accessible during this time of the year. Likewise, you get to see clear views of the surrounding mountains and glaciers. The climate usually is mild along with the bloomed lower part of the trail. Autumn (September to November) is also considered a good time to go on the Everest Expedition.

Accommodation & Meals

During trekking, you stay overnight in lodge. Rooms are small with double beds and often shared washrooms. Depending upon your budget, you can choose to stay in a luxurious lodge or budget-friendly lodge. Likewise, while climbing, you stay overnight in tents. We will provide you high-quality tents that will help you to survive the harsh cold nights in the Himalayas. Every member of the group will get single sleeping tents with shared washroom and dining tents.

Meals will be provided as per the menu of the lodge. You can expect to get dishes like rice, veggies, curries, soup, bread, pudding, porridge, cereals, milk, toast, meat, egg, momo, pasta, sandwich, etc on the menu. Similarly, the meals will be cooked and prepared by our team members during climbing. We will offer you a variety of food to choose from, which will be delicious, healthy, and nutritious.

Communication & Electricity

You can find a cellular network and a wifi connection in almost every village. The connection might not be stable during the high altitude, but you will have the option to connect with your family. From base camp onwards, you will use satellite phones to connect with the team in the city and on the base camp. Your team leader will be equipped with a satellite phone. Likewise, you might have to pay extra money to charge your devices because many families depend on solar power. Therefore, we highly suggest you carry extra batteries and solar charger with you.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is mandatory to join the Everest Expedition. In case of emergency, travel insurance will come handy and the officials can take action on time. Your travel insurance should cover medical bills, hospital bills, airlift, flight cancellations, and loss or theft of property. Foreigners are not allowed to get travel insurance in Nepal, therefore you are requested to take out in your home country and carry the documents along with you during the journey.

Guide & Porter

During the Everest Expedition, you will be guided by a very experienced and licensed Sherp Guide who has reached the summit of Everest before. The guide will help you to reach the summit and cross technical sections. Our guides and porters are well-trained and have years of experience in the field. Likewise, our guides are also certified in various outdoor activities from rock climbing, safety & first-aid to climbing. You will be in safe hands with our guides.

Environmental Contribution

We have designed our Everest Expedition itinerary keeping sustainable tourism in mind. We only run eco-friendly tours and treks. To preserve the environment, we have adopted many measures like collecting our wastage on the trail and cleaning the base camps before returning. Likewise, we also discourage the use of plastic water bottles. We also have our small organization that supports education for kids who come from underprivileged families. While trekking with us, you will be only leaving your footprint behind.