- Duration:71 Days
- Primary Activity:Expedition
- Group Size:1 - 12 Peoples
- Arrival on:Kathmandu
- Trip Grade:Very Challenging
- Meals:All meals included during expedition
- Accomodation:Hotels / Tea-Houses / Camping
- Max-Altitude:8848 m.
- Departure from:Kathmandu
Mt. Everest Expedition: 71 Days
This Mt. Everest Expedition is the ULTIMATE benchmark of a climbing achievement. The mountain receives around 1000 summit attempts every year. Everest can be climbed both from the southern side Nepal and northern side Tibet. After the Cultural Revolution in the 1950s, China closed the Tibet borders to outsiders and Nepal began welcoming foreigners to the Everest Region. Since then, the southern approach to the mountain via the Khumbu Valley became popular among the climbers. Mt. Everest was first summitted in 1953 by Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Edmund Hillary via the South Col.
Climbing Mt. Everest is certainly a lifetime opportunity. However, Everest enthusiasts encounter many seen and unseen obstacles including high altitude, harsh weather conditions and even sheer exhaustion. Therefore, we strive hard to conduct the best expedition program putting high importance on the safety aspects of the climb.
Despite being the highest mountain on Planet Earth, the Himalayan range of mountains including Mt. Everest are relatively younger than their American and European counterparts like the Andes, the Alps, and the Rockies. Mt. Everest has fascinated mountaineers all over the world since European climbers discovered Everest when Tibet was opened to outsiders in the 1920s.
We believe that our planning, logistics, staffing and experience coupled with your enthusiasm, patience, and perseverance would help you achieve your lifetime dream.
Are you ready to conquer the biggest challenge in the world?
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1,300 m /4,264 ft).
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, you will be welcomed by a representative from Travel Society Nepal. After sorting out your custom formalities (Visa, etc) you will be then transferred to the hotel. The representative will help you check into your designated hotel and give you some time to freshen up. After this, we will attend an orientation about your trek led by our Trekking leader over a typical Nepali welcome dinner that will include a cultural dance performed by the local women. You then return to your hotel for your first overnight stay at the hotel (D)
Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation(1,300 m /4,264 ft).
Kathmandu is the cultural heart of Nepal and has been a famous destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its borders to visitors. The city displays an interesting combination of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influences in the valley. Patan and Bhaktapur, the two important neighboring cities bear much cultural and religious significance to Nepal’s landscape. There will be a full-day guided tour to the historic sights such as Kathmandu Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambunath) and Buddhists shrine (Buddha Nath). In the evening, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we meet our trek leader and other stuff for your adventure trip. Stay overnight at hotel. (B)
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla; Hike to Phakding-2,652 m. (3-4 hour)
Our EBC trek starts with an early morning flight to Lukla. After an adventurous 30 minutes flight above breathtaking, scenic mountains, we reach the airport at Lukla. This is one of the most beautiful air routes in the world culminating in a dramatic landing on a hillside surrounded by high mountain peaks. Here, we start our Everest Base Camp Trekking through the affluent village of Lukla until we reach Phakding. To assist in acclimatization, we only have a short hike today. However, if interested in additional activities we can take a side trip to a nearby monastery. (B, L, D)
Day 04: From Phakding to Namche Bazaar-3,440 m. (5-6 hours)
Walking through a beautiful pine forest, the track leads us along the Dudh Koshi River, crossing many suspension bridges – one of which is the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge. From here, you can see wonderful views of the Mt. Thamserku (6618 m). Through the settlement of Benkar, Chumoa, Monjo, we come to the check post and entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. We pass through the last village of Jorsale before reaching Namche Bazaar. The trail climbs through forests and crosses bridges until we reach the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. After a final steep ascent of about two hours, we get first sight of Mt. Everest, peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. After 1.5 hours, we reach Namche Bazaar – the gateway to Mt. Everest and the main trading center of this region. We stay overnight in Namche Bazaar. (B, L, D)
Day 05: Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar
Today is spent acclimatizing to the high altitude. You can either spend the day resting and exploring the bustling town, or take a day hike to Thame or Khunde. Namche Bazzar is the main centre of the Everest (Khumbu) region and has government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, a bakery, and a colorful market every Friday and Saturday. Another option is to go to the Tourist Visitor Center near the headquarter of the Sagarmatha National Park where we can observe an assortment of things related to the first Everest climbers, Sherpa culture and learn about the various plant and animal life of the Everest region. (B, L, D)
Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft) | 5- 6 hours
After breakfast, we trek towards Tengboche. First, we start with an easy walk from Namche to Phunki. Upon reaching Phunki, we ascend towards Tengboche, a village that houses the very famous Tengboche monastery which is the largest monastery in the Everest region. Located amidst the Sagarmatha National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), it is draped with the panoramic 360-degree view of the Himalayas, including Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku. The monastery opens at 3:00 pm so if we are lucky we might just be able to witness a religious ceremony. Overnight in Tengboche. (B, L, D)
Day 07: From Phorse Village to Dingboche-4,360 m (6-7 hours)
From Tengboche, we trek down the narrow trail through a Monastery. We continue our trek through lush alpine forests until we reach the large village of Upper Pangboche. We then continue through the villages of Shomare, Orsho, and Tsuro Wog. The trek goes further up through the Khumbu Khola Valley to the ridge top from where we witness spectacular views of the soaring mountains of Taboche, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Cholatse. We even can see the beautiful Imja Khola valley to the east from here. Finally, we will see sprawling fields and the settlement of Dingboche in our sight, full of Chortens and prayer flags as we gently ascend down to Dingboche village. Stay overnight in Dingboche. (B, L, D)
Day 08 – 13: Acclimatization
This is an important phase of the expedition. Dingboche is a good location for acclimatization. The team leader will organize daily outings to the adjacent hills with the aim of providing gradual acclimatization. Walk some of the nearby hills in order to slowly increase exposure to the altitude in order to give you maximum acclimatization before arrive in base camp. While in Dingboche, we can attend a seminar on high altitude acclimatization at a hospital run by the Himalayan Rescue Association nearby Pheriche. The walk over to Pheriche and back will also serve as good acclimatization training.
Day 09: From Dingboche to Lobuche-4,940 m (5-6 hours)
From Dingboche, we will trek up the steep trail of the Khumbu Glacier. We find our way through the boulder-strewn slopes as we ascend Chupki Lhara, an eerie ridge top with dramatic mountain views. At the top of the ridge, we will find an array of stones with prayer flags used as memorials to Scott Fischer (American mountaineer) and 10 times Everest submitter Babu Chiri Sherpa (mountain guide from Nepal) who perished on a mission to climb Everest. As the trail drops away from the Khumbu Glacier, we find ourselves right in front of several great peaks – Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal. We are now in the vicinity of Everest but the great mountain still remains hidden. We finally reach Lobuche where we stay overnight. (B, L, D)
Day 10: From Lobuche to Everest Base Camp – 5,364 m via Gorak Shep – 5170m (7-8 hours)
The trail to Gorak Shep goes through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We follow the trail along the north ridge of Everest with Mt. Pumori, Mahalangur, Lingtern, Khumbutse, and Nuptse in our sight. A small ascent would take us to Thangma Riju from where we have 360-degree views of snowy mountains. As we reach Gorak Shep, we will be surrounded by snow-capped mountains looming all around us including the top of the world – Mount Everest. After a brief lunch and rest, we take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep Lake. Continuing straight ahead, we come through the Indian army mountaineers’ memorials. As we reach Everest Base Camp we take regular stops to appreciate the path that many Everest climbers took – a hazardous route through the Khumbu icefall. Mountaineer’s tents stand out in bright colors against all the dull gray surroundings (especially in the Spring). Nuptse, Khumbuste, Pumori are the mountains we can see from Base Camp. When we reach Base Camp, we set up camp. This will be our home for the next six weeks. (B, L, D)
Today, we hike to Camp I. After reaching Camp I and making necessary arrangements, we get back to base camp again. This step is necessary for proper acclimatization. (B, L, D)
Day 17: Base Camp to Camp I
We again hike to Camp I. But this time, we stay overnight at Camp I. (B, L, D)
Day 18: Camp I to Camp 2 | Back to Base Camp
Another important step for proper acclimatization and training. From Camp I, we hike to Camp 2. After reaching Camp 2, we return to Base Camp again. (B, L, D)
Day 19 – 64: Ascent of Mt Everest
During these days, we make all necessary arrangements for the summit climb such as route fixing among others. Initially, we move between base camp, Camp I and Camp 2. Then we hike toward the summit and again get back to our camp. In this way, slowly and steadily, we are able to make all the necessary arrangements, training, and acclimatization. After taking into consideration the weather conditions, we finally achieve our ultimate goal: the ascent of Mt. Everest. After celebrating, taking pictures and soaking in the views of your achievement, we return to base camp. (B, L, D)
Day 65: Return to Base Camp
All team members return to base camp and assist with packing expedition stores and cleaning the base camp area.
Day 66-68: From Everest Base Camp to Namche Bazaar via Dingboche and Thyangboch – 3,440 m
We will trek down from Base Camp through the hillside blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees via Tengboche. If it’s Spring, pink and red rhododendron flowers ablaze our path. After crossing the prayer flag festooned bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, we reach Phunki Thenga. The trail then follows the Dud Koshi gorge descending rapidly through the pine forests and eventually reaches Sansa which is the major trail junction in the region. We stop at Kyangjuma (3570 m) for a relaxed lunch and to soak up the views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Nuptse. After spending the night in either Dingboche or Thyangboch, the trail to Namche Bazaar clings to the steep wooded slope beyond Kyangjuma, winding through several bends. We keep a lookout for wildlife such as mountain goats, snow leopards, colorful pheasants, etc., while we pass through the forest by the trail. After 2 days, we reach the army camp of Namche Bazaar. Upon reaching our lodge, you can have a nice hot shower and rest in Namche Bazaar. Stay overnight. (B, L, D)
Day 69: Trek to Lukla via Phakding
The trail descends steeply downward so we need to walk slowly as our shaky legs continuously battle against the rocky terrain. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast following Dud Koshi, the trail becomes more level and natural. Although we are traveling the same route down, we will see completely different views – a mixture of open plains, rhododendron and pine forests, and in the distance snow-covered peaks. After lunch in Phakding, we continue our trek to our final destination – Lukla. (B, L, D)
Day 70: Fly to Kathmandu and Farewell Dinner
This is an early morning flight back to Kathmandu which takes about 40 minutes. After having breakfast, we head back to Kathmandu. The rest of your time here is free for shopping and sightseeing. In the evening; you will be invited to a well known Nepali kitchen for a delicious farewell dinner of authentic Nepalese cuisine. Stay overnight at your hotel in Kathmandu (B, D).
Day 71: Transfer to Airport/Bus Stop for your Onward Travel
Our driver will escort you to the airport or bus stop for your onward travel. We will send you on your way with good luck and gratitude that you chose us for your adventure of a lifetime. (B)
For the Cost of Everest Expedition (71 Days): $37,000
- Airport pickup and drop off
- Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu Flight Fare
- Kathmandu sightseeing (as mentioned in itinerary)
- Accommodation in Kathmandu and during the expedition
- High-quality tents for camping
- Full-board meal during trek
- All permits, National park fees, and garbage deposit fees
- Well-experienced and linguistic guides and porters
- Oxygen equipment for medical use (7 bottles per team)
- Mask regulator
- Portable hyperbaric chamber (Gamow bag)
- Well-equipped medical kit to counter any kinds of mountain problems and injuries
- Orientation about expedition
- Farewell dinner at the end of the journey in Kathmandu
- International airfare
- Nepal Entry VISA Fee
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
- Personal expenses like shopping, laundry, and alcoholic beverages, mineral water bottle, snacks, soft drinks, etc.
- Travel/medical insurance
- Tips and gratitude to guides, porters, and drivers