Climbing the highest mountain peak in the world is every mountaineer’s wildest dream. The highest mountain peak in the world is Mount Everest (8848m). Mt. Everest is also called “Sagarmatha” in Nepali and “Chomolungma” in Tibetan language, meaning “Mother Goddess of the World.” Mount Everest lies in the border of Nepal and Tibet. Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were the first to climb Mt Everest in 1953.
Our company offers an exciting tour package of Mt. Everest Expedition that combines the expedition of Mt. Everest with trekking adventure. The climbing route from Nepal is from the southern slope. The trip starts with trekking to Everest Base Camp via Phakding and Namche Bazaar. The lower part of the Khumbu region boasts of lush rhododendron trees, and there are glacial moraines on the upper part.
The ascent to Everest is not as easy as it looks on paper. The high altitude of the region makes the oxygen levels decrease, which makes it harder for breathing. Technical skills using ice ax, fixed ropes, crampons are essential in this expedition. The Everest Base Camp situated at the foot of the icefall is around 5300m. Usually, you will spend 4-5 days at the base Camp acclimatizing before you are ready to climb the Khumbu icefall. After climbing the Khumbu icefall, you will return to Base Camp for rest.
Similarly, you will climb to Camp 1 and stay there for two nights and again return to Base Camp. You will climb back to Camp 1, rest there for a night and climb to Camp 2 before returning to Base Camp. This process of continuous ascending and descending is the acclimatizing period. This process makes the ascent quicker than previous ones. This process continues for a few weeks before you start the climb to the summit of Everest.
The acclimatizing period is the most important as well a most time-consuming period in the expedition. The breathtaking panorama of the Everest region from the Everest summit of Everest simply enchanting. Similarly, you will need to take rest at different Camps rather than head down continuously to retain energy. There is another route called the North Ridge route, which is technically challenging due to a rocky path.
An expedition to Mt Everest is a serious undertaking and requires extreme commitment, guidance, and training. Our company ensures you of the full expert assistance in your successful ascent of the highest mountain peak in the world. We provide excellent services and facilities at a reasonable cost. Here are the detailed itineraries.
Mt. Everest Expedition Highlights
- Summiting the highest mountain in the world, Mt Everest
- Breathtaking view of the sunset from the Kalapathar
- Thrilling mountain flight from Lukla overlooking the entire Himalayan range
- Trekking through the alpine forests of rhododendron and oak trees
- Exploring the rich cultural heritage of Sherpa villages
Best Time for Mt. Everest Expedition
Weather conditions at the Everest Summit are naturally extreme and susceptible to change. The unpredictable, extreme climate conditions and changing temperatures play a crucial part in determining the best time for the expedition. The temperature at the summit is -36 degrees Celsius at an average in January, which is the coldest month, and it can drop up to -60 degrees. In July, which is the warmest month, the average temperature is -19 degrees Celsius.
The ideal time to ascend Mt Everest is the spring season. The climbing window between April to May is the best time for mountaineers to the summit. The peak is mostly visible and clear. Besides, a small window from September to October in the autumn season is also suitable for ascending Mount Everest. The autumn season comes after the monsoon season and is the peak time for the ascent. The moderate weather and the absence of monsoon clouds are a plus.
The Difficulty Level of Mt. Everest Expedition
Needless to say, climbing the highest mountain peak in the world is extremely challenging. You will be operating with minimal oxygen that impairs your decision-making skills. The freezing temperature, massive gears, heavy clothes that weigh you down, and little to no sleep are the few factors that make the Everest expedition quite tough.
The climb is not as easy as it looks on paper. The individual climb is quite easy to some extent. The Khumbu Icefall is an extremely dangerous hurdle on the way to Everest. The Khumbu Icefall is a frozen waterfall that is still moving slowly. The climber must learn the technicalities of using ice ax, fixed ropes, and crampons. They must practice their skills in other smaller peaks before attempting Everest. Other factors like altitude sickness, hunger, sleep deprivation, exhaustion, and frostbite increase the risks of the expedition.
The climb to the summit begins from midnight to the early hours of the morning in freezing temperatures to avoid afternoon winds. Hence, these all factors make the climb to Mount Everest quite challenging. The exhaustion gets to you during the descent, and there is a risk of collapse. But many helpful porters and Sherpa guides help you in every step of the way. The main reason for fatality in the Everest region is the stubbornness of the climbers who want to summit Everest at all cost. You should always put your safety first and listen to the experts and the team leader.
Outline Itinerary for Everest Expedition
We have a fixed Departure date which is April 1st.
April 1st, Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu.
April 2nd, Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing.
April 3rd, Day 03: Shopping and trip preparation.
April 04, Day 04: Officially briefing in Ministry of Tourism.
April 05, Day 05: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2640m).
April 06, Day 06: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3446m).
April 07, Day 07: Namche Bazaar rest.
April 08, Day 08: Namche Bazaar to Tyanboche (3800m).
April 09, Day 09: Tyanboche to Pheriche (4243m).
April 10, Day 10: Pheriche to Lobuche (4930m).
April 11, Day 11: Everest Base Camp (5360m) – Camping accommodation
April 12-May 30, Day 12-60: Climbing Period Mt. Everest (8848m).
May 31, Day 61: Everest Base Camp to Pheriche.
June 01, Day 62: Pheriche to Namche Bazaar.
June 02, Day 63: Namche Bazaar to Lukla.
June 03, Day 64: Lukla to Kathmandu.
June 04, Day 65: Kathmandu rest.
June 05, Day 66: Final Departure.
Everest Expedition Detailed Itineraries
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu.
Our staff will pick you up from the airport and transfer to the hotel for check-in. Our team will brief you about the journey and prepare you for the expedition. You can loosen up and stay the night at the hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing.
An expert local guide will provide a sightseeing tour of the Kathmandu valley. You will visit various World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu, including Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, and different Durbar Squares of Kathmandu Valley. These monuments and landmarks are of great cultural and historical significance. You will get the first-hand experience of the culture, architecture, and the culinary arts of the local Newar community. You will return to your hotel in the evening.
Day 03: Shopping and trip preparation.
We will organize a team meeting where you will meet fellow climbers and team leaders. Expert veteran climbers will brief you about the nature of the expedition, equipment, and team composition. You can purchase any personal items that you might need in your stay at the Himalayas. Experts will check the stuff you have brought along to see if they are feasible and in good working condition or not. If the equipment doesn’t match the standard, you might have to replace them with new ones.
Day 04: Official briefing in the Ministry of Tourism.
An official briefing will be organized with the government officials in the Ministry of tourism. There you will get briefed about the official guidelines and standard procedure of the Everest expedition.
Day 05: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2640m).
We will fly to Lukla from Kathmandu on an adventurous flight. The Tenzing Hillary Airport is one of the smallest airports in the world with just 527m of a runaway. The thrilling start is the perfect start to the trip. From Lukla, we will start our trek to Pkhading. The well-marked trail moves above the Dudh Kosi valley until you reach the village of Phakding.
Trekking distance: 9 km
Time duration: 4 hrs
Day 06: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3446m).
The trek to Namche Bazaar from Phakding starts early. The track passes through the Dudh Koshi river, and we will cross the famous Hillary suspension bridge. We can enjoy the view of Mt Thamserku (6618m) along the way. We pass through charming villages of Jorsale and Monjo to reach the entrance of Sagarmatha National park. The trail moves along the alpine forests and water streams to arrive at the junction of Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. We reach Namche Bazaar after crossing the ridge on the intersection of Lhotse Nuptse. Namche is a famous trading town in the Mt Everest region. We spend the night at Namche in a guest house.
Trekking distance: 12 km
Time duration: 6 hrs
Day 07: Acclimatization and rest at Namche Bazaar.
We acclimatize at Namche Bazar to adapt our bodies to the high altitude. However, we don’t stay idle and keep moving. We hike to Thame or visit Khunde or explore Namche Bazaar itself. Namche Bazar is the main center of the Khumbu region has numerous cafe, government offices, banks, etc. We trek a few hundred vertical feet to acclimatize efficiently.
We can visit the Sherpa Cultural Museum or the Khunde hospital set up by Sir Edmund Hillary. You can go on a short hike to the Syangboche Airstrip and the Everest View Hotel. The awe-inspiring views of the entire Himalayan range including Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kusum Kangaru will fascinate you..
Day 08: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3800m).
After breakfast, we start our trek towards Pangboche enjoying spectacular views of Mt Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. The trail moves along the rhododendron trees overlooking the high Himalayas. We might spot some wild animals such as musk deer, Danphe pheasant, or a herd of Himalayan Thar.
We finally arrive at Sansa, which is the major trail junction to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp. The trek then follows through pine forests till we reach Tengboche. We spend the night in Tengboche.
Trekking distance: 10 km
Time duration: 6 hrs
Day 09: Trek from Tengboche to Pheriche (4243m).
We start our trek from Tengboche to Pheriche early. We first encounter steep climbs as the altitude rises above 4000m. We pass through small settlements with chortens and mani walls. The trail gradually descends to Dingboche where we cross the Imja river through a suspension bridge. We climb past mani stones to reach Pangboche. In Pangboche, we will visit the oldest gompa in the region. The trail then finally climbs to Pheriche. You will find a medical facility in Pheriche to help trekkers to recover from altitude sickness.
Trekking distance: 8 km
Time duration: 5-6 hrs
Day 10: Trek from Pheriche to Lobuche (4930m).
We continue our trek to Everest Base Camp. We will reach Dughla located below the Khumbu glacier. We can see the Dughla memorial dedicated to all Sherpas who perished summiting Everest. After having lunch at Dughla, we resume our trek into a steep climb up the glacier moraine. After several hours the trail leads us to a small cluster of tea houses pleasantly located at Lobuche.
Trekking distance: 6 km
Time duration: 4-5 hrs
Day 11: Everest Base Camp (5360m) – Camping Accommodation
We start our trek early from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp via Gorak Shep and Kalapathar. After breakfast, we will trek up the rocky moraine path above the valley. We can view the frozen pond and icebergs of the Khumbu Glacier. A short downhill trek will lead you to Gorak Shep. Gorak Shep is the original location where Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay set up their Camps. A gradual walk in a rocky path and an uphill climb for half an hour will bring you to Kalapathar. A panoramic view of the Himalayan range awaits you in Kalapathar. We will take a break and snap as many pictures as we can. The view Mt Everest in a stunning closeup along with Mt Nuptse and Mt Lho-la will captivate you. The breathtaking view of the snow capped mountains is a memory that you will cherish for a lifetime.
We will resume our trek after a break to Everest Base Camp. The trail passes through ice pinnacles and crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier. The Everest Base Camp will be bustling with fellow climbers from various other expedition teams. The colorful tents on a backdrop of white snow mountains are a thing of beauty. We will set up our tents and accommodate ourselves. This place is going to be our home for the next couple of months.
Trekking distance: 15 km
Time duration: 7-8 hrs
Day 12-60: Climbing Period Mt. Everest (8848m).
The route is technically a trekking route with little danger once you pass the Khumbu icefall. However, there are a few crevasses and seracs bridged by ladders and couple of short ice cliffs at around Camp 3, along with rock sections protected with fixed lines. The complications of high altitude sickness can be fatal. The weather at the mountain can be unpredictable and changeable at times.
The most dangerous part of the climb is the Khumbu icefall. It is a steep glacier with a prominent presence of large crevasses and deceptive unstable seracs. This hurdle makes the navigation process complicated, and the high objective danger of falling ice intensifies. The Sherpas will aid the climbing process by installing ladders across crevasses and along vertical seracs ice walls at the beginning. This process will set the route through the icefall and make the climbing efficient, safe, and effective.
The ascend to the summit is done in the early hours of the morning because the ice is well frozen. The intense sunlight in the afternoon warms the area that makes the friction between the ice structures less and increases the chances of crevasses opening or blocks of ice falling. This crucial factor makes the Khumbu icefall quite dangerous to attempt in the afternoon.
We start as early as possible to avoid strong afternoon winds in the summit. Expert climbers from our team will guide you and coordinate the expedition. The Sherpa guides will help us by carrying our equipment. There will be a total of four Camps set up on the ascent to the summit.
Camp 1 : 6400m (20996ft)
The Camp 1 is set up on the top of the Khumbu icefall. There is a horizontal level of heavy snow surrounded by the mountain walls. The weather is warm during the day and the nights are cold due to the strong gust of winds flowing on the mountain. The glacier between Camp 1 and Camp 2 is flat. The large crevasses close to Camp 1 get fixed with ladders. A certain cracking sound arises from underneath the tents. Camp 1 is a resting and transition area before moving to Camp 2.
Camp 2 : 6750m (22145ft)
The Camp 2 gets set at the foot of the Lhotse wall or the lateral moraine at the bottom of the west ridge. It is a safe and sheltered location with spectacular views of Mt Lhotse. The Camp will be set up with individual tents, the kitchen and dining tents. The Camp 2 is also the main acclimatization Camp and the base for acclimatization climb to Camp 3.
Camp 3 : 7100m (23292ft)
The Camp 3 adjoined to the Lhotse divider, gets achieved with the help of a fixed rope. The climb onwards leads us to the Geneva Spur towards the east. The oxygen levels will be dipping fast at this altitude. In case of any inconvenience, there is supplementary oxygen. However, most climbers won’t require supplementary oxygen till Camp 4. The glacier is crossed through the right side, with a 40 degree 600m climb on the snow. The route is safe with a couple of ice cliffs less than 3 meters.
Camp 4 : 8400m (27560ft)
The last Camp before the summit is Camp 4. Situated on the south col, Camp 4 is also the most dangerous segment of the climb. It is only 450 meters from the summit. The winds are strong and violent here. The narrow southeast ridge is the best route to reach the summit. From this path, it is easy to reach the summit of Everest 8848m (29028 ft). Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay used this route in 1953.
The climb to the summit starts from Camp 4, the last section of the southeast ridge. It is steep mostly with snow and rock section. The entire route gets fixed with ropes for the safety of climbers. Supplemental oxygen is available as almost every climber gets affected by altitude and impaired judgment due to lack of oxygen.
Day 61: Trek from Everest Base Camp to Pheriche
We will descend to the village of Pheriche. The trek will be naturally faster as we will be trekking downhill. We will have an elevation change of almost 1000m. Such a considerable elevation change would not have been possible if we were acceding. We will rest and spend the night at Perche.
Trekking distance: 10 km
Time duration: 6 hrs
Day 62: Trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar
We will be descending an incredible 20 km on the trek from Periche to Namche Bazaar. The most extended trek of our journey is effortless because we will be descending mostly. As we go downhill, the oxygen levels increase, and we will be able to breathe more naturally, and altitude sickness will gradually disappear. We will pass through many landmarks like the Tengboche monastery and others to reach Namche Bazaar. A hot shower and wifi await you at Namche. You will stay at Namche Bazaar for the night.
Trekking distance: 20 km
Time duration: 6-7 hrs
Day 63: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla.
We will trek back to Lukla passing through the village of Phakding. The descent from Namche to Dudh Koshi can be quite challenging. The non-stop slope places will test you to the core. After crossing the suspension bridge, the path will become more or less smooth. We walk through rhododendron forests overlooking the snow-capped mountains for one last time. We will stay the night at a lodge in Lukla.
Trekking distance: 15 km
Time duration: 5-6 hrs
Day 64: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu.
You will fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla on a thrilling flight overlooking the snow-capped mountains for one last time.
Day 65: Kathmandu rest/free day
You will have a free day in Kathmandu. You can go last minute shopping or relax in Thamel, which is a tourist hub in Kathmandu. A celebratory dinner in the evening will mark the successful end of the expedition.
Day 66: Final Departure.
We will drop you at the airport, and you can board your flight back to your desired destination.
- All Airport Pick up and final departure as per the itinerary.
- 2 Nights 5 Star stay in Kathmandu.
- All essential ground transportation by Private Vehicle – as mentioned in Itinerary
- Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandy flight
- Climbing permit for mount Mt. Everest expedition
- Required Trekking permits and National Park fees.
- Tea House accommodation during pre-climbing & Post- Climbing journey and Camping accommodation during climbing.
- All meals – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during trekking and climbing period
- Trekking Guide and well experienced climbing guide
- Required number of porters, and kitchen staff for camping
- All essential camping equipment – Dining tent, toilet tent, store tent, table – chair for
- Normal medical box.
- Liaison officer
- All staffs salary, foods, clothing and insurance
- All essential climbing gears
- Emergency oxygen-mask & regulator (need to pay as per usages)
- Solar panel for batteries charging & lighting in base camp
- Satellite Phone (Need to pay as per usages per minute)
- Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
- All applicable TAX, VAT and necessary paperwork
- Personal Climbing gear
- Your climbing insurance
- Bar and Beverage bills
- All personal nature expenses
- TIPS for staffs
- Refundable garbage deposit
- Extra night hotel in Kathmandu.
- • Sightseeing and activities in Kathmandu.