Towering at 8848 meters Mt Everest is not only mother nature’s highest creation it is also an ultimate travel destination for tourists, adventurers and mountaineers. Mt Everest without a doubt belongs to the bucket list of anyone looking for an adventure in the world of mountaineering. The first summit of 1953 by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa is considered as benchmark of climbing achievement. Hoping to achieve that same benchmark Mt Everest expects almost thousands of summit attempts. Even after six decades The Everest Expedition still presents one with the world’s toughest physical and mental challenge.
The Mt Everest Expedition includes trek to Everest Base Camp and the ascent itself. The trek to Everest Base Camp has one through a journey filled with mesmerizing beauty along the foothills of the Himalayas. The trek is filled with panoramic views of the Himalayan Massifs that includes Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and many more. The rough trails ascend and descend over various regions while crossing over Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi river. These perennial rivers originate directly from the Himalayas and hold cultural and historical importance. This trek also a cultural excursion that follows through many villages that run clean lodges and teahouses. These lodges have been run by local people of Buddhist communities for many decades. Their cultural diversity is highlighted by their cuisines and religious monasteries, nunneries and sanctums as well as Mani walls.
The months between March to May during Spring and September to December during Autumn are the best months for Everest Expedition. Even though the earthquake in 2015 had some impact in the Everest Region, the situation has been back to normal and the routes have been reconstructed.
The adventure begins from Kathmandu to a small airstrip in Lukla. The trail of the Everest Base Camp runs through Khumbu region. The trek includes Namche Bazaar commonly referred to as 'Gateway to Everest’, a popular town bustling with teahouses and hotels that provide unobstructed view of the Himalayas at its full glory. Namche Bazaar is also an ideal shopping location for supplies. The trek follows Dingboche and Lobuche to reach Everest Base Camp at the foot of the notorious Khumbu Icefall.
One of the highlights of this trek includes Kala Pattar (5545m). 'Kala Pattar' translates to Black rock which is a notable landmark on the south ridge of Pumori region in Himalayas. It provides the only accessible point to view Everest from base camp to peak.
From the Base Camp there are four other camps along the path to the summit. These camps are meant to be rest stops as well to restock our supplies. The Camp I is located at 6200m. We climb to Camp II at 6600m and then climb up the peak facing Lhotse to Camp III at 7200m. The Camp IV is at south of the peak at 8000m before reaching the summit.
Day 1: Kathmandu
On your arrival in Kathmandu a designated individual will greet you at Tribhuvan International Airport. Then you will be transferred to your hotel where you spend overnight.
Day 2-3: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Today we spend our day sightseeing in Kathmandu. Most of the sightseeing includes UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Temple, Pashupatinath Temple, etc. Back at the hotel you will be briefed on the set itinerary to make necessary trip preparations along with paper works.
Day 4: Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding
We take an early morning short flight to Lukla. The 40 minutes’ flight involves a scenic view over the exquisite hilly region of Nepal. Upon arrival to Lukla we meet our porters and trek guides. After making necessary arrangements we trek through village of Lukla till we reach Phakding. The trek includes many lodges where we can spend overnight.
Day 5: Trek to Namche Bazaar
The trek begins along the banks of Dudh Koshi River and across it twice via small suspension bridges to reach Monjo village. From here we cross both Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi river by a suspension bridge and climb up the trail to Namche Bazaar.
Day 6: Namche Bazaar
Today will be acclimatization Day in Namche Bazaar. We accustom ourselves to the cold weather and the altitude. In the morning after breakfast we visit Sherpa Museum. We will also visit local shops for necessary equipment and clothing. In the afternoon we visit villages near Namche Bazaar. We return to the lodge and spend overnight.
Day 7: Trek to Tengboche
We continue our trek out of the village early on the morning. The trail provides us excellent panoramic views of Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse peaks. The steep trail ascents uphill and follows the yak trails towards Tengboche Monastery. We spend overnight in a lodge neat the monastery.
Day 8: Trek to Dingboche
The trail passes through several villages filled with Mani walls leading to a Rhododendron forest. The path goes across the Imja Khola river through a suspension bridge. Pangboche village known for its view of Ama Dablam is another hour of walk from here. After lunch we hike to Pangboche monastery and follow through summer pastures to Dingboche. We spend overnight in local lodge
Day 9-13: Dingboche
It is acclimatization in Dingboche. It involves gradual exposure to the high altitude environment by walking to nearby hills.
Day 14: Trek to Lobuche
We ascend up the trail to reach Dugla situated just below the Khumbu Glacier. After lunch we continue along the trail of Khumbu Glacier to reach Lobuche. We spend overnight at a local lodge.
Day 15: Trek to Everest Base Camp
The trek follows up by a trail to sandy flat at Gorak Shep overlooking down to Khumbu Glacier. From Gorak Shep the trail leads to moraine of the Khumbu Glacier that eventually reaches to the Everest Base Camp near the foot of the Khumbu Icefall.
Day 16-18: Rest and preparation
We perform our pre-climb training in Base camp. We learn about climbing techniques and familiarize ourselves with gears and equipment required for our ascent. We acclimatize ourselves further by trekking near the base camp.
Day 19- 64: Ascent of Mt Everest
We start early in the morning for the summit to avoid strong afternoon winds. The climb is coordinated and guided by expert climbers. The Sherpas assist us with carrying our gears. The ascent rewards us with spectacular views of the Himalayas. Four camps will be set up on the way upwards.
Camp 1: 6400m (20,996ft)
The Camp 1 is arranged on the horizontal level of profound snow shielded by mountain walls. The range is warm because of the sun amid the day, and during the night the strong blow of air and cracking sound underneath the tents can be heard.
Camp 2: 6750m (22,145ft)
Camp 2 is set at the foot of the Lhotse wall. Cloudy but a lovely weather is expected.
Camp 3: 7100m (23,292ft)
Camp 3, adjoining the Lhotse divider, is achieved with the help of a fixed rope. The way takes us through the precarious allow bands. The course onwards takes us up the Geneva Spur toward the east before going to the South Col. Past Camp 3, a few climbers may feel minor inconvenience because of the height, and the utilization of oxygen might be fundamental.
Camp 4: 8400m (27,560ft)
This is the last camp before the summit and the most dangerous segment of the climb, only 450 meters from the summit. The narrow southeast edge is taken to achieve the south summits (8,750m), and from here it is anything but difficult to reach at Everest's summit at 8,848 meters.
Day 65: Return to Base Camp
After much deserved quality time at the summit we carefully descend along the same route. We then return back to the base camp, set up our camp and rejoice in enjoyment.
Day 66-68: Return back to Namche Bazaar
The return trek back to Namche Bazaar via the same route of Dingboche and Tengboche. The trail follows through pine forests with mesmerizing views of the Himalayan massifs. The trek continues as we cross Dudh Koshi river and descend to Sansa to reach Namche Bazaar where we spend overnight at a local lodge.
Day 69: Trek to Lukla
After breakfast we descend downhill following Hillary suspension bridges across Dudh Koshi river and through local Sherpa villages. In the evening we reach Lukla where we spend overnight.
Day 70: Flight back to Kathmandu
From the Lukla airstrip we head back to Kathmandu. Once in Kathmandu we head back straight to the hotel. We celebrate our accomplishment during dinner and pamper ourselves with much needed rest.
Day 71: Departure
On this day you are free to do as you please. A designated individual will drop you at Tribhuvan International Airport as per your flight schedule. Farewell.
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