Mt. Everest Expedition Guide / Camping / Spring – Itinerary 2017 & 2018

Overview

Mt. Everest Expedition is the most daring climbing expedition to ascend the highest mountain of the world Mt. Everest. The Mount Everest is 8848 meters high and lies on the Nepal near the china border. The route from Nepal is easy than route from Tibet so Nepal has become the Everest climbing destination since the first ascend of Sir Edmund Hillary. The Everest region is inhabited by Sherpas who are the mixed society of Tibetan Buddhist practicing the ancient Bon Po civilization of Tibetan Plateau. The climbers going to Everest region take the air-flight to Lukla airport and take a two days walking trip to Namche Bazar. The Namche Bazar is the place for acclimatization for Everest climbers. The climbers after acclimatization follow the trekking trail to Everest base camp at the altitude of 5364 meters on the southern side of Everest.

The climbers at Everest base camp are using the southeast ridge of southern face of Mount Everest which is the traditional route. The climbers rest at first base camp fully to overcome altitude sickness. The climbers after start climbing to higher altitude can setup high camp anywhere suitable when needed to rest. The high camps are meant for resting and acclimatization for the climbers to save themselves from harsh climate. The traditional climbing route to Mount Everest has four high camp according to schedule if they are not disturbed by climate. The scheduled high camp setup during climbing of Mount Everest are High-Camp1 at 6400 meters, High-Camp2 at 6750 meters, High-Camp3 at 7100 meters and High-Camp4 at 8400 meters. The climbers follow the regular climbing route to summit and ascend the top. The summit of Mount Everest is the highest peak of the planet and climbers from the top see horizons along with surrounding Himalayas and sea of snow.

 

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu & transfer to hotel-1300m/4264ft
Day 02-03: At leisure in Kathmandu
Day 04: Fly to Lukla & Trek to Phakding – 2,840m/9,315ft
Day 05: Trek to Namche Bazar
Day 06: At leisure in Namche Bazar
Day 07: Trek to Thyangboche
Day 08: Trek to Dingboche
Day 09-13: Acclimatization
Day 14: Trek to Lobuje
Day 15: Trek to Everest Base Camp
Day 16-18: Rest and preparation
Day 19-64: Ascent of Mt Everest
Day 65: Withdraw to Base Camp
Day 66-68: Return trek to Namche Bazaar via Dingboche and Thyangboche
Day 69: Trek to Lukla
Day 70: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu
Day 71: Fly Back Home

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu & transfer to hotel-1300m/4264ft

Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport (KTM) you will be greeted by a representative from Nepal Planet Treks and Expedition . After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our representative with a Nepal planet treks and Expedition  display board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to Hotel Shanker or a similar category hotel. After check in, you will visit NPT office, meet your trekking guide as well as other participants and do final preparation for the trip. Later in the evening we will organize a “Welcome Dinner” at an excellent traditional Nepalese Restaurant where you will enjoy a Nepalese cultural program along with a fine meal.

Included meals:D
Day 02-03: At leisure in Kathmandu

Sightseeing and Preparation for Everest Expedition. While the leader attends a formal briefing in the Ministry of Tourism, you will explore the fascinating city of Kathmandu. Take rest, familiarize, and make a sightseeing tour to Kathmandu’s World Heritage Sites. We make a guided tour to some of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu valley: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Swayambhu, and Boudhanath. The day will also be for finalizing official procedure and other necessary arrangements. You will be also briefed on the nature of expedition, equipments and team composition. You can also make your last minute buying of personal items as you will be flying to the Himalayas tomorrow. In the late afternoon, the leader will check everyone’s equipment, as Kathmandu is the last opportunity to buy anything missing. You will also get introduced with fellow expedition members and guides.

Day 04: Fly to Lukla & Trek to Phakding – 2,840m/9,315ft

An early morning scenic flight to Lukla. The mountain flight over to Lukla is one of the most beautiful air routes in the world culminating in a dramatic landing on a hillside surrounded by high mountains peaks. In Lukla, we will meet our camp staff and porters.After meeting our other crew members and with some packing and arrangements, we start our trek through the prosperous village of Lukla until we reach Phakding. Phakding lies on the main trade route through the area and there are a number of clean well-built lodges where we can spend the night.

Day 05: Trek to Namche Bazar

Continue up the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing it twice by small suspension bridges before reaching the village of Monjo where we will enter the Khumbu National Park. Cross the confluence of the Dudh Kosi and the Bhote Kosi on a high suspension bridge and climb steeply for about two hours to reach Namche Bazaar. This is a prosperous trading town and the capital of the Khumbu region with genuine Tibetan artifacts.

Day 06: At leisure in Namche Bazar

We spend a day in Namche Bazar resting and allowing our bodies to become acclimatized to the altitude of 3,450m (11,300ft).Although a leisure day, it’s important not to remain idle. Health experts always recommend us to stay active and moving during the rest day too instead of being idle. We either spend the day taking a day hike to Thame or visiting Khunde or relaxing and exploring Namche Bazaar itself. Namche Bazaar is the main centre of the Everest (Khumbu) region and has government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, a bakery and a colorful market each Friday evening and Saturday. If we trek a few hundred vertical feet during the day, it will help us to properly acclimatize. Our guides will take us 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 ascenders, Sherpa culture and learn about the various plant and animal life of the Everest region.

Day 07: Trek to Thyangboche

The well worn Everest trail contours around the side of the valley high above the Dudh Kosi. Follow the path, savoring the first really good views of the great peaks of the Khumbu: Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam. Passing by several villages and numerous tea shops, cross the Dudh Kosi River and make a steep climb to Thyangboche, home of an impressive and newly rebuilt monastery.

Day 08: Trek to Dingboche

We pass through several Chortens and Mani walls and small villages. We enjoy lunch with fantastic close-up views of Ama-Dablam. Shaded by rhododendron trees, the path leads gradually down to the river once again to another airy suspension bridge. An hour’s walking from here brings us to Pangboche, an excellent viewpoint for Ama Dablam. Contouring up the valley side, re-cross the river and turn up the Imja valley to reach the picturesque farming village of Dingboche.

Day 09-13: 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 altitude. Follow the regime that you have previously found most suitable, 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 14: Trek to Lobuje

Retrace back to Pheriche before continuing up the trail towards base camp. Reach Dugla situated below the snout of the Khumbu Glacier, a convenient place for lunch. After lunch, the trail starts steeply to climb up beside the glacier moraine. After a couple of hours the track eventually leads to a small cluster of tea houses pleasantly situated at Lobuje.

Day 15: Trek to Everest Base Camp

Contouring along the valley-side and looking down on the Khumbu Glacier, follow a reasonable trail to Gorak Shep. This was the site of the base camp in 1953 and now consists of a few small tea houses. Leaving Gorak Shep, the trail leads onto the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and becomes quite vague, weaving between mounds of rubble and eventually reaching base camp near the foot of the Khumbu Icefall. This will be our home for the next six weeks.

Day 16-18: Rest and preparation

 

Day 19-64: Ascent of Mt Everest

 

Day 65: Withdraw 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: Return trek to Namche Bazaar via Dingboche and Thyangboche

 

Day 69: Trek to Lukla

 

Day 70: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu

We will return to the welcome haven of the Hotel. Once back in Kathmandu, Nepal Planet Treks and Expedition  will host an evening barbecue to celebrate the expedition and as a farewell party to thank the Sherpas for their support and friendship.

Day 71: Fly Back Home

Include/Exclude

  • Expedition Expedition permit fees
  • Accommodations in Kathmandu
  • Flights from Kathmandu to Lukla and back including airport transfers
  • All overnight accommodations while on the trek and climb
  • Meals in Kathmandu and while trekking and climbing
  • Group equipment for the climb
  • Qualified and Experienced guides from Nepal Planet Treks and Expedition
  • Experienced Climbing Sherpas

What Is Not Included

  • International airfare and Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
  • Personal equipments and extra services
  • Tips and Bonus for Staff and guide
  • Insurance and Trip cancellation
  • Beverages
  • Airport departure tax

Equipment List

Mt. Everest Expedition Recommended Gear List recommended by Nepal Guide Info Team Kathmandu

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Top quality mountaineering clothing and equipment is an investment that will see you through years of adventures. It is wise to choose carefully, and not to skimp on quality. The companies and products you see listed below can serve as starting points of reference for you. Take this list to your local outdoor specialty shop.
Feel free to use this list as a reference as you prepare for your trip, but note that not all brands and models are current.
Your Everest Expedition will take place over a 7 – 9 week period in Nepal. Life at Base Camp and above is demanding, but can also be very comfortable if you come prepared with the proper equipment. Everything should be rugged, well tested and reliable. We provide specific manufacturers and models for you to use as a starting points of reference for the function and quality you will need.
You will live in your own tent at Base Camp, and will be sharing tents at Camps 1 – 4 on the mountain. Sunny days at Base Camp and Camp 2 can be warm if there is no wind, but nights are cold at all camps on the mountain. Opportunities for regular showers and doing laundry at Base Camp make it easy to keep clean, but cotton clothing is of little use, because it is difficult to dry.
An important concept for an Everest Climb is to have two sets of gear, one kept at high camps and one at Base Camp. You will need two sleeping bags, and they both should be warm. You may also want to bring a second down jacket for convenience. Laundry is done regularly at Base Camp, so if you bring well-made expedition clothing you will not need many changes. We also have access to replacement clothing and equipment in Namche. One thing that is not easily replaced in Namche is footwear. Boots, shoes and sandals should fit well and be in excellent condition.
Footwear:
Climbing boots: Scarpa Phantom 8000, La Sportiva Olympus Mons, Millet Everest One Sports, Kayland 8000.
Cold weather boots for base camp: They should be insulated boots. Sorel or Baffin.
Running shoes and/or trail shoes: For travel & easy walking.
Sport sandals: Tevas, Chacos or Crocs are great for shower day, visiting Monasteries and relaxing during the trek.
Lightweight hiking boots: For trekking to Base Camp. Leather or fabric/leather with a sturdy mid-sole and vibram sole.
Gaiters: For use with light hiking boots, short and simple are better, such as Outdoor Research’s Rocky Mountain Low Gaiters.
Booties: Down or synthetic, any brand with thick foam soles is recommended.
Lightweight socks: Three to four pairs synthetic/wool blend (Fox River, Patagonia, Smartwool).
Midweight / heavy socks: Three to four pairs synthetic/wool blend (Fox River, Patagonia, Smartwool).
Liner socks: Three to four pairs Capeline or silk.
Clothing:
Lightweight long underwear top: (Patagonia Capilene, REI, Mountain Equipment Co-op).
Expedition weight long underwear tops: Zip T- neck design is good. Light colors are better for tops because they are cooler when hiking in direct sunlight and just as warm as dark colors when worn underneath other layers. (Patagonia, North Face, Mountain Hardwear).
Lightweight long underwear bottoms: (Patagonia Capilene, REI, Mountain Equipment Co-op)
Expedition weight underwear bottoms: Dark colors are preferable because they do not show dirt. (Patagonia, REI, Mountain Equipment Co-op).
Briefs: Four pairs synthetic or cotton, running shorts also work well for underwear.
Short-sleeved shirts: Two synthetic; most nylon running shirts or athletic shirts work. (North Face, Patagonia).
Jacket synthetic or fleece: Synthetic insulated jackets or pullovers are a great alternative to fleece because they are lighter and more compressible. Primaloft type fill or Polartec 100 or 200 fleece is recommended. (Wildthings Primaloft, Patagonia, Outdoor Research)
Synthetic insulated pants: Primaloft or Polarguard HV fill with full side zips are recommended. Mountain Hardwear Compressor pants are an example. An acceptable alternative are fleece pants Polartec 100 or 200, but they are bulky, heavier and less versatile.
Down suit: The best option for Everest summit day. Plan to wear very little underneath. (North Face).
Down insulated jacket w/ hood: For Base Camp, the trek and lower camps on the mountain. (The North Face, Mountain Hardwear).
Down pants: These are an option in addition to primaloft pants, can be useful at higher camps.
Waterproof breathable jacket & pants: Ideally the jacket will have a hood and the pants will have full-length side zips. Bibs work well high on the mountain, but are often too hot and bulky at lower elevations. Gore-Tex XCR and H2NO fabrics are lightweight. (ArcTeryx, Patagonia, Mountain Hardwear).
Wind shirts / light shell jacket: Light colors are preferred for comfort on hot days on the glacier.
One piece climbing shell (optional): One piece shell such as Arc’teryx Alpha suit.
Head & Hand Gear
Liner glove: lightweight synthetic (Patagonia or any brand of Power Stretch).
Windstopper fleece gloves: Two pairs (any brand of Windstopper fleece).
Insulated climbing gloves: Black Diamond Guide Gloves
Mittens with liners: Two pairs, one for summit day (Outdoor Research Alti Mitts) and a utility pair of mittens for hard use in the icefall (Outdoor Research Expedition Mittens with fleece liners).
Bandanna: Two or three traditional cotton style.
Sun hat: Any lightweight hat with a good brim or visor. (Berg Adventures Ball Cap).
Wool or fleece hat: Bring two, one lightweight, one heavier. Any brand of warm hat that can go over ears.
Balaclava: One heavy weight and one light weight. Some people layer a very thin Capilene Balaclava under a thicker fleece one.
Face mask: Optional, another good option is a neck gaiter/cozy.
Accessories
Sunglasses: One pair high quality 100% UV, 100%IR, for travel and lower elevations.
Glacier glasses: One pair high quality 100% UV, 100%IR min 80% light reduction, side shields are optional, but size and shape of lens should offer maximum protection from bright light on snow.
Ski goggles: Test to assure a good fit on your face. Smaller goggles will likely work better with your oxygen mask.
Headlamp w/ spare bulb: Bring two AA or AAA battery powered units (Petzl or Black Diamond)
Spare batteries: For headlamp and other gadgets you bring. We like lithium AA’s and AAA’s and find they are worth the extra expense for cold expedition conditions.
Climbing Equipment

Ice axe: General mountaineering axe, mountaineering “walking” length, 60 – 80 cm length, depending on your height. Shaft should not have a rubber grip. You will need a leash to attach axe to you harness not a “wrist loop”. Bring a commercial leash designed for glacier travel or 6 ft of 9/16 inch webbing and we will help you construct one (Grivel or Black Diamond).

Crampons: 12 point step-in, some climbers bring two, but this is likely not necessary and we can have replacements sent from Namche (Grivel or Black Diamond).
Harness: Alpine style, you should not have to step through leg loops to put it on and off, lightweight, fully adjustable (Black Diamond).
Carabiners: Two large locking “pear” shaped, four oval-shaped (Black Diamond, Petzl).
Webbing: 20 feet 3/16 “Supertape” – used for constructing leashes.
Perlon cord: 20 feet of 6mm perlon cord, also known as accessory cord in climbing stores.
Ascenders: You will need two (Petzl or Black Diamond).
Rappel device: ATC, Figure 8 or similar (Black Diamond).
Camping Gear
Backpack: Top opening mountaineer’s rucksack style is best. Avoid large zipper openings and excessive outside pockets. Larger packs are better than smaller, because they are easier to pack with cold hands and they distribute loads more effectively. Wild Things “Andinista” has been a favorite for years. It is ideal for the trek and all the climbing you will do. Arc’teryx and Osprey also have good lightweight packs.
Day pack: Should be simple, useful for airline carry on, the trek in and short jaunts around Base Camp.
Two Sleeping bags: -40C/-30F Down 800 fill (Western Mountaineering, Mountain Hardwear). Your second bag can be -20C/-5F. One bag stays on the mountain and the other at Base Camp. Your larger bag may be the one that stays at Base Camp; higher on the mountain you will share tents and you will be more concerned with bulk and weight.
Compression stuff sacks: To reduce the volume of sleeping bags and clothes. There are a variety of lightweight sacks now available (Outdoor Research).
Sleeping pad: Inflating, full-length (Therm-a-rest).
Foam pad: Your sleeping pads stay on the mountain. At Base Camp you will have a Nepalese mattress, so you do not need a second sleeping pad set (Ridgerest).
Water bottles: Two 1 liter, leak-proof wide-mouth (Nalgene).
Lightweight steel thermal bottle: One or two. One liter size. (Nissan, Thermos).
Pee bottle: Two 1 quart (1 liter), leak-proof wide-mouth, one for Base Camp and the other for high camp (Nalgene).
Pee Funnel for Women: (Freshette).
Pack towel: Medium size, do not bring “terrycloth”, bandanas work in a pinch (Pac Towel).
Trekking poles: Should extend and shorten (Leki 3-section, Black Diamond).
Swiss army knife/multitool: Remember not to leave in carry-on bags for any international or domestic flight.
Large mug, plastic bowl, fork and spoon: For Camp 1 and Camp 3. Bowl and mug should be large.
Medical & Personal
Sunscreen: SPF 30 or higher, non-oily (Dermatone or L’Oreal).
Lipscreen: SPF 30 or higher, any brand.
Toiletry kit: Toothbrush, toothpaste, skin lotion, alcohol-based hand sanitizer, soap, comb/brush, shave kit, (bring travel size bottles to keep your kit small).
First-aid kit: Ibuprofen/Aspirin, assorted band-aids, moleskin, Neosporin-type suave, small gauze pad, roll of adhesive tape, tweezers, safety pins. Include any prescription travel meds that might be prescribed by your doctor (antibiotics, Diamox, sleep aids).
Water purification tablets: Such as Potable Aqua brand iodine tablets. You will be given plenty of purified water during your trek, but one bottle of backup purification tablets is always a good idea for your travels. They are especially useful in hotels on your way to Nepal. You should not drink untreated tap water anywhere in Asia and bottled water in some rare cases might not be available.
Zip-loc bags: Always useful, and not available in Nepal. We especially like the large storage size for organization and storage at Base Camp.
Baby wipes or wet towels
Ear plugs: Very useful in noisy lodges and tents. Available in most hardware stores and drug stores.
Travel Items
Expedition duffel bag: Two large, 8000+ cubic inches. Light colors are better for labeling with your name (The North Face duffel, Wild Things “Burro Bag”).
Small travel bag: Optional. Useful for storing things in Kathmandu, most soft sided ‘carry on’ type bags work well. You might also use an extra-large stuff sack (The North Face, Patagonia).
Nylon stuff sacks: Several different sizes, light colors preferable for labeling.
Lightweight long sleeve shirt: cotton, comfortable.
Hiking pants and/or skirt/sarong: One or two (“Supplex” is good material).
Lightweight pants: One pair (any brand Supplex or “stretch woven” pant).

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