Mt. Everest is the highest mountain in the world, and scaling it is a huge accomplishment in itself. Every year numerous mountaineers travel to Khumbu region to complete their dream of reaching the top of the world. With the span of 67 days, you will not only touch the highest point of the Earth but also get to know the hidden mysteries of the Himalayas. Climbing Everest is difficult and requires proper planning. We, Go For Nepal Treks & Expedition has carefully designed our itinerary so that you can successfully reach the summit and return back. During the Mt. Everest Expedition, you will get to see wonderful landscape views.
- Take a thrilling flight to Lukla airport.
- Trek through Sagarmatha National Park that is home to numerous flora & fauna.
- Explore the tourist hub of Khumbu region, Namche Bazar.
- Visit the oldest monastery of the region, Tengboche monastery.
- Observe rich culture, tradition, and unique lifestyle of Sherpas.
- Reach Everest Base Camp.
- Hike to Kala Patthar for a gorgeous sunrise.
- Reach the top of the world, Mt. Everest (8,848 m).
- Witness panoramic views of several Himalayan mountains.
Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines.
Day 02-4Three days in Kathmandu preparation for Everest Expedition with an optional tour.
Day 05Fly to Lukla (2,820 m) and walk to Phakding (2,640 m); 4 hrs.
Day 06Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m); 5 hrs.
Day 07Rest day at Namche for acclimatization and local hike.
Day 08Trek to Tengboche Monastery (3,867 m); 5 hrs.
Day 09Trek to Dingboche (4,360 m); 5 hrs.
Day 10Rest day at Dingboche for acclimatization and excursion.
Day 11Trek to Lobuche (4,930 m); 5 hrs.
Day 12Trek to Gorakshep (5,180 m) and climb Kala Patthar; 4 hrs.
Day 13Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,364 m); 4 hrs.
Day 14-16At Everest Base Camp rest and acclimatization.
Day 17-51(35 days) Ascent of Mount Everest and withdrawal to Base Camp.
Day 52-55(4 days to base camp) All climbing and team-members to re-group at Base Camp.
Day 56-57At Base Camp cleaning up and packing for the return trek to Lukla.
Day 58Trek to Pheriche (4,240 m); 5 hrs.
Day 59Trek to Thyangboche (3,867 m); 5 hrs.
Day 60Trek to Namche Bazaar; 5 hrs.
Day 61Trek to Monjo (2,880 m); 4 hrs.
Day 62Trek to Lukla; 4 hrs.
Day 63Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel.
Day 64-663 days free day in Kathmandu with an optional sightseeing tour.
Day 67Transfer to International Airport for flight homeward bound.
What to Expect
- Arrival & Departure: Airport transfers-Airport/Hotel/Airport
- Hotel In Kathmandu: 5 nights stay in Katmandu 5 star Hotel on bed & breakfast Basis-Double Room
- Domestic flight: Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu with domestic Airport Tax
- Expedition cargo: Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu by domestic airlines
- Transportation: Necessary Transportation From Kathmandu/Base Camp/Kathmandu for all Member and Staffs
- Permit: Everest Expedition Permit +ice fall Rout +Summit Route permit, National park & TIMS permit fees
- Garbage Management: Stool Shipment Transfer, Garbage Deposit fees
- Lodging &Fooding: Food - 3 Time meals a day in Trekking & Base camp for member & Staffs
- Cargo Clearance: International Air cargo clearance of Member Personal Luggage & Payment of Government taxes
- Liaison Officer: 1 Government Liaison officer with full equipment, salary, accommodation (USD 2500) in Sharing Basis.
- Base Camp Staff: 1 Base camp Cook &1 kitchen Helper
- Porter: Porters up to BC & return from BC
- Staff Salary and allowance: All Nepali staff & porters daily wages/equipment/food/clothing with personal insurance.
- Insurance: All Staffs Medical & Emergency rescue Insurance
- Member Luggage: 70 Kg per member as personal baggage
- Base camp Dome Tent: VE25 North face or Kailas tents in base camp 1 per member
- Base camp Tents: Base camp form mattresses, Dinning/Kitchen/Toilet/Store
- Tent/Hot shower /Tables & chairs, Cooking gears, and all other necessary gears.
- Heater: Heater for base camp in each Dining and other necessary camps
- Light: 1 Solar panel for charging the battery and for the light at base camp for use.
- Dinner: 01Warm Farewell Dinner in standard restaurant in Kathmandu with Nepalese Staff.
- Internet Service at Base Camp: 01 Swiss Immersat will be provided for Internet service at Base camp (Chargeable as per use) with Joining group of Himalayan Wanderer Treks. Email for sending and receiving will cost extra.
- Base Camp Doctor: One Doctor will be a standby in BC during the whole period of expedition.
- Bakery Cafe at Base camp: Bakery Cafe at BC with the joining group of Himalayan Wanderer Treks as a service.
- Free Bar: we will have a free bar in Base camp with soft drinks and Liquor for our clients.
- Generator: 01 Generator at Base camp for computers and other electronic devices.
- Weather Forecast: Weather forecast from Meteotest, Bern (Switzerland) during the entire expedition.
- Gamow Bag: 1 Rescue sled (Gamow bag) for an emergency.
- Hot drinking water: Hot drinking water when needed.
- Oxygen: (O2)-Poisk cylinder: 06 oxygen (O2) cylinder for each Member and 04 oxygen bottle for each High altitude Sherpa. Extra oxygen for emergencies stored at Base camp.
- High Tent: Necessary VE25 North Face High Tent for Member and High Altitude Sherpa
- Mask & Regulator: 01 Set of top Out mask for each member and high altitude Sherpa
- Permit: Satellite Phone /walkie talkie Phone if necessary in the basis of Member
- Waki Talkie - 1 Walki Talkie per member (9 Volt) as needed on the basis of Member
- High Altitude Climbing Sherpa: 1 Climbing Sherpa per member and Climbing Bonus U$1500
- High camp service: Necessary Cooking gas, Cooking pot for Member, Tents for high camp, high food, and fixing gear (C1) (C2) (C3) (C4) summit
- Satellite Phone: Cost for Phone calls should pay as per call duration.
- Communication: Communication between Base Camp and Camp II with Radio set in Base camp.
- Lunch & Dinner: Lunch & Dinner in Katmandu Hotel stay and more the 5 nights in Kathmandu Hotel
- Insurance: Travel and High Altitude Insurance /Accident/Medical/emergency evacuation
- Personal Expenses: Telephone, Internet, Laundry, any Alcoholic beverages, Personal equipment, and shopping
- Nepalese Visa Charge: Visa fee US$ 40 per person for 30 days (to be applied for 100 days US$ 100)
- Sherpa summit Bonus & Tips: Sherpa Summit bonus US$1500, please calculate some tips
- The full set of Member's personal climbing equipment & clothing
- Rescue Evacuation: Emergency rescue evacuation cost, if needed and all other personal nature expenses
Climbing Mt. Everest is a lifetime achievement. The experience you will get during the journey will surely change your view of life and bring you closer to yourself. You will have enough time to look into you and understand your purpose in life. Plus, the sensational beauty of the Himalayas and the isolation of the region will increase the joy of the expedition. The tempting views of snow-covered mountains like Mt. Everest (8,848 m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m), Mt. Makalu (8,481 m), Mt. Nuptse (7,861 m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8,201 m), Mt. Baruntse (7,162 m), Mt. Pumori (7,161 m), Mt. Kongde (6,187 m), Mt. Thamserku (6,623 m), Mt. Ama Dablam (6,812 m), etc will accompany you through the journey.
Mt. Everest Expedition landmark
The major highlight of Mt. Everest Expedition is the Mt. Everest itself. You will reach the top of the world's highest mountain, the top of the world, nothing is higher than this point on Earth. Likewise, the views of numerous Himalayan mountains are also the highlights of the Everest Expedition. Other than this, you will trek through Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Natural Site. Likewise, Namche Bazar is also one of the main landmarks of the Mt. Everest Expedition. Namche Bazar is the main Sherpa residence and most famous tourist hub in the Khumbu region. You will visit Everest View Hotel or Syangboche Airstrip from where outstanding landscape view can be seen. Likewise, the Sherpa Culture Museum and Everest Photo Gallery will present to you the lifestyle of the Sherpa people and their history. While Everest Photo Gallery will offer you the most astonishing photos taken by the photographers.
Everest Expedition will not only present you with an adventurous journey and breathtaking views of mountains but also present you with the cultural richness of the region. The people here are mostly followers of Buddhism. On the way, you will come across many monasteries, gompas, and chortens fastened with colorful prayers. The entire region is extremely rich in culture, and you will get to experience a different way of life during the journey.
During your Mt. Everest Expedition, you will trek through beautiful small villages and settlement areas where you will get to see the culture and tradition of the locals. You will stay overnight in the village where you will get to experience the daily lifestyle of the locals. Sherpa, Rai, Limbus, etc are the main people resides in this region. They have their distinct language, main festivals, beliefs, norms, and values.
While on Everest Expedition, you will trek through the lush and dense forests of Sagarmatha National Park. These forests are home to numerous species of flora and fauna. Many rivers and streams will also come in your way. Likewise, the more altitude you will gain alpine vegetation will come in front of you. Everest Base Camp onwards, you will walk on glaciers and snowy paths.
Mt. Everest Expedition difficulty
Climbing Mt. Everest is a difficult journey. Lots of energy, patience, will power, and strong stamina is needed. The trail up to Everest Base Camp is more moderate with a few steep climbs, however, from EBC onwards, the path gets tricky and challenging. You will be walking on snow and glaciers, therefore a very strong physical fitness is needed to reach the summit of Everest. You will have to cross many crevasses, steep ascends, and narrow glacier paths.
Altitude Sickness and Prevention
As you gain elevation, the chances of suffering from altitude sickness also increase. The Everest Expedition will take you above 8,000 meters that no means is a joke. Proper acclimatization is very crucial to keep yourself moving ahead. Therefore, we, Go For Nepal Treks & Expedition have designed our Mt. Everest Expedition itinerary with adequate acclimatization days.
Below is the symptom of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness):
- Difficulty sleeping
- Dizziness or light-headedness
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea or vomiting
- Rapid pulse (heart rate)
- Shortness of breath with exertion
Preventive measures of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness):
- Inform your guide on time
- Climb slowly
- Eat carbs
- Avoid alcohol
- Drink plenty of water
- Take it easy, don't panic
- Sleep at a lower elevation
Transportation and Bag Pack
Mt. Everest Expedition begins with a thrilling flight from Lukla. From here, you will gradually ascend and reach the Everest Base Camp. Further, you will ascend towards the summit of the world's highest mountain setting several camps on the way for night stay.
Below is the list of things that you should carry during Mt. Everest Expedition:
- T-shirts and Pants (Innerwear)
- Thermal Wears
- Breathable Underwears
- Trekking Pants/Shoes/Socks
- Insulating Jacket
- Rain jacket
- Warm woolen Gloves
- Sun hat/woolen hat
- Sleeping bag
- Trekking Pole
- Ice Axe
- Climbing Boots
- First aid kit
- Toiletries (toilet paper, hand sanitizer, sunblock, towel, soap, shampoo, sanitary napkins, etc)
- Miscellaneous (camera, extra batteries, journal, cards, bars, snacks, water purification tablets, etc)
Food and Accommodation during Mt. Everest Expedition
During the Everest Expedition, you will stay overnight in lodge or guest house up to Gorak Shep. From here onwards, you will spend the night in tents. All the tents and other necessary equipment will be carried by our porters. Tents will be of high quality and insulating, so don't worry too much about the cold.
In the lower part, the food will be served as per the menu of the lodge or guesthouse. However, during the expedition, all the foods will be cooked and served by the porters. Our porters are professionally trained for cooking. They will make you appetizing meals that will warm your body and give you enough energy to move ahead.
Best Season to go on Mt. Everest Expedition
The best time to do Mt. Everest Expedition is in Spring. Many climbers take on this challenging adventure from late March to May. The weather is much more suitable as well as stable. Similarly, the lower part of the Khumbu region also bloomed up with lovely rhododendron making the trail more beautiful. Likewise, Autumn is another most preferable time for this expedition.
Mt. Everest Expedition Cost
Everest Expedition can cost you good money. Climbing Mt. Everest is not an easy thing that anyone can do. Months of preparation are required beforehand. You will be spending the night over 6,000 meters and 7,000 meters where there is no trace of humans. To survive in that extreme cold, you have to have good energizing food, warm sleeping tents, oxygens tanks, first aid, and lots of other equipment. All of these cost money. Likewise, there are also permits that you have to take from the government of Nepal. There are several small and big things you have to pay for a successful expedition. You can contact us anytime for more detailed information about the Mt. Everest Expedition cost.
Here is the list of things that you have to carry during the expedition:
- Passport & Visa
- Travel Insurance
- Extra Photos
- Cash (as per need)
What is done in Base camp?
At the base camp, your guide will teach you basic uses of climbing gear. He will teach you how to properly use gears like harness, rope, ice-ax, etc. Likewise, he will brief you about the route and the issues you might have to face. You will go on a short hike or climb nearby small peaks to acclimate your body and increase your confidence level.
Training and Climbing Strategy (South Col Route)
Base Camp (5,200 m/17,060 ft):
Located on a moving glacier, Everest Base Camp stands 5,200 meters above the sea level. Weather at base camp remains more stable, however, due to melting and shifting of ice, we will move our tents and platform as per need. Surrounded by Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Nuptse, and Khumbu Icefall, you will have warm mornings and occasional afternoon snowfall at the EBC. You will see many other fellow expedition teams at the base camp, which makes this place look like a small village.
Camp I (5,900 m/19,357 ft):
Base Camp to Camp I is very technical and tough as you will be crossing Khumbu Icefall. The Icefall is 2,000′ feet of moving ice with deep crevasses, towering ice sera’s and avalanches off Everest’s west shoulder. You will spend only two nights at Camp I during the climbing for acclimatization.
Camp II (6,400 m/20,998 ft):
Located in a lateral moraine at the bottom of the west ridge, Camp II is a very safe location to sped night. From here, you will get to see the stunning view of Mt. Lhotse. Here, we will set up our main climbing camps with individual tents for climbers along with kitchen, dining, and washroom tents. At Camp II, you will spend most of the time for acclimatization.
Camp III (7,100 m/20,998 ft):
From Camp II to Camp III is pretty difficult because of the thin air and low oxygen level. You will not use supplemental oxygen in this part. The trail will be steep, and the route gets fixed with rope (30 to 45 degrees). The distant from Camp II to Camp III is long and requires proper acclimatization.
South Col (8,000 m/26,300 ft):
South Col is flat area surrounded b Everest in the north and Lhotse in the south, and covered with loose rocks. This is our last camp. Most of the climbers easily get here without using supplementary oxygen. You have to cross two rock sections; the Yellow Band an inter-layer of marble, Phyllite, and semi schist rock, and the Geneva Spur, an anvil-shaped rib of black rock.
Summit (8,848 m/29,029 ft):
From South Col, it will take around 9 to 13 hours to reach the summit. Before that, you will pass through the Balcony, the Hillary Step, and the South Summit. The route to the summit is a moderate snow slope.
Extra Personal Expenditure
All the extra expenditures like taking a hot shower to have some food out of itinerary are personal expenditures. With the increase of elevation, the facilities will get limited and little things will cost you a few extra bucks. Therefore, make sure to carry enough cash with yourself so that you can use it whenever you need it. Also, there are no ATMs available on the trail, and none of the teahouses accepts the card for payment.
Safety & Precaution in Expedition
Climbing Mount Everest is a dangerous and challenging activity. Even though you will get to witness unbelievable views and have a life long achievement, there are lots of risks involved in reaching the summit. There are so many things that need to be taken care of before and during the expedition. From preparing the gears to set the ropes, everything should be perfect because the Himalayas do not accept any mistakes.
Here is the list of things that you can take into consideration safety precaution during the expedition:
- Make sure to take out insurance that includes emergency air evacuations
- Make sure to check your gears properly before the beginning of the journey
- Follow the lead of your guide
- Don’t rush, walk slowly & safely
- In case of any problem inform your guide imitatively
- Collect enough information on the weather and temperature
- Drink plenty of water and keep yourself hydrated
- Take plenty of rest and acclimatize your body on the trail