- Duration: 10 weeks
- Climbs and Mountains
- March, April, May
About this Adventure
Everyone knows about Everest, thousands read about it, but very few people stand on its summit. For many climbers, it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and the realisation of countless mountaineering dreams. This Maximum Adventure expedition puts together the transport, equipment, the team, the guides, and the support team for an expedition to the highest mountain on earth
- Fulfil your dreams and climb to the world’s highest point: 8850m
- 71 day trip
- The classic South Col route from Nepal
- Season: March to May (pre-monsoon)
- Qualified guides
- Sherpa support throughout the expedition
- Must have high altitude experience including 6000-8000m peaks
We climb Everest from Nepal, using the South Col route, which was used on the original ascent by Hillary and Tenzing. This route minimizes the amount of time at the top altitudes - over 8,000m. The season is pre-monsoon, between March and May, which gives more settled weather. Both of these factors give the best chance to summit the mountain. The mountain can be divided into four sections. First is the Khumbu Icefall, which picks a prepared course among towering ice pinnacles; then comes the Western Cwm, a vast bowl with crevasses surrounded by the highest peaks in the world; third is the Lhotse Face, a very long and steep snow slope; the final section is the South Col and Summit Ridge, with the South Col serving as a base for the summit bid. Each section brings its own challenges, and together make up the ultimate test for a mountaineer.
You will fly to Kathmandu, then take a small plane to Lukla. From there, it is a nine-day walk to Base Camp through spectacular ravines and mountains. The walk in gives you a chance to acclimatise, and has built in rest days and acclimatisation walks. Base Camp is in an extraordinary location, surrounded by several of the highest mountains in the world.
The team will get full support from a team of Sherpas, who will carry loads, look after the team equipment and supplies, and support the team the expedition. You will also have an experienced team of Western guides. You will need to be prepared to meet some extraordinary mental and physical challenges, but the team will give you the best possible support for a safe and successful attempt at the world’s highest mountain.
The route to Base camp involves a long trek over nine days. Built into this are a number of rest days and acclimatisation walks as you gradually gain altitude with each stop. The detailed route description covers the part between day 14 and 64, which involve actually climbing the mountain. The extra day at the end can be used for relaxation, or may be required as contingency. On the way down, a popular choice is to stop at Pheriche and, at your own expense (c. $1000), take a helicopter direct to Kathmandu.
Day 1-2: Fly out to Kathmandu
Day 3: Sightseeing in Kathmandu and final preparations for the expedition
Day 4: Fly to Lukla
Day 5: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,450m)
Day 6: Acclimatisation day in Namche Bazaar
Day 7: Trek to Thyangboche
Day 8: Trek to Dingboche
Day 9-11: Acclimatisation walks and rest days at Dingboche
Day 12: Trek to Lobuche
Day 13: Trek to Base Camp (5,400m)
Day 14-64: Ascent of Everest (see detail)
Day 65: Trek from Base Camp down to Dingboche
Day 66-68: Trek down to Lukla
Day 69: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu
Day 70: Relaxing in Kathmandu
Day 71: Return flight home
Please note: This itinerary is a guide only. It can be subject to change dependent upon viability, course members' fitness, weather conditions or for any other reason the guide may deem necessary.
- Hotel accommodation on a shared twin bed and breakfast basis whilst in Kathmandu, en route to the Base Camp, and on the return.
- Return Transport between Kathmandu and Base Camp.
- All peaks fees and administration fees.
- All Western Guide fees (bonuses extra).
- All Sherpa Base Camp Staff fees (bonuses extra).
- All high altitude Sherpa Staff fees (bonuses extra) and their equipment.
- All meals en route to and from Base Camp, at Base Camp, and on the mountain.
- All group equipment, including tents, stoves, ropes, climbing equipment, group first aid, hyperbaric chambers, radio communications, and oxygen above 7,500m.
- Air travel to and from Kathmandu.
- Drinks, laundry, postage, telephone calls, emails and other similar personal expenses.
- Lunches and evening meals in Kathmandu.
- Original entry visa into Nepal. This can be obtained at the airport upon arrival.
- Personal medical and travel insurance/cancellation insurance.
- Personal spending money and tips.
- Sleeping bags and mats at Base Camp and at higher camps (see equipment list).