Mount Everest Expedition
Mount Everest (8848m) is the highest peak in the world. Everest Expedition from the south face is one of the challenging and dare able task in human life. Climbing over the world’s highest mountain is possible with the experienced team of climbing guides and professional mountaineering operator in Nepal. High Five Adventures stands ahead in the line of local mountain climbing operators in Nepal.
- On top of the world with a classic climb on world highest mountain Everest
- Sweeping panorama view of dramatic landscapes and peaks of Nepal and Tibet
- an amazing journey with grand scenery on daily walks and climb of Everest.
- Everest Expedition is one of the challenging peak climbing adventures in the world.”
Expedition at a Glance:
|Accommodations:||Hotel-lodge and camping from base camp above.|
|Trekking Grade:||Moderate to Adventurous|
|Climbing Grade:||A full fledge Mountaineering Expeditions|
|Activities:||Both ways scenic flights trek and climb|
|Expeditions Durations:||36 Nights &o 37 Days (Lukla to Lukla)|
|Total Trip:||42 Nights & 43 Days ( Kathmandu to Kathmandu)|
|Seasons:||April to June or from early September to Mid-November|
High Five Adventures organizes and runs a classic climb from the South Col ridges to reach world’s highest Mt. Everest summit, where you will stand on top of the world at 8,848 m / 29, 028 ft high.
Everest Expedition a daring and challenging feat where you will encounter adventure of a lifetime experience, where we will make it happen with all best logistic support includes veteran and expert Sherpa guides to help you to reach on top world highest peak Mt. Everest.
Many world-wide mountaineers and outdoor sports adventurer have climbed successfully with our safe guiding accompanied with proper planning of professional camping staff which is highly needed for this tough climb.
Everest; world highest peak with many names Nepalese calls Sagarmatha and Chomolungma in Sherpa and Tibetans both languages means Great Mother, truly a fascinating pyramid-shaped peak straddles the border between Nepal and Tibet.
The southern flank is known as South Col with Hillary step located in Nepal Far East Himalayan range, while the Everest North Col is across the border in South East Tibet / China around Rongbuk glacier area.
Where ever you climb from the mountain is there for you, the south col side of Mt. Everest is one of the scenic and best ways to reach the top, despite notorious Khumbu Ice Fall which is the main obstacle to encounter on the South ridge climb of Everest.
Our Everest Expedition in Nepal begins from Kathmandu after much planning and preparations, completing legal papers and permits for the climb where a short scenic flight takes to an interesting town at Lukla with its unique airstrips.
From Lukla walk leads to a gradual winding path passing many Sherpa traditional villages to reach at famous and colorful Namche Bazaar, here with rest and short hikes to its viewpoints.
After Namche, our journey continues with grand views of high snow-capped peaks with Mt. Everest along the walk and then reaching a scenic spot at Tengboche surrounded with a beautiful alpine forest of rhododendron, pines trees and lovely views of mountains including towering Ama-Dablam and Mt. Everest.
Enjoying time in Tengboche monastery and getting blessed from the Buddhist priest for a safe and successful climb, finally, our journey leads to our destinations at Everest base camp after a great scenic walk through Pangboche-Dingboche and Lobuche villages.
The Everest expedition climbing is undertaken with much rest and acclimatization including some practice on the ice and rock climbing, our final bid leads beyond base camp with about 4-5 camps to reach the summit of Mt. Everest after the strenuous climb and tackling Khumbu ice Falls.
After a successful ascent descends back to base and with preparations clearing the camp where a downhill walk leads back to Lukla for the scenic short flight back to Kathmandu on completing a memorable and adventure of a lifetime experience on Mt. Everest Expedition from South Col.
Day 01: Reach Kathmandu via respective airlines and transfer to your hotels.
Day 02-03: In Kathmandu preparation for Everest Expeditions with the optional tour.
Day 04: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla 2,820 m, trek to Phakding 2,640 m – 04 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m – 05 hrs.
Day 06: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion.
Day 07: Trek to Tengboche 3,867 m – 05hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Dingboche 4,260 m – 05hrs.
Day 09: At Dingboche rest day for acclimatization and local hike.
Day 10: Trek to Lobuche 4,930 m – 05 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Gorak Shep 5,170 m and climb to Kalapathar walk to Everest
Base Camp 5,364 m – 06 hrs.
Day 12-13: At base camp acclimatization and preparations.
Day 14-33: (20 days) Ascent of Mount Everest and descend to Base Camp.
Day 34: All members to re-group at Base Camp.
Day 35: Cleaning up of base camp with packing for the return journey.
Day 36: Trek to Pheriche 4,240m – 05 hrs.
Day 37: Trek to Thyangboche – 05 hrs.
Day 38: Trek to Monjo 2,860m – 06 hrs.
Day 39: Trek to Lukla – 04 hrs.
Day 40: Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.
Day 41-42: In Kathmandu to submit the expedition’s reports and optional sightseeing tour.
Day 43: International departure for homeward bound.
Day 01: Reach at Kathmandu via airlines and transfer to respective hotels.
On reaching at Kathmandu international airport where you will be greeted with warm welcome by High Five Adventures staff and guides, and then transfer to your hotel where you will be joined with other members of Everest expedition, here our guide and group leader will information and brief with wide information regarding the trek and Mt. Everest expedition.
Day 02-03: In Kathmandu optional tour and preparation for Everest expeditions.
With free days in Kathmandu for necessary preparations where you will be busy packing and purchasing necessary required equipments for the expeditions, on last final day in Kathmandu with final briefing regarding the climb including do’s and don’ts, where our expert climbing guide will provide much information and items required for the climb.
For interested people can join in city tour around Kathmandu at places of interest, as Kathmandu valley full of world heritage sites of impressive historical and cultural monuments.
Day 04: Fly to Lukla 2,886m & trek to Phakding 2,640m - 04 hrs.
After preparation and rest in Kathmandu, morning depart for the flight to Lukla where you can view array of peaks including Mt. Everest on 30 minutes flight to Lukla, on arrival at Lukla airport which is named Tenzing–Hillary Airport tribute to great legendary climbers.
From Lukla after getting organized and meeting other staff and porters of the expeditions a pleasant walk leads you to overnight stop in Phakding located by the Dudh Kosi River.
Day 05: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m - 06 hrs.
Our second day walk leads to cross Dudh Koshi, after crossing bridges then reaching at the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park near Monjo village, where all permits are checked from here an easy walk on the river valley for an hour then after crossing the last high bridge a winding uphill trail of few hours reaches you at Namche Bazaar, here with two overnights in this big and prosperous trading village with various facilities ATMs, Cyber cafes, stores, shops, restaurants, banks and fresh bakery where busy colorful market takes place every Saturday.
Day 06: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization.
Necessary rest day at Namche for acclimatization, on this relax or take a short walk up to the park museum and view point for grand views of Everest –Amadablam and adjoining peaks the park museum offers great range of information from mountaineering, flora – fauna and Sherpa culture and religions, other hiking spots climb to Everest View Hotel for grand views of Everest and surrounding mountains.
Day 07: Trek to Thyangboche 3,867 m - 05hrs.
After a pleasant time at Namche, morning leads to moderate walk on winding trail in the shade of pines and rhododendron tree lines with super views of Amadablam, Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Thamserku and Kwangde peak, and then walk leads downhill to Imjatse river at Phunge Tenga for possible lunch stop.
Afternoon leads to a climb for few hours into a serene forest to Thyangboche Monastery, a great scenic place on a small plateau with beautiful views of Amadablam, Kangtenga, Thamserku, Kwangde and Mt. Everest, Thyangboche a holy spot where the head lama (Rinpoche) of the monastery resides here.
Mountaineers get blessed from the high lama or main priest for safe and successful climb.
Day 08: Trek to Dingboche 4,260 m - 05 hrs.
Morning continues with downhill walk into a lovely forest of birch-rhododendron and pines trees, and then our nice pleasant walk to a slow climb to Pangboche village and the last permanent village before Everest Base Camp.
After Pangboche tree lines drops for short rhododendron and juniper bushes, as the meanders to exposed area with superb views of Mt. Amadablam after crossing a last bridge with short climb reaching at beautiful Imjatse valley and in Dingboche for overnight stop.
Dingboche offers fabulous views of Amadablam North Face, Island / Imjatse Peak, Nuptse and Lhotse mountains, a little higher climb on the ridge offers views of world’s 5th highest
Mt. Makalu beyond Amphu Labtsa peak.
Day 09: At Dingboche rest day for acclimatization and local hike.
Another necessary acclimatization day where you can relax and enjoy the views or take a short hike to Nagarjung hill top and Chukung for scenic panorama of surrounding mountains with Island peak.
Day 10: Trek to Lobuche 4,930 m - 05 hrs.
Leaving Dingboche, with short climb to a ridge of prayer monuments and then on gradual trail with slow climb to reach at Thugla ( Dugla) where trail from Pheriche valley and Dingboche joins on route Everest Base Camp, offering stunning views of Taboche, Cholatse, Lobuche, Pumori, Amadablam, after a rest climb up to the terminal debris of Khumbu Glacier and continue walk to Lobuche for overnight stop.
Day 11: Trek to Gorakshep 5,170 m and Everest Base Camp 5, 364 m - 06 hrs.
The walk today will be strenuous due to altitude gain with views of Mt. Pumori, Lingtrin, Khumbutse and Mt. Everest. After hours of good scenic walk reaching at Gorakshep with couple of nice lodges which is few hours before Everest Base Camp.
After a short refreshing break, an optional hike uphill to Kalapathar at 5,545 m high, for fabulous and close views of Mt. Everest with surrounding giant peaks. After a spectacular panorama downhill to Gorakshep and continue walk to Everest Base Camp as the trail leads on ice and moraine as the walk ends to our main destination at Everest Base Camp.
Day 12-13: At base camp acclimatization and preparations.
Today gather all climbing gears from our porters and Yaks, getting busy sorting out the equipments and planning with few practices before the final climb to the top of Everest.
Day 14-33 (20 days) Ascent of Mount Everest and descend to Base Camp.
High Five Adventure has planned with 20 full days for final climb to Mt. Everest summit, here with final preparation for the great climb where some technical effort required encountering massive boulders of Khumbu Ice Falls it will be an awesome experience.
From Everest base camp at 5,364m, climbing with some technically difficulty over Khumbu Ice-fall, the climbing route will be taken care by our expert climbing guides with necessary secure and safety procedure, from above base camp one requires positive attitude and thinking with physical and much mental effort to attempts the climb a success.
The climbs requires at least 4-5 camps before reaching the summit and on descend also, however with our climb for 20 days, using maximum 4 to 5 camps before reaching top of Everest. The last camp will be at South Col ridge connecting with Lhotse.
The final climb leads to cross last section on Hillary step to reach the top summit. The Hillary step a technical section of this climb beside Khumbu Ice Falls, climbing from South Col route is technically straightforward than the North Col (Tibet side), except for Khumbu Ice falls.
During 2 weeks or more one can start loading and carrying gears to Camp I and Camp II, in the Western Cwm. Once everyone is well acclimatized, Camp I will be mostly by-passed en-route for Camp II, which will become an Advance Base Camp. The route to this point will involve crossing the crevasses on ladders, jumaring up serac walls and a long tedious plod-up the Western Cwm.
Camp III will be half way up near Lhotse Face at 7,400 meters high, from here a long rising traverse across the snow slopes, a yellow band of rock and the Geneva Spur, leads to the South Col and Camp IV.
As per favorable weather conditions follow our lead guide and leaders to the summit on top of the world at 8,848m (29,028 ft.). Some have measured as 8,850 m high but not yet confirmed.
After a mind-blowing experience of life time adventure feeling high on top of the world descend back safely towards base camp using few camps on route downhill.
Day 34: All team-members to re reach at Base Camp for final re-grouping.
This day all climbing party and member including guide and staff should have reached at base camp on this day, to assist packing equipments and checking each member health condition after the great classic climb.
Day 35: Cleaning up the base camp and packing for return journey.
Start packing the climbing gears and disposing garbage in proper sites, where SPPC (Sagarmatha Pollution Control) will check the camp and depositing the litter to take away from the base camp to disposal sites or back to Kathmandu.
Day 36: Trek to Pheriche 4,240m - 05 hrs.
Morning after a successful climb on top world highest Mt. Everest, return journey to Gorakshep and then walk to Thugla, from here downhill to Pheriche on a windy valley after a nice pleasant walk reaching at Pheriche for overnight stop.
Day 37: Trek to Thyangboche 3,867 m - 05 hrs.
Leaving Pheriche with super views of Amadablam, Nuptse wall, Lhotse, then heading on the downhill path and back to lower altitude and tree lines, the walk leads past Pangboche and from the bridge an hour or more climb brings you back to the famed Tyangboche Monastery with amazing surrounding scenery.
Day 38: Trek to Monjo 2,880 m through Namche Bazaar - 06hrs.
Morning walk begins with a descend to Imjatse River at Phunge tenga, here after crossing the bridge a steep uphill for an hour then with gentle winding walk all the way to Namche Bazaar, ( for energetic people can use the route to Namche visiting Everest View Hotel or Khumjung and Khunde village) from Namche on the downhill path to Dudh Kosi River bank, from here with short ups and downs to reach the Sagarmatha National Park entrance and then Monjo village for overnight stop in this quaint nice village.
Day 39: Trek to Lukla - 05 hrs.
After a most exciting and thrilling adventure on Mt. Everest climb, our last day walk takes you back to Lukla on a gentle winding trail through Phakding and Ghat village and then with last climb to Lukla for lunch and overnight stop, evening with last dinner around Khumbu area with staff and guides including porters.
Day 40: Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Getting up early to catch the early flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla, (sometime the flight time can get delayed due to bad weather), as the plane reaches Lukla airstrip depart for Kathmandu taking a sweeping scenic flight in a small twin otter or Dornier plane.
On arrival in Katmandu domestic airport, a short drive leads you back in the hustle and bustle city life of Kathmandu, transfer back to your hotels in the hub of Kathmandu in and around Thamel area.
Day 41-42: In Kathmandu for individual activities.
Two days as spare and free day in case of flight delay at Lukla in due to bad weather conditions, on this day busy sorting out climbing equipments, where our leader and guide will submit the expeditions report to concern Nepal Government department.
On this free day you can join in our guided tour of interest with culture and heritage sites as Kathmandu valley is full of world heritage sites, however some of them been damaged from recent earthquakes.
Day 43: International departure for homeward bound.
Mt. Everest South Col Expeditions completes today here in amazing Nepal Himalaya, as per the time for your international flight homeward bound or to next respective countries and port of call, transfer to airport with mesmerizing and exciting adventure with High Five Adventures and its cheerful friendly guides and staff.
- Airport Pick up drop (Airport /Hotel/Airport) by private car/van/Bus. Hotel in Kathmandu: Two night's tourist standard Hotel in Katmandu with breakfast basis. Welcome dinner and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
- Meals During Trek: Your standard meals in mountain (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trekking. Tea or coffee four times a day in cup during the trek
- Kathmandu valley sightseeing (Kathmandu Darbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa, Bouddhanath Stupa and Pashipati Temple
- Accommodation In Trekking: All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the treks.
- Trekking permit: 'Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) Permit. And Everest National park permits Toilet paper during the trek
- All necessary paper works.
- Domestic airport pick up and drop by car or Van.
- Guide: An experienced, helpful and friendly Guide, Porters: Experience Trekking Porters (1 porter for 2 clients). And all Their well-paid Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation and Insurance for the Guide and Porter.
- Adventure Certificate: Our Company provides Adventure Certificate.
- Arrangement of emergency helicopter service which will be paid by your travel insurance company. Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
- All government taxes.
- Service charge
- Drop to airport by car/van/Bus
Cost does not include on:
- Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Katmandu). Your Travel and rescue insurance.
- International airfare and airport departure tax.
- All the Food in Kathmandu. Also in the case of early return from mountain (due to any reason) Than the scheduled Itinerary.
- All the expenses in mountain over than scheduled itinerary (due to strike, delay or canceled flight) Extra night Hotel in Kathmandu if arrive early or late departure than schedule Itinerary.
- All the Bar bills and personal expenses (phone call, laundry service, battery recharge, bottle of water, hot water, shower.
- Tips for the guide and porter.
FAQs of Mountaineering in Nepal
When is the best time for mountaineering in Nepal?
Statically, there are basically two best seasons for mountaineering expedition in Nepal i.e. spring and autumn.
Spring is the most favorable season for all kinds of Himalayan expedition and trekking in Nepal. Spring brings warm weather with clearer views. There is very less chance of rain, less heat haze, cloud and best views. The snow starts to melt and it is easy to fix ropes along the climbing route. Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Manaslu, Kanchenjunga, Mera, Island and other peaks are climbed a high ration in spring.
But the speed of wind might be the problem in spring. However with proper preparation and reliable weather forecast, spring is the perfect season for climbing in Himalayas of Nepal.
Late September to early December marks as an autumn season in Nepal. It is second best season for peak climbing adventure in Nepal. Moderate temperatures, clear sky with excellent views, makes it a perfect time for mountaineering and trekking adventure in Himalayas. Occasional short storms may dump snow at high altitude but it happens rare. Manaslu expedition is best in autumn.
There are many successful records of climbing to the 8,000m and less mountain in the autumn season. The perfect temperature (neither too hot nor too cold) with less risk of snow slides in autumn offers more chance to summit the Himalayas.
What technical skills so I need for mountaineering in Nepal?
Mountaineering expedition not only offers you the thrill of the alpine experience but a deep sense of accomplishment as well. Before you take on an alpine climb, you must learn and practice a variety of skills.
Here are a few of the skills you need to have before you start mountaineering:
- Using an Ice Axe
- Roped Glacier Travel
- Using Oxygen Mask
- Using ascender, descender, harness, crampons and more
- Crevasse Rescue
- High altitude medical knowledge
I have never climb the peak before. Can I go for peak climbing?
The mighty peaks above 7,500+m and 8,000m+ peaks are very challenging for first timers. However there are some non-technical peaks which can be climbed safely by fit trekkers and even some technical peaks can be conquered by a novice climbers in coordination of professional climbing guide.
How fit do I need to be for mountaineering in Nepal?
The excellent health and fitness is a paramount criteria for mountaineering adventure. You need to train your body at least 6 months prior the expedition.
Do I need travel Insurance?
Yes, you need a travel insurance for peak climbing adventure in Nepal. Your travel insurance must cover the emergency evacuation service above 5,000m.
Do I need to join in a climbing group?
There is no legal provision to join a group from peak climbing in Nepal. However, climbing solo is an unsafe practice and we suggest you to hike an experienced guide even in non-technical routes.
What are expedition peaks?
Expedition Peaks are the mountains which requires more than a day to summit from their base camp including return to the base camp. Expedition peaks in Nepal are generally between 7,000m – 8,000m+ peaks. You can buy climbing permits from Tourism and Civil Aviation Ministry of Nepal and Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA).
What are the trekking peaks?
Trekking Peaks are the mountains which can be summited in a day from their base camps including descending back to the base camp. Trekking Peaks are usually 5,000m – 7,000m. The climbing permits for trekking peaks are issued from Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA).
How difficult are the trekking peaks?
The difficulty depends on the geographic location of the trekking peaks. There are many trekking peaks available ranging from non-technical or slightly technical and highly technical routes.
Is there any age limit for climbing trekking peaks in Nepal?
Trekkers below 18 are not allowed for peak climbing in Nepal.
What is Nepal Mountaineering Association?
Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) is a non-governmental, non-profit and non-political organization working to promote mountain tourism and protect mountain ecology and culture. It is the only alpine club which have every right to issue climbing permits for 27 mountain peaks in Nepal. It was established in Nov 1, 1973.
Are permits required to climb the NMA Peaks?
Yes, permits are required with authorized signature to climb NMA peaks. If you are found climbing without permits, you can be charged as per the laws governing mountaineering regulation of Nepal Tourism Act – 2035 B.S. Article No. 38.