Mount Everest Expedition
Mount Everest Expedition
Mount Everest, the greatest challenge, and the most famous mountain on earth. It is endowed with unique beauty, mystery and mood. The Nepali name, Sagarmatha, means "head touching the sky" and in Sherpa, Chomolungma, means "Mother Goddess of the world.”
The South Col route on the Nepalese side of Mt. Everest is the way taken by late Sir Edmund Hillary and Late Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, who successfully climbed the top in 29 May 1953 registering their names as the first to ever climb the highest summit in the world and establish themselves as heroes of the adventure world.
The Everest climbing expedition has been successfully organized and executed many times since then, but this should not lull prospective Everest climbers into complacency. Everest is a deadly mountain. Noting this, one cannot approach the mountain with anything but with serious determination and a focused mountaineering attitude.
Arrival at Kathmandu International Airport and transfer to hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2886m.) takes approximately 30 minutes and trek from Lukla to Phakding (2640m.) which takes three hours. You will be transferred to the domestic airport for your flight to Lukla. You begin today?s trek from Lukla following a gentle climb up the mountainside on the left bank of the Dudh Koshi. Nupla (5885m) can be seen in the distance on the opposite bank and is a peak atop the Kongde Ridge. You descend a mountainside path that merges into your route to Everest, with views to a valley to your right; and at its far end, Kusum Kang (6367m.) The Dudh Kosi approaches as you pass a Mani wall and arrive at Ghat teahouse. You continue along a small path with many climbs and descents following the left bank of Dudh Koshi to Phakding. Stay overnight at lodge.
Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.) takes about four and a half hours. This day you trek and cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo (2800m.) is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set up in order to protect and preserve this fragile mountain environment. You then ascend quite steeply to Namche and along the way, if the weather is clear, catch a first glimpse of Mt Everest in the distance. You can also enjoy the view of Mt. Kusum Kangaru, Thamserku, Konde-Ri and Tawache peak. Stay overnight at lodge.
Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440 m.) takes about four and a half hours. This day you trek and cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo (2800m.) is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set up in order to protect and preserve this fragile mountain environment. You then ascend quite steeply to Namche and along the way, if the weather is clear, catch a first glimpse of Mt Everest in the distance. You can also enjoy the view of Mt. Kusum Kangaru, Thamserku, Konde-Ri and Tawache peak. Stay overnight at lodge
Rest at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion around the places. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day for acclimatization to the high altitude before heading off towards Tyangboche. For the acclimatization you walk up to Khunde Hospital which was set up by Sir Edmund Hillary, or a one hour walk up to the Syangboche (3800m.) where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche for the outstanding view of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. There are also good views from the National Park Centre and Museum just above the town. Stay overnight at lodge
takes about five hours. You gradually descend through a forest, cross the Imja Khola and climb steadily up to the village of Pangboche. This is directly opposite to Ama Dablam [6,856 m], and has exceptional views of the mountain, with the Gompa, mani walls and scattered pine trees in the foreground. As you gradually ascend, you find thick forests. This part of the trail is full of thorny and juniper bushes. A further two and a half hour?s walk brings you to Dingboche. Stay overnight at lodge
Rest at Dingboche for acclimatization and excursion in and around the places. Here, you can steeply climb up to Nakartsang Gompa for the rare outstanding view of Mount Makalu (8463m.) along with Lhotse, Island Peak, Baruntse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku. The another option provided is a small side trip to Chhukung which takes about two and a half hours to go up and one and a half hours to come back to Dingboche. Stay overnight at lodge.
Trek from Lobuche to Kala Patthar via Gorakshep (m.) Trek up the valley following the rocky moraine path, view icy glacial ponds and icebergs down below the Khumbu glacier. After the last rocky moraine dunes, a short downhill walk brings you to Gorakshep, the flat field below Kala Patthar (5545m) and Mt. Pumori (7145m.) Gorakshep is the location of the original Everest Base Camp with the new camp being further up the valley. The walk is gradual until you reach a rocky spot; from there another uphill climb for half an hour brings you to Kala Patthar. From the top of Kala Patthar, Everest seems just at a stones throw distance. The panoramic view from this spot is something to cherish and you feel ecstatic being at the top of the world. With all the higher snow capped giants that dominate all around, it is truly a magnificent spot to be on a clear sunny day. Stay overnight at lodge
Trek from Kalapatter to Everst Base Camp and back to Gorak Shep. While trekking to Everest Base Camp you pass through a trail, which weaves its way through ice pinnacles and past the crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier. During the spring season, you can meet some expedition teams at the Everest Base Camp. The number of teams is less during the autumn season. On the return leg, you can take a higher route to get a spectacular view of the Khumbu icefall and numerous mountains. You return to Gorak Shep to stay overnight.
Mount Everest Climbing period.
Trek from Pheriche to Tyangboche (3867 m.) takes approximately four hours. You can have a morning visit to the research center. Then, trek back to Tyangboche, an easier descent passing through rhododendron forest while continuing to walk to Tyangboche. It is a small village with a famous monastery offering you a splendid view of Ama Dablam, green hills and river views. Stay overnight at lodge.
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