Nepal is home to the highest peak of the world, the Everest, at an altitude of 8848 m. A strenuous expedition, the Everest was climbed first on 1953 and has since been climbed with an average of 1000 mountaineers per year. Proper acclimatization and previous knowledge of mountain climbing along with a very good physique are the basic requirements of this expedition. Due to the high fatality rate and dangers of avalanches and windy outbreaks, metal alertness and determination are absolutely necessary. Everest can be accessed both via Tibet and Nepal but the route via Nepal is comparatively easier. This feat of reaching the top of the world requires about 90 days.
Like all other treks across the Everest region, this trek commences with a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, followed by trekking into the Namche Bazaar. After this, trekkers reach the Everest Base Camp via Thyangbohce, Dingboche and Lobuje. All this places require acclimatization. The Everest Base Camp at an altitude of 5200 m lies near the Khumbu Icefall and can be reached via the countours of the Khumbu Glacier.
The Everest Base Camp is a vantage point for proper acclimatization before moving upwards. Climbing the Kala Patthar, a short peak, offers hypnotic views of the mighty Everest and Mt. Pumori as well. Upon moving upwards, the Camp 1 is placed at a height of 6400 m and further acclimatization is carried out before reaching the Camp 2 beneath the Lhotse Wall. Climbing the Lhotse Wall brings trekkers to a height of 7100 m where the Camp 3 is set. Beyond Camp 3 oxygen is required due to the thinning of air. Camp 4 is situated at a height of 8400 m and is reached through large chunks of ice. The southeast route is best suited for reaching the summit. The last 500 meters of climb is however difficult due to the presence of slippery steep climb and the chance of encountering violent winds.
The top of the summit, needless to say gives a sense of utmost pride at having reached the top of the world.
DAY 1: ARRIVE IN KATHMANDU
DAY 2: PERSONAL DAY IN KATHMANDU
DAY 3: FLY TO LHASA
DAY 4 & 5: TIME IN LHASA 3600M
DAY 6: DRIVE TO SHIGATSE 3900M
DAY 7: DRIVE TO XEJAR 4000M
DAY 8: ACCLIMATIZATION DAY 4000-4250M
DAY 9: DRIVE TO MT EVEREST BASE CAMP 5200M
DAY 10-13: EXPLORATION, REST AND ACCLIMATIZATION AND EVEREST BASE CAMP
DAY 14: TREK TO INTERMEDIATE CAMP ONE 5675M
DAY 15: TREK TO INTERMEDIATE CAMP TWO 6100M
DAY 16: TREK TO EVEREST ADVANCED BASE CAMP 6445M
DAY 17-55 CLIMB MOUNT EVEREST
Due to the shear scale of the endeavor ahead, it is next to impossible to make an accurate estimation of the climbing schedule. There are so many factors that will affect our schedule and to make a detailed plan is just not possible. This is the task of the guides and Sherpa. It is standard practice to make a number of trips to the North Col camp 1 as well as at least one night at camp 2 before descending to base camp to prepare for the summit push.
After an extended period of rest we will begin our summit push during which we will use a different intermediate camp that will be located at or near the start of The Magic Highway.
We will progress one camp per day and hopefully, five days after leaving base camp, we will be standing on top of the world, our dreams realized.
DAY 56 – DESCEND TO BASE CAMP
As the Sherpa staff clean the mountain and dissemble base camp, the members and guides will have a nice downhill walk to base camp where the big party will begin. Ganesh Adventures spares no expense for our parties and these times are always the greatest of the expedition.
DAY 57 – PACKING AND PREPARING TO DEPART
DAY 58 -DEPART BASE CAMP AND DRIVE TO XANGMU
DAY 59 – BORDER CROSSING IN XANGMU AND DRIVE TO KATHMANDU
DAY 60 – SPARE DAY IN KATHMANDU
DAY 61 – ONWARD FLIGHTS
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