Everest Expedition North Ridge Tibet-57 days
Despite being the highest mountains on planet Earth, Himalaya Mountains including Mt. Everest are relatively younger than their American and European counterparts such as the Andes, the Alps, and the Rockies. European climbers were able to get close to Everest only when Tibet was open to outsiders in the 1920s. Since then, the Everest has fascinated the mountaineers all over the world. George Mallory gave the reason behind his interest in Everest Expeditions quipping, 'Because it's there'. Unfortunately, Mallory and Irvine disappeared high on the mountain in 1924. Mt. Everest was first summitted in 1953 by Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Edmund Hillary via the South Col. Everest is certainly a lifetime opportunity. Climbing Everest from the Tibet side is relatively easier and less costly than climbing from the Nepal side. Still, Everest expeditions encounter many seen and unseen obstacles including high altitude, harsh weather conditions and even sheer exhaustion.
We strive hard to conduct the best expedition program putting high importance on the safety aspects of the climb. After your arrival in Kathmandu Airport, you will be greeted at the airport by a staff from Himalayan Glacier Trekking and Expedition who will transfer you to the hotel. After that, we make your Tibet visa and other necessary documents for the Everest Expedition. After 3 days, we drive toward Nepal-Tibet border up to the Friendship Bridge. We take time to acclimatize with one night at Zhangmu (2300m) and two nights at Nylam (3750m). Then we drive to Tingri (4350m) where we spend further two nights for acclimatization. Then we drive to Everest Base camp (5200m) also called the Chinese base camp.
Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Himalayan Glacier. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
Per person in Group joing basis $30,000
What Is Included
- Airport transfers
- 5 nights 3 star hotel in Kathmandu, single with breakfast, in the heart of Thamel
- All group transportation by private vehicle
- Entrance fees and permits as needed
- Chinese visa and all permits
- Expedition Expedition permit fees
- Accommodations in Kathmandu
- Flights from Kathmandu to Lukla and back including airport transfers
- All overnight accommodations while on the trek and climb
- Meals in Kathmandu and while trekking and climbing
- All BC, ABC and mountain services
- Email (via Outlook) and group laptops
- Personal 5 watt walkie talkie
- All tents and meals
- Oxygen (up to five 4 liter bottle, factory Poisk)
- Power for charging for cameras etc
- Chinese visa, permits etc
- Group equipment for the climb
- Qualified and Experienced guides
- Experienced Climbing Sherpas
What Is Not Included
- International airfare and Nepal /Tibet Visa
- Personal equipments and extra services
- Tips and Bonus for Staff and guide
- Insurance, Nepal visas, meals in Kathmandu
- Personal climbing equipment
- Emergency evacuation
- International flights, equipment rental, alcohol and soft drinks, laundry, tipping and other items of a personal nature
- Insurance and Trip cancellation
- Airport departure tax
We provide all camping equipment and gear, including tents, dining, toilet, and Kitchen tents. At base camp we have a large mess tent equipped with all necessary kitchen gadgets including stoves, tables and chairs. Meals are prepared by our trained and experienced expedition cooks. We make it sure that the food we provide is hygienic and at the same time suits your palate. We offer all varieties of food including continental and local Nepali/Tibetan items. Breakfast includes porridge, egg, bread, etc. Some of the items in the lunch include rice, lentils, beans, green vegetables, chapattis, bread, and tinned meat and fish items. Fresh or tinned fruit and tea or coffees make the desserts. For the main meal, you can choose your own menu - either local or western varieties. Local varieties include from the local Dal Bhat, yak stew, momo to the western burghers, pastas, sandwiches, and pizzas.
During the actual mountain climbing, we mostly use dry or dehydrated foods, including chocolate, cheese, nuts, and muesli items.
Detailed Expedition Itinerary
Arrive Kathmandu - 1350m
Upon your arrival in the Tribhuvan international airport, our representative will welcome you and will assist to transfer you in your hotel in Kathmandu. You may relax at your hotel or go around for shopping. In the evening Himalayan Glacier Trekking will organize welcome dinner for you in one of the typical Nepalese restaurant in the heart of Kathmandu meanwhile briefing about your adventurous trip will take place. Overnight at hotel. (T,B,L,D)
Rest in Kathmandu
Sightseeing and Preparation for Everest Expedition. While the leader attends a formal briefing in the Ministry of Tourism, you will explore the fascinating city of Kathmandu. You will visit famous Stupa, Boudhnath and the popular Hindu pilgrimage site, Pashupatinath Temple. In the late afternoon, the leader will check everyone's equipment, as Kathmandu is the last opportunity to buy anything missing. You will also get introduced with fellow expedition members and guides. Overnight at hotel. (T,B,L,D)
Drive to Boarder to Tibet - 2800m
Drive Everest Base Camp 5150m with enough acclimatization
Acclimatize at Everest Base Camp
Depending on the weather, we may explore around Base Camp (there are some fun places to camp at) for around a week or move up to Advanced Base Camp more quickly.
Trek Interim camp - 5600m
Trek Advanced Base Camp 6400m
Acclimatize at Advanced Base Camp
We have a puja to show respect for the mountain.
The climbing Period
We plan one longer acclimatization trip on the mountain and we may make a second trip up to North Col. We will return to Base Camp to recover before making a summit attempt. We summit as a team in one or two groups. In general solo summit attempts without lots of backup are not possible.
Advanced Base Camp packing
Trek to Base Camp
Depart from Kathmandu
Recommended Previous Experience
Although Everest is not as technical as K2 or Kanchenjunga, it’s simply not a piece of cakewalk to climb Everest even for the veteran mountaineers. It’s also true that getting back from the summit is more important than getting there. There is a real objective danger and judgmental error involved in every Everest Expedition. The oxygen level over 7,000m is only 40% of what it is at the sea level. The weather is never fully predictable. The climbers must have years of prior experience on rock and ice climbing especially above 7,000m. You also need to feel confident and comfortable ascending or descending on fixed ropes along a steep technical terrain. Moreover, as Jon Krakauer says, while you’re Into the Thin Air up there, “The consequences of a poorly tied knot, a stumble, a dislodged rock, or some other careless deed are as likely to be felt by the perpetrator's colleagues as the perpetrator.” Your actions affect not only your own, but welfare of the entire team.
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Trekking days also help the body to respond and acclimatize with the high altitude environment. It’s always advisable to go slow in the beginning stopping at villages that sit increasingly higher in the range. We would trek a few miles and then rest for the night, letting the body reconfigure to the thinner air. In the remote countryside, the ‘early to bed and early to rise’ schedule proves most suitable. A typical trekking day starts at around 6 or 7 am. Enjoy the hearty breakfast and begin trekking. Carry your pack containing personal items you need for the day. The porters and yaks carry all the loads. Walk at your own pace, enjoy the scenery, chat with the natives, and take photographs.
The lunch time depends upon the terrain and is prepared by our catering team. Generally you stop for lunch after about 3 hours of walking. The lunch hour also helps in acclimatization. The aim would be to reach next stop by the sunset. After reaching the overnight stay point, the crew members fix the tents. You may relax with a cup of tea or coffee or take a pleasure walk around the camp site. The dinner would be ready around 7 PM. Enjoy the dinner while sharing the day’s experience with team members.
The climbing itinerary may vary according to the climber’s personal experience. A climbing day involves a steady climbing for 3-4 hours in the morning. After taking lunch, rest and relax, there is a climb of 2-3 hours in the afternoon. However, flexibility in climbing itinerary is necessary as people climb at own pace and respond individually to the stresses of climbing. We ensure the ratio of climbers and Sherpa guides focusing on high safety measures so that each individual climber is able to progress at their own rate.
Base Camp (17,000 ft /5666m) to Advanced Base Camp (ABC) (21,300 ft/6400m)
It’s about 20 km from BC to ABC which involves hiking on boulders, ice and snow. Normally, we stop at an interim camp on the first day for acclimatization purpose. The next day we arrive at the ABC by following the Rongbuk Glacier. ABC lies under the slopes of Changtse Mountain on the northwestern side moraine of East Rongbuk Glacier. ABC serves as the primary high camp home for the rest of expedition period.
ABC to Camp 1
Climb steadily toward the Camp 1. There will be one steep section of 60 degrees that will feel vertical. Clip into the fixed rope and use their ascenders. Descend by using rappelling. Place a few ladders over deep crevasses. Camp 1 or the North Col is a 2,200 ft climb from ABC. Depending upon acclimatizing and weather, it takes between 5 to 7 hours from ABC to Camp 1.
Camp 1 to Camp 2
The route from Camp 2 is generally snow but it can be rock in case of high winds. Takes about 3 to 5 hours to reach Camp 2. Camp 2 may also be used as the highest acclimatization camp.
Camp 2 to Camp 3
Extremely windy Climb. Tents on small rock ledges. the wind is usually blocked by the North Face of Everest At camp 3. Takes between 3 to 6 hours to reach Camp 3. Since, we are now almost at 8000m, it’s recommended to sleep on supplemental oxygen.
Camp 3 to Camp 4
Follow the fixed rope through a snow filled gully; part of the Yellow Band. Take a small ramp and reach the northeast ridge proper. Camp 4 is a short rest stop. Have some food and water, perhaps a short nap and start for the summit.
Camp 4 Through Three Steps to Summit
Three "steps" or rock climbs to be attempted. The route along the 1st Step goes to the right of the high point. The 1st Step is steep and challenging requiring hard pulling on the fixed ropes in the final gully to the ridge. The 2nd step is the core and difficult part of the climb with the Chinese Ladder. First, climb about 10' of rock slab then the near vertical 30' ladder. The 3rd Step is somewhat straightforward yet challenging rock climb due to high altitude. Spend the next hour to climb the steep snowfields of the Summit Pyramid - a steep snow slope, often windy and extremely cold. Navigate around a large outcropping and experience three more small rock steps on a ramp before the final ridge climb to the summit. The Summit Ridge is the final 500' horizontal distance along the ridge to the summit and is quite exposed. It will another 4 to 6 hours to get back to Camp 3.
The springtime from March to May is considered the favorable weather for Everest climbing. However, the weather conditions in Everest are never fully predictable. Temperatures may get as low as minus 20C in summer, but can drop to minus 60C or even lower during winter. The possibility of bad weather such as snow, wind, and cloud should also be taken into account. Similarly, the wind speeds may rise to 80Km/h (50mph). At the Base camp the temperature is about 15C warmer than at the summit. The oxygen level around 7,000m is only 40% of what it is at the sea level.
Our Everest expeditions are led by experienced and professional mountaineers
who have scaled the mountain several times supported by other crew members and all the necessary logistics for the expedition. Not only in terms of qualification, but we also make it sure that our leaders have proven track of record in climbing high altitude mountains. The number of guides is chosen according to the team size to maximize every individual climber’s chance of making it to the summit without compromising the safety aspect. Our expedition leaders are also equipped with the expertise in handling altitude related problems including acute mountain sickness (AMS) symptoms. The crew members are experts in setting up tents and camps, melting snow on the route, cooking, and other daily needs.
Team composition is important to ensure safety and comfort of the climbers. We observe high safety standards, therefore, for 2 International Climbers, we assign:
HGT Accredited Climbing Leader
High Altitudes Assistance Sherpa
Base Camp Assistance and other necessary trek crew such Porters, Yaks and Yak man
Because of our high safety standards, team members would be added as per the number of international climbers.
The spring season of March to May is considered the best time for Everest expedition. Spring is also the most popular season for the expedition. The months of April and May and then again October and November are the classic climbing period. The summer months of monsoon rains and the winter months from December to February are the most unfavorable time for Everest Expedition.
Trip Start Dates and Price
Why Expedition with Himalayan Glacier Trekking?
Going on any adventure trip will require a substantial sum of money be paid in advance. Yet trusting a company you have no prior experience with involves a risk. We, however, are a fully bonded trek operator authorized by Nepal Government, Tourism and Civil Aviation Department, Nepal Tourism Board, Industry Department, Company Registration Office, Nepal National Bank and the Taxation Office. We are also affiliated with such prestigious regulating bodies as NATTA, NMA, TAAN, and KEEP. Besides, that we have launched our new LLC office in the US also ensures that your payment is secure with us.
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- Nepal Ministry of Industry, Office of Company Register, Reg No: 7964/054/055
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Sustainable Operation Policies:
HGT observes responsible and sustainable tourism practices. The company works closely with all stakeholders including the local communities to protect and conserve natural environment. We ensure that all our adventure programs leave least possible carbon footprint. We are also aware of the corporate social responsibility, hence we maintain highest ethical and professional standards as well as transparency in our business practices.
Local and Experienced Mountain Leaders:
HGT employs and trains local staff so that the local communities benefit from our adventure operations. However, we never compromise on our high safety and quality standards. All of our leaders and guides are carefully selected based on their aptitude, experience, and leadership skills. Most of our guides have been continuously working with us for more than 10 years. Our guides are trained for remote emergencies and are well versed in local politics, culture and customs. Please check out the personal records of our guides who have scaled the Mt. Everest several times, including hundreds of other lesser peaks. Thus, we guarantee that all our guides, cooks, and other crews members are qualified and experienced professionals who make it sure that you're always safe, sound, and happy.
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