Best Season: April to October
Country Visited: Nepal, Tibet
Trip Start: Kathmandu
Trip Ends: Kathmandu
Destination: Summit of Mt. Everest 8848 meters (the top of the world)
Trip Route: Ktm-Lhasa-Everest Base Camp-Everest Summit-Zangmue-KTM
Trip Style: Overland Tour with stay at the Guesthouse and Tented Camp at the Base Camp and above
Activity: Climbing involve with Rope and Ice Axe, Sightseeing and Trekking
Max. Altitude: 8,848 m /29021.44 ft
Group size: minimum 2 pax
Activity per Day: 4 to 5 hours of driving tour below base camp and 5 to 10 hours climbing. Summit day can be up to 15 hours
Trip Category: Climbing
MT. EVEREST the highest mountain on Earth called, appropriately in Nepali Sagarmatha ‘Sky Mother’ and Chomolungma in Tibetan straddles the border of these two nations. First official measurement was conducted in 1856 during the Great Trigonometric survey of British India. Known then as peak XV was certified at 8840m. With a simple technology and the distance from the mountain, the height was determined with really phenomenal accuracy and only 8m off from the current value of 8848m. The name Everest was chosen to honor British Surveyor General of India Sir George Everest. Tibet and Nepal were closed to foreigners, so it is reasonable to assume that local names of the mountain were unknown. It was lucky that the tallest mountain was not named after an unaccomplished politician or a royal.
Everest is a climbing pinnacle for everyone from accomplished climber to an inexperienced but wealthy tourist being taken to the summit for a substantial fee by a professional mountain guide with a team of climbing Sherpa guides. The climbing royalty fee of U$25, 000 forms a substantial source of tourist revenue for the government of Nepal, for whom Himalayas are a substantial natural resource due to lack of any substantial mineral resources. There are two commercial routes on Everest, south route via the Southeast Ridge from Nepal and via North Ridge from Tibet.
The Chinese royalty is lower than Nepalese but the climb from Nepal via Khumbu Icefall is extremely spectacular and sheltered from winds up to camp 4 at South Col making climbing much easier and much more pleasant. It is along Western Cwm (it is a Welsh word pronounced ‘come’; it means cirque or bowl shaped valley) well sheltered from winds and very hot on sunny windless day, called also a Valley of Silence.
Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu. Briefing and shopping.
Day 03: Kathmandu.
Day 04: Drive to Zangmu (2350m). Overnight in hotel.
Day 05: Drive to Nyalam (3750m). Overnight in hotel.
Day 06: Nyalam, acclimatization day.
Day 07: Drive to Shekar (4250m). Overnight in hotel.
Day 08: Shekar, acclimatization day.
Day 09: Drive to Base Camp (5200m).
Day 10-12: At Base Camp
Day 13: to intermediate camp (6200m).
Day 14: At Advanced Base camp (6500m).
Day 15-53: Climbing Period.
Day 54: Back to Advanced Base Camp.
Day 55: Return to Base Camp.
Day 56: Cleaning Base Camp.
Day 57: Drive to Nyalam
Day 58: Drives to Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel.
Day 59-60: Stay in Kathmandu.
Recommended tipping and Sherpa bonuses are as follow: