Everest

ITINERARY

  
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Following is an ideal itinerary for our Everest Expedition:

Apr 1

 

Arrive Kathmandu

Apr 2

 

Kathmandu Preparations

Apr 3

 

Fly to Lukla

Apr 3-13 

 

Trek to Base Camp

Apr 14-
May 4

 

Establish camps and acclimatise

May 5-12

 

Rest Period

May 13-25

 

Summit Climb Period

May 26-27

 

Clean up
Depart Base Camp

May 27-31
 

 

Trek to Lukla

June 1

 

Fly from Lukla back to Kathmandu

June 2

 

Depart Kathmandu

KATHMANDU TO EVEREST BASE CAMP


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We begin the expedition in Kathmandu; meeting with your guides, team members and Sherpa for a team briefing and welcome dinner followed by a day to check equipment and enjoy the sights of the city.

 

We then fly by fixed wing plane to Lukla to begin our trek, taking 10 days to reach Everest Base Camp itself.  We stay in the best quality lodges, many of which are run by our Sherpa friends, enjoying good food and Sherpa culture alongside the spectacular scenery.  As part of our approach trek, we cross the Kongma La pass (5535m) to boost our acclimatisation prior to arriving at Base Camp.

 

There is also the opportunity for friends, family, sponsors or well-wishers to join you on the approach trek to experience a taste of your Everest adventure for themselves.
 

CLIMBING PLAN

Everest Camp Location Map
14 February 2014
 

By the time you first arrive at Base Camp at the foot of the Khumbu Icefall, a route will already be established with ropes and ladders through to Camp 1.  Our strong Sherpa team will be busily involved in ferrying loads of equipment up the mountain.  After a few days acclimatisation at Base Camp, you will climb through the Icefall to Camp 1 and rest there for a day.  The following day you will continue up the more gentle slopes of the Western Cwm to Camp 2 to rest and acclimatise for several more days.  A day-climb up the Lhotse Face towards Camp 3 will complete this first foray before returning to Base Camp.  During this time the guides and Sherpa climbers will be establishing the higher camps and stocking these with bottled oxygen for the summit climb.

 

The second trip on to the mountain will involve sleeping one night at Camp 3 for acclimatisation before returning to base camp for a rest period. In a perfect scenario, weather and health would remain constant, and these two trips up the mountain would take around 3 weeks. In reality, factors such as weather can add several days to the acclimatization process.

SUMMIT BID

The most likely time for our summit climb will be between 15 and 25 May.  We will climb through the established camps with lightweight packs and don our oxygen masks for the first time when we arrive at Camp 3 to sleep. We then climb to Camp 4 on the South Col. All climbers will be sleeping on bottled oxygen before setting out for the summit, carrying only very lightweight Russian oxygen bottles and using Summit masks.  Sherpas and Western guides will accompany all members during the summit climb.

We ascend 900m from the South Col on summit day via moderate snow slopes with the occasional rock step to climb over. As we approach the South Summit the dawn breaks to reveal astounding views from Kanchenjunga in the east to Shishapangma off to the west with all the peaks of the Khumbu well below us. The traverse along the summit ridge is exposed and exciting. When we make our way up the Hillary step we can look 2,400m straight down onto our Camp 2 in the Western Cwm and 3000m down the opposite side of the ridge into Tibet! The summit itself provides ample space for the obligatory summit photo and is a time to reflect on the journey thus far. For many, it is one of the most poignant moments of a lifetime.

After the summit we descend via the same route, losing height quickly and generally we arrive back at the South Col some 3-4 hours after leaving the summit.

 

Dispatches

 


Everest News

 

23 May 2017 - Australian businesswoman Leah Jay has reached the summit of Everest in memory of her son who died in 2008 after a battle with Motor Neuron Disease.
 
23 June 2017 - Sometimes the biggest accomplishments in life happen by chance. For 45-year-old Wendy Gustin, of Golden, it was a bad break in her career that led to her standing atop the world.
 
24 March 2017 - Veteran Everest blogger Alan Arnette interviews AC CEO Guy Cotter on his recent expository blog article on 'Fixing Everest'.


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