Nuptse

ITINERARY

April 8

 

Arrive Kathmandu, Nepal

April 9

 

Kathmandu preparations

April 10

 

Fly to Lukla 

April 11-20

 

Trek to Base Camp

April 21 - May 5

 

Establish camps and acclimatise

May 6 - 13

 

Summit Climb Period

May 14

 

Clean up and depart Base Camp

May 15 - 17

 

Trek to Lukla

May 18

 

Fly from Lukla back to Kathmandu

May 19

 

Depart Kathmandu

 

HOW THE TRIP OPERATES

We congregate in Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, where we meet for a team briefing, gear checks and last-minute purchases before flying by fixed-wing into Lukla Airport in the Khumbu Valley.  We trek the delightful approach through the Sherpa homelands via the Khumbu Valley, enjoying Sherpa hospitality in modern lodges with good food, and all the while being impressed by the spectacular scenery of the incredible peaks of the lower Khumbu. 

On the way, we trek over the Kongma La, a high pass (5,535m) with exceptional views of Ama Dablam, Makalu and the hundreds of other amazing peaks in the region. This gives us a bit of an acclimatisation advantage heading to Base Camp when we arrive the next evening.

Our Base Camp is very well appointed with a high level of comfort including your own walk-in sleeping tents with comfortable beds, high-quality food, a heated dining tent with chairs and couches and Wi-Fi access. We have our own dedicated doctor who is there to ensure your health and well-being on the expedition. 

By the time we 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.  

We do two forays into the lower Khumbu Icefall for ladder training and familiarisation before moving to Camp 1 (5,900m). After a couple of nights at Camp 1, we move to Camp 2 (6,400m) for several nights’ acclimatisation with a foray to the Nuptse Camp 3 (6,800m) thrown in to push our acclimatisation. Our Camp 2 is like an Advanced Base Camp and is set up along with cook tents, dedicated cooks, a heated dining tent with tables and chairs. We utilise shared sleeping tents on the mountain.

At the end of this phase, we return to Base Camp to rest up then do one more rotation on the mountain to sleep at Camp 3. Then we again drop back to Base Camp where we await a weather window in which to make our summit bid. When we do so, we move up through to Camp 2 for a couple of nights then make our summit bid after a night at Camp 3. It’s a long day and the group is likely to descend to Camp 3 after the climb. The following day you would return to Base Camp. 

 

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