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Everest Nepal South Col Route Programme Description:

  • Introduction: Mount Everest at 8,848 metres / 29,035 feet is perhaps the most coveted mountain in the world. The south (Nepalese) side is the route first climbed by Tenzing and Hillary in 1953, and the dates we have chosen feature the best weather of the year.

    • Our proposed schedule allows for a careful and safe ascent, as well as multiple full descents to basecamp and/or a lower village.
    • The style of climbing is cautious and well-timed, with excellent leadership, organization, Sherpa climbers, ‘walkie-talkie’ radios, satellite telephones, the best oxygen bottles and apparatus available, cooks and waiters, tasty food, the best equipment, individual tents for each member in basecamp, a full kitchen in basecamp, 4 camps on the mountain, 1000s of metres of fixed line, hundreds of rock, ice and snow anchors, top-quality high altitude tents and high altitude stoves, expedition mix gas, and full safety equipment: medical oxygen, gamowbag, and extensive medical kit. Base camp has an excellent high-altitude medical clinic with a doctor on staff (photo above right The Famous Khumbu Icefall. Photo Sam).
    • This expedition maximizes experience gained over 11 prior Everest expeditions with a strong record of reaching the top of our world’s highest peaks. In addition to more than 25 Himalayan expeditions we have an intimate knowledge of the Nepalese officials who regulate the permit system, liaison officers, sherpas, cooks, yak drivers, and hoteliers/restaurateurs. back to top

Team climbing the Hillary Step. Monika Witkowska Photo.Team climbing the steep Lhotse face to camp 3 at 7000 metres – 23,000 feet. Monika Witkowska Photo. Thile Nuru Sherpa ascends a vertical ladder in the Khumbu Icefall. Monika Witkowska Photo. Camp 1 with Mount Lhotse in background. Mike Fairman Photo.

  • Leader and staff: In Kathmandu, during the trek, in basecamp, and on the climb, our experienced staff is with you all of the way. Our helpful climbing sherpas are some of the best. They are real high-altitude star-performers and very friendly. Our western leader is a highly experienced, friendly, and well-organized professional with multiple ascents of Everest. Skillful basecamp cooks prepare delicious, fresh, tasty food and hot drinks at least 3 times a day.
    • On trek: Our western leader, together with friendly and helpful sherpas, cooks and local people leading yak caravans carry all of your personal equipment, group equipment, and set up camp each day, prepare and serve delicious meals, so you can relax and enjoy the trek. You do not need to carry a heavy rucksack during the trek.
    • Our comfortable basecamp: Our cooks and waiters will serve you delicious meals in our heated dining tent.
    • On the mountain: Our western leader and group sherpas will fix the route, set up high camps and carry group equipment, such as tents, stoves, etc. If you wish to help out, we welcome you to do so, otherwise just relax and focus on getting well acclimated and achieving your goals. You do not need to carry a heavy rucksack during the climb. We have a good kitchen at camp 2, 6200 metres/20,300 feet, staffed with a Sherpa cook, so you can relax and acclimatize while enjoying plenty of hot food and drinks.
    • Sherpas: We have many group sherpas to help the team. For an additional expense, we can also provide personal sherpas and climbing-guides to individual members who wish to have their own private sherpa. We now encourage members who wish to have a lighter rucksack to hire a 1/4 of a sherpa to help with high altitude equipment transport, carrying your extra weight both up and down the mountain. For information about hiring a personal sherpa, please click here (photo above right by Bruce Manning: Team members crossing a ladder over a deep crevasse in the interesting Khumbu Icefall. Rope and ladders are expertly fixed and maintained through the maze of shifting glacial seracs). back to top
  • Everest National Park: The park covers an area of 1148 square kilometres in the Khumbu region of Nepal. This includes Mt. Everest and several other well known peaks such as Lhotse, Pumori, Island Peak , and Ama Dablam. Mt. Everest and the surrounding area is a ‘world biosphere reserve’. Since 1976 the park has served to safeguard unique cultural, physical and scientific values through sound conservation principles. Vegetation in the park varies from oak, pine and hemlock forests at lower altitudes to fir, juniper, birch and rhododendron woods at mid-elevations. Scrub and alpine plant communities with bare rock and glacier are found above the tree line. 22 species of rhododendron bloom during the spring (April and May) and much of the flora is colourful throughout the year. Wild animals most likely to be seen in the park are Himalayan tahr, goral, serow, musk deer, and well over 100 different bird species (photo right by Bruce Manning: Our Everest Nepal expedition features one of the most breathtaking treks in the world, included in the price). back to top
  • Trek to basecamp: This is one of the most beautiful treks in the world with ancient snow-free paths winding past green terraced villages, rushing streams crossed on swinging bridges and each night a comfortable ‘teahouse’ or a good tent pitched in a quiet pasture beneath the highest peaks in the world. Throughout the trek we eat delicious meals prepared by our skillful cooks. The trek will be moderately paced, allowing plenty of time for acclimatization, rest and site-seeing. Together we retrace the classic “Everest Approach March” made by Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa. The trek winds through some of the most spectacular mountain scenery on earth, where you can relax in exotic, friendly Sherpa villages. Our trusty yaks and porters carry all of your baggage, so you don’t have to carry a heavy rucksack (photo right by Fabrice Imparato: The Khumbu Icefall. Everest is on the right behind Nuptse, with Lhotse in the center).

Moving Up Western Cwm with Lhotse Face in the Background.  Kieran Lally holds the ropes for Dan Mazur Crossing a Crevasse in the Western Cwm. Photo by Scott Smith. View of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Khumbu Icefall from Pumori ABC. Photo by Monika Witkowska.Team at South Col after summit Mount Everest. Photo Basia.

  • Basecamp: Features your own private sleeping tent that will be all your own, not needing to be shared with anyone. We have comfortable, heated dining tents with tables and chairs where our cooks and waiters will serve you delicious meals.
  • Climbing to the high camps:
    • Above basecamp: Clip in to the fixed lines to head through the awe-inspiring Khumbu Icefall up to the plateau of the Western Cwm and camp 1, at 5,800 metres/19,000 feet.
    • From camp 1: The route traverses the flattish bottom of the Western Cwm, to 6,200 metres/20,300 feet to camp 2.
    • Camp 2: Located on a rocky moraine below the awe-inspiring west-face of Everest. In camp 2 our sherpa cook will prepare hot meals and drinks.
    • Camp 3: Located on a flat-ish section protected by solid ice walls at about 7,200 metres/23,600 feet on the Lhotse face. To reach camp 3, we must negotiate the Lhotse Face. The Lhotse face is not very technical, in fact, after climbing the initial 38-65 degree 100 metre/300 foot high ramp, the average slope angle of the entire ‘face’ is around 30 degrees.
    • The South Col, camp 4: The highest camp and at 8,000 metres/26,200 feet, it can be an airy perch for the few days we reside there.
  • Rest Days: We will be taking a lot of them throughout the expedition. In fact, we might even descend to a lower village for three-four days to soak up the sunshine and thicker air before our final summit push. During your rest days we encourage you to concentrate on recovering, eating and drinking, to read, relax, listen to music and stroll around visiting other teams (photo right by Mike Fairman: 10 minutes away from the summit of Everest.).
  • Summit attempt: The route to the summit winds through snow, ice and rock fields, at 10 to 50 degree angles. These slopes are not considered technical and there is exposed rock here in the spring. The most arduous part of summit day is the Hillary Step, a small vertical pitch about 12 metres/40 feet high, negotiated on fixed-ropes. Upon gaining the step, the summit lies directly ahead at a 10 to 20 degree slope. back to top
  • Who is this trip for?
    • We encourage men and women from around the world, of all ages to join us as an individual team member or with your own group, whether that is your spouse, partner, friends, sibling, clients, colleagues, etc. Most of our members join as individuals, our team dynamics work well, and we are able to build successful and safe groups that enjoy trekking, climbing, and traveling together.
    • You should have previous high altitude climbing experience (such as Cho Oyu ShishapangmaLhotseMustagataAma Dablam , Denali,AconcaguaLhakpa Ri / North Col or other (photo right by Roman Giutashvili: Daniel Mazur on the summit of Everest, after climbing it from the Nepal side. Don’t forget to take off YOUR oxygen mask for the photo, when YOU reach the summit. Makalu and Kangchenjunga in the background).

    • To participate in this expedition you must be a very fit and active winter-walker-climber in good health. Prior to joining, please see your doctor and obtain the necessary permission and advice. back to top

1) Arrive in Kathmandu (1300 meters/4,250 feet). Hotel.

2) In Kathmandu; visit temples, city tour, shopping and restaurants. Hotel; back to top

Trekking to Basecamp:

3) Fly to Lukla (2860 metres/9,400 feet). Walk to Phakding (2650 metres/8,700 feet). Teahouse or camping (photo right by Bruce Manning: Our Everest Nepal expedition features one of the most breathtaking treks in the world , included in the price);

4) Walk to Namche Bazaar (3450 metres/11,300 feet). Teahouse or camping;

5) Rest and acclimatization in Namche. Check email, send messages at cyber-café, and eat at one of the many great restaurants in town. Teahouse or camping;

6) Walk to Pangboche (3750 metres/12,300 feet). Participate in a Buddhist Puja blessing ceremony with the local Lama at the monastery if you wish. Teahouse or camping;

7) Walk to Pheriche (4250 metres/13,900 feet). Visit the Himalayan Rescue Association health clinic. Teahouse or camping;

8) Walk to Dugla (4600 metres/15,100 feet). Teahouse or camping;

9) Walk to Lobuche (4900 metres/16,100 feet);

10) Walk to Gorak Shep (5150 metres/16,900 feet). Teahouse or camping;

11) Walk to basecamp (5000 metres/17,400 feet);

12) Rest, organization, and training day in basecamp;

13) Rest, organization, and training day in basecamp; back to top

Climbing Everest:

14) Walk to Pumori basecamp, sleep there;

15) Walk to Pumori ABC, return to basecamp;

16) Rest in basecamp;

17) Acclimatization trek to the top of Kala Pattar at 5500 metres, return to basecamp (photo right by Bruce Manning: Team members crossing a ladder over a deep crevasse in the ubiquitous Khumbu Icefall. We have fixed rope and ladders laid through the whole maze of shifting glacial seracs);

18) Rest in basecamp.

19) Climb to camp 1 at 5800 metres/19,000 feet., sleep there;

20) Walk to camp 2 at 6200 metres/20,300 feet, return to camp 1, sleep there;

21) Return to basecamp;

22) Rest in basecamp;

23) Rest in basecamp;

24) Walk to camp 1. Sleep there (photo right by Dan Mazur: A perfect view of Camp 1 looking up towards the Lhotse face on the Western Cwm);

25) Walk to camp 2. Sleep there;

26) Rest in camp 2;

27) Explore route to camp 3 (7300 metres/24,000 feet), return to camp 2, sleep there;

28) Return to basecamp;

29) Rest in basecamp;

30) Rest in basecamp; back to top

31) Walk to camp 1, sleep there;

32) Walk to camp 2. Sleep there (photo right by Bruce Manning: A view of our comfortable camp 2 looking up towards the Lhotse face);

33) Rest in camp 2;

34) Walk to camp 3. Sleep there;

35) Descend to camp 1 or camp 2. Sleep there;

Rest in Basecamp or Descend to a Lower Village:

36) Return to basecamp;

37) Rest in basecamp or descend to a lower village such as Pangboche;

38) Return to basecamp from lower village. Rest in basecamp;

Summit Attempt:

39) Walk to camp 1, sleep there;

40) Walk to camp 2, sleep there;

41) Walk to camp 3, sleep there;

42) Walk to camp 4 at 8000 metres/26,200 feet, sleep there; back to top

43) Attempt summit (photo right by Bruce Manning: Our team members starting their ascent of the Lhotse face);

44) Return to camp 2, sleep there;

45) Return to basecamp;

46) Rest in basecamp;

47) Walk to camp 2, sleep there;

48) Walk to camp 3, sleep there (photo by Dan Mazur: Approaching the Hillary Step);

49) Walk to camp 4, sleep there;

50) Attempt summit; back to top

Going Home:

51) Return to camp 2;

52) Return to basecamp;

53) Pack up basecamp;

54) Trek down to Pheriche. Camp;

55) Trek down to Pangboche. Teahouse or camping;

56) Trek to Namche, Teahouse or camping;

57) Trek to Lukla. Teahouse or camping;

58) Flight to Kathmandu. Hotel;

59) Extra day in Kathmandu, in case of delay, and for sightseeing, gift shopping. Hotel;

60) Fly Home. Thanks for joining our expedition!

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