The Mt. Everest ( 8848 Meters ), the highest and majestic peak of the world attracts everyone. Every person desires to summit the peak and reach on the highest place on the earth, but only very few courageous people can fulfill their desire. The expedition to the roof of the world is so exciting and challenging that everyone does not attempt it.
This expedition from the South Col covers a variety of experiences on the way to the destination. During the trip you will experience the custom and tradition of typical Sherpa community who are well known through the world for their mountaineering skill courage. Beside Mt. Everest you will enjoy to view numerous other peaks at their pleasing look.
PRE- TRIP OBJECTIVES ARE:
- To recruit a strong, well motivated and suitably qualified team
- To develop rapport and camaraderie amongst the team prior to the expedition
- To develop a team of people who can trust and rely on each other, which in turn makes a stronger (and safer) more dynamic team on the mountain.
- To promote everyone to be a part of the consultation and decision making process throughout the expedition. However, even with this ‘invitation only’ approach, there still needs to be a team leader and ultimately there may be times when decisions have to be made by me, for you, without consultation. Where possible everyone will be a part of that process and have a greater understanding of how the expedition is developing and unfolding.
HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR TRIP
- One to one climbing Sherpa to client ratio
- The best meals prepared by our top cook staff
- Veteran Sherpa mountain guide staff with over a decade of guiding in Nepal, to ensure seamless delivery and safety procedures
- Communications tent with access to satellite phone and email, dispatches of the team progress on our news site
- Emphasis is placed on providing high end logistics, staff, equipment and services to a small team of climbers
- Luxury 4 Star Hotel Stay In Kathmandu with all meals.
Location: Southeast Ridge, Nepal
Summit Elevation: 29,035 ft. (8850m)
Days: 61-65 depending
Dates: March 30-June 2, 2017
Skill Level: Advanced
Maximum Group Size: 04 Climbers
Cost of Trip: USD $ 32,000 Per Person (South Side)
Booking Deposit: US$ 6500 Per Climber
Trip Begins in: Kathmandu, Nepal
At 29,035 feet (8,850 meters), Mt. Everest is the world’s highest peak and one of the Prized 7 Summits (the highest mountain of each of the continents). The Sherpas call her Chomolangma or Mother Goddess of the Earth. So much history and culture has evolved around Everest that this trip has become the ultimate goal for many mountaineers throughout the world. Join the Mountain Professionals Everest veterans for a privately organized and led expedition to the worlds most famous mountain. Our trip consists of high western staff to client ratio, 1:1 Sherpa to client ratio, and a small team mentality. We feel that this is a huge advantage in your summit chances and is backed up by our previous high percentage of summit success.
The Southeast Ridge of Everest, in Nepal is one of the classic routes in the Himalaya. First pioneered by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953, the route is accessible via the Khumbu Valley, leading to the famous Khumbu Icefall, the Western Cwm and eventually to the beautiful Southeast Ridge. The key to a successful ascent of Mt. Everest is patience, good organization of logistics, perseverance and little luck from the weather.
Khumbu Ice Fall
The route from Base Camp climbs through the Khumbu Icefall to Camp 1 at 19,000 feet. After sleeping in C1 we return to Base Camp for a rest and begin our planning for the next climb to the higher camps. We return to the upper mountain, bypassing C1 and going directly to Camp 2 at 21,000'. Our C2 location eventually becomes an advanced BC where we maintain a comfortable dome dining tent and permanent cook staff. After sleeping in C2 for several days we return to Base Camp. Our last foray up the mountain for acclimatization brings us to the Lhotse Face and we ascend to 24,000' to Camp 3. This will be our highest sleeping night in preparation for the summit push.
On summit day we climb from the South Col at 26,000' or Camp 4, up through mixed terrain to the Balcony. Here we will take a break and change O2 bottles. We continue to the South Summit and over the Hillary Step. Eventually we reach the most famous of all summits, Everest at 29,035'. This is the highest quality expedition you will find for an exceptional price. All the in-country transportation, the on mountain services, food, tents, yaks, oxygen, and guides are included and are of high quality
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu Tribuvan International Airport. Our team transports to our hotel in Thamel.( Nepal Visa on arrival )
Day 02: Relax and enjoy the vibrant city of Kathmandu. Some organization of personal gear and needs.
Day 03: Private team meeting and logistical/gear needs. Team dinner and celebration.
Day 04: Internal Flight to Lukla and trek to Phakding at 8,700'.
Day 05: Today we hike to the Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar. Here we visit the city and experience the people in the Sherpa Capital at 11,300'.
Day 06: Here we take another day in Namche to carefully acclimatize. We can take a museum tour or trek around the hills of this beautiful location.
Day 07: We will hike along the Dodh Kosi River and eventually make our way through the Rhododendrons to the Tengboche Monastery.
Day 08: Today we hike to Dingboche at 14,000' and view the famous Ama Dablam.
Day 09: We will likely take a rest and acclimatization day here to ensure good health.
Day 10: We walk along the Mani Stones and climb to the small village of Lobuche at 16,000'.
Day 11: If weather permits we trek to the top of Kala Pattar and get stunning views of Everest, tonight we sleep in Gorak Shep at 17,000'.
Day 12: We make our way to Everest Base Camp at 17,500'.
Day 13-60: This is our climbing and summit window; we carefully pick the most stable weather and make our attempts sometime mid to late May.
Day 60-64: We have carefully planned in extra time to allow for a late weather window and to take down our camps and pack up. We also travel back to Kathmandu during this time.
Day 65: Departure to home country.
- Everest Peak fees US$ 11000 PP
- Govt. Liaison Officer and his entire expenses
- Base Camp manager and Nepalese High altitude Dr.
- Sherpa Sirdar
- Cook crew
- Climbing Sherpa(s)
- Oxygen as required (See Note 1)
- Summit Oxygen Oxygen mask (must be paid for if not returned)
- Regulator (must be paid for if not returned)
- Administration fee for our expedition in Nepal – We have been proving track record of providing an excellent service, are able to provide full support throughout the expedition and have a tried and tested emergency call out procedure should the need arise
- Fee for administration and planning prior to the expedition and technical support, guiding, instruction, planning and logistics during the expedition
- 4 nights’ hotel accommodation in KTM
- All group meals in KTM
- KTM / Lukla / KTM return flight
- KTM / Lukla / KTM departure tax
- A mixture of Teahouses and tented accommodation for the 3 week trek in (See Note 2)
- All group feeding arrangements to and from Base Camp
- A generous 50Kg baggage allowance KTM – Base Camp – KTM
- Living arrangements during our stay at Base Camp on a full board basis (this includes 3 course meals, services of cook crew, full porter support to / from Base Camp, camping equipment, kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, kitchen utensils etc)
- Lots and lots of snacks and goodies that you won’t find at other camps (See Note 3)
- Personal spacious Base Camp tent with foam mattress
- Shower facilities
- Satellite phone for clients’ use (US$6.50 per minute)
- Access to e mail facilities (paid for by the Kbyte)
- Daily weather information
- All food and fuel above Base Camp
- Mountain tents
- Pots, pans, cookers, stove boards etc above Base Camp
- Group Mess tent at Camp 2 (with gas heater and electric lighting! There’s no need to be uncomfortable just because you’re at 6,400M)
- Kitchen tent and cook at Camp 2
- Walkie Talkie Radios for use on the mountain
- Comprehensive 1st aid kit including antibiotics and medicines for use at altitude
- Gammow bag
- Emergency oxygen available for use on the mountain.
- Insurance for Base Camp and Sherpa crew
- Airport transfers in KTM
Cost does not include:
- Extra Climbing Sherpa (US$ 6000) complete Service from Kathmandu to Kathmandu.
- International flight . Please arrange a ticket that is flexible so that you can change the dates if you summit early and want to head back to the UK ahead of schedule. Alternatively I get a quota of tickets through the Travel Agent I have used for a number of years with a 30kg extra baggage allowance.
- Nepalese 90 day multiple entry Visa (approx £75 / US$100)
- Inoculation / vaccination costs
- Travel and medical insurance – MUST be valid for Everest
- Hire of any equipment for personal use
- Tips for the staff (approx US$150 in to the kitty)
- Climbing Sherpa Summit day bonus (US$1,500. Payable the moment you step foot above the South Col – even if you don’t summit)
- Excess baggage charges
- Drinks in Kathmandu
- Any drinks and/or food during the trek other than that which is provided by the crew (e.g. soft drinks, snacks, alcohol, etc etc)
- Any teahouse and feeding costs if rest days are taken further down the valley
- Spending money
- Unscheduled Hotel / teahouse stays and restaurant meals (e.g. if delayed departing KTM or Lukla)
- Any costs incurred if leaving the expedition early
- Any costs incurred if the expedition ends early (e.g. bringing your international flight departure forward)
- Any international freight charges in the event that your bags don’t arrive in Kathmandu from Lukla due to any delays prior to your departure from Nepal.
There will be more than sufficient Oxygen for you to use on the mountain. Some people may want to sleep with it on a low flow at Camp 3 prior to going to The South Col. You will undoubtedly want to use it from Camp 3 to The South Col. Then there is plenty for summit day.
If you set out for the summit and get involved in, say, helping another climber from another expedition down, and you needed another crack at it, then there will be enough oxygen for this also. Or if you have to spend more time at The South Col due to the weather, then there is enough oxygen for this.
Unlike other companies, you will not have to buy your quota and then buy more if you need more (and then not get a refund for unused bottles).
Basically there is enough to cover every eventuality.
WE USE A 3 WEEK TREK IN SCHEDULE. THE EMPHASIS HERE IS:
- To get away from the crowds to try and avoid any illness
- To develop rapport and camaraderie amongst the team in the lead up to the serious part of the expedition whilst we are still in a non serious and relaxed environment and frame of mind
- To avoid the prospect of heading straight to Base Camp and then sit here for a week with a headache which generally raises the question of ‘how can I climb THAT whilst I feel so awful down here’
- To allow people to relax to the idea that we are going to be away for around 2 months (there will undoubtedly be things still flying around your mind about your in tray at work, about whether you have remembered to turn the gas off and put the cat out etc)
- To get people well and truly acclimatized for the expedition phase. On arrival at Base Camp we’ll have been doing some easy trekking for around 3 weeks and will have been over 3 high passes (all over 5,200m) and summated Pokalde (a 5,900m peak). We gradually raise the sleeping elevation so that when we eventually arrive at Base Camp we’ll have already slept higher.
- This makes for a much more comfortable time at Base Camp and means that we can then reduce our forays into, and through, The Khumbu Icefall. After one familiarization visit in to The Khumbu Icefall we’ll be ready to head straight up to sleep at Camp 1 (around 6,000m) before moving on to sleep at Camp 2 (6,400m). After a few days on the hill (and a visit to touch Camp 3 at 7,100m) we can head down to Base Camp for a good old rest. Following on from this we are then poised and ready to go straight to Camp 2, on to Camp 3 en route to The South Col (7,950m) and the summit. This makes for an excellent acclimatization schedule prior to and on the mountain and maximizes our chances of success.
- Base Camp is where we will spend a reasonable amount of our time during the expedition phase, especially when we are resting between rotations. To that end I really feel that it is vitally important that the facilities, food and goodies provided should make Base Camp a pleasant place to be and a relaxing and comfortable environment.
- On the mountain we won’t eat enough, drink enough or sleep enough … so Base Camp is where we can relax, recharge and get focused for the next foray. So you’ll be eating pate, crackers, cheese, pickles, olives, Pringles™, caperberries, liquorice allsorts, salami, chorizo, Tangfastics™, beef jerky, pistachios, cashews, fresh coffee etc as well as relaxing to music, movies, cards and reading. Oh, and Connect 4.
EQUIPMENT AND PACKING LIST FOR MT. EVEREST EXPEDITION
- Headlamp. Bring plenty of spare bulbs & batteries
- Glacier glasses (w/ side covers or wrap around). 100% UV, IR, high quality optical lenses designed for mountain use
- Ski Goggles, 1 pair. 100% UV & IR.
- Balaclava. (1) Heavyweight, (1) Lightweight. Heavyweight must fit over lightweight
- Warm synthetic/wool hat.
- Bandanas (2). Used to shade your neck.
- Neoprene face mask. Optional
- Expedition Backpack
- Trekking Backpack
- Sleeping Bag. (Expedition quality rated to at least -40°F
- Sleeping Bag. (Expedition quality rated to at least -20°F).
- Self Inflating pads (2). Two 3/4 or full length pads. Make sure to include a repair kit.
- Closed-Cell foam pad.
- Sunscreen. SPF 40 or better.
- Lipscreen. SPF 20 or better.
- Water Bottles: 2 to 3 Wide mouth bottles with minimum 1 Litre capacity per bottle
- Water Bottle parkas for the big bottles.
- Toiletry bag.
- Pee Bottle (1 Liter). Large mouth, clearly marked water bottle for use in tent.
- Pee Funnel (for women).
- Camp Knife or Multi Tool.
- Trash Compactor bags (4).
- Camera gear.
- Compression Stuff Sacks.
- Ice Axe w/Leash. General mountaineering tool. Sizing is important: under 5’7” use a 60cm tool; 5’7”- 6’1” use a 65cm tool; over 6’1” use a 70cm tool. (Too short is preferable to too long). Make sure you have a leash that is designed for use on a glacier axe. Please no technical leashes.
- Crampons. With “step in” bindings and flat rather than “cookie cutter” frame rails anti balling plates OK. Keep in mind that ice specific crampons are for technical ice climbing and are not recommended for glacier travel. Anti-balling plates (optional).
- Alpine climbing harness. Harness should fit over all clothing, have gear loops, adjustable leg loops and be reasonably comfortable to hang in. Make sure you can get into the harness without having to step through any part of it.
- Carabineers (3) Locking; (3) Regular. 2 Twist lock & 1 small screw gate locker; 3 standard ovals recommended.
- Climbing helmet. Alpine climbing helmet with sizing adjustments.
- Ascender (1). One right or one left.
- Rappel/Belay device.
- Prussiks. Or bring 40 feet of flexible 6mm acessory cord to make into prussiks.
- Adjustable 3 Section Ski or Trekking poles. Optional but highly recommended. Helpful for non-snow covered ascents and descents if you have knee problems.
- Lightweight Synthetic gloves. 1 pair. Should fit comfortably inside mitts or gloves. Lighter capilene preferred.
- Heavyweight Synthetic/Soft Shell gloves. 1 pair.
- Expedition Shell Gloves w/ insulated removable liners. 1 pair.
- Expedition Shell Mitts. 1 pair. Should be big enough so that synthetic gloves fit inside pile liners.
- Hand warmers and Toe Warmers: Bring 3 sets of each.
- Light hiking boots or trekking shoes. For day hikes and trek to Base Camp
- Tennis shoes or low top shoes. For international travel and town days. Optional.
- Booties. Optional.
- Camp Boots. Optional. Insulated boot for Base Camp.
- Double Plastic Climbing Boots w/ altitude liners. Good quality plastic shells with inner boots. Avoid tight fit with heavy socks.
- Fully Insulated Overboots. Not needed with Millet Everest or Olympus Mons Boots.
- Gaiters. Not needed with One Sports or Olympus Mons.
- Trekking Socks. 3 pair.
- Wool or Synthetic Socks. 4 pair heavyweight wool or synthetic socks (wool is warmer) to be worn over the liner socks.
- Liner Socks. 4 pair of smooth thin wool, nylon or Capilene to be worn next to the skin
- Vapor barrier socks. Optional. Helps reduce moisture buildup in your boots, also keeps your feet a little warmer.
- Lightweight Long Underwear. 2-3 pair tops & bottoms.
- Heavyweight Long Underwear. 1 pair. Expedition weight Capilene. (Alternative: a one-piece suit)
- Lightweight Nylon Pants. 1 -2 pairs.
- Short Sleeve Synthetic Shirt. 1-2 pairs.
- Synthetic/Soft Shell Jacket.
- Insulated Synthetic Pants. Full separating side zippers.
- Down Pants. .
- Expedition Down Parka. Fully Baffled, Expedition Weight.
- Insulated Synthetic Jacket. Optional. Allows you to leave your down parka up higher on the mountain as we establish higher camps.
- Hard Shell jacket w/ hood. We recommend a waterproof breathable shell material with full front zipper, underarm zips, and no insulation. This outer layer protects against wind and rain.
- Hard Shell Pants. Waterproof, breathable. Full length side zippers
Pls Note: The list we’ve provided is only a guideline. Everything mentioned here is required. It’s your choice regarding the brand. However we suggest you to purchase from best brands available so that it makes your climb safe and comfortable.
WHO CAN APPLY!
Experience at moderate altitude is preferred but not necessarily essential – it is appreciated that not everyone has the time to build up a huge mountaineering CV. The main prerequisites required for an Everest expedition are:-
It is essential that you are absolutely competent in the use of crampons and ice axe before you come on the trip You are an independent climber and mountaineer in your own right and can make safe and learned decisions about the skills required for certain situations (for instance, you know when and how to abseil, you don’t need telling that it is getting dark and that it would be a good idea to get your head torch on, you generally remember to apply sun cream before it is required, you appreciate that water is more important than food and food more important than sleep when you first arrive at a camp – more on these and other issues to follow during discussions on the trek in)
This is about as fully inclusive a trip you can get. Our belief is that when you are spending this amount of money there should not be any hidden extras or anything that is an additional buy in.
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