Clearly, the Majestic mountain of Everest needs no introduction; quite possibly This is the most admired and popular mountain in the world. Named after Sir George Everest- the General of British India during the survey period during 1856 is better known as Sagarmatha (forehead of the sky) amongst Nepali and Chomolungma (Goddess Mother of the World) in Tibetan. The first attempt to conquer the Everest were made in 1920’s which ultimately ended in disaster. Success came only in 1953 from the Southside on the very same route you’ll be taking for this expedition.
Any Mt. Everest Expedition (South Side) is a cautious and planned endeavor that requires excellent leadership, organization, excellent Sherpa’s, the best gear, safety equipment and guides.
Relive the historic achievements and write your own history by making an attempt to surmount the top of the world with Swotah team.
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8848 m/ 29028.9ft
Everest was created about 60 million years ago.
Sir Edmund Hillary and Late Tenzing Norge Sherpa first step on this peak on May 29, 1953, with their earnest efforts.
Appa Sherpa and Phurba Tash Sherpa are tied for the most successful summits of the mountain who have stood on the top of the highest point on Earth an astonishing 21 times.
George Everest, Surveyor General of India from 1830 to 1843, discovered Everest in 1841.
The oldest climber to reach the summit is held by Yuichiro Miura of Japan who was 80 years old.
The youngest person to summit the mountain is American Jordan Romero at the age of 13.
Mount Everest is also home for the Euophrys omnisuperstes (standing above everything) also known as Himalayan Jumping Spiders making them one of the earth's highest permanent residents.
One Base Camp and four additional higher camps supported by highly experienced mountaineers, guides and crew members.
This expedition includes acclimatization and cultural trek into the scenic Sherpa heartland of the Khumbu Valley.
Technically challenging Everest Expedition is one of the most satisfying journeys one could ever have in their entire life.
Why this Trip
The Everest Expedition in the Himalayas proffers the Mountaineers with the greatest satisfaction and surprise its climbers with its extraordinary landscapes and brilliant influence in the world including two great highlights i.e. Rongbuk Monastery and Everest Base Camp.
•We reserve the right to change and that the program may be reversed. Things can happen that make it impossible to meet them as planned. If any meeting or plan would not be feasible, we always try to find an equivalent alternative. In Nepal, you always have a plan B and C!
•What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible
•A trekking permit is a must to travel to controlled areas. Permit, however, is issued only to groups. Individual trekkers will not be issued trekking permit
•5% of the total cost of the package will be allocated for the benefits of local people in the Everest region.
Flying over the valley of Kathmandu is quite a scene in itself. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks standing tall below you are almost ecstatic. At the arrival section of Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, one of our representatives will be waiting with a placard-carrying your name on it. The airport representative will explain the program upon arrival and escort you to the hotel on a private vehicle. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Our knowledgeable city guide will take you to the important places within the Kathmandu Valley for sightseeing. Kathmandu valley is an incredibly diverse city with a breathtaking Newari culture, centuries-old Hindu and Buddhists cultural sites alongside a plethora of ancient monuments. The capital of the country and home to 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Kathmandu, bridges modern facilities with centuries-old traditions and cultures with its tourist-friendly accommodations. Throughout the day, most of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu will be observed. Other formalities like permits will be finalized today. Overnight stay at the hotel;
Almost all treks to Everest begins from Lukla so, early in the morning, a drive to Tribhuvan International airport (in a private car) for a flight to Lukla will be arranged. It takes 30-35 minutes to reach Tenzing Hillary airport/ Lukla airport. After reaching Lukla, the porters and the team members joining us on the trek will be introduced, The ultimate Everest expedition with a hike up through the beautiful town of Lukla to the Pasang Lhamu Memorial Gate. From the gate, the trail leading us out of Lukla, drops down to the village of Phakding, traversing the community forest and small Sherpa villages like Thalsharoa, Chheplung, Thado Koshi Gaon, and Chhuthawa. Savour the beauty of well-decorated chortens, prayer rocks, prayer flags and prayer wheels on our way alongside the mesmerizing view of Kusum Kangru and the Dudhkoshi River. It takes about 4 hours to walk downhill to reach Phakding. Check-in at the teahouse. In the remaining time, either rest or explore the nearby monasteries. Overnight stay in a teahouse at Phakding;
After breakfast in Phakding, Everest expedition continues. Crossing the bridge across the Dudhkoshi River, leaving Phakding our trail continues north, through the forest of pine, up and downhill past a few suspension bridges and small settlement: Toktok, Bengkar, Chhamuwa to Monjo. At Monjo, your guide will take care of the necessary formalities, before entering the Sagarmatha National Park, from the entrance of the Sagarmatha National Park, continuing on a trail which steeply drops down to the bridge across the Dudhkoshi River. Crossing the bridge, and following the lower riverbank trail, we climb into the forest over gravel and boulders and continue to Larja Bridge, past Larja Dobhan. Crossing the Larja Bridge, enjoying the first view of Mt. Everest and hiking up the steep hill through the pine forest on a rocky trail to Mislung, the forest ends and the trail levels out from Mislung. From Mislung, the even and plain trail leads us to Namche. After checking into the teahouse, the remaining time can either be spent resting or exploring the town of Namche. Overnight stay at Namche;
To prevent Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), further up the trail, a day stop at Namche for acclimatization is a must. Staying active boosts the process of acclimatization rather than simply resting. Therefore, we will go for an acclimatization hike – a full-day circuit through Khunde, Khumjung and back to Namche. Enjoying the wonderful view of Khumbu la, Amadablam and Thamserku peaks we advance to Khunde Tsamkhang (a Buddhist temple), built above the village of Khunde. We reach Hillary Memorial Viewpoint to see the 360-degree views of Khunde, Namche, Amadablam, and Pachermo Peak. After exploring Khunde, through the potato fields we continue east to the largest village in the Khumbu region - Khumjung, Exploring around the village to see the Hillary School (a school established by Sir Edmund Hillary) the longest Mani wall in the Khumbu region, and Khumjung monastery which treasures a skull of a Yeti. Overnight stay at Namche Bazar;
We begin the trek to Tengboche through an easy trail to Phunki Thanga. Ascending towards Tengboche village which is home to the largest monastery in the Everest region, we enter the Sagarmatha National Park. The monastery is located within the Sagarmatha National park. Enjoying panoramic views of the highest mountains on the earth including Everest, Amadablam, Thamserku, Lhotse, and Nuptse, we reach Tengboche. If we reach there early, we will most probably be able to witness a religious Buddhist ceremony. Overnight stay in Tengboche;
After breakfast, we begin our day’s trek walking downhill passing through lush forests full of birch, conifers and rhododendron trees. Accompanied by breathtaking views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse and Amadablam, the trail descends down to Debuche, passing over the Imja River taking us to Pangboche. Walking the upper Pangboche trails, enjoying pristine views of the Himalayas and Pangboche monastery, we move towards the Imja Valley. Passing the Lobuche River and climbing up to Dingboche, we reach the beautiful windy village adorned by chortens and prayer flags. Overnight stay at Dingboche;
This marks our second stop for acclimatization. Dingboche is a very popular stop for trekkers and climbers headed to Mt. Everest, Amadablam and Imja Tse. Walking around the beautiful village with stone walls protecting fields and crops like barley, buckwheat, and potatoes from cold wind and grazing, we spend a day at Dingboche for acclimatization. We take a day hike to Nagarjun Hill where we can observe great views of Mt.Makalu, Lhotse, Chalotse, Tawache, Amadablam and others overnight stay at Dingboche;
The trail will become more and more challenging as we reach higher altitudes. We ascend the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier which goes through boulder-strewn slopes leading us up to Chupki Lhara. Chupki Lhara is a ridge that provides spectacular views. After climbing the moraine on the far side through Khumbu glacier the trail leads us to Lobuche. Overnight at Lobuche;
Moving along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu glacier, we leave icy cold Lobuche and head towards Gorakshep. On the way, we come across the magnificent view of the crest of the north ridge of Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mahalangur, Lingtern, Khumbutse, Nuptse and other mountains. We trek to Gorakshep. Overnight at Gorakshep;
From Gorakshep continue our venture to enter the Everest Base following the trail that leads on to the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. After almost two hours of walking, we reach Gorakshep and rest for lunch before heading to Everest base camp. We pass through rocky dunes, streams, and moraines and reach the base camp to the highest mountain in the world; Everest. From here, we can observe the stunning view of Nuptse, Khumbutse, and Pumori mountains. Overnight at tented camp;
PREPARATION FOR EXPEDITIONBefore we set our foot on the gigantic Mt. Everest, we need to prepare ourselves mentally and physically to surmount the obstacle yet to face in upcoming days. While our bodies are acclimatizing to the higher altitude, we learn the essential skills needed for climbing the mountain, such as how to use the oxygen bottles and radios. We will also sort out our equipment and clothing and learn climbing through the fixed rope before we embark on Khumbu Icefall. We reach out for Camp 1. Overnight at tented camp;
CLIMBING PERIODThis is the outline climbing period of Manaslu as providing a detailed plan of day to day Everest expedition wouldn’t be convincing and authentic. The climbing period is determined by the expedition leader that suits the pace of the team.Camp 1: 20000ft. (6400m) Everest South Face Expedition Camp 1 is situated in a flat area of endless snow deep crevasses and mountain walls.Camp 2: 21000ft. (6750m) Camp 2 is situated at the height of the 21000ft, which is located at the foot of the Icy mount Lhotse wall though where we have to go ahead. The wind here sometimes seems very violent enough to destroy our tents. After climbing these palaces we reach camp 3.Camp 3: 22300ft. (7100m) Camp 3 is located at the height of 22300ft, adjoining to mount Lhotse wall. After climbing the 4000ft. Lhotse wall by using fixed rope and with prior acclimatization it leads us to camp 4. Also on the way we have to ascend the steep allow bands (lose, down -slopping and rotten limestone). Oxygen should probably be use above base camp 3 in case of needed to the climbers.Camp 4: 26000ft (8,400m) Now we are at camp 4 which located at the height of 26000ft. It is the last camp of the Expedition. From here the summit is about 500m distance far. This is the final and dangerous part of the climbing. The wind here is violent enough to destroy our tents. The normal best way to reach the summit is via the narrow South which was used by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Sherpa.
We bid farewell to the mountain and set our foot towards Pangboche. After the difficult seven hours of walking we reach Pangboche (3930m), the oldest monastery in the region, Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
After about 35 minutes of flight time, we land in Kathmandu and we’ll drive back to the hotel, in the evening we will have a celebration dinner with all members of the expedition to exchange with experience and fresh memories of the most significant climb in everyone's life. Overnight at Kathmandu.
Yes, we will invite you for dinner in a cultural restaurant on the night of your arrival for briefing the itinerary and small orientation program will be held by the tour leader and guides before we embark on our adventure.
For nights in cities, we use standard/superior standard/deluxe rooms whereas, during the trek we use lodges/tea houses/guesthouses/home stay for our clients, whatever is available and accessible. We also arrange sleeping bags for our clients, as per their request.
We believe in operating small intimate group to provide personal attention and services to our guests. Small groups can enjoy the trek hassle free and enjoy the customized trip according to their need and suitability. We do not incorporate more than 14 People in a group, unless we get special requests from our clients.
We make sure to take security measures during climbing to make your expedition successful. We hire experienced and authorized guides/Sherpas to safeguard your life in the mountains. We strongly recommend that you follow the guide’s instruction with utmost care.
During Camping, our expert Camping cooks prepare a wide range of delicious meals empowering you with enough strength for your strenuous climbing. All the cooking materials will be carried by our porters.
Before coming to Nepal, make sure that you are totally insured. In case of emergencies, like altitude sickness, dehydration or any medical conditions, let your Guide know about your problem and subsequently, as soon as we are informed of a situation, we'll send a emergency helicopter rescue team. You will be transferred to the hospital for the treatment.
Climbing is a hard and tiresome activity that requires a lot of physical movement so pack your active wears and trekking pants for at lower altitudes. Weather at high altitude is unpredictable, so carry a lightweight waterproof jacket along with thick down jacket, pant and thermal inner wear to escape the severe cold. Needless to say that, Good shoes are very important for climbing in rough and snowy terrain, so invest in good quality shoes or rent it from us at a minimum price. For mountaineering, you will require special clothes that can be bought or hired from us.
Yes, Our Sherpas are trekking experts and also authorized license holders from Nepal Government. The Sherpas know the climbing route like the back of their hand and use their expertise in ensuring your safety in the mountains.
Yes, for the first few days, it's possible to have telephonic communication. In some villages, you can make local and international calls from telephone provided by the guesthouse owner after paying the price directly. For higher altitude climbing, we usually have satellite phones with our Sherpas.
If you need extra day to complete the trekking, you'll need to inform the guide in advance and the guide will let the company know. Adding a day to trekking can result in many changes in other arrangements such as transportation, guides' schedule, flight details, hotel bookings and all, so we really don't recommend this to our clients unless there's an emergency cases. But it's true that those changes could be made but it will cost extra. The best way to do it is to inform the agent company about it.
Before coming to Nepal make sure you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. Make sure you are in best shape to complete the trekking without any complications.
To confirm your booking, a non-refundable deposit of minimum of 15% of total trip amount is required, which can be made by bank transfer. The due balance is payable on arrival in Kathmandu with cash or card.