Mount Nuptse Expedition

Sky-piercing Nuptse (7855) Mountain is a very close neighbor of gigantic Mount Everest which lies in the Khumbu Himal. It is standing at the southwest of the Mount Everest sharing the glory of the Everest Massif and is the southern border of the Western from the Thangboche Monastery and it seems like an enormous wall guarding the colossal Everest. Nuptse Mountain is given the very name by the Tibetans which mean west-peak.
Nuptse is joined to Lhotse; the main ridge is joined to Lhotse by a 7556m high saddle made up of 7 peaks. The main summit Nuptse I (7861m) was first scaled by a British expedition on the north-ridge in 1961 by Dennis Davis and Sherpa Tashi. Notably, Sir Chris Bonington was also a member of the FA expedition. The Nuptse ridge goes west-northwest until its steep west-face drops down more than 2300m to the Glacier. The south-face of Nuptse is 2500m high and 5 kilometers wide. The north side is above the Western-Cwm valley with the upper part of the Khumbu-glacier above its famous icefall. Our venture commences from brief flight to Lukla (2850m) and the trekking part starts, the initial days of the trek pass through the traditional Sherpa country up to the stupendous high valley of the Khumbu Region. The trail leads us to Base Camp that lies beside the Khumbu Glacier above its icefall. And from there we only head high to the summit of Nuptse Mountain.
Trip Code: MNE74
Starts: Lukla
Finishes: Lukla
Duration: 43 Days
Difficulty: Very Severe
Group Size: 2 - 14
Age: Minimum 18
Seasons: Mar-Apr,Sep-Oct
Elevation: 7861m/ 25790.7ft
Trip Views: 632
Activities: Mountaineering
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Breakfast: 18
Lunch: 16
Dinner: 16
Bus
Jeep
Flight
Hotel: 3 Night(s)
Teahouse: 7 Night(s)
Camping(Tent): 4 Night(s)
Guesthouse: 4 Night(s)
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Trip Facts

  • Mount Nuptse is crowned by seven peaks i.e. Nuptse I (7861m), Nuptse II (7827m), Nuptse Shar I (7804m), Nuptse Nup I (7784m), Nuptse Shar II ( 7776m), Nuptse Nup II (7742m) and Nuptse Shar III (7695m).
  • The main peak Nuptse I was first climbed on May 16, 1961, by Dennis Davis and Sherpa Tashi by British Expedition on north ridge part.
  • This mountain has an interesting feature that is its south face is 2500m high and 5km wide.
  • Nuptse receives a low number of ascents and yet, it is the perfect ascent for those looking for sub 8000m climb in a premier neighborhood.
  • Offers the beautiful Himalayan views of Mount Everest (8848m), Mount Lhotse (8516m), Mount Makalu (8463m), Mount Cho Oyu (8201m), Mount Baruntse, Mount Pumori, Ama Dablam and other more than two dozens mountains of Everest region trekking trail.
  • Opportunity to explore the high valleys including the culture and tradition of the authentic Sherpa culture who have been residing in such a harsh environment for centuries.

Why this Trip

  • Nuptse is a wonderful option for those who want to scale high mountains but reduce the life threatening risk from the 8000 meter mountains.

speaker_notes Trip Notes

  • • 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.

Location

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Brief Itinerary

  • placeDAY 1 : KATHMANDU ARRIVAL
    The excitement of the upcoming adventure will reach the peak viewing all those snowcapped mountains as you land down in the country where nature speaks to your inner self. When it comes to the excitement; we are on the same boat as we will be eager to take a glance of you at the airport. Check-in at the hotel first and then our representative will be escorting you to the friendly dinner arranged where the discussion of the itinerary will take place.

    Meal:

    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Airport Drop
  • placeDAY 2 : KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING
    Preparation for the expedition and sightseeing Second day our city guide will take you to the important places with in the Kathmandu Valley for sightseeing. You’ll be acquainted with historical &cultural places as well as the Hindu and Buddhist shrines. Other formalities like permits will be finalized today.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Guided Kathmandu Tour
    • Shopping arrangements
    • Food and wine tour (Optional)
  • placeDAY 3 : LUKLA/PHAKDING [2656M]
    Flight to Lukla is considered world’s most dangerous air trip, however safety measures are taken by the airlines to make sure that no harm may touch the passengers. After reaching Lukla you’ll hike towards the Phakding where you’ll spent overnight

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Tea House

    Activities:

    • Flight to Lukla
  • placeDAY 4 : TREK TO NAMCHE
    Next Morning right after the breakfast your trek begins.From Phakding, you’ll encounter rivers and suspension bridges. You’ll cross numerous villages before reaching the entrance Sagarmatha National Park. The trail ascends to steep way to reach the Namche Bazar. You’ll find well facilitated hotels to spend over night.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 5 : REST IN NAMCHE BAZAR
    Acclimatizing is the key to successful trek in this reason because you’re ascending to the highest altitude near to Everest. While your body is doing its work, you can explore the Namche Bazaar where restaurants, Pubs, coffee shops etc are available in this place. You can visit Khunde Hospital which was set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary, or a one hour walk up to the Everest View Hotel above Namche. From there you can watch the sunset over Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 6 : TREK TO TENBOCHE 3860 M
    You will start the day with easy walk to Phulki, From there you ascend towards Tengboche village which is very famous for Tengboche monastery probably the biggest monastery of the Everest region. It is located within the Sagarmatha National Park which has been listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site. From the monastery you can see panoramic views of the Himalayas, including Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku. Overnight stay in Tengboche.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Tea House

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 7 : TREK TO DINGBOCHE 4410 M
    The trail descends and crosses through lush forests of birch, confer and rhododendron trees. You’ll reach Pangboche by walking downhill to Debuche and crossing the Imja River to. The trek continues through the Imja Valley and Lobuche River before ascending to Dingboche. It is a picturesque village with beautiful barley, potato and buckwheat fields complete with grazing animals dotted along those fields.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Tea House

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 8 : ACCLIMATIZATION
    A day is spared for spending a day in Dingboche that will help us to acclimate to the high altitude with thin air. This day is properly utilized b exploring the Dingboche village, you’ll climb a ridge located behind the village to see six of the world’s tallest peaks including Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu. You’ll need your rest for the tough day of ascent tomorrow.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Tea House

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 9 : TREK TO LOBUCHE 4907 M
    The trail will gradually be more challenging, due to the higher altitude. We ascend to the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. The trail goes through boulder-strewn slopes as we ascend Chupki Lhara which is a ridge that provides spectacular mountain views. The next part of our venture brings over craggy mountain terrain to Lobuche, a small settlement with spectacular views of Mt. Lobuche, Mt. Pumari and the Nuptse. Overnight in Lobuche;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Tea House

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 10 : TREK TO NUPTSE BASE CAMP
    Today we meander around the Khumbu Glacier and head towards Gorak Shep. Leaving Gorak Shep, we head to Nuptse passing through the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. This is the starting point when we climb the summit.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 11 : REST, ACCLIMATIZATION AND PREPARATION
    Acclimatization is very important in expedition. Through acclimatization our body adjusts to being in higher altitude. Without acclimatization summiting the Nuptse is next to impossible. During the day we will learn required skills for climbing and gears to do it from the expedition leader. This training will boost up your confidence to summit he mountain of Nuptse.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 12 : DAY 12-36 (ASCENT OF MOUNT NUPTSE)
    The day has finally arrived to embark our journey to conquer the Nuptse. Everyday itinerary for summiting the mountain is not possible because weather and conditions varies everyday so we have to trust the expedition leader and follow him to successfully scaling the Nuptse Mountain. All these days will be used in hiking up and coming down to the base camp in order to be fit physically for the expedition. Height: 5500 to 7855m. From the Base Camp, for the lodges we will be using tented camp with high security set by our well experienced climbing Sherpas.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 37 : WITHDRAW TO BASE CAMP
    As predicted, on the 37th day we will withdraw to Base camp and finish the summiting part. We take pride on conquering the Nuptse and take a deep rest.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 38 : TREK TO LOBUCHE
    Now we retrace the same route to Lobuche (4907 m) that we followed while climbing up. We pass through the moraine of Khumbu Glacier and final reach Lobuche. Overnight at Lobuche.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Tea House

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 39 : TREK TO PANGBOCHE
    We trek back to Pangboche (3,930 m) via Dingboche. Overnight at Pangboche;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 40 : TREK TO NAMCHE
    From Pangboche we head toward Namche. Overnight at Namche Bazaar

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 41 : TREK TO LUKLA
    Trek down first through forest of rhododendron and pine, and continue walk on the banks of river to Phakding. Lunch at Phakding and continue another 3 hours gentle uphill trekking to Lukla. Overnight at Lukla

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Tea House

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 42 : FLY TO KATHMANDU
    This is out final day near mountain, so bid the mountains farewell and head towards Kathmandu through brief flight. Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu my sometime cancels due to weather conditions, so we keep aside a buffer day so that it won’t affect your departure plans.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Flight to Kathmandu
  • placeDAY 43 : DEPARTURE
    On this day we will be arranging a traditional way of farewell to make your memories more special and then you will be accompanied to the airport for the flight back to your home country.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch

    Accomodation:

    Activities:

    • Trekkers' Massage and Spa
    • Shopping arrangements
    • Souvenir
    • Airport drop
  • Detail Inclusions
    • Arrival and departure transfer services to and from Airport both Domestic and International with other necessary surfaces by A/C transportation as per itinerary.
    • Assistance at the International airport by the office while arriving and departing.
    • Standard/Deluxe rooms in Kathmandu on B/B basis.
    • One day sightseeing in Kathmandu (Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Durbar Square).
    • Flight ticket Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu or land transportation
    • Local English-speaking Tour Guide for sightseeing in Kathmandu.
    • Necessary staffs including experienced guides and porters during the trekking and climbing.
    • All trekking and camping equipment like camp furniture, kitchenware, dining tents, guest tents, etc.
    • 3 meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunch, and Dinners with tea or coffee) along with available accommodation at Hotel/ Lodge/ Guest Houses or tents for members and staffs during trek and climbing in twin sharing basis.
    • Per person 30kg baggage allowance during trekking-up carrying by porter and 20kg baggage allowance while returning from Base Camp after climbing the Mt. Nuptse
    • Trekking Permit (National Park entry fee) and Local permit.
    • Expedition Royalty and permit of Nepal Government to climb Mt. Nuptse
    • Nepalese Government Royalty;
    • Oxygen bottles for climber and Sherpa with mask and regulator 
    • Experience sherpa guide
    • One Experienced, Trained, Government Licensed, and Everest climber, Climbing/expedition Guide (Sherpa) per client.
    • All wages, equipment, medical and accidental Insurances for all involved staffs in trekking and expedition.
    • First Aid medical kits for the Group and the staffs.
    • Satellite phone carrying by Guide for communication and available for members with the cost of US$ 4 per minute call.
    • Appropriate food for high altitude and all climbing crew at base camp and above as required.
    • Required fixed and dynamic rope during the climbing period.
    • 5 Oxygen Bottles (24L) with mask and regulators (if requested by client)
    • Each expedition member will have an individual tent available in the base camp.
    • Solar panel for light and battery charger.
    • All tents for camp 1, 2 and 3. Icefall charges and Gamow Bags.
    • We provide Sherpa's tents, food for climbing, and insurance
    • high altitude food for member and Sherpa including drinks and cooking crew
    • Free assistance service for Cargo clearance and Duties.
    • Our service charge and Government Taxes levied in Nepal.
    • Complete pre-departure information, flight ticket reconfirmation, and visa extension procedure services (if necessary) Group medical supplies (First Aid medical kit will be available);
    • Necessary fixed and dynamic ropes will be available during the climbing period;
    • All necessary paper works, office Service charge, and Government Taxes;
    • Complete pre-departure information, flight ticket reconfirmation and extend visa service(if necessary);
  • Complimentary
    • Arrangement of tea, coffee during the trek
    • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu (On Day 2 worth $ 100).
    • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show on second last day;
    • Swotah Special Nepali Gifts;
    • Sim card service(zero balance)
    • Souvenir from Nepal;
    • Photos and videos of the trip(if requested)
    • Certificate of appreciation(if requested)
  • Exclusions
    • Lunch is at free will so it is not included for Kathmandu;
    • Airfare international flights;
    • Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos);
    • Any kind of Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot shower, Mineral water, laundry, phone calls, internets;
    • Personal climbing equipment;
    • All kind of Personal Expenses;
    • Icefall fees Garbage Deposit (Sharing with another member) if applicable;
    • Wake talkies &Filming permit;
    • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section;
    • Personal climbing guide if requested;
    • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended; Rescue, repatriation, medicines, medical tests, and hospitalization expenses.
    • Medical-travel insurance and emergency rescue evacuation if required.
    • Airfare of international and domestic flights other than specified.
    • Summit bonus to your private climbing Sherpa (Begins from minimum US$ 1000.00)
    • Nepal custom duty fees for import of expedition goods.
    • Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 15 kg of luggage, a cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg)


FAQS

  • 1. Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon arrival ?
    Yes, our representative will be there to receive you at the airport and you will be directly transferred to your hotel.
  • 2. Is there an Orientation program ?
    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.
  • 3. What is the overnight accommodation like ?
    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, and whatever is available and accessible. We also arrange sleeping bags for our clients, as per their request.
  • 4. How big are the groups ?
    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.
  • 5. How do you rate the difficulty for this mountain, on a scale of 1 to 10, compared to other over 7000m high mountains ?
    This is certainly one of the highest mountains in the world. In terms of technical difficulty, we'd rate “Nuptse” as 8.
  • 6. Who can climb Nuptse ?
    Only mountaineers who have adept mountaineering skills, adequate strength and previous experience in high mountains can climb this mountain.
  • 7. What about security during climbing ?
    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/Sherpa’s instruction with utmost care.
  • 8. What sort of food can I expect during this expedition ?
    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.
  • 9. Can we get drinking water during climbing ?
    Yes, you will get purified, filtered water in many tea houses. You can also get a hot water during camping.
  • 10. What mode of transportation do you use ?
    We use a private vehicle for sightseeing inside Kathmandu Valley. And we use domestic flight to transfer to Lukla and back.
  • 11. What is the best season for Mount Nuptse Expedition ?
    August to November and March to May are the two best climbing seasons for Mount Nuptse Expedition.
  • 12. Will I be taken care of during emergency ?
    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 will send emergency helicopter rescue team. You will be then transferred to the hospital for the treatment.
  • 13. What are the appropriate outfits we should possess ?
    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.
  • 14. Is it possible to alternate or change the trip days ?
    Most of the time, it is not possible. But in emergency cases, you can. Still, we customize the trip according to your preference, but if you need to change plan during the trek, consult the guide and company.
  • 15. How long will it take to complete the expedition ?
    It will take around 3-4 weeks to climb it and to return only a few days. So to complete this mountaineering, you need at least 43 days in total, to finish this trip.
  • 16. Are your Sherpas reliable and certified ?
    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.
  • 17. Do I need climbing permit ?
    Yes, you need climbing permit. It is not legal to climb without it.
  • 18. Is there any possibility of telephonic communication while we are on this expedition ?
    Yes, for the first few days, it is possible to have telephonic communication. In some villages, you can make local and international calls from telephone provided by the guesthouse owner after paying certain amount directly. For higher altitude climbing, we usually have satellite phones with our Sherpas.
  • 19. Can I add extra days to my trips ?
    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, guide’s 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.
  • 20. What immunizations will I need ?
    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.
  • 21. How will my booking be processed ?
    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.
  • 22. Can we use credit card during the climbing ?
    No, you cannot use the credit card during the climbing. You have to exchange the money in Nepali Rupees before you start the trip. You can use credit card only in Kathmandu.

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