Expedition in Nepal

Mt. Everest South East Ridge 2017

Our team will meet in Kathmandu, arriving no later than April 16th.
Kathmandu is a bustling, energetic and exciting city with many amazing sights to see and things to do. But most of all, we love to gear-shop! Kathmandu has a good selection of local and international mountaineering equipment and clothing in its stores. We always find something that we can't do without. After spending a day doing last minute shopping and ensuring bags are properly packed, we start our journey to basecamp.

The Basecamp on the south side of Everest is reached over an eight-day leisurely trek through villages of the Sherpas. We’ll begin by taking a 40 minute flight to Lukla. In pre-expedition times people had to walk from Kathmandu, since there were no motorable roads or airports beyond the capital. The expedition supplies are carried from Lukla to basecamp by yaks and zokyos (yak hybrids) and by porters).

On the way we will stop at Pangboche Village, which is one of the oldest villages of the Khumbu valley. Next morning we will visit the monastery, which also houses the Yeti’s Skull, and request a special blessing from the highly regarded local lama (monk), Lama Geshi, who normally does puja for all expeditions above this ancient village, to solicit the local deities’ blessing for a peaceful and safe expedition for all members. We accept good wishes in the form of a khata (a scarf with the eight lucky signs displayed by Buddhist during all religious and farewell ceremonies) from the lama and continue our walk up to Basecamp.

There a final ceremony will be celebrated for all expedition members and equipment that we will take with us on mountain. Once the puja is performed the Sherpas will begin their work of transporting the equipment, high altitude food and other supplies to the higher camps, leaving us to make a training climb on surrounding peaks for acclimatization. After a week acclimatizing we will begin our climb to Camp I, II, and III and following the normal procedure the members take the route up to Camp II at least two times and up to Camp III at least one time.

The climb from Basecamp begins early in the morning to avoid the possible hazard of seracs in the Khumbu Icefall, the most difficult section. From Camp I, climbers cross a broad flat glacial valley, famously known as the Western Cwm, and reach Camp II (ABC) at the foot of the Lhotse face, a warm place to camp. Camp III is halfway up the Lhotse face, precariously and spectacularly perched and is reached by fixed rope. Camp IV (the South Col) is 500 metres above Camp III and up, over and across the Yellow Band and Geneva Spur. The South Col is the last camp before the summit. The summit push is made from here, with 10 to 12 hours of climbing in the night, aiming to reach the summit at around 7 a.m. Each climber who has made it to Camp IV will have a maximum stay of three days at this altitude, depending on supplemental oxygen supplies and physical and weather conditions, to prepare for and complete the summit push.

    April 16: Arrive in Kathmandu
    April 17: Free Day in Kathmandu
    April 18: Fly to Lukla, Trek to Monjo
    April 19: Trek to Namche
    April 20: Acclimatization in Namche
    April 21: Trek to Pangboche
    April 22: Trek To Dingboche
    April 23: Acclimatization in Dingboche
    April 24: Trek To Lobuche
    April 25: Trek to Basecamp
    April 26: Rest Day in Basecamp
    April 27: Rest Day and Puja Ceremony in Basecamp
    April 28: Acclimatization hike to Kala Patar
    April 29: Acclimatization hike to Pumori C1
    April 30: Rest Day in Basecamp
    May 01: Climb to C1
    May 02: Rest Day at C1
    May 03: Climb to C2
    May 04: Rest Day at C2
    May 05: Rest Day at C2
    May 06: Climb to C3
    May 07: Rest Day at C3
    May 08: Down to C2
    May 09: Down to Basecamp
    May 10: Rest Day or hike to Diboche
    May 11: Rest Day
    May 12: Rest Day
    May 13: Rest Day
    May 14: Rest Day or hike up to Pheriche
    May 15: Rest Day or return to Basecamp
    May 16: Climb to C2
    May 17: Rest Day at C2
    May 18: Climb to C3
    May 19: Climb to C4
    May 20: Rest at C4 and depart for Summit in Evening
    May 21: Summit and return to C4
    May 22: Down to C2
    May 23: Down to Basecamp
    May 24: Trek from Basecamp to Pangboche
    May 25: Trek to Namche
    May 26: Trek to Lukla
    May 27: Fly to Kathmandu
    May 28: Spare Day
    May 29: Spare Day
    May 30: Spare Day
    May 31: Spare Day
    June 01: Expedition Ends: Fly Home
    June 02: Arrive home

Prices

US$ 48,000.00

    1. Cargo clearance
    2. All related Airport / hotel / airport transfers
    3. Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on B&B basis (5 star Category)
    4. Kathmandu / Lukla / Kathmandu airfare both for member and staff
    5. Full board service Kathmandu to Kathmandu
    6. All necessary expedition material transport (Lukla / BC / Lukla) by yaks or porters and all their expenses
    7. BC & ABC Nepali Cooks with equipment, wages, insurance
    8. Dining and kitchen tent in ABC with high altitude cook
    9. 1 to 1 member to climbing Sherpa ratio with equipment, wages, insurance
    10. All mountain tents provided. Single Tent at BC and 2 people to a three-men tent above BC
    11. Gas heaters in the dining tent & solar panel power available at BC
    12. Dining Tables and chairs
    13. Climbing Permit and all necessary permit
    14. Garbage deposit
    15. Ice fall route maintenance fee
    16. Radio walkie-talkie set for climbers and Sherpas, including permit charges
    17. EPI Gas with burner and cooking pot set
    18. High altitude food with personal pack
    19. 5 cylinders of oxygen (brand new Poisk) per climber with mask and regulator set
    20. 3 cylinders of oxygen(Refilled) per climbing Sherpa with mask and regulator set
    21. Liaison Officer charges including airfare and insurance
    22. Shower tent at BC
    23. Toilet tent at BC & CII
    24. Gamow Bag at CII
    25. Satellite telephone (per minute rates apply for personal use)

    1. Travel insurance (Should include helicopter evacuation as well)
    2. International air tickets
    3. Nepal entry visas ($100)
    4. Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
    5. Personal climbing equipments
    6. Expenses of personal natures
    7. Tips (you should allow up to $1000 in tips for Everest summiters)

Other Costs:
Personal Sherpa: Most expeditions ensure that on summit day everyone is teamed up with a Sherpa for a 1:1 ratio of climber:sherpa, but lower on the mountain climbers are on their own. At Happy Feet  Mountaineers (P) Ltd. we believe in the value of climbing alongside a Sherpa helper. Lower on the mountain we feel there is a great advantage to having a Sherpa to help on an everyday basis. As a result we include, in the price, a climbing Sherpa to accompany climbers from basecamp up. If you want your own personal Sherpa who works only with you, this would be an added expense of $5000.

Additional Oxygen: Each team member will have 5 bottles of oxygen for their summit push. This should be more than enough and has a safety margin built in. However some climbers like to have additional bottles available to them. These must be ordered at the time of booking because of the long lead time needed to get them from the factory. They cost $600 each.

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