Himlung

Mount Everest Expedition – with Pumo-Ri

Mount Everest, also known as the Third Pole, the highest of the all 14 loftiest peaks above 8,000 metres mountains, is the most important mountain on the earth planet. The mountain and its influential area are not only important for its height and beauty, but it is important also for its ecological source. The Everest and its range accumulate one of the largest snow and ice which feeds continuously numerous major rivers benefitting to billions of people and natural habitats. The existence of the highest mountain in the World was brought out to the broader public concern by the Surveyor General of India, from 1830 to 1843, by Sir George Everest. The official name “Everest” was given in 1965. Everest is known as Sagarmatha in Nepali and Chomolungma in Tibetan/Sherpa. The name Sagarmatha (Head of the sea) was given by a Nepalese historian, Baburam Acharya (1888-1971). The name Chomolungma (Goddess Mother of Mountains) in Tibetan and Sherpa is believed to in existence since long before Everest and Sagarmatha, but there is no specific record. The summit of Everest also marks the international border between Nepal and Tibet. Tenzing Norgay Sherpa of Nepal and Sir Edmund Hillary of New Zealand are the first two humans to conquer the mountain and later on by numerous men and women. Most of the climbers who succeeded to achieve the summit lived and are living glorified in the World. The feat is taken as one of the lifetime achievement.

EXPEDITION DETAIL:
Our team will meet in Kathmandu. Kathmandu is a bustling, energetic and exciting city with many amazing sights to see and things to do. Kathmandu has a good selection of local and international mountaineering equipment and clothing, if some of us require to gear-shop, we will have two complete days to do last-minute shopping and repacking the bags to base camp properly.

The journey to basecamp starts with a short panoramic flight to Lukla. The basecamp on the south side of Everest is reached over an eight-days leisurely trek through villages of the Sherpas. Still, we will give some more days to tame our body in the local atmosphere, the only best way to perfect acclimatization. In pre-expedition people had to walk from Kathmandu since there were no roads and airports beyond the capital. The expedition supplies are carried from Lukla to basecamp by yaks and zopkyos (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. We will visit the monastery which also houses the Yeti’s Skull, and pray for a peaceful and safe expedition for all members. We will also request for a puja ritual, from the Monk at the monastery, to solicit the local deities for an obstacle less expedition and continue to walk up to basecamp. The final Puja ceremony gets celebrated for all expedition members and equipment that we will take with us on the mountain at the Everest Base Camp.

Once the puja is performed, the Sherpas will begin their work of transporting the climbing equipment and other supplies to the higher camps, leaving the climbing members at the basecamp or beyond for training/acclimatizing climb on surrounding peaks. After a week or so on of acclimatizing or as per the itinerary we will begin our climbing to camp I, II, and III and following the normal procedure the members take the route 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 challenging 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 is reached by a fixed rope. Camp IV, the South Col, is 500 meters 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 initiates 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 physical and weather conditions, to prepare for and complete the summit push.

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,350m)
Upon your arrival, you get received with a traditional welcome at the airport in Kathmandu. After checking into the hotel, you get briefed about necessary formalities and the upcoming program. Depending on arrival time, you will have the choice of visiting nearby shrines or resting. In the evening there will be a welcome dinner and will be introduced with your guide, climbing Sherpa.

Day 02:A free day in Kathmandu (1,350m)
A completely free day to do last-minute shopping and repacking the bags to basecamp properly. This evening you will need to hand over your bags to basecamp to us for cargo to Lukla and then by porter to Everest basecamp.

Day 03: A free day in Kathmandu (1,350m.)
The mountaineering team leader will need to go to the department of the ministry of tourism to sign the document related to the mountaineering permit and responsibilities

Day 04: Fly to Lukla 2,866m. and trek to Phakding 2652m
A 45 minutes flight and 3 hours trek. Early in the morning, at 07:30 hour, we'll drive to Tribhuvan International Airport to board a Helicopter flight to Lukla. It is an exhilarating mountain flight of 45 minutes. During the helicopter journey, you can enjoy exceptional views of the Himalaya and most of the villages and valleys. Upon arrival to Lukla, you'll meet the guide, porters and Sherpa staff. At Lukla, we stop for about an hour for refreshments and to reorganize and kitbags for porters. After a short tour of Lukla village, we'll set out on a trek of about 3 hours to Phakdingma, where we'll lodge for the night. A pleasant walk of the first day passes through several Sherpa villages with the view of Kongde Peak. Phakdingma is a lovely place for an overnight stop set on the bank of the Dudhkunda river.

Day 05: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440m. A 5 hours trek
Today's trek goes through the villages of Toktok and Jorsalle and on to Namche. The entire route is scenic and full of nature. The surrounding hills are covered with dense forest and beyond them are mountaintops capped with snow. After a lunch stop in Jorsalle, we continue to Namche Bazaar. Along the way, we climb to a vantage point called Topdanda, near Namche Bazaar. From there, weather permitting, one can see Mt. Everest and the Tengboche valley and its famed monastery. Half an hour later and you are at Namche Bazaar, the "capital of the Khumbu valley". Namche Bazaar, surrounded by beautiful mountains from all direction, is the commercial centre of the Khumbu region. If you arrive on a Friday, you can view the weekly bazaar the next day, when local people converge from the surrounding area. In the Khumbu Valley killing of any animal is forbidden so people from lower valleys come on Saturdays to sell meat and everyday supplies and the local people and hotel/lodge operator from around to buy.

Day 06: Acclimatization in Namche
Today, your guide will take you to visit the monastery in Namche, Sagarmatha National Park Museum and the Sherpa House Museum. If one wishes for a long day excursion, then your guide will take you to Thamo, a small traditional village, on the way to Thame which takes about 2 hours going up and one and half hours to come back.

Day 07: Hike to Everest View Hotel and to Khumjung 3,790m
A 3 hours leisure walk. Today, your guide will take you to visit the monastery in Namche, Sagarmatha National Park Museum and the Sherpa House Museum. Instead of staying all day in Namche, we move to the village of Khumjung. After lunch, we make a scenic Namche to Khumjung trek. The trail leads through the nose-ridge above Namche to Syangboche, a short landing field for Pilatus porter plane. The higher we go, the scenarios are more open. The Dudhkoshi Valley, Kongde Himal, Khumbila, Tawoche, Everest, Amadablam, Kangthega, Thamserku and Kusum Kangru are some of the great masses of mountains in the World surrounding us from all directions. Going to Khumjung, there are several trails. Still, we take the going through the Everest View Hotel, the only five-star hotel situated at the highest place in the World, at an elevation of 3880 meters above sea level. The hotel has a spectacular view of Mount Everest, 8,848m., from every room. The hotel offers a panoramic view of Everest and many other high peaks, including the most imposing Amadablam (6,812m.), described by many as the most beautiful mountain they have ever seen. At this hotel will surely make a stop for a cup of tea/coffee and enjoy the most magnificent panorama that the place offers. Then we descend to the village of Khumjung where we can optionally visit Khumjung monastery and its village.

Day 08: Trek to Tengboche 3,867m. A 5 hours trek.
This day's trek contains magnificent views of Everest, Amadablam, Thamserku, Lhotse and Nuptse, all the way to Tengboche. Along the trail, one can spot wild animals, such as longhaired mountain goats, musk deer and the colourful national bird, danphe etc. We stop for lunch at Punggi-Tanga and then continue gradually climbing to Tengboche, where we check into the lodge and pay a visit to the famed Tengboche monastery. From the meadow, at Tengboche, there are beautiful views of Nuptse-Lhotse, the tip of Everest and the giant Mt. Amadablam. Tengboche is one of the religious centres of the Khumbu Valley. The monastery burned down in 1989 was rebuilt to its original shape thanks to generous contributions from the local community, trekkers and the Himalayan Trust. Here, every year in October/November, according to the Buddhist lunar calendar, is celebrated one of the most spectacular and important religious festivals, the Mani Rimdu.

Day 09: Stay at Tengboche (An acclimatizing free day)
Normal trekkers do not need this acclimatization, but the mountaineers require it to tame one's body system to the local atmosphere. The guide will take you higher up toward Kangthega for a nature walk, which also provides a fine view of Tengboche and Amadablam.

Day 10: Trek to Pangboche (3,985m.) and visit
The trek takes us first through a seemingly virgin forest and fine mountain panoramas to a monastery of nuns at Diboche. After a rest and visit, we continue across a bridge over the Dudh Koshi River. The trees thin out and give way to shrub. We arrive at Pangboche. The village provides one of the best views of Amadablam and Lhotse and Nuptse. We check into our lodge take a hearty lunch. In the evening we visit the Pangboche village and 400 years old monastery, the oldest in the region. In the monastery, pray for a peaceful and safe expedition for all members. We will also request for a puja ritual, from the Monk at the monastery, to solicit the local deities for an obstacle less expedition.

Day 11: Trek to Dingboche (4,410m.)
The trek takes us through a barren hill with fine panorama toward Amadablam and Chhukung. We cross a bridge over a stream that flows from the Khumbu glacier, below Pheriche, and after an easy climb, we arrive at Dingboche, the last largest village in the Chhukung valley. It is a small but beautiful village with views of Amadablam and Chhukung. We will arrive for lunch with enough time to hiking high above the village, in the evening. The evening hike above the village provides a better view of the village and surroundings.

Day 12: Acclimatization in Dingboche (Optionally hike to Chhukung Ri)
A 6-7 hour excursion. It is a rest/acclimatization day, but we recommend taking a trip to Chhukung and back. The trail is beautiful with Buddhist stupas and prayer flags and incredible views. If time permits, we also recommend climbing to the Chukung-Ri (5.540m), at Chhukung. It is a hill above Chhukung village and just below the incredibly sheer wall of Mount Nuptse and Lhotse. Some say that the view from Chukung-Ri is better than that from Everest Kalapathar. The wall of Lhotse and Nuptse, the red granite of Makalu, and the south wall of Baruntse, fluted with ice next to 7000 metres of Ama Dablam. Many feel that Chhukung-Ri has the most beautiful views in the World. We take a hearty lunch at Chhukung and retrace back to Dingboche.

Day 13: Trek to Lobuche 4,887m. A 3-4 hour trek.
The trek gently leads toward the Khumbu (Everest) Glacier. The World's most significant mountain masses surround you, feel the thinner air. En route, near the lower edge of the glacier, above Thugla, you can see numerous chortens (memorials for those who died during Everest expeditions). Finally, you are at Laboche, the base for most of the trekkers hiking to Kalapathar View Point and Everest Base. After checking into the lodge, time permitting, you can stroll around the glacial rim to observe the Khumbu Glacier, its loud cracking of ice and noises of chunks of ice and scree falling into the glacial river.

Day 14: Trek to Gorakshep 5,164m. and Kalapathar 5,545m. A hours trek
We start the trip early in the morning to get the sunrise view from the top of Kalapathar lookout. From Laboche we'll trek to Gorakshep along the rim of the Khumbu glacier catching views of Nuptse, Pumori, Changse, Cho Lhatse and many more peaks. Gorakshep is a pleasant place towered by beautiful Mt. Pumori. From here a further 45-minutes’ walk put us on top of Kalapathar (5,545m), one of the most famed viewpoints to sight the mount Everest from its nearest distance. The view from there is indescribable, seeing the Mount Everest from a distance of your hand reach. After taking an essential photograph and admirations, we descend to Gorakshep for a hearty breakfast and a relaxing day. In the evening we maybe repeat the Kalapathar for a sunset view. Both sunrise and sunset, from Kalapathar lookout, are truly breath-taking so those willing may take a short sunset hike to the Kalopathar lookout for a sunset view!

Day 15: Trek to Everest Basecamp (5,364m.)
Today we make our dreamt trek to Everest Base Camp 5,364 metres (17,598 ft) (28°0′26″N 86°51′34″E), the base of the "Third Pole". The trail from Gorakshep is panoramic with a surprising view of the Khumbu Icefall and Khumbu Glacier. The mount Pumori dominates the north-western horizon, just above a hand reaching distance. The flat field below Kala Patthar and Mt. Pumori is the Khumbu glacier. The glacier is filled with large ice pinnacles, forming a perfect place for ice climbing training. The Everest Basecamp, one of the most popular mountain bases in the Himalayas and indeed in the World, is visited by thousands of trekkers and climbers each year. We arrive at basecamp for lunch. We will be greeted by our kitchen crew, climbing Sherpa guides and liaison officer. After lunch, we will briefly meet about the rest of the program, take our duffel bags and take into our tents for un unpacking and further organizations.

Day 16-20: Everest Basecamp
Puja Ceremony, health check-ups, communication check-ups, meets and rest. In the morning we everyone will visit the doctor for health check-ups. In continuity lunch, communication check-ups, meeting and briefing. We will stay at basecamp for five days and during this period we will practice and exercise climbing and descending on steep ice walls which require to apply in our Everest Expedition. The training will also include repelling on the steep section, ladder bridge walking, ladder climbing and ladder descending. During these five days, we will also celebrate the final puja ceremony for all expedition members, guide, Sherpa climbing guides and all equipment that we will take with us on the mountain. A monk from Pangboche or a nearby village will be invited for a puja ritual, to solicit the local deities for a peaceful and an obstacle less expedition.

Day 21: Trek to Pumo-Ri high camp (5,800n.)
Breakfast and hike up to Pumori Kalapathar, which will be our camp for next 6-7 days. The campsite provides a complete view of Everest Basecamp, Gorakshep and full-length view of Khumbu glacier.

Day 22-28: Acclimatizing expedition on Mount Pumo-Ri 7,145m
This climbing is to acclimatize rather than a summit target of any seven-thousand metre. But, still, all members require to touch the 7000 meters of altitude during this acclimatizing climb. We will be sleeping at an altitude above 6,200 metres and 6,800 metres for several nights. Mount Pumori itself is one of the famed mountains among the climbers. The mountain is also known by avalanche dangers, and its latest known avalanche is the 2015 spring avalanche, but the earthquake caused it. Those who will achieve the summit will reach the height of 7,145m., which will reduce acclimatizing climb on Everest without requiring to touch the Camp III on Everest. The team will fix the ropes from basecamp to camp III with an acclimatizing night-stops at camp II, at an altitude of 6200 meters, and another night or two in camp III at an altitude of 6800 meters and finally the summit 7145metres.

Day 29: Rest and recharging period for to assault on Everest
Fly by Helicopter down to Diboche for rest camp. Diboche is a place between Tengboche and Pangboche village. A perfect place to rest and recharge us with all-natural requirements. This place is surrounded with seemingly a primitive virgin forest in the shade of Mount Amadblam and fed by the gushing Imja Khola River. During April / May the surrounding forest will bloom in multicolour of rhododendron species. There is also an ancient nunnery.

Day 30-33: Rest and recharge
Our cook will descend to Diboche to prepare some special meals to the members, who are on rest camp to continue on Everest. This camp will last for four days, and all members will have individual rooms to grant peace as much as possible. The guide will always be around for if something is required.

Day 34: Trek to Pheriche
A 2 hours walk to Pheriche village. Overnight stay in a lodge.

Day 35: Trek to Lobuche
Two hours walk to Lobuche, four hours for normal trekkers. But for our members after the acclimatization, it is 2 hours walk. The local Sherpas walk from Pheriche to Everest Basecamp and back in a day with a load of 25 to 30 kilos on their back.

Day 36: Trek to Everest BC
A two hours walk to Everest Basecamp. Meet and greet with all staff and other members.

Day 37-38: At BC
Rest, body check-ups, meet and brief, recheck the equipment list, get information on camps, communication, meals, oxygen, climbing guides, time schedules.
Day 39: Climb to C2 (6,300m.) – 7-8 hours
Climb to C2 (6,300m.) – 7-8 hours

Day 40: Rest Day at C2

Day 40: Rest Day at C
Day 41: Climb to C3 (7,100m.) – 3-4 hours

Day 41: Climb to C3 (7,100m.) – 3-4 hours

Day 42: Climb to C4 (7,900m.) – 4-5 hours

Day 42: Climb to C4 (7,900m.) – 4-5

Day 43: Rest at C4 and depart for the summit in the evening at around 9 p.m. targeting the summit between 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Day 43: Rest at C4 and depart for the summit in the evening at around 9 p.m. targeting the summit between 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Day 44: Return to C2

Day 44: Return to C2

Day 45:Down to basecamp

Day 45:Down to basecamp

Day 46:Rest and repack

Day 46:Rest and repack

Day 47:Trek from basecamp to Pangboche

Day 47:Trek from basecamp to Pangboche

Day 48:Trek to Namche

Day 48:Trek to Namche

Day 49:Trek to Lukla

Day 49:Trek to Lukla

Day 50:Fly to Kathmandu. A 45 minutes flight and 45 minutes’ drive.
We’ll board an early morning flight, 08:00 hours, to Kathmandu and arrive at Kathmandu before 9 a.m. We then drive to Kathmandu. Arrive at the hotel and get distributed into the rooms — Rest, refreshing, and all-day free.

Day 51-55: Spare days
Normally not required but it is important to have some contingency days, which we may use for Pumori acclimatization climb or for anything to achieve our mission to summit the Everest.

Day 56:Briefing at ministry and farewell celebration
The team leader requires to visit the department of the ministry of tourism to submit the climbing reports and to sign the related document. Other members are free to do their last day activities.

Day 57:Participate in International Mount Everest Day
We participate in the International Mount Everest Day to commemorate the first ascension of the peak on the 29th day in 1953. The successful climbers get honoured with medal and certificates from the officials of Tourism Ministry and Nepal Mountaineering Association among various personalities. Each year dozens of internationally noted summiteers will arrive in the capital city to celebrate the day. The evening gets celebrated with farewell dinner in one of the best restaurants in Kathmandu.

Day 58:Departure
Breakfast and free time till the time limit. In the indicated time, our office representative and vehicle arrive at your hotel to serve you till the airport. Drive to Kathmandu international airport see off formalities and departure.

Prices


  • Cargo clearance. All related Airport/hotel/airport transfers.
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on a B&B basis (3-star category). Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu airfare both for member and staff. Full board service Kathmandu to Kathmandu
  • All necessary expedition material transport (Lukla/BC/Lukla) by yaks or porters and all their expenses. BC & ABC Nepali Cooks with equipment, wages, insurance
  • Dining and kitchen tent in ABC with high altitude cook. 1 climbing Sherpa to 1 climbing member ratio with equipment, wages, insurance. All-mountain tents provided are Big-Single Tent at BC and two people to a three-men tent above BC. Gas heaters in the dining tent & solar panel power available at BC.
  • Climbing Permit and all necessary permit. Garbage deposit. Icefall route maintenance fee. Radio walkie-talkie set for climbers and Sherpas, including permit charges
  • EPI Gas with burner and cooking pot set. High altitude food with a personal pack. 7 cylinders of oxygen (brand new Poisk) per climber with mask and regulator set. 4 bottles of oxygen (brand new Poisk) per climbing Sherpa with mask and regulator. Liaison Officer charges including airfare and insurance
  • Shower tent at BC. Toilet tent at BC & CII.
  • Satellite telephone
  • Mount Pumo-Ri climbing permit, garbage deposit, liaison officer and one climbing Sherpa for every two climbing member ratio. Helicopter service for Gorakshep to Diboche.
  • Full board service from Kathmandu to Kathmandu

  • Travel insurance (Should include helicopter evacuation and cancellation charges as well).
  • International air tickets.
  • Nepal entry visa.
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal climbing equipment.
  • Expenses of personal natures.
  • Tips (should allow $1250 minimum for Everest summiteers + 750 basecamp and camp II staff).

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