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MT. Everest South Col Expedition

"An adventure over massive Khumbu Ice-Falls to the summit of number one"

Trip Duration: 40 Days

Highlights of MT. Everest South Col Expedition

  • Famous and most popular above 8,000 meters peaks for a climb and to feel on top of the world
  •  Daring feat encountering steep sections of Khumbu Ice-Fall and with a straightforward climb
  •  Enjoy reaching on the rooftop of the world facing sweeping panorama of the mountain range around
  •  Enjoyable walks to Everest base camp exploring local villages adorned with beautiful culture
  •  The only mountaineering expeditions with both comforts of lovely warm lodge and camping
  •  Various options for walks to enjoy super views of Mt. Everest and to get well acclimatize.” 

Trip Profile:

  • Accommodation Mode: Hotels in Kathmandu with the lodge on treks and camping on the climb from base camp to base camp.
  •  Trekking Grade: Moderate to Adventurous.
  •  Climbing Grade: Full fledge Mountaineering Expeditions with challenging efforts
  •  Climb duration: 22 Nights and 23 Days (base camp to base camp)   
  •  Trekking duration: 11 Nights and 12 Days (walks with overnights in the lodge)
  •  Total Trip: 40 / 41 Days with free days in Kathmandu (arrival to departure) 

MT. Everest South Col Expedition Overview

Expedition to Mt. Everest South from South Col falls within Nepal around high Khumbu valley, where mountaineers were the first foreign visitors to Nepal since the early 1950s, using the old classic and original route from Jiri town to reach Everest base camp, taking more than two weeks.

At present walking and trekking itinerary days has shortened since the establishment of Lukla airport built with the help and support of Sir Edmund Hillary and his Foundation or Trust in the late 1970s, where the walk starts from on shortest route flying into Lukla airport from the capital Kathmandu landing at unique air-strip in Lukla.
Lukla airport named after famous mountaineers late Tenzing and Hillary the first to reach on top Mt. Everest way back on May 29th, 1953.

The walk follows on excellent pleasant trails with few downs and ups past several attractive villages of Choplung, Thade-Kosi, Ghat to reach Phakding by the Dudh Kosi River, where many trekkers and mountaineers stay for an overnight stop in lovely lodges at Phakding village.

The walk continues from Phakding village onward, visiting several villages of Toc-Toc, Benkar, to reach the lovely town of Monjo with views of Tharmarserku peaks in the northeast direction, walk leads to enter Sagarmatha National Park, listed in world heritage sites since 1979 enriched with flora and fauna.

Sagarmatha, a name for Mt. Everest in Nepalese, while native Sherpa knows by the name Chomolungma derived from the Tibetan language, means ‘Great Mother’ indeed a name that suits for world highest Mt. Everest.

The adventure continues walking into river gorge within the cool forest and crossing the high bridge with few hours climb to famous Namche Bazaar for few overnight stops, in this attractive large village offers excellent facilities for visitors as for local villagers, with once a week Saturday market held in Namche a grand bazaar.

Enjoy leisure hike to view-points and carry on walks to scenic Thyangboche and the monastery a beautiful spot surround by high peaks with views of Everest and magnificent Amadablam peaks this beautiful place located amid the serene forest.

Time here to visit its impressive monastery and continue walk towards higher ground visiting Pangboche then at Dingboche within a lovely, scenic Imjatse valley from here adventure finally reaches you to our major central spot at Everest Base Camp.

At Everest base camp, allowing more days preparation for the climb and to ferry foods and equipment required for summit bid storing into high fields, then back at base camp waiting for beautiful weather.

From base camp head for the final ascent using advance-Camp-I, Camp-II, and III to reach the summit after a strong effort going through most difficult sections over notorious Khumbu Ice-Fall where rest of climb is straightforward to reach the summit.

Enjoying the spectacular panorama from the rooftop of the world makes a safe descent back to base camp with stops on the route at designated campsites, on reaching safely with great success clear the base camp and garbage and head back to Lukla for final overnight around Everest.

From Lukla’s early morning flight to land at Kathmandu airport and then back into your hotel after a most remarkable adventure and experience on Mt. Everest South Col Expeditions.

Seasons for Mt. Everest South Col Expeditions:

March to the first week June the best time for the climb to Mt. Everest and other high mountains where days are bright most of the time, the afternoon can get cloudy with cold freezing temperatures with wind-chill factors.

The day is much longer with sun-light hours around springtimes and pleasant for walks and climb, other good times in September to October, although not popular around the autumn season, but one can plan the expedition during autumn time, where days are beautiful with clear blue sky but with short sun-light hours.

MT. Everest South Col Expedition Short Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 02-04: In Kathmandu preparation for Mt. Everest Expeditions.
Day 05: Fly to Lukla 2,830 m and trek to Phakding 2,640 m – 04 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m – 05 hrs.
Day 07: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion.
Day 08: Trek to Thyangboche 3,867 m – 05 hrs.
Day 09: Trek to Dingboche 4,260 m – 05hrs.
Day 10: At Dingboche for rest and short hike for acclimatization.
Day 11: Trek to Lobuche 4,930 m – 05 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Gorakshep 5,180 m climb Kalapathar and Everest Base Camp 5,364 m. Day 13: At base camp acclimatization, preparations, and practice climb.
Day 14-33: (20 days) Summit days for Mt. Everest and withdrawal to Base Camp.
Day 34: Clean up the day the base camp and packing for the return journey.
Day 35: Trek to Pangboche 3,900 m – 06 hrs.
Day 36: Trek to Namche Bazaar – 06 hrs.
Day 37: Trek to Lukla – 06 hrs.
Day 38: Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.
Day 39-40: In Kathmandu, rest and submit expeditions report to the concerned department.
Day 41: International departure for homeward bound.

Expedition -Equipment List:
Sleeping Bag 1 for Base Camp & 1 for Climbing
Mattress 1 for Base Camp & 1 for Climbing
Ruck Sack 1
Head Light (Torch) 1
Koflach / One Sport Boot 1
Gaiter 1 Pair
Socks 10 Pairs
Sun Glass 1
Water Bottle & Thermos 1
Swiss Knife 1
Gloves Down & other for Climbing (5 – 6 Pairs)
Down Suit 1 Set
Gortex Suit 1 Set
Crampons 1 Pair + 1 Pair spare
Karabiner 4-5 Pcs (lockable & without lock)
Jumar 1 Pcs
Down Rippling (Descender) 1 Pcs (Air ring)
Cap 1 for Climbing & 1 for Summit
Ceiling 1 Pcs.
Inner clothing Trouser & Vests
Batteries For Sherpa & members
Oxygen, Regulator & Masks

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MT. Everest South Col Expedition Detailed Itinerary

Day 01:
Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Reaching Kathmandu received by our staff and guide Adventure Alpine Gorkha Treks transfer to your respective hotel explore around the streets of Kathmandu and Thamel area, trek briefing includes welcome dinner in authentic Nepalese restaurants with culture programs of various ethnic tribes of Nepal.

Day 02-04:
In Kathmandu preparation for Mt. Everest Expeditions.

Time in Kathmandu preparation for Mt. Everest Expedition and treks within high Khumbu to obtain necessary permits and checking gear for the climb, options for sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, at places of interest on these full days, allows you ample time to get ready.

Day 05:
Fly to Lukla 2,820 m (35 mins) and walk to Phakding 2,654 m- 04 hrs.

As per morning flight time transfer to Kathmandu domestic air-terminal and fly to Lukla of 30-35 mins scenic flight with views of Everest and other high peaks, from Lukla walk to Phakding on the downhill trail with few short ups.

After 3-4 hrs of excellent scenic walks overnight in Phakding village by the Dudh Kosi River located in a gorge within a high rocky cliff of Kongde and Kusum-Kanguru peaks.

Day 06:
Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m- 06 hrs.

From Phakding follow Dudh Kosi River upstream to Monjo and into Sagarmatha National Park and walk to Jorsalle and climb high to reach at famous Namche Bazaar after lunch at Jorsalle.

At Namche Bazaar for two overnights with afternoon free to relax and enjoy views of high peaks that seen from your lodge in Namche.

Day 07:
In Namche for rest and acclimatization with a short hike.

At Namche rest day for acclimatization and the short hike to scenic view-point, suggested walk above Namche to national park museum with grand views and other options climb high to Everest View Hotel for best views of Everest and adjoining peaks.

Day 08:
Trek to Thyangboche 3,867 m - 05 hrs.

Morning walk on the good scenic trail with views of Everest and Amadablam then reach Imjatse River at Phunke-Tenga for lunch, afternoon climb for two hours within delightful woodland to reach Thyangboche.

On reaching Thyangboche, check into the beautiful lodge with time to visit the monastery and enjoy views of surrounding peaks with Everest and stunning Amadablam.

Day 09:
Trek to Dingboche 4,365 m - 05 hrs.

From Thyangboche downhill to Imjatse River on leaving the forest area, after crossing the bridge uphill to Pangboche with views of Everest and Amadablam, having short rest at Pangboche an hour walk for lunch stop at Somare village.

From Somare on a gentle uphill walk to reach Dingboche within scenic Imjatse valley, reaching Dingboche transfer to a lovely cozy lodge with views of Amadablam North Face with Island Peak towards the east direction.

Day 10:
Another rest day at Dingboche for acclimatization and local hike.

Rest day for acclimatization takes a short morning hike to Nagarjuna hill, enjoy grand views of peaks with Makalu-Lhotse-Amadablam and Island peak, afternoon free at leisure, and enjoy views of surrounding mountains.

Day 11:
Trek to Lobuche 4,890 m - 05 hrs.

Walk up for a short while on top Dingboche and then heading to a leisurely walk uphill slope to Thugla for lunch stop, after lunch climb for an hour to the top of Thugla ridge, face grand views of Amadablam and Cholatse peaks.

From Thugla high ridge, a comfortable steep walk to Lobuche for an overnight stop, a small settlement with several excellent lodges to stay.

Day 12:
Trek to Everest Base Camp 5,365 m and at Gorakshep 5,180 m-06 hrs

Trek to Everest Base Camp with refreshing rest at Gorakshep and climb on top Kalapathar enjoy close views of Everest and Pumori, after enjoyable aspects descend to Gorakshep carry on a walk further east through rocks, moraine, and glacier to reach Everest Base Camp and enjoy views of Khumbu Ice-Fall and glacier.

Day 13:
At base camp acclimatization and preparations.

Expedition Dossier:

Today rest with time for climbing preparation, gathering all climbing gears from the porters and Yaks sorting out the right pieces of equipment and planning with some practices before the final climb on top Mt. Everest.

Day 14-33:
(20 days) Ascent of Mount Everest and withdrawal to Base Camp.

 Reserved full twenty days for the final ascent to the top of Mt. Everest summit, getting busy with the final preparation for the great climb to reach the high peak, require technical effort around massive tumbling boulders of Khumbu Ice Falls it will be an adventure of a lifetime experience. 

From Everest base camp at 5,364m, climbing with some technical difficulty over Khumbu Ice-fall, the climbing route will be taken care by our expert climbing guides with necessary security and safety procedure, from above base camp one requires a positive attitude and thinking with physical and much mental effort to attempts the climb a success. 


The climbs require at least 4-5 camps before reaching the summit and on descend also, however, with our rise for 20 days, using a maximum of 4 to 5 fields before reaching the top of Everest. The last camp will be at South Col ridge connecting with Lhotse.


The final climb leads to cross the last section on Hillary’s step to reach the top summit. The Hillary step a technical part of this climb beside Khumbu Ice Falls, climbing from the South Col route is technically straightforward than the North Col (Tibet side), except for Khumbu Icefalls.

 During two weeks or more, one can start loading and carrying gears to Camp I and Camp II in the Western Cwm. Once everyone is well acclimatized, Camp I will be mostly by-passed en-route for Camp II, which will become an Advance Base Camp. The route to this point will involve crossing the crevasses on ladders, jumaring up serac walls, and a long, tedious plod-up the Western Cwm. 

Camp III will be halfway up near Lhotse Face at 7,400 meters high, from here a long rising traverse across the snow slopes, a yellow band of rock, and the Geneva Spur leads to the South Col and Camp IV. 

As per clear and favorable weather conditions following our lead guides and leader to the summit on the rooftop of the world at 8,848m (29,028 ft.). Some have measured as 8,850 m high but not yet confirmed.

After a mind-blowing experience of lifetime adventure feeling great in high spirit standing at the summit, then descend back safely towards base camp using few camps on route downhill. 

Day 34:
Clean up the base camp and packing for the return journey.

All climbing and team-members should be at Base Camp for re-grouping, including guides and staff, to assist packing equipment and to check each member’s health condition after a great climb.

Start packing all climbing gears and disposing of garbage in proper sites, where SPPC (Sagarmatha Pollution Control) will check the camp and depositing the litter to take away from the base camp to disposal sites or back to Kathmandu.

Day 35:
Trek to Pangboche 3,900 m - 06 hrs.

Morning head back to Gorakshep, which opportunity for a climb on top Kalapathar to enjoy close views of Everest and Pumori, if not done earlier before the Everest summit bid, from Gorakshep descend to Gorakshep and walk back to Lobuche. Then at Thugla, from here, route diverts to Pheriche valley unto Pangboche for an overnight stop.

Day 36:
Trek to Namche Bazaar - 06 hrs.

Retrace the journey back to Namche Bazaar via Thyangboche for overnight at Namche with afternoon free for rest and short walks around the streets of Namche.

Day 37:
Trek to Lukla - 06 hrs.

From Namche downhill to Sagarmatha National Park unto Phakding, after Phakding a few hours walk with last final climb to Lukla, on reaching Lukla transfer into the beautiful cozy lodge for the previous night around the high Khumbu and Everest region.

Day 39-40:
In Kathmandu for individual activities or short sightseeing tour.

Allowing free and spare day in Kathmandu to relax after a hard struggle climb on top Mt. Everest, rest or join for an optional sightseeing tour at places of interest, on these two days where Expeditions leader and guide should hand the report of the climb to concern Nepal Government Tourism Department.
Rest free day enjoy individual activities and shopping souvenirs with the last day in Nepal.

Day 41:
International Departure homeward bound or respective countries.

Depart from the hotel as per your time for international flights, where Adventure Alpine Gorkha Treks guides and staff transfer you to Kathmandu International airport, bidding farewell to Himalayan after a grand memory of Mt. Everest Expedition with treks and adventure of a great lifetime experience.

Trip Facts
  • Trip Duration: 40 Days

  • Destination: Nepal

  • Group Size: 2-12 People

  • Difficulty: Moderate to Adventurous

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