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.”
- 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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