Everest Expedition from South Side

  • Trip Code

    MKA-1116

  • No of days

    66

  • Challenge level

    Hard

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Trip Overview

Mount Everest Summit Expedition 2017 from the Southeast Ridge

We offer serious mountain climbers the ultimate chance of a lifetime to ascend the world’s highest peak.

Standing at 8848 meters above sea level (with the actual peak described as just the size of a small dining table), Mount Everest or Sagarmatha (as we call it in Nepal) was first confirmed as conquered by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953 by using this Southeast Ridge route. This route is generally a more accessible and reliable way to successfully reach the summit and has been traversed by more than 3000 people as of 2013. The way to Everest’s peak is one’s the most amazing human adventures one can undertake. It is not without its challenges and risks but with Makalu Adventure you can be assured that we take every precaution and detailed preparation to make sure that you and your group reach your goal as easily and safely as possible.


Tour Options:

  • Fixed Rope Climbing
  • Mountaineer Training
  • Sherpa Guides and Porters
  • Altitude Adjustment on Mount Everest

On the way to the mountain and on Everest itself, we provide the most highly experienced Sherpa guides available, the best equipment, oxygen systems, comfort, food according to your requirements and support. You can check our reputation on Trip advisor (LINK) and read our reviews. Groups and individuals are welcome to join our Everest Southeast Ridge summit expeditions which leave in early April every year. The weather does not allow us to dispatch expeditions at other times of year. The full expedition is a 55 day tour and we can add many interesting options such as cultural tours of Nepal either before or after your expedition.

Many international mountaineering tour companies of the highest caliber book their expeditions with us. If you would like to become a partner company on Everest contact our director, Mohan Lamsal.

Please make sure you have the requisite attitude, experience and fitness to to face up to a challenging expedition. If you are not sure then check with us. We will fully train all expedition members in the use of fixed ropes and various climbing techniques and safety procedures including briefing on altitude medication. The best in emergency services will be on hand should anything untoward happen.


Why climb Mount Everest?

As one of the first pioneers above the 8000 meter mark, George Mallory, said “Because it is there”

Things To Do

Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Arrive Kathmandu (usually early evening).

    Transfer to hotel close to the famous, bustling Thamel  district of Kathmandu. Usually, we spend two days in Kathmandu completing final  preparation and gear checks before taking our flight to Lukla. (H, B)

  • Day 2

    Morning  briefing after which the rest of the day is free for you to enjoy the wonders  of Kathmandu. Sightseeing tours can be arranged and would include visiting the  temples of Boudhnath, Swayambunath (The Monkey Temple), Pashupatinath and Durbar  Square. Simply wandering around the huge array of shops, markets, cafes, bars  and restaurants in Thamel is a fascinating experience. (H, B)

  • Day 3
    Preparation for the expedition and official briefing at the Ministry of Tourism
  • Day 4

    Early in the  morning we transfer to the airport for an amazing flight to the Sherpa village  of Lukla (2800m). After lunch, we can take a walk along the stony path that  descends from the forested terraces of Lukla. This takes us right into the Dudh  Koshi (‘river of milk’) valley and the brightly painted lodges of Phakding  (2610m). From here, there are stunning views of Kusum Kanguru’s North Face  (6367m). Along the trail are stone walls, brightly decorated with colored  paints. Buddhists hold these sacred and you must, as a sign of respect, pass  these in a clockwise direction. (T, B, L, D).

  • Day 5
    Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m).

    We trek into the Sherpa capital and heart of the Khumbu.  You will now be becoming familiar with local protocol for passing chorten, Mani  stones, yaks, spinning prayer wheels etc. and enjoying the hustle and bustle on  the ‘Everest Trail’. At Monjo, we enter Sagarmatha National Park and can visit  the small visitor center there. Here the track starts to rise up the famous  Namche Hill, the first big ascent and time to drop down a gear and take a slow  and steady pace. 4-5 hrs. duration. (T, B, L, D).

  • Day 6
    Acclimatisation and Rest Day in Namche Bazaar.

    It is important to have a couple of nights and a  rest day in Namche before proceeding any higher. You can spend the day taking  short walks up to Thami or Khumjung, visiting the Everest, Ama Dablam and  Pumori viewpoints or just relaxing and exploring the narrow streets of this  busy Sherpa capital. (T, B, L, D).

  • Day 7
    Namche Bazaar to Debouche (3800m).

    Heading north east up the side of the Dudh Koshi, we climb  steeply out of Namche where the mountain views start to open up and become more  dramatic, with superb views of Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse. 5-6 hrs. duration.  (T, B, L, D).

  • Day 8
    Debouche to Dingboche (4358m).

    A good day walking through beautiful rhododendron (national  flower of Nepal) trees that gradually takes us back to the river and into  Pangboche, a great viewpoint for Ama Dablam. On leaving the village we turn up  the Imia valley to reach the lovely and picturesque village of Dingboche.  6-7hrs duration. (T, B, L, D). 

  • Day 9
    Acclimatisation/Rest day at Dingboche.

    An acclimatisation day spent absorbing  the views around camp and relaxing. Optional short trek to Chhukung (4730m)  were we will be rewarded of views of Island Peak and Baruntse. (T, B, L, D).

  • Day 10
    Dingboche to Lobuche

    Today we reach the extensive and overwhelming Khumbu glacier and trek up alongside it to reach the small village of Lobuche. (T, B, L, D).

  • Day 11
    Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5160m)

    A 3-4 hour walk next to the Khumbu Glacier brings us to the crossing of the Changri Glacier to Gorak Shep. You are welcome to take a classic evening ascent of Kala Patar (5554m) to catch a classic sunset view of Everest. (T, B, L, D).

  • Day 12
    Everest Base Camp Trek (5340m) up to the historical Everest Base Camp (T, B, L, D).

    Everest base camp

    The time spent at base camp is important both for acclimatisation and preparations. You will be given training in the use of Oxygen, Gammo Bag and HAPE/HACE, Communication Equipment and movement on fixed lines.

    Our base camp set up is very comfortable and this is a vital part of our preparation. If you are rested and can recoup, then you will be stronger for your summit bid. When it comes to food we have Ganu, our master cook for the last eight years, who always has a warming smile and can produce some of the best food on the mountain.

  • Day 13-60
    Climbing Period for Summit Everest

     We establish four camps on the mountain:

    Camp 1 Top of the Khumbu Icefall (6,000m/19,685ft)

    Everest Expedition Camp 1

    Camp 2 Advanced Base Camp (6400m /21,000ft)

    Camp 3 Half way up Lhotse Face (7300-7500m/24,500ft)

    Camp 4 South Col (7,900m/26,000ft)

    Apart from its height, Everest’s other most recognized feature is from pictures of climbers teetering across ladders perched between giant blocks of ice in the ‘Khumbu Ice fall’. Each year there is one route fixed through the famous ‘Khumbu Ice fall’. Many companies claim to know the best way through when in fact there is no real choice and thanks should be given to the dedicated Icefall Doctors a team of Sherpa who do this dangerous job and make life easier and safer for all those who follow. The danger comes because the ice is constantly moving and the giant blocks can collapse without warning, so speed of movement and timing is the best deterrent. We set off early before the sun rises and gradually make progress over successive sorties in which we gain vital acclimatization and speed until the full journey can be made in the cool of the day to camp 1 and our entry to the Western Cwm. Camp 1 should be seen as a staging post used to reach camp 2.

    Everest Expedition South Col

    To the Summit - Once a final decision is made to move (based on the weather forecast) we head back up to Camp 3, overnight and then with oxygen and down suit continue up the steep Lhotse face towards camp 4.

    A short traverse towards Lhotse brings us to the start of the infamous Yellow Band, a Limestone rock band at 7500m. Ascending over the Yellow band will then bring us to the start of the Geneva Spur, a rocky scramble that eventually leads to the South Col and camp 4. Few days will provide more adrenalin and spectacular views than this; you will now have the sense of being unbelievably high, on the edge of the “death zone”, looking down on the great peaks of Pumori and Lingtren framed by Nuptse and Everest. It’s now time to rest, relax, eat and re-hydrate before our final summit push starts at around 10.00pm. Head torches breaking the darkness we climb to the Balcony (8500m/27,900ft) gain the South Summit and the first glimpses of the Hillary step will appear in the early dawn light. The Hillary Step, a near vertical climb of 12m is ascended on fixed lines and is the last obstacle to negotiate before the final summit slopes and the roof of the world!

    We hope to be on the summit early in the morning giving an ample safety margin for the descent to the South Col. A further night is spent at camp 2 before we finally reach base camp.

  • Day 61
    Base Camp - Thyangboche 3800m.
  • Day 62
    Thyangboche - Phakding 2600m.
  • Day 63
    Phakding - Lukla 2800m.
  • Day 64
    Lukla – Kathmandu by flight
  • Day 65
    At leisure in Kathmandu.
  • Day 66
    Transfer to airport for your onward journey
Things You Need

Gear Information

Recommended equipment for Everest Expedition

Equipment

- Rucksack - Kit Bag - Boots

- Gaiters - Sleeping Bag - Roll Mat

- Water Bottles + Flask - Camera + Spare Films - Sun Glasses + Spare pair

- Trekking Poles - Goggles - Bivvi Bag

- Mug + Plate + Spoon - Pen Knife / Multi Tool -Lighters+Matches

- Tent - Stove + Fuel Bottle - Pans + Grabber

- Group Shelter - Compass + Maps

Technical

- Ice Axe - Ice Hammer - Walking Axe?

- Harness - Crampons - Ice Screws

- Belay Plate - Jumar and Ropeman - Prussicks

- Rack - Tat + Maillons - Abalokov Threader

- Head Torch x 2 - Spare Batteries + bulb - Rope

- Helmet - Radio + Batteries - Spare Pick

- Repair Kit (tape, superglue, string, cable ties, strap, needle + thread, leatherman with pliers)

Clothing

- Waterproof Jacket - Sallopettes - Down Jacket

- Thermal Top X 2 - Fleece Sallopettes - Thin Fleece

- Body Warmer - Thick Fleece -Schoeller Trousers

- Pertex Top - Thick Socks X 2 - Thin Socks X 2

- Shorts - Casual Trousers + Shirt - Boxers

- Wooly Hat - Fleece Balaclava - Mitts X 2

- Thick Gloves X 2 - Thin Gloves X 3 - Approach Shoes

- Sandals - Towel - Sun Hat

Admin.

- Passport - Insurance Documents - Flight Tickets

- Cash - Credit Cards - PP Photos X 4

- PP Photocopy - Note book + pens/pencils - Books

- Itinerary - Maps + Route descriptions - Client Details

- Kit Check Lists - Company Contact Details -Local Agents Details

Wash Bag

- Soap - Tooth brush + Paste - Razors

- Nail Clippers - Moisturiser

Medical

- Wet Wipes - Sun Cream + Lip Cream - First Aid Kit

- Vitamin Tablets - Glasse

Extra Food / Drink

- Isotonic and or Carbohydrate powdered drinks

- Sweets

- Fruit Tea Bags

Trip Information for Everest Expedition High Camp

Trip Information

Camp 1: 20000ft. (6,400m)

This camp 1 is situated at the flat area of endless snow deep crevasses and mountain walls. Because of the Sun's reflection from this place we get warm and heating ambience at this place. In the night we listen the deep murmuring cracking sounds of crevasses beneath our tent. These are the areas where we have to walk to reach camp 2.

Camp 2. 21000ft. (6,750m)

This camp 2 is situated at the height of the 21000ft, which is located at the foot of the icy mount Lhotse wall though where we have to go ahead. Weather is here is good but bad clouds roll in from the low range of the Himalayan valleys to the bottom of our camp two. But wind here some times seems very violent enough to destroy our tents. After climbing these palaces we reach camp 3.

Camp 3. 22300ft

adjoining to mount Lhotse wall. After climbing the 4000ft. Lhotse wall by using fixed rope and with prior acclimatization it leads us to camp 4. Also on the way we have to ascend the steep allow bands (lose, down -slopping and rotten limestone). From their crossing short snowfield the route moves ahead up the Geneva Spur to the east before finishing the flats of the south col. (Another wells name meaning Saddle of pass). Oxygen should probably be use above base camp 3 incase of needed to the climbers.

Camp 4. 26000ft. (8,400m)

Now we are on camp 4 which located at the height of 26000ft; it is the last camp of the Expedition. From here summit is about 500m, distance far. This is the final and dangerous part of the climbing. This place is besieged by ferocious and violent winds. The normal best way to reach the summit is via the narrow South - East Ridge and it precedes the South Summits 28710ft.

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