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Everest South Face Expedition 8848 m

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Group Size:12 Pax

Arrival on:Kathmandu, Nepal

Grade:supper Difficult

Transportation:Private Car/Bus


Elevation:8848 m

Duration:65 days

Accomodation:Hotel, Lodge, Tea House and Tent

Meal:Full board while on Expedition as itinerary.

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It was the same route used by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa in 1953.  It takes 8-9 days to reach Base Camp at 5,334 m. Climbers spent days for acclimatization in base camp whereas Sherpa set up ropes and ladder in khumbu icefall which is most dangerous section of the route because of crevasses and changing block of ice. Above the icefall is Camp I at 5,943m.

From Camp I:  climbers make their way up to Advanced Base Camp (ABC) which is established at 6,400 m. The Western part is a flat, glacier valley, and number of crevasses is present in the center which prevents direct access to the upper part of Everest. So, climbers need to pass by the base of Mount Nuptse. Near the base of Nuptse, Western Cwm or "Valley of Silence". The topography of the area generally cuts off wind from the climbing route making the place unbearably hot for climbers.

From ABC:  Climbers ascents the Lhotse Face on fixed rope up to Camp III, located on a small edge at 7162m. From there, it is another 800 mtrs to camp IV at 8000m. From Camp III to Camp IV, climbers now face two challenges. 1. The Geneva Spur: It is the blocks of rock named by Swiss Expedition Team in 1952. 2. The Yellow Band: It is a section of inter layered marble, phyllite and semi schist which requires about 100mtrs of rope to cross it.

After Camp IV: Climbers then enter the death zone. Climbers generally have maximum 2-3 days that they can bear at this height. Clear weather and low winds are factors in deciding to make a summit attempt. If weather does not favor, climbers are forced to return back.

From Camp IV: climbers can begins their summit push around midnight as they have only 10 to 12 hours for making rest of the heights. Climbers first reach “THE BALCONY” at 8,400m, it is a small platform where they can rest and watch at peaks in early light of dawn. While walking up the ridge, climbers face series of striking rock steps.  Climbers then follow the knife-edge southeast ridge which is known as “CORNICE TRAVERSE”. This is the most exposed section of climb. If miss-step then the climbers falls about 2,400m down. At the end of CORNICE TRAVERSE at 8760 m, there is an 12m rock wall called “HILLARY STEP”.

After crossing the “HILLARY STEP”, it is an easy climb to the “top of the world”. After the summit, Climbers have to descent to Camp IV before darkness because afternoon weather becomes serious problem on the top and also supplement oxygen may run out. So, climber spent less than a half-hour on the “top of the world”.


The Tibetan name for Mount Everest is “Chomolangma” which means “Saint Mother”. It has been in common use by Tibetans for centuries (BEFORE 1733 A.D). The height of Everest is 8848m. It was after the years and years of calculation and was announced by Great Trigonometric Survey of India in 1856.
This peak was previously known as Peak XV to the western world. Then In 1865, Everest was given its official English name by Andrew wough. He was the British surveyor General of India. He recommended this name after his ancestor former chief, Sir George Everest. Andrew was send to Nepal by Sir George Everest for study of the peak. Only in the early 1960s, the Nepalese government gave Mount Everest the official name “Sagarmatha” meaning top of the world. There are 15 recognized routes for climbing Mt. Everest.

Every Year in spring and autumn the Mt. Everest Expedition could be scheduled from its South Face that is from Nepal. In autumn, expedition usually stars since last week of August and complete at around end of October. In this period the temperature toward the expedition area is changing from hot to cold. So, the climber has to face the critical situation for acclimatization for approaching to summit.

 However in spring, the temperature to the Everest climbing area is getting from cold to hot which is more convenient for approaching to summit after sufficient acclimatization and practice in various camps. Start at the beginning of April and end at the beginning of June is the best recommended period for Everest Expedition in spring.

Thus, our recommendation for Everest summit dreamer is to choose spring than autumn. However, we are ready to organize this expedition in spring, autumn. Nepali Government authorities also allows climber to climb Everest in summer and winter too.

Outline Itinerary

03-04 APRIL, DAY 02-03 : Document application, briefing and preparation
05 APRIL, DAY 04 : Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla Airport and trek till Phakding
06 APRIL, DAY 05 : Trek from Phakding to Namchebazar 3440m.
08 APRIL, DAY 07 : Trek to Tengboche
09 APRIL, DAY 08 : Trek to Dingboche
10 APRIL, DAY 09 : Trek to Lobuche
12 APRIL, DAY 11 : Trek to Gorakshep
13 APRIL, DAY 12 : Trek to Everest Base camp
30 MAY, DAY 59 : Trek down from base camp to Dingboche via Lobuche31 MAY, DAY 60 : Trek to Tengboche

01 JUNE, DAY 61 : Trek to Namche Bazar

02 JUNE, DAY 62 : Trek to Lukhla

03 JUNE, DAY 63 : Fly Back to Kathmandu

04 JUNE, DAY 64 : Rest day at Kathmandu


Extra Services

·         Climbing Sherpa: USD 3000 per Sherpa

·         Russian oxygen 4 litters: USD 400 (Re-fill)

·         Mask & Regulator per set USD 600 (Re-use)

Accommodation for this Expedition:

Eco Tourism Adventure Pvt. Ltd provides two kinds of accommodation during Everest expedition. At Kathmandu, we provide five star hotel rooms with breakfast twin sharing base. During the trek to base camp, we provide nice lodge or guest house room with common toilet and bath twin sharing base. If you need a Single room we will charge extra $500 (Kathmandu and trek) but high season not so easy to get single room on the way Everest Region.


Everest Expedition, Eco Tourism Adventure Pvt. Ltd provides different kind of food like Nepali, Continental and Indian with tea and coffee. We provide welcome dinner Nepali cousin with Nepali culture dance and farewell dinner at K2 steak house (best steak in Kathmandu). Breakfast Kathmandu hotel provide a lot of items you can choose yourself and other guest house you can choose items in the menu with tea and coffee.

Physical Requirements:

Eco Tourism Adventure Pvt. Ltd, Everest expedition is supper difficult trip basically hikers have to hike per day 4 to 5 hours with daypack except some days are longer hour than 11 to 14. High altitude hike anyway need energy and experience, we have many acclimatization day that absolutely help for your altitude fitness, have a positive attitude, self-confidence and physically powerful determination, and we can achieve the trek successfully. If Around month jogging regularly before this trip is a great idea to improve our power and performance. Past glacier hiking experience and climbing three or four 6000m to 7000m peaks would be a great advantage with climbing technical skill is required for this trip. Before booking this trip it is a great idea to consult with your doctor and if you have any disease better inform us.

Best Time to climb Everest:

We have two best seasons in the year like summer, autumn and spring, summer and Autumn best month is June to December and spring best month is mid February to May this three seasons are the best seasons for this trek because of the weather is fine and warm with perfect views but the nights are chilly and can drop to freezing level in higher altitude. 

Day 01: Arrival and Transfer
We welcome and receive you in Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu and transfer you to the Hotel for overnight stay. At evening you’ll join with us dinner program in typical Nepali Restaurant. Hotel (BD)

Day 02-03: Document application, briefing and preparation
This day is important for acquiring the mandatory documents needed to climb. Our team will brief about the do's and don't's while trekking and climbing; will introduce to the our staff. Climbers can use this to manage there package and buy necessary items.

Day 04: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla and trek till Phakding
Today you fly to Lukla from Kathmandu at early morning, take breakfast in Lukla and Trek (4hrs) to Phakding (2652m) where you get teahouse or lodge accommodation in full board basis. Teahouse (BLD)

Day 05: Trek to Namche Bazaar.
Today you trek (6hrs) from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) through colorful Khumbu village. Teahouse (BLD)

Day 06: Rest day for acclimatization
Today is the rest day. Also you may hike to famous Everest View Hotel (3800m) (3hrs) to catch a glimpse of Mt. Everest and back to Namche visit Hilary and Sherpa museum. Teahouse (BLD)

Day 07: Trek to Tyangboche
Today you trek (5hrs) from Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3850m) visit significant Buddhist monastery in this village. Teahouse (BLD).

Day 08: Trek to Dingboche
Today you trek (4-5hrs) from Tyangboche to Dingboche (4350m) from where you’ll be able to catch glimpses of Lhotse and Ama Dablam. Teahouse (BLD)

Day 09: Trek to Lobuche
Today you trek (4hrs) from Dingboche to Lobuche (5018m). Teahouse (BLD)

Day 10: Rest for acclimatization
Today is the day for rest and acclimatization at Lobuche for further trekking. Teahouse (BLD)

Day 11: Trek to Gorakshep
Today you trek (3hrs) from Lobuche to reach Gorakshep (5170m). Teahouse (BLD)

Day 12: Trek to Everest Base camp
Today you trek (2hrs) from Gorakshep to Everest Base camp (5200m). You will have preparation for tented camping in Base camp for further expedition. Camping (BLD)

Day 13-58 : 46 days for conquering the Summit of Mount Everest 8848m
These days are the major climbing days for you to ascend the summit of most awaited Mt. Everest. After some day’s acclimatization and exercise you will be taken to the 2nd camp to be closer to the summit of (8,848m) where you will be provided food for high altitude. We are allowed to trek from camp 1 to camp 2 or vice versa for more practice and acclimatization. Finally we wish for your success to reach in the summit. Amping (BLD)

Day 59 : Trek down from base camp to Dingboche via Lobuche
After a successful summit of Mt. Everest (hopefully), you will be taken back to Dingboche (4260m) via Lobuche (5218) from Everest Base Camp. Tea house (BLD)

Day 60 : Trek to Tengboche
You are descending toward Tengboche (3860m) by trek (4hrs) from Dingboche on this day. Tea house (BLD)

Day 61: Trek to Namche Bazaar
From Tengboche you are descending down to Namche bazaar (3440m) after 4 hrs trek Tea house (BLD)

Day 62: Trek to Lukla
Today is your last day for Trek and expedition campaign (7hrs) from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2840m). Tea house (BLD)

Day 63: Fly Back to Kathmandu.
Today you fly from Lukla to Kathmandu same about 35 minute and we transfer to your booked Hotel. Hotel (L)

Day 64: Rest and shopping day
Today you’ll have free in Kathmandu. You can have sightseeing in the cultural heritage inside Kathmandu, buy souveniers and thankas to take back home or anything as the day is free and easy. At evening we’ll host farewell-Celebration dinner with local typical cultural experience in Restaurant adjoining our crew that were in the expedition time with you. Hotel (BD)

Day 65 : Expedition ends, farewell and departure
We transfer you to the airport for final departure 3 hours before flight schedule.

Cost Include

  • All airport/hotel/airport transfers
  • 5 nights hotel (5 star, Annapurna or similar) in Kathmandu, bb plan
  • Everest Expedition permit, Sagarmatha National park and necessary permit fee.
  • Scheduled flight : Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu
  • 60 Kg weight per climber is allowed
  • Necessary porters and mules for carrying equipment & loads
  • Twin sharing accommodation in lodge/teahouse while trekking
  • 3 times meals per day, teas & coffees in trekking & base camp days
  • 1 tent per climber of North face or similar for Base Camp
  • Dining, Kitchen, Store tent, mattress and all camping facilities needed in BC
  • Experienced and professional staff at BC : Base camp manager, cook, kitchen boy
  • Government liaisons officer
  • Equipment allowance, wages, life, medical & life, medical & rescue insurance for all Nepali members.
  • Emergency oxygen, mask & regulator at ABC (use and pay)
  • Immediate Rescue co-ordination (covered by your travel insurance)
  • Group climbing equipment such as fixed rope, snow bar, ice screw etc.
  • Generator or solar panel for charging & lighting in Base camp
  • Gamow bag (Life saving device in case of altitude sickness) provided
  • Satellite phone on pay call basis (1min = $ 3)
  • Garbage deposit fee
  • Visa Extension fee
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • Agency service charge

Cost Exclude

  • International flight ticket, taxes and visas
  • Lunch & dinner, hotel after 5 nights in Kathmandu
  • Personal trekking & climbing equipment
  • Excess personal climber baggage transport Ktm-lua-BC $ 10 per kg one way.
  • All expenses of personal nature like bar bills, laundry, telephone etc.
  • Insurance for travel, accident, medical, emergency evacuation & lost baggage.
  • Applicable permit fee & custom fee for SAT phone, filming camera, communications - equipment (if brought)
  • Climbing Bonus & summit bonus for climbing Sherpa (if you use Sherpa), Tips for Base Camp Staff
  • Climbing Bonus & Summit bonus for climbing Sherpa (if you use Sherpa) : Camp 8300m. = USD 1000 & over 8300m. to summit = USD 500 = 1500 USD extra payable for climbing Sherpa on the spot.
  • All not mentioned in cost include part

Expedition checklist


  • Climbing boots: Scarpa Phantom 8000, La Sportiva Olyumpus Mons, Millet Everest One Sports, Kayland 8000.
  • Cold weather boots for base camp: They should be insulated boots. Sorel or Baffin.
  • Running shoes and/or trail shoes: For travel & easy walking.
  • Sport sandals: Tevas, Chacos or Crocs are great for shower day, visiting Monasteries and relaxing during the trek.
  • Lightweight hiking boots: For trekking to Base Camp. Leather or fabric/leather with a sturdy mid-sole and vibram sole.
  • Gaiters: For use with light hiking boots, short and simple are better, such as Outdoor Research's Rocky Mountain Low Gaiters.
  • Booties: Down or synthetic, any brand with thick foam soles is recommended.
  • Lightweight socks: Three to four pairs synthetic/wool blend (Fox River, Patagonia, Smartwool).
  • Midweight / heavy socks: Three to four pairs synthetic/wool blend (Fox River, Patagonia, Smartwool).
  • Liner socks: Three to four pairs Capeline or silk.


  • Lightweight long underwear top: (Patagonia Capilene, REI, Mountain Equipment Co-op).
  • Expedition weight long underwear tops: Zip T- neck design is good. Light colors are better for tops because they are cooler when hiking in direct sunlight and just as warm as dark colors when worn underneath other layers. (Patagonia, North Face, Mountain Hardwear).
  • Lightweight long underwear bottoms: (Patagonia Capilene, REI, Mountain Equipment Co-op)
  • Expedition weight underwear bottoms: Dark colors are preferable because they do not show dirt. (Patagonia, REI, Mountain Equipment Co-op).
  • Briefs: Four pairs synthetic or cotton, running shorts also work well for underwear.
  • Short-sleeved shirts: Two synthetic; most nylon running shirts or athletic shirts work. (North Face, Patagonia).
  • Jacket synthetic or fleece: Synthetic insulated jackets or pullovers are a great alternative to fleece because they are lighter and more compressible. Primaloft type fill or Polartec 100 or 200 fleece is recommended. (Wild Things Primaloft, Patagonia, Outdoor Research)
  • Synthetic insulated pants: Primaloft or Polargard HV fill with full side zips are recommended. Mountain Hardwear Compressor pants are an example. An acceptable alternative are fleece pants Polartec 100 or 200, but they are bulky, heavier and less versatile.
  • Down suit: The best option for Everest summit day. Plan to wear very little underneath. (North Face).
  • Down insulated jacket w/ hood: For Base Camp, the trek and lower camps on the mountain. (The North Face, Mountain Hardwear).
  • Down pants: These are an option in addition to prima loft pants, can be useful at higher camps.
  • Waterproof breathable jacket & pants: Ideally the jacket will have a hood and the pants will have full-length side zips. Bibs work well high on the mountain, but are often too hot and bulky at lower elevations. Gore-Tex XCR and H2NO fabrics are lightweight. (ArcTeryx, Patagonia, Mountain Hardwear).
  • Wind shirts / light shell jacket: Light colors are preferred for comfort on hot days on the glacier.
  • One piece climbing shell (optional): One piece shell such as Arcteryx Alpha suit.
  • Head & Hand Gear
  • Liner glove: lightweight synthetic (Patagonia or any brand of PowerStretch).
  • Windstopper fleece gloves: Two pairs (any brand of Windstopper fleece).
  • Insulated climbing gloves: Black Diamond Guide Gloves
  • Mittens with liners: Two pairs, one for summit day (Outdoor Research Alti Mitts) and a utility pair of mittens for hard use in the icefall (Outdoor Research Expedition Mitts with fleece liners).
  • Bandanna: Two or three traditional cotton style.
  • Sun hat: Any lightweight hat with a good brim or visor. (Berg Adventures Ball Cap).
  • Wool or fleece hat: Bring two, one lightweight, one heavier. Any brand of warm hat that can go over ears.
  • Balaclava: One heavy weight and one light weight. Some people layer a very thin Capilene Balaclava under a thicker fleece one.
  • Face mask: Optional, another good option is a neck gaiter/cozy.


  • Sunglasses: One pair high quality 100% UV, 100%IR, for travel and lower elevations.
  • Glacier glasses: One pair high quality 100% UV, 100%IR min 80% light reduction, side shields are optional, but size and shape of lens should offer maximum protection from bright light on snow.
  • Ski goggles: Test to assure a good fit on your face. Smaller goggles will likely work better with your oxygen mask.
  • Headlamp w/ spare bulb: Bring two AA or AAA battery powered units (Petzl or Black Diamond)
  • Spare batteries: For headlamp and other gadgets you bring. We like lithium AA’s and AAA’s and find they are worth the extra expense for cold expedition conditions.

Climbing Equipment

  • Ice axe: General mountaineering axe, mountaineering “walking” length, 60 – 80 cm length, depending on your height. Shaft should not have a rubber grip. You will need a leash to attach axe to you harness not a “wrist loop”. Bring a commercial leash designed for glacier travel or 6 ft of 9/16 inch webbing and we will help you construct one (Grivel or Black Diamond).
  • Crampons: 12 point step-in, some climbers bring two, but this is likely not necessary and we can have replacements sent from Namche (Grivel or Black Diamond).
  • Harness: Alpine style, you should not have to step through leg loops to put it on and off, lightweight, fully adjustable (Black Diamond).
  • Carabiners: Two large locking “pear” shaped, four oval-shaped (Black Diamond, Petzl).
  • Webbing: 20 feet 3/16 “Supertape” – used for constructing leashes.
  • Perlon cord: 20 feet of 6mm perlon cord, also known as accessory cord in climbing stores.
  • Ascenders: You will need two (Petzl or Black Diamond).
  • Rappel device: ATC, Figure 8 or similar (Black Diamond).

Camping Gear

  • Backpack: Top opening mountaineer’s rucksack style is best. Avoid large zipper openings and excessive outside pockets. Larger packs are better than smaller, because they are easier to pack with cold hands and they distribute loads more effectively. Wild Things “Andinista” has been a favorite for years. It is ideal for the trek and all the climbing you will do. Arc’teryx and Osprey also have good lightweight packs.
  • Day pack: Should be simple, useful for airline carry on, the trek in and short jaunts around Base Camp.
  • Two Sleeping bags: -40C/-30F Down 800 fill (Western Mountaineering, Mountain Hardwear). Your second bag can be -20C/-5F. One bag stays on the mountain and the other at Base Camp. Your larger bag may be the one that stays at Base Camp; higher on the mountain you will share tents and you will be more concerned with bulk and weight.
  • Compression stuff sacks: To reduce the volume of sleeping bags and clothes. There are a variety of lightweight sacks now available (Outdoor Research).
  • Sleeping pad: Inflating, full-length (Therm-a-rest).
  • Foam pad: Your sleeping pads stay on the mountain. At Base Camp you will have a Nepalese mattress, so you do not need a second sleeping pad set (Ridgerest).
  • Water bottles: Two 1 liter, leak-proof wide-mouth (Nalgene).
  • Lightweight steel thermal bottle: One or two. One liter size. (Nissan, Thermos).
  • Pee bottle: Two 1 quart (1 liter), leak-proof wide-mouth, one for Base Camp and the other for high camp (Nalgene).
  • Pee Funnel for Women: (Freshette).
  • Pack towel: Medium size, do not bring “terrycloth”, bandanas work in a pinch (Pac Towel).
  • Trekking poles: Should extend and shorten (Leki 3-section, Black Diamond).
  • Swiss army knife/multitool: Remember not to leave in carry-on bags for any international or domestic flight.
  • Large mug, plastic bowl, fork and spoon: For Camp 1 and Camp 3. Bowl and mug should be large.
  • Medical & Personal
  • Sunscreen: SPF 30 or higher, non-oily (Dermatone or L’Oreal).
  • Lipscreen: SPF 30 or higher, any brand.
  • Toiletry kit: Toothbrush, toothpaste, skin lotion, alcohol-based hand sanitizer, soap, comb/brush, shave kit, (bring travel size bottles to keep your kit small).
  • First-aid kit: Ibuprofen/Aspirin, assorted band-aids, moleskin, Neosporin-type suave, small gauze pad, roll of adhesive tape, tweezers, safety pins. Include any prescription travel meds that might be prescribed by your doctor (antibiotics, Diamox, sleep aids).
  • Water purification tablets: Such as Potable Aqua brand iodine tablets. You will be given plenty of purified water during your trek, but one bottle of backup purification tablets is always a good idea for your travels. They are especially useful in hotels on your way to Nepal. You should not drink untreated tap water anywhere in Asia and bottled water in some rare cases might not be available.
  • Zip-loc bags: Always useful, and not available in Nepal. We especially like the large storage size for organization and storage at Base Camp.
  • Baby wipes or wet towels
  • Ear plugs: Very useful in noisy lodges and tents. Available in most hardware stores and drug stores.

Travel Items

  • Expedition duffel bag: Two large, 8000+ cubic inches. Light colors are better for labeling with your name (The North Face duffel, Wild Things “Burro Bag”).
  • Small travel bag: Optional. Useful for storing things in Kathmandu, most soft sided ‘carry on’ type bags work well. You might also use an extra-large stuff sack (The North Face, Patagonia).
  • Nylon stuff sacks: Several different sizes, light colors preferable for labeling.
  • Lightweight long sleeve shirt: cotton, comfortable.
  • Hiking pants and/or skirt/sarong: One or two (“Supplex” is good material).
  • Lightweight pants: One pair (any brand Supplex or “stretch woven” pant).

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