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Itinerary

South Col Expedition

Approach to Base Camp

Our expedition begins with a flight from the U.S. to Kathmandu, Nepal. We’ll spend a few days in Kathmandu checking gear, meeting the Sherpa and preparing for our flight to Lukla (9,000 ft./2740m), which is at the base of the Khumbu Himal. From there, we’ll begin our trek to Everest Base Camp. The trek takes approximately 10 days and goes from the Dudh Kosi valley up through the Imja Drangka and onto the Khumbu Glacier. Along the way, we’ll visit the villages of Namche, Tengboche, Pheriche and Lobuche, most of which are fascinating and richly cultured villages that provide spectacular views of the Himalayas. The trek in also gives us the chance to explore the many different regions and the time to visit local monasteries and visit with Nepali friends.

Base Camp

Years of experience have helped us to establish the finest Base Camp on the mountain. With the highest-quality tent structures and imported foods, we strive to ensure that your time at Base Camp is restful and revitalizing. We have a full-time Base Camp manager and have a full communications tent for email and limited phone calls.

Climbing Route

By the time we reach Base Camp (17,598 ft./5364m), our climbing leaders and Sherpa will be well on the way to having the lower part of the mountain (the Khumbu Ice Fall) already fixed with ropes and ladders. We’ll establish four camps on the mountain. The first, Camp I at 19,500 ft./5943m, is situated at the top of the ice fall. This camp functions as an intermediate camp until Camp II (Advanced Base Camp) is established at 21,000 ft./6400m in the Western Cwm. Camp II will consist of large tents for cooking and dining and several smaller tents for sleeping. Camp II will be our base during the placements of Camp III and Camp IV (23,500 ft./7162m and 26,300ft/8016m respectively).

Camp III, which stands at the head of the cirque on the Lhotse Face, will consist of three- and four-man tents. This intermediate camp helps us to reach Camp IV (High Camp) on the South Col. Most of our Sherpa are able to carry directly from Camp II to Camp IV, so large amounts of gear are not needed at Camp III to establish Camp IV. Oxygen will be used above Camp III to help aid climbers in reaching High Camp before attempting the summit. From Camp IV, we travel along the South East Ridge to the South Summit. From here we traverse for a few hundred meters before reaching the Hillary Step and then onto the main summit.

Summit Attempts

fter Camps III and IV are established and all our supplies are in place, we’ll return to Base Camp for a rest. At Base Camp, we’ll organize our summit teams and prepare ourselves for summit attempts. Once we are ready, we’ll return to Advanced Base. If good weather prevails, we’ll move the summit team to Camp III. On the next day, the summit team moves up to Camp IV. Once at Camp IV, we’ll take a rest day. We have found that this rest at Camp IV greatly increases our chances of summit success. The following day will be summit day. We start very early that morning and attempt to reach the summit before midday.

After the summit, the team retreats back to the South Col and next day descends to Camp II. Guides and Sherpa will accompany all summit attempts and oxygen will be used.

Everest Day To Day Itinerary

Upon sign up, we will send you our richly detailed, pre-trip information package.

Day 1

Depart country of origin.

Day 2

Transit (overnight en route).

Day 3

Arrive Kathmandu. You’ll check into the renowned Yak and Yeti Hotel, a cornerstone of the Kathmandu scene, and attend a welcome dinner with other trekkers and climbers.

Day 4

Kathmandu. From the centrally located Yak and Yeti, we’ll begin our exploration of Kathmandu. While modern by Nepalese standards, Kathmandu is a sacred city to Hindus and Buddhists. Our tour is an important introduction to understanding the cultures that lay ahead. Kathmandu is prominently featured in Buddhist scriptures and Hindu texts such as the Ramayana. Our tour includes 3,000-year-old Swamayabhu (monkey temple), the great Stupa of Bodnath, and a local school.

Day 5

After final administration requirements, we’ll fly via Twin Otter to the landing strip in Lukla. Weather permitting, this flight offers outstanding views of the eastern Himalayas. In Lukla, we meet and join our Sherpa staff, load the yaks and begin the ascent to Base Camp. Our first day is an easy walk to lush environs of Phakding, located on the Dudh Kosi river. Hiking time: three hours

Day 6

We’ll follow the Dudh Kosi, ascending 2,300 ft./700m through Himalayan pine and Doedar cedar forests, to the celebrated village of Namche Bazaar (11,300 ft./3444m). The village of Namche is an historic trading post where Nepalese and Tibetan traders exchange salt, dried meat, gold and textiles. Besides being a superb place to shop for traditional crafts, Namche remains the central trading post in the Khumbu, attracting Himalayan and lowland merchants. Our group will spend two days in Namche, affording us the opportunity to acclimate, visit local markets and spend time with friends in town. On the hike, we’ll capture our first glimpses of Everest and neighboring peaks. Hiking time: five to six hours

Day 7

In the morning, we’ll take an acclimatization hike, gaining 1,000 feet to take in the vista on the patio of the Everest View Hotel, or take similar altitude trek. In the afternoon, we’ll have time to visit sights in Namche Bazaar, including the local marketplace.

Day 8

After our days in Namche we’ll continue on and climb to the village of Tengboche (12,683 ft./3865m), the cultural and religious center of the Khumbu. At the monastery, we’ll attend Buddhist ceremonies and rituals performed by local monks. Vistas from Tengboche are spectacular. The jagged peaks of Thamserku and Kangtega stand to our south as Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam are visible to the north. The Monastery at Tengboche is one of the most well known in the world; the Rinpoche is revered throughout the Buddhist community, and has authored a number of books and essays. In the past, our groups have had an audience with the Rinpoche and received his blessing. Views from this locale (one of the finest on earth), include Kwangde (20,293 ft./6185m), Tawachee (21,457 ft./6540m), Nuptse (25,843 ft./7876m), Lhotse (27,883 ft/8498m), Everest (29,035 ft./8850m), Ama Dablam (22,487 ft./6854m), Kantega (22,235 ft./6777m), and Thamserku (21,674 ft./6606m). We’ll visit the community Sherpa Cultural Center and an excellent nearby bakery, and descend slightly to lodge in the village of Deboche. Hiking time: four to five hours

Day 9-10

We’ll climb to the village of Pheriche (13,907 ft./4238m), which is not far from Dingboche (a village en route to Island Peak). Pheriche has become famous for its high-altitude research center. The center attracts world-renowned physicians who acquire data to analyze the effects of high altitude on human physiology. We’ll visit the research center and learn more about the effects of high altitude on Himalayan climbers. Hiking time: 4 hours. We’ll also spend an additional day further acclimatizing and hiking.

Day 11

Start the day in Pheriche, ascending the character of the terrain changes, and we begin to understand the starkness of the high alpine landscape. Our path climbs the terminal moraine of the Khumbu glacier and continues to the settlement of Lobuje (16,174 ft./4929m), where we’ll spend one night. This trail passes through a famous memorial that honors the many Sherpa who lost their lives in the high mountains. Lobuje is located on the flank of an old lateral moraine of the Khumbu glacier. Hiking time: four to five hours

Day 12

Rest day in Lobuje acclimatizing.

Day 13

We’ll leave Lobuje and eventually cross the moraine of the great Khumbu glacier to reach Base Camp, which lies beneath the sweeping ridges of Everest and Nuptse. Everest Base Camp at 17,598 ft./5364m, is a sprawling tent city set amidst glacial debris. There, the climbers will begin final preparations for their ascent of Mt. Everest. Conditioning permitting we will venture to the edge of the notorious Khumbu Ice Fall to see climbers en route as they negotiate this complex maze of ice. Overnight at Base Camp Hiking time: six hours.

Day 14

Years of experience have helped us to establish the finest Base Camp (17,598 ft./5,364m) on the mountain. With the highest quality tent structures including private sleeping tents. Our dinning tent is carpeted and heated with Wi-Fi and movie screen available. We provide hot showers at your request, We have western trained cooks that prepare fresh local products as well as imported foods. We strive to ensure that the time at Base Camp is restful and revitalizing. By providing these accommodations, we make every effort to keep climbers healthy and rested.

Day 15 – Base Camp

Here we take a leisurely day at Everest Base camp & enjoy morning tea at our tent and spend the day checking out the life at Base Camp. We will spent time watching the daily preparations of our climbing team, taking at look at how meals are prepared while having a chance to meet our Everest Sherpa staff.

Day 16-58

General Climbing Schedule (schedule on the mountain is approximate and subject to changing conditions. Delays/Early departures can occur).

Base Camp: Years of experience have helped us to establish the finest Base Camp (17,598 ft./5,364m) on the mountain. With the highest quality tent structures and imported foods, we strive to ensure that the time at Base Camp is restful and revitalizing. By providing these
accommodations, we make every effort to keep climbers healthy and rested.

Climbing route: By the time we reach base camp, our climbing leaders and Sherpa will be well on the way to having the lower part of the mountain (the Khumbu Ice Fall) already fixed with ropes and ladders. We’ll establish four camps on the mountain. The first, Camp I at 19,500 ft./5943m, is situated at the top of the ice fall. This camp functions as an intermediate camp until Camp II (Advanced Base Camp) is established at 21,000 ft./6,400m in the Western Cwm. Camp II will consist of large tents for cooking and dining and several smaller tents for sleeping. Camp II will be our base during the placements of Camp III and Camp IV (23,500 ft./7,162m and 26,300 ft./8,016m respectively).

Camp III, which stands at the head of the cirque on the Lhotse Face, will consist of three- and four-man tents. This intermediate camp helps us to reach Camp IV (High Camp) on the South Col. Most of our Sherpa are able to carry directly from Camp II to Camp IV, so large amounts of gear are not needed at Camp III to establish Camp IV. Oxygen will be used above Camp III to help aid climbers in reaching High Camp before attempting the summit. From Camp IV, we’ll travel along the South East Ridge to the South Summit. From there, we’ll traverse for a few hundred meters before reaching the Hillary Step and then onto the main summit.

Summit attempts: After Camps III and IV are established and all our supplies are in place, we return to Base Camp (and lower villages) for a rest. At Base Camp, we’ll organize our summit teams and prepare ourselves for summit attempts. Once we are ready, we’ll return to Advanced Base. If good weather prevails, we’ll move the summit team to Camp III. On the second day, the summit team will move up to Camp IV. Day 3 will be summit day. We’ll start very early that morning and attempt to reach the summit before midday. After the summit, we’ll retreat back to the South Col and, the next day, they descend to Camp II. Guides and Sherpa will accompany all summit attempts and oxygen will be used.

Day 59

Pheriche

Day 60

Namche

Day 61

Namche

Day 62

Lukla

Day 63

Fly to KTM

Day 64

Extra day delayed flights

Day 65

Depart KTM

Day 66

Arrive in home country

Everest + Lhotse

Approach to Base Camp

Our expedition begins with a flight from the U.S. to Kathmandu, Nepal. We’ll spend a few days in Kathmandu checking gear, meeting the Sherpa and preparing for our flight to Lukla (9,000 ft./2740m), which is at the base of the Khumbu Himal. From there, we’ll begin our trek to Everest Base Camp. The trek takes approximately 10 days and goes from the Dudh Kosi valley up through the Imja Drangka and onto the Khumbu Glacier. Along the way, we’ll visit the villages of Namche, Tengboche, Pheriche and Lobuche, most of which are fascinating and richly cultured villages that provide spectacular views of the Himalayas. The trek in also gives us the chance to explore the many different regions and the time to visit local monasteries and visit with Nepali friends.

Base Camp

Years of experience have helped us to establish the finest Base Camp on the mountain. With the highest-quality tent structures and imported foods, we strive to ensure that your time at Base Camp is restful and revitalizing. We have a full-time Base Camp manager and have a full communications tent for email and limited phone calls.

Climbing Route

By the time we reach Base Camp (17,598 ft./5364m), our climbing leaders and Sherpa will be well on the way to having the lower part of the mountain (the Khumbu Ice Fall) already fixed with ropes and ladders. We’ll establish four camps on the mountain. The first, Camp I at 19,500 ft./5943m, is situated at the top of the ice fall. This camp functions as an intermediate camp until Camp II (Advanced Base Camp) is established at 21,000 ft./6400m in the Western Cwm. Camp II will consist of large tents for cooking and dining and several smaller tents for sleeping. Camp II will be our base during the placements of Camp III and Camp IV (23,500 ft./7162m and 26,300ft/8016m respectively).

Camp III, which stands at the head of the cirque on the Lhotse Face, will consist of three- and four-man tents. This intermediate camp helps us to reach Camp IV (High Camp) on the South Col. Most of our Sherpa are able to carry directly from Camp II to Camp IV, so large amounts of gear are not needed at Camp III to establish Camp IV. Oxygen will be used above Camp III to help aid climbers in reaching High Camp before attempting the summit. From Camp IV, we travel along the South East Ridge to the South Summit. From here we traverse for a few hundred meters before reaching the Hillary Step and then onto the main summit.

Summit Attempts

fter Camps III and IV are established and all our supplies are in place, we’ll return to Base Camp for a rest. At Base Camp, we’ll organize our summit teams and prepare ourselves for summit attempts. Once we are ready, we’ll return to Advanced Base. If good weather prevails, we’ll move the summit team to Camp III. On the next day, the summit team moves up to Camp IV. Once at Camp IV, we’ll take a rest day. We have found that this rest at Camp IV greatly increases our chances of summit success. The following day will be summit day. We start very early that morning and attempt to reach the summit before midday.

After the summit, the team retreats back to the South Col and next day descends to Camp II. Guides and Sherpa will accompany all summit attempts and oxygen will be used.

In good conditions, we are back at the South Col between noon and 2 p.m. From here we have a variety of choices, depending on weather and strength of climbers. We can rest for a few hours at the South Col, then do the two-hour traverse to our Lhotse high camp. Or we can spend another night at the South Col, and move to Lhotse high camp the next day and summit the following day.

Everest + Lhotse Expedition Itinerary

Upon sign up, we will send you our richly detailed, pre-trip information package.

Day 1

Depart country of origin.

Day 2

Transit (overnight en route).

Day 3

Arrive Kathmandu. You’ll check into the renowned Yak and Yeti Hotel, a cornerstone of the Kathmandu scene, and attend a welcome dinner with other trekkers and climbers.

Day 4

Kathmandu. From the centrally located Yak and Yeti, we’ll begin our exploration of Kathmandu. While modern by Nepalese standards, Kathmandu is a sacred city to Hindus and Buddhists. Our tour is an important introduction to understanding the cultures that lay ahead. Kathmandu is prominently featured in Buddhist scriptures and Hindu texts such as the Ramayana. Our tour includes 3,000-year-old Swamayabhu (monkey temple), the great Stupa of Bodnath, and a local school.

Day 5

After final administration requirements, we’ll fly via Twin Otter to the landing strip in Lukla. Weather permitting, this flight offers outstanding views of the eastern Himalayas. In Lukla, we meet and join our Sherpa staff, load the yaks and begin the ascent to Base Camp. Our first day is an easy walk to lush environs of Phakding, located on the Dudh Kosi river. Hiking time: three hours

Day 6

We’ll follow the Dudh Kosi, ascending 2,300 ft./700m through Himalayan pine and Doedar cedar forests, to the celebrated village of Namche Bazaar (11,300 ft./3444m). The village of Namche is an historic trading post where Nepalese and Tibetan traders exchange salt, dried meat, gold and textiles. Besides being a superb place to shop for traditional crafts, Namche remains the central trading post in the Khumbu, attracting Himalayan and lowland merchants. Our group will spend two days in Namche, affording us the opportunity to acclimate, visit local markets and spend time with friends in town. On the hike, we’ll capture our first glimpses of Everest and neighboring peaks. Hiking time: five to six hours

Day 7

In the morning, we’ll take an acclimatization hike, gaining 1,000 feet to take in the vista on the patio of the Everest View Hotel, or take similar altitude trek. In the afternoon, we’ll have time to visit sights in Namche Bazaar, including the local marketplace.

Day 8

After our days in Namche we’ll continue on and climb to the village of Tengboche (12,683 ft./3865m), the cultural and religious center of the Khumbu. At the monastery, we’ll attend Buddhist ceremonies and rituals performed by local monks. Vistas from Tengboche are spectacular. The jagged peaks of Thamserku and Kangtega stand to our south as Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam are visible to the north. The Monastery at Tengboche is one of the most well known in the world; the Rinpoche is revered throughout the Buddhist community, and has authored a number of books and essays. In the past, our groups have had an audience with the Rinpoche and received his blessing. Views from this locale (one of the finest on earth), include Kwangde (20,293 ft./6185m), Tawachee (21,457 ft./6540m), Nuptse (25,843 ft./7876m), Lhotse (27,883 ft/8498m), Everest (29,035 ft./8850m), Ama Dablam (22,487 ft./6854m), Kantega (22,235 ft./6777m), and Thamserku (21,674 ft./6606m). We’ll visit the community Sherpa Cultural Center and an excellent nearby bakery, and descend slightly to lodge in the village of Deboche. Hiking time: four to five hours

Day 9-10

We’ll climb to the village of Pheriche (13,907 ft./4238m), which is not far from Dingboche (a village en route to Island Peak). Pheriche has become famous for its high-altitude research center. The center attracts world-renowned physicians who acquire data to analyze the effects of high altitude on human physiology. We’ll visit the research center and learn more about the effects of high altitude on Himalayan climbers. Hiking time: 4 hours. We’ll also spend an additional day further acclimatizing and hiking.

Day 11

Above Pheriche, the character of the terrain changes, and we begin to understand the starkness of the high alpine landscape. Our path climbs the terminal moraine of the Khumbu glacier and continues to the settlement of Lobuje (16,174 ft./4929m), where we’ll spend one night. This trail passes through a famous memorial that honors the many Sherpa who lost their lives in the high mountains. Lobuje is located on the flank of an old lateral moraine of the Khumbu glacier. Hiking time: four to five hours

Day 12

The trail winds past the Italian Research Center through the high tundra and glacial moraine to Gorak Shep (16,924ft/5158m), the last inhabited area before Everest Base Camp. Gorak Shep presents a rougher environment and gives the trekker the true flavor of the nighttime rigors of mountaineering. In the afternoon, we’ll take a short walk up the moraine to look down on the chaotic Khumbu glacier and take in the closeness of these renowned Himalayan peaks. Hiking time: four to five hours

Day 13

We’ll leave Gorak Shep and cross the moraine of the great Khumbu glacier to reach Base Camp, which lies beneath the sweeping ridges of Everest and Nuptse. Everest Base Camp at 17,598 ft./5364m, is a sprawling tent city set amidst glacial debris. There, the climbers will begin final preparations for their ascent of Mt. Everest. Conditionings permitting we will venture to the edge of the notorious Khumbu Ice Fall to see climbers en route as they negotiate this complex maze of ice. Overnight at Base Camp Hiking time: six hours

Day 14

Here we take a leisurely day at Everest Base camp & enjoy morning tea at our tent and spend the day checking out the life at Base Camp. We will spent time watching the daily preparations of our climbing team, taking at look at how meals are prepared while having a chance to meet our Everest sherpa staff.

Day 15

We’ll leave Gorak Shep and cross the moraine of the great Khumbu glacier to reach Base Camp, which lies beneath the sweeping ridges of Everest and Nuptse. Everest Base Camp at 17,598 ft./5364m, is a sprawling tent city set amidst glacial debris. There, the climbers will begin final preparations for their ascent of Mt. Everest. We’ll spend a few hours at Base Camp, getting a sense of the community and meeting climbers. We also venture to the edge of the notorious Khumbu Ice Fall to see climbers en route as they negotiate this complex maze of ice. We return to Gorak Shep and prepare for an early morning. Hiking time: six hours

Day 16

Base Camp

Day 17-58

General Climbing Schedule (schedule on the mountain is approximate and subject to changing conditions. Delays/Early departures can occur).

Base Camp: Years of experience have helped us to establish the finest Base Camp (17,598 ft./5,364m) on the mountain. With the highest quality tent structures and imported foods, we strive to ensure that the time at Base Camp is restful and revitalizing. By providing these
accommodations, we make every effort to keep climbers healthy and rested.

Climbing route: By the time we reach base camp, our climbing leaders and Sherpa will be well on the way to having the lower part of the mountain (the Khumbu Ice Fall) already fixed with ropes and ladders. We’ll establish four camps on the mountain. The first, Camp I at 19,500 ft./5943m, is situated at the top of the ice fall. This camp functions as an intermediate camp until Camp II (Advanced Base Camp) is established at 21,000 ft./6,400m in the Western Cwm. Camp II will consist of large tents for cooking and dining and several smaller tents for sleeping. Camp II will be our base during the placements of Camp III and Camp IV (23,500 ft./7,162m and 26,300 ft./8,016m respectively).

Camp III, which stands at the head of the cirque on the Lhotse Face, will consist of three- and four-man tents. This intermediate camp helps us to reach Camp IV (High Camp) on the South Col. Most of our Sherpa are able to carry directly from Camp II to Camp IV, so large amounts of gear are not needed at Camp III to establish Camp IV. Oxygen will be used above Camp III to help aid climbers in reaching High Camp before attempting the summit. From Camp IV, we’ll travel along the South East Ridge to the South Summit. From there, we’ll traverse for a few hundred meters before reaching the Hillary Step and then onto the main summit.

Summit attempts: After Camps III and IV are established and all our supplies are in place, we return to Base Camp (and lower villages) for a rest. At Base Camp, we’ll organize our summit teams and prepare ourselves for summit attempts. Once we are ready, we’ll return to Advanced Base. If good weather prevails, we’ll move the summit team to Camp III. On the second day, the summit team will move up to Camp IV. Day 3 will be summit day. We’ll start very early that morning and attempt to reach the summit before midday. After the summit, we’ll retreat back to the South Col and, the next day, they descend to Camp II. Guides and Sherpa will accompany all summit attempts and oxygen will be used.

Day 59

Pheriche

Day 60

Namche

Day 61

Namche

Day 62

Lukla

Day 63

Fly to KTM

Day 64

Extra day delayed flights

Day 65

Depart KTM

Day 66

Arrive in home country

Camp II Expedition

Alpine Ascents pioneered guiding on Everest 20 years ago and today we remain the leader in offering high quality expeditions. An ascent to Camp II is a unique opportunity to experience climbing through the Khumbu Icefall and the Western CWM to our Advanced Base Camp at the base of the South West Face of Everest. (21,500 ft). One must have strong skills and be in very good physical condition to take on our Camp II expedition.

Team members experience climbing through some very challenging & notable aspects of Everest, and get first hand experience of what it takes to climb this great peak, as you are traveling much of the same route as our Everest summit team. This is an excellent opportunity to see if a future Everest climb is right for you or simply a chance to climb part of this legendary peak.

As always, Alpine Ascent teams will be led by Veteran Everest guides and our legendary Sherpa climbing staff while providing the foremost in logistics and base camp facilities. Our unique team approach to climbing the mountain has allowed us to continually operate successful expeditions while maintaining an excellent safety record.

Itinerary For Everest Camp II Climb

Upon sign up, we will send you our richly detailed, pre-trip information package.

Day 1

Depart country of origin.

Day 2

Transit (overnight en route).

Day 3

Arrive Kathmandu. You’ll check into the renowned Yak and Yeti Hotel, a cornerstone of the Kathmandu scene, and attend a welcome dinner with other trekkers and climbers.

Day 4

Kathmandu. From the centrally located Yak and Yeti, we’ll begin our exploration of Kathmandu. While modern by Nepalese standards, Kathmandu is a sacred city to Hindus and Buddhists. Our tour is an important introduction to understanding the cultures that lay ahead. Kathmandu is prominently featured in Buddhist scriptures and Hindu texts such as the Ramayana. Our tour includes 3,000-year-old Swamayabhu (monkey temple), the great Stupa of Bodnath, and a local school.

Day 5

After final administration requirements, we’ll fly via Twin Otter to the landing strip in Lukla. Weather permitting, this flight offers outstanding views of the eastern Himalayas. In Lukla, we meet and join our Sherpa staff, load the yaks and begin the ascent to Base Camp. Our first day is an easy walk to lush environs of Phakding, located on the Dudh Kosi river. Hiking time: three hours

Day 6

We’ll follow the Dudh Kosi, ascending 2,300 ft./700m through Himalayan pine and Doedar cedar forests, to the celebrated village of Namche Bazaar (11,300 ft./3444m). The village of Namche is an historic trading post where Nepalese and Tibetan traders exchange salt, dried meat, gold and textiles. Besides being a superb place to shop for traditional crafts, Namche remains the central trading post in the Khumbu, attracting Himalayan and lowland merchants. Our group will spend two days in Namche, affording us the opportunity to acclimate, visit local markets and spend time with friends in town. On the hike, we’ll capture our first glimpses of Everest and neighboring peaks. Hiking time: five to six hours

Day 7

In the morning, we’ll take an acclimatization hike, gaining 1,000 feet to take in the vista on the patio of the Everest View Hotel, or take similar altitude trek. In the afternoon, we’ll have time to visit sights in Namche Bazaar, including the local marketplace.

Day 8

After our days in Namche we’ll continue on and climb to the village of Tengboche (12,683 ft./3865m), the cultural and religious center of the Khumbu. At the monastery, we’ll attend Buddhist ceremonies and rituals performed by local monks. Vistas from Tengboche are spectacular. The jagged peaks of Thamserku and Kangtega stand to our south as Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam are visible to the north. The Monastery at Tengboche is one of the most well known in the world; the Rinpoche is revered throughout the Buddhist community, and has authored a number of books and essays. In the past, our groups have had an audience with the Rinpoche and received his blessing. Views from this locale (one of the finest on earth), include Kwangde (20,293 ft./6185m), Tawachee (21,457 ft./6540m), Nuptse (25,843 ft./7876m), Lhotse (27,883 ft/8498m), Everest (29,035 ft./8850m), Ama Dablam (22,487 ft./6854m), Kantega (22,235 ft./6777m), and Thamserku (21,674 ft./6606m). We’ll visit the community Sherpa Cultural Center and an excellent nearby bakery, and descend slightly to lodge in the village of Deboche. Hiking time: four to five hours

Day 9-10

We’ll climb to the village of Pheriche (13,907 ft./4238m), which is not far from Dingboche (a village en route to Island Peak). Pheriche has become famous for its high-altitude research center. The center attracts world-renowned physicians who acquire data to analyze the effects of high altitude on human physiology. We’ll visit the research center and learn more about the effects of high altitude on Himalayan climbers. Hiking time: 4 hours. We’ll also spend an additional day further acclimatizing and hiking.

Day 11

Above Pheriche, the character of the terrain changes, and we begin to understand the starkness of the high alpine landscape. Our path climbs the terminal moraine of the Khumbu glacier and continues to the settlement of Lobuje (16,174 ft./4929m), where we’ll spend one night. This trail passes through a famous memorial that honors the many Sherpa who lost their lives in the high mountains. Lobuje is located on the flank of an old lateral moraine of the Khumbu glacier. Hiking time: four to five hours

Day 12

The trail winds past the Italian Research Center through the high tundra and glacial moraine to Gorak Shep (16,924ft/5158m), the last inhabited area before Everest Base Camp. Gorak Shep presents a rougher environment and gives the trekker the true flavor of the nighttime rigors of mountaineering. In the afternoon, we’ll take a short walk up the moraine to look down on the chaotic Khumbu glacier and take in the closeness of these renowned Himalayan peaks. Hiking time: four to five hours

Day 13

We’ll leave Gorak Shep and cross the moraine of the great Khumbu glacier to reach Base Camp, which lies beneath the sweeping ridges of Everest and Nuptse. Everest Base Camp at 17,598 ft./5364m, is a sprawling tent city set amidst glacial debris. There, the climbers will begin final preparations for their ascent of Mt. Everest. Conditionings permitting we will venture to the edge of the notorious Khumbu Ice Fall to see climbers en route as they negotiate this complex maze of ice. Overnight at Base Camp Hiking time: six hours

Day 14

Here we take a leisurely day at Everest Base camp & enjoy morning tea at our tent and spend the day checking out the life at Base Camp. We will spent time watching the daily preparations of our climbing team, taking at look at how meals are prepared while having a chance to meet our Everest sherpa staff.

Day 15-18

Review climbing skills at Base Camp

Day 19

Climb to Camp 1

Day 20

Rest day at Camp 1

Day 21

Climb to Camp 2

Day 22

Rest day at Camp 2

Day 23

Descend to Base Camp

Day 24

Descend to Pheriche

Day 25

Descend to Namche

Day 26

Descend to Lukla

Day 27

Fly to KTM

Day 28

Extra day for delayed flight

Day 29

Depart KTM

Day 30

Arrive Home Country

Many thanks for organizing the expedition. It was a fantastic experience! I am looking forward to climbing with AAI on other mountains.

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