Mount Everest

(29,035ft/8,850m) Nepal

Everest Expedition Itinerary

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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: After 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.


Itinerary (subject to change)  (Please see Everest Trek itinerary for further detail)
Day 1: March 30: Depart Home Country
Day 2: March 31: Transit via Bangkok
Day 3: April 1: Arrive KTM
Day 4: April 2: Tour of KTM
Day 5: April 3: Fly to Lukla
Trek to Base Camp with Family and Friends:
Day 6: April 4: Phakding
Day 7: April 5: Namche
Day 8: April 6: Thame
Day 9: April 7: Khunde
Day 10: April 8: Tengboche
Day 11: April 9: Dingboche
Day 12: April 10: Dingboche
Day 13: April 11 : Lobuje –
Day 14: April 12: Lobuje –
Day 15: April 13: Gorak Shep, Kala Pattar
Day 16 April 14: Base Camp
Days 17 through 54: April 15 – May 23: 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.

Departure: (approximate dates)
Day 55: May 24: Pheriche
Day 56: May 25: Namche
Day 57: May 26: Namche
Day 58: May 27: Lukla
Day 59: May 28: Fly to KTM
Day 60: May 29: Extra day delayed flights
Day 61: May 30: Depart KTM
Day 62: June 1: Arrive in home country
(The actual end date cannot be determined until the expedition is completed.)

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