Everest Expedition via South Side – 67 Days

Everest Expedition via South Side – 67 Days

The most popular choice among the mountaineers for Everest expedition is via the South Col which gives the most assured means of reaching the top. Time spent over 8000m is less in the approach to the summit on the south side as the summit is attempted in one push. Furthermore the south route has a good record of success due to the easy access of the route once it is opened by the first summiteers of the season.
Go on 67 day trip for
US $55,000 PP
  • Trip Code: ATH3289
  • Country: Nepal
  • Duration: 67 Days
  • Trip Level:
    Challenging
    Obviously we hope to fulfill our objectives but realistically we can only guarantee start and finish times with these treks. The treks are limited to those with an excellent level of personal experience and fitness and a sense of humor, with high tolerance levels. During the trek you may have to cross snow-covered passes in very remote areas and/or climb up to 6,000m in altitude. All our peak climbing and expeditions fall under this section.
  • Max Altitude: 8,848 m /29021.44 ft
  • Activity: Climbing involve with Rope and Ice Axe, Sightseeing and Trekking
  • Starts at: Kathmandu
  • Ends at: Kathmandu
  • Trip Route:

    Ktm-Lukla-Namche-Lobuche-Everest Base Camp-Kalapattar-Everest Summit-EBC-Pheriche-Namche- Lukla-KTM

  • Best Season: 
March to June/August to November.

Trip Highlights

  • Sightseeing in Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Pashupatinath (a major Hindu shrine) and the giant Buddhist Stupa at Bodhnath.
  • Scenic flight to and from Lukla
  • Step inside and experience life as the “mountain people” live, in the heart of Himalaya.
  • Visiting Tengboche Monastery.
  • Remarkable views of Khumbu Ice fall.
  • Climbing Kalapattar at elevation of 5555 meters.
  • Everest Base Camp and walking on the Khumbu glacier.
  • Exclusive small team with a high guide to climber ratio.
  • High Sherpa ratio – 1 Sherpa with every climber
  • Lead by experienced guides who have stood on the summit of Everest and other 8000 meters peaks.
  • Best Sherpa, support staff and logistics.

Trip Information

The most popular choice among the mountaineers for Everest expedition is via the South Col which gives the most assured means of reaching the top. Time spent over 8000m is less in the approach to the summit on the south side as the summit is attempted in one push. Furthermore the south route has a good record of success due to the easy access of the route once it is opened by the first summiteers of the season.

The admired Everest expedition trail is followed to reach the base camp for the Everest expedition. A short walk along the moraine leads to the icefall with large crevasses which are considered one of the obstacles for the expedition. Our entirely experienced expedition Sherpa teams fix this section with ropes and ladders which makes easier for the climbers to cross this section to reach Camp 1. The terrain is gradual climb to reach the Camp 2. From here climbing on mixed snow and ice leads way up the Lhotse Face to Camp 3. From the camp 3 climbing on moderate mixed snow and rocks is not easy which leads to South Col- the Camp 4. The route steepens after ascending snow slopes to reach the crest of the South East Ridge and easy climbing and then again steep climbing leads to the South Summit. A short traverse to the Hillary Step and then climbing on short, steep rock and snow groove of notorious Hillary Step leads to the final ridge to the summit.

Itinerary

  • Day 01 – Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1345meters). Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 02 – Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 03 – Official formalities and Preparation day in Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 04 – Final Preparation day in Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 05 – Fly to Tenzing and Hillary Airport in Lukla (2804 meters) from Kathmandu, trek to Phakding (2610 meters) 3 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 06 – Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441 meters) 5 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 07 – Namche Bazaar Acclimatization day. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 08 – Trek to Tengboche Monastery (3860 meters) 5 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 09 – Trek to Dingboche (4350 meters) 6 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 10 – Day trip to Chhukung valley (4710 meters) and trek back to Dingboche. 4 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 11 – Trek to Lobuche (4910 meters) 5 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse
  • Day 12 – Trek to Gorak Shep (5180 meters) then hike up to Kalapattar (5555 meters) back to Gorak Shep. 7 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 13 – Trek to Everest Base Camp (5365 meters), 4 hours. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 14 to Day 17 – Base Camp Training and preparation.
  • Day 18 to Day 61 – Climbing period from Base camp to Summit and Back to the Base Camp.
  • Day 62 – Trek down to Pangboche (3930 meters) 7 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 63 – Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441 meters) 6 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 64 – Trek to Lukla (3404 meters) 6 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 65 – Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu in the morning. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 66 – Leisure day in Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 67 – Transfer to international airport for your final flight departure.
Day 1 - Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1345 meters).

Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transffered to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle. Overnight at Hotel.
(No meals included)

Day 2 - Pre-trip meeting & sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.

In the morning, after breakfast, At around 8am, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your trek leader/guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trek. We will also supply you with our trek Duffel Bag, T-shirt and a Cap. For the meeting, please make sure you bring passport, three copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer. Please inform us in advance if you will be arriving late and therefore are unable to attend the pre-trip meeting.

After the Pre-Trip meeting and breakfast, your sightseeing trip will start at 9.45 AM in the morning. We provide a private vehicle and professional tour guide. We visit Boudhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. After Boudhnath Stupa we visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. We also visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which is a collection of pagoda and shikhara – style temples grouped around a fifty-five-window palace of brick and wood. The attraction of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square are the the Lion gate, the Golden gate, the Palace of fifty five windows, art galleries, the Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla.

The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area near by your hotel.Overnight at Hotel. 
(Breakfast Included)

Day 3 - Official formalities in Kathmandu.

Formal briefing at the Ministry of Tourism. The expedition leader will check that everyone’s equipment is in working order. Overnight at Kathmandu hotel.
(Breakfast Included)

Day 4 - Final preparation day in Kathmandu.

Final opportunity for last-minute purchases. Overnight at Kathmandu hotel.
(Breakfast Included)

Day 5 - Fly to Lukla & trek to Phakding.

An early morning start takes us to Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu for the 35 minute scenic flight to Tenzing and Hillary Airport in Lukla (2804m). Upon arrival at the airport, a guide will meet us and introduce the porters before we begin the three hour trek to Phakding (2610m).

After landing there will be time to explore the village while the Sherpa crew sort and load the trekking equipment. We then begin our trek by descending towards the Dudh Kosi River where we join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, located just above Chaunrikharka (2713m). The walking is easy and after passing through the small village of Ghat (2550m), Phakding is just a short walk. Overnight at guesthouse.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 6 - Trek to Namche Bazaar.

We begin the five hour trek along the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing this majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering Sagamartha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views. Namche Bazaar, known as the “Gateway to Everest,” is home to many quality restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, money exchange, internet cafe and a bakery. Namche (3441m) is one of the biggest villages along the whole Everest trail. Overnight at guesthouse.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 7 - Namche Bazaar acclimatization day.

A day will be spent in Namche in order to adjust to the high altitude. We’ll go on a short trek to a museum celebrating the traditional customs of the Sherpa people. We will also hike up the Syangboche Airport around Everest View Hotel. From this point can be seen rewarding views of the Himalayas with a stunning sunrise and sunset over the panorama of Khumbu peaks. Overnight at guesthouse.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 8 - Trek to Tengboche Monastery.

The trek continues along the rushing glacial waters of the Dudh Kosi, with magnificent views of the mountains. We trek to an altitude of 3860 meters today. After five hours we’ll reach Tengboche, where the local monastery can be seen. Inside the monastery are incredibly ornate wall hangings, a twenty foot sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. The group will be taken to observe a prayer ceremony in either the evening or morning, depending on how the day’s trekking progressed. Overnight at guesthouse.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 9 - Trek to Dingboche.

From Thyangboche the trail drops to Debuche, crosses suspension bridge on the Imja Khola, and climbs to Pangboche amongst thousands of mani stones. Our uphill trek continues for six hours, taking us to the quaint traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche, with its exquisite views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam. We’ll set a leisurely pace to adjust to the altitude (4350m). Overnight at guesthouse.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 10 - Day trip to Chhukung Valley.

Today is another day for acclimatization. We’ll have trip to Chhukung valley (4710m) via the Imja Khola valley, to see the marvelous view of the surrounding mountains, especially Lhotse’s massive south wall. Then we’ll return to Dingboche in the evening. Overnight at guesthouse.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 11 - Trek to Lobuche.

The trail continues for five hours today, along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and passes by stone memorials for climbers who have perished on nearby summits. We continue to climb, heading to Lobuche (4910) – just a few huts at the foot of giant Lobuche peak. Some breathing problems may arise today due to the altitude. Overnight at guesthouse.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 12 - Trek to Gorak Shep, hike up Mt. Kala Patar, return to Gorak Shep.

Most of this day is spent climbing Mt. Kala Patar, a small peak (by Himalayan standards) reaching 5555m. The ascent is demanding, but the climber gets the most magnificent mountain panorama possible: Everest, the highest point on the planet at 8848m (29,028ft), towers directly ahead and on all sides loom the other giants: Nuptse, Pumori, Chagatse, Lhotse. and countless other peaks. If possible we will stay and watch the awe-inspiring sunset over Everest and its neighbors. We make a quick descent to Gorak Shep, a tiny hamlet at 5180m. Overnight at guesthouse.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 13 - Trek to Everest base camp.

Contouring along the valley side, the trail leads on to the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and becomes quite faint, weaving between mounds of rubble. After roughly four hours we will reach the base camp near the foot of the Khumbu Icefall (5365m). This will be home for the next few weeks. Overnight at tented camp.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Days 14 to 17 - Base camp training and preparation.

We set about acclimatizing and learning skills needed for climbing the mountain, such as how to use the oxygen bottles and radios. We will also sort out our equipment and clothing needed for the mountain, setting aside the food we want for the upper camps (as this will be placed there for us ahead of time by the Sherpa).

In preparation for climbing the summit, we’ll rest and adjust to the altitude, avoiding unnecessary exertion. We aim to make the base camp as comfortable as reasonably possible, with a heated triple-skin mess tent, individual tents for each climber to sleep in, broadband internet connection and satellite telephones.

Before venturing into the Khumbu Icefall, we will practice moving securely through complex ice terrain using ladders and fixed ropes. We train at the base camp and on the ice columns found at the lower edge of the icefall. As soon as the route through the icefall is prepared and training complete, we’ll make our first attempt at the icefall, aiming to climb halfway through and then back to base by  mid-morning. We’ll continue to progress higher until we can make our way through the icefall and all the way to Camp 1 in reasonable time.

While we grow accustomed to the ropes, ladders, and altitude, the Sherpas will be running loads through the icefall, into the Western Cwm and beyond. Overnight at Tented Camps.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Days 18 to 61 - Climbing period from Base camp to Summit and Back to the Base Camp.

We do not provide a day-to-day itinerary for the climb period, as this will be determined by the expedition leader and members. Guides will take a flexible approach based on what fits with climbers’ and their own experience.

Camp 1: 6400m (20,996ft).
The Camp 1 is situated on a horizontal area of deep snow sheltered by mountain walls. The area is warm due to sun’s reflection during the day, and at night the deep murmuring, cracking sounds of crevasses beneath the tents can be heard.

Camp 2: 6750m (22,145ft).
Camp 2 is set at the foot of the icy Lhotse wall. Expect cloudy but pleasant weather.

Camp 3: 7100m (23,292ft).
Camp 3, located adjacent to the Lhotse wall, is reached using fixed rope. The path takes us through the steep allow bands (lose, down-slopping, and rotten limestone). As we cross short a snowfield, the route takes us up the Geneva Spur to the east before coming to the flats of the South Col. Beyond Camp 3, some climbers may feel minor discomfort due to the altitude, and the use of oxygen may be necessary.

Camp 4: 8400m (27,560ft).
This is the last camp of the expedition and the riskiest section of the climb, just 450 meters from the summit. The narrow southeast ridge is taken to attain the south summits (8,750m), and from here it is easy to reach at Everest’s summit at 8,848 meters.

The Climb
From the base camp, the route to the summit can be divided into four separate sections:

  • The Khumbu Icefall
  • The Western Cwm
  • The Lhotse Face
  • The Summit (southeast ridge)

The Khumbu Icefall
The Khumbu Icefall is found at the head of the Khumbu Glacier, 5,486m (18,000ft) high and not far above the base camp. Southwest of the summit, the icefall is regarded as one of the most dangerous stages of the South Col route to Everest’s summit. The Khumbu Glacier forming the icefall moves at such speed that large crevasses open with little warning. The seracs (large towers of ice) found at the icefall have been known to collapse suddenly. Great blocks of ice tumble down the glacier from time to time, ranging from the size of cars to large houses. It is estimated that the glacier advances three to four feet (0.9m to 1.2m) down the mountain every day.

Since the structures are continually changing, crossing the Khumbu Icefall is extremely dangerous. Even extensive rope and ladder crossings do not always prevent loss of life. Many people have died in this area –one such climber was crushed by a twelve story block of solid ice. Exposed crevasses may be easy to avoid, but those buried under the snow can form treacherous snow bridges through which unwary climbers can fall. Extreme caution is urged at this stage of the expedition.

The Western Cwm
Walking into the Western Cwm is like entering the hall of the mountain gods. The gigantic walls of this awe-inspiring basin tower over you as we progress from Camp 1 toward the full expanse of the cwm above, with the west ridge of Everest to the left and the north face of Nuptse to the right. This is the narrowest section of the path, with gaping crevasses running across the relatively flat floor. These holes are so big that they are measured in terms of double-decker buses! Because of this, crossing them often requires stretching ladders stretched across. The crevasses add to the sense that, having passed through the labyrinth of the icefall, the gods have set one more task for you before reaching their inner sanctum. This final test usually includes at least one steep wall of ice, rising straight from the floor to produce a vertical step of about 30m (100ft), taking us up to the hallowed ground of the upper Western Cwm.

From here, with the gods gazing down from the mountain’s upper ramparts, easy (but exhausting) progress is made to reach Camp 2, nestled below the west ridge just short of the foot of the southwest face.

The Lhotse Face
Early in the season, when the face is still unmarked by human progress, this steep section makes for the most grueling and technically intricate day on the mountain. Gusting winds, snow plumes, and the sight of the steep face looming above greet you at the base of Lhotse after a steady morning walk to the very end of the Cwm, above Camp 2. Careful footwork will have you ascending this section confidently, where the laser-straight ascent – rising on a slope that seems to touch your nose – is in stark contrast to the zigzag maze of the icefall below.

Arrival in Camp 3, halfway up the Lhotse Face, gives you a truly rugged, high mountain experience. Platforms cut just wide enough for the tents will have been hewn out of the thick ice by the Sherpas ahead of our arrival. Once that work has been done, it’s a mass exodus of our Sherpas back down to the comforts below. The Sherpas play by Sagarmatha’s rules, and for them a night on these exposed ledges is frowned upon by the mountain gods. Well, that’s what they say, but since it only takes an hour or so to return below, and they can be ready for work before we climbers have even risen for breakfast, why wouldn’t they take their rest lower down? For those with slower legs, we settle here on the ledge for one of the most glorious sunsets view seen by any human in all time (save the Apollo astronauts, perhaps!).

Typically, our camp is pitched in the lower neighborhood of Camp 3 (which can sprawl over several hundred meters up the slope), affording us better shelter from the winds than some of the tents perched above. After a night of re-hydration and an initial round of oxygen-rich sleep, we’ll return to the base camp and then all the way off the mountain to Dingboche. We’ll return here only once more, on the way to the summit.

When we next leave Camp 3 at 7,400m, you will be gripped by the first flush of true summit fever; down-suits donned, Top Out masks fitted, the first hiss of oxygen spreads from tent to tent as valves are cracked open. This marks the first day of climbing on “gas,” and the first stage of your ascent into the “death zone.”

The view does not disappoint either. The Nuptse Wall forms one half of the crescent bowl surrounding us, and the west shoulder of Everest the other. Down the valley, the towering peaks of Pumori and Lingtren, which rise with grandeur above the base camp, now look like insignificant ridges in the vast sea of Himalayan giants stretching out as far as the eye can see. The village of the base camp is long out of sight, now registered only by crackling radio transmissions during early morning calls.

The climb from Camp 3 launches another adrenaline-pumping attack on the senses as we inch up the steep Lhotse Face. Using an ascender on a fixed line, we grind up, slowly and steadily. After a grueling early morning, the effort is rewarded by a left turn across Lhotse toward the famous landmark of the Yellow Band. It’s no small relief at this point, as you will have ascended some 1200m (3700ft) from Camp 2. When you look down the sweep of the Lhotse Face, our tents will appear as tiny dots, like peppercorns scattered at your feet.

The second section rears up and onto the rocky Geneva Spur, adding exciting scrambling to the mix. The exhilaration of scrambling in such a sensational setting, combined with the apprehension of approaching 8000m and the anxiety of catching your breath on top of the Spur while drawing heavily through the oxygen mask needs first-hand experience to comprehend. Turning the corner here, we’ll head across the home stretch to the highest camp at the South Col, on what seems to be flat ground. Now the fixed line disappears briefly, which lends an enticing sense of freedom, even though the wind usually picks up speed here, whispering caution. The last few meters of walking to the South Col inevitably brings with it a flood of emotions, since you’ve made all but the very last leap en route to the highest point on earth.

After a few moments of contemplation, it’s down to business. Navigating toward the relative shelter of our tents, there’s an immediate dash to remove damp socks, arrange boots to dry, tie down crampons and ice axes outside, and dive into warm sleeping bags while setting to work on sparking up the stoves.

South Col to Summit
After an afternoon of rest and refreshment, as well as attempts to sleep (thwarted by excitement and adrenaline), the summit push begins between 10 p.m. and midnight. Typically the howling winds, which will accompany the team in the first hours of climbing, die down as the night continues.

We arrive at the small platform of snow known as the Balcony, where we change oxygen bottles, steal a few minutes rest, and make contact with the base camp, on standby maintaining a watchful vigil while we make for the top.

The route then turns to a sustained 300m (1000ft) climb up the southeast ridge toward the south summit. The climbing remains similar to the earlier sections: step, pause, breathe, and repeat. Passing across some rocky steps at the top of the ridge, we reach the south summit. From here the view opens up to the Hilary Step and all the way up to the top. Depending on whether we have changed oxygen bottles at the Balcony, we may switch again here.

Above the tangle of fixed lines on the 40 ft Hilary Step, it’s about 100m (330ft) vertically between here and the summit. But the sheer drop down the Kangshung Face on one side and the southwest face on the other makes this section of breathtaking climbing both physically and emotionally hard. And the reward, of course, opens up at 8848m (29,028ft), where there’s no higher step in the world.

We hope to be on the summit in the early morning, with plenty of time to make the long descent to the South Col. After spending another night sleeping with oxygen, the team will descend from Camp 4 on the South Col, directly to Camp 2 and then, the next day, to the base camp.
(High Quality Camping Tents will be provided in each camp)
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 62 - Trek down to Pangboche.

After seven hours we reach Pangboche (3930m), the oldest monastery in the region. It contains what is said to be the scalp and bones of a Yeti, or abominable snowman!  Overnight at guesthouse with a hot shower after the big adventure.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 63 - Trek to Namche Bazaar.

Leaving the mountains behind, our descent takes us through Tengboche Monastery (3860m) before continuing back to the town of Namche Bazaar (3441m), an overall trip of five and a half hours. We arrive back into Namche Bazaar in the afternoon. Overnight at guesthouse.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 64 - Trek to Lukla.

We return to Lukla (3404m), where the trip began, after a six hour trek. We’ll take time to reflect on the trek as a group, and the personal achievements of all who took part. You’ll also have plenty of time to explore the town. Overnight at guesthouse.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 65 - Morning flight back to Kathmandu.

On the scenic thirty-five minute flight back to Kathmandu, you’ll enjoy a last glimpse of the mountains you have recently climbed. Upon arrival in Kathmandu we’ll be met and transferred back to the initial hotel. Once back in Kathmandu, Ace the Himalaya will host an evening barbecue as a chance to celebrate the expedition, say farewell, and thank the Sherpas and team members for their support and friendship throughout the trip. Overnight at Kathmandu hotel.
(Breakfast Included)

Day 66 - Leisure day in Kathmandu and Farewell Dinner.

This is also a spare day in case our Lukla flight is delayed. If we fly out of Lukla on time, we have a full day to relax and enjoy the various delights of Kathmandu. Once back in Kathmandu, Ace the Himalaya will host an evening barbecue as a chance to celebrate the expedition, say farewell, and thank the Sherpas and team members for their support and friendship throughout the trip.
(Breakfast and Farewell Dinner Included)

Day 67 - Transfer to airport for flight departure.

An Ace airport representative will escort you to Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.
(Breakfast Included)

  • We all know that climbing Everest in one of the most financially challenging trips that you decide to take on. Our Prices compared to other outfitters that provide the same product can vary based on the services. This trip can only be organized for minimum of two people upon your request. We have price discounts according to the group size and number of pax. The bigger your group, the bigger your group discounts. A group booking of 12 or more people is subjected to a maximum discount with the availability of free trip to one person. If your group is much larger please contact us to discuss about the price. There is also the option of private and tailor made journey best suited for you, your family and friends. The trip price according to the number of pax is well illustrated below:
    Group Size Price Per Person Remark
    2 pax US $55000
    3 pax to 4 pax US $42000
    5 pax to 8 pax US $35000
    9 pax to 12 pax US $30000
    12 pax+ US $25000 Complementary trip for one person
  • We understand that some clients want their adventure trek/trip to be a private affair, so that it would enable them to spend some of their memorable moments with their near and dear ones at there own Schedule. Considering this, Ace the Himalaya organizes private journeys as well. Please choose your own departure date.
    • 11 + five =
  • You can also use this tour as a base for a tailor-made itinerary. For example, we could add on more time exploring the Kathmandu Valley or relaxing in Pokhara, or add some wildlife safaris in Chitwan or Bardia National Parks. We can also adjust the trekking route and add some exciting white water rafting on the Seti, Trisuli or Bhote Koshi rivers. To discuss your ideas or to get some suggestions from one of our travel consultants, please fill in our tailor-made request form.
    • eight plus five =

Price Includes

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by Tourist vehicle.

  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in three star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included. (6 nights)

  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu byTourist Vehicle.

  • All your standard Meals during the lodge to lodge trek (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners).

  • Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation during the trek (Twin sharing and ocasionally dormitory room at guesthouse)

  • Full board meal during the camping at base camp, prepared by our cook with hot Tea & coffee.

  • All base camp and Advance base camp camping gears (We will provide fully water proof dining tents, kitchen gears, dining table, chairs, toilet tents and shower tent at the base camp)

  • High quality Climbing tents for all camps.

  • Insurance for all Nepali staffs and porters including helicopter rescue provision.

  • Boiled and purify drinking water for the trek and at base camp.

  • Expedition permits

  • Liaison officer and his round trip flight, insurance, wages, expedition equipments etc.

  • High altitude climbing food, fuel, Gas- above base camp (you are also advised to bring some high altitude food yourselves)

  • Guide, cook, porters, helpers up to base camp

  • Climbing Sherpas (1 member = 1 Sherpa Ratio on climbing day)

  • A well stocked first aid and medical kit sufficient to counter any possible mountaineering ailments, from headache to serious injury.

  • Oxygen 7 bottles per team climber and 4 bottles per sherpa.

  • Extra Oxygen equipment for medical use only.

  • A portable hyperbaric chamber (Gamow bag)

  • Emergency communications on the mountain and satellite communications link for helicopter evacuation.

  • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu.

  • Farewell dinner for members in Kathmandu.

  • Power supply at Base Camp for charging electronics such as phone, laptops and cameras (solar backup)

  • Flight cost from Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu including airport departure tax at both airport.

  • All our government taxes and vat.

Price Does not Include

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu.

  • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation. (See the travel insurance page)

  • International airfare and airport departure tax (See the international flights page)

  • Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).

  • Alcoholic and cold drinks.

  • Personal trekking and climbing Equipment (Click the trekking equipment tab).

  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected, see info below).

  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on 'Price Includes' section.

Recomended tipping and sherpa bonuses are as follow:
  • Allow $80-150 for general non-sherpa crew who stay at base camp.
  • Allow $150-250 for sherpas who go up to the base camp.
  • Summit climbing Sherpa US$ 400 – 600 per Sherpa.

You will need clothing for dining in Kathmandu, trekking in the humidity and heat, and to protect you from the cooler temperatures in the mountains. This list is designed to help you choose the right gear for the demands of this trek and are the minimum required for this trip.

You are expected to provide the following personal equipment. These items are mandatory for survival in the mountains, so make sure you have everything on the list.

The emphasis on equipment necessary for mountain travel follows two simple tenets: Lightweight and Functional. Since you will be carrying all of your gear and a portion of the group gear, the items you choose to take should be lightweight, dependable, and adaptable to a variety of extreme conditions. The quality of the equipment you choose has a lot to do with how warm, dry, and safe you will remain so be critical of quality and the proper fit of clothing. Comfort lends itself to a more enjoyable experience!

The layering system outlined is usually sufficient for most people, but if you tend to be colder, bring one extra medium layer such as a vest, which would be ideal for extra warmth around camp. When making the final decision as to what goes into your pack, remember that it’s a fine science of taking just enough clothes and accessories to do the job, while not over-burdening yourself with items you probably will not use.

Cotton clothing must be avoided because it dries very slowly and is a poor insulator when wet. Instead, choose wool or synthetic fabrics that “wick” the sweat and moisture away from your skin to keep you much warmer.

We will supply complimentary water and wind proof duffel bag which you can use on the trek and is carried by porter/s. The duffel bag is yours to keep after the trek. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them after the trek.

All the equipments like Base camp tents, kitchen accessories and all the group climbing equipments ( climbing rope, ice screw, somw bar, ice hammer) is provided by the company.

Climbing gear

The Following equipments are essential for climbing.

  • Alpine climbing harness. Must have adjustable leg loops and fit over all clothing.
  • 2 locking carabiners. Large, pear-shaped carabiner is best, screw gate type recommended
  • 3 regular carabiners. Lightweight; BD Hot wire are recommended.
  • Ice axe w/leash. Light weight (Grivel Air tech, Black Diamond Raven, or Charlet Moser Snow Walker). Under 5’7” use 60cm; 5’7”- 6’2” use 65cm; over 6’2” use 70cm.
  • Plastic Mountaineering boots (Koflach Degree, Lowa Civetta, or Scarpa Alpha) or Leather Double Mountaineering boots (La Sportiva Olympic Mons, Boreal GI or equivalent; must be mountaineering/crampon compatible)
  • Crampons. Must be fit to plastic boots prior to trip, new-matic type recommended; include a simple repair kit (Grivel G12, Black Diamond Contact, or Charlet Moser Super 12)
  • Adjustable trekking poles.
  • Belay/rappel device (Figure 8 preferred)

Upper Body

  • 2 cotton t-shirt.
  • 1 polypropylene t-shirt.
  • 2 long sleeve polypropylene shirts. Lightweight, light colored for sunny days.
  • 2 women sports bras. Synthetic, no cotton!
  • 1 Softshell. Marmot Dri-clime Wind Shirt, Patagonia Stretch Zephur or Krushell Jacket (R2 pullover acceptable).
  • Down/synthetic sweater or vest. Patagonia Puffball Jacket or Sweater preferred; R4 Jacket acceptable
  • Hard shell jacket with hood. Water proof and breathable. Gore-Tex or equivalent is best, roomy enough to fit over multiple layers.
  • 1 expedition down parka with hood. This is probably your most important piece of clothing! It is important that your jacket is 700+ fill down, baffle construction (not sewn through seams) and has a thick insulated hood

Hand Wear

You will require two systems: one glove system for lower on the mountain and a mitten overmitt system for the cold temperatures encountered on summit day.

  • 2 pair liner gloves. Thin wool or polypropylene.
  • 1 pair warm gloves. Fleece or wool.
  • 1 pair expedition shell gloves.
  • 1 pair modular expedition shell mitts. Or Pro Mitts. If they do not have wrist straps consider sewing one on so that you can either attach it to your jacket or cinch the strap to your wrist so that you do not lose your mittens in high winds.

Head Gear

  • Warm hat. Wool or synthetic that covers your ears.
  • Balaclava
  • Face mask.
  • Shade hat or baseball cap.
  • Glacier glasses. 100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (e.g. Julbo or Cebe)
  • 1 pair extra sunglasses (also with UV protection in case your 1st pair breaks).
  • 1 ski goggles with UV protection
  • If you require prescription glacier glasses, you can get your lenses modified to your prescription.

Lower Body

  • 4 pair of liner socks. Polypropylene or Capilene.
  • 3 pair lightweight trekking socks.
  • 2 pair medium-heavy wool socks. Check boot fit with liner and wool socks on.
  • 1 pair nylon shorts.
  • 1 pair nylon pants for trekking and around camp.
  • 2 pair lightweight long underwear bottoms
  • 1 pair fleece pants with side zipper or “puff-ball pants”
  • 1 pair soft shell pants (e.g. Patagonia Guide pants or OR Granite Pants. Schoeller fabrics).
  • 1 pair of hard shell pants. Waterproof/breathable with full side zips, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best.
  • 1 pair gaiters. Make sure they will fit over plastic boots (OR Crocodiles or equivalent).
  • 1 pair down booties (optional).
  • 1 pair trail shoes for the hike to base camp and use at camp
  • 1 pair sandals or tennis shoes for Kathmandu and in camp
  • All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large plastic bags.

Pack

  • 1 lightweight internal frame pack (approx 4,000 cubic inches).
  • 1 daypack is optional for the approach hike, possible use on summit day and carry-on pack. If you plan to use it for your summit pack it must be large enough for your down jacket, misc. clothes, food and water. The Lowe Alpine Neutrino or Black Diamond Speed 28 are excellent, lightweight (16 oz.) choices.
  • 1 large (7,500+cu.in.) duffel bag for gear, must be durable for use on pack animals
  • Small padlock for duffel bag.
  • 1 small duffel bag for luggage storage in Kathmandu. We will supply complimentary duffel/kit bag for the item you buy in Kathmandu.

Sleeping Gear

  • 1 down sleeping bag rated to -10 F (Gore Dryloft or similar fabric helps protect down and dark colors speed drying time)
  • Sleeping pad. Full length closed cell foam (mandatory) and/or Therma-Rest for extra warmth and comfort

Miscellaneous

  • 1 first-aid kit with ibuprofen and any other doctor recommended medications.
  • Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful to hang around your neck
  • Sunscreen. At least SPF 40
  • Headlamp. Petzl Myobelt 3 or Black Diamond Polar Star.
  • 3 Water bottles. 1 liter wide-mouth Nalgene (1 is a pee bottle).
  • Hydration bladder with drinking tube for lower mountain (optional)
  • 1 water bottle insulator.
  • Plastic mug w/snap-on lid, 16 oz. or larger.
  • Bowl and spoon. Plastic, small Tupperware works well. Lexan spoons are best.
  • Pocket knife. Small Swiss-army type.
  • Water purification. Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals
  • Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag.
  • 3-4 Large plastic bags, for keeping miscellaneous gear dry.
  • Nylon stuff sacks. For food and gear storage (OR has a good selection); large Ziplocs are useful also.
  • Bandana.
  • Camp towel.
  • Ear plugs.
  • Hand wipes.
  • 1 small stainless steel thermos (optional).
  • Favorite snack foods (no more than 2 pounds).
  • Paperback books, cards, Walkman, etc.
  • Binoculars (optional for viewing the route from the lower camps).
  • Camera. 1 light weight point & shoot on the mountain, 1 large SLR type is optional for the trek in and base camp.
  • Fanny pack or wallet for travel documents, money & passport.
  • Passport and passport photos
  • Airline ticket (Please leave your airline ticket at our office in Kathmandu because we may required changing the date of your departure from Kathmandu)

This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipments can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.

Please Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.

Here's a few answers to most common Questions asked by the customers.

As we all know that when you make a decision to climb the Everest it is one of the most financially challenging trips to come on. Our prices compared to other outfitters that provide the same product, services, if not a lesser product are actually less! We invite you to shop around and compare, both in price and quality. We feel strongly that you will find us to be the best in the business.

One of the main things that set us apart is our attention to detail. Nowhere else you will find a team of people more dedicated to your success! From the time you contact the office to the time you step on the mountain, our customer service is the best. Another most important reason to choose is our community service.

Our trip prices are much more reasonable compare to many global based companies; it is not because we are economical in service in which we operate. We are local operator therefore we DO NOT re-sell or use second party or agency. Many international companies will take anything from one third to three quarters of the profits this is how your trip price makes huge unusual.

After meeting all your team and crew in Kathmandu we fly by helicopter or fixed wing plane directly to Lukla and follow the Khumbu Valley to Namche Bazar. Acclimatizing along the way and relishing in the hospitality provided by our Sherpa friends we reach base camp and after some rest and preparation we begin the ascent. Base camp will be a collection of sleeping tents, as well as a large kitchen and dining tent. We utilize the services of specially trained Sherpa cooks and we import a lot of high quality food to supplement the local produce available. The guides and Sherpas will fix rope on the route and stock the camps with provisions and equipment. By utilizing fixed rope we can climb in average weather, and, if necessary descend to base camp with little problem in case of a major storm. Two or three climbing Sherpas will assist with the load carrying but no more will be engaged in order to avoid clogging the route and spoiling the nature of the climb. When the fixed line is in place, and the two camps are established and stocked, we will climb back up the ropes and make a bid for the summit. Sufficient supplies will be available to support all members. Guides and Sherpas will carry all group gear but members are expected to carry their own personal gear. Radios will be used to co-ordinate the movements on the mountain and provide a safety back-up for the lead team.

Sure! This is one of the best points to start the expedition, having family and friends trek to base camp to see you off on your journey. Base camp for non-climbers is not a very hospitable place, but we strive to make your guests comfortable and welcome. Guests for the duration of the expedition are allowed on a case by case basis. The reason for this is simple. On the trip, our job is to be climbing, spending time just at base camp can be quite boring sometimes, so we usually encourage guests to trek in at the beginning or end of the expedition, to join you during the most exciting parts of the trip! Contact us for cost and details.

Of course! Most people on the Everest expedition, members end up bringing “the kitchen sink”! We encourage you to bring some of your favorite goodies and tech toys, as base camp will become our home for 2 months or so. The more comfortable you are, the more energy you have for the climb, so every little thing helps!

Taking as your Everest expedition is a once in a lifetime experience, we wanted to make sure you have every possible advantage. Some clients enjoy the added privacy and schedule flexibility that a private expedition allows. A private means you will have your own guides, your share of the Sherpa carry staff, a private dining tent, and optional private communication facilities. This allows you to climb at your own pace, and enjoy the mountain on your own terms. The costs vary depending on how many clients there are in your private group. Please contact the office for details.

Simply, You cannot just decide to write a cheque and go and climb Mt. Everest! A comprehensive climbing resume is required to join our team. The most required factor on our ‘Ace Everest Expedition’ is that the participants must have a solid understanding of mountaineering skills. This should include previous high altitude experience of at least 6,000 meters, mixed with a multitude of Alpine mountaineering and, preferably, you will have taken part in a previous 8,000-metre expedition. Please let us know if you want us to arrange training program in some of the 6000 and 7000 meters peaks in Himalaya before your Everest expedition begin. Our Three Peaks Climbing Courses or Pumori Expedition is appropriate for preparing Everest expedition. By our experience we have found that those who have been to 7000 to 8,000-meters peak previously have a considerably better chance of getting to the top of Everest. We would strongly advise you to climb one of the other 7000 or 8,000 meter peaks before going to Everest, as this is the best way of ensuring the money you spend on Everest will be rewarded by a successful ascent and a safe return home. Exceptionally, however, climbers who have not had the chance of climbing 7000 to 8,000 meters peak may consider Everest if they have a compensating depth of experience.

You should be in the best shape of your life! This is our longest expedition of the year. It requires patience, stamina, mental fortitude, and a strong will. Summit day can sometimes be over 20 hours long! Day by day the challenges are different, but the more prepared you are, both mentally and physically, the smoother your trip will go.

Maximum 10 members can be included on our Ace Everest expedition. This is to ensure that we can maintain safety and our attention on detail. There may be more in base camp and in the camps on the mountain if there are private expeditions, but they will generally travel separately from the main team.

Yes, we encourage that. Perhaps there may be someone in your area that can become a training partner, perhaps they can help you source some hard to find gear. The bottom line is that it’s a good idea to have some contact with folks that you will share this experience with.

You will have your own tent in base camp, but on the mountain, you will be sharing a tent with others. We generally book you in to a single room in the hotel in Kathmandu whilst it is twin share in the lodges on the trek into base camp. A single supplement is available. Please contact us for further details.

It will depend on the day. On a “carry” day, where you are moving your personal gear between camps, your pack can be 20-40lbs, equal to 9-18kg , sometimes higher if you choose to carry more of your equipment. On “move” days, the weight goes down significantly, to 10-15lbs., 5-7kg.

All these will depend on what camp we are in. In the base camp, we import tons of food from Kathmandu. So don’t be surprised by our sushi nights, fresh muffins, yoghurt for breakfast, and pizza! On the mountain, we usually have a wide variety of meals; these are significantly tastier than freeze dried, as they are real food and ready to heat and eat! At Camp 2, our advanced base camp, we have Sherpa cook staff, who prepare more ‘base camp like’ food. Pizza, pasta, eggs and bacon! We work hard to make sure our food is second to none.

During the stay at lodges you will find delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare. Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, daal bhat(rice and lentils), bread, soup, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard.

It depends on the day and your level of acclimatization. At the beginning of the trip, everything seems slower and longer, but as you get more adjusted to the mountain, the days go quicker. Average days can be 5-10 hours long. Summit day can be up to 20 hours long.

Experience has shown how important it is on Everest to be able to talk to every team member, at all times. If you join Ace the Himalaya on Everest, you will have a dedicated radio. Each Sherpa will also have his own radio, so that at all times we can keep in touch with everyone, and everyone can keep in touch with each other. Base Camp is equipped with a lap top and high speed satellite connection. The satellite communications are also used to send back regular reports, every couple of days, to Ace the Himalaya office. Expedition updates are then posted on the web and/or are sent to family and friends via email.

We use standard rooms from three/four star hotels in Kathmandu with breakfast included. Hotel Vaishali, Samasara Resort are the examples of the hotel that we use in Kathmandu.

There will be an Ace the Himalaya representative at the airport to meet you, and the first of many team briefing occurs in the evening of day 1 and 2 in Kathmandu with our local Sherpa guides.

Since this is our biggest and longest trip, we usually suggest our expedition members to bring USD$1500 -$2500. This will cover everything from gifts, to bottled drinks, lunch and dinner, tips, and anything else that catches your eye on the trail. ATM cash machines work in Kathmandu, but only pays the local currency, Rupees.

As long as possible, we request you to arrive in Kathmandu on the assigned date, to assure your baggage makes it on time, and you have time to recover from jet lag before trekking. It is hard to catch the group if you are arriving late and still waiting for lost baggage! We can arrange extra nights in the hotel. Many people depart from our Nepal expeditions later, to enjoy the sights and sounds of Kathmandu, but do keep in mind that this is long expedition and we find that people want to head home as quickly as possible after the climb finishes.

Yes. In fact, the managing director, Prem K Khatry, has served as the board member in the association.

Yes, they have all received a 45-day training from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center in Nepal. The guides have also received high altitude first aid training from KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project). Please check our Trekking Guides Profiles and Training Certificates.

Ace the Himalaya is one of the prime supporters of the social organization Sambhav Nepal. There are several on-going projects in a village called Arupokhari (Gorkha district) which you are more than welcome to visit or even volunteer at. You will be able to gain a different insight into the lives of the people in the hills and also make a difference!

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We cater to all group sizes, while maintaining the field staff ratio to give you the best quality and experience.

Yes, you need to book your own International flights. We are a local agent and it would cost you significantly higher to book through us. Please find more information in the International Flight page.

Laundry service is difficult to find, except in cities. For other trips, laundry is done by self at the taps.

Yes. Please contact us for the price. However we strongly suggest bringing the good quality equipment yourself. It is hard to find good quality brand new climbing equipment in Nepal.

YES all our climbing guides are licensed by the Nepal Mountaineering Association. They are experienced in many 6000 and 7000 meters peaks and also been to 8000 meters peaks few times. We only provide the Sherpa who have done Everest multiple times previously.

Since this is our biggest and longest trip, we usually suggest our expedition members to bring USD$800 -$1000 . This will cover everything from gifts, to bottled drinks, tips, and anything else that catches your eye on the trail. ATM cash machines work in Kathmandu, but only pays the local currency, Rupees.

As long as possible, we request you to arrive in Kathmandu on the assigned date, to assure your baggage makes it on time, and you have time to recover from jet lag before trekking. It is hard to catch the group if you are arriving late and still waiting for lost baggage! We can arrange extra nights in the hotel. Many people depart from our Nepal expeditions later, to enjoy the sights and sounds of Kathmandu, but do keep in mind that this is long expedition and we find that people want to head home as quickly as possible after the climb finishes.

YES, you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos. Please obtain the 90 days visa when you arrive because 30 days is not good enough for this trip.

Additional Personal Sherpas (who have successfully climbed Mount Everest) are available for hire, the cost will US$1500 extra (includes all their costs) to climb with an individual who desires someone to climb with them on a personal basis.

We invest in insurance coverage for commercial liability and medical and disability insurance for our employees and Sherpas while participating on our programs. We cannot insure you for your personal needs, but we do expect you to be as fiscally responsible as we are. We strongly recommend that you insure yourself against potentially expensive difficulties that may arise. First, trip cancellation insurance may provide financial relief should you be forced to withdraw from the climb before it even happens. Next, make sure you have adequate traveler’s medical and evacuation insurance for coverage should you have a problem during the trip. Medical care and evacuation from mountain can be expensive.

Please check our recommended travel insurance companies page.

This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 50 to USD 1000 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide. However, we recommend you to spend minimum 10% of your total trip cost for tipping entire local staffs. See the recommended tipping and Sherpa bonuses are as follow:

· Allow $80-150 for general non-sherpa crew who stay at base camp.
· Allow $150-200 for sherpas who go up to the base camp.
· Summit climbing Sherpa US$ 300 – 500 per Sherpa

In major places, we arrange guesthouse with hot shower. And in rest of the places, hotel water in bucket will be provided for shower. We will also have the shower tent at the base camp of Everest.

Our company insures all our trekking staff members, including guides, cooks, Sherpas and porters. Please browse though Company Information pages to view insurance details.

Holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Along your trek we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food.

Depending on the group size we use both porter or Yaks to carry your luggage. All you need to carry is your small day bag for your personal belongings like camera, water bottle, sun cream etc only.

Yes, there are a plenty of options and choices to extend your holiday before or after your main trip. Please go into our trip extension page for further information.

Climbing member may cancel his/her participation on the following basis:

· Two months before trip departure – 50% refund of the total cost.
· After Two months – no refund will be made.

No vaccinations are compulsory fro travelling in Bhutan, but we do recommend you are covered for diphtheria TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, *malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus.

We also recommend:

· A dental check-up prior to travelling.
· That you know your blood group in case of emergency.

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on tour, you make these known to your tour leader and Ace the Himalaya at the time of your booking.

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    Experienced Required
    The most required factor on our ‘Everest Expedition’ is that the participants must have a solid understanding of mountaineering skills. This should include previous high altitude experience of at least 6,000 meters, mixed with a multitude of Alpine mountaineering and, preferably, you will have taken part in a previous 8,000 meters expedition. By our experience we have found that those who have been to 7000 to 8,000 meters peak previously have a considerably better chance of getting to the top of Everest. We would strongly advise you to climb one of the other 7000 or 8,000 meters peaks before going to Everest, as this is the best way of ensuring the money you spend on Everest will be rewarded by a successful ascent and a safe return home. Exceptionally, however, climbers who have not had the chance of climbing 7000 to 8,000 meters peak may consider Everest if they have a compensating depth of experience.

    Although fixed ropes will be used where appropriate, expedition members must have the ability to climb Alpine routes. All team members must be competent mountaineers and self-sufficient with the ability to move between and to live in High Mountain camps un-aided or supervised.

    This expedition is not “guided” because this is not a realistic proposition in the high-altitude realm of 8,000 meters and above. “Guiding” and being “guided” implies the intimate supervision and care of a “client” by a “Guide” who can be responsible for the direct and immediate control of safety. On Everest, such a direct duty-of-care, implicit in the traditional guide-client relationship, is not possible.


    Important Note
    The above itinerary is not a fixed program but is intended to give an indication of the likely events during the expedition. Please note that because of climbing High Mountain, it will be necessary to have a flexible plan in order to take the best advantage of situations as they present themselves. Any changes to the itinerary will be made with a view to maximizing the benefit to the team members and of ensuring their eventual success on the mountain.

    Normally climbers will change their departure flights from Kathmandu when they know exactly when the expedition is going to end. We plan to stay at Base Camp for climbing as long as it takes for us to be successful.

    Team members should take out private insurance if they wish to be covered against cancellation due to medical or personal reasons. This is called trip Cancellation insurance and can be obtained from your normal travel agent.


    Flight Delay in Kathmandu and Lukla
    Twin Otter is the primary mode of transport to and from the airstrip at Lukla. This service is fairly dependable. Sometimes, flights (to and from Lukla) may be cancelled due to mountain weather conditions or technical problems. In such case, Ace the Himalaya will charter a helicopter to ensure you are on schedule for your international flight. The helicopter can fly if the visibility is 1500m, while the twin otter can fly if the visibility is 5000m, as per Nepal’s Civil Aviation rules.

    The cost of the helicopter is payable directly to our Kathmandu office in the event that this service is utilized. US cash, traveler’s cheques, or credit cards (Visa Cards, Master Cards only) are accepted. You will be given a receipt upon payment so that you may claim the amount from your travel insurance. The minimum cost will be US$1000 and maximum US$3500 depending on the number of group members.

    What makes this trip different ?

    Ace the Himalaya works closely with and is one of the main supporters of local NGO Sambhav Nepal. We support them in a number of ways.

    Donation
    Ace the Himalaya donates up to 10% of its annual revenue to Sambhav Nepal’s projects which cover regular maintenance of school buildings, constructing toilets, rebuilding earthquake-affected houses and schools, and so on.

    Sponsorship
    One of the major activities of Sambhav Nepal is the children sponsorship program, which is conducted with full collaboration with Ace the Himalaya and its sister organizations, Ace Holidays and Ace Xpeditions.

    Partnership (Volunteering Program)
    The Volunteering Program, devised by Ace the Himalaya and Sambhav Nepal, aims to mobilize teams of experts and interested individuals as an effective and economic measure in providing the human capital for education, health and community development in the villages of northern Gorkha district, western Nepal.

    After the Earthquake of April 25, 2015, the Volunteering Program’s focus has been mobilizing the volunteers in various school and house rebuilding projects in the hard-hit Gorkha district.

    For more details, visit Sambhav Nepal’s website www.sambhavnepal.org