Mt. Everest (South Side)

Mount Everest is the world’s highest peak at 8848 m (29,029 ft). Sir Edmund Hillary and Late Tenzing Norgay Sherpa became the first to summit Sagarmatha on May 29, 1953. On this expedition, we will follow the same historic route that was used by these pioneers. Starting from a scenic flight into Lukla, we will trek through the beautiful Namche Bazaar making our way to Everest Basecamp (5400m/17,117 ft). Himalayan Guides has been operating in this region since its inception over 2 decades ago. We have an exceptional safety as well success record on the mountain owed to our experienced and energetic staff who work to ensure your safe return. 



Basecamp: 17,717ft. (5400m)


Everest Base camp is situated on the north of Khumbu glacier at 18000ft. This is home for the duration of the expedition. Normally, the expedition lasts about 60 days. The basecamp is a bustling place with climbers, ground staff, sherpas, porters and yaks. You will practice/review climbing techniques, rescue procedures and perform equipment check here. Before we begin rotations into the higher camps, we will have a Puja ceremony asking the mountain for a safe passage. 


Camp I: 19500ft. (5943m)

After initial acclimatization at Base camp, we must cross crevasses, seracs and ice blocks on the Khumbu Glacier, on fixed ropes and in some cases several aluminium ladders heading towards the higher camps for rotation and later the summit push. Camp 1 is situated at a flat area of endless snow and deep crevasses. The Sun is very intense here during the day and temperatures can get very high. 


Camp II. 22,147ft. (6,750m)
Camp II is located at the foot of Mount Lhotse. We will have a proper camp set up here with a large kitchen and dining tents. Since we use this camp as a base for Camp III and higher, this is a semi-permanent camp with a small section of our staff specifically designated as Camp II staff. 


Camp III. 23,9500ft. (7,300m)
Camp III is located on the steep Lhotse Face. While the climb is very steep (40–50-degree slopes) there will be fixed lines. We will spend two nights here on rotation before the summit push. On the way we must ascend the steep Yellow Band. We recommend the use of oxygen above Camp III.


Camp IV. 26000ft. (8,000m)
This is the last camp before summit. Located at the South Col, it forms a saddle between Mount Everest and Mount Lhotse. This is a highly wind-swept location, so we only set up tents upon arrival. Here we recommend sleeping with the use of oxygen at a low flow. From here we move on to the summit and back.


Day 01Kathmandu Arrival & Hotel Transfer
Day 02Kathmandu 
Day 03Expedition Prep & Briefing at the Ministry of Tourism
Day 04Fly to Lukla & trek to Phakding (2640m) 
Day 05Phakding - Namche Bazar (3446m)
Day 06Namche (3446m) & Acclimatization
Day 07Namche - Tengboche Monastery (3867m)
Day 08Tengboche - Pheriche (4243m)
Day 09Pheriche - Lobuche (4930m) Lodge /camp
Day 10Everest Base Camp (5400m) O/N Camp 
Day 11 - 60Climbing Period 
Day 61Base Camp - Tengboche (3800m)
Day 62Tengboche - Phakding (2600m)
Day 63Phakding - Lukla (2800m) 
Day 64Lukla - Kathmandu
Day 65Final Departure 

Cost includes:

•         Airport-Hotel-Airport transport

•         Half day sightseeing in Kathmandu

•         4 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on BB basis

•         Domestic flights

•         Excess baggage charges

•         Climbing permit fees

•         Porters and Yaks for loads to & from Basecamp

•         Equipment allowance and insurance for Liaison officer

•         Personal climbing Sherpa with wages/equipment allowance/ insurance/high-camp load ferry bonus

•         Cook and cook boys with equipment allowance, wages and insurance

•         Basecamp tents and mattresses

•         Dining, Kitchen and Shower tents and other camping equipment

•         Fresh and organic food and beverages at Base Camp and high altitude food (individual packets)

•         EPI gases with burners for high camps

•         Walkie-talkie and permit fee

•         Satellite phone for the emergency purpose (Subject to charges)

•         Solar panel/Generator with accessories at base camp for power

•         Necessary climbing gear (excludes personal gear)

•         Oxygen cylinders with masks and regulators

•         Insurance of local team members

•         Rope fixing fee

•         Ice fall fee

•         Accommodation and meals at tea houses to and from base camp

Cost does not include:

•        Travel insurance (Should cover medical and high-altitude evacuation costs)

·         International air tickets

·         Nepal entry visa and Visa fee

·         Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu

·         Personal climbing equipment

·         Cost of emergency evacuation

·         Personal expenses

·         Summit bonus for climbing sherpa ( $ 1500 min)

·         Tips (for basecamp and high camp staff)

The technical difficulty of this climb is not high, but it is physically demanding with long days and sections with a lot of exposure to the elements. The trip is ideally suited to strong, experienced climbers. To move efficiently and enjoyably we recommend you have experience of Alpine PD+/AD routes and /or an ability to climb Scottish grade I/II winter routes and previous experience of altitude of at least 4800m before.

Starts around 7 AM with you packing your overnight gear into a kit bag before enjoying a hearty breakfast ready to leave camp whilst it’s still fairly cool. The pace on the trek will be leisurely with plenty of time to enjoy the scenery, take photos, chat to the locals and keep hydrated. Lunch is usually in a fine spot by the side of the trail and, most days, you will be arriving at our overnight camp mid-afternoon ready for a well-earned cup of tea. This leaves an hour or so to rest or explore before the evening meal. It is quite remarkable what the locals can produce in these remote circumstances.

Daytime temperatures are pleasantly warm in the valleys (20-30C) whilst cool to very cold (especially with wind chill) at higher altitudes. Nighttime temperatures are cold to very cold (possibly as low as minus 30C) and you should make sure you have a very warm sleeping bag (-30c), an expedition weight down jacket and good quality down mitts.

Food on the trek and at Base Camp is excellent and designed to stimulate your appetite despite frequent altitude induced loss of appetite. Breakfast includes porridge and cereal followed by eggs (fried, boiled poached or omelettes) and either bread or chapattis with jam, honey, peanut butter etc. Lunch starts with juice and may include chips, rice, lentils, vegetables, salad, sandwiches, beans, tinned fish and tinned meat. Dessert is usually fresh/tinned fruit and tea. The evening meal always starts with soup (often with a healthy dose of garlic to aid acclimatisation) accompanied by papadams, popcorn or prawn crackers. The main meal varies from local style – Dal Bhat (rice and lentils with an onion and vegetable sauce), Yak stew, momos etc. to western style – burgers, chips, pasta, even pizza! Desserts are equally appealing and include apple pie, cake, custard etc. You will not be hungry! Once on the mountain, we use dehydrated meals supplemented by chocolate, muesli bars, cheese, nuts, salami, etc.

IMPORTANT – The small print
Please note, flights to and from Lukla can be delayed due to the weather. Please be patient and bring a good book to read. If the flight is delayed overnight accommodation is included on a B&B basis. In cases of longer delays, optional helicopter flights are sometimes offered at an extra cost.

We allow one extra day in the itinerary for bad weather. If you are delayed longer (unusual) we can re-book your International flight but additional costs may/will be incurred. Tickets can be changed according to availability and the class of ticket, you may need to upgrade and be flexible on your return date. All additional payment would need to be paid for in Kathmandu (card payments accepted).

We employ local staff to work alongside our own group leader giving employment beyond farming. We ask that you restrict showers to those lodges that have electricity or solar power, thus reducing deforestation. Be prepared to wash using bowls of warm water or wet wipes. We recommend you dispose of burnable rubbish at the lodges but take other items such as bottles and batteries back to Kathmandu. Avoid plastic bottles of water by bringing iodine tablets and a refillable bottle to drink local pumped water. Soft drinks should be purchased in glass bottles that can be recycled.

Our itineraries generally allow sufficient time for your body to acclimatise. The best way to avoid any problems is to do everything slowly, walk at a gentle steady pace and drink plenty of fluid. Our leader will give an appropriate briefing on arrival.

Just in case your main luggage goes missing en route, it is a good idea to wear your boots on the plane. Most other things can be replaced but comfortable, well worn-in boots are more difficult to replace easily.

A detailed equipment list is provided on booking. Specialist items such as sleeping bags and down jackets can be rented or purchased.

For your own comfort travel light. Normally airlines restrict baggage to 20kg and the Lukla flight 15kg, but you will be wearing boots and one set of trekking clothes. Some items can be left at the hotel in Kathmandu for your return.

US/UK citizens and most EU nationals can purchase Visas on arrival. All other countries should check with their local embassy. Passports must be valid for at least six months after the end date of the trip.

Nepalese Rupee. UK Sterling, Euros and US Dollars can easily be changed in Kathmandu. ATM (cash machines) are available in Kathmandu.

Tipping is generally expected and part of everyday life. We generally tip our own local staff as a group. It is also usual to put approximately 1000 rupees into the pot for the Puja or mountain blessing – a very important part of climbing in the Himalayas.