Everest Expedition North Ridge Tibet-57 days (7010m)
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Despite being the highest mountains on planet Earth, Himalayan Mountains including Mt. Everest are relatively younger than their American and European counterparts such as the Andes, the Alps, and the Rockies. European climbers were able to get close to Everest only when Tibet was open to outsiders in the 1920s. Since then, the Everest has fascinated the mountaineers all over the world. George Mallory gave the reason behind his interest in Everest Expeditions quipping, ‘Because it’s there’. Unfortunately, Mallory and Irvine disappeared high on the mountain in 1924. Mt. Everest was first summitted in 1953 by Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Edmund Hillary via the South Col. Everest is certainly a lifetime opportunity. Climbing Everest from the Tibet side is relatively easier and less costly than climbing from the Nepal side. Still, Everest expeditions encounter many seen and unseen obstacles including high altitude, harsh weather conditions and even sheer exhaustion.
We strive hard to conduct the best expedition program putting high importance on the safety aspects of the climb. After your arrival in Kathmandu Airport, you will be greeted at the airport by a staff from Ascent Explorers who will transfer you to the hotel. After that, we will obtain your Tibet visa and other necessary documents for the Everest Expedition. After 3 days, we drive toward Nepal-Tibet border up to the Friendship Bridge. We take time to acclimatize with one night at Zhangmu (2300m) and two nights at Nylam (3750m). Then we drive to Tingri (4350m) where we spend further two nights for acclimatization. Then we drive to Everest Base camp (5200m) also called the Chinese base camp.
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Requirements & Technicality
Trekking days also help the body to respond and acclimatize with the high altitude environment. It’s always advisable to go slow in the beginning stopping at villages that sit increasingly higher in the range. We would trek a few miles and then rest for the night, letting the body reconfigure to the thinner air. In the remote countryside, the ‘early to bed and early to rise’ schedule proves most suitable. A typical trekking day starts at around 6 or 7 am. Enjoy the hearty breakfast and begin trekking. Carry your pack containing personal items you need for the day. The porters and yaks carry all the loads. Walk at your own pace, enjoy the scenery, chat with the natives, and take photographs.
The lunch time depends upon the terrain and is prepared by our catering team. Generally you stop for lunch after about 3 hours of walking. The lunch hour also helps in acclimatization. The aim would be to reach next stop by the sunset. After reaching the overnight stay point, the crew members fix the tents. You may relax with a cup of tea or coffee or take a pleasure walk around the camp site. The dinner would be ready around 7 PM. Enjoy the dinner while sharing the day’s experience with team members.
The climbing itinerary may vary according to the climber’s personal experience. A climbing day involves a steady climbing for 3-4 hours in the morning. After taking lunch, rest and relax, there is a climb of 2-3 hours in the afternoon. However, flexibility in climbing itinerary is necessary as people climb at own pace and respond individually to the stresses of climbing. We ensure the ratio of climbers and Sherpa guides focusing on high safety measures so that each individual climber is able to progress at their own rate.
Base Camp (17,000 ft /5666m) to Advanced Base Camp (ABC) (21,300 ft/6400m)
It’s about 20 km from BC to ABC which involves hiking on boulders, ice and snow. Normally, we stop at an interim camp on the first day for acclimatization purpose. The next day we arrive at the ABC by following the Rongbuk Glacier. ABC lies under the slopes of Changtse Mountain on the northwestern side moraine of East Rongbuk Glacier. ABC serves as the primary high camp home for the rest of expedition period.
ABC to Camp 1
Climb steadily toward the Camp 1. There will be one steep section of 60 degrees that will feel vertical. Clip into the fixed rope and use their ascenders. Descend by using rappelling. Place a few ladders over deep crevasses. Camp 1 or the North Col is a 2,200 ft climb from ABC. Depending upon acclimatizing and weather, it takes between 5 to 7 hours from ABC to Camp 1.
Camp 1 to Camp 2
The route from Camp 2 is generally snow but it can be rock in case of high winds. Takes about 3 to 5 hours to reach Camp 2. Camp 2 may also be used as the highest acclimatization camp.
Camp 2 to Camp 3
Extremely windy Climb. Tents on small rock ledges. the wind is usually blocked by the North Face of Everest At camp 3. Takes between 3 to 6 hours to reach Camp 3. Since, we are now almost at 8000m, it’s recommended to sleep on supplemental oxygen.
Camp 3 to Camp 4
Follow the fixed rope through a snow filled gully; part of the Yellow Band. Take a small ramp and reach the northeast ridge proper. Camp 4 is a short rest stop. Have some food and water, perhaps a short nap and start for the summit.
Camp 4 Through Three Steps to Summit
Three “steps” or rock climbs to be attempted. The route along the 1st Step goes to the right of the high point. The 1st Step is steep and challenging requiring hard pulling on the fixed ropes in the final gully to the ridge. The 2nd step is the core and difficult part of the climb with the Chinese Ladder. First, climb about 10′ of rock slab then the near vertical 30′ ladder. The 3rd Step is somewhat straightforward yet challenging rock climb due to high altitude. Spend the next hour to climb the steep snowfields of the Summit Pyramid – a steep snow slope, often windy and extremely cold. Navigate around a large outcropping and experience three more small rock steps on a ramp before the final ridge climb to the summit. The Summit Ridge is the final 500′ horizontal distance along the ridge to the summit and is quite exposed. It will another 4 to 6 hours to get back to Camp 3.
The springtime from March to May is considered the favorable weather for Everest climbing. However, the weather conditions in Everest are never fully predictable. Temperatures may get as low as minus 20C in summer, but can drop to minus 60C or even lower during winter. The possibility of bad weather such as snow, wind, and cloud should also be taken into account. Similarly, the wind speeds may rise to 80Km/h (50mph). At the Base camp the temperature is about 15C warmer than at the summit. The oxygen level around 7,000m is only 40% of what it is at the sea level.
Our Everest expeditions are led by experienced and professional Mountaineers and guides who have scaled the mountain several times supported by other crew members and all the necessary logistics for the expedition. Not only in terms of qualification, but we also make it sure that our leaders have proven track of record in climbing high altitude mountains. The number of guides is chosen according to the team size to maximize every individual climber’s chance of making it to the summit without compromising the safety aspect. Our expedition leaders are also equipped with the expertise in handling altitude related problems including acute mountain sickness (AMS) symptoms. The crew members are experts in setting up tents and camps, melting snow on the route, cooking, and other daily needs.
Team composition is important to ensure safety and comfort of the climbers. We observe high safety standards, therefore, for 2 International Climbers, we assign: HGT Accredited Climbing Leader
High Altitudes Assistance Sherpa
Base Camp Assistance and other necessary trek crew such Porters, Yaks and Yak man
Because of our high safety standards, team members would be added as per the number of international climbers. Expedition Timing
The spring season of March to May is considered the best time for Everest expedition. Spring is also the most popular season for the expedition. The months of April and May and then again October and November are the classic climbing period. The summer months of monsoon rains and the winter months from December to February are the most unfavorable time for Everest Expedition.
Recommended Previous Experience
Although Everest is not as technical as K2 or Kanchenjunga, it’s simply not a piece of cakewalk to climb Everest even for the veteran mountaineers. It’s also true that getting back from the summit is more important than getting there. There is a real objective danger and judgmental error involved in every Everest Expedition. The oxygen level over 7,000m is only 40% of what it is at the sea level. The weather is never fully predictable. The climbers must have years of prior experience on rock and ice climbing especially above 7,000m. You also need to feel confident and comfortable ascending or descending on fixed ropes along a steep technical terrain. Moreover, as Jon Krakauer says, while you’re Into the Thin Air up there, “The consequences of a poorly tied knot, a stumble, a dislodged rock, or some other careless deed are as likely to be felt by the perpetrator’s colleagues as the perpetrator.” Your actions affect not only your own, but welfare of the entire team.
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Ascent Explorers photographer joins us on many of our UK tours and training programs to capture group images through the program duration. A selection of images are shared on social media sites such as Facebook (please inform us if you individually prefer this not to happen) Digital copies, prints are available upon request.
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Detailed Expedition Itinerary
DAY 01: Arrive Kathmandu – 1350m
Upon your arrival in the Tribhuvan international airport, our representative will welcome you and will assist to transfer you in your hotel in Kathmandu. You may relax at your hotel or go around for shopping. In the evening Himalayan Glacier Trekking will organize welcome dinner for you in one of the typical Nepalese restaurant in the heart of Kathmandu meanwhile briefing about your adventurous trip will take place. Overnight at hotel. (T,B,L,D)
DAY 02-03: Rest in Kathmandu
Sightseeing and Preparation for Everest Expedition. While the leader attends a formal briefing in the Ministry of Tourism, you will explore the fascinating city of Kathmandu. You will visit famous Stupa, Boudhnath and the popular Hindu pilgrimage site, Pashupatinath Temple. In the late afternoon, the leader will check everyone’s equipment, as Kathmandu is the last opportunity to buy anything missing. You will also get introduced with fellow expedition members and guides. Overnight at hotel. (T,B,L,D)
DAY 04: Drive to Boarder to Tibet – 2800m
DAY 05-10: Drive Everest Base Camp 5150m with enough acclimatization
DAY 11-15: Acclimatize at Everest Base Camp
Depending on the weather, we may explore around Base Camp (there are some fun places to camp at) for around a week or move up to Advanced Base Camp more quickly.
DAY 16: Trek Interim camp – 5600m
DAY 17: Trek Advanced Base Camp 6400m
DAY 18-21: Acclimatize at Advanced Base Camp
We have a puja to show respect for the mountain.
DAY:22-53: The climbing Period
We plan one longer acclimatization trip on the mountain and we may make a second trip up to North Col. We will return to Base Camp to recover before making a summit attempt. We summit as a team in one or two groups. In general solo summit attempts without lots of backup are not possible.
DAY 54: Advanced Base Camp packing
DAY 55: Trek to Base Camp
DAY 56: Drive Kathmandu
DAY57: Depart from Kathmandu
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- Airport transfers
- 5 nights 3 star hotel in Kathmandu, single with breakfast, in the heart of Thamel
- All group transportation by private vehicle
- Entrance fees and permits as needed
- Chinese visa and all permits
- Expedition permit fees
- Flights from Kathmandu to Lukla and back including airport transfers
- All overnight accommodations while on the trek and climb
- Meals in Kathmandu and while trekking and climbing
- All BC, ABC and mountain services
- Email (via Outlook) and group laptops
- Personal 5 watt walkie talkie
- All tents and meals
- Oxygen (up to five 4 liter bottle, factory Poisk)
- Power for charging for cameras etc
- Chinese visa, permits etc
- Group equipment for the climb
- Qualified and Experienced guides
- Experienced Climbing Sherpas
- International airfare and Nepal /Tibet Visa
- Personal equipments and extra services
- Tips and Bonus for Staff and guide
- Insurance, Nepal visas, meals in Kathmandu
- Personal climbing equipment
- Emergency evacuation
- Insurance and Trip cancellation
- Airport departure tax
Prices, Booking and Terms & Conditions
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Participation & Accuracy Statement
Ascent Explorers recognises that climbing, hill walking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.
Although it is our intention to operate this itinerary as printed, it may be necessary to make some changes as a result of flight schedules, climatic conditions, limitations of infrastructure or other operational factors. As a consequence, the order or location of overnight stops and the duration of the day may vary from those outlined. You should be aware that some events are beyond our control and we would ask for your patience.
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