Mt. Everest, known by the Nepalese / Sherpas as Sagarmatha and by the Tibetans as Chomolungma, is the world’s highest peak at 8848m and stands in the border between Nepal and Tibet. It was successfully climbed from the south col on May 29th by Tenzing Norgay (Nepal) and Sir Edmund Hillary (New Zealand).
Climbing Everest from the Tibet side is relatively easier and less costly than climbing from the Nepal side.Climbalaya offers climbing route via the North Ridge because we consider it to be safe as it does not have the ice fall danger like the south side.Many members of our team (including Sherpa, cooks, doctor, and guides) have worked extensively on the North Side and make our team one of the most experienced to offer climbs from Tibet.
We drive to BC at 5,200m and from there it is 22 km to ABC at 6,400m with yak support. We put an interim camp on the glacier about half way between BC and ABC, so this trip takes two days. Advanced Base Camp (6,400m) is right under the shadow of Changtse and has a view of virtually the whole route from ABC the route continues up the East Rongbuk glacier to the nerve of the glacier and then up snow slopes to the North Col at 7,000m where Camp 1 is situated on snow. There is a long reasonably angled snow slope to 7,500m where we put Camp 2 on a snow ledge. The route from C2 to C3 is up a series of rock and shingle steps, again all very easy terrain to walk on.
From C3 the route traverses across a series of rock steps and then up medium angled snow slopes, then again on mixed rock and snow to Camp 4 at 8,300m. This route is traditionally very windy, especially between C2 and C3. The summit day is from C4 where the route is up mixed rock and snow steps. These steps are quite steep in places and require considerable care .The NE ridge is quite wide, with small steps and little height gain until the First Step 8500m. The First Step is a short rock buttress, which will have fixed ropes. Above here the climbing is more exposed but again without much height gain until the Second Step 8580m. The Second Step is across a series of small ledges which are sometimes snow covered, then around a large boulder and up the famous ladder with fixed ropes. Above this step there is relatively gentle mixed ground until what is called the Third Step 8690m. Although not as serious as the previous steps, there is fixed rope to the col before the final summit snow slopes. These can be quite steep often with deep snow, so again we have fixed rope to the summit rock buttress from where there is a short section of corniced ridge to the summit.
Day 01:Arrive in Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel
Day 02-03:In Kathmandu for Tibet visa processing
Day 04Transfer to airport for flight to Lhasa (Gonggor airport) and drive to Lhasa (3650m-11680ft), transfer to Hotel
Day 05:In Lhasa : sightseeing
Day 06:Drive to Shigatse (3900m-12480ft)- O/N Hotel
Day 07:Drive to Thingri (4350m-14,268ft)- O/N Guest House
Day 08:Rest day in Thingri
Day 09:Drive to Everest base camp (5200m-17,056ft)
Day 10-14:At the base camp to acclimatize and preparing loads for advance base camp, puja ceremony and setting up intermediate and advance base camps.
Day 15:Trek to Intermediate Camp (5800m-19,024ft)Day 16Arrive at advance base camp (6400m-20,992ft)Day 17-53:Climbing periodDay 54:Advance base camp to base campDay 55:Drive to Kyirong border (2700m-8856ft)- O/N HotelDay 56:Short drive to the Nepal-Tibet border and drive to KathmanduDay 57:In Kathmandu.Day 58:International departure
- Mt. Everest peak permit fee. Tibet visa fee
- Transfer airport-hotel-airport in Kathmandu and Lhasa.
- Airfare Kathmandu-Lhasa.
- 3 star hotel accommodation with breakfast in Kathmandu for 5 nights.
- Hotel accommodation with breakfast in Lhasa, Shigatse ,Thingri and Kyirong on room sharin
- Welcome group dinner in Kathmandu.
- Transportation of staffs, food supply and equipment from Kathmandu- BC– ABC-Kathmandu.
- 80 kilograms (2 yaks) per member to carry personal expedition baggage from BC-ABC-BC.
- High way and conservation charges. Garbage deposit fee.
- Logistical services of expedition leader Managing Director Mingma Sherpa at BC and ABC.
- One experienced high altitude Sherpa (Mt. Everest summiteer) per climber to carry food, gears and oxygen bottles to higher camps and set up camps. Also assist the member during climb and summit attempt
- Climbing Sherpa’s climbing and summit bonuses, insurance for evacuation, hospitalization, medical and life insurance.
- 6 oxygen bottles (4Lts) per member and 4 oxygen bottles (4Lts) per Sherpa with mask and regulator (For use only).
- High altitude tents for all members and climbing Sherpas.
- Walkie-talkie for each member and Sherpa partnered team with base unit at advance base camp.
- Common climbing equipment for rope fixing (Required rope, ice bar, ice screw, etc) / rope fixing fee payable to CTMA rope fixing team for members and sherpas.
- Nepalese sherpa cook at BC, intermediate camp and ABC.
- Spacious single tent with solared light, insulated padded floor, pillow and mattress per member at BC and ABC
- Dining tents with heater and carpet, kitchen tents, toilet tents, shower tent, chairs & tables.
- Food and fuel for base camp, intermediate camp, advance base camp and higher camps during expedition.
- Power supply at base camp for charging laptops, mobile phones, amateur digital cameras and handheld video cameras). Internet access/wifi services at base camp.
- Solar panels at ABC for light and charging small electronics. (Mobile phones, amateur digital cameras and handheld video cameras).
- Equipment allowances, daily wages, insurance, food and tents for cooks, kitchen boy and Chinese Liaison Officer.
- Satellite phone for emergency. High way and conservation charges. Garbage deposit fees.
- International flights.
- Nepal entry visa fee which can be obtained at the airport upon arrival and reentry visa for Nepal.
- Meals in Kathmandu and in Lhasa, Shigatse, Thingri and Kyirong.
- Hotel after 5 nights stay in Kathmandu.
- Personal climbing gears.
- Personal calls made through satellite phone subject to charges at US$ 3 per minute, Internet access/wifi services at base camp.
- Personal insurance such as travel, accident, medical, emergency evacuation and lost luggage.
- Personal solar pack for charging heavy electronics ( laptops, professional camera batteries etc ).
- Applicable permit fees and customs charges, etc. for SAT phone US$ 500.00, communication equipment and commercial filming US$ 30,000.00 payable to CTMA.
- Expenses of personal nature such as drinks, laundry, postage, telephone and Email, etc.
- Applicable customs duty and import license fees for all expedition goods arriving in Nepal as air/road cargo.
- Tips/gratitude for climbing sherpas and cook staffs after end of expedition.