Mt. Everest Expedition Itinerary:
South Side (2012 spring)
27 March (Day 01): Kathmandu to Deurali
Early morning drive to Deurali. It takes 10 hrs by normal bus. Overnight at Teahouse Lodge.
28 March (Day 02): Trek to Sete (2580m)
6 hrs walking distance we reached to the Sete. Cross through the local village and the walks starts drops down to the Kinja (1630m) then climb up to Sete through the mix rhododendron forest. Settlement of Sherpa people. Overnight at Teahouse lodge.
29 March (Day 03): Trek to Junbesi (2670m)
Almost 6- 7 hrs walking distance. Long and gradual climb to the Lamjura Bhanjyang at 3530m (Highest point between Jiri to Namche Bazaar) then we descend to Tragbuk at 2860 and preety Sherpa village to Junbensi. Overnight at Teahouse Lodge.
30 March (Day 04): Junbesi to Nuntala (2330m)
5-6 hrs walking distance. The trails climb to Salung at 2980m, where for the first view of Mt. Everest (8848m) then gradual walk to Ringmo Khola (2570m) and climb up to Sherpa village Taksindhu (3071m) then descend to the Nuntala through the mix forest.
31 March (Day 05): Nuntala to Bupsa (2360m)
5-6 hrs walking distance. The trails descends to the Dudh Kosi at 1490m and Climb up to Kharikola (2070m) then steep climb up to Bupsa. Overnight at teahouse lodge.
01 April (Day 06): Bupsa to Surke (2290m)
5-6 hrs walking distance. The trails climb gradually offering the views of Dudh Koshi below 1000m. After get to Puiyan (2730m) then drops down to Surkhe. The trails continues to climb throught Mushe and Chaurikharka then Chablung. Overnight at teahouse lodge.
02 April (Day 07): Trek to Phakding (2600m)
Walking around 5 hrs. It is quite easy walk along the Dudh Koshi.. Overnight at Teahouse lodge.
03 April (Day 08) Phakding to Namche Bazar
Early wake-up today because this is a big push. First part is pretty easy. Today is a higher altitude day so slow and steady will work best. You can see Mount Everest (Chomo-lungma) from the new style bridge crossing at Dudh Koshi .Keep walking up to Nauje (Namche Bazaar). We will have nice hot snacks in Nauje which has many Sherpa shops, lodges, and restaurants. Nauje (Sherpa name for Namche Bazaar) is a fun place for both Sherpas and trekkers to enjoy.
04 April (Day 09): Acclimatization in Namche (3450m)
Acclimatization day which gives us time for a sightseeing tour or an excursion towards the village of Thame or Khumjung, which has fantastic views of Mt. Thamserku (6608 m), Ama-Dablam (6856 m), Mt. Lhotse (8510m), Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Nuptse (7861m), Island Peak (6189m), Tobuche (6367m) and many mountains. Overnight at lodge.
05 April (Day 10): Namache to Thame (3820m)
Walking about 5 hrs. Our journey starts to walk with sunshine great views of the Everest, Lhoste, Nuptse and Ama Dablam. Overnight at lodge.
06 April (Day 11): Thame to Lumde (4368m).
Walking about 5 hrs to Lumde. Take rest in the afternoon to get ready to cross Renjo La (5360m) next day. Overnight at teahouse lodge.
07 April (Day 12): Cross Renjo la Pass to Gokyo (4750m).
Early morning after breakfast, we will climb renjo la pass. This is a really nice high pass in Everest region and being more popular in these days. In last few years, this area is only possible in Camping/tented basis trek, which is now possible with lodge trek too. It is about 6-7 hrs long day. Overnight at teahouse lodge.
08 April (Day 13): Gokyo Ri.
This is the day for explore round the areas. Wake up early morning to hike up Gokyo ri (5483m) for 360 views including Everest and Makalu. Late morning back to Gokyo and explore for fifth lake and Nagjumba Glacier than back to Gokyo. Overnight at teahouse lodge.
09 April (Day 14): Gokyo to Thangna (Dragnag).
Leaving Gokyo same path down and from the third lake turn to east over the Glacier and short walk to Dragnag. Overnight teahouse lodge.
10 April (Day 15): Thangna to Cho-la pass (5330m) to Dzonglha (4830m).
This is the hard day on trek start early morning with pack lunch along the up hill and turn east with boulders and steep climbing up to pass. Pass always with ice, some time deep snow and than walk down to Dzonglha. Overnight at teahouse lodge.
11 April (Day 16): Dzongla trekking to Lobuche (4920m). Overnight at teahouse lodge.
Walking about 5 hrs. The trail starts from the easy walk but is little bit difficult walk cause of high altitude, views of many mountains including Nuptse, Pumori (7165m), Khumbu Ice Fall etc. Overnight at lodge.
12 April (Day 17): Lobuche to Gorak Shep, to Everest Base Camp (5380m)
Walking in the Khumbu valley alongside of Khumbu Glacier and after Ghorakshep walking along the glacier or some time on glacier too. Hard catching breathes and spends some time at Gorakshep. Move to the Everest Base Camp. Overnight at camp.
13 April 2012 (Day 18) To 04 June (Day 62):
Climbing Period for South Route to Mt. Everest (8848m)
Base camp is situated at the Khumbu Glacier, on active ice which melts during monsoon and camp side moves slightly every year. Our professional base camp sherpa and helpers manage comfortable camp side. There will be practice ladders at Base Camp so that Members will have the chance to become familiar with how to walk across these before travelling through the Icefall for the first time. We take plenty of time exploring Khumbu Ice Fall, Kala Pathar, Gorakshep for well acclimatizes before we head to the Camp 1.
Camp 1: 19900ft. / 6065m
Camp 1 is situated at the height of 19900ft. / 6065m on flat area of snow endless snow deep crevasses and mountain walls. Because of the Sun's reflection from this place we get warm and hitting ambience at this place. In the night we listen the deep murmuring cracking sounds of crevasses beneath our tent, where we have to walk to reach camp 2.
Camp 2: 21300ft. / 6500m
Camp 2 is situated at the height of 21300ft /6500m. It is located at the foot of the icy mount Lhotse wall though where we have to go ahead. Some time wind here seems very violent enough to destroy the tents. Hear bad clouds roll-in from the low range of the Himalayan valleys to the bottom of our camp 2. After climbing these palaces we reach camp 3.
Camp 3: 24500ft. / 7470m
Located at the height of 24500ft / 7470m., adjoining to mount Lhotse wall. After climbing 4000ft by using fixed rope on Lhotse wall prior acclimatization it leads us to camp IV. Also on the way we have to ascend the steep allow bands (lose, down -slopping and rotten limestone). From their crossing short snowfield the route moves ahead up the Geneva Spur to the east before finishing the flats of the south col. (Another wells name meaning Saddle of pass). As you are climbing over 22000ft oxygen should probably be use incase of needed.
Camp 4: 26000ft. / 7920m
Located at height of 26000ft / 7920m. It is the last camp of the Expedition to reach on top of highest mountain on earth; it is only about 500 m to the top. Camp4 to the summit is the final and dangerous climbing because it is weighty snowy and violent winds. The best way to reach on top is via the narrow South-East ridge and it this is the final and dangerous part of the climbing. This place is besieged by ferocious and violent winds. The normal best way to reach to summit is via the narrow South - East Ridge to the summit.
05 June 2012 (Day 63): Everest Base Camp to Pangboche (3800m)
Gharak Shep – Kalaptthar (5550m) – Lobuche
Wake up early morning and walk up to Kalapatter for Sun rise Views of Everest, Nupse, Lohtse, Pumori just above and Khumbutse and beautiful views of Khumbu Glaciar and back down to Lodge and walk down to Lobuche. Overnight at teahouse lodge.
06 June 2012 (Day 64): Pangboche to Namche (3440m)
Trek back to Namche Bazaar. Overnight at teahouse lodge.
07 June 2012 (Day 65): Namche to Lukla (2800m)
Trek back to Lukla. About 6 hours walk will finished our great journey to the highest mountain. Overnight at teahouse lodge.
08 June 2012 (Day 66): Lukla to Kathmandu
09 June 2012 (Day 67): Free day
10 June 2012 (Day 67): Departure