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Everest Expedition in Nepal is a lifetime experience for any mountaineer from any corner of the world. It is a matter of pride to have ascended and conquered the highest peak on the Planet and reflects pure hard work, passion, and dedication. While Everest is already a big achievement, why not make it even larger by summiting the 4th highest peak, Mt. Lhotse. Located towards the south of Mt. Everest, Lhotse is a wide-faced giant that poses equally exciting and thrilling adventures. With the main face rising up to 40 to 50 degrees, climbers need to climb up the wall of blue ice to summit Mt. Lhotse. Summiting both these peaks is the victory that you can achieve only with focus, hard-core training, and experience in the Himalayas. Join us on this breathtaking adventure to place your feet on the top of the world and gift yourself a memory for a lifetime.
The trail to Everest and Lhotse is the standard route passing through numerous small settlements, dense forests, Sherpa villages, remote and , enchanting monasteries and stupas, rocky and rugged paths, and ultimately to the magnificent Base Camp where we stay and plan our ascent.
The marvelous vistas of ever-stretching Himalayas at the distance keep the travelers motivated and inspired throughout the trek. The trekking trail passes through Sagarmatha National Park, one of the World Heritage Sites, which is the home to a number of floras and faunas dominant to the Himalayan Region. It houses some endangered species like Red Pandas, Musk Deers, Snow Leopards, and many more. The Gokyo Lakes can be seen from the viewpoints throughout the trail that is beautified by the migrant waterbirds in the spring season.
The best season to go on the expedition to Everest and Lhotse is between March to May when winds are calmer, the days are sunny, temperatures are mild and the trail is gorgeous with green dense forests, raging rivers, glacial lakes, and uninterrupted views of the grand massifs throughout the trail.
Every reward comes with certain risks. And when it's Everest and Lhotse Expedition, where the climbers have to traverse the Death Zone, zone above 8000m, risks are sure to be associated. While risks like altitude sickness can be handled by proper acclimatization, other severe risks like heavy snowfall, rains, and storms, avalanches are in no man's control.;
The other emerging issue with expeditions is the traffic jam that takes place in the “Death Zone” which requires climbers to wait until they get their turn to the summit.
(NOTE: We use constant climate monitoring to grasp the best time for a summit.)
While Everest and Lhotse Expedition is a strenuous journey, it does involve risks but proper preparation and training will be very handy. The 8K Expedition team makes sure that every climber knows and understands the elements of the expedition by briefing them thoroughly and helping them get acquainted with all essential gears and equipment including but not limited to crampons, ice axes, bottled oxygen, fixed lines, and others.
NOTE: Prioritize your training efforts with the following techniques assuming you are in good health and injury-free.
On days when the climate changes drastically than expected, we have our rescue team on standby so that we can transfer all our climbers to the safe zone.
Upon your arrival at the TIA, you will need to fulfill some official procedures to obtain the Nepal Entry Visa at the Immigration counter. One of our representatives will be waiting to welcome you at the Arrivals. After meet and greet, you will be transferred to the hotel booked for you to rest. There you can freshen up and rest.
On the second day, we will fulfill all our official procedures including necessary documentation, obtain permits, and other formalities needed for our expedition. Then you will have time for sightseeing around the city.
The next day, we will start our preparation for our expedition. We will now pack our bags, do some necessary shopping, re-check everything that we need (Especially medicines and essentials). Briefings will be made about each and every aspect of the expedition and all gears and equipment, trip duration, accommodation, facilities at the base camp, and all related to the expedition. It is also an opportunity for you to communicate and introduce yourself to your fellow climbers and teammates.
Early in the morning, after an amazing breakfast, we will take a thrilling flight to Lukla Airport. The flight gives you a bird’s eye view of the valleys, rivers, hills, and gradually mountain ranges. Even though the flight is only for half an hour, it does not fail to mesmerize you now and then. As we land at Lukla Airport, which is already exciting, we start our trek to Phakding, our destination for the day. After obtaining the permit for the region, we will slowly move through the settlements on a mixed trail of dirt, stone pathways, and some rocky sections at times. This is an easy start so make sure to enjoy all the greeneries, floras, and faunas as you walk. The trail takes you over several suspension bridges and along the Dudh Koshi river. Enjoy the rest of the day at Phakding.
After Phakding, we move towards another beautiful destination, Namche Bazaar, which is the commercial point of the Khumbu region. Passing through the dense luscious forests of pine, juniper, Rhododendron, looking out for animals in the Sagarmatha National Park, climbing the stairs, enjoying the rages of rivers at some points, and mostly walking uphills are the major activities of the day’s trek. This trek will be long and tiring as we start gaining significant elevation. As we reach Namche, we rest at our hotel and enjoy our dinner. The next day, we will go around the village area and experience some local sherpa culture.
After acclimatizing at Namche, we set our feet on the trail towards Khumjung valley, also called the green valley because of its dense vegetation. We follow the rocky pathways, steep uphills, rugged terrain, and most importantly enjoy the glimpses of the mountains at a distance throughout. We then reach Khumjung and rest for the day.
After Khumjung, we then approach the most beautiful and tranquil part of this Expedition, the Tengboche monastery. Tengboche monastery is one of the most popular monasteries among Buddhists around the world. The views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam are visible towards the north while Thamserku and Kangtega stand towards the south with striking views. We will also join in some prayer ceremonies and rest for the day.
After spending our night in Tengboche, we start our trek towards Dingboche where we will stay for the next day to acclimate ourselves. Following the path down from Tengboche towards Deboche through the forests of Rhododendrons, we cross a bridge over the raging Imja river. Then we gradually climb uphill to reach the village of Lower Pangboche where we can witness the spectacular views of Ama Dablam. We then move across the valley to reach our destination Dingboche at the start of the Imja Tse valley after an approximate walk of 5-6 hours. We spend our next day here to acclimate ourselves. We go on short hikes around the area to get some striking views of the mountain grandeur.
After acclimatizing in Dingboche, we head towards another beautiful stop, Lobuche. The journey starts with a climb to the ridge behind Periche until the tea houses at Dughla followed by a steep ascent to the terminal moraine of Khumbu Glacier. You will encounter a series of stone monuments made in the memories of climbers who couldn’t make it back home. After walking for almost 6-7 hours on rugged terrain we reach Lobuche, a small settlement of Sherpas. It is the final village with lodges on this trail to Everest. We take a day’s rest at Lobuche and enjoy the day with short excursions to view the beautiful mountains in the outskirts.
After Lobuche, we follow the Khumbu Glacier to reach Everest Base Camp. Enjoying the grand views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and many others in the background we finally reach the base of the world’s highest mountain. We will spend quite a few days in the base camp, training, acclimatizing, and preparing for the summit. We go on short excursions, practice through the Khumbu Icefall climb, and get acquainted with crampons, ice axes, and other climbing gears. We go on rotations to prepare to climb to Camp 1.
After 4-5 days of training, practicing and rotation, we will finally climb to Camp 1 to experience the true essence of the expedition. It requires crossing the Khumbu Icefall and tough crevasses. At Camp 1 at 5943 meters, we stay overnight in full-proof tents enjoying the meals cooked by our chefs.
After staying overnight at Camp 1, we gradually ascend towards Camp 2 that is set up at 6400metres. The climb includes crossing the Western CWM, a gently rising valley that is marked by huge crevasses in the center preventing direct access to the upper part of the CWM. After reaching Camp 2 we gradually move back to the base camp to rest for a few more days.
After climbing up to Camp 2 experiencing the technicalities of the expedition through the crevasses, ladders, and fixed ropes, we return back to the base camp and rest there for a few days. Our team will conduct rotations and short hikes to the surrounding areas to keep your enthusiasm boosted.
During the upcoming days, we will have multiple climbs to Camp 2 where we will rest and explore for a day then ascend to Camp 3 at 7162 meters to spend overnight on a tented camp. Then, on Day 28 we will descend to the base camp where we will wait for a weather window for a summit plan. After setting up a favorable summit plan, we will then gradually ascend from Camp 1 to Camp 2 (day 35) to Camp 3 (Day 36), and finally Camp 4 at 8000 m on Day 37.
This is the day when we will triumph in our expedition by stepping on top of the world. After spending some great time at the peak, we slowly descend down to Camp 4. From Camp 4 the climbers who have signed up for Lhotse Expedition will stay while the others will descend to the lower camps or wait at Camp 4.
From Camp 4, we will ascend to the summit of Lhotse at 8513m and enjoy the stunning scenery. After photoshoots and some quality time, we then descend to Camp 2 to rest overnight.
After the great summit of two giant mountains of the world, we head towards the base camp with all the glorious feelings in our hearts and rest overnight.
This period has been set as a contingency period to address the circumstances in case of bad weather or health conditions. We will craft some backup plans in case of such unforeseeable events.
As we prepare to leave, we as responsible travelers make sure we leave no trash behind. We thoroughly clean the Base Camp to welcome other fellow travelers into a clean and pristine environment. We then pack our stuff and prepare for departure towards Pheriche the next morning.
During our return, we take a different route than that we followed while approaching the Base Camp. We will follow a scenic trail bidding farewell to the eye-pleasing Mountain ranges slowly getting the sights of vegetations and flora and faunas.
Trek to Namche bazaar goes through the trail with striking views throughout the journey. We slowly descend through the lush green forests of Rhododendron, pine, and junipers until we reach the suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River. After crossing Sansa and other dense forests, we finally reach the culturally rich Namche Bazaar where we stay overnight.
During our return, the trail is relatively easy as there is more descending so we head towards Lukla and spend our night in a cozy lodge.
It is time to leave the mesmerizing Khumbu region behind and fly back to Kathmandu city. We will take a short flight back to TIA viewing the valleys, cities, mountain ranges, and dense forests. You will then rest at the hotel or go sightseeing around the city.
Kathmandu is a beautiful city, rich in cultural heritages and resided by a number of World Heritage Sites. So, during the two days, you can visit major attractive places like the Swayambhunath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Bouddhanath Stupa, Durbar Squares in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Lalitpur and relax at the tourist hub of Kathmandu, Thamel. On Day 64, we will all join for a farewell dinner.
With the feeling of gratitude and respect, we then bid you farewell and drop you off at the airport for your departure toward your home destination.
Climbers are advised to prepare and train their bodies and mind in a perfect way to adapt to the remoteness, high altitude, and distance from the families. It is also advised to carry lesser amounts of valuable belongings. Also, pack in some cotton clothes for your stay in Kathmandu while some warm ones for the Himalayas. Always keep a copy of your passport and photos with you.
NOTE: Trekking and mountain climbing in the Everest Region is highly dependent on weather conditions. We try to schedule our trips at the most favorable time but in case of extreme scenarios, domestic flights to Lukla may be delayed or canceled. In cases as such, we would like to notify you that except for the total number of days in the itinerary section, expenses of other extra days shall be borne by the client himself/herself. However, 8K Expeditions will make necessary arrangements for the accommodation of porters and guides. If you wish to make alternative arrangements such as a helicopter flight to avoid flight delays, we can arrange it at a nominal extra charge.
Also, 8K Expeditions shall not be liable for any compensation for losses due to missed International Flights but we will surely help to make necessary arrangements to minimize your loss. To avoid missing flights, we suggest keeping some flexible time frames before trip departure and after trip departure.
Also be notified that as we will be traveling in remote areas with extreme climatic conditions and geography where trails can be distorted at times, we might need to adjust our itineraries as required. But we assure you that the quality of service shall not be compromised at any cost.
Thank you for joining us on our Expedition!!