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“Luxurious Everest Expedition 2023 with Eight K Expeditions”, is an opportunity, a lifetime experience that changes your life forever, an attempt to stand on the top of the world, an overwhelming journey to the land of Himalayas, with Luxury.
Residing in the Mahalangur Range of the Himalayas, standing tall at the height of 8848.86m, boasting the title of the highest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest in the Eastern Part of Nepal is a top choice among travel destinations in the world. Besides Mt. Everest/Sagarmatha/Chomolungma itself, there are other beautiful mountain ranges in the periphery like Mt. Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Nuptse, Lobuche peak to name but a few. One may opt for peak climbing, trekking, Expeditions, or a customized trip by combining any of these adventurous activities in the Everest Region. The Glacial Lakes and Icefalls are breathtaking as well as spine chilling that one cannot resist but behold.
The other fun activities that we can include in our luxurious Everest Expedition are exploring the 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 are beautified by the migrant waterbirds in the spring season.
Luxurious Everest Expedition will be monitored by Lakpa Sherpa (founder of 8K Expeditions).
Mr. Sherpa has already leaded 40+ expedition on( 8000m+7000m) peaks all over the world with his utmost efficiency and dedication . He is leading mountins in front and came over this way.
He has leaded Mt. Everest as a senior guide more then 10 times and His list of summits includes 8 times climbed of Mt. Everest and 5 times lead of K2 and 3 times climbed of Mt. K2. He recently leded an expedition to Mt K2 in the summer of 2021 & 22. which was a breathtaking success in the mountain history on Mt. K2.
Climatic Conditions and Risks in Everest Region
It is a well-known fact that the Everest Region lies 8848.86 m above sea level, where the air is thin with very low levels of oxygen that can result in serious altitude sicknesses. The temperatures are at extremes, recorded as low as -62 degrees Celsius making it impossible to live in the lower region, let alone climb the summit. The winds blow at the speed of 285km/hr can influence the movement of snow and ice that can result in huge avalanches. The Himalayas have the 3rd highest concentration of ice on the whole planet making it extremely cold that no vegetation survives in the winter season even in the lower parts. So, it is very necessary to be prepared for the extreme conditions while on this expedition to Mt. Everest. But, our superb team of Sherpas will make your Expedition to Everest a luxurious one.
The best season to go on the expedition to Everest 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 and streams, the soothing sounds of the birds and animals and the uninterrupted views of the grand massifs throughout the trail. The lakes are shining with crystal clear water while the glacial lakes shine in turquoise. The overall journey gets even more beautiful during these months.
While Everest 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. You must also keep in mind the following tips:
NOTE: Prioritize your training efforts with the following techniques assuming you are in good health and injury-free.
(NOTE: With all necessary precautions and guidelines, climbers need not worry much but prepare themselves both physically and emotionally.
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 8K representatives will be waiting to welcome you at the Arrivals. After the meet and greet, you will be transferred to the hotel booked for you to rest in a private Car/Jeep. 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, and re-check everything that we need (Especially medicines and essentials). Briefings will be made about every aspect of the expedition and all gear 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.
After an amazing breakfast, we will take a thrilling flight to Lukla Airport early in the morning. 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, and 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 hike up to Everest View Point 3900m to acclimatize & return back to the hotel then in the evening time we can go around the village area and experience some local sherpa culture. We can also visit the Everest Photo Gallery and the Sherpa Museum while in Namche.
After a day’s rest and acclimatization at Namche, we then approach one of the most beautiful and tranquil parts 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.
Our next destination is Chhukung, a small village away from the regular crowded route of the Everest Region. From Dingboche, after breakfast, we start our trek alongside the river down the valley, passing through the settlements of Dingboche. Walking on trails of dirt, rocks, and sand, witnessing the stunning views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse and Nuptse in the background, we finally reach Chhukung to rest overnight. Chhukung houses only a few teahouses to serve the climbers and trekkers heading to Island peak, Chhukung Ri and Kongma La Pass.
We will spend our next day here at Chhukung for acclimatization and training for climbing.
The trek from Chhukung valley to the Island Peak base camp takes about 5 hours on rugged and rocky terrain. The trail passes through the Imja river leading to the Lhotse Glacier, showcasing some magnificent views of surrounding peaks. Enjoy the overwhelming beauty and tranquility of the area as it rejuvenates the inner soul of every traveler. We set up our base camp at 4970 m so that we can acclimatize ourselves.
From the base camp, we will ascend towards the high camp at 5600 m. The trail is steep and tough as it gets narrower as you approach the high camp. We will take a day’s rest at the high camp for acclimatization.
From the high camp, we climb up on steep slopes that lead to the glaciers. Walking on the ridges along the glacier and crossing some steep slopes of snow and ice, and traversing some crevasses, we finally reach the summit of Island Peak or Imja Tse at 6189 m. The climb requires us to walk with the fixed ropes, use ice-ax and crampons and climb up the ladder at times. The struggle is real but it's worth it. You will have climbed one of the snow-capped peaks above 6000m and stepped into the alpine zone. The beauty of the mountain ranges that one can see from the summit is out of the world. It feels like you are standing on the top of an island beholding the vast sea of ice and snow with other peaks peeking out. After spending some time at the Summit, capturing some unforgettable memories of the Khumbu Region, we retrace our steps back to the Base Camp.
After climbing the Island Peak, we will then head to Lobuche. 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.
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.
During the five day period, we carry out the following activities:
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 6000 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. In case of favorable weather, we will spend the next day at Camp II for acclimatization.
From Camp II, we will hike up to the West Shoulder, a ridge above 7000 m that falls directly from Everest but does not have a particular name. This short hike will help us acclimatize well above 7000 meters,
After several days’ preparation, we will then approach Camp IIIat 7200metres and rest for 1 hour. As we reach Camp III, we will slowly descend to Camp II to rest overnight but for those climbers climbing withut O2 will be staying in Camp III & will move to Camp IV the next day. These continuous rotations are held to make your ascent to the Summit easier. These also help to refine your skills with mountaineering gears and equipment.
It is necessary to provide our body with some rest after continuous climbing and mountaineering. So, after an overnight’s rest at Camp II, we will descend to the Base Camp, at a much lower altitude. These ascents and descents are a way of acclimatizing ourselves in the Himalayas and training to climb up to Camp IV and above the Death Zone. We will rest overnight at the Base Camp.
We allocate few days of complete rest before actually heading to the summit. For this, we may either descend back to Namche to rest at a cozy lodge or fly back to Kathmandu (For those who can afford it). While at rest, our expedition leaders and the team will evaluate the weather conditions and decide when to go for a final summit push. When everything looks favorable, we will prepare to trek back to the Base Camp. Those who choose to rest in Kathmandu can take Heli or can stay in Base Camp. During these resting period, our teams and climbing sherpas will be setting up higher camps at Camp IV for the summit push.
So, our body has been acclimatized, we have been on multiple rotations up to Camp III, climbed on rocks and ice, the weather looks favorable, and is the perfect time for the Summit Push. so, we head back to Base Camp and prepare ourselves for the victory we will be achieving in the next few days.
As we will have already been to Camp II earlier, it will be easier for us to reach there this time. Crossing the Khumbu Glacier and tough crevasses, passing Camp I at 5943 meters, we will finally reach Camp II. 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. We will rest overnight and enjoy the delicious hot meal prepared by our experienced cooks. Make sure to stay warm and stick with the team.
After resting overnight at Camp II, we will then ascend towards Camp III at 7200metres. Walking on the trail of ice, snow, and rocks, following the fixed ropes set up by our fellow Sherpa Climbers, we reach Camp III. We will use Oxygen Cylinders from here on. We request everyone to remain careful and stick with the team as well as communicate often. We will spend our night in Camp III in a warm tented Camp.
After Camp III, we ascend to Camp IV at 8000m. This is also the divergent point for climbers of Lhotse and Everest. The area above this is called the Death Zone and requires extreme caution and carefulness. We will keep ourselves warm and safe. A day’s rest has been allocated for Camp IV before the summit Day. We will monitor the weather conditions before summiting Everest.
This day is the day when our hard work, patience, endurance comes into reality. We will finally reach the top of the World. We start as early as midnight so that we reach the top at dawn to witness the glorious sunrise from behind the great mountain ranges. We spend some unforgettable moments on the highest point on Earth, take some photographs, and gradually descend to Camp IIIor Camp II to rest overnight. The climbers are only allowed to stay at the summit point for 15-20 minutes for the safety and following the climbing guidelines
After the night’s stay at Camp III or Camp IV, we will follow the way back to Camp II and rest overnight.
From Camp II, we will descend back to the Base Camp and as responsible travelers, we will clean up all the trash around the camp. We will then prepare to trek back to Pheriche.
As a part of our Luxurious Everest Expedition, we will take a direct flight back to Kathmandu. We will then rest at our cozy 5-star hotel and enjoy some delicious cuisines. you will be cordially invited to the Farewell Dinner hosted by the 8K team on this very last night of our Luxurious trip to Everest.
With gratitude and best wishes, we will have to bid you farewell for your flight back home. We hope to see you soon in the next season for a brand new adventure.
Traveling in the Himalayas may not be certain and as perfect as planned. This is why we must allocate some buffer days to cope up with consequences due to bad weather or any other unforeseeable circumstances. This is also to help you schedule your return flight in a flexible manner to avoid the risk of missing a flight.
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.
Request From 8K Expedition
Trekking and mountain climbing in the Everest Region are 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.
Expedition costs vary depending on factors including: group size, royalty and permit costs in different seasons, category of hotel accommodation, numbers of Sherpa’s allocated and equipment, type of arrangement and package customization. So, we would like to discuss with our client before offering the cost. Please feel free to contact 8K Expedition for any information about in your selected package.
Thank you for joining us on our Expedition!!