Trip Overview

Nuptse (7861 m), meaning “the West Peak” in the Tibetan language actually lies in the Westernmost part of the Lobuche-Nuptse massif. Towering in the Khumbu region, Nuptse is only 2 km away towards the west-southwest from the legendary Mt. Everest and Mt Lhotse. Due to the appealing height and proximity to Everest and Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse is climbed as a part of ‘the Triple Crown’ by mountaineers.

 

Nuptse offers a dramatic view when observed from the South or Westside. Although it has an impressive height of 7861m, it is not ranked in the list of highest mountains because of its low prominence which is only (319 m). However, the seven significant peaks crowning in the long east-west trending ridge are certainly worthy of attention. 

 

The first ascent to Nuptse was made by Dennis Davis and Tashi Sherpa in 1961, the members of the British Expedition team led by Joe Walmsley. They followed the north-ridge route popularly known as the Scott Route as of now. 

 

Nuptse is a demanding and technical climb as the loose snow with hollows at some sections, loosely hanging cornices of snow and steep slopes before reaching the Summit make it extremely dangerous. The joint British/Nepalese expedition team fell off the final couloir during their ascent in 1975. While there were only two summits between 1961 to 1996, the frequency of climbing upsurge between the 1990s and 2000s with discoveries of routes from the South, West, and North Faces. 

 

A high level of physical fitness and mountaineering skills is required if you want to go on an Expedition to Nuptse. Acclimatization and carefulness is the key to a successful summit of Nuptse. 

 

Upon our arrival at the base camp set up at the foot of the Khumbu Icefall, our Sherpa Team will establish a route with ropes and ladders that leads to Camp 1 and Camp 2. This setup is beneficial for ladder training and getting acquainted with the gears before climbing up to Camp1 at 5900 m. We will then spend a night at camp 1 and touch Camp 2 at 6400 m and return to the base camp. We will conduct multiple rotations to Camp 1 and Camp 2 in this course. Later, we will climb up to Camp 2 and rest for a few nights for acclimatization before heading to Camp 3 at 6800 m. 

 

As we touch Camp 3, we will return to Base Camp and conduct one more rotation to sleep at Camp 3.  Then we return to Base Camp to await a weather window perfect for Summit Bid. When the weather is favorable, we head to Camp 2 to spend a couple of nights followed by a night's sleep at Camp 3. The next day will be the Summit Day of Nuptse at 7861 m.  After the summit, we will then descend back to Camp 2. After a night’s rest at Camp 2, we will descend back to the base camp. 

 

Best Season to go on Nuptse Expedition

 

The best season to go on an Expedition to Nuptse is between March to May and September to December 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. 

Max. Altitude 7861 m
Trip Grade Challenging
Best Seasons Summer, Spring, Autumn
Group Size 8-15 Person

Trip Itinerary

DAY
  • 1
    Arrival In Kathmandu And Transfer To The Hotel

    Upon your arrival at the TIA, one of our representatives will be waiting to welcome you. After meet and greet, you will be transferred to the hotel booked for you to rest. There you will freshen up and relax. You can go around the streets of Thamel for refreshments.

    Altitude 1400 m
    Meals N/A
    Accommodation 3-5 Star Hotel
  • 2
    Official Formalities And Preparations 

    On the second day, we will fulfill all our official procedures including necessary documentation, obtain permits, and other formalities needed for our expedition. We will start our preparation for our trek. 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 trek and trip duration, accommodation, facilities at the base camp and during the trek. It is also an opportunity for you to communicate and introduce yourself to your fellow trekkers and teammates.

    Altitude 1400 m
    Meals Breakfast
    Accommodation 3-5 Star Hotel
  • 3
    Fly To Lukla And Trek To Phakding (2610 M)

    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.

    Altitude 2610 m
    Meals Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner
    Accommodation Hotel/Lodge
  • 4-5
    Trek From Phakding To Namche Bazaar (3440m)

    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.

    Altitude 3440 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Hotel/Lodge
  • 6
    Trek From Namche Bazaar To Tengboche (3867m)

    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.

    After Khumjung, we then approach the most beautiful and tranquil part of this Trek, the Tengboche monastery. This trail is a mix of smooth up and downhill paths with a steep uphill climb through the forests before we reach Tengboche. If we got lucky, we may even be able to spot some musk deer, a herd of Himalayan Thar, and pheasants along our way. 

    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.

    Altitude 3860 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Lodge/Teahouses
  • 7
    Trek From Tengboche To Dingboche (4260 M)

    After spending our night in Tengboche, we will begin our trek for the day towards Dingboche. 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.

    Altitude 4260 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Lodge/Teahouses
  • 8
    Trek From Dingboche To Lobuche (4930 M)

    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. We will reach the memorial of Scott Fisher and 10 times Everest summiteer Babu Chhiri Sherpa who remained in the mountains.

     

    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 Nuptse. We take a day’s rest at Lobuche and enjoy the day with short excursions to view the beautiful mountains in the outskirts. Great Peaks like Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori, and Mahalangur Himal are clearly seen during the trek on this trail. With the end of the Khumbu Glacier, Mt Nuptse lies towards the right but Everest is yet to be seen.

     

    The air gradually becomes thinner and there can be high chances of altitude sickness so we recommend you to keep communicating with your sherpa guide all the time about how you are feeling. 

    Altitude 4930 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Lodge/Teahouses
  • 9
    Trek From Lobuche To Nuptse Base Camp (5230 M)

    After a warm and fulfilling breakfast, we head towards Nuptse Base Camp following a trail that ascends to Gorakshep, the last stop with tea houses. Then, we will walk along the moraine of the Khumbu glacier until we spot a good campsite. Our team of professional and experienced  Sherpas will set up the Camps and also prepare for the higher camps.

    Altitude 5230 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Full Board Camp Service
  • 10-34
    Climbing Period Of Nuptse (7861 M)

    Upon our arrival at the base camp set up at the foot of the Khumbu Icefall, our Sherpa Team will establish a route with ropes and ladders that leads to Camp 1 and Camp 2. This setup is beneficial for ladder training and getting acquainted with the gears before climbing up to Camp1 at 5900 m. We will then spend a night at camp 1 and touch Camp 2 at 6400 m and return to the base camp. We will conduct multiple rotations to Camp 1 and Camp 2 in this course. Later, we will climb up to Camp 2 and rest for a few nights for acclimatization before heading to Camp 3 at 6800 m. 

     

    As we touch Camp 3, we will return to Base Camp and conduct one more rotation to sleep at Camp 3.  Then we return to Base Camp to await a weather window perfect for Summit Bid. When the weather is favorable, we head to Camp 2 to spend a couple of nights followed by a night's sleep at Camp 3. The next day will be the Summit Day of Nuptse at 7861 m. The views of Mt. Everest, Cho Oyu, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Baruntse, Ama Dablam, and other peaks are seen from the Nuptse Summit are stunning and spellbinding.  After the summit, we will then descend back to Camp 2. After a night’s rest at Camp 2, we will descend back to the base camp. 

    Altitude 7861 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Full Board Camp Service
  • 35
    Trek From Nuptse Base Camp To Lobuche (4930 M)

    After the victory over the summit of Nuptse, we return back to the Base Camp and pack our gears and equipment. We follow our trail down through the Khumbu Glacier until we cross Gorak Shep to finally reach Lobuche, our stop for the night. 

    Altitude 4930 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Lodge/Teahouses
  • 36
    Trek From Lobuche To Pangboche (3930 M)

    After breakfast, we leave Lobuche and trek towards Pangboche. The trek is quite easy as it goes downhill through the village of Pangboche. We will also pass through the memorial spot erected in the memory of those who lost their lives in the Himalayas. We will then rest overnight at a teahouse in Pangboche.

    Altitude 3930 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Lodge/Teahouses
  • 37
    Trek From Pangboche To Namche Bazaar (3440 M)

    The trek on this day includes trekking downhill until we reach Deboche. Then we will climb uphill towards Tengboche before descending toward Phungi Tenga. We will then again climb uphill to Kyangjuma and later walk on a smooth trail until we reach Namche Bazaar. 

    Altitude 3440 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Hotel/Lodge
  • 38
    Trek From Namche Bazaar To Lukla (2840)

    This will be the last day of our trek on the Nuptse Expedition Journey. We start early from Namche Bazaar and walk past the forests of Rhododendron, Oak, and Pine Trees. The trail is easy and less tiring as most of the walk is within the forests. We take some short uphill climbs, cross the suspension bridges and pass the village of Monjo. After an uphill climb of about 45 minutes, we finally reach Lukla. 

    Altitude 2840 m
    Meals BLD
    Accommodation Hotel/Lodge
  • 39-40
    Fly From Lukla To Kathmandu

    On the 39th day of our journey, we will take the short flight back to Kathmandu collecting and preserving our memories of the Himalayas. In Kathmandu, you can relax in Thamel, a popular street for tourists where you can get anything you want. You may do some shopping, eat in a nice restaurant, get some spa, do some laundry and many other things. There are also many different attractions in Kathmandu including but not limited to Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath Stupa, Basantapur, Bhaktapur, Patan, and so on. You may go sightseeing around these areas with one of our city guides. We will join for the farewell dinner in the evening.

    Altitude 1400 m
    Meals 2 Breakfasts And 1 Farewell Dinner
    Accommodation 3-5 Star Hotel
  • 41
    Final Departure

    Our journey of Trek to Everest Base Camp ends on this day. With so many beautiful memories together, we gratefully and delightedly bid you farewell and good luck for your flight back home. One of our representatives from 8K expeditions will drop you off at TIA 3 hours prior to your scheduled flight.

    Altitude 1400 m
    Meals Breakfast
    Accommodation N/A
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Includes

  • International and Domestic Airport-Hotel-Airport transfers in Nepal
  • 4 nights hotel accommodation in hotel in Kathmandu on bed/breakfast
  • Schedule flight Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu for members, 
  • Schedule flight for Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu for Liaison Officer,  
  • Member personal climbing equipment Kathmandu-Lukla-Base Camp-Kathmandu (max 60 kg
  • Full Board food, lodging during trekking to base camp and back to Lukla after Expedition
  • A professional  climbing Sherpa guide per two members during  summit attempt and during climbing 
  • 7 Oxygen bottles (4 liters.)per member with top-out Mask and Regulator.
  • Climbing Sherpa  oxygen 3 cylinders  (4 liters ) per Sherpa  
  • All staff KTM-Base Camp-KTM transportation
  • Common climbing equipment (necessary rope, ice bars, ice screws, etc.)
  • Clean Mountain bags
  • Solar Power at Base Camp and Camp II.
  • Satellite Phone available at Base Camp ( with nominal charge per use)
  • The facility of Internet service and recharge cards with a nominal charge
  • Daily Weather Report Services
  • Medical consultation services at the Base Camp with the (HRA) clinic 
  • High Altitude tents: Single Tent in the Base Camp while in upper camps, the tent shall be shared with 2-3 climbers
  • All food and fuel for Base Camp and higher camps during Expedition as per the schedule
  • Services of cook and kitchen boy at Base Camp and Cook at Camp II.
  • Kitchen tent, Stores tent, Dining Tents, Toilet Tents, Shower Tent, Tables and chairs, cooking utensils for Base Camp and camp II, 
  • Insurance for Climbing Sherpas, Cooks, Liaison Officer, and local porters as well as Equipment,
  • Allowances and wages for Climbing Sherpas, cooks, kitchen boys, and Government Liaison Officers. 
  • Base Camp single tent with mattress and pillow for each member, Climbing Sherpa, BC staffs, and Liaison Officer Tents
  • Solar panel at Base Camp for light and charging small electronics. (Eg. mobile phones, amateur digital cameras, and handheld video cameras).
  • Personal solar-powered light at each tent per member at the Base Camp in the evening, 
  • Transportation of food and equipment supply to Base Camp from Kathmandu (Cargo to Lukla and then by porter or Yaks to Base Camp 
  • Heaters in the base camp in the dining tent 
  • Fresh vegetable  supply from Namche bazaar or Kathmandu 
  • Special high foods for members and sherpas as per requirements of your choice in Kathmandu
  • Khumbu Icefall route fee ( Khumbu IceFall route will be fixed by SPCC and we pay them in order to use the route which will be maintained by the Sherpa staff throughout the Expedition period.)        
  • Summit and Higher Camp Route fix charge,
  • Applicable National Park fees and local taxes (VAT 13%) imposed by  Nepal government,
  • Emergency oxygen  during the expedition in the Base Camp and Higher Camps, (at nominal Costs)
  • First Aid kit (For special medicine or internal medicine please seek advice from your doctor and prepare accordingly)
  • Garbage deposit  Shipment Charges 
  • Company service charge
  • Mt. Nuptse Expedition Royalty fee and all official formalities of all documents 
  • Oxygens cylinder and mask regulators, (Extra costs incurred if extra cylinders and regulators are used)
  • Route fixing charge

Excludes

  • International Air Tickets
  • Extra Nights Stay in Kathmandu
  • Medical and Rescue Evacuation 
  • Personal Climbing Gear and Equipment
  • Tips of INR 45,000/- for the climbing Sherpa and Tips for Kitchen Staff and helpers
  • Expenses of Personal nature like bottled water, alcoholic beverages, Internet, and other expenses
  • Anything not mentioned in the cost inclusions section

Departures

Trip Notes

Please do remember these things.

 

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.

 

Thank you for joining us on our Expedition!!

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