On arrival I will meet you and help you transferring to your hotel. I will then brief you on the trip details with necessary information.
According to the program and if you decided for the sightseeing day guided tour, you will be picked up at your hotel. You will have the chance to see / visit the world heritage sites like the holy Hindu temple Pashupati Nath, the world biggest Stuppa of Boudhhanath (Little Tibet), the oldest Swoyambhunath Stupa (monkey temple), the Kathmandu Durbar Square.
This day will be dedicated for the preparation of the expedition. We check / buy the essential equipment, gears, harness, crampons, ice axe with leash, webbing, cord, trekking poles, sleeping bag, headwear, footwear and other stuff. Our staff will obtain necessary permits and papers for the expeditions. There will be a special meeting in the evening regarding our pre-expeditions discussion with all our fellow expedition staff.
Drive to Kodari and crossing the Friendship Bridge into Tibet. Depending on how long the journey takes, we will stay in Zhangmu or Nylam. We will take time to acclimatise on the way to the base camp.
We will spend the at Nylam to acclimatise. It is the starting and ending point of the plateau where all the tree lines disappear for alpine bush and shrubs. Only a few trees survive there, like the Poplus and Willow.
For the ones that wish, they can hike to the 11th Century Saint Milereppa Cave and its monastery just beyond the town of Nylam on the way to Laylung la pass.
On the way, we will pass over the Pang La (5000 m) which gives great views of the route and the entire North East Face of Everest. The road then descends to the foot of the Rongbuk valley and before it reaches the base camp we will stop at the Rongbuk Monastery.
We will spend this first day at the base camp acclimatisatizing and sorting out the load and gear for the following the advance camps.
We will load the yaks for the advanced base camp, which is 22 km up the valley, requiring two days of hike. There are fantastic views on the North Face of Everest if the sky is clear.
We will make camp by the river half way, then set off early in the morning with the yaks to go the advanced base camp.
21 days are reserved for the summit attempt, from the ABC we will follow the moraine towards the North Col and cross the glacier easily to its foot.
About 300 m of fairly deep snow climbing leads to the Col at 7066 m. The Col forms a fairly wide ridge which has ample room for tents. This will be Camp I. To the south, the Col rises to become the North Ridge. This is straight-forward snow climbing, eventually steeping into rocky shelves and short buttresses.
A second camp will be placed at around 7700 m.
Last camp will be placed at around 8300 m.
The final section of the climb takes in the notorious first and second steps. These are short, but abrupt rises, which will provide testing climbing at extreme altitude! It was on the second step that Mallory and Irvine were last seen before they disappeared in 1924. Once this has been ascended, the ridge leads more easily to the summit.
Hotel-Guesthouse-Lodge and Camping from Rongbuk onwards.
The total duration of the trip is 41-42 days, from which the expedition lasts 33-34 days.
The price for the expedition to Mount Everest through the North route will depend on several factors. Please get in touch with me for more information.
I am an IFMGA/UIAGM certified mountain guide and an instructor guide. I started my career in the mountaineering and adventure sector in 1998 and since then I have been on the continuous journey of learning, training, exploring, and enjoying about the mountains.
I have guided several successful climbing expeditions in the Himalyas including Everest- 4 times, Makalu, Dawalagiri, Manaslu.... and other 7000 and 6000 m peaks. I am among the first batch of IFMGA/UIAGM guide from Nepal.
I'm an expert in high Altitude expeditions (Everest, Cho Oyu, Manaslu...). If one of these mountains is on your dreams' list...please get in touch with me and let's discuss about it together. I strongly believe that being guided by someone who comes from there provides a great added value to the journey.
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