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Our team will waiting for you in Kathmandu.
Kathmandu is a bustling, energetic and exciting city with many amazing sights to see and things to do. But most of all, we love to gear-shop! Kathmandu has a good selection of local and international mountaineering equipment and clothing in its stores. We always find something that we can’t do without. After spending a day doing last minute shopping and ensuring bags are properly packed, we start our journey to base camp.
Base camp on the south side of Everest is reached over an eight-day leisurely trek through villages of the Sherpas. We’ll begin by taking a 40 minute flight to Lukla. In pre-expedition times people had to walk from Kathmandu, since there were no motor roads or airports beyond the capital. The expedition supplies are carried from Lukla to base camp by yaks and zokyos (yak hybrids) and by porters.
On the way we will stop at Pangboche Village, which is one of the oldest villages of the Khumbu valley. Next morning we will visit the monastery, which also houses the Yeti’s Skull, and request a special blessing from the highly regarded local lama (monk), Lama Geshi, who normally does puja for all expeditions above this ancient village, to solicit the local deities’ blessing for a peaceful and safe expedition for all members. We accept good wishes in the form of a khada (a scarf with the eight lucky signs displayed by Buddhist during all religious and farewell ceremonies) from the lama and continue our walk up to Base camp.
There a final ceremony will be celebrated for all expedition members and equipment that we will take with us on mountain. Once the puja is performed the Sherpas will begin their work of transporting the equipment, high altitude food and other supplies to the higher camps, leaving us to make a training climb on surrounding peaks for acclimatization. After a week acclimatizing we will begin our climb to Camp I, II, and III and following the normal procedure the members take the route up to Camp II at least two times and up to Camp III at least one time.
The climb from Base camp begins early in the morning to avoid the possible hazard of seracs in the Khumbu Icefall, the most difficult section. From Camp I, climbers cross a broad flat glacial valley, famously known as the Western Cwm, and reach Camp II (ABC) at the foot of the Lhotse face, a warm place to camp. Camp III is halfway up the Lhotse face, precariously and spectacularly perched and is reached by fixed rope. Camp IV (the South Col) is 500 metres above Camp III and up, over and across the Yellow Band and Geneva Spur. The South Col is the last camp before the summit. The summit push is made from here, with 10 to 12 hours of climbing in the night, aiming to reach the summit at around 7 a.m. Each climber who has made it to Camp IV will have a maximum stay of three days at this altitude, depending on supplemental oxygen supplies and physical and weather conditions, to prepare for and complete the summit push.
Expedition Costs: US$ 44,000.00 per person
At Om Sherpa Treks we split the costs between all the climbers. Because some costs, such as base camp and C2 staff/cooks, are shared; the more climbers we have, the lower the overall cost to each climber. The cost shown above is the highest; the final cost is much more likely to be less.
Please note that the vast majority of expenses of running an Everest expedition are paid for upfront, this means that in the event of cancellation, there will be no refunds. We recommend each climber purchase own travel insurance to cover this eventuality
For Basecamp Trekking Only – US$ 2,800.00