Mt. Everest Expeditions (8,848m.)
Mount Everest, the greatest challenge, is more than the famous mountain on earth. It has unique beauty, mystery and mood. Successful historical Everest Expeditions leaves one with the sense of most proud and adventurous person on Earth. Mt. Everest's local names give you a sense of how the mountain commands respect from all who see her. The Nepali name, Sagarmatha, means "head touching the sky" and in Sherpa, Chomolungma, meaning "Mother Goddess of the world.

Mt. Everest rises to an imposing 8,848 meters (29,028 feet), and after 29 years of numerous attempts, Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay became the first people to stand on the elusive summit on May 29, 1953. . Since then, the South Col has seen over 1,000 ascents. It is by far, the most successfully climbed route on the mountain.

We provide full support including all tents, all meals at BC and on the mountain, all oxygen, good walkie talkies, better than 1:1 sherpa ratio, satellite phones, internet-email to keep your sponsors and family happy and up to date, rescue service.
The Expedition
Everest is technically difficult to climb so it is not a "guided" ascent. This expedition will be led by professional and competent mountaineers who have enough experience to climb one of the world's highest mountains. To match toughness of High Mountain, it is recommended that the team members should be suitably experienced, reasonably self-sufficient and capable and willing to move between camps unsupervised to ensure hundred percent successes. But
it doesn't mean that you are not supported by Sherpa guides. To ensure your success, you will have a high level of support backed by strong, confident leadership. This will maximize your chances of success without undermining the quality of your achievement.

The Climb
From base camp on the Nepalese side, the route to the summit can be divided into four separate sections:

THE KHUMBU ICEFALL
THE WESTERN CWM
THE LHOTSE FACE
THE SUMMIT (SOUTH EAST) RIDGE

These distinct sections give the climb tremendous variety, although they do have their individual challenges and hazards. Being able to divide the mountain into four parts also has psychological benefits, enabling climbers to focus on each section and to measure their progress up the mountain more easily.

THE KHUMBU  ICEFALL
Before venturing into the Khumbu Icefall, members will be practiced in the specialist techniques of secure movement through complex ice terrain including ladder crossing and the use of fixed rope. As soon as the route through the Icefall is prepared, we will be able to start carrying loads to camp 1. All members will need to participate in the load carrying although this will be kept to a minimum. The Sherpas will do the bulk of the load carrying in order to prevent members
from burning themselves out too early.


THE WESTERN CWM
A normal course of events would be for everyone to reach camp 1 with a light load and then return to base camp. A day or two later, the team would occupy camp 1 and spend two or three nights there. During that time, members may make a carry to camp 2, once the route has been prepared. Camp 2 is near the top of the Western Cwm and although this would not be fixed with ropes, members would need to be roped-up in case of hidden crevasses. Following this, everyone would then return to base camp for a few days' rest.


THE LHOTSE FACE
The teams will then move up and occupy camp 2, which is in a spectacular position at the foot of the South West Face of Everest. Camp 2 is effectively an advance base camp and will be well stocked with supplies, including mess tent and cook tent. After spending two nights here, the team will make a light load carry to camp 3 on the Lhotse Face, at around 7,200m (23,600ft).

An ascent of the Lhotse Face will give everyone a really good look at the climb and a flavor of things to come. We will then return to base camp for a prolonged rest while the Sherpa team and the expedition leaders prepare the top section of the climb. This will be a real chance to recharge the batteries after a tough few weeks and to focus on the final ascent. During this phase, our past climbers have found it very beneficial to go all the way down to Pheriche, which at 4,300m (14,000ft) is low enough to recuperate fully.


THE SUMMIT (SOUTH EAST) RIDGE
When the weather is settled, the team will move up, camp by camp, sleeping on oxygen at camp 3 and on the South Col, at camp 4. The summit day will start at around midnight, when, climbing on oxygen, we will set off with head torches from the South Col. The route soon steepens as we ascend a 500m (1,600ft) snow slope to reach the crest of the South East Ridge at around 8,400m (27,560ft) by dawn. The sun will bring with it great views across the Kangshung Face. The ridge above this point starts easily and then steepens below the South Summit. Fixed ropes lead steeply for about 200m (650ft) from below the South Summit.
Standing on the South Summit the true summit looks very close but halfway between is the notorious Hillary Step which is a short, steep rock and snow groove about 10m (30ft) long. Strenuous jumaring and climbing up this leads to the final easy ridge and the top. We would expect to reach the summit by no later than 11am. For the successful summiteers, it will be important for everyone to have left the summit by 12 o'clock noon for the descent. The entire team should be back before dark which comes rapidly at around 6:30 pm. The descent is
extremely long and tiring and energy should be kept in reserve for this.

After spending another night sleeping with oxygen, the team will descend from camp 4, on the South Col, directly to camp 2 and then, the next day, to base camp.

Safety and the Conduct of the Climb
Although many people have now climbed Everest, danger involved in climbing is always there. As strong wind poses great threat during the late afternoon, it is always advisable not to make any attempt in the afternoon. Idea behind adhering the prevalent norms is to make successful climbing without casualty. However, this will not be to the detriment of safety. Safety will govern all decision making on the mountain and will be based on the sound mountaineering judgment
of our highly experienced mountain guides. To support our guides on the mountain, we at Raj Bala Treks and Expeditions will plan the expedition as thoroughly and carefully as possible using our own experience and knowledge of the mountain to maximum benefit. Ultimately, the leader will have sole discretion on the implementation of any plan to climb the mountain and he will
ensure that safety remains the prime consideration.

Apart from achieving self pride, the expedition is a part of enjoyment. So it will not be meaningful if anything happens to team member in course of competing to be on the top of mountain. Whether you make on the top of mountain or not, you should cherish your memory that you spend together on the adverse condition of high Himalayan.

Expedition Itinerary:


Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu via respective airlines meet our staff and transfer to Hotel. In Kathmandu, we will stay at the Hotel. Team members will be accommodated on a twin share basis. If you prefer, you may have a single
room for which a supplement is payable.

Day 02-03: At leisure in Kathmandu.
The priority for the day will be to check everyone's equipment to make sure that it is equal to the conditions one can expect on Everest. The afternoon will be free for any last minute purchases that you may need to make from the well stocked climbing shops in the city.

Day 04: Fly Kathmandu to Lukla. Trek to Phakding. 3-4 hrs walks.
We will make an early morning start for the Twin Otter or similar flight to
Lukla, the gateway to the Khumbu. This is an exciting flight, which should give a glimpse of Everest in the distance. In Lukla, we will meet our camp staff and porters and set off straightaway for our first night's stop at Phakding. Situated on the banks of the Dudh Kosi, which drains the whole of the Khumbu, region, this small hamlet is on the main trade route through the area and there are a number of clean, well-built lodges where we can spend the night.

Day 05: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440 m). 5-6 hrs walks.
The trail starts along a level path along the right bank. Thamserku looms skyward on the opposite bank. You cross a stream and climb the terraced hill from the Dudh Koshi route, to arrive at Bengar. The trail now climbs from the riverbed on the left bank into the mountain, through a forest to Chumoa. You continue along a path with many ups and downs; cross a stream, and pass by the tiny village of Monjo. Now you descend the path of stone steps and return to the right bank over a wooden bridge. After a short climb you come to Jorsale’s teahouse and hotel, also stop at the National Park Service where a park entrance fee is collected. After your departure from Jorsale, you enter a forested mountainside. You follow a short walk along the riverbed of this V-shaped valley where the river forks - the right is the Dudh Koshi and the left is the Bhote Koshi that leads to Nampa La. After short distance along the Bhote Koshi, begin the steep ascent to Namche Bazar. As the mountain path zigzags uphill, you will emerge at a ridge top rest area that offers excellent views of Everest (8848m) and Lhotse (8516m.) The climb eases somewhat, and Namche Bazar appears ahead as you travel along the path surrounded by pines. Pass the plateau where the Saturday bazaar is held and enter the village. Namche Bazar (3440m) is surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges and opens out only where it faces the Bhote Koshi. The village is a central hub of the area and food, sundries and even mountain climbing equipment may be purchased here

Day 06: Rest day at Namche Bazaar (3440 m.) for acclimatization. Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops and souvenir shops as well as a magnificent outlook. It is an ideal place to spend a rest day for acclimatization to the high altitude before heading off towards Tyangboche. For the acclimatization you walk upto Khhumjung where you can visit monastery. Khhumjung is densely populated by Sherpa community. You can also enjoy the splendid views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, Tawche, Kwangde and so on. Or you can have an hour walk up to the Syangboche (3800m.) where Everest View Hotel is situated above Namche for the outstanding view of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru. .There is also good views from the National Park Centre and Museum just above the town. This museum exhibits Sherpa culture.

Day 07: Trek to Thyangboche (3,867 m). 5-6 hrs.
Leave the village for a climb to the top of a ridge and level mountain path that offers an excellent panorama of Thamserku, Kantega, and Kusum Kangrib. To the right there is a steep cliff that drops down to the Dudh Koshi, faintly visible on the valley floor below. Make your way around a branch ridge, and Ama Dablam (6812m) Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse (7855m) and Tawoche (6501m) suddenly appear. After a gentle descent the mountain path ends; you will come to the fork leading to Gokyo. You descend past two tea houses through the village of Trashinga. Though you cannot see it, you can hear the Dudh Koshi and soon you descend to the river and arrive at Phunki Tenga. It is a long climb to Tyangboche; the first half is especially steep. As you climb through the forested zone, the incline eases and a splendid view appears. You continue climbing the mountainside diagonally until you come to the stone gate built by lamas which marks your entry into Tyangboche (3860m). You may use the large plateau in front of the splendid monastery as your campsite. There are a lodge and hotel managed by the National Park Service. Tyangboche is an important lookout point on this course, and the sunset on Everest and Ama Dablam is especially beautiful

Day 08: Trek to Dingboche 4,358m.Approx. 5-6 hour.
Leave Tyangboche and the Khumbu mountains as a backdrop-and descend a rhododendron covered area to emerge to a pleasant level area. Being welcomed by a long Mani stone wall you enter the village of Deboche. You continue to Minlinggo and leave the mountain path to cross over a suspension bridge to the left bank of the Imja Khola. Climb the mountain path while looking up at Ama Dablam and Kantega (6779m) as they appear on the opposite bank. Ascend the chorten-lined route, come to a fork, the upper path passes Pangboche and a monastery, take the lower path to Pangboche Olin and its stone wall-enclosed potato field. Pass through the village and cross a stream to a path skirting a rocky area to terraced hills along the riverbank. The trails climb slowly, winding above the Imjatse River, to a big Mani Stupa. From here, the walk is fairly moderate as you enter the Imjatse Valley beneath the mighty peaks of Ama Dablam, Nuptse and Lhotse with views of the eastern snow capped mountains including the Island Peak or Imjatse (6,189m). Dingboche is a beautiful patchwork of fields enclosed by stone walls protecting the crops of barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals.

Day 09: Rest Day at Dingboche.
An optional day for a hike, at Dingboche there are places where one go for a short walk. Trek to Chukung 4,730m.is worth while which takes approx. 3-4 hours from Dingboche, towards east within the Imjatse Valley, although the trek is gradual, however you can feel the thin air as the altitude gains slowly coming towards Chukung. At Chukung, there are about five teahouses overlooking superb view of the snow capped peaks and glaciers of Lhotse, Ama-Dablam and Imja glacier, Chukung the last settlement in eastern Khumbu.
Day 10: Trek to Lobuche 4,928m via Dugla 4,595m. Approx. 5 hours.
From Dingboche the trail diverts towards north, the path is gradual up for about 40 -50 minutes as you come to a mani-prayer Stupa, from here the trail is gentle on the hard meadow looking down below Pheriche village, today's walk offers beautiful view of the Mt.Tawache, Ama Dablam and to the north Pokalde 5,741m, Kongma-tse 5,820m and the great wall of Nuptse. After a pleasant walk of 1 1/2 to 2 hours the trail from Pheriche joins near Thugla, before a small
wooden bridge over the torrent river of Khumbu glacier. Thugla, the only place with teahouses before Lobuche. From Thugla, an hour steep up brings you to the top, where you can view Mt.Pumori and other peaks west of Everest, the spot here is good place for a few minutes break after the strenuous climb, close to this spot you can also see a number of memorial of the unfortunate climbers, who died in expeditions around the mountain of this region, From here another 1 1/2 to 2 hours of gradual ascend brings you to Lobuche, Lobuche comes as a surprise, as its situated in the corner well hidden and sheltered from the wind. Lobuche has about 5-6 Teahouses.
Day 11: Trek to Gorakshep 5,160m & Kalapathar 5,545m.
From here follows the rocky moraine path after an hour of good gradual walk, as you walk you can see the icy-glacial pond and icebergs down below of Khumbu glacier. After the last rocky moraine dunes a short downhill walk bring you to Gorakshep on the flat field below Kalapatthar 5,545m and Mt.Pumori 7,145m. Gorakshep has two-three teahouses, After a break here at Gorakshep continue towards Kalapatthar, a few minutes of easy walk on the sandy field, then
a steep climb for 45 minutes brings you to the near level field, the walk from here is gradual till you reach the rocky spot after an hour, from here another steep climb to the top for another 1/2 hour. Top of Kalapatthar is a small rocky peak on the southwest ridge of Mt.Pumori, the view from here is beyond imagination as the Everest looks within a stone throw distance, between the summit of Nuptse and Lho-la and Lhotse on the back, the panoramic view from this spot
is something to cherish, and you feel it's worth the hard climb. Afternoon can be quite windy here, descend for the overnight at Gorakshep.

Day 12: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,470 m).
We continue along the side of the Khumbu Glacier which is straight forward at first, but later the path becomes rocky and awkward as we climb across the moraine. This is more than compensated by the fabulous mountain setting as we get closer to the world's highest mountain. The sugar loaf dome of Pumori lies directly ahead and to our right, on the opposite side of the glacier, Nuptse rises in a sheer spire. Just behind it, remaining elusive to the last moment is the Mt. Everest. Gorak Shep is another small cluster of tea shops. Directly above
the teahouses site is Kala Pattar [18,188ft/5,545m.]. This is a famous view-point for Mount Everest and the 1½ hour scramble to reach; it is well worth the effort.
Climbing over the mounds of moraine we traverse the Khumbu Glacier and follow a vague path to the most famous of all Base Camps. It lies right at the foot of the notorious Khumbu Ice Fall which tumbles from the Western Cwm. The Base Camp will be already well established and we can find out how the Advance Party is progressing in the Ice-fall.

Day 13-50: Ascent of Mount Everest and withdrawal to Base Camp.
It is hoped that the Khumbu Ice-fall will be fixed by the time the team arrives at the Base Camp. Members can then start load-carrying to Camp I and Camp II, in the Western Cwm. Once everyone is well acclimatized, Camp I will be mostly by-passed en-route for Camp II, which will become an Advance Base Camp. The route to this point will involve crossing the crevasses on ladders, jumaring up seracs walls and a long tedious plod-up the Western Cwm.

Camp III will be placed half way up the Lhotse Face at about 7,400 meters high. From here a long rising traverse across the snow slopes, a yellow band of rock and the Geneva Spur, leads to the Couth Col and Camp IV. This will be fully established before a rest period at Base Camp.


SUGGESTED INFORMATION FOR THE CLIMB AFTER BASE CAMP FROM DAY 13 – 50:
Proceed to Camp I and ferry the loads between Base Camp and Camp I for 3 to 4 days.

Proceed to Camp II and rest. Sort-out climbing equipment to establish fixed rope to Camp III.

Proceed to Camp III. Establish camp to dump loads and stay the overnight. Proceed to South Col from Camp II and III to open route to the South Col. Establish fixed rope. South Col Camp is established to ferry Loads and to be deposited. Movement of members to Camp III and South Col, to practice the route and get acclimatized to.

Return to Camp III and II in continuation of acclimatization and route practice.

Return to Base Camp for rest, rebuilding the energy in preparation of the final assault.

Re-grouping at the Base Camp for last minute preparations and perfect readiness to attempt the Summit.

During this time our Sherpa Boys do the ferrying of loads up to the South Col to make all camps fully equipped and self sufficient with Oxygen, food, and necessary fuels.

Proceed to Camp I to start the final assault of Mt. Everest Summit.

Camp II
Camp III
South Col.

Summit attempt starting at midnight hour toward South Summit, Hillary Step and to the final Summit of Mt. Everest.

While members continue towards the Summit, a few Sherpas will deposit some Oxygen cylinders near the South Summit to be used by members on return from the Summit attempt.

First Summit Party returns to the South Col, Camp III, II, I and the Base Camp. Second Summit Team continues and attempts, in turn.

All team-members are to re-group at the Base Camp and assist with packing-up the expedition and clearing the Base Camp areas.

Day 51: Clean up at Base Camp. O/N Camp.
At Everest Base Camp clean up and packing, rubbish to be dump at designated dumping site, rest to be brought back to Kathmandu for proper disposal.

Day 52: Trek to Pheriche. 5-6 hrs. O/N Camp.
Retrace the walking journey via Gorakshep, Lobuche and Thugla from Thugla and easy downhill walk towards the Pheriche valley, sometimes also known as Windy Valley, after reaching the valley it takes about an hour to reach at the overnight camp at Pheriche village.

Day 53: Trek to Khumjung. 5-6 hrs. O/N Hotel.
Retrace the journey back to Khumjung via Pangboche and Thyangboche.

Day 54: Trek to Phakding 5-6 hrs. O/N Camp.
A good down hill walk most of the way to Phakding for the overnight stop.

Day 55: Trek to Lukla. 3-4 hrs. O/N Camp. An easy stroll back to Lukla with the final uphill climb from Choplung to Lukla for 45 minutes, reaching Lukla for the farewell dinner party with the fellow crews and members.

Day 56: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu. O/N Hotel.
The flight time to Kathmandu is scheduled for morning normally, because of the wind in the afternoon. Sometime the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather and other reason beyond our control. As the boarding pass is given to you, depending upon the flight time,make your way to the terminal for security check. This scenic flight from Lukla takes about 30- 35 minutes to Kathmandu. A panoramic view of the snow capped peaks can be seen from window of the plane.

Arriving at Kathmandu domestic terminal, our staff will receive and escort you back to the Hotel.

Day 57: In Kathmandu Free day at leisure. O/N Hotel.
A free day in Kathmandu, please inform our staff if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley.

Day 58: Transfer to Airport for the International departure.
Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket, departure tax (in local currency) and your passport handy. Our staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal.
Cost includes:
  • 4 Nights accommodation in Kathmandu with bed & breakfast (hotel 3 star)
  • Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu flight tickets with 60 KG cargo per member
  • Per member get 2 porter for carry 60 KG from Lukla to Base camp - Lukla
  • Fly ticket Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu
  • Trekking from Lukla to Base camp & back to Lukla with Lodge trek lodge or camping
  • Food for trekking & Expedition period in Everest Base camp
  • Porter / Yak Lukla to Base Camp & back to Lukla (Porter transportation)
  • 1 tent for 1 person for Expedition north face brand V-25 or Similar tent
  • Dining tent, toilet tent, table and chares, Mattresses for expedition Sharing with other member
  • Liaison officer's allowances equipment for Expedition, flight ticket, insurance, daily wages sharing with other group
  • Expedition Crew’s allowances for Expedition, flight ticket, insurance, daily wages
  • Peak permit for Everest South Face spring 2010 – Sharing permit with other group member
  • All transfer airport-hotel-airport
  • Base camp Guide, Cook, Kitchen boy and Kitchen helper sharing with othermember
  • Emergency Oxygen- Mask and regulator (If use, pay it full cost)
  • Satellite phone(Pay call)
  • Gamo Bag (life saving device incase of altitude sickness) sharing with group member
  • Solar panel for light and charges batteries
  • company service charges

Cost does not includes:
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • High altitude climbing food, fuel, Gas
  • Expedition personal climbing gears
  • Personal accident insurance
  • Emergency evacuation, Helicopter rescue if required
  • International airport departure tax
  • Nepal custom duty for import of expedition goods arriving into Nepal
  • Bar bills & beverage
  • Sherpa non summit bonus USD 1000.00
  • Sherpa summit bonus USD 1000.00 + 500 climbing bonus
  • Air cargo custom clearance duty fee USD 100.00 per person
  • Personal Satellite phone with e-mail & internet permit
  • Waki takies permit
  • Extra expenses for personal
  • Filming permit
  • Oxygen and Mask regulator for member and Sherpa
  • Ice fall fees
  • Garbage Deposit USD 4000.00 (Sharing with other member)