Mt. Everest South Face 2016

Mount Everest South Face 2016

 

 

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Adventurous spirits have been fascinated with the ascent of the highest mountain in the world. Mt. Everest rises to an imposing 8850 meters (29,030 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. Two major routes to summit Mount Everest and the usual commercial one is through to the South Col from the Khumbu Glacier and continue ascent to the summit via the Southeast Ridge.

Experience – All Climbers are encouraged to follow GEC Basic Mountaineering Program and gain some experience in Technical and Altitude Training.

Our Planned Schedule

March 27th to May 29th

1.  Arrive in Kathmandu, where GEC member will meet you. Hotel check in and climbers free to explore the city.

2.  After few days of preparation and last minute paperwork with the Nepal Government, you will have a casual day of shopping for souvenirs in the streets of Kathmandu.

3.  DAY 1 – Lukla Flights (Elevation: 8,700 feet / 2652 meters)

We fly to the Himalayan foothills where we will begin our trek into the Khumbu region. The sights from the plane are amazing, providing panoramic views of terraced hills and the distant Himalayan giants. After landing in the village of Lukla (9,350 feet) we will meet our staff and porters and continue on about two and a half hours to Phakding.

4. DAY 2 – Trek to Namche Bazaar (Elevation: 11,300 feet / 3444 meters)

We continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing this majestic river many times on wild suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering Sagarmatha National Park at Jorsale, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views up to Namche Bazaar, the gateway to the Khumbu region.

5. DAY 3 – Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar

Today is a rest and acclimatization day in Namche. Namche is a colorful village with many wonderful and interesting shops and vendors, fabulous food and stunning views of the surrounding mountains. An early hike above town before the clouds move in will reward climbers with a spectacular Himalayan sunrise and views of Everest, Lhotse (the 4th highest peak in the world), and the beautiful Ama Dablam. On the way down, we can visit the Sherpa Museum that displays an exhibit on traditional Sherpa lifestyle as well as a fabulous photography collection. A local Nepalese naturalist takes all the photos, and in one room the Sherpa traditions are highlighted, while in another Sherpa high altitude climbers are presented.

6. DAY 4 – Trek to Thyangboche (Elevation: 12,887 feet / 3928 meters)

The trek continues along the Dudh Kosi with rushing clear blue rivers and magnificent views of the mountains. We will stay the night at a Thyangboche monastery where you will find one of the best views in the world. Inside the monastery are incredibly ornate wall hangings, a 20 foot sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. If our group is lucky, we will get to see the Lama perform a ceremony and listen to the mystical chanting and music.

7. DAY 5 – Trek to Dingboche (Elevation: 14,250 feet / 4343 meters)

From Thyangboche the trail drops to Debuche, crosses a wild bridge on the Imja Khola, and then climbs to the village of Pangboche where incredible mani stones line the path. The uphill trek continues, taking us to the quaint traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche with its exquisite views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam.

8. DAY 6 – Another rest day. There is the option of taking a light acclimatization hike up the valley for better photo shots of the valley and mountains of the Khumbu region.

9. DAY 7 – From Dingbouche, the trail traverses along farmlands and meadows before continuing up the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and reach Goreshep.

10. DAY 8 – Kalapathar & Base Camp (Elevation: 18,450 feet / 5624 meters)
After an early morning start, we ascend Kala Pattar and enjoy famous views of the Himalayas; then descend from this viewpoint and continue on to Base Camp on Khumbu Glacier, at the foot of the icefall.

11. Base Camp – Camp 3 (Acclimatization)

(Elevation: 17,500 feet / 5334 meters at Base Camp; 23,500 feet / 7163 meters at Camp 3)
We arrive at Everest Base Camp on the jumbled moraine below the infamous Khumbu Icefall. There we spend some time acclimatizing. The next 25 – 30 days are spent negotiating the Khumbu Icefall, entering the Western Cwm, and climbing to lofty Camp 3. Our objective for the next 3 to 4 weeks is to establish our 3-4 camps and to acclimatize for the climb to the summit. We sleep at Camp 3 for a night or two before heading down to base camp to rest before our summit push.

12. Summit Push Preparation (May 4 – 10)

With everybody in good, mentally prepared and acclimatized, we head back to base camp. For the next 5 days rest is top priority.

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13. Summit Push (May 10 – 31st)

We climb to Camp 2, then to Camp 3 and finally to the South Col where we place our final camp at 26,000 feet. Our summit target date is between May 15 and the 25. We are prepared to stay at base camp to wait for good weather or until the monsoon arrives at the end of May.

14. Descending after Summit

GEC service continues as we head back down to Kathmandu (3-5 days); we’ll fly out of Lukla. Hotel accommodations with breakfast for the two remaining night in Kathmandu and farewell dinner are included in our package.

Expedition Package / Prices

Costing Per Climber – USD35,000.00 (subject to change)

Included in Cost:

1.  Personnal Sherpa until Summit Push (Will be arranged on first come first basis).
2.  Park and climbing permit fees
3.  Group tents and cooking gear
4.  Domestic airfare to/from Kathmandu to Lukla
5.  Porters and pack animals
6.  Food while on the climb
5.  Four scheduled hotel nights in Kathmandu at 2star Hotel Thamel.
6.  Airport transfers
7.  Three of 4-litre oxygen bottles with RAF mask and regulator
8.  Teahouse trek in to base camp, teahouse accommodations, and food.

Not included in cost:

1.  International airfare
2.  Personal equipment
3.  Staff/guide gratuities
4.  Items of a personal nature (e.g. phone calls, laundry, room service, extra meals, etc.)
5.  Trip cancellation insurance
6.  Medical rescue insurance (Can be arranged if requested for South Face Only).
7.  Airport departure tax
8.  Satellite phone usage is available, but at an additional cost
9.  Alcoholic beverages

 

Equipment List

 

Please call us at 0060-19-3215685  or email us at ravieverest8848@gmail.com & ravi@ravieverest.com for more info or the equipment list for your trip.

A complete equipment list for your trek or climb will be sent to you in a pre-departure packet once we receive your application and deposit.  
When planning for your trip you should follow two simple tenets: Lightweight and Functional. Lightweight equipment increases your chance of success and helps you save energy. Functional equipment determines how warm and dry you will be or how efficient your tools work for the job at hand. Choose equipment that is dependable, of good quality, and is adaptable to a variety of weather conditions. Lastly, all your equipment must function together in a system.

For those who have sign-up as GEC members, you can enjoy the 10 – 20% discount from our partners like Mountain Hardwear, Columbia, Suunto, Goal Zero, Bolle (Eyewear), 
Check them out here: www.ravieverest.com/links…

Our Partners  for the Climb :-  www.ravieverest.com/sponsors

Insurance

We strongly recommend the purchase of an insurance plan to protect you from the unexpected. Below you will find several insurance resources. We are not experts on travel insurance and therefore ask that you please consult the insurance company with any specific questions. Examples of coverage available for adventure travel are outlined below.
If you choose not to purchase insurance, you assume full responsibility for any expenses incurred in the event of a medical emergency and/or evacuation, as well as for trip cancellation, lost luggage, etc.

Medical, Rescue & Evacuation
Check your own medical policy to see what is covered, especially if you are traveling internationally.
If you are in remote areas, please note that emergency rescue & evacuation can be very expensive. We strongly urge you to consider rescue and evacuation insurance if your own policy does not provide the coverage needed. Services available may include, but are not limited to, helicopter evacuation, medical care, etc. Check policy for details.

Global Rescue: Good resource for rescue and evacuation insurance for international trips, especially those that involve high altitude and technical climbing.
You can purchase Global Rescue online at:
http://www.globalrescue.com/ravieverest/