everest expedtion 2020

Everest Expedition 2020

Fully guided expedition to the world’s highest mountain

  • Group Size:Min 1 Max 12
  • Duration:62 Days
  • Max Altitude:8,848m/29,029ft
  • Accommodation:Climbing
  • Activity:High Altitude Expeditions
  • Meal:Meals included
  • Min. Age:18
  • Start Point:Kathmandu
  • End Point:Kathmandu
Package difficulty Strenuous +
All inclusive cost$ 42,000.00
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Welcome to Highland Everest Expedition 2020. 
Over 30 years of experience in high altitude expeditions

Trip Overview

  • Climb the highest mountain in the world
  • Fully guided expedition with Sherpa support and max O2
  • 1:1 Sherpa to client and 1:4 leader to client ratio on summit days
  • Climb Lobuche East for acclimatization

Everest Expedition 2020 Overview

 Maximum Altitude:   8,848m/29,029ft
 Total Duration:   63 Days
 Coordinates:   27.9881° N, 86.9250° E
 Climbing Route:     South East Ridge 
 First Ascent:   May 29,1953
 Grade:   Strenuous +
 Group Size:   Max 12
 Activity:   Mountaineering and Climbing

Mount Everest [8,848m/29,029ft] being the highest mountain in the world is the ultimate dream of every climber. Climb to Everest is undoubtedly the ultimate mountaineering adventure and every adventure seeker wants to be a part of a rich history of Everest Climbing but the journey to the summit of Everest is not without challenges. With over decades of experience in guiding groups to the summit of Mt. Everest, we have successfully made many people dream come true.

Why Join us on our Everest Expedition 2020?

  • Guided by some of the best guides and Sherpa team.
  • 1:1 Sherpa to climber ratio on summit day and 1:4 leader to climber ratio
  • The ascent of Island peak for acclimatization
  • Premier climbing experience on Everest
  • A cohesive team of climbers
  • A long history of high altitude expeditions

Climbing strategy

Our expedition itinerary is designed from experience, planned with careful attention. We have allowed maximum days for the approach and out. We follow the standard trekking route to Everest base camp following Namche Bazar, Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, Gorekshep and finally Everest base camp. Upon arrival at Base Camp, settle and get organized as we prepare for the actual climb. A pre-training session will be held at the base camp, ice seracs of the lower Khumbu Glacier to check climbers’ equipment and review climbing and rescue techniques. When this is all done we head to climb Lobuche East for further acclimatization and practice of climbing techniques. You will climb Lobuche wearing your high altitude boots and equipment to make you feel comfortable.  Lobuche East is one of the most exciting 6000m peak in the Everest Region. Lobuche east climb serves as a perfect training base for Everest Expeditions and this is what we would be doing at Highland Expeditions too. This peak provides not only an attractive diversion but an excellent part of the acclimatization process while allowing members to refresh and update mountain skills before moving up to Everest. Climbing Lobuche East Peak prior to the actual Everest climb has not only helped in acclimatization but the climbers will not have to pass through the Khumbu Icefall multiple times for rotation of higher camps.  After the climb, we head to base camp and in between looking at an auspicious date as per Tibetan calendar we will organize Puja ceremony in traditional Sherpa manner asking for blessings for successful Everest Climb.

Our second acclimatization phase begins with the rotation of higher camps. Four camps will be set up above from base camp. We will prepare Camp1 (5,900m/19,500ft) at the pinnacle of the icefall, Camp2 (6,400m/21,000ft) in Western Cwm, which will be our Advanced Base Camp. We will set up Camp 3 (7,300m/23,700ft) at the top of the cirque on Lhotse Face. Camp 4 (7,900m/25,912ft) will be the final camp before climbing summit. Camp 4 will be placed on the South Col.

For the acclimatization, please note that this acclimatization program may differ during the expedition period as each climber adapts differently with an altitude. Your expedition leader will suggest you the best as per your conditions. In general, our acclimatization program includes overnight at Camp 2 and tag the Lhotse Face/Camp 3. When this is done, we rest and recover at the base camp while waiting for the weather window for the summit attempt. Oxygen cylinders will be used after Camp 3 for an easy ascent. We provide 8 bottles of oxygen to each climber for maximum flow. From Camp 4, following the south-east ridge, we will make it to the South summit from where we will advance towards Hillary step before climbing to the summit.

Why climb Everest with us?

For over 30 yrs the people who helm this venture has been successfully organizing high altitude Expeditions ensuring safety first and service paramount. The success of the expedition depends largely on a carefully planned itinerary and best logistics and these are what we offer. We are committed to maintaining the expedition safe and success with the quality of service. Our emphasis is always on maintaining the small group so that it will be easy to coordinate and cooperate with each other. You will be guided by highly professional mountain guides and they are one of the best in this field and has experience of successfully climbing Everest multiple times. Our guides, Sherpas, and support staff bring decades of safe successful summits to the table, and our climbing strategy reflects this. Each year, we provide fully guided expeditions with the support of the legendary Sherpas. Our 1 to 1 Sherpa to client ratio and 1 to 4 leaders to client ratio on summit days show our commitment to providing safe climbing strategies.

Compared to the facilities we provide; you will find our Everest Expedition cost to be very reasonable. We have no hidden fee. What you pay in the beginning is the final payment. We are dedicated to providing the highest professionalism throughout the expedition by taking utmost care of all the logistics needed for our Everest Expedition

Important Note: Your safety is of imperative concern while traveling with Highland Expeditions. Please take care to note that your leader/guide has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to your safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather or health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The Trek & Climb leader/guide will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required

 

Trip Itinerary

  • Day 01 - Arrival in Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]

    Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal. Upon completing the visa formalities and collecting your luggages in the airport, kindly proceed to the exit of the arrival hall. Your trip leader will await you just outside the arrival hall and will escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu. Please look out for a placard of Highland Expeditions at the exit of arrival hall. Welcome drinks will be served and after you’ve refreshed, your leader will brief you about your trip in the lobby of your hotel in the evening. Get familiar with your surroundings by taking a walk down the street

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Trekking Hours: 0
  • Day 02 - In Kathmandu for official formalities and last minute preparation [1,350m/4,430ft]

    These two days have been kept in Kathmandu for final preparation of Climb. Meet other team members, complete official and government formalities, final gear check and load. Upon your interest, an optional Kathmandu sightseeing can be arranged on these days.
    We will have a trip orientation and your trip leader will give you a brief about your climb before we head to our journey.

    • Meal: (B)
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Trekking Hours: 0
  • Day 03 - Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding [2,600m/8,531ft]

    After an early morning b/fast, we take the mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla on STOL aircraft. Flight time is about 30 minutes to the airstrip built by Sir Edmund Hillary and the Sherpas in the mid-1960s. We begin the trek by descending towards the Dudh Kosi River, where we join the main trail to Namche Bazaar, just above Chaurikharka at 2713m. The walking is easy and after passing through the small village of Ghat at 2550m, it’s a short walk to Phakding where we’ll stay overnight.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 3-4 hrs
  • Day 04 - Trek to Namche Bazar [3,450m/11,319ft]

    We will continue our journey along Dudhkoshi River which will take us through pine forest. After crossing suspension bridges at several points and passing through small settlements of Zapute, Toktok, Benkar and Chumoa, we will reach Monjo. This is known as the gateway to the Sagarmatha National Park. After completing all the necessary national park formalities, we will enter Sagarmatha National Park. Lowering down from the park, we will arrive at river. Crossing another suspension bridge, we will proceed towards high Hillary Bridge located at the foot of the hill. Crossing this bridge, we will climb uphill to the Namche Bazaar. We can get view of Thamserku Mountain. If weather is clear, we can also have first view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Kusum Khangru mountains.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 6-7 hrs
  • Day 05 - Rest and Acclimatization day [3,450m/11,319ft]

    Namche Bazaar is regarded as gateway to the high Himalayas. It is also the main trading center and a capital of Sherpa land. Rest is recommended in Namche for acclimatization purpose. Short hike will be arranged to the ancient Sherpa village of Thame to observe the rich Sherpa culture or we can also visit nearby Khumjung, Khunde or Khongde villages. Shopping in marketplace of Namche is another fine idea. National Park Head office, Museum and monasteries are other places of interest. The area is clustered with cafes, shops, bakeries and restaurants. The place supports facilities of post office, hospital, government health post. Internet access is also available at Namche so that you can contact your near ones.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
  • Day 06 - Trek to Deboche [3720 m/12,205ft]

    We will walk along the glacial water of Dudh Koshi River. The route offers views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and, Thamserku and Ama Dablam Mountains. Our journey continues through the colorful forest of blooming rhododendron to Sanasa. The region is rich in wildlife including musk deer and colorful pheasants. In Sanasa lies the junction point. One of the paths leads us to the Gokyo valley while the other branches off to Everest Base Camp. We will take sharp climb to Tengboche monastery which is the largest in the Khumbu region. The journey rewards us with close-up views of many surrounding mountains. We will visit the monastery and walk through forest of birch and rhododendron to Deboche where we will stay overnight.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 5-6
  • Day 07 - Trek to Dingboche [4,412m/14,475ft]

    We will descend to Imja River. The trail takes us uphill to Pangboche (3860m) through the lush forest. We will visit Pangboche Monastery. The village is also decorated with Chorten and Mani walls. The trail allows us an access to Imja Valley. We will take steep climb to Pheriche and continue further to Lobuche River. The final steepest climb of the day will take us to Dingboche. Agriculture is the chief occupation of locals in Dingboche. We can see fields enclosed by stonewall in Dingboche. Buckwheat, potatoes and barley are the major crops. We will stay overnight in Dingboche.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 5-6 hrs
  • Day 08 - Rest and Acclimatization day [4,412m/14,475ft]

    This is a day to haul up and rest without being idle. We can stroll around the village and get pally with the local folks with some interesting conversations. This will give us deep insights into the lifestyles and cultures of the local folks in this region. At the same time, we can also relish the landscapes that surround us and we can also catch up on some reading. Our acclimatizing gets a further boost with our hike to Chhukung village. We then do a steep climb up to Chhukung Ri at 5550m [if we feel like it] and as we top it with gasping breath we soon realize the gritty climb was worth the go; the rewards are as lovely as it comes with the natural beauty that greets us for our efforts, the jaw-dropping vistas of Cho Oyu at 8201m, Pumori at 7161m, the gigantic Lhotse wall at 8400m, Amadablam at 6812m, Makalu at 8481m & Baruntse at 7129m all put together set our hearts on top gear as it skips a beat while watching these massive peaks.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
  • Day 09 - Trek to Lobuche [4,910m/16,109ft]

    We will begin a moderate walk to Dugla. Walking through the steep moraine of Khumbu glacier, we will head towards Chupki Lhara which is festooned with prayer flags. It is also known as the memorial site for deceased legendary Everest climber Babu Chhiri Sherpa. The trail stretches through the Khumbu glacier moraine to Lobuche. On the way, we can rejoice the close-up views of Pumori, Khumbutse and other peaks and mountains. Stay overnight in Lobuche.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 5-6 hrs
  • Day 10 - Trek to Gorekshep [5,140m/16,864ft]

    After an overnight at Lobuche, we head towards Gorekshep. It's 3 hours trek from Lobuche and the final settlement with teahouses/lodges. Stay overnight and leave for base camp the next day

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/
    • Trekking Hours: 3-4 hrs
  • Day 11 - Trek to Everest Base Camp [5,364m/17,559ft]

    Couple of hours of walk through Gorak Shep and walking further through rocky dunes and moraine, will lead us to Everest Base Camp. We will meet rest of our team at Base Camp.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Fully Tented Camping
  • Day 12-13 - At Base Camp [5,364m/17,559ft]

    Get organized and comfortable with your home for the next 4 weeks.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Fully Tented Camping
  • Day 14-15 - Trainings at Base Camp / Puja Ceremony

    Looking at an auspicious date as per the Tibetan calendar, a puja ceremony will be held asking for the safe passage.

    We will also do a training at the base camp, in ice seracs of the lower Khumbu Glacier to check climbers’ equipment and review climbing and rescue techniques

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Fully Tented Camping
  • Day 16 - 19 - Climb Lobuche East (6119m/20,070ft)

    Our first phase of acclimatization begins with a climb to Lobuche East. Climbing Lobuche east provides better acclimatization and perfect training base for Everest.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 5-6 hrs
  • Day 20-56 - Climbing Period of Everest

    The second phase of acclimatization phase begins with the rotation of higher camps. After completing the acclimatization, retrace back to base camp and wait for the perfect weather window.

    For the acclimatization, please note that the acclimatization program may differ during the expedition period as each climber adapts differently with an altitude. Your expedition leader will suggest you the best as per your conditions. In general, our acclimatization program includes overnight at Camp 2 and tag the Lhotse Face/Camp 3. When this is done, we rest and recover at the base camp while waiting for the weather window for the summit attempt. Oxygen cylinders will be used after Camp 3 for an easy ascent. We provide 8 bottles of oxygen to each climber for maximum flow. From Camp 4, following the south-east ridge, we will make it to the South summit from where we will advance towards Hillary step before climbing to the summit.

  • Day 57-59 - Trek to Lukla [2,800m/9187ft]

    After our successful climb we retrace to Lukla for a flight back to Kathmandu via Pheriche, Namche and finally to Lukla.
    On our last night, we celebrate our successful completion of expedition with our Sherpa guides and porters who we’ve got to know so well & are now good friends

  • Day 60 - Fly back to Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]

    Take an early morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. We will be transferred to hotel in a private vehicle in Kathmandu. Take leisure and soothe your aching limbs from long and tiring climb.

    • Meal: (B)
    • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Day 61 - In Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]

    Enjoy a leisure day. You are on your own. Participating in a day tour in Kathmandu is a pleasant plan. You can also go for shopping in Thamel, a tourist hub where you can buy souvenir items like handicrafts and arts to your family. At eventide on day 63, we will relish a farewell dinner to celebrate our successful climb. While enjoying our supper, we will also be entertained to a scintillating cultural dance performed by the local belles
    Please do not hesitate to let us know if you would like to extend your stay. Kindly email us for more details on extensions.

    • Meal: (B)
    • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Day 62 - International departure

    Finally, the undeniable day of departure arrives. Thank you for joining us on this climb and it has been a pleasure getting to know you during this time. We hope this venture has enriched your experience with happy memories. You will be assisted in your last minute preparation. Our representative will take you to Tribhuvan International Airport three hours before your scheduled flight. Keep in touch and hope to hear from you soon. Bon voyage for a safe and pleasant trip home.

    • Meal: (B)
    • Accommodation: None
    • Trekking Hours:

Dates & Price

Given below are the fixed departure dates for this trip. If the dates don’t match with your schedule, then kindly let us know and we will arrange a private trip customizing the departure dates suitable for you. The cost below is per person on group joining basis excluding the international flights. Group discount is available for booking of two or more than two persons. Kindly contact us if you have a bigger group for the discount.

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Group tours are unavailable for this trip, however, you can opt for the private trip. The private trips are available on any date of your choice at any time of the year. Let us know about your preferred travel dates and we shall organize it as per your convenience. Get in touch with your query now.

Cost Inclusion

  • 1:1 Sherpa to climber ratio and 1:4 leader to client ratio to assist during climb
  • 8 bottled oxygen with the use of latest mask and regulator
  • Nepalese government royalty fees for Everest.
  • All expedition organizational requirements
  • Island Peak climb for acclimatization
  • Service of base camp manager and climbing sirdars
  • Satellite communication system at base camp but nominal charge for use
  • Radio set for communication between camps
  • Meals at base camp and higher camps during expedition
  • Personal tents at BC, high tents, kitchen tents, dining tents, shower tents, toilet tents, store tents, cooking utensils and more for your comfort.
  • 5 nights accommodation at Kathmandu Guest House with breakfast on deluxe room
  • Meals (B,L,D) and accommodation during trek upto BC and back to Lukla after expedition
  • Ktm-Lukla-Ktm airfare
  • Staffs wages, allowances with their insurance
  • Common climbing equipment
  • Porterage of climbing equipment up to base camp and back to Lukla after expedition
  • Khumbu icefall route fee
  • Liaison officer daily wages and fees
  • Applicable national park fees and local taxes
  • 2 waterproof duffel bags

Cost Exclusion

  • International airfare
  • Meals in Kathmandu
  • Custom for bringing any expedition goods
  • Nepal entry visa fees
  • Personal clothing and equipment
  • Insurance (Mandatory)
  • Summit bonus
  • Gratuities for staff
  • Personal expenses

Essential Information

Meals

We consider delicious and nutritious food to be a key component to the overall success of our expeditions. We charter the food in by flight and take the utmost care in quality and hygienic preparation. Our High Altitude Chef will be with us for all meals at Base Camp and Camp 2. During the trek, your meals will be served at the teahouse/lodge you will stay and in Kathmandu, only breakfast will be provided to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where what and with whom to eat for lunch and dinner.

If you have any special dietary requirements please let us know in advance and we will be sure to cater to your needs.

Accommodation

We provide each climber with an individual box tent at the base camp during an entire expedition. Each box tent will have spacious space, comfortable mattresses, carpeted floor and more for your comfort. Higher above from base camp, a high-quality extreme weather tent will be provided for every 2 climbers. It’s also a lot warmer and safer when you can keep an eye on each other.

We do not emphasis more on luxurious things as to unnecessarily increase the cost and human effort but we make sure that you get a good rest. 

Route

Everest Expedition Route

Our Everest Expedition follows the footsteps of legendary Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa. Our route follows through the Khumbu icefall, up the Western Cwm, the Lhotse Face, the South Col, South Summit, the Hillary Step and on to the Summit.

Prerequisites

Requires good climbing resume and moderate climbing skills on snow/ice/rock. Since you will be spending most of the time in extreme conditions a previous experience of climbing 8000m peak (Cho Oyu or Manaslu) is required. Climbers are required to be in excellent fitness level and must have ability to perform at a high level for longer duration at high altitude. Contact us for further details and to discuss your background.

Guides

Our Everest Expedition 2020 will be managed by Kunga Sherpa, an Everest summiteer himself. With over 35 years of experience in the climbing industry, he has managed over over forty 8000m expeditions till date. 

For 2020, our Everest Expedition leader will be Pasang Tenzing Sherpa, UIAGM/IFMGA Guide with over 11 summits of Everest under his belt. 

Sherpa Team

Most of our Sherpa guides come from Rolwaling village, a hidden gem in foothills of Mt. Gaurishankar. All our Sherpa guides are previous Everest summiteer with detailed experience on high altitude expeditions. 

Oxygen

The use of oxygen equipment plays a huge role in climbing high mountains and can help to avoid many critical situations and save your life. We provide 8 bottles of Poisk oxygen to each climber with the use of mask & regulator (Top Out or Summit Oxygen Systems). 

Base Camp

Your home away from home - Everest Base Camp for nearly 2 months.
Our base camp is well-appointed, providing each climber with a comfortable environment. There will be a warm heated dining room, personal box tent for each individual, kitchen tent, shower and etc and more for your comfort.

Weather Forecast

We subscribe to the weather forecasting services during the expedition summit period as to provide the best weather forecast for the summit push. 

Acclimatization

Our Everest expedition itinerary has been tailored carefully keeping every aspect in mind. We have included Lobuche east climb (6,119m) on our itinerary. With Lobuche climb included, it provides each climber with better acclimatization, the practice of climbing techniques and reduces the walk on icefall. 

After the Lobuche climb, rotation of higher camps (Camp 1, 2 and 3) with overnight will be done for acclimatization. 

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