Climbing the Mount Everest or the Third Pole as it is often known being the highest point on the planet, is a dream every mountaineer wishes to fulfill. Standing at a height of 8848m, the Mount Everest is no less than a paradise for mountaineers across the world.
Since the first successful ascent to the summit on 29th May 1953 by Sir Edmund Hillary & Tenzing Norgay, many expeditions have been made to the top. The expeditions usually last for about 70 days. At the start of the expedition, all the climbers assemble at the Everest base camp on Khumbu glacier. While some climbers prefer to make a solo climb, others prefer to have a Sherpa guide along. There are four major base camps situated at varying altitudes along the route to the summit.
Located at a height of 6,400m, this camp is located on an area of endless snow & deep crevasses.
This is situated at a height of 6,750m right at the foot of Mount Lhotse. The weather here may vary from pleasant breeze to violent destructive winds.
This camp is situated at a height of 22300ft along the icy wall of Mount Lhotse. Most climbers require additional oxygen source after this limit.
This last camp of the expedition is located at a height of 8,400m. This is at a distance of just about 500m from the summit. The weather in this culminating part of the climb is dangerous with violent & ferocious winds.
This ends the 70 day of Mt. Everest expedition. The expedition expense normally includes -
- Stay in 5 or 4-star hotel in Kathmandu
- Flight tickets from Kathmandu to Lukla
- Food, tent, mattresses & kitchen equipment for trekking
- Peak permit, necessary taxes, emergency oxygen satellite phone & gamo bag.