Everest Expedition - 63 Days

Everest Expedition - 63 Days
Trip Facts
Destination Nepal
Activity Expedition in Nepal
Region Everest Region
Start / End point Kathmandu/ Kathmandu
Duration 63 days
Max. Altitude Everest Expedition South (8848m/29,029ft)
Meals Included All meals during the trek/Expedition
Group size 2-10
Nature of Trek Tea House/Camping Trekking/Climbing
Best Season Mar, Apri, May, June, Sep, Oct,& Nov
Trip Code DWTTK01
Transportation Domestic flight and private vehicle (Transportation)
Grade Very Strenuous

About the expedition

Climbing the world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest (29,035ft / 8,850m), is the epitome of an adventurous mountaineering experience. Summiting Everest is a very challenging feat as you battle and conquer severe obstacles, including steep slopes, gigantic ice walls, hidden crevasses, frigid temperatures, and sudden weather changes. We assure you of 63 days of a challenging yet soulful journey.

Highlights

  • Summiting the highest mountain on earth, Mt Everest.
  • Scenic flight to Lukla
  • Breathtaking view of the sunset over Mt. Everest from the Kalapathar
  • One of the world’s highest airports at Syangboche (3,780m / 12.402ft)
  • Views of some of the highest peaks, including Mt. Lhotse (8,516m), Cho Oyu (8,201m), and Mt. Makalu (8,463m)
  • Explore Sagarmatha National Park
  • Prayer wheels, colorful flags, mani stones, high suspension bridges
  • Wide range of flora and fauna
  • Ancient monastery in Tengboche (3,867m / 12,687ft)
  • Khumjung monastery believed to house a yeti scalp
  • Wildlife like musk deer, colorful pheasants, snow leopard, and Himalayan thar
  • Highest glacier on Earth- The Khumbu Glacier (4,900m)

Benefits of Everest Expedition with Discovery World Trekking

  • More than a decade of experience in conducting successful expeditions
  • Our expert team of Sherpas stands second to none.
  • Our Sherpas will guide you from day 1 (From the moment, you touch down at Tribhuvan International Airport.) 
  • Sherpa climber ratio 1:1
  • Every group of four will be assisted by a certified Sherpa who has summited Everest at least twice
  • Our professional Sherpas are specialized in handling varied situations, such as altitude sickness, rescue operations, etc. We vouch for your health and safety.
  • We are an expert, honest, and affordable team of diligent, hardworking, and warm Sherpas.
  • Solar panels for charging mobile devices in camps
  • Access to Satellite Phones. 
  • Access to the Internet connection (for a small fee) at the base camp
  • We provide free airport to hotel transfers during arrival and vice versa during departure in a private vehicle. 
  • Oximeter for monitoring blood oxygen saturation level at high altitudes to detect health risks such as altitude sickness
  • Medical kits 
  • Free excess luggage storing at Discovery World Trekking store for the trek duration
  • Duffle bag for porters
  • Easy booking and reservation system
  • Multi-channel communication (Email, WhatsApp, Facebook, WeChat, Viber, Skype, Zoom) and online briefing
  • 24/7 phone communication at +977- 9840055491
  • Easy payment

Comprehensive expedition overview

The Mount Everest expedition is the pinnacle of mountaineering for mountaineers around the globe. This mountain got its name after Sir George Everest, the surveyor-general of British India. In Nepali, Everest is called Sagarmatha, meaning “Goddess of the sky.” The Tibetans call it Chomolungma, which means ‘Mother Goddess of the World.”

Mount Everest has two ridges, the northeast ridge lies in Tibet, and the southeast ridge, the main ridge, lies in Nepal. Mount Everest was first climbed by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa in 1953. We will follow the same path these pioneers took almost one century ago via the Khumbu Valley.

If you ever desire to scale this highest pinnacle of the world, we provide you the opportunity and logistics to chase your dream.

Your expedition begins with a flight to Lukla and a trek to Everest Base Camp via Phakding, Namche, Tengboche, and Lobuche. You will not be facing the alpine climate at once, but from Lukla, you will ascend slowly. 

At the lower elevations, you will pass through sub-tropical forests full of different varieties of rhododendrons. Gradually, as you ascend, you will reach an alpine region as you reach the glacial moraines. 

However, summiting Everest is not an easy task. Not only do you need to battle the decreasing levels of oxygen, thin air, frigid temperature, excessive wind, gale, harsh weather conditions, and rapid weather change, you need to have technical skills to use ice ax, crampons, and fixed ropes. 

The Everest Base Camp is at 5,364m.

But before the climb begins, at an auspicious time, Sherpas will perform puja to appease the gods that they believe reside on the mountain peaks. You will spend 4-5 days at the base camp for proper acclimatization.

The path to Everest takes several days of planning and acclimatizations. From the base camp, you will reach Camp 1 but then return to the base camp for the night. Then you will climb to Camp 2 and return to base camp to spend the night. You will be ascending and descending between different camps several times before heading to the summit. The whole process will take several weeks. 

Proper acclimatization is a must and forms the major part of the Everest Climb. From the top of Everest mountain, you can get a breathtaking panorama of the Everest region, including Mount Lhotse - the world’s fourth tallest peak, Cho Oyu - the world’s eighth tallest mountain, and Makalu - the world’s fifth-highest mountain. 

After reaching Everest, you will return to  Camp IV and spend a night there. It will take one more day for you to descend from Camp IV to Everest Base Camp (EBC). Then, you will take the same route you took to reach EBC, to return to Lukla. From Lukla, you will fly back to Kathmandu.

After the expedition, you can choose to take a helicopter flight from EBC to Lukla or even to Kathmandu at your own expense.

Day to Day Itinerary

  1. day 1

    Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport at Kathmandu (4,593ft. / 1,400m)

    When you arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will find our company representative holding a pamphlet with your name and our company name. After greeting you, they will present you with a marigold garland as a welcome gesture and then take you to your hotel. We will organize a welcome dinner at Kathmandu with our expert expedition team. 

    • Overnight stay at a selected hotel (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meal (Welcome Dinner)
  2. day 2

    Preparation day in Kathmandu (4,593ft. / 1,400m)

    We will use this day to check the gear, equipment, and clothing required for this expedition. Our expedition guide will ensure you have all the necessary things you need before embarking on this epic expedition. We will also be completing the necessary paperwork for the expedition. In your free time, you can explore the Kathmandu Valley. 

  3. day 3

    Flight from Kathmandu (1,400m / 4,593ft) to Lukla (2,850m / 9,350ft) Trek to Phakding (2650m / 8562ft)

    On your third day, you will be flying to the Everest region. After breakfast, you will head to Tribhuvan International Airport for an exciting and scenic 40-minute flight to Lukla. After getting off at Lukla, we will head to Phakding. Today's trek will be short, easy, and enjoyable as you will also be acclimatizing. After reaching Phakding, you can visit local monasteries in and around Phakding.

    • Overnight stay at Yeti Mountain Home (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast+ Lunch+ Dinner)
  4. day 4

    Trek from Phakding (2,650m / 8,562ft) to Namche Bazaar (3,440m / 11,285ft)

    We leave Phakding early morning and trek along the northern banks of the Dudh Koshi River crossing many suspension bridges, including the Hillary Suspension Bridge, and reach the Sagarmatha National Park check post, where we will register our permits. Then you will be climbing through the dense forest, and, from here, you can get your first views of Mt. Everest. You will be trekking further to reach Namche Bazaar - the gateway to Everest.  

    • Overnight stay at Yeti Mountain Home (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast+ Lunch+ Dinner)
  5. day 5

    Rest day and acclimatization at Namche Bazaar (3440m / 11,285 ft)

    Today is the first day allocated for acclimatization. However, you will not be staying idle. You can explore the throbbing Namche Bazaar, known for its Wi-Fi-connected cafes and restaurants, souvenir and gear shops, clubs, and bars. Moreover, you have options to hike to Sagarmatha National Park Visitor Center, the Sherpa Villages of Khunde and Khumjung, and Everest View Hotel, from where you can get fantastic views of Mount. Everest. 

    • Overnight stay at Yeti Mountain Home (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast+ Lunch+ Dinner)
  6. day 6

    Trek from Namche (3,440m / 11,285ft) to Tengboche (3,855m / 12,850ft) / Deboche

    You will leave Namche early morning and begin your trek to Tengboche, enjoying the stunning views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. The trail, full of ups and downs, is quite challenging, but the views reward you amply. You may even spot wildlife on the way, including musk deer, pheasant, and Himalayan tahr. 

    As the trek progresses through dense alpine forests, you will eventually reach a small settlement called Phunki Thenga. From Phunki Thenga, you need to put some effort to reach Tengboche. Tengboche has a popular monastery called Tengboche Monastery, the biggest monastery in the Khumbu region. If we have time, we will trek to Deboche to spend the night there.

    • Overnight stay at Rivendell Lodge
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast+ Lunch+ Dinner)
  7. day 7

    Trek from Tengboche (3,855m / 12,850ft) to Dingboche (4,360m / 14,290ft)

    Early morning, you will leave Tengboche and take an upper trail to reach Pangboche village, passing many chortens, mani walls, and smaller high-altitude settlements. From the trails, you will get stunning views of Ama Dablam. The trek eases a bit as you enter the Imja Valley, following the Lobuche River. 

    Then comes the steepest climb as you near Dingboche. Dingboche consists of fields surrounded by stone walls. These walls protect crops like barley, buckwheat, and potatoes from cold wind and wild animals. 

    • Overnight stay in Good Luck Hotel
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast+ Lunch+ Dinner)
  8. day 8

    Rest day and acclimatization at Dingboche (4,360m / 14,290ft)

    You will be acclimatizing for a second day at Dingboche, as you will have gained substantial height, so you must let your body time to adjust to the thinning air. However, you will not be staying idle. One of the favorite activities at Dingboche is to hike up the ridge above Dingboche to get superb views of several snow-capped mountains like Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Cho Oyu, Makalu, and Island Peak. 

    • Overnight stay at Good Luck Hotel
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast+ Lunch+ Dinner)
  9. day 9

    Trek from Dingboche (4,360m / 14,290ft) to Lobuche (4,930m / 16,175ft)

    After early morning breakfast, we leave Dingboche aiming for Lobuche. At first, you will follow a trail that leads to a ridge above Pheriche village. Then, the trail follows the Khumbu Glacier, taking you higher to the Thukla Hills, known for the memorial statues of climbers who could not succeed in this harsh region. Your destination for this day, however, lies a little further at Lobuche. 

    • Overnight stay at Mother Earth House
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  10. day 10

    Trek from Lobuche (4,930m / 16,175ft) to EBC (5,364m / 17,598ft)

    From Lobuche, we continue to follow the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier to arrive at Gorakshep. From Gorakshep, you will ascend to Everest Base Camp (17,598 ft./ 5,364 m). Our Sherpas will quickly set up the tent for you at Everest Base Camp (EBC). From EBC, you can enjoy stunning views of Nuptse, Khumbuste, and the Pumori mountains. We have years of experience setting up the finest heated tents with access to Wi-Fi. Our trained cooks will prepare tasty and hygienic food using local produce as well as imported foods.

    • Overnight stay in a camp tent
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  11. day 11

    Rest and preparation at EBC (5,364m / 17,598ft)

    You will be resting and acclimatizing at the EBC on this day. Moreover, we will be checking our equipment and gear, making them ready for the ascent to Everest Peak - the world's highest peak.

    • Overnight stay in a camp tent
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  12. day 12

    12-55 Summit Everest Peak (8,848m / 29,031ft) and safely back to the Base Camp (5,364m)

    Before the climbing starts, at an auspicious time, the Sherpas perform a special puja (worship). The Sherpas believe that mountain gods reside on the summit peaks. Hence, they perform a puja ceremony before starting the Everest climb. 

    For this ceremony, Sherpas set up a small furnace on a rock platform at the base camp. On the furnace, they burn juniper branches along with incense, and a monk (Lama) chants mantras (hymns) for a safe climb. Mountaineering gear and equipment are placed near the furnace for blessing. Rice is thrown up in the air three times along with the cries of Lakalu, which means victory to the gods. Sherpas view that they can climb Everest only if gods permit. 

    The climbing begins only after this puja.

    After acclimatizing well in the base camp, the climbing begins following the Khumbu Icefall route. However, our Sherpas will already be setting the ropes and ladders for you before you progress on your climb. There are altogether four camps (excluding the base camp) on your way to the top of Everest. As you climb from one camp to another, you will find our Sherpas clearing the routes, setting up and stocking camps with supplies before you reach these camps. Throughout your climb, you will ascend and descend several times between the camps, acclimatizing and familiarizing yourself with the terrain until you reach the top. 

     

    Base Camp (5,400m) to Camp I (5,900m)

    We start early from the Base Camp so that the Khumbu glacier on our path does not get time to heat up from the morning sun. This glacier is a moving glacier and contains huge crevasses and seracs. However, you need not worry much as a group of expert Sherpas maintain this path using ropes and ladders. The trail is almost flat just before Camp I. 

    Camp I is situated in a flat area, surrounded by mountain walls, and with a deep fissure below it. At night you might hear deep murmuring sounds due to crevasses beneath. However, it is quite warm due to the sunlight reflecting from the mountain walls. You will be acclimatizing here for a few days.

     

    Camp I (5,900m) to Camp II (6,500m)

    Camp II lies at the foot of Mt. Lhotse’s face. To reach Camp II, you need to cross the Western Cwm, a gentle undulating glacial valley. However, there are deep crevasses within, some of these crevasses have fixed ladders to cross, and others have hidden snow bridges. The snowy landscape reflects intense sun rays when the skies are clear. So you might require sunglasses. On clear days, Camp II remains warm. 

     

    Camp II (6,500m) to Camp III (7,300m)

    From Camp II, lying at the foot of Lhotse, you will have to climb the Lhotse face. The path is tricky as your crampons will not readily grab on the rock-hard blue ice and packed snow. As you move forward, you will find the path consisting of lines fixed with screws and anchors, but as there are only two paths - one for ascending and the other for descending - you might face a traffic jam before reaching Camp III set on a ledge halfway up the Lhotse face.

     

    Camp III (7,300m) to Camp IV (7,900m)

    The path from Camp III is relatively easy as you pass a Yellow Band, consisting of a layer of limestone rising from the inner mountain. This portion of the route gets extremely cold before the sun rays touch the path, but once the sun rays touch the mountain, it becomes burning hot. 

    As you will have gained a lot of elevation, you might need to consider using oxygen. Before reaching South Col, where Camp IV is located, you will be passing the Geneva Spur, a section covered with snow and rock ice. From here, you will see the glorious and proud Mount Everest summit. South Col is the spot where Lhotse meets Everest.

     

    Camp IV (7900m) to Everest Summit (8849m)

    Generally, we rest at Camp IV (also called South Col) for a while, rehydrate ourselves and then head to the summit. Most of the climbing takes place during the night as we push ourselves to reach the summit around 7 a.m. 

    Our first stop from Camp IV will be a flat area called Balcony, where we rest and change our oxygen bottles. Then comes the slabs of rocks of various sizes and steepness, and due to little snow, your crampons will be ineffective here. After the slabs, we reach a steep snow slope that leads to the South Summit, which lies 500m below the actual summit. As we move further, we climb over an exposed sharp ridge to reach Hillary Step - the ultimate rock wall that leads to the summit. We will climb this rock wall with fixed ropes and finally trek for some feet to reach the Everest summit. 

    You will see some survey and scientific equipment along with prayer flags and discarded oxygen bottles near the Everest peak. 

    From the top of Everest, you can see other Himalayan peaks, including Cho Oyu, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, and Makalu.

     

    Descending

    Everest Summit (8849m) to Camp IV (7900m)

    The descent from Everest top to Camp IV (South Col) takes around four hours. You might be feeling elated that you have reached the top, but you must be careful, as the trails back to South Col are the most treacherous in the whole expedition. We will be spending the night at Camp IV.

     

    Descent from Camp IV (7900m) to Base Camp (5,364m)

    The difficult part of the expedition is over by now. You will be descending using the same route you used to climb Everest Peak. Once you are back at the Everest Base Camp, our Sherpas will set up the camp for one final day at the Everest Base Camp.

     

    • Overnight stay in a camp tent
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  13. day 56

    Rest Day at the Base Camp and clean-up (5,364m)

    We have allocated a day for Everest Base Camp cleaning. Our staff members will clean the Everest Base Camp as we believe that environmental conservation is very important for sustainable tourism. Our goal is to hand over the campsite to future users in a better condition than when we arrived.

    • Overnight stay in a camp tent
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  14. day 57

    Trek from Everest Base Camp (5,364m) back to Pheriche (4,250m / 13,945 feet) –5 hrs

    After a successful climb, it is time to retrace our steps out of the Everest region. After an early breakfast, we leave the Everest Base Camp and descend first to Gorakshep and then to Lobuche. Once again, on the way, you will pass a memorial erected for those who couldn’t succeed in this harsh weather. After trekking for around 5 hours, you will reach Pheriche, the destination for the day. 

    • Overnight stay at Himalayan Hotel
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  15. day 58

    Trek from Pheriche (4,250m / 13,945ft) to Tengboche (3,855m / 12,850ft)

    After spending a night at Pheriche and after a filling breakfast, our team will head to Tengboche. The trail passes through rhododendron forests, Imja Khola bridge, and past the juniper forests to Tengboche. Tengboche is known for its famous Tengboche Monastery, which looks magnificent due to Mt. Ama Dablam lying in its background. 

    • Overnight stay at Hotel Good Luck
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  16. day 59

    Trek from Tengboche (3,855m / 12,850ft) to Namche Bazaar (3,440m / 11,285ft)

    An exciting trek to Namche Bazaar awaits. After early morning breakfast, it is time to trek through lush forests teeming with wildlife, including pheasants, mountain goats, musk deer, and snow leopards. On the way, you will also catch views of prayer flags, chortens, Lhotse, and Mt. Everest. After arriving at Namche Bazaar, you can explore this throbbing town known for providing luxury to tourists.

    • Overnight stay at Yeti Mountain Home (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast+ Lunch+ Dinner)
  17. day 60

    Trek from Namche Bazaar (3,440m / 11,285ft) to Lukla (2,850m / 9,350ft)

    Today marks your last day on the trails as we head to Lukla via Monjo village. You will mostly descend through a dense forest route that crosses Bhote Koshi at three places. Then, on the final stretch, you will be ascending for about forty-five minutes to arrive at Lukla, the destination for the day.

    • Overnight stay at Yeti Mountain Home (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast+ Lunch+ Dinner)
  18. day 61

    Fly back to Kathmandu (1400m / 4,593ft) from Lukla (2,850m / 9,350ft)

    On this day, you will return to Kathmandu, bidding goodbye to the Everest region. At Lukla, you will have your breakfast and then board a 40-minute flight back to Kathmandu. With no more trails to cover, your flight will be relaxing. You might get even emotional while reliving your expedition moments. After arriving in Kathmandu, you will head to your hotel.

    • Overnight stay at a selected hotel (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meal (Breakfast)
  19. day 62

    Leisure day in Kathmandu

    We have allocated one day for rest and leisure in Kathmandu. You are free to explore Kathmandu Valley to your heart's content. If you want, we can arrange a sightseeing tour for you.

    • Overnight stay at a selected hotel (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Farewell dinner)
  20. day 63

    Transfer to International Airport for final departure

    After breakfast, we will pick you up and transfer you to TIA for your return back to your home country. We hope you had a pleasant experience and that your Everest expedition helped you become more determined, persistent and will continue to bring positivity to your life. We hope to see you back in Nepal for some more adventures.

    • Included standard meal (Breakfast)

What is included?

  • Airport and hotel transfers in Kathmandu in a private vehicle
  • Flight ticket Kathmandu– Lukla – Kathmandu (domestic) along with airport departure taxes
  • Everest Climbing Permit, Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permits, Khumbu Pasang Lhamu rural municipality permit, garbage deposit, all government and local taxes
  • Four days of hotel accommodations and four breakfasts at a selected hotel in Kathmandu
  • Welcome dinner on the arrival day and farewell dinner after the expedition end
  • Accommodation during the expedition in tea houses/lodge accommodation/tents during climbing on a twin-sharing basis. Total: 58 days. Rooms with attached bathrooms at Phakding, Namche (3N), and Lukla. Standard rooms at Tengboche (2N), Dingboche (2N), Lobuche, and Pheriche. Tent camps (47 N)
  • All camping equipment like a tent, dining tent, toilet tent, table and chairs, mattresses. Mountain Hardware – arrangement of sleeping bags, down jackets, high altitude tents, emergency oxygen masks, regulators, and other necessary medical equipment
  • Food/meals during the expedition - 58 breakfasts, 58 lunches, and 58 dinners. Experienced and qualified cook and kitchen helper at base camp and advanced camps. Kitchen and dining equipment for all camps. Extra dietary requirements, food, fuel, fresh vegetables, and fruits during the expedition. High altitude food and fuel.
  • EPI Gas burner for a high climb, Gamow bag (life-saving device in case of altitude sickness) on a sharing basis with expedition members. Portable altitude chamber (PAC). Group gears and supplies like ropes, ice screws, and snow bars.
  • Costs related to tents, lodging, meals, salary, transportation, flights, and crew insurance, including helicopter rescue provision and other necessary equipment
  • Medical kits. We use pulse oximeters during the expedition to monitor blood oxygen saturation levels and avoid altitude sickness or other health risks.
  • Costs of government-licensed Discovery World Trekking experienced and qualified Sherpa climbing leaders, expedition manager, liaison officer, porters, cooks, kitchen helper, daily Nepali staff wages, equipment, other costs, and allowance.
  • Porters for transportation. (2 Trekkers:1 Porter) Maximum load 18 kg per porter.
  • Access to Satellite phones and Walkie-Talkies
  • Rescue operations arrangements in case of complicated health conditions (funded by travel insurance)
  • Discovery World Trekking Expedition achievement certificate after the successful expedition

What is excluded?

  • Nepal entry visa fee, international airfare, and airport taxes
  • Medical and personal high-risk insurance. Emergency rescue evacuation if required & Personal accident, medical insurance, or Helicopter rescue for climbing/expedition members.
  • Personal equipment & climbing gears, personal expenses (shopping, laundry, telephone call, extra porter)
  • Applicable permit fees and customs charges for satellite phones, communication equipment, commercial expedition filming
  • Excess luggage charges. Limit per member is 9 kg
  • Lunch/Dinner or meal expenses in Kathmandu and Extra Night – Accommodation/Hotel in Kathmandu
  • Lunch/dinner or meal expenses in Kathmandu and extra night accommodation (and meals) in Kathmandu due to early return, late departure
  • Hot (tea/coffee), cold, and alcoholic drinks
  • Walkie-talkies & filming permit
  • Cargo clearance (Custom duty fees to be paid by clients)
  • Summit bonus and tips for guides and porters
  • Additional costs due to delays caused by unforeseen events like extreme weather conditions, itinerary modification for safety concerns, illness, sudden changes in government policies, strikes, etc

Equipment checklist

Please bring only the must-have items to the expedition. Though we assign porters to carry your luggage, your luggage weight limit is 9 kg. One porter will carry luggage of two expedition members, and the maximum combined weight they carry is capped to 18 kg. It is not necessary to bring all gear and equipment from your home country. You can buy them here in Kathmandu at modest prices. Though your tastes may differ, here is a list to help you pack for the Everest expedition.

Head

  • Sun Cap
  • Balaclava to avoid frostbite and block wind
  • Desert Cap that can protect your head, neck, and face from sunburn in mountains
  • A warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic to keep you warm)
  • Fleece hat to cover ears and head
  • Neck gaiter to cover ears and neck
  • Headlight with extra batteries (400 to 500 lumens)
  • Climbing helmet
  • Snow goggle
  • Oxygen mask

Face

  • Sunscreen
  • Glaciers glasses to avoid UV rays and snow reflections
  • Lip guard

Hands

  • Thin lightweight fleece gloves (or wool)
  • Wind stopper gloves (we recommend those with touch sensitivity for mobile use)
  • Heavy gloves for high-altitudes
  • Insulated summit gloves waterproof/breathable 

Body (Upper)

  • Thermal top base layer (closest to the skin)
  • Fleece jacket for extreme cold 
  • Windproof jacket for extreme wind and snow
  • Down jacket to be used below 6,000m
  • T-Shirt (Cotton)
  • Gore-tex jacket for protection against rain, snow, and wind
  • Warm jacket for providing an extra layer

Body (Lower)

  • Thermal bottom base layer for warmth and sweat absorption
  • A pair of fleece or woolen trousers
  • Gore-Tex (over)trousers or bibs. Waterproof/breathable with full side zips
  • Underwear made of synthetic material like polyester
  • Insulated Down jackets (not synthetic) with full side zips for bathroom
  • Heavyweight synthetic pants
  • Midweight pants to protect yourself from rain, snow, and wind
  • Lightweight cotton pants for climbing and trekking
  • Gaiters for trekking boots, used over the boots to avoid snow from entering your boots.

Footwear

  • Hiking shoes for walking and staying in camps
  • Trekking shoes for the trails in the mountains
  • Normal synthetic fiber socks and pants for high mountains
  • Camp booties while walking or staying in camps
  • Wool or synthetic socks
  • Liner socks to be worn inside wool/synthetic socks 
  • Slipper for walking around camps

Essential gears

  • Helmet - lightweight, ventilated, and adjustable
  • Summit Down Suit for full body insulation
  • Jumar/ ascender
  • Locking and non-locking Carabiners
  • Tape slings- an essential part of a climbers' kit to wrap around the section of rock and hitch to other
  • Satellite phone
  • GPS tracker
  • Crampons that fit your boots perfectly- improve mobility on snow and ice
  • Ice ax (e) with a pointed spike
  • Climbing harness for attaching to a climbing rope
  • Belay devices
  • Prusik loops
  • Altimeter watch that alerts you to bad weather
  • Trekking poles 
  • Swiss knife 

Toiletries

  • Medium size drying towel
  • Small mirror
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Tissue /toilet paper roll
  • Anti-bacterial hand wash
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Female hygiene products for females
  • Deodorant floss
  • Nail clippers
  • Pee bottle (1 liter)
  • Multi-purpose soap (must be biodegradable)

Personal accessories

  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera

Extra items

  • Trail map/guidebook
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Please have a notepad and pen handy to note information.
  • Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
  • Notebook and pen (if you want to write your moments)

Essential documents

Please send us the following documents to arrange permits.

  • A copy of your passport, three passport-size photos, and travel/health insurance documents with contact details
  • Additionally, we advise you to maintain a separate photocopy of all essential documents, including insurance policy, travelers' cheques, bank/ATM card contact numbers, international flight tickets, emergency contact numbers, etc.

Medical needs

  • First-aid tapes and plasters
  • Personal simple and light first-aid kit
  • Anti-diarrhea, headache pills
  • Cough and cold medicine
  • One skin-blister repair kit
  • Stomach antibiotic - Ciprofloxacin, etc.
  • One set of earplugs
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetazolamide
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses or contact lens supplies

Trip Information

Free airport transfer

We provide free airport pickup during arrival and free drop-off service at departure in our private vehicles. Upon arrival, our company representative will welcome you at the Tribhuvan International Airport and present you with a garland as a welcome gesture. Then they will take you to your hotel. We provide this service so that you do not need to face any difficulty during your stay in Nepal. 

Getting to the expedition region

You will arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), and we will pick you up from TIA and transfer you to your hotel. The next day, we will conduct an expedition briefing. During the briefing, we will provide you with vital information about the expedition and check your luggage to ensure that you have not missed packing necessary things. On the third day, early in the morning, we will take you to TIA for a flight to Lukla. 

The flight approximately takes 40 minutes. Lukla is the gateway to Everest and lies at the foot of Khumbu Himal. From Lukla, we will resume the expedition to Everest Base Camp.

Accommodation

The Everest expedition is 63 days of a soulful journey, where you will get a chance to experience warm Nepali hospitality. You will be staying in Kathmandu for four nights at a selected hotel and the rest fifty-eight days in expedition regions. We will arrange five-night stays in rooms with attached bathrooms at Phakding, Namche (3N), and Lukla. Similarly, you will spend six nights in standard rooms at Tengboche (2N), Dingboche (2N), Lobuche, and Pheriche.
 
You will stay at tent camps for 47 nights. We will provide you with all camping equipment like tents, tables and chairs, and mattresses, along with mountain hardware required for a modest stay at tent camps.

Meals

Your expedition requires plenty of nutritious and hygienic food, and we will arrange plenty of nutrient-rich food. While on the way to Everest, we will choose the best hotels/lodges/tea houses to provide you with the best food. Though you will have plenty of choices in expedition regions, as you climb higher, your food choices get limited and more expensive. The menu consists of traditional, Asian, and western food. 

We highly recommend you drink plenty of liquids such as green, lemon, ginger tea, and garlic (soup) for health benefits. However, you should avoid caffeinated drinks, meat and dairy items, and alcoholic drinks. 

Our expedition team consists of highly experienced cooks and kitchen helpers to prepare your food at base camp and other camps. We provide all kitchen and dining equipment, fuel, fresh food, and vegetables at all camps.

While in Kathmandu, you will have plenty of food choices, and we are sure that you will not miss your favorite dish that you used to enjoy in your home country.

Dates

Our Everest expedition starts in the first week of April and finishes in early June. Please inquire at [email protected]. Booking for the spring 2023 expedition is in progress.

Acclimatization

During this epic expedition, you will acclimatize for several days at different altitudes as you make your way to Everest peak. You will be acclimatizing at Namche, Dingboche, and Everest Base Camp itself before your climb begins. Once you start climbing, your Sherpa Climbing leaders will decide when and where to acclimatize.

Your first day of acclimatization will take place in Namche Bazaar (11,042ft / 3,440m), which is a historic trading hub, home to Wi-Fi-linked cafes, bakeries, pubs, and restaurants. Shops in Namche sell you almost everything from souvenirs to trekking/climbing gear, clothing, and equipment. It lies inside the Sagarmatha National Park - a UNESCO world heritage site. There are plenty of things to do while acclimatizing, including visiting Sagarmatha National Park Visiting Center, Khunde, and Khumjung villages. 

At Dingboche, you will acclimatize one more day while enjoying the views of several snow-capped mountains, including Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Cho Oyu, Makalu, and Island Peak. 

After reaching Everest Base Camp (EBC), you will rest and acclimatize once more in a tent camp. The climbing part of the expedition begins from EBC, and your Sherpa climbing guides will determine when to climb and when to acclimatize. 

Altitude and altitude sickness:

Altitude sickness is quite common in high trekking/climbing areas due to low air pressure and low oxygen in the air. Altitude sickness, also called mountain sickness or acute mountain sickness (AWS), can strike anyone, anywhere. For this reason, our Sherpas are well prepared and experienced to prevent AWS as much as possible and deal with altitude sickness if required. However, you need to be aware of signs of altitude sickness, as severe altitude sickness can be life-threatening. So, as soon as you become aware of altitude sickness, let your lead guide know.

 

The mild symptoms of altitude sickness are:

  • Upset stomach
  • Swelling
  • Slight headache
  • Tiredness and dizziness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fatigue

 

These symptoms signal that you are at risk of developing altitude sickness, and for its prevention, your Sherpa guide will suggest you several ways, such as taking a rest, walking at your own pace, and ascending, only after you feel right.

 

You are at risk of developing severe symptoms if you ignore mild altitude sickness symptoms. Symptoms of severe altitude sickness include:

  • Severe headache
  • Frequent vomiting
  • A rapid increase in heartbeat 
  • Problem in vision
  • Irritable cough or persistent cough
  • Difficulty in walking
  • Irrational behavior
  • Confusion or lack of coordination with group members
  • Breathlessness even after enough resting
  • Difficulty in sleeping

 

Hence, please inform the expedition leader if you are feeling uncomfortable. In severe cases, a Sherpa or two will bring you to a lower elevation to avoid life-threatening conditions like HACE (High Altitude Cerebral Edema) and HAPE ( High Altitude Pulmonary Edema). 

HAPE is a condition in which fluid enters the lung, and in HACE, body fluids start to collect in the brain. Both HAPE and HACE need immediate treatment, and you might need a helicopter for the rescue.

You can resume your expedition with the Sherpas only after you no longer feel the symptoms of altitude sickness.

Discovery World Trekking meets the acclimatization needs of its customers. Our professional guides/Sherpas are specialized in dealing with altitude-related situations and will take every effort possible to keep you safe and healthy. Some people are more vulnerable than others.

Insurance Policy

Everest expedition is one of the most difficult expeditions in the world as it entails the risk of high altitude climbing, potential altitude sickness, and other unforeseen events, including sudden climate changes, landslides, and avalanches. So adequate, travel insurance is compulsory.

All expedition members must provide a copy of their comprehensive travel insurance policy certificate to Discovery World Trekking before starting the expedition. The policy must cover medical and emergency repatriation, including helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses up to the highest expedition altitude (8,000m). 

We can recommend insurance companies to help you, but we don’t sell insurance policies. Our recommendation is based on our previous clients’ experiences.

Expedition members must send their detailed insurance information once they book the expedition. In emergencies, we will use your insurance policy and the informational documents you sent us to arrange a quick and effective rescue. 

We advise you to call insurers and ask them specifically if the policy covers helicopter evacuation at elevations up to 8,000m in addition to treatment costs. Do not just rely on what insurance companies state on their website.

Expedition group/single

The number of group members for the expedition starts from 2 to a maximum of up to 10. The group will be accompanied by sherpa leaders and supported by assistant guides and porters.

Water during expedition

While on the trails to EBC and while returning back from EBC, you can buy packed mineral water from en-route shops, but since plastic bottles pollute expedition regions, we advise you to bring a water bottle. You can fill your water bottle with boiled water purchased from tea houses/lodges. During camping (climbing), we will provide boiled water to our clients. In addition, we advise you to use water purification pills, and if you do not have water purification tablets, we can arrange them for you. 

We advise you not to drink water from taps, rivers, or wells in expedition regions as the water may not be potable.

Electricity and communication

All the lodges/tea houses that lie on the way to EBC from Lukla and vice-a-versa have electricity, and you can recharge your electronic devices, including mobile, power bank, and camera at these lodges by paying a small fee. You can also use solar electricity to recharge your devices at EBC. We highly recommend that you also bring your own solar-powered charger.

If you want, you can buy a local sim in Kathmandu for communication purposes, but at high expedition altitudes, the mobile signals may not be strong enough. Our Sherpa will be carrying a satellite phone for emergency communication, and we will also use Walkie-Talkie to communicate with different camps. 

You can use internet service (1Mbps) at Everest Base Camp, but you need to pay to use this service. 

Extra personal expenses

Our package covers most costs but not all of them. So, you must bring spending money to cover various costs, including meals (except breakfast) in Kathmandu, visa process, travel insurance policy purchase, beverages (alcoholic, hot (tea, coffee) and cold drinks), snacks for the trek, tips to the trekking crew members, souvenirs, etc. We also estimate that you will need USD 10 -20 per expedition day to cover various other costs. We recommend you bring cash, which you can easily exchange for Nepalese Rupees in Kathmandu.

Money exchange

Nepali Rupee (NPR/Rs) is the local currency.
(1 USD = ~ Rs.130 NPR).

You can exchange most foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all over Thamel. Some hotels also exchange small amounts of foreign currency.

Please note that if you have Indian Rupees, only Indian Rupee notes of 100 and 2,000 are legal in Nepal.

Despite the security advantage of a traveler’s cheque, we recommend cash exchange to avoid hassles like lengthy bank processes and high commission rates. You can also withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu. Several of these ATMs are open 24/7. However, the maximum withdrawal amount is Rs. 35,000 for Rs. 500 as processing fees.

If you use financial institutions (other than legal money exchanges) such as banks or cooperatives, they will charge you a service fee of four percent or more. Please note that most banks in Asia do not accept old, torn, or faded currencies, so make sure you have new, clean and crisp notes. 

Passport and Visa

All foreigners, except Indians, need a visa to enter Nepal. Fortunately, citizens from most countries can get an on-arrival visa at Tribhuvan International Airport and other immigration checkpoints along Nepal-India, and Nepal-Tibet borders.

For a visa application, you need a passport with at least six months of validity, a passport-size photo, and visa application fees. The ongoing visa application fee for a 90-day stay is USD 125. 

Chinese and SAARC country nationals are eligible for a free visa with some restrictions. However, citizens from - Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan - may not receive an on-arrival visa. So, if you are a national from any of these countries, you must contact your nearest Nepali embassy. 

Nepal-Government can change visa policies without prior notice, so please visit https://www.immigration.gov.np for the latest visa information. 

Luggage

Our package covers the porter cost to carry your luggage. However, your luggage weight limit is capped at 9kg. We assign one porter for every two trekkers/climbers, but we do not allow our porters to carry more than 18 kg of luggage. However, if you want, we can arrange a porter for you. We advise you to bring only the crucial things to the expedition. You can store your extra baggage, for free, at the Discovery World Trekking store.

Safety

Discovery World Trekking guarantees client safety and security. Your health and safety are our utmost concern, and we go to great lengths to ensure client safety. Our expedition leaders have completed extensive first aid wilderness training and know how to deal with any mishaps, including altitude sickness.

Our expert team of Sherpas will provide you with all the support you need, including your acclimatization needs. We also engage in extensive research on weather forecasts and use the latest gadgets and technologies for climbing and communication.

We request all expedition members to send their detailed insurance information within a week of booking the expedition. In emergencies, we will use your insurance policy and other informational documents you sent us to arrange a quick and effective rescue.

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