Everest Expedition 2016

Mt. EVEREST SOUTH-EAST RIDGE 2016
 
Dates: April 14 to June 1
 
Expedition Details:
 
Our team will meet in Kathmandu.
Kathmandu is a bustling, energetic and exciting city with many amazing sights to see and things to do. But most of all, we love to gear-shop! Kathmandu has a good selection of local and international mountaineering equipment and clothing in its stores. We always find something that we can't do without. After spending a day doing last minute shopping and ensuring bags are properly packed, we start our journey to basecamp.
Basecamp on the south side of Everest is reached over an eight-day leisurely trek through villages of the Sherpas. We’ll begin by take a 40 minute flight to Lukla. In pre-expedition times people had to walk from Kathmandu, since there were no motorable roads or airports beyond the capital. The expedition supplies are carried from Lukla to basecamp by yaks and zokyos (yak hybrids) and by porters.
On the way we will stop at Pangboche Village , which is one of the oldest villages of the Khumbu valley. Next morning we will visit the monastery, which also houses the Yeti’s Skull, and request a special blessing from the highly regarded local lama (monk), Lama Geshi, who normally does puja for all expeditions above this ancient village, to solicit the local deities’ blessing for a peaceful and safe expedition for all members. We accept good wishes in the form of a khata (a scarf with the eight lucky signs displayed by Buddhist during all religious and farewell ceremonies) from the lama and continue our walk up to Basecamp.
There a final ceremony will be celebrated for all expedition members and equipment that we will take with us on mountain. Once the puja is performed the Sherpas will begin their work of transporting the equipment, high altitude food and other supplies to the higher camps, leaving the us to make a training climb on surrounding peaks for acclimatization. After a week acclimatizing we will begin our climb to Camp I, II, and III and following the normal procedure the members take the route up to Camp II at least two times and up to Camp III at least one time.
The climb from Basecamp begins early in the morning to avoid the possible hazard of seracs in the Khumbu Icefall, the most difficult section. From Camp I, climbers cross a broad flat glacial valley, famously known as the Western Cwm, and reach Camp II (ABC) at the foot of the Lhotse face, a warm place to camp. Camp III is halfway up the Lhotse face, precariously and spectacularly perched and is reached by fixed rope. Camp IV (the South Col) is 500 metres above Camp III and up, over and across the Yellow Band and Geneva Spur. The South Col is the last camp before the summit. The summit push is made from here, with 10 to 12 hours of climbing in the night, aiming to reach the summit at around 7 a.m. Each climber who has made it to Camp IV will have a maximum stay of three days at this altitude, depending on supplemental oxygen supplies and physical and weather conditions, to prepare for and complete the summit push.
 

Expedition Costs: US$ 44,000.00 per person
At High Adventure Expeditions we split the costs between all the climbers. Because some costs, such as basecamp and C2 staff/cooks, are shared; the more climbers we have, the lower the overall cost to each climber. The cost shown above is the highest, the final cost is likely to be less.

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Please note that the vast majority of expenses of running an Everest expedition are paid for upfront, this means that in the event of cancellation, as happened in 2014 and 2015, there will be no refunds. We recommend each climber purchase their own travel insurance to cover this eventuality
 

For Basecamp Trekking Only - US$ 2,800.00
 
 
Tentative Itinerary
(Dates are approximate)
 
April 14 Arrive in Kathmandu
April 15 Free Day in Kathmandu
April 16 Fly to Lukla, Trek to Monjo
April 17 Trek to Namche
April 18 Acclimatization in Namche
April 19 Trek to Pangboche
April 20 Trek To Dingboche
April 21 Acclimatization in Dingboche
April 22 Trek To Lobuche
April 23 Trek to Basecamp
April 24 Rest Day in Basecamp
April 25 Rest Day and Puja Ceremony in Basecamp
April 26 Acclimatization hike to Kala Patar
April 27 Acclimatization hike to Pumori C1
April 28 Rest Day in Basecamp
April 29 Climb to C1
April 30 Rest Day at C1
May 1 Climb to C2
May 2 Rest Day at C2
May 3 Rest Day at C2
May 4 Rest Day at C2
May 5 Climb to C3
May 6 Rest Day at C3
May 7 Down to C2
May 8 Down to Basecamp
May 9 Rest Day or hike to Diboche
May 10 Rest Day
May 11 Rest Day
May 12 Rest Day
May 13 Rest Day or hike up to Pheriche
May 14 Rest Day or return to Basecamp
May 15 Climb to C2
May 16 Rest Day at C2
May 17 Climb to C3
May 18 Climb to C4
May 19 Rest at C4 and depart for Summit in Evening
May 20 Summit and return to C4
May 21 Down to C2
May 22 Down to Basecamp
May 23 Trek from Basecamp to Pangboche
May 24 Trek to Namche
May 25 Trek to Lukla
May 26 Fly to Kathmandu
May 27 Spare Day
May 28 Spare Day
May 29 Spare Day
May 30 Spare Day
May 31 Spare Day
June 1 Expedition Ends: Fly Home
 
 
SERVICES INCLUDED
1. Cargo clearance
2. All related Airport / hotel / airport transfers
3. Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on B&B basis (4 star Category)
4. Kathmandu / Lukla / Kathmandu airfare both for member and staff
5. Full board service Kathmandu to Kathmandu
6. All necessary expedition material transport (Lukla / BC / Lukla) by yaks or porters and all their expenses
7. BC & ABC Nepali Cooks with equipment, wages, insurance
8. Dining and kitchen tent in ABC with high altitude cook
9. 1 to 1 member to climbing Sherpa ratio with equipment, wages, insurance
10. All mountain tents provided. Single Tent at BC and 2 people to a three-men tent above BC
11. Gas heaters in the dining tent & solar panel power available at BC
12. Dining Tables and chairs
13. Climbing Permit and all necessary permit
14. Garbage deposit
15. Ice fall route maintenance fee
16. Radio walkie-talkie set for climbers and Sherpas, including permit charges
17. EPI Gas with burner and cooking pot set
18. High altitude food with personal pack
19. 5 cylinders of oxygen (brand new Poisk) per climber with mask and regulator set
20. 3 cylinders of oxygen(Refilled) per climbing Sherpa with mask and regulator set
21. Liaison Officer charges including airfare and insurance
22. Shower tent at BC
23. Toilet tent at BC & CII
24. Gamow Bag at CII
25. Satellite telephone (per minute rates apply)
 
EXPENSES NOT INCLUDED:
1. Travel insurance (Should include helicopter evacuation as well)
2. International air tickets
3. Nepal entry visas ($100)
4. Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
5. Personal climbing equipments
6. Expenses of personal natures
7. Tips (you should allow up to $1000 in tips for Everest summiters)
 
Other Costs:
Personal Sherpa: Most expeditions ensure that on summit day everyone is teamed up with a Sherpa for a 1:1 ratio of climber:sherpa, but lower on the mountain climbers are on their own. At High Adventure Expeditions we believe in the value of climbing alongside a Sherpa. Lower on the mountain we feel there is a great advantage to having a Sherpa to help on an everyday basis. As a result we include, in the price, a climbing Sherpa to accompany climbers from basecamp up. If you want your own personal Sherpa who works only with you, this would be an added expense of $5000.
Additional Oxygen: Each team member will have 5 bottles of oxygen for their summit push. This should be more than enough and has a safety margin built in. However some climbers like to have additional bottles available to them. These must be ordered at the time of booking because of the long lead time needed to get them from the factory. They cost $600 each.
Trekking Porter: This cost is now included for all climbers. Some climbers like to make the trek in to basecamp a little more comfortable by hiring a personal porter to carry the majority of their trekking clothes & equipment. Although this is definitely a luxury, its one that can pay real dividends later on the mountain.