Everest Expedition Nepal Side - 66 days

Everest Expedition from Nepal Side is different than from Everest Expedition from North Col that is from Tibet side not only in terms of days, but also in transportation. Before Everest Expedition from Nepal Side, you acclimatize and learn about the mountain climbing skills. After having a working knowledge of using ladder, rope, and ice axe, you traverse Khumbu Icefall and crevasses. Camp 1 is set up at an altitude of 6400 m, and it is situated on the horizontal area of deep snow. It is also sheltered by the snow walls. It is also warm because of the reflection of sunlight from the mountain wall.

From the camp 1, you hear the deep murmuring and cracking sound of the crevasses. The Camp 2 of Everest Expedition Nepal Side is set up at the foot of the icy wall of Lhotse. In camp 2, you experience a gusting wind and a snow pluming. You also see a satisfying view of the wall of Nuptse. Later, you walk on the rugged and High Mountain. At Camp 3, you may feel a minor discomfort due to a high altitude and thin air. Camp 4 (8400 m) is the last camp and has been classified as an adventurous camp.

It is 450 m away from the summit. You will take a narrow southeast ridge to reach the south summit (8,750 m). Then, you will follow a route that leads you to the South East Ridge. The route is characterized by the rocks and Hillary step. While you climb uphill, you pause, stop, and breathe. Against all these, you find the scene beautiful, and the summit day is of 12 hours. As you trek from Lukla Airport to Everest Base Camp, you come across the majestic waterfalls, lush hills, terraced fields, rugged steep, and terrain landscapes. You also see rivers, monasteries, and chortens and come across Sherpa villages, which abound with colorful fluttering flags, monasteries, cultures, and traditions.

Day 1

Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal (1345 m). Stay Overnight in a Hotel.

Day 2

Official Formalities and Preparation Day in Kathmandu. Stay Overnight in a Hotel.

Day 3

Final Preparation Day in Kathmandu. Stay Overnight in a Hotel.

Day 4

Fly From Kathmandu to Lukla (2804 m) and Trek to Phakding (2610 m) - 3 hrs. Stay Oernight at a Guesthouse.

Day 5

Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441 m) - 5 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 6

Namche Bazaar Acclimatization Day. Stay Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 7

Trek to Deboche (3860 m) - 5 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 8

Trek to Dingboche (4350 m) - 6 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 9

Day trip to Chhukung Valley (4710 m) and Trek back to Dingboche. - 4 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 10

Trek to Lobuche (4910 m) - 5 hrs . Stay Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 11

Trek to Gorak Shep (5180 m), Hike up to Kalapattar (5555 m) and Back to Gorak Shep - 7 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 12

Trek to Everest Base Camp (5365 m) - 4 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 13 to 16

Base Camp Training and Preparation.

Day 17 to 60

Climbing Period From Base Camp to Summit and Back to the Base Camp.

Day 61

Trek Down to Pangboche (3930 m) - 7 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 62

Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441 m) - 6 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Guesthouse.

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Day 63

Trek to Lukla (3404 m) - 6 hrs. Stay Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 64

Fly From Lukla to Kathmandu in the Morning. Stay Overnight in a Hotel.

Day 65

Leisure Day in Kathmandu. Stay Overnight in a Hotel.

Day 66

Transfer to Tribhuwan International Airport for Departure.

Trip Highlights

  • Scenic Flight to and From Lukla.
  • Step Inside and Experience the Life of the Mountain People in the Heart of the Himalayas.
  • Visiting Tengboche Monastery.
  • Remarkable Views of Khumbu Icefall.
  • Climbing Kalapattar ( 5555 meters.)
  • Everest Base Camp and Walking on the Khumbu Glacier.
  • High Sherpa Ratio – 1 Sherpa to One Climber.
  • Lead by Experienced Guides who Have stood on the Summit of Everest and Other 8000 m Peaks.
  • Best Sherpa, Support Staff and Logistics.
  • Day 1Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal (1345 m)

    The representative of Ace Holidays receives you at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. You see the representative displaying the signboard of Ace Holidays outside the airport terminal. You will be transferred to your respective hotel by the private vehicle of Ace Holidays. Before the trek, there is a meeting. In this meeting, you are requested to bring your passport, 3 passport sized photos and a readable copy of your travel insurance. Also in this meeting, you must clear all due balance, sign a legally binding trip form, and a non – liability disclaimer. In this meeting, you are also requested to ask any questions of your trip. It is also in this meeting that Ace Holidays gives you gifts, such as a Duffel Bag and a Cap. Stay overnight in a hotel in Kathmandu.

    Note:If you arrive late in the evening, you will be briefed about the trip by your guide at the hotel lobby.

  • Day 2Briefing at the Ministry of Tourism in Kathmandu

    The expedition leader will check that everyone’s equipment is in working order. Stay overnight in a hotel in Kathmandu. (Breakfast Provided)

  • Day 3Final Preparation Day in Kathmandu

    We will do last-minute purchases. Stay overnight in a hotel in Kathmandu. (Breakfast Provided)

  • Day 4 Fly to Lukla (2804 m), and Trek to Phakding (2610 m) – 3 hrs

    In the morning, you fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (2800 m/9186 ft), and after landing, you will be introduced to your porters, and then you start a trek by following your guide and descending to the Dudh Kosi River, and on the way to Phakding (2610 m), you pass through the village, called Ghat. Stay overnight in a guesthouse.

  • Day 5Trek to Namche (3440 m) – 5 hrs

    After breakfast, you will trek along the bank of the Dudh Kosi River, cross this river many times by the suspension bridges and see the breathtaking view of mountains and valleys as you head off to Namche, which has lots of restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, money exchanges, bakeries, and internet cafes. Stay overnight in a guesthouse.

  • Day 6Acclimatization Day in Namche

    Today, you will enjoy a short trek of 2 hours up to Syangboche Airport, which offers the panoramic view of Island Peak (6189 m), Pokalde Peak (5806 m), Lobuche East (6119 m), and Gokyo Ri (5367 m). Stay overnight in a guesthouse.

  • Day 7Trek to Deboche (3860 m) – 5 hrs

    Today, you will trek along the glacial water of the Dudh Kosi River to Tengboche, seeing the magnificent view of mountains. Inside Tengboche Monsatery is an incredible ornate, a 20 – foot sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Buddhist Religious Leaders.You will see puja (worshipping of god) at 3 p.m. and then trek down from the Tengboche monastery to Deboche for 15 mins. Stay overnight in a guesthouse.

  • Day 8Trek to Dingboche (4350 m) – 6 hrs

    From Tengboche, you trek downhill to cross the Imja Khola (river), as well as you walk uphill to Pangboche and by the mani stones to reach Dingboche, which offers the magnificent view of Lhotse (8516 m), Ama Dadlam (6812 m), and Island Peak (6189 m). Stay overnight in a guesthouse.

  • Day 9Trek to Chukkung (4710 m) and Back to Dingboche – 4 hrs

    Trek to the Chukkung Valley (4710 m), by crossing the Imja Khola (river), and from this river, enjoy the stunning view of Island Peak (6189 m), Ama Dablam (6812 m), Lhotse (8516 m), Makalu (8481 m), Nuptse (7860 m), and the outstanding view of Lho Glacier and Nup Glacier. Stay in a guesthouse.

  • Day 10Trek to lobuche (4910 m) – 5 hrs

    Today, the trekking trail runs by the lateral moraines, the memorials of the climbers, and climbs to Lobuche village, which is located at the foothills of Lobuche Peak (6119 m). Stay overnight in a guesthouse.

  • Day 11 Trek to Gorak Shep (5180 m) and hike up to Kala Pathar (5555 m)and Return to Gorak Shep – 7 hrsYou spend your day by climbing Kala Pathar, a small peak of 5555 m. The ascent is demanding, but you will get the magnificent view of Mt. Everest, which towers directly in front of you. Also, you will see these mountains: Nuptse, Pumori, Chagatse, and Lhotse. If possible, you can see the awe-inspiring sunset over Everest and its neighbors. After this, you make a quick descent to Gorak Shep, a tiny hamlet at 5180 m. Stay overnight in a guesthouse.
  • Day 12Trek to Everest Base Camp (5365 m) – 4 hrs

    You trek along the valley and head to the moraine of Khumbu Glacier. After four hours, you will reach the base camp near the foot of the Khumbu Icefall (5365 m). Stay in overnight in a tented camp.(Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Provided)

  • Day 13 to 16Base Camp Training and Preparation

    We set about acclimatizing and learning skills needed for climbing the mountain, such as how to use the oxygen bottles and radios. We will also sort out our equipments and clothing needed for the mountain, setting aside the food we want for the upper camps. The food will be placed ahead of us by the Sherpa porters.

    While preparing for climbing the summit, we will rest and adjust to the altitude, avoiding unnecessary exertion. We aim to make the base camp as comfortable and as reasonably possible as we can with a heated triple-skin mess tent, individual tents for each climber to sleep, broadband internet connection, and satellite telephones. Before venturing into the Khumbu Icefall, we will practice moving securely through complex ice terrain using ladders and fixed ropes. We train at the base camp and on the ice columns found at the lower edge of the icefall. As soon as the route through the icefall is prepared and training complete, we’ll make our first attempt at the icefall, aiming to climb halfway through and then back to base by mid-morning. We will continue to progress higher until we can make our way through the icefall and all the way to Camp 1. While we grow accustomed to the ropes, ladders, and altitude, the Sherpas will walk through the icefall, with loads to the Western Cwm and beyond. Stay overnight in a tented camp (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Provided)

  • Day 17 to 60Climbing Period from Base Camp to Summit and Back to the Base Camp

    We do not provide a day-to-day itinerary for the climb period, as this will be determined by the expedition leader and other members. Guides will take a flexible approach based on what fits with climbers’ and with their own experience.

    Camp 1: 6400 m

    The Camp 1 is situated on a horizontal area of deep snow sheltered by mountain walls. The area is warm due to sun’s reflection during the day, and at night the deep murmuring, cracking sounds of crevasses beneath the tents can be heard.

    Camp 2: 6750 m

    Camp 2 is set at the foot of the icy Lhotse wall. Expect both cloudy and pleasant weather.

    Camp 3: 7100 m

    Camp 3 is adjacent to the Lhotse wall, and is reached by using a fixed rope. The path takes us through the steep allow bands (lose, down-slopping, and rotten limestone). After we cross a snowfield, we climb up the Geneva Spur to the east before coming to the flats of the South Col. At Camp 3, some climbers may feel minor discomfort due to the altitude, and the use of oxygen may be necessary.

    Camp 4: 8400 m

    This is the last camp of the expedition and the riskiest section of the climb, and the summit is 450 meters away. The narrow southeast ridge is taken to attain the south summits (8,750 m), and from there it is easy to reach at Everest summit.

    The Climb

    From the base camp, the route to the summit can be divided into four separate sections:

    • The Khumbu Icefall
    • The Western Cwm
    • The Lhotse Face
    • The Summit (southeast ridge)

    The Khumbu Icefall

    The Khumbu Icefall is found at the head of the Khumbu Glacier, 5,486 m high and is not far above the base camp. Southwest of the summit, the icefall is regarded as one of the most dangerous stages of the South Col route to Everest summit. The Khumbu Glacier forming the icefall moves at such speed that large crevasses open with little warning. The seracs (large towers of ice) found at the icefall have been known to collapse. Great blocks of ice tumble down the glacier from time to time, ranging from the size of cars to large houses. It is estimated that the glacier advances three to four feet (0.9 m to 1.2 m) down the mountain every day.

    Since the structures are continually changing, crossing the Khumbu Icefall is extremely dangerous. Even extensive rope and ladder crossings do not always prevent loss of life. Many people have died in this area –one such climber was crushed by a twelve-story block of solid ice. Exposed crevasses may be easy to avoid, but those buried under the snow can form treacherous snow bridges through which unwary climbers can fall. Extreme caution is urged at this stage of the expedition.
    The Western Cwm

    Walking into the Western Cwm is like entering the hall of the mountain gods. The gigantic walls of this awe-inspiring basin tower over you as we progress from Camp 1 towards the full expanse of the cwm above, with the west ridge of Everest to the left and the north face of Nuptse to the right. This is the narrowest section of the path, with gaping crevasses running across the relatively flat floor. These holes are so big that they are measured in terms of double-decker buses! Because of this, crossing them often requires stretching ladders, which are to be stretched across. The crevasses add to the sense that, having passed through the labyrinth of the icefall, the gods have set one more task for you before reaching their inner sanctum. This final test usually includes at least one steep wall of ice, rising straight from the floor to produce a vertical step of about 30m (100 ft), taking us up to the hallowed ground of the upper Western Cwm.

    From here, with the gods gazing down from the mountain’s upper ramparts, easy (but exhausting) progress is made to reach Camp 2, nestled below the west ridge just short of the foot of the southwest face.

    The Lhotse Face

    Early in the season, when the face is still unmarked by human progress, this steep section makes for the most grueling and technically intricate day on the mountain. Gusting winds, snow plumes, and the sight of the steep face looming above greet you at the base of Lhotse after a steady morning walk to the very end of the Cwm, above Camp 2. Careful footwork will have you ascending this section confidently, where the laser-straight ascent – rising on a slope that seems to touch your nose – is in stark contrast to the zigzag maze of the icefall below.

    Arrival in Camp 3, halfway up the Lhotse Face, gives you a truly rugged, high mountain experience. Platforms cut just wide enough for the tents will have been hewn out of the thick ice by the Sherpas ahead of our arrival. Once that work has been done, it is a mass exodus of our Sherpas back down to the comforts below. The Sherpas play by Sagarmatha’s rules, and for them a night on these exposed ledges is frowned upon by the mountain gods. Well, that is what they say, but since it only takes an hour or so to return below, and they can be ready for work before we climbers have even risen for breakfast, why would not they take their rest lower down? For those with slower legs, we settle here on the ledge for one of the most glorious sunsets view seen by any human in all time (save the Apollo astronauts, perhaps!).
    Typically, our camp is pitched in the lower neighborhood of Camp 3 (which can sprawl over several hundred meters up the slope), affording us better shelter from the winds than some of the tents perched above. After a night of re-hydration and an initial round of oxygen-rich sleep, we will return to the base camp and then all the way off the mountain to Dingboche. We will return here only once more, on the way to the summit.

    When you leave Camp 3 at 7,400 m, you will be gripped by the first flush of true summit fever; down-suits donned, Top Out masks fitted, the first hiss of oxygen spreads from tent to tent as valves are cracked open. This marks the first day of climbing on “gas,” and the first stage of your ascent into the “death zone.”
    The view does not disappoint either. The Nuptse Wall forms one-half of the crescent bowls surrounding us, and the west shoulder of Everest the other. Down the valley, the towering peaks of Pumori and Lingtren, which rise with grandeur above the base camp, now look like insignificant ridges in the vast sea of Himalayan giants stretching out as far as the eye can see. The village of the base camp is long out of sight, now registered only by crackling radio transmissions during early morning calls.

    The climb from Camp 3 launches another adrenaline-pumping attack on the senses as we inch up the steep Lhotse Face. Using an ascender on a fixed line, we grind up, slowly and steadily. After a grueling early morning, the effort is rewarded by a left turn across Lhotse toward the famous landmark of the Yellow Band. It is no small relief at this point, as you will have ascended some 1200 m (3700 ft) from Camp 2. When you look down the sweep of the Lhotse Face, our tents will appear as tiny dots, as peppercorns scattered at your feet.

    The second section rears up and onto the rocky Geneva Spur, adding exciting scrambling to the mix. The exhilaration of scrambling in such a sensational setting, combined with the apprehension of approaching 8000 m and the anxiety of catching your breath on top of the Spur while drawing heavily through the oxygen mask needs first-hand experience to comprehend. Turning the corner here, we will head across the home stretch to the highest camp at the South Col, on what seems to be flat ground. Now the fixed line disappears briefly, which lends an enticing sense of freedom, even though the wind usually picks up speed here, whispering caution. The last few meters of walking to the South Col inevitably brings with it a flood of emotions, since you’ve made all but the very last leap en route to the highest point on earth.
    After a few moments of contemplation, it is down to business. Navigating toward the relative shelter of our tents, there is an immediate dash to remove damp socks, arrange boots to dry, tie down crampons and ice axes outside, and dive into warm sleeping bags while setting to work on sparking up the stoves.

    South Col to Summit

    After afternoon rest and refreshment, as well as attempts to sleep (thwarted by excitement and adrenaline), the summit push begins between 10 p.m. and midnight. Typically, the howling winds, which will accompany the team in the first hours of climbing, die down as the night continues.

    We arrive at the small platform of snow known as the Balcony, where we change oxygen bottles, steal a few minutes rest, and make contact with the base camp, on standby maintaining a watchful vigil while we make for the top.
    The route then turns to a sustained 300 m (1000 ft) climb up the southeast ridge toward the south summit. The climbing remains similar to the earlier sections: step, pause, breathe, and repeat. Passing across some rocky steps at the top of the ridge, we reach the south summit. From here the view opens up to the Hilary Step and all the way up to the top. Depending on whether we have changed oxygen bottles at the Balcony, we may switch again here.

    Above the tangle of fixed lines on the 40 ft Hilary Step, it is about 100 m (330 ft) vertically between here and the summit. But the sheer drop down the Kangshung Face on one side and the southwest face on the other makes this section of breathtaking climbing both physically and emotionally hard. And the reward, of course, opens up at 8848 m (29,028 ft), where there’s no higher step in the world.

    We hope to be on the summit in the early morning, with plenty of time to make the long descent to the South Col. After spending another night sleeping with oxygen, the team will descend from Camp 4 on the South Col, directly to Camp 2 and then, the next day, to the base camp.(High Quality Camping Tents will be provided in each camp)(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • Day 61 Trek back to Pangboche (3930 m) – 7 hrs

    After seven hours, we reach Pangboche (3930 m), the oldest monastery in the region. The scalp contains the scalp and bones of a Yeti, or abominable snowman. Stay overnight in a guesthouse with a hot shower.

  • Day 62Trek to Namche Bazaar (3442 m) – 6 hrs

    Leaving the mountains behind, you will descend to Tengboche Monastery (3860 m) and reach Namche Bazaar (3441 m) in the afternoon. Stay overnight at guesthouse.

  • Day 63Trek to Lukla (2804 m) – 6 hrs

    From Namche, trek to Lukla. At Lukla, share your memorable experience with other trekkers. Stay overnight in a guesthouse.

  • Day 64Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu (35 minutes)

    As you fly to Kathmandu, you can enjoy the glimpse of the mountains from the window of a plane, and from Tribhuwan International Airport you will be picked up and transferred to the hotel. Stay overnight in a hotel in Kathmandu. (Breakfast Provided)

  • Day 65Leisure Day in Kathmandu

    Take a walk in the streets of Thamal and stroll in Basantapur area. If you are interested in Jungle Safari, River Rafting, Paragliding, and Shopping, then you can start by hiring Ace Holidays. Stay overnight in a Hotel in Thamel (Breakfast Provided)

  • Day 66 Transfer to Tribhuwan International Airport for Departure

    Today is the last day of your trip because you are departing from Kathmandu. You will be picked up from the hotel and transferred to Tribhuwan International Airport on time.(Breakfast provided)

  • IMPORTANT NOTE

    During the trip, weather, local politics, transport or other factors, that are beyond Ace Holidays can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially changed. If changes are necessary, the leader will decide what is the best alternative for you. Taking this into consideration, as well as the best interests of the whole group, including a change, Ace Holidays will do everything to minimize the effects, but it cannot be responsible for the results, arising from changes or delays.

  • Flight Delays in Lukla

    Twin Otter is the primary mode of transport to and from the airstrip of Lukla. This service is fairly dependable. Sometimes, flights (to and from Lukla) may be cancelled due to mountain weather conditions or technical problems. In such a case, Ace Holidays will charter a helicopter for you, so that you are on schedule for your international flight. The helicopter can fly if the visibility is 1500 m, and the twin otter will fly if the visibility is 5000 m, according to Nepal’s Civil Aviation rules.

    The cost of the helicopter fare is payable directly to Ace Holidays’ office in Kathmandu in the event that this service is utilized. US cash, traveler’s cheques, or credit cards (Visa Cards, Master Cards only) are accepted. You will be given a receipt upon payment so that you can claim the amount to your travel insurance. The minimum cost will be USD 500 and maximum USD 1500, depending on the number of passengers.

Arrival and Departure

Upon arrival in Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, you see the guide holding the signboard of Ace Holidays, and your guide accompanies you from the airport to the hotel. Similarly, on the departure day, your guide accompanies you from the hotel to the airport.

Important Note: The local porters at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, may ask tip/money to you. PLEASE DO NOT GIVE ANY MONEY TO THEM, not even to the person, who is holding Ace Holidays' sign board. Begging is one of the harsh realities of this country, Ace Holidays believes that it should be discouraged. Ace Holidays will also not repay you if you give money to anyone at Tribhuwan International Airport.

Accommodation and Food

Accommodation includes in shared rooms in Two to Three Star Hotel in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast and guesthouses in the trek. The guesthouses generally provide basic facilities, clean facilities, a mattress, a quilt or a blanket. You should bring your own sleeping bag, but you can rent one from Ace Holidays.

You can purchase the meals from the guesthouses easily. Most guesthouses cook a delicious range of foods, such as pasta, tuna bakes, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables, and desserts. You’ll find a lot of garlic on the menu, as it helps you to acclimatize against thin air. In many larger villages, you may find meat on the menu. You can always get hot chocolate, tea, hot lemon drinks, soft drinks, and sweets. During the trek, you have to take meals in the same guesthouse, where you have checked – in. This is the rule of the local guesthouse management committee of the Everest Region.During the climbing, you will be provided typical Nepali, Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, and Chinese foods. All these foods will be cooked by the cooks of Ace Holidays.

A Typical Day on the Trail

You will have a hearty breakfast between 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. before you start a trek. At the right moment, you pack your bags and then head off to the dining hall. After approximately 2-3 hours of trekking, you will have your lunch somewhere on the trail. After a good lunch, you typically spend around 2-3 hours or even more on the trail before reaching your stopping place. Throughout the day, you will take frequent breaks and admire the fascinating mountains views. You also take plenty of pictures, which are backed up by the incredible panoramic mountains, rivers, landscapes, prayer flags, temples, shrines, cairns, and monasteries. Once you arrive at your tea house, you take a brief rest, shower, and have a light snack, a tea or coffee. If you are so inclined to natural beauty, you may take a short walk through the village and surrounding neighborhoods. After checking into your rooms, you have time to read or chat with fellow trekkers or with your crew members. Enjoying a warm dinner in a cozy dining hall, your trek leader briefs you on the next day's itinerary. You also give breakfast order which allows you to have everything ready for the next morning. Extra time can be spent on reading and playing cards. Ace Holidays' Sherpas love to teach various Nepali card games to you. Finally, you head off to bed at 8 p.m.

The Group Size

Minimum group size for this trip is 2 people to maximum 14 people, the average number is normally 8 people. Ace Holidays providse 1 lead guide, 1 assistant guide (if the group size is 6 or more), Ace Holidays assigns 1 porter for 2 trekkers.

Acclimitazation

All Ace Holidays' itineraries are planned with a high degree of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Going up at higher altitudes too fast can lead you to AMS. The higher the altitude, the less the oxygen. For example, at an altitude of 5000 m, there is 50% less oxygen. Therefore, your body needs to adapt to an environment, which has less oxygen. So, for a safe trek and climb, it is essential for you to acclimatize. Sensible planning is, therefore, required to minimize the risk of AMS. Ace Holidays advises all its trekkers and climbers, who have heart, lungs or blood pressure problems to consult with their doctors before they begin their trips. Mild headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorders are the symptoms of AMS. Check out our “High Altitude Sickness Page (link)”. Ace Holidays' itineraries have been designed to prevent AMS as much as possible. But it is important to remember that some trekkers and climbers are more vulnerable to AMS than others.

Guides and Staffs Arrangements

Skilled, experienced, and helpful trek leaders make your trip smooth. Ace Holidays carefully select these leaders on the basis of their appropriate experience, skills and personal aptitudes. With an object of serving local communities, Ace Holidays only employs local staffs who have adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of their local regions.During the expedition, you will have 1 expedition leader and porters (1 porter for 2 climbers), and you will also have other helpers as per your requirements. The trek, tour, and expedition leaders of Ace Holidays have undergone the following training:

-Intensive First Aid Training
-Trekking Guide Training
-Climbing Guide Training
-Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet
-English Language Course
-Conservation and Biodiversity
-Rock climbing, Ice climbing and Mountain climbing (for expedition leaders)

Porter Care

Ace Holidays ensures that all its porters are well treated and well paid; Ace Holidays also supports the work of the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG) and improves the conditions of the porters.

Responsible Tourism

Ace Holidays gives the topmost priority on the rules and regulations of the International Tourism. It also helps the undeveloped trekking regions of Nepal financially. It also preserves the Himalayas for the future tourists.

Best Seasons

Autumn (September to December) and Spring (February to June) are the best seasons for the Everest Base Camp Trek. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views. Trekking in Summer or Monsoon (June to Aug) will be affected by rain, but Summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist.

Change on the Itinerary

Your safety is of paramount concern when you travel with Ace Holidays. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if there is an issue of safety concern. Since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, Ace Holidays cannot guarantee that you will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs, according to your plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Giving to the Local Community

Ace Holidays works closely with local community and is one of the main supporters of Sambhav Nepal, a non-political and non-profit social organization. Ace Holidays also supports the remote villages of Gorkha and other parts of Nepal through donation, sponsorship programs and various projects.

Donation
Ace Holidays donates a percentage of its business profit on a yearly basis, and it also supports the ongoing maintenance cost of the local schools and community-based schools of the Gorkha District.

Sponsorship
One of the major activities of the Sambhav Nepal is the children sponsorship program, which is conducted with full collaboration with Ace Holidays.

Partnership for Volunteering Program
The Arupokhari Volunteer Program, devised by Ace Holidays and Sambhav Nepal, aims to mobilize teams of experts and interested individuals as an effective and economic measure in providing the human capitals for education, health and community development in Arupokhari village of Gorkha district, western Nepal. For more details, visit Sambhav Nepal's website www.sambhavnepal.org

Equipment and Packing List

The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items are of individual interests and choices. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas.

In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters and personal belongings that you may need for the day like money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. So, you are briefed to pack items in two different bags before the trek.

Ace Holidays will supply complimentary water proof duffel bag, which you can use on the trek and is carried by a porter. This duffel bag is a gift to you from Ace Holidays. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them later after the trek.

Please note that the luggage have a weight limitation of approximately 33 pounds or 15 kg for the flight to and from Lukla.

All the equipments like Base camp tents, kitchen accessories and all the group climbing equipments ( climbing rope, ice screw, snow bar, ice hammer) is provided by the company.

    Climbing Gears

    The Climbing equipments are much more expensive to buy. So, please let us know if you want to rent the equipments at the additional cost of USD 250 per person. The following equipments are essential for climbing Island peak.

  • 1 Pair plastic shell mountaineering boots with high altitude liners
  • 1 Pair of crampons (steel, no aluminum)
  • 1 Alpine climbing harness
  • 1 Mountaineering axe with leash (sized properly for your height)
  • 1 Ascender (right or left handed as appropriate)
  • 1 Belay device (Black Diamond ATC or ATC Guide are good options)
  • 2 D-Shaped locking carabiners
  • 2 Non-locking carabiners
  • 1 Pair expedition style gaiters (ensure fit over your boots)
  • Neck gaiter
  • Ski goggles (optional)
  • Climbing helmet (optional)
  • Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Glacier glasses-100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). This is to protect your eyes from the stronger rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere, which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness.
  • Lower Body

  • Under Garments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
  • Feet

  • Thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
  • Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp
  • Upper Body

  • T-shirts
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket *
  • Hands

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)
  • 1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
  • 1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool)
  • Accessories

  • Sleeping bag rated to zero DC
  • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  • Trekking Bags/Duffel bag
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry insidetrekbag
  • Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • Trekking Poles
  • Climbing stick
  • Water bottle (2) or camel bag
  • Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
  • Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)
  • Toiletaries

  • 1 medium sized quick drying towel
  • Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • Hygeine

  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti bacterial hands wash
  • Extras/Luxuries

  • Binoculars
  • Reading book
  • Trail Map/Guide book
  • Journal & Pen
  • iPod
  • Pencils and small notebooks
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
  • Swimming customs (for Kathmandu)
  • Sleeping Bag and Down Jacket Rental

    You can rent the good sleeping bag and down jacket from Ace Holidays. The price is USD 25 per person for the each item, total USD 50 per person for both items for the entire trip.
  • First Aid Kit

    Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However, we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit bag.
  • Additional Information

    Have more questions and if you wish to discuss any aspects of this trip or your suitability for it, please visit our FAQs page tab or contact us.

Ace Holidays has stated the price per person below. Group Discounts of 5% to 15% is available for booking of 4 or more than 4 persons. A group booking of 12 or more people is subjected to a maximum discount with an availability of a free trip to 1 person. You can also customize a trip, according to your requirements.

Small Group Journey - The departure dates currently available to join our fixed group departure

No Fixed Departure Dates are available for this Package.

Private Journey - Customize the Suitable Date for You

Ace Holidays understands that some clients want their trips to be a private affair, so that it would enable them to spend some of their memorable moments with their near and dear ones at their own Schedule. Considering this, Ace Holidays organizes private journeys as well. Please choose your own departure date.

Private Journey

Tailor Made Journey - Itinerary Personalized According to Your Specifications

You can also use this trip as a base for a tailor-made itinerary. For example, you could add on more time exploring the Kathmandu Valley or relaxing in Pokhara, or add some wildlife safaris in Chitwan or Bardia National Parks. You can also adjust the trekking route and add some exciting white water rafting on the Seti River, the Trisuli River or the Bhote Koshi River. To discuss your ideas or to get some suggestions from the specialists of Ace Holidays, please fill in our tailor-made form.

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Price Includes
  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by Tourist Vehicle.
  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in three star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included.
  • Full board meal during camping at base camp, prepared by our cook with hot Tea & coffee.
  • All base camp and Advance base camp camping gears (We will provide fully water proof dining tents, kitchen gears,
  • dining table, chairs, toilet tents, shower tent at the base camp)
  • High quality tents for all camps.
  • Insurance for all Nepali staffs and porters including helicopter rescue provision.
  • Boiled and purify drinking water for the trek and at base camp.
  • Expedition permits
  • Liaison officer and his round trip flight, insurance, wages, expedition equipments etc.
  • High altitude climbing food, fuel, Gas above base camp (you are also advised to bring some high altitude food yourselves)
  • Guide, cook, porters, helpers up to base camp
  • Climbing Sherpas (1 member = 1 Sherpa Ratio on climbing day)
  • A well stocked first aid and medical kit sufficient to counter any possible mountaineering ailments, from headache to serious injury.
  • Extra Oxygen equipment for medical use and summit (from 7,000m) only.
  • A portable hyperbaric chamber (Gamow bag)
  • Emergency communications on the mountain and satellite communications link for helicopter evacuation.
  • Mask regulator
  • Power supply at Base Camp for charging electronics (solar backup)
  • Flight cost from Kathmandu - Lukla and vice - versa, including airport departure tax.
  • All our government taxes and vat.

Price Does Not Include
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu (costs roughly USD 10 to USD 15 per person per day)
  • Meals and drinks in the mountain (costs roughly USD 20 to USD 30 per person per day)
  • Travel insurance, which covers emergency rescue and evacuation. (See Secure Insurance Page)
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Nepal Entry Visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying USD 25 or equivalent Nepalese currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying USD 40 and USD 100 respectively. Please bring 1 passport size photo).
  • Tips for trek guides, climbing guides, cooks, and porters (Tipping is expected).
  • Any other expense, which is not mentioned in 'Price Includes' section.

Trip Highlights

  • Scenic Flight to and From Lukla.
  • Step Inside and Experience the Life of the Mountain People in the Heart of the Himalayas.
  • Visiting Tengboche Monastery.
  • Remarkable Views of Khumbu Icefall.
  • Climbing Kalapattar ( 5555 meters.)
  • Everest Base Camp and Walking on the Khumbu Glacier.
  • High Sherpa Ratio – 1 Sherpa to One Climber.
  • Lead by Experienced Guides who Have stood on the Summit of Everest and Other 8000 m Peaks.
  • Best Sherpa, Support Staff and Logistics.

How the Expedition will operate?

After meeting all our team and crew in Kathmandu, we fly by helicopter to Lukla and follow the trekking trail that leads you to Everest Base Camp. Acclimatizing along the way and relishing the hospitality provided by our Sherpa friends, we reach the base camp, and after some rest and preparation, we begin the ascent. The guides and the Sherpas will fix rope on the route and stock the camps with equipments. By utilizing a fixed rope, we climb towards the summit. Two or three climbing Sherpas will assist in the load carrying. When the fixed line is in place, and the two camps are established and stocked, we will climb towards the summit. Sufficient supplies will be available to support all members. Guides and Sherpas will carry all the gears of a group, but members are expected to carry their own personal gears. Radios will be used to co-ordinate the movements on the mountain and a team will be backed up by a team of professionals. It is reasonable to expect that a strong team can reach the summit in two weeks

I want to climb Mt. Everest, but there are so many options and the cost seems high. Why should I choose Ace Holidays? What makes Ace Holidays different from other companies?

One of the main things that set us apart is our attention to detail. From the time you contact the office to the time you step on the summit of Everest, our customer service is the best. Our trip prices are reasonable; it is not because we are economical in service in which we operate, we give you the best of the best. We are a local operator, and we do not use second party or agency.

Can my friends and family come along with me to base camp for the expedition?

Sure! This is one of the best points to start the expedition. For non-climbers, base – camp is not a very hospitable place, but we strive to make the non-climbers comfortable.

As the trip is so long, can I bring food and other gears that are not in the list?

Of course, we encourage you to bring some of your favorite goodies and tech toys, as base camp will be your home for many days.

Are the skills/prior experiences required for this climb?

Yes. You need to have solid rock climbing and cramponing skills and be able to climb and rappel, carrying a pack. There are several short, steep sections of near vertical ice and rock on the spectacular ridge between Camp 1 and Camp 3. Most importantly, you need good common sense and the ability to learn and adapt. Everest is usually climbed using fixed ropes, so it is common for climbers to move together but at the same time be semi-independent on the mountain between camps. We will provide a walkie-talkie to all climbers, so that they can stay in contact.

What is the physical fitness required for this climb?

You should be in the best shape of your life. You should have patience, stamina, mental fortitude, and a strong will. Summit day can sometimes be over 10 hours long! Day by day the challenges are different, but the more prepared you are, both mentally and physically, the smoother your trip will be. We recommend you to experience some of our peak climbing adventures before signing up for Ama Dablam.

In a team, how many climbers will be?

Maximum 10 members can be included in our Baruntse Expedition. This is to ensure that we can maintain safety and our attention to detail.

Will I be sharing a tent or room with other climbers? Is there a single room option on this trip?

You will have your own tent in the base camp, but on the mountain, you will be sharing a tent with others.

How heavy will my pack be?

It will depend on days. On a “carry” day, you are moving your personal gears between camps, your pack can be 20-40 lbs, equal to 9-18 kg. On “move” days, the weight goes down significantly, to 10-15 lbs 5-7 kg.

What kind of food do you have on the mountain and at the base camp?

Sushi, fresh muffins, pies, custard, yoghurt, bacon, eggs, pasta, and pizza are the foods that you eat at the base camp, while frozen foods, which are ready to heat, are eaten on the mountain.

How long will be a typical day on the mountain?

It depends on the day and your level of acclimatization. At the beginning of the trip, everything seems slower and longer, but as you get more adjusted to the mountain, the days go quicker. Average days can be 5-8 hours long. Summit day can be 12 hours or more.

What sort of hotels do we stay in Kathmandu?

We use 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu.

Is Ace Holiday's staff insured?

Our company insures all our trekking staff members, including guides, cooks, Sherpas, and porters. Please browse though Company Information pages to view insurance details.

Do you use yaks/porters in the trek, or do I have to carry all of my gears by myself?

Yes, we use yaks or porters in the trek, and you have to carry all your personal belongings, such as camera, water bottle, sunscreen cream, etc in your daypack by yourself.

What is the temperature rating of the sleeping bag that you lend to trekkers?

The temperature rating of the sleeping bags that we provide are about -10 deg C, we also provide liner or extra blanket if the sleeping bag is not warm enough for you.

I would like to extend my holiday, any recommendations?

Yes, you have plenty of options and choices to extend your holiday before or after trekking. For information, please visit our Trip Extension Page.

Can I obtain the visa for Nepal upon arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu Nepal?

Yes, you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring two passport size photos with you.

What vaccination will I need?

You will need to vaccinate against diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, *malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. We would also like you to know your blood group because it is important in case of emergency. If you are suffering from any disease, then please tell to your guide, as well as to the manager of Ace Holidays at the time of booking.

What is the weather & temperature like in trekking?

Weather in the mountainous region is difficult to predict. The temperature could be as high as 25 degree Celsius to low as -5 deg Celsius. At night, it is colder while the days are generally warm. Winter (January and February) will be bit colder, but the days can be quite warmer if the sun is out. There will be a bit of snow in January, February, and December. So be always ready to expect the unexpected

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