Mount Everest, the world's highest mountain, is the greatest challenge that one can pursue. It has unique beauty and mystery.
Successful historical Everest Expeditions have left trekkers with a great sense of pride. Mount
Everest's local name gives you a sense of how the mountain commands respect from all who see
her. Standing incredibly tall and silhouetted against the shared sky of Nepal and Tibet, this
mountain has many names: Chomolungma, Sagarmatha, and of course, Mount Everest. Whichever name
one chooses, its vagueness still lives on. Most mountaineers dream to reaching the summit of
Everest in their lifetime.
Adventurous spirits have always been fascinated by what is also called "The Third Pole." The late Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa became the first people to stand on top of the world at the peak of Mount Everest on May 29, 1953. Since then, there have been other many notable ascents to the summit. Possibly the most colorful story about the early attempts on Everest is one involving Captain J. Noel and his native companions. Noel disguised himself as a Mohammaden and made the journey from Darjeeling through Northwest Sikkim and around the north of Kanchanjunga in an attempt to reach Everest. Unfortunately, not even the disguise could see him through. His mission was cut short just sixty-five km from Everest when a posse of Tibetan soldiers forced them to turn back.
Although there are a dozen or so routes on Mount Everest, we follow the classic route which is traditionally the most reliable way to reach the summit. Everest climbing expeditions have been successfully organized and climbed many times since then but this should not lull prospective Everest climbers into complacency. Everest is a deadly mountain. One cannot approach the mountain with anything but serious determination and an extremely focused mountaineering attitude. Everest is still as inexplicable, beguiling, and magnificent as ever.
Camp 1: 6,400 m (20,000 ft)
Camp 1 is situated at the flat area of endless snow deep crevasses and mountain walls. Because of the sun's reflection, you'll stay warm and have a wonderful ambience here. During the night, you'll listen to the deep murmuring and cracking sounds of crevasses beneath your tent. These are the areas where the trek continues through to reach Camp 2.
Camp 2: 6,750 m (21,000 ft)
Camp 2 is located at the foot of the icy Mount Lhotse wall. Sometimes you'll hear bad clouds rolling in from the low range of the Himalayan valleys to the bottom of Camp 2. Sometimes the winds here seem violent enough to destroy the tents. After climbing through these places we reach Camp 3.
Camp 3: 7,100 m (22,300 ft)
Camp 3 adjoins the Mount Lhotse wall. After climbing 4,000 ft of the Lhotse wall by using fixed rope and with prior acclimatization, the path leads up to Camp 4. On the way, you’ll have to ascend the steep bands (lose, down-sloping and rotten limestone). From there, you'll cross a short snowfield and the route moves ahead and up the Geneva Spur to the east before finishing the flats of the South Col (another wells name meaning the saddle of the pass). Oxygen should be used above Camp 3 if needed.
Camp 4: 8,400 m (26,000 ft)
Camp 4 is the last camp of the expedition. From here, the summit is only about 500 m away. This is the final and most dangerous part of the climb. This place is besieged by ferocious and violent winds. Normally the best way to reach to summit is via the narrow South - East Ridge and it precedes the South Summit at 28,710 ft.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 3: Phakding - 8,700 feet
Day 4: Trek to Namche Bazaar - 11,270 feet
Day 5: Rest day at Namche Bazaar
Day 6: Trek to Tengboche Monastery - 12,680 feet
Day 7: Dingboche - 14,250 feet
Day 8: Day of rest at Dingboche
Day 9: Lobuche - 16,175 feet
Day 10: Gorak Shep - 17,000 feet
Day 11: Everest Base Camp - 17,500 feet
Days 12 -38: Back and forth between camps, acclimating, summiting, hike back down
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