MT.EVEREST NORTH COL EXPEDITIONS

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60 Days
Apr-June
Adventurous/Challenging
8848m
Overview
  1. Adventure on top Mt. Everest with sweeping panorama of Tibet plateau with Khumbu Himal Overland journey on old Trans-Himalayan Salt and Caravan Route of Nepal & Tibet / China.
  2. On the footsteps of late and legendry mountaineers Mallory and Irving to the summit of Mt. Everest.
  3. Adventurous walks to Mt. Everest Advance Base Camp within remorseless fields of ice and glaciers.
  4. Explore traditional and impressive Tibetan villages of great interest in the harmony of Buddhist culture.
  5. Drive along high scenic green hills of Langtang Himal within great Central Himalayan peaks.
  6. Journey within world highest and largest plateau of Tibet-China with ever present views of mountains.

Introduction:

Everest North Col Expeditions, on the classic route to the roof top of the world, within largest and
highest plateau on this planet at Tibet-China. Everest North Col Expeditions leads you to more impressive views than its South Face of Nepalese side. Rising in a sheer 10,000 ft / 3,000 m. from the Rongbuk Glacier, it towers above the Tibetan plateau. It was to this side of the mountain that the British Expedition in the 1920’s and 30’s came, when Nepal was closed to foreigners.

Everest North Col Expeditions, first ascent by the Chinese team in 1960, the North Ridge since then has
been climbed numerous times. In the last few years it has received the attention of several commercial
expeditions, and with careful planning the same success rates as the south side is possible. Gaining
8000m is demanding but it is the last 848m that are the most difficult.

Himalaya Expeditions Inc (HimEx) runs Everest North Col Expeditions during both the pre & post
monsoon periods where journey leads on an old Trans Himalayan Salt / Caravan Trail of Nepal and Tibet
/ China through the frontier town of Kyirong or Kyidrong and Dzongga) County at above 2,890 m high.

Everest North Col Expeditions in late May offers the greatest chances of reaching the summit, after
acclimatizing in April and the early part of May, a good rest at base camp the warm summer winds, as in
the past, will often allow those on the summit to shoot photographs without wearing gloves. Only with
good preparation and back-up is this possible.

Outline Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu and transfer to the Hotel.
Day 02-3: In Kathmandu optional tour and preparation for Mt. Shisapangma Expeditions.
Day 04: Drive to Syabrubesi 1,460 m via Trisuli and Dhunche – 07 hrs.
Day 05: Drive to Kyirong 2,890 m (Kyidrong / Dzonga) County camp or in local Guesthouse.
Day 06: In Kyirong rest day for acclimatization.
Day 07: Drive to Shegar or New Tingri 4, 350 m – 05 hrs.
Day 08: At Shegar (New Tingri) for acclimatization and local hike.
Day 09: Drive Everest Base Camp -05 hrs journey.
Day 10-12: At Everest Base Camp rest and preparation for the climb.
Day 13-14: Trek to Advance Base Camp 6,550 m via Interim camps 5,800 m.
Day 15-51: (36 Days) Climbing Period and ferrying equipments and food to respective camps.
Day 52: Return to Advance Base Camp.
Day 53: Return to Everest Base Camp.
Day 54: At Everest Base Camp for cleanup of all unnecessary waste / garbage.
Day 55: Drive to Old Tingri 4,260 m – 04 hrs.
Day 56: Drive to Kyirong 2,890 m (Kyidrong –Dzongga) camp or in local Guesthouse – 06 hrs.
Day 57: Drive to Dhunche town 1,950 m – 06 hrs
Day 59: In Kathmandu rest and submit expeditions report to concern department.
Day 60: International departure for home ward bound.

Itinerary

Day 01:    Arrive in Kathmandu via respective airlines meet our staff and transfer to Hotel.
  In Kathmandu, we will stay at the Hotel. Team members will be accommodated on a twin sharing basis.
If you prefer, you may have a single room for which a supplement at extra payable.
   
Day 02-03: At leisure in Kathmandu.
  The priority for the day will be to check everyone’s equipment to make sure that it is equal to the
conditions one can expect on Shisapangma Climb. Afternoon free for any last minute purchases that you
may need to make from the well stocked climbing shops in the city.
   
Day 04: Drive to Syabrubesi 1,460 m – 07 hrs journey.
 

Starting our adventure with an overland drive towards North West of Kathmandu past farm villages and towns with grand views of snowcapped peaks and then reaching at cooler areas within Langtang Himal in Dhunche 1,900 m high, a main and headquarter town of Rasuwa district around Langtang area, populated by Tamang people the hill tribe of Nepal.

From here downhill for two hours with overnight at Syabrubesi, the door to Langtang, Ganesh and into Tamang Heritage Trail and as well to Tibet border.

   
Day 05: Drive to Kyirong County 3,950 m -105 k.m via Rasuwagadhi 1,800 m.
  From Syabrubesi morning drive on newly built road linking Nepal / Tibet border to Rasuwagadhi (1,800 m / 15 km / few hour drive from Syabrubesi), here received by our Tibetan counterpart guide and drivers, after completing immigration & custom formalities on both side of the frontier Nepal / Tibet at Rasuwagadhi, continue drive further to Kyirong county with first overnight stop in Tibet accommodation at local guest-house.
   
Day 06: In Kyirong rest day for acclimatization.
  A necessary and important rest day for acclimatization before heading towards higher areas into Tibetan vast plateau, this village provides a perfect place with an altitude of 3,950 m as next day drive leads above 4,500 meters and much higher over passes.
At Kyirong relax and enjoy the views of Ganesh and Langtang Himal that straddles the border of Nepal and Tibet.
   
Day 07: Drive to Shegar or New Tingri 4, 350 m – 05 hrs.
  From Kyirong onward where Tibetan high plateau begins as morning drive leads past Tibetan farm villages to reach on top of Lalung-la Pass (5,050m) with views of Mt. Shisapangma (8013m highest within Tibet). After Lalung-la driving on vast Tibetan plateau with high and dry terrain to Old Tingri with first glimpse of Everest and Cho-Oyo peaks, from here few hour drive to Shegar also known as New Tingri and then transfer to your hotel or lodge for overnight stop.
   
Day 08: At Shegar (New Tingri).
  At Shegar for acclimatization before heading towards Everest Base Camp and towards higher elevation, optional visit around local town just 20 minutes drive south from the main highway and visit the Monastery located on the cliff edge, which was actually a Dzong / Fort in the past centuries with the monastery within Dzong a walled fortress.
   
Day 09: Drive Everest Base Camp -05 hrs journey.
  Just few minutes from the main highway our route diverts towards Rongbuk and Everest
Base Camp. On the way we pass over the Pang La (16,400 ft/ 5,200 m), which gives great
views of the route and the entire North East Face of Everest.
The road then descends to the foot of the Rongbuk valley and before we reach base camp
we stop at the Rongbuk Monastery. From Rongbuk a short 20-30 minutes drive reaches us to
the Base Camp.
   
Day 10-12: At Everest Base Camp for rest and acclimatization as well preparations.
  At Everest Base Camp, preparation for the big climb, sorting out the gear and to get fully acclimatized with time for rest and to enjoy the views of towering North Face of Mt. Everest.
   
Day 13-14: Trek to Advance Base Camp.
 

Morning packing loads for the yaks to reach Advanced Base Camp, which is about 22 km distance up the valley, requiring two days to reach using interim camps on route. After loading the yaks and then heading towards ABC.
On walks to ABC fantastic views of Everest North Face, and then later reaching our intermediate camp, by the river at the half way point. We set off early in the morning with the yaks on the second day to allow plenty time in the afternoon to set up a rudimentary camp for the evening, of course to be finished the next day, and at Advance Base Camp for necessary preparation for the climb.

 

   
Day 15-51: (36 Days) Climbing Period and ferrying equipments and food to respective camps.
 

ASCENT OF MOUNT EVEREST:
From Advance Base Camp following up above the moraine towards Everest North Col. and cross the glacier easily to its foot, about 1,000 ft / 300 m of fairly deep snow climbing leads to the Col at 7,066 m. The Col forms a fairly wide ridge, which has ample room for tents. This will be Camp I. To the south, the Col rises to become the North Ridge.
This is straight-forward snow climbing, eventually steeping into rocky shelves and short buttresses. A second camp will be placed at around 7,700 m. The route to the North East Ridge leading from the top of the North Ridge to the summit will depend on conditions prevailing at the time. We will either follow the North Ridge in it is entirely to the crest of the North-North- East Ridge or make a rising traverse to the right to reach the ridge at a higher point.
Our last camp will be placed at around 8,300 m. The final section of the climb takes in the notorious first and second steps. These are short, but abrupt rises on the North-East Ridge, which will provide testing climbing at extreme altitude! It was on the second step that Mallory and Irvine were last seen before they disappeared in 1924. Once this has been ascended, the ridge leads more easily to the summit.

Base Camp (5,200 m):
We will spend about 3-4 days here after driving. These days will be used for rest as well as separating our loads to be used at Base Camp and higher camps.
Interim Camp (5,800 m): Interim Camp will be reached after 5-6 hours from Base Camp. We
will need to spend one night here since BC to ABC is not possible in a single day.
Advance Base Camp (6,400 m): ABC will be reached after another 5-6 hours walk from
Interim Camp.
This will be our main place to stock our equipment and ration for the climbing
period.
We will bring all our equipment, gears & rations from BC to her by Yaks. We will spend about 5-6 days depending upon the situation for proper acclimatization. While clients are resting, Sherpa staffs will start setting up camps higher up and re-stock the equipment and rations.
North Col (7,066 m): It’s about 4 hours climb to North Col from ABC. North Col is another
good point for acclimatization. Sherpa staffs will restock the loads to North Col first. Its about 6 hours round trip journey from ABC, so clients will also climb North Col as climbing practice and get acclimatized.
After loads have been fully stocked at North Col our expert team of Sherpa guides will head towards Camp II.

Camp II (7,350 m): It is another 4-5 hours walk from North Col.
Camp III (8,300 m): After Camp II is fully stocked, and then Sherpa will start restocking Camp III, which is about 7-8 hours walk from North Col. From here we will return to North Col or even

ABC for rest:

Team members will also climb up to Camp II for getting fully acclimatized before heading for summit. After things are properly stocked and clients are fully acclimatized, looking at the weather condition, the climb will go like this:
ABC to North Col : (Spend night at North Col)
North Col to Camp II : (Spend night at Camp II with Oxygen Support for sleeping)
Camp II to Camp III : (Walk during the day and take some rest)
Camp III to Summit : Start around 10 – 10.30 pm
Camp III to 1st Step : 2 – 2 ½ hours walk
1st Step to 2nd Step : 1 ½ hours walk
2nd Step to 3rd Step : 1 ½ hours walk
3rd Step to after snow face : 1 ½ hours walk
Snow face to Summit : 1 ½ hours walk

On return
Summit to Camp II : 5 – 6 hours walk
Camp II to ABC : 3 – 4 hours walk
Oxygen & Medical Support will be available at 2nd Step and Camp

   
Day 52 Return to Advance Base Camp.
  Yaks arrive at ABC for return journey to base camp, where all loads must be carried down at this time including all garbage.
   
Day 53: Return Everest Base Camp.
  Return back to Advance base camp for necessary rest. All loads must be carried down at this time, this includes garbage.
   
Day 54: At Everest Base Camp for cleanup of all the unnecessary waste / garbage.
  At Everest Base Camp clean up and packing, rubbish to be dump at designated dumping
site, rest to be brought back to Kathmandu for proper disposal.
   
Day 55: Drive to Old Tingri 4,260 m – 05 hrs.
  At the Base Camp clean up and packing, rubbish to be dump at designated dumping site, rest to be brought back to Kathmandu for proper disposal.
   
Day 56: Drive to Kyirong in local guesthouse – 06 hrs.
  A long drive today to reach at Kyirong frontier town, journey leads past great Tibetan dry plateau taking a newly opened route of five hours overland drive to reach the border town of Tibet-China and Nepal at Kyirong for last overnight stop in Tibet.
   
Day 57 Drive to Dhunche town 1,900 m – 05 hrs.
  Farewell to our Tibetan guides and drivers as morning starts leaving Tibet with short drive to the border post of Nepal and Tibet / China at Rasuwa-Gadhi, here on completing visa and custom formalities then enter into Nepal border at Rasuwa Gadhi, here again following and completing immigration forms and continue drive on rough dirt road for a while to reach at Syabrubesi village, after a short refreshing break journey continues on winding uphill to reach at Dhunche town for overnight stop.
   
Day 58: Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel – 05 hrs.
 

After a great time in Tibet with an adventure on top Mt. Cho Oyu back into green vegetation and tall trees, catch the views of Ganesh and Langtang Himal, as morning drive leads downhill reaching around warmer areas of rice fields and terraces past Ramche, Mani-Bhanjyang and Trisuli Bazaar.

From Trisuli Bazaar few hour drives brings you back at Kathmandu, then check into your hotels.

   
Day 59: In Kathmandu rest and submit expeditions report to concern department.
  A free day in Kathmandu, reserved in case of delay on drive due to road conditions, with spare day enjoy individual activities and shopping, as well to submit expeditions reports to concern Government department.
   
Day 60: Transfer to Airport for the International departure.
  Today as per your international flight time, our staff transfers you to airport for final departure from thecountry of Himalayan Wonders with grand memories and experience on Mt. Cho-Oyu Expeditions.

 

Includes / Excludes

Price includes following services:
1.Accommodation sharing twin room at Hotel in Kathmandu for 5 nights on Bed & Breakfast basis.
2. Airport transfers in Kathmandu.
3. Guided sightseeing tour as per itinerary with applicable entrance fees.
4. Hotel / Guest House accommodation in Tibet as per itinerary on full board basis.
5. Transportation by private vehicle.
6. English speaking Tibetan Guide throughout the trip in Tibet.
7. Camping arrangement as per itinerary backed by Nepali Crew at Everest BC, Interim Camp, ABC
and Higher Camps on full board basis.
8. All applicable Climbing Permit and Entry Fees.
9. Yak & Yakmen to carry loads between BC-ABC- BC.
10. Transportation Kathmandu – Tibet Border – Kathmandu by private non AC Vehicle.
11. Service of Nepalese Climbing Sherpas (1 member : 1 Sherpa) with their equipment allowance,
daily wages and insurance.
12. Royalty payable to Tibet Government for Nepalese staff.
13. High Altitude Tents, Rations, EPI Gases, Pots and Pans for High Altitude Camps.
14. Walkie Talkie for communication purpose.
15. Supply of Satellite Phone for emergency use.
16. Supply of Oxygen (1 member : 5 Cylinders) with hiring charge of mask & regulator sets.
17. Load ferry bonus & summit bonus for climbing Sherpas.
18. Climbing Route opening charge.
19. Transfer of Expedition Loads to / from Base Camp.
20. Insurance for Nepalese crew.
21. Supply of Medical Kit for emergency use.
22. Tibet Visa Fees.

Our price does not include followings:

1. International flights to / from Kathmandu.
2. Nepal entry visa fees.
3. Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu Hotel.
4. Travel, Medical and Personal insurance.
5. Expenses of personal nature, i.e. tipping, laundry, bottled drinks, bar bills etc.
6. Any expense for early returning member due sickness, injury or any other reason. No refund will
be entertained for any unused service.
7. Extra expense occurred due to unexpected circumstances like cancellation of internal flights,
floods, strike etc.
8. Personal clothing and all sorts of personal climbing gear.

Extensions

If you are not tied up with time limitations, or have more time before or after your main trip with us, you can join / take following extension trips to make your holiday even interesting. According to extra time you have, you can choose a visit to National Parks for jungle safari viewing rare animals, migrant birds and exotic reptiles or enjoy the whitewater rafting or take a cultural tour of Kathmandu, Pokhara, Nagarkot or even make a quick visit to neighboring countries of Tibet – Roof of the world, India – The country of wonders, Bhutan – The Dragon Kingdom.

We can add these extensions before or after your holiday according to the flights that you have booked / can book. Beside these, if you even want just stay in Kathmandu for relax or any independent activities, we can book extra nights at the Hotel. You can book these extensions together with your main trip booking.

 

Chitwan National Park

It is one of the oldest and popular National Parks in Nepal recognized by UNESCO as a World Natural Site. More than 500 Asian one-horned rhinoceros and some 100 nocturnal Royal Bengal Tigers have made their home in this dense forest. There are an estimated 50 species of mammals, over 526 species of birds, 49 amphibians and reptiles and 150 species of butterflies.

The park is spread over an area of 932 sq kms and located in the lowlands of Nepal. The forest cover is predominantly Sal, interspersed with tall grasslands, small hills, ox-bow lakes and flood plains.

Standard Packages are of 2 nights and 3 nights. Chitwan can be reached both by surface and air.

 

Bardia National Park

The park provides excellent habitat for endangered animals like the rhinoceros, wild elephant, tiger, fresh water Dolphin and many other species of mammals along with over 200 species of birds.

Standard Packages are of 2 nights and 3 nights. Bardia can be reached both by surface and air but since it will be too far to drive from Kathmandu, we offer the packages by air only.

 

Kathmandu

It is a treasure trove of ancient art and architecture that lie hidden in the labyrinth of manmade structures. The ancient pagoda temples and Buddhist stupas stand majestically above the rest of the landmarks. The Palace squares fascinate visitors with its exquisite woodwork and carving. You can extend your holiday from 1-3 days visiting these sites.

 

Pokhara

Pokhara is most popular tourist destination after Kathmandu, not because of its easy accessibility but because of its scenic beauty and proximity to many Himalayas. Rarely does a tourist miss a trip to this beautiful valley of lakes and mountain views. Ekai Kawaguchi who was the earliest visitor of this district, was awed by its beauty. The Annapurna range of the Himalayas dominates the landscape around Pokhara and many of treks and expeditions start from here. Around Pokhara one can go boating on lakes, bird watching, paragliding, fishing, ultralight flying or even pony trek besides regular treks. Pokhara can be reached by air as well as surface.

 

Nagarkot

Nagarkot is one of the most popular hill resorts on the fringe of the Kathmandu valley. With an elevation of 2,195m, is 32 kms away from Kathmandu offers a panoramic view of the valley and is described by the visitors as a place whose beauty endures year round. The extraordinary view of the Himalayan peaks from Dhaulagiri to Kanchenjunga is stupendous. Sunrise view from here is truly magnificent. An array of luxury resorts has made this place enjoyable for all kinds of tourists.

 

Tibet

Tour in Tibet offers a fabulous journey with awesome beautiful picturesque landscape and its colorful people and their culture, tranquil lakes, numerous high passes with stunning views of the mountains. Enriched by the ancient most lavishly decorated monasteries and temples with chanting saffron colored monks, ever smiling faces of people and their typical lifestyle all contributes to this trip a memory of your lifetime. A land so rich in culture, tradition and steeped in religion with its unique landscape, casts an enchanted spell that holds you in thrill and excitement. A journey of a life time, at the roof of the world with exciting adventure on route, and breathe-taking views of range of snow capped mountains. This is truly a stunning trip starting with a panoramic drive or flight over the gigantic Himalayas, a tour of great historical cities of Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse in the comfort of the spacious land cruiser and standard Hotels that Tibet has to offer.

 

India

The country of wonders, the lively bazaars, ornate architecture and the something puzzling customs of Indians make any visit a refreshing from the western life. Endowed with a backdrop of that can be anything from snow capped mountain to palm-lined beach, Indian rarely fails to delight adventurous travelers. India is considered to be the rich cultural melting pot with its colorful festivals of all the religion and people, blending well with magnificent landscape of historical cities, jungle, valleys, arid desert to high beautiful Himalayan peaks which makes it a traveler’s destination from sand, sea to snow.

 

Bhutan

The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, commonly known as ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’ is regarded as the last paradise on earth is slowly emerging from centuries of self-imposed isolation. Closed for the outside world until early seventies, Bhutan has adopted the regulated tourism policy for its visitors in this tiny Himalayan Kingdom by allowing to enter limited numbers of tourists every year. Bhutan has retained its religious and cultural values despite of encroachment of modern civilization in the every nook and corner of the world. Unspoiled majestic virgin peaks, unique cultural heritage preserved for many centuries, an architectural style like no others, a land of full of warm hearted and friendly people have made Bhutan a truly unique destination. You will still find its past in present.

 

ACTIVITIES

River Rafting

Rafting is undoubtedly the best way to explore the Arcadian Nepal. It involves excitement, scenic views and challenge. Nepal has numerous fine rivers for rafting, kayaking or canoeing. The most prominent white water rafting regions are the eastern, the mid and the western rivers. Of all these regions, river Trisuli and the Bhotekoshi are the main popular rafting rivers for short trips. The rivers sometimes offer hair raising roller coaster rides. The float down stream is exhilarating and the scenery of the valley gorges between Himalaya and min Himalayan range is equally captivating. So whatever duration or level of excitement you need we have it.

 

Mount Everest Flight

Mountain flight is truly a memorable experience that one should not miss out in Nepal. If you feel you have not seen enough mountains, the mountain flight is the right choice to rejoice with spectacular panoramic mountains’ views. The bird’s eye view of the 6 mighty mountains above 8,000m out of the 14 from a close range is simply unbelievable. The one hour magic flight will make it possible for you to view uninterruptedly all the enchanting beauty of lofty and snowcapped mountains beyond your imagination. Above all is towering figure of Mount Everest amidst cluster of mountains spread all over Nepal and Tibet will mesmerize the onlookers with its astounding charm and grandeur. It is a great personal pride for you to hover above the clouds closer to the highest peak of the world-a-feat to be achieved only through mountain flight.

 

Bungy Jumping

Just imagination of jumping down from a bridge of 160m above a tropical gorge with the Bhote Koshi, one of the Nepal’s wildest rivers raging below is enough to make your heartbeat run faster. It is the thrill of Bungy jumping as it there is no fun for real adventure lover if challenge is not so hard and difficult. It is located within a reach of 4 hours outside Kathmandu and just 19 kms away from the Tibet Border.

The Bungy bridge happens to be the only privately owned bridge in Nepal. It has been specially designed for Bungy Jumping with a 4X safety factors and has a loading factor of 41,500kg or 4.5 tons according to Swiss measurement.

 

Paragliding

Paragliding is relatively new adventure sports in Nepal. Paragliding in this Himalayan country can be a truly wonderful and fulfilling experience for the adventure seekers. You can experience unparalleled scenic grandeur as you share airspace with Himalayan griffin vultures, eagles, kites while floating over the villages, monasteries, temples, lakes and the jungle with a fantastic view of the majestic Himalayas.

The main area for flying in Nepal is the Annapurna region, more specifically the Pokhara valley. This lakeside town is Nepal’s second city, nestled at the foot of the Annapurna Himal. The views commanded from here of 3 of the world’s 8000m peaks, are unsurpassed. At an altitude of 800m ASL the subtropical climate means that year round, it is short and T shirt weather. The micro climate of the valley makes it an ideal area for flying, with far more constant conditions.

 

Ultralight Flight

Ultralight aircraft is being operated from Pokhara. It has an unique blend of both mountain and plateau area. While flying over the Pokhara valley, you will not miss the scenic beauty of both the Himalayas and the most famous lake of Nepal, Phewa Tal. The flight will be a journey through nature. Don’t miss this truly unique experience.

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