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$8,900
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SCHEDULE

Spring
April 8 – May 7, 2019

DETAILS

30 days in Nepal
Grade: Intermediate

 
 
 
 
 

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OVERVIEW

Our Everest 2019 expedition Camp II team is now open to qualified climbers. Mountain Gurus South side expedition is led by a team of highly experienced IFMGA/UIAGM certified Sherpa guides. Please contact us directly to learn more about our 30-day full service climb.

Mount Everest, remains thee premier guided climbing challenge of our time. No place on earth inspires mountaineers like the sheer scale and height of the Himalaya. For climbers interested in ascending Mount Everest but are not able to join our summit climb, Mountain Gurus presents the opportunity to climb through the Khumbu Icefall to Camp 2, Camp 3 or the South Col at nearly 26,000 feet. These exciting options allow you to gain high altitude experience while challenging yourself in one of the most remarkable places on earth. Mount Everest was first summited by Sherpa Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmond Hillary in 1953 from the South Side. Mount Everest while not posing substantial technical climbing difficulty, does require a high level of climbing proficiency on steep and exposed terrain at high altitude.

Everest Camp II • Camp III • South Col Camp IV

Mountain Gurus proudly offers a fully supported Everest climb. Our team of experienced Sherpa guides handle all the logistics for our expeditions. As IFMGA/UIAGM trained Sherpa guides they take great pride in managing our ground operations, working with our skilled team of climbing Sherpas and expedition staff to ensure safety and success on the mountain. Each of our mountain guides have extensive experience on Mount Everest with multiple summit climbs.

Our Khumbu Icefall expedition begins in Kathmandu’s bustling tourist district of Thamel. The team departs by Twin Otter plane to Lukla and treks along the Dudh Koshi River before arriving in the legendary Sherpa village of Namche Bazaar. The next day offers amazing Himalayan views as we make a long descending traverse across the Imja River and then climbs to Tengboche Monastery. We now enter the upper Khumbu Valley passing the well-established trekking outposts of Dingboche, Lobuche and Gorak Shep before reaching Everest Base Camp at 17,700 feet. The climb to Camp 2 and the South Col ascends through the Khumbu Icefall with its seracs and crevasses, using fixed ropes and ladders prepared by our Sherpa climbing team. The classic South Side route climbs to Camp 2 via the Western CWM, then to Camp 3 high on the Lhotse Face traversing the Geneva Spur and finally to the wind swept South Col.

Our Everest Camp II itinerary remains flexible. Although possible to climb to Camp 2 in as few as twenty-five days, we recommend a 30-32 day schedule for best chance of success. We seek to gain adequate acclimatization managing our exposure within the Khumbu icefall. We have the option of climbing Lobuche Peak prior to our climbing rotations. The team also has the option of utilizing helicopter service during the trekking phase of the trip.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1-12 • Kathmandu – Everest Base Camp
Day 13-16 • Everest Base Camp • 17,600 ft
Day 17 • Khumbu Icefall • 19,000 ft
Day 18 • Everest Base Camp
Day 19-20 • Khumbu Icefall to Camp I • 19,500 ft
Day 21 • Western Cwm to Camp II • 21,000 ft
Day 22 • Return to Everest Base Camp
Day 23-24 • Contingency Days
Day 25-30 • Pheriche – Kathmandu

“I Our month on Everest is an experience I’ll remember forever. In the months leading up to the trip, my conversations with Dennis were informative and exciting, and I was continuously impressed with how knowledgeable, experienced, and thorough his planning was. He anticipated exactly what we’d need on the trip; and was able to custom make our itinerary to fit our unique requests. His hard work paid off and our trek went off without a hitch. When you’re on the mountain and things are getting tough, you appreciate the little details – Dennis had taken care of all of them and it made our outstanding experience what it was!” Spring 2011 Nina G

ITINERARY

Everest Camp II

Expedition begins and ends in Kathmandu, Nepal

Day 1-11 • Arrive Kathmandu – Gorak Shep • 16,942 ft

Please refer to our Everest Base Camp trek itinerary for the approach to EBC.

Day 12 • Everest Base Camp • 17,600 ft

We continue our trek to Everest base camp, located at the foot of the Khumbu Icefall. We trek across the glacier passing yak trains carrying supplies for Everest climbing expeditions. During the spring climbing season Everest base camp is crammed with activity as a small village of expedition tents arises at the edge Khumbu Icefall. (B, L, D)

Day 13-16 • Everest Base Camp • 17,600 ft

We settle into Everest Base Camp and spend the next few days acclimatizing, organizing gear and getting acquainted with expedition life. Our team will participate in the expedition Puja ceremony important to our Sherpa staff before beginning our climbing rotations. The next day we review climbing skills which relate to ascending and descending the Khumbu Icefall. We usually do an additional hike to Pumori Camp 1 for acclimatization before heading into the icefall. (B, L, D)

Day 17 • Khumbu Icefall • 19,000 ft

Early morning we make an acclimatization ascent into the Khumbu Icefall. The team climbs our way through the icefall with its seracs and crevasses while using fixed ropes and ladders. After climbing half way through the Icefall, we descend to basecamp. (B, L, D)

Day 18 • Everest Base Camp • 17,600 ft

Rest and acclimatization day. (B, L, D)

Day 19-20 • Khumbu Icefall to Camp I • 19,500 ft

Early morning we return to the Khumbu Icefall climbing our way to Camp 1. We enter the remote valley known as the Western CWM. (B, L, D)

Day 21 • Western Cwm to Camp II • 21,000 ft

The next morning we climb to Camp 2. Views of the massive Southwest Face of Everest and Lhotse are remarkable. (B, L, D)

Day 22 • Return to Everest Base Camp • 17,600 ft

Today we descend from Camp 2 to Base Camp. We make our final decent through the Khumbu Icefall. (B, L, D)

Day 23-24 • Contingency Days

These extra days will be reserved as an additional rest or weather days. This could also be used for an additional ascent of Lobuche Peak prior to climbing to Camp 2. (B, L, D)

Day 25-30 • Pheriche – Depart Kathmandu

Over the next days we descend to Pheriche, Namche and Lukla. Once back in Kathmandu we transport to Tribhuvan International Airport for flights home.

Everest South Col Camp IV

Day 1-11 • Arrive Kathmandu – Gorak Shep • 16,942 ft

Please refer to our Everest Base Camp trek itinerary for the approach to EBC.

Day 12 • Everest Base Camp • 17,600 ft

We continue our trek to Everest base camp, located at the foot of the Khumbu Icefall. We trek across the glacier passing yak trains carrying supplies for Everest climbing expeditions. During the spring climbing season Everest base camp is crammed with activity as a small village of expedition tents arises at the edge Khumbu Icefall. (B, L, D)

Day 13-16 • Everest Base Camp • 17,600 ft

We settle into Everest Base Camp and spend the next few days acclimatizing, organizing gear and getting acquainted with expedition life. Our team will participate in the expedition Puja ceremony important to our Sherpa staff before beginning our climbing rotations. The next day we review climbing skills which relate to ascending and descending the Khumbu Icefall. We usually do an additional hike to Pumori Camp 1 for acclimatization before heading into the icefall. (B, L, D)

Day 17 • Khumbu Icefall • 19,000 ft

Early morning we make an acclimatization ascent into the Khumbu Icefall. The team climbs our way through the icefall with its seracs and crevasses while using fixed ropes and ladders. After climbing half way through the Icefall, we descend to basecamp. (B, L, D)

Day 18 • Everest Base Camp • 17,600 ft

Rest and acclimatization day. (B, L, D)

Day 19-20 • Khumbu Icefall to Camp I • 19,500 ft

Early morning we return to the Khumbu Icefall climbing our way to Camp 1. We enter the remote valley known as the Western CWM. (B, L, D)

Day 21 • Western Cwm to Camp II • 21,000 ft

The next morning we climb to Camp 2. Views of the massive Southwest Face of Everest and Lhotse are remarkable. (B, L, D)

Day 22 • Camp II to Lhotse Face • 21,000 ft

Today we climb the Lhotse Face making an acclimatization ascent half way to Camp 3. We return to Camp 2. (B, L, D)

Day 23 • Return to Everest Base Camp • 17,600 ft

Today we descend from Camp 2 to Base Camp. We make an early morning decent through the Khumbu Icefall. (B, L, D)

Day 24-25 • Everest Base Camp • 17,600 ft

Rest and acclimatization days. (B, L, D)

Day 26 • Khumbu Icefall to Camp I • 19,500 ft

Early morning we return to the Khumbu Icefall climbing our way to Camp 1. (B, L, D)

Day 27 • Western Cwm to Camp II • 21,000 ft

The next morning we climb to Camp 2. (B, L, D)

Day 28 • Camp II • 21,000 ft

Rest and acclimatization day. (B, L, D)

Day 29 • Camp II to Camp III • 23,500 ft

Early morning, the route continues up the low angled Western CWM until we reach the base of the Lhotse Face. From here, the route climbs steep icy slopes until we reach Camp 3. This evening we will begin sleeping on oxygen. (B, L, D)

Day 30 • Camp III to South Col • 26,300 ft

In the morning 7:00 am we leave camp and continue straight up the Lhotse Face. We begin a rising traverse which climbs through a section of rock and ice known as the Yellow Band. The routes continue traversing and ascending until we reach the Geneva Spur. We continue climbing a steeper section of rock and snow until we reach the South Col. It takes 6-7 hours to reach Camp 4. The team will climb on oxygen until to reach the South Col where we will spend a few hours and descend to Camp 3. (B, L, D)

Day 31 • Descend to Camp I • 19,500 ft

Today we will continue our descent to Camp 1. (B, L, D)

Day 32 • Descend to Base Camp • 17,600 ft

We continue our final descent to Everest Base Camp crossing once again through the Khumbu Icefall. Once at Base Camp our cook will provide a hot meal and we spend the rest of the day relaxing. (B, L, D)

Day 33-39 • Contingency Days

These extra days will be reserved as an additional rest or weather days. This could also be used for an additional ascent of Lobuche Peak prior to climbing to Camp 3 or the South Col. (B, L, D)

Day 40-45 • Pheriche – Depart Kathmandu

Over the next days we descend to Pheriche, Namche and Lukla. Once back in Kathmandu we transport to Tribhuvan International Airport for flights home.

Itinerary Notes
Mountain Gurus makes every effort to uphold the scheduled itinerary, although our guides are given discretion to adapt the itinerary for reasons beyond our control or due to the needs of the group. Meal schedule: (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner

DETAILS

Price

$8,900              Everest Camp II
$12,000            Everest Camp III or South Col Camp IV

Deposit and Payments

$2,000.00 deposit includes reservation fee, due with application.
Balance due 90 days prior to departure

Price Includes

  • Scheduled land transportation in Nepal
  • Round-trip flight to Lukla
  • Sagamatha National Park fees
  • Hotels in Kathmandu
  • Lodges during the trek
  • Guided sightseeing tour
  • Scheduled meals during the trek and expedition
  • Climbing permit and icefall fees
  • Single tent accommodations at basecamp
  • Professional mountain guide, high altitude porters
  • Basecamp coordinator and expedition cook staff
  • Dining tent w/ gas heater and hot shower, toilet tent
  • Solar charging, communications
  • Oxygen bottles, mask and regulator, Top-out system (above Camp III)
  • Scheduled porter and yak service based on the itinerary
  • Baggage transport (limited to 40kg – 88lbs)
  • All group equipment for the expedition (including tents, stoves, group climbing gear, fixed ropes, emergency oxygen)

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare and meals during travel
  • Visa fees
  • Non-scheduled airport transfers
  • Non-scheduled meals
  • Personal gear
  • Communication fees
  • Trip cancellation insurance (highly recommended)
  • Single room (hotels only)
  • Medical and evacuation coverage (required)
  • Helicopter flights due to delays
  • Early departure fees
  • Excess baggage fees
  • Gratuities for summit bonus for climbing Sherpa
  • Tips and gratuities

GEAR LIST

A complete clothing and equipment list specific to your trip will be sent to you in the PreClimb information upon reservation.

Head and Face

  • Warm Hat: Wool/ synthetic, one that covers the ears.
  • Buff or Balaclava
  • Sun Hat or Baseball Cap
  • Glacier Glasses: Essential eye protection at altitude. Wrap around style or side shields.
  • Goggles: Dark lenses to help with snow and wind.
  • Sunscreen: SPF 30+
  • Lip Balm: SPF 30+
  • Climbing LED Headlamp: Bring one extra set of batteries.

Upper Body

  • Baselayer Tops: One synthetic long-sleeve shirt.
  • Mid-layer Top: This is a synthetic or fleece top.
  • Softshell Jacket: This breathable but wind-and-weather resistant jacket. Hoods are highly recommended.
  • Hardshell Jacket: GORE-TEX© or a fully waterproof shell. Hoods are highly recommended.
  • Light Insulated Jacket: Light synthetic insulated jacket
  • Insulated Jacket: 700+ fill down.

Handwear

  • Lightweight Gloves: One pair (WINDSTOPPER© is recommended)
  • Softshell Gloves: One pair. Leather palms offer durability and grip.
  • Heavyweight Gloves: Insulated glove or mitten with GORE-TEX© or waterproof outer.

Lower Body

  • Baselayer Bottom: One pair. Synthetic, no cotton
  • Softshell Pants: One pair. Synthetic, stretchy, non-insulated
  • Hardshell Pants: One pair of GORE-TEX© pants full-length side zips are required; you may need to take off your Hardshell pants without removing your boots.
  • Insulated Pants: One pair of synthetic insulated pants with full side zips.
  • Gaiters: Full-sized waterproof gaiters that must fit snugly over your mountaineering boots.

Footwear

  • Mountaineering Boots: Full shank crampon compatible. Double plastic mountaineering boots or Heavy weight synthetic/ hybrid mountaineering boots are required.
  • Mediumweight Socks: Two pair of wool or synthetic socks.
  • Heavyweight Socks: Two pair of wool or synthetic socks for sleeping in and for summit day.

Note: Please read our Mountaineering Boot and Crampon guide for more information.

Sleeping

  • Sleeping Bag: Bring a warm bag (rated to minus 20ᵒ fahrenheit).
  • Sleeping Pad: A full-length closed-cell foam pad and/ or an inflatable pad.

Packing and Backpack

  • Backpack: One 60-75L pack with good support, adequate to carry personal.
  • Duffel: Two large duffels for transporting gear.
  • Liner Bags: Two large plastic contractor bags.

Climbing Gear

  • Ice axe: 55-65cm mountaineering axe.
  • Crampons: 12-point steel with anti-balling plates.
  • Climbing Helmet: Lightweight
  • Alpine Harness: Lightweight alpine harness with adjustable leg loops.
  • Trekking Poles: Adjustable and collapsible with snow baskets.
  • Locking Carabiners: (4) Large pear-shaped, screw gate locking carabiners.
  • Non-locking Carabiners: (4) Wire gate non-locking carabiners.
  • Ascender: Left or right handed
  • Rappel/Delay device: Figure 8 recommended
  • Prussik Cord: 40 feet, 6mm perlon
  • Nylon Sling: (2) 60cm nylon slings

Hydration

  • Water Bottle: Two, 1L wide-mouth plastic bottles. NALGENE©
  • Water Bottle Parkas: Two, fully insulated water bottle covers.

Personal Health and First Aid

  • Snacks and drinks
  • Small personal first-aid kit and medications
  • Plastic bowl, insulated mug, and spoon
  • Toilet paper, blue bag or wag bag
  • Earplugs

TRAVEL & FITNESS

Travel

Program Location:
Begins and ends in Kathmandu, Nepal

Visa/Entry Information:
Passport must have six months or more validity remaining at the time of entry. American citizens may obtain a visa prior to travel or upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. 30 day multiple-entry visa ($40), or 90 day multiple-entry visa ($100)

Health & Immunizations:
Immunizations are not required for entry into Nepal

Flight Travel Information:
Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), Kathmandu, Nepal

International Departures:
Itineraries reflect the date and time you will need to arrive in country for a program. Mountain Gurus programs begin and end in the countries destination city. When booking your flight, you will need to account for travel time and crossing the international dateline if needed. It is easiest to give your booking agent the day and time you will need to arrive.

Meals and Food:
All meals are provided as per meal schedule. See itinerary.

Gear:
A complete clothing and equipment list specific to your program will be sent to you in the pre-departure packet upon reservation. For your safety and comfort, it is extremely important that you adhere strictly to the equipment list.

Everest Camp II Fitness & Training

Climbing Grade: Intermediate

Island Peak is usually climbed after an acclimatization trek to Everest Base Camp. This is highly recommended as altitude can be a determining factor on success on this climb. We recommend climbers to have basic snow and climbing skills before attempting this peak. Good physical conditioning is required, with pack weights ranging between 30-40 lbs. to high camp.

Prior to the expedition we recommend taking at minimum a mountaineering course and spending time at altitude.

Here’s a suggested progression of climbs before attempting Island Peak.

  • Northwest Climb (Mount Baker, Mount Rainier, Mount Shuksan)
  • Mount Elbrus
  • Mexican Volcanoes, Ecuador Volcanoes, Peaks of Bolivia

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the physical requirements needed for this trek and climb?

The trek requires 6-8 hours of hiking per day with a 20 lbs. pack. The climbing days require 5-8 hours of climbing with a 30+ lbs. packs at high altitude. Elevation gains of 2000-3000+ feet per day. Strong hiking skills and excellent physical conditioning are required.

Who will be guiding?

Our Nepal climbs are led by a Nepalese (Sherpa) mountain guides or an American mountain guide with extensive experience leading our climbing teams. They will be accompanied by assistant Sherpa guides and porters. Many of these guides are native to the Khumbu (Everest) region of Nepal.

What are the Nepal climbing seasons?

The only period to climb to Camp II is during the pre-monsoon Spring climbing season when expeditions are attempting Mount Everest, from April to May.

How much will my pack weigh?

During the trek you will only carry the gear you’ll use for each day. Porters will carry all your extra clothing items and overnight gear. At no point will you carry camping gear or equipment for overnight. Daypacks should not weigh more than 15-20 lbs. for your comfort.
Beyond base camp all climbers are required to carry 35+ lbs. packs as we establish a series of camps higher on the mountain. Being in top physical and mental condition is key to succeeding on this climb.

Where will we be staying?

In Kathmandu we stay at clean and comfortable hotels, during the trek we utilize mountain lodges owned and operated by the local people. During the climbing portions of the trip and in remote areas with overnight in mountain tents.