Mount Everest is a 10 week expedition in total, with 2 weeks trekking time and 8 weeks climbing period. The first 10 days are spent trekking to Base Camp. Base Camp sits at 17,300ft. The summit of Everest is 29,035ft. To get to its summit via the South East Ridge is approximately 12 miles and a total vertical gain of 11,500ft. Some of the minor technical difficulties on the route is the Kumbu Ice fall, the Lothse Face, and the Hilary Step.
The Trek from Lukla to base camp itself will take approximately 10 days. Over the following month at basecamp is the acclimatization period where we will make a number of exploratory climbs to Camp 1 through the Khumbu Icefall, and then to Camp 2, and one climb to camp 3. During this time we also acclimatize by climbing other peaks in the locality, such as Lobuche East, Mera or Island Peak.
Around the middle two weeks of May (statistically this is fairly normal, but people have summited before and after) begins the Summit cycle. The total summit cycle from base to summit and back is normally seven days which allows for a few nights at Camp 2 and then one night at Camp 3. Then is the ascent to Camp 4 on the south col. Camp 4 sits at 26,300 feet in the death zone. Its called the death zone because your body begins deteriorating at a rapid pace and cannot spend an extended amount of time at this altitude. We will briefly “sleep” and begin the summit attempt. A typical planned summit day generally takes 18 hours from camp to summit and back.
Adventure Alternative Nepal
The guiding company I chose to go with is Adventure Alternative Nepal. I chose this company because I climbed with the company director and main mountain leader, Pasang Tendi Sherpa this past year of 2018 on Denali’s West Buttress Route. Based off the trust and bond I created with Pasang on Denali I believed that climbing with him on his Home Mountain of Everest would be an honor of mine. He also he talked me into it! Adventure Alternative Nepal is a mountaineering company designed and run by mountaineers. Adventure Alternative Nepal engages in tourism in a social and responsible way, allowing everybody involved in their trips to create a balance between nature, local communities and economic development. Adventure Alternative Nepal seeks to use local resources, in terms of employment, equipment, and staff training. I find it morally responsible to use a credible local company where I know my money is going to the local nepalese people who work so hard and are responsible for making every climb on Everest possible. The cost of the expedition will come our to approximately $49,000. An additional $7,000 to $10,000 will be used for equipment, insurance and travel expenses to Nepal.