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Mount Everest is the highest mountain on the planet, with a peak at 8,848 meters (29,029 ft.) above sea level. In Nepal it is commonly known as “Sagarmatha” (Mother of the Universe) and in Tibet it is called Qomolangma (Goddess Mother of the Snows). The peak is located in the Mahalangur section of the Himalayas in Khumbu region of Nepal bordering with China. The Great Trigonometric Survey of British India established the first published height of Everest at 29,002 ft. (8,840 m) and known as Mount XV. The official English name of Mount Everest was given by the Royal Geographical Society upon a recommendation by Andrew Waugh, the British Surveyor General of India. Waugh named the mountain after his predecessor in the post, Sir George Everest. Although Tibetans had called Everest "Chomolungma" for centuries, Waugh was unaware of this because Nepal and Tibet were closed to foreigners.
 
There are about 15 recognized routes for climbing Mount Everest, but only two are used mainly. One starts in Nepal, and runs up the southeast ridge of the mountain, and the other starts in Tibet, and runs up the north ridge. Each of these routes has its own base camp for people to start from, called the South Base Camp and the North Base Camp, respectively. The South Base Camp is generally more popular, since the southeast ascent is easier and several permits are required to go to the North Base Camp. As both of the camps are high above sea level, most people stopover for a few days to get used to with the altitude.
 
Notable Ascents
The first officially recorded summit was accomplished by Sir Edmund Percival Hillary from New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa from Nepal, on 29th May 1953. There were several claims that previous climbers had reached the summit before them, notably George Mallory and Andrew "Sandy" Irvine. Mallory and Irving may have scaled Mount Everest in 1924, but they died in the attempt and it's unclear from the placement of the bodies whether they actually reached the top or not.
The first woman to climb Mount Everest was Junko Tabei, who reached the summit in 1975. Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler were the first to climb Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen, which they did in 1978. In 1980, Messner was also the first solo climber to reach the summit. Other notable ascents include:
  • Min Bahadur Sherchan, 25th May 2008: The oldest person to summit the mountain as of 2011. He was 76 when he reached the top.
  • Jordan Romero, 25th May 2010: The youngest person to summit the mountain as of 2011. He was 13 when he reached the top.
  • Erik Weihenmayer, 25th May 2001: The first blind climber to summit Mount Everest.
  • Tamae Watanabe, 19th May 2012: The oldest woman to reach the top. She was 73 years old.
  • Apa Sherpa, 10th May 1990 – 11th May 2011: The person who has made the most summits as of 2011. Sherpa climbed Everest 21 times between 1990 and 2011.
  • Mona Mulepati and Pem Dorje Sherpa, 30th May 2005: The first couple to get married on top of Everest.
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu 
Day 02: In Kathmandu (preparation and briefing)
Day 03: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding
Day 04: Trek to Namche
Day 05: Acclimatization in Namche
Day 06: Trek to Thyangboche
Day 07: Trek to Pheriche
Day 08: Trek to Lobuche
Day 09: Trek to Gorak Shep
Day 10: Trek to Everest Base Camp 
Day 11 - 54: Climbing period of Mount Everest
Day 55: Everest Base Camp to Lobuche
Day 56: Trek to Namche
Day 57: Trek to Lukla
Day 58: Fly to Kathmandu
Day 59: Free day in Kathmandu
Day 60: Depart Kathmandu
Name: Mount Everest Expedition
Duration: 60 days
Grade: StreneousTrek
Starts in: Kathmandu
Ends in: Kathmandu
Activity: Sightseeing, trekking and climbing
Accomodation: Hotel, camping
Transportation: Private vehicle and flight
Maximum altitude: 8,848m
Per day walking: 5 - 6 hours
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, our Fishtail representative and driver will meet you at the Tribhuvan International Airport and escort you to your designated hotel. The representative will help you to check into your hotel. In the hotel, you will be briefed about your daily activities during the expedition.
 
Day 02: In Kathmandu (Briefing and preparation for expedition)
Today you will be preparing everything for Everest expedition including all the necessary equipment and clothes, which are quintessential for the trip. In addition, you can also visit Ministry of Tourism or Nepal Tourism board for further information about the expedition.
 
Day 03: Fly to Lukla (2,850m) and trek to Phakding (2,620m)
In the early morning, after breakfast, you will board a flight to Lukla and a landing on a steep mountain runway brings you to the start of your trek at the village of Lukla. From Lukla, you will head up the Dudh Koshi Valley on a well-marked trail and will be accommodated in a local lodge in Phakding.
 
Day 04: Trek to Namche (3,440m)
Leaving Phakding, you will cross the river twice through high suspension bridges and arrive at Monjo – the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve the fragile mountain environment. From here, you will follow the path to reach Namche Bazaar, which is the major trading village in entire Khumbu region. If the weather is clear, you will get the first glimpse of Everest from this point.
 
Day 05: Acclimatization in Namche
Today you will spend your entire day in Namche by taking complete rest in order to acclimatize to gain altitude, plan for forthcoming trips and get habituated to your trekking destinations. You can also visit Khunde Hospital which was set up by Sir Edmund Hillary and Everest View Hotel for sunset view of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam.
 
Day 06: Trek to Thyangboche (3,800m)
This day, you will walk along the trail that follows the path to the side of the valley, high above the Dudh Koshi River.  You will get to see some great views of great peaks of the Khumbu region including Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam. As you move downwards, you will pass through several Sherpa villages and teashops and continue the hike to reach Thyangboche by following a zigzag path. The path offers awesome sights of Rhododendron bushes with beautiful birds and superb mountain scenery. Finally, you will reach Thyangboche, which is famous for its legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu region.
 
Day 07: Trek to Pheriche (4,371m)
Today, you will be descending downhill from Thyangboche through the forests and by crossing the Imja Khola. The trail then follows the uphill path to the village of Pangboche, which faces Mount Ama Dablam. Joy of the trek will be further escalated by the views of mountains, forests, gompas, rivers etc. Further two hours of walk will take you to your last destination, i.e., Pheriche for today.
 
Day 08: Trek to Lobuche (4,940m)
Leaving Pheriche, you will trek uphill to Lobuche and have to pass through a wide valley, Khumbu glacier and several teahouses in between. Besides, the trail also offers magnificent views of Cholatse and Tawache.
 
Day 09: Trek to Gorak Shep (5,164m)
Your last destination for today will be Gorak Shep, base for the Everest Base Camp. To reach Gorak Shep you will have to pass Kalapatthar and Khumbu glaciers. 
 
Day 10: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,364m)
A very early start is required to reach the Everest Base Camp. It takes several hours as the trail weaves its way through ice pinnacles and past the crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier. On the return leg, you can take a higher route to get a spectacular view of the Khumbu icefall and the route to the South Col.
 
Day 11 -54: Climbing Period of Mount Everest (8,848m)
These days are the major climbing days for you to make an ascent of mostly awaited summit of Everest. After few days of acclimatization and exercises, you will be taken to the higher camp, closer to the summit where you will be provided with food for high altitude. You are allowed to trek from lower to upper camp or vice versa for more practice and acclimatization. From top of the mountain, you can see the panoramic view of four of the world’s other highest peaks: Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Makalu. Finally, we wish for your success to conquer the highest point on the earth. 
 
Day 55:  Everest Base Camp to Lobuche (4,940m)
From the Base Camp, you will head back to Lobuche. 
 
Day 56: Trek to Namche (3,440m)
From Lobuche, your expedition will continue towards Namche. 
 
Day57:  Trek to Lukla (2,850m)
This will be the final day of the expedition and the ultimate destination is Lukla. The path goes along side the Dudh Koshi to reach Lukla. Upon reaching Lukla in the evening, you will have time to enjoy local drinks with a company of Sherpa guides and porters.
 
Day 58: Fly to Kathmandu
After breakfast, you will check in to the airport to fly back to Kathmandu. Upon reaching the Kathmandu airport, your guide will transfer you to the designated hotel. In the evening, you have free time for refreshments and shopping.
 
Day 59: Free day in Kathmandu
Today will be an extra day for relaxing and enjoying Kathmandu. You can go for shopping, body massaging and spa treatments or sightseeing. 
 
Day 60: Depart Kathmandu
After checking out of the hotel, our representative will take you to the international airport for your flight home. If you want to continue your stay in Nepal for short tours i.e. National parks, rafting, mountain biking, hiking, etc., please do let us know. We will be proudly serving your needs.

 

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