| Mt. Everest
|By whatever route and whichever means, Everest will clearly remain a destination for generations of mountaineers yet to come" Roland Faux (writer. 'EVEREST - Goddess of the Wind')
After Mt. Everest was successfully climbed to its summit by Tenzing Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary on 29 May 1953, Hillary believed that there would be no further expeditions to this mountain since the goal to reach the summit had finally being achieved. Contrary to Hillary's thoughts in those days - the summit of Mt. Everest is one such place that many would like to reach in their one life time ! The pull of Everest is not simply 'because it is there' but Everest is the world's highest mountain and no mountaineers want to miss the view from the summit from the top of the world when they can be helped!. To help realize this dream, Windhorse Trekking has designed a package climb of Mt. Everest specially to assist those with little time, experience and resources to organize an expedition of their own.
Climbing Programs And Services:
Our climbs on Mt. Everest offer you the popular and classic routes: the South-Col SE Ridge from the Nepal side and the North Col NE Ridge from the Tibet side. Both programs are scheduled for 65 day. All trip participants (climbers) meet in Kathmandu as per the respective itineraries and then trek/drive in group to the base camp.
In our standard itinerary, we drive on the Kathmandu - Lhasa road to enter Nepal - Tibet border point at Kodari / Zhangmu (Khasa in Nepali) to arrive at the Tibet side of Mt. Everest base camp via Nyalam and Xegar. Alternative arrangement is offered for climbers wishing to fly to Lhasa and then drive to base camp with some surcharge on the expedition price. For the Nepal side of climb.
Our standard itinerary is to fly to Lukla and then trek for about a week to arrive at the base camp. With the motor-able road now extended beyond Jiri to Chyangma (Bhandar in Nepali) and the Maoists insurgents agreeing to join the main-stream politics for a peaceful settlement of their issues, climbers wishing to get more physical conditioning can begin their trek Chyagma to arrive base camp. The first leg of trek from Chyangma passes through quiet and idyllic Sherpa villages Solu and Pharak regions (oxygen rich area - all under 3000m in altitude) before joining the busy trekkers trail to Everest in Lukla. This 5 day trek is good for building your stamina for the climb and supporting the local economy in an area that doesn't receive many visitors.
Training for the climb:
Climbers must have basic mountaineering skill and be physically and mentally prepared to deal with extreme conditions while climbing. Train carrying a heavy pack for multiple days before the expedition. It is advisable to have an experience on an 8000m peak before attempting Mt. Everest.
What services are included in the expedition cost:
All essential service for the trek / drive / climb will be taken care by the Windhorse staff and Climbing Sherpas. During the trek / climb you will only carry your personal items as food, fuel, tents, oxygen and group climbing equipment will be taken care by the climbing Sherpas. All the Climbing Sherpas in the team will have previous experience of climbing on Mt. Everest. The Sherpa team will be lead by a head Sherpa (sirdar). The sirdar assigns duties for the Sherpas and co-ordinate with the climbers. also equip the trail and offer help with cooking and setting up of a camp while high in the mountain. At the base camp and advance base camp (ABC), complete kitchen with a cook and dining tent is provided. Food in higher altitude comes in dehydrated and ready to eat meal packages both for vegetarian and non vegetarian palate. All members will be provided with material ( e.g. oxygen) and Sherpa support to have the best chance to make it to the oxygen.
Walki Talkie radio sets are supplied to establish communication between camps. Emergency evacuation service is provided both to the trip participants, Sherpa and all expedition personnel. Trip participants without an insurance coverage for such situation will be charged a fee for this service. Base camp staff and Sherpas support are also adequately insured for any possible personal accidents. The climber Sherpa support is 1:1
Not included in the trip cost:
Main meals in Kathamndu, personal equipment, personal insurance including emergency evacuation, Nepal visa fee (single entry US$30 & double entry US$ 50.00 - not required to pay for stay less than 2 nights ), and airport tax while departing from Kathmandu airport (US$ 23.00) and other services other than those mentioned in the service inclusion.