- Package Details
Kiwi sherpa representative will meet you at Airport and transferred to hotel by private tourist vehicle. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast our tour guide will take to sightseeing around Kathmandu valley such as Boudhanath stup,one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world,where we observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monesteries then visit to Pashipatinath,the most famous Hindu temple in the country,located in the banks of Bagmati river where you can see Hindu holy men are meditating,pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats.From here we visit Durbar square then we back to hotel and introduced your leader/guide and we will provide an opportunity for ask any questions about the trek .This includes a final briefing and preparations for the trip and we supplied with our trek pack and give some further more information.
Formal briefing in the Ministry of Tourism. Today, the expedition leader will also check everyone's equipment. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04- Final Preparation day in Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
The last opportunity to buy anything missing.
Day 05- Fly to Lukla (2804 meters) and trek to Phakding (2610 meters) 3 hours.
An early morning start takes us to Tribhuwan international Airport in Kathmandu for the 35 minute scenic flight to Tenzing and Hillary Airport at Lukla at 2804meters. On arrival at the airport guide will brief you and introduce our porters before we begin our trek towards Phakding at 2610meters.After landing we have time to explore the village while our Sherpa crew sort and load our trekking equipment. Then we begin our trek by passing through Chaurukharka and the small village of Ghat (2550m).After a short walk from Ghat we arrive at Phakding. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 06- Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441 meters) 5 hours.
We continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing this majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering Sagamartha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views. Namche Bazaar known as the Gateway to Everest which is home to many quality restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, Money exchange, internet cafe and a bakery. Namche is one of the biggest villages along the whole Everest trail. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 07- Namche Bazaar Acclimatization day.
We will spend a day here in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning of the air. As well as a short trek where a museum is celebrating the traditional customs of the Sherpa people.In our rest day we hike up to Khunde hospital which was built by Sir Edmund Hillary in 1966 also visit Khumjung School and we go up to the Syangboche Airport around Everest View Hotel. From this point, we can see rewarding views of the Himalayas with a stunning sunrise and sunset over the panorama of Khumbu peaks. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 08- Trek to Tengboche Monastery (3860 meters) 5 hours.
The trek continues along the rushing glacial waters of the Dudh Kosi with magnificent views of the mountains. We trek to an altitude of 3860meters today. On reaching Tengboche you will see the local monastery. Inside the monastery are incredibly ornate wall hangings, a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. The group will be taken to observe a prayer ceremony either in the evening or morning depending on how the days trekking went. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 09- Trek to Dingboche (4350 meters) 6 hours.
From Thyangboche the trail drops to Debuche, crosses another exciting suspension bridge on the Imja Khola, and climbs to Pangboche amongst thousands of mani stones. Our uphill trek continues, taking us to the quaint traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche with its exquisite views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam. We take our time so we avoid getting affected by the altitude. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 10- Day trip to Chhukung valley (4710 meters) and trek back to Dingboche. 4 hours.
You can enjoy another day for acclimatization. We will have trip to Chhukung valley via the Imja Khola valley to get a marvelous view of the surrounding mountains, especially Lhotse’s massive south wall, then return to Dingboche in the evening. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 11- Trek to Lobuche (4910 meters) 5 hours.
The trail continues along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and passes by stone memorials for climbers who have perished on nearby summits.We continue to climb as we are heading to the altitude of 4910 meters at Lobuche which is really just a few huts at the foot of giant Lobuche peak. Some breathing problems may arise today due to the altitude. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 12- Trek to Gorak Shep (5180 meters) then hike up to Kalapattar (5555 meters) back to Gorak Shep. 7 hours.
Most of this day is spent climbing Mt. Kala Patar, a small peak (by Himalayan standards) at 5555 meters. The ascent is demanding but the climber gets the most magnificent mountain panorama possible: Everest, the highest point on the planet at 29028ft, 8848meters, towers directly ahead and on all sides loom the other giants, Nuptse, Pumori, Chagatse, Lhotse and countless others. If possible we can stay and watch the awe-inspiring sunset on Everest and its neighbours. We make a quick descent to Gorak Shep, a tiny hamlet at 5180 meters. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 13- Trek to Everest Base Camp (5365 meters), 4 hours.
Contouring along the valley side, the trail leads on to the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and becomes quite vague, weaving between mounds of rubble. After about 4 hours we will eventually reach base camp near the foot of the Khumbu Icefall. This will be our home for the next couple of weeks. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 14 to Day 17- Base Camp Training and preparation.
We set about acclimatizing and learning the specialist skills needed for the mountain, such as how to use the oxygen and the radios. We will also hone our equipment and clothing requirements for the mountain, and set aside the food we want to eat in the upper camps (as this will be pre-placed for us by the Sherpa.)
In between times, we rest and get used to the altitude without undue exertion, as experience has shown this is the best way to prepare. We aim to make base camp as comfortable as is reasonably possible, with a heated, triple-skin mess tent, individual tents for each climber to sleep in, broadband internet connection and satellite telephones.
Before venturing into the Khumbu Icefall, we will practice secure movement through complex ice terrain including the use of the ladders and fixed rope. We do this locally, in base camp and on the ice columns found at the lower edge of the icefall. As soon as the route through the Icefall is prepared and after the training in base camp, we will have our first go at the icefall, with the aim of getting halfway through and back in time for mid-morning in base camp. Then, we will progress higher until we know we can get through the icefall and all the way to Camp 1 in a reasonable time.
Whilst we are getting accustomed to the ropes, ladders and altitude, the Sherpas will be running loads through the icefall, into the Western Cwm and beyond.
Day 18 to Day 61- Climbing period from Base camp to Summit and Back to the Base Camp.
Camp 1: 20996ft. (6,400m.)
The camp 1 is situated at an elevation of 6400m on horizontal area of deep snow covered by mountain walls. The area is warm due to sun’s reflection during the day and in the night we happen to listen the deep murmuring cracking sounds of crevasses beneath our tent.
Camp 2: 22145ft. (6,750m.)
Camp 2 is set at the foot of the icy Lhotse wall at an altitude of 6,750m. Cloudy but can expect pleasant weather here.
Camp 3: 23292ft. (7,100m.)
Camp 3 is based at the height of 7100m and this place is adjacent to Lhotse wall at 1220m, which can be ascended using fixed rope and we eventually reach camp 4. On the way to camp 4, climbers need to go through the steep allow bands (lose, down -slopping and rotten limestone). As we cross short snowfield, the route takes them up the Geneva Spur to the east before finishing the flats of the south col. Beyond camp 3, some climbers may possibly feel minor discomforts necessitating use of oxygen.
Camp 4: 27560ft. (8,400m.)
This is the last camp of the Expedition which is placed at the height of 8,400meters. This is considered as the risky part of the climbing from where the summit is not far than 450meters. The Narrow South – East Ridge is taken as the normal best way to attain the South Summits 8,750meters and from here it is easy to reach at the summit of the Everest 8,848meters.
From base camp, the route to the summit can be divided into four separate sections:
The Khumbu Icefall
The Western Cwm
The Lhotse Face
The Summit (South East) Ridge
The Khumbu Icefall
The Khumbu Icefall is an icefall at the head of the Khumbu Glacier. The icefall is found at 5,486 metres (18,000 feet) on the Nepali slopes of Mount Everest not far above Base Camp and southwest of the summit. The icefall is regarded as one of the most dangerous stages of the South Col route to Everest's summit. The Khumbu glacier that forms the icefall moves at such speed that large crevasses open with little warning. The large towers of ice or seracs found at the icefall have been known to collapse suddenly. Huge blocks of ice tumble down the glacier from time to time; they range in size from cars to large houses. It is estimated that the glacier advances three to four feet (0.9 to 1.2 m) down the mountain every day.
A mountaineer traversing a ladder in the Khumbu Icefall. Since the structures are continually changing, crossing the Khumbu Icefall is extremely dangerous. Even extensive rope and ladder crossings cannot prevent loss of life. Many people have died in this area, such as a climber who was crushed by a 12-story block of solid ice. Exposed crevasses may be easy to avoid, but crevasses buried under snow can form treacherous snow bridges through which unwary climbers can fall.
The Western Cwm
A walk into the Western Cwm is to walk into the hall of the mountain gods. It is an awesomely impressive and inspiring place. Gigantic walls tower over you as you move from Camp 1 towards the full expanse of the Cwm above, with the West Ridge of Everest to the left, and the North Face of Nuptse to the right. Here, the Cwm is at its narrowest, and you will find some gaping crevasses across the floor even though the ground is relatively flat. They're so big everyone measures these holes in terms of double-decker buses! But that either means the crevasses need to have ladders stretched across them, which gives easy access (if not goggled-eyed) to their upper sides, or they have to be walked around. Either way, they add to the sense that having passed through the labyrinth of the icefall; the gods have set one more task for you to pass, before they'll let you into their inner sanctum. This final test usually includes at least one steep wall of ice, which rises straight from the floor to give a vertical step of about 30m/100ft and so to the hallowed ground of the upper Western Cwm.
From here, with the gods gazing down from the mountain's upper ramparts, easy (but perhaps exhausting) progress is made to reach Camp 2, nestled below the West Ridge, just short of the foot of the South West Face.
The Lhotse Face
Early in the season, when the face is still unfettered by human steps, this steep section makes for the most grueling and technically intricate day on the mountain. Gusting winds, snow plumes, and the sight of the steep face above greet you at the base of Lhotse after a steady morning walk to the very end of the Cwm, above Camp 2. Careful footwork will have you ascending this section confidently where the laser-straight ascent, which rises on a slope that seems to touch your nose is in stark contrast to the zigzag maze of the icefall below.
Arrival in Camp 3, halfway up the Lhotse Face, gives you a truly rugged, high mountain experience. Platforms, cut just wide enough for the tents, will have been hewn out of the bullet-hard ice by the Sherpas ahead of your arrival. But once that work has been done, it's a mass exodus of our Sherpas back down to the comforts below. The Sherpas play by Sagarmatha's rules and for them, a night on these exposed ledges is frowned upon by the mountain gods. Well that's what they say, but if it only takes an hour or so to get back here, and you can be ready for work before the team's climbers have even risen for breakfast, why wouldn't you take your rest lower down? For those with slower legs (but seemingly normal hearts and lungs), we settle here on our ledge for one of the most glorious sunsets seen by any human in all time (save the Apollo Astronauts, perhaps!)
Typically, our camp is pitched in the lower neighborhood of camp 3 (which can sprawl over several hundred meters up the slope) affording us better shelter from the wind than some of the tents perched above. And, after a night of re-hydration and an initial round of oxygen-rich sleep, it's a return to base camp and then all the way off the mountain to Dingboche before you return here just once more, on the way to the top.
Next time, when we leave Camp 3 at 7,400 meters, you will be gripped by the first flush of true summit fever; down-suits donned, Top Out masks fitted, the first hiss of oxygen spreads from tent to tent as valves are cracked open. This marks the first day of climbing on "gas" and the first stage of your ascent into the "death zone".
The view does not disappoint either. The Nuptse Wall forms one half of the crescent bowl surrounding us, and the West Shoulder of Everest the other. Down the valley, the towering peaks of Pumori and Lingtren, which stand with grand presence above base camp, now look like anonymous ridges in the vast sea of Himalayan Giants stretching as far away as the eye can see. The village of base camp is long out of sight and registers now only by crackling radio transmissions during early morning calls.
The climb from camp 3 launches another adrenaline-pumping attack on your senses as you inch-up the steep Lhotse Face. Using an ascender on fixed line, you grind up, slowly and steadily. After a hard, enduring early morning, the effort is rewarded by a left-hand turn and a traverse across Lhotse toward the famous landmark of the Yellow Band. It's no small relief at this point, as you will have ascended some 1,200-m/3,700-ft from Camp 2. When you look down the sweep of the Lhotse Face, our tents will appear as tiny dots, like peppercorns scattered at your feet.
A second section rears up and onto the rocky Geneva Spur adding exciting scrambling to the mix. The exhilaration of scrambling in such a sensational setting, combined with the apprehension of approaching 8,000-metres and the anxiety of catching your breath on top of the Spur, drawing heavily through the mask, needs first-hand experience to comprehend. Turning the corner here, you will be heading across the home stretch to our highest camp at the South Col on what seems to be flat ground. Now the fixed-line disappears briefly, which lends an enticing sense of freedom, even though the wind usually picks up speed here to whisper caution. The last few meters of walking to the South Col inevitably brings with it a whole flood of emotions, since you've made all but the very last leap en route to the highest point on earth.
After a few moments of contemplation, it's down to business. Navigating to the relative shelter of our tents it is then an immediate dash to remove damp socks, arrange boots to dry, tying down crampons and ice axes outside, and diving into warm sleeping bags while setting to work on sparking up the stoves.
South Col to Summit
After an afternoon of drinking and eating, as well as attempts to sleep (thwarted by excitement and adrenalin), the summit push begins between 10 pm and midnight. Typically the howling winds which will accompany the team in the first hours of climbing die down as the night continues.
At 27,700 feet we arrive at the small platform of snow known as the Balcony. Here, we change over oxygen bottles, steal a few minutes rest and make contact with Mara at base camp, who is on stand-by, maintaining a watchful vigil whilst we reach out for the top.
The route then turns to a sustained 300-m/1,000-ft climb up the South-East Ridge towards the South Summit. The climbing remains similar to the earlier sections: step, pause, breathe, and repeat. Across some rocky steps at the top of the ridge, we reach the South Summit and from here the view opens up to the Hilary Step and all the way up to the top. Depending on whether we have changed oxygen bottles at the Balcony, we may switch again here.
Above the tangle of fixed lines on the 40 foot Hilary Step; it's about 100-m/330 vertical feet between here and the summit. But the sheer drop down the Kangshung Face on one side and the South West Face on the other makes this a section of breathtaking climbing both physically and emotionally hard. And the reward, of course, opens up at 8,848-m/29,028 feet where there's no higher step in the world.
We hope to be on the summit in the early morning, with plenty of time to make the long descent to the South Col. After spending another night sleeping with oxygen, the team will descend from camp 4, on the South Col, directly to camp 2 and then, the next day, to base camp.
Day 62- Trek down to Pangboche (3930 meters) 7 hours.
Here is the oldest monastery in the region which contains what is said to be the scalp and bones of a Yeti, or abominable snowman! Overnight at Guesthouse with nice hot shower after a big adventure.
Day 63- Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441 meters) 5.30 hours.
Leaving the mountains behind us our descent takes us through Tengboche Monastery at elevation of 3860 meters before continuing back to the town of Namche Bazaar at 3441meters. We arrive back into Namche Bazaar in the afternoon. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 64- Trek to Lukla (3404 meters) 6 hours.
Finally we return to Lukla where the trip began, which will seem like a lifetime ago. Enjoying time to reflect on the trek as a group and the personal achievement of all those who took part. Also giving you time to explore the town. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 65- Morning flight back to Kathmandu.
Enjoying your last glimpse of the mountains you have recently visited for one last time on the 35 minute Scenic flight back to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu we are met and transferred back to our starting hotel. Once back in Kathmandu, Kiwi Sherpa will organize as a farewell party to thank the Sherpas and the team member for their support and friendship during the expedition with the hope of seeing you all again for next expedition. Overnight at hotel.
Day 66- Leisure day in Kathmandu.
It's also spare day in case of bad weather in Lukla
Day 67- Transfer to international airport for your final flight departure.
The trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you to the Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.
PLEASE NOTE: The above itinerary is not a fixed program but is intended to give an indication of the likely events during the expedition. Please note that because of climbing Everest, it will be necessary to have a flexible plan in order to take the best advantage of situations as they present themselves. Any changes to the itinerary will be made with a view to maximizing the benefit to the team members and of ensuring their eventual success on the mountain.
Normally climbers will change their departure flights from Kathmandu when they know exactly when the expedition is going to end. We plan to stay at Base Camp for climbing as long as it takes for us to be successful.
Team members should take out private insurance if they wish to be covered against cancellation due to medical or personal reasons. This is called trip Cancellation insurance and can be obtained from your normal travel agent.
Our aim is to safely help as many team members as possible reach their goal, and we invest in the people and equipment that will make this happen. We value our reputation as the premiere climbing company in Himalayas and we only put programs in place that measure up to our own high standards. If you would like to join an excellent team on Everest, we encourage you to contact us to discuss your goals and qualifications and secure an exciting role for yourself on our team.
All of our local leaders are trained in first aid and have a good knowledge of high altitude medical problems. The expedition will be equipped with the following:
-A well stocked first aid and medical kit sufficient to counter any possible mountaineering ailments, from headache to serious injury.
-Oxygen equipment for medical use only.
-A portable hyperbaric chamber (Gamow bag)
-Emergency communications on the mountain and satellite communications link for helicopter evacuation.
Experience has shown how important it is on Everest to be able to talk to every team member, at all times. If you join Kiwi Sherpa on Everest, you will have a dedicated radio. Each Sherpa will also have his own radio, so that at all times we can keep in touch with everyone, and everyone can keep in touch with each other.
Oxygen & Rregulators
We buy and supply oxygen in the ratio of:
7 bottles per team climber and
4 bottles per Sherpa.
The amount of oxygen available to each team member has a direct bearing on the overall success of an expedition. The quantities will provide enough oxygen for every member to sleep on it from 7,200m (camp 3 upwards) and to use it to climb from there to camp 4 and onwards to the summit and back again. The Sherpas will also be using oxygen on summit day and for sleeping and working on and around the South Col. If you are unsuccessful in your first attempt at the top, then we will ensure that you have enough oxygen for another go from South Col.
We will be using lightweight oxygen bottles throughout the expedition, manufactured by Poisk. The Poisk bottles are without doubt the best available for mountaineering, as they have a proven track-record and are relatively light. The regulators are also manufactured by Poisk.
Sherpas are the indigenous people who were born in the Himalayas, reared in the Himalayas, involved in the occupation like climbing and mountaineering. Our Sherpa team has dozens of Everest summits between them. We have a legendary group of Climbing Sherpas who operate the expedition and its members in a harmonious atmosphere of cooperation and commitment. Our group of climbing Sherpas is enthusiastic, motivated and regarded as the strongest and most cohesive group of Sherpas on Mt Everest. It is indicative of the reputation that our Sherpa team has earned - that Sherpas from other expeditions enthusiastically pursue a future position with the Kiwi Sherpa Team.
Our cooking staffs are very well known for the quality of the cuisine they produce and as a consequence are coveted by other team leaders due to the reputation they have established.
Additional climbing Sherpa
In our normal expedition you carry your personal equipment; sleeping bag, mattress/s, down suit, snacks, clothing while the sherpas carry the meals, gas, stoves, tents and oxygen. The team climbs together between camps and a climbing sherpa will also accompany you to the summit. This is a good level of service, and suits most people, however if you want an additional climbing sherpa to assist with your personal equipment and to climb with you all the time, we can provide. Please contact us.
Kiwi Sherpa strongly recommends that you purchase a Global Rescue membership to protect yourself and your family.
We remove all garbage from each camps, and this includes toilet waste. We plan to remove toilet waste from at least South Col too.
You must have medical, lost, damaged and trip cancelation insurance policy to protect yourself. Global Rescue Policy don't cover this.
Extreme Alpinism - Climbing Light, Fast and High by Mark Twight
Everest by Walt Unsworth
All Fourteen Eight -Thousander’s by Reinhold Messner
Hall and Ball - Kiwi Mountaineers, from Mt Cook to Everestby Colin Monteath
The Ascent of Everest by John Hunt
The High Altitude Medicine Handbook by David Murdoch
Sherpas: Reflections on change in Himalayan Nepal by James Fisher
Sir Edmund Hillary and the people of Everest by Anne Keiser
Training for Peak Performance by Clyde Soles
Touching My Father Soul by Jemling Tenzing Norgey
To quote you with an exact price we need the number of persons in your group and the mode of transportation(by plane or by bus).Please contact us with these details and any other inquiries regarding this expedition then we get back to you on the cost details.
1. Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car / van / bus.
2. Standard twin sharing accommodation in three/four star hotel in Kathmandu breakfast included. (6 nights)
3. Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private car / van / bus.
4. Full board meal during the trek and camping at base camp, prepared by our cook with hot Tea & coffee.
5. All base camp and Advance base camp camping gears (We will provide fully water proof dining tents, kitchen gears, dining table, chairs, toilet tents, shower tent at the base camp and advance base camp)
6. High quality tents for all camps.
7. Insurance for all Nepali staffs and porters including helicopter rescue provision.
8. Boiled and purify drinking water for the trek and at base camp.
9. Expedition permits
10. Liaison officer and his round trip flight, insurance, wages, expedition equipments etc.
11. High altitude climbing food, fuel, Gas above base camp (you are also advised to bring some high altitude food yourselves)
12. Guide, cook, porters, helpers up to base camp
13. Climbing Sherpas (1 member = 1 Sherpa Ratio on climbing day)
14. A well stocked first aid and medical kit sufficient to counter any possible mountaineering ailments, from headache to serious injury.
15. Oxygen equipment for medical use only.
16. A portable hyperbaric chamber (Gamow bag)
17. Emergency communications on the mountain and satellite communications link for helicopter evacuation.
18. Oxygen 7 bottles per team climber and 4 bottles per Sherpa.
19. Mask regulator
20. Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu.
21. Welcome dinner for members in Kathmandu.
22. Power supply at Base Camp for charging electronics (solar and generator backup)
24. Flight cost from Kathmandu - Lukla - Kathmandu including airport departure tax at both airport.
25. All our government taxes and vat.
26. Farewell dinner party in Kathmandu.
1. Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu.
2. Travel Insurance which cover emergency Rescue and Evacuation. (Kiwi Sherpa strongly recommends that you purchase a Global Rescue membership to protect yourself).
3. International airfare and airport departure tax.
4. Nepal entry visa fee (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100 in Kathmandu airport up on your arrival. You will also require 2 passport size photos You can easily extend the visa if require.)
5. Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry.
6. Personal trekking and Climbing Equipment.
7. Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.
8. Garbage Deposit USD 4000.00 (sharing from climbing group). It is refundable; however, it will not be refundable if the climbers fail to take back their garbage to Namche Bazar and Kathmandu.
9. Excess baggage charges.
10. Sherpa tip pool (See below)
11. Internet and sat phone.
12. Costs incurred as a result of delays or events beyond the control of Kiwi Sherpa.
Single Supplementary US$ 300 per person (Includes single hotel room in Kathmandu, single room/tent on trek, single tent at Base Camp)
Recommended tipping and Sherpa bonuses are as follow:
-Allow $150-250 for general non-sherpa crew who stay at base camp.
- Allow $200-350 for sherpas who go up to the base camp.
-Summit climbing Sherpa US$ 1000 – 1500 per Sherpa.
You will need clothing for dining in Kathmandu, trekking in the humidity and heat, and to protect you from the cooler temperatures in the mountains. This list is designed to help you choose the right gear for the demands of this trek and are the minimum required for this trip.
You are expected to provide the following personal equipment. These items are mandatory for survival in the mountains, so make sure you have everything on the list.
The emphasis on equipment necessary for mountain travel follows two simple tenets: Lightweight and Functional. Since you will be carrying all of your gear and a portion of the group gear, the items you choose to take should be lightweight, dependable, and adaptable to a variety of extreme conditions. The quality of the equipment you choose has a lot to do with how warm, dry, and safe you will remain so be critical of quality and the proper fit of clothing. Comfort lends itself to a more enjoyable experience!
The layering system outlined is usually sufficient for most people, but if you tend to be colder, bring one extra medium layer such as a vest, which would be ideal for extra warmth around camp. When making the final decision as to what goes into your pack, remember that it's a fine science of taking just enough clothes and accessories to do the job, while not over-burdening yourself with items you probably will not use.
Cotton clothing must be avoided because it dries very slowly and is a poor insulator when wet. Instead, choose wool or synthetic fabrics that "wick" the sweat and moisture away from your skin to keep you much warmer.
- Alpine climbing harness. Must have adjustable leg loops and fit over all clothing.
- 2 locking carabiners. Large, pear-shaped carabiner is best, screw gate type recommended
- 3 regular carabiners. Lightweight; BD Hot wire are recommended.
- Ice axe w/leash. Light weight (Grivel Air tech, Black Diamond Raven, or Charlet Moser Snow Walker). Under 5’7” use 60cm; 5’7”- 6’2” use 65cm; over 6’2” use 70cm.
- Plastic Mountaineering boots (Koflach Degree, Lowa Civetta, or Scarpa Alpha) or Leather Double Mountaineering boots (La Sportiva Olympic Mons, Boreal GI or equivalent; must be mountaineering/crampon compatible)
- Crampons. Must be fit to plastic boots prior to trip, new-matic type recommended; include a simple repair kit (Grivel G12, Black Diamond Contact, or Charlet Moser Super 12)
- Adjustable trekking poles.
- Belay/rappel device (Figure 8 preferred)
- 2 cotton t-shirt.
- 1 polypropylene t-shirt.
- 2 long sleeve polypropylene shirts. Lightweight, light colored for sunny days.
- 2 women sports bras. Synthetic, no cotton!
- 1 Softshell. Marmot Dri-clime Wind Shirt, Patagonia Stretch Zephur or Krushell Jacket (R2 pullover acceptable).
- Down/synthetic sweater or vest. Patagonia Puffball Jacket or Sweater preferred; R4 Jacket acceptable
- Hard shell jacket with hood. Water proof and breathable. Gore-Tex or equivalent is best, roomy enough to fit over multiple layers.
- 1 expedition down parka with hood. This is probably your most important piece of clothing! It is important that your jacket is 700+ fill down, baffle construction (not sewn through seams) and has a thick insulated hood
You will require two systems: one glove system for lower on the mountain and a mitten overmitt system for the cold temperatures encountered on summit day.
- 2 pair liner gloves. Thin wool or polypropylene.
- 1 pair warm gloves. Fleece or wool.
- 1 pair expedition shell gloves.
- 1 pair modular expedition shell mitts. Or Pro Mitts. If they do not have wrist straps consider sewing one on so that you can either attach it to your jacket or cinch the strap to your wrist so that you do not lose your mittens in high winds.
- Warm hat. Wool or synthetic that covers your ears.
- Face mask.
- Shade hat or baseball cap.
- Glacier glasses. 100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (e.g. Julbo or Cebe)
- 1 pair extra sunglasses (also with UV protection in case your 1st pair breaks).
- 1 ski goggles with UV protection
- If you require prescription glacier glasses, you can get your lenses modified to your prescription.
- 4 pair of liner socks. Polypropylene or Capilene.
- 3 pair lightweight trekking socks.
- 2 pair medium-heavy wool socks. Check boot fit with liner and wool socks on.
- 1 pair nylon shorts.
- 1 pair nylon pants for trekking and around camp.
- 2 pair lightweight long underwear bottoms
- 1 pair fleece pants with side zipper or “puff-ball pants”
- 1 pair soft shell pants (e.g. Patagonia Guide pants or OR Granite Pants. Schoeller fabrics).
- 1 pair of hard shell pants. Waterproof/breathable with full side zips, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best.
- 1 pair gaiters. Make sure they will fit over plastic boots (OR Crocodiles or equivalent).
- 1 pair down booties (optional).
- 1 pair trail shoes for the hike to base camp and use at camp
- 1 pair sandals or tennis shoes for Kathmandu and in camp
All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large plastic bags.
- 1 lightweight internal frame pack (approx 4,000 cubic inches).
- 1 daypack is optional for the approach hike, possible use on summit day and carry-on pack. If you plan to use it for your summit pack it must be large enough for your down jacket, misc. clothes, food and water. The Lowe Alpine Neutrino or Black Diamond Speed 28 are excellent, lightweight (16 oz.) choices.
- 1 large (7,500+cu.in.) duffel bag for gear, must be durable for use on pack animals
- Small padlock for duffel bag.
- 1 small duffel bag for luggage storage in Kathmandu. We will supply complimentary duffel/kit bag for the item you buy in Kathmandu and also for the storage.
- 1 down sleeping bag rated to -10 F (Gore Dryloft or similar fabric helps protect down and dark colors speed drying time)
- Sleeping pad. Full length closed cell foam (mandatory) and/or Therma-Rest for extra warmth and comfort
- 1 first-aid kit with ibuprofen and any other doctor recommended medications.
- Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful to hang around your neck
- Sunscreen. At least SPF 40
- Headlamp. Petzl Myobelt 3 or Black Diamond Polar Star.
- 3 Water bottles. 1 liter wide-mouth Nalgene (1 is a pee bottle).
- Hydration bladder with drinking tube for lower mountain (optional)
- 1 water bottle insulator.
- Plastic mug w/snap-on lid, 16 oz. or larger.
- Bowl and spoon. Plastic, small Tupperware works well. Lexan spoons are best.
- Pocket knife. Small Swiss-army type.
- Water purification. Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals
- Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag.
- 3-4 Large plastic bags, for keeping miscellaneous gear dry.
- Nylon stuff sacks. For food and gear storage (OR has a good selection); large Ziplocs are useful also.
- Camp towel.
- Ear plugs.
- Hand wipes.
- 1 small stainless steel thermos (optional).
- Favorite snack foods (no more than 2 pounds).
- Paperback books, cards, Walkman, etc.
- Binoculars (optional for viewing the route from the lower camps).
- Camera. 1 light weight point & shoot on the mountain, 1 large SLR type is optional for the trek in and base camp.
- Fanny pack or wallet for travel documents, money & passport.
- Passport and passport photos
- Airline ticket (Please leave your airline ticket at our office in Kathmandu because we may required changing the date of your departure from Kathmandu)