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Mount Everest Expedition

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Everest Expedition

The Everest Expedition is also called the "Mount Everest Expedition." This term refers to the difficult and often lengthy journey to the summit of Mount Everest, the world's tallest peak. Mountaineers and climbers from all over the world participate in the Everest Expedition to put their skills and endurance to the test, braving extreme altitude and harsh conditions in the Himalayas in pursuit of this iconic achievement.

Mount Everest, also known as 'Chomolungma' in Tibetan, is revered as the 'Goddess Mother of the World' or 'Goddess of the Valley and Peak of Heaven' in Sanskrit. In 1852, the Survey of India revealed that it was the highest point on Earth. Mount Everest, previously known as Peak XV, was named in 1865 after Sir George Everest, the British surveyor general of India from 1830 to 1843. Nestled within Nepal's extensive Mahalangur range, it is the centerpiece of the most extended Himalayan range. On May 29, 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa marked history as the first to summit this peak.

The Everest Expedition exemplifies the pinnacle of mountaineering ambition, capturing the essence of human determination and adventure. Everest, a majestic component of Nepal's Mahalangur range, anchors the largest Himalayan expanse. On May 29, 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa made history by triumphantly scaling its summit. This incredible feat exemplifies the audacious spirit that motivates mountaineers to climb the 11.2 km route during an epic 51.2 km caravan journey via Pheriche. Each step is a testament to the boundless human spirit and reverence for Earth's majesty.

Set out on an incredible journey to conquer Mount Everest, the pinnacle of human achievement. Our carefully planned expedition balances daring exploration with unwavering safety. Under the guidance of an experienced mountaineer, we combine cutting-edge logistics with respect for the mountain's grandeur. As you ascend rugged terrain and high altitudes, our skilled Sherpa team leads you to the summit with determination and teamwork. This is more than just an expedition; it demonstrates the limitless potential of the human spirit. Join us in leaving a lasting legacy in mountaineering, with each sunrise bringing us closer to victory.

Mount Everest Expedition

Climbing Routes on Mount Everest

Region

Everest

Duration

60 Days

Starting Price

USD 45,000.00

Group Size

Upto 15

Activities

Expedition

Transportation

Domestic Plane

Accommodation

Hotel, Lodges and Tent

Meal Plan

AP

Trip Grade

Extreme

Max. Altitude

8,848.86 m

Best Season

Spring

Competency

Physically Fit

GPS Location

27°59'9.8340''N 86°55'21.4428'' E.


Trip Itinerary

  • 01 Arrive in Kathmandu

    When you arrive in Kathmandu, you will be greeted warmly by an Ethic Himalaya representative who will assist you with a smooth transfer to your hotel. We have planned a special welcome dinner in the evening to help you start your journey on a positive note. This memorable dinner will feature a variety of authentic Nepalese cuisine, as well as a heartwarming welcome drink to help you embrace the local culture.

  • 02 Full day City Tour in Kathmandu Valley

    Today, you will have the opportunity to explore Kathmandu with our experienced city tour guide. Our itinerary includes several remarkable sites:

    • SWOYAMBHUNATH, also known as the Monkey Temple, is perched atop a hill and can be reached by climbing a long set of steps. From there, you can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Kathmandu.
    • BOUDHANATH STUPA is adorned with traditional Gompas adorned with vibrant prayer flags. It serves as a focal point for Sherpas and Tibetans who partake in the spiritual practice of circumambulating the stupa (koras).
    • PASHUPATINATH, a sacred Hindu temple, is situated on the banks of the Bagmati River and features Ghats where cremation ceremonies take place, offering a unique glimpse into Hindu rituals.
    • KATHMANDU DURBAR SQUARE, one of the ancient capitals of the Kathmandu Valley, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This vibrant square showcases a harmonious fusion of Hindu and Buddhist temples, showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the region.

    With our knowledgeable guide, you will gain insights into the historical, religious, and architectural significance of these iconic landmarks. Prepare to be captivated by the unique charm and spiritual ambiance of Kathmandu.

  • 03 Expedition briefing at Department of Tourism

    Today, all teams will partake in a formal expedition briefing at the Ministry of Tourism. During this time, we will also have the opportunity to rest and become familiar with the local surroundings. These days are allocated for finalizing official procedures and making necessary arrangements. A comprehensive briefing regarding the expedition's nature, required equipment, and team composition will be provided. This period can also be utilized for any last-minute personal shopping, given that our departure for the mountains is scheduled for the following day.

    In the late afternoon of the day before our mountain departure, our climbing leader will conduct a thorough inspection of our gear and equipment. This marks our final chance to acquire any missing items in Kathmandu. Moreover, we will have the privilege of getting to know our fellow expedition members, guides, and crew members. The overnight stay will take place in Kathmandu.

  • 04 By a Private Helicopter: KATHMANDU - LUKLA (2850m). Trek to PHAKDING (2650m, 3hrs).

    Your day will begin early as you head to Kathmandu airport to catch a flight to Lukla. Assuming the flight departs on time, you will be treated to fine weather and stunning views of the Himalayan peaks during the flight. Once you land in Lukla, the trail starts at a kani or gateway. As you set off, you'll begin walking down gently descending trails and pass by rolling farmlands that extend over a wide promontory with views overlooking the Dudh Koshi River canyon. The snow-capped peak at the head of the valley is Kumbila (5,716m), a mountain considered sacred to the Sherpa community. On the way to Phakding, you'll come across a huge boulder inscribed with Tibetan religious mantras, predominantly "Om Mani Padme Hum.". After around 3 hours of trekking, you'll arrive in Phakding.

  • 05 PHAKDING - NAMCHE BAZAAR (3450m, 5hrs).

    We will continue our trek northward, following the Dudh Koshi River until we reach Jorsale, where we will enter the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park. From Jorsale, it's only a short walk to the confluence of two rivers, the Imja Drangpa (Imja Khola) and the Nangpo Tsangpo (Bhote Koshi). After that, we will begin a steep ascent that will take approximately 2 hours to reach Namche Bazaar, the main town in the Khumbu region. Namche Bazaar is a prosperous Sherpa town and an important trading center that hosts a weekly Saturday market. This leg of the journey will cover a distance of about 10.5 km (6.5 miles) and take around 5 hours to complete on foot.

  • 06 Acclimatization day in NAMCHE.

    Today is a rest and acclimatization day, and it is particularly important as we will be gaining altitude quickly in the coming days. We will take this opportunity to allow our bodies to adjust to the high altitude and prevent altitude sickness. To aid the acclimatization process, we will embark on a 3-hour hike to Syangboche (3,760m), which offers a stunning panoramic view of Mount Everest and the surrounding Himalayan peaks. This hike will also provide us with an opportunity to immerse ourselves in the local culture and customs.

  • 07 NAMCHE BAZAAR – TENGBOCHE (3865m, 5h)

    The well-maintained trail is smooth and effortless, offering a breathtaking view of Mt. Everest before descending into the Dudh Koshi Valley at Pungki Thanka. From this point, the trail gradually ascends the right flank of the valley, leading to the revered Tengboche Monastery (3,865m). As the spiritual center of the Khumbu region, Tengboche holds immense significance for trekkers and locals alike. Despite the long ascent, the panoramic views of Mt. Amadablam and, on clear days, Mt. Everest and the surrounding peaks more than compensate for the effort.

  • 08 TENGBOCHE – DINGBOCHE (4,358m, 5hrs)

    We will start our trek by descending for approximately thirty minutes through a verdant forest to reach the riverside. After crossing the river, we will embark on a gradual ascent to Pangboche, which is the highest year-round settlement in the valley, situated at an altitude of 3,985m/13,074ft. Along the way, we will be treated to stunning views of the alpine scenery and pass by grazing yak herds. In the afternoon, we will continue our ascent through picturesque alpine meadows until we reach Dingboche, our destination for the day.

  • 09-13 Acclimatization

    This phase of the expedition holds significant importance. Dingboche proves to be an ideal location for acclimatization due to its altitude. Spending several days here allows for proper adjustment to the high elevation. The team leader will arrange daily excursions to the neighboring hills, gradually facilitating acclimatization. By venturing onto the nearby hills, we will gradually expose ourselves to higher altitudes. It is recommended to adhere to the acclimatization routine that has previously suited you best, ensuring maximum adjustment before reaching the base camp.

    While staying in Dingboche, an opportunity to attend a high altitude acclimatization seminar is available at a hospital operated by the Himalayan Rescue Association in nearby Pheriche. The journey to Pheriche and back serves as valuable acclimatization training as well. As part of this acclimatization process, we will also ascend a ridge situated behind the village. This vantage point offers views of six of the world's tallest peaks, including Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu. The overnight stay will be in Dingboche.

  • 14 DINGBOCHE – LOBUCHE (4,928m, 4hrs)

    Following breakfast at the lodge, we will begin our trek by making our way through the valley until we reach the bottom of the hill. From there, the trail will ascend steeply as we make our way toward Dugla. After Dugla, we will continue our climb up to the ridge, which is marked by several memorials honoring the Sherpas who lost their lives on the glacier of Mount Everest. From the ridge, the trail will gradually climb up to Lobuche, where we will spend the night.

  • 15 Hike to KALAPATHAR (5,545m). Overnight at GORAKSHEP (5,160m)

    Today is a challenging but undoubtedly rewarding day and the highlight of the trek. We will begin early in the morning to catch the breathtaking views from Kalapathar, as we witness the first light of day shining on Mt. Everest. However, we must prepare for an early departure as it will be dark and extremely cold (-10 to -14 C) outside. Along the ascent, we will encounter some of the most famous peaks in the region, including Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse, and of course, Mt. Everest, between the west shoulder crest and Nuptse. During the climb up to Kalapathar, we will pause at several viewpoints to catch our breath and snap some pictures. After two hours of ascent, we will finally reach Kalapathar. From this point, we will scramble to climb the rocky outcrop near the summit, marked by cairns and prayer flags. As we reach the top, we will sit and take in the unbelievable Himalayan panorama that stretches from one mighty massif to another, leaving us in awe of the grandeur of nature.

  • 16 GORAKSHEP - EVEREST BASE CAMP (5,364m)

    The trek to Everest Base Camp is relatively manageable, though it involves navigating glacier paths with both uphill and downhill sections, as well as traversing rough terrains. Leaving Gorak Shep, the route leads to the Khumbu Glacier's moraines, where the trail becomes less clear and meanders through heaps of debris. Upon reaching the base camp, we're treated to remarkable sights: mesmerizing melt patterns and gracefully curved ice formations atop the Khumbu Glacier. The Everest Base Camp itself is incredibly picturesque, providing breathtaking views of Nuptse, Khumbutse, and Pumori mountains. During our stay at the base camp, we can relish this beauty, gaze at the stars, and take in the surroundings. Accommodation will be at the Everest Base Camp for the night.

  • 17-18 Rest and Preparation Day

    Over the next two days, our focus will be on acclimatizing to the high altitude and preparing for the upcoming summit expedition on Mt. Everest, which is planned to take place in a little over 6 weeks. This period of rest at the base camp is essential for ensuring our proper adjustment to the altitude. Additionally, we will take this time to clean, reorganize, and ensure the readiness of our equipment and personal gear. Our overnight stay will once again be at the Everest Base Camp.

  • 19-54 Mount Everest Climbing Periods

    We embark on our ascent today, commencing after breakfast. Our journey begins with a glacier walk, leading us halfway into the Khumbu Icefall. This leg of the climb takes us up to an altitude of 5,500 meters, involving the crossing of several ladders to mitigate the primary risks in this area. Subsequently, we return to the base camp to rest.

    The subsequent day entails further progress as we tackle the challenging Khumbu Icefall and ascend to Camp 1. Here, we establish our tents, prepare nourishment, and make arrangements for an overnight mountain camping experience. An approximate stay of two nights at Camp 1 is expected before advancing to Camp 2.

    Camp 1 sits atop a flat expanse of perpetual snow, characterized by deep clefts and mountainous walls within the Khumbu Icefall. During daylight, the sun's reflection offers warmth and a comforting ambiance. In the night, we're serenaded by the deep, rumbling sounds of crevasses beneath our tents.

    Following our stay at Camp 1, we progress onward to Camp 2. Rising early, we're greeted by captivating mountain vistas as we steadily ascend. Our crew readies the tents and prepares meals upon our arrival. A duration of several nights is earmarked for our stay at Camp 2, positioned at the base of the icy Lhotse wall, nestled within a lateral moraine along the western ridge. Though typically characterized by fair weather, occasional dark clouds may roll in from the neighboring low Himalayan valleys. Camp 2, a secure and sheltered site, provides striking views of Lhotse. As a central hub for most expedition organizers, it serves as an essential point for acclimatization and preparations for reaching Camp 3.

    After a sufficient acclimatization period at Camp 2, we ascend further to Camp 3. Located adjacent to Mount Lhotse on a modest ledge, Camp 3 requires crossing a glacier to the right before climbing a compact snowfield. Although the climb to Camp 3 is lengthy, it's relatively secure, featuring a couple of short ice cliffs equipped with ropes by our Sherpa climbers. Our sojourn at Camp 3 spans a few nights, vital for proper acclimatization and readiness for the forthcoming ascent to higher altitudes.

    Upon completing our stay at Camp 3, we proceed to the next elevation, Camp 4, situated at South Col. This marks the final camp in the Everest expedition. En route, we negotiate two rocky segments – the Yellow Band and Geneva Spur – each outfitted with fixed ropes by our Sherpa climbing team. The Yellow Band consists of inter-layered marble, phyllite (a metamorphic rock), and semi-schist rocks. The Geneva Spur takes the shape of an anvil-like ridge formed from dark rocks. Most climbers reach Camp 4 without supplemental oxygen. From here, only a mere 500 meters remain to the Earth's highest point. Accordingly, we allocate additional nights at Camp 4 before the forthcoming summit attempt.

    Following ample days of acclimatization at Camp 3, we embark on the decisive final push for the summit. This phase is both the last and most perilous part of the climb, with formidable wind gusts. Our recommended route to the summit follows the narrow Southeast ridge, a journey lasting approximately 9 to 13 hours. Along this path, we encounter significant landmarks like the Balcony, the Hillary Step, and the south summit before reaching the central plateau. Throughout this route, fixed ropes guide our way, leading to a moderate snow slope culminating in the true summit. This very route was pioneered by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Sherpa in 1953. Attaining the pinnacle of the world fills us with unparalleled joy and pride. Subsequently, our focus shifts to a safe descent back to the base camp.

  • 55 Everest BASE CAMP - PHERICHE (4350m)

    After completing the Everest Expedition and departing from the iconic Everest base camp, you'll embark on an adventure that involves descending glacier moraines and navigating through changing landscapes. Along the journey, you'll pass through Dingboche, a charming village known for its suitability for acclimatization. As you traverse terraced fields, you'll be treated to remarkable views of majestic peaks. The path will take you through lush forests and quaint settlements, enriching your experience. Eventually, you'll arrive at Pheriche, a picturesque Himalayan village nestled amidst natural beauty and cultural heritage. By engaging with the local Sherpa community and visiting the Himalayan Rescue Association, you'll gain insights into the local culture and high-altitude practices. This trek seamlessly blends adventure, natural splendor, and cultural discovery, resulting in an unforgettable journey through the Himalayas.

  • 56 PHERICHE – NAMCHE BAZAR (3440m, 7hrs)

    After enjoying a hot breakfast at the lodge, we will start our trek by descending easily downhill through the dry valley until we reach Pangboche village. From there, the trail will descend to the riverside and cross a bridge before continuing up through the lush pine and juniper forest towards Tengboche. As we reach Tengboche, the trail will descend to the Dudh Koshi River before ascending up to Kyungjuna. Finally, an easy walk will lead us to Namche Bazaar for an overnight stay. Here, we will have the luxury of a hot shower, which will be a welcome relief after a few days without one. We will spend the night at a lodge in Namche Bazaar.

  • 57 NAMCHE – LUKLA (8hrs)

    After enjoying breakfast at the lodge, we will begin our trek by descending downhill through the picturesque pine forest until we reach the bridge. From there, we will continue walking to Monju where we will need to complete some formalities at the National Park check post. After completing the formalities, we will continue our walk to Phakding where we will stop for lunch. This will be the last leg of our trek as we continue towards Lukla, where we will spend our last night at a lodge.

  • 58 By a Private Helicopter: LUKLA – KATHMANDU and transfer to Hotel in Kathmandu.

    After breakfast, we'll take a flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla. To avoid any potential weather-related delays, we'll be traveling via private helicopter, which will offer a scenic flight of approximately 35 minutes. This will give you one last opportunity to enjoy the breathtaking views of the mountains you've recently visited. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we'll transfer you to your hotel and you'll have the rest of the afternoon to spend as you wish.

  • 59 Free day in Kathmandu for self-visit and shopping

    Today, we have a free day to explore the vibrant city of Kathmandu on our own. You may want to spend the day indulging in some souvenir shopping, wandering around the colorful streets and bazaars, or enjoying the local cuisine. You could also visit some of the popular tourist attractions in the city, such as the Bhaktapur, or Patan which showcase Nepal's rich cultural and historical heritage. Alternatively, you could engage in other activities like hiking, biking, or adventure sports, or simply relax and rejuvenate in one of the city as many spas and wellness centers. Whatever you choose to do, make sure to soak up the unique sights, sounds, and flavors of this wonderful city.

  • 60 Transfer to Kathmandu International airport for departure

    Today, we will transfer to Kathmandu International Airport for our departure. After enjoying a hearty breakfast at the hotel, we will gather our belongings and make our way to the airport. We will ensure that we reach the airport well in time to complete all the necessary formalities and board our flight. Before we bid adieu to this enchanting country, take one last look at the breathtaking views of the Himalayas and take a moment to appreciate the warm hospitality and kindness of the Nepalese people. This marks the end of our tour, and we hope you had a memorable and enjoyable time in Nepal.

Included in package cost
  • Private Airport Transfers: Enjoy hassle-free arrivals and departures with exclusive pick-up and drop-off services via private vehicle.
  • Authentic Welcome Dinner: Experience the flavors of Nepal with an exquisite welcome dinner featuring traditional Nepalese cuisine, setting the tone for your remarkable journey.
  • Luxurious Accommodation: 5 night stay at a reputable Kathmandu hotel in twin-sharing rooms, complete with a bed and breakfast plan.
  • Guided Kathmandu Exploration: city's culture Tour with a full day of guided sightseeing, accompanied by an English-speaking City Tour Guide.
  • Domestic Flights: Kathmandu to Lukla and Lukla to Kathmandu, ensuring a smooth transition to and from the mountain region.
  • Comfortable Lodge Trek: Trek in style from Lukla to Base Camp with lodge accommodations, accompanied by meals for the journey.
  • Expedition Nourishment: Savor the flavors of Base Camp with nourishing meals during the expedition period.
  • Climbing Permits and Park Fees: Climbing permits for Mount Everest and entrance fees to Sagarmatha National Park.
  • Personal Equipment Handling: We'll manage the transportation of your personal climbing equipment from Kathmandu to Lukla, Base Camp, and back.
  • Dedicated Expedition Staff: Benefit from a supportive team including a knowledgeable Base Camp Guide, skilled Cook, and efficient Cook Helper.
  • Allowances and Logistics: Ensure seamless operations with equipment allowances, daily stipends for the Liaison Officer and expedition crew, as well as flight tickets.
  • Climbing Sherpa Assistance: Receive personalized attention with a 1:1 climbing Sherpa for guidance and support.
  • Premium Expedition Accommodations: Rest comfortably in shared tents for 2 persons during the expedition, along with specialized high-altitude tents for members and Sherpas.
  • Sustenance and Catering: Enjoy sustenance at all levels with food and fuel provisions for Base Camp and higher camps, complemented by skilled Cook and Kitchen Boy services.
  • Oxygen and Safety Gear: Stay secure with CE-certified oxygen cylinders, British top-out masks, regulators, and essential common climbing equipment.
  • Eco-conscious Infrastructure: Utilize sustainable resources with a solar panel setup at Base Camp for charging devices, coupled with emergency oxygen, satellite phone access, gas heaters, and generators.
  • Comprehensive Crew Coverage: Ensure safety with insurance coverage and helicopter rescue provisions for the Nepalese expedition crew.
  • Air Cargo Management: Streamline logistics with air cargo services to and from Lukla, facilitating efficient transport of equipment.
  • Professional Service Charge: Avail the expertise of our agency with the included service charge for a seamless and well-organized expedition experience.
Not included in package
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu: Costs for meals in Kathmandu are not covered.
  • Nepal Visa Fee: The fee for obtaining a Nepal visa is not included.
  • International Flight Tickets: Your international flights to and from Nepal are not part of the package.
  • Personal Climbing and Trekking Equipment: You are responsible for your own personal gear for climbing and trekking.
  • Personal and Medical Insurance: Personal and medical insurance for the expedition is not included.
  • Garbage Deposit: Garbage deposit of Everest Expedition.
  • Emergency Rescue Evacuation: If required, the cost of emergency helicopter rescue evacuation is not covered.
  • Communication Permits: Permits for walkie-talkie and satellite phone usage are not included.
  • Personal Expenses: Any personal expenses you incur during the expedition are not part of the package.
  • Summit Bonus and Staff Tips: The summit bonus for climbing Sherpa and tips for staff (ranging from US$500 to US$1,000) are additional costs.
  • Bar Bills and Beverages: Any expenses related to alcoholic beverages and other bar bills are not included.

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Everest Expedition is a demanding and prestigious mountaineering adventure that seeks to reach the summit of Mount Everest, the world's highest peak, towering at an elevation of 8,848.86 meters (29,032 feet). This endeavor necessitates a remarkable level of physical fitness, proficient mountaineering skills, and unwavering mental determination.

Everest Expedition typically lasts for 6 to 8 weeks, covering acclimatization, training, base camp setup, summit push, and descent. However, the exact duration can be affected by factors like weather conditions, individual acclimatization rates, and other variables. This timeframe generally spans around 60 days, involving the journey from base camp arrival to the successful summit ascent and safe descent. This duration takes into consideration crucial elements such as acclimatization, favorable weather windows, and possible unforeseen holdups.

To participate in the Everest Expedition, prior high-altitude mountaineering experience is essential, preferably including successful climbs of peaks over 7,000 meters. However, our quest extends beyond the basics; we seek climbers with comprehensive backgrounds, rich in experience. Experience on an 8,000m peak like Cho Oyu significantly enhances candidacy, providing valuable summit day insights. You need excellent physical fitness, technical climbing skills, and strong mental resilience. Having certifications from advanced mountaineering courses and displaying exceptional teamwork abilities further improves your readiness for this demanding adventure. Eligibility requires prior experience in high-altitude climbing, completion of advanced mountaineering expeditions, technical climbing proficiency, and a deep understanding of high-altitude environments.

Our expedition relies on a meticulous weather forecasting strategy, anchored by a partnership with Swiss meteorologists who deliver comprehensive forecasts pivotal for our planning, enabling informed decisions aligned with optimal weather windows. These forecasts, informed by Swiss expertise, facilitate risk mitigation and expedition optimization on Everest. Moreover, our commitment to safety extends through veteran high-altitude guides who contribute invaluable meteorological insights, drawn from their experience and channeled through our New Zealand head office. Their nuanced understanding combines with cutting-edge meteorology, guiding our choices amid Everest's unpredictable conditions. This fusion underscores our dedication to a safe and successful ascent, embodying collaborative efforts for conquering the mountain's challenges.

Our Everest expedition team maintains a deliberate focus on safety and meticulous care, reflected in our group size. While we can accommodate up to 15 members alongside 4 experienced guides, our emphasis on ensuring the utmost safety and attention often translates into a group of around 8 members accompanied by 2 guides. This intentional choice allows us to uphold our commitment to detail-oriented and secure ascents. While Base Camp and the mountain camps might see additional presence, particularly from private expeditions, it's important to note that these groups typically operate independently from our main team, maintaining separation during the journey.

Determining an appropriate tipping amount for an Everest expedition can indeed be challenging due to the wide range of practices. We have observed tips varying greatly, ranging from as low as US$200 to as high as US$15,000. It's essential to consider the varying levels of interaction with the Sherpa staff; while some are in direct contact, others contribute indispensably behind the scenes to sustain the expedition's functionality. Thus, we advocate for an inclusive approach by incorporating all contributing staff members into the tipping pool.

In our experience, we generally advise each climber to allocate between US$1,000 and $2,000 for the tipping pool. This range reflects the comprehensive contributions of the staff and ensures a fair distribution that acknowledges the diverse roles within the team. Your generosity not only acknowledges their dedication but also fosters a sense of camaraderie and shared accomplishment. It's important to remember that the tip is a sign of appreciation for the collective effort that enables a successful Everest ascent.

Physical and mental readiness are paramount for our longest expedition of the year. Your peak fitness is imperative as you embark on this demanding journey, encompassing patience, enduring stamina, unyielding mental strength, and unwavering determination. Brace yourself for a potentially grueling summit day that might span over 20 arduous hours. Each day brings unique trials, underscoring the necessity for thorough preparation in both mind and body. Your adeptness in tackling these challenges, day by day, hinges on your comprehensive readiness. The smoother your expedition unfolds, the more robust your mental and physical groundwork – ensuring you're primed to conquer Everest's tests with resilience and triumph.

For the best and professional approach, in addition to evacuation and medical insurance, we advise expedition members to consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance when signing up for the expedition. We also strongly recommend obtaining comprehensive travel insurance that covers potential incidents like trip interruption, baggage loss, damage, theft, and flight delays during your trip.

Given the potential high costs of mountain evacuation, it's essential to have proper insurance coverage that includes repatriation and travel medical expenses. Make sure to carefully review your insurance policy's details to confirm coverage for mountaineering and helicopter evacuation.

Trip cancellation insurance offers the option to cancel your trip without losing the entire cost. Adventure Consultants strongly advocates for cancellation insurance for all our trips. In cases where circumstances lead to trip cancellation by us (due to factors like not meeting minimum participant numbers or unsafe travel conditions), we refund your fees, while trip cancellation insurance covers your airfare and other incurred costs.

Our communication infrastructure stands as one of the most advanced in its class. At Base Camp, we offer Wi-Fi connectivity that comes as part of the expedition fee (subject to a fair-use policy). This reliable communication channel is powered by solar energy, with generators serving as a secondary backup. On the mountain, we discourage phone calls to maintain focus on the climb and due to potential power limitations. However, for those requiring personalized communication arrangements, a private setup can be arranged for a supplementary fee.

Environmental considerations during an expedition are crucial to minimize the impact on the natural surroundings and promote sustainable and responsible travel. Here are some key considerations to keep in mind:

  • Leave No Trace: Adhere to the "Leave No Trace" principles, which emphasize the importance of leaving the environment exactly as you found it. Pack out all trash, minimize soil disturbance, and avoid picking plants or disturbing wildlife.
  • Waste Management: Implement proper waste management practices. Carry out all non-biodegradable waste and dispose of it properly. Organic waste should be buried at an appropriate depth, following Leave No Trace guidelines.
  • Campsite Selection: Choose established campsites whenever possible to avoid further disturbing delicate ecosystems. Avoid camping near water bodies or on fragile terrain to prevent erosion and protect aquatic habitats.
  • Biological Diversity: Minimize your impact on local flora and fauna. Stay on designated trails to avoid trampling on sensitive vegetation. Keep a safe distance from wildlife and avoid feeding them, as it can disrupt natural behaviors.
  • Water Usage: Conserve water by using it judiciously for cooking, cleaning, and personal hygiene. Use biodegradable soap at least 200 feet away from water sources to prevent water pollution.

By incorporating these environmental considerations into your expedition planning and execution, you can help protect and preserve the natural environments you explore for future generations.

Yes, many Everest expedition organizers offer some degree of customization to cater to individual preferences and needs. While safety and logistical considerations remain a priority, expedition companies often understand the desire for a personalized experience. Here are some common customization options you might be able to discuss with the expedition team:

  • Itinerary: While the overall itinerary is structured for safety and acclimatization, some companies may offer variations or additional side trips based on your interests. You could inquire about adjusting the schedule to spend more time at certain base camps or acclimatization points.
  • Guides and Sherpas: If you have a preferred guide or wish to join an expedition led by a specific professional, you might be able to discuss this with the company. Similarly, you could request a certain number of Sherpas or porters based on your requirements.
  • Group Size: If you're part of a private group or wish to join a smaller team, expedition companies might be open to accommodate this request, as long as it aligns with safety standards.
  • Culinary Preferences: Some companies offer customizable menus to accommodate dietary restrictions or preferences. Discussing your food requirements can help ensure a comfortable dining experience.
  • Equipment: While expedition companies generally provide essential equipment, you might be able to bring or request specific gear if it enhances your comfort or performance.
  • Training and Preparation: Some companies offer personalized training programs to help you prepare physically and mentally for the expedition. This could include guidance on fitness routines and altitude training.
  • Special Celebrations or Objectives: If you have a special event or personal goal tied to the expedition, like celebrating a milestone birthday or raising awareness for a cause, the team might help you plan for it.

Remember that while customization is possible to some extent, safety remains paramount on Everest expeditions. Some customization requests might not be feasible due to the challenging nature of the environment. Always communicate openly with the expedition team, and make sure that any adjustments you request align with the overall safety and logistical framework of the expedition.

We're dedicated to providing outstanding services that create a unique journey of a lifetime. Ethic Himalaya Treks & Expedition (P) Ltd is fully committed to ensuring your journey is smooth and enjoyable, putting forth sincere and diligent efforts. All services will be delivered according to the agreement made during the booking. However, it's important to note that our operations are governed by our own policies and the Tourism Authority regulations.

By agreeing to our booking terms and conditions, you're acknowledging and accepting certain risks, and taking responsibility for your actions and participation. Flexibility and an open mindset are essential. Your expedition might involve extreme conditions, unpredictable weather, and last-minute itinerary changes that are beyond our control. Adjusting to high altitudes might pose a risk as well. Many of our trips take place in remote regions, where regular emergency services and medical facilities may not be accessible.

In case of a severe injury requiring hospitalization, it's important to understand that evacuation might take a few days due to the remote nature of the area. Helicopter evacuations are common in Nepal, but their availability can be affected by weather conditions.

Please be aware that we cannot be held responsible for changes or cancellations due to circumstances like government restrictions, landslides, road blockages, floods, avalanches, political unrest, flight cancellations or delays, sickness, accidents, vehicle breakdowns, and other unforeseen events. Any extra costs incurred in such situations will be your responsibility.

To safeguard against these potential challenges, we strongly recommend having travel insurance that covers cancellation, curtailment, personal liability, and loss of luggage and personal belongings. You'll need to provide proof of your travel insurance on the first day of your trip; without it, you won't be able to join the expedition.

Our aim is to prioritize your safety, comfort, and enjoyment, but it's important to acknowledge the inherent risks associated with travel, particularly in remote and challenging environments.

Expedition Manager/Guide: Our Everest Expedition will be overseen by an experienced mountaineer who has successfully summited Everest and boasts extensive expertise in the climbing field. With a track record of managing over forty expeditions above 8000m, achieving a remarkable 90% success rate, he brings a wealth of knowledge. Leading our Everest Expedition is a Nepalese UIAGM/IFMGA Guide.

1:1 Sherpa to Client Ratio on Summit Day:Ensuring your safety and success, our Sherpa guides are all seasoned Everest summiteers with extensive high-altitude expedition experience. We maintain a dedicated 1:1 sherpa guide to client ratio on the critical summit day. Our Sherpa guides possess a wealth of know-how in climbing challenging peaks at high altitudes.

Experienced Climbing Sardar/Guides:Our climbing sardars and guides bring years of climbing experience across various peaks in Nepal and beyond. They've dedicated substantial time to conquering peaks nationwide and internationally. Equipped with basic and advanced mountaineering training, first aid skills, and crisis management expertise, our guides adeptly handle diverse situations. Fluent in English, they enthusiastically share their profound understanding of rock and ice climbing. Their engaging approach ensures your involvement and understanding, while also ensuring a smooth, safe, and enjoyable journey through the Himalayas. Our entire high-land team is well-versed, equipped, and insured to address any unforeseen events. Their personal experience, local insights, technical proficiency, and good humor enrich the climbing experience.

In essence, our expedition leadership and support team possess a deep reservoir of experience, ensuring your Everest journey is not only secure and successful but also educational, enjoyable, and culturally enriching.

Our primary focus is on maintaining small expedition groups, especially in high-altitude ventures like Everest. This approach fosters better coordination and cooperation among participants. Our expeditions typically consist of a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 8 climbers per group. This limited size allows for more personalized interactions among team members and closer engagement with your Sherpa guide.

In the context of a grand mountain like Everest, the benefits of a small group are significant. We operate with a cohesive team of climbers, supported by experienced Sherpa guides who have all successfully summited Everest before. Our commitment to a smaller team size means we enroll a maximum of 8 climbers in each group. This ensures an optimal environment for your journey, where you'll have access to a Nepali UIAGM/IFMGA Expedition leader, an Expedition Manager, and the assurance of a 1:1 sherpa guide to client ratio.

The small group approach allows for effective communication, enhanced safety, and a more intimate connection with your fellow climbers, guides, and the mountain itself. By prioritizing a limited number of participants, we strive to provide a more enriching and successful Everest experience for each individual.

To meet the needs of our clients seeking high-altitude climbing assistance, our Sherpas receive compensation encompassing equipment allowance, daily wages, food provisions, and comprehensive insurance coverage. Furthermore, a Sherpa bonus, commonly referred to as Tips, is an integral aspect of the Mountaineering system. This practice is designed to foster greater motivation among Sherpas for successful summit endeavors. For the convenience of our clients, the specific Sherpa bonus amount is outlined within each mountain program. This information serves to provide transparency and clarity regarding the contribution that supports and motivates our dedicated Sherpa team members.

During a tea house trekking experience, your breakfast and dinner will be provided at the guesthouses or lodges where you stay. For lunch, you'll dine at trailside restaurants. The traditional Nepali dish, Dal Bhat Tarkari (rice, curry, and lentil soup), is available in every guesthouse. You'll also find a diverse range of food options at all the guesthouses along our routes, including rice, vegetables, noodles, potatoes, and soups. Many of these establishments even offer Western cuisine. Additionally, soft drinks, snacks, wine, and beer are commonly available at both guesthouses and trailside restaurants.

Meal offerings vary depending on the camp location. At Base Camp, we go the extra mile by importing a variety of food items from Kathmandu. This results in delightful surprises such as sushi nights, freshly-baked muffins, yogurt for breakfast, and even pizza! Our culinary offerings are aimed at enhancing your dining experience.

During mountain treks, we provide a diverse selection of MREs (Meals, Ready-to-Eat), which are far tastier than freeze-dried options. These MREs consist of actual food, vacuum-sealed and ready for simple heating and consumption. They offer a satisfying and convenient meal option on the mountain. At our advanced Base Camp, located at Camp 2, our Sherpa cook staff prepare meals reminiscent of Base Camp cuisine. This includes dishes like pizza, pasta, eggs, and bacon. We prioritize ensuring that the food quality remains exceptional throughout your journey. Our unwavering commitment to culinary excellence is evident in our efforts to maintain a high standard of cuisine. In fact, our culinary expertise has attracted the attention of other companies seeking to recruit our master chefs.

It's important to communicate any specific dietary needs, restrictions, or allergies when booking your trip. Our teams in the field will make every effort to accommodate your requests. However, it's worth noting that certain local limitations might prevent us from offering an extensive variety of alternative menus. For treks that require significant energy expenditure, we recommend planning ahead by possibly bringing extra supplies like energy bars, dried fruits, and chocolates. This proactive measure helps ensure you have an adequate caloric intake to sustain your energy levels throughout the journey.

Within Kathmandu Valley: For transportation within the Kathmandu Valley, we arrange private vehicles based on the size of your group.

During Trekking: Throughout the trekking periods, our efficient porters will carry your daily baggage. Each group of two members will have one designated porter.

Domestic Flights: When required, we facilitate domestic flights between Kathmandu and Lukla. Renowned airlines such as Yeti Airlines, Tara Air, Buddha Air, and Goma Air typically operate these flights. However, please note that flight schedules are subject to climatic and operational considerations.

Porters during Trek: While trekking, you'll only need to carry your day's clothing and essentials. Our porters will handle the transportation of your baggage.

We want to emphasize the importance of wearing seat belts. This is a mandatory requirement for both front and rear seats in all vehicles used during the trip, in adherence to the country's regulations. By participating in the trip, you commit to complying with this obligation. Please be aware that Ethic Himalaya cannot be held responsible for any bodily injuries or material damages resulting from non-compliance with this provision.

Participation in high-altitude expeditions like Everest demands a foundation of prior mountaineering experience. Climbers are expected to possess previous exposure to ascending peaks of at least 7000m or 8000m, such as Cho-Oyu or Manaslu, before embarking on more challenging endeavors. This preparation is crucial.

Furthermore, an Everest expedition entails a substantial two-month duration spent in the mountainous environment. It requires unwavering determination, robust mental well-being, and an intense aspiration to conquer the peak. These attributes serve as essential prerequisites for joining this expedition.

Prepare yourself for potential challenges including high-altitude sickness, inclement weather conditions, and physical exhaustion. Equipping yourself to handle these factors is paramount. It's vital to be adept at utilizing climbing equipment, navigating snow and ice terrains, and maintaining a commendable level of physical fitness.

Familiarity with rope techniques, ice axe handling, crampon usage, and proficiency in employing tools like ascenders (Jumar) and descenders are crucial. Additionally, a solid understanding of your specific harness and its usage is essential.

A successful Everest expedition necessitates a combination of experience, determination, mental resilience, physical fitness, and the mastery of various mountaineering skills. By being well-prepared in these aspects, you increase your chances of a safe and fulfilling climb to the summit.

The utilization of oxygen equipment holds significant importance in conquering high mountains and is instrumental in averting critical situations and safeguarding lives. For an Everest expedition, the provision of oxygen equipment is paramount. Each climber is equipped with 11 oxygen bottles (8 for the climber and 3 for the accompanying Sherpa) equipped with the latest mask and regulator systems, such as Top Out or Summit Oxygen Systems.

During the critical summit push, oxygen is administered at an increased flow rate (3L/min). This heightened oxygen supply enhances your climbing efficiency, contributing to a safer and more effective ascent.

The availability of oxygen equipment, along with its optimal usage, plays a pivotal role in ensuring your safety and success as you tackle the challenges of Everest's extreme altitudes.

At the time of booking, it's imperative to inform the Company in writing about any medical conditions, physical limitations, or mental and physical states that could impact your fitness for travel or participation. This notification is crucial to ensure your safety and well-being during the journey.

Failure to communicate such conditions to the Company, if they subsequently lead to cancellation, will result in the imposition of 100% cancellation fees on the Client. Open communication about your health and well-being allows us to provide appropriate support and make necessary arrangements to ensure a smooth and secure travel experience.

Everest Expedition typically involves daily walking for 4-12 hours. To ensure your preparedness, Ethic Himalaya Treks recommends engaging in approximately 12 km of walking or jogging exercises every day for a period of 3 months prior to the Expedition. This preparation is essential to acclimate yourself to the physically demanding conditions of high altitudes and remote terrains that you'll encounter during the expedition.

For a successful and enjoyable Everest Expedition, a robust set of attributes is essential. This includes strong determination, the ability to withstand challenging conditions, a significantly high level of fitness, and overall good health. Participants are responsible for covering medical and evacuation expenses as needed. Consulting a doctor for vaccinations and other medical necessities before the trip is vital.

It's worth noting that Ethic Himalaya reserves the right to request a medical certificate before confirming your trip booking. By diligently preparing physically and ensuring good health, you enhance your chances of a fulfilling and successful Everest Expedition.

Our meticulously designed Everest expedition itinerary takes into account every essential factor. An integral part of our itinerary includes the ascent of Lobuche East (6,119m). This inclusion serves multiple purposes: enhancing acclimatization, affording climbers the opportunity to practice climbing techniques, and minimizing the time spent navigating the icefall.

Lobuche climb significantly contributes to improved acclimatization, allowing climbers to adapt more effectively to higher altitudes. It serves as a valuable practice ground for honing climbing skills that are indispensable for scaling higher peaks. Moreover, by experiencing the Lobuche climb, the need to traverse the icefall is reduced.

Following the Lobuche climb, a rotation strategy is implemented for acclimatization purposes. This involves establishing and spending nights at higher camps, such as Camp 1, 2, and 3. This strategic approach further aids in acclimatization, preparing climbers for the ultimate summit bid.

The comprehensive integration of the Lobuche climb and the acclimatization rotations aligns with our commitment to ensuring the safety, success, and overall satisfaction of our climbers during the Everest expedition.

During our Everest Expedition, we prioritize your safety by equipping the group with a satellite phone, available for emergency use throughout the expedition's duration. While the trekking section and base camp offer cell phone network coverage, it's important to note that this service might not always be reliable due to weather conditions.

For enhanced communication, satellite internet is accessible at base camp, albeit at an additional cost. If you require personal calls, the satellite phone is available at a rate of $3 per minute. To ensure effective communication within the expedition team, we provide a radio communication system connecting the various camps.

In Nepal, both land-line and mobile phone services are available. These networks encompass Kathmandu, major cities, towns, and most of the country, excluding some remote Himalayan regions. The national service provider is Nepal Telecommunications Corporation. Additionally, private entities like hotels and communication centers offer long-distance telephone, internet, and fax facilities, expanding communication options for your convenience.

Travel insurance is an obligatory requirement for all our travelers and should be arranged at the time of booking. Your travel insurance policy must encompass coverage for personal accidents, death, medical expenses, and emergency repatriation. We recommend a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for each category of cover.

It's crucial that your travel insurance includes provisions for accidents, injuries, illnesses, medical expenses, and even pre-existing medical conditions. Additionally, emergency repatriation, which may involve helicopter rescue or air ambulance services, should be covered. The policy should also account for personal liability.

We advise considering insurance coverage for trip cancellation, curtailment, as well as the loss of luggage and personal belongings for comprehensive protection. It's essential to carry documented proof of your insurance and present it when requested by our company employees or suppliers.

Please note that we retain the right to cancel or suspend your participation in a trip or related activities, even after the commencement of the journey, without refund, if you fail to furnish proof of insurance upon request. Your travel insurance serves as a safeguard for both you and your fellow travelers, ensuring that you're adequately covered in unforeseen situations.

Ethic Himalaya Treks holds no liability for any injuries, health issues, emotional challenges, or other conditions experienced by clients during the trip. Additionally, our package cost does not encompass personal insurance coverage. Therefore, we strongly recommend that clients acquire comprehensive insurance packages that cover a range of aspects, including medical emergencies and helicopter evacuations if necessary.

Prioritizing your safety and well-being is paramount to us, and having adequate insurance in place safeguards you against unforeseen circumstances. It's essential to be prepared for any eventuality by securing the appropriate insurance coverage, ensuring that you're protected throughout your journey with us.

Participation in the Everest expedition requires a comprehensive set of qualifications and attributes:

  • Extensive Mountaineering Experience: Substantial prior mountaineering experience is necessary to navigate the challenges of the expedition.
  • Adjustment within the Team: Effective teamwork and collaboration with Sherpa staff are crucial for a successful climb.
  • Himalayan Trekking Experience: Prior high-altitude trekking experiences in the Himalayas contribute to acclimatization.
  • Self-Control and Safety: Demonstrating personal responsibility for your safety and well-being is imperative.
  • Physical and Mental Fitness: Maintaining both physical and mental fitness is essential for coping with rigorous demands.
  • Chosen Route: The chosen route—Nepal or Tibet side—impacts logistics and requirements.
  • Weather and Temperature: Adapting to unpredictable weather conditions and varying temperatures is necessary.
  • Physical Preparedness: Adequate physical fitness is vital to endure the strenuous journey.
  • Mountaineering Skills: Proficiency in mountaineering techniques and skills is essential for safe climbing.
  • High Altitude Sickness: Being aware of and prepared for high altitude sickness is crucial.
  • Appropriate Clothing and Equipment: Proper clothing and gear ensure comfort and safety in diverse conditions.
  • Experienced Climbing Guides: Having experienced climbing guides by your side enhances safety and decision-making.

In essence, joining an Everest expedition entails a combination of skills, experience, preparedness, and an unwavering commitment to safety and success. It's a monumental endeavor that requires careful consideration of various factors to ensure a fulfilling and secure climb to the world's highest peak.

Please ensure you bring the following items for a comfortable and safe trip:

    Daypack:

    Remember to bring a medium-sized daypack for carrying your daily essentials. Look for one with a waist strap or padded waist belt for added comfort.

    Climbing Gear:
  • Ice Axe: Opt for a lightweight ice axe with a pick that sticks well in glacier ice. Attach a wrist leash for steeper terrain.
  • Crampons: Make sure your crampons are sharp and fit your boots perfectly.
  • Harness: Choose a harness with easy-to-use buckles for cold conditions. Gear loops and adjustable leg loops are beneficial.
  • Helmet: Ensure your helmet accommodates a warm hat underneath.
  • Carabiners: Bring 3 locking and 4 lightweight regular carabiners. Consider one with a "key gate." Include other hardware like ascenders and slings.
  • Rope Rigging: Pack rigging material including nylon slings and perlon. Include backup options like prussic loops and rappelling tools.
  • Climbing Backpack: Opt for a durable and comfortable medium-sized internal frame pack for carrying your climbing gear.
  • Climbing Clothing: Prepare for various weather conditions with:
  • Insulated parka for extreme cold.
  • Lightweight waterproof-breathable jacket with a hood.
  • Waterproof pants or bibs with full-length leg zippers.
  • Fleece or soft-shell layers for insulation.
  • Comfortable climbing pants.
  • Synthetic base layers.
  • Mittens and gloves for different conditions.
  • Warm hats, neck gaiters, and buffs for protection.
  • Adequate sunglasses and vision correction.
  • Footwear:
  • Double Climbing Boots: Ensure your crampons fit these boots well.
  • Approach Boots: Suitable for trekking and approach up to Camp 2 if necessary.
  • Gaiters and Micro Spikes: Bring gaiters and traction spikes for snowy conditions.
  • Climbing Socks: Three to four pairs of climbing socks for comfort.
  • Other Essentials:
  • Headlamp: Get an LED headlamp with extra lithium batteries for cold weather.
  • Water Bottles: Carry two wide-mouth insulated water bottles and a small Thermos for cold mornings.
  • Water Purification: Pack iodine tablets or crystals for water purification.
  • Utensils: Include an insulated mug, bowl, spoon, pocket knife, and lighter.
  • Sleeping Bag: Choose a warm sleeping bag suitable for -20°C. Down options are light and compressible.
  • Sleeping Mats: Consider a stuff sack to prevent punctures.
  • Trekking Gear:
  • Trekking Poles: Collapsible poles for balance and knee support.
  • Trekking Clothes: Lightweight hiking pants, shirts, and appropriate undergarments.
  • Approach Boots: Comfortable shoes for trekking.
  • Sleeping Bag: A lighter bag rated to -10°C is sufficient for trekking.
  • Sleeping Pad: Consider a lightweight sleeping pad.
  • Travel Items:
  • Duffel Bags: Two rugged and waterproof duffel bags for equipment. Label them clearly.
  • Daypack: Bring a smaller backpack as a carry-on and for trekking.
  • Travel Wallet: Keep your important documents secure.
  • Passport: Ensure it's valid for at least 6 months, and bring extra passport photos and copies.
  • Camera: Don't forget your camera with spare batteries and memory cards.
  • Personal Care: Pack personal care items like toiletries, bathing suits, and basic travel essentials.

By following this checklist, you'll be well-prepared for your journey while ensuring comfort and safety during your climb.

Expedition members are required to provide passport copies, passport-sized photographs, a health certificate, and personal bio-data for trekking and climbing permits prior to arriving in Nepal. You can send these documents to us through mail or a post box. The documents needed include:

  • A copy of your passport
  • Passport-sized photograph
  • Health certificate
  • Personal bio-data

Please make sure to prepare and send these documents ahead of time to facilitate a smooth process for obtaining the necessary permits for your expedition.

Ethic Himalaya is well-prepared to handle any emergency situations that may arise during the expedition. Our guides are trained in first aid and possess the skills to address common ailments that can occur during a trek. Additionally, our main office in Kathmandu maintains direct communication with our guides each day, whenever possible.

Prior to arriving in Nepal, it's imperative for every client to have their own insurance that covers emergencies. All our staff members are also insured for emergency situations. In the event of an extreme emergency requiring helicopter evacuation between altitudes of 6,000m to 7,000m, we can arrange for helicopter rescue. Depending on your insurance coverage, these costs may be covered.

For accurate climbing weather forecasts, we recommend using reliable sources such as Meteo Swiss, Austria, or other similar services. We can assist you in establishing contact with these sources. Weather forecasts can be sent to you promptly through SMS, email, or phone to aid in your summit attempt.

We strongly advise you to obtain trip cancellation insurance and air ambulance/helicopter rescue coverage. Some insurance policies may not include or limit coverage for activities like trekking and climbing. It's essential to choose a policy that offers sufficient protection and covers the activities involved. During the trip, you must carry proof of insurance, such as your insurance certificate. Failure to provide proof of insurance may result in being unable to continue with the trekking/climbing trip without entitlement to refunds for services not provided. Your insurance must include emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue services.

If you encounter any issues during your Everest expedition, it's important to address them promptly. Kindly notify both the hotelier and our company immediately if you have a complaint while still on-site. This allows us the chance to rectify the situation in a timely manner. We cannot reasonably accept liability for problems that are brought up after you've returned to your home country without giving us the opportunity to address them on the spot.

If the complaint cannot be resolved at the time, you should provide us with written notification within 30 days of completing your trip. This allows us to thoroughly investigate and address your concerns. Please note that failure to adhere to this procedure may impact your rights to make a claim against our company. We value your feedback and aim to ensure the best possible experience, so please communicate any issues promptly and in accordance with the provided guidelines.

To ensure a smooth travel experience, all esteemed clients must possess a valid passport with a minimum of 6 months validity from the anticipated return date. For your convenience, Nepalese visas can be acquired through two means: either from the Nepalese Consulate in your home country or upon your arrival at Kathmandu Airport. The visa fees are structured as follows:

  • USD 30.00 or equivalent foreign currency for a 15 Days Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries.
  • USD 50.00 or equivalent foreign currency for a 30 Days Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries.
  • USD 125.00 or equivalent foreign currency for a 100 Days Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries.
Visa Extension : Should you require an extension of your tourist visa, please note the following guidelines:
  • The minimum extension period is 15 days.
  • The extension fee is USD 45.00 for the initial 15-day extension, with an additional charge of USD 3.00 per day for each extra day.
  • In situations where the extension is requested for less than 150 days, a late fine of USD 5.00 per day will apply.

For most nationalities, E-Visas are available through the Government website: Click here for Nepal Tourist Visa Online Application Form

We encourage all travelers to adhere to these visa and passport guidelines to ensure a hassle-free and enjoyable journey to Nepal. Your compliance with these regulations is greatly appreciated.

Our outlined itineraries and programs are subject to change without prior notice due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control. These circumstances could include weather hazards, landslides, political unrest, road blockages, avalanches, sudden illnesses, and similar events.

Customization and Cancellation: We are pleased to tailor the program to suit the preferences of our clients. In case your trip needs to be canceled due to unavoidable situations like war, natural disasters, political unrest, adverse climate conditions, etc., Ethic Himalaya Treks & Expedition P. Ltd will offer an alternative trip of similar quality. This alternative trip option will be reserved for your use within one year from the original trip's scheduled departure date.

Before Departure: If a significant change is made to the itinerary before departure, we will promptly inform you if there's sufficient time before the trip starts. A major change is considered to be one that impacts at least one day out of every five on the itinerary. When a major change occurs, you can choose to accept the modified itinerary, receive a refund for the land portion of the trip, or opt for an alternative tour.

After Departure: In situations where circumstances or events beyond our control arise after the trip has started, we retain the right to modify the itinerary. Should such emergency changes be necessary, any additional costs related to altering the itinerary will be your responsibility. Please be aware that we are not liable for any incidental expenses incurred due to changes in the itinerary, such as visa fees, vaccinations, or non-refundable flight expenses.

For an Everest Expedition booking, a non-refundable deposit of USD 2,000 per person per trip is required to confirm your reservation. If you're making the booking within 30 days of the departure date, the full amount is due at the time of booking. The remaining balance can be paid either before your arrival in Nepal or upon arrival before the trip departure.

To secure your booking, the non-refundable deposit should be sent to the Company or its authorized Agent. If the deposit amount differs from what is stated in this section, the company will inform you during the booking process. You have the option to make booking deposits through bank transfer or Credit Card (Visa or MasterCard). Kindly refer to the instructions on the booking form for payment details.

For the Everest Expedition in Nepal, the final payment can be settled upon your arrival in Nepal. You have several options for making the final payment:

  • Bank Transfer: You can choose to make the final payment through a bank transfer.
  • Travel Check: Payment can also be made using a travel check.
  • Cash: Cash payment is accepted as well.
  • Credit Card (Visa or MasterCard): If you prefer to use a credit card for the final payment, you can do so. However, please note that there is a 4% surcharge applied to all card payments. This surcharge is applicable to payments including deposits, final balances, trip extensions, and any other miscellaneous purchases.

It's important to be aware of the 4% surcharge when making payments via credit card, and this policy applies uniformly to all payment types.

We maintain the right to adjust pricing rates for our expedition if they are as initially displayed in our marketing materials and website. This adjustment can occur due to various external factors beyond our control, such as changes in exchange rates or government actions. In many instances, fluctuations in domestic flight fares are driven by increases in fuel prices. Despite these potential changes, our commitment is to provide you with the most up-to-date pricing for our expedition, and we make every effort to ensure that the current prices are reflected accurately.

Once your deposit has been paid, your trip will be confirmed, with the balance of fees owed due 90 days before your trip's starting date. If you choose to cancel your participation, the following cancellation policy will apply:

  • More than 45 days before departure: The deposit will be retained.
  • Between 45 to 31 days before arrival: 30% of the total tour price will be charged.
  • Between 30 to 14 days before arrival: 40% of the total tour price will be charged.
  • Between 14 to 9 days before arrival: 70% of the total tour price will be charged.
  • Between 8 to 2 days before arrival: 80% of the total tour price will be charged.
  • Less than 48 hours before arrival: 90% of the total tour price will be charged.

Please note these cancellation policies when considering changes to your trip plans. The fees are based on the proximity of the cancellation to the scheduled departure date.

We reserve the right to cancel an Expedition up to 30 days before the scheduled departure. Additionally, if external factors like terrorism, natural disasters, political instability, or other unforeseen events make it impractical to carry out the planned itinerary, we may cancel a trip before departure. In the event of a trip cancellation by us, you have two options:

  • Transfer of Amounts Paid: You can transfer the amounts you've paid to an alternative departure date.
  • Full Refund: Alternatively, you can opt to receive a full refund for the amounts paid.

In cases where the cancellation results from external events beyond our reasonable control, refunds will be provided after deducting any unrecoverable costs. Please be aware that we are not responsible for any additional expenses you may have incurred due to your booking, such as visa fees, vaccinations, travel insurance excess, or non-refundable flight expenses. It's important to note that varying cancellation conditions might apply to different types of trips; your booking consultant will inform you if any differences apply.

If you wish to transfer your booking to a different expedition or transfer it to another participant, please notify us at least 30 days before the planned departure date. A fee of USD 2,000 per person per change will apply (in addition to any charges imposed by hotels, ground operators, permits, or airlines). If you provide notification within 45 days of the proposed departure date, the refund policy applicable to cancellations will be applied. Transfers to a third party are permissible if the transferee meets all trip requirements, and transfers to a different departure are only possible within the current validity period.

Should you need to make amendments to any other arrangements associated with your trip, an administration fee of USD 1,000 per booking per change will be incurred. This fee is separate from any charges levied by hotels, ground operators, or airlines. Please note that no amendments can be made to your booking within 10 days of the departure date.

The cost stated on our website for the Everest Expedition pertains to group joining. However, this expedition can also be arranged as a private trip if desired, based on the number of participants, with a minimum of seven participants as per your request. Should you wish to undertake this expedition individually or with your own group of friends, family, or colleagues, kindly reach out to us. We can organize a private Everest Expedition according to your preferred dates, accommodating any specific requirements you may have. It's important to note that our costs are influenced by several factors:

  • Group Size: The trip cost is contingent upon the size of the group.
  • Accommodation Category and Budget: The type of hotel accommodation and your budget will impact the cost.
  • Itinerary Modifications: This trekking and expedition itinerary can be customized to suit your timeframe and preferences.
  • Additional Services: If you intend to include extra services, the price can be adjusted accordingly.
  • Specialized Personnel: The presence of an IFMGA Guide, extra personal sherpa, and oxygen availability can also affect the cost.

To arrive at a tailored cost that meets your requirements, we'll engage in a discussion to assess the factors mentioned above and reach a mutual understanding. This will enable us to provide you with an accurate cost estimate for your private Everest Expedition, ensuring that all your preferences are considered.

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