Since the late 19th century, adventurous spirits have been fascinated with the ascent of the highest mountain in the world. Mt. Everest rises to an imposing 8850 meters (29,030 feet), and after 29 years of numerous attempts, Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay became the first people to stand on the elusive summit on May 29, 1953. These courageous climbers ascended through to the South Col from the Khumbu Glacier, and continued their ascent to the summit via the Southeast Ridge. Their route is now referred to as the Normal Route and is the route ascended by Asiatic Roads.
Safety is the number one priority at Asiatic Roads. Our Everest expedition is heavily supported by strongly experienced staff and has one of the highest staff to client ratios in the business. We provide a one-to-one client to Sherpa support ratio, as well as a one-to-four. Continual communication with base camp is maintained through reliable VHF radios. A 24-hour communication satellite is also provided for personal and emergency use. Himalayan Holidays also provides Gamow hyperbaric bags and additional oxygen in case of an emergency.
Asiatic Roads objective is to help you summit Everest safely with the greatest amount of personal fulfillment and fun. In order for us to achieve our goal we are dedicated to ensuring that you are properly prepared for the summit attempt. Asiatic Roads offers a wide variety of mountaineering courses and a diverse range of high-altitude peaks, as well as focused individual attention to help clients prepare for the expedition.
Asiatic Roads Strategy:
Because it’s critical to acclimatize properly to maintain health and fitness and avoid altitude problems, Asiatic Roads begins the slow acclimatization process with a leisurely 9-day trek to base camp. Once at base camp a pyramid of camps is established. The highest camp in the acclimatization process is Camp 3 at 7400 meters, and from there we will begin our summit attempt. Our experienced guides and Sherpa’s will fix ropes, stock camps and provide leadership and support for the climb. This enables you to carry lighter loads so you can save your strength for the summit bid. Oxygen will be used for all team members above Camp 3.
Team members leave for the summit the previous evening to allow adequate time to reach the summit by mid-morning. Himalayan Holidays provides additional oxygen, food, fuel and support for multiple summit attempts until Mother Nature deems the mountain un climbable for the season. Asiatic Roads equipment, service, and support are top-notch so you will have an outstanding chance at summiting the highest mountain on the planet.
Arrive in Kathmandu Airport. Upon arrival meet, assist and transfer to hotel. Room check-in-assistance with welcome drinks is provided at lobby. In the afternoon experience the sights and sounds of Kathmandu followed by a trek briefing and equipment check and welcome dinner.
Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
After breakfast, check out from the hotel and proceed to the domestic airport to board flight to Lukla. Upon arrival at Lukla airport, meet the Sherpa team and proceed to the nearby hotel for a tea/coffee break and/or explore this small bustling hilltop town. After bags are properly packed into porter baskets, commence three hours trek to a beautiful lunch spot at Thado Koshi which offers excellent views of Mount Thamserku. After lunch descend to camp at Phakding (2652m).
Dinner and overnight camp at Phakding.
The trek starts gently passing through small rural villages and past a monastery. In the afternoon, through the Sagarmatha National Park to Jorsale. After crossing an interesting suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, the steep climb to Namche Bazaar begins, enjoying the first views of Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse.
Dinner and overnight stay at Namche
As the name suggests, the bustling village has numerous shops selling items of every description! Rest, explore, or visit the National Park Visitors Centre. All meals are hygienically prepared and served by our own Sherpa team at the camp.
Stay overnight at Namche.
Following a brief uphill stretch, the path levels out for two hours, with dramatic views of the “big three”. Down through the rhododendron forest to the Imja Khola River for a lunch stop at Phunki next to several water-driven prayer wheels. The afternoon will be spent climbing slowly to the Thyangboche Monastery, one of the most beautiful spots on earth. It is the traditional place where Everest expeditions receive their blessings as they walk in towards base camp.
Stay overnight at Thyangboche.
The day starts with a steep muddy descent through mixed woodland to the meadows of Devouche, across the river’s suspension bridge and on to the village of Thyangboche. Trekking along a trail cut out along a sheer rock cliff, to the upper Pangboche village followed by a steep climb to Khumbu Khola into the windswept valley of Pheriche for the night.
Stay overnight at Pheriche.
Along the Khumbu Glacier, through jumbled moraine and scattered rocks. A steep climb takes you out on a ridge, from where Mt Everest can be seen on a clear day looming behind Nuptse. The small community of Gorak Shep is a short way down the ridge. After lunch, an arduous climb to Kala Pattar (5545m) for the breathtaking views of the giants of the earth: Pumori, Everest, Changtse, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and many others!
Stay overnight at Gorak Shep.
Early morning start Climb to Kala Patthar and backtrack. Early start is a must. Travel along the Khumbu Glacier through the jumbled moraines and scattered rocks. The climb to the Kala Pattar though tough is well worth it as the views from top are awe inspiring.
The Giants of the earth are all around you, Pumori (7145m), Everest, China’s peak Changtse (7553m), Nuptse (7855m), Lhotse (8516m) Ama Dablam and many other peaks. Later on descent down to Gorakshep for breakfast. Rest of the day is free for rest.
Stay overnight at Gorak Shep.
We arrive at Everest Base Camp on the jumbled moraine below the infamous Khumbu Icefall. There we spend some time acclimatizing. The next weeks are spent negotiating the Khumbu Icefall, entering the Western Cwm, and climbing to lofty Camp 3.
Our objective for the next 3 to 4 weeks is to establish and stock three camps above base camp and to acclimatize for the climb to the summit. We sleep at Camp 3 for a night or two before heading down to base camp to rest before our summit bid. With everybody fit and acclimatized, we head back to base camp. For the next 5 days rest is top priority. We visit with trekkers, eat, rest, eat, rest, and prepare for the summit bid.