The Mt. Everest South Col Expedition is more than the most famous mountain on earth. It has unique beauty, mystery and mood. Mt. Everest’s local names give you a sense of how the mountain commands respect from all who see her. Standing incredibly tall silhouetted against the shared sky of Nepal and Tibet, this mountain has many names, with two most locally: Chomolungma and Sagarmatha.
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Duration: 57 days
Athlete level of fitness wanting to go to the extremes of mental, physical, emotional and spiritual strength, endurance and capacity. Often desires a summit experience in high altitude as non-technical and also technical conditions. Highly driven and wants to achieve a significant goal.
EDGE Travel Worldwide has always been fascinated by what is also called “The Third Pole.” late Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa became the first people to stand on top of the world on the 29th May, 1953. Since then there have been other many notable ascents to the summit. Possibly the most colorful story about the early attempts on Everest is the one involving Captain J. Noel and his native companions. He disguised himself as a Mohammaden and made a journey from Darjeeling through Northwest Sikkim and round the north of Kanchanjunga in an attempt to reach Everest. Unfortunately, not even the disguise could see him through. His mission was out short just sixty-five km from Everest when a posse of Tibetan soldiers forced them to turn back.
Although there are a dozen or so routes on Mt. Everest, we follow the classical route, traditionally the most reliable way to the summit. Climbing Everest has been successfully organised and climbed many times since 1953, but this should not lull prospective Everest climbers into complacency. Everest is a deadly mountain. One cannot approach the mountain with anything but a serious determination and focused mountaineering attitude. Everest is still as inexplicable, beguiling and magnificent as ever.
Mount Everest has two main climbing routes, the southeast ridge from Nepal and the northeast ridge from Tibet (China), as well as many others less frequently climbed routes. Of the two main routes, the southeast ridge is technically easier and is the more frequently-used route. It was the route used by Hillary and Tenzing in 1953 and the first recognised of fifteen routes to the top by 1996.
Camp 1: 6400m – 20000ft.
Camp 1 is situated at the flat area of snow endless snow deep crevasses and mountain walls. Because of the Sun’s reflection in this area, we get a warm ambience. In the night we listen the deep murmuring cracking sounds of crevasses beneath our tent. These are the areas where we have to walk to reach camp 2.
Camp 2: 6750m – 21000ft.
Camp 2 is situated at the height of 6750m – 21000ft. It is located at the foot of the icy mount Lhotse wall though where we have to go ahead. Clouds roll-in from the low range of the Himalayan valleys to the bottom of our camp 2. Sometimes the wind here seems very violent, enough to destroy the tents. After climbing higher, we reach camp 3.
Camp 3: 7100m – 22300ft.
Camp 3 is located at the height of 7100m – 22300ft, adjoining to mount Lhotse wall. After climbing the 4000ft. Lhotse wall by using fixed rope and with prior acclimatisation, it leads us to camp 4. Also on the way we have to ascend the steep hollow bands (lose, down-slopping and rotten limestone). From their crossing a short snowfield, the route moves ahead up the Geneva Spur to the east before finishing the flats of the south col. Oxygen should be use above base camp 3 when needed.
Camp 4: 8400m. – 26000ft.
Camp 4 is located at height of 8400m – 26000ft. It is the last camp of the Expedition. From here the summit is only about 500m away. This is the final and dangerous part of the climb. This place is besieged by ferocious and violent winds. The usual best way to reach to summit is via the narrow South – East Ridge which precedes the South Summits 28710ft.
Departure is usually London Heathrow, this may vary and the specific location will be provided upon booking.
All international and connecting return flights are not included in the EDGE Travel Worldwide trip price per person. If you would like EDGE Travel Worldwide to book your flights, please note there will be a £100 administration fee applied.