Khumbu Icefall Expedition (5,943m/19,93ft):

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Trip Facts

Highest access: (5943m/19,500ft)
First Ascent: Tenzing Norgay, Edmund Hillary
Duration: 30-33 Days (typically)
Group Size: 01-10 People per group
Co-ordinates: 27.9958° N, 86.8728° E
Location: Mahalangur range
Country: Nepal

Country: Nepal
Airport: Kathmandu (KTM)
Departure From: Kathmandu (KTM)
Grade: AD. Moderate
Meals: B,L,D in during Driving and climbing period
Transportation: Car, Flight, Tourist bus

Best season: Spring season(April/May)
Major Activity: Trekking/Mountaineering
Culture: Sherpa, Tamang
Mode of Travel: Tea House/Camping
Climbing route: South Col Route
Himalayan sights: Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Lobuche, Makalu

Tour Details

The Khumbu Icefall is an icefall located at the head of the Khumbu Glacier which lies at an altitude of (5,486m/17,999ft) on the Nepali slopes of Mount Everest, not far above Base Camp and southwest of the summit. The icefall is considered one of the most dangerous stages of the South Col route to Everest’s summit.

The icefall is considered one of the most dangerous stages of the South Col route which is 1.62 miles long, roughly 2,000 ft of climbing and usually takes between 3-6 hours for climbers to navigate. Khumbu glacier that forms the ice fall moves constantly and creates large crevasses constantly. It’s basically a frozen moving river. With little warning, a large Serac can just collapse, massive blocks of ice tend to tumble down the glacier from time to time, and avalanches can come through with little or no warning. It is estimated that the glacier advances 0.9 to 1.2 m (3 to 4 ft) down the mountain every day. Reaching CI is the most dangerous part of the South Col climb. In this section of the route climber’s step over crevasses on aluminum ladders, climb steep ladders across massive ceases and battle the Khumbu cough. This could be the breathtaking trip you might ever face in your lifetime. We are always working for your satisfaction in a peaceful and eco-friendly environment.

Includes & Excludes

Price Includes

  • Experienced and government licensed high altitude trekking guide during the trekking and climbing period.
  • Schedule Flight Tickets for Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu sector to all climbing member, Sherpa guide, liaison officer and kitchen staff.
  • All trekking and mountaineering equipment like; kitchen tent, stores tent, dining tents, toilet tents, tables, chairs, and cooking utensils for advance Base Camp and camp two.
  • Common climbing equipment (necessary fixed and main rope, ice bars, ice screws, snow bar etc)
  • Services of cook and kitchen boy at Base Camp and cook at Camp
  • 3 meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunch and Dinners with tea/ coffee) in available tea house/hotel/lodge during the trekking
  • 3 fresh meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunch and Dinners) will be serve at base camp, and camp two.
  • All food and fuel for Base Camp and higher camps during expedition for both members and crews.
  • Per person 30kg baggage allowance during trekking-up carrying by porter or Yak to climbing the Khumbu Icefall Climbing.
  • Daily Weather Report Services from Seattle based
  • Trekking Permit (Everest National Park entry fee)
  • TIMS card (Trekking Information Management System).
  • Expedition Royalty and climbing permit of Nepal Government to climb Khumbu Icefall.
  • Nepalese Government Royalty and fees;
  • One Experienced, Trained, Government Licensed, and 03 Times Everest Summiteers Climbing/expedition Guide (Sherpa) per client.
  • Medical consultation services at the base camp with the HRA clinic at the base camp.
  • Equipment allowances and wages for Climbing Sherpa’s, cooks, kitchen boys.
  • Equipment allowances and wages for Government Liaison Officer.
  • First Aid medical kits for the Group and the staffs.
  • Satellite phone carrying by Guide for communication
  • Appropriate food for high altitude and all climbing crew at base camp and above as required.
  • Required fixed and dynamic rope during climbing period.
  • Heater will be provided at base camp for heating the dining room.
  • Emergency Oxygen, mask and regulator provided on requirement of guest with appropriate charge
  • Each expedition member will have an individual tent available in the ABC.
  • Solar panel for light and battery charger.
  • Tents for camp 1, 2 for members and staff.
  • Ice fall charges by Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee.
  • Gamow Bags (Portable Altitude Chamber).
  • Sherpa's tents, food for climbing, and insurance for staff
  • Helicopter rescue insurance for high altitude climbing Sherpa guide, cook and staff.
  • Free assistance service for Cargo clearance and Duties.
  • Fresh cooked food and kitchen will be provided at camp two.
  • Trekking and Climbing map of the Mount Everest.
  • EPI Cooking gas, stove will be provided in camp one, three and south col for cooking food, boiling water.
  • Generator will be providing for back- up of lighting power and charging electronic tools.
  • Transportation of food supply to Base Camp from Kathmandu (Cargo to Lukla and then by porter/Yaks to base camp)
  • Our service charge and Government Taxes levied in Nepal.
  • Complete pre-departure information
  • Flight ticket reconfirmation
  • visa extension procedure services (if necessary)
  • Farewell Dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with domestic culture show in Kathmandu.

Price Excludes

  • Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu (except for the farewell dinner)
  • Any packed food/snacks, aerated drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, nutria-bars during the trekking.
  • Items of personal nature, Laundry Expenses, Tips.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations, etc.
  • Extra transportation then display in itinerary program.
  • Any additional staff other than specified.
  • Rescue, Repatriation, Medicines, Medical Tests and Hospitalization expenses.
  • Medical Insurance and emergency rescue evacuation if required.
  • Travel Insurance and helicopter rescue.
  • Walkie-talkies & Filming permit (if special camera or walllie-talkies).
  • Personal climbing gears;
  • Expenses incurred towards usage of landlines, mobiles, walkie-talkies or satellite phone And Internet expenses
  • Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Camera/Video Fees or Trekking Gears
  • Nepal custom duty for import of expedition goods.
  • Summit bonus for climbing Sherpa Guides as per Mountaineering Association rules. Minimum US$ 700.00 per climbing Sherpa guide.
  • Tips and gifts for base camp and high altitude trekking and climbing staff.
  • Airfare of international flights.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (Visa issuance on arrival in Kathmandu)
  • Any extra services or products or offers or activities which are not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Any other item not included in “COST INCLUDES” section.


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Day 1: Kathmandu to Phakding.

Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla; Trek to Phakding (2650m/8694ft, 04
hrs); lodge accommodation

Day 02:Phakding to Namche Bazaar .

Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar through colorful Khumbu
villages (3440m/11286ft, 06hrs); Lodge accommodation

Day 03: Rest day for acclimatization.

Rest day for acclimatization; you will be hike to famous Everest View
Hotel (3800m/12487ft, 3hrs) to catch a glimpse of Everest; explore Hilary and Sherpa
museum at Namche in the evening with slide show program.

Day 04:Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche.

Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3850m/12631ft, 05-06 hrs);
visit significant Buddhist monastery; lodge accommodation

Day 05: Tyangboche to Dingboche.

Trek from Tyangboche to Dingboche (4350m/14271ft, 4hrs) about 4-
5hrs; catch glimpses of Ama Dablam and Lhotse; lodge accommodation

Day 06: Hiking up to chhukung- re.

Acclimatization in Dingboche(4350M/14271ft) hiking up to chhukung-

Day 07:Dingboche to Lobuche .

Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (5018m/16463ft, 4-5hrs); lodge

Day 08: Lobuche to Gorakshep .

Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep (5170m/16962ft, 3hrs); lodge

Day 09:Gorakshep to Everest Base camp.

Morning acclimatize to Kalapther (5554M) after breakfast Trek from
Gorakshep to Everest Base camp (5200m/17060, 2hrs)

Day 10-24:Climbing period.

Climbing period Summit Khumbu Icefall (5943m/19000ft.)

Day 25:Everest base camp to Dingboche.

Preparation for return, trek from Everest base camp to
Dingboche(4350m/14271ft, 4hrs) , lodge accommodation

Day 26:Dingboche to Tengboche.

Trek from Dingboche to Tengboche (3860m/12631ft, 04 hours) lodge

Day 27:Tengboche to Namche Bazaar.

Trek from Tengboche to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11286ft, 04hrs) lodge

Day 28:Namche Bazaar to Lukla.

Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla(2840m/9317ft,7hrs) lodge

Day 29: Lukla to Kathmandu.

Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu (1350M/4430ft); 35minutes, transfer to

Day 30 :Fair well-Celebration dinner.

Leisure day & shopping in Kathmandu; Fair well-Celebration dinner
with culture program in the Evening.

Day 31:Final departure.

Our amazing journey in the Everest region including that to the base camp of Mt.
Everest and crossing high passes comes to an end today. A company representative will
pick you up from you hotel and drop you off at the airport 3 hours before our scheduled