The North side of Mount Everest or Cho-Lungma (Qumolungma) is considerably more impressive than the south (Nepal) side. Rising in a sheer 3,000 m / 10,000 ft. from the Rongbuk Glacier, it towers above the Tibetan Plateau. It was to this side of the mountain that the British Expedition in the 1920’s and 30’s came, when Nepal was closed to westerners or foreigners.
Everest North Col ExpeditionFrom ABC follow the moraine towards the North Col. and cross the glacier easily to its foot. About 1,000 ft / 300 m of fairly deep snow climbing leads to the Col at 7,066 m. The Col forms a fairly wide ridge which has ample room for tents. This will be Camp I. To the south, the Col rises to become the North Ridge. This is straight-forward snow climbing, eventually steeping into rocky shelves and short buttresses. A second camp will be placed at around 7,700 m. The very first ascent by the Chinese in 1960, from the North Ridge since then it has been climbed numerous times. In the last few years it has received the attention of several commercial expeditions, and with careful planning the same success rates as the south side is possible. Gaining 8000m is demanding but it is the last 848m that are the most strenuous. The route to the North East Ridge leading from the top of the North Ridge to the summit will depend on conditions prevailing at the time. We will either follow the North Ridge in its entirely to the crest of the North-North-East Ridge or make a rising traverse to the right to reach the ridge at a higher point. The last camp will be placed at around 8,300 m.
Day 01 :Arrive at Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel.
Day 02-03 :In Kathmandu preparation for the expeditions.
Day 04 :Drive to Zhangmu 1,850m via Kodari 5-6 hrs journey.
Day 05 :Drive to Nylam 3,650m 2-3 hrs journeys.
Day 06 :At Nylam for acclamatsation.
Day 07 :Drive to Rongbuk 4,900m via Old Tingri. 5-6 hrs journeys.
Day 08 :Drive or trek to Everest Base Camp 5,200m. 2 hrs walk.
Day 09-10 :At the Base Camp, for necessary preparation for the ascent.
Day 11-13 :After Loading the yaks and head to ABC trek towards Advance Base Camp or Camp III at 6,450m.
Day 14 :At Advance Camp for final preparation for the big Ascent.
Day 15-45 :ASCENT OF MOUNT EVEREST. Allocated 31 days for the final section of the climb takes in the notorious first and second steps.
Day 46 :Yaks arrive at ABC to return to base camp. All loads must be carried down at this time, this includes garbage.
Day 47 :Descend to base camp and start to organize departure from Everest.
Day 48 :At base camp and prepare every thing for an early departure.
Day 49 :Drive to Zhangmu 6-7 hrs.
Day 50 :Drive to Kathmandu. 4-5 hrs.
Day 51 :Free day in Kathmandu.
Day 52 :Free day in Kathmandu for individual activities
Day 53 :International Departure from Kathmandu.
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