Mount Everest, rising 29,031.69 ft. (8,848.86 m) above sea level, reigns as the highest mountain on Earth. Since the first ascent in Everest Expedition 1953 by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, reaching the Summit of Everest has been considered one of the most outstanding achievements in mountaineering.
Every spring, Imagine Nepal embraces this challenge, taking a group of qualified climbers to climb Mount Everest via the South Col route in Nepal. To climb Everest via the south face, we set four camps above the basecamp at 5300 meters; camp-1 at 5900m, camp-2 between 6200m-6400m, camp-3 at 7300m and South Col at 7925m. The Khumbu icefall between the base camp and camp-1 has made Mount Everest Expedition more popular and challenging to climb. The climbing process starts from Base Camp (5300m), our home away from home while on the mountain.
Numerous international teams gather at the base camp, which lies at the entrance to the Khumbu Ice Fall, a spectacular but treacherous horror chamber of bottomless crevasses, seracs, and ice blocks, to be crossed with the help of fixed ropes and aluminium ladders lead to Camp-I, “The Silent Valley”. This vast, flat area of endless snow, deep crevasse and mountain walls changes due to frequent avalanches. Camp II (6200m): is marked by a rocky Patch at the foot of the icy Lhotse wall. Camp-III, Lhotse Wall (7300m), is a 4000ft high ice wall climbed using fixed ropes. It leads to camp-III, a narrow platform right out of the wall. A traverse then leaves to the Yellow Band, a rocky section ahead of the Rock Band and Geneva Spur, which leads to Camp-IV (7924m)-the final part of the climb before the Summit push-the most testing and dangerous. Finally, a narrow ridge precedes the Hillary Step-a rock/ice climb in the sky, the last major obstacle before finally reaching the Summit. The Summit offers some of the most incredible world views as it overlooks Tibet/Nepal and the most extensive mountain range in the world, the Himalayas.
Everest Express Ascent
- – The “Express Ascent” program is specifically designed for climbers with time constraints who want to climb Everest within a minimum of 18 days to a maximum of 21 days. This program offers a fast and efficient approach to summiting Everest, allowing climbers to maximize their limited time.
- – Participants must have previous climbing experience and be hypoxic altitude trained. This training ensures climbers are adequately acclimatized to the high altitudes to join our “Express Ascent” program.
- – The “Express Ascent” program includes a direct flight to Lukla by helicopter, eliminating the need for a lengthy trek to reach the starting point. Similarly, after completing the expedition, participants will have the convenience of a direct flight from Base Camp to Kathmandu.
- – Once at Base Camp, climbers will have a 15-day climbing period, including the summit push days. Additionally, we recommended setting aside five extra days for weather contingency, allowing flexibility in unfavorable climbing conditions for the return flight.
- – Our “Express Ascent” program allows climbers to summit Everest within a limited time while ensuring proper acclimatization and safety measures.