(4,264'). Arrive into a sea of smiling Nepali faces. Settle into hotel;
city and valley tours; visit disability clinic. Team meetings and final
trek/gear preparations. Hotel.
||Rise early for
helicopter or Twin Otter flight to Lukla (9,184'), the trailhead into the
Khumbu region. Begin trek north to Phakding village (9,184'); overnight
||Early start to Monjo
village (9,300') through forests of Dudh Kosi ("Milk River") Valley.
Sherpa prepare dinner on first night of tent camping.
||Trek into Sagarmatha
(Everest) National Park to Sherpa capital Namche Bazaar (11,283'); rest
days & acclimatization hikes to Khunde & Khumjung villages; first views of
Mt. Everest. Teahouse or tent camp.
||Trek to Lo Sasa
(11,150') & along relatively level trail to Tengboche (12,694'), spiritual
center of the Khumbu; visit monastery. Trek on to Deboche (12,350'). Lodge
or tent camp.
||Trek to Pangboche
(12,660') & Dengboche (14,465'), villages that are dwarfed by surrounding
mountains - world's 4th highest mountain Lhotse (27,890') & Ama Dablam
(22,493'); day hike to small summer settlement Chukkung (15,514'); rest &
acclimatization days. Teahouse or tent camp.
|Mar 31-Apr 02
||Trek to Tuglar (15,150')
& Lobuche (16,170'); landscape now stark; rest & acclimatization day in
Lobuche. Teahouse or tent camp.
|Apr 03 - 04
||Trek along Khumbu
Glacier moraine to Gorak Shep (16,925'); evening & sunrise ascents to the
18,188' summit of Kala Pattar with rewarding 360° panoramic view. Teahouse
or tent camp at Gorak Shep.
|Apr 05 - 08
base camp (17,388'). Rest, explore, assist Sherpa in climb preparations;
|Apr 09 - 11
||Trekking team departs
base camp; descend to Gorak Shep, Lobuche & Pheriche; visit trekker's aid
post supported by the Himalayan Rescue Association. Teahouse or tent camp.
|Apr 12 - 13
helicopter flight to Kathmandu. Celebration feast!
|Apr 14 - 15
departures from Kathmandu; arrival USA.
|Apr 05 - 13
equipment (computers, phone, etc.) & gear; prepare & inspect loads for
higher camps; confirm weather-forecasting support.
|Apr 14 - 15
||Begin altitude training
at higher camps: Climb through Khumbu Ice Fall to establish Camp 1
(20,336'); sleep at C1 to aid acclimatization; weather updates; test
communication between C1-EBC-USA.
|Apr 16 - 26
||Establish Camp 2
(21,648'); prepare loads for Camps 3 & 4; weather updates; test oxygen;
communications with Team Everest USA; training climbs to Lhotse Face.
||Establish Camp 3
(24,272') on Lhotse Face & Camp 4 (26,240') on South Col; sleep at C3;
haul loads (oxygen, food, etc.) to Camps 3 & 4 in preparation for summit
|Apr 28 - 29
||Return to Camp 2; rest;
recheck all communication equipment; ration Camp 4 food; double check
|Apr 30 -May 05
||Return to BC; rest;
establish contact with Team Everest USA; double-check all communication
equipment; health checks; continue daily weather forecast check.
|May 06 - 31
Summit Push - As weather dictates, team
commences climb to summit: Climb to Camp 1, Camp 2, Camp 3 & Camp 4;
summit attempt (29,035'). After summit, descend to BC; breakdown BC &
obtain government clearance; return to Kathmandu by early June.
International flights home.