Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu usually early evening. Transfer to hotel close to the famous, bustling Thamel district of Kathmandu. Generally we spend two days in Kathmandu completing final preparation and gear checks before taking our flight to Lukla. (H,B)
Day 02: Morning briefing after which the rest of the day is free for you to en joy the wonders of Kathmandu. Sightseeing tours can be arranged and would include visiting the temples of Bodnath, Swayambhunath (The Monkey Temple), Pashupatinath and Durbar Square. Simply wandering around the huge array of shops, markets, cafes, bars and restaurants in Thamel is a fascinating experience. (H,B)
Day 03: Early in the morning we transfer to the airport for a spectacular and breathtaking Helicopter flight to the Sherpa village of Lukla (2800m). We choose to fly by helicopter since we are still in the "tail" of the monsoon in August and helicopter flights are less weather dependent. After lunch we can do the short walk along the typically stony path that descends from the forested terraces of Lukla. This takes us right into the Dudh Kosi (‘river of milk’) valley and the brightly painted lodges of Phakding (2610m). From here there are stunning views of Kusum Kanguru’s North Face (6367m). Along the trail are mani stone walls, brightly decorated with coloured paints. Buddhists hold these sacred and you must, as a sign of respect, pass these in a clockwise direction (T,B,L,D).
Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m). We trek into the Sherpa capital and heart of the Khumbu. You will now be becoming familiar with local protocol for passing chortens, mani stones, yaks, spinning prayer wheels etc and enjoying the hustle and bustle of trekking and everyday life that exists on the ‘Everest Trail’. At Monjo we enter Sagarmartha National Park and can visit the small visitor centre there. Here the track starts to rise up the famous Namche Hill, the first big ascent and time to drop down a gear and take a slow and steady pace. 4-5 hrs duration. (T,B,L,D).
Day 05: Acclimatization / Rest Day in Namche Bazaar. It is important to have a couple of nights and a rest day in Namche before proceeding any higher. You can spend the day taking short walks up to Thami or Khumjung, visiting the Everest, Ama Dablam and Pumori viewpoints or just relaxing and exploring the narrow streets of this busy Sherpa capital. (T,B,L,D).
Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Debouche (3800m). Heading north east up the side of the Dudh Kosi, we climb steeply out of Namche where the mountain views start to open up and become more dramatic, with superb views of Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse. 5-6 hrs duration. (T,B,L,D).
Day 07:Debouche to Dingboche (4358m). A good day walking through beautiful rhododendron trees that gradually takes us back to the river and into Pangboche, a great viewpoint for Ama Dablam. On leaving the village we turn up the Imja valley to reach the lovely and picturesque village of Dingboche. 6-7hrs duration. (T,B,L,D).
Day 08: Acclimatisation/Rest day at Dingboche. An acclimatisation day spent absorbing the views around camp and relaxing. Optional short trek to Chhukung (4730m) were we will be rewarded of views of Island Peak and Baruntse. (T,B,L,D).
Day 09: Trek to Lubuje
Day 10: A short day up the Khumbu glacier takes us to the rocky outpost of Gorak Shep, with three cosy teahouses at 5,160 metres. Optional trek up to Trek up Kala Patar (5,545 metres) with sunset, here we can have some great views on the route we are going to climb!
Day 11: Walk to Everest Base Camp 5300m.
Day 12 to Day 53: Climbing period
Day 54: Return to Base Camp; if we are lucky we fly per Helicopter to Kathmandu same day.
Day 55: Rest in Base Camp/Packing; fly per Helicopter to Kathmandu
Day 56: Walk to Pangboche 4000m (Optional)
Day 57: Walk to Namche 3400m (Optional)
Day 58: Walk to Lukla 2840m (Optional)
Day 59: Fly to Kathmandu in the morning and Relax at the pool side of a nice Hotel
Day 60: Fly Home
• All permits, charges, importation taxes and levies payable to the Nepal Government in connection with the expedition.
• 2 Hotel nights prior to departure from Kathmandu and 2 nights on return in Kathmandu; single room, midrange hotel.
• All tents, ropes and other communal equipment necessary for the climb.
• Medical safety equipment and supplies.
• Communication equipment (each member will have a radio on the hill), satellite telephone and e-mail facilities, website, weather forecasts.
• All food, fuel and cooking equipment.
• All trucks, jeeps, yaks, base camp workers.
• Base Camp and Advance Base Camp services, cooks, cook boys, tents, seating etc.
• Individual Base Camp tent for each Member
• Climbing Sherpa support on the mountain each member has one Sherpa.
• Oxygen (5x4ltrs) and Top Out or Summit oxygen mask.
• Arnold Coster as expedition Leader
• Air travel to Kathmandu.
• Personal climbing clothes and equipment.
• Personal insurance, visas and inoculations.
• Food whilst the team is in Kathmandu.
• Importation taxes incurred by your personal equipment (e.g. satellite telephone and other high-tec equipment).
• Personal medical supplies and personal use of communication equipment.
• Tips and Sherpa Bonus.
• Additional Helicopter flights.