Mount Everest

Everest trekking holidays

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Footsteps of tradition – Edmund Hillary & Tenzing Norgay

The first footsteps atop the world’s highest mountain were those of Nepalese climber Tenzing Norgay and New Zealand climber Edmund Hillary, they reached the 8,848 m (5 ½ miles) summit of Everest on May 29, 1953. Everest is the ultimate goal of mountaineers and hard-core trekkers pursue the challenge of reaching base camp. 4,833 different people have summited Everest for a total of 8,306 summits.

There are two main climbing routes, one, the most popular, approaching the summit from the southeast in Nepal and the other from the north in Tibet. Everest trekking holidays to base camp on the “standard route”, in Nepal, involve staying at Nepalese teahouses (lodges), exploring valleys and colossal peaks whilst learning about local Sherpa culture and traditions, your adventure can start from the famed Kathmandu city.

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Is Mount Everest in the Himalayas?

Mount Everest is a wonder to behold and the highest peak in the world, as measured by the height of its summit above sea level. Everest is part of the Mahalangur range within the greater Himalaya mountain range in Asia, located on the border between Nepal and Tibet.

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Mt. Everest, part of the Himalayas, located between Nepal & Tibet (China)

Because the summit is directly between Tibet and Nepal, Mount Everest can be climbed either from the Tibetan side (the north ridge) or from the Nepalese side (the southeast ridge). Mount Everest is named after Sir George Everest, the Surveyor General of the Great Trigonometric Survey of India. Everest is known in Nepali as Sagarmatha and in Tibetan as Chomolungma.

Explore the south side

Thousands of trekkers each year book Mount Everest tour packages from the south of Mount Everest in Nepal. No mountaineering experience or technical equipment is necessary for the challenging trek to Everest base camp (approx. 5,364 m)

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View from Mount Everest base camp, Nepal

The south side, also known as “the standard route” is located in Nepal’s Sagarmatha National Park. The park, as well as Mt. Everest, also has several other peaks all above 6,000 m, was established as a World Heritage Site in 1979.

Today, hundreds of climbers from around the world use this route to try to stand on top of the world. It is considered slightly more dangerous than the North Ridge Route due primarily to the instability of the Khumbu Icefall.

Explore the north side

You can explore Mt. Everest’s Tibet side on a holiday to China. The China side is the north side of Mount Everest where the base camp is at a slightly lower altitude of 5,200 m (17,060 ft).

A permit is required to visit the North Base Camp from the Chinese government, as well as the permit needed to actually visit Tibet itself. We are able to acquire these permits and do package tours that include a vehicle, driver and guide. There is vehicle access to the North Camp in the summer months.

From the Base Camp, tourists are required to take buses managed by the government in order to limit the traffic in the final stretch of the road, up to a hill which is marked at 5,200 m. You can also trek up from the tourist camp, but only having spent numerous days acclimatising.

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Mt. Everest, Tibet

Deaths on Everest

According to the summit statistics in the Himalayan database (HDB), that cover all expeditions from 1905, six to eight people lose their lives each year summiting Mount Everest – more on the south side in Nepal due to more people climbing that side. However, Everest summits are growing and death rates are reducing, the reduction in deaths is primarily due to better gear, weather forecasting and more people climbing with commercial operations.

The death zone above camp 4, 8000 m at the edge of the atmosphere, has taken many strong and experienced climber’s lives. The reason it’ has this name is that nothing lives at that altitude or above and no human can survive long there due to the lack of oxygen in the thin air. Climbers are very vulnerable to altitude sickness once they climb into the death zone.

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Mt. Everest Death Zone

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