Everest Camp Two
Upcoming Trips and Pricing
May 2-30th, 2015
The Bottom Line
Climbing Everest is quite the achievement in itself, but not everyone has the time, money, and training necessary to do it. That’s where our Camp Two trip comes in. It allows you to climb some of the world’s highest peak and immerse yourself in the Himalayan region in a shorter amount of time, and for a smaller price!
This is a 30-day trip that will take us from Kathmandu all the way to Lhotse face (22,000ft), the western flank of that particular mountain which is virtually connected to Everest. Along the way, we’ll meet expedition teams headed up to the summit.
We will also cross the famous Western Cwm, an area forever cemented in mountaineering lore. The peaks of Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse will tower above us.
Liking the sound of this? Read on!
Ok, let’s get serious
At a maximum altitude of 22,145 feet, our Everest Camp Two trek takes an enormous amount of training and mental preparation. You should be ready for:
• heavy packs,
• technical river and land crossings,
• lower than normal oxygen levels,
• an altered diet,
• limited lodging luxuries,
• and last but not least, the trek requires excellent physical and mental health.
Our guide is an Irish mountaineer who has extensive experience in leading expeditions to and up Everest. He is a believer in being well prepared and will train you on the proper equipment to bring and how to use it, as well as training tips before the trek. He has an amazing 96% success rate to date.
Safety is our top priority, and our professional, seasoned guide is committed to making your trek an enjoyable one.
Interested in getting to Camp Two? Let’s talk!
Your first two days will consist of your arrival into Kathmandu, and some time to yourself. Your lodging will be centrally located in the Thamel district, allowing you to explore this magnificent city freely. You’ll have a half-day tomorrow to explore even more- be sure to check out the ancient temples and local markets.
On day three, we’ll leave for Lukla- the gateway to the Himalayas. You will be treated to stunning views while flying through massive Himalayan valleys. Upon landing, we will begin trekking to our first camp in Phakding (9,350ft).
On day four, we will leave Phakding and head towards Namche Bazaar (11,155ft), the bustling city center and market of the Everest region. We will trek along the mighty Dudh Kosi, the main drainage river for the region. Our final, steep climb will bring us into Namche for some relaxation!
Day five will be another day in Namche as we acclimatize to the increasing altitude. We can take a walk up to Shangbouche Hill, or just hang out in Namche. Today is your oyster!
Day six will be a journey from Namche to Tengbouche (12,687ft), the site of a major monastery. Along the way, we’ll again be treated to wonderful views of the surrounding peaks, including Ama Dablam.
On day seven, we’ll leave Tengbouche and trek towards Dingboche (14,800ft), where we’ll sleep. We will cross a precarious suspension bridge, and after a tea break in Pangboche, we’ll hike up into the Imja Valley and into Dingboche.
Day eight will be a critical acclimatization day in Dingboche. We will walk to nearby Pheriche for an altitude sickness seminar run by the Mountain Rescue Association, and head up the ridge by Dingboche to an altitude of 16,404 feet.
On day nine, we’ll head to Lobuche (16,207ft). Continuing up the magnificent Imja Valley, we’ll stop for lunch in Tukla. After lunch, we’ll head up to the Everest Memorials before arriving in Lobuche.
Day ten will be a strenous one as we head up to Gorak Shep (16,995ft), site of the famous 1953 Everest expedition. We will have the opportunity to climb Kala Phatar (18,209ft), with spectacular views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and the infamous Khumbu Icefall.
It’s day eleven and we’re headed to Everest Base Camp! We will do some training in the icefall, as well as acclimate, before heading back to Gorak Shep to sleep.
Day twelve will be our journey back to base camp. Getting excited?
Day thirteen will consist of training in the Khumbu Icefall. We will practice using our equipment and crossing ladders and fixed ropes in preparation for our climb.
Day fourteen is a critical rest day. Enjoy it!
Day fifteen is where things get kicked up a notch. We will climb up to Camp One (20,013ft); this is a long and strenous journey, especially for those climbing in the Himalayas for the first time.
Days sixteen, seventeen, and eighteen will be a return journey back down the icefall to Base Camp. This is an early, 6 a.m. start! The next day, we’ll retreat further to Gorak Shep for a complete rest day on day eighteen.
On days nineteen and twenty, we’ll head back up to Base Camp, and the next day back up to Camp One- we’ll be sleeping here tonight.
Day twenty-one is Camp Two day! From Camp one, we’ll climb up to the second camp, sitting an extreme altitude of 20,997 feet.
Day twenty-two consists of a journey through some of the most famous areas in all of mountaineering. Lhotse Face will tower above us at 22,145 feet before we head back down to Camp Two for some sleep. This will be the highest part of our trip.
Day twenty-three will be more retreating back down to Base Camp, where we’ll sleep.
Days twenty-four, twenty-five, and twenty-six will be further retreating down the valley to Pheriche for a night. The next day will bring us back to Tengbouche for another night, and then the next day back to Namche for some needed celebration in one of the local bars!
On days twenty-seven and twenty-eight, we’ll leave Namche and hike back to Phakding and then to Lukla, where an early morning flight back to Kathmandu awaits the next day.
Days twenty-nine and thirty: back to Kathmandu for some relaxation and to prepare for your travel back home (and to plan your next trip here).