When most people think of Nepal they think of Mt. Everest, the tallest mountain in the world at 8,848M (29,029ft). Reaching the summit of Everest is the Holy Grail for most mountaineers and is considered a lifetime achievement. There are two standard approaches to climbing Everest, one from the north via Tibet and one from the south via the Khumbu Icefall. These are two totally different experiences, with the North ridge being windy and desolate and the south side being a scenic and magical place including the Khumbu Icefall and Lhotse face. The Sagarmatha, “Forehead of the Sky” in Nepali, is known as Mt. Everest around the world.
The Everest expedition experience is similar to an extended peak climbing trip, but at an elevation above 8,000 meters. It is not technical peak climbing, but more similar to an extended trekking experience in Nepal. Climbing Everest is an enormously physical experience, requiring that you push your body to the extreme, living in a unnatural place, beyond the normal boundary of its capabilities and or a short time into the death zone. Oxygen deprivation is extreme forcing the body to slowly begin to breakdown both physically and mentally. There is however an enormous satisfaction at the end of this difficult process providing each climber with an enormous sense of achievement that lasts forever.
Everest expedition is a multifaceted experience with phase one bring the Everest Base Camp trek through Khumbu valley with it colorful villages full of art and tradition and friendly Sherpa culture. Following the trek to Everest Base camp, there is the Everest Base Camp experience itself, which provides its own challenges of living for 4 weeks in the surroundings of the Khumbu glacier. Finally there is the acclimatization period of climbing to camp 1, 2, and 3 and eventually to camp 4 at the south col and hopefully success on the summit.
Trekking back to Lukla after the climb along the Everest Base camp trek in reverse is a enormous sense of achievement for those reaching the summit and moreover a sense of stepping outside your comfort zone for being daring enough to challenge the mountain.
The Everest expedition is a serious logistic exercise with lots of food, supplies and equipment being hauled up along the Everest Base Camp trek by armies of porters and Sherpa guides carrying ropes, ladders and equipment to high camps for the clients patiently waiting in the Base Camp and setting up miles of fixed lines and finding path for their clients.
The Everest expedition along the south face is calling the South East Ridge which is known as the Normal Everest climbing route. As per Satori Adventures record the summit Co-ordinates Latitude is 27°59'17'' N and Longitude is 86°55'31'' E. The summit program will be dependent upon weather and snow conditions, but in general will be a single push on 7 consecutive days from Base Camp as follows: Base Camp – camp one Camp 1 (6065m): camp one – Camp 2 Camp 2 6400M: Camp 2 – Camp 3 Camp 3 (7100m): Camp 3 – Camp 4 Camp 4 (7920m) (South Col, 7,900m):Camp 4 – Summit(8848M)– Camp 4: Camp 4 – Camp 2: Camp 2 – Base Camp.
Mt. Everest was first summated by Sherpa Tenzing Norgay and New Zealand climbers Mr. Edmond Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay with a British expedition in 1953 were used the South Col route first time to summit Mount Everest. At that time the route had only been attempted twice by Swiss teams in the spring and autumn of 1952. They reached 8500m well above the South Col. Of note; Norway was with the Swiss thus giving him the experience he used on the British expedition. The Swiss returned in 1956 to make the second summit of Everest.
Around 2000 AD, when expedition operators started operating on Everest from north side, there were very few teams and very little infrastructure available. Over the years expedition operators have continuously been improving the routes and new methods and standards have lead to a high level of success and safety of our climbers. Satori Adventures has helped with these methods on the South Side and have helped build the standard level of service and safety on Everest. We are concerned by the unstable nature of the Khumbu Icefall and subsequently have created a system by which clients and our team move through the Khumbu ice fall much less than in the past. This is the reason we acclimatize on nearby peaks including Island Peak and or Lobuche Peak to help avoid rotations on Mt. Everest.
South Side Climbing Routes:
The south route is technically a trekking route with a little objective danger once you move past the Khumbu icefall apart from a few crevasses and seracs bridged by ladders, a couple short ice cliffs around camp 3 and some rock sections protected with fixed lines. There is an obvious danger of high altitude illness and the unpredictable mountain weather.
The Khumbu Icefall is a steep glacier with large crevasses and treacherous unstable seracs making navigation complicated and riddled with objective dangers. This is the most dangerous part of the climb, but we attempt to alleviate the danger installing ladders across crevasses and along vertical seracs and ice walls for efficient and easier climbing. These arrangements make climbing through the Khumbu ice fall possible, efficient and relatively safe especially in the early morning when the ice structure is more stable. The Khumbu ice fall is much more dangerous in the afternoon due to the sun and warming of the ice.
Everest base camp located on a moving glacier at 5,200 meters from sea level where you will spend up to 45 days. Conditions in base camp will remain consistent during the climbing period and will consist of shifting and moving tents and platforms as the ice moves and melts. The area is harsh, but beautiful surrounded by Pumori, Lola, Nuptse, Nutse and the Khumbu Icefall with warm mornings and occasional afternoon snow squalls. With so many expedition teams at BC it looks and feels like a small village in the Himalaya.
Reaching C1 is the most technical part of a south side climb since it crosses the Khumbu Icefall. The Icefall is 2,000′ feet of moving ice with deep crevasses, towering ice sera’s and avalanches off Everest’s west shoulder. During the climbing period we attempt to spend only 2 nights at Camp I for acclimation. Once you have proper acclimation our plans calls for us to move up and down directly from camp II for safely.
Camp 2 is located in a lateral moraine at the bottom of west ridge. It is a very safe and sheltered location with tremendous views of Lhotse. All companies set-up their main climbing camp for the duration of climbing period here with tents for individual climbers along with kitchen and dining tents. Camp 2 is the main acclimatization camp and the base for camp 3 acclimatization climbing and the final summit attempt. This is the camp, where you are spending the most time after base camp.
Climbing the Lhotse Face to C3 is often difficult since almost all climbers are feeling the effects of high altitude and are not yet using supplemental oxygen. The Lhotse Face is steep and the ice is hard, but the route is fixed with rope and the angles can range from 30 to 45 degrees. It is a long climb to C3, but is required for acclimatization prior to a summit bid. You will spend 2 nights at camp three for acclimatization and the summit push.
Welcome to the moon. This is a flat area covered with loose rock and surrounded by Everest to the north and Lhotse on the south. Located at the South Col is the last camp; it is easily accessible by a majority of climbers without supplementary oxygen. There are two rock sections to navigate before camp 4: the Yellow Band an inter-layer of marble, phyllite and semi schist rock and the Geneva Spur, an anvil shaped rib of black rock. Both of these areas are set-up with fixed ropes.
The last section from the south Col to the summit takes 09-13 hours to navigate. There is the Balcony, the Hillary Step, and the south summit before reaching the central summit. The route to the true summit is a moderate snow slope and while tired, adrenaline keeps most climbers moving at this point.
Base Camp: 17,060'/5200m
C1: 19,357'/5900m - 5-6 hours, 1.62 miles
C2: 20,998'/6400m - 2-3 hours, 1.74 miles
C3: 23,294'/7100m 5-7 hours, 1.64 miles
Yellow Band: 2-3 hours
Geneva Spur: 2 hours South
Col: 26,300'/8000m- 1 hour
Balcony: 5 - 6 hours
South Summit: 28500'/8690m - 4 to 5 hours
Hillary Step: 1 hour around
Summit: 29,029' / 8848m 1 and half hour
Return to South Col: 5 -8 hours
Return to C2: 5 hours
Return to Base Camp: 5 hours
Highest access: 8,848m (29,029ft)
First Ascent: May 29, 1953 Edmund Hillary & Tenzing Norgey Sherpa
Duration: 67 Days
Group Size: 1-10 persons per group
Co-ordinates: 27°59'17'' N / 86°55'31'' E
Location: Nepal/Tibet border
Airport: Kathmandu Airport
Departure From: Kathmandu Airport
Accommodation: Three star to five star as request
Meals: B/B plan in Kathmandu & B, I, D during trekking and climbing
Transportation: vehicle and domestic flight
Best season: Spring Season (April, May)
Major Activity: Trekking/Mountaineering
Include Activity: Trekking/Mountaineering
Culture: Sherpa and Tamang
Mode of Travel: Tea House/Camping
Climbing route: South east ridge (Normal route)
Himalayan sights: Lhotse, Makalu, Ama Dablam, Cho-Oyu
31 March/Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel Yak and Yeti or similar hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (1350M/4430ft)
01-2April/Day2-3:Preparation, Briefings at Departments of tourism, Last minute shopping
03 April/Day 04:Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla; Trek to Phakding (2650m/8694ft, 04 hrs); lodge accommodation
04 April/Day 05:Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar through colorful Khumbu villages (3440m/11286ft, 06hrs); Lodge accommodation
05 April/Day 06: Rest day for acclimatization; you will be hike to famous Everest View Hotel (3800m/12487ft, 3hrs) to catch a glimpse of Everest; explore Hilary and Sherpa museum at Namche in the evening with slide show program.
06 April/Day 07:Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3850m/12631ft, 05-06 hrs); visit significant Buddhist monastery; lodge accommodation
07 April/Day 08:Trek from Tyangboche to Dingboche (4350m/14271ft, 4hrs) about 4-5hrs; catch glimpses of Ama Dablam and Lhotse; lodge accommodation
08 April/Day 09:Acclimatization in Dingboche(4350M/14271ft) hiking up to chhukung-re.
09 April/Day 10:Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (5018m/16463ft, 4-5hrs); lodge accommodation
10 April/Day 11:Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep (5170m/16962ft, 3hrs); lodge accommodation
11 April/Day 12:Morning acclimatize to Kalapathar (5554M) after breakfast Trek from Gorakshep to Everest Base camp (5200m/17060, 2hrs)
12-27 May/D 13-58:Climbing period Summit Everest (8,848m/ 29029ft)
28 May/Day 59: Preparation for return, trek from Everest base camp to Dingboche(4350m/14271ft, 4hrs) , lodge accommodation
29 May/Day 60: Trek from Dingboche to Tengboche (3860m/12631ft, 04 hours) lodge accommodation
30 May/Day 61:Trek from Tengboche to Namche Bazaar (3440m/11286ft, 04hrs) lodge accommodation.
31 May/Day 62:Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla(2840m/9317ft,7hrs) lodge accommodation
01 June/Day 63:Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu (1350M/4430ft); 35minutes, transfer to hotel
02 June/Day 64:Leisure day & shopping in Kathmandu; Fair well-Celebration dinner with culture program in the Evening.
03 June/Day 65:Transfer to the airport for final departure
For our full board climbers we set up intermediate facility at camp 2 (6,400m); this will include personal tents for full board clients, kitchen and dining tents and the toilet facility. We provide meals while our clients are in camp 2. We provide a personal climbing Sherpa guide to help the clients reach the summit. Personal climbing Sherpa will set up camp 3 and camp 4 including food provisions, fuel and oxygen and will guide and assist the client on the summit day.;We provide the climbing Sherpa with appropriate radio communication to Camp 2, 3, and 4 and the climbing route.
Satori Adventures provides very professional, helpful and friendly service from Kathmandu to the ABC as well as during the climb. Our objective is to provide a good quality, helpful, safe, friendly, stress free and comprehensive service to maximize summit opportunity.
In the Base camp our cooks and helpers will prepare and serve three delicious freshly cooked and plentiful meals a day and will ensure that hot and cold drinks are available 24 hrs a day. In the Base Camp we provide spacious expedition quality personal tents for all our clients both with full board or base-camp service only.In base camp we also provide dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet facilities and portable shower facilities and tent accommodation for our staff.
In base camp we provide access to communication including satellite telephone and internet access, solar panels to charge your batteries and UHF/VHF hand held radios on the mountain to maintain communications between ABC and high camps.
Our camp manager as well as guides and climbing Sherpa’s have an extensive experience on multiple Everest climbs. They will ensure cooperation with other companies and Base Camp organization. In base camp our guides will work with other teams to ensure contribution from all operators for tasks such as route fixing and to ensure the safety of climbers from ABC to the summit.
Satori Adventures has not able to include the cost of each package in the company website. Many of our clients have the same query: why Satori Adventures has not included the price in the package. To provide you service in reasonable cost and attempt to address your each requirement we desired to provide you with some information which directly affects the cost and also helps us breakdown the cost. That’s why, we have decided to clarify our customers that due to following reasons we have not included the cost in our website and package:
Due to the above position the price range for the same trip can vary widely. So, we would like to discuss with our client before offering the cost. Please feel free to contact Satori Adventures for any information about in your selected package.
It is important for each climber to choose the right expedition guide service that not only suites their needs, but provides the best safely and secure mountaineering experience possible. There are more than 1,700 trekking companies in Nepal who offer 8,000 meter expeditions including Everest, but only about 30 companies who operate 8,000 meter peaks on a regular basis. We are proud to be one of these 30 companies and consistently offer, run and succeed at these types of expeditions year after year.
It is very important that the climbers who choose Satori Adventures for this trip of a lifetime experience have expectations that are compatible with the program we offer and the style of expedition Satori Adventures runs. We do not want to simply “fill our expedition”, but instead we want to comprise a team of companionable people who are focused on reaching the summit with the highest level of support and safety standards that can be provided by a guiding service on Mt Everest. We team this with the best standards of food and quality equipment to further assist each client reach their full potential. We feel that we offer the best environment and opportunity for you to be successful on the world’s highest mountain.
We are always developing and growing our operational systems to ensure you participate will provide as much as facilities provided. We figure our expedition members do not deserve anything less during the trekking and climbing! In the interests of giving you the most optimal chance to summit, we limit our team size to ensure the group summits on the best weather day; sometimes there are less window days for summit in Everest. In big size of group offering cheap climbs often miss out as they split their groups over several potential summit days. We feel like our climbing members are feeling that they are climbing as a family and friends team even on international people. We accept maximum 08 people in a group and if we have more than that we always split in two groups. So that our base camp staff cooks, climbing Sherpa guide will fully taking care about you and provide service as per your desire.
The Satori Adventures methodology and tactical approach to climbing Mt Everest has seen us achieve the highest success rates and our extensive experience gives us the edge when it comes to making the right decisions. We provide a consistently higher Sherpa and Guide ratio than any other operator, resulting in more support and backup for your summit attempt and therefore a greater safety margin and chance of success. There is always a 1:1 ratio of the climbing Sherpa/guide and client. We always use professional and experienced climbing Sherpa or guides who have all reached the summit of Everest.
Our guides are professionals who are trained and assessed either via the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations (IFMGA) resulting in a greater repertoire of skills that enables them to provide a dedicated level of security to you during the expedition, or many years of mountaineering experience on the world’s biggest peaks. Our guides are experience in both advanced and basic rescue courses and all have a minimum of 3 years guiding on Everest.
Satori Adventures Everest expeditions have been at the forefront of providing top communications for our Everest expeditions. This allows us to obtain and deliver comprehensive weather forecasts via U.S., European and Kathmandu weather forecasting. Our lead guide is always equipped with a satellite phone during the climbing and at base camp. Two way radio communications between climbing members, guides, Sherpa and base camp staff is also provided. There is also local mobile network available at base camp that provides easy connection with your family during your stay at base camp.
Satori Adventure focuses on comfortable conditions at base camp, including good quality food and other services. We find this helps clients with their overall success rate on the mountain. Our cooks are regarded as the best in the business, providing wholesome and appetizing meals with an agreeable array of menus to suit all your food requirements. The meals you are served on the mountain are also of the highest standard and designed to sustain you for the rigorous ascent. We offer various choices that will suit any diet plan, including vegetarian, Vegan, continental, Indian and others. If you have special food consideration, please provide this to us 60 days prior to the expedition so we can plan the best meals for your trip.
From South (Nepal): The approach on its south side is through the Khumbu region of Nepal leading up to the Khumbu Glacier extending down to Lobuche (4900m). It starts with the flight to Lukla and the trek via Namche Bazaar (3440m), Tengaboche (36600m), Pheriche (4270m), Lobuche (4910m), Gorak Shep (5140m) to Everest South Base Camp (5200m). It takes typically 8 days to reach ABC from Kathmandu.
The Great Trigonometric Survey of India, part of the British Survey of India which began in 1803, made distance measurements of many high Himalayan peaks in the 1850s including those in the Mount Everest region. The Survey established the first published height of Everest, then known as Peak XV, at 29,002 ft (8,840 m). In 1865, Everest was given its official English name.
The northern approach to the mountain was explored by George Mallory on the first expedition in 1921. With Mallory leading (and thus becoming the first European to set foot on Everest's flanks) they climbed the North Col (7,007m).
The British returned for a 1922 expedition. George Finch climbed using oxygen for the first time. He ascended at a remarkable speed of 290m/hour, and reached an altitude of 8,320m, the first time a human climbed higher than 8,000m.
On 8 June 1924 George Mallory and Andrew Irvine made an attempt on the summit via the North Col/North Ridge/Northeast Ridge route from which they never returned.The Swiss expedition of 1952, led by Edouard Wyss-Dunant, was granted permission to attempt a climb from Nepal. The expedition established a route through the Khumbu ice fall and ascended to the South Col at an elevation of 7,986m.
In 1953, a ninth British expedition, led by John Hunt, returned to Nepal. The first pair (Tom Bourdillon and Charles Evans) came within 100 m (300 feet) of the summit on 26 May 1953, but turned back after becoming exhausted.
Two days later, the expedition made its second and final assault on the summit with the New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, a Nepali sherpa climber. They reached the summit at 11:30 a.m. local time on 29 May 1953 via the South Col Route.
On 8 May 1978, Reinhold Messner (Italy) and Peter Habeler (Austria) made the first ascent without supplemental oxygen, using the southeast ridge route. On 20 August 1980, Messner reached the summit of the mountain solo for the first time, without supplementary oxygen or support, on the more difficult Northwest route via the North Col to the North Face and the Great Couloir. He climbed for three days entirely alone from his base camp at 6,500 metres
In 1980, a team from Poland led by Andrzej Zawada, Leszek Cichy, and Krzysztof Wielicki became the first to reach the summit during the winter season.
On 14 May 2005, pilot Didier Delsalle of France landed a Eurocopter AS 350 B3 helicopter on the summit of Mount Everest (without any witness) and took off after about four minutes. (His rotors were continually engaged, constituting a "hover landing", and avoiding the risks of relying on the snow to support the aircraft.) He thereby set rotorcraft world records, for highest of both landing (de facto) and take-off (formally). Delsalle had also performed, two days earlier, a take-off from the South Col; some press reports suggested that the report of the summit landing was a misunderstanding of a South Col landing.
Namaste , I was a part of Everest expedition south face team 2016, I enjoyed lot with staff and with members of team , staff and Sherpa team were excellent and well supportive , Rishi Bhandari sir arranged all things very well through out the expidition , I m really happy with satori adventure , thanks to every one from my expidition team as well as to supporting staff ,
A successful Everest expedition needs everything from an experienced and a strong Sherpa team, cooks, and other staff at the base camp, reliable and well tested equipment such as tents, ropes, high altitude stoves, wide variety of food selection inclusive of fresh vegetables, and fresh fruits, specialized high altitude food, good base camp facilities such as individual tents, clean and well maintained kitchen, dining, shower, and loo tents for the entire team and staff, brand new oxygen bottles, high quality summit masks and regulators for the climbers and Sherpa guides, a comfortable and luxury trek in and out of the base camp, and above all a strong ground operation in Kathmandu that takes care of all government formalities and paperwork, and is available to organize rescues in case of emergencies on the mountain.
Rishi and Satori adventures provided every single thing from the above list, and they went above and beyond all expectations. 6 out of 7 members made it to the top of Mt. Everest and made it back down alive. A big part of this success is due to the Satori adventures' team and organization both on and off the mountain. Rishi as the CEO of Satori adventures provided us full support throughout our Everest climb. Rishi understands how to run a big mountain expedition and deeply cares for the success and safety of all expedition members. Two of the climbers on my team required immediate helicopter evacuation from Camp two, and Rishi organized that without any delay. If you are looking to climb Everest or any of the other 8000 meter mountains in Nepal or Tibet, I would highly recommend that you go with Satori adventures. And if you are looking to do any trekking or climbing a 6000 meter or a 7000 meter mountain I would again recommend to climb with Rishi and his team. I have now been on three 8000 meter mountain expeditions and one 6000 meter mountain expedition with Rishi and his team and I have no complaints at all. Every single aspect of the expedition is very well taken care of.
Highly Highly Highly recommended!
Kuntal Ajit Joisher
Phone: + 91-9619900405
100% trust worthy, 100% support, 100% satisfaction. I m happy with group of satori, they are well organised, treck n expidition camps well organised, supportive sherpas
A successful Everest expedition needs everything from an experienced and a strong Sherpa team, cooks, and other staff at the base camp, reliable and well tested equipment such as tents, ropes, high altitude stoves, wide variety of food selection inclusive of fresh vegetables, and fresh fruits, specialized high altitude food, good base camp facilities such as individual tents, clean and well maintained kitchen, dining, shower, and loo tents for the entire team and staff, brand new oxygen bottles, high quality summit masks and regulators for the climbers and Sherpa guides, a comfortable and luxury trek in and out of the base camp, and above all a strong ground operation in Kathmandu that takes care of all government formalities and paperwork, and is available to organize rescues incase of emergencies on the mountain.
Rishi and Satori adventures provided every single thing from the above list, and they went above and beyond all expectations. 6 out of 7 members made it to the top of Mt. Everest and made it back down alive. A big part of this success is due to the Satori adventures' team and organization both on and off the mountain. Rishi as the CEO of Satori adventures provided us full support throughout our Everest climb. Rishi understands how to run a big mountain expedition and deeply cares for the success and safety of all expedition members. Two of the climbers on my team required immediate helicopter evacuation from Camp two, and Rishi organized that without any delay.
If you are looking to climb Everest or any of the other 8000 meter mountains in Nepal or Tibet, I would highly recommend that you go with Satori adventures. And if you are looking to do any trekking or climbing a 6000 meter or a 7000 meter mountain I would again recommend to climb with Rishi and his team. I have now been on three 8000 meter mountain expeditions and one 6000 meter mountain expedition with Rishi and his team and I have no complaints at all. Every single aspect of the expedition is very well taken care of. Highly Highly Highly recommended!
We participated in the Everest base camp expedition from 15-24 th march from Kathmandu to EBC and back and it was an awesome experience. We had an excellent hospitality by Satori team including Leaders Kuntal Joisher who is an Everest climbed and Mingma Tenzi Sherpa another legend who had made sure that we are fed well and hydrated throughout the trip .
I would like to come again next year same time with few friends of mine to Join Satori team.
I am very satisfied with the service received from Satori Adventure during my successful climb to Mount Everest expedition. Good food, facilities, logistic and overall organization. The entire team has been reliable, very skilled, cooperative and trustful. I would recommend Satori Adventure. Thanks to you all!