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North Col Expedition 2017 / 2018 (20 Days)

North Col Expedition 2017 / 2018
Everest North Col Expedition 2017
North Col Expedition is an opportunity to climb up to 7,000m on Mt Everest the highest mountain in the world. Everest North Cool expedition would be a suitable for someone who has previous mountaineering experience using crampons and ice axe. You will reach a vantage point high up on the North Col above 7000m, with the most spectacular views of North Face of Mount Everest. 

We have prepared the itinerary to give you sufficient time for your body to adjust to the lack of oxygen at this altitude. After taking spectacular flight to Lhasa we spend 3 days before driving across the Tibetan plateau to Everest Base camp. We pass small Tibetan settlements, nomadic herdsmen wandering across the wide arid plains and awe-inspiring mountain peaks. Equally as fascinating is the wealth of cultural interest and we will have plenty of opportunity to explore this side of Tibet, both in Lhasa and the other towns we pass through on our journey to Kathmandu. We spend few days at Base Camp then start walk to Advance base camp before we start climbing to North Col. 

Itinerary
Day 01: Kathmandu (1400m)
Day 02: Sightseeing: 
Day 03: Kathmandu - Lhasa (3660m)
Day 04: Lhasa sightseeing:
Day 05: Lhasa Sightseeing
Day 06: Lhasa to Gyantse (3950 m)
Day 07: Gyantse to Shigatse (3900m)-90 km
Day 08: Shigatse to Shegar (4050m)-244 km. 
Day 09: Shegar to Rongbuk (5000m)-68 km. 
Day 10: Rest day at Base Camp (5200m)-68km 
Day 11: Rest day at Base Camp (5200m) 
Day 12: Trek from Everest Base Camp to Camp 1 (5460m) 
Day 13: Trek to Interim Camp (5760m) 
Day 14: Rest day at Interim Camp (5760m) 
Day 15: Trek to Camp 2 (5970m) 
Day 16: Trek to Camp 3 (6340m) and return to Camp 2 
Day 17: Trek to Camp 3 (Advance Base camp) 
Day 18: Climb to North Col and descend to ABC. Overnight at camp. 
Day 19: Return to Base Camp / Rongbuk 
Day 20: Rongbuk to Zhangmu (2300m)-181 km
Day 21: Zhangmu to Kathmandu (1300m)
Day 22: Free day for shopping. Overnight at hotel.
Day 23: Departure
Trip Outline
  • Trekking days - 23
  • Total days - 20
  • Min. Altitude - (1400m./4593ft.)
  • Max. Altitude - (7000m./22966ft.)
  • Overal walking - 5/6 hrs P/D
  • Trip Nature - Climbing And Expedition
  • Difficulty - Hard
  • Min. group size - 2
  • Age Limit -
  • Best Time - March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
Services
Cost includes: 
Kathmandu:
    * Transportation (Pick up and drop to international airport)
    * Sightseeing with Nepali guide according to the itinerary
    * Kathmandu Accommodation in twin sharing room on bed and breakfast basis (4 nights)
    * Tibet: Accommodation in twin sharing room / and two men tent basis during camping
    * Transportation by Land-cruiser in Tibet
    * Sightseeing with Tibetan guide as per itinerary
    * Monastery entrance fees
    * Tibet visa and travel permit
    * Grassland fees for Everest Base camp and permit for North Cool Expedition 
    * Fully catered camping trek supported by professional (Guide, Cook, Helpers) crew & Tibetan guide, professional climbing Guide
    • Lhasa Kathmandu Flight ticket USD 510 / per person (Subject to be changed)
    • Tibet visa / Permit USD114 per person (if American nationality visa cost is USD198) (Subject to be changed)

Package does not include: 
Kathmandu
    * Food
    * Personal expenses
    * Travel insurance
    * Nepal entry visa
Tibet
    * Personal expenses
    * Medical evacuation in case of emergency
    * All bar bill
Personal medical supplies and personal use of communication equipment. Excess baggage. Tips for porters and local guides

Long Itinerary
Day 01: Kathmandu (1400m)
Pick up then Transfer to hotel and handle check in. Short briefing that afternoon followed by orientation walk. Overnight at hotel.
 
Day 02: Sightseeing: 
Around Kathmandu valley: The holy place of Pashupatinath temple, Shoyambhunath temple, Boudhanath Stupa & Kathmandu Darbar Square), arrange the necessary permit for Trekking and Climbing. Overnight at Hotel.
 
Day 03: Kathmandu - Lhasa (3660m)
Fly to Lhasa, about 1 hour flight offer panoramic Himalayan views including Mt. Everest. And other mountains ranges. Pick up from Gonggar airport, after finished immigration formalities it takes about 1 hour 30 minutes drive along 93 km road leading to Lhasa. It is advisable to rest in Hotel. Overnight at hotel.
 
Day 04: Lhasa sightseeing:
After breakfast you will visit to Sera Monastery, Norbulinka (summer place of Dalai Lama), Jokhang temple and Barkhor markets. You are introduced about the interesting monastery, religion and market by our Tibetan guide. Finally, you head back to your hotel late afternoon for refreshment. Overnight at hotel.
 
Day 05: Lhasa Sightseeing
fter breakfast, we take you to the Potala Palace (the palace for Dalai Lama) towering above city of Lhasa. Later in the noon after lunch, you will visit beautifully landscaped Drepung Monastery, Tibetan art center and museum. You can observe nuns and monks chanting and performing religious discourses. Finally you return to the hotel for delicious dinner. Overnight at hotel.
 
Day 06: Lhasa to Gyantse (3950 m)
Takes about 8 hours drive for 261 km, Passing through beautiful pass Khamba-La (4794m) with majestic views of Yamdrok-Tso Lake and Nazin Kang Sa standing proud at 7252m. On turning westwards, you come across another Karo-La pass at 5045m. If you glance at the road, you can see huge glaciers tumbling down into the road. As you getting closer beautifully landscaped Tibetan villages become visible the town of Gyantse.
 
Day 07: Gyantse to Shigatse (3900m)-90 km
Morning visit to Kumbum Stupa and free market of Gyantse. You will take a 90 km drive to Shigatse, second largest city of Tibet. Tashilhunpo Monastery is a major attraction of Shigatse. Overnight at hotel.
 
Day 08: Shigatse to Shegar (4050m)-244 km. 
Today you will transverse along the Friendship Highway amidst picturesque landscape driving past small town of Lhatse and Gyamtso La pass at 5220m. As the route opens into plains, many monasteries and camps of nomadic herders become visible en route to Shegar. Overnight at hotel.
 
Day 09: Shegar to Rongbuk (5000m)-68 km. 
You will drive to the south crossing Pang La pass at 5150m. Along the drive you can see the majestic views of snow-capped peaks from Makalu to Shishapangma. After driving for 68 km, you eventually reach Rongbuk at 5000m. You can then view spectacular sight of Mount Everest. Overnight at guesthouse / camp.
 
Day 10: Rest day at Base Camp (5200m)-68km 
We take a short drive to the rough and barren Everest Base Camp. This is a short day, really it is one of many acclimatization days. How often do you get a chance to sit and read at 5000 meters with the sheer north face of the highest mountain in the world towering above us. 
Although we drive it is possible to trek Rongbuk to Base Camp, which takes about 5 hours slowly. It is tough at this altitude! You will feel better after a day's rest. Overnight at camp.
 
Day 11: Rest day at Base Camp (5200m) 
We spend another day in Base camp to acclimatizes, you have the chance to explore around the area. Overnight at camp.
 
Day 12: Trek from Everest Base Camp to Camp 1 (5460m) 
The Rongbuk Glacier is an impressive frozen ocean of ice waves; the views of the glacier and the Himalayan peaks are some of the most dramatic in Tibet. Along the east side of the glacier is the trail that expeditions use to begin their climbs of Everest and this is the trail we are taking. Camp 1 is set in a barren world of moraine hills under beautifully sculpted yellow-orange granite cliffs. If we reach camp early we can explore end of the East Rongbuk Glacier. Overnight at camp.
 
Day 13: Trek to Interim Camp (5760m) 
The trail to the Interim Camp climbs and descents over the gravel hills, always staying above the west edge of the ice. Interim camp is a good place to spend a night acclimatising before trekking to Camp 2. Nearby, the first ice seracs [ice pinnacles] rise like white sails from the dark debris-laden surface of the glacier we will go and take a good look at these. Overnight at camp.
 
Day 14: Rest day at Interim Camp (5760m) 
We spend a day here in the intermediate camp, resting to further acclimatise. We will of course explore the surroundings on small excursions. However this is another good chance to finish that book. Overnight at camp.

Day 15: Trek to Camp 2 (5970m) 
About two hours above the Interim camp the central ridgeline leads in to a confused of ice at the confluence with the Changtse glacier. Camp 2 [5970m] is only ten minutes from here, set in a beautiful
location; glaciers large and small spills into the valley from every direction and the appropriately named Serac Highway continues to extend its unusual gravel arm trough the centre of the of the ice formations. Overnight at camp.

Day 16: Trek to Camp 3 (6340m) and return to Camp 2 
Each person has the choice of making a day trip to ABC and sleeping at Camp 2, or of spending the night at Camp 3. Beware though, the altitude is extreme. Camp 3, the advanced base camp for the North Col route up Mount Everest, is situated within a group of flattened gravel mounds beside the glacier. The pinnacles, the frightening group of rock palisades that kept the Northeast Ridge unclimbed for so long, are just another 1500 metres up from camp 3. Most amazing of all is the ridge extending above the Pinnacles to the southwest: the striated rock summit of Everest. The top of this mountain appears phenomenally close; it is little more than 2400 meteres higher than camp 3. This is the closest non-climbers can get to the top of Everest. With a pair of binoculars, you are almost there... Overnight at camp.
 
Day 17: Trek to Camp 3 (Advance Base camp) 
We climb to the Advance Base Camp or Camp 3. Overnight at camp. 

Day 18: Climb to North Col and descend to ABC. Overnight at camp. 

Day 19: Return to Base Camp / Rongbuk 
A long days trekking down to Base Camp and to much lower, more comfortable altitudes. Overnight at guesthouse / camp.
 
Day 20: Rongbuk to Zhangmu (2300m)-181 km
You will drive past Tingri crossing Lalung La pass at 5124m and Shung La pass at 5200m. Savoring the enchanting views of the surrounding peaks of Shishapangma, Cho Oyu, Menlungtse and Gauri Shankar, you descend from the arid Tibetan Plateau to verdant Zhangmu on the Nepalese border. Overnight at hotel.
 
Day 21: Zhangmu to Kathmandu (1300m)
After finished border clearance few kilometers drive away from Zhangmu to Friendship Bridge, walk across the bridge to meet Nepalese escort to drive to Kathmandu. About 5-6 hours drive along 123 km road take you to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
 
Day 22: Free day for shopping. Overnight at hotel.

Day 23: Departure:
Transfer to airport for final departure to onward destination.
Equipment
Climbing boots (normal)
Crampons 
Ice axe 
Harness 
Karabiners 
Ice screws 
Snow bars 
Deadmen 
Tapes/slings 
Rock pegs 
Helmet (crash hat) 
Warm climbing trousers 
Long cotton hiking shirts 
Waterproof climbing 
jacket 
Gaiters 
Lightweight thermal/ insulated ski gloves 
Sun hat 
Light cotton athletic
socks and wool 
climbing socks 
Long sleeved 
cotton/woolen shirts 
T-shirts 
Wool long underwear 
Down high altitude 
sleeping bag 
Sleeping pad 
Down jacket/ trousers/vest 
Climbing sunglasses
Sunscreen 
Lip salve 
Lightweight fleece 
Fleece/wool for climbing 
Descenders 
Ascenders 
Head torch /batteries/bulbs
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