Climb to Camp III on Everest - Black Diamond Expedition
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  • Everest Advance Base Camp

Climb to Camp III on Everest

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  • Duration
    Duration:30 Days
  • Accomodation
    Accommodation: 11 Nights (Standard Hotel), 12 Nights (Teahouse)
    6 Nights (Camp)
  • Meals
    Meals :29 Breakfast, 30 Lunches
    32 Dinner
  • Location
    Service: Airport to Airport
  • Trip Grade
    Trip Grade :Difficult
  • Max Altitude
    Max Altitude: 6,431m/21,100ft

Overview

Hike to Camp III on Everest is the most adventurous trek for those who love mountaineering. The North face of Everest, above the ice-clad realm of Camp III, unveils the view of mesmerizing mountain panoramas as the the wind-blown snowflakes of the North Col, the enormous rock hanging on Everest’s Northeast Ridge and most astounding of all, the instantly recognizable rock summit of Everest. The top of the world is on an eye catching sight—and it is, only a little more than 8,000 feet above the high point of our trek. The peculiar world of Camp III at 21,100 feet is the closest destination for the non climbers to get the experience of the trek to the roof of the world.

This legendary route up the North Face of Mount Everest was pioneered in the 1920s by British mountaineer George Mallory, who said he wanted to climb Everest “because it is there.” Mallory and his friend who were last seen above Camp IV on June 6, heading toward the summit, disappeared into the mists of the history. The legend of Mallory and Irvine has remained one of mountaineering’s mysterious narratives, and the question of whether they died while still on the ascent or after having reached the summit has intrigued mountaineers for 90 years. Howeever, in 1999, an American expedition led by Conrad Anker located Mallory’s body below Everest’s Northeast Ridge.

Highlights

  • Trek to 21,100 feet on Everest—the closest non-climbers can get to the summit of Everest
  • Follow the legendary route pioneered in the 1920s by British mountaineer George Mallory
  • Explore celestial monasteries, holy lakes, pristine valleys, and nomadic herding families
  • High alpine country around Shishapangma (26,286')
  • A day hike to the South Shishapangma Base Camp

Itinerary

Day 1-7Kathmandu, Nepal / Lhasa, Tibet’s Holy City

After exploring Kathmandu’s colorful bazaars, we take a spectacular flight to Lhasa, Tibet. Our explorations here include the Potala Palace and the massive monasteries of the Lhasa Valley, and we mingle with Tibetan pilgrims in the Jokhang Temple.

Dinner, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8-10Shigatse (12,631') / Nyelam

Our journey across the Tibetan Plateau brings us across a rugged, stunningly beautiful landscape of villages, remote valleys, high mountain passes, and alluring views of the high Himalaya. We acclimatize with a hike to the holy lake of Dara Tsho (14,350′).

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11-17Shishapangma Trek

A seven-day warm-up trek brings us through beautiful high country to the south base camp of Shishapangma (26,397′), the world’s 14th highest peak. Our pace allows time for day hikes into beautiful remote side valleys. Shishapangma, just 50 miles north of Kathmandu, was the last of the world’s 8,000-meter peaks to be climbed and is the only one entirely within Tibet.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18Rongbuk Monastery

We drive to Rongbuk Monastery (16,450′), spectacularly situated below the northern base of Mount Everest. Dza Rongbuk is acclaimed as the highest monastery in the world; it may well have provided some of the inspiration for James Hilton’s classic novel, Lost Horizon.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19-26Everest Base Camp to Camp III

Following the main Rongbuk Glacier and the East Rongbuk Glacier, we trek to Camp I (18,050′) on Mt. Everest. To assure proper acclimatization, we camp at least two nights at an interim camp (19,000′) between Camp I and Camp II (19,900′), spectacularly located below the glaciers spilling off Everest’s North Peak. Conditions allowing, we hike to our highest camp, Camp III (21,100′), below the mighty rock palisades of Everest’s Northeast Ridge.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 27-28Return Trek to Everest Base Camp / Dingri Valley

We descend by the same scenic route back to Everest Base Camp, then drive to our final camp near the Tingri Valley.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 29-30Return to Kathmandu

A beautiful overland drive brings us back to the warmth and greenery of Nepal, and we depart via Kathmandu on Day 30.

Breakfast,Lunch, Dinner

Included

  • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guide(s)
  • Accommodations as noted
  • All meals included except 1 lunch and 2 dinners
  • Camp staff including pack animals and cooks
  • Group camping and cooking equipment including dining, sleeping and toilet tents, sleeping bags and pads
  • All land transportation, airport transfers for passengers on group flights

Excluded

  • International airfare to/from Kathmandu
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Detailed Itinerary
  • Optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff
  • Hotels en route to/from Kathmandu
  • Any additional hotel nights that may be necessitated by international airline schedule changes or other factors
  • Pre-trip expenses of medical immunizations
  • visa fees, travel and evacuation insurance, and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).

Accomodation

You will be accommodated in Hotel Encounter Nepal or a similar category’s hotel in Kathmandu; and basic tea houses/guest houses during the trek when trekking with Black Diamond Expedition. On most Everest Treks, the tea houses or lodges serve rooms on a twin-sharing basis with an attached bathroom and hot shower facilities. Single-supplement rooms are served with an extra charge of USD 495. However, it may be difficult to get one at higher points or during peak season trekking. Some of the tea houses in this trekking region in both lower and higher elevations may have shared bathrooms and toilet facilities. We always make sure to book you the best possible accommodation at Everest Base Camp

Meals

Your meal plan in Kathmandu includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. During the trek a three-course meal will be served. The tea house where we spend an overnight will serve us a balanced diet for breakfast and dinner whereas lunch is taken at one of the tea houses on the way to our next destination. Black Diamonds has also prepared a special Welcome and Farewell dinner for the guests following a cultural performance.

Best time to travel to Everest Base Camp

The best seasons for trekking to the Everest Base Camp are Autumn (Sept to Dec) and Spring (March to May). The weather is sunny and warm making the views outstanding in these seasons. The weather condition is the primary issue during the Winter (Jan to Feb) season for trekking to Everest Base Camp. The region offers a freezing cold during winter. Just opposite to this, EBC trek gets affected by monsoon during Summer/ rainy season (June to August). 

Packing list for Everest Base Camp Trek

While trekking to the high-altitude Everest area, it is essential to pack necessary items wisely. You should make sure not to overpack because you will be trekking through rough terrain at high altitudes, and it will be challenging to carry all your belongings while trekking. Therefore, you should be careful and selective when packing, focusing only on the necessary items. Some of the essential items to pack include:

Sun hat & sunglasses
Base layer
Insulating layer
Gloves
Trekking poles
Trekking Boots

For a detailed list of what to pack, check out our comprehensive Everest Base Camp Trek packing list.

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