This stunning 7036m peak lies in the Upper Khumbu region of Nepal. It offers a fantastic mountaineering objective amongst some of the world’s best known and most spectacular mountain scenery.
To date, this mountain has only had 2 successful ascents, both by the South West Ridge and it is by this route that we will climb. This climb has the potential to be the first British ascent.
The peak lies south of the Nepalese – Tibetan border, a few miles beyond Gokyo and in the shadow of Cho Oyo.
The technical difficulty of this climb is moderate to high and is physically demanding with long days and sections with a lot of exposure. The trip is ideally suited to strong experienced climbers who want to climb the peak in its own right, or to use the trip to gain experience with the idea of going on to higher peaks in the future.
Day- 1/2 International flight to Kathmandu, where you will be met and driven to the hotel in the city.
Day- 3 We Fly to Lukla and start the ‘walk in’.
Day- 4 Walk to Namche Bazaar
Day- 5 Rest day in Namche Bazaar. This is primarily to aid acclimatization, but the town is a fascinating place to explore and to hunt for souvenirs. Option of a walk to Khumjung and view of Everest.
Days-6 to 8 Trek to Gokyo.
Day- 9 Rest day at Goyko to further aid acclimatization.
Day- 10 Acclimatisation climb on Gokyo Ri (5357m), fantastic view of Everest.
Day- 11 After a short walk beyond Gokyo, we cross the Ngozumba Glacier and set up base camp at Gyupa Lake.
Days-12 to 22 Climbing. The climb of the South West ridge will be made by utilising three camps at 5600m, 6000m and 6500m respectively.
Day-23 Return to base camp and prepare to leave.
Days-24 to 26 Trek back to Lukla.
Day-27 The return flight to Kathmandu is early in the morning, which leaves the rest of the day free.
Day- 28 An entire day in Kathmandu.
Day- 29/30 You will be driven out to the airport in good time to catch your international flight home.
This expedition is something different and away from the crowds. Expect to see just small numbers of tourists once we leave the main Everest trail up the Khumbu and just our group on the mountain!
Hotel Tibet in Kathmandu (one night at beginning, two at end of trip). Family run lodges on the trail. Tents at base camp and above.