Mt. Everest South Col Route

Since the late 19th century, adventurous spirits have been fascinated with the ascent of the highest mountain in the world. Mt. Everest rises to an imposing 8850 meters (29,030 feet), and after 29 years of numerous attempts, Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay became the first people to stand on the elusive summit on May 29, 1953. These courageous climbers ascended through to the South Col from the Khumbu Glacier, and continued their ascent to the summit via the Southeast Ridge. Their route is now referred to as the Normal Route and becoming a very popular now.

Shambhala Trekking Success:

Shambhala Trekking has been running successful expeditions/Trekking since 1998 with many team members making it to on the top in too many summits around Himalaya. We are committed to providing you with the best quality service and experience to help you reach your goal.

Mountain Safety:

Safety is the number one priority at Shambhala Trekking. Our Everest expedition is heavily supported by strongly experienced staff and has one of the highest staff to client ratios in the business. We provide normally one-to-one client to Sherpa support ratio, as well as a one or two IFMGA/NNMGA Certify Mountain Guide to client ratio. Continual communication with base camp is maintained through reliable VHF radios. A 24-hour communication satellite is also provided for personal and emergency use. Shambhala Trekking also provides Gamow hyperbaric bags and additional oxygen in case of an emergency.

Our Philosophy:

Shambhala Trekking ’ main objective is to help you summit Everest safely with the greatest amount of personal fulfillment and fun. In order for us to achieve our goal we are dedicated to ensuring that you are properly prepared for the summit attempt Shambhala Trekking offers a wide variety of mountaineering courses and a diverse range of high-altitude peaks, as well as focused individual attention to help clients prepare for the expedition.

Shambhala Trekking Strategy:

Because it’s critical to acclimatize properly to maintain health and fitness and avoid altitude problems, Shambhala begins the slow acclimatization process with a leisurely 9-day trek to base camp. Once at base camp a pyramid of camps is established. The highest camp in the acclimatization process is Camp 3 at 7400 meters, and from there we will begin our summit attempt. Our experienced guides and Sherpas will fix ropes, stock camps and provide leadership and support for the climb. This enables you to carry lighter loads so you can save your strength for the summit bid. Oxygen will be used for all team members above Camp 3 or Camp -2 it’s defends of condition.

Team members leave for the summit the previous evening to allow adequate time to reach the summit by mid-morning. Shambhala Trekking provides additional oxygen, food, fuel and support for multiple summit attempts until Mother Nature deems the mountain unclimbable for the season. Shambhala Trekking equipment, service, and support are top-notch so you will have an outstanding chance at summiting the highest mountain on the planet.

Base Camp Training and Preparations

Once in Base Camp, we set about acclimatizing and learning the specialist skills needed for the mountain, such as how to use the oxygen and the radios. We will also hone our equipment and clothing requirements for the mountain, and set aside the food we want to eat in the upper camps (as this will be pre-placed for us by the Sherpas.)

In between times, we rest and get used to the altitude without undue exertion, as experience has shown this is the best way to prepare. We aim to make Base Camp as comfortable as is reasonably possible, with a heated, triple-skin mess tent, individual tents for each climber to sleep in, broadband internet connection and satellite telephones. Unfortunately, the potential for espionage means I can’t reveal all of our “secrets” here! Before venturing into the Khumbu Icefall, we will practice secure movement through complex ice terrain including the use of the ladders and fixed rope. We do this locally, in Base Camp and on the ice columns found at the lower edge of the Icefall. As soon as the route through the Icefall is prepared and after the training in Base Camp, we will have our first go at the Icefall, with the aim of getting halfway through and back in time for mid-morning in base camp. Then, we will progress higher until we know we can get through the Icefall and all the way to Camp 1 in a reasonable time. It is important to become familiar with the Icefall, so that you are psychologically prepared for the climb through it and also to improve your speed through the maze of fixed ropes and ladders. By late April, when it can be oppressively hot in the Western Cwm, you need to move through the Icefall quickly and efficiently to reach Camp 2 in the relative cool of the morning.

Whilst we are getting accustomed to the ropes, ladders and altitude, the Sherpas will be running loads through the icefall, into the Western Cwm and beyond.

The Climb

From base camp, the route to the summit can be divided into four separate sections:

  • The Khumbu Icefall
  • The Western Cwm
  • The Lhotse Face
  • The Summit (South East) Ridge

These distinct sections give the climb tremendous variety, although they do have their individual challenges and hazards. Being able to divide the mountain into four parts also has psychological benefits, enabling climbers to focus on each section and to measure their progress up the mountain more easily.

Trip Briefing
  • Duration: Duration: 3 months
  • Rating:Rating:Very Popular
  • Grading:Grading:Hard
  • Region: Region:Everest region
  • Activity:Activity:Expedition
  • Trip Type:Trip Type:Classic Trek
    • Day 1: 29th March Fly Kathmandu to Lukla, trek to Monjo (2,835m)
      You will make an early morning start for the Twin Otter flight to Lukla, the gateway to the Khumbu. This is an exciting flight, which should give a glimpse of Everest in the distance. In Lukla, you will meet our camp staff and porters and set off straight away for our first night’s stop at Phakding. Situated on the banks of the Dudh Kosi, which drains the whole of the Khumbu Region, this small hamlet is on the main trade route through the area and there are a number of clean, well-built lodges where we can spend the night.
    • Day 2: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,400m)
      You will continue up the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing it twice by small suspension bridges before reaching the village of Monjo where you will enter the Khumbu National Park. You will then cross the confluence of the Dudh Kosi and the Bhote Kosi on a high suspension bridge and climb steeply for about two hours to reach Namche Bazaar. This is a prosperous trading town and the capital of the Khumbu Region. Many Tibetans cross the nearby border to trade their wares and the local market is a fascinating spectacle. Just across the valley to the east stand the peaks of Thamserku and Kangtega, both very impressive mountains.
    • Day 3: Acclimatisation in Namche Bazaar
      You will spend a day in Namche Bazaar resting and allowing your body to become acclimatized to the altitude of 3,400m.
    • Day 4: Trek to Deboche (3,700m)
      From Namche, the well-worn Everest trail contours around the side of the valley high above the Dudh Kosi. As you follow the path, you will get your first really good views of the great peaks of the Khumbu: Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam. Passing by several villages and numerous tea shops, you will cross the Dudh Kosi river and make a steep climb to Thyangboche, home of an impressive and recently rebuilt monastery. You have plenty of time to look around Thyangboche and have a cake at the bakery before dropping down to the river and the village of Deboche. This is a little further along the trail, where the team will stay in a relaxing lodge.
    • Day 5: Trek to Dingboche (4,410m)
      Shaded by rhododendron trees, the path leads gradually down to the river once again to another airy suspension bridge. An hour’s walking from here, will bring you to Pangboche, an excellent viewpoint for Ama Dablam. Contouring up the valley side, you will re-cross the river and turn up the Imja Valley to reach the picturesque farming village of Dingboche.
    • Day 6: Acclimatisation around Dingboche
      This is an important phase of the expedition. You will be based in Dingboche, which is a good location for acclimatization. The expedition leader will organize daily outings to the adjacent hills with the aim of providing a gradual and beneficial programmer of acclimatization. In recent years, our expedition teams have chosen to spend two of these ‘acclimatization nights’ at Chukkung (4,730m), ascending Chukung Ri (5,550m) and then crossing the Kongma Pass (5,535m) to reach Lobuche the following day. While in Dingboche, you can also attend a seminar about high altitude acclimatization at the hospital in nearby Pheriche, run by the Himalayan Rescue Association.
    • Day 7: Trek to Chukung
    • Day 8: Island Peak base Camp
    • Day 9: High Camp
    • Day 10: Island peak Summit and back to Chhukung
    • Day 11: Dingboche
    • Day 12: Trek to Lobuje (4,940m)
      The team will choose to either cross the Kongma La to Lobuje from Chukkung, or you will retrace your steps back to Pheriche before continuing up the trail towards base camp. From Pheriche you will eventually reach Dugla situated below the snout of the Khumbu Glacier, a convenient place for lunch. After lunch, the trail starts to climb steeply beside the glacier moraine. After a couple of hours the track eventually leads to a small cluster of tea houses pleasantly situated at Lobuje.
    • Day 13: Trek to Gorak Shep (5,220m)
      About three hours beyond Lobuje you reach Gorak Shep, the site of the 1953 expedition’s base camp. It consists of a few small tea houses which, undoubtedly, will become a welcome ‘bolt hole’ during the expedition.
    • Day 14: Trek to Everest base camp (5,350m)
      Contouring along the valley side, the trail leads on to the moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and becomes quite vague, weaving between mounds of rubble. After about 3 hours you will eventually reach base camp near the foot of the Khumbu Icefall. This will be your home for the next five weeks.
    • Day 15-17: Rest and preparation
    • Day 18-55: Ascent of Everest You will climb through the Icefall as infrequently as possible, but this will mean at least 4 planned trips during the expedition. The outline climbing program will be as follows: Climb One – aim to reach Camp 1 and sleep for one night before descending to Base Camp. Climb Two – aim to sleep at Camp 1 for one night and to sleep at Camp 2 for two or three nights, including an acclimatization hike to the foot of the Lhotse Face. Climb Three – aim to sleep at Camp 2 or above for four or five nights. During this time, you will climb to Camp 3 and spend a full night, using oxygen for sleeping. Day 1 – Climb to Camp 1 or to Camp 2.

      Day 2 – Climb from Camp 1 to Camp 2. Or rest in Camp 2.


      Day 3 – Rest and Acclimatization in Camp 2.


      Day 4 – Climb to Camp 3. Sleep at Camp 3.


      Day 5 – Descend to Camp 2.


        Day 6 – Descend to Base Camp.

    R&R – now well acclimatized with strong legs and lungs, you stock up on calories and to have a thorough rest. Climb Four – you go up, to reach the Summit. This usually requires a 6 – 8 day round trip from base camp.

    • Day 56: Withdraw to base camp All team members will return to base camp.
    • Day 57-59: Return trek to Namche Bazaar via Dingboche and Deboche
    • Day 60: Trek to Lukla
    • Day 61: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu. You will return to the welcome haven of the Summit Hotel. Once back in Kathmandu, Jagged Globe will host an evening barbecue to celebrate the expedition and as a farewell party to thank the Sherpas for their support and friendship.
    • Day 62: At leisure in Kathmandu
    • Day 63: Homebound flight departures

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    Kathmandu Nepal

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