Best time for Everest Expedition
Weather is an extremely crucial factor for the successful completion of any kind of journey to any place, especially when it comes to an expedition journey, it is a matter of life and death and the weather conditions must never be overlooked.
At the Everest Summit, weather conditions are inherently harsh and tolerant to change. It is hard to determine the right time because of unpredictable weather, extreme climate conditions, and changing temperatures. Throughout the year, the best and ideal time to summit Mt. Everest is in the spring season. The ascend between April to May is the best time for mountaineers to summit the peak. During this season, the peak is mostly visible and clear with the temperature being not as harsh as other seasons. Besides spring, autumn from September to October is another ideal time suitable for ascending Mount Everest. It is also the peak time for the ascent when climbers around the globe set off on the expedition journey. Also, as it comes after the monsoon, monsoon clouds are absent making the weather clear and suitable for the climb. The average temperature at the summit is -36 degrees Celsius in the coldest month of January which can drop up to -60 degrees. In the warmest month of July, the average temperature is -19 degrees Celsius.
Food during the Everest Expedition
It is crucial to consume healthy and nutritious food while you're on a voyage, especially when it's a long expedition like this one. We consider healthy and nutritious food to be a pivotal component to the overall success of the expedition. During the trek, up to the Base camp, you'll be having meals at the teahouse/lodge along the trail. The breakfast generally includes traditional bread, eggs, porridge, and soups while lunch and dinner include local dal Bhat (rice, lentils, beans, green vegetables). You can also choose from the western menu at the beginning of the trek.
As for the expedition, meals are prepared by our experienced expedition cooks. Making sure the food we provide is hygienic and suits your palate, we offer all varieties of food including continental and local Nepali items. At the base camps, Breakfast includes eggs, bread, porridge, etc. Lunch includes rice, lentils, beans, green vegetables, chapattis, bread, tinned meat, and fish items. As for the main meal, you can choose from local or western varieties. During the actual mountain climbing, the foods are mostly dry including chocolate, cheese, nuts, and muesli items. You could also bring comfort foods from your home like; chocolates, energy gel, power bars, dry fruits, candies, other snacks, etc.
Accommodation during Everest Expedition
For the first few days of the trekking part of the journey, you can get a nice clean room with facilities like; warm beds, in-room bathrooms, hot shower, charging plugs, Wi-Fi connection, etc. As you move to a higher elevation, the facilities get limited, and the room comes without facilities like; in-room bathrooms, charging plugs, and internet connections. As for the expedition part, you'll be provided with a high-quality extreme weather tent for every two climbers.
At base camp, there will also be a heated dining room, kitchen tent, toilet tent, shower tent, etc, and more for your comfort.
Everest Expedition difficulty
It is a given thing that climbing the highest mountain in the world is extremely challenging both physically and mentally. The freezing temperature, low oxygen, huge gears, heavy clothes, and little to no sleep are the few things among many that make this expedition journey extremely tough. Other factors like altitude sickness, hunger, sleep deprivation, fatigue, and frostbite are additional risks of the expedition. Anyone who is setting off on the expedition journey must be technically and physically well-trained. The climber must have good knowledge of using technical gears like; ice axe, fixed ropes, crampons, etc. It is also required to have previous climbing experience on peaks above 6500m for the Everest expedition which is one of the prerequisites set by the Nepal government. Along with that, you must submit a document approved by a professional physician certifying your fitness and good health condition.
Everest Expedition Training
Training is another critical factor for a successful summit of Everest.
It is necessary to train specifically for the climb of Everest for at least a year, building up stable fitness. During your training, you will have to focus on your hike time, distance, and elevation gain. It is also very important to develop your mountain skills, such as the use of ice axe and crampon, rope handling, ascending and descending, route finding, crevasse rescue, avalanche forecasting, high altitude sickness prevention, diagnosis and treatment, snow camping, and survival skills. During your training period, you’ll have to ace all the mountaineering skills along with their technicality. All these skills will come in extremely handy to you during your climb. Also, it is crucial not to rush anything at the time of training or real climbing. You must learn to have patience and trust in your Sherpas at the time of crisis on an expedition.
Everest Expedition Permits and Requirements
As it is the highest mountain in the world, climbing it is not so simple and easy. There are several prerequisites imposed by the Nepal government for the Everest Expedition. And, to set foot on the Everest Expedition, you must meet all the requirements specified by the Nepal government. The prerequisites to climb Mount Everest are;
Experience and Health Prerequisites
All climbers aiming to climb Mount Everest must have previously climbed a mountain located in Nepal with a height of 6,500 m or higher before getting a permit. Climbers must also submit documentation certifying that they are in good health and physical fitness as specified by a medical health professional. Furthermore, climbers are required to experience a basic training session to learn good mountaineering skills and high-altitude climbing techniques.
Purchase Rescue Insurance
All climbers are required to purchase rescue insurance. It is a special type of travel insurance that covers emergency rescue and evacuation from the mountain in case of crisis and emergency.
After you meet all the requirements, there are a few permits you need to issue to climb Everest. The first permit is climbing royalty for Mount Everest which costs
$ 11000 in spring
$ 5500 in autumn
$ 2750 in winter/summer
Besides the climbing royalty permit, there are fees for a liaison officer and trash that you'll have to pay for the Everest Expedition.