This is the time of year, April and May when Climbers can climb Mt. Everest. Usually the weather gets warmer and jet stream shifts off the summit of Mt. Everest towards the end of May each year. Climbers have a chance to make an attempt on the summit of the world’s highest mountain in this time between the middle to the end of May. The monsoon weather comes into Nepal from the south in India in June and the high winds from the jet stream can return at any time. Between June and September there can be a lot of snow making climbing conditions impossible and nobody climbs Everest during these months or throughout the year. May is the only real month for summit attempts. There is a widow in September and October but very few people attempt to climb during these months. May is the month of choice for the majority of climbers.
So it takes just under 2 weeks to trek or hike to Everest base camp from the Tenzing-Hillary Airport positioned at 2,860m/ 9,383ft when on a climbing expedition. The usual Everest base camp hike takes 8 to 10 days depending on the itinerary you choose. It takes 3 days back to Lukla lower in the valley where you fly back to Kathmandu after your trek or expedition. When you are looking to spend time above 5,500m/18,045 feet you need to spend more time acclimatizing to the low levels of oxygen early in the trip. Making sure you acclimatize lower is a key factor when climbing high on Everest.
After spending 10 days trekking to Everest base camp, you need 4 or 5 days to relax, sort your gear and kit before looking to move higher on the mountain. Once you move into the Khumbu Ice fall towards camp 1 and 2 you massively increase the risks of altitude sickness and danger from the moving river of ice and ice falling on you. On our Everest Camp 2 trip we will have 2 rotations into the ice fall. Before moving to Camp 2 and the base of the Lhotse face at 6,700m/ 22,000ft we need to get used to the lower area of the ice fall and become accustomed to moving over ladders, climbing in the ice fall and efficient movement at this altitude. Once you have climbed to camp 1 and acclimatised you will return to base camp and recover for a couple of days. In one big push we will move from Everest Base Camp to Everest Camp 2 sleep for the night and climb up to the base of the Lhotse face the following day returning back to camp 2 before moving carefully through the amazing Western Cwm on Everest and back to base camp.
In this valley (called the western cwm) is a river of ice, it moves down the valley on a continual basis, making the ice fall one of the most dangerous places on the mountain. You need to limit the time spent in the ice fall on Everest, but currently the only route to Camp 2 and up Mt. Everest on the Nepalese side of Everest. We will write more about Mt. Everest in the coming weeks. Climbing on Everest is risky and highly dangerous but if you would like to discuss joining one of our teams to Everest Camp base camp, Everest camp 2 or North col expedition on Everest then call us or e-mail now.