Mount Everest Expedition South Ridge

Mount Everest Expedition South Ridge

Zambuling Expedition knows the surefire way to charge you with overwhelming emotions when being in Nepal. How do you feel about trekking in the Himalayas and facing the challenge of human endurance? If you get enthusiastic about this idea in the same way as we do, our Everest climbing expeditions are exactly what you need. We offer a trip that will be remembered for its breathtaking beauty, stunning views, and ultimate tests of your skills.
Climbing the mountain from the Southside belongs to one of those Everest expeditions which allow you to move beyond the boundaries of your imagination. Being virtually on the top of the Earth provides you with a chance to build up a bigger picture. Overlooking the natural wonders of Nepal, Everest is known to be a legendary mountain steeped in history. It is not about easy-to-climb one that can be conquered by everyone. This mount poses a considerable challenge even for well-trained climbers. However, Zambuling Expedition is ready to go the extra mile for you to have a chance to become part of that history. When you embark on our Everest guided expeditions, it is up to you to open up horizons you have never seen before.

Features of Climbing Mount Everest from the South Ridge

The unique point of this route lies in crossing the Khumbu Icefall and the Lhotse Face. While Everest is known for harsh weather conditions and unpredictability, this glacier features crevasses and seracs scattered all over the way. With this in mind, the Zambuling Expedition provides all climbers with professional guiding services and equipment required for successful ascending. We have been mapping out new routes and improving safety standards for many years to help you achieve summit aspirations. That is why our Everest expedition cost includes scores of ladders, carrying ropes, and other equipment to get through crevasses and other obstacles successfully. Besides, new techniques allow us to cross the Khumbu Icefall much faster than before. We will do everything it takes to overcome difficulties the South route is fraught with.

On the Route to Summit

It means crossing snow-capped peaks while being in full gear at heights of above 8,000 meters. Plus, every climber is subjected to the effects of high altitude, including oxygen deprivation. Therefore, Zambuling Expedition allows for several acclimatization periods at camps so that you can get accustomed to ever-changing environmental conditions and keep your performance at the highest level.
Before setting out on a guided expedition to Everest, it is recommended to test your mountaineering skills, endurance, and addictiveness. Although we will provide you with professional assistance and vital equipment, you should practice hard to be able to pay tribute to nature while standing at the summit of the highest mountain in the world.
We enable you to live through the experience you have been looking for so long. Choose this climbing route and enjoy the allure of Everest to the fullest. Now the time has come to challenge you!

South Col Route Camps:

Base camp: 17,060’/5200m

Everest base camp located on a moving glacier at 5,200 meters from sea level where you will spend up to 45 days. Conditions in base camp will remain consistent during the climbing period and will consist of shifting and moving tents and platforms as the ice moves and melts. The area is harsh, but beautiful surrounded by Pumori, Lola, Nuptse, and the Khumbu Icefall with warm mornings and occasional afternoon snow squalls. With so many expedition teams at BC it looks and feels like a small village in the Himalaya.

C1: 19,357’/5900m

Reaching C1 is the most technical part of a south side climb since it crosses the Khumbu Icefall. The Icefall is 2,000′ feet of moving ice with deep crevasses, towering ice sera’s and avalanches off Everest’s west shoulder. During the climbing period, we attempt to spend only 2 nights at Camp I for acclimation. Once you have proper acclimation our plans call for us to move up and down directly from camp II for safely.

C2: 20,998’/6400m

Camp 2 is located in a lateral moraine at the bottom of the west ridge. It is a very safe and sheltered location with tremendous views of Lhotse. All companies set-up their main climbing camp for the duration of the climbing period here with tents for individual climbers along with a kitchen and dining tents. Camp 2 is the main acclimatization camp and the base for camp 3 acclimatization climbing and the final summit attempt. This is the camp, where you are spending the most time after base camp.

C3: 23,294’/7100m

Climbing the Lhotse Face to C3 is often difficult since almost all climbers are feeling the effects of high altitude and are not yet using supplemental oxygen. The Lhotse Face is steep and the ice is hard, but the route is fixed with rope and the angles can range from 30 to 45 degrees. It is a long climb to C3 but is required for acclimatization prior to a summit bid. You will spend 2 nights at camp three for acclimatization and the summit push.

South Col: 26,300’/8000m

Welcome to the moon. This is a flat area covered with loose rock and surrounded by Everest to the north and Lhotse on the south. Located at the South Col is the last camp; it is easily accessible by a majority of climbers without supplementary oxygen. There are two rock sections to navigate before camp 4: the Yellow Band an inter-layer of marble, phyllite and semi schist rock and the Geneva Spur, an anvil shaped rib of black rock. Both of these areas are set-up with fixed ropes.

Summit: 29,029′/8848m – 1 hour or less

The last section from the South Col to the summit takes 09-13 hours to navigate. There is the Balcony, the Hillary Step, and the south summit before reaching the central summit. The route to the true summit is a moderate snow slope and while tired, adrenaline keeps most climbers moving at this point.

Per our experience, these are the relative times for travel between the camps. 

Base Camp: 17,060’/5200m                                                          C1:19,357’/5900m – 5-6 hours, 1.62 miles

C2:20,998’/6400m – 2-3 hours, 1.74 miles                              C3:23,294’/7100m 5-7 hours, 1.64 miles

Yellow Band: 2-3 hours                                                                 Geneva Spur: 2 hours South

Col: 26,300’/8000m- 1 hour                                                          Balcony: 5 – 6 hours

South Summit: 28500’/8690m – 4 to 5 hours                         Hillary Step:1 hour around

Summit: 29,029′ / 8848m 1 and half hour                              Return to South Col: 5 -8 hours

Return to C2: 5 hours                                                                     Return to Base Camp: 5 hours


Facts of the Trip


  • Highest access: 8,848m (29,029ft)
  • First Ascent: May 29, 1953 Edmund Hillary & Tenzing Norgey Sherpa
  • Duration: 67 Days
  • Group Size: 1-10 persons per group
  • Co-ordinates:27°59’17” N / 86°55’31” E
  • Location: Nepal/Tibet border
  • Country: Nepal
  • Airport: Kathmandu Airport
  • Departure From: Kathmandu Airport
  • Grade: Challenging
  • Accommodation: Three star to five star as request
  • Meals: B/B plan in Kathmandu & B, I, D during trekking and climbing
  • Transportation: vehicle and domestic flight
  • Best season: Spring Season (April, May)
  • Major Activity: Trekking/Mountaineering
  • Include Activity: Trekking/Mountaineering
  • Culture: Sherpa and Tamang
  • Mode of Travel: Tea House/Camping
  • Climbing route: South east ridge (Normal route)
  • Himalayan sights: Lhotse, Makalu, Ama Dablam, Cho-Oyu