"I was very pleased with the trip and have no complaints. The staff and leader were excellent and we had a good team."
Here is what Dennis from Utah says:
"It was quite an experience of which I will never forget. The views of the Himalayan Peaks were stunning and the people I met were awesome. You have a great team of guides and staff assembled and I enjoyed my time with each one of them and found them to be professional and well suited for the trip. The porters and cooks were quite impressive as well. Thank you for a wonderful, life fulfilling dream come true. Your program is awesome and I have told several people already of the quality of Summit Climb."
These photos were taken on our recent successful Everest View Glacier School expedition where we put 5 members and 2 Sherpas on the summit and had a lot of fun. Photos in slideshow: Valerie Hovland, Tunc Findik, Elselien te Hennepe, Bruce Manning, & Preston Stroud. For caption information on these photos, please visit our Everest View Glacier School photo gallery.
Full Service price includes climb training, Sherpas, hotels, domestic flights, basecamp, yaks, porters, ropes, tasty meals on trek, in basecamp and climb, group climb equipment, tents, radios, satphones, etc
Leader: Ang Sange Sherpa. 9 Everest Glacier Schools. Friendly and helpful Ang Sange teaches everything you need.
2011 expedition success: 100 % on the summit.
Awarded 25 Best New Trips 2009 by the editors of National Geographic ADVENTURE magazine.
May be the "easiest" and most affordable way to learn glacier travel while gaining high altitude experience.
One of the most beautiful places to take an up-close look at the high peaks around Everest in Nepal.
Learn the technical skills needed using ice-axe, crampons and rope to climb the world's highest peaks.
After glacier training, make a summit attempt on the fun trekking peak of Lobuche East.
Trek to Cho La and Lobuche on snow-free paths through green terraced villages, rushing rivers, suspension bridges, lush forests, stay in civilized 'teahouses' and camp in verdant meadows beneath towering peaks.
Yak and porter transport for all your equipment from Lukla to and from to your final destination on the trek and back down;
Three meals per day during the trek, normally these may be cooked, but sometimes, during trekking, they may be a "packed-lunch".
All permit fees, trekking fees, climbing fees and liaison officers;
Emergency equipment and supplies: medical oxygen, gamow bag, basecamp medical kit, high-altitude medical kits, etcetera;
All group equipment like ropes, anchors, tents, stoves, etcetera.
Sleeping arrangements will be in comfortable and roomy bunks in teahouses;
Your trip includes 2 free Kathmandu hotel nights at the beginning and two free Kathmandu hotel nights at the end of the trip. You will be sharing. If you want your own single room, the cost is an aditional $30 per night and for extra nights $60 per person for single occupancy. Please bring extra cash to pay for your extra nights and / or your single supplement. This a clean and comfortable "two-star" hotel. We use good quality hot water hotels in a central neighborhood, near many tasty restaurants, and excellent mountain equipment and gift shopping, as well as our trekking and mountain climbing office where we meet before and after the adventure;
Seven-Day Option: We are offering a seven day trip for those members that wish to meet our team on day 9 of the itinerary in Dzongla and arrange their own trek before and after the 7 days of glacier travel. All of the services provided to our full-service members will be offered to members who wish to only do the 7 day program. This may be a great option for those who are participating in other treks/climbs in the region. Seven day option cost: $1450 USD.
Everest Basecamp Extension Option: For those members wishing to see Everest Basecamp after the Glacier School, we are offering a 4 day extension. You will branch off from the main team on day 17 of the itinerary and together we retrace the rest of the classic "Everest Approach March" made by Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, as well as climb Kala Patar (5,545 metres/18,200 feet). For more about the route to basecamp, please click here. 4 day Everest Basecamp extension cost: $550 USD.
Trekking:The cost of this expedition includes one of the most beautiful treks in the world. For more information and photos, please visit our Everest Basecamp trek. The trek follows almost the same route as Everest Basecamp, with the exception of branching off to the Cho La Glacier, southwest of Everest (photo right by Tunc Findik: Namche Bazaar, the capital of the Sherpa people. See this unique village on our trek to and from basecamp).
Sherpas and Equipment Transport: Our expedition includes transport of all of your equipment from Kathmandu to your destination, and returned to Kathmandu, including internal/domestic flights from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu. While climbing on the mountain, we DO NOT ask our members to carry heavy group equipment (although it is an option if you really want to), such as tents, rope, fuel, food, etcetera. We employ climbing sherpas, and high-altitude porters, to carry group equipment and supplies.
Cooks and Food: On the trek our experienced trekking cooks provide delicious meals. Our skillful and hard working cooks prepare three hot meals each day with a very healthy diet of fresh vegetables, cheeses, eggs, and fresh as well as tinned fruits, meats and fish (all meats and fish are prepared separately out of respect for the vegetarians in our midst). They supply you with unlimited hot-drinks, the key to successful acclimatization. We have large weather-proof kitchens and dining tents, with comfortable chairs and tables. On the mountain, above basecamp, we provide you with abundant and nutritious locally available quick-cooking food, so that you may prepare at least three meals and lots of hot drinks each day, in our specially designed high-altitude stoves using our butane-propane expedition mix fuel.
Hotel: Your trip includes 2 free Kathmandu hotel nights at the beginning and two free Kathmandu hotel nights at the end of the trip. You will be sharing. If you want your own single room, the cost is an aditional $25 per night. This a clean and comfortable "two-star" hotel. We use good quality hot water hotels in a central neighborhood, near many tasty restaurants, and excellent mountain equipment and gift shopping, as well as our trekking and mountain climbing office where we meet before and after the adventure.
Group Equipment: We provide a plethora of top-quality, and time-tested equipment, group gear, and supplies, including: rope, ice, rock, and snow anchor protection; basecamp and altitude tents; cookers, fuel, high-altitude food, walkie-talkie radios, bamboo marker wands, etcetera. Please see the above EQUIPMENT link, to study what we bring for your use and safety.
Staff: Our staff, working together as "Everest Parivar Expeditions, Pvt. Ltd." led by the experienced and influential Mr. Murari Sharma, are hospitality experts and have, for the last 21 years, been arranging overland tours, safaris, raft trips, treks, mountain climbs, trek support staff, cooks, peak climbing permits, satellite phone permits, video and film-making permits, translators, liaison officers, climbing Sherpas, oxygen, helicopter flights, air tickets, equipment purchase/hire, storage, import/export, shipping, customs clearance, transport bookings, advance hotel bookings, visas, repatriations, and permits.
Safety:Our expeditions are allowed access to our extensive communications equipment, medical supplies, first-aid kits, medical oxygen, and a gamow bag in case of emergency. Thank you for being a well-prepared and safe team member!
*What is not included?
Your Nepal visa is conveniently purchased by you upon arrival at the Kathmandu airport. It is not necessary to purchase a Nepalese visa prior to landing in Nepal. In 2007, the cost of a 60 day visa was $40 USD. Please bring cash and 2 extra passport-sized photos (extra photos are necessary to obtain the visa in the airport).
Additional expenses like bottled or canned drinks on the trek, tips and gratuities, and expenses of a personal nature (ie: laundry or gift shopping) are not included
We recommend the following tip for our group staff: Everest Glacier School : $150. Expect to pay the above tip no matter what.(photo right by Elselien te Hennepe: A view of Swayambhunath Stupa, the "Monkey Temple". It is the most ancient and enigmatic of all the holy shrines in Kathmandu valley. Swayambhunath's worshippers include Hindus, Vajrayana Buddhists of northern Nepal and Tibet, and the Newari Buddhists of central and southern Nepal. Each morning before dawn, hundreds of pilgrims will ascend the 365 steps that lead up the hill, file past the gilded Vajra (Tibetan: Dorje) and two lions guarding the entrance, and begin a series of clockwise circumambulations of the stupa. On each of the four sides of the main stupa there are a pair of big eyes. These eyes are symbolic of God's all-seeing perspective).