| |These photos were taken on our recent successful Everest Training Climb expedition where we put members and sherpas all the way to camp 3 on the Lhotse Face and the team returned home safely. Photos in Lhotse slideshow: Fabrice Imparato, Bruce Manning, Samuli Mansikka, Elselien te Hennepe, Richard Pattison & Tunc Findik. For caption information on these photos, please visit our Everest Training Climb photo gallery .
- Full Service price includes: climbing training, Sherpas, hotels, domestic flights, basecamp, yaks, porters, ropes, tasty meals on trek, in basecamp and climb, group climbing equipment, tents, radios, satphones, etc.
- Leader: Dan Mazur , Everest expert: 9 Everest expeditions. Friendly and helpful, teaches everything you need to know.
- 2011 expedition: 100 % success rate: everyone reached camp 3 at 7300 m / 24,000 ft on the Lhotse Face.
- 31 days (or 16 days climb only) in April or May 2012 or 2013.
- Follow the same route as the climbers trying for the summit of Mount Everest while clipped to safety ropes.
- May be one of the "easiest" ways to reach 7300 m / 24,000 ft. Excellent chance to see how you feel at altitude. Experience the amazing Everest climbing route and beautiful trek to Everest basecamp.
- Completing this climb is excellent preparation for eventually trying for the summit of Everest, at a much lower cost and for a shorter duration.
- We teach you everything you need to know about climbing during the trip.
- Climb the route first ascended by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa.
- Do well and transfer to Everest.
- The Nepal (south) side of Everest is warmer and less windy than the Tibet side of Everest.
- Cross the massive Khumbu Icefall above basecamp. Clip to well-fixed ropes on solid ladders over crevasses.
- We help you buy and rent inexpensive mountain climbing, trekking, hiking, and walking gear, equipment, clothing, boots, shoes for sale, purchase and hire at affordable, cheap, low prices.
- Trek to base camp 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.
- Dates and Cost:
- 7 April to 7 May, and 21 April-21 May, 2013 & 2014. 31 days in Nepal.
- Full Service Cost: $8,650, £5,350, €6,250. Currency conversions 8-Nov-11.
- Sixteen day option: $6350, £3850, €4350.
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Recent news: Our spring 2011 Everest Nepal Camp 3 Training Climb has just returned from a successful climb on the mountain. Please click here to view news of our expedition. Please also view our "Archived News" for more stories of past trips.
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Dan Mazur is leading a new 31 day long 7300 metre/24,000 foot high expedition to camp 3 on the Everest Nepal side this year. It’s going to be an excellent opportunity to see how you feel at high altitude on Everest in a short amount of time for a reduced cost. Mount Everest at 8848 metres / 29,035 feet is perhaps the most coveted mountain in the world. The south (Nepalese) side is the route first climbed by Tenzing and Hillary in 1953, and the dates we have chosen feature the best weather of the year. We teach you everything you need to know in special training sessions in base camp and the few days of climbing are mainly steep walking. The actual climbing on this fun trip could be best described as steep walking/climbing, with climbers attached to fixed ropes and the dates we have chosen run in conjunction with the exciting spring Everest climbing season. Climbing up to camp 3 could qualify you for climbing Everest.
This expedition maximizes experience gained over 11 prior Everest expeditions, years of accumulated wisdom of the high Himalaya, a strong record of reaching the top of 7000 metre/23,000 foot & 6000 metre/20,000 foot peaks: Mustagata , Aconcagua , Island Peak , Ama Dablam , Kilimanjaro, Mt. Kenya , North Col, Lhakpa Ri , and many other summits. with a strong record of reaching the top of our world's highest peaks. In addition to more than 25 Himalayan expeditions we have an intimate knowledge of the Nepalese officials who regulate the permit system, liaison officers, sherpas, cooks, yak drivers, and hoteliers/restaurateurs.
Andrew Brash climbing a steep Lhotse face ice-wall on the way to camp 3. Everest is behind him on the left (Christian Otto). Our awesome sherpas Thile and Tenji in between camp 1 and camp 2 (Samuli Mansikka).
The proposed itinerary allows enough time for proper acclimatization, rest days, and several returns to base camp, where the kitchen and base camp staff can look after all of your needs, and quell your appetite. The weather at this time of year is normally quite good and stable. However, we all know the global weather is changing, and in case of storms, you will note the proposed itinerary includes extra days as well. In previous expeditions, half of those who reached the summit needed every single "extra" day.
At low elevation, the temperatures can vary from 27°c to -7°c ( 80°f to 20°f). At higher elevations, the temperature can vary from 16°c to -23°c (60°f to -10°f). The wind is the most chilling factor, and can be quite variable, with everything from a flat calm, to very strong on the Lhotse face. There may be deep snow, heavy rains, mosquitoes in wet areas, blowing dust, burning heat, bright sunshine.
Arriving in Kathmandu-
The trip begins in the ancient and colorful city of Kathmandu, and the staff will personally meet your flight at Tribhuvan airport. You stay in a comfortable, simple, clean hotel, and sample some of the tasty Nepalese, Tibetan and Western-Style cuisine, at minimal expense. During our free day in Kathmandu, we shall finalize arrangements, and take some time out for trinket hunting, with planned visits to explore the 17th century splendors of the Monkey Temple, the Durbar Square and old Kings Palace, as well as the ancient city of Patan. back to top
A view of the Bouddhanath Stupa, the biggest stupa in Nepal, which lies about 7 km east of the capital. The Bouddhanath stupa, also called by many as Khasti Chitya, is one of the oldest stupas in the country. After 1959, many Tibetans arrived and settled in Bouddhanath area. The stupa, a well-known Buddhist pilgrimage site, is included in World Heritage Cultural site list by UNESCO (Samuli Mansikka).
Trekking to Basecamp-
Early the following morning we fly to Lukla at 2,850 metres/9,400 feet., where we meet our yak drivers, and porters. If there is time, we will trek to Monjo (2,650 metres/8,700 feet), and spend the night. For our full-service members, the cost of this expedition includes one of the most beautiful treks in the world. For more information and photos, please visit our Everest trek section of the site: Everest Trek.
Namche Bazaar, the capital of the Sherpa people. See this unique village on our trek to and from basecamp (Tunc Findik).
We will continue our trek up to Namche Bazaar (3,450 metres/11,300 feet), the capital of the Sherpa Kingdom. Here we rest for a day to acclimate, then proceed up to Deboche (3,750 metres/12,300 feet) for a night, then to Lobuche (4,950 metres/16,200 feet), where we have another acclimatization day. Finally, we make the last trek to basecamp at 5,300 metres/17,400 feet.
Climbing to Everest Camp 3-
After resting, organizing, and training in basecamp for a day, we will begin our climb. We start with a day hike through the awe inspiring Khumbu Icefall, followed by a trip to the plateau of the Western Cwm, for our first glimpse of Camp 1, at 5,800 metres/19,000 feet. We return to basecamp for a tasty dinner, prepared by our skilled cooks. back to top
Team members crossing a ladder over a deep crevasse in the interesting Khumbu Icefall. Rope and ladders are expertly fixed and maintained through the maze of shifting glacial seracs (Bruce Manning). Members wave in the Western Cwm between camp 1 and camp 2 (Dan Mazur).
Through the following days, we will climb up and down the mountain, exploring the route, establishing camps, and carefully and safely building our acclimatization level.
From camp 1 at 6,000 metres/19,700 feet, the route traverses the flattish bottom of the Western Cwm, to 6,200 metres/20,300 feet where camp 2 is located.
Camp 3 is on the head wall of the Lhotse face at about 7300 metres/24,00 feet. To reach camp 3, we must negotiate the Lhotse Face. The Lhotse face is a steep, shiny icy wall. The face itself is not extremely technical, but is arduous considering the altitude increase. It gets less difficult as acclimation continues through the weeks going up and down between camps. back to top
Team members ascending the Lhotse Face. Our comfortable camp 3. The spectacular view from camp 3. (Sam Mansikka)
After packing up all of your equipment, supplies, and rubbish, you will make the return trek to Lukla. The following morning, you are up early, and fly back to Kathmandu, where you can enjoy a hot shower and a grand Nepalese western-style feast. In Kathmandu, you can have a day to relax, celebrate, tour the valley, write postcards, and do a bit more shopping, before heading home. We hope you had a safe, enjoyable, and successful adventure. Thanks for joining in! back to top
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