"The leader provided great team leadership and is a very good communicator, clear and patient. I liked the independence afforded on the expedition and we had a good team. The solar charger and battery setup in basecamp worked well and the double wall dining tent and heater were nice. The sherpas were very hard working and super friendly. There were no slackers on the staff."
Here is what the Mallorys from Canada, a family of 4 Everest summiters, had to say:
"SummitClimb is very patient and well organized. On expedition the showers were nice, the toilet facilities were good, tent arrangements were comfortable, the food servers were great, the food was tasty, and we even had heaters in basecamp and doctors on the trip.
The organization was well done and we had very little concerns, with all of our requirements were met. We had a great climb with a huge deal of success.
The SummitClimb Sherpas were very supportive, capable and helped us at important times when we needed their assistance. Preparation for the climb was made easy, with all of the important information available on the SummitClimb website. Questions were readily answered rapidly by the SummitClimb office staff. Most importantly, the leader was very professional, respectful, communicated information readily, and was a key component in the success we enjoyed on Everest"
Here is what Eric from Canada, the youngest Canadian male to summit Everest had to say:
"It’s a personal accomplishment I have been thinking about for a very long time. I am very happy with the outcome. When I saw the south summit I felt confident and on top of Everest I felt happiness, excitement, and relief at being on top of the world."
Here is what Everest summiter, Sophie from France had to say;
"I think Everest is very different than any other mountains I have climbed. You have to be strong, focused, and confident to enjoy it.
I love climbing for fun. My personal sherpa was really fun to climb with and did a great job of keeping me motivated. We took it step by step together and he was with me the whole way. We stopped a lot and took breaks, shot photos, had snacks, and enjoyed the experience of climbing Everest. My sherpa let me lead about 60% of the time, which was nice because I love to leading when I'm climbing."
Here is what Phil from the UK has to say:
"The expedition is ideal for individuals or groups of climbers who wish to participate in a Himalayan expedition at a reasonable price. The price is only slightly higher than the cost of organizing your own independent expedition. You have the wealth of experience provided by the organizers and land leaders, who use no middlemen, dealing directly with the government mountaineering office.
Allows a member to experience the Himalayas a little bit as the first pioneer climbers did when there was no such thing as commercial expeditions. Some climbers without the contacts and knowledge to organize their own trip will enjoy how all logistics are taken care of by professionals, from your arrival at the airport to your departure from the staging city."
Here is what Troy says:
"Thanks for everything! I appreciate everything you did to make this a safe and successful expedition."
Here is what Bruce says:
"I thought the expedition worked well and it was another good group of people you put together. I look forward to climbing together again and seeing you next time."
Here is what Dale has to say:
"I just want to say "thanks" for organizing this expedition. I was able to achieve my childhood dream/goal of reaching the summit of Mt. Everest, and SummitClimb was a big factor in that dream becoming a reality."
Here is what Arnold has to say about climbing Everest from Tibet:
"It’s a full service expedition with everything taken care of. Or you can go in simple style with the basic climb. It's less expensive than the South side expedition.
It involves some very interesting history of Mallory and Irvine and the 1920s expeditions.
SummitClimb's strong team of staff and sherpas has helped fix the route to the summit many years now and they know the mountain well.
It's less crowded than the South side and there is a nice slow pace of approach and climb.
The leaders are very team focused, dedicated and hard working, with attention to the member's needs and details letting each participant go at his/her own pace with their own desired support.
The basecamp food is excellent with plenty of hot drinks.
The Tibetan side of Everest might be shorter to climb, you start from a high ABC at 6400 metres. The summit day is shorter, starting from 8300 metre high camp, 300 metres higher than high camp on the Nepal side."
Here is what Amer had to say:
"Please know that i am truly delighted and 100% satisfied with my SummitClimb experience! Everything went smoothly so far as the organization goes, and i am grateful to have been a part of the team."
Mount Everest Climbing Expedition on Nepal South Col Route
These photos were taken on our recent expedition. Photos in slideshow: Fabrice Imparato, Dan Mazur, Bruce Manning, Roman Giutashvili, Tunc Findik and Gennady Kopieka. For caption information, please visit our Everest Nepal photo gallery
Climb Everest. Expedition via Nepal South Col route, in the footsteps of Edmund Hillary & Tenzing Sherpa.
100% success: ALL 7 members, men and women of all ages, and 5 Sherpas summitted in May, 2013.
Full Service Cost: $36,450, £23,950, €27,450; Basic Climb: $14,950, £9850, €11,450. Currency conversions 19-Jul-13.
Dates : 8 April to 6 June. 60 days in Nepal. Optional Autumn dates available: 20 August to 20 October.
Leader Dan Mazur , from UK and USA, 10 Everest expeditions, friendly, organised, good teacher.
63 of our members and 37 sherpas have reached the summit durng 12 expeditions.
Full Service Price Includes: Leader Dan Mazur, expert Sherpas, climb permits, oxygen, internal flights, hotels, trek costs, basecamp, high camps, tents (individual BC tent per member), expedition costs, meals & food, climb equipment, ropes & icefall fees, radios, internet, international phone, movies in basecamp, etc.
We are available to help you buy & rent - hire inexpensive climbing gear, equipment, clothing, & boots.
The Nepal (South Col) side of Everest is warmer & less windy than the Tibet (North Col) side.
Cross the massive Khumbu Glacier Icefall. Clip to well-fixed ropes on solid ladders over crevasses.
Trek to basecamp through tiny villages & 'teahouses'. Camp in sunny meadows beneath stunning peaks.
Now offering exciting Nepal to Tibet Everest traverse option. Climb one side and descend the other.
Recent news: Our Everest Nepal Expedition 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.
Please "click here " to watch "Everest South Side Summit Success" a very good 10 minute film by Stewart Edge.
Please click one of the links below to view that section of our introductory information or just scroll down (photo below right by Dan Mazur: Climbing at 8,400 metres/27.600 feet, on the final ridge below the south summit. The climber in the photo is standing on the Nepal-Tibet border, and that is the Kangshung Face below).
Everest Nepal South Col Route Programme Description:
Introduction: Mount Everest at 8,848 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.
Our proposed schedule allows for a careful and safe ascent, as well as multiple full descents to basecamp and/or a lower village.
The style of climbing is cautious and well-timed, with excellent leadership, organization, Sherpa climbers, 'walkie-talkie' radios, satellite telephones, the best oxygen bottles and apparatus available, cooks and waiters, tasty food, the best equipment, individual tents for each member in basecamp, a full kitchen in basecamp, 4 camps on the mountain, 1000s of metres of fixed line, hundreds of rock, ice and snow anchors, top-quality high altitude tents and high altitude stoves, expedition mix gas, and full safety equipment: medical oxygen, gamow bag, and extensive medical kit. Base camp has an excellent high-altitude medical clinic with a doctor on staff (photo above right by Dan Mazur: Members wave in the Western Cwm between camp 1 and camp 2).
This expedition maximizes experience gained over 11 prior Everest expeditions 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.back to top
Leader and staff: In Kathmandu, during the trek, in basecamp, and on the climb, our experienced staff is with you all of the way. Our helpful climbing sherpas are some of the best. They are real high-altitude star-performers and very friendly. Our western leader is a highly experienced, friendly, and well-organized professional with multiple ascents of Everest. Skillful basecamp cooks prepare delicious, fresh, tasty food and hot drinks at least 3 times a day.
On trek: Our western leader, together with friendly and helpful sherpas, cooks and local people leading yak caravans carry all of your personal equipment, group equipment, and set up camp each day, prepare and serve delicious meals, so you can relax and enjoy the trek. You do not need to carry a heavy rucksack during the trek.
Our comfortable basecamp: Our cooks and waiters will serve you delicious meals in our heated dining tent.
On the mountain: Our western leader and group sherpas will fix the route, set up high camps and carry group equipment, such as tents, stoves, etc. If you wish to help out, we welcome you to do so, otherwise just relax and focus on getting well acclimated and achieving your goals. You may not need to carry a heavy rucksack during the climb. We have a good kitchen at camp 2, 6200 metres/20,300 feet, staffed with a Sherpa cook, so you can relax and acclimatize while enjoying plenty of hot food and drinks.
Sherpas: We have many group sherpas to help the team. For an additional expense, we can also provide personal sherpas and climbing-guides to individual members who wish to have their own private sherpa. We now encourage members who wish to have a lighter rucksack to hire a 1/4 of a sherpa to help with high altitude equipment transport, carrying your extra weight both up and down the mountain. For information about hiring a personal sherpa, please click here(photo above right by Bruce Manning: 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). back to top
Everest National Park: The park covers an area of 1148 square kilometres in the Khumbu region of Nepal. This includes Mt. Everest and several other well known peaks such as Lhotse, Pumori, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam. Mt. Everest and the surrounding area is a 'world biosphere reserve'. Since 1976 the park has served to safeguard unique cultural, physical and scientific values through sound conservation principles. Vegetation in the park varies from oak, pine and hemlock forests at lower altitudes to fir, juniper, birch and rhododendron woods at mid-elevations. Scrub and alpine plant communities with bare rock and glacier are found above the tree line. 22 species of rhododendron bloom during the spring (April and May) and much of the flora is colourful throughout the year. Wild animals most likely to be seen in the park are Himalayan tahr, goral, serow, musk deer, and well over 100 different bird species (photo right by Bruce Manning: Our Everest Nepal expedition features one of the most breathtaking treks in the world, included in the price). back to top
Trek to basecamp: This is one of the most beautiful treks in the world with ancient snow-free paths winding past green terraced villages, rushing streams crossed on swinging bridges and each night a comfortable 'teahouse' or a good tent pitched in a quiet pasture beneath the highest peaks in the world. Throughout the trek we eat delicious meals prepared by our skillful cooks. The trek will be moderately paced, allowing plenty of time for acclimatization, rest and site-seeing. Together we retrace the classic "Everest Approach March" made by Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa. The trek winds through some of the most spectacular mountain scenery on earth, where you can relax in exotic, friendly Sherpa villages. Our trusty yaks and porters carry all of your baggage, so you don't have to carry a heavy rucksack (photo right by Fabrice Imparato: The Khumbu Icefall. Everest is on the right behind Nuptse, with Lhotse in the center).
Basecamp: Features your own private sleeping tent that will be all your own, not needing to be shared with anyone. We have comfortable, heated dining tents with tables and chairs where our cooks and waiters will serve you delicious meals.
Climbing to the high camps:
Above basecamp: Clip in to the fixed lines to head through the awe-inspiring Khumbu Icefall up to the plateau of the Western Cwm and camp 1, at 5,800 metres/19,000 feet.
From camp 1: The route traverses the flattish bottom of the Western Cwm, to 6,200 metres/20,300 feet to camp 2.
Camp 2: Located on a rocky moraine below the awe-inspiring west-face of Everest. In camp 2 our sherpa cook will prepare hot meals and drinks.
Camp 3: Located on a flat-ish section protected by solid ice walls at about 7,200 metres/23,600 feet on the Lhotse face. To reach camp 3, we must negotiate the Lhotse Face. The Lhotse face is not very technical, in fact, after climbing the initial 38-65 degree 100 metre/300 foot high ramp, the average slope angle of the entire 'face' is around 30 degrees.
The South Col, camp 4: The highest camp and at 8,000 metres/26,200 feet, it can be an airy perch for the few days we reside there.
Rest Days: We will be taking a lot of them throughout the expedition. In fact, we might even descend to a lower village for three-four days to soak up the sunshine and thicker air before our final summit push. During your rest days we encourage you to concentrate on recovering, eating and drinking, to read, relax, listen to music and stroll around visiting other teams (photo right by Fabrice Imparato: Climbers on the balcony moving up towards the Hillary step).
Summit attempt: The route to the summit winds through snow, ice and rock fields, at 10 to 50 degree angles. These slopes are not considered technical and there is exposed rock here in the spring. The most arduous part of summit day is the Hillary Step, a small vertical pitch about 12 metres/40 feet high, negotiated on fixed-ropes. Upon gaining the step, the summit lies directly ahead at a 10 to 20 degree slope. back to top
Who is this trip for?
We encourage men and women from around the world, of all ages to join us as an individual team member or with your own group, whether that is your spouse, partner, friends, sibling, clients, colleagues, etc. Most of our members join as individuals, our team dynamics work well, and we are able to build successful and safe groups that enjoy trekking, climbing, and traveling together.
You should have previous high altitude climbing experience (such as Cho OyuShishapangma, Lhotse, Mustagata, Ama Dablam, Denali, Aconcagua, Lhakpa Ri / North Col or other (photo right by Roman Giutashvili: Daniel Mazur on the summit of Everest, after climbing it from the Nepal side. Don't forget to take off YOUR oxygen mask for the photo, when YOU reach the summit. Makalu and Kangchenjunga in the background).
To participate in this expedition you must be a very fit and active winter-walker-climber in good health. Prior to joining, please see your doctor and obtain the necessary permission and advice. back to top
Please "click" one of the links on the column on the upper right of your screen under "Everest Nepal" to learn more about our expedition.