The style of organizing and climbing done by SummitClimb fit my style (based on numerous trips with various groups) so I have good things to say about my experiences with you and the others with whom I climbed. I definitely plan to use SummitClimb again. Here is what Monika says:
One more time - thanks a lot for Everest Summit, especially for the decision to climb on the 23rd. It was a good choice, especially with the weather.
Here is what Scott says:
Thanks again for a fantastic Everest Nepal trip. Versus what Alan Arnette's website cites as a 67% summit attempt success rate, our 100% success rate is awesome! You made great calls when it came to getting us on the summit! I made it home safely thanks to Korean Air and am starting to put some of the weight I lost back on.
Here is what Richard
I have climbed with SummitClimb on three expeditions now (Cho Oyu, Everest and Dhaulagiri) and I can safely say that I love them. Basically what I find the main difference being that the top end companies hold your hand far too much. With Summit, you can climb on your own or if you dont feel comfortable, with someone else.
Here is what Samantha
-Summit climb are more competitive with their prices. They have an incredible experience with visas/culture/network of people. I have a couple of examples where this was demonstrated amazingly.
Here is what Mitch Lewis:
On my quest to be one of the few individuals to climb the seven summits and complete marathons on seven continents, I have been fortunate to work with many elite climbing and running expedition and tour companies. When it came time for Everest, I did a huge amount of research on firms and the guides. When I came across SummitClimb and Dan, I was of course instantly drawn because of the price, but also a bit skeptical. After talking to Dan, I was completely sold.
Here what Jo S Says :
Leader perfect! giving us lots of liberty and confidence. Generous, letting use all of his equipment. He always waited for the latest one. If anything went wrong, he never complained and he always tried to fix it.
Here is what Dan has to say:
We were quite satisfied with the services of Summit Climb. They were all good to work with and attentive to our needs.
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, £23,690, €32,800 ; Basic Climb: $14,950, £10,010, €14,130.
AUTUMN: 60 days in Nepal. Full Service Cost:$44,950; Basic Climb Cost: $24,950
7 April to 5 June. 60 days in Nepal. Optional Autumn dates available: 20 August to 20 October
New Flexible Date Option: arrive anytime at your convenience during April or May.
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).
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 do 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.