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Here is what Cat says:

Just landed in Dubai and waiting to fly out through Seattle on the way back to AZ. Just wanted to say how grateful I am to have been a part of the Nepal Everest team. Please send everyone my warmest regards. Looking forward to climbing with you guys soon 

Here is what Mario says:

I was one of the Nepal Camp 3 training climbers. You might remember we chatted about many things in the kitchen tent at Camp 2.  Congratulations on getting everyone to the top! That's unheard of. 

I'd like to be helpful and offer some constructive criticism about the organisation of the trip but I actually have very little in the way of negative comments.  A very satisfied customer. 

- Your office was very effective, helping me join the trip at very late notice. 

- I thought your office in Kathmandu was above and beyond the level of service I'd expect - they were helpful to the point I felt like I was taking advantage of their good nature at times. They just did everything that was asked and more.

- The Sherpa guide was great, very attentive and showed a real care for us that differentiated his performance from competent to exceptional. 

- I thought the base camp facilities were adequate and the staff responsive to anything we needed. I thought the food was good considering the circumstances. How do you cook pizza for 15 in a tent!?!

- I've not been on many on many Everest expeditions (well, just this one actually... haha...) but I suspect most don't have the leader's unique personal approach which gives the whole operation another dimension.  If you'd ask me who I would expect as expedition leader on Everest, I'm glad you are running the show.

That's about it really.  I would really like to come back and try for the top one day, if you'll have me. Certainly interested to hear any thoughts on the idea.

Anyway, thanks for taking the time to reach out.  I hope my comments are helpful, even if they are a little light on suggestions.  Hopefully not the last time we talk - look forward to hearing from you soon.

Mario

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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 .
  • Train and prepare to climb Everest: Climbing to Camp 3 for Everest expedition training.
  • Quick, inexpensive & "easy" way to  reach 7300 m / 24,000 ft. See how you feel at altitude on Mt. Everest.
  • Learn about high altitude Everest expeditions, glacier travel and ice climbing.
  • Join friendly 10 time Everest leader Dan Mazur, who teaches you everything you need to know.
  • Full Service Cost: $8,650, £5,750, €8,150. Sixteen day option : $6,350, £4,250, €6,050. (Converted 1/12/15)
  • Date: 6 April to 6 May, 2017 and 20 April to 20 May, 2017 (16 day option: 15 April to 1 May, 2017 or 30 April to 15 May, 2017).
  • New Flexible Date Option: arrive anytime at your convenience during April or May.
  • Full Service Price Includes: Leader Dan Mazur , expert Sherpas, internal flights, hotels, teahouses, comfortable basecamp, yaks, porters, delicious food during trek & climb, expedition equipment, permits, icefall fees, ropes, trek & high tents (individual tent in basecamp for each member), radios, free internet, international phones, etc.
  • Join our expedition trying for the summit of Mount Everest on same route climbed by Hillary & Tenzing.
  • Average group size five. 35 members & 14 sherpas reached camp 2 & camp 3 during 7 training climbs.  
  • 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. 
  • Do well and transfer to Everest or Lhotse at no extra cost.
  • This climb qualifies you for Everest from Nepal, Everest from Tibet , Cho Oyu, Shishapangma, or Lhotse.
  • Looking for an easier climb? Please try our Everest Glacier School or Island Peak Expedition.  
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Recent news: Our spring 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.
  • Please Click Here to watch the exciting video by Rob Bradley.  
  • Please Click Here to watch the exciting video by Mario Hasanakos.  
 

Please click one of the links below to view that section of our introductory information or just scroll down (photo right by Dan Mazur: Members wave in the Western Cwm between camp 1 and camp 2).

Everest Nepal Camp 3 Training Climb Programme Description:

  • Introduction: 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.
    • Climbing to camp 3 is an exciting challenge all on its own and could also qualify you for: Cho Oyu , Lhotse , Everest from Tibet or Everest from Nepal (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).
    • If you feel well enough on the April trip, you could join our Everest expedition "on the spot".
    • Our proposed schedule allows for acclimatization, training, practice and rest. Our expedition is cautious and careful, with excellent leadership, organization, Sherpa climbers, cooks and waiters, tasty food, the best equipment, two full kitchens in basecamp plus advanced basecamp, 1000s of metres of fixed rope, 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. You do not have to carry a heavy rucksack for any portion of the trip.
    • 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 , Ama Dablam , Everest View Glacier School to Lobuche East , Baruntse , Mera Peak , Everest Camp 3 Training CLimbs 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.  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 (photo right by Bruce Manning: Our expedition features one of the most breathtaking treks in the world, included in the price).
    • 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 the high camps and carry the 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.
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 spectacular view from camp 3. (Sam Mansikka)
  • 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 Tunc Findik: Namche Bazaar at 3,440 metre/11,300 feet, the capital of the Sherpa people. See this unique village on our trek to and from basecamp).  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.
  • 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. back to top
  • Training days: After taking a rest day in  Everest basecamp we will begin several days of training before setting out for the high camps. Our training will consist of learning and practicing glacier rope techniques, ice-climbing, crevasse rescue and snow-camping. There will be ample opportunity for you to test out equipment, ask lots of questions and, most of all, have fun. We will also spend some time walking up to Mt. Pumori advanced basecamp during our training days to acquire safe and comfortable acclimatization to the rising altitude. 
  • 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 5800 metres/19,000 feet.
    • From camp 1: The route traverses the flattish bottom of the Western Cwm, to 6200 metres/20,300 feet to camp 2 (photo right by Bruce Manning: Our team members starting their ascent of the Lhotse face);
    • 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 7300 metres/24,00 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.
  • Rest Days: 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. back to top
  • Who is this trip for? (photo below right by Tunc Findik: The Lhotse face).
    • 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.
    • During the Everest camp 3 training climb expedition, we teach you all of the skills needed to ascend safely in special training sessions in basecamp and advanced basecamp. Our training covers glacier travel, ascending and descending ropes safely, etcetera. If you do not already know about mountaineering you are welcome to join us and see how you feel at 7000 metres/23,000 feet.
    • If you decide you like it, we welcome you to join one of our 8000 metre climbs the next season, or if you are determined, you could try going for the summit of Everest and join our team on the spot.
    • 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 Training Climb" to learn more about our expedition.