Mount Everest Climbing Expedition on Nepal South Col Route

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Mount Everest Climbing Expedition on Nepal South Col Route

  • Dates: Autumn 2020: 20 August to 20 October, 2020. Spring 2021: 6 April to 4 June 2021.
  • Full Service Cost Autumn: $48,450 £41,950, €44,900; Basic Climb Cost: $28,450 £24,650, €26,350
  • Full Service Cost Spring: $38,450, £30,550, €33,850; Basic Climb: $19,450, £15,450, €17,050. (Price fixed in $USD. £GBP and €EUR price for convenience only, converted January 3, 2019) 

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  • Experienced leaders: Dan Mazur and Don Wargowsky, from UK and USA, 12 Everest expeditions, friendly, good teachers, well organized.
  • Now offering exciting Everest / Lhotse combo trip. Climb two 8000m peaks in one expedition.
  • 63 of our members and 37 sherpas have reached the summit during 12 expeditions.

Recent News : Click here to view news of our expedition. We only have a few places left in the team for next season.

Mount Everest Climbing Expedition on Nepal South Col Route Overview

Mount Everest at 8,848 meters / 29,035 feet is the tallest and perhaps 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. The Nepal side of Everest is warmer and less windy than the Tibet side. The approach to base camp includes one of the most beautiful treks in the world, and goes through tiny villages and teahouses and camps in sunny meadows beneath stunning peaks.

The climb is led by Dan Mazur and Don Wargowsky . With decades of experience in Himalayan climbing, the leaders and expert Sherpa provide a safe and enjoyable expedition to the top of the world.

 

Video : Everest Summit

Everest Nepal Cost

Our “full-service” expedition includes:

What is not included?

Our basic service expedition includes:

  • British, American, or European leader/coordinator
  • 5 bottle set of oxygen, mask, hoses, and regulator (More oxygen available on request)
  • Permit fees and liaison officers
  • Group emergency equipment and satellite phone
  • Access to team fixed ropes and camping areas
  • Two way radio to stay connected with the team
  • Airport transfers
  • Two nights stay in Kathmandu hotel on arrival and two nights prior to departure in a double room. Private rooms are available for a small additional fee.
  • Other services and may be purchased and hired at minimal expense

If purchased separately:

  • Mask + Hoses (guaranteed to be in proper working order and match the bottles and regulator perfectly): $285 USD.
  • Regulator for high-altitude oxygen bottle (guaranteed to be in proper working order and match the bottle and mask and hoses perfectly): $485 USD.
  • One large Russian Oxygen 4 litre bottle for high-altitude climbing (guaranteed to be in proper working order and match the regulator and mask and hoses perfectly): $610 USD each.
  • Oxygen buy-back policy: We have a 30% discount buy-back policy on unused oxygen bottles, regulators in good condition, and masks and hoses in good condition.
Mount Everest Nepal Expedition Climb Itinerary

1) Arrive in Kathmandu, 1300 meters (4,265 feet). Stay at hotel.

2) Orientation meeting and chance to buy last minute supplies, visit temples, and tour the city. Stay at hotel.

3) Fly to Lukla, 2860 meters (9,385 feet). Walk to Phakding 2650 meters (8,695 feet). Teahouse or camping.

4) Walk to Namche Bazaar, 3450 meters (11,320 feet). Teahouse or camping

5) Rest day with acclimatization hike in Namche. Teahouse or camping

6) Walk to Pangboche, 3750 meters (12,300 feet). Participate in a Buddhist Puja blessing ceremony with the local Lama at the monastery if you wish. Teahouse or camping

7) Walk to Pheriche, 4250 meters (13,945 feet). Visit the Himalayan Rescue Association health clinic. Teahouse or camping

8) Walk to Dugla, 4600 meters (15,090 feet). Teahouse or camping

9) Walk to Lobuche, 4900 meters (16,075 feet). Teahouse of camping

10) Walk to GorakShep, 5150 meters (16,900 feet). Teahouse or camping

11) Walk to basecamp, 5340 meters (17,400 feet). Camping

12) Rest, organization, and training day in basecamp

13) Rest, organization, and training day in basecamp

14) Walk to Pumori basecamp, 5300 meters (17,390 feet). Sleep there.

15) Walk to Pumori ABC, 5700 meters (18,700 feet). Return to Everest basecamp.

16) Rest in basecamp.

17) Acclimatization trek to the top of Kala Patthar, 5644 meters (18,520’). Return to basecamp

18) Rest in basecamp.

19) Climb to camp 1 at 6100 meters (20,010 feet). Sleep at camp 1.

20) Climb to camp 2 at 6400 meters (21,000 feet). Return to camp 1, sleep there.

21) Return to basecamp,

22) Rest in basecamp.

23) Rest in basecamp.

24) Climb to camp 1. Sleep there.

25) Climb to camp 2. Sleep there.

26) Rest in camp 2.

27) Climb to camp 3, 7300 meters (23,950 feet). Return to camp 2, sleep there.

28) Return to basecamp.

29) Rest in basecamp.

30) Rest in basecamp.

31) Climb to camp 1, sleep there.

32) Climb to camp 2. Sleep there.

33) Rest in camp 2.

34) Climb to camp 3. Sleep there.

35) Descend to camp 1 or camp 2. Sleep there.

36) Return to basecamp.

37) Rest in basecamp or descend to a lower village such as GorakShep.

38) Return to basecamp from lower village. Rest in basecamp.

39) Climb to camp 1, sleep there.

40) Climb to camp 2, sleep there.

41) Climb to camp 3, sleep there.

42) Climbto camp 4, 8000 meters (26,245 feet). Sleep there.

43) Attempt summit.

44) Return to camp 2, sleep there.

45) Return to basecamp.

46) Rest in basecamp.

47) Climb to camp 2, sleep there.

48) Climb to camp 3, sleep there.

49) Climb to camp 4, sleep there.

50) Attempt summit.

51) Return to camp 2.

52) Return to basecamp.

53) Pack up basecamp.

54) Trek down to Pheriche. Teahouse or camping.

55) Trek down toPangboche. Teahouse or camping.

56) Trek to Namche. Teahouse or camping.

57) Trek to Lukla. Teahouse or camping.

58) Flight to Kathmandu. Stay at hotel.

59) Extra day in Kathmandu, in case of delay, and for sightseeing, gift shopping. Hotel.

60) Fly Home. Thanks for joining our expedition!

View of Hillary step from different angle. PhotoSteiner

Mount Everest Climbing Expedition on Nepal South Col Route Leadership

Leadership: Dan Mazur and Don Wargowsky are relaxed, friendly, well organized, and highly skilled professional with over 30 years combined experience leading people to the summits of mountains such as Everest, K2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Manaslu, Shishapangma, AmaDablam, and Baruntse

Sherpas: We employ some of Nepal, Tibet, and the Karakorum’s best local mountaineers and Sherpas to assist team members in realizing their summit goals. Our friendly and loyal high altitude climbing staff has supported teams to the summits of more than ten of the highest peaks in the Himalaya.

Mount Everest Nepal Climb Personal & Team Equipment

Climbing:

  • Climbing harness
  • 5 meters (16 ft.) of 6mm accessory cord
  • Figure 8 abseil/belay device (tube style devices, i.e. ATC will not work on fixed lines)
  • Full size ascender (i.e. PetzlAscention)
  • 2 locking carabiners, 1 large and 1 small
  • 4 non-locking carabiners
  • Ice axe with leash
  • Steel crampons with anti-balling plates
  • Trekking poles
  • Abseiling/Rappelling Gloves

Upper Body:

  • 2 cotton t-shirts
  • 2 synthetic t-shirts
  • 2 long sleeve synthetic shirts
  • Light-weight soft shell jacket
  • Medium weight insulatingjacket (fleece, down, or synthetic)
  • Hard shell jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable (Gore-Tex or similar)
  • Heavy down coat
     
    • For 6,000m peaks a very warm down coat with hood or an 8,000m coat with hood
    • For 7,000m peaks an 8,000m coat with hood
    • For 8,000m peaks an 8,000m down coat with hood or an 8,000m suit can be used instead

Hands:

  • Lightweight poly-liner gloves
  • Mid-weight soft shell gloves – water/wind resistant
  • Heavy- weight waterproof gloves – Gore-tex shell with removable liner
  • Expedition weight mittens -Gore-tex over mitt matched polar fleece mitt liner

Head:

  • Helmet
  • Warm hat that covers your ears
  • Balaclava
  • Face mask
  • Baseball hat or brimmed sun hat
  • Glacier sunglasses with side shields
  • Ski goggles with light and dark lenses
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Buff/neck gaiter
  • Bandana or head scarf (optional)

Lower Body:

  • Synthetic underwear
  • Hiking shorts
  • Hiking pants
  • 2 pair lightweight thermal bottoms
  • Medium or expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Polar fleece or soft shell pants
  • Waterproof/breathable pants with full side zips (Gore-Tex or similar)
  • Heavy insulating pants
     
    • For 6,000m peaks: Down or synthetic pants will full zips
    • For 7,000m peaks: 8,000m down pants
    • For 8,000m peaks: 8,000m down pants or a 8,000m suit can be used instead

Feet:

  • Boots
     
    • For 6,000m peaks: Plastic or composite double boots (Koflach, La SportivaSpantik, etc) Modern waterproof, single boots designed for 4-5,000m peaks may be suitable if they can be worn with 2 pairs of socks and vapor barrier lines and/or they are equipped with overboots
    • For 7,000m: Plastic or composite double boots (Koflach, La SportivaSpantik, etc)
    • For 8,000m peaks: 8,000m boots - One-Sport Millet Everest boots or equivalent
       
  • Sturdy leather walking boots
  • Trainers, running shoes and/or sandals
  • Down booties (optional)
  • 3 pair med-heavy poly or wool socks
  • 2 pair poly or wool liner socks (optional)
  • Vapor barrier liner socks (optional)
  • 2 pair lightweight trekking socks
  • Cotton socks for in town

Sleeping:

  • Down sleeping bag
     
    • For 6,000m peaks: -18C or 0F
    • For 7,000m peaks:-23C or -10F (If you sleep cold consider -29C or -20F)
    • For 8,000m peaks: -29C or -20F (If you sleep cold consider -40C or -40F)
       
  • An additional down sleeping bag for basecamp for the following climbs: Everest, Lhotse, AmaDablam, Manaslu, Cho Oyu, Shishapangma, Broad Peak, K2, Gasherbrum I and II, Spantik, K2/Broad Peak Everest training climb. For Mastagata a second sleeping bag is optional, but highly recommended.
     
    • Down base camp sleeping bag should be rated to -10C or 15F (If you sleep cold consider -18C or 0F)
       
  • 2 closed cell foam kari-mats (sleeping pads) for use in basecamp and high altitude (these can be purchased inexpensively in Kathmandu)
  • High quality inflatable sleeping pad designed for cold weather (Thermarest)
  • Patch kit for inflatable pad

Rucksack and Travel Bags:

  • Medium rucksack/backpack (50-70 litres / 3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used as carry-on bag)
  • Waterproof rucksack cover (optional)
  • 2 large (120+ L / 7500+ cubic inch) duffle kit bags for clothing and equipment
  • Small luggage locks for duffel kit bags

Personal Hygiene:

  • Female or male hygiene supplies
  • 2 tubes lip sun cream
  • Large tube skin sun cream (min factor 30)
  • Anti-mosquito cream
  • Toothpaste/brush
  • Hand sanitizer gel (small-medium bottle)
  • Bar of soap small towel
  • Hand wipes

Medical:

  • Small personal first-aid kit. (Simple and Light) Aspirin, first-aid tape, plasters (band-aids), personal medications, etc.
  • Blister repair kit
  • 10 anti-diarrhea pills
  • 20 anti-headache pills
  • 10 cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox, Acetylzolamide (optional)
  • 10 Stomach antibiotics: Ciprofloxacin, etc.
  • 5 Azithomycine tables
  • Steri pen or bottle of water purification tablets
  • Cough sweets/lozenges (Halls/Stepils)
  • Earplugs
  • Extra prescription glasses/contact lenses and supplies

Personal Food:

  • Snack food/daily energy food
     
    • Everest training Nepal/Tibet, AmaDablam, Baruntse: 2-4kg (4.5-9lbs)
    • Spantik, Cho Oyu, Shishapangma, Mustagata, Manasu: 2-5kg (4.5-11lbs)
    • Broad Peak, K2, Gasherbrum I/II, K2/Everest training, Everest, Lhotse: 3-6kg (6.5-13lbs)
       
  • Dehydrated meals (freeze-dried dinners) for summit attempt
     
    • Everest training Nepal/Tibet, AmaDablam: 2 meals
    • Spantik, Cho Oyu, Shishapangma, Mustagata, Manasu, Baruntse: 3 meals
    • Broad Peak, K2, Gasherbrum I/II, K2/Everest training, Everest, Lhotse: 5 meals
Practical:
 
  • Small roll of repair tape
  • Sewing repair kit
  • Cigarette lighter
  • Small box matches
  • Compass or GPS
  • Battery powered alarm clock/watch
  • Camera with extra cards and extra batteries
  • Nylon stuff sacks for food and gear storage
  • 2 water bottles (1 litre) wide-mouth Nalgene
  • Pee bottle (1litre or larger)
  • Plastic cup and spoon
  • Small folding knife
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks
  • Passport, 2 extra passport photos, flight ticket, flight itinerary
  • Separate photocopies of passport and relevant visa pages, proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds, or euros cash
  • Bank/ATM/Cash and credit cards
  • Bathing suit/swim suit (you never know)
  • Paperback books, playing cards, ipod/mp3 player, musical instruments, extra batteries, etc.
  • Travel clothes for basecamp and in town
  • Umbrella (optional)
  • Small solar panels for personal electronics (optional)


Group Equipment:

We provide group gear, equipment, and supplies including: rope, ice, rock, and snow anchor protection, tents; stoves, fuel, walkie-talkie radios, bamboo marker wands, etcetera. A personal tent will be provided for each member at base camp. On the upper mountain, team members will share tents. In base camp, a shower, toilet, solar charger, and a dining tent will be provided.

Mount Everest Nepal Expedition Climb Your Experience and Training
Winter snow walking experience and experience at high altitude is highly recommended. The trip includes brief climbing clinics. We will teach you everything you need to know on glacier near basecamp. To be successful, proper conditioning is critical to your success on Everest. Team members are expected to be very fit and in good health. Proper training with a focus on long hikes carrying a backpack is essential.
Mount Everest Climbing Expedition on Nepal South Col Route Application
Please fill out an application and return it to us with your refundable ten-percent deposit to hold your place on the team.
 


In addition to your application, we will need the following at least two months before the trip begins:  

  • Completed Payment
  • Oxygen order (if any)
  • Sherpa order (if any)
  • Trip Registration form
  • 1 Passport sized photo
  • A scan of your passport identification pages
  • Complete flight itinerary
  • Proof of travel, accident, and repatriation insurance. We strongly recommend Global Rescue, with at least $50,000 worth of helicopter rescue insurance.
  • Trip cancellation/interruption insurance is recommended

Please contact us with any questions you may have.

Everest Nepal Review

Please scroll down to read our Reviews

Here is what Mike had to say: Dear SummitClimb Team: We fly Sunday night back home. Thank You for all your efforts. Special Thanks to the Sherpa and please seriously pass on my gratitude. The leader managed well given the variables. I was especially impressed by his medical care when situations arose.  Best, Mike

Here is what Mito says: Hope the team is well especially the Sherpas. It was my first ever climbing expedition and everything was perfect. Really happy with the management at KTM as well as in the mountains. Thanks!

Here is what Basia has to say: Basia shared your video — feeling thankful. I feel very grateful for the chance to experience both sides of Mt.Everest. These expeditions were with Summit Climb.

I had a thought this morning that if I had chosen a different company, I wouldn't have met my friend, great climber and an excellent personal sherpa - Sange Sherpa and I may not have had a chance to summit this amazing, big mountain this year. Thank you Dan and thank you Sange!! ---Basia

Basia Gorska at camp 3. Photo by Sange Sherpa. Our tents at the North Col at 7000 metres-23,000 feet, also known as camp 1. Photo David O Brien

Basia Gorska at camp 3 at Everest Nepal. Photo by Sange Sherpa. Our tents at the North Col at 7000 metres-23,000 feet, also known as camp 1. Photo David O Brien.

Here is what Dale has to say: May 19, 2009...I remember it like yesterday. It was a great team to be with. Thanks Dan Mazur, and we all miss Samuli.

Here is what George says: Hi! It feels like it's been half a year since I last saw you even though it's only been 6 weeks. I just wanted to say I enjoyed the experience with you guys and I'm doing everything I can to join Everest Tibet in 2017 in the spring time. I really hope to see you guys again and hope all is well!

Here is what Marin says: Really good to hear from you. I've been wondering how you've been doing! Yes, I recommended  my friend to climb Cho Oyu with you because I think you're an absolutely great guide. To be honest.. I've been regretting booking for Everest with the expensive company so early on last year that now I can't change my booking or even have my money back! :( I really wish I had booked with you, because I know exactly how you operate, and I really don't like the expensive company's Military Precision climbing style at all. I guess we'll see how it goes, but if I find their style too suffocating I might move to your team on the mountain. Plus, the expensive company's summit 'prediction' date is May 18th and I will be flying out of Kathmandu by May 25th, which I find a little early for a summit bid.

Anyhow, I hope you are doing fantastic, happy as always, and enjoying the laid back fun-style climb! I'll speak to my friend about the Cho Oyu climb, it'll be awesome if he joins your team.

Keep in touch, Stay warm!

Marin

Here is what Terry says: I really want to thank you for taking the time to acknowledge and respond to my "suggestions".  Like I said below, I really like the things that are done by SummitClimb.  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.

Thanks Again!!

Terry

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.

Monika

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.

Not coincidently upon my arrival home there was an interesting article about the sherpas in a magazine that I subscribe to.  I've scanned the article and attach it to this email and hope you enjoy reading it.  I think it is well-written and seems fair based on everyone I spoke to in Nepal...guys like Lakba Sherpa, etc.

I hope all remains well with you.  I'm going to send a separate email after this one about my unused 7th oxygen bottle, as you said you'd deal with refunds sometime in July or so.

And as I indicated before, as a very satisfied client, I'm happy to be a spokesmodel for SummitClimb anytime so just ask!

Best regards,

Scott

Here is what Richard says: 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. Obviously the ability to climb alone will depend on your own ability, confidence and level or expertise etc. As it says on the website, summitclimb is set up for climbers more then novices although to go with them as a novice is no problem at all either. But generally speaking with Summit a lot of the expedition members have a good mountaineering knowledge allowing also to that freedom of movement. At least that is my experience with them.
Richie at Lama in Pangboche. Photo Sandra Richie at summit of Everest. Photo Richard
 
Richie at Lama in Pangboche. Photo Sandra.  Richie at summit of Everest. Photo Richard

If you have only ever climbed with high roller companies, then Summit probably could seem a bit random. I have witnessed this also. On Dhaulagiri we had a guy who had only ever clmbed with Alpine Ascents and companies of this level. I dont think he liked SummitClimb much. But the remaining 11 of us on the expedition had no problems at all with them. We didn't make the summit unfortunately but Dhaulagiri will forever be one of my favourite expeditions to have had the privilege to participate in. That's for you to decide on that one I guess.
 
Another thing is the guides. A lot of guides take themselves far too seriously I have noticed but Arnold and Dan (both of whom I consider good friends) have a very mature and relaxed attitude. They know when to relax and when to emphasize danger on the mountain.

Okay, SummitClimb do not have a world class chef, do not provide 11 bottles of O2 and two personal climbing sherpa's per client. They do not have a disco tent with bar. They do not have an Iridium or Thuraya that they can give to each member. If this is worth an extra $30,000 to you, then by all means google search the high roller companies. If like me you are there to get away from your normal life for a while and just want to climb one of these big peaks without all the rubbish that high paying expeditions can attract, SummitClimb is for you!
Regards, Richie.

Here is what Samantha says: -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.

1. There were chinese visa issues.  Some companies abandoned their climb, some waited and so the trip was delayed.  (Summit climb had visas first and were one of only a few companies that even got them) and our trip was not held up.

2. After a terrible storm took most of our tents at an advanced camp and most of other companies tents too other companies had to call their expedition off.  -Summit climb used their network of people and contacts and while we rested at BC a complete set of new tents reached us.
 
Squash on the summit (Stew Edge). Squash, Paula and Lakpa Nuru in camp 3 (Stewart Edge).

-Whist summit climb don't make huge promises about things (which no one should as this is the mountains) they are always very resourceful and in my experience have always worked stuff out.

-Their sherpa team are long standing, strong and loyal - Summit climb put back via various charity projects they organise and fund raise for.  The sherpas are heavily involved in this which I think is fantastic.

-What could they do better?  I don't know, this is a difficult one.  I always accept they are the price they are because they don't offer luxuries such as a carpet in your base camp tent, a better quality shower etc, which some companies who you pay more with do.  I think it's important that you have your expectations set right. Summit climb do not hold your hand on trips, they allow the trip to be your own while still being there for you.
 
Squash falconer abseiling in the infamous yellow band on Everest (Stew Edge). Squash pointing out a rather large crevasse near Camp Two (Squash Falconer).

-My advice would be to go on an expedition or at the very least try and meet the team before you make a commitment as big as Everest.  I would advise this for any company you were thinking of using.  You will have individual needs and whilst summit climb suit me and I love doing trips with them we all have different ideas.

-I can say that I know the summit team well and they have always been fantastic - a lovely group of capable people.

Please let me know if you have any other questions or if I can help in any way.

Squash!

Here is what Mitch: 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.

There are a lot of famous mountaineers and guides and companies, but what I was looking for was a personal experience, an opportunity to summit, but safely.  Dan gave me and my climbing buddy time over the phone and the office was incredibly helpful with the so-many questions we have before Everest.  What should we bring, what are our chances, what are the trade-offs, what to expect, what gear, how is the food, and so many others.

Here's the thing, you literally put your life in the hands of the company and people involved.  Dan, while known for his heroic and philanthropic endeavors is the real deal.  Humble, respectful, knowledgeable and helpful.  From the moment we arrived at Base Camp, the array of other climbers from other camps told me how much they wanted to be around SummitClimb and our crew.

I did not feel that I had any less of an experience because of the price, in fact, the personalization was much more than I expected.  The chefs, porters and sherpas were first class and they are the real reasons we summit or don't.  When a terrible "Into Thin Air" storm hit on our May 11th/12th summit night/day, around 60 of the 70 climbers turned back that night due to -40 temperatures and 40 mph winds and complete white-our conditions.  All but one of our climbers summitted that evening thanks to the support of our sherpas and support crew.

Climbing Everest is a big deal - it is a once in a lifetime opportunity.  I would recommend SummitClimb completely and without hesitation.  You want a company that will look after you and give you the best chance of getting to the top and back down safely.  Better yet, an individual who gives back to the world, makes sure his group is well looked after, and gives you a level of comfort and efficiency on your biggest day.

Mitch


Here is what Vic S

  • The leader provided great team leadership and is a very good communicator.  He is clear and patient.
  • Liked the independence afforded on the expedition (e.g., not an expensive commercial company which hikes you in a line up and down everywhere)
  • Good team - most were pretty experienced climbers who could take care of themselves and help out where needed. Even the less experienced still did ok.
  • Solar charger and battery setup worked well.
  • Double wall dining tent was nice.  Heater also worked well.
  • Sherpas were very hard working and super friendly.  There were no slackers on the staff.
  • Pickups from the airport were both flawless.
  • Staff did a good job with the admin paperwork and it was very efficient to complete.  
  • Staff delivered our bags right to our hotel when they had arrived the day prior.


Here what Jo S Says : What was good about the expedition?

The style of the organisation and the ambiance inside the group. The determination of the members. To be a group of not more than 10 members

Comments about the leader and staff?

Staff very original.

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:
 
Just got back late yesterday p.m. and dealing with lots of e-mails. Glad to assist. We were quite satisfied with the services of Summit Climb.  They were all good to work with and attentive to our needs. We  did not have our own private Sherpa but we had a Sherpa from Summit Climb join us for the trek to Base Camp  and two of the Group Sherpas that were with us for much of the climb above Base Camp.  SummitClimb is quite quick to get back to you with any questions that you might have.  Good value.  We all summited so that is a good indicator. We climbed the south side.  Pros and Cons to each side.
 
If  you are mentally strong particularly, you will be successful.  This is where people fail in my opinion.

Good luck. Dan

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 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 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 Vik from Seattle had to say: "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."