Everest South Side Nepal Camp 3 Training Climb Expedition

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Everest South Side Nepal Camp 3 Training Climb Expedition

  • Autumn 2020 Dates: 20 August to 19 September, 2020
  • Spring 2021 Dates: 6 April to 6 May 2021 or 20 April to 20 May 2021 (call for custom dates)
  • Spring 2021 16 day option: 16 April to 1 May 2021 or 30 April to 15 May 2021.
  • Autumn 2020 16 day option: 30 August to 1 October 2020.
  • Spring Full Service Cost: $10,150, £8,050, €8,950. Sixteen day option : $8,150, £6,450, €7,150. (Price fixed in $USD. £GBP and €EUR price for convenience only, converted January 3, 2020)
  • Autumn Full Service Cost: $19,450, £16,850 €18,000 Sixteen day option : $17,450, £15,100, €16,150

More Information

  • Train and prepare to climb Everest by climbing to Camp 3.
  • Learn about high altitude Everest expeditions, glacier travel and ice climbing.
  • Perform well and transfer to an Everest or Lhotse summit climb.
  • Experienced leaders: Dan Mazur and Don Wargowsky from UK and USA, 12 Everest expeditions, friendly, good teachers, well organized.

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.

Everest South Side Nepal Camp 3 Training Climb Expedition Overview

Join leaders Dan Mazur and Don Wargowsky on a 31 day long expedition to camp 3 on the Nepal side of Mount Everest. This training and climb to 7300 meters (23,950) is 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 meters (29,035 feet) is perhaps the most coveted mountain in the world. The dates we have chosen feature the best weather of the year, and run in conjunction with the exciting spring Everest climbing season. We teach everything you need to know in special training sessions in base camp. Climbing up to camp 3 could qualify you for climbing Everest.If you feel well enough on the April 5th trip, you could join our Everest expedition or Lhotse Expedition "on the spot".

Please watch the exciting video by Mario Hasanakos

Everest Expedition Training Climb Cost

Our “full-service” expedition includes:

  • British, American, and European leader/coordinator
  • Climbing Sherpa for the group
  • All internal / domestic transport
  • Full service trek to / from base camp
  • Three meals per day
  • Permit fees and liaison officers
  • Group gear, emergency equipment, satellite phone
  • Personal tents in basecamp (no sharing)
  • Double occupancy tents above base camp
  • Full base camp with dinning tent, showers, bathroom, and solar charging
  • 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

What is not included?

  • International flights to Kathmandu and back home
  • Mountain climbing rescue and travel insurance
  • Personal climbing/trekking equipment and clothing
  • Nepal visa

Sixteen-Day Option: Members who wish to meet the team at Everest Base Camp on day 11 of the itinerary must arrange their own trek before and after the 16 days of glacier travel. All of the services provided to our full-service members will be offered to members who wish to only do the 16 day program. This may be a great option for those who are participating in other treks/climbs in the region. Sixteen day option cost: 8,150, £6,450, €7,150.

Add on High Attitude Support :

  • Private Sherpa (personal guide/porter) – Carries up to 10 kg (22bs) of your personal equipment, climbs with you, melts water, cooks, and will be with you every step of the way.
  • Personal equipment carriage service – Sherpa carry up to 10kg (22lbs) of personal equipment up and down the mountain between camps
Everest Expedition Training 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) Rest in basecamp

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

17) Rest in Camp 1

18) Walk partway to Camp 2. Return to camp 1. Sleep at camp 1

19) Climb to camp 2. Sleep there.

20) Rest in Camp 2

21) Rest in Camp 2. Walk to the base of the Lhotse Face and return to camp 2. Sleep in Camp 2

22) Rest in Camp 2

23) Climb to camp 3 at 7300 meters (23,950 feet). Sleep in Camp 3

24) Walk/Climb down to camp 2. Sleep in Camp 2

25) Walk down to basecamp

26) Pack up basecamp and trek down to Pangboche. Teahouse or camping

27) Trek to Namche. Teahouse or camping

28) Trek to Lukla. Teahouse or camping

29) Flight to Kathmandu. Stay at hotel

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

31) Fly Home. Thanks for joining our expedition!

Everest Expedition Training Climb Leadership
LeadershipDan 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, Lhotse, 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.
Everest Expedition Training Climb Personal & Team Equipment


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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
  • 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.

Everest Expedition Training 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.
Everest Expedition Training Climb 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 Training Climb Review

Please scroll down to read our testimonial:

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 Magnus Says:

On Thursday, I finally got home and I have to say that the ‘re-entry’ has been rough – between jetlag, lots of emails and everything that piled up over the last month. I miss the simplicity of life in the mountains and the comradery with the team. Of course, having clean clothes, a shower and different food are also very nice.

I wanted to thank you for an AWESOME trip and for being so flexible and putting me on the Nepal trip within a few hours. This allowed me to still have a great trip and almost achieve my goal of reaching 7000m (if only it hadn’t been for the closure of the Lhotse face on my ‘summit’ day). I had a really good time and an amazing experience. It was fantastic to see what it’s like to climb the “big” mountains in the Himalayas…and the Khumbu icefall was something else all-together. I also can’t believe I spent a week above 6000m.

I would like to thank the great SummitClimb team leader! Who gave us lots of freedom and super flexibility. Their many years of experience showed at every moment – from making sure we were safe on the mountain to the schedule/itinerary. I always felt in very good hands with the SummitClimb guides. You put together a great team with great people and an outstanding Sherpa team.

Please say ‘hi’ to everyone from me. I miss you guys and wish I could have stayed to climb to the top with you guys!

All the Best! Stay safe! Good luck to everyone! I’m rooting for you!!! - Magnus

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.


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We take our member's feedback and testimonials seriously. These help us to refine and make our trips a successful, safe, and enjoyable experience for our future teams.