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Everest South Side Nepal Camp 3 Training Climb Expedition

  • everest nepal training photo Squash and Paula and above Camp Two. Photo Mitch
  • everest nepal training photo A view of our comfortable camp 2 looking up towards the Lhotse face. Photo John Dowd
  • everest camp 3 Instructor helping member about fix rope. Photo John
  • everest nepal training photo Climber in Khumbu Ice Fall. Photo John Dowd
  • everest camp 3 The famous Khumbu Ice fall. Photo Sam
  • everest nepal training photo Working in rope during climbing. Photo John Dowd
  • everest nepal training photo Members enjoying crossing Khumbu Icefall. Photo John
  • everest camp 3 Close up view of Mount Everest and Lhotse. Photo Stew
  • everest nepal training photo Stewart Edge climbing the final few steps into camp 3. Photo Squash.
  • everest camp 3 Training at Basecamp. Photo Stew
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  • Full Service Cost: $8,650, £6,550, €7,750. Sixteen day option : $6,350, £4,750, €5,650.  (Converted 16-08-2016)
  • Date: 8 April to 8 May, 2018 and 22 April to 22 May, 2018
  • 16 day option: 18 April to 3 May, 2018 or 2 May to 17 May, 2018.
  • New Flexible Date Option: arrive anytime at your convenience during April or May.
  • Experienced leader:  Dan Mazur, from UK and USA, 12 Everest expeditions, friendly, good teacher, well organised.
  • 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.       
  • 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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  • 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 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.

  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.  

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Everest Nepal Training Climb Programme Description

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

 

Everest Nepal 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.

Paula practices on a ladder, while Lakpa Nuru holds the ropes and Jonas looks on. Mike Fairman photo. Monika Witkowska practicing in the icefall. Violetta Pontinen photo.Beow Lim abseiling in the Khumbu Icefall (Beow Lim).  A sherpa crossing five ladders over a crevasse (Alex Holt).

Paula practices on a ladder, while Lakpa Nuru holds the ropes and Jonas looks on. Mike Fairman photo. Monika Witkowska practicing in the icefall. Violetta Pontinen photo. Beow Lim abseiling in the Khumbu Icefall (Beow Lim).  A team member crossing five ladders over a crevasse (Alex Holt).

    • 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

    • 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 topOur expedition features one of the most breathtaking treks in the world, included in the price
  • 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.

Stew on 5 stage ladder (Squash Falconer). Climber works her way up the hard blue ice at the top of the Lhotse face (Alex Holt).  Stewart Edge climbing the final few steps into camp 3. Thats the Geneva Spur on the left (Squash Falconer).   Leslie Binns going down to camp 1. Photo Gary Ervin

Stew on 5 stage ladder (Squash Falconer). Climber works her way up the hard blue ice at the top of the Lhotse face (Alex Holt). Stewart Edge climbing the final few steps into camp 3. Thats the Geneva Spur on the left (Squash Falconer). Leslie Binns going down to camp 1. Photo Gary Ervin

  • 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 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
  • 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:

    Our team members starting their ascent of the Lhotse face
    • 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).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.

Everest Expedition Training Climb Cost | SummitClimb

* Our “full-service” expedition includes:

  • Leader: Cost includes a very experienced and qualified British, European, or American leader;
  • Climbing Sherpas for the group;
  • Transport to basecamp to/from Kathmandu, for you and equipment, including all internal / domestic flights Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu;
  • Your trek to/from basecamp is included in the price;
  • Yak transport of all equipment from Lukla to and from basecamp;
  • Three meals per day on trek and in basecamp. Comfortable tables and chairs and dining tent;
  • Skillful basecamp cooks;
  • All mountain, trek, and basecamp food;
  • All permit fees and liaison officers;
  • Use of group gear and supplies: rope, ice, rock, and snow anchor protection; basecamp and altitude tents; cookers, fuel, high-altitude food, walkie-talkie radios, satellite telephone, etcetera;
  • Emergency equipment and supplies: medical oxygen, gamow bag, basecamp medical kit, high-altitude medical kits, etcetera;
  • In addition to our top-quality high-altitude tents, we now provide an individual tent (1 tent per person) in basecamp.
  • Your trip includes 2 free Kathmandu hotel nights at the beginning and two free Kathmandu hotel nights at the end of the trip. You will be sharing. If you want your own single room, the cost is an aditional $32 per night (during the included four free hotel nights) and for extra nights $65 per person for single occupancy. Please bring extra cash to pay for your extra nights and / or your single supplement. We often stay at the comfortable three star Hotel Shakti. Its an excellent and classic hotel surrounded by green gardens and located in the heart of the city action near many delicious restaurants, the city's best mountain equipment shopping, and abundant nightlife all within a few minutes walk. The Shakti also offers lots of entertaining day trip (and night outing) options such as city tours, walking tours, rock climbing, mountain biking, wild game safaris, horse back riding, art classes, volunteer opportunities at orphanages, hospitals, schools, women's centres, bird watching, cooking classes, sport fishing, day peak climbing, herbal medicine seminars, day hikes, pottery classes, car tours, sightseeing, temple tours, henna handpainting classes, massage, swimming, beauty salon, motorbiking, yoga retreats, river rafting, painting classes, golf, language courses, kayaking, writing seminars, bungie jumping, religious worship, canyoning, hot tubs, health club, saunas, fitness center, spa treatments, Mount Kailash Treks, night clubs, meditation retreats, gourmet restaurants, cultural dance performances, wine tasting, pedicures and manicures, casino gambling, barber shop, discotheques, airport transfers, Scenic flights around Mount Everest and much much more. Meals in Kathmandu are at your expense.

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 (Bruce Manning). Members wave in the Western Cwm between camp 1 and camp 2 (Dan Mazur).

Sixteen-Day Option: We are offering a sixteen day trip for those members that wish to meet our team on day 11 of the itinerary in basecamp and 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 programme. This may be a great option for those who are participating in other treks/climbs in the region. Sixteen day option cost: $6,350.

Trekking: For our full-service members, the cost of this expedition includes one of the most beautiful treks in the world. For more information and photos, please visit our Everest Nepal Trek.

Sherpas and Equipment Transport: Our expedition includes transport of all of your equipment from Kathmandu to basecamp, and returned to Kathmandu. While climbing on the mountain, we try not to ask our full-service members to carry heavy group equipment (although it is an option if you really want to), such as tents, rope, fuel, food, etcetera. We employ climbing sherpas, and high-altitude porters, to carry group equipment and supplies. For a minimal expense, we can also provide personal sherpas and climbing-guides to individual members who wish to have their own private sherpa or personal climbing-guide. We now encourage members to hire "personal-equipment-carriage-service", to help with high altitude equipment transport, both up and down the mountain.

Full personal-private sherpas-

  • For those who do not wish to carry their own rucksack, or prepare their own meals and drinks above basecamp, we offer full personal-private sherpas (or, you may wish to share one with another member). A personal sherpa climbs and camps with you at all times and carries approximately ten kilos/22 pounds of your personal belongings. He also helps with boiling water and making your meals on the mountain. The cost of hiring a personal-private sherpa is as follows.
  • A Nepalese sherpa is available for: $4450 USD.

High altitude "personal-equipment-carriage-service"-

  • Divide the above prices by four if you would like to have approximately 10 kilos of your personal equipment carried up and down the mountain, between camps. You must provide a 48 hour notice while on the mountain. Although the price is less than the full personal-private sherpa, the "personal-equipment-carriage-service" does not involve the additional services provided by the full personal-private sherpa. This service is mainly to help get equipment up and down between camps. If you need more help than this, please consider hiring a full personal-private sherpa.
Cooks and Food: On the trek our skilled trekking cooks provide delicious meals. In basecamp our skillful and hard working cooks prepare three hot meals each day with a very healthy diet of fresh vegetables, cheeses, eggs, and fresh as well as tinned fruits, meats and fish (all meats and fish are prepared separately out of respect for the vegetarians in our midst). They supply you with unlimited hot-drinks, the key to successful acclimatization. We have large weather-proof kitchens and dining tents, with comfortable chairs and tables. On the mountain, above basecamp, we provide you with abundant and nutritious locally available quick-cooking food, so that you may prepare at least three meals and lots of hot drinks each day, in our specially designed high-altitude stoves using our butane-propane expedition mix fuel.

Above basecamp all of our team members cook their own food unless they have a personal sherpa to cook for them. For more about personal sherpas, please click here .

We provide you with a special high altitude stove and fuel canisters. Our stoves are of the "hanging" type, designed to be used inside the tent (well ventilated of course). We have found these to be the best possible stoves for high altitude use, as it is essential to cook inside the tent during stormy weather. Our stoves are suspended above the floor so you have room to sit comfortably and warmly in your sleeping bag while cooking.

Our high altitude fuel is of two types. Above 7000 metres/23,000 feet we use imported propane/butane 250 gramme canisters. Below 7000 metres/23,000 feet we refill the canisters with propane gas. Liquid fuel does not work above 6000 metres/19,700 feet so we don't use liquid fuel above basecamp or advanced basecamp.

Group Equipment: We provide a plethora of top-quality, and time-tested equipment, group gear, and supplies, including: rope, ice, rock, and snow anchor protection; basecamp, advanced basecamp and altitude tents; cookers, fuel, high-altitude food, walkie-talkie radios, bamboo marker wands, etcetera. We now provide an individual tent for each member in basecamp, so you do not have to share. We also have shower and toilet tent for Basecamp. Please see the above EQUIPMENT link, to study what we bring for your use and safety. back to top

Staff: Our staff, working together as "Everest Parivar Expeditions, Pvt. Ltd." led by the experienced and influential Mr. Murari Sharma, are hospitality experts and have, for the last 21 years, been arranging overland tours, safaris, raft trips, treks, mountain climbs, trek support staff, cooks, peak climbing permits, satellite phone permits, video and film-making permits, translators, liaison officers, climbing Sherpas, oxygen, helicopter flights, air tickets, equipment purchase/hire, storage, import/export, shipping, customs clearance, transport bookings, advance hotel bookings, visas, repatriations, and permits.

Safety: BOTH full-service and basic expeditions are allowed access to our extensive communications equipment, medical supplies, first-aid kits, medical oxygen, and a gamow bag in case of emergency. Thank you for being a well-prepared and safe team member! back to top

*What is not included?

  • International flights to Kathmandu and back to your home country.
  • Mountain climbing rescue and travel insurance .
  • Personal climbing and trekking equipment and clothing .
  • Visa and Passport: Your Nepal visa is conveniently purchased by you upon arrival at the Kathmandu airport. It is not necessary to purchase a Nepalese visa prior to landing in Nepal. In 2013, the cost of a 90 day visa was $100 USD. 30 days visa cost $60. Please bring cash and 2 extra passport-sized photos (extra photos are necessary to obtain the visa in the airport). Thank you. Please Note: Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months fom the END of the expedition and contain at least 2 blank pages.
  • Additional expenses like bottled or canned drinks on the trek, tips and gratuities, expenses of a personal nature (ie: laundry or gift shopping) are not included, snack-energy food, changes to the pre-planned itinerary (such as early departure), and expenses while traveling away from the group or leader. Not included are unexpected expenses, such as expenses due to emergencies, rescues, weather, political situations, transport delays, etc.
  • We recommend the following tip for our group staff: Everest Training Climb: $200. Expect to pay the above tip no matter what.
  • Tipping Climbing Sherpas on our peak climbs: for a group Sherpa (Tibetan or Nepalese), who helps you to climb above the high camp or up to the summit and back down, expect to pay a summit-attempt bonus as follows: Everest Training Climb Summit Attempt Bonus: $50, Summit Success: $100. back to top

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). 
Please ask any questions regarding cost at info@summitclimb.com.

Everest Expedition Training Climb Itinerary | SummitClimb

Please click one of the links below to view that section of our Everest Nepal Training Climb daily itinerary or scroll down.

Please also visit our Everest Training Climb route description for more about what to expect on the trek from Kathmandu, during the climb itself, etcetera (photo right by Fabrice Imparato: A beautiful Himalaya view on a perfect day, trekking to basecamp).

Note: This is a proposed schedule, which has been developed through previous trips. The actual itinerary of your trip can differ depending on such factors as weather and local conditions. For example, the trip may finish earlier than these dates, or we may need every single day of the schedule. Thank you for being patient and flexible when coming to a foreign country like Nepal.

Arriving in Kathmandu:

1) Arrive in Kathmandu (1300 meters/4,250 feet). Hotel.

2) In Kathmandu; visit temples, city tour, shopping and restaurants. Hotel; back to top

Trekking to Basecamp:

3) Fly to Lukla (2860 metres/9,400 feet). Walk to Phakding (2650 metres/8,700 feet). Teahouse or camping (photo right by Bruce Manning: Our Everest Nepal expedition features one of the most breathtaking treks in the world , included in the price);

4) Walk to Namche Bazaar (3450 metres/11,300 feet). Teahouse or camping;

5) Rest and acclimatization in Namche. Check email, send messages at cyber-café, and eat at one of the many great restaurants in town. Teahouse or camping;

6) Walk to Pangboche (3750 metres/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 metres/13,900 feet). Visit the Himalayan Rescue Association health clinic. Teahouse or camping;

8) Walk to Dugla (4600 metres/15,100 feet). Teahouse or camping;

9) Walk to Lobuche (4900 metres/16,100 feet);

10) Walk to Gorak Shep (5150 metres/16,900 feet). Teahouse or camping;

11) Walk to basecamp (5000 metres/17,400 feet) (photo right by Bruce Manning: Team members crossing a ladder over a deep crevasse in the ubiquitous Khumbu Icefall. We have fixed rope and ladders laid through the whole maze of shifting glacial seracs);

12) Rest, organization, and training day in basecamp;

13) Rest, organization, and training day in basecamp; back to top

Climbing to Everest Camp 3 at 7300 metres/24,000 feet:

14) Walk to Pumori basecamp at 5300 metres/17,400 feet. Sleep there;

15) Walk to Pumori ABC 5800 metres/19,000 feet, return to basecamp;

16) Rest in basecamp;

17) Climb through the Khumbu icefall to camp 1 at 5800 metres/19,000 feet. Sleep there  (photo right by Dan Mazur: A perfect view of Camp 1 looking up towards the Lhotse face on the Western Cwm);

18) Walk to camp 2 at 6200 metres/20,300 feet, return to camp 1, sleep there;

19) Return to basecamp;

20) Rest in basecamp;

21) Walk to camp 1. Sleep there;

22) Walk to camp 2. Sleep there;

23) Rest day in camp 2 (photo right by Bruce Manning: A view of our comfortable camp 2 looking up towards the Lhotse face);

24) Walk to camp 3 at 7300 metres/24,000 feet), return to camp 2, sleep there; back to top

Going Home:

25) Walk down to basecamp;

26) Pack up basecamp and trek down to Pangboche;

27) Trek to Namche, Teahouse or camping;

28) Trek to Lukla. Teahouse or camping;

29) Flight to Kathmandu. Hotel;

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

31) Fly Home. Thanks for joining our expedition! back to top

Thank you for joining our Everest Camp 3 Training Climb Expedition

Everest Expedition Training Climb Route | SummitClimb

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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.
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 , Island Peak , Ama Dablam , Kilimanjaro, Mt. Kenya , North Col, Lhakpa Ri , 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.

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). 
Itinerary-

The proposed itinerary allows enough time for proper acclimatization, rest days, and several returns to base camp, where the kitchen and base camp staff can look after all of your needs, and quell your appetite. The weather at this time of year is normally quite good and stable. However, we all know the global weather is changing, and in case of storms, you will note the proposed itinerary includes extra days as well. In previous expeditions, half of those who reached the summit needed every single "extra" day.

Weather-

At low elevation, the temperatures can vary from 27°c to -7°c ( 80°f to 20°f). At higher elevations, the temperature can vary from 16°c to -23°c (60°f to -10°f). The wind is the most chilling factor, and can be quite variable, with everything from a flat calm, to very strong on the Lhotse face. There may be deep snow, heavy rains, mosquitoes in wet areas, blowing dust, burning heat, bright sunshine.

Arriving in Kathmandu-

The trip begins in the ancient and colorful city of Kathmandu, and the staff will personally meet your flight at Tribhuvan airport. You stay in a comfortable, simple, clean hotel, and sample some of the tasty Nepalese, Tibetan and Western-Style cuisine, at minimal expense. During our free day in Kathmandu, we shall finalize arrangements, and take some time out for trinket hunting, with planned visits to explore the 17th century splendors of the Monkey Temple, the Durbar Square and old Kings Palace, as well as the ancient city of Patan. back to top

A view of the Bouddhanath Stupa, the biggest stupa in Nepal, which lies about 7 km east of the capital. The Bouddhanath stupa, also called by many as Khasti Chitya, is one of the oldest stupas in the country. After 1959, many Tibetans arrived and settled in Bouddhanath area. The stupa, a well-known Buddhist pilgrimage site, is included in World Heritage Cultural site list by UNESCO (Samuli Mansikka).

Trekking to Basecamp-

Early the following morning we fly to Lukla at 2,850 metres/9,400 feet., where we meet our yak drivers, and porters. If there is time, we will trek to Monjo (2,650 metres/8,700 feet), and spend the night. For our full-service members, the cost of this expedition includes one of the most beautiful treks in the world. For more information and photos, please visit our Everest trek section of the site: Everest Trek.

 
Namche Bazaar, the capital of the Sherpa people. See this unique village on our trek to and from basecamp (Tunc Findik).

We will continue our trek up to Namche Bazaar (3,450 metres/11,300 feet), the capital of the Sherpa Kingdom. Here we rest for a day to acclimate, then proceed up to Deboche (3,750 metres/12,300 feet) for a night, then to Lobuche (4,950 metres/16,200 feet), where we have another acclimatization day. Finally, we make the last trek to basecamp at 5,300 metres/17,400 feet.

Climbing to Everest Camp 3-

After resting, organizing, and training in basecamp for a day, we will begin our climb. We start with a day hike through the awe inspiring Khumbu Icefall, followed by a trip to the plateau of the Western Cwm, for our first glimpse of Camp 1, at 5,800 metres/19,000 feet. We return to basecamp for a tasty dinner, prepared by our skilled cooks. back to top

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 (Bruce Manning). Members wave in the Western Cwm between camp 1 and camp 2 (Dan Mazur).

High Camps-

Through the following days, we will climb up and down the mountain, exploring the route, establishing camps, and carefully and safely building our acclimatization level.

From camp 1 at 6,000 metres/19,700 feet, the route traverses the flattish bottom of the Western Cwm, to 6,200 metres/20,300 feet where camp 2 is located.

Camp 3 is on the head wall of the Lhotse face at about 7300 metres/24,00 feet. To reach camp 3, we must negotiate the Lhotse Face. The Lhotse face is a steep, shiny icy wall. The face itself is not extremely technical, but is arduous considering the altitude increase. It gets less difficult as acclimation continues through the weeks going up and down between camps. back to top

Team members ascending the Lhotse Face. Our comfortable camp 3. The spectacular view from camp 3. (Sam Mansikka)

 

Going Home-

After packing up all of your equipment, supplies, and rubbish, you will make the return trek to Lukla. The following morning, you are up early, and fly back to Kathmandu, where you can enjoy a hot shower and a grand Nepalese western-style feast. In Kathmandu, you can have a day to relax, celebrate, tour the valley, write postcards, and do a bit more shopping, before heading home. We hope you had a safe, enjoyable, and successful adventure. Thanks for joining in! back to top

Thank You for joining our Everest Camp 3 Training Climb Expedition.

Everest Expedition Training Climb Leadership | SummitClimb

Leadership: During this full-service expedition, you will benefit from the leadership provided by Dan Mazur.

It is Dan's fifth Everest expedition. He is a relaxed, friendly and well organized person, and a highly-skilled professional with 20 years of experience in getting people to the summit and back down with the highest attention to safety. For more about Dan, please "click" on the Leadership link above.

A meeting on the roof of our hotel, where we describe the plan of our expedition. The audience, our trekkers and climbers. Leaders demonstrating the members high mountain equipment before a shopping trip to one of Kathmandu's 50 mountain shops to purchase any needed essentials for the members (Franck Pitula).

Note: Our leaders are not guides. They are there to coordinate the expedition and may or may not climb with you personally on the mountain. Our leaders will try to do everything they can to help you, but it is your responsibility to have the skills, strength, equipment, etcetera to do this climb. If you are unsure, you may wish to hire a personal sherpa.

Sherpas: We hire Sherpas and high altitude porters in a support capacity, and now have 23 of these very experienced, friendly, strong, helpful, and loyal people on our staff, including some of Nepal's best climbers and some of Nepal's only women Sherpas. Some of our Sherpas have been to the summit of Everest more than 7 times. One of our lady sherpas just became the first Nepalese woman to reach the summit of Ama Dablam, Pumori, and Cho Oyu. Many of our sherpas have personally assisted foreign climbers to the summits of more than ten of the highest peaks in the Himalaya. 

Note: We strive to provide one group sherpa for each 3-4 members. The group sherpa's duty is to carry group equipment such as tents, rope, food, and gas up and down the mountain. Group sherpas help to setup and take down camps. They are also there to try to assist in any rescues, so the other members may not have to give up their summit attempt to rescue a sick member. They may not be available to climb with members and in some instances, you may be called upon to help carry group equipment and help with group work. If you need more sherpa assistance, we encourage you to hire a personal sherpa.

For a minimal expense, we can also provide personal sherpas to individual members who wish to have their own private sherpa or personal climbing-guide. We now encourage members to hire a 1/4 of a sherpa, to help with high altitude equipment transport, both up and down the mountain. For more information about hiring a personal sherpa, please click here to learn more.

Staff: Our staff, working together as "Everest Parivar Expeditions, Pvt. Ltd." in our busy agency office in Kathmandu is led by the experienced and influential Mr. Murari Sharma. They are hospitality experts and have, for the last 21 years, been arranging overland tours, safaris, raft trips, treks, mountain climbs, trek support staff, cooks, peak climbing permits, satellite phone permits, video and film-making permits, translators, liaison officers, climbing Sherpas, oxygen, helicopter flights, air tickets, equipment purchase/hire, storage, import/export, shipping, customs clearance, transport bookings, advance hotel bookings, visas, repatriations, rescues, and permits.

Our staff in Kathmandu are available to assist you 24 hours per day, seven days per week. It does not matter which day nor at what time you arrive or depart Kathmandu, they will meet your flight, take you to the hotel, help you find essential things like money changing, shopping, arrange tours of the city, etcetera.

We need individuals interested in becoming climbing leaders. The Leader-in-Training Programme is open to individuals to participate in any of the mountain expedition climbs offered by SummitClimb.com. If you are already a professional mountain guide, we are glad to offer you a 10% discount. We provide this on all trips to UIAGM, MLTB, AMGA, BMG, and all other certified climbing guides from every nation. Thank you for joining our team.

Top row from Left: Murari K. Sharma - Everest Parivar Exp. Pvt. Ltd(MD), Jangbu Sherpa - Climbing Sherpa, Pemba Sherpa - High Altitude Kitchen Boy, Dorjee Lama - High Altitude Kitchen Boy, Tempa Sherpa - Basecamp Kitchen Boy, Krishna Rana Marag - Trekking Guide, Deha K Shrestha - Manager. Bottom row from left; Jens Vogel, Kandu Sherpa - Lady Trekking Guide, Cho-Wang Sherpa - Friend, Maya Sherpa - Lady Climbing Sherpa.

Our leaders, staff, and sherpas look forward to serving you on our expeditions to form a successful team and create a rewarding experience.

Everest Expedition Training Climb, Your Experience & Training | SummitClimb

Please "click" one of the links below to go directly to that information or scroll down.

Team Member Experience:

Extensive experience is not required for climbing to Everest camp 3. The most important thing is for members to be in adequate walking fitness. You may attempt this climb as a novice and we will teach you what you need to know. No further experience is required.

Our leaders and our team-climbing-sherpas are there to ensure you make it up to camp 3 and back down safely.

We welcome you to join our expedition as an individual and most of our members do. We plan to assemble our team members into groups so you should not have to climb alone, although occasionally it may happen. By the way, we are unable to accommodate 'soloists' who are not willing to climb together with other team members or sherpas from our team. The main expectation is that members will be prepared to climb with a team member or sherpa above basecamp if possible. This practice ensures that the entire team has a fun, successful, and safe time on the mountain. back to top

Fitness and Health:

To participate in this expedition you must be a very fit and active winter-walker-climber in good health. Prior to joining our group, please see your doctor and obtain the necessary permission and advice, as well as medications for travel in extremes of altitude, and also for exotic locales.

Note: You can purchase all necessary medicines inexpensively with no doctor's prescription in Kathmandu. Please make sure you have physically trained yourself very thoroughly before joining this climb. For a list of the medications we recommend you purchase, please click here. We look forward to climbing together with you! back to top

Training Prior to the Expedition:

  • Firstly, you should always consult your doctor before starting a rigorous exercise plan.
  • In the beginning, to see how you handle the training, and to avoid muscle strains that could slow your training down, you may wish to use shorter more frequent but less taxing workouts, and take more rest. After you get "up to speed" as it were, you could increase the rigour. Older climbers and walkers please take note of the latter. Also remember that swimming is an excellent form of training because it does not put stress upon your joints. Thank you.
  • In order to train well for your trip you should work toward exercising 3 to 4 times a week for between 40 minutes and an hour and a half each time. You should expect to work hard, and try to keep your heart rate quite high and your breathing quite heavy.
  • Adequate rest and a well balanced diet are also essential to avoid injury and illness before the expedition. You should sleep at least 8 hours per night, and eat 3 nutritious meals a day. Don't forget that you will perspire when you train, so try to drink at least 4 litres/quarts of water a day.
  • You may wish to engage the services of a personal trainer, who could help you to fine tune your fitness to a higher level while minimizing strain and maximising your potential in ways you might not have imagined. Personal trainers can also be a great motivator, as you and the trainer have your weekly session, thus you will feel an incentive to complete your planned fitness programme for that week.
  • Utilising both gym equipment and the great outdoors will provide a more balanced exercise programme. You should try to accomplish at least half of your workouts outside. This could include walking and running (On stairs and hills too) and cycling, but above all should be fun! Hillwalking and climbing with a pack weighing 5-10 Kilos/10-20 pounds is essential. If you don't have hills, why not go for stairs, bleachers, viewing stands, stadiums, even the stairways in tall buildings? Don't forget to spend time directly working the muscles of the legs, back and shoulders, and remember that your own body weight can be just as effective as weights, or machines.
  • About 6 weeks before the expedition departure date, you may wish to do 1 full day each week of hill walking, climbing or an equivalent, with a light rucksack. On that day, you would want to eventually work toward six-eight hours of continuous walking or climbing up and down hill, with 4 to 6 separate ten minute breaks and a 1/2 to 1 hour lunch break midway through.
  • To minimize the chance of injuring yourself, consider starting with a half day and then if you do well, increase to 2/3, then eventually to a full day, once a week.
  • We want you to arrive for your expedition in top shape, so please take plenty of rest and do not over-do it.
  • Hint: when carrying a rucksack while descending, walking, or climbing down-hill, try carrying a bit less in your rucksack in order to save your knees. Many trainers advise carrying water bottles up the hill then emptying them at the top so your rucksack is lightened for the trip down. back to top

Training During the Expedition:

  • Upon arrival in Kathmandu and in base camp, all members are requested to participate in one to two days of orientation to how the trip will be operated. There will be plenty of time for discussion, question answering, and for equipment review and purchasing. Training will be conducted both in Kathmandu and in basecamp in the areas of climbing techniques, glacier travel, rope fixing, ascending, descending, safety techniques, rappels (abseils), belaying, medical equipment and procedures, communications equipment, camping techniques and high-altitude cooking. For the expert and beginner alike, it is important to review these techniques in order to enhance skills, ensure safety-awareness, and work together as a team.back to top

We hope that you will arrive for your Everest Training Climb Expedition in good health, both mentally and physically prepared, so we can work together as a team and have a successful expedition.

Everest Expedition Training Climb Personal & Team Equipment | SummitClimb


Below is a detailed list of equipment you need to bring forthe Everest Camp 3 Training Climb and at the bottom is a description of team equipment that we bring for you. (Click Link below to go directly to that section of the personal equipment list or just scroll down):

Please go to our personal & team equipment section of the "Everest Training Climb Questions" for additional information and detailed discussion of the equipment lists below.

Where should I purchase my equipment?
Please "click here" to view our list of recommendations on where to purchase kit from our Everest Camp 3 Training Climb Frequently Asked Questions.

Climbing-

  • Climbing harness;
  • 5 metres / 15 feet of 6mm climber's accessory cord.
  • Figure 8/Abseil belay device;
  • 1 large mitten sized ascender (most members use the large petzl) and arm length leash;
  • 2 locking carabiners, 1 large and 1 small;
  • 4 regular carabiners;
  • Ice axe w/leash;
  • Crampons - must fit boots perfectly. Steel crampons with anti-balling (anti-bot) plates are the best;
  • Optional; Adjustable trekking poles; back to top

Upper Body-

  • 2 cotton t-shirts;
  • 1 polypropylene t-shirt;
  • 2 long sleeve polypropylene shirts, lightweight;
  • 1 polar fleece pullovers, medium weight;
  • 1 polar fleece jacket.
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable;
  • Umbrella (optional);
  • For April trip: 1 very warm goose-down (duvet) jacket with hood (for May, a medium weight down jacket should suffice); back to top

Hands-

  • 1 pr. lightweight poly-liner gloves. These will be worn when tying knots, but not inside your mitts;
  • 1 pair mittens, consists of 1 Gore-tex over mitt matched with the very warm polar fleece mitt liner (For more about high altitude mitts, please click here).

Head-

    • Helmet;
    • Warm hat wool or synthetic that covers your ears;
    • Balaclava;
    • Face mask;
    • Ballcap or brimmed suncap;
    • Glacier sunglasses with side shields (you can purchase these inexpensively in Kathmandu, including prescription sunglasses, which can be made for $20, it might take a week or two);
    • 1 pair ski goggles (Optional) with light and dark lens;
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs;
  • Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions. back to top

Lower Body-

  • Cotton underwear briefs;
  • 1 pair walking shorts;
  • 1 pair walking trousers for trekking and around camp;
  • 2 pair lightweight thermal bottoms;
  • 1 pair medium or expedition weight thermal bottoms;
  • 1 pair polar fleece trousers;
  • 1 pair Gore-Tex trousers, salopettes, or bibs. Waterproof/breathable with full side zips;
  • Optional: for April expedition-1 pr. Goose-down (duvet) trousers , salopettes or bibs.

Your clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks, bin-liners, or large plastic bags. back to top

Feet-

    • Optional: 1 pair One-Sport Millet Everest boots or equivalent, otherwise;
    • 1 pair double plastic boots (koflach);
    • 1 pair sturdy leather walking boots with good ankle support (we mean leather trekking, not climbing boots) for the walk to advanced basecamp;
  • 1 pair trainers, running shoes and/or sandals for Kathmandu and in camp;
    • 1 pair down booties (optional);
  • 2 pair med-heavy poly or wool socks;
  • 2- pair of liner socks. Polypropylene or wool;
  • vapour barrier liner socks or plastic bread-bags;
  • 2 pair lightweight trekking socks, poly or wool;
  • Cotton socks for in town.
Sleeping-
  • 1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 10 degrees F). In the high camp, you can sleep in your down (duvet) clothing inside your sleeping bag;
  • At least 3 closed cell foam kari-mats for use in basecamp and high altitude, We do not recommend inflatable mats, as we have never seen one not puncture. You can buy these non inflatable mats very inexpensively in Kathmandu. Why carry foam mats around the world, when you can purchase them inexpensively in Kathmandu?

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Rucksack and Travel Bags-

  • 1 medium rucksack (50-70 litres / 3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for airplane carry);
  • Waterproof rucksack cover (optional);
  • 2 large (120 L / 7500 cubic inch) duffle kit bags for clothing and equipment. Must be durable for use on pack animals;
  • Small padlocks for duffel kit bags. back to top

Personal Hygiene-

    • female or male hygiene supplies;
  • 2 tubes lip sun cream, 1 large tube skin sun cream (min.factor 15);
  • anti-mosquito cream;
  • 1 toothpaste/brush;
  • 1 bar soap or hand sanitizer gel/1 small towel;
  • hand wipes. back to top

Medical-

Medications are inexpensive and readily available in Kathmandu with no Doctor`s prescription:

  • small personal first-aid kit. (Simple and Light) Aspirin, first-aid tape, plasters (band-aids), personal medications, etc. The leaders will have extensive first-aid kits, so leave anything extra behind. Please let your leader know about any medical issues before the climb;
    • 1 skin blister repair kit;
  • 1 small bottle anti-diarrhea pills;
  • 1 small bottle anti-headache pills;
  • 1 small bottle cough and/or cold medicine;
  • 1 small bottle anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox, Acetylzolamide. For more about this medication, please review the information in our Everest Training Climb Questions .
  • 1 small bottle stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc.;
  • Do not bring sleeping pills. They are a respiratory depressant;
  • 1 small bottle of water purification tablets or water filter;
  • 1 set earplugs;
  • extra prescription glasses, contact lens supplies. Contact lens wearers, please bring glasses in case of emergency. A new pair could be quickly made in Kathmandu for just $20. Please order upon arrival if you are interested. back to top

Personal Food-

Our skillful cooks prepare 3 delicious hot meals and plenty of drinks each day in basecamp and camp 2.

On the mountain we supply plenty of food for you to cook 3 hot meals each day. This food will consist of soup, local cheese & sausage, biscuits, dried noodles, potatoes, rice, porridge, butter, dried and tinned vegetables, fruit, meats, and fish, tea with milk and sugar, powdered juice drink, and drinking chocolate. Our sherpas will be carrying this food to the higher camps.

  • We ask each member to bring their own imported daily snack and energy foods. We also ask members to bring 2 dehydrated meals (freeze-dried dinners) for the high camps. We do not provide cold “snack” food such as chocolate or "energy-bars". We ask that you bring or buy your own "snack" or daily cold energy food, 2-4 kilos/4-8 pounds, is a good amount. A growing variety of imported foods such as European and American cheeses, chocolates, biscuits, cookies, nuts, and locally made power-bars are now available in Kathmandu, at realistic prices. However, imported power bars, GU, re-hydration drinks, dehydrated food, "freeze-dried meals", imported cheese and sausage are not available. If you want these items, you must bring them from your home country.Many of our members, especially Britons, Europeans, and Australians with tiny baggage allowances, now purchase their daily snacks in Kathmandu. Our schedule in Kathmandu allows plenty of time for shopping.

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    • 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing repair kit;
    • 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box matches;
    • 1 compass or GPS;
    • 1 battery powered alarm clock/watch;
    • 1 camera and film, or digital camera with extra cards and extra batteries;
    • nylon stuff sacks For food and gear storage, large Ziplocs are useful also;
    • 3 water bottles (1 litre) wide-mouth Nalgene (1 is a pee bottle);
    • 1 plastic cup and spoon;
    • 1 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 for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, Tibet visa, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts;
    • credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for use for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.;
  • 1 bathing suit/swimming costume (you never know);
  • basecamp entertainment. It is good to bring additional items which you have found to be useful on previous expeditions. For example: paperback books, playing cards, ipod mp3 player, short-wave radio, game boys, musical instruments, ear plugs, lots of batteries, etc.;
  • travel clothes for basecamp and in town;
  • Please be sure and bring your patience and try to keep an open, relaxed, positive and friendly attitude as travelling in this part of the world may be very different than what you are used to, but things always seem to fall into place at the last moment. Thank you.

This is not an exhaustive list. Please submit other equipment concerns and suggestions. Thank you. back to top

Group Equipment:

We provide a plethora of top-quality, and time-tested equipment, group gear, and supplies, including: rope, ice, rock, and snow anchor protection; basecamp and altitude tents; cookers, fuel, high-altitude food, walkie-talkie radios, bamboo marker wands, etcetera. We now provide an individual tent for each member in basecamp, so you do not have to share. We also have a shower and toilet tent for Basecamp. Please see the group EQUIPMENT link, in the menu bars above to study what we bring for your use and safety.

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Please submit any equipment questions or concerns to: info@summitclimb.com

Everest Expedition Training Climb Questions and Answers Section | SummitClimb

Everest Expedition Training Climb Video Clips | SummitClimb

Below are some short video clips taken recently by our team members. Please click the picture or title in the left column to view each clip. In the right column is the description for each video.


Unknown team on their way to camp 1

Everyone has different ideas about how best to traverse the treacherous Khumbu Icefall. This unknown team decided it would be best to walk through the ice-fall roped together in lock-step, just one metre apart. Hmmmm, we are not sure this is such a good idea (video by Diane Walker)?


Avalanche

What more can one say about this worrisome John Shelton-Smith video of an avalanche landing near basecamp?
Everest closed?
Everest closed !?!? On 6 May, this enormous Russian-made Nepal-Air-Force helicopter landed in basecamp and 12 troops and dignitaries spewed out to make warning speeches about international security and sweep basecamp and inspect all of the tents for illegal communications equipment, flags, etcetera. Everest remained closed to climbers from 1-8 May while the Chinese Olympic torch team went to the summit. Our sincere thanks to the Nepal-Air-Force for their professional conduct during this difficult situation and for their assistance in air-evacuating one of our sherpas who suffered an apparent stroke on the way to camp 1 (video by John Shelton-Smith).


Ladder crossing

Diane Walker films Stefanos Voutselas crossing a treacherous ladder in the Khumbu Icefall.


Sherpa dance

Even some of the strongest sherpas in the world need to have a ceremony before heading off to climb Everest. Here our super-star climbing sherpas shake a leg at our puja ceremony before heading up to the summit to help our team members get to to the top and back down safely (video John Shelton-Smith).


Descending ladders

Stefanos Voutselas films Les Williams descending the big scary 3-section ladder at the top of the Khumbu Ice-fall.

EBC

A look at Everest basecamp and the Khumbu Icefall (Dale Wagner). 1:20 minutes (11 MB).

Kala Pattar

Views from the top of Kala Pattar, next to Everest (Dale Wagner). 0:40 seconds (6 MB).

Above EBC

A shot from above Everest basecamp, showing the west face of Everest and Nuptse (Dale Wagner). 0:45 seconds (6.5 MB).

Dughla

A panoramic view  from the Dughla Pass, looking at Lobuche East, Pumori, and other peaks in the Himalaya (Dale Wagner). 1 minute. (8.5 MB).

Namche

Namche Bazaar at 3,440 metre/11,300 feet, the capital of the Sherpa people (Scott Darsney). 0:50 seconds (7 MB).

Kathmandu

A few scenes of the ancient and colourful city of Kathmandu, where the trip begins (Scott Darsney). 0:25 seconds (3.5 MB).  

Kathmandu

Short clip of the bustling streets of Kathmandu (Dale Wagner). 1 minute (8.5 MB).

Lobuche

The view approaching Gorak Shep, looking at Pumori, Changtse, the Khumbu Glacier, and Nuptse (Dale Wagner). 0:45 seconds (6 MB).

Trek

A few scenes of the trek to basecamp, including the town of Tengboche (Scott Darsney). 0:55 seconds (7.5 MB).

Teahouse
Team members enjoying a delicious meal at one of the comfortable tea houses we stay in along our trek to basecamp (Scott Darsney). 0:40 seconds (5.5 MB).


 

If you wish to purchase our mountain climbing and trekking films, please contact Videoland Productions.

You can can go to their site www.videolandproductions.com and email info@videolandproductions.com or call (+1)360-491-1332 to buy any and all of the mountain climbing and trekking films we have. Please tell them we said hi!

We will be expanding this section with more Everest Training Climb video clips.

Everest Expedition Training Climb News and Dispatches | SummitClimb

Archive News: Please click here

Dan Mazur
Our members waving on the Western Cwm around camp 1.

Thank you for reading about our past Everest Training Climbs & Summit Expeditions. To follow along with our ongoing trips around the world, please view our "Recent News" section.

Everest Expedition Training Climb International Members Application | SummitClimb

What questions do you have? Please ask as many questions as possible. This helps us to have a proper conversation so we can better understand one-another's expectations, so you will have a very safe, enjoyable, and succesful expedition. Thank you. Before completing the application forms, please be sure to carefully study the Everest Training Climb "Questions" website for information regarding flights, payment, team members, application forms, insurance, etcetera: Everest Training Climb Frequently Asked Questions.

Below you should find a pdf or MS document containing the application pro forma. Are you able to read it? When all of your questions have been answered to your satisfaction, please print out the application and return it to us with your refundable ten-percent deposit, to hold your place in our team. Would you please just post it to us at the mailing address you will find on the form? Thank you very much. If you decide not to go, your deposit will be refunded according to our refund policy. Your registration and the final payment must be completed two months prior to the expedition starting date. Thank you very much.

Click here to download the PDF Form for International Applicants

 
 

 

If you do not have an Adobe PDF reader, please obtain it here

Here is a checklist of what we need to have in your file at least two months before the trip begins. We encourage you to send an electronic scan of all of the below documents, please be sure they are signed. Thank you:

[ ] Completed Payment. Please restate payments you made and what those payments were for, ie full vs basic, sherpa, etc.
[ ] Make your Sherpa order (if any) crystal clear at this time, personal sherpa, quarter sherpa, payment, etc.
[ ] Trip Registration Form (part of 4 page form),
[ ] Signed Participant Release and Acknowledgement of Risk (part of 4 page form),
[ ] Signed Terms and Conditions of Booking (part of 4 page form),
[ ] Signed Medical Form (part of 4 page form),
[ ] 1 Passport sized photo, which is a simple, very clear picture of your face, sent as an email scan. (We simply require a picture of your face against a white background. You can take it yourself for free with your own digital camera or smart phone),
[ ] Exact photocopy of passport identification pages,
[ ] Exact photocopy of complete flight itinerary,
[ ] Proof of travel, accident, mountain rescue and repatriation insurance (cancellation and trip interruption insurance is advised).

Please do let us know what further questions you may have about the registration process, or anything else for that matter. Thank you.
 
Welcome to our team.

Everest Expedition Training Climb USA Members Application | SummitClimb

What questions do you have? Please ask as many questions as possible. This helps us to have a proper conversation so we can better understand one-another's expectations, so you will have a very safe, enjoyable, and successful expedition. Thank you. Before completing the application forms, please be sure to carefully study the Everest Training Climb"Questions" website for information regarding flights, payment, team members, application forms, insurance, etcetera: Everest Training Climb Frequently Asked Questions .

Below you should find a pdf or MS document containing the application pro forma. Are you able to read it? When all of your questions have been answered to your satisfaction, please print out the application and return it to us with your refundable ten-percent deposit, to hold your place in our team. Would you please just post it to us at the mailing address you will find on the form? Thank you very much. If you decide not to go, your deposit will be refunded according to our refund policy. Your registration and the final payment must be completed two months prior to the expedition starting date. Thank you very much.

Click here to download the PDF Form for US Applicants

Click here to download the MS Word Form for US Applicants

 

If you do not have an Adobe PDF reader, please obtain it here

Here is a checklist of what we need to have in your file at least two months before the trip begins. We encourage you to send an electronic scan of all of the below documents, please be sure they are signed. Thank you:

[ ] Completed Payment. Please restate payments you made and what those payments were for, ie full vs basic, sherpa, etc.
[ ] Make your Sherpa order (if any) crystal clear at this time, personal sherpa, quarter sherpa, payment, etc.
[ ] Trip Registration Form (part of 4 page form),
[ ] Signed Participant Release and Acknowledgement of Risk (part of 4 page form),
[ ] Signed Terms and Conditions of Booking (part of 4 page form),
[ ] Signed Medical Form (part of 4 page form),
[ ] 1 Passport sized photo, which is a simple, very clear picture of your face, sent as an email scan. (We simply require a picture of your face against a white background. You can take it yourself for free with your own digital camera or smart phone),
[ ] Exact photocopy of passport identification pages,
[ ] Exact photocopy of complete flight itinerary,
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SummitClimb Mount Everest Nepal Camp 3 Training Reviews, Testimonials, Complaints, and Comments

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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 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

Dan and Magnus in Camp 2. Mike Fairman Photo Everest Summit seen from the Western Cwm on a windy day. Mike Fairman Photo Les Binns from Yorkshire abseiling the face into the Khumbu Icefall, team members below. Mike Fairman Photo
 
Dan and Magnus in Camp 2. Mike Fairman Photo.  Everest Summit seen from the Western Cwm on a windy day. Mike Fairman Photo. Les Binns from Yorkshire abseiling the face into the Khumbu Icefall, team members below. Mike Fairman Photo

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

Team walking in the Western Cwm at the base of the Lhotse face. Monika Witkowska photo Thile Nuru Sherpa ascends a vertical ladder in the Khumbu Icefall. Monika Witkowska Photo

Team walking in the Western Cwm at the base of the Lhotse face. Monika Witkowska photo. Thile Nuru Sherpa ascends a vertical ladder in the Khumbu Icefall. Monika Witkowska Photo
 
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  • 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 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