Nepal Mount Everest Expedition via the South Col

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Nepal Mount Everest Expedition via the South Col

  • Route first climbed by Hillary and Tenzing. Classic climb with the best weather.
  • Two expeditions each year: April-May (spring) OR August-Sept-Oct (Autumn)
  • Experienced leaders: Dan Mazur and Don Wargowsky, from UK and USA, 12 Everest expeditions, friendly, good teachers, well organized.
  • Super qualified friendly helpful Sherpas with more than 10 ascents. Sherpa : Member Ratio:1:1
  • 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.

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Spring: 7 April to 5 June 2022 or 6 April to 4 June 2023 / Dates: Autumn: 20 August to 20 October 2022

Spring Full Service Cost; $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 Jan 3)

Autumn Full Service Cost: $58,450, £42,150, €49,000; Basic Climb; $38,450, £27,700, €32,250

Now offering Everest/Lhotse combination climb; two 8000m peaks in one expedition $47,600. Call for details.

Nepal Mount Everest Expedition via the South Col.

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. Mountaineering through the south col route is considered accessible and easier compared to north col ridge

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.

EverestNepal video by Stew Edge

Everest Summit Video by John and Steinar

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!

The Hillary step. Photo - Steiner

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 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
  • Face Mask
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Disposable gloves
  • Disinfectant 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
  • 10 Stomach antibiotics: Ciprofloxacin, etc.
  • 5 Azithromycin 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.

Mount Everest Nepal Expedition Climb Your Experience and Training
Winter snow walking/climbing experience and prior high altitude is highly recommended (such as our SummitClimb Everest Glacier School). The trip includes climbing training. We will teach you everything you need to know on glaciers 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 preferable. Please get in touch with our office to review your experience and training.
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.

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."