Everest Tibet Training Climb North Col - Camp 1 (Lhakpa-Ri Optional) everest tibet training

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Everest Tibet Training Climb North Col - Camp 1 (Lhakpa-Ri Optional) everest tibet training

  • Full Service Cost: $13,150, £10,250, €11,950. Add on an ascent of Mount Lhakpa-Ri for $8,850 (Price fixed in $USD. £GBP and €EUR price for convenience only, converted November 27, 2019)
  • Dates: 6 April to 30 April 2021 and 20 April to 14 May, 2021. 25 days in Tibet (call for custom dates)
  • Add an exotic and historical trip to the ancient Tibetan city of Lhasa, add $2450.

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  • Quick, inexpensive, "easy" way to reach 7000 m / 23,000 ft. See how you feel at altitude on Mt. Everest.
  • Leader David O'Brien and Dan Mazur from UK and USA, 12 Everest expeditions, friendly, organized, and excellent teachers.
  • New Option: add on a trip to Mount Lhakpa-Ri, easy and beautiful 7000 meter / 23,000 foot peak located near Everest Advanced Basecamp.

Everest Tibet Training Climb North Col - Camp 1 (Lhakpa-Ri Optional) Overview

The North Col on Everest is 7000 meters/23,000 feet high. It is a spectacular location with incredible views and on main climbing route for Everest from Tibet. The North Col is located on a high snow ridge above advanced basecamp. We teach you everything you need to know to climb to the North Col in special training sessions in base camp. The climbing could be best described as steep walking and easy/moderate climbing with climbers attached to fixed ropes. The dates we have chosen run in conjunction with the exciting spring Everest climbing season. Climbing up to the North Col could qualify you for climbing Everest

LhakpaRi is a pyramidal trekking peak at roughly the same height as the North Col, located across from Everest on the East Rongbuk Glacier.Climbing LhakpaRi could qualify you for climbing Everest


Mount Lhakpa Ri/North Col Expedition Climbing Cost

Our full-service expedition includes:

  • British, European, or American leader
  • Expert climbing Sherpa
  • Transport to base camp to/from Kathmandu, including accommodation
  • Yak transport of all equipment from advanced base camp
  • Skillful base camp cooks
  • Three meals each day
  • Group emergency equipment and satellite phone
  • Full base camp with dinning tent, showers, bathroom, and solar charger
  • Private tents in basecamp (no sharing)
  • Double occupancy tents above base camp
  • All permit fees and liaison officers
  • Use of group gear and supplies
  • Two nights stay in a Kathmandu hotel on arrival and two nights prior to departure in a double room. Private rooms are available for a small additional fee.
  • Airport transfer

What is not included?

  • International flights to/from Kathmandu
  • Mountain climbing rescue and travel insurance
  • Personal climbing equipment and clothing
  • Gratuities for staff
  • Nepalese and Tibetan visas
  • Cost of jeep transportation if leaving early
Lhakpa Ri/North Col of Everest Climb Detailed Itinerary
1) Arrive in Kathmandu, 1350 meters (4,429 feet). Go to hotel

2) Kathmandu – Go to Chinese embassy for visa, team orientation meeting, purchasing, packing, visit temples, city tour, shopping. Stay at hotel.

3) Early morning drive to Rusuwaghadi at 2557 meters (8,389 feet). Stay at hotel.

Lhasa option: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa or if you are coming from a city in China, arrive in Lhasa on this day.

4) Enter Tibet, drive to Gyirong at 2700 meters (8,858 feet) Stay at hotel.

Lhasa option: Rest in Lhasa, tour Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple, the most sacred building in all of Tibet.

5) Rest and acclimatization in Gyirong. Walk around the local hills. Stay at hotel.

Lhasa option: Drive to Shigatse. Rest and acclimate. Tour the surrounding area. Visit the 15th century Tashilunpo Monastery, the largest active monastic institution in Tibet.

6) Drive to Tingri, 4300 meters 14,108 feet. Stay at hotel.

Lhasa option: Drive to Tingri. Rest and acclimate, tour the surrounding area.

7) Rest & acclimatization in Tingri. Explore surrounding hills and beautiful meadows. See the restoration of the historical Buddhist temples. Stay at hotel.

8) Drive to Chinese basecamp, 5200 meters (17,060 feet). Camp.

9) Rest and acclimatization in Chinese base. Organize equipment and supplies.

10) Acclimatization hike near Chinese base. Meet the Lama and participate in a Puja ceremony.

11) Rest & acclimatization in Chinese base. Organize equipment and supplies.

12) Walk with the yaks halfway to interim camp, 5800 meters (19,029 feet).

13) Rest and acclimatization at interim camp.

14) Rest and acclimatization in interim camp.

15) Walk with the yaks to advanced base camp (ABC) at 6400 meters (20,9997 feet).

16) Training/rest day in ABC.

17) Training/rest day in ABC.

18) Climb partway up the North Col and return, camp in ABC.

19) Climb to the top of the North Col 7,000 meters (22,966 feet). Return to ABC.

20) Extra day in case of weather, acclimatization, etc.

21) Walk down to Basecamp.

22) Early morning drive to Gyirong. Stay at hotel.

23) Early morning drive to Kathmandu. Stay at hotel.

24) In Kathmandu. Final packing, celebration, saying goodbye to new friends.

25) Fly home. Thank you for joining our Mount Everest Training Climb

LhakpaRi add-on

21) Rest Day in ABC.

22) Climb to the summit of LhakpaRi and return to ABC.

23) Extra Day.

24) Walk down to basecamp.

25) Early morning drive to Gyirong. Stay at hotel.

26) Early morning drive to Kathmandu. Stay at hotel.

27) In Kathmandu. Final packing, celebration, saying goodbye to new friends.

28) Fly home. Thank you for joining our LakpaRi add-on.
Lhakpa Ri/North Col Expedition Climbing Leadership & Staff

Leadership: During your full-service expedition, you will benefit from the leadership provided by David O'Brien  David has climbed in the Indian and Nepalese Himalayas as well as in the Alps. He has led expeditions in the high arctic island of Spitsbergen and has a liking for the cold and remote having crossed Greenland by ski. He has organized and led overland trips in Asia and North Africa.

David has been climbing and working with Summit Climb since 2006 and is a thoughtful, considerate leader. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and lives in London with his partner and child.

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.

Lhakpa Ri/North Col of Everest 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.

Lhakpa Ri/North Col Expedition Climb - 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 a glacier near basecamp. To be successful, proper conditioning is critical to your success on LhakpaRi and the North Col. Team members are expected to be very fit and in good health. Proper training with a focus on long hikes carrying a backpack is essential.
Mount Lhakpa Ri/North Col Expedition Climbing 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 Tibet Training Climb Review

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Here is what Edmond says: Dan and his guides and support team provide an outstanding adventure, from airport to summit and safely back. Friendly, knowledgeable guides will raise your skill level, provide top notch gear and food, and provide the best opportunity to hit your peak. I especially loved how, on Everest, we had our own tents to the highest camps on the mountain to stretch out and spread our gear.

Here’s what John has to say: I think that everyone did a great job.  I was surprised at the logistics there are in getting people from all over the world organized and geared properly and to the starting point, let alone up the mountain. Very impressive! 

The trip leaders, sherpa’s, cooks, and drivers were all first rate.  We had a great Sherpa and didn’t seem to need much from the team leader.  If anyone is unsure whether they can go for the summit or not, then this is a good way to feel all of the parts of the climb. You can then decide later if you think that you can summit the next time. (or at least try)  I am in that exact thought process now! I could not have been happier with everything

Here is what Steven Says: I just wanted to say thanks to all of the SummitClimb team for a great trip, as you know things were up and down and changing almost every day and in some cases every hour.

The SummitClimb leader did a great job with me and the clients he has, I realise the rest of the group are still on Everest or Cho I am back home now and just wanted to say Thanks for all your help.
Can you please pass on my best regards to everyone.  

Here is what Tom says: It was an awesome expedition. Solid team. The sherpas were dedicated, friendly, good English. Top-notch food and accommodation. Lots of jokes and good times. The leader was a champ. Thanks for putting it all together. It was a privilege to be a part of it. I still look at my high altitude boots everyday and wish i was back there =). Thanks, Tom

Here is what Troy says: "First of all thanks for everything. I appreciate everything you did to make this a safe and successful expedition."

Here is what Bruce says: "I thought the expedition worked well and it was another good group of people you put together. I look forward to climbing together again and seeing you next time."

Here is what Phil has to say: "The expedition is ideal for individuals or groups of climbers who wish to participate in a Himalayan expedition at a reasonable price. The price is only slightly higher than the cost of organizing your own independent expedition. You have the wealth of experience provided by the organizers and land leaders, who use no middlemen, dealing directly with the government mountaineering office.

Allows a member to experience the Himalayas a little bit as the first pioneer climbers did when there was no such thing as commercial expeditions. Some climbers without the contacts and knowledge to organize their own trip will enjoy how all logistics are taken care of by professionals, from your arrival at the airport to your departure from the staging city.

All group equipment and oxygen used is of the finest quality and replaced on a frequent basis. Leaders are professional climbers, there to assist the members and give advice rather than just dragging someone to the summit and down. The western leaders and local Nepalese and Tibetan Sherpas are some of the best, season after season.

The style of expedition is structured but relaxed with all team members having a say in the day to day running of the trip, although the leaders have the final decision on issues that effect the safety of the team. Of course, some people will prefer to pay the higher prices asked by some of the professional guiding companies.

The expedition provides similar high mountain and base camp food and equipment as the higher priced companies, and especially pride themselves on the training of the Nepalese and Tibetan sherpas in technical climbing, and assisting the members in every way. The kitchen staff are diligent in their tasty food production, preparing plenty of hot drinks, and hygiene practices.

You come home after the expedition with a sense of achievement and friendship. You have been a team member in an expedition rather than a guided client."

Here is what Arnold has to say about climbing Lhakpa Ri/North Col:

"It’s a full service expedition with everything taken care of. Or you can go in simple style with the basic climb.

It involves some very interesting history of Mallory and Irvine and the 1920s expeditions.

SummitClimb's strong team has fixed the route two years in a row.

It's less of a circus atmosphere.

There is a nice slow pace of approach and climb.

The challenging and breathtaking trek to ABC along the "miracle highway" has been referred to as "like crossing the moon".

There are many rest periods at low altitude villages between forays to the cold and windy heights. It keeps you strong.

Our leaders are very team focused, dedicated and hard working, with attention to the member's needs and details.

Our teams are focused on letting each member go at his/her own pace with support from our leaders and sherpas.

We have excellent staff and Sherpas.

The basecamp food is excellent with plenty of hot drinks.

Our equipment is strong and plentiful."

Here is what Garth had to say:

"Good that we are all back safe and sound, well done to you! I had a fantastic time out in Tibet, what an incredible experience. Jon, the Prentice Brothers and myself left Tibet saying that we would return

We take our member's feedback and testimonials seriously. These help us to refine and make our Lhakpa Ri/North Col expeditions a successful, safe, and enjoyable experience for our future teams.