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Mt. Everest Climbing Expedition in Tibet via Northside Route

  • summitclimb everest photos Everest view from Chinese Base camp. Photo Franz
  • summitclimb everest photos Mia Graeffe on Summit of Everest - First Female from Finland to summit Everest from Tibet - Photo Mia Graeffe.
  • summitclimb everest photos Picture by Gavin Vickers 24th May 2010. Tough night driving snow. Thile sherpa
  • summitclimb everest photos Lim Boew and Tenji Sherpa at Camp 3. Photo Dan
  • summitclimb everest photos The Famous Second Step. Photo David
  • everest tibet climb Climbers at the Top of the Everest from North Side. Photo Frank
  • summitclimb everest photos Heading up to camp 3 - David
  • summitclimb everest photos Members are in fixed rope climbing together in camp 1. Photo Frank
  • everest tibet climbing expedition Members at ABC during puja. Photo Scott.
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  • Full Service Cost: $28,450, £21,350, €23,850; Basic Climb Cost: $13,050, £10,250, €10,950(Converted 16-08-2016)
  • Date: 8 April to 6 June, 2018. 60 days in Tibet & Nepal
  • New Flexible Date Option: arrive anytime at your convenience during April or May.
  • Add an exotic and historical trip to the ancient Tibetan city of Lhasa. Optional trip to Lhasa, add $2,450.
  • Leader David O'Brien and Dan Mazur from UK and USA, 12 Everest expeditions, friendly, organised, good teacher.
  • Now offering exciting Tibet to Nepal Everest traverse option. Climb one side and descend the other.
  • Full Service Price Includes: Leader David O'Brien, expert Sherpas, climb permits, oxygen, transport from Kathmandu (KTM) to basecamp (BC), hotels in KTM and drive to BC, comfortable BC and advanced basecamp (ABC) high camps, tents (individual BC tent per member), expedition costs, meals & food, climb equipment, fixed ropes and fees, radios, internet, international phone, etc.


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  • Everest Expedition Climb with the Most Experienced and Succesful Team of the Year.
  • Climb the uncrowded Tibet North Col route made famous by possible 1924 summit of Mallory and Irvine.
  • 72 of our members and 41 Sherpas have reached the summit during 8 expeditions.
  • We are available to help you buy & rent - hire inexpensive climbing gear, equipment, clothing, & boots.
  • The Tibet side of Everest is less expensive than Nepal and does not have the Khumbu Icefall.
  • Drive to basecamp experiencing the unique culture of the Tibetan plateau.
  • Trek to ABC on the "Golden Highway" with the best views of Everest from either Nepal or Tibet.
  • Not ready for Everest summit? Need more training? Join our Everest Training Climb
Recent News: Our spring Everest Tibet Expedition has just returned from a successful climb, where all members and staff reached the summit. 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 Tibet Programme Description

Please click one of the links below to view that section of our introductory information or just scroll down (Photo below right by Lakpa Sherpa: Team members on the summit. 9 members of our team reached the summit along with 16 of our world famous Sherpas). Team members on the summit. 9 members of our team reached the summit along with 16 of our world famous Sherpas

 

Everest Tibet Programme Description:

  • Introduction: Mount Everest at 8,848 metres / 29,035 feet is perhaps the most coveted mountain in the world. The north (Tibetan) side is the least expensive way to climb it, and the dates we have chosen feature the best weather of the year.
    • Our proposed schedule allows for a careful and safe ascent, as well as multiple full descents to Chinese basecamp and/or a lower village.
    • The style of climbing is cautious and careful, with excellent leadership, organization, Sherpa climbers, 'walkie-talkie' radios, satellite telephones, the best oxygen bottles and apparatus available,The second step at 8500 metres/27,900 feet. We fixed 300 metres/1000 feet of rope here cooks and waiters, tasty food, the best equipment, individual tents for each member in basecamp, two full kitchens in basecamp plus advanced basecamp (ABC), 3 camps on the mountain, 1000s of metres of fixed line, hundreds of 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 (photo right by Jürgen Landmann: The second step at 8500 metres/27,900 feet. We fixed 300 metres/1000 feet of rope here).
    • This expedition maximizes experience gained over 11 prior Everest expeditions 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 Tibetan officials who regulate the permit system, liaison officers, sherpas, cooks, yak drivers, and hoteliers/restaurateurs. back to top
  • Leader and staff: During the drive, trek, in Chinese Base, ABC 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. Our skillful basecamp and advanced basecamp cooks prepare delicious, fresh, tasty food and hot drinks at least 3 times a day.Dawa Sherpa assists Ken Stalter across a crevasse on the North Col
    • 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.
    • Our comfortable basecamp and ABC: Our cooks and waiters will serve you delicious meals in our heated dining tent (photo by Dan Mazur: Dawa Sherpa assists Ken Stalter across a crevasse on the North Col).
    • 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.
    • Sherpas: We have many group sherpas to help the team. For an additional expense, we can also provide personal sherpas and climbing-guides to individual members who wish to have their own private sherpa. We now encourage members who wish to have a lighter rucksack to hire a 1/4 of a sherpa to help with high altitude equipment transport, carrying your extra weight both up and down the mountain. For information about hiring a personal sherpa, please click here to learn more.

Camp 3 with the summit behind (Frank Irnich). David in climbing up, just about to reach Camp 3. Photo Martin. Summit of Everest by Urs. Photo Urs John and Edmond working on fix line to climb Northcol. Photo Katya.

Camp 3 with the summit behind (Frank Irnich). David in climbing up, just about to reach Camp 3. Photo Martin. Urs. Summit of Everest by Urs. Photo Urs. John and Edmond working on fix line to climb Northcol. Photo Katya.

  • Everest National Park: The park is situated among rolling, vast green (in May-June) short-grass and boulder strewn valleys leading up to the base of the mountain. The environment is beautiful and stark, inhabited with wild birds and animals. Upon reaching basecamp, you trek towards the mountain, where the vegetation changes to become more alpine and rocky, with the mountain looming upwards and the best views of Mt. Everest possible from this altitude, either in Tibet or Nepal. Plants in the park range from spruce, pine, a wide variety of evergreen trees, as well as coldbelt grasslands. Many precious animals inhabit Tibet, such as antelope, deer, fox, gazelles, yaks, and many species of birds. back to topPreparing our yak loads at Chinese basecamp at 5,200 meters/17,000 feet
  • Drive to basecamp: Our drive from Kathmandu, into Tibet and finally to basecamp is a relaxing and interesting adventure. We stop in medieval looking towns with dirt streets, experience Tibetan culture, while stopping to walk each day or so in the beautiful surrounding hills to acclimate to the rising altitude. It offers a great chance to encounter the vast Tibetan plateau and the surrounding Himalayan Giants. We end at Chinese base camp at 5200 metres/17,000 feet, which is located just near the ancient and active Rongbuk Monastery. Along the way we stay and eat at rustic hotels at the organizer's expense (Photo right by Ryan Waters: Preparing our yak loads at Chinese basecamp at 5,200 meters/17,000 feet. Chinese base camp is located just near the medieval and active Rongbuk Monastery. Our camp is comfortable for the few days we spend there, with a full kitchen and dining tent, where our cooks prepare 3 hot delicious meals a day. There is plenty to explore in the surrounding hills, as well as many international climbing teams to meet).
  • Lhasa option: If you wish to add on a tour of the ancient city of Lhasa before arriving at basecamp, this is easily arranged so please let us know. Most people will prefer to fly to Kathmandu first to take advantage of the excellent equipment shopping there, then fly to Lhasa. The price includes a spectacular flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa over the Mount Everest massif. Some people prefer to fly to Lhasa from another city in China and we can also assist you with these arrangements.

Ancient Rongbuk Monastery in front of Everest Marker commemorating Everest Elevation measurement in Base Camp Walking into the Potala Palace.  Elaborate incense burner in Shigatse

Ancient Rongbuk Monastery in front of Everest.  Marker commemorating Everest Elevation measurement in Base Camp.  Walking into the Potala Palace. Elaborate incense burner in Shigatse

  • Basecamp: Features your own private sleeping tent that will be all your own, not needing to be shared with anyone. Advanced basecamp tents are based on a sharing basis. We have comfortable, heated dining tents with tables and chairs where our cooks and waiters will serve you delicious meals.
  • Trek to advanced basecamp: A beautiful trek to the base of the highest peak in the world. This trek is very accomplishable by the average person who enjoys walking. Normally, you never step on snow and there is no climbing, only walking oAt ABC. Photo Diamon Pon.n moraine trails. From basecamp we trek up the amazing Rongbuk glacier, also known as the "Golden Highway", where there are gorgeous views of stunning peaks in the area, including Lakpa-Ri and all of its "Little Sisters", as well as Changtse and of course Everest. At 6,400 meters/21,000 feet, Advanced Basecamp (ABC) must be the highest basecamp in the world (Photo right by Photo Diamon Pon: Slightly above ABC, one of our Everest climbing expedition members is heading up to ascend the North Col, where camp 1 is located at 7000 metres/23,000 feet). back to top
  • Climbing to the high camps:
    • After ABC, Clip in to the fixed lines for a sloping glacier walk up to the North Col (camp 1) at 7000 metres/24,900 feet. There is one steep section of 50-80 degrees. North Col is a pass between the Everest North East Ridge and Changtse. There are incredible views here, looking towards Pumori in Nepal, as well as Lhakpa Ri.
    • From the North Col, we ascend the glacier and eventually the rocky north ridge to set up Camp 2 at around 7500-7800 metres/24,600 feet.
    • After camp 2 the trail traverses to the west and up the north face around and through a series of 30 degree gullies and slopes before reaching the site of Camp 3 at 8,300 metres/27,200 feet.Cloud plumes roll off the north face of Everest. You can see the daunting west ridge on the right hand skyline leading up to the face. ABC is in the center and just over the gravel moraine from where this picture was taken
  • Rest Days: We will be taking a lot of them throughout the expedition. In fact, we might even descend to a low village for three-four days to soak up the sunshine and thicker air before our final summit push. 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 (photo right by Tunc Findik: Cloud plumes roll off the north face of Everest. You can see the daunting west ridge on the right hand skyline leading up to the face. ABC is in the center and just over the gravel moraine from where this picture was taken).
  • Summit attempt: From Camp 3, we will make our final summit push. Climbers must first make their way through three rock bands known as the first, second, and third steps. Step 2 in particular, is an exciting rock-buttress to ascend with the presence of an aluminum ladder placed by a Chinese team in 1975 and since repaired by a five-star commercial team. After surmounting the 3rd Step, the summit is ahead. Once above these steps, the final summit slopes (35 to 58 degrees) to the top. back to top
  • Who is this trip for?Climbers ascending the North Col at 6,800 metres/22,300 feet
    • 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.
    • You should have previous high altitude climbing experience (such as Cho Oyu Shishapangma, Lhotse, Mustagata, Ama Dablam, Denali, Aconcagua, Lhakpa Ri / North Col or other) (Photo Right by Fredrik Strang: Climbers ascending the North Col at 6,800 metres/22,300 feet).
    • 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

      Tents are on the Northcol with the view of summit. Photo David Roeske. Tents are on camp 3. Photo David Roeske Team reaching Northcol. Photo David Roeske.

      Tents are on the Northcol with the view of summit. Photo David Roeske. Tents are on camp 3. Photo David Roeske. Team reaching Northcol. Photo David Roeske. .back to top

Interested? Please contact us: info@summitclimb.com

Please "click" one of the links on the column on the upper right of your screen under "Everest Tibet" to learn more about our expedition.

Mount Everest Tibet Expedition Climb Cost | SummitClimb

* Our “full-service” expedition includes:

  • Leader: Cost includes a very experienced and qualified British, European, or American leader;
  • 5 bottle set of oxygen;
  • Climbing Sherpas for the group;
  • Transport to basecamp to/from Kathmandu, for you and equipment, including accommodation and meals on the road;
  • Yak transport of all equipment from the road to and from advanced basecamp;
  • Three hot meals per day in basecamp and advanced basecamp. Comfortable tables and chairs and dining tent;
  • Skillful basecamp and advanced basecamp cooks;
  • All mountain, basecamp and advanced 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.

Organization: During this full-service expedition, you will benefit from the organization provided by Dan Mazur. He is a relaxed, friendly and well organized person, and a highly-skilled professional with years of experience in getting people to the summit and back down with the highest attention to safety. He has been leading and organizing successful and safe overland, trekking, and mountaineering expeditions for over 20 years, to Tibet, Nepal, Tadjikistan, Pakistan, India, China, Africa, and North America. For more about Dan, please "click" on the Leadership link   back to top

everest basecamp on the way to everest basecamp from tibet side
 
Tenji Sherpa, Elyse and Lakpa Gelbu at the basecamp. Photo Elyse Ping.  Jürgen Landmann and Rob Mortell at the Chinese basecamp. Photo Rob Mortell. back to top

Sherpas and Equipment Transport: Our expedition includes transport of all of your equipment from Kathmandu to advanced basecamp, and returned to Kathmandu. We could also bring you to basecamp from Lhasa, Tibet. More and more members are choosing to take the Lhasa option. 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 a 1/4 of a sherpa, 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.
  • The cost of hiring a personal-private sherpa is: $6950 USD, which includes full oxygen and equipment for your Sherpa.

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.

Oxygen: On Everest, although some climbers wish to try it without, most members will prefer to have it available and we only allow members to climb Everest with the use of supplemental oxygen. In addition, supplemental oxygen usage has been shown to markedly reduce the incidence of frostbite. Regarding oxygen, we supply a 5 bottle set as part of the full service cost for this expedition. Some people want 1 bottle, others want 12. We suggest you bring five. Our Sherpas will try to help you carry the oxygen. We 100% guarantee our bottles and oxygen systems, and test them thoroughly with the mask/hose/regulator set-up. We have our own oxygen analysis instrumentation, and we are able to certify that the contents are 100% oxygen. Additionally, we are able to measure the volume of contents in the bottle. Our bottles/masks/hoses/regulators are 100 percent guaranteed and reliable. We always have spare parts and back up bottles, masks, regulators, and hoses. All of the equipment is guaranteed to work well together, and it is easy to use, with simple threaded and snap-on fittings which require no tools.

If purchased separately:

  • EXTRA OXYGEN: 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): We have a 30% discount buy-back policy on unused oxygen bottles if you purchase any extra bottles beyond the 5 bottle set we supply you. $510 USD each.
Note: You may have to carry some or all of your own oxygen on summit day, as well as up and down the mountain. If possible, the group sherpas will help stock the high camps, as well as share in carrying extra bottles during summit attempts. If you are concerned you might not be able to carry your own oxygen, you may wish to hire a personal sherpa.

Cooks and Food: On the road we eat in the local restaurants as available. In basecamp and advanced 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 advanced 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 advanced 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.

team practicing ice training in everest basecamp north team practicing ice training in everest basecamp north

The team practicing ascending and descending the fixed ropes in ABC at 6400 metres. The low-angle ice we are practicing on is a very safe branch of the Rongbuk glacier (Rob Mortell). 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, 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.

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

Team members are in Basecamp. Photo Katya

*What is not included?

  • 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). Because the expedition is in Tibet, we provide special support to you in Kathmandu in organizing your Tibet-China visa. Be ready to pay up to $220 USD (US citizens) and $165 USD (non-US citizens) for your Tibetan visa. It may be cheaper, but we will tell you and provide a receipt. 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 Group Tip: $250. 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 Summit Attempt Bonus: $400, Summit Success: $750. 

  • Car or Jeep hiring: Tibet members: Please note that your amount of cash you need to bring is about $1000 more than our Nepal trips because it costs that much to hire a jeep to take you out early if you wish to leave before the scheduled end date of the itinerary. back to top

*Everest Traverse Cost - Tibet to Nepal:

  • Full service: $28,450.
  • Personal Sherpa: $6950.
  • Oxygen for you and the sherpa: cost varies, but two five bottle sets are $2850 each.  
  • Crossing to Nepal: $10,000 Tibet-fee for you and $5000 for the sherpa. Nepal fee of $12,000 for you.

Total crossing from Tibet to Nepal cost: $68,100.

* Our "basic climb" includes:

  • Coordinator: Dan Mazur, leader of four successful Everest expeditions;
  • All permit fees and liaison officers;
  • Transport to basecamp to/from Kathmandu, for your personal equipment only (boots, ice axe, clothing, sleeping bag), including accommodation and meals on the road;
  • Yak transport of your personal equipment only (boots, ice axe, clothing, sleeping bag), from the road to and from advanced basecamp;
  • A walkie-talkie radio is provided to stay linked-in with the leader of the full service expedition while on the mountain;
  • Emergency equipment and supplies: medical oxygen, gamow bag, basecamp medical kit, high-altitude medical kits, etcetera;
  • Access to team fixed ropes and camps (sites, not tents), coordinated with our own "full-service" climbing team.
  • Other necessary services and supplies (ie: extra yaks, trek services, basecamp meals, high altitude services and equipment), may be purchased and hired at minimal expense. We offer basic climb "packages" as noted below, or, we can furnish individual items such as tents, stoves, gas, food, etcetera. back to top
  • Airport transfers from Kathamandu Tribhuvan International Airport to your hotel and back at the end of the expedition.
  • 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.

Add the following services to the basic climb:

  • Basecamp: kitchen, cooks, meals, dining, and sleeping tents. $3550 USD.
  • Advanced basecamp: kitchen, cooks, meals, dining, and sleeping tents. $4950 USD.
  • High altitude: leaders, sherpas, tents, equipment, walkie-talkies, food, stoves, fuel, etcetera. $8950 USD.
  • Climbing oxygen: High-altitude Everest climbing oxygen set (mask, regulator, and 5 large Russian 4 litre bottles, guaranteed to be in proper working order and function perfectly together): $3150 USD.
We recommend the 5 bottle set for Everest.

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): $510 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. Refunds take 90 days to process from the pre-planned expedition date to process. 
For more about our basic climb, please visit our "Notes for Basic Members" .

Please ask any questions regarding cost at info@summitclimb.com .back to top

Mount Everest Tibet Expedition Climb Itinerary | SummitClimb

Please click one of the links below to view that section of our Everest Tibet daily itinerary or scroll down. If you choose to do the Lhasa option, please note the slight itinerary alterations on days 3-7.

Please also visit our Everest Tibet route description for more about what to expect on the drive from Kathmandu, during the climb itself, etcetera.

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 and Tibet.

Arriving in Kathmandu:

1) Arrive Kathmandu (1,300 meters/4,200 feet); give passport to our office representative who will obtain visa at Chinese embassy.

2) In Kathmandu - our agent will pick up passport from chinese embassy. Logistics, orientation, purchasing, packing, training, visit temples, city tour, shopping. Hotel.

3) Depart Kathmandu for Tibet on this day;

Lhasa option: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa (Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday, but this could change) or if you coming from a city in China, arrive in Lhasa this day. back to top

Driving to Basecamp:

4) Bus to Tibet; drive to Nyalam (3,750 meters/12,300 feet). Hotel and meals at organizer's expense.

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

5) Rest & acclimatization in Nyalam (3,750 meters/12,300 feet). Walk around the local hills and explore the ancient stone structures of this historical area. 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) Bus to Tingri (4,300 meters/14,100 feet). Explore surrounding hills and beautiful meadows. See the restoration of the historical Buddhist temples. Hotel.

Lhasa option: Drive to Lhaze. Rest and acclimate, tour the surrounding area. Visit the Changmoche Monastery.

7) Rest & acclimatization in Tingri. Explore surrounding hills.

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

8) Drive to Chinese basecamp (5,200 meters/17,000 feet). Camp.

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

10) Walk gently in the hills surrounding Chinese base. Chance to hike to the Rongbuk Monastery, the highest monastery in the world. Meet the Lama and participate in a Puja ceremony.

11) Rest & acclimatization in Chinese base. Organize equipment and supplies. Camp (Photo right by Ryan Waters: Preparing our yak loads at Chinese basecamp at 5,200 meters/17,000 feet. Chinese base camp is located just near the medieval and active Rongbuk Monastery. Our camp is comfortable for the few days we spend there, with a full kitchen and dining tent, where our cooks prepare 3 hot delicious meals a day. There is plenty to explore in the surrounding hills, as well as many international climbing teams to meet). back to top

Moving to Advanced Basecamp:

12) Walk with the yaks halfway to advanced base to interim camp (5,800 meters/19,000 feet). Camp.

13) Rest & acclimatization in interim camp. View and explore in the surrounding valley, laced with massive "ice-pilgrims" (large penitentes).

14) Rest & acclimatization in interim camp.

15) Walk with the yaks to advanced base (ABC) at 6,400 metres/21,000 feet. Camp.

16) Rest & acclimatization in advanced base. Extensive training. Organize supplies.

17) Rest & acclimatization in advanced base. Extensive training. Organize supplies (Photo by Aldas Baltutis: A view of our cozy "interim camp" at 5800 meters/19,000 feet. This is about half way between Chinese basecamp and advanced basecamp). back to top

Climbing Everest:

18) Walk to camp 1 North Col (7,000 metres/23,000 feet). Return to ABC.

19) Rest in ABC.

20) Rest in ABC.

21) Walk to camp 1. Sleep there.

22) Explore route to camp 2 (7,500 metres/24,600 feet), return to ABC (Photo right by Tunc Findik: Slightly above ABC, one of our Everest climbing expedition members is heading up to ascend the North Col, where camp 1 is located at 7000 metres/23,000 feet).

23) Walk back down to Chinese base.

24) Rest in Chinese base. Explore surrounding hillsides.

25) Rest in Chinese base. Light hiking and time for meeting other international climbing teams.

26) Rest in Chinese base.

27) Walk up to interim camp. back to top

28) Walk up to ABC.

29) Walk to camp 1, sleep there.

30) Walk to camp 2, sleep there.

31) Explore route to camp 3 (8,300 metres/27,200 feet), return to camp 2, sleep there.

32) Walk down to ABC.

Rest in Chinese Base and/or Drive Down to a Lower Village:

33) Walk back down to Chinese base.

34) Rest in Chinese base or drive to a lower village (photo right by Michael Hsu:The small Tibetan town of Shegar Dzong, also known as "New Tingri". Above the town, ancient ruins that were once a Tibetan fortress are situated along a steep hillside and are very fun to explore. The ruins were once the "Crystal Fortress" and the capital of the Tingri region. The town is about 7 kilometres off of the main highway to Everest).

35) Lower village. Explore historical temples and light hiking.

36) Rest in lower village.

37) Lower village. Explore historical temples and light hiking.

38) Go back to Chinese base and rest.

39) Walk up to interim camp. back to top

Summit Days:

40) Walk up to ABC.

41) Walk to camp 1. Sleep there.

42) Walk to camp 2, sleep there.

43) Walk to camp 3, sleep there. back to top

44) Attempt summit if conditions allow.

45) Descend to ABC. (Photo right by Franck Pitula: Distant view of the second step at 8500 metres/27,900 feet, ladders on right).

46) Rest in Chinese base.

47) Walk back up to ABC.

48) Walk to camp 1. Sleep there (Photo Right by Fredrik Strang:Climbers ascending the North Col at 6,800 metres/22,300 feet).

49) Walk to camp 2, sleep there.

50) Walk to camp 3, sleep there. back to top

51) Attempt summit if conditions allow.

52) Extra days for summiting (Photo right by Ryan Waters: Our climbing leader, Ryan Waters, celebrating on the summit). back to top

Going Home:

53) Descend to camp 1.

54) Packing in camp 1, descend to ABC.

55) Packing in ABC.

56) Yaks transport equipment, supplies and rubbish to Chinese base. Members walk down.

57) Drive to Tingri. Hotel and meals at organizers expense.

58) Drive to Kathmandu. Hotel and meals at members expense.

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

60) Fly home. Thank you for joining our Mount Everest Expedition (Photo right by Tunc Findik: A team member trekking up to interim camp from basecamp. A great view of the north face of Everest)! back to top

Thank you for joining our Everest Tibet Expedition

Mount Everest Tibet Expedition Climb Route Description | SummitClimb

Please click one of the links below to view that section for the route on Everest Tibet, or scroll down.

Introduction-

Everest is perhaps the most coveted mountain in the world. The north (Tibetan) side is the least expensive way to climb it, and the dates we have chosen feature the best weather of the year. Our proposed schedule allows for two possible summit attempts and two full descents to the Chinese basecamp at 5,200 metres/17,000 feet. Our style of climbing is cautious and careful, with excellent leadership, organization, Sherpa climbers, cooks and waiters, tasty food, the best equipment, two full kitchens and basecamp plus advanced basecamp, 6 camps on the mountain, 1000s of metres of fixed line, hundreds of 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. back to top

This expedition to Everest maximizes many years of accumulated wisdom of the high Himalaya, a strong record of reaching the top of 8,000ers: Everest, K2, Kangchenjunga, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho-Oyu, Shishapangma, and many other 8,000 metre summits, in addition to more than 25 Himalayan expeditions, in all safety, along with an intimate knowledge of the Tibetan and Chinese officials who regulate the permit system. We have been running expeditions to Tibet since 1986, and we know all of the bureaucratic officials, liaison officers, yak drivers, and hoteliers/restaurateurs personally.

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. back to top

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 hurricane force on the summit. 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 (you could also start in Beijing). You stay in a comfortable, simple, clean, hot-water hotel, at minimal cost and sample some of the very reasonably-priced tasty Nepalese, Tibetan and Western-Style cuisine, available at the hundreds of local restaurants. During your free days in Kathmandu, while your Chinese visa is being processed, you shall finalize arrangements, purchase and hire the bits of equipment you might be missing at the hundreds of mountain-climbing and trekking equipment shops in the neighborhood (with low prices, as well), and take time out for trinket hunting, with suggested visits to explore the 17th century splendors of the Monkey Temple, the Durbar Square and old Kings Palace, as well as the ancient cities of Patan, and Bakhtapur. We also have several member and training sessions during these days, where our leaders spend time with you reviewing climbing techniques and equipment, going over medical and safety procedures, etcetera. If you are concerned about the altitude and have purchased Diamox (acetylzolamide), which is inexpensively available with no doctor's prescription in Kathmandu, this might be the time to begin taking it. back to top

Optional Tour of Lhasa-

Some members wish to add an optional trip to Lhasa before reaching basecamp. If this includes you, most members will fly to Kathmandu first, then to Lhasa. Some people prefer to fly to Lhasa from another city in China and we can also assist you with these arrangements. For those flying from Kathmandu, you take a 1 hour and 45 minute flight in a jet over Mt. Everest and the spine of the Himalaya, arriving in Tibet's capital city. In the past, we have had some fabulous views out of the plane windows during this flight. 

At 3650 metres/12,000 feet of elevation, Lhasa was established around 600 AD on the banks of the Brahmaputra River. The heart of the city is centered around the Jokhang Temple, the most sacred building in all of Tibet. Our simple hotel is not too far from the famous Potale palace, Jokhang palace and the renowned Barkhor Market, where you can shop for exotic handicrafts and religious art from all across Tibet, China, and Buddhist India.

After flying to Lhasa, upon arrival you will rest for 2 nights and one day. It's important that you use the rest day to get acclimated to the high altitude.

 

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Buddhist pilgrims from Amdo region circumambulating the Jokhang Temple in the Barkhor market. Photo: J. Otto.

It is a three day drive from Lhasa to basecamp. From Lhasa, you will set out in government cars across the Tibetan plateau to meet the rest of the team in Tingri, before reaching Everest basecamp.

The following morning after your day in Lhasa, you will drive to Shigatse at 3650 metres/12,000 feet, the second largest city in Tibet, with a famous Monastery. The road winds along the massive Brahmaputra River, past traditional warren-like Tibetan farm towns. In Shigatse, you can have a look around and try to visit the 15th century Tashilunpo Monastery, the largest active monastic institution in Tibet. Monks in maroon robes seem to be everywhere, going about their daily chores, praying, and practicing ceremonial music performances.

After Shigatse, you will make the scenic drive to the ancient city of Lhaze (Lhatse), at 4000 metres/13,100 feet . At the western end of town is the small Changmoche Monastery, which you may visit while there. You can see interesting views of the surrounding Tibetan plateaus and hills.

From Lhaze, it is another scenic drive to the town of Tingri at 4,342 meters/14,200 feet, where you will meet up with the rest of the team and continue towards Everest basecamp. back to top

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The Tashilunpo Monastery in Shigatse, where more than 700 monks live and worship in the Buddhist religion. (Photo: J. Otto)

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A Tibetan farmer brings his goods to market on the road near Lhaze. (Photo D.L. Mazur)

Driving to Basecamp-

After the finalization of your Chinese visa, we set out very early in a bus for the 4 hour drive to the last Nepal town of Kodari at 1,770 meters/5,800 feet. We clear Nepalese customs and immigration, then hire local porters and vehicles to carry your bags across the Bota Kosi River on the Friendship Bridge, to Zhangmu, the gateway town in Tibet.

On the Friendship Bridge, border Crossing between Nepal and Tibet (Bruce Manning).

Upon entering Tibet, the clocks immediately go forward by 2 ¼ hours. Our secondary government liaison officer will meet us in Zhangmu. After clearing Tibetan customs and immigration, a Chinese bus takes us up the windy road through the rolling hills to Nyalam town at 3,750 meters/12,300 feet, and a basic "hotel". The smaller towns in Tibet are generally simple and rustic places, and this one is no exception. The topography here is quite interesting in that we are perched in the transitional zone where the Tibetan plateau rams into the Himalaya, then drops into the forested valleys and jungles of Nepal, and finally out into the Gangetic plain of the Terai and India. We stay over one extra night in Nyalam, to help adjust to the altitude, and during our "rest-day" in Nyalam, we take advantage of the interesting surroundings to walk to the top of local hills and savor the first glimpses of the Himalayan Giants. back to top

Bouldering in Nyalam on our rest day (Felix Berg). On the road to Tingri, Himalayan Giants in the background (DL Mazur). Our sturdy Tibetan trucks carry the equipment, here being loaded by our Sherpas (Tim Spear).

In the morning we continue our bus-ascent into the Tibetan plateau, to the town of Tingri at 4,342 meters/14,200 feet. There are superb views of Shishapangma, Cho-Oyu, and Everest as we drive into Tingri. The town itself is a very basic one-street hamlet surrounded by the tents of nomadic Tibetans. About ½ of all ethnic Tibetans living in Tibet are nomadic or semi-nomadic. Our extremely rustic little hotel has an adequate restaurant, and it will be interesting to see if the high altitude has quelled our appetites for tasty fresh food. There are the ruins of an old fortress on a rise above town, and from here we can see the finest views of Everest, Lhotse, Cho-Oyu, and Shishipangma.

A stop along the road near Tingri. There is a simply developed hot springs here. Only the very brave are able to tempt fate by entering the dirty water(Bruce Manning). back to top

The following morning, after what for many is a relatively sleep-free night, we drive the 70 kilometers/40 miles, to Everest base camp at around 5,200 meters/17,000 feet. The drive follows a dirt road along the Rongbuk Valley and has spectacular views of the Himalaya. Chinese base camp is located just near the medieval and active Rongbuk Monastery.

We will spend another day resting, acclimatising, and organizing equipment into Yak loads at Chinese base.

Preparing our yak loads at Chinese basecamp (Bruce Manning). Blue mountain sheep in the cliffs above basecamp (Felix Berg). back to top

Moving to Advanced Basecamp-

We then spend two days moving up to the "interim camp", which is located at 5,800 metres/19,000 feet, and halfway to the "advanced basecamp (ABC)".

Yak train heading up to interim camp (Bruce Manning). Interim Camp at 5800 metres/19,000 feet, where we acclimate for a day or two before heading up to ABC (Tim Spear).

Next, we spend two days working our way up to ABC. 6,400 meters/21,000 feet, ABC must be the highest basecamp in the world. It is located on a rocky moraine next to the Rongbuk Glacier.

Franck walking up the Rongbuk to ABC (Tim Spear). Our comfortable ABC at 6400 metres/21,000 feet, A view of the mountain at sunset from ABC (Ryan Waters).

Upon reaching ABC, we will take another rest and acclimatization day, this time going over our equipment, safety procedures, climbing techniques, cooking and camping methods, and working to form ourselves into a more cohesive team. back to top

Climbing Everest-

After resting and completing our training, we will begin our climb of Everest.

Climbers approaching the North Col at 6800 metres/22,300 feet. Lines are fixed here for safety. Our tents at the North Col at 7000 metres, also known as camp 1. Climbers Walking up to the 7500 metre/24,600 feet, camp, also known as camp 2. You can see the tents in the North Col in the background (Ryan Waters). At the 7500 metre/24,600 feet, camp (Ken Stalter).

On the way up to camp 3 at 8300 metres/27,200 feet, which lies up and to the right in the photo (Ryan Waters). Camp 3. Andre Bredenkamp and Chris Drummond in Camp 3 (Franck Pitula).

Through the following weeks, we will climb up and down the mountain, according to the schedule suggested below, exploring the route, establishing camps, and building our acclimatization and strength levels. We will also descend to the Chinese basecamp several times, in order to rest well. Following the proposed itinerary below should give us the best chance to ascend in safety and maximize our opportunity to reach the summit during the "weather windows" which open in May. back to top

High Camps-

After ABC, there is a steep ice and rock climb up to North Col (Camp 1) at 7000 metres/23,000 feet. This is a pass between the Everest North East Ridge and Changtse at 7600 metres/24,900 feet.

To reach camp I, we ascend the glacier to the foot of the col where fixed ropes are used to reach the North Col at 7,000 metres/23,000 feet. From the North Col, we ascend the rocky north ridge to set up Camp 2 at around 7,500 metres/24,600 feet. The route goes up the north face through a series of gullies and steepens into down sloping slabby terrain before reaching the site of Camp 3 at 8,300 metres/27,200 feet.

Distant view of the second step at 8500 metres/27,900 feet, ladders on right (Franck Pitula). On the second step at 8500 metres/27,900 feet. We fixed 300 metres/1000 feet, of rope here. Looking at the summit from 8400 metres/27,550 feet. Climbing the second step. (Ryan Waters). back to top

Summit Day-

From Camp 3, we will make our final summit push. Climbers must first make their way through three rock bands known as the first, second, and third steps.

The first step is only about 3 metres located at 8,500 metres/28,000 feet. The second step is located just above the first step at 8,500 metres/28,000 feet, and is about 50 metres/160 feet, high. The third and final step is slightly further up from the second at 8,800 metres/28,870 feet, and is about 20 metres/60 feet, high.

Step 2 in particular, is exceptionally difficult to cross, even with the presence of an aluminum ladder placed by a Chinese team in 1975. After surmounting the 3rd Step, the summit is ahead. Once above these steps, the final summit slopes (50 to 60 degrees) to the top. The team must traverse the distance (about 1.5 km/1 mile) up and down within a single day. back to top

The third and final step onto the summit. Ryan on the Summit. (Ryan Waters). Franck Pitula on the summit. A sunburned Felix back in ABC after summitting.

Optional Everest Traverse-

We are very excited to be offering a traverse of Everest. There are two ways to do it, from Nepal to Tibet, and from Tibet to Nepal. We are able to offer both options as we have expeditions from both sides. If you are interested in doing this, please contact us as soon as possible.

From the summit, you will cross over and ascend the other side of Mt. Everest where camps will already be established from our Nepal expedition.

For more about the route coming down from the summit on the Nepal route, please click here. For more about the cost of doing the traverse from Tibet to Nepal, please click here.

A view of the famous Hillary Step coming down from the summit on the Nepal side (Fabrice Imparato).

Going Home-

After packing up all of your equipment, supplies, and rubbish, you will make a short return trek and drive to Tingri, have a feast at the restaurant and stay in the hotel. The following morning, you are up early, and drive all the way down to Zhangmu, hire porters to carry everything over the Friendship Bridge, then catch a bus into 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 Tibet Expedition.

SummitClimb Mount Everest Tibet Climb Reviews, Testimonials, Complaints, and Comments

Please scroll down for more testimonials 

Here is what Basia has to say:

Basia shared your video — feeling thankful.

I feel very grateful for the chance to experience both sides of Mt.Everest. These expeditions were with Summit Climb.

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

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

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



Here is what Rob has to say:

Nice to hear from you, and congratulations on another successful year on Everest. Great to see such a strong and safe performance from  the SummitClimb teams on both North and South.

All is well here thanks. I’m glad to report that my minor frostbite healed very quickly so I’m back to full health. Your office staff was very helpful bringing us to the clinic in Kathmandu.

I didn’t get to thank you in person, as I believe you were still trekking down from Everest Base Camp, but I’m very pleased to have climbed with SummitClimb again this year.

Keep in touch, Rob


 
 
Elyse summit mount Everest with Sherpas. Photo Elyse Ping. Ang Pasang and Rob are on the summit of Everest. Photo Rob Mortell

Here’s what Steve has to say:

Firstly I had one of the best experiences of my life, thank you

  1. What was good about your expedition - : Almost everything especially when things where not going to plan. The leader made things work out and went the extra mile on so many occasions

  2. What can we do better? - : I really cannot think of a single thing. 10 out of 10 from me

  3. What advice would you give someone thinking of joining us in the future? - : Do it and be flexible things always worked out in the end
  
 
About to reach summit of Everest from Northside. Photo David O Brien. The famous second step. Photo Jürgen Landmann.  Very near to summit. Photo Jürgen Landmann

Here is what Leifur says:

Hi Dan

Thanks for the Everest - Tibet climb.  It went well and the leader did a good job. The Sherpa did extra well. He is strong and service minded. It was a pleasure climbing with him. 

I purchased extra oxygen for the climb (beyond the five bottles already included in the cost).

I was feeling strong on the summit climb and started on 1.5 litres flow, increasing it to 3 on the steep steps.  With only 12 hours round trip I had plenty of O2 and left a full unused bottle in camp 3 knowing that the other
O2 would be appreciated.   

I have no complaints but if there is part of the cost of the unused Oxygen
bottle paid back it would be well appreciated.   

Regards, Leifur
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Rikke climbing up to Camp 2. Photo Martin Climbing up to Camp 2. Photo Chris Bailley

Rikke climbing up to Camp 2. Photo Martin. Climbing up to Camp 2. Photo Chris Bailley.

 Here is what Alan from California says:

"I had a very good experience on this unforgettable expedition. The trip was well organized and I liked the leader. He was full of energy and humour."

Here is what Troy says:

"Thanks for everything! I appreciate everything you did to make this a safe and successful expedition."

Jacques Puyo:

I was there! Summit Climb brought me to the Top under the leadership of Dan. This expedition was not only extremely well organized (all these important details taken care of for you, so that you can concentrate on your inner voyage...and focus on the goal), but we also had lots of excellent food (I am French :-)), as well as fantastic people interactions. If you have a chance: go with Summit Climb, these guys are smashing. 

Summit Everest. At Everest ABC. Photo Jacques Puyu

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." Back to top

Members are descending after summit. Photo Chris Bailley Summit View. Photo Rikke

We used fixed rope. Photo Chris Bailley . Summit View. Photo Rikke 

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." Back to top

Chris Bailley using ladder to ascent while Martin taking a picture of him. Photo Rikke. Chris Bailley carefully climbing up. Photo Rikke.

Chris Bailley using ladder to ascent while Martin taking a picture of him. Photo Rikke. Chris Bailley carefully climbing up. Photo Rikke.

Here is what Arnold has to say about climbing Everest from Tibet: 

  • "It’s a full service expedition with everything taken care of. Or you can go in simple style with the basic climb.
  • Its cheaper than the South side expedition.
  • It involves some very interesting history of Mallory and Irvine and the 1920s expeditions.
  • SummitClimb's strong team has fixed the route to the summit 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.
  • The Tibetan side of Everest might be shorter to climb, you start from a high ABC at 6400 metres.
  • The summit day is shorter, starting from 8300 metre high camp, 300 metres higher than high camp on the Nepal side." Back to top

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" 

Our comfortable Chinese base camp. Photo Rares Voda Clear view of Mount Everest from Chinese base camp. Photo Rares Voda
 
Our comfortable Chinese base camp. Clear view of Mount Everest from Chinese base camp. Photo Rares Voda. Back to top

Here is what Frank had to say:

1. The leader was a nice excellent leader with a very good weather forecast page.

2. The kitchen crew did an excellent job, food was very good in all camps!

3. The 4 sherpas made a great job, tents and oxygen were ready and at the right place at the right time.

4. The tents and equipment were very good. We had single tents for all members in BC and upper camps!
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If you would like to contact our previous members, please send an email to info@summitclimb.com

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

Mount Everest Tibet Expedition Climb Leadership & Staff | SummitClimb

Leadership: During this full-service expedition, you will benefit from the leadership provided by David O'Brien

David at summit of Everest. Photo Chris Bailley

  David at summit of Everest. Photo Chris Bailley.

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 organised 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 was assistant leader on Everest in 2010 and will be back on Everest for the fourth time this year. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and lives in London with his partner and child.

Organization: During this full-service expedition, you will benefit from the organization provided by Dan Mazur. He is a relaxed, friendly and well organized person, and a highly-skilled professional with years of experience in getting people to the summit and back down with the highest attention to safety. He has been leading and organizing successful and safe overland, trekking, and mountaineering expeditions for over 20 years, to Tibet, Nepal, Tadjikistan, Pakistan, India, China, Africa, and North America. 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. Felix and Arnold 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 and Tibet'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 and climbing-guides 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.

Tibetan Mountain School-We have been working with the Tibetan Mountain School to educate and train extremely strong and helpful Tibetan climbers, staff, and cooks. They have climbed Everest Tibet , Cho Oyu, Shishapangma , Mustagata , Nojin Tangla and many other summits together with us. They are not only adept and fearless climbers, but they are also learning to cook and their English is getting better. They were born and raised in Shegar, Tibet, a town which lies above 4000 metres/13,100 feet.

Our awesome Tibetan Sherpa team at Cho Oyu ABC at 5600 metres/18,400 feet, with Tunc (pronounced "toonch"). He is a strong friendly climber from Ankara. Here is what SummitClimb leader Phil Crampton has to say about the photo: "The names are from left to right: Wangdu (from Lhatze, Tibet), Tsering Dorje (Nyalam), Tashi Tsering (Shigatse), Tunc Findik (Turkey) and Aden (Shegar). Tunc has climbed Lhotse , Pumori, Broad Peak, Cho Oyu, Everest from Tibet and guides on Elbrus. All the Tibetan climbers came from the Tibetan Mountain School in Lhasa and have climbed Everest from Tibet at least once with Tashi making the summit three times. SummitClimb have been supporting the school since day one.

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), Arnold Coster - Expedition Leader, 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.

Mount Everest Tibet Your Experience & Training | SummitClimb

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

Team Member Experience:

You should have previous high altitude climbing experience (such as Cho Oyu or Lhakpa Ri / North Col ).

Our goal is to work together as a team so that all members reach the top safely. We do not expect you to be expert (although some members are) but, nor are we a climbing school (although we do conduct one or two days of training at the beginning of each expedition, please see below). If you need fundamental technical training, and snow and ice experience, we urge you to participate in our Glacier School held each spring and autumn. Members need to have experience in being part of a team, working toward a common goal, and be ready to work with the group and be a good "team-player".

Our leaders and our team-climbing-sherpas are there to ensure (for our full-service members) you make it up to the summit and back down safely. However, this is not a guided expedition (although you could hire your own personal guide, sherpas, etcetera), and team members are expected to be able to care for themselves in a winter-camping and climbing environment. Obviously when climbing the highest peak in the world, there are hazards present, and members must have experience in roped rock and ice climbing techniques (to protect from falling down the mountain or into crevasses), and have winter-condition climbing experience in the greater ranges of the world, including placing and retrieving anchors, belaying, abseiling, glacier rescue and avalanche awareness. It is also required that all members will have knowledge of altitude sickness, frostbite, and the recognition of their symptoms, prevention, and treatment. When traveling above ABC, all members must climb with another team member or Sherpa at all times.

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 of the highest peak in the world. 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 excercising 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 heartrate 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 the base camp, ALL full-service and basic-climb 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/ABC 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 Tibet Expedition in good health, both mentally and physically prepared, so we can work together as a team and have a successful expedition.

Mount Everest Tibet Climb Personal & Team Equipment | SummitClimb

Below is a detailed list of equipment you need to bring for Everest Tibet 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 Tibet 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 Tibet 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;
  • Lightweight down jacket for those chilly days in basecamp;
  • For high altitude use, 1 very warm goose-down (duvet) jacket with hood, you may prefer a down/duvet suit; back to top
  • Umbrella (optional);

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;
  • 1 pr. Goose-down (duvet) trousers , salopettes or bibs. You may prefer a down (duvet) suit.

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

Feet-

  • 1 pair One-Sport Millet Everest boots or equivalent;
  • 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;
  • 2 pair lightweight trekking socks, poly or wool;
  • vapour barrier liner socks or plastic bread-bags;
  • Cotton socks for in town.
Sleeping-
  • For high altitude, 1 down (duvet) sleeping bag (rated to – 20 Centigrade or -0 Fahrenheit). In the high camp, you can sleep in your down (duvet) clothing inside your sleeping bag;
  • 1 additional sleeping bag for basecamp (good to -10 degrees C or 10 degrees F);
  • 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?
Your sleeping bags should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks, bin-liners, or large plastic bags. back to top

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 Tibet 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, Lhasa, or Kashgar for just $20. Please order upon arrival if you are interested.back to top

Personal Food-

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.

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

  • We ask each member to bring their own imported daily snack and energy foods. We also ask members to bring 5 dehydrated meals (freeze-dried dinners) for their summit attempt. 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, 3-6 kilos 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.

Practical- back to top

  • 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. Everest members are requested to bring at least $1500 cash with them to Tibet.
  • 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

Oxygen:

On Everest, although some climbers wish to try it without, most members will prefer to have oxygen available and we only allow members to climb Everest with the use of supplemental oxygen. Regarding oxygen, the cost is up to you. Some people want 1 bottle, others want 12. We suggest you bring five. All of the equipment is guaranteed to work well together, and it is easy to use, with simple threaded and snap-on fittings which require no tools. Our sherpas will try to help you carry the oxygen

Note: You may have to carry some or all of your own oxygen on summit day, as well as up and down the mountain. If possible, the group sherpas will help stock the high camps, as well as share in carrying extra bottles during summit attempts. If you are concerned you might not be able to carry your own oxygen, you may wish to hire a personal sherpa. 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, 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 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

Mount Everest Tibet Climbing Expedition Questions Section | Summitclimb

Mount Everest Tibet Expedition Climbing Video Clips

Below are some short video clips taken from our recent Mount Everest Tibet climbing expedition. Please click the picture or title in the left column to view each clip. In the right column is the description for each video.
 

A view of the summit plateau and surrounding views of the Himalaya ( Franck Pitula). 0:50 seconds (7 MB).

Summit Ridge

The summit ridge on the Tibet North side of Everest (Ken Stalter). 0:15 seconds (2 MB).

Camp 3

Climbing up to camp 3 (Ken Stalter). 0:20 seconds (3 MB).

Up to Camp 3

Team members taking the final steps into camp 3 on Everest North (Franck Pitula). 1:20 seconds (11 MB).

Between C2 & C3

Members climbing between camp 2 and camp 3 (Ken Stalter). 0:15 seconds (2 MB).

Climbing North Col

In between advanced basecamp and the North Col of Mt. Everest (Ken Stalter). 0:20 seconds (3 MB).

C3 View

The view from camp 3 (Ken Stalter). 1:00 minute (8 MB).

ABC trek

Scenes of the team and yaks trekking from base camp to advanced basecamp (Ken Stalter). 0:20 seconds (3 MB).

Everest from ABC

Mount Everest seen from advanced basecamp with prayer flags waving in the strong winds (Ken Stalter). 0:40 seconds (6 MB).

Drive to BC

A scene from our fun and adventurous drive from Kathmandu to basecamp (Ken Stalter). 0:40 seconds (6 MB).

Kathmandu

A view of the bustling, scenic entry city for our Everest Tibet expedition, Kathmandu (Ken Stalter). 2:30 minutes (21 MB).

Puja

Our team participating in a traditional puja ceremony with a Buddhist lama near the Rongbuk Monastery at the start of our expedition (Ken Stalter). 0:10 seconds (2 MB).

Yaks

Our sturdy yaks carrying all of our personal and team equipment between basecamp and advanced basecamp so you don't have to (Ken Stalter). 0:15 seconds (2 MB).

Arriving in C3

A look at team members arriving in camp 3 and the surrounding vastness of the Himalayan Plateau (Franck Pitula). 1:20 minutes (11 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 Tibet video clips. 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Mount Everest Tibet 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 Tibet "Questions" website for information regarding flights, payment, team members, application forms, insurance, etcetera: Everest Tibet 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, sherpas, oxygen, etc.
[ ] Make your Oxygen order crystal clear at this time, number of bottles, masks, payment, 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 mountain rescue and repatriation insurance,
[ ] Proof of travel, accident, and repatriation insurance (cancellation and trip interruption insurance is advised).
[ ] Doctor's letter which is required if you are climbing a Tibetan 8000 metre peak or Everest from Tibet.


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.

Mount Everest Tibet Expedition Climb US 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 Tibet "Questions" website for information regarding flights, payment, team members, application forms, insurance, etcetera: Everest Tibet 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

 
 

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, sherpas, oxygen, etc.
[ ] Make your Oxygen order crystal clear at this time, number of bottles, masks, payment, 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 mountain rescue and repatriation insurance,
[ ] Proof of travel, accident, and repatriation insurance (cancellation and trip interruption insurance is advised).
[ ] Doctor's letter which is required if you are climbing a Tibetan 8000 metre peak or Everest from Tibet.


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.

What our clients say?

  • Here is what Alan says:

    "I had a very good experience on this unforgettable expedition. The trip was well organized and I liked the leader. He was full of energy and humour."

  • Here is what Troy says:

    "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 Rob had to say:

    "Your good relationship with the Chinese government. allowed for us to get into Tibet earlier than any other international expedition.

    SummitClimb provided an excellent expedition leader. I think the food was fresh and really good, considering how difficult it is to get supplies up the mountain. Having our own tents in base camp and ABC was also a bonus."

    Here is what Garth had to say:
    "I had a fantastic time, what an incredible experience. We all left Tibet saying that we would return"

    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, 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."

  • Here is what Dale has to say:

    "I just want to say "thanks" for organizing this expedition. I was able to achieve my childhood dream/goal of reaching the summit of Mt. Everest, and SummitClimb was a big factor in that dream becoming a reality." 

  • Here is what Arnold has to say about climbing Everest from Tibet:

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

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

    SummitClimb's strong team of staff and sherpas has helped fix the route to the summit many years now and they know the mountain well.

    It's less crowded than the South side and there is a nice slow pace of approach and climb.

    The leaders are very team focused, dedicated and hard working, with attention to the member's needs and details letting each participant go at his/her own pace with their own desired support.

    The basecamp food is excellent with plenty of hot drinks.

    The Tibetan side of Everest might be shorter to climb, you start from a high ABC at 6400 metres. The summit day is shorter, starting from 8300 metre high camp, 300 metres higher than high camp on the Nepal side."

     

  • Here is what Amer had to say:

    "Please know that i am truly delighted and 100% satisfied with my SummitClimb experience! Everything went smoothly so far as the organization goes, and i am grateful to have been a part of the team."

  • Here is what Vik 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."

  • Here is what the Mallorys, 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"