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Mount Everest at 8,848 meters (29,035 feet) is perhaps the most coveted mountain in the world.Climb the less crowded Tibet North Col route made famous byfirst attempt to climb Everest by Mallory and Irvine in 1924. This climb avoids theKhumbu Icefall and long approach hike of the south side. The North side is approached by a drive to basecamp across Tibetan plateau that includes the best views of Everest.
Our full-service expedition includes:
What is not included?
Our basic climb includes:
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1) Arrive in Kathmandu, 1350 meters (4,429 feet). Go to hotel
2) Kathmandu – Go to Chinese embassy for visa, team orientation meeting, purchasing, packing, visit temples, city tour, shopping. Stay at hotel.
3) Early morning drive to Rusuwaghadi at 2557 meters (8,389 feet). Stay at hotel.
Lhasa option: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa or if you are coming from a city in China, arrive in Lhasa on this day.
4) Enter Tibet, drive to Gyirong at 2700 meters (8,858 feet) Stay at hotel.
Lhasa option: Rest in Lhasa, tour Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple, the most sacred building in all of Tibet.
5) Rest and acclimatization in Gyirong. Walk around the local hills. Stay at hotel.
Lhasa option: Drive to Shigatse. Rest and acclimate. Tour the surrounding area. Visit the 15th century Tashilunpo Monastery, the largest active monastic institution in Tibet.
6) Drive to Tingri, 4300 meters 14,108 feet. Stay at hotel.
Lhasa option: Drive to Tingri. Rest and acclimate, tour the surrounding area.
7) Rest & acclimatization in Tingri. Explore surrounding hills and beautiful meadows. See the restoration of the historical Buddhist temples. Stay at hotel.
8) Drive to Chinese basecamp, 5200 meters (17,060 feet). Camp.
9) Rest and acclimatization in Chinese base. Organize equipment and supplies.
10) Acclimatization hike near Chinese base. Meet the Lama and participate in a Puja ceremony.
11) Rest & acclimatization in Chinese base. Organize equipment and supplies.
12) Walk with the yaks halfway to interim camp, 5800 meters (19,029 feet).
13) Rest and acclimatization at interim camp.
14) Rest and acclimatization in interim camp.
15) Walk with the yaks to advanced base camp (ABC) at 6400 meters (20,9997 feet).
16) Training/rest day in ABC.
17) Training/rest day in ABC.
18) Climb partway up the North Col and return, camp in ABC.
19) Climb to the top of the North Col 7,000 meters (22,966 feet). Return to ABC.
20) Extra day in case of weather, acclimatization, etc.
21) Walk down to Basecamp.
22) Rest in Chinese base.
23) Rest in Chinese base.
24) Rest in Chinese base.
25) Climb to interim camp.
26) Climb to ABC.
27) Rest in ABC
28) Walk to camp 1. Sleep there.
29) Climb to camp 2, return to ABC.
30) Walk down to Basecamp.
31) Rest in Chinese base or drive to a lower village
32) Lower village. Explore historical temples and light hiking.
33) Rest in lower village.
34) Rest in lower village.
35) Lower village. Explore historical temples and light hiking.
36) Go back to Chinese base and rest.
37) Climb to interim camp.
38) Climb to ABC.
39) Rest in ABC.
40) Climb to camp 1. Sleep there.
41) Climb to camp 2, sleep there.
42) Climb to camp 3, sleep there.
43) Attempt summit if conditions allow.
44) Extra day for summit attempt.
45) Extra day for summit attempt.
46) Extra day for summit attempt.
47) Extra day for summit attempt.
48) Extra day for summit attempt.
49) Extra day for summit attempt.
50) Extra day for summit attempt.
51) Extra day for summit attempt.
52) Descend to Camp 1.
53) Descend to ABC.
54) Packing in ABC.
55) Walk to Chinese Base.
56) Packing in basecamp.
57) Early morning drive to Gyirong. Stay at hotel.
58) Early morning drive to Kathmandu. Stay at hotel.
59) In Kathmandu. Final packing, celebration, and say goodbye to new friends.
60) Fly home. Thank you for joining our Mount Everest Expedition
Leadership: During your full-service expedition, you will benefit from the leadership provided by David O'Brien . David has climbed in the Indian and Nepalese Himalayas as well as in the Alps. He has led expeditions in the high arctic island of Spitsbergen and has a liking for the cold and remote having crossed Greenland by ski. He has organized and led overland trips in Asia and North Africa.
David has been climbing and working with Summit Climb since 2006 and is a thoughtful, considerate leader. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and lives in London with his partner and child.
Sherpas: We employ some of Nepal, Tibet, and the Karakorum’s best local mountaineers and Sherpas to assist team members in realizing their summit goals. Our friendly and loyal high altitude climbing staff has supported teams to the summits of more than ten of the highest peaks in the Himalaya.
Winter snow walking experience and experience at high altitude is highly recommended. The trip includes brief climbing clinics. We will teach you everything you need to know on a glacier near basecamp. To be successful, proper conditioning is critical to your success on Everest. Team members are expected to be very fit and in good health. Proper training with a focus on long hikes carrying a backpack is essential.
Rucksack and Travel Bags:
We provide group gear, equipment, and supplies including: rope, ice, rock, and snow anchor protection, tents; stoves, fuel, walkie-talkie radios, bamboo marker wands, etcetera. A personal tent will be provided for each member at base camp. On the upper mountain, team members will share tents. In base camp, a shower, toilet, solar charger, and a dining tent will be provided.
Please fill out an application and return it to us with your refundable ten-percent deposit to hold your place on the team.
In addition to your application, we will need the following at least two months before the trip begins:
Please contact us with any questions you may have.
Camp 1. Photo Elyse P
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.
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
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
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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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
The Tashilunpo Monastery in Shigatse, where more than 700 monks live and worship in the Buddhist religion. (Photo: J. Otto)
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, early morning drive to Rusuwaghadi at 2557 metres, 8389 feet. We clear Nepalese customs and immigration, and then hire local porters and vehicles to carry your bags across broader.Upon entering Tibet, the clocks immediately go forward by 2 ¼ hours. Our secondary government liaison officer will meet us in Gyirong. After clearing Tibetan customs and immigration, we will stay rest & acclimatization in Gyirong. Walk around the local hills. Hotel. 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
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
After resting and completing our training, we will begin our climb of Everest.
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
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
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.
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.
A view of the famous Hillary Step coming down from the summit on the Nepal side (Fabrice Imparato).
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 Gyirong, hire porters to carry everything over the Nepal Boarder, and 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.
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 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
Here’s what Steve has to say:
Firstly I had one of the best experiences of my life, thank you
Here is what Leifur says:
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.
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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."
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.
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
We used fixed rope. Photo Chris Bailley . Summit View. Photo Rikke
"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
Here is what Arnold has to say about climbing Everest from Tibet:
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"
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! Back to top
If you would like to contact our previous members, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Nearly all developed countries have agents who offer travel and mountain climbing insurance at a reasonable price. Full-coverage insurance is essential, because it not only covers mountain climbing, but also travel to and from the mountain. This could cover you for lost bags, a car accident on the way to the airport, etcetera. When you see what high-quality insurance covers, you will realize that it is a very good value. BEFORE PURCHASING, BE SURE TO REQUEST A COPY OF THE POLICY AND BE SURE TO READ AND UNDERSTAND IT. Please enclose proof of insurance with your final team-membership payment. If you are one of the unfortunates who come from a country where such insurance is not available, we will accept an authorization letter and your credit card. You must be covered for travel, full domestic rescue, helicopter (where available) and international rescue and repatriation expenses. NO CREDIT CARD AUTHORIZATION = NO EXPEDITION MEMBERSHIP.
In UK, Europe, South America, Asia, the Antipodes, etcetera, many of our members are now using a company called Global Rescue, http://www.globalrescue.com , which can be combined with a standard travel policy, such as InsureMyTrip.com , CSAtravelprotection.com , or TravelInsuranceDirect.com.au .
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(Get the "Adventurer Plus Pak". This Pak is required to receive medical and evacuation coverage for mountaineering and a rental allowance in the event your gear is lost. To receive this benefit, your policy and Pak must be purchased within 21 days of initial trip deposit.
http://www.snowcard.co.uk/ Mountaineering up to 5000m covered on Extreme Adventure package and up to 7000m guided only on Pro adventure Package. Insurance policies available from this website can only be used by uk & channel islands residents
http://www.hccmis.com/ (with sports rider added on)
In the US and Canada, your total full-coverage insurance package may vary, depending on trip duration and amount of coverage. We have seen several companies that offer comprehensive plans for travel and mountain rescue. A company called Global rescue is worth checking out; http://www.globalrescue.com , which can be combined with a standard travel policy.
Those who wish to shop further, or have higher incomes and/or assets to protect may also be interested in: Access America, Travelex, Travel Guard, etc. Be sure to check what the policy covers before you buy.
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In case of emergency, God forbid, our leader and Sherpas would help apply first aid, provide medicines and assistance with our medical oxygen, and "Gamow-Bag", then we would transport you to basecamp, or advanced basecamp, where an evacuation would take place. In Nepal, this evacuation would be via helicopter, at your expense.
In Tibet and China, neither helicopters nor light aircraft are allowed. The evacuation might be via Yak and Jeep to the nearest hospital. The nearest hospital is in Kathmandu. You might reach KTM by road or you may have to take a helicopter from the border to KTM, again, all at your expense.BE SURE TO PURCHASE GOOD QUALITY CLIMBING, TRIP INTERRUPTION AND TRAVEL INSURANCE.
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 do not wish to share, you can pay an extra $20 for a single room (during any of the included 4 nights). If you want a room for extra nights, outside of the included 4 nights, the price will be $30 (single room). Price includes good delicious breakfast and mandatory 25% Nepal government tax and government service charge. Meals in Kathmandu (other than breakfast) are at your expense. Please bring cash (credit cards are rarely accepted) to pay for your expenses and 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 Hotel 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, health spas, massage, swimming, beauty spas and hair stylist salons, motorbiking, yoga courses and retreats, river rafting, painting, sculpture, and handicrafts classes, golf, language courses, kayaking, writing seminars, poetry workshops, bungie jumping, all types of religious worship, canyoning, hot tubs, health club, saunas, fitness center, ayurvedic spa treatments, Mount Kailash Treks, night clubs, meditation retreats, gourmet restaurants, cultural dance performances, wine tasting, pedicures and manicures, casino gambling, barber shops, discotheques, dance clubs, airport transfers, Scenic Flights Around Mount Everest, dance classes, cooking classes, sampling micro brews, trying Nepalese Cuisine, handicrafts and carpet shopping, looking for good deals on outdoor gear, climbing gear and trekking gear, "designer" clothing, and watches, and much much more.
On the drive to basecamp we stay in rustic "hotels", at the organizers expense, so you do not have to pay. In Tibet, all hotels are government property and we are not allowed to choose one hotel over another. The "hotels" are rather austere. Rooms are generally shared, and the accommodations are very primitive. Most towns in Tibet have no plumbing. Here is some text from the Everest itinerary page :
Driving to Basecamp:
4) Bus to Tibet; drive to Nyalam (3,750 meters). Hotel and meals at organizer's expense.
5) Rest in Nyalam (3,750 meters). Walk around the local hills. Hotel.
6) Bus to Tingri (4,342 meters). Hotel.
7) Rest in Tingri. Explore surrounding hills.
8) Drive to Chinese Basecamp (5200meters). Camp.
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.
We have a satellite telephone members can use for incoming and outgoing calls for $4 a minute. In addition, members can receive short text messages/SMS for $4 a message from their friends and family.
SummitClimb has a local agent in Nepal available from 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Nepal time. Family and friends can contact our agent and have their emergency messages relayed to members on the mountain during the expedition.
Laptops work well up to about 4000 metres/13,000 feet. Altitude can destroy or wipe hard drives bigger than 7 - 10 GB above this altitude, or hard drives that have a moving disk. There are several options out on the market for non moving hard drives that work well in altitude. Panasonic make a special laptop called a "Toughbook"; it is expensive, but I once chipped one out of the ice in a tent at 7500 metres and it still worked.
Note: Some early ipod and mp3 players have this problem as well. Check to make sure your ipod does not have a moving drive, especially before you turn it on above 4000 metres. We have had several instances where these were wiped or crashed.Digital cameras work well. We recommend that you keep them in your jacket during the day and in your sleeping bag at night.
We bring a solar charging system on the expedition that members have access to. As long as there is sun, we are able to charge batteries easily on the mountain.
Bring the "wall charger" for your appliance and if possible, please bring an automotive 12 volt charger for your laptop, digital cameras, ipod, and mp3 players, as you can plug it straight into our solar system.
In Nepal and Tibet, electricity comes from the mains in your hotel at 220 volts with a European style two-round-pin plug. There is an automatic converter in most North American appliances which will allow you to plug 110 volt items into the 220 volt electricity in Nepal and Tibet. Please be sure to read the back of your appliance or charger to make sure it does this conversion automatically.
If you are in a hotel or village in Tibet, you may have to plug into the ceiling light fixture and it's possible to buy a simple bayonet adapter in Kathmandu, Zhangmu, etcetera. Warning, there are power spikes and surges which may damage your appliance.
"Full Service" expeditions feature almost every imaginable service. "Basic-Climbs" feature the lowest possible prices. Please read down through the questions to learn more.
NOTE: Our Basic climb is open to groups of two or more. We welcome you to join the basic-climb as an individual and hire a climbing sherpa or join our full-service programme. Our full service climbs are open to members joining as individuals and groups of two or more. If you wish to save money, we encourage you to pick and choose the services you want and need from a "menu" you can see listed under "what the basic-climb includes" on the "cost" page. Once you are inside the Everest Tibet "cost" page, scroll down to see the two available options, "basecamp" and "high altitude".
NOTE: Our Basic climb is open to groups of two or more. We welcome you to join the basic-climb as an individual and hire a climbing sherpa or join our full-service programme. Our full service climbs are open to members joining as individuals and groups of two or more. If you wish to save money, we encourage you to pick and choose the services you want and need from a "menu" you can see listed under "what the basic-climb includes" on the "cost" page for Everest Tibet on the upper right hand side of this site. Once you are inside the Everest Tibet "cost" page, scroll down to see the two available options, "basecamp" "advanced basecamp" and "high altitude".
* Private Sherpa - $10,850
* Personal Equipment carriage – call for pricing
A complete, five bottle set of oxygen is included in the full service price. Additional bottles of oxygen can be purchased in advance. Basic climb members may purchase oxygen supplies at the following prices:
* 5 bottle set, mask, regulator, hoses, and carriage to high camps: $3,500 USD
* Extra Oxygen bottle: $610 USD
* Mask and hoses: $285 USD
* Regulator: $485
(unused oxygen bottles and supplies in good condition can be sold back for 30% of purchase price)
Please book well in advance.
• Basecamp: kitchen, cooks, meals, sleeping tents, dining tent, tables and chairs, $3,550 USD.
• Advanced basecamp: kitchen, cooks, meals, dining, and sleeping tents. $4,950 USD.
• High Altitude: leaders, sherpas, tents, ropes, radios, stoves, fuel, food, etcetera, $8,950 USD.
• Climbing oxygen: High-altitude Lhotse climbing oxygen set (mask, regulator, and 5 large Russian 4 litre bottles, guaranteed to be in proper working order and function perfectly together): $3500 USD.
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"