All of our full-service expeditions include sherpas for the group. We hire Sherpas and high altitude porters in a support capacity, and now have a large number of these very experienced, friendly, strong, helpful, and loyal people on our staff, including some of Tibet/China's best climbers. Some of our Sherpas have been to the summit of Mustagata more than 7 times. Many of our sherpas have personally assisted foreign climbers to the summits 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.Porters available at extra cost, please ask for details.
If you are thinking about either option, please let us know so we can find a sherpa most suitable to your needs. We must know two months before the climb. Please feel free to ask us any questions about sherpas and about which of our two options may be most suited to your needs. Thank you. The above costs of hiring your own personal-private Sherpa include their equipment, food, accommodation, clothing, permits, visas, transport, and insurance. The above prices do not include gratuities, summit bonus, and tips. Please see our other questions about tipping and bringing gifts for sherpas.