It is customary that each expedition member will make a contribution toward staff gratuities. Our staff are extremely proud of their efforts, and receiving a gratuity is a matter of the utmost honour, a mark of recognition of a job well done. We will "pool" these tips together and then, as a group, we will vote on the distribution of the tips to the individual staff. This method has seemed to be the fairest and has worked very well in the past. Our staff of Sherpas are an extremely loyal and hard working group. You will be duly impressed by their level of effort and reliability. The main reason our staff are consistently some of the hardest working people in town, on trek, and on the mountain, is that they know they can rely on the generosity of our members to consistently provide a good tip. Please be sure to keep up the tradition, for future team members, as you have benefited from the reliable generosity of team members who came before you. Thank you very much.
There are two types of tips, the staff tip, and the sherpa tip/bonus.
The "staff tip" will be $100, £55, €70 per foreign climber. Expect to pay this tip no matter what.
If you have a personal Sherpa, your total tip will be more, to include both the "staff tip" of $100, £55, €70 plus a separate tip for your personal sherpa of around $200, £110, €135.
If a group sherpa helps you make it to the summit, it is customary to offer them a summit attempt bonus for their hard work and help.