NEWS, PHOTOS, VIDEOS of our EVEREST EXPEDITION to the Summit. Also Lhotse Summit, Everest Training Climb, and EBC Trek.
NEWS, PHOTOS, VIDEOS of our EVEREST EXPEDITION to the Summit. Also Lhotse Summit, Everest Training Climb, and EBC Trek.
NEWS FLASH: Our team of 9 members successfully summited Mt. Everest and Mt. Lhotse on May 24th, 2023. The weather was brilliantly clear, with no wind and no crowds. We were accompanied by 10 amazing Sherpas, and everyone has returned safely. Congratulations and thanks to everyone involved! Additionally, our Summitclimb team was involved in a dramatic rescue at Camp 1. We rescued a porter who had fallen into a crevasse. Furthermore, we assisted a climber who was struggling to descend to Camp 3 as his oxygen had run out. We provided him with an oxygen bottle to help him reach Camp 3 with his team.
Please scroll down for latest news and photos.
Video by David O'Brien
Most of the team have now left or will soon leave Kathmandu, I arrived back in the UK yesterday and straight to an extended family party in my sisters garden. A week after having stood on the Summit of the World I was marvelling at the joy my two boys get from endlessly bouncing in the small trampoline their long hair frozen momentarily in other worldly shapes mid bounce. Climbing Everest for sure brings other worldly experiences in an extreme place, tiredness, longing, apprehension , expectedness and fear. We are lucky at Summit Climb to be able to share those things as a manageable team size. We had just the right amount and balance of people to ensure our goals of safety and having a fun experience were solidly met, our Sherpas are both super strong and wonderfully humble.
The third goal of climbing the peak that each member set out to climb was nearly achieved but for me reaching the peak is less important as learning from the whole experience. I did help members to get to the summit and have another photo of myself on top. But what I’ve really learnt, led particularly by one of our finest members, is to not fear being totally open and honest about what is going on in my head. We all supported each other physically, mentally and emotionally and that (and preparation ) is the difference between a team and a great team. This year we had a great team. Thank you all for allowing me to be part of it with you.
Keep in touch. God Bless. Good Bye for Now David
Photo by Kunar
Photo by David O'Brien
Photo by David O'Brien
28 May - At the balcony we changed oxygen cylinder's carried by our Sherpas ensuring sufficient supply for the next section. At around half way it's a good rest and resupply spot. From the balcony it's along a steep ridge that leads to the summit . Mixed terrain this year with the addition of much snow. The snow if firmly packed takes some of the difficulty put of the rock sections , but if loose as it was adds a degree of energy sapping difficulty. The climb rises steeply to the South Summit in altitude nearly as high as the main summit but still some distance to go. Here thankfully the wind dropped a welcome respite that continued for our remaining climb. First there's a descent, some scrambly rock and technical sections, the Hillary step and at last a more gentle snow slope that leads to the prayer flag strewn summit . An Amazing summit experience, no wind and only our team up there enjoying the surreal sights of looking down knowing everything is below.
Lakpa Dawa at Lhotse C4
27 May - Hi this is David , with an expansion of our summit day. Preparation was to get as much rest as possible on the south col in our shared 2 person tents. The south col unusually for a high camp is a large flat area, fine for tents particularly when the wind isn't blowing. On our pre summit day the winds blessed us with a stillness and the unusual sight of Kyle in a only a long sleeved top with oxygen cylinder in tow chatting to a few of the other members . Dehydrated food and plenty of water provided by the Sherpas added to the sense of recovery - - - the aim of our time up there . As the afternoon progressed the clouds accumulated and way to snow. By the time we were ready to leave it was a full on snow storm. Horizontal driving snow makes for difficulty in doing up crampons without freezing hands. The first half of the climb is up a steep snow slope now covered in fresh snow. One step up half a step sliding back, progress was steady but slow. You also have to be careful not to overheat , if you sweat it can later freeze with possible cold injury consequences. It's 4 or 5 hours pretty much straight up to the summit ridge and a flatish rest area called the balcony . The wind gained strength pushing the cold deep into fingers and toes
24 May - Hi this is David from the south col, all members are now back here or at lower camps after an amazing no wind summit of Everest in the early morning. Also our Lhotse team summited this morning at 10am. Well Done!
24 May - Summit the Majestic Mount Lhotse ! Time of Triumph: 10:11 AM
24 May - Breaking News from Everest SummitClimb’s 1st and 2nd team are now on the top of Everest. CONGRATULATIONS!
23 May - Expedition Update: Everest Summit Push Imminent!
Greetings from Everest Camp 4, where our courageous team is making final preparations for the epic summit push tonight!
The Countdown: The summit push is just hours away! Our climbers are utilizing this time at Camp 4 to rest, regain strength, and mentally prepare for the ultimate challenge that lies ahead.
Support and Well Wishes: As we embark on this extraordinary journey, we extend our gratitude to all our supporters, sponsors, and well-wishers. Your encouragement and positive energy have been invaluable throughout this expedition.
Stay tuned for more updates as we embark on this climb. Together, we will do our best to work together and try to ascend the world's highest peak!
20 May – Here is what Ben said - Hi, today we heard on the radio of a Porter in a crevasse slightly above camp 1 at lunch time. Me, David, Dr Abhyu, James, and Ang Dorji responded. I was first on scene and the Porter was out of sight but could whistle. More than 60 meters deep in the black. Porter from another company . Over 3 hours, we made a Successful rescue and the Porter lived. We are very proud! SummitClimb was an exceptional presence and made this rescue possible. The Porter had no harness and was fully wedged. 2 sherpa went in crevasse and I took lead from the lip. Porter came out uninjured and cold. Dr provided immediate patient care and he will be more than okay. No long term injuries. Amazing outcome.
Vdieo Credit - SummitClimb.com
20 May - We all went directly to camp 2 yerterday our last ascent of the ice fall. Were all felling well, resting today.
18 May - Tonight we were up at 12.30 am gear ready , porridge and omelet for early breakfast. The expectation was for us to climb the ice fall for our summit push. However just as we were leaving our base camp another teams headlights appeared returning back to their base camp. The word was that the route up the ice fall was blocked . A few of us saw an avalanche high up the ice fall late yesterday afternoon, this clearly has caused damage to the route. Our lead sherpa has just come back from a visit to the ice fall doctors . They have confirmed damage and will attempt to fix it tomorrow morning.
13 May - Hi this is David , all the team is now on their way back to base camp to arrive either today or tomorrow. We’re looking forward to moving on with the summit phase of the expedition
10 May - Hi this is David from Namche Bazaar where we are continuing our recovery and strengthening process before our summit push. We’re continuing to eat well and enjoy the oxygen rich air to optimise our performance for when we get back to base camp which is expected on Friday . It looks like the ropes to the summit should be fixed around the 13th or 14th now after the current winds subside. Our Sherpas were at camp 2 last night and have reported tent destruction at some of the camps due to high winds . Our tents were reset by our Sherpas and fortunately we don’t appear to have taken any damage . The wind at camp 2 last night was estimated at around 100km/ hr. The current forecast for winds at the summit includes speeds of 150km/ hr . It is both a windy and snowy year this year.
7 May - Hi this is David from a sunny Namche Bazaar. We continue the recuperation process , which mainly involves eating a lot, a lot of the time. Dinner is in the delightful Eat Smart restaurant with excellent food and excellent hygiene , some of the team have ventured safely onto the freshly prepared salads , health giving and tasty. There are lovely day walks off the main trail with very few trekkers, these will keep us occupied between eating.
6 May - Hi this is David, we all arrived at Namche yesterday , some walking the 35 hilly kilometres in a day , some taking the more direct helicopter ride. We’re resting up in the Kumbu Lodge the one of the oldest lodges in Namche and full of character. We’ll be here for around five days , possibly more as we wait for the ropes to be fixed to the summit. Currently it’s expected that the ropes will be fixed by 12th May, we’ll then finalise our plan to return to base camp and onwards to the summit.
Summit Climb base camp with the ice fall behind. Photo Credit - David O'Brien
Tenji our head Sherpa. Our very snowy camp 2
Heading up to camp 2. Photo Credit - David O'Brien
5 May - It’s a beautiful night in basecamp under a full moon. Our members completed a lengthy rotation in the Western CWM with many nights at Camp 2 and a climb to the Lhotse Face. Team members will now rest in Namche before returning to basecamp for summit push. Our sherpa team is continuing their efforts of load carrying to prepare the mountain for members to attempt the summit. Ben, Lhotse Leader.
5 May - Hi this is David . After the long hike to and climb down the ice fall we were greeted as long lost friends by the staff back at base camp . A wonderful meal of yak steak and chips was a welcome end to a strenuous day. Base camp seams a relatively luxurious place with our big wide mattresses , internet access and endless tasty food.
03 May - We have completed our acclimatization schedule and will be heading to base camp tomorrow
Camp 2. Photo: Gary
02 May - Yesterday, we walked up towards the Lhotse face despite very strong, swirling winds and driving snow. There was heavy snowfall again today, but we hope that tomorrow will be clearer for our acclimatization and touch of Camp 3.
Video : Gary
30 April - We are resting in camp two. Sunny weather this morning turned to snow this afternoon
26 April - Hi this is David from base camp. Everyone is good and looking forward to moving higher in the early hours of tomorrow morning. We'll be up at midnight for an early breakfast and then on to climb the ice fall to camp 1. The snow has stopped and it it looks like a cold clear night for us , ideal conditions.
Happy birthday Ryan. Photo David
Expedition Dispatch April 22 - Hi this is David from base camp . The snow stayed on the ground today so rather than risk a twisted ankle on a rocky path we stayed in base camp to enjoy good food and a cinema set up in one of our communal tents.
Expedition Dispatch April 21 - The weather turned this afternoon, with snow clouds drifting in as we were coming off our acclimatisation walk up Kala Patar. This turned into thunder and heavy snow late in the afternoon. The snow changes the walking on snowy ,rocky paths and you have to be careful where you step.
Expedition Dispatch April 19 - Beautiful weather again today at base camp . We made good use of it for some practice on ropes and ladders on the ice pinnacles just below our camp.
Expedition Dispatch April 18 - Hi this is David from base camp. The Puja ceremony yesterday blessed our kit , our expedition and ourselves. It’s a spiritual experience followed by an after party with a splash of alcohol for those inclined. Today we’ve been checking gear making sure everything is in order.
Expedition Dispatch April 16 - Hi this is David . We all arrived at base camp yesterday and got our individual tents set up . It’ll take a little while for the internet technology to get linked to our camp. Today the Lama will come to see us for our Puja ceremony and we hope to get photos uploaded when the internet is set. Everyone is doing well and enjoying the sunshine.
Expedition Dispatch April 15 - Another fine walk up to Loboche today, looked like it might snow earlier on but stayed fine for us. There’s a lot of people on the trek this year. The small tourist town of Loboche is packed to the rafters but the guest house we always use kept the best rooms for us. We’re all looking forward to the last days walk to base camp tomorrow.
Expedition Dispatch April 14 - Hi this is David , all the team are doing well. We’re currently in a 2 day acclimatisation stop in Dinboche. We headed for a walk up a local hill hill to 5000m this morning and then back to the lodge for lunch if pizza, burger and yak steaks .
Expedition Dispatch April 13 - Lovely walk up to Pangboche today past this fella giving me the stare
Expedition Dispatch April 12 - We’ve had a lovely few days in Namche. This morning it’s back on the trail heading up the valley , looking forward more spectacular views.
Expedition Dispatch April 8 - We took the scenic flight up to Lukla airport this morning. It has a very short runway but the landing was smooth . It was then a relatively short walk onto the Sonam lodge in Zomphute following up the river course.
Expedition Dispatch April 8 - Lovely mountain backed swimming pool dip to start the morning
Expedition Dispatch April 7 - SummitClimb left Kathmandu after a group lunch in Thamel. We loaded up all members and equipment in vans and headed East for Manthali (540m elevation). Tomorrow we will fly to Lukla and begin our trek.
Winding along the Sunkoshi & Tama Koshi Rivers, our drive is a scenic one to start our respective expeditions.
We have Team members & Sherpa going to:
- Everest 8848m
- Lhotse 8516m
- Ama Dablam 6812m
- Lobuche East 6119m
- Everest Basecamp Trek 5364m
Here is some of our team halfway to Manthali!
Kathmandu Sightseeing. Photo Samantha.
27 March - Everest SummitClimb Sherpa Teams left Kathmandu this morning with all the expedition goods.
26 March - Sherpa and team are ready to go Lukla with expedition goods.
24 March - Super qualified friendly helpful Sherpas with more than 10 ascents are working for our upcoming Everest Expedition 2022. We are leaving for Lukla on 9 April 2022
- David O'Brien LEADER
- Don K.
- Jon E.
- Kunnar K.
- Mohit T.
- James S.
- Andrew B.
- Kyle S.
- Ryan O.
Lhotse / Everest Training Team Roster -
- Ben Lieber LEADER
- Philip Pinchin
Sherpas And Staff -
- Tenji Sherpa
- Ang Dorji Sherpa
- Gyalje Sherpa
- Ang Dawa Sherpa
- Karma Gyalje Sherpa
- Wangchu Sherpa
- Lhakpa Gelbu Sherpa Lama
- Guru Nigma Sherpa
- Dorchi Sherpa
- Pemba Sherpa
- Dhorjee Lama
- Pasang Nuri Sherpa
- Tembel Lama
- Lakpa Dawa Sherpa
- Pema Ringi Sherpa
- Jay Bahadur Nagarkoti
- Nir Kaji Tamang
- Gyalze Sherpa
- Gelbu Sherpa
- Nima Dorje Lama