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Everest View Glacier School Programme Description:
- Introduction: In just 3 weeks, our Everest-View Glacier School may be the easiest way to learn the fundamentals of glacier travel with ice-axe and crampons, while gaining high altitude experience in the spectacular grandeur of the Khumbu Himalaya. We will teach you everything you need to know to make a summit attempt towards the end of our itinerary on the fun trekking peak of Lobuche East (6119 metres/20,075 feet). It is a beautiful place to learn, practice your skills and to take an up-close look at the high peaks of the Himalaya, including Everest, the famous south face of Lhotse , Makalu and the north side of Ama Dablam .
- Our proposed schedule allows for acclimatization, training, practice and rest. Our expedition is cautious and careful, with excellent leadership, organization, Sherpa climbers, cooks and waiters, tasty food, the best equipment, a full kitchen and sleeping tents in basecamp and high camp.
- We teach you everything you need to know in special training sessions in Cho La base camp and on the Cho La Galcier. The actual climbing on the fun trekking peak of Lobuche East could be best described as steep walking/climbing, with team members roped-up.
- You travel at a very careful pace without having to carry a heavy rucksack, while enjoying freshly prepared meals and lots of hot drinks, all important for acclimatization. The logistics are all taken care of, so just relax and enjoy the pure and pristine environment of the high Himalaya (photo right by Valerie Hovland: Climbers ascending the summit ridge of Lobuche East. You can see all the way down to the lake where we set up basecamp).
- Participating in our Everest View Glacier School may qualify you for Mustagata, Ama Dablam, & Lakpa-Ri /North Col.
- This expedition to Cho La basecamp and Lobuche East maximizes many prior expeditions, years of accumulated wisdom of the high Himalaya, a strong record of reaching the top of 6000 metre/20,000 foot & 7000 metre/23,000 foot peaks: Mustagata , Aconcagua, Island Peak , Ama Dablam, Kilimanjaro, Mt. Kenya, North Col, Lhakpa Ri, and many other summits. In addition to our growing number of successful worldwide expeditions, we have an intimate knowledge of the Nepalese officials who regulate the permit system and we know all of the liaison officers, sherpas, cooks, yak drivers, and hoteliers/restaurateurs personally. back to top
- Leader and staff: During the trek, in basecamp and on the climb, our experienced staff is with you all of the way. Our friendly guides and trip leaders are experts at leading interesting groups of men and women throughout Nepal. In addition, they have an intimate knowledge of the Sherpa people, customs, temples and shrines in each picturesque village you stroll through. We must also give credit to our polite and highly experienced, hard-working trekking sherpas, cooking, and office staff.
On trek: Our guide, together with friendly and helpful sherpas, cooks and local people leading yak caravans carry all of your personal equipment, group equipment, prepare and serve delicious meals, so you can relax and enjoy the trek. We stay in comfortable, warm teahouses during the trek. You do not need to carry a heavy rucksack during the walk (photo right: Our expert trek leader, Mingma, holding up a copy of Sherpa Magazine. He is featured on the cover).
- On the mountain: Our climbing guide 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: Our excellent sherpas have an intimate knowledge of the beautiful trek to Island Peak and the comfortable villages we will visit because this is their home region. They live in this land, grew up on farms here, have family and friends in the fun areas we will pass through, making our visit less of the usual tourist experience and more involved with the unique and genuine culture of the Khumbu Valley. They go out of their way to help make your visit remarkable, enjoyable along the way, and create lasting ties with the majestic landscapes and the inhabitants who reside there. This is a truly wonderful trek with friendly people. back to top
- Everest National Park: The park covers an area of 1148 square kilometres in the Khumbu region of Nepal. This includes Island Peak and several other well known peaks such as Lhotse, Pumori, Mount Everest, and Ama Dablam. The surrounding area is a 'world biosphere reserve'. Since 1976 the park has served to safeguard unique cultural, physical and scientific values through sound conservation principles. Vegetation in the park varies from oak, pine and hemlock forests at lower altitudes to fir, juniper, birch and rhododendron woods at mid-elevations. Scrub and alpine plant communities with bare rock and glacier are found above the tree line. 22 species of rhododendron bloom during the spring (April and May) and much of the flora is colourful throughout the year. Wild animals most likely to be seen in the park are Himalayan tahr, goral, serow, musk deer, and well over 100 different bird species (photo right by http://www.americazoo.com/goto/index/mammals/420.htm: The Himalayan Tahr can grow to a metre high and weigh upwards of 100 kg).
- Trek to Cho La basecamp: This is one of the most beautiful treks in the world with ancient snow-free paths winding past green terraced villages, rushing streams crossed on swinging bridges and each night a comfortable 'teahouse' or a good tent pitched in a quiet pasture beneath the highest peaks in the world. Throughout the trek we eat delicious meals prepared by our skillful cooks. The trek will be moderately paced, allowing plenty of time for acclimatization, rest and site-seeing. The trek winds through some of the most spectacular mountain scenery on earth, where you can relax in exotic, friendly Sherpa villages. Our trusty yaks and porters carry all of your baggage, so you don't have to carry a heavy rucksack. We stay in comfortable, warm teahouses during the trek.
- Glacier Training on the Cho La Glacier: After taking a rest day in Cho La basecamp we will begin several days of training before setting out for Lobuche East. Our school will consist of learning and practicing glacier rope techniques, ice-climbing, crevasse rescue and snow-camping. There will be ample opportunity for you to test out equipment, ask lots of questions and, most of all, have fun. back to top
Team members on the Cho La Glacier having fun. Team members practicing ascending and descending safely on the Cho La during our special training sessions. Climbers near the summit of Lobuche East (Valerie Hovland).
- Lobuche East: This fun trekking peak affords the opportunity to go high and practice our newly learned techniques from the previous training on the Cho La Glacier.
- Basecamp: After we have finished our training, we will make the brief and beautiful trek to Lobuche East. Basecamp is located at 5550 metres/18,200 feet near a beautiful hidden lake at the base of the glaciated South-West Face.
- High Camp: From the northern end of the lake near basecamp, we climb slabby terraces and snow slopes beneath the main glaciers of the South-West Face and gain access to the ridge overlooking Lobuche and the Khumbu Glacier. At the point where the glacier face and ridge meet we will establish our high camp (photo right by Valerie Hovland: The view of Lobuche East from basecamp).
- Summit Attempt: From the high camp we will continue up the sinuous snow arête to its junction with the summit ridge. The route to the East Peak follows the summit ridge north-west across several snow bumps along the way. Upon reaching the snow summit you are treated to magnificent views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and Makalu. back to top
Team on the summit of Lobuche on a perfect sunny day. Team member and sherpa on the summit of Lobuche (Valerie Hovland).
- Who is this trip for?
- 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 of people that enjoy trekking, climbing, and traveling together.
- During the Everest-View Glacier School expedition, we teach you all of the skills needed in special training sessions. Our training covers glacier travel, ascending and descending ropes safely, using ice-axe and crampons, etcetera. Irregardless of experience, everyone is welcome to join us and see how they feel at 6000 metres/20,000 feet (photo right by Valerie Hovland: The team resting below Lobuche East basecamp. From here it is a short hike to the lake we will camp at before starting for the summit. Behind them is Lobuche East in the distance).
- Previous camping experience is beneficial to enjoying the trip, although not required.
- It would be nice if you have some experience with foreign travel, although we are happy to advise and help you if this is your first time out of the country and, for many of our members, it is.
- All of the work is done for you, such as cooking, carrying group equipment, setting up tents, etc. Yaks and sherpas will carry all of your personal items so you do not have to carry a heavy rucksack.
- It is not necessary to be in extremely good shape to enjoy this trip. If you have fun walking for 3-6 hours up and down hills with a few 20 minute breaks mixed in, then you can accomplish this school. back to top
Please "click" one of the links on the column on the upper right of your screen under "Everest View Glacier School" to learn more about our expedition.
* Our “full-service” trekking peak climb includes:
- Trek Leader: Cost includes a very experienced and qualified British, European, or American leader;
- Organizer: Daniel Mazur, over 20 years experience trekking in Nepal;
- Nepalese Sherpa-English speaking guides for the group (we are also able to provide Sherpa French and German speakers);
- Transport to basecamp and Lobuche East Peak to/from Kathmandu, for you and equipment;
- Internal / domestic flights Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu;
- Yak and porter transport for all your equipment from Lukla to and from to your final destination on the trek and back down;
- Three meals per day during the trek, normally these may be cooked, but sometimes, during trekking, they may be a "packed-lunch".
- All permit fees, trekking fees, climbing fees and liaison officers;
- Emergency equipment and supplies: medical oxygen, gamow bag, basecamp medical kit, high-altitude medical kits, etcetera;
- All group equipment like ropes, anchors, tents, stoves, etcetera.
- Sleeping arrangements will be in comfortable and roomy bunks in teahouses, except for tents during the glacier training portion of the trip and on Lobuche East;
- 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.
Seven-Day Option: We are offering a seven day trip for those members that wish to meet our team on day 9 of the itinerary in Dzongla and arrange their own trek before and after the 7 days of glacier travel. All of the services provided to our full-service members will be offered to members who wish to only do the 7 day program. This may be a great option for those who are participating in other treks/climbs in the region. Seven day option cost: $1450 USD.
Everest Basecamp Extension Option: For those members wishing to see Everest Basecamp after the Glacier School, we are offering a 4 day extension. You will branch off from the main team on day 17 of the itinerary and together we retrace the rest of the classic "Everest Approach March" made by Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, as well as climb Kala Patar (5,545 metres/18,200 feet). For more about the route to basecamp, please click here. 4 day Everest Basecamp extension cost: $550 USD.
Trekking: The cost of this expedition includes one of the most beautiful treks in the world. For more information and photos, please visit our Everest Basecamp trek. The trek follows almost the same route as Everest Basecamp, with the exception of branching off to the Cho La Glacier, southwest of Everest (photo right by Tunc Findik: Namche Bazaar, the capital of the Sherpa people. See this unique village on our trek to and from basecamp).
Sherpas and Equipment Transport: Our expedition includes transport of all of your equipment from Kathmandu to your destination, and returned to Kathmandu, including internal/domestic flights from Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu. While climbing on the mountain, we DO NOT ask our 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.
Cooks and Food: On the trek our experienced trekking cooks provide delicious meals. 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 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.
Hotel: 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 $25 per night. This a clean and comfortable "two-star" hotel. We use good quality hot water hotels in a central neighborhood, near many tasty restaurants, and excellent mountain equipment and gift shopping, as well as our trekking and mountain climbing office where we meet before and after the adventure.
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 and altitude tents; cookers, fuel, high-altitude food, walkie-talkie radios, bamboo marker wands, etcetera. 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: Our 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!
*What is not included?
- Visa and Passport: 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). 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, and expenses of a personal nature (ie: laundry or gift shopping) are not included
- We recommend the following tip for our group staff: Everest Glacier School : $150. Expect to pay the above tip no matter what.(photo right by Elselien te Hennepe: A view of Swayambhunath Stupa, the "Monkey Temple". It is the most ancient and enigmatic of all the holy shrines in Kathmandu valley. Swayambhunath's worshippers include Hindus, Vajrayana Buddhists of northern Nepal and Tibet, and the Newari Buddhists of central and southern Nepal. Each morning before dawn, hundreds of pilgrims will ascend the 365 steps that lead up the hill, file past the gilded Vajra (Tibetan: Dorje) and two lions guarding the entrance, and begin a series of clockwise circumambulations of the stupa. On each of the four sides of the main stupa there are a pair of big eyes. These eyes are symbolic of God's all-seeing perspective).
Please click one of the links below to view that section of our Everest View Glacier School daily itinerary or scroll down (photo right by Valerie Hovland: A great view across the Cho La Glacier where we conduct our training lessons).
Please also visit our Everest View Glacier School route description for more about what to expect on the trek 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.
Arriving in Kathmandu:
1) Arrive in Kathmandu;
2) Tour Kathmandu, a beautiful exotic Hindu and Buddhist city with an abundance of ancient temples. Conduct orientation, meet the leaders and other team members. There will be time to review equipment and purchase or hire/rent any needed bits of kit.
Trekking to Cho La:
3) Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla 2840 metre/9300 feet. Trek to Phakding, where we camp in a comfortable tea house at 2650 metres/8,700 feet;
4) Walk to Namche Bazaar 3440 metre/11,300 feet, teahouse (photo right by Tunc Findik: Namche Bazaar, the capital of the Sherpa people. See this unique village on our trek to and from basecamp);
5) Rest, acclimate, and relax in Namche Bazaar, teahouse;
6) Trek to Tengboche, 3900 metres/12,800 feet, teahouse;
7) Walk along to the village of Pheriche, 4250 metres/13,900 feet, teahouse;
8) Rest day in Pheriche, 4250 metres/13,900 feet, teahouse;
9) Walk to the village of Dzongla (4840 metres/15,900 feet), teahouse;
10) Walk to Cho La basecamp (5400 metres/17,700 feet). back to top
Cho La Glacier Training:
11) Rest and gear checking in Cho La basecamp (photo right by Valerie hovland: Team members on the Cho La Glacier having fun);
12) Glacier training on the Cho La Glacier;
13) Glacier training on the Cho La Glacier. back to top
Climbing Lobuche East:
14) Walk from the Cho La basecamp to Lobuche East basecamp located at 5550 metres/18,200 feet;
15) Climb to Lobuche East high camp;
16) Climb to the summit of Lobuche East (6119 metres/20,075 feet) and back down to basecamp (photo right by Valerie Hovland: Climbers ascending the summit ridge of Lobuche East. You can see all the way down to the lake where we set up basecamp). back to top
17) Today we will make a relaxed walk down to Pangboche, teahouse.
18) We will walk back to Namche Bazaar, teahouse.
19) Walk down from Namche to Lukla, teahouse.
20) Return flight to Kathmandu.
21) Extra day of rest and celebration in Kathmandu. Do take a taxi out to Bhaktapur if you wish to visit an impressive temple city.
22) Flight Home. Good Bye everyone, it was nice meeting you! back to top
Optional Everest Basecamp Trek Extension:
On day 17 of the itinerary you will branch off from the main group heading back to Kathmandu and trek to Everest basecamp. Please add an extra 4 days into your travel plans if you wish to do this.
1) Trek from Lobuche to rocky outpost of Gorak Shep, with three cozy teahouses at 5,160 metres/16,900 feet;
2) Trek from Gorak Shep to the top of Kala-Pattar, return to Gorak Shep for the evening;
3) Walk up to Everest basecamp, which lies atop the Khumbu glacier at 5,300 metres/17,400 feet;
4) Trek from Everest basecamp back to Lobuche. Continue back to Kathmandu following day 17 of the normal itinerary. back to top
Thank You for joining our Everest View Glacier School Expedition.
Please click one of the links below to view that section for the route for our Everest View Glacier School, or scroll down (photo right by Valerie Hovland: A great view across the Cho La Glacier where we conduct our training lessons).
In just 3 weeks, our Everest-View Glacier School may be the easiest way to learn the fundamentals of glacier travel with ice-axe and crampons, while gaining high altitude experience in the spectacular grandeur of the Khumbu Himalaya. We will teach you everything you need to know to make a summit attempt towards the end of our itinerary on the fun trekking peak of Lobuche East (6119 metres/20,075 feet). It is a beautiful place to learn, practice your skills and to take an up-close look at the high peaks of the Himalaya, including Everest, the famous south face of Lhotse, Makalu and the north side of Ama Dablam (photo right by Valerie Hovland: Climbers ascending the summit ridge of Lobuche East. You can see all the way down to the lake where we set up basecamp).
Our Everest View Glacier School maximizes many years of accumulated wisdom in the Himalaya, a long and proven record of safe and fun trekking through Nepal, Tibet, China, Africa, and many other fascinating destinations around the world. Our friendly guides and trip leaders are experts at leading interesting groups of men and women throughout Nepal. In addition, they have an intimate knowledge of the Sherpa people and customs and temples and shrines in each picturesque village you stroll through. We must also give credit to our polite and highly experienced, hard-working trekking sherpas, cooking, and office staff. Many of these excellent sherpas who work for us have an intimate knowledge of the beautiful trek to Everest and the comfortable villages we will visit, because this is their home region. They live in this land grew up on farms here, have family and friends in the fun areas we will pass through, making our visit less of the usual tourist experience and more involved with the unique and genuine culture of the Khumbu Valley. They go out of their way to help make your visit remarkable, enjoyable along the way, and create lasting ties with the majestic landscapes and the inhabitants who reside there. This is a truly wonderful trek with an enthusiastic and polite group of friends.
The proposed itinerary allows enough time for proper acclimatization and rest days. The weather at this time of year is normally quite good and stable.
Throughout the trek 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). At night we stay in warm, comfortable teahouse lodges for most of the trek. The wind is the most chilling factor, and can be quite variable, with everything from a flat calm, to brisk at basecamp. There may be snow, rain, mosquitoes in wet areas, blowing dust, heat, and bright sunshine. It is slightly chillier during April trip than in May or October. The coldest portion of the trek is the morning we walk up Lobuche East, where it can get below freezing on average and it may be windy. back to top
Arriving in Kathmandu-
The trip begins in the ancient and colorful city of Kathmandu, and the staff will personally meet your flight at Tribhuvan airport. Tour Kathmandu, a beautiful exotic Hindu and Buddhist city with an abundance of ancient temples. If this is your first visit, we strongly suggest you tour the temples, including the Monkey Temple, atop a small mountain above the Vishnu Mathi river and the Thamel neighborhood, the Pashupatinath Temple, where the cremations are conducted along the Bagmathi River, Boudhanath , an enourmous white massive stupa first built in 600 AD that you can walk around, absolving a lifetime's sin, and finish at the Kathmandu Durbar or King's Square, where the 400 year old Kathmandu capital was situated.
Touring the exotic temples of Bakhtapur, in the Kathmandu Valley (Felix Berg). A holy man praying near the Baghmati River in Kathmandu (Chris Kinny).
We will take this day to finalize arrangements (such as issuing your trekking permit, etc), in between enjoying food and drink at some of the many westernized restaurants in the Thamel neighborhood. Today is an ideal day to pick up extra bits of trekking and climbing kit from the plethora of mountain shops selling a surprising variety of good quality new and used mountain clothing, shoes, and nearly everything you might find in a trekking shop in your home country. The local "supermarkets" are great places to stock up on imported chocolates, sweets, and some surprisingly tasty local trekking foods like energy bars, nuts, granola bars, etcetera. back to top
Trekking to Cho La Basecamp-
In a small twin engine, twin pilot, 18 seat propeller driven "Twin-Otter", the trusty workhorse of the Khumbu-Everest trekking trade, we will fly for 40 minutes from Kathmandu to the airstrip at 2,840 metre/9,300 foot-high Lukla and stroll a couple of hours down and through the forested and farmed Dudh Khosi valley with a small clean river ripping through a narrow green rocky mountain studded valley to the picturesque small town of Phakding, where we camp in a field on the river bank at 2,650 metres/8,700 feet. Throughout the entire trek, every day, our bags will be carried by porters and yaks. Interacting with the people transporting our equipment, as well as their livestock, will be an interesting part of our trip, and allow us to set foot into the local culture.
We arise early and have a typically wholesome breakfast of omelettes, toast, porridge and hot drinks, then walk 4-7 hours up through the fir trees and ever-rarer herds of Himalayan Tahr, an endangered large wild mountain sheep. Topping the rim of the Sun Khosi Gorge, we slowly and steadily walk into the steep village of 3,440 metre/12,800 foot high Namche Bazaar, the capital of the Sherpa region, which we will have time to explore. It’s important to drink lots of liquids during today's trek, and you will certainly appreciate the stunning views of Numbur Peak (6,959 metres/23,000 feet) over several cups of tea, in our terraced campsite, in what used to be a potato field on the upper slopes of the town. In 30 minutes walk on a trail traversing the slope towards Everest, we will see our first views of the stunning Ama Dablam and perhaps Everest itself. back to top
The Himalayan Tahr can grow to a metre high and weigh upwards of 100 kg. (http://www.americazoo.com/goto/index/mammals/420.htm). A Himalayan musk deer. They have very interesting well-developed upper canines, and in males these may reach a length of 7 cm / 3 inches and protrude from the mouth in a fang-like manner (WWF H-W Schuldei Leipzig Zoo). One of the varieties of grouse pheasants that are abundant in Everest National Park. Males have a bright plume under their tail that they raise like a peacock periodically as they putt around (mckaysavage).
We rest, acclimate, and relax, in order to soak in the comfortable exotic landscape of this Sherpa kingdom. One of the main features of spending a day in Namche is the opportunity to walk 15 minutes down the slope to partake in the tumult of this bustling sherpa and tourist village, especially the many tasty restaurants, tea-shops, pubs, billiard rooms, and internet cafes. All of the electricity here is locally made micro-hydro electric power, and the telephone and internet connections are wireless/satellite.
From Namche we drop down to the river and the famous tea-stop of Fungki Thangka and have a steep climb up through tree nurseries where you could help with the replanting of the Khumbu valley, which is starting to show signs of over-forestation by sherpas heating water for trekker's hot showers. If you are interested in helping, please check out our Service Trek website. Throughout this part of the walk, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for a glimpse of endangered herds of Tahr. Finally cresting a rise in a forest of gorgeous Sub-alpine fir and Hemlock, walking at the feet of the Khumbu giant peaks of Kusum Kanguru and Thamserku, we reach the Buddhist monastery at Tengboche, which we can visit. The monastery burned in 1989, apparently due to an electric kettle being left on. Tragically the gompa's book collection was ravaged, and during the following years, groups of monks were seen spending hours each day writing with ball-point pens on stenographer's pads, trying to recall ancient texts from memory, which were burned when the fire tore through the library. Here we will find inspiring views of Mt. Everest , Nuptse, Lhotse , Ama Dablam, and a very welcome tea and overnight stop. back to top
At the gompa of Tengboche, which burned in 1989, Steve doing some exploring (Liz Stevens). The Pangboche Lama blesses all of us. Here he is blessing our trek employee and trek leader, Ms. Kandu Sherpa. Kandu's sister Maya works for SummitClimb and has become the first Nepalese woman to climb Ama Dablam , Pumori, and Cho Oyu . Kandu would also like to become a climbing Sherpa one day (Liz Stevens).
We will pass through Pangboche, 3900 metres/12,800 feet, a religious village and the home of the Khumbu Lama, the most respected Buddhist leader in the upper Khumbu valley. From Pangboche village, one can enjoy the most stunning views of Ama Dablam, Everest, and the imposing south face of Lhotse.
From Pangboche we enjoy a walk along the beautiful Dudh Kosi gorge, to the enourmous flat valley where lies the village of Pheriche. At 4,250 metres/13,900 feet, it’s where the famous Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) health clinic is located. Pheriche is the last permanent Sherpa settlement. Here we have spectacular views of Nuptse, Lobuche, Cholatse, Ama Dablam and many others. We will stay here for the night. back to top
Two bridges over the Pangboche gorge. The new bridge is the higher one. Sherpas love to hang prayer flags all over their bridges. Looking down on Pangboche at 3,900 metres/12,800 feet (Steve Miscione).
The next day entails a few hours of walking up a rocky slope to the former yak herder's outpost of Dughla at 4620 metres/15,150 feet, where a comfortable lodge provides an ideal spot to spend the rest of the day and night, where we can relax, rest, acclimate and drink tea. From Dughla we make the short trek to the village of Dzongla (4840 metres/15,900 feet). From Dzongla, we make our final trek up to Cho La basecamp (5400 metres/17,700 feet). back to top
Monuments to fallen climbers, known as "chortens" atop the Dugla Hill, with Ama Dablam in the background (Steve Miscione). The view of Lobuche peak from the teahouse at Lobuche at 4,930 metres/16,200 feet (Liz Stevens).
One interesting thing about trek life is being woken up every morning by these Himalayan Ular Snow Cocks (Web). Sturdy and hardworking local gentleman carrying beer to sell to tourists in the teahouses (DL Mazur). These strong yaks carry our expedition equipment (Liz Strevens).
Cho La Glacier Training-
After taking a rest day in Cho La basecamp we will begin several days of training before setting out for Lobuche East. Our school will consist of learning and practicing glacier rope techniques, ice-climbing with ice-axe and crampons, crevasse rescue and snow-camping. There will be ample opportunity for you to test out equipment, ask lots of questions and, most of all, have fun. Our training will be conducted on the Cho La Glacier above basecamp. back to top
Team members on the Cho La Glacier having fun. Team members practicing ascending and descending safely on the Cho La during our special training sessions. Climbers near the summit of Lobuche East (Valerie Hovland).
Climbing Lobuche East-
After we have finished our training, we will make the brief and beautiful trek to Lobuche East. Basecamp is located at 5550 metres/18,200 feet in a rocky hollow, near a beautiful hidden lake at the base of the glaciated South-West Face.
From the northern end of the lake near basecamp, we climb slabby terraces and snow slopes beneath the main glaciers of the South-West Face and gain access to the ridge overlooking Lobuche and the Khumbu Glacier. We may used fixed rope on some of the stepper sections going up depending on conditions. At the point where the glacier face and ridge meet we will establish our high camp (photo right by Valerie Hovland: A sherpa looking down the route of Lobuche East from just below the summit).
From the high camp we will continue up the sinuous snow arête to its junction with the summit ridge. The route to the East Peak follows the summit ridge north-west across several snow bumps along the way. Upon reaching the snow summit you are treated to magnificent views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and Makalu. back to top
Team on the summit of Lobuche on a perfect sunny day. Team member and sherpa on the summit of Lobuche (Valerie Hovland).
Optional Everest Basecamp and Kala Pattar Extension-
From the town of Lobuche, a short day up the Khumbu glacier takes us to the rocky outpost of Gorak Shep, with three cozy teahouses at 5,160 metres/16,900 feet. We will tuck into a comfortable tea house and marvel at the lovely views of Everest , Nuptse, Pumori, Lobuche, and so many other vast mountains that tower around us, as if our tiny teahouse was a crumb of bread in the jaws of a dragon. We eat and drink a lot up here, so you will have a good chance to rest and recuperate. The nights can be very chilly up here, so you will enjoy bundling up in your warm, fleece, pile, or duvet/down jacket, and wearing your wooly hat, especially in the evening. back to top
One interesting thing about trek life is being woken up every morning by these Himalayan Ular Snow Cocks (Web).
Sturdy and hardworking local gentleman carrying beer to sell to tourists in the teahouses (DL Mazur). These strong yaks carry our expedition equipment (Liz Strevens).
Ms. Elselien te Hennepe, looking out into the Imja Tso Lake on the left of the photo on our October 2005 trek. Behind her, on the right side of the photo is Island Peak basecamp at 5,100 meters (16,728 feet) (DL Mazur).
With an early start we trek to the top of Kala Patar (5,545 metres/18,200 feet) to see the breathtaking views of Everest . Here is where Shipton stood in 1952, to plan the successful ascent of Everest . After climbing to the top of Kala Patar, we shall walk down to Gorak Shep and have a relaxing lunch, followed by a short walk down to Lobuche and camp. We now walk back down the valley, retracing our steps to Pheriche, and enjoy the final stunning views of the stunning Everest massif.
Those of us who are feeling well will wake up early and walk up to Everest basecamp which lies atop the Khumbu glacier at 5,300 metres/17,400 feet. There is a good trail on rocks and scee all the way to basecamp, where you will see several spectacular crashed Russian helicopters. Then we will return to Gorak Shep for another warm night, lots of tea, and a delicious meal.
After packing up all of your equipment, supplies, and rubbish, you will make the return trek to Lukla. The following morning, you are up early, and fly back to 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 View Glacier School Expedition.
Leadership: Friendly leader AngSange Sherpa has led 14 Glacier Schools, and is an excellent instructor and a very helpful person who teaches everything you need to know.
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.
Organization: Your expedition is organized by our British, European, American, Nepalese, Tibetan, and Chinese office personnel working on-the-ground together as well as in your home-country. For example, one of our lead organizers is the very experienced Dan Mazur, trekking in Nepal since 1986 and climber-leader-organizer of Everest, K2, and 12 "eight-thousand-metre-peaks". He is a relaxed, friendly and well organized person, and a highly-skilled professional with 25 years experience in helping people explore the mountains, with the highest attention to detail, comfort, and safety.
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'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 and led treks up Lobuche East countless 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 team members may not have to give up their summit attempt to rescue a sick member. They will most likely climb and trek with the team most of the time.
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.
Top row from Left: Murari K. Sharma - Everest Parivar Exp. Pvt. Ltd(MD), 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.
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Team Member Experience:
Extensive experience is not required for Everest View Glacier School. The most important thing is for members to be in adequate walking fitness. You may attempt this school as a novice and we will teach you what you need to know. No further experience is required.
Our leaders and our team-climbing-sherpas are there to ensure you make it up to the summit and back down safely. When traveling above basecamp, 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:
It's not necessary to be in perfect shape to enjoy this trekking peak. If you can have fun walking for 3-6 hours with a few 20 minute breaks mixed in, then you can easily accomplish this trek.
To participate in this expedition you must be a fit and active walker 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:
- If you are in good shape from regular exercise, it is likely you are already prepared to enjoy this trek. If you feel like it would be in you interest to exercise before the trip, there are some fun training tips below.
- 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 walkers, please take note of the latter. Also remember that swimming is a fun and 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 a few times a week for about 30 minutes each time.
- Adequate rest and a well balanced diet are also essential to avoid injury and illness before the trip. 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 lots of water.
- Utilising both gym equipment and the great outdoors will provide more balanced exercise. You should try to accomplish at least half of your workouts outside. This could include walking, running, and cycling, but above all should be fun! Hillwalking with a pack weighing 5-10 Kilos/10-20 pounds is good preparation for trekking.
- We want you to arrive for your expedition in top shape, so please take plenty of rest and do not over-do it. back to top
Training During the Expedition:
- Upon arrival in Kathmandu members are requested to participate in one to two days of orientation to how the trip will be conducted. There will be plenty of time for discussion, question answering, and for equipment review and purchasing. Training will be conducted both in Kathmandu, in basecamp and on the Cho La Glacier 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 enhance skills, ensure safety-awareness, and work together as a team. back to top
We hope that you will arrive for your Everest View Glacier School in good health, both mentally and physically prepared, so we can work together as a team and have a successful expedition.
Below is a detailed list of equipment you need to bring for the Everest View Glacier School and at the bottom is a description of team equipment that we bring for you. (Click a 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 "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 Frequently Asked Questions.
- 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
- 2 cotton t-shirts;
- 1 polypropylene t-shirt;
- 1 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 camp;
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- Warm hat wool or synthetic that covers your ears;
- 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
- Cotton underwear briefs;
- 1 pair walking shorts;
- 1 pair walking trousers for trekking and around camp;
- 1 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;
Your clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks, bin-liners, or large plastic bags. back to top
- 1 pair Double Plastic boots (Koflach);
- Modern single waterproof-leather climbing boots with special insulation for cold weather/winter climbing on 4000 metre/13,000 foot high peaks are OK, as long as they will fit comfortably with two thick pair of socks and a vapour barrier liner and the boot will fit the crampon perfectly.
- 1 pair sturdy leather walking boots with good ankle support (we mean leather trekking, not climbing boots) for the trek;
- 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;
- vapour barrier liner socks or plastic bread-bags;
- 2 pair lightweight trekking socks, poly or wool;
- Cotton socks for in town.
Your sleeping bags should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks, bin-liners, or large plastic bags. back to top
- 1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 10 degrees F);
- At least 1 closed cell foam kari-mats. 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?
Rucksack and Travel Bags-
- 1 medium rucksack (50-70 litres / 3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for airplane carry);
- Waterproof rucksack cover (optional);
- 1 or 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
- 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
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 stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc.;
- 1 small bottle anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox, Acetylzolamide. For more about this medication, please review the information in our Questions section;
- 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
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.
We ask each member to bring their own imported daily snack and energy foods. 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, 2-3 kilos/4-6 pounds 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.
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- 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;
- 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.
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We provide a plethora of top-quality, and time-tested equipment, group gear, and supplies, including: rope, ice, rock, and snow anchor protection; trekking tents; cookers, fuel, high-altitude food, walkie-talkie radios, bamboo marker wands, etcetera. 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 Scroll down for more Testimonials:
Here is what Marjo and Mika say:
We are now back home and would like to thank you and your Company for the great trip we had to Lobuche East. Special thanks to your professional, kind and helpful sherpas. They all were so strong and we had a really good group together with Matt from UK!! Everything was very well organized, they took good care of us, we saw beautiful sherpa villages and enjoyed wonderful scenery. And finally the climb went very well and we all summeted!
Thank you also for your kindnes during our stay in Kathmandu, it was nice to meet your family. Your hotel manager was also very helpful drawing maps for us to find sights from the city and he even drove us to the airport.
Our friend, Linda from US sent just an email that she is going to climb with you to Mount Rainier! So great! And also our friend, Tanya from Australia, who could not come now because of leg operation, is going to join Lobuche team in spring season.
Greetings from Finland, Marjo and Mika
Panoramic view from summit of Lobuche Peak. Photo Matt.
Members and Sherpa at the summit of Lobuche, background view Everest. Member reaching Summit with the help of fix rope. Photo Matt.
Here is what Grace Says:
I credit a childhood full of National Geographic magazines for my fascination with Mt. Everest and thirst for "off the beaten path"
adventures. So, naturally, when the venerable magazine called out Summit Climb's Everest View Glacier School as "one of the best adventure travel trips", I knew it was the trip to get an adventurous but entirely inexperienced aspiring climber, like myself, up a mountain and then on to Everest Base Camp. If you have even the slightest thirst for adventure and challenge and you find yourself trekking through the Himalayas, you will ask yourself what it would be like to climb one of those beautiful peaks. Summit Climb's Everest View Glacier School is the way to make sure you answer that question.
I had a blast - so much fun that I've been planning my next trip with Summit Climb since I came home. What better review can I give than becoming a repeat customer? There is no shortage of adventure companies offering well organized and safe climbing opportunities in Nepal with experienced leaders; however, it's the extra little things that make a trip like this special.
Going with Summit Climb meant that I got free, unexpected, impromptu, laid back, really local walking tours through the winding and confusing streets of Kathmandu. It meant an unbelievable array of companions in Kathmandu, at tea houses and along the trail because the leaders are very inclusive and like to bring together all of their clients and guides - especially for dinners on the initial days in Kathmandu. As a result, it was easy for me, a solo traveller, to make friends and mix with all types of climbers, from the novices on their way to climb their first peak, to the intermediate on their way to a more challenging peak, to experienced local and foreign guides, who have made mountain climbing their life's work and stood on the summits of peaks a beginner can only dream of. Maybe it's the nature of those who climb, or perhaps it's a reflection of the type of people who join a Summit Climb trip, but everyone was friendly, approachable and supportive of each other's ambitions and experience (or lack thereof). Summit Climb gets huge marks for creating such a welcoming, positive and engaging environment for a first-timer. They also do a great job picking their local guides for the glacier school. Even before I left Kathmandu, a Summit Climb repeat customer was raving about how lucky the glacier school group is to have thi leader as their guide and instructor and he was right.
The leader had all of the qualities a beginner climber would look for in a guide and instructor for their first trip to Nepal; he is a friendly, patient, approachable, supportive and professional guide who will make you feel safe at all times and make sure you are feeling healthy and having fun as well. He genuinely cares about everyone on his team and is committed to making sure you not only succeed, but truly enjoy your first Himalayan climbing experience. Most importantly he has a deep connection to Nepal, the mountains and the people; which led to many unexpected, warm and informal experiences with the locals along the way. I joined Summit Climb as just another client and there's a real skill to making people feel like they're not just another client. In Nepal, the Summit Climb family always made me feel and took care of me like I was a friend and because of that I would encourage anyone who wants to learn to climb in the Himalayas with a relaxed, inclusive, friendly and supportive group to go with Summit Climb's Everest Glacier View School."
By the way, I've been following you hospital and school trek updates. Sounds like the group is doing lots of great work and enjoying themselves. Congrats.
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A view of the snow summit on Lobuche East. Photo Valerie Hovland. Team member and sherpa on the summit of Lobuche.Photo Valerie Hovland.
Here is what Dennis N Says:
Just returned to Utah from the Everest View Glacier School. It was quite an experience of which I will never forget. The views of the Himalayan Peaks were stunning and the people I met were awesome. You have a great leadership and sherpa team assembled. I enjoyed my time with each one of them and found them to be professional and well suited for their professions. The porters and cooks were quite impressive as well. Thank you for such a wonderful experience.
Setting off for Cho La basecamp the morning after a big snowstorm in Dzongla (Dan Mazur). Team practicing roped glacier travel on the Cho La glacier (Dan Mazur).
Here is what John Says:
We had a wonderful adventure and couldn't have wished for more. I especially want to let you know what a superb leader our guide was. He was the consummate professional, taking care of our every need and his patience with all the personalities was remarkable. The entire staff was great and made the trip care free. Thanks again for working with our group to make the trip fit our schedule. I will never be the same after spending 4 weeks in Nepal and the high alpine, I look forward to my next adventure.
PS I have some wonderful pictures and video of the trek/climb that I will send to you on DVD soon. Back to Top
At the summit with Everest, Lhotse, Pumori, and more - 6119m (Sean McLane). On Summit of Mount Lobuche (Sjoerd Wever). View of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Changtse, and the Khumbu Glacier from the Summit of Lobuche (Sjoerd Wever). View from the summit of Lobuche East (Max Kausch). Approaching to summit of Mount Lobuche (Sjoerd Wever).
Everest Glacier School with you guys from Summitclimb was a great experience !
Everest Glacier School was something I will recommend to others and -who knows -may be some of my family will join you in the future
I didn't really know,what to expect from this trip (completely new territory for me) and how I would do on the mountain (factors like altitude and conditioning )
I am really glad I did it and I still feel the "mental buoyancy " from the experience
To meet and climb with the leader in person was definitely THE highlight. I had seen and listened to him before at Vancouver Mountain Film Festival and knew about him and other climbers rescuing Lincoln Hall on Everest . For me safety is a huge concern and I thought ,that I could trust him 100% with that and i wasn't wrong ! The tempo was very relaxed and I think most mistakes happen,when people are rushing too much and get physically and mentally exhausted . I must say,that I did feel itchy in the beginning to get going faster though .
It also allows for a "group feeeling " to evolve . So many participants have given positive feedback . The whole climb seemed to be accomplished rather by the group than by each individual team member.
If you remember : I was a bit concerned about my sinus - headache and the night before the climb I wondered , if it would work for me to continue the climb. But I thought ,that worst case scenario I would have to abandon the climb on route and felt comfortable after talking about it to you and you reassuring me,that I should be fine . Plus I did have helicopter rescue insurance in the worst of cases.
It felt great ,when we finally got started on Monday evening. I have never camped on a glacier before and it was a unique experience . The self arrest practice was fun and hopefully I never need it in a "real" situation .
The hike to high camp was a pretty hard hike, but with taking it one step at a time and the breaks in between it was fine .
On the climb to the summit, the leader stopped ,when we asked for breaks - no problemo . Tempo was very comfortable and sustainable for hours . And we made it all the way to the top !
I found this while surfing on the net ,which sums up ,what I think about how to approach a climb :
Tip #10: It is just a mountain: Ever try to hit a golf ball or ski a steep ski run when you are stressed out versus relaxed? Go into the climb knowing that your summit is not going to change the history of climbing, and that when push comes to shove you are those close to you are really the only ones who care about your experience. Get hurt or killed and you will have a big impact on the world around you. If you are relaxed, happy, and not too attached to getting into "summit or plummet" mode and you will oddly have a much better chance of summiting. There is no worse fate than being in the mountains with someone who hates climbing and is simply there to tick off the top. Enjoy the ride, get as high as you can, realize that it is only important to you personally, and be kind to others and you will more than likely get lucky.
Sean McLane nearly on the summit of Lobuche Peak. (Sjoerd Wever). Training on a beautiful day on the Chola Pass with Mount Ama Dablam and Cholatse behind (Sjoerd Wever).
We take our member's feedback and testimonials seriously. These help us to refine and make our trekking a successful, safe, and enjoyable experience for our future teams.