- Learn high altitude mountain skills and climb a 6000 meter / 19,500 foot peak with great views of Everest.
- Full Service Cost: $3,450 £2,650 €3,050. Five day option: $1850 . 4 day extension to Everest Basecamp: $750.
- 2020 Dates: 1 to 18 November 2020. 18 days in Nepal.
- 2021 Dates: 6 to 23 April, 20 April to 7 May, or 1 to 18 November 2021. 18 days in Nepal . (Call for flexible dates in April - May or October - November)
- 5 day option 2020: 9 to 13 November 2020
- 5 day option 2021: 14 to 18 April, 28 April to 2 May or 9 to 13 November 2021
- Awarded 25 Best New Trips by the editors of National Geographic ADVENTURE magazine.Our Everest-View Glacier School is one of the best ways 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 onLobuche East (6119 meters/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 AmaDablam .
Our full-service expedition includes:
What is not included?
Five-Day Option: We offer a five 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 5 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 5 day program. This may be a great option for those who are participating in other treks/climbs in the region.
1) Arrive at Kathmandu
2) Orientation in Kathmandu
3) Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding
4) Trek to NamcheBazaar
5) Rest in NamcheBazaar. Acclimatization walk to Everest view hotel
6) Trek to Pangboche
7) Trek to Dingboche
8) Rest in Dingboche.
9) Trek to Dzhongla (Optional Rock Climbing Training)
10) Walk to Cho La pass. Snow and ice training
11) Walk to Lobuche high camp.
12) Climb Lobuche, return to Lobuche high camp
13) Walk to Pangboche,
14) Walk to Namche Bazaar
15) Walk to Lukla.
16) Return flight to Kathmandu
17) Extra day of rest and celebration in Kathmandu.
18) Flight Home.
Optional Everest Basecamp Trek Extension: On day 12 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 high camp to GorakShep
2) Trek from GorakShep to the top of Kala-Pattar, return to GorakShep for the evening
3) Walk to Everest basecamp, then trek to Pangboche.
4) Continue back to Kathmandu following day 13 of the normal itinerary
Leadership: Dan Mazur is a relaxed, friendly, well organized, and highly skilled professional with over 20 years of experience leading people to the summits of Everest, K2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Manaslu, Shishapangma, Baruntse, and Lobuche East
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.
Extensive experience is not required for climbing Lobuche East. The most important thing is for members to be in adequate walking fitness. You may attempt this climb as a novice and we will teach you what you need to know. No further experience is required.
To participate in this expedition you must be a very fit and active winter walker/climber and be 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.
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 Lobuche Peak trip begins:
Please contact us with any questions you may have.
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 where an evacuation would take place. In Nepal, this evacuation would be via helicopter, 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 trek to basecamp we stay in rustic teahouses or camp, at the organizers expense, so you do not have to pay. Here is some text from the Everest View Glacier School itinerary page:
Trek to Basecamp:
4) Walk to Namche Bazaar (3,450 metres/11,300 feet). Teahouse.
5) Rest and acclimatization in Namche. Teahouse.
6) Walk to Pangboche (3,750 metres/12,300 feet). Teahouse.
7) Walk to Pheriche (4,250 metres/13,900 feet). Visit the Himalayan Rescue Association health clinic. Teahouse.
8) Walk to Dughla (4,600 metres/15,100 feet). Teahouse.
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.
Here is what Tony says: I am totally positive about the trip. Well paced, good leadership. Nice flexible approach. All worked well for me and I would be happy to recommend it to anyone thinking of going. Regards, Tony
Here is what Travis says: It was/is a great time!
I had a wonderful time and wonderful trip. Enough can't be said about how nice it is to just basically show up and have most things handled for you. Everything from the hotels to the airport pickup and other logistics. It really makes this trip easy to do with minimal planning at a pretty affordable price. I even got to meet the Sherpa that brought me back to Lukla from Mera Peak during my last trip there in November 2015. Such a small world, it's nice to have those connections. Thanks, Travis
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
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.
Grace Back to Top
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:
Here is what Mark from Australia says:
"I was very pleased with the trip and have no complaints. The staff and leader were excellent and we had a good team."
Here is what Dennis from Utah says:
"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 team of guides and staff assembled and I enjoyed my time with each one of them and found them to be professional and well suited for the trip. The porters and cooks were quite impressive as well. Thank you for a wonderful, life fulfilling dream come true. Your program is awesome and I have told several people already of the quality of Summit Climb."