Elevation: 8848 m | 29 028 ft
Co-ordinates: 27°59’17″N, 86°55’31″E
Location: Nepal | Tibet | China
Dates: 1 April to 5 June 2013 & 1 April to 5 June 2014
Although not the most technically difficult peak on Earth, the altitude and the weather make Mount Everest a real challenge to be mastered by the most intrepid adventurers. Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were the first to ascend Mount Everest in 1953. The Tibetan name for this, the tallest peak on Earth, is Chomolungma (goddess mother of the universe). In Sanskrit it is named Sagarmatha (ocean mother). It was given its English name, Mount Everest, in 1865, after Surveyor General of India around that time, Sir George Everest. This majestic structure forms part of the 2414 kilometre long Himalaya mountain system.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu & transfer to hotel.
Day 2: Expedition briefing, preparation of equipment and welcome dinner.
Day 3: Half day city tour of Kathmandu and last minute shopping. Evening at leisure.
Day 4: Fly to Lukla & trek to Phakding.
Day 5: Trek to Namche Bazaar.
Day 6: Rest & acclimatize around Namche Bazaar.
Day 7: Trek to Tengboche.
Day 8: Trek to Dingboche.
Day 9: Rest & acclimatize around Dingboche.
Day 10: Trek to Lobuche.
Day 11: Trek to Gorak Shep.
Day 12: Trek to Everest Base Camp.
Day 13: Expedition preparation in Base Camp.
Day 14-58: Climbing period on Everest.
Day 59: Trek to Pheriche.
Day 60: Trek to Tengboche.
Day 61: Trek Monjo.
Day 62: Trek to Lukla.
Day 63: Fly to Kathmandu, transfer to hotel & celebration dinner.
Day 64: At leisure in Kathmand
Day 65: International departures.
Our full service expedition fee is: US$ 49,000 (2013 & 2014)
however, we are able to provide you with basic services from US$ 23,000 (2013 & 2014), depending on your specific logistical requirements.
Included in the cost:
- All logistics up to the summit and back
- Flights to and from Lukla
- Trek costs into and out of base Camp
- 4 nights in a 5 star hotel Kathmandu
- Customs clearances as required
- Everest climbing permit
- Liaison Officer wages and allowances
- Khumbu Icefall charges
- Garbage deposit
- Route fixing charges
- A Western guide and expedition leader, who will climb to the summit
- Sirdar climbing Sherpa
- Personal climbing Sherpa
- Unlimited bottles of O2 per climber
- Mask and regulator set
- Sufficient O2 for each of the climbing Sherpa’s
- Porters and yaks for load carrying to Base Camp
- Excess baggage on the domestic flight to Lukla
- Experienced cooks and kitchen boys
- High quality single tent in Base Camp with mattress
- High quality dining tent in Base Camp with heating, carpeting, television set and DVD player
- All kitchen and camping gear above Base Camp
- Excellent toilet facilities in Base Camp
- Shower facilities in Base Camp
- High quality high altitude tents above Base Camp
- All group climbing gear
- A permanent Advanced Base Camp with kitchen staff and dining tent
- Good quality food in Base Camp and Advanced Base Camp
- Hot drinks & other beverages available all day
- Imported high altitude freeze dried food for camps above Advanced Base Camp
- Gas & burners for the camps above Advanced Base Camp
- Walkie-talkie set for each climber with a radio base station and all accessories
- Satellite phone for emergency purposes
- Internet and computer facilities in Base Camp
- Two personalised duffel bags, two T-shirts and a cap
- Solar panels and generator in Base Camp for recharging batteries
- Gamow bag in Base Camp for emergency purposes
- Oxygen with mask and regulator in Base Camp for medical purposes
- Insurance for all local staff
- All transport to and from airports
- Welcome dinner and celebration meal at the end of the expedition
- Half day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
- International travel
- All personal climbing gear
- Emergency evacuation
- Personal expenses
- Tips and summit bonus (Our recommended minimum is US$ 700.00)
Jumar – one right or left
Ice axe with leash
Crampon rubber protectors
Screwgate Carabiners x3
Regular Carabiners x3
Figure of 8 / rappel device
Double-layered boots – Millets / La Sportiva
Thongs / Sandals
Spare boot laces for trekking boots
Expedition socks x4
Trekking socks x4
Liner socks x4
Trekking pants x2
Thermal underwear – tops & bottoms x3
Long-sleeved trekking shirts x3
Thermal suit – optional
Short-sleeved technical shirts x3
Soft shell jacket
Hard shell jacket
Polartec longs x2
Polartec long-sleeved tops x2
Polartec gloves x2
Silk glove liners x2
Balaclava – heavyweight
Balaclava – lightweight
Neoprene facemask – optional
Woollen hat / beanie
Head torch x2 – plus spare batteries
Goggles – 100% UV & IR
Sun glasses – with side covers
Expedition backpack – 80 litre
Trekking backpack – 50 litre
Sleeping bag – minus 40˚C
Sleeping bag – minus 15˚C
Sleeping bag liners x2
Compression bags x3
Closed cell foam pad
Pillow / cushion
Thermos flask x2
Knife, fork, spoon
Water-bottles with insulation x2
Large karrimor plastic bags x2
Medium karrimor plastic bags x4
Pee bottle / funnel
Zip-lock bags x10
Sunscreen – maximum SPF
Protective cream for lips – maximum SPF
Large waterproof duffel bags x3
Shorts & t-shirts
Mobile phone & charger
Passport & travel documents
Passport photos for visas x8
Certified copies of all travel documentation
Currency / credit cards
Pens & pencils
Reading glasses – optional
Clean clothes for travelling home
Personal First Aid Kit
Drugs / Medication / Prescriptions
Preparation for a successful climb
This training information is intended as a guideline and should be used as such. If you are unsure about anything, please communicate with me individually, but most important of all, before you embark on any exercise program, please consult your doctor or exercise physiologist to make sure that you are ready for the increased work load. A focused training program should begin 3 – 4 months before the expedition, but working on your base fitness before that is important as it lays a good foundation for the harder work that will follow.
Climbing big mountains requires cardiovascular endurance (via aerobic training), strength endurance (through strength conditioning) and climbing-specific training (i.e. hiking with a pack). Being in strong physical shape is one of the most important aspects for a successful climb of Everest. During your training, you should be planning to progressively increase your aerobic training and speed of weekly training hikes to give you climbing-specific conditioning that cannot be matched by any other sort of training.
Suggested activities include running, cycling, mountain biking, swimming, walking on an inclined treadmill, doing stair stepping or stepmill training, trail running, walking up and down hills or participating in step aerobic classes. When first beginning a cardiovascular training program, begin with three workouts (i.e,. Monday, Wednesday and Friday) of 30 minutes of sustained activity at a moderate intensity, and build up to 4-5 aerobic sessions of sustained effort for at least 45 – 60 minutes (taking Wednesday and Sunday as rest days, for example).
Be sure to include a 5-10 minute gentle warm-up before working at your target heart rate for the day. For most workouts, choose a level of exertion that allows you to connect a few words together in a phrase, but leaves you feeling comfortably tired at the end of the workout. Remember to cool down with 5-10 minutes of appropriate stretching of the muscles you use most in your activity, including lower back, calves, hamstrings, hips and quadriceps.
Training with weights, backpacks and gym machines will help you build overall strength, particularly in the
lower back, abdominals, upper back, shoulders and legs. Developing strength in your upper back and
shoulders will help with carrying a pack and using trekking poles. The calves, hips, quads, hamstrings and glutes are all involved in ascending and descending steep sections and snow and ice slopes, which will be encountered on Everest.
Before embarking on any weight training, please consult with a qualified gym instructor so that you are well briefed in terms of using the equipment. Most important in strength training is to be sure that you maintain proper form at all times in order to prevent injury or strain.
This involves hiking steep outdoor trails, going up and down stairs or training on an inclined treadmill. In
the months leading up to the expedition, it would be important to do some long walks in the mountains.
Remember our summit day is likely to be 15 – 18 hours long, involving steep inclines and descents. On
our summit push, we will ascend about 900 vertical metres and descend about 900 vertical metres the
Remember: All of your training is geared towards giving you the strength and endurance to stand on the roof of the world and successfully get down again.