Everest North Side

from $44,995

This is your chance to summit the world’s tallest mountain without the crowds and without needing to cross the Khumbu Icefall!

 

  • Price
    $44,995
  • Duration
    60 Days Door to Door
  • Activity Level Extreme
    7/8
  • Elevation
    8848m | 29,028 ft.

Overview:

This route is not as popular as its southern counterpart, but does offer fewer crowds, a drive back down to Base Camp, easier technical climbing and a slightly shorter summit night.

That being said, the temperatures are colder and the winds harsher, the camps are based at higher elevations, and there is no possibility of a helicopter evacuation higher than Base Camp.

This is your chance to summit the world’s tallest mountain without the crowds and without needing to cross the Khumbu Icefall! Spend time experiencing the beauty of Tibet (and its people) while also enjoying the more technical and colder Northern terrain. Evacuation is also not possible higher than Base Camp, something to be considered when choosing which route to take to the summit.

Skill Level

As with the South side, technical experience is an absolute must with prior ascents of multiple 6,000 – 7,000 metres highly recommended. You need to be able to confidently and comfortably climb moderate rock, ice and snow terrain and be able to perform at altitude for multiple days in a row. Significant and prolonged training before the trip is vital – including cardiovascular, strength endurance, climbing-specific training and regular hiking.

The adventure package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included?Items that are included in the cost of package price.
  • All logistics up to the summit and back
  • Flights to and from Lhasa
  • Driving costs into and out of Base Camp
  • 4 hotel nights in Kathmandu
  • Customs clearances as required
  • Everest climbing permit
  • Group visa
  • Liaison Officer
  • Route fixing charges
  • Sirdar climbing Sherpa
  • Personal climbing Sherpa
  • Unlimited O2 per climber
  • Mask and regulator set
  • Sufficient O2 for each of the climbing Sherpas
  • Porters and yaks for load carrying to Base Camp and Advanced Base Camp
  • Excess baggage on the Lhasa flight
  • Experienced cooks and kitchen boys
  • High quality single tent in Base Camp and Advanced Base Camp, with mattress
  • High quality dining tent in Base Camp and Advanced Base Camp with heating and carpeting
  • All kitchen and camping gear above Base Camp
  • Comfortable toilet facilities in Base Camp and Advanced 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 and other beverages available all day
  • Imported high altitude freeze dried food for camps above Advanced Base Camp
  • Gas and 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
  • Solar panels and generator in Base Camp for recharging batteries
  • Internet facilities
  • 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
  • Half day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
What is not included?Items that are not included in the cost of package price.
  • International travel
  • All personal climbing gear
  • Emergency evacuation
  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and summit bonus. (Please check with the office regarding our recommended gratuity.)
  • Personal medical expenses, medical and evacuation insurance
  1. Day 1 Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

    Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

  2. Day 2 Expedition briefing, preparation of equipment and welcome dinner.

    Expedition briefing, preparation of equipment and welcome dinner.

  3. Day 3 Half-day city tour of Kathmandu and last minute shopping. Evening at leisure.

    Half-day city tour of Kathmandu and last minute shopping. Evening at leisure.

  4. Day 4 Fly to Lhasa and transfer to hotel.

    Fly to Lhasa and transfer to hotel.

  5. Day 5 Spend the day exploring Lhasa.

    Spend the day exploring Lhasa.

  6. Day 6 Drive to Shigatse and overnight.

    Drive to Shigatse and overnight.

  7. Day 7 Drive to Shigar and overnight.

    Drive to Shigar and overnight.

  8. Day 8 Acclimatization day in Shigar and overnight.

    Acclimatization day in Shigar and overnight.

  9. Day 9 Drive to Tingri and overnight.

    Drive to Tingri and overnight.

  10. Day 10 Acclimatization day in Tingri.

    Acclimatization day in Tingri.

  11. Day 11 Drive to Everest Base Camp.

    Drive to Everest Base Camp.

  12. Day 12 Expedition preparation in Base Camp.

    Expedition preparation in Base Camp.

  13. Day 13 - 58 Climbing period on Everest.

    Climbing period on Everest.

  14. Day 59 Drive to Shigar and overnight.

    Drive to Shigar and overnight.

  15. Day 60 Drive to Lhasa and overnight.

    Drive to Lhasa and overnight.

  16. Day 61 Fly to Kathmandu, transfer to hotel and celebration dinner.

    Fly to Kathmandu, transfer to hotel and celebration dinner.

  17. Day 62 At leisure in Kathmandu

    At leisure in Kathmandu

  18. Day 63 International departures.

    International departures.

Gear List:

The emphasis on equipment necessary for mountain travel follows two simple tenets: lightweight and functional. The items you choose to take should be lightweight, dependable, and adaptable to a variety of extreme conditions. The quality of the equipment you choose has a lot to do with how warm, dry, and safe you will remain, so be critical of quality and the proper fit of clothing. Comfort lends itself to a more enjoyable experience!

The layering system outlined below is usually sufficient for most people, but if you tend to be colder, bring one extra medium layer (such as a vest), which will be ideal for extra warmth around camp. When making the final decision as to what goes into your pack, remember that it’s a fine art of taking just enough clothes and accessories to do the job, while not over-burdening yourself with items you probably will not use.

Cotton clothing must be avoided because it dries very slowly and is a poor insulator when wet. Instead, choose wool or synthetic fabrics that “wick” the sweat and moisture away from your skin to keep you much warmer.

 

CLIMBING EQUIPMENT:

  • Jumar – one right or left
  • Climbing Harness
  • Ice axe with leash
  • Crampons
  • Anti-balling plates
  • Crampon rubber protectors
  • Walking sticks
  • Prussic loops
  • 3 Screwgate Carabiners
  • 3 Regular Carabiners
  • 3 Slings
  • Figure of 8 / rappel device

 

FOOTWEAR:

  • Double-layered boots – Millets / La Sportiva
  • Trekking boots
  • Running shoes
  • Thongs / Sandals
  • Gaiters
  • Spare boot laces for trekking boots
  • 4 Expedition socks
  • 4 Trekking socks
  • 4 Liner socks
  • Toe warmers
  • Booties

 

TECHNICAL CLOTHING:

  • Downsuit
  • Down jacket
  • Gortex longs
  • Gortex shell
  • Salopets
  • 2 Trekking pants
  • 3 Thermal underwear – tops & bottoms
  • Normal underwear
  • 3 Long-sleeved trekking shirts
  • Thermal suit – optional
  • 3 Short-sleeved technical shirts
  • Soft shell jacket
  • Hard shell jacket
  • 2 Polartec longs
  • 2 Polartec long-sleeved tops

  

HANDWEAR:

  • 2 Mitts
  • 2 Polartec gloves
  • 2 Silk glove liners
  • Hand warmers

 

HEADWEAR:

  • Balaclava – heavyweight
  • Balaclava – lightweight
  • Neoprene facemask – optional
  • Woollen hat / beanie
  • Woollen scarf
  • 2 Head torches – plus spare batteries
  • Sun hat
  • Cap
  • Goggles – 100% UV & IR
  • Sunglasses – with side covers

 

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT:

  • Expedition backpack – 80 litre
  • Trekking backpack – 50 litre
  • Sleeping bag – minus 40˚C
  • Sleeping bag – minus 15˚C
  • 2 Sleeping bag liners x2
  • 3 Compression bags x3
  • Self-inflatable mattress
  • Closed cell foam pad
  • Pillow / cushion
  • Toiletries
  • Towel
  • 2 Thermos flask x2
  • Thermos mug
  • Knife, fork, spoon
  • Nalgene bowl
  • Leatherman multi-tool
  • Pocketknife
  • 2 Water bottles with insulation
  • 2 Large karrimor plastic bags
  • 4 Medium karrimor plastic bags
  • Pee bottle / funnel
  • Duct tape
  • Baby wipes
  • 10 Zip-lock bags
  • Sunscreen – maximum SPF
  • Protective cream for lips – maximum SPF
  • Whistle
  • Ear plugs
  • Hand sanitizer

 

TRAVELLING GEAR:

  • 3 Large waterproof duffel bags
  • Locks
  • Shorts & t-shirts
  • Mobile phone & charger
  • Books
  • Passport & travel documents
  • 8 Passport photos for visas
  • Certified copies of all travel documentation
  • Currency / credit cards
  • Pens & pencils
  • Journal (optional)
  • Reading glasses (optional)
  • Camera equipment
  • Battery chargers
  • International adaptors
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Playing cards (optional)
  • Clean clothes for travelling home

 

FIRST AID:

  • Personal First Aid Kit
  • Medication / Prescriptions
  • Energy drinks
Visas and Training.
Visas & Vaccinations:

Visas

Visas are required in China controlled Tibet. These are issued on a group basis and will be organized by Adventures Global.

 

Vaccinations

The following vaccinations are suggested:

  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Typhoid
  • Tetanus-Diphtheria- Re-vaccination recommended every 10 years
Training Guide:

This training information is intended as a guideline and should be used as such. If you are unsure about anything, please chat to us!

Most importantly, before you embark on any exercise program, please consult your doctor or exercise physiologist to make sure that you are ready for the increased workload.

A focused training program should begin 3 – 4 months before the trip, but working on your base fitness before that is important as it lays a good foundation for the harder work that will follow.

 

Physical Conditioning

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 trek. 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.

 

Cardiovascular Conditioning

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 used most in your activity, including lower back, calves, hamstrings, hips and quadriceps.

 

Strength Conditioning

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 scree 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.

 

Climbing Conditioning

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 is important to do some long walks in the mountains.  Remember that out summit push is likely to be 15 – 18 hours long, involving steep ascents and descents. On our summit push, we will ascend about 900 vertical metres and descend about 900 vertical metres on the same day!

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 back down again.

Both come with pros and cons. The South side has the dangerous of the Khumbu Icefall where most deaths have occurred since 2000. The north is slightly more difficult and can get colder and have more snow than the south. Finally, the ladders in the Khumbu Icefall are only maintained until the end of May, thereby ending the summit season. There is no such deadline on the north, and climbers can stay as long as the weather holds for a summit push.

Overall Rating
5/5
Andy, Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed On 19/04/2019
5/5

The Adventures Global team, logistics and leadership were outstanding the year I climbed with them. They were flexible with how they handled their climbing strategy and were able to accommodate my need to want to push earlier than the rest of the team. This contributed a huge amount to my success. Thank you Ronnie Muhl. You and your team were extremely professional and a huge amount of fun to climb with.

Mike, Cape Town, South Africa
Reviewed On 19/04/2019
5/5

This was a very hard mountain to climb. What an ordeal. But, when you rise to the challenge and succeed, it is very special. Very special indeed. There is no way that I would have been able to do it without the staff and logistics of Adventures Global. Thank you for making my dream come true

LEAVE YOUR COMMENT