Chengdu - Lhasa - Xigatse- Xegar – Base Camp (BC) – Advanced Base Camp (ABC) - North Col (NC) - Summit – BC - Lhasa - Chengdu
We offer a full-service expedition and we provide our team members with:
- High-altitude Sherpas - 1.5 per member (3 Climbing Sherpas for every 2 members)
- Guides (Everest summiteers) - 1 guide for every 4-5 members
- Oxygen cylinders (Armatec) – 10 bottles per climber + 4 bottles per Sherpa.
- 2 sets (one spare) of oxygen mask + regulator (Summit Oxygen).
- A doctor in BC-ABC-NC
- Stationary radios in all camps and a walkie-talkie for each member.
- 4 fully equipped Camps: Basecamp (BC, 5100m), Intermediate Basecamp (IBC, 5800m), Advanced Basecamp (ABC, 6400m) and North Col (NC, 7000m)
- We provide sleeping bags and sleeping pads in Camps 5800m, 7000m, 7800m and 8300m.
- Out members have private tents in BC (large tent with full beds) and ABC.
- 2 fully equipped high-altitude Camps at 7800m and 8300m: with tents, sleeping bags & pads, gas-stoves, pans, gas cartridges, freeze-dried food, oxygen-cylinders. Everything is brought to these Camps by our expedition Sherpas
- Free access to e-mail, TV set, DVD, sauna in Basecamp 5100m
All our high-altitude Sherpas have Everest experience. They bring all team equipment and oxygen-cylinders to the high camps and join the team all the way from ABC to the summit.
Our expedition starts in Lhasa: you will arrive in Lhasa (3600m) and will stay there 2 nights. Then we will drive to Xigatse (3900m) and the next day to Xegar (4200m). We'll have one rest day in Xegar for acclimatization and the next day we'll drive to Everest BC (5200m).
After 2-3 days in BC, we will hike to IBC (5800m). The next day we proceed to ABC (6400m) where we pitch a camp similar to our BC.
Depending on the weather and the acclimatisation of the members, we might already spend a night in the North Col camp (7000m). Then we'll descend to BC and will rest for 3-4 days.
Then we will start again for ABC. By this time our Sherpas will have established Camp 2 (7700m). We will stay in North Col camp (7000m) and will attempt to reach Camp 2. In case we cannot do this due to bad weather or due to the lack of acclimatization, we will descend to ABC, have a short rest there, and then try to reach 7700m again.
After one night at 7700m, we go all the way down to BC and have a long rest there.
Meanwhile, our Sherpas will also establish Camp 3 (High Camp, 8300m). Around May 15-17 the whole team will move to ABC and there we'll wait for a spell of good weather (the "Weather Window") to start our summit bid.
Normally after one night at High Camp (8300m) and a summit attempt, you will have run out of strength and oxygen necessary for a second bid. So the most important thing is to assess as objectively as possible your stamina, both mental and physical, before your summit attempt.
Your personal high altitude Sherpa will stay with you all the time to guide you, carry your oxygen to the top (and will help you down if need be).
During every rest in BC, we also offer complimentary trips to the small Tibetan town Taschi Dzong at 4100m altitude to recover further if needed. We will provide transport and lodging, you can organize your own meals there.
We should return to Lhasa around May 26-27.
We plan to run this program every year, so, if you are interested in next year's expedition, please contact us for details.
Prices for friends, family and sponsors:
If you want, you can bring your family; they can join all the way to North Col! Or they can visit you in BC/ABC. The following prices are all inclusive from Lhasa.
North Col program (30 days) - 19,900 USD
ABC program (1 month and less) - 8800 USD
ABC program (2 months)- 10,000 USD
BC program (15 days and less) - 6000 USD
The 2 months program means that your relatives (or your sponsors) join the team for the whole program, so we all arrive and leave together. Joining the 1-month programs, your guests will have to leave earlier.
Climbing Everest is dangerous. No one can guarantee your safety at 7000m and much less at 8000m and over. So in our price, we include personal high altitude Sherpa-guides for the summit attempt in addition to shared 'Western' guides.
According to our long Everest experience, this is a must, especially if you have no previous experience in climbing above 8000m. A Sherpa-guide will enormously enhance your safety and chances of summiting successfully. He will guide you, carry your extra oxygen bottles (and help you down if need be).
Tips guidelines (important information!)
You entrust your life, health, your time and money to the guides. And the guides take this responsibility for you and for the success of the whole trip. They are doing this 24 hours per day.
10-20 USD per day is expected as the normal amount of tips for the Guides and the staff of the program. If you liked everything about the trip, please don't forget to thank them. You can give the tips directly to the Main Guide and he will distribute it among the staff; additionally, you can thank specific staff members.
Necessary travel papers (documents)
Travel Permit for visiting Tibet (we supply this in Chengdu).
Climbing permit for Everest (we supply this).
Chinas Visa for 60 days (you need to get this).
By air and by land
Airfare to Lhasa, via Chengdu (your responsibility)
Bus and truck for the loads Lhasa - BC
Bus for members and trucks for luggage and staff
Carrying loads above BC: yaks carry loads from BC to ABC and back. One yak (40 kg) per member from BC to ABC. Yaks carry your personal equipment.
High altitude Sherpas carry all expedition equipment above ABC. They make and dismantle the high camps and bring all the camping gear (including sleeping bags with foam pads), climbing gear, food and oxygen up and down to/from ABC to the high Camps.
All hotels in Tibet: in Lhasa, Xigatse and Xegar (double rooms, shared)
In BC and ABC - 1 private tent per member
High camps – 1 tent per 2-3 members
Breakfasts In the hotels (lunches and dinners are not included)
Meals in BC, IBC, ABC and NC – 3 times a day, prepared by Nepalese cooks with the help of Tibetan kitchen-boys on gas stoves in kitchen tents. In these camps you can get any amount of hot water for washing and boiled water for drinking. We eat in spacious and comfortable mess tents equipped with tables and chairs, even on North Col.
Food for the ascent – we provide special light-weight dehydrated food made by western companies and in the 2 high camps above NC your Sherpa will cook for you on gas stoves.
Expedition leader from "7 Summits Club" - experienced Everest summiteer.
Chinese liaison officer
3-4 Nepalese cooks: 1-3 for BC and 1-3 for ABC
Tibetan kitchen boys
High-altitude porters (Sherpas), all with Everest experience: 1,5 per member. They go with the team all the way form ABC to the summit
Guides – one for every 4-5 members
Doctor in BC
Health and medical insurance
There will be a doctor in BC. We provide a big expedition first aid kit with all the necessary first aid (only!) medicines, and we strongly recommend that you bring your own generic and specific ones you think you do or might need.
Medical insurance without altitude or 'dangerous sports' restrictions is a must!
Weather on Everest is very changeable. Every day we analyze different forecasts and use them to adjust our acclimatization and ascent schedules.
Extra nights in the hotels
Individual jeep transfer from BC - day price, paid in cash
Outing from BC to Shigar (4000m) for rest – paid in cash on the spot
Extra mask and regulator (1 set) - 700USD
Extra oxygen,per 4 liters cylinder - 600USD
Extra yak for personal equipment (40 kg maximum) from BC to ABC or from ABC to BC – 300 USD
In BC and in ABC we organize 220V with the help of generators and 12V with Solar panels with batteries.
Each member will have a possibility to charge any electronic device.
In Camps 5800m - 12 V with Solar panels and batteries
On the route we use radios with 144.00 frequency. All guides and Sherpas will have Walkie-Talkie and the camps have main stations.
There is GSM in Everest BC (mobile coverage at 1800 frequency) with 4G internet.
In Lhasa you will have a chance of buying local sim card of China Mobile
"Thuraya" satellite phone works fine nearly everywhere on the route.
We will arrange Wi-Fi with GPRS for shared use in BC
So please bring you own smartphone or tablet/laptop. Note that your device should have an SSD disk as many traditional hard disks tend to crash at altitude.
Possibility of renting personal equipment
Please let us know your wishes beforehand and we will send a quote. On the mountain the supply is limited.
On Everest climbers use 2 Base Camps – BC (5100m) and ABC (6500m). Hence it is advisable to have 2 sets of Base Camp equipment for Everest (e.g. – 2 sleeping bags so that you don’t have to carry your sleeping bag up and down).
The price includes some personal equipment:
- Oxygen Sets – 2 masks + 2 regulators + 10 oxygen cylinders (4L each)
- 1 Team jacket (windblock),
- 2 Team T-shirts.
Equipment needed for BC and ABC:
- Duffle bag
- Sleeping bag -2 (one for BC, one for ABC, we supply bags for the other camps)
- Personal items for washing
- Your Notebook
Technical Equipment for the ascent:
- Crampons (e.g. Grivel G12)
- Backpack 45-50 liters
- Self belay
- Carabiners with locks: 5 items
- Jumar (ascender)
- Ski/walking poles
- Thermosflask 1L
- Rappel device
- Ice Axe
- Head lamp with extra batteries
- Photo camera
Equipment for body and feet:
- Trekking shoes
- Boots rated for 8000m+ for example the "Everest" Millet type
- Down jacket + down trousers (or down suit/overall)
- Gore-tex jacket with wide hood
- Gore-tex trousers (better semi-overalls/bibs)
- Windblock jacket (we already supply one)
- Windblock trekking pants
- Fleece Jacket "Polartec - 100" - 2 items
- Warm underwear - 2-3 sets
- Personal underwear
- Polartec gloves – 2 pairs
- Thinsulate gloves
- Thinsulate mittens - 2 pairs
- Warm woolen socks - 4-5 pairs
- Warm hat
- Windblock face mask
- UV glasses, UV-400
- Ski goggles, UV-400