MAX. ALTITUDE: 8848m
It is truly an emotional moment standing on top of the world after all the time, effort and preparation that it takes to get here. The sense of relief and achievement on returning to base camp will stay with us forever. For many mountaineers, climbing Everest (8,848m) is the ultimate goal. We recognise that for most people, joining an expedition to climb the world’s highest mountain is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We climb Everest from the south side, via the south col route.
Generally, it is milder and less windy than the north side with less time spent at extreme altitude. On the way up we acclimatise on the likes of Island Peak or Lobuche to reduce the amount of time we spend in the Khumbu icefall. This makes the accliatisation phase more interesting and goes down well with our climbers. To be prepared to climb Everest, you will need to have a good grounding in mountaineering and climbed to at least 6,000m.
Climbing an 8,000m peak such as Cho Oyu (8,201m) or Manaslu (8,156m) before going to Everest is the ideal preparation, giving you the experience and confidence in your ability to operate at extreme altitude. You will need strong determination and dedication, as well as good physical fitness and health to reach the summit. Before heading out to Nepal we advocate team meetings with plenty of communication in the run up.
7 Great reasons to climb Mount Everest – South Col Route with 360 Expeditions.
1. This expedition show-cases our high standard of support you can expect in reaching the summit of any High Altitude objective
2. Expert Leadership: Our guides are mountain professionals who have impressive high altitude resumes. They not only have years of relevant training and the most up-to-date qualifications but have many years of field experience. Our guides and expeditions leader sole occupation is mountain and expedition work and they are paid industry wages. When it comes to summit day you can be assured that your 360 guide or expedition leader will make professional decisions and your safety will not be compromised by personal ambition or lack of experience. Further-more their sense of fun, passion and in-depth knowledge of Himalayan mountaineering history and Local culture and customs is infectious which adds immeasurably to your experience.
3. Safety: Naturally our western guides and expedition leaders are trained in the use of medical oxygen, Gamow bags and specialised wilderness first aid equipment and medicine which we take on all our itineraries. We also carry satellite phones and radios to ensure proper communications with the outside world and between camps. In-fact we are often the first port of call when other teams have an emergency on the mountain.
4. Strong Sherpa a. Professional logistical management: 360 Expeditions have enjoyed a long standing relationship with our local high altitude climbing support teams and base camp teams and consider each a good friend. We employ our teams on many other Himalayan expeditions and their high altitude experience and support is second to none. Our summit support is 1 to 1 climbing Sherpa to western climber. You could not be in more capable hands. Furthermore our teams are fun and approachable. We encourage our climbers to get to know them and discover their unique lifestyles, a point which often becomes an expedition highlight.
5. Facilities: Our professional base camp, cooking and porter team are dedicated to providing you with a service to ensure your summit success. Our modern expedition base-camp set up features;
• Climbers tents: individual “3 person” Ozark tents with foam mattress and closed cell foam pad
• A kitchen: staffed by our experienced expedition cooks who are trained in food preparation and strict hygiene standards to produce a varied and nutritious western menu. We use local fresh produce and meats and these are complimented by a huge selection of imported foods, snacks and round the clock hot drinks..
• A carpeted mess tent which houses large tables and padded chairs, a TV/DVD player to help sit out spells of bad weather and which functions as a social hub for team meetings, aperitif nights and games.
• Further facilities include a toilet tent and a shower tent.
6.Oxygen. We use the MaxOx option as standard for all our high altitude expeditions. To date there has been great progress in O2 delivery systems and we want to offer our climbers every possible advantage to summit Mt Everest. Our climbers will be carefully instructed to the use of these systems and will benefit from a generous allowance of O2 for their summit bid.
7. Professional office crew: From the second you hear about 360 Expeditions, our office staff are ready to help
you achieve your goal. You can continuously rely on our expertise and commitment when it comes to expedition advice, organising pre-expedition meetings with your team members, your bookings, flights, medical concerns, equipment, fitness plans and any last minute questions.