via the South Col
P7 - You will be pushed physically to the limit and then beyond. Long and arduous preparation is required before this expedition. Expect to be carrying pack weights up to 25kg. Be prepared for very long, sustained days with hours well into double figures on a regular basis. Discomfort to achieve your goal is to be expected.
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T6 - Expect punchy sections of more technical rock climbing or prolonged Alpine climbing at Scottish Winter III or Alpine AD. Good skills on rock or ice is paramount.
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Date & Prices
Pics & Vids
Mount Everest, 8,848m. Emotionally overwhelming, consuming exhilaration mixed with utter relief, the knowledge that for a few minutes you have the entire planet beneath your feet. To stand on the summit of Mount Everest is to be on top of the world in every possible meaning of the term. For all climbers it is the magnificent achievement, a crowning glory in a lifetime of adventure.
To have the greatest chance of realising this ambition your preparation must be thorough and dedicated and you’ll need the very best support available: seamless organisation, state-of-the-art facilities and equipment and your Western guide and Sherpa team at the very top of their game. Mount Everest looks for your weakest link, testing you mentally and physically to the limit. But its rewards are priceless and enduring.
This itinerary climbs Mount Everest from the South side in Nepal, which offers shorter climbs between camps, a faster summit bid and an exhilarating approach through the stunning yet creaking and groaning Khumbu Icefall. For this serious expedition it pays to stack all the odds in your favour. As George Mallory once said: ‘One must know the end to be convinced that one can win the end – to know there’s no dream that mustn’t be dared.’Find out more
Date & Prices
We currently have no scheduled dates for this expedition, however if you give the office a call on 0207 1834 360 it would be easy for us to get this up and running.
- Price is based on group of 4
- 4 nights in Kathmandu (2 at the start and 2 at the end) including breakfast
- 1 pre-expedition dinner
- All food whilst on expedition, Lukla to Lukla
- All camping equipment except that noted in the kit list
- All mountain related permits for climbers and Sherpas
- All Sherpa wages, insurance and associated costs (except tips)
- All accommodation whilst on the trek
- All local transfers and internal flight to/from Lukla
- 7 bottles of oxygen per climber plus mask and regulator
- Celebration meal
- 15% discount at Cotswold Outdoor
- Monthly payment plan, on request
- $750 – $1,000 summit bonus for your 1:1 guide
- Helicopter back to Lukla / Kathmandu
- Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
- Personal equipment
- Medical and personal high-risk insurance
- International air ticket
- Tips for local and western guides
- Camp Wifi and satellite phone calls (charged at £3/ minute)
- Items of a personal nature; phone calls, laundry, room service, alcoholic beverages etc.
- Any additional costs associated with leaving the expedition early
Pics & Vids
DAY 1 : Depart UK
Depart London. Today the expedition really starts.
DAY 2 : Arrive in Kathmandu
Arrive in Kathmandu and check in to a top-class hotel located in the heart of Kathmandu where we are met by an amazing blend of cultures, religions and people. During the rest of the day you will have an opportunity to settle after your flight. The evening will entail a comprehensive brief by your 360 Leader on the adventure you are about to experience. Dinner in Kathmandu.
DAY 3 : Expedition preperation
Today is all about preparation for the expedition ahead with a comprehensive briefing by your Everest leader and a full kit check. Any additional items needed can be bought locally in a number of shops that we would recommend. Dinner locally
DAY 4 : Lukla (2,800m) – Phakding (2,610m)
An early morning flight into Lukla, from where we begin our trek into the Khumbu region. The views from the plane are amazing, providing dramatic scenes of terraced hills and the distant Himalayan giants. After landing we meet our ground crew and begin a 3-4 hour trek to Phakding, our night’s resting place.
DAY 5 : Namche Bazaar (3,400m)
We continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing this roaring river on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering Sagamartha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views to Namche Bazaar, the gateway to the Khumbu region.
DAY 6 : Namche Bazaar
Today is an acclimatisation day in Namche Bazaar. Namche is the Sherpa capital and a bustling settlement crammed with markets and traditional Sherpa houses. We will leave on an early morning hike to the Sherpa museum from where we can see views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse (the 4th highest peak in the world) and the beautiful Ama Dablam.
The Sherpa Museum houses an exhibit on traditional Sherpa lifestyles and a fabulous photography display. We are back at the teahouse in time for lunch and the rest of the day is yours to relax and wander around checking out the shops and amazing bakeries.
DAY 7 : Deboche (3,770m)
From Namche Bazaar, we trek along the contours of the hills, with amazing views into the deep and lush valleys below. Our route will take us through Thyangboche, the spiritual centre of the Khumbu. At Thyangboche resides a famous monastery. Inside the monastery are incredibly ornate wall hangings, a giant sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. We may spend some time here checking out the coffee and apple crumble before our trek continues downhill into rhododendron forests, taking us to our secluded tea house at Deboche.
DAY 8 : Dingboche (4,300m)
The trek continues along the roaring glacial waters of the Dudh Kosi with magnificent views of the mountains. We cross another exciting suspension bridge on the Imja Khola, and climb to Pangboche amongst thousands of Mani stones.
From Pangboche the route winds high above the valley floor, passing through various Sherpa settlements until we reach our resting place for the next couple of days, Dingboche.
DAY 9 : Dingboche (4,300m)
Acclimatisation day. This will be a valuable day to allow our bodies to adjust to the rarefied atmosphere now we have gone above 4,000m. There is the option of a 2-3 hour climb up a nearby ridge for a wider variety of photos and the spectacular 6,000m peaks of Tawoche, Cholatse, Island Peak and the 8,000m wall of Lhotse. On a clear day one may see Mount Makulu, another giant above 8,000m and the 5th highest mountain in the world.
DAY 10 : Lobuche (4,900m)
From Dingboche the trail traverses through farmlands and meadows. We will stop in Thukla, (4,570m) for lunch before continuing along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. Today we pass by the stone memorials to climbers who have died on the mountains around us. Look carefully to find touching memorials to famous mountaineers. We follow the trail to Lobuche and our tea house just below the terminal moraine of the tributary glacier.
DAY 11 : Gorak Shep (5,410m) and Kala Patthar (5,550m)
An early morning start brings us closer to our two objectives. We wind our way through the terminal moraine of the Khumbu glacier to our tea house at Gorak Shep, situated at the base of Kala Patthar. This was the original Base Camp used by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay on their successful ascent of Everest in 1953, before the Base Camp moved closer to the mountain on the edge of the Khumbu Icefall.
From Gorak Shep we ascend the non-technical Kala Patthar (5,550m) and are rewarded for our efforts by unbeatable views. From this lofty perch we can clearly see the summit of Mount Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and Ama Dablam. This is simply an amazing panorama and we’ll allow ample time to savour the rewards of your efforts.
DAY 12 : Everest Base Camp (5,346m)
We get our first look at what will be our home for the next six weeks. Everest Base Camp is situated on the Khumbu glacier at high of 5,346m. All the Mt Everest climbers and their support teams, including us when we come back from our Lobuche East ascent, assemble here for their Everest attempts. A bustling temporary tented village just for the short climbing season where we can feel a real sense of excitement and anticipation.
DAY 13 : Gorak Shep to Lobuche (4,940m)
Today we retrace our footsteps down the Khumbu valley to Lobuche village. This will take around 3 hours. We arrive by mid morning and settle back in to our familiar surroundings. After lunch we check our climbing gear and repack for our kit to be taken up to high camp. If we are feeling sprightly an optional climb of the moraine wall of the Khumbu glacier to get a good view of our goal over the next couple of days.
DAY 14 : Lobuche to Lobuche East high camp (5,800m)
An early start sees us begin our ascent of Lobuche. The route crosses glacier debris and bypasses the Lobuche base camp where we don’t need to rest as we’ll be amply acclimatised. The aim today is to get into Lobuche high camp which should take around 4 – 5 hours of climbing from Lobuche village. Camping tonight.
DAY 15 : Summit (6,119m), return to Lobuche or High Camp
Today we’ll be gunning to the top of one of the most spectacular trekking peaks in the Khumbu valley. Our route skirts alongside a glacier on a rocky ridge before traversing a steepening snow slope up to the summit ridge. This part is the most spectacular section of the climb as the views of many familiar mountains in both Tibet and Nepal open up to us. We will be using fixed lines to help ascend the trickier sections (PD+) and will descend back down to either Lobuche high camp or Lobuche village depending on our energy levels. Today is a long but hugely rewarding day!
DAY 16 : Contingency day
Contingency day for summit and descent back to Lobuche village or if we reached the summit yesterday for descending back to Lobuche village.
DAY 17 : Lobuche (4,911m)
Today we’ll spend 2 – 3 hours descending to Pangboche where we’ll stay in a luxurious lodge to rest from our Lobuche ascent and to get ready for the ascent of Mount Everest.
DAY 18-21 : Return to Base Camp
Base Camp will be our home for up to 6 weeks. Temperatures will fluctuate from the mid twenties during the day down to minus 10 at night and anywhere in between so being comfortable is key. A relaxed attitude is our friend from now on, we will take each day as it comes and act according as to the weather, our health, strength and where we are at with our acclimatisation rotations. It’s all about the long haul from here on in.
The route will already have been fixed by the Ice Doctors through the icefall who then manage the route to summit until the end of the season, line fixing higher up commences when we have had our Puja ceremonies at EBC and the Ice Doctors and Sherpas are happy to head higher up.
DAY 22-41 : Acclimatisation rotations
We will head up and down the mountain, gradually gaining height on each rotation with a few days rest in between climbs. As we will be well acclimatised to above 6,000m before we get to EBC from climbing Lobuche East we should be able to do 2 – 3 rotations before the summit push but flexibility is key.
Having been up into the icefall on a number of occasions, our first rotation will take us all the way to Camp 1 (6,100m) for one night and then onto Camp 2 (6,400m) for two nights. We then head back down to EBC and rest.
The second rotation will see us heading up a little higher via Camp 1 and 2 to Camp 3 on the Lhotse Face at 7,400m and again we descend to EBC for slightly more oxygen and much needed rest. Each rotation allows our bodies to get used to the ever more rarefied air as we head higher. Breathing becomes increasingly laboured as the available oxygen decreases significantly with each 1,000m gained in altitude. The heat of the day can reach 30℃ and then drop to -30℃ overnight, quite an assault on the body over and above the energy expenditure and sleepless nights.
Loss of appetite, periodic breathing, nausea and headaches are all common attributes of altitude gain the higher you go but is easily rectified with good management.
We will stay off oxygen for as long as possible and will only get on the O2 once we head above Camp 3 for the final summit push. The higher you are acclimatised without oxygen the better but this does need to be balanced with giving your body the best possible run up to summit.
We can be climbing for anything from 3 – 8 hours a day, depending on the section of the mountain. Distances are not great however our speed will get increasingly slower, maybe a quarter or less of normal walking pace and still that will be hard work.
DAY 42-60 : Summit Phase – Everest
We will have been watching the weather forecasts very closely throughout our rotations but even more importantly now so that we can plan our summit phase. Once we’ve had the all clear and are happy that we have a good weather window we retrace our steps back up to Camp 3 over a period of 2 or 3 days and on leaving C3 we will begin using oxygen for the first time. Thereafter the route to the South Col takes us through the Yellow Band, a loose band of limestone, and crosses a short snow field then moves up to the Geneva Spur before finally taking us into the broad South Col, Camp 4 at 7,950m, or thereabouts!
This day from C3 to C4 should take around 6 hours and with an early morning start, we hope to arrive in camp by midday after which we will spend the rest of the day resting and trying to relax. Climbers rarely stay longer than half a day at C4 due to the harsh and unforgiving nature of this high altitude environment. Our plan is to leave camp at around 10pm and aim to reach the summit at sunrise. That’s the plan, what actually happens will unveil on the day.
We will leave camp and cross the South Col, heading up a 30° slope to the narrow South East Ridge, gradually climbing higher and higher until we reach The Balcony after around 4 hours. Here we will make our first swap of oxygen and take a rest, eating and drinking a little before heading onto the South Summit at 8,476m, following a narrow traverse to the infamous Hilary Step. From this 12m spur we only have another 40 minutes (or so) of walking along a wide ridge before we hit the summit. Total time from South Col Camp to summit 8 – 10 hours. We then retrace our steps back to Camp 4 (South Col) which will take another 4 hours or so. These times are not a climber’s focus but what we aim for. Weather and numbers on the hill will dictate what is achievable.
After a short rest and water replenishment we head down the Lhotse face back to C2, resting for the night before descending in the early hours of the morning back to base camp for a well earned day off!
DAY 61-63 : Trek down to Lukla
A very well trodden path for us and possibly a very slow trek, depending on how we feel!
DAY 64 : Kathmandu
Today we will return back to Kathmandu.
DAY 65 : Kathmandu
Today we will spend the day in Kathmandu with a possible late flight home.
DAY 66 : Arrive UK
Unless departed on the night flight yesterday today you will leave KTM on the early morning flight back to the UK.
A flexible and relaxed outlook is essential for this expedition. Our itinerary can change from Base Camp upwards on a daily basis and nothing is fixed in stone. Going in with this approach will reap rewards for you both physically and mentally and is the only way to get through a huge expedition such as this.
Bags & Packs
We normally pack all our equipment in two large duffel bags. (90-120L capacity) Make sure they are well labeled with indelible ink as well as a travel tag. The duffels go on the trek/climb with you and will be carried by porters and yaks. Expect for them to get wet and muddy, so rugged, waterproof tarpaulin duffels are good. Bags with wheels are nice for the airport, but the porters and yaks don’t like to carry them, so don’t bring wheeled bags (or at least not two of them)
Medium size internal frame pack (60 – 80L capacity). Look for a pack that is comfortable to carry, very durable, as light as is reasonable and one which has a minimum number of gadgets and fripperies to break
A smaller rucksack makes a great carry-on bag for your flight and is useful during the trek for smaller walks on acclimatisation days, or once back in town
Nylon rolltop bags (or even just large plastic bags) that keep fresh clothing and other important items like passports and iPods dry in the event of a total downpour that seeps into your kitbag. Good for quarantining old socks
Small kit bag or light bag
This is for any kit you intend to leave at the hotel and could even simply be a heavy duty plastic bag
For use on your kit bag for travel and on the expedition plus your hotel bag
5 Season sleeping bag
5-season sleeping bag with a comfort rating of -40C is essential. Down is lighter but more expensive than synthetic and ratings vary between manufacturers
Lighter rated sleeping bag
A lighter rated sleeping bag (-15C) for BC
A full length rather than ¾ length ‘self-inflating’ Thermarest or Mammut
Sleeping bag liner
These liners can be fleece or silk. They can increase the warmth of the sleeping bag and help to keep it clean
This can be a warm hat, beanie, balaclava, anything to reduce the heat loss from your head
Wide brimmed hat
Keeps the sun off exposed areas like ears and the nape of the neck
Category 4 wrap around style is highly recommended. These sunglasses allow for the highest available protection against harmful UV light found at altitude and from glare from snow and sand surfaces. Worth spending money on good UV filters. Julbo is our preferred supplier
For contact lens wearers, ski goggles with light color lenses (for use at night) might be useful in windy conditions. Ski goggles are essential for all climbers in really stormy conditions and can serve as an emergency back up for broken or lost sunglasses
Essential for protection from the sun and dust
Buy the highest SPF you can find as altitude intensifies the UV. Use tubes small enough to fit in your pocket for regular reapplication or consider high factor single application
Sunscreen generally doesn’t work on your lips so it’s important to also have high factor lipsalve
This is the layer closest to the skin and its principal function is to draw (wick) moisture and sweat away from the skin. You can also get thermal base layers for use at higher altitudes that provide an additional insulative layer while still drawing sweat during times of high exertion
These are typically lightweight microfleeces or similar technology that provide varying degrees of warmth and insulation without being overly bulky or heavy to pack
Optional – A great low volume additional layer to keep your core warm, whether down, primaloft or fleece
A good Goretex Hardshell jacket with sealed seams provides effective defence against wind and rain as your outermost layer. This should be big enough to fit over your other layers
Light insulated jacket
A lighter jacket such as a Primaloft or lightweight down which can be worn at lower to mid altitudes is a great addition to your kit offering greater flexibility with layering
These provide the best insulation and are worth every penny. Ask advice in the shop (or from us) when buying the jacket and mention you want it rated to -25C and the assistant will recommend the correct fill for you
These should be windproof (not all are) and insulative. They are mostly made of soft polyester and sometimes resemble a neoprene finish which makes them very mobile and comfortable to wear. While offering a degree of weather repellence, they are not waterproof
Polartec or windproof fleece. Leather or abrasion resistant palms handle the fixed lines better. Leather gloves or good abrasion resistant climbing glove for the rock sections
Ski or climbing gloves
A warm insulated glove with leather palm will be worn a lot
A great addition to fit over your down mitts high up or gloves lower down for an added windproof or waterproof layer, especially as down ceases to work when it gets wet and takes a long time to dry. Synthetic fill
High altitude down mitts
Worn over liners for summit days on all 6,000m plus expeditions. Mitts provide more warmth than finger gloves. For extreme cold down or prima loft fill is recommended
It is highly recommended to wear a full down suit, rather than a combination of a down jacket and trousers for summit day
These tend to be polyester so they dry quickly after a shower and weigh little in your pack. Consider perhaps a pair with detachable lower legs as an alternative to shorts
Softshell windproof or thermal lined mid weight trekking trousers can be worn with thermal leggings OR Primaloft over a pair of thermal leggings are both good options for higher altitudes. All depends on your budget
Waterproof overtrousers or salopettes. Like the jacket, an essential piece of kit to stay dry and should also be Goretex or breathable, to fit over your summit trousers if needed
For summit day – or a full down suit
To be worn underneath trekking trousers or thicker trousers for high up
Merino or wicking material, not cotton. How many pairs you take is entirely up to you
High altitude boots
Essential on all our high altitude expeditions as they are the only way to avoid frostbite. Commonly known as ‘plastics’ these boots are double or triple layered to offer the best insulation and the warmest feet up high. Ranging from Scarpa Phantom 8000 to Millet Everest to La Sportiva Olympus Mons depending on your budget. Make sure that your boots fit with 2 pairs of socks for added warmth and with room to wiggle your toes. Avoid trying to break in the boots by training in them, they will break you! Wear them around the house to get used to the weight and feel instead
To go over your plastics if they are not integrated
3-4 season walking boots
To use for your trek at lower altitudes. 3-4 season waterproof boots with mid to high ankle support and should be well worn in before the expedition
Single layer or wearing 2 pairs is a personal choice and lighter weight merino wool is a good option
High altitude socks
These socks are a grade heavier than mountaineering socks and can be thick wool or the modern trend is to build in primaloft barriers around the toes etc. Save a clean pair for summit day
High altitude inner socks
Lighter weight inner socks, Merino wool is advisable
Just in case
A plastic helmet is more suitable rather than the expanded foam helmets available. Make sure you try it on in the shop with a woolly hat underneath
Make sure the buckle is easy for you to thread in cold conditions! Gear loops will be useful for this trip as well as adjustable leg
HMS Locking karabiners
Large locking HMS pear shaped carabiners
Left or right handed, your choice
Figure of 8
Figure of 8 descender
Back up descending device
1.5m of 5mm cord – to be used as a prusik loop
12 point mountaineering crampons with anti-balling plates that fit your specific plastic boots (not ice climbing crampons)
A walking ice axe between 55cm and 65cm. Go to an outdoor shop and try different ones for weight and size so that you get one that feels good to you
Essential for high up the mountain when we are load carrying as well as descending
3L equivalent – a good combination is a Platypus/Camelbak plus 2 x 1L Nalgene bottles. Platypus for use before the water starts to freeze at higher camps!
Purification tablets are better than any other system. Highly unlikely to be needed. Always good to have in your bag
Travel towels from the likes of Lifesystems are perfect
Preferably biodegradable, these are great for washing when modern shower facilities become a thing of the past
A must have for good camp hygiene
Provided on the mountain but a spare in your daysack may be useful if you need to hide behind a rock between camps
Nappy sacks or dog poo bags
Only needed to bag your toilet paper if you are caught short in between camps and for keeping your rubbish tidy in your tent
For early stages and once back down
Keep it simple on the mountain. Essentials are toothbrush, toothpaste and deodorant. Moisturiser is advisable, everything else is a luxury!
Keep this in your daypack
Personal first aid kit
The 360 med kits are designed to be used in emergencies and akin to an A&E rather than a pharmacy on Expeditions so please come prepared with useful meds for yourself such as painkillers (Ibuprofen if you can take it and a Paracetamol) plus blister plasters, plasters, antiseptic, rehydration sachets and any muscle rubs you wish to use.
A great addition for hot drinks at the higher camps
Small thermal flask
May be nice on summit night when it’s cold
Pee bottle (+ optional Shewee for the girls!)
A good idea if you are storm bound at higher camps. A 1ltr Nalgene bottle is a good option but do make sure you label it appropriately!
Bring plenty of spare batteries and memory cards. The mountain can be dusty to some sort of camera protective bag is advisable
We recommend Petzl head torches. Bring spare batteries.
You will be fed very well and given snacks each day however we advise bringing a small selection as a little bit of comfort. For summit night it’s always good to have a few extra chunky bars for that extra boost. Energy gels and protein bars are not suitable
Hand and foot warmers
For summit day
Don’t forget this! Your passport should have at least 6 months validity. With your passport expiry date at least six months after the final day of travel.
Copy of passport
Scan of passport picture page sent to 360 prior to departure
Passport photos x 4
We need these to obtain your climbing and trekking permits
Obtained in UK or at Kathmandu airport on arrival
Dental check up
We recommend you have a dental check-up before your trip. New fillings can be an issue at altitude if there is an air pocket left in the gap
Money for tipping (see FAQ’s)
Copy of own travel insurance details. And relevant contact numbers. We recommend looking into deals offered by True Traveller , the BMC, Austrian Alpine Club or similar insurers. Team members should take out private insurance that covers you against cancellation due to medical or personal reasons and it is important that the insurance contains coverage for medical evacuations.
Many other insurance providers are available and we do recommend that you shop around to get the best cover for you on the expedition you are undertaking. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the appropriate insurance for your intended trip. To include: medical evacuation and coverage up to the maximum altitude of this trip. Please contact the office if you have any queries on insurance for this expedition. We are happy to help.
Who is the guiding team composed of?
The company directors assigned to join you on our high-altitude expeditions have a background in leading expeditions of this nature which is world class.
Rolfe (who is leading the 360 Cho Oyu Expedition in 2018 and the 360 Mount Everest Expedition in 2019) has lead expeditions to four of the 8000-meter peaks: Mount Everest, 2007, 2015 and 2016. Lhotse (un-successful) 2016. Manaslu, 2013 and Cho Oyu (two summits in 24 hours) in 2016. Furthermore, he was Expedition Leader on 5 unsupported, technically difficult 7,000m peaks and has guided more than seventy 6,000m peaks. The key word here is guided. Leading an expedition of this calibre demands a thorough familiarity of not only the mountains unique complexities but also a complete understanding of a client’s individual requirements. With over 25 years’ experience in this leadership role it is safe to say that Rolfe has what it takes to confidently deal with the demands this career entails.
Raj, supporting as an expert high-altitude medical professional from the UK, has summited Cho Oyo and Mount Everest with his own self-sufficient expeditions and has completed the coveted 7 Summits also completely un-supported. On six out of these seven he has worked in a leadership capacity and on Mount Everest he acted as the expedition medical officer.
What is the Guide and Sherpa support on the mountain?
Both Rolfe and Raj spend many months a year climbing in the Himalaya and have established a close rapport with our ground crews. For the initial weeks of the climbing phase the Sherpas task will be to aid the team in establishing camps and assisting your effort by carrying all communal camping, cooking and some of your luggage to the higher camps (C1 to C3). You will be accompanied daily by your Expedition leader. For summit day every single climber will be accompanied by their own summit Sherpa. We work as a close group of friends and climbers are closely involved in the decision-making process.
Is there a Base Camp manager?
We have a Sirdar and a 360 Expedition leader at BC and at ABC to oversee every aspect of the expedition. A Sirdar is the camp manager who ensures the smooth running of the expedition logistics and oversees the Sherpa team and porters. It is his role to assure that your local team is getting all the support they need to do the work necessary to help you climb the mountain. He works closely with the 360 Expedition leaders to support the climbing team to the best of their abilities. Their combined experience is huge and ensures you have the best chance at reaching the summit.
Food and Water
What will we eat at Base Camp?
All meals at Base Camp and Camp 2 are of the highest possible standards. In fact considering that our cooks have to produce the best possible meals in a wilderness setting using only the most basic of facilities the meals they produce are nothing short of miracle. The meals are always fresh, nutritious and varied. We ensure that dietary preferences are met and that the best local ingredients are used. The underlying aim is to provide you with tasty interesting meals that are nutritionally balanced to refuel hungry bodies and to replenish stores for the next day of activity.
Clients are invited to bring along any of their favourite snacks and goodie bags from home as they are expensive to buy once on the trek.
What about showers?
There are even hot showers at Base Camp.
At Base Camp, does each team member have their own sleeping tent?
At Base Camp each person will have their own tent so you can enjoy a bit of your own space, store your gear, and relax. Tent sharing will become necessary at the higher camps.
Tent sharing is important as most altitude related illnesses develop at night. Having a tent buddy helps team members look after each other as well as develop a stronger bond between team members.
Will my kit be safe in BC when I climb?
Yes, your kit is safe in your tent but we do advise to bring locks for your kit bags when flying which can be used on your bags in your tents to be doubly sure.
At Camp 2 do we have a mess tent and cook?
We have a cook and kitchen facilities at Camp 2. At C1 and this camp you will be expected to use gas stoves to boil water to cook the “boil in the bag” meals and melt sufficient ice to serve as drinking water for the following day. The ready meals are of the highest standard and come in a huge variety of flavours. Appetite is likely to be reduced as we ascend higher but we aim to cater for every personal taste with a variety of meals to encourage essential fuel loading!
What happens to toilet waste?
Sanitary toilet Facilities will be provided at both BC and ABC. The waste is carried out on yaks or porters and disposed of according to current sanitation and health regulations. Above ABC basic toilet facilities are provided. Fortunately, your need to use the toilet will be less frequent at altitude. You will need to bring up sufficient toilet paper from ABC to cater for your individual requirements.
Health and Safety
How much Oxygen is allocated to me?
7 to 8 cylinders with delivery system which is above average for an Everest ascent.
What specialised Kit is needed?
You will be familiar with all the high altitude clothing and equipment needed for climbing Mount Everest from having previously been to high altitude on other mountains. Having prior high altitude experience is a requirement before being accepted on this expedition. The only exception to this may be the use of oxygen systems which will be explained and practiced thoroughly at base camp and lower on the mountain before it is being used at high altitude. If you have specific questions about equipment or clothing than don’t hesitate to contact the office prior to leaving on the expedition.
What luxuries should I take with me?
Most modern luxuries can be found in Kathmandu and Namche. Bring books as well as a Kindle as these can be shared more easily with the group once you finished reading them. (Kathmandu has a great selection of books to save plane weight). Furthermore bring your iPod stuffed with as much variety of music as you can handle. Music is always great to listen to on the walk in to Base Camp as well as sitting out those stormy days.
How heavy will my pack be?
The weight of your pack will usually not exceed the 10 to 12 kg range. We carefully scrutinise every item carried on “carry days” between camps and encourage a minimalist approach. Our yaks, porters and climbing Sherpa’s will be moving camping, kitchen and group equipment between camps.
Why climb Mount Everest with 360 Expeditions?
The primary reason to choose our expedition company lies in the fact that one of the company directors himself will be joining the expedition and managing the expedition on the mountain with you. These guys are the professionals and want to ensure that you get the best possible chance of topping out. It is after all their reputation and livelihood that is on the line. Plus their backing from a hugely dedicated office crew means that our interests lie only in ensuring that you get the best summit chance. An entire team of people is working hard to make sure that you reach the summit.
The other most important reason for choosing 360 is that we work closely with a Sherpa and Nepali team with whom we have enjoyed a successful decade of climbing. These guys are quite simply the best in the business. The people looking after you will not only have climbed the mountain before but will have an experience of 8,000m expeditions that is unsurpassed. The Sirdar (head Sherpa guide) and our climbing Sherpas typically have multiple Everest ascents under their belts.
What are the pro’s and cons of Tibetan and Nepali climbing routes on Mount Everest?
1) North East Ridge – North Col Route
- Fewer crowds
- Can drive to base camp
- Easier climbing to mid-level camps
- Slightly shorter summit night
- Colder temps and harsher winds
- Camps at higher elevations
- A bit more difficult with smooth or loose rocks
- Currently no opportunity for helicopter rescue at any point
2) South East Ridge – South Col Route
- Beautiful trek to base camp in the Khumbu
- Easy access to villages for pre-summit recovery
- Helicopter rescue from as high as Camp 2 at 21,000ft if necessary
- Slightly warmer sometimes with fewer winds
- Khumbu Icefall instability
- Crowds, especially on summit night
- Cornice Traverse exposure
- Slightly longer summit night
How fit do I need to be?
To climb Mount Everest you will need to be in the best physical shape of your life. By the time you book and are accepted onto an Everest expedition you will have a good understanding of your level of fitness and how you cope with altitude and with the discomforts of an expedition of this nature as a whole. This expedition is grueling and will be physically demanding. We have rated it as P7 T4 for level of fitness needed. Please check our fitness chart.
What skills do I need to climb Everest?
You will need to be thoroughly familiar with all the necessary skills needed to climb a mountain of this magnitude. An appropriate time spent on high altitude mountains as well as several technical alpine routes prior to coming to Everest are a basic requirement to join the expedition. Alpine climbing techniques should not be learned for the first time on the mountain.
How long is summit day?
A typical summit day is 8 to 10 hours for the ascent from the south Col to the summit and about 6 to 8 hours to return. These times vary enormously from team to team and between team members and varies according to individual fitness and progress made to get to the South Col. The summit departure time will be determined by the team leader and climbing Sherpa’s based on these factors as well as movements of other teams on the mountain.
Summit bonus – what is this?
This is the bonus tip that the client gives to his 1:1 Sherpa guide for reaching the summit. It is set at a minimum of $750 – $1000. You will need to have this money with you in cash to give to your Sherpa after your climb.
How many climbers are on this expedition?
There will be a maximum of 4 people, if there are more we will run another team in parallel with its own staff and leader.
What is included in Kathmandu?
Four nights accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast. Dinner will be included on the night of the 1st April. Dinners are as per the itinerary above.
Can my friends and family come along to Base Camp for the expedition?
We encourage friends and family to join you on your trek to Base Camp and in fact there is a trek to Base Camp planned for all those wanting to accompany this expedition, contact the 360 office for more details.
It can often be difficult being the one left behind and it is a huge psychological boost to be part of the climbing team if only for the trek to Base Camp. Remember however that non-climbers are not allowed to camp overnight at Base Camp but they can stay at the lower villages for some time and trek up during the day. Officials tend to be flexible in allowing family and friends to come and see you at the end of your climb for that special moment of welcoming you back down the mountain.
What if flights to Lukla are delayed due to bad weather?
In order to keep the costs as low as possible, there is no contingency built in to the plan. If flights are delayed and you need additional nights in Kathmandu, these costs will need to be paid for by you. Additional costs such as this will be invoiced to you on your return to the UK.
What happens if the expedition overruns?
The loose plan is that the expedition will finish around the 1st June (64 days). However your permit and costs cover 75 days therefore you will have leeway regarding the mountain logistic costs.
If the expedition overruns and you choose to stay out on the expedition your flights will be changed accordingly. The office will help with this. There could be a charge imposed by the airline, we will invoice you for this on return to the UK. You have two scheduled nights in Kathmandu on your return after the expedition.
Do I need special travel insurance for this trip?
Copy of own travel insurance details. And relevant contact numbers are required.
Comprehensive expedition insurance is now available from various insurers. We recommend looking into deals offered by True Traveller, the BMC , Austrian Alpine Club or similar insurers.
Team members should take out private insurance that covers you against cancellation due to medical or personal reasons and it is important that the insurance contains coverage for medical evacuations.
Many other insurance providers are available and we do recommend that you shop around to get the best cover for you on the expedition you are undertaking.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the appropriate insurance for your intended trip. To include medical evacuation and coverage up to the maximum altitude of this trip.
Please contact the office if you have any queries regarding insurance for this expedition. We will be happy to help.
Any tips on how a climber can maximise their chances of success?
The 360 expedition training programs have been devised to be expedition specific. Use these as a guide but also feel free to contact us for individual advice on how to incorporate the best fitness program with your own lifestyle. High altitude mountaineering is about slack days of low activity followed by long days where every grain of stamina you have is called upon and every ounce of determination you process is necessary to reach your goal.
Is there electricity as Base Camp?
There will be electricity at Base Camp so you can keep cameras, iPod, Kindles and suchlike charged. However charging laptops can be a problem to keep your equipment simple.
What is phone coverage like?
Base Camp normally benefits from Nepali mobile coverage. Beyond that we rely on satellite phones which we be available for your use, but will have a charge attached to them.
Long shot but is there internet access at Base Camp?
Wifi is provided by a couple of Nepali companies but it can be intermittent. You can get 3G in certain areas of base camp too.