via the North 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
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360 Expeditions has enjoyed considerable success in climbing 8,000m mountains. Our teams have summited Manaslu (8,156m), Cho Oyu (8,201m) (3 ascents) and Mount Everest (8,848m) on two occasions. For the 2019 season we aim to repeat our impressive track record by offering an expedition to the North East ridge of Everest.
Our high level of summit achievement, not only on the 8,000m mountains but also on many 6,000 and 7,000m peaks is largely due to our extremely experienced team of high altitude Sherpas, expert leadership from our guides, seamless office back-up and the state of the art facilities at the disposal to our climbing teams.
360 Expeditions offer a modern way to ascent the mountain. Our comprehensive itinerary has more inclusions and fewer extra costs. In order to thoroughly prepare for this expedition our climbers will receive continuous advice on training, medical and equipment ideas from our dedicated guide and office staff prior to leaving for Tibet.
On the mountain, climbers will work closely with the expedition leader in forming an individualised ascent and acclimatisation strategy. Further chances of success are increased by the high standard of living facilities in BC and ABC, our innovative kitchen serving great tasting meals, new camping equipment above ABC, access to modern communication systems and our up to date weather forecasting services.Find out more
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Departure & Return
Price (excl. flight)
Price (incl. flight)
Start: 07 April 2019
End: 13 June 2019
Price without flights: $46,500
Price is based on group of 4
Leader: Rolfe Oostra
07 April 2019
13 June 2019
Price is based on group of 4
Leader: Rolfe Oostra
- Price is based on group of 4
- 1:1 Sherpa support
- 6 bottles of oxygen per climber plus mask and regulator
- All accommodation Kathmandu-Kathmandu (with 4 nights including breakfast in Kathmandu: 2 at the start and 2 at the end)
- 1 pre-expedition dinner
- All food whilst on expedition once departed from Kathmandu
- All local transfers Kathmandu-Kathmandu
- All mountain related permits for climbers and Sherpas
- All Sherpa wages, insurance and associated costs (except tips)
- Dwarika’s 9 course degustacion celebration meal
- International air ticket
- $750 – $1,000 summit bonus for your 1:1 guide
- Tips for ground support and western guides
- Additional meals in Kathmandu
- Personal equipment
- Medical and personal high-risk insurance
- 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
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DAY 1 : Depart UK
Our journey to the great mountain begins with a flight to the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu. Airport transfer. Night spent at Hotel.
DAY 2 and 3 : Expedition preperation and Tibet
We will spend a few days in Kathmandu for thorough expedition briefings, equipment checks, getting re-acquainted as a team and sorting out last minute logistical details before crossing the border to Tibet. Night spent at Hotel.
DAY 4 : Lhasa (3,650m)
Today we will fly into Lhasa. Transfer to hotel.
*There is a possibility we will be driving to Base Camp in lieu of flying. Therefore a variation for days 4-9 will apply.
DAY 5 : Lhasa
Today we will spend the day in Lhasa. Lhasa is situated at 3,500m. A significant jump from Kathmandu at 1,300m. Today we will start our acclimatization regime and have an enjoyable day sight-seeing in the legendary Tibetan capital. Night spent at hotel.
DAY 6 : Drive to Shigatse (3,840m)
Following our sensible acclimatization plan we only gain 300m in altitude on today’s drive to Shigatse. The drive takes us over the Tibetan plateau and offers a great insight this ancient land. Night spent at hotel.
DAY 7 : Drive Tingri (4,350m)
We continue our journey across the Tibetan plateau. Night in hotel.
DAY 8 : Acclimatization day in Tingri
This bustling town is the cross roads for travelers and expeditions coming from Nepal and going to the giant mountains of Tibet.
Our day will be spent climbing to the top of a local hill (4,900m) from where we can get spectacular views of the town, it’s monasteries, Mount Everest and Cho Oyu. Night spent at hotel.
DAY 9 : Drive to Everest Base Camp (5,150m)
Today we will drive to Everest Base Camp. Night spent camping.
DAY 10 - 14 : Everest Base Camp
We will stay at our comfortable Base Camp (BC) for an extended period to allow our bodies to adjust to this altitude and to get a feel for the surroundings. From BC we will conduct several acclimatization walks to the north-face of Mount Everest and up the spectacular East Rongbuk Glacier to explore the route to Advanced Base Camp (ABC). For this time, we shall return each night to our base-camp. ABC is situated at 6,492m and is 22km distance from BC. With Yak support it takes two days to reach ABC with a night at an intermediate camp. When fully acclimatized we begin our final trek to ABC which will be our permanent base from then on. Night spent camping.
DAY 15 : Trek to Everest Advance Base Camp
ABC will be our home for the rest of the expedition and we aim to make your stay a comfortable one. By assuring an individualized acclimatization strategy, individual sleeping tents, a high standard of living facilities, an innovative kitchen serving fresh and great tasting meals, proven new camping equipment, access to modern communication systems and our up to date weather forecasting services we significantly improve our climbing team’s comfort and ultimately our chances of success.
DAY 16 : Rest day and ABC familiarization
Today we will have a rest day and familiarize our selves with ABC.
DAY 17-63 : Advanced Base Camp (Part 1)
ABC is situated directly below the spectacular 7,580m Changtse and affords clear views of our climbing route to the summit. We place 3 camps above camp ABC. The first is on the well-known North- Col at 7,000m which separates Changtse (also known as Everest North peak) from the great mountain itself.
To reach this spectacularly placed camp we follow the East Rongbuk glacier out of ABC and then climb up steep snow-slopes to the North-Col. We will be climbing up to the Col several times during the duration of this expedition, returning each time to ABC to rest, hydrate and re-fuel.
The first few climbs to the north-col are to get acclimatized to 7,000+ meters and the last time for the summit bid itself. The climb rears up to around 60 degrees in places and is fixed with security rope. Generally, climbers take 4-6 hours to reach the col on their first rotation but this time is significantly shortened the following times they ascend to the North col.
The climbing to camp 2 at 7,500m is relatively straight forward. From the col we climb the long reasonably angled ridge which is fixed with security line. For our second acclimatization rotation we will climb to this camp and conditions depending might spend a night here.
DAY 17-63 : Advanced Base Camp (Part 2)
Camp 3 is the highest campsite in the world. At 8,300m it serves as the launching off point for our summit bid. We will start our ascent from camp two using supplementary oxygen. An early start allows for an adequate time to rest and hydrate at C3 before the summit bid.
Climbers generally take 6 -7 hours to reach this camp.
The summit bid like its counter-part on the South side reads like a chapter from the annals of climbing history. During our ascent we’ll be climbing past and over famous landmarks such as the three rock steps and summit pyramid. The second rock step is the crux of the ascent and the most well-known feature with its Chinese ladder fixed in place.
Climbers generally take around 10 hours to reach the top of the world from C3.
Our climbers enjoy one to one Sherpa support on the summit bid and the guide is present the entire time to over-see the ascent and to be on standby to solve problems should they occur.
The descent back to C3 from the summit takes around 7 – 8 hours but climbers are encouraged to descend back to the North Col which takes a further 3 hours.
DAY 64 : Base Camp
Today we will return back to Base Camp. Night spent camping.
DAY 65 : Drive to Lhasa
Today we’ll drive to Lhasa. Night spent in hotel.
DAY 66 : Fly to Kathmandu
Today we will fly back to Kathmandu and spend the night in a luxury hotel.
DAY 67 : Kathmandu
A much-needed day to un-wind in the tropical hotel gardens or to experience the bustle of the Nepali capital. And of-course a great final night to celebrate our team and expedition success. Night spent in hotel.
DAY 68 : Fly home
Today we will depart Kathmandu and fly back home.
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
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
Blister patches, plasters, antiseptic, painkillers; (see FAQ’s)
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
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 8,000m 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 like 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.
Why attempt Mount Everest from the Tibetan side (north-east ridge)?
The two most common ways to climb Mount Everest are via the Nepali south-east ridge and the Tibetan north-east ridge. For the 2019 spring season we will be conducting our Everest ascent on the Tibetan side of the mountain. Having gained valuable experience on the Nepali side (summit success in 2007, an un-successful attempt due to an earthquake in 2015 and a successful summit in 2016) we as a company have decided to switch to the Tibetan side of the mountain. Although technically more difficult this side is safer as it does not have ice-fall danger and now enjoys a more stable political atmosphere. In the last few years the Tibetan Mountaineering Council has taken it upon themselves to employ their own teams dedicated solely to fixing rope whereas on the Nepali side every International team is required to lend one or more of their team’s Sherpas to do this task. Freeing up our Sherpas from this time-consuming work allows them to dedicate themselves 100% to our team’s success. We are not un-familiar with the Tibetan side of the mountain as we have lead two expeditions to ABC and the North-col (7,000 m) in the past.
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
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.
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 C3 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 C3. 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?
The price for this expedition is based on a group of 4. However the price is variable and the expedition can be run with 1, 2 or 6 clients comfortably.
What is included in Kathmandu?
Four nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast. Dinner will be included on the first night. Dinners are as per the itinerary above.
Food and Water
What will we eat at Base Camp?
All meals at Base Camp and ABC 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 meals are provided above ABC?
We have a great cook and modern kitchen facilities at BC and ABC. Above this camp C1 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 about showers?
There are even hot showers at Base Camp and ABC.
At Base Camp, does each team member have their own sleeping tent?
At Base Camp and ABC 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?
6 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. 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.
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.
Will my kit be safe in BC and ABC 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.
What happens if the expedition overruns?
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.
What travel insurance should I take for an expedition of this nature?
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 at 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 Chinese mobile coverage. Beyond that we rely on satellite phones which will 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 Chinese companies but it can be intermittent. You can get 3G in certain areas of base camp too.