We provide full support including all tents, all meals at BC and on the mountain, all oxygen, good walkie talkies, better than 1:1 sherpa ratio, satellite phones, internet-email to keep your sponsors and family happy and up to date, rescue service and plenty more.
Day 1 Arrive Kathmandu 1350m
Day 2 In Kathmandu
Day 3 In Kathmandu
Day 4 Trek Namche 3450m
Day 5 Namche
Day 6 Namche
Day 7 Trek Pangboche 3900m
Day 8 Trek Dingboche 4300m
Day 9 In Dingboche
Day 10 Trek Thugla 4620m
Day 11 Trek Lobuche 4935m
Day 12 Trek Gorak Shep 5180m
Day 13 Trek Everest Base Camp
Day 14-50 Climbing
Day 51 Packing
Day 52 Trek Pheriche
Day 53 Ttrek Pangboche
Day 54 Trek Namche
Day 55 Trek Lukla
Day 56 Fly Kathmandu
Day 57 Kathmandu debrief
Day 58 Depart
OUR SERVICE INCLUDES:
5 nights 3 star hotel in Kathmandu, single with breakfast, in the heart of Thamel
all group transportation by private vehicle
entrance fees and permits as needed
Chinese visa and all permits
all BC, ABC and mountain services email (via Outlook) and group laptops
personal 5 watt walkie talkie
all tents and meals
oxygen (up to five 4 litre bottle, factory Poisk)
power for charging for cameras etc
Chinese visa, permits etc
OUR SERVICE EXCLUDES:
insurance, Nepal visas, meals in Kathmandu
personal climbing equipment
international flights, equipment rental, alcohol and soft drinks, laundry, tipping and other items of a personal nature
Arrive Kathmandu 1350m
Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding
Trek Namche 3450m
Trek Pangboche 3900m
Trek Dingboche 4300m
Trek Thugla 4620m
Trek Lobuche 4935m
Trek Gorak Shep 5180m
Trek Everest Base Camp
Why go with us?
We have been safe and successful multiple times. Everything we have works, and works well. We have great radios with extra batteries and they even take AA batteries, so never run out. Our laptops work but very few others do, we have power sorted out. Our sherpas are loyal, organized and honest, and have worked with Jamie many times on 8000m peaks, including Everest. We have good relations with all the administrative staff, and especially the liaison officers, and have a long history of successful expeditions in Tibet.
What is included In Kathmandu
We pick you up at the airport and provide a single hotel room so you can spread gear out, and our store with a huge grassy area is just around the corner. Because we provide all tents, oxygen, dehy meals on the mountain etc, you should be able to get to Kathmandu without extra freight charges (which can be BIG, sometimes).
What is included in Tibet
We handle all the paperwork for the Chinese visa and all the Tibet travel and climbing permits. All sightseeing, hotels (double rooms), and meals are included.
Base Camp and ABC
At base camp we have a permanent kitchen with cook and helpers, large dining tent and smaller ones as required, solar power and/or generator for recharging, radio contact with ABC and camps on the mountain, and internet. We provide 1 BC tent per member (a two-three person tent). We provide three good meals a day and afternoon tea, plus all hot drinks and boiled water for drinking. At ABC we provide the same.
We have good solar power systems providing 12v, 115v and 230v, so you can charge all digital cameras, video cameras, battery packs and laptops.
We have two laptops available for exclusive use of our teams. Email via Outlook is free. Alternatively for heavier laptop users please bring your own but you must have a 12v adaptor to charge it. Note that not all laptops work at 5000m+.
You can surf the web too, but in the past it was expensive. For 2008 we are looking at new arrangements for this.
All mountain tents and meals (a good variety; Enertia are our favorites), gas and stoves are included. Fixed rope charges are included. The sherpas are responsible for stocking all the camps; carrying the oxygen, tents, gas and meals. They normally climb separately from the team until the summit push. The sherpas don't carry your personal gear (but you can pay extra for a personal sherpa).
We climb on the mountain mostly as a team or two with the guide and assistant guide. You can climb up to North Col alone as well though.
We use Poisk oxygen and will have up to 5x 4 litre bottles available for each climber. For C3 to the summit all oxygen is Poisk, factory-new. No refilled. We include sherpa oxygen separately.
With good internet we have access to a variety of weather reports, and we subscribe to a paid weather forecast too. Judging the weather is one of the most important issues surrounding climbing Everest.
We have a PAC bag usually stationed at ABC, and emergency oxygen at ABC and BC, plus full medical kits. If you have to leave the mountain early alone or as two people then there will be a charge of $700. If you are a group of three or four then there is unlikely to be a charge but it may be a while before your baggage arrives in Kathmandu.
We have a comprehensive medical kit at BC and ABC. You should be prepared with a SMALL personal med kit for on the mountain. Jamie is used to dealing with altitude issues and intestinal problems and other minor medical issues.
We have a doctor available for consultations for our 2008 expedition.
We remove all garbage from ABC to BC, and this includes toilet waste. This is then disposed of by the Chinese. We plan to remove toilet waste from at least North Col too.
Although we all travel in together, you can leave separately provided you are 3-4 climbers travelling together. Our office in Kathmandu holds your international tickets and so can arrange flights out to suit.
You must book and pay a $5000 deposit AT LEAST 3 months prior to the expedition start to guarantee the availability of tents, oxygen etc. (You should also book you international flights at least 3 months, and better 6 months in advance...)
This is your choice. It is sometimes possible to get insurance for 8000m peaks thru your national alpine club; the BMC in the UK and American Alpine Club offer particularly good packages. There is no helicopter rescue possible in Tibet so evacuation is by Landcruiser to Kathmandu, and should cost around US$700. There is one particularly good clinic in Kathmandu otherwise the nearest high standard hospital is Singapore or Bangkok. All our Nepali staff are insured.
Everest is the highest mountain on the planet and despite some of the publicity it is not 'easy' or even 'straightforward'. It is a very serious peak and bad judgment or even bad luck can be fatal up there. Even with the best companies the risk of death and frostbite is real.
I have known this Explore Himalaya from long time back. I had heard about this company and knew that it was one of the most reputed and well- known companies. I chose Explore Himalaya for this expedition as I believe we will be looked after quite well and our expedition will run smoothly.