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Here is what Alan says:

"I had a very good experience on this unforgettable expedition. The trip was well organized and I liked the leader. He was full of energy and humour."

Here is what Troy says:

"Thanks for everything! I appreciate everything you did to make this a safe and successful expedition."

Here is what Bruce says:

"I thought the expedition worked well and it was another good group of people you put together. I look forward to climbing together again and seeing you next time."

Here is what Rob had to say:

"Your good relationship with the Chinese government. allowed for us to get into Tibet earlier than any other international expedition.

SummitClimb provided an excellent expedition leader. I think the food was fresh and really good, considering how difficult it is to get supplies up the mountain. Having our own tents in base camp and ABC was also a bonus."

Here is what Garth had to say:

"I had a fantastic time, what an incredible experience. We all left Tibet saying that we would return"

Here is what Phil has to say:

"The expedition is ideal for individuals or groups of climbers who wish to participate in a Himalayan expedition at a reasonable price, only slightly higher than the cost of organizing your own independent expedition.You have the wealth of experience provided by the organizers and land leaders, who use no middlemen, dealing directly with the government mountaineering office."

Here is what Dale has to say: 

"I just want to say "thanks" for organizing this expedition. I was able to achieve my childhood dream/goal of reaching the summit of Mt. Everest, and SummitClimb was a big factor in that dream becoming a reality."  

Here is what Arnold has to say about climbing Everest from Tibet:

"It’s a full service expedition with everything taken care of. Or you can go in simple style with the basic climb. It's less expensive than the South side expedition.

It involves some very interesting history of Mallory and Irvine and the 1920s expeditions.

SummitClimb's strong team of staff and sherpas has helped fix the route to the summit many years now and they know the mountain well.

It's less crowded than the South side and there is a nice slow pace of approach and climb.

The leaders are very team focused, dedicated and hard working, with attention to the member's needs and details letting each participant go at his/her own pace with their own desired support.

The basecamp food is excellent with plenty of hot drinks.

The Tibetan side of Everest might be shorter to climb, you start from a high ABC at 6400 metres. The summit day is shorter, starting from 8300 metre high camp, 300 metres higher than high camp on the Nepal side."

Here is what Amer had to say:

"Please know that i am truly delighted and 100% satisfied with my SummitClimb experience! Everything went smoothly so far as the organization goes, and i am grateful to have been a part of the team."

Here is what Vik had to say:

"The leader provided great team leadership and is a very good communicator, clear and patient. I liked the independence afforded on the expedition and we had a good team. The solar charger and battery setup in basecamp worked well and the double wall dining tent and heater were nice. The sherpas were very hard working and super friendly. There were no slackers on the staff."

Here is what the Mallorys, a family of 4 Everest summiters, had to say:

"SummitClimb is very patient and well organized. On expedition the showers were nice, the toilet facilities were good, tent arrangements were comfortable, the food servers were great, the food was tasty, and we even had heaters in basecamp and doctors on the trip.

The organization was well done and we had very little concerns, with all of our requirements were met. We had a great climb with a huge deal of success.

The SummitClimb Sherpas were very supportive, capable and helped us at important times when we needed their assistance. Preparation for the climb was made easy, with all of the important information available on the SummitClimb website. Questions were readily answered rapidly by the SummitClimb office staff. Most importantly, the leader was very professional, respectful, communicated information readily, and was a key component in the success we enjoyed on Everest"

 

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These photos were taken on our recent successful Everest Tibet mountain climbing expedition where we put 11 members and 8 Sherpas on the summit, and the team returned home safely. Photos in Everest Tibet slideshow: Ryan Waters, Tim Spear, Franck Pitula, Ken Stalter, Dan Mazur, Myles Osborne, and Colin Pacey. For caption information on these photos, please visit our Everest Tibet photo gallery .

  • Everest Expedition Climb with the Most Experienced and Succesful Team of the Year.
  • Climb the uncrowded Tibet North Col route made famous by possible 1924 summit of Mallory and Irvine.
  • 2013 success: 11 of 14 members and 9 Sherpas on the summit, the best record of any team this season.
  • Full Service Cost: $28,450, £18,750, €21,750; Basic Climb Cost: $9950, £6550, €7550. Currency conversions 19-Jul-13.
  • Dates: 8 April to 6 June. 60 days in Tibet & Nepal Or 7 April to 5 June, 2015
  • Experienced leader Scott Patch , Everest summiter, friendly, well organised, good teacher.
  • 72 of our members and 41 Sherpas have reached the summit during 8 expeditions.
  • Full Service Price Includes: Leader Dan Mazur, expert Sherpas, climb permits, oxygen, transport from Kathmandu (KTM) to basecamp (BC), hotels in KTM and drive to BC, comfortable BC and advanced basecamp (ABC) high camps, tents (individual BC tent per member), expedition costs, meals & food, climb equipment, fixed ropes and fees, radios, internet, international phone, etc.
  • We are available to help you buy & rent - hire inexpensive climbing gear, equipment, clothing, & boots.
  • The Tibet side of Everest is less expensive than Nepal and does not have the Khumbu Icefall.
  • Drive to basecamp experiencing the unique culture of the Tibetan plateau.
  • Trek to ABC on the "Golden Highway" with the best views of Everest from either Nepal or Tibet.
  • Add an exotic and historical trip to the ancient Tibetan city of Lhasa. Optional trip to Lhasa, add $2450.
  • Now offering exciting Tibet to Nepal Everest traverse option. Climb one side and descend the other.
  • Not ready for Everest summit? Need more training? Join our Everest Training Climb
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Recent news: Our spring Everest Tibet Expedition has just returned from a successful climb, where all members and staff reached the summit. Please click here to view news of our expedition. Please also view our "Archived News" for more stories of past trips.

Please view our new Mount Everest Tibet video clips. 

* Our “full-service” expedition includes:
  • Leader: Cost includes a very experienced and qualified British, European, or American leader;
  • 5 bottle set of oxygen;
  • Climbing Sherpas for the group;
  • Transport to basecamp to/from Kathmandu, for you and equipment, including accommodation and meals on the road;
  • Yak transport of all equipment from the road to and from advanced basecamp;
  • Three hot meals per day in basecamp and advanced basecamp. Comfortable tables and chairs and dining tent;
  • Skillful basecamp and advanced basecamp cooks;
  • All mountain, basecamp and advanced basecamp food;
  • All permit fees and liaison officers;
  • Use of group gear and supplies: rope, ice, rock, and snow anchor protection; basecamp and altitude tents; cookers, fuel, high-altitude food, walkie-talkie radios, satellite telephone, etcetera;
  • Emergency equipment and supplies: medical oxygen, gamow bag, basecamp medical kit, high-altitude medical kits, etcetera;
  • In addition to our top-quality high-altitude tents, we now provide an individual tent (1 tent per person) in basecamp.
  • Your trip includes 2 free Kathmandu hotel nights at the beginning and two free Kathmandu hotel nights at the end of the trip. You will be sharing. If you want your own single room, the cost is an aditional $32per night and for extra nights $65per person for single occupancy. Please bring extra cash to pay for your extra nights and / or your single supplement. This a clean and comfortable "two-star" hotel. We use good quality hot water hotels in a central neighborhood, near many tasty restaurants, and excellent mountain equipment and gift shopping, as well as our trekking and mountain climbing office where we meet before and after the adventure.

Organization: Your expedition is organized by Jon Christian Otto, fluent Chinese speaker, Tibet and China expert with ten years experience in organizing expeditions in Tibet. Jon is an excellent communicator, an international diplomat, extremely well organized, with superb attention to each and every detail. Jon is our China/Tibet programme director, heading our Chinese office. For more about Jon, please "click" on the Leadership link above. back to top

Mountaineering is memorialized here in a Lhasa statue celebrating the first ascent of Everest from Tibet (D.L. Mazur). In Beijing in June of 1999, we had dinner with Wang Fu Zhou, the world's first person to climb Everest from Tibet. He is now president of the CMA Chinese Mountaineering Association (J. Otto). back to top

Sherpas and Equipment Transport: Our expedition includes transport of all of your equipment from Kathmandu to advanced basecamp, and returned to Kathmandu. We could also bring you to basecamp from Lhasa, Tibet. More and more members are choosing to take the Lhasa option. While climbing on the mountain, we try not to ask our full-service members to carry heavy group equipment (although it is an option if you really want to), such as tents, rope, fuel, food, etcetera. We employ climbing sherpas, and high-altitude porters, to carry group equipment and supplies. For a minimal expense, we can also provide personal sherpas and climbing-guides to individual members who wish to have their own private sherpa or personal climbing-guide. We now encourage members to hire a 1/4 of a sherpa, to help with high altitude equipment transport, both up and down the mountain.

Full personal-private sherpas-

  • For those who do not wish to carry their own rucksack, or prepare their own meals and drinks above basecamp, we offer full personal-private sherpas (or, you may wish to share one with another member). A personal sherpa climbs and camps with you at all times and carries approximately ten kilos/22 pounds of your personal belongings. He also helps with boiling water and making your meals on the mountain. The cost of hiring a personal-private sherpa is as follows.
  • The cost of hiring a personal-private sherpa is: $6950 USD, which includes full oxygen and equipment for your Sherpa.

High altitude "personal-equipment-carriage-service"-

  • Divide the above prices by four if you would like to have approximately 10 kilos of your personal equipment carried up and down the mountain, between camps. You must provide a 48 hour notice while on the mountain. Although the price is less than the full personal-private sherpa, the "personal-equipment-carriage-service" does not involve the additional services provided by the full personal-private sherpa. This service is mainly to help get equipment up and down between camps. If you need more help than this, please consider hiring a full personal-private sherpa.

Oxygen: On Everest, although some climbers wish to try it without, most members will prefer to have it available and we only allow members to climb Everest with the use of supplemental oxygen. In addition, supplemental oxygen usage has been shown to markedly reduce the incidence of frostbite. Regarding oxygen, we supply a 5 bottle set as part of the full service cost for this expedition. Some people want 1 bottle, others want 12. We suggest you bring five. Our Sherpas will try to help you carry the oxygen. We 100% guarantee our bottles and oxygen systems, and test them thoroughly with the mask/hose/regulator set-up. We have our own oxygen analysis instrumentation, and we are able to certify that the contents are 100% oxygen. Additionally, we are able to measure the volume of contents in the bottle. Our bottles/masks/hoses/regulators are 100 percent guaranteed and reliable. We always have spare parts and back up bottles, masks, regulators, and hoses. All of the equipment is guaranteed to work well together, and it is easy to use, with simple threaded and snap-on fittings which require no tools.

If purchased separately:
  • EXTRA OXYGEN: One large Russian Oxygen 4 litre bottle for high-altitude climbing (guaranteed to be in proper working order and match the regulator and mask and hoses perfectly): We have a 30% discount buy-back policy on unused oxygen bottles if you purchase any extra bottles beyond the 5 bottle set we supply you. $510 USD each.
Note: You may have to carry some or all of your own oxygen on summit day, as well as up and down the mountain. If possible, the group sherpas will help stock the high camps, as well as share in carrying extra bottles during summit attempts. If you are concerned you might not be able to carry your own oxygen, you may wish to hire a personal sherpa.

Cooks and Food: On the road we eat in the local restaurants as available. In basecamp and advanced basecamp our skillful and hard working cooks prepare three hot meals each day with a very healthy diet of fresh vegetables, cheeses, eggs, and fresh as well as tinned fruits, meats and fish (all meats and fish are prepared separately out of respect for the vegetarians in our midst). They supply you with unlimited hot-drinks, the key to successful acclimatization. We have large weather-proof kitchens and dining tents, with comfortable chairs and tables. On the mountain, above advanced basecamp, we provide you with abundant and nutritious locally available quick-cooking food, so that you may prepare at least three meals and lots of hot drinks each day, in our specially designed high-altitude stoves using our butane-propane expedition mix fuel.

Above advanced basecamp all of our team members cook their own food unless they have a personal sherpa to cook for them. For more about personal sherpas, please click here .

We provide you with a special high altitude stove and fuel canisters. Our stoves are of the "hanging" type, designed to be used inside the tent (well ventilated of course). We have found these to be the best possible stoves for high altitude use, as it is essential to cook inside the tent during stormy weather. Our stoves are suspended above the floor so you have room to sit comfortably and warmly in your sleeping bag while cooking.

Our high altitude fuel is of two types. Above 7000 metres/23,000 feet we use imported propane/butane 250 gramme canisters. Below 7000 metres/23,000 feet we refill the canisters with propane gas. Liquid fuel does not work above 6000 metres/19,700 feet so we don't use liquid fuel above basecamp or advanced basecamp.

The team practicing ascending and descending the fixed ropes in ABC at 6400 metres. The low-angle ice we are practicing on is a very safe branch of the Rongbuk glacier (Elselien te Hennepe). back to top

Group Equipment: We provide a plethora of top-quality, and time-tested equipment, group gear, and supplies, including: rope, ice, rock, and snow anchor protection; basecamp, advanced basecamp and altitude tents; cookers, fuel, high-altitude food, walkie-talkie radios, bamboo marker wands, etcetera. We now provide an individual tent for each member in basecamp, so you do not have to share. We also have shower and toilet tent for Basecamp. Please see the above EQUIPMENT link, to study what we bring for your use and safety.

Staff: Our staff, working together as "Everest Parivar Expeditions, Pvt. Ltd." led by the experienced and influential Mr. Murari Sharma, are hospitality experts and have, for the last 21 years, been arranging overland tours, safaris, raft trips, treks, mountain climbs, trek support staff, cooks, peak climbing permits, satellite phone permits, video and film-making permits, translators, liaison officers, climbing Sherpas, oxygen, helicopter flights, air tickets, equipment purchase/hire, storage, import/export, shipping, customs clearance, transport bookings, advance hotel bookings, visas, repatriations, and permits.

Safety: BOTH full-service and basic expeditions are allowed access to our extensive communications equipment, medical supplies, first-aid kits, medical oxygen, and a gamow bag in case of emergency. Thank you for being a well-prepared and safe team member! back to top

Sorting loads at Chinese basecamp at 5200 metres (Bruce Manning).

*What is not included?

  • International flights to Kathmandu and back to your home country.
  • Mountain climbing rescue and travel insurance .
  • Personal climbing and trekking equipment and clothing .
  • Your Nepal visa is conveniently purchased by you upon arrival at the Kathmandu airport. It is not necessary to purchase a Nepalese visa prior to landing in Nepal. In 2013, the cost of a 90 day visa was $100 USD & 30 days visa cost $60. Please bring cash and 2 extra passport-sized photos (extra photos are necessary to obtain the visa in the airport). Because the expedition is in Tibet, we provide special support to you in Kathmandu in organizing your Tibet-China visa. Be ready to pay up to $220 USD (US citizens) and $165 USD (non-US citizens) for your Tibetan visa. It may be cheaper, but we will tell you and provide a receipt. Thank you. Please Note: Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months fom the END of the expedition and contain at least 2 blank pages.
  • Additional expenses like bottled or canned drinks on the trek, tips and gratuities, expenses of a personal nature (ie: laundry or gift shopping) are not included, snack-energy food, changes to the pre-planned itinerary (such as early departure), and expenses while traveling away from the group or leader. Not included are unexpected expenses, such as expenses due to emergencies, rescues, weather, political situations, transport delays, etc. 
  • We recommend the following tip for our group staff: Everest Group Tip: $250. Expect to pay the above tip no matter what.

    Tipping Climbing Sherpas on our peak climbs: for a group Sherpa (Tibetan or Nepalese), who helps you to climb above the high camp or up to the summit and back down, expect to pay a summit-attempt bonus as follows:

    Everest Summit Attempt Bonus: $400, Summit Success: $750. 

  • Car or Jeep hiring: Tibet members: Please note that your amount of cash you need to bring is about $1000 more than our Nepal trips because it costs that much to hire a jeep to take you out early if you wish to leave before the scheduled end date of the itinerary. back to top

*Everest Traverse Cost - Tibet to Nepal:

  • Full service: $28,450.
  • Personal Sherpa: $6950.
  • Oxygen for you and the sherpa: cost varies, but two five bottle sets are $2850 each.  
  • Crossing to Nepal: $10,000 Tibet-fee for you and $5000 for the sherpa. Nepal fee of $12,000 for you.

Total crossing from Tibet to Nepal cost: $68,100.

* Our "basic climb" includes:

  • Coordinator: Dan Mazur, leader of four successful Everest expeditions;
  • Organizer: Jon Christian Otto, fluent Chinese speaker, Tibet and China Expert, with 10 years Himalayan climbing experience;
  • All permit fees and liaison officers;
  • Transport to basecamp to/from Kathmandu, for your personal equipment only (boots, ice axe, clothing, sleeping bag), including accommodation and meals on the road;
  • Yak transport of your personal equipment only (boots, ice axe, clothing, sleeping bag), from the road to and from advanced basecamp;
  • A walkie-talkie radio is provided to stay linked-in with the leader of the full service expedition while on the mountain;
  • Emergency equipment and supplies: medical oxygen, gamow bag, basecamp medical kit, high-altitude medical kits, etcetera;
  • Access to team fixed ropes and camps (sites, not tents), coordinated with our own "full-service" climbing team.
  • Other necessary services and supplies (ie: extra yaks, trek services, basecamp meals, high altitude services and equipment), may be purchased and hired at minimal expense. We offer basic climb "packages" as noted below, or, we can furnish individual items such as tents, stoves, gas, food, etcetera. back to top

Add the following services to the basic climb:

  • Basecamp: kitchen, cooks, meals, dining, and sleeping tents. $3550 USD.
  • Advanced basecamp: kitchen, cooks, meals, dining, and sleeping tents. $4950 USD.
  • High altitude: leaders, sherpas, tents, equipment, walkie-talkies, food, stoves, fuel, etcetera. $8950 USD.
  • Climbing oxygen: High-altitude Everest climbing oxygen set (mask, regulator, and 5 large Russian 4 litre bottles, guaranteed to be in proper working order and function perfectly together): $3150 USD.
We recommend the 5 bottle set for Everest.
If purchased separately:
  • Mask + Hoses (guaranteed to be in proper working order and match the bottles and regulator perfectly): $285 USD.
  • Regulator for high-altitude oxygen bottle (guaranteed to be in proper working order and match the bottle and mask and hoses perfectly): $485 USD.
  • One large Russian Oxygen 4 litre bottle for high-altitude climbing (guaranteed to be in proper working order and match the regulator and mask and hoses perfectly): $510 USD each.
  • Oxygen buy-back policy: We have a 30% discount buy-back policy on unused oxygen bottles, regulators in good condition, and masks and hoses in good condition. Refunds take 90 days to process from the pre-planned expedition date to process. 
For more about our basic climb, please visit our "Notes for Basic Members" .

Please ask any questions regarding cost at info@summitclimb.com .

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