Guided Climbs of Mount Everest 29,029 ft.
MOUNT EVEREST Expedition: Highest levels of support
“After returning to Everest 15 years after our 1996 climb, it was a pleasure to work with Bill Allen and Scott Woolums of Mountain Trip. They ran an awesome expedition that was enjoyable, successful and safe. I’d go anywhere with those guys.” - Neal Beidleman
Congratulations to our 2013 Everest Expedition members for their summit on May 23rd!!
100% SUCCESS on our 2010 and 2011 Everest Expeditions!
Climbing Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world, represents in many ways the culmination of a climber’s mountaineering career. The decisions of whether or not to attempt it and with whom to go climb it are not to be taken lightly.
We lead professionally guided Everest climbing expeditions to the south side of the mountain. All the logistical support and leadership necessary to make this a successful climbing expedition to the highest mountain in the world is provided. Our Sherpa team is highly experienced and our American guides are the best in the industry. Unlike many other Everest climbing expeditions offered by guide services or outfitters providing logistical support, our expedition does not contain any hidden costs, extras or add-ons. We know that an undertaking like this is very stressful and we attempt to remove as many of the potential stressors that are under our control as possible in order to allow our Everest climbers to focus on the task of climbing the highest mountain in the world.
“Mountain Trip puts together the best programs that I’ve personally had the luxury of experiencing. I’ve used three other guiding company over the years, and have found the staff and owners of MT to be accesible, friendly and informative. You never feel like a number, and always feel like you can ask question (little or big). The acclimatization schedules, food, group gear
(especially the tents), and accessories are second to none. I’ll definitely use MT for future climbs!”
-Bryan Osoro Everest 2013
Our Everest climbing expedition will provide all the leadership and logistics necessary to climb Mt. Everest via the SE Ridge route on the Nepal side. This route has the highest success rate on the mountain. We have our own luxurious base camp, Sherpa cooks and staff. Highly supported, this team will consist of a maximum of 4 climbers per American guide, and will be supported by an average of two Sherpas per climber. This depth of Sherpa experience, coupled with low ratios of Mountain Trip guides gives our climbers an industry high level of support on the mountain.
Logistical preparations are paramount on a guided Everest climbing expedition, and our team is organized and led by Scott Woolums, an eight-expedition Everest veteran and one of the most experienced high altitude guides in the world. This is a great opportunity for qualified climbers to join a very well organized Everest trip, with a proven and experienced Sherpa team, base camp services, oxygen systems, high-tech communications, and medical support. If the weather cooperates and you put in the proper training that such an endeavor requires, we feel that our acclimatization schedule and leadership will provide you with the best possible chance for reaching the summit.
Anyone considering an attempt on Mount Everest should contact Mountain Trip as far in advance as possible for additional information and to help us better determine if this is an appropriate decision for you to make at this time.
Included in the trip fee:
- Climbing permits and park fees
- 2:1 climbing Sherpa support
- All oxygen and equipment (Top-Out masks, regulators)
- R/T flights and extra baggage fees between Kathmandu and Lukla
- 4 nights hotel lodging in Kathmandu at a 4-star hotel
- All food and lodging during the trek in to BC
- Tents, base camp facilities, including a single tent at BC, solar power, and heaters in BC
- Group climbing and camping equipment
- Fixed line fees, Liaison officer fees, Sherpa and LO equipment charges
- All yaks and porter support to/from Base Camp
- Telephone and high speed wireless internet in Base Camp are available for additional fees.
Not included in trip fees:
- International flights to and from Nepal
- Kathmandu personal expenses (apart from those included above)
- Personal equipment per our equipment list
- Sodas, beer, bottled water, internet, and assorted “extras” during the trek in
Follow Up Climbs
“You guys are quite outstanding when it comes to safety, helping members to get there, wherever there is for them. From what I could see, we had the best expedition thanks to you and Scott this year on Everest. It was serious when needed, with very well organised logistics, with careful consideration for the environment, respect for local spirituality and customs, with great margin for safety (thanks to that our team saved 2 lives), plenty of extremely good food (I almost did not lose any weight – shame really!), it was full of entertainment, but most of all we became a real team – with our Sherpas, members and guides, we had one agenda – get up and down safely and in style. Thank you for unforgettable experience.”
Ania Lichota, Everest Expedition, 2010
Dates in country: Approx 60 days.
Please note this itinerary is merely an example. Decisions as to the actual itinerary will be made by the guides.
Day 0: Arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal
Day 1: Team meeting in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Pick up climbing permits. Free day to explore Kathmandu and visit temples.
Day 3: Fly to Lukla where we will meet our Sherpa team and start the hike to Base Camp (BC).
Day 4: Hike to Namche Bazaar at 11,300ft.
Day 5: Acclimatization day in Namche.
Day 6: Trek to Tengboche.
Day 7: Trek to Dingboche.
Day 8-9: Acclimatization day in area.
Day 10: Trek to Lobuche.
Day 11: Trek to Gorak Shep.
Day 12: Hike to Base Camp.
Day 13-17: We will acclimate and recover in Base Camp for several days. During this time we will have our Puja (an important ceremony with our Sherpa team) and practice some climbing skills (ladder crossing) before heading up the Khumbu Icefall.
Day 18-22: First rotation up to Camp 1 and then Camp 2.
Day 23-25: Rest and recover in base camp.
Day 26-30: Second rotation up to Camp 2 and a hike to Camp 3.
Day 31-38: Rest and recovery. We will descend to the village of Dingboche at about 14,000 ft/4,250 m to get a well deserved rest before the summit push.
Day 39-58: Summit attempt. We will be watching the weather closely in anticipation of our summit attempt. The typical summit window is in the last weeks of May.
Day 58: Depart BC and trek to Lukla.
Day 59: Fy from Lukla to Kathmandu.
Day 60 : Depart Kathmandu for home.
Everest Expedition Tips
Much of today’s gear is built bulletproof, meaning overbuilt so that it lasts a long time. This translates as heavy! You should be on a mission to purchase the very lightest gear that will serve a given purpose. Analyze every piece of equipment you bring and see if you can replace it with something that is as warm, but is a few ounces lighter, yet will do the same job. Think layers and not one single purpose layer. As a general rule, if you can’t layer it, leave it behind in camp! Obviously we will need some of the warmest equipment available for this climb, but you might not need a -40 degree bag when you have a 5 to 6 lb. down suit as well.
Make sure to try on, use and feel comfortable with all your gear. Knowing your equipment, how to adjust it, and what to do if something fails is very important on Everest. The Sherpas do not carry all your gear up. You will be responsible for most of your personal equipment from BC to Camp 2 and there can be a huge difference in the weight of what you choose. Weight is one of the hardest things to deal with up high. Buy your gear as if you will be carrying it all. The Sherpas will help us a lot, but to show up with bulging duffels of heavy gear and expect them to carry it is very poor style.
“From beginning to end; Mountain Trip was professional yet friendly, organized but open for suggestions, and produced a safe, successful 60-day expedition that resulted in all the climbers, guides, and climbing Sherpas joining the elite ranks of those who have climbed the world’s highest mountain. The thousands of details involved with such an endeavore boggles the mind, but almost without exception: it was a perfect trip.”
-Cindy Abbott, Everest Expedition, 2010
The following should be considered an example of a general equipment list for climbing Mount Everest. Climbers joining Mountain Trip on an expedition will receive an updated, comprehensive equipment list that supersedes this list. Please call or email with any questions, as we want you to feel ultimately prepared for your expedition.
- MOUNTAINEERING DOUBLE BOOTS: Boots fall into two categories, traditional double boots and boot systems with integrated gaiters. Try on a variety of boots as they all fit differently and get the one that fits well. Though expensive; the system boots are worth every penny!
Recommended System Boots: Scarpa “Phantom 8000″, La Sportiva “Olympus Mons EVO”
Recommended Double Boots: Koflach “Arctis Expedition”, Scarpa “Inverno” with High Altitude Liners. A great addition is the Intuition “Denali Liner” which is very warm and light.
***All double boots need Overboots and Gaiters.
- OVERBOOTS: Neoprene overboots such as 40 Below’s K2 are best. O.R. and Wild Country insulated overboots work well if they fit with your crampons.
- GAITERS: These should be full height, such as Black Diamond GTX Frontpoint Gaiter or O.R. “Crocodiles.” These are only necessary if you are wearing Double Boots.
- BOOTIES: (Optional) Synthetic or down fill booties. These are great for camp and tent comfort and allow you extra opportunity to dry out your boots.
- HIKING BOOTS OR SHOES: Comfortable, broken-in (!) footwear for day hikes and trek to base camp. The trail is rough and rocky so have supportive shoes.
- BOOTS FOR BASE CAMP: Optional A good pair of comfy, warm boots for hanging out in base camp are really nice to have. Sorels or Uggs work well.
- BASE LAYER: (2 or 3 sets) Synthetic or wool tops and bottoms such as light or mid-weight Capilene or Wool 1 or 2 from Patagonia.
- HEAVY FLEECE: Top and bottoms made from 100 weight or Powerstretch fleece. A zip T-neck is great for ventilating. Guides Pick: Patagonia R1 tops and bottoms.
- “SCHOELLER” PANTS:These soft shell pants are becoming increasingly popular due to the broad comfort range they provide. They block most of the wind and are very breathable. Guides’ pick: Black Diamond Alpine or Patagonia Guide Pants.
- FLEECE OR PRIMALOFT PANTS: Size fleece to fit under your shell jacket or size the Primaloft to fit over your shell. We are fans of the puffy, primaloft jackets because they are lighter and warmer than fleece and compress down much smaller. Guides’ pick: Patagonia Micro Puff Jacket.
- SHELL JACKET & PANTS: They should be large enough to go over your pile clothing layers and the pants must have side zippers. They do not need to be the burliest Gore-Tex on the planet. Look for a lightweight, water resistant, and windproof shell. This is a very important layer so look for function and quality.
- EXPEDITION DOWN PARKA (WITH HOOD) AND PANTS: Marmot, Mountain Hardwear, and The North Face all make good quality 8000m down products.
- DOWN SUIT: You are spending a lot of money to go to an extreme environment. Consider replacing your down parka and pants with a down suit as additional insurance.
- DOWN JACKET: To be used in base camp if you bring a down suit instead of a parka.
- INSULATED PANTS: These are for wearing around base camp if you bring a down suit. Guides’ Pick: Patagonia Micro Puff Pants
- T-SHIRT: 2 or 3 synthetic shirts or t-shirts for the hike in.
- REGULAR UNDERWEAR: 3 or 4 changes. Look for synthetics such as Patagonia Capilene.
- BASE CAMP CLOTHING: We spend a lot of time in base camp so make sure you have a pair of extra clothes. Jeans and a cotton t-shirt work fine and it’s nice to get out of synthetics for a change!
- SOCKS: 8-10 sets of light, medium and heavy weight socks. You will need a variety for versatility. Make sure they fit in your boots and shoes.
- GLOVES: Light or medium weight Windstopper or Schoeller fabric (2 pairs).
- INSULATED GLOVES:Warm, insulated gloves are the workhorse on Everest. It’s hard to stress how much you’ll be wearing these, so do not skimp on this item. Guides’ Pick: Black Diamond Guide Glove.
- SUMMIT MITTENS: Choose warm, non-constricting summit mittens made of Primaloft or down. Guides’ pick: Outdoor Research Alti Mitts. They aren’t cheap, but are extremely warm and have tough palms.
- WARM HAT:Bring one warm hat or two hats of different weights. Wool or pile is fine. Your hat must provide ear protection.
- BALACLAVA: Bring two; one heavyweight and one lightweight.
- FACE MASK: Neoprene or Windstopper work equally well.
- BUFF: This is a lightweight neck gaiter that can be used for sun protection as well as for warming the air you breathe while you are climbing. Some people find it useful to help prevent the dreaded Khumbu cough.
- SUN HAT: Baseball type or wide brimmed sun hat for the intense sunshine of the lower mountain. You can combine a baseball hat with a bandana for good sun protection
- GLACIER GLASSES: They must have side protection and filter 100% UVA and UVB rays.
- SKI GOGGLES: You’ll use these while traveling during storms or during really cold spells. These must have doubled lenses and provide 100% UV protection. Optional- bring a second pair of goggles with clear lenses for the start of summit day. We start in the dark and it can be nice to have eye protection from the cold and wind. Goggles with built in fans work well with oxygen masks.
- EXPEDITION PACK: (3500 – 4000 cu in or 60 to 70 lt.) Be certain that your pack fits you! Get used to your pack, train with it.
- (2) LARGE ZIPPERED DUFFELS: Make sure they are durable and waterproof. Don’t forget locks! Guides’ Pick: Patagonia Stellar Black Hole Duffel.
- EXPEDITION SLEEPING BAG:Rated to 40 below. Even though synthetic bags are getting much better we still recommend down bags as they are lighter and more compressible. Make sure it is a quality product. Guides’ Pick: Feathered Friends Snow Goose.
- EXPEDITION SLEEPING BAG: (Optional) Rated to 20 below. This is a second bag for base camp. This saves you from hauling your bag up and down the mountain as higher camps are established.
- COMPRESSION STUFF SACK:These are essential for sleeping bags and recommended for your other clothes such as your parka, mitts and warmest pants. Guides’ Pick: Outdoor Research Helium Compression Sacks
- 2 SLEEPING PADS: You need two pads. One should be a closed cell pad such as a Ridge Rest or a Karrimat. The other pad should be an inflatable style. Guides’ pick: Therm-a-rest Pro-Lite 4 with a Ridge Rest.
TECHNICAL CLIMBING EQUIPMENT
- ICE AXE: (with leash) 70-80 cm length. Guides’ Pick: Black Diamond Raven Pro.
- CRAMPONS:12 point crampons that fit your boots! Make sure they fit with your mountain boots and overboots if you are using them.
- HARNESS: Adjustable leg loops are required. The Black Diamond Alpine Bod Harness is both lightweight and functional.
- ASCENDERS: You will need one full-sized ascender for Mount Everest.
- CARABINERS:Bring two large locking carabiners and eight regular carabiners. Please do not bring “bentgate” carabiners. These have certain limitations that do not make them appropriate for how we will use them. Mark them with colored tape for identification. Guides’ Pick: Black Diamond Neutrinos are very light weight.
- PERLON CORD: 50 feet of 5 or 6 mm for Prussiks.
- RAPPEL/BELAY DEVICE: You will need this for rappelling the fixed lines.
- TREKKING POLES: Adjustable poles work best. Guides’ Pick: Black Diamond Expedition Poles
ESSENTIAL PERSONAL ITEMS
- STUFF BAGS: Bring enough to keep your stuff organized.
- (2)ONE LITER. WIDE MOUTH WATER BOTTLES: Please do not bring narrow mouthed bottles.
- INSULATED COVER: 2, one for each one liter bottle.
- LARGE PLASTIC BOWL: Bring one for eating out of on the upper mountain.
- INSULATED CUP 12 or 16 ounce plastic cup for hot drinks
- LARGE PLASTIC (LEXAN) SPOON
- 6 SMALL LIP BALMS (WITH 30+SPF): Multiple lip balms are never a bad idea on a long trip…
- SUN SCREEN 12+ OUNCES- Multiple small tubes work better than one or two large tubes.
- TOILET KIT (Tooth brush & paste, floss, Handi-wipes, hand sanitizer, biodegradable soap and shampoo, contact us for specifics…)
- SWISS ARMY KNIFE: Keep this small and lightweight.
- PEE-BOTTLE: Make sure it is a least 1 L. Our Guides’ Pick is the collapsible, 96 ounce canteen from Nalgene.
- HAND WARMERS: Bring 8+ sets of these disposable insurance policies.
- PERSONAL MEDICAL KIT (Blister kit, aspirin, antacids, lozenges, Ibuprofen). PLEASE CONTACT YOUR PERSONAL PHYSICIAN FOR A LIST OF APPROPRIATE PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS.
- CAMERA: Digital cameras are both lightweight and takes lots of pictures. Be sure to bring extra memory and at least one extra battery.
- TOWEL, SHAMPOO AND SOAP: For showers at base camp!
- OTHER ITEMS: Journal and pen, books, altimeter watch, foot powder, maps, spare sun glasses, personal music player with 12 volt charger.
- SIM CARD: We’ll have a satellite phone and you are welcome to use it, but if you plan on making many calls, please purchase and bring your own SIM card to use. Contact us for details.
There are many good options for equipment. Our Guides’ Picks reflect gear that we know to be of the highest quality and are biased toward companies that we feel are leading the industry with their environmental and social policies. We want you to be ultimately prepared for your guided Everest climb. Please contact us with any and all questions or thoughts on your kit.