Everest South Side Summit Climb with International Mountain Guides

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Everest programs are recognized worldwide as simply outstanding, with a reputation for  highly professional staff of leaders, climbers and Sherpas, first-rate logistics and resulting safety and success record on the mountain.

Note from Eric Simonson

Thanks for the interest in Everest programs!

I’ve been organizing Everest expeditions for over 30 years, and each year I do my best to put together a strong team with compatible climbers and top notch western and sherpa guides and leaders. We fill our trips, and thus can be picky; we’ve turned away many climbers who I feel will not be a good fit with our program.

For 2013 we continue our tradition of innovation and attention to the details. We put in place first class logistics and staffing. We don’t cut corners. My goal is to conduct the very best program that we can, at a fair price. I don’t think you will be disappointed.

If you would like to join a world-class team on Everest, please give this Everest 2013 PDF document a careful reading and then contact us if you would like further information!

Please let me know how I can be of further assistance.
—Eric Simonson

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Note on 2013 Dates

Dates are listed starting with the arrival day to Kathmandu to the arrival day back to Kathmandu from Lukla at the end of the trip.

The ending dates for the EBC Classic Trek, Sherpa Trek, and Lobuche Climb are FIXED, but you should add one contingency day in Kathmandu at the end, before flying home, in case of Lukla flight delay.

The ending dates for the C2, C3, Everest and Lhotse Climbs are FLEXIBLE, depending on weather and conditions. It would be prudent to add at least one week of contingency days to these itineraries. Normally climbers will reconfirm or change their homeward departure flights when you know exactly when the expedition is going to end for you (contact your travel agent from Everest BC). We plan to stay at Base Camp for climbing until approximately the end of May.

Classic Everest Climb with sherpa guide (1:1)

March 28 – May 22, 2013

This is the program which the majority of climbers have done over the years and is perfect for the climber with previous experience on big mountains. This is a complete expedition: no cutting corners, nothing less than the finest support on the mountain and offering you the ultimate in flexibility to tailor your schedule to your personal needs. This program is led by a senior western guide who is an Everest summiter and includes unlimited consultation with the staff, consultation with the docs at the HRA BC Medical clinic, Icefall fees, all expedition food, communications, oxygen, Sherpa support, complete trek service, and total expedition logistics from Kathmandu to Kathmandu. We assign your personal sherpa guide to you at the beginning of the expedition, and you climb together over the acclimatization rotations, developing familiarity and friendship. We do not allow members to climb solo. Our itinerary includes staying at our custom Lobuche Peak base camp for great acclimatization hiking on the way to Everest BC at the beginning of the expedition, a subsequent ascent of Lobuche for further acclimatization and training prior to the first rotation on Everest, then two acclimatization rotations (one to C2 and one to C3) prior to the Everest summit bids. The goal is maximum practice and acclimatization before going high on Everest, for the best possible chance of success.

Classic Everest Climb with western guide (1:1)

March 25 – May 19, 2013
For the customer who is not cost sensitive, and who wants the optimum support, we assign one of our senior guides (who is an Everest summiter), and for up high, we’ll have an additional sherpa guide and provide extra oxygen for the summit bid. This is the Cadillac program for the discerning climber who wants the very best. The general itinerary is the same as the Classic Everest climb.

Hybrid Everest Climb

March 25 – May 19, 2013
Many of our customers have told us they want the oversight of a western guide (4:1 ratio) in addition to the individual attention provided by a personal sherpa guide (1:1 ratio). Now we have what you are looking for! Join seasoned Everest guides and our top sherpas for an attractively priced program that combines the best of both worlds. The general itinerary is the same as the Classic Everest climb, but the Hybrid group will travel separately to Base Camp and will have a separate BC dining tent.

Lobuche Peak Summit Climb

March 31 – April 23, 2013
If you would like to visit Everest Base Camp, but stay longer and go higher, bring your crampons and ice axe and add a climb of Lobuche Peak, over 20,000 feet. Our itinerary includes staying in lodges between Lukla and Pheriche, then in our custom Lobuche Peak base camp (for fantastic acclimatization hiking) for several nights prior to moving on up to Everest BC at the beginning of the expedition. Then our Lobuche climbers, guides, and Sherpas will drop one day back down the valley to climb this beautiful peak, with world class views of Everest from the summit. Afterward, trek back out to Lukla with our crack Sherpa team for the flight to Kathmandu. From the beautiful Lobuche Base Camp tucked up a side valley from the EBC trek route, the route climbs to a high camp, then from there up rock scrambling to the glacier, which leads to the summit ridge. The steeper parts of the climb to the ridge, on the summit day, are normally fixed with about 500 meters of rope. Lobuche Peak is a perfect objective if you are fit and have Mt. Rainier type skills. (ice axe, crampons, roped glacier travel). We will review use of fixed ropes for climbers who have not done this before. Please see the Lobuche Expedition Pages for more info specifically on Lobuche Peak.

Please note that we go to the fore-summit of Lobuche. To get to the true summit requires rappelling down into a notch, then some steep alpine climbing, which is too sporty for most of our customers. So we pull up a bit short, but still 20K. And the views are incredible!
Khumbu Icefall climbs to Camp 2 or 3

Camp 2 with sherpa guide: March 31 – May 3, 2013
Camp 3 with sherpa guide: March 31 – May 3, 2013

Our Khumbu Icefall programs are for the climber who wants an up close and personal Everest experience without a summit attempt! All climbers join the Lobuche Peak itinerary with western and sherpa guides, for instruction and evaluation. Then, you climb the famous Khumbu Icefall and beyond with your 1:1 sherpa guide. This is serious climbing, with some risk, so you need to be in good shape and have solid skills with crampons, fixed rope, etc. Camp 3 climbers will be provided oxygen for you to practice with as you climb the Lhotse Face to Camp 3. If you are thinking about coming back to climb Everest some day, this is great practice!
Lhotse Climb

March 31 – May 25, 2013

Lhotse climbers accompany the Lobuche and C2/C3/C4 climbers to EBC. The Lhotse route follows the Everest route to above the Yellow Band, then splits off to Lhotse Camp 4. Lhotse is a stiff climb, more difficult than Cho Oyu. Our Sherpa team will fix the route all the way to the summit, but there is steep ice and rock in the Lhotse Couloir so you need to be very fit and capable. We figure you will use oxygen starting at C3 on the second rotation, then from C3 to Lhotse C4, overnight there, and on summit day. The goal would be to descend to C2 after the summit. Please see the Lhotse Expedition Pages for more info specifically on Lhotse.

Express Everest Summit Climb

For very strong and experienced climbers, we provide the option of a shorter itinerary and a different acclimatization profile. Express climbers accompany the Lobuche and C2/C3/C4 climbers to EBC and then follow this with a single extended acclimatization rotation to Camp 2 and Camp 3 (overnight at C3). This means that you only do one Icefall rotation prior to the summit bids. This is a more aggressive schedule, suited to strong climbers who have demonstrated the ability to acclimatize well on past climbs and/or who can do some pre acclimatization before the expedition (e.g., additional trekking and climbing to altitude or using a hypobaric chamber). During the Lobuche and C2/C3 rotations you will be climbing with members of the C2/C3/C4/Lhotse teams. We do not allow members to climb solo. You will have a personal sherpa guide assigned to you for the summit bids.
Classic Nepal Everest Base Camp Trek

Classic Trek with Hybrid team: March 25 – April 13, 2013
Classic Trek with Classic team: March 28 – April 16, 2013 (FULL)
Classic Trek with Lhotse team: March 31 – April 19, 2013

The trek to Everest BC is one of the world’s classic human powered adventures! Accompany the  climbing team with sherpa and western guides and see all the famous sights on the way up the Khumbu Valley. Our itinerary includes staying in lodges between Lukla and Pheriche, then in our custom Lobuche Peak base camp (for fantastic acclimatization hiking) for several nights prior to moving on up to Everest BC at the beginning of the expedition. Rub shoulders with the climbers and see what a real expedition is like. Climb Kala Pattar, hike up to the base of the Khumbu Icefall and get some photos, then join in with the expedition puja ceremony at Base Camp. You stay overnight at Everest Base Camp as a guest of the expedition; only trekkers associated with expeditions are allowed to stay at EBC. Then, trek back out to Lukla with our crack Sherpa team for the flight to Kathmandu. What a classic! We have a limited number of positions available on these Classic EBC Treks, accompanying our three climbing teams.

Sherpa Led Nepal Everest Base Camp Trek

April 29 – May 16, 2013

Our Sherpa led Everest trek, with top notch support and logistics, this group also visits the team at Base Camp, near the end of the expedition, normally about the time of the summit bids. This is an exciting time to be there! After the Base Camp visit, trek back out to Lukla with our crack Sherpa team for the flight to Kathmandu. With a slightly accelerated itinerary, you can do this trip in 3 weeks of vacation!
Source: Mountain Guides

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Everest South Side Summit Climb with International Mountain Guides
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