mt-everest-south-col-summit-expedition

mt-everest-south-col-summit-expedition

  • Duration
  • 52 Days
  • Group Size
  • 2-5
  • Location
  • Everest
Adventure-Trip-Difficulty-Rating-Extreme
  • Physicality
  • Extreme

The Mt. Everest South Col Expedition is more than the most famous mountain on earth. It has unique beauty, mystery and mood. Mt. Everest’s local names give you a sense of how the mountain commands respect from all who see her. Standing incredibly tall silhouetted against the shared sky of Nepal and Tibet, this mountain has many names, with two most locally: Chomolungma and Sagarmatha.

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Date:  2022
Duration: 57 days

EXTREME 

Athlete level of fitness wanting to go to the extremes of mental, physical, emotional and spiritual strength, endurance and capacity. Often desires a summit experience in high altitude as non-technical and also technical conditions. Highly driven and wants to achieve a significant goal.

EDGE Travel Worldwide has always been fascinated by what is also called “The Third Pole.” late Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa became the first people to stand on top of the world on the 29th May, 1953. Since then there have been other many notable ascents to the summit. Possibly the most colorful story about the early attempts on Everest is the one involving Captain J. Noel and his native companions. He disguised himself as a Mohammaden and made a journey from Darjeeling through Northwest Sikkim and round the north of Kanchanjunga in an attempt to reach Everest. Unfortunately, not even the disguise could see him through. His mission was out short just sixty-five km from Everest when a posse of Tibetan soldiers forced them to turn back.

Although there are a dozen or so routes on Mt. Everest, we follow the classical route, traditionally the most reliable way to the summit. Climbing Everest has been successfully organised and climbed many times since 1953, but this should not lull prospective Everest climbers into complacency. Everest is a deadly mountain. One cannot approach the mountain with anything but a serious determination and focused mountaineering attitude. Everest is still as inexplicable, beguiling and magnificent as ever.

Mount Everest has two main climbing routes, the southeast ridge from Nepal and the northeast ridge from Tibet (China), as well as many others less frequently climbed routes. Of the two main routes, the southeast ridge is technically easier and is the more frequently-used route. It was the route used by Hillary and Tenzing in 1953 and the first recognised of fifteen routes to the top by 1996.

Camp 1: 6400m – 20000ft.

Camp 1 is situated at the flat area of snow endless snow deep crevasses and mountain walls. Because of the Sun’s reflection in this area, we get a warm ambience. In the night we listen the deep murmuring cracking sounds of crevasses beneath our tent. These are the areas where we have to walk to reach camp 2.

Camp 2: 6750m – 21000ft.

Camp 2 is situated at the height of 6750m – 21000ft. It is located at the foot of the icy mount Lhotse wall though where we have to go ahead. Clouds roll-in from the low range of the Himalayan valleys to the bottom of our camp 2. Sometimes the wind here seems very violent, enough to destroy the tents. After climbing higher, we reach camp 3.

Camp 3: 7100m – 22300ft.

Camp 3 is located at the height of 7100m – 22300ft, adjoining to mount Lhotse wall. After climbing the 4000ft. Lhotse wall by using fixed rope and with prior acclimatisation, it leads us to camp 4. Also on the way we have to ascend the steep hollow bands (lose, down-slopping and rotten limestone). From their crossing a short snowfield, the route moves ahead up the Geneva Spur to the east before finishing the flats of the south col. Oxygen should be use above base camp 3 when needed.

Camp 4: 8400m. – 26000ft.

Camp 4 is located at height of 8400m – 26000ft. It is the last camp of the Expedition. From here the summit is only about 500m away. This is the final and dangerous part of the climb. This place is besieged by ferocious and violent winds. The usual best way to reach to summit is via the narrow South – East Ridge which precedes the South Summits 28710ft.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION             

Departure is usually London Heathrow, this may vary and the specific location will be provided upon booking.

All international and connecting return flights are not included in the EDGE Travel Worldwide trip price per person. If you would like EDGE Travel Worldwide to book your flights, please note there will be a £100 administration fee applied.

WEAR  

Comfortable Clothing for the flight

DAY 1    Arrival in Kathmandu airport

Local EDGE Travel Worldwide meet and transfer clients to Hotel.

DAY 2    Preparation for Expedition

DAY 3    Briefing at Ministry of Tourism

DAY 4    Fly to Namche by helicopter

3340m – 10959ft.

DAY 5    Acclimatisation day in Namche Bazar

3340m – 10959ft.

DAY 6    Trek to Khumjung

3790m – 12435ft – called the Green Valley.

DAY 7    Trek to Tengboche Monastery

3837m – 12589ft.

DAY 8    Trek to Periche

4343m – 14249ft.

DAY 9    Acclimatisation day in Periche

4343m – 14249ft.

DAY 10  Trek to Lobuche

4915m – 16126ft.

DAY 11  Trek to Everest Base Camp

5380m., 17652ft.

DAY 12-50   Climbing Period on Mt. Everest

Acclimatise and review/practice mountaineering technique – ladder practice, fixed lines etc. Puja ceremony..

DAY 51 After climbing period, helicopter flight from Base Camp to Kathmandu

3340m – 10959ft.

DAY 52  Free in Kathmandu

DAY 53  Transfer to airport for your onward journey.

The Mountaineering phase for the summit attempt from Base Camp

Day 16: Climb to Camp 1

Day 17: Rest in Camp 1

Day 18: Climb to Camp 2

Day 19: Rest in Camp 2

Day 20: Descend to base camp

Day 21 to 25: Rest in base camp

Day 26: Climb to Camp 2

Day 27 Rest in Camp 2

Day 28: Rest in Camp 2 (hike up west shoulder)

Day 29: Touch Camp 3, sleep in Camp 2

Day 30: Descend to base camp

Day 31 to 37: Rest at Base Camp or descend lower; evaluate weather conditions for summit rotation

Day 38: Climb to Camp 2

Day 39: Rest in Camp 2

Day 40: Climb to Camp 3 (use O2)

Day 41: Climb to Camp 4 (use O2)

Day 42: Rest in Camp 4 (use O2)

Day 43: Climb to Summit! (use O2) and return to Camp 4.

Day 44: Climb to Summit of Lhotse, return to Camp 2.

Day 45: Descent to base camp.

Mount Everest Expedition Required Equipment:

 X1 Ice Axe: General mountaineering tool (65cm)

x1 pair Crampons: General mountaineering crampons

x1 Climbing Helmet: Must be able to fit over your warm hat

x2 Ascender: right or left-hand ascender

x1 Alpine Climbing Harness: A mountaineering harness, with adjustable leg loops. Not a rock climbing “sport”

harness.

x6 Carabiners: 3 locking and 3 regular

x3 Rappel device: ATC or figure 8

x1 pair Mountaineering boots

x1 Hiking shoes/boots: comfortable boots or shoes for the trek to base camp. x1 Camp boots: comfortable boots for wearing in camp.

x1 pair Booties: down is best.

x6 Wool or synthetic socks.

x3 pair Liner socks.

Synthetic Short underwear: A non-cotton style underwear.

x3 Lightweight Long Underwear: long-sleeved shirt and long pants. x1 Heavyweight long underwear.

x2 Short Sleeve Synthetic Shirt: 2 pair

x2 Lightweight Nylon Pants: 2 pair

x1 Soft Shell jacket: To be worn over other layers

x1 Soft Shell Pants: Very breathable and water repellent

x1 Hard Shell Jacket with hood: A waterproof and breathable shell jacket x1 Hard Shell Pants: Waterproof and breathable shell pants

x1 Insulated Down Jacket with hood: We primarily wear this when climbing below

Camp 2.

x1 Insulated synthetic Pants: Worn primarily when climbing below Camp 2. x1 Down Suit: We wear this climbing above Camp 2.

x2 Warm Hat: Synthetic or wool hat.

x2 Balaclava: to protect your neck and face in high winds.

x2 Baseball Camp or other sun hat: To shade your face / neck from the sun on a hot

day.

x2 Bandana & Buff: To protect your neck / face from the sun.

x2 Glacier glasses: Full protection with side covers or wrap around.

x2 Ski goggles: To be worn on summit day in the event of high winds. x2 Lightweight synthetic liner gloves: For wearing on a hot day.

x2 Soft shell gloves: To wear for moderate cold / wind.

x2 Shell glove with insulated liner: To wear for severe cold / strong wind.

x2 Expedition Mitts: Large enough to fit a liner glove inside.

x1 Expedition Backpack: 65L pack should be large enough.

x1 Trekking Backpack: To carry on the trek to base camp. Simple and light.

x1 Sleeping Bag (for high camps): Rated to at least -40°F. Goose down or synthetic. x1 Sleeping Bag (for base camp): rated to at least -20°F.

Compression stuff sacks: For reducing volume of the sleeping bag, down parka, etc., in your pack.

x2 Self-inflating sleeping pad (1 for base camp and 1 for high camps): Full length is preferred.

x2 Closed cell foam pad: To be used in conjunction with the inflating pad for warmth and comfort when sleeping.

x1 Trekking poles with snow baskets: Adjustable poles.

x1 Cup: A plastic 16 oz. minimum cup or mug.

x1 Bowl: A plastic bowl for eating dinner or breakfast out of. x2 Spoon: Plastic spoon.

x2 Headlamp: With 2 extra sets of new batteries.

Sunscreen: SPF 50 or better.

Lip screen: SPF 30 or better (2 sticks.)

x3 Water bottles: 3 wide mouth bottles with 1 liter capacity.

x3 Water bottle parkas: fully insulated with zip opening.

x1 Thermos: 1 liter

x1 Pee bottle: 1 liter minimum bottle for convenience at night in the tent. x1 Toiletry bag: Include toilet paper and hand sanitizer and small towel

x3 Hand warmers & toe warmers: 3 sets of each and use Hotronic foot warmer system.

x1 Knife or multi tool (optional).

Trash compactor bags: to line back pack and stuff sacks as well as for separating gear. Camera: bring extra batteries and memory cards.

Travel Clothes: For days in Kathmandu.

x2 12oltr Duffel bags with locks: To transport equipment.

Base Camp Items: Kindle, Ipad, smart phone, etc.

Snack food: Please bring a few days of your favourite climbing snack food such as bars, gels, nuts, beef jerky, etc. A variety of salty and sweet is good.

Small personal first aid kit: Include athletic tape, plasters, Ibuprofen, blister care,

personal medications, etc.

Medications and Prescriptions: Bring antibiotics (Azithromycin, etc.), and altitude medicine such as Diamox and dexamethasone.

Included

  • EDGE Travel Worldwide Tour Leader: Dave Pickles climbs with the clients
  • Personal Sherpa per client
  • All land transportation by Car, Van or Toyota Hiace (Airport/Hotel/Airport, expedition pick up & drop)
  • 6 Nights Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu at a 3-star Hotel full board, before and after the expedition
  • Nepal visa entry fee. (Airport on arrival)
  • Helicopter flight: KTM/Namche. Base Camp/KTM for clients and head Sherpa
  • Plane flight: KTM/Lukla. Lukla/KTM for Sherpas, Liaison officer and expedition staff
  • Transport of food supply and expedition equipment to Base Camp & back
  • Full board in lodges during trekking to base camp & back
  • All kitchen tent, store tent, dining tents, toilet tent, table, chairs & cooking utensils for BC
  • Base Camp single sleeping tent & Mattress for each client, BC staff & Liaison officer
  • Food and fuel at Base Camp
  • Service of cooks at Base Camp
  • Service of cooks at Base Camp
  • Service of Government Liaison officer
  • 7 Oxygen bottles per member with mask and regulator for the expedition use (Poisk Oxygen System)
  • 7 Oxygen bottles per member with mask and regulator for the expedition use (Poisk Oxygen System)
  • 4 Oxygen bottles for each climbing Sherpa
  • Equipment allowance, wages of cook, kitchen staff and Liaison officer
  • Insurance of cook, kitchen staff, Liaison officer and porters
  • Peak Permit fee of Mt. Everest
  • Khumbu Ice Fall route fee
  • Sagarmatha National Park entrance fee
  • 1 high altitude Sherpa per climber to carry all food & gear to higher camps. Also assist the member during climb & summit attempt.
  • All general climbing safety equipment such as ropes, ice screws, ice bar, pitons, etc
  • High altitude food
  • High altitude fuel
  • High altitude tents
  • 50 KG per client and staff. Expedition equipment and luggage – barrels only allowed for the expedition till Base Camp
  • 40 KG per client and staff. Expedition equipment and luggage – barrels are allowed for the return journey to Kathmandu
  • 2 Expedition duffel bags or Barrels for each member
  • Generator and solar panel at Base Camp for light and charging
  • Sat Phone available at Base Camp, but nominal charge for use
  • Emergency medical Oxygen at Base Camp
  • Visa extension fee
  • Rubbish deposit fees
  • Official tax and agency service charge

Not Included

  • International flights
  • Personal climbing gear and equipment above Base Camp
  • Applicable permit fees and customs charges, etc. for SAT phone, Walkie-Talkies, Communication equipment & commercial filming
  • Personal insurance such as travel, accident, medical, emergency evacuation and lost luggage
  • Applicable permit fees and customs charges and commercial filming.
  • Expenses of personal nature such as drinks, laundry, postage, telephone etc.
  • Tips and summit bonus.
  • Summit Bonus: Camp 8300m = USD $1000 & over 8300m to summit = USD $500
  • Total = $1500 USD extra payable for climbing Sherpa on the spot

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Customer Reviews

Chris, Frodsham

What can I say, this was the experience of a lifetime and was fantastic! Every aspect of the trip for me was handled with professionalism and care with everyone’s safety and enjoyment paramount. The local guides and contacts were fantastic, plainly experienced and some of the loveliest people I have met. Walking at high altitude (19,500 ft at the top) comes with its own risks but I felt that every step of the way our wellbeing and health was being looked after and I am happy to say I would trust my life to Dave and his teams on any of his trips. I got so many things form this trip, meeting new people, walking at altitude, spending so much time laughing and being able to mentally unwind. The achievement of reaching the top of the highest free-standing mountain in the world, seeing the sunrise over Africa, has and will stay with me forever. It has given me the mental strength to do other things in life and when things have got tough afterwards I have been able to say to myself “You walked to the top of the highest free standing mountain in the world, you have got this” and it has inevitably got me through. A massive thank you to Dave and all at EDGE Travel Worldwide for this life changing experience and I can’t wait to go on the next one.

Jayne, Shrewsbury

It has been a privilege to walk with the people I have met. Many of them, friends for life. On my first EDGE Travel Worldwide trip I took my daughter to Machu Picchu. To share such an adventure with her was incredible and we will treasure the memories forever . It changes your mindset seeing the culture and a view if life in a different way .
It’s hard to put into words how much Edge Travel worldwide has changed our lives as a family for the better . Through meeting Sarah and then Dave I have travelled to Machu Picchu and Kilimanjaro & I have now reserved my third adventure

This was my second EDGE trip, this time I took my son , we loved it every second of it . Kilimanjaro is so much more than just the summit it’s the journey before and after . The people that care for you, the guides the trek the adventure folds out in pages like a chapter in front of you you can’t wait to turn the next page . The joy of this experience is you take it home with you and the feeling of such an achievement stays with you . I feel healthier, fitter and addicted to altitude. At the time it’s a tough challenge but to push yourself out of normal daily life and out if your comfort zone its an experience I will never forget . For me it’s about making the most of the time we are here and trying to stay fit as long as I can and share these incredible accomplishments in the knowledge the next adventure is out there. Without Dave none of this would have been possible. The encouragement, guidance and kindness extends far beyond a trip. I have seen Dave show my children how to overcome fear of heights, learn about weather conditions, believe in themselves and succeed without any limits. These are priceless travel experiences and we want to thank you for making our dreams come true for me and my family.

Toni, Leicester

IF you’ve seen and have been inspired by the Comic Relief Killimanjaro climb and are interested in finding out how you too could get close to this amazing mountain and have a wonderful adventure!
IF you wish to challenge and grow yourself in the company of other wonderful inspiring people then you need to meet Dave Pickles from EDGE Travel Worldwide.
We had the most amazing time. We were all from different backgrounds ,different age groups , different fitness levels , and Dave brought us together as a TEAM!
We laughed , cried , sang , stumbled , hugged and shared this amazing experience together .
What you can’t see in the Comic Relief film are the amazing porters who carry the provisions , care for the climbers , encourage every step of the way and who make the journey so special .
I reached the summit holding hands with Hilary – he sang softly for hours as we climbed the mountain in the moonlight and this was one of the most beautiful experiences in my life so far .

Yvonne, Kingsmead

Kilimanjaro, wow – I wanted a challenge and that is what I got!

I absolutely loved this trip; the itinerary was well put together with Dave Pickles coordinating every day seamlessly. The local crew of Porters and Guides were so incredibly funny, friendly, humble and kind, I felt that I was always in safe hands.

I was travelling alone, but within minutes of meeting people at the airport, friendships were made and a lovely group was born. Two thirds of the group knew each other previously but this did not really impact on the group dynamics, everyone integrated well.

This trek took me way out of my comfort zone…I have reasonable fitness level, but I found this so hard, particularly the summit night when altitude sickness descended. But it made the success all the sweeter when I reached the very top of highest freestanding mountain in the world. Ages in our group ranged from 19-74, young and young at heart got to the top, so it really is achievable for all with the right mindset and support.

Dave gave clear guidelines to follow from the outset, rest is best, hydration, pace and relaxation…his support, enthusiasm and vast experience gave me so much confidence in my ability to succeed. Dave constantly encourages, jokes, entertains and manages people in a fun and positive way, striving to give each individual person such an epic experience. He balances that comedic, approachable charm with military organisation and calm professionalism – it is most certainly Dave and his ethos that gives Edge Travel the ‘edge’ above other similar operators.

I could have booked this trip directly with any tour guide in Tanzania, but to be able to draw on Dave’s expertise and knowledge leading up to the trip as well as whilst we were away was invaluable.

Only one small flaw in the itinerary, it would have been wonderful to have an additional day by the pool in our hotel at the end with our group to digest our achievements and raise a toast with a few Kilimanjaro beers! That was just the luck of the draw with the flights and not a complaint, I guess I should have just booked that extra week in Zanzibar after all.

I am rather proud to achieved what I have with the help of Edge Travel, it is all still sinking in and already I can’t wait to plan the next adventure…

Paul, Sandbach

I went on the 2019 trek and what an incredible trip! Certainly tougher than I expected especially on the final ascent but well worth it to have the experience of standing on the roof of Africa. The diversity of landscapes that are experienced throughout the trek is amazing. I would like to highlight that throughout the trip Dave and the team in Tanzania were incredible and the whole trip was made easier knowing that I was in completely safe hands and would thank everyone for their professionalism, care and attention. One of the many memorable moments for me was on the final ascent walk the Tanzania team could see that people were flagging and began singing which I know had an inspirational impact on me and certainly helped get me to the top and speaking to others it had a similar effect. I would not hesitate to recommend Edge Travel to others and also am looking forward to going on another Edge trek.

Angela, Sheffield

I did this trip with Dave in 2017. From start to finish it was the most emotional experience of my life. It was bloody hard, testing and satisfying. I choose the right company for my experience that goes without saying. I didn’t know anyone on the trip but from the end of day 1 I made friends for life and I genuinely mean that. I adore everyone of the team I walked with.
If your looking for a challenge I would defo recommend this one.

Paulina, Spalding

Tanzania and Kilimanjaro was my first trip I did with EDGE. I remember I kept asking myself before the trip if it was really happening. So it did happen and even that until today it’s still the toughest thing I’ve ever done in my life I feel I found myself on that mountain. Believe or not I actually did it again for the second time six months later! And want to go again.. Am I addicted? 😀
Tanzania feels like another home to me with kind people, tasty food and great scenery. You won’t be disappointed!

Wendy, Llangollen

This was my first EDGE trek with Dave in September 2016. I am 100% certain I wouldn’t have submitted without Dave. He has summited Kilimanjaro over 50 times and his vast experience is very evident. His understanding of every emotion a trekker on this mountain is going through is uncanny. His ability to feed you enough information for a successful trek is invaluable. The pace is slow to allow safe acclimatising. Up until the summit attempt this feels like a trek that only gradually gets more challenging. Summit night was a whole level tougher but reaching the crater rim with sunrise felt like I was on a film set. Summiting was surreal (take plenty of photos) I descended quickly and enjoyed feeling the air thickening again at about the same pace the enormity of what I’d achieved really did start sinking in. I definitely have to do this one again as it still feels like a dream!

Phil, Leeds 20/07/2020

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