Guiding Everest since 1992

Everest

Mount Everest is still the ultimate mountaineering adventure. To stand at the pinnacle of the earth is one of life's most rewarding experiences. As pioneers of guided ascents on Everest, Adventure Consultants is recognised as the premier guiding service with a superb reputation for enabling members of our expeditions to achieve summit aspirations.

An attempt on Everest is a committing undertaking which requires a huge amount of dedication and determination. If you are serious about achieving the top and feel you have the right ingredients and experience, we invite you to apply for a position on our team in 2018, on what will be our twenty-fifth Everest expedition.

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Difficulty Level High ?
Fitness Level Very High ?
Duration 63 days
Elevation 8,850M / 29,035FT
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AC Guide Dean Staples on his 9th summit of Everest - Dean Staples

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Puja Ceremony at Everest Base Camp - Anthea Fisher

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Between the South Summit and Hillary Step - Charley Mace

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Descending towards the South Col - Rob Smith

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Climbing through the Yellow Band - Dean Staples

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Looking back towards the Hillary Step - Rob Smith

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Ecstatic on top of the world - Dean Staples

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In the Western Cwm - Guy Cotter

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Descending after a successful summit - Charley Mace

From Apr 01 to Jun 02, 2018
Departs from Kathmandu, Nepal
$65,000 USD $
From Apr 01 to Jun 02, 2019
Departs from Kathmandu, Nepal
$65,000 USD $
  • Overview

    • Climb with the pioneers of Everest expedition guiding
    • 1:1 sherpa to climber ratio on summit day & 1:4 ratio of western guides
    • No other operator offers so much in the way of resources and personnel to help you achieve success!


    The Adventure Consultants methodology and tactical approach to climbing Mt Everest has seen us achieve the highest success rates and our extensive experience gives us the edge when it comes to the big decisions. We provide a consistently higher Sherpa and Guide ratio than any other operator, resulting in more support and backup for your summit attempt and therefore a greater safety margin and chance of success.

    We are constantly developing and evolving our operational systems to ensure you participate in the best expedition available. We figure our expedition members do not deserve anything less! In the interests of giving you the most optimal chance to summit, we limit our team size to ensure the group summits on the best weather day; sometimes there is only one summit day! Large teams offering cheap climbs often miss out as they split their groups over several potential summit days.

    Our guides are seasoned professionals who are trained and assessed through the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations (IFMGA) resulting in a greater repertoire of skills that enables them to provide a dedicated level of security to you during the expedition. The guide’s contribution is predominantly around making decisions to keep you safe and healthy and to avoid mishap. This is based on years of first-hand experience on the mountain and is in contrast to startup operators looking to learn the ropes at your expense or locally-led groups which are wanting of preventative strategies and back-up contingency in case of mishap.

    For two decades we have been at the forefront of providing the most current communications systems for our expeditions. These deliver comprehensive weather forecasts which enable us to plan our ascent around favourable weather. Additional meteorological interpretation provided by veteran Everest guides through our head office in New Zealand helps manage the decision-making process.

    The Base Camp communications centre allows you to keep in touch with your family and business throughout the expedition by utilising our solar powered laptops and satellite internet connections. This facility provides the opportunity to supply sponsors and family members with current news and photos. The comfortable Base Camp environment and the quality of food provided by AC is legendary. Our cooks are regarded as the best in the business, providing wholesome and appetising meals with an agreeable array of menus to suit all your food requirements. The meals you are served on the mountain are also of the highest standard and designed to sustain you for the rigours of the ascent. For those with specific needs - we can cater to special dietary requirements.

    In line with our objective to ensure you receive the best possible level of care while you are on the expedition, we provide a dedicated Base Camp doctor who is there specifically to ensure the wellbeing of the team members. We have had it confirmed time and again that this consistently makes a crucial contribution to the success rate and well-being of our team members.

    You can customise your expedition by adding further service options to complement your ascent such as extra oxygen, private expeditions, Everest Traverse from south to north, training schedules and much more. There is no doubt that an attempt of Mt Everest is a committing and serious undertaking. It takes a huge amount of dedication and determination to be successful. We work with you to help develop a suitable training programme and a schedule of preparatory ascents to give you the best chance of achieving that lofty goal.

    If you are serious about being successful on an ascent of the world’s highest mountain - and you want an environment that gives you the best chance of attaining that goal in a relaxed team atmosphere or private expedition – then Adventure Consultants is the perfect choice.

  • Why AC?

    Choosing a Provider

    It is very important to us that the climbers who join our team have expectations that are compatible with the program we offer and the style of expedition we run. We don’t want to merely ‘fill our expedition’ but instead we want a team membership of companionable people who are focused on reaching the summit in good style with the highest level of support and safety standards as can be provided by a guiding service on Mt Everest accompanied by the best standards of food and equipment that is attainable.

    If you are serious about being successful on an ascent of the world’s highest mountain - and you want an environment that gives you the best chance of attaining that goal in a relaxed team atmosphere or private expedition- then Adventure Consultants is the perfect choice.

    Highest Success Rates

    The Adventure Consultants methodology and tactical approach to climbing Mt Everest has seen us achieve the highest success rates and our extensive experience gives us the edge when it comes to the big decisions. We provide a consistently higher Sherpa and Guide ratio than any other operator, resulting in more support and backup for your summit attempt and therefore a greater safety margin and chance of success.

    Small Teams

    We are constantly developing and evolving our operational systems to ensure you participate in the best expedition available. We figure our expedition members do not deserve anything less! In the interests of giving you the most optimal chance to summit, we limit our team size to ensure the group summits on the best weather day; sometimes there is only one summit day! Large teams offering cheap climbs often miss out as they split their groups over several potential summit days.

    Highly Qualified Western Guides

    Our guides are seasoned professionals who are trained and assessed through the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations (IFMGA) resulting in a greater repertoire of skills that enables them to provide a dedicated level of security to you during the expedition. The guide’s contribution is predominantly around making decisions to keep you safe and healthy and to avoid mishap. This is based on years of firsthand experience on the mountain and is in contrast to startup operators looking to learn the ropes at your expense or locally-led groups which are wanting of preventative strategies and back-up contingency in case of mishap.

    Advanced Communication & Weather Forecasting

    For two decades we have been at the forefront of providing the most current communications systems for our expeditions. These deliver comprehensive weather forecasts from our Swiss meteorologists which enable us to plan our ascent around favourable weather. Additional meteorological interpretation provided by veteran Everest guides through our head office in New Zealand helps manage the decision making process.

    Our WiFi data connection allows you to keep in touch with sponsors, business, friends and family via email, social media accounts or blog throughout the expedition from the comfort of your tent or our Base Camp lounge.

    Well Appointed Base Camp Facilities

    The comfortable Base Camp environment and the quality of food provided by AC is legendary.

    Our cooks are regarded as the best in the business, providing wholesome and appetising meals with an agreeable array of menus to suit all your food requirements. The meals you are served on the mountain are also of the highest standard and designed to sustain you for the rigours of the ascent. For those with specific needs - we can cater to special dietary requirements.

    Dedicated Base Camp Doctor

    In line with our objectives to ensure you receive the best possible level of care while you are on the expedition, we provide a dedicated Base Camp doctor who is there specifically to ensure the wellbeing of the team members. We have had it confirmed time and again that this consistently makes a crucial contribution to the success rate and well-being of our team members.

    Budget Considerations

    There are a lot of people out there who call themselves guides yet are really just people wanting you to pay for their holiday. Choose a guide who is appropriately qualified and see if someone you know can recommend a guide they have knowledge of or experience with. The type of objective has a lot to do with the type of guide you need; a quick ascent of the Matterhorn is not going to have the same demands as a 3 month expedition to Mt Everest. There is a reason that established guides or guiding companies have the reputation that they have, it’s because there is sufficient information out there about their previous track records and modus operandus. Be very aware to not base your decision about a guide or guiding company on price alone, cheap means cheap, and nowhere more than with a guiding service. After all, would you shop around for the cheapest dentist or doctor before having surgery done?

  • Payment Conditions

    Inclusions

    The price of your trip includes the following:

    • 1:4 Western Guide ratio and 1:1 Sherpa to climber ratio on summit day
    • Bottled oxygen
    • Personal equipment carried on the mountain
    • Nepalese government royalty fees
    • All expedition organisational requirements
    • All climbing and trekking permits
    • Air transport in Nepal
    • All team equipment
    • All expedition staff including Sherpa support
    • All food whilst away from Kathmandu
    • All supplies necessary to make a safe and strong bid for the summit
    • Medical services from our Expedition Base Camp Doctor
    • Base Camp e-mail and satellite phone facilities
    • Internet dispatch page that is updated daily by guides and Base Camp staff, and semi-hourly on summit day
    • dZi Foundation support for their “revitalize a village” programme – likely to include support for a Nepalese child’s education for a year


    Exclusions

    The price of your trip does not include:

    • Air travel to and from Nepal
    • The ‘Max Ox’ option (see Add-Ons below)
    • Hotel accommodation and meals in Kathmandu
    • Nepalese airport entry visas
    • Extras on the trek in/out such as bottled drinks, showers and laundry
    • Personal clothing and equipment
    • Personal Insurance/ Trip Cancellation Insurance/Medical Evacuation Insurance
    • Actual satellite phone calls and e-mail costs
    • Gratuities for guides and Sherpa staff

    Account Information

    All payments should be made by bank transfer to the following bank and account:

    Bank of New Zealand
    Offshore Branch
    1 Willis Street
    Wellington
    New Zealand

    for the account of Adventure Consultants Limited

    Account # 1000-594771-0000
    Account Type: US Dollars
    Swift Address: BKNZNZ22

    Note: All bank transfer charges are for the remitter's account.

    We can also accept your deposit and balance payments by credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Amex), plus a 3% credit card fee.

    Deposit

    A non-refundable deposit of US$15,000 is payable to secure a place on the expedition.

    Balance

    The balance of US$50,000 is payable in two instalments of US$25,000

    The first on 20 October 2017 and the second on 20 January 2018.

    Cancellation & Refund Policy

    An expedition member may cancel his/her participation on the following basis:

    A) prior to 20 January 2018 then on the basis of a 50% refund of the 20 October 2017 balance payment.
    B) after 20 January 2018 but before departure to the mountain from Kathmandu then on the basis of no refund of any monies paid.

    Trip Cancellation Insurance

    Team members should take out private insurance if they wish to be covered against cancellation due to medical or personal reasons. This is called Trip Cancellation Insurance and can be obtained from your travel agent.

  • Trip Notes

    EverestThe Expedition Trip Notes provide detailed information and background for the Adventure Consultants Everest Expedition.

    You can view the trip notes online by clicking the image or download a pdf by clicking the following link:

    Everest Trip Notes

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    Everest is not the place to be with an organisation that is ‘learning the ropes’, there is too much at stake for that. Adventure Consultants expedition staff, along with the operations and logistics team at the head office in New Zealand, provide the highest level of backup and support to the climbing team in order to maximise your chances of success. This is coupled with a very strong expedition guiding team and Sherpa contingent, who, you will come to see, are second-to-none in the industry.

    Logistics

    With technology constantly evolving, Adventure Consultants have kept abreast of all the new techniques and equipment advancements - encompassing the latest in weather forecasting facilities, equipment innovations and communications system.

    Guy CotterGuy Cotter, CEO / Mountain & Ski Guide

    The 2018 expedition is being organised by Guy Cotter, director of Adventure Consultants and a veteran of 25 years of Everest expedition guiding and organisation.


    Caroline Blaikie croppedCaroline Ogle, Operations Manager

    Caroline is has worked in Nepal as part of our operations and logistics team on a regular basis since 2009. She is the AC Operations Manager and plays an integral part in the planning and operation of our Everest Expeditions each year. 


    Our Guides

    Our international guiding staff are the best in the industry. You will find the Adventure Consultants mountain guides companionable and strong expedition leaders with considerable abilities and a willingness to see you achieve your goals. The number of guides is determined by the team size but the normal ratio of guides to members is 1:4.

     Expedition Leader

    Rob Smith Web ProfileRob Smith, Expedition Leader

    Rob started climbing in 1989 and has been guiding since 2000. He divides his time between guiding during the summer Antarctic seasons and the greater ranges of the Himalaya. Originally from Omagh, Northern Ireland Rob is now based in Fort William, Scotland. He has guided for Adventure Consultants for a number of years and his notable guided ascents include Everest, Vinson Massif, Cho Oyu and Elbrus amongst many others.

    Lydia BradeyLydia Bradey, Expedition Guide

    Lydia was the first woman to ascend Mt Everest without oxygen in 1988 and after years of personal climbing is now mountain guiding with Adventure Consultants. She has since summitted Everest with AC three more times (2008, 2013 and 2016). As well as being a qualified IFMGA Guide she is also a qualified physiotherapist.

     

    Ang Dorjee Ev09 webAng Dorjee Sherpa, Private Lead Guide

    Summiting Everest initially with Adventure Consultants in 1992, Ang Dorjee has moved on to achieve 19 summits of Everest and 28 ascents of 8000m peaks! His skills as a climber are legendary. Frequently we consult his mountain acumen to ensure the smooth operation of an expedition. In 2018 Ang Dorjee will be leading a private expedition.

     

    Guy CotterGuy Cotter, Private Expedition Leader

    Guy is the CEO of Adventure Consultants and has spent over 25 years leading and organising expeditions around the globe. Guy's experience in the mountains is unquestionable and his skills are in high demand, not only as a guide but also as a high altitude cameraman, film project manager, training corporate groups, speaker and of course in expedition logistics and planning. Guy's impressive climbing resume includes the Seven Summits and eight of the world's fourteen 8,000m peaks. This year he will be leading a private Expedition to climb Everest.

    Sherpas

    Our group of climbing Sherpas is enthusiastic, motivated and regarded as the strongest and most cohesive group of Sherpas on Mt Everest. They have dozens of Everest summits between them.

    Da Jangbu everest 2014 photosDa Jangbu Sherpa, Climbing Sidar

    Da Jangbu Sherpa, our Expedition and Climbing Sirdar, has summitted Everest an impressive 13 times and brings with him considerable knowledge and experience. As a consequence of his leadership, we have a legendary group of Climbing Sherpas who operate in a harmonious atmosphere of cooperation and commitment to the expedition.

    Base Camp Support Team

    Anthea Fisher portrait by Mark AyreAnthea Fisher, Everest Basecamp Manager

    Anthea is a dedicated outdoors professional with her roles taking her to some of the furthest, coldest corners of the globe. She works as a field guide and in management logistics for the Australian Antarctic Division and now as Everest Base Camp Manager for AC in 2015, 2016, 2017 and returning again in 2018. She also assists at the AC office with expedition logistics and has led treks to Everest Base Camp.


    Sophie WallaceDr Sophie Wallace, Expedition Doctor

    Sophie is returning to Everest Base Camp as our Expedition Doctor for the third time, having previously worked at Base Camp in 2014 and 2017. Sophie is an experienced emergency and intensive care physician, currently working in Australia. Originally from the United Kingdom, Sophie has a passion for the outdoors and has trekked, travelled, dived and worked in remote high altitude locations around the world. This experience is invaluable in her role as our dedicated Expedition Doctor for our climbers and Sherpa team.

    James PerryJames Perry, Base Camp Chef

    James is a talented chef who has amassed an extensive amount of experience in the food industry around the world - from Antarctica to Belgium, Bermuda, and New Zealand. James career includes catering, establishing and running successful restaurants, consulting and teaching. We are excited to have James joining the Base Camp team and leading our talented Sherpa kitchen staff catering to our climbing teams, expedition staff and visiting trekking teams.

    Lillian CotterLillian Cotter, Assistant Base Camp Manager

    With expeditioning in her blood, it's no surprise to see Lillian Cotter join the AC Team at Everest Base Camp. Having grown up in and around the mountains, Lillian is no stranger to expedition life, and will be assisting Anthea at Base Camp as well as hosting our numerous trekking groups that will be visiting Base Camp throughout the season.

     

    Head Office Support Team

    Running successful journeys and expeditions is more about experience, knowledge and strategic management than any other factors. As an organisation, we place a substantial amount of time and resources into ensuring our trips are well planned and supported. You can be assured that the AC staff will provide you with friendly advice and knowledgeable support throughout the planning stages of your trip and we will be there to provide backup while the trip is running.

    Amelia Crofut-BrittinghamAmelia Crofut-Brittingham, Client Liaison

    Amelia has been with Adventure Consultants since October 2017 in the role of Client Liaison for European and Himalayan Operations. Having spent many years working in the ski industry, Amelia brings a wealth of experience to her role.


    AC Team 2016 Landscape

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    Your Health

    Adventure Consultants provides a dedicated doctor for the whole team. Most other teams use a generic medical provider whilst our doctor is there primarily for you and your teammates. The doctor will monitor your overall health throughout the expedition and our medical equipment and provisions are there to provide for your healthcare needs.

    Ample resources will be on call to support each and every climber, not just the first team or fittest members. Remember, this is an expedition led by guides who have already climbed Everest and whose job it is to look after your interests. This should not be confused with a "professionally led" expedition where often you may be buying a place in a team with fewer support services and led by climbers who are attempting the summit primarily for themselves. There are also “Sherpa led” expeditions where you are placed in the hands of a Sherpa for the climb. This can seem alluring, especially when some expedition operators will encourage you to join so they can fill their available spaces but too often these are expeditions with over 20 members! The Sherpas are not trained in medical techniques and are often reluctant to act effectively in situations requiring urgency. This is where the skills and experience of your western guide become invaluable. Too often expedition members learn about the deficiencies of their guides/operators when things begin to go wrong and that is usually too late.

    Level of Experience Required

    There is no definite measure for assessing the required skill level to climb Everest. We prefer to discuss this on an individual basis. However, there are some broad guidelines that can be applied from the outset.

    A successful team member will have been visiting the mountains for at least five seasons and made ascents of peaks up to 18-20,000 ft (5,500 - 6,000 metres). It is quite common for members to have previously climbed Mount McKinley in Alaska, Aconcagua in South America and various Mexican volcanoes as training for Everest.

    Prospective climbers should be familiar with crevasse rescue and glacier travel techniques and have a good overall standard of fitness. Climbers will ideally have a broad set of climbing skills from basic rock climbing to advanced cramponing on snow and ice and strong rope skills such as rappelling and rope ascending.

    Age itself is no barrier. To date, we have succeeded on Everest with members aged from 25 to 66 years of age.

    A fierce determination and a burning desire to climb the mountain are essential prerequisites for this expedition. The guides and other expedition staff will provide the leadership, tactics and overall decision-making required during the climb but you will still have to physically put one foot in front of the other to make it to the top and back.

    We recommend that prospective members undertake another expedition with us before attempting Everest. Your ability to reach Everest’s summit may be dictated by your understanding of how your body responds to very high altitude and ascending other, less demanding, peaks at high altitude will increase your confidence and enhance your judgement during your summit day on Everest. For example, Cho Oyu from Tibet is an excellent venue to learn about the problems of extreme high altitude, without the time or the financial commitment that Everest requires.

    Preparing for Your Trip

    The South Col route on Everest is not an especially technically difficult climb - nor is it the "Yak Route" which some non-Everest climbers have termed it. However, it is imperative that expedition members are well versed in the latest techniques and have experience in the high mountain environment.

    What the photographs do not show are the difficulties of operating at these extreme altitudes. It is a physically demanding ascent, requiring enormous determination and stamina. An expedition to Everest is not a place for those who will give up when the going gets uncomfortable or strenuous. Days can be up to 15 hours long and although we have lightened the loads you personally carry by having enough Sherpa support to carry your equipment, the days are still arduous and taxing, especially over the 7-9 weeks of the expedition.

    The outcome of the expedition will be determined by three broad groups of factors. The first is environmental (weather and snow conditions, etc). The second is the logistical approach taken by the expedition leaders and the strategies employed to embark on a summit bid. The third is your own preparation in the years prior to the expedition and how you perform whilst the expedition is underway. We can help design a training program that will both physically and mentally prepare you for the climb but you need to commit the time and energy to ensure you attain the correct conditioning.

    We know that the success of an expedition is determined by factors that are planned well in advance of the outset of the actual climbing. During our 24 previous seasons on Everest, we have observed many other groups attempting to climb the mountain. Many try to emulate our strategies without committing to the level of resources that we provide.

    Every step of the way, our office staff will be there to answer your questions. If they can’t, they will be happy to put you in touch with one of our Senior International Guides who will have first-hand knowledge of the climb.

    We recognise that no amount of finely tuned organisation will guarantee anyone the summit of Everest. However, we do believe that our experience, combined with your enthusiasm and determination, will provide you with the best possible chance of standing on top of the world. Our track record on Everest is unmatched with 313 summits to date!

    Food

    Our expeditions are renowned for the quality of the food and the expertise of our cooks. AC will import western food for the expedition and supplement this with Nepalese products. Don't be surprised to see sushi, roast duck or fresh salmon on our menus! Snacks and hot and cold drinks are available around the clock to ensure that you maintain the strength required for the summit bid.

    Our Base Camp menus are planned by Western-trained cooks and our busy kitchen is overseen by Head Chef Chhongba who has worked with AC for over 20 years. At Camp 2 we have a dedicated team of mountain cooks who produce a mind-boggling array of culinary delights at 6400m.

    Hygiene is paramount to an expeditions success and we ensure a high level of food safety throughout the expedition.

    Clothing & Equipment

    Expedition members will be sent a list detailing all necessary clothing and equipment to be individually provided, contained within a set of Expedition Reference notes with all the details for the trip. These notes provide extensive information on everything from suggestions of what type of camera to bring, to training advice for your expedition preparation.

    Base Camp Facilities

    The Adventure Consultants facilities are hailed as the best appointed and most comfortable in base camp. We recognise that the more comfortable and better rested you are during your rest at base camp, the better you will perform on the mountain. While climbers on every other expedition are crawling in and out of a tiny mountain sleeping tent and enduring more hardship than is necessary in base camp, team members with Adventure Consultants are living in virtual luxury.

    On our our expedition you enjoy a very high standard of expedition accommodation featuring a ‘walk-in’ tent with bright LED lighting, a carpeted floor, a chair and a comfortable cot bed; essentially a hotel room in base camp!

    Meal times are a pleasure in our heated dining tent that is insulated and fully carpeted. Here you get to enjoy our meals that are famous for the quality that feature fresh local foods and specialist imported products prepared by our trained chefs. Outside of mealtimes we have a lounge area where you can watch movies projected onto our full sized screen or lounge around on one of the couches to read or have a catch-up with team mates.

  • Itinerary

    Following is an ideal itinerary for our Everest Expedition:

    Day  
    1 Arrive Kathmandu
    2 Kathmandu Preparations
    3 Fly to Lukla
    3-13 Trek to Base Camp
    14-34 Establish camps and acclimatise
    35-42 Rest Period
    43-55 Summit Climb Period
    56 Clean up and depart Base Camp
    57-61 Trek to Lukla
    62 Fly from Lukla back to Kathmandu
    63 Depart Kathmandu

    We begin the expedition in Kathmandu; meeting with your guides, team members and Sherpa for a team briefing and welcome dinner followed by a day to check equipment and enjoy the sights of the city.

    We then fly by fixed wing plane to Lukla to begin our trek, taking 10 days to reach Everest Base Camp itself. We stay in the best quality lodges, many of which are run by our Sherpa friends, enjoying good food and Sherpa culture alongside the spectacular scenery. As part of our approach trek, we cross the Kongma La pass (5535m) to boost our acclimatisation prior to arriving at Base Camp.

    There is also the opportunity for friends, family, sponsors or well-wishers to join you on the approach trek to experience a taste of your Everest adventure for themselves.

    By the time you first arrive at Base Camp at the foot of the Khumbu Icefall, a route will already be established with ropes and ladders through to Camp 1. Our strong Sherpa team will be busily involved in ferrying loads of equipment up the mountain. After a few days acclimatisation at Base Camp, you will climb through the Icefall to Camp 1 and rest there for a day. The following day you will continue up the more gentle slopes of the Western Cwm to Camp 2 to rest and acclimatise for several more days. A day-climb up the Lhotse Face towards Camp 3 will complete this first foray before returning to Base Camp. During this time the guides and Sherpa climbers will be establishing the higher camps and stocking these with bottled oxygen for the summit climb.

    The second trip on to the mountain will involve sleeping one night at Camp 3 for acclimatisation before returning to base camp for a rest period. In a perfect scenario, weather and health would remain constant, and these two trips up the mountain would take around 3 weeks. In reality, factors such as weather can add several days to the acclimatization process.

    The most likely time for our summit climb will be between 15 and 25 May. We will climb through the established camps with lightweight packs and don our oxygen masks for the first time when we arrive at Camp 3 to sleep. We then climb to Camp 4 on the South Col. All climbers will be sleeping on bottled oxygen before setting out for the summit, carrying only very lightweight Russian oxygen bottles and using Summit masks. Sherpas and Western guides will accompany all members during the summit climb.

    We ascend 900m from the South Col on summit day via moderate snow slopes with the occasional rock step to climb over. As we approach the South Summit, the dawn breaks to reveal astounding views from Kanchenjunga in the east to Shishapangma off to the west with all the peaks of the Khumbu well below us. The traverse along the summit ridge is exposed and exciting. When we make our way up the Hillary Step, we can look 2,400m straight down onto our Camp 2 in the Western Cwm and 3,000m down the opposite side of the ridge into Tibet! The summit itself provides ample space for the obligatory summit photo and is a time to reflect on the journey thus far. For many, it is one of the most poignant moments of a lifetime.

    After the summit we descend via the same route, losing height quickly and generally we arrive back at the South Col some 3-4 hours after leaving the summit.

  • Add Ons

    We offer a range of additional service options to complement our comprehensive array of expedition inclusions. These service options enable you to customise your expedition to your own specifications and can greatly increase your comfort and summit chances. Please contact us for current pricing and to discuss your specific needs.

    Everest & Lhotse Combined

    Two of the world’s highest peaks in 2 days! Climb Lhotse after a rest day on South Col and add your Lhotse ascent add on to Everest is US$19,750 

    Triple Crown

    Complete the Triple Crown - Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse in one expedition. Enquire for details.

    Everest Traverse

    This unique opportunity allows for climbers who have reached the summit to traverse down the North side into Tibet - potentially creating a unique ‘point of difference’ for sponsors.

    Experience tells us that a high degree of Sherpa support, coupled with maximum oxygen flow rates, greatly increases the rate of success for our team members. With this option, you receive oxygen at a higher flow rate on climbing days allowing you to completely focus on summitting. The results speak for themselves.

    On our standard expedition package climbers are provided with 2 to 3 litres of oxygen per minute for the climbing days above Camp 3 and 0.5 litres per minute for sleeping. For our Max Ox climbers, we also provide sleeping oxygen at 1 litre per minute at Camp 3 and Camp 4 (on the summit phase) and on all programmes, we have enough oxygen to wait a day at the South Col, Camp 4, before attempting the summit.

    With the ‘Max Ox’ option providing 4 litres of oxygen per minute for climbing, climbers have reported having better energy levels, a better appetite, more warmth, a higher degree of strength and greater enjoyment on summit day than those without. They also enjoy a higher rate of success!

    Shouldering a heavy burden can be debilitating at the higher elevations and sap crucial energy levels right when you need it. Another service we now include in the expedition price is ‘Additional Sherpa Support’. This enables climbers to forego the carrying of heavy packs, which is often very debilitating at high altitude. For some climbers, the long climb with a pack up to the top camp at South Col can leave them too exhausted for summit day and hence, this service greatly enhances your summit opportunity.

    We offer Privately Guided Expeditions where you have the services of a top Adventure Consultants western guide as well as your own Sherpa support team to work exclusively with you on the expedition. This helps to ensure your needs are best met. We have been fortunate to work with many privately guided groups over the years with exceptional results.

    You may also like to talk to us about other options such as personal communication systems, or the provision of a personal tent on the mountain.

  • Travel & Rescue Insurance

    Adventure Consultants recommends the following travel insurance and rescue insurance options, although this is only just a start! Once you book on a trip with AC, your Client Liaison will help you by sending through advice on your options;

    • Travel insurance
    • Trip interruption
    • Trip cancellation
    • Rescue / Evacuation / Medical insurance

    COVERMORE INSURANCE

    CoverMore LogoIndulge your spirit of adventure, but protect yourself against all of those unforeseen events that can occur prior to or whilst on your trip with Adventure Consultants. Together with CoverMore Insurance, Adventure Consultants are now offering advice and assistance in purchasing CoverMore policies. With quality travel insurance cover, comes peace of mind and the freedom to venture around the world with confidence, in the knowledge that you will have the support and assistance of CoverMore, if you need it.

    Adventure Consultants highly recommends the Options Plan as this gives you the highest level of cover and benefits available. This includes cover for trip cancellation and amendment which protects your travel investment, medical and dental emergencies, lost luggage/personal belongings and travel delay, amongst other things.

    You can tailor your cover further by adding on winter sports, annual multi-trip cover, scooter riding and working holidays to name a few.

    Why CoverMore?

    • They provide cover where others won’t. e.g. terrorism scares, natural disasters, civil unrest and redundancy.
    • Protect your travel investment by choosing cancellation/interruption cover that meets your needs.
    • The option to increase your cover on valuable luggage items such as cameras and laptops.
    • Adventure Sports Cover for a variety of activities. Trekking is automatically covered, provided that reasonable care is taken, and you are not using ropes or other mountaineering equipment.
    • Free Global SIM card.
    • 24 hour emergency medical and travel assistance centre that is staffed by specialist doctors, nurses and case managers. This now includes the new Travel GP service, allowing you to talk in person to an Australia-based GP.


    Who and what trips is the policy suitable for?

    • Non-New Zealand residents travelling inbound to New Zealand – suitable for cover when travelling around New Zealand, but mountaineering or climbing is excluded.
    • New Zealander's travelling outbound on a trekking adventure e.g. Everest Base Camp Trek, Khumbu Trek, Kilimanjaro, Tour du Mont Blanc Trek and Mustang Horse Trek.


    For more information or assistance, please contact your Client Liaison at Adventure Consultants. Policies can also be purchased directly at CoverMore.

    RIPCORD RESCUE TRAVEL INSURANCE

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    RipCord rescues you from the field if you have an emergent medical condition that will result in significant permanent injury and/or death, but does not require hospitalisation.

    Tusker Trail founder, Eddie Frank, describes his experience with Redpoint Resolutions’ RipCord Travel Protection:

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    GLOBAL RESCUE MEMBERSHIP SERVICES

    Global Rescue SnipAdventure Consultants also recommends the rescue evacuation and security membership/services provided by Global Rescue, which provides transport from the point of illness/injury back to your home countries hospital of your choice. TotalCare provides real-time access to medical information and coming soon, this includes urgent card and speciality consultations from some of the world’s health physicians at the Elite Medical Group and John Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore.

    Recently Global Rescue has released a new travel insurance product, the Signature Travel Insurance option. This has no height limitation and gives comprehensive cover for trip cancellation/interruption, medical and dental expenses, delays, lost luggage as well as optional add-ons to ‘cancel or interrupt for any reason. This is currently only available to US Residents.

    Click here to find out more about this insurance cover which covers climbing and is thus suitable for many of our expeditions.

  • FAQ

    • Expedition Documentation

      Please note you will be emailed a set of Team Reference Notes for your chosen expedition, upon registration. This extensive booklet includes detailed information to assist in the planning of your trip; from travel and medical advice to equipment lists and photography tips.  The following is to serve as a helpful guideline but please feel free to call or e-mail if you have any further questions. Our team is here to help!

    • Choosing a Provider

      I want to climb Everest, but there are so many options and the cost is high! Why should I choose AC? What makes AC different to other companies out there?
      We know that when you make a decision to climb Everest it is one of the most financially challenging trips to come on. Our prices compared to other outfitters that provide the same (or lesser!) product, are actually cheaper! We invite you to shop around and compare, both in price and quality. We feel strongly that you will find us to be the best in the business.

      One of the main things that sets us apart is our attention to detail. Nowhere else will you find a team of people more dedicated to your success! From the time you contact the office to the time you step on the mountain, our customer service is second to none. Why should you choose AC? We invite you to contact some of our past clients to hear their stories. Contact us at the office for details.

      How long has Adventure Consultants been in operation?
      Adventure Consultants started in 1990 and we have been guiding internationally ever since.

      I have heard from others that AC provides a great private trip option, how does that work and what are the costs?
      Seeing as your Everest expedition is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, we wanted to make sure you have every possible advantage. Some clients enjoy the added privacy and schedule flexibility that a private expedition allows. A private means you will have your own guides, your share of the Sherpa carry staff, a private dining tent and optional private communication facilities. This allows you to climb at your own pace and enjoy the mountain on your own terms. The costs vary depending on how many climbers there in your private group. Please contact the office for details or click here for more information.

      Why are you sometimes more expensive than other operators?
      Many of our trips are very similar in price to our competitors. Some companies even wait for us to set our prices and use ours as a guideline! Some of our main selling points, which sometimes do cost more are; internationally qualified western guides, proven dependable local operators, small group sizes and safe client:guide ratios, quality equipment and high summit success rates, among other things. You do get what you pay for which is why we stand out from the rest. Many clients come to us after failing on one of our competitors ‘less expensive’ trips. Click here for more on choosing a provider.

    • The Climb

      Which route? North or South?
      The South Col route from Nepal offers the best chance of success for most climbers. High royalty fees by the Nepalese Government have created a large disparity between the costs of Everest expeditions from Nepal and Tibet.

      We encourage you to research details about both sides of the mountain. People will argue the virtues of either of the two approaches. However, we maintain that the ‘entire package’ of the Nepal side makes it the preferred option: the delightful approach through the Sherpa homelands via the Khumbu Valley, enjoying Sherpa hospitality in modern lodges with good food, and all the while being impressed by the spectacular scenery of the incredible peaks of the lower Khumbu.

      The Khumbu Icefall has a fearsome reputation and it is indeed, a phenomenal route to climb. Yet it is an integral characteristic of the south side that it is a ‘climbers route’ that requires a mountaineer to be well skilled in the use of crampons and ice axe. The Western Cwm is renowned for its phenomenal views of Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori and Cho Oyu. Our Camp 2 is situated directly beneath the imposing black hulk of the notorious Southwest Face. As one climbs higher up the route to South Col, the views become even more outstanding with incredible vistas along the Himalayan chain and out towards the lowlands of Nepal. We ascend 900m from the South Col on summit day via moderate snow slopes with the occasional rock step to climb over. As we approach the South Summit, the dawn breaks to reveal astounding views from Kanchenjunga in the east to Shishapangma off to the west, with all the peaks of the Khumbu well below us. The traverse along the summit ridge is exposed and exciting. When we make our way up the Hillary step we can look 2,400m straight down onto our Camp 2 in the Western CWM and 3,000m down the opposite side of the ridge into Tibet! The summit itself provides ample space for the obligatory summit photo and is a time to reflect on the journey thus far. For many it is one of the most poignant moments of a lifetime.

      After the summit, we descend via the same route, losing height quickly and generally we arrive back at the South Col some 3-4 hours after leaving the summit. On the north side, climbers must do a long traverse and it is this feature where climbers cannot lose elevation quickly that can cause the demise of tired climbers, especially those who have run out of oxygen.

      We only climb on Everest during the spring season because the weather becomes progressively warmer and the days longer. Winter winds have already scoured away much of the snow, which significantly reduces the snow avalanche hazard as well. Contrast this with the fall. Typically as the expedition goes on, the days get shorter and colder with more snowfall. Consequently very few expeditions are undertaken in the fall and those that do have quite a low percentage chance of success.

      By the time you first arrive at Base Camp at the foot of the Khumbu Icefall, a route will already be established with ropes and ladders through to Camp 1. Our strong Sherpa team will be busily involved in ferrying loads of equipment up the mountain. After a few days acclimatisation at Base Camp, you will climb through the Icefall to Camp 1 and rest there for a day. The following day, you will continue up the more gentle slopes of the Western Cwm to Camp 2 to rest and acclimatise for several more days. A day-climb up the Lhotse Face towards Camp 3 will complete this first foray before returning to Base Camp. During this time the guides and Sherpa climbers will be establishing the higher camps and stocking these with bottled oxygen for the summit climb.

      The second trip on to the mountain will involve sleeping one night at Camp 3 for acclimatisation before returning to base camp for a rest period. In a perfect scenario, weather and health would remain constant, and these two trips up the mountain would take around 3 weeks. In reality, factors such as weather can add several days to the acclimatization process.

      What are the skills/prior experience required for this climb?
      You cannot just decide to write a cheque and go and climb Everest! A comprehensive climbing resume is required to join our team. Usually, we look for a few minimum requirements such as Denali for the cold and glacier travel experience and Aconcagua for the altitude experience. Beyond that, we look for well-rounded climbers with a wealth of experience. Summit day experience on an 8000m peak such as Cho Oyu, prior to going to Everest is highly beneficial. Contact the office for further details and to discuss your individual background.

      How long is a typical day on the mountain?
      It depends on the day and your level of acclimatisation. At the beginning of the trip, everything seems slower and longer, but as you get more adjusted to the mountain, the days go quicker. Average days can be 5-10 hours long. Summit day can be up to 20 hours long.

    • Food, Accommodation & Facilities

      What sort of hotels do we stay at in the city?
      We stay at the Radisson Hotel in Kathmandu which features a rooftop swimming pool and on-site dining. Ideally located in Lazmipat, the hotel is adjacent to the Narayanhiti Palace Museum and is within walking distance of popular attractions including Durbar Marg and Thamel.

      Will I be sharing a tent or room with other climbers? Is there a single room option on this trip?
      You will have your own tent in Base Camp, but on the mountain, you will be sharing a tent with others. We generally book you into a single room in the hotel in Kathmandu whilst it is twin-share in the lodges on the trek into Base Camp. A single supplement is available and please contact our office for further details.

      What kind of food do you have on the mountain and at Base Camp?
      This will depend on what camp we are in. At Base Camp, we import tons of food from the USA and New Zealand so don’t be surprised by our sushi nights, fresh muffins, yoghurt for breakfast and pizza! On the mountain we usually have a wide variety of MRE meals which are significantly tastier than freeze dried, as they are real food vacuum sealed and ready to heat and eat! At Camp 2, our advanced Base Camp, we have Sherpa cook staff who prepare more ‘Base Camp like’ food...pizza, pasta, eggs and bacon! We work really hard to make sure our food is second to none. As evidence of this, other companies have tried to steal our master chefs over to their companies!

    • Travel

      What is the best way to get to Nepal? From US? UK? Australia/NZ?
      Most airlines fly direct to Bangkok from North America, Europe and Australia/NZ. From there, Thai Airways fly direct to Kathmandu once a day. Silk Air (Singapore Airlines) has flights three times a week and there are flights via Doha, Delhi and Hong Kong to Kathmandu.

      When should I book my ticket?
      Generally, we ask you to wait until 90 days prior to your trip start date to ensure your trip has met the minimum numbers and will operate. If you see a good deal and want to book your flights, then please ensure that you can make changes to your tickets or you run the risk of losing your ticket if we do have to cancel the trip. In such situations, we are usually able to help you book on to an alternate departure, either with us or another operator.

      Can I get a cheap ticket online?
      The problem with these tickets is that you usually end up having to pay quite a lot more if you have to make any changes to your ticket. We highly recommend using a travel agent for your travel as there are many intricacies that they can help you with. In the long run, they save you money! We use professional travel agents for all our staff and guides' travel bookings.

      What if I arrive early or depart late?
      Of course. On a trip as long as this, we request that you arrive in Kathmandu on the assigned date to assure your baggage makes it on time and you have time to recover from jet lag before trekking. It is hard to catch the group, if you are arriving late and still waiting for lost baggage! Many people depart from our Nepal expeditions later so that they enjoy the sights and sounds of Kathmandu, but do keep in mind that this is long expedition and we find that people want to head home as quickly as possible after the climb finishes. We are happy to help arrange any extra hotel nights that are required.

      Where do we meet? Will I be picked up?
      An Adventure Consultants guide or agent will be waiting at Kathmandu Airport to pick you up off your flight on your arrival date.

      Are there any entry or visa requirements?
      Yes there are. You can apply online or you can complete them on the plane as the forms are handed out on your arrival flight into Kathmandu. Be sure to have the suggested USD amount in cash for your visa application and have a passport photo for your arrival in Kathmandu. Currently a 90-day visa costs US$100

    • Clothing & Equipment

      Do you have a recommended list of clothing we should bring?
      Yes, you will get be sent a personal clothing and equipment list once our office has received your trip registration form and deposit.

      Do I really need all the equipment on the equipment list?
      Yes, these lists have been carefully prepared. Please bring everything on the list!

      How heavy will my pack be?
      The weight of your pack will usually not exceed 10-15lbs, 5-7kg. What used to happen was on a “carry” day, where you moved your personal gear between camps, your pack would be 20-40lbs, 9-18kg , sometimes higher if you chose to carry more of your equipment and on “move” days, the weight went down to 10-15lbs, 5-7kg. Now, since we include carrying your personal overnight gear as part of the expedition, your pack weight is always in the 10-15lbs, 5-7kg range.

      The trip is so long... can I bring food and other gear not on the list?
      Absolutely! Most members of our Everest expeditions end up bringing “the kitchen sink!" We encourage you to bring some of your favourite goodies and tech toys, as Base Camp will become our home for two months or so. The more comfortable you are, the more energy you have for the climb, so every little thing helps!

    • Acclimatisation & Oxygen

      What is MAX OX? How does it work?
      The MaxOx option is simple, in this era of better O2 systems we wanted to offer our team members every possible advantage to summit Mount Everest. The Max Ox O2 option provides up to double the standard flow rate when we are on O2.

    • Guides, Sherpas & Team Members

      How many climbers will be on this expedition?
      We have a maximum of 12 members with 3 guides on our Everest expedition, but we have most often had a group size of 8 members with 2 guides. This is to ensure we can maintain safety and our attention to detail. There may be more in Base Camp and in the camps on the mountain if there are private expeditions, but they will generally travel separately from the main team. For specifics on this year's team, click here.

      Can I contact other climbers or guides for this expedition?
      Yes, we encourage that. Perhaps there is someone in your area that can become a training partner, perhaps they can help you source some hard-to-find gear. The bottom line is that it’s a good idea to have some contact with folks that you will share this experience with. We respect the privacy of each team member and check with each person before releasing any contact details.

      Can my friends and family come along to Base Camp for the expedition?
      Sure! This is one of the best parts of the start of the expedition, having family and friends trek to Base Camp to see you off on your journey. Base Camp for non-climbers is not a very hospitable place, but we strive to make your guests comfortable and welcome. Guests for the duration of the expedition are allowed on a case by case basis. The reason for this is simple... on the trip, our job is to be climbing, spending time just at Base Camp can be quite boring sometimes, so we usually encourage guests to trek in at the beginning or end of the expedition so as to join you during the most exciting parts of the trip! Contact us for details.

      How much should I tip my guide staff? What about the Sherpa staff?
      This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from US$20 to US$15,000 for an Everest expedition tip. Tipping is not required, but a small way to show your guides thanks for their help. The level of the tip should reflect the level of personal involvement with your guide.

      You will have a high degree of contact with some of the Sherpa staff, while others will be working away in the background providing necessary services to keep the expedition running and therefore we feel it is appropriate to include them in the tipping pool. We generally recommend each climber bring US$1000-$2000 to contribute to the tip pool.

    • Health & Fitness

      What is the conditioning level needed for this climb?
      You should be in the best shape of your life! This is our longest expedition of the year. It requires patience, stamina, mental fortitude, and a strong will. Summit day can sometimes be over 20 hours long! Day by day the challenges are different, but the more prepared you are, both mentally and physically, the smoother your trip will go. Check out our training page for more information on fitness for climbing.

      How do you train for a trip like this?
      Our standard response to this question is that for Everest, you become a climber first, and everything else during this portion of your life comes second. This is the level of dedication to your training, both mental and physical, that you need to have. We have specific ideas around training and great book suggestions to help you along. Please look over our training page for details. If you require more information, please contact our office and we will be happy to put you in touch with one of our senior guides for a consultation and we can also link you with our training coach to design a training programme for you.

    • Communication & Electronic Devices

      What type of communication is available on the expedition?
      We have one of the most sophisticated communication systems around. A Wi-Fi connection is available at Base Camp and included in the expedition fee (fair-use policy applies). We power all our communications equipment with solar, using generators only as backup. On the mountain, we discourage phone calls as they distract from the climb and we often are limited by our power availability. If you need a private communications setup, this is also possible for a fee. Contact our office for details.

      I want to contact my friend or relative, who is on one of your trips, how can I reach them?
      We send daily internet dispatches, and we receive updates from our guides while they are in the field. The best place to reach a loved one is through our office.

      Will there be any power source for charging batteries and electronic equipment throughout the expedition? What voltage requirements?
      We take solar panels and battery power packs on our expeditions. Our first priority is to charge our computers, satellite phones and expedition electrical equipment. There is usually enough power to then charge your personal electrical equipment. If your equipment has a cigarette lighter type car charger, bring that and you can plug it in to charge. We do NOT recommend bringing rechargeable digital cameras; they tend to run out when power is not available. Use cameras with replaceable batteries and we recommend lithium batteries. We can cater for special power requirements at an extra cost - please enquire with our office. Many of the lodges also have power available with typical Asian plugs (two nail like horizontal prongs) and they have battery recharging systems and pricing on offer.

    • Weather Forecasts

      What weather report service do you use? 
      We receive comprehensive weather forecasts from our Swiss meteorologists which enable us to plan our ascent around favourable weather. Additional meteorological interpretation provided by veteran high altitude guides through our head office in New Zealand helps manage the decision-making process.

    • Insurance

      What insurance will I need?
      In addition to evacuation & medical insurance, we recommend to all our expedition members to buy trip cancellation insurance on sign up for your expedition. It is also highly recommend purchasing a Comprehensive Travel Insurance policy to provide cover for trip interruption, baggage loss, damage or theft, delayed flights or other such incidents that may occur during your trip. Contact us for expedition insurance advice.

      Do I need evacuation insurance?
      Absolutely! Evacuation from the mountain can be expensive and you need to be insured accordingly, as well as having coverage for repatriation and travel medical expenses. Read your policy's fine print to make sure it covers you for mountaineering and helicopter evacuation.

      Who do you recommend for insurance?
      You will be sent information specific to your expedition as part of your welcome package and requirements differ depending on where you are travelling and your home location.

      What is trip cancellation insurance?
      Trip cancellation insurance is an option that may allow you to cancel your trip without losing the total cost of the trip. Adventure Consultants highly recommends cancellation insurance for all of our trips. If circumstances cause us to cancel a trip (minimum numbers are not reached or travel to a country becomes too dangerous) then we refund your fees paid but trip cancellation insurance covers your airfare and any other costs you may have incurred.

    • Fees & Payments

      How much should I budget for this expedition? How much cash should I plan to bring?
      As this is our biggest and longest trip, we usually suggest members to bring around US$2500. This will cover everything from gifts, to bottled drinks, tips, and anything else that catches your eye on the trail. ATM cash machines work in Kathmandu, but only give the local currency, Rupees.

      What is your cancellation policy? Refund policy?
      An expedition member may cancel his/her participation on the following basis:

      prior to 20 January 2018 then on the basis of a 50% refund of the 20 October 2017 balance payment
      after 20 January 2018 but before departure to the mountain from Kathmandu then on the basis of no refund of any monies paid.
      Team members should take out private insurance if they wish to be covered against cancellation due to medical or personal reasons. This is called trip cancellation insurance and can be obtained from your normal travel agent. For full payment details, click here.

      Can I pay by credit card?
      We can accept the trip deposit and balance payment on credit card, and we add a 3% fee to accept the deposit and / or balance payment by credit card for your trip. Please contact our office or visit our secure credit card page to send us your credit card details - your card is not charged at the time as we process this here in our office and not via an online payment system.

      What is included in the cost of my trip? Does it include airfare?
      Click here for information on what is included in your expedition fee. International airfares are not included in the trip price, but we can, however, recommend excellent travel agents whom we have worked with in your country, should you require help with arranging your airfare.

    • Photography

      I love the photographs in your brochure and on your website, are they for sale?
      Yes, our images are available for licensing or purchase.

      What is the best equipment for photography in Alpine environments?
      There is an extensive section in our reference notes, which are sent out on receipt of your trip registration form and deposit, explaining about photography in the mountains.

      Remember photos are wonderful records of your expedition but keep camera gear simple and light to best enjoy the trip you are on. Disposable and digital cameras are the lightest weight, but all cameras have maintenance issues that need to be carefully considered before bringing them to high elevations.

    • Safety

      What about the Maoists in Nepal?
      The Maoist problem which partly crippled the economy of Nepal for the past decade garnered major international interest. The Maoists have now formed part of the Nepalese government and there is a comprehensive peace agreement in place so we hope the troubles of the past are put behind the Nepalese people. Our sources in Nepal keep us up to date with the political situation and if there are significant changes we will be sure to advise you.

    • Employment

      I want to become a mountain guide, where do I start?
      Those with limited experience generally start by taking an alpine climbing course and then go out and climb for a few years. You generally should have at least 5 years of climbing and/or teaching/guiding experience. You need avalanche and medical training and then you can apply to do a NZ Mountain Guides Course or the equivalent in your country, aligned with the IFMGA. Check the New Zealand Mountain Guides Association web pages for a complete description.

  • Dispatches

  • Everest Summit List

    • 2017

      27th May 2017

      Michael Haugen, USA (2nd summit)
      Scott Simper, USA (2nd summit)
      Paul Pender, USA
      Sangee Dorjee Sherpa, Nepal (9th summit)
      Pemba Choti Sherpa, Nepal (12th summit)
      Ang Jangbu Sherpa, Nepal (9th summit)
      Nima Nuru Sherpa, Nepal
      Mingmar Tenji Sherpa, Nepal
      Passang Wongchu Bhote, Nepal

      22nd May 2017

      Mike Roberts, New Zealand (9th summit)
      Rob Kelso-Smith, Ireland (3rd summit, 1st from Nepal side)
      Charley Mace, USA (2nd summit)
      Suze Kelly, New Zealand
      Leah Jay, Australia
      Wendy Gustin, USA
      Lionel Brecx, USA
      Kami Rita Sherpa, Nepal (16th summit)
      Chewang Dorji Sherpa, Nepal (9th summit)
      Nima Tsering Sherpa, Nepal (7th summit)
      Tenjing Geljen Sherpa, Nepal (3rd summit)
      Umang Bhote, Nepal
      Nawang Rapke Sherpa, Nepal
      Passang Bhote, Nepal (8th summit)
      Dawa Bhote, Nepal (2nd summit)
      Dipen Bhote, Nepal

      21st May 2017

      Ang Dorjee Sherpa, Nepal/USA (19th summit)
      Paul Pheby, UK/Hong Kong
      Rinjin Sherpa, Nepal (4th summit)
      Pemba Nuru Sherpa, Nepal
      Rinji Palden Sherpa, Nepal

    • 2016

      19th May 2016

      Mike Roberts, New Zealand (8th summit)
      Ang Dorjee Sherpa, Nepal/USA (18th summit)
      Lydia Bradey, New Zealand (4th summit)
      Brian Dagg, New Zealand
      Danny Guard, New Zealand
      Silvia Vasquez-Lavado, Peru (First Peruvian woman to summit)
      Maria (Masha) Vladimirovna Gordon, UK
      Colin O’Brady, USA
      Da Jangbu Sherpa, Nepal (13th summit)
      Pemba Chhoti Sherpa, Nepal (11th summit)
      Kami Rita Sherpa, Nepal (14th summit)
      Purba Chhoter Sherpa (Ang Jangbu), Nepal (8th summit)
      Nima Nuru Sherpa, Nepal
      Chhewang Dorji Sherpa, Nepal (9th summit)
      Chhiring (Tsering) Namgel Sherpa, Nepal (4th summit)
      Ngima Rita Sherpa, Nepal
      Kipa Sherpa, Nepal
      Dawa Wongchu Sherpa, Nepal
      Da Thuk Bhote, Nepal (3rd summit)
      Dawa Bhote, Nepal
      Passang Bhote, Nepal (7th summit)
      Mark Milewski, USA (20th May summit)
      Nima Tsering, Nepal (6th summit, twice this year - 11th May and 20th May)

    • 2015

      We returned to Nepal in the spring of 2015, and our climbing team had climbed to Camp 1 and 2 when Nepal's 7.8 magnitude earthquake occurred on April 25. In the subsequent avalanche that tore through Everest Base Camp the AC camp was hit hard, and we sadly lost six of our expedition staff. The Sherpas, guides and team members were airlifted down to Base Camp by helicopter with our Nepalese staff then returning to their homes to begin the re-build of their homes and lives.

    • 2014

      We had a strong team in 2014, but tragically a serac fall in the icefall claimed the lives of 16 Nepalese high altitude workers and Sherpas, and all expeditions were halted on the mountain.

    • 2013

      19, 20 and 21 May 2013

      Dean Staples, New Zealand (9th summit)
      Ang Dorjee Sherpa, Nepal / USA (17th summit)
      Lydia Bradey, New Zealand (3rd summit)
      Mike Roberts, New Zealand (7th summit)
      Josef Hochmeister, Austria
      Lukas Hochmeister, Austria
      Cason Crane, USA
      Simon Gower, Australia
      Ingolfur Gissurarson, Iceland
      Dean Hall, New Zealand
      Thomas Stromstedt, Sweden
      Mark Whetu, New Zealand (7th summit)
      Dawa Jangbu Sherpa, Nepal (12th summit)
      Sange Dorjee Sherpa, Nepal (8th summit)
      Pemba Chhoti Sherpa, Nepal (10th summit)
      Kami Rita Sherpa, Nepal (13th summit)
      Phurtemba Sherpa, Nepal
      Phurba Tenji Sherpa, Nepal
      Datuk Bhote, Nepal
      Ang Gelu Sherpa, Nepal (5th summit)
      Ang Nawang Sherpa, Nepal
      Kaji Sherpa, Nepal
      Mingma Sherpa, Nepal
      Phurba Ongyal Sherpa, Nepal
      Rinji Sherpa, Nepal
      Lhakpa Sherpa, Nepal (3rd summit)
      Lhakpa Dorjee Sherpa, Nepal (9th summit)
      Ang Phurba Sherpa, Nepal
      Namgyal Sherpa, Nepal
      Passang Bhote, Nepal
      Tendi Sherpa, Nepal
      Ang Jangbu Sherpa, Nepal
      Ang Pemba Sherpa, Nepal
      Karma Sherpa, Nepal
      Dendi Sherpa, Nepal
      Lhakpa Tenzing Sherpa, Nepal

    • 2012

      25 May 2012

      Victor Saunders, UK (6th summit)
      Jakob Lindquist, Sweden
      Sange Dorjee, Nepal (7th summit)
      Datuck Bhote, Nepal
      Tshewang Rinjin, Nepal
      Lhakpa, Nepal (2nd summit)

      19 May 2012

      Mike Roberts, New Zealand (6th summit)
      Ang Dorjee Sherpa, Nepal/USA (16th summit)
      Dean Staples, New Zealand (8th summit)
      Joan Clofent, Spain
      Neil Beard, UK
      Peter Cammell, New Zealand
      Wilfred Moshi, Tanzania (First Tanzanian to summit)
      Izabela Smolokowska, Poland
      Kami Rita, Thame, Nepal (12th summit)
      Nawang Shera, Sanam Guidel, Nepal
      Dawa Jangbu Sherpa, Pangboche (11th summit)
      Pemba Choti, Thame, Nepal (9th summit)
      Ang Sona, Khunde, Nepal (4th summit)
      Lhakpa Dorjee, Sanam Guidel (8th summit)
      Lhakpa Tenzing, Sanam Guidel, (3rd summit)
      Ang Gelu, Khotang, (3rd summit)

    • 2011

      19 May 2011

      Mike Roberts, New Zealand (5th summit)
      Basil Geoghegan, Ireland
      Dennis Uhlir, USA
      Sange Dorji Sherpa, Nepal
      Pasang Bhote, Nepal
      Kami Rita Sherpa, Nepal (summited also on 5 May 2011)
      Lhakpa Sherpa, Nepal
      Rinjin Sherpa, Nepal

      13 May 2011

      Ang Dorjee Sherpa, Nepal/USA (15th summit)
      Dominic Jude, UK
      Dominika Dillier Degelo, Switzerland
      Jesse Kao, Canada
      Dawa Jangbu Sherpa, Nepal (10th summit)
      Pemba Chhoti Sherpa, Nepal (8th summit)
      Ang Sona Sherpa, Nepal
      Namgyal Sherpa, Nepal
      Lhakpa Bhote, Nepal
      Temba Sherpa, Nepal (6th summit)

      11 May 2011

      Dean Staples, New Zealand (7th summit)
      Paul Hameister, Australia
      Lhakpa Dorje, Nepal (7th summit)
      Tendi Sherpa, Nepal
      Gelu Sherpa, Nepal

    • 2010

      Summit day on 22 May, 2010

      Mike Roberts, New Zealand (4th summit)
      Ang Dorjee Sherpa, Nepal/USA (14th summit)
      Amanda Ramsden, South Africa (1st SA woman to complete the 7 Summits)
      Tony Hampson-Tindale, South Africa / New Zealand
      James Haydock, Ireland
      Lhakpa Dorje Sherpa, Nepal
      Dawa Jangbu Sherpa, Nepal
      Sange Dorji Sherpa, Nepal
      Temba Sherpa, Nepal
      Pemba Choti Sherpa, Nepal
      Pasang Bhote, Nepal
      Ang Sona Sherpa, Nepal

    • 2010

      Summit day on 22 May, 2010

      Mike Roberts, New Zealand (4th summit)
      Ang Dorjee Sherpa, Nepal/USA (14th summit)
      Amanda Ramsden, South Africa (1st SA woman to complete the 7 Summits)
      Tony Hampson-Tindale, South Africa / New Zealand
      James Haydock, Ireland
      Lhakpa Dorje Sherpa, Nepal
      Dawa Jangbu Sherpa, Nepal
      Sange Dorji Sherpa, Nepal
      Temba Sherpa, Nepal
      Pemba Choti Sherpa, Nepal
      Pasang Bhote, Nepal
      Ang Sona Sherpa, Nepal

    • 2009

      Summit day on 19 May 2009

      David Hamilton, UK (5th summit)
      Ang Dorjee Sherpa, Nepal/USA (13th summit)
      Neill Johanson, Australia
      Hamish Fulton, UK
      Carsten Bennike, Denmark
      Sasko Kedev, Macedonia
      Pasang Tenzing Sherpa, Nepal
      Dawa Jangbu Sherpa, Nepal
      Pemba Choti Sherpa, Nepal
      Sange Dorjee Sherpa, Nepal
      Temba Sherpa, Nepal
      Pasang Bhote, Nepal
      Nawang Chongba Sherpa, Nepal
      Phu Tsheri Sherpa, Nepal
      Kul Bahadur Magar, Nepal

    • 2008

      Summit day on 24 May 2008

      Mike Roberts, New Zealand (3rd summit)
      Ang Dorjee Sherpa, Nepal/USA (12th summit)
      Victor Saunders, UK (4th summit)
      Lydia Bradey, New Zealand (2nd summit, this time using oxygen!)
      Robyn Faike, USA
      Cheryl Bart, Australia (First mother daughter team to summit)
      Nikki Bart, Australia (First mother daughter team to summit)
      Philip Drowley, UK
      Steven Novick, USA
      Hedd-wynn Williams, Canada
      Carol Masheter, USA
      Lhakpa Dorjey Sherpa, Nepal
      Phu Tashi Sherpa, Nepal
      Dawa Zangbu Sherpa, Nepal
      Sangay Dorjee Sherpa, Nepal
      Ang Sona Sherpa, Nepal
      Pemba Choti Sherpa, Nepal
      Tendi Sherpa, Nepal
      Temba Sherpa, Nepal
      Namgyal Sherpa, Nepal
      Passang Bhote #1, Nepal
      Passang Bhote #2, Nepal
      Nima Tenzing Sherpa, Nepal

    • 2007

      20 May 2007

      Mike Roberts, New Zealand (2nd summit)
      Cedric Hayden, USA
      Lhakpa Dorjey Sherpa, Nepal
      Nima Dorjee Sherpa, Nepal
      Pasang Bhote Sherpa, Nepal

      21 May 2007

      Guy Cotter, New Zealand
      Luis Benitez, USA
      Mark Sedon, New Zealand
      Chris Burrows, USA
      Andrea Moore, UK
      Sebastien Glorie, Belgium
      Baxter Gillespie, USA
      Dave Arnett, USA
      Passang Tenzing, Nepal
      Da Jangbu Sherpa, Nepal
      Phu Tashi Sherpa, Nepal
      Sonam Jangbu Sherpa, Nepal
      Pemba Chhoti Sherpa, Nepal
      Mingma Tenzing Sherpa, Nepal
      Sange Dorjee Sherpa, Nepal
      Temba Sherpa, Nepal
      Tashi Thundu Sherpa, Nepal
      Tendi Sherpa, Nepal
      Phurba Ridar Bhote, Nepal
      Dawa Finjo Bhote, Nepal

    • 2006

      19 May 2006

      Guy Cotter, New Zealand
      Dean Staples, New Zealand
      Victor Saunders, UK
      Christopher Bell, UK
      Andrew Chandler, USA/UK
      Ana Elisa Boscarioli, Brazil (First Brazilian woman)
      Steven Harvey, New Zealand
      Ang Dorjee Sherpa, Nepal (11th summit)
      Phu Tashi Sherpa, Nepal 
      Dawa Jangbu Sherpa, Nepal 
      Sonam Gyalgen Sherpa (Lakpa Chhiri Sherpa), Nepal 
      Tashi Thundu Sherpa, Nepal 
      Lhakpa Dorjey Sherpa, Nepal 
      Pasang Bhote, Nepal

      24 May 2006

      Luis Benitez, USA
      Steve Moffat, New Zealand
      Len Stanmore, Canada
      Rob Follows, Canada
      Katrina Sandling, Canada
      Passang Tenzing Sherpa, Nepal
      Phurba Sherpa, Nepal
      Lhakpa Tenzing Sherpa, Nepal
      Lhakpa Tharkey Sherpa, Nepal
      Pemba Choti Sherpa, Nepal
      Namgyal Sherpa, Nepal
      Sangey Dorje Sherpa, Nepal
      Passang Sherpa, Nepal
      Pemba Gyalgen Sherpa, Nepal

    • 2005

      We had a strong team in 2005, but unfortunately bad weather prevented the summit attempt.

    • 2004

      Luis Benitez, USA (4th summit, first westerner to summit 4 years in a row)
      Anthony Baldry, Australia
      Samantha O'Carroll, Ireland
      John Rost, USA
      Ang Dorjee Sherpa, Nepal (10th summit)
      Phu Tashi Sherpa, Nepal
      Lhakpa Tarkey Sherpa, Nepal
      Passang Tenzing Sherpa, Nepal
      Nuru Gyalzen Sherpa, Nepal

    • 2003

      Ang Dorjee Sherpa, Nepal (9th summit)
      Passang Tenzing Sherpa, Nepal
      Chuldim Sherpa, Nepal

    • 2002

      Bill Crouse, USA
      David Hiddleston, New Zealand
      Ellen Miller, USA
      Haraldur Olafsson, Iceland
      Ang Dorjee Sherpa, Nepal (8th summit)
      Passang Tenzing Sherpa, Nepal
      Lhakpa Dorje Sherpa, Nepal

      In 2001 we had a successful Makalu Expedition.

    • 2000

      Ang Dorjee Sherpa made a speed summit attempt, but along with David Hiddleston had to turn back from the South Summit.

      In 1998 we had a successful Dhaulagiri Expedition, and in 1999 a successful Shishapangma Expedition.

    • 1997

      Guy Cotter, New Zealand
      Ed Viesturs, USA
      David Carter, USA
      Tashi Tenzing, Nepal/Australia (Grandson of Tenzing Norgay)
      Veikka Gustafsson, Finland (Oxygenless ascent)
      Ang Dorjee Sherpa, Nepal
      Mingma Tshering Sherpa, Nepal

    • Rob Hall, New Zealand (First Westerner to summit 5 times)
      Andy Harris, New Zealand
      Mike Groom, Australia
      John Krakauer, USA
      Doug Hansen, USA
      Yasuko Namba, Japan (Second Japanese woman to summit)
      Ang Dorjee Sherpa, Nepal
      Norbu Sherpa, Nepal

      Note: The tragic events of this expedition have been well publicised in recent years. On the descent from the summit the expedition was caught in a storm. Rob Hall was trapped on the South Summit with Doug Hansen and subsequently both died. Mountain Guide Andy Harris and climber Yasuko Namba also died; Andy was last seen returning to the South Summit to give aid to Rob Hall. A full account of the climb can be read in numerous books including Colin Monteath's book 'Hall and Ball; Kiwi Mountaineers, from Mt Cook to Everest'; Jon Krakauer's 1997 best seller 'Into Thin Air' which ultimately led to the 2015 Hollywood feature fim 'Everest'.

      Guy Cotter, David Hiddleston and Jim Litch assisted from Base Camp with the rescue of the 15 surviving members.

      Guy subsequently took over the reins of Adventure Consultants in June 1996.

    • 1995

      Lobsang Jangbu Sherpa, Nepal

    • 1994

      Rob Hall, New Zealand (First Westerner to summit 4 times)
      Ed Viesturs, USA
      Hall Wendel, USA
      David Taylor, USA
      David Keaton, USA
      Erling Kagge, Norway (First to reach Everest and the two Poles)
      Hellmut Seitzl, Germany (At 56 years, second oldest person)
      Ekkert Gundelach, Germany
      Ang Dorjee Sherpa, Nepal
      Norbu Sherpa, Nepal
      Nima Gombu Sherpa, Nepal

    • 1993

      Rob Hall, New Zealand
      Jan Arnold, New Zealand
      John Gluckman, New Zealand
      Veikka Gustafsson, Finland (First Finnish climber to summit)
      Ang Dorjee Sherpa, Nepal
      Ang Chumbi Sherpa, Nepal
      Norbu Sherpa, Nepal

    • 1992

      Rob Hall, New Zealand
      Gary Ball, New Zealand
      Guy Cotter, New Zealand
      Ned Gillette, USA
      Randall Danta, USA
      Doug Mantle, USA
      Doron Erel, Israel (First Israeli climber to summit)
      Ingrid Baeyens, Belgium (First Belgian woman climber to summit)
      Cham Yick Kai, Hong Kong (First Hong Kong climber to summit)
      Sonam Tshering Sherpa, Nepal
      Apa Sherpa, Nepal
      Ang Dawa Sherpa, Nepal
      Ang Dorjee Sherpa, Nepal
      Tashi Sherpa, Nepal

    • 1990

      Rob Hall, New Zealand
      Gary Ball, New Zealand
      Peter Hillary, New Zealand
      Rudy van Snick, Belgium (First Belgian climber)
      Mickey Reutersward, Sweden (First Swedish climber)
      Oskar Kihlborg, Sweden
      Apa Sherpa, Nepal

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