Do you have the courage to reach for the crown?

Triple Crown

Revered by many, attempted by few, the Triple Crown sits as the world's ultimate high-altitude mountaineering prize. Join Adventure Consultants and climb Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse—three epic, high-altitude mountains in one expedition!


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Difficulty Level High ?
Fitness Level Very High ?
Duration 63 days
Elevation 8,850M / 29,035FT
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Climbing between the South Summit and Hillary Step on Everest - Charley Mace

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Warm up with an acclimatisation climb of Lobuche East - Guy Cotter

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Summit of Everest (left) and Lhotse (right) from Nuptse - Guy Cotter

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A short break before the climb towards Nuptse's summit continues - Guy Cotter

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Climbers negotiate their way through the jumbled Khumbu Glacier - Mike Roberts

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Views across to Everest from the summit of Lhotse - Thomas Stromstedt

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The Triple Crown - Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse - Guy Cotter

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Approaching the Yellow Band enroute to the South Col - Charley Mace

From Apr 01 to Jun 02, 2024
Departs from Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Overview

    • Be the first to complete the Triple Crown in one season!
    • Climb with the pioneers of Everest expedition guiding
    • Undertake a challenge of truly epic proportions

    There are few mountaineering prizes greater than the Triple Crown, consecutive summits of three of Nepal's highest peaks—Nuptse, Everest and Lhotse in one expedition. It's not an adventure for the faint-hearted, it takes a huge amount of strength and determination, but if you think you have the courage to take on the Triple Crown, Adventure Consultants will take you there.

    Our Triple Crown Expedition begins with a low-key acclimatisation climb on Lobuche, a 6,119m/20,075ft peak close to the Everest Massif. Here you'll have the chance to solidify your acclimatisation, and eliminate the need for one rotation on Everest. Following our Lobuche ascent we move to Everest Base Camp and prepare in earnest for the Triple Crown. 

    Nuptse, the smallest of the 3 summits at 7,861m/25,790ft, is climbed first. Often overlooked by climbers for it's more popular neighbours, Nuptse is not a mountain to underestimate, it's a steep and arduous climb to the summit but the views from the top are spectacular. Following Nuptse you'll return to Base Camp for a period of rest before the next challenge, the world's highest peak, Everest (8,850m/29,035ft) then Lhotse (8,516m/27,939ft) the next day!

    The Triple Crown is an elusive glory, as yet no one has ever managed to complete the three summits in one season. It’s an epic undertaking, but it’s not impossible and if you are seeking a challenge then talk to us about how we can make the Triple Crown your next big adventure!

  • 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 Mount Everest, accompanied by the best standards of food and equipment that is attainable.

    Highest Success Rates

    The Adventure Consultants methodology and tactical approach to climbing Mount 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 Wi-Fi 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 well-being 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 months long expedition to Mount 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

    Standard inclusions are set out as follows, final trip costs may vary depending on individual trip customisations.


    The price of your trip includes the following:

    • 1:4 Western guide ratio and 1:1 Sherpa to climber ratio on summit days. Private Expedition 1:1 or 1:2 Western guide ratio also available.
    • Bottled oxygen
    • Personal equipment carried on the mountains
    • Nepalese government royalty fees
    • All expedition organisational requirements
    • All climbing and trekking permits
    • Fixed-wing air transport within 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 summits
    • 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 days
    • dZi Foundation support for their "Revitalize a Village" programme – likely to include support for a Nepalese child's education for a year


    The price of your trip does not include:

    • Air travel to and from Nepal
    • 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 email costs
    • Gratuities for guides and Sherpa staff

    Expedition Fee

    The expedition fee is available upon application. Please contact our office for details.

    Account Information

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

    Bank of New Zealand
    Offshore Branch
    42 Willis Street
    Spark Central
    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.


    A non-refundable deposit of US$20,000 is payable to secure a place on the expedition.


    The balance is is split into two installments.

    The first is payable on 20 October 2023 and the second on 20 January 2024.

    Cancellation & Refund Policy

    An expedition member may cancel their participation on the following basis:

    A) prior to 20 January 2024 then on the basis of a 50% refund of the 20 October 2023 balance payment.
    B) after 20 January 2024 but before departure to the mountain from Kathmandu then on the basis of no refund of any monies paid.

    Trip Cancellation Insurance

    We strongly recommend you take out trip cancellation insurance via your travel agent if you wish to be covered against cancellation due to medical or personal reasons.

  • Trip Notes

    Triple Crown Dateless Trip Notes CoverThe Expedition Trip Notes provide detailed information and background for Adventure Consultants' Triple Crown Expedition.

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

    Triple Crown Expedition Trip Notes 2024


    Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse are not the places 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.


    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/IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide

    Our 2024 expedition is being organised by Guy Cotter, director of Adventure Consultants and a veteran of 29 years of Everest expedition guiding and organisation.


    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 strong desire to see you achieve your goals. Your expedition will benefit from the exclusive services of one or more guides, the number is determined by the team size but the maximum ratio of guides to members is 1:4.


    Some of our regular private guiding team include:

    Rob Smith Web Profile

    Rob Smith
    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, Mount Vinson, Cho Oyu, Cholatse and Elbrus amongst many others.


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    Ang Dorjee Sherpa

    Summiting Everest initially with Adventure Consultants in 1992, Ang Dorjee has moved on to achieve 22 summits of Everest and 30 ascents of 8,000m peaks! His skills as a climber are legendary. Frequently we consult his mountain acumen to ensure the smooth operation of an expedition. 


    Mike Roberts croppedMike Roberts

    Mike Roberts has been guiding for nearly 30 years and during his career has climbed many of the world’s highest mountains including 9 ascents of Everest including back to back ascents of Everest and Lhotse. He has also managed to fit in multiple seasons mountain and ski guiding in the Southern Alps of New Zealand, 18 seasons in Antarctica as a Field Leader / Guide to the USA and NZ Antarctic Programs, SAR Leader for the Joint Antarctic Search and Rescue team, has worked as a Professional Ski Patroller/Avalanche Forecaster and is a qualified Physiotherapist. Mike is also a fully qualified IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide.


    Our group of climbing Sherpas is enthusiastic, motivated and regarded as the strongest and most cohesive group of Sherpas on Mount Everest. They have dozens of Everest summits between them. Private expeditions have their own Sherpa support team who work to ensure your needs are best met. 

    Da Jangbu everest 2014 photosDa Jangbu Sherpa, Expedition Sidar

    Da Jangbu Sherpa, our Expedition 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.


    Adventure Consultants Base Camp support and services are renowned, we employ a Base Camp Manager who oversees the day-to-day management of the camp and mountain logistics, as well as a team doctor and Base Camp Chef. Private teams also have the option of employing a personal Base Camp Manager, ideal for larger teams or those embarking on more complex projects such as film crews that have a higher degree of logistical requirements.


    Bronwen WatersBronwen Waters, Everest Basecamp Manager

    A qualified ski guide, ski patroller and trekking guide, Bronwen has built a career out of guiding around the world, having previously guided expeditions to Mera Peak, Everest Base Camp, Kilimanjaro, Bhutan and the Altaii Tavan Mountains in Mongolia, including an ascent of Mt Khuiten. She has also worked as a ski guide and ski patroller for numerous seasons in New Zealand, Canada, Norway and Japan. 

    Mattijs Van Hooreweghe Doctor 2024Dr Mattijs Van Hooreweghe, Everest Base Camp Doctor 2024

    Matt is an avid trekker and mountaineer, having explored mountains across the globe from Europe to New Zealand and South America. Originally from Belgium, Matt has most recently been based in New Zealand and he'll be joining the AC team at Everest Base Camp in 2024 as our team doctor. As an Emergency Medicine specialist, Matt has a keen interest in high altitude and mountain medicine.


    Sophie WallaceDr Sophie Wallace, Medical Advisor

    Sophie works for AC in the capacity of our Medical Advisor, as well as having been our Expedition Doctor at Everest Base Camp in 2014, 2017 and 2018. She is an experienced emergency physician, currently based at the Royal Perth Hospital 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.

    Sarah McNabSarah Macnab, Base Camp Chef

    Sarah is a talented chef who has amassed over 30 years experience in the food and hospitality industry around the world, from overseeing cruise ship catering in Antarctica, the Arctic and throughout the Pacific, to ski resorts, fine dining restaurants, coffee roasting, teaching and consulting. Sarah has also established and run successful businesses in New Zealand, where her coffee roasting skills are renowned! She joined AC as our Everest Base Camp Chef in 2014 and we were excited to have her back again in 2019, leading our talented Sherpa kitchen staff catering to our climbing teams, expedition staff and visiting trekking teams.


    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.

    Kelly MclarenKelly McLaren, Expedition Liaison

    Having worked for Adventure Consultants since 2004, Kelly has gained a vast knowledge of AC expeditions and treks. In her role as Expedition Liaison, Kelly will assist with the planning and logistics for your trip, providing useful information, reminders and answering any questions to ensure you arrive well prepared


    Staff Photo

    Your Health

    Adventure Consultants provides a dedicated doctor for all our teams at Everest Base Camp as standard. 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.

    Should you have higher healthy needs or monitoring there is an option to employ a personal doctor - see Add Ons tab for more details.

    Level of Experience Required

    There is no definite measure for assessing the required skill level to climb the Triple Crown. 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 5,500-6,000m/18–20,000ft. It is quite common for members to have previously climbed Denali in Alaska, Aconcagua in South America and various Mexican volcanoes as training for the Triple Crown.

    You will be familiar with crevasse rescue and glacier travel techniques and have a good overall standard of fitness. You 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 20 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 you undertake another expedition with us before attempting the Triple Crown. Your ability to reach the three summits 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 days. 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.


    AC provides a high flow oxygen package included in the expedition fee. Many have found this critical to their success on our Everest expeditions and we have seen our summit rate increase dramatically with its use. The response from our team members has also been phenomenally positive. Climbers have reported having better energy levels, a better appetite, more warmth, a higher degree of strength and greater enjoyment on summit day.

    We also ensure we have enough oxygen to wait a day at the South Col and Camp 4, before attempting the summits of Everest or Lhotse.

    Our recent experiences show that for those who really want to maximise their chance of success, then these high oxygen flow rates allow the best option for ensuring you only need to attempt the Triple Crown one time!

    For those seeking additional reassurance, we have options for extra-high flow oxygen supply, or oxygen from Camp 2.

    Preparing for Your Trip

    The Triple Crown routes are not especially technically difficult climbs - nor are they the "Yak Routes" which some non-Everest climbers have termed them. 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. The Triple Crown is a series of physically demanding ascents, requiring enormous determination and stamina. This expedition is not the 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 extended expedition period.

    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 the multiple summit bids. 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 climbs but you need to commit the time and energy to ensure you attain the correct conditioning. Read our AC Blog article 'Fit to Climb' or Uphill Athlete's 'Going for the Triple Crown' for more information on how to physically prepare for your expedition.

    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 26 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, or the Triple Crown. 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 alone is unmatched with 360 summits to date!


    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 and overseen by Western chefs and our busy kitchen Sherpa team have been working together for AC for many years. At Camp 2 we have a dedicated team of mountain cooks who produce a mind-boggling array of culinary delights at 6,400m/21,000ft.

    Hygiene is paramount to an expedition's 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 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 Triple Crown Expedition:

    Day 1 Arrive Kathmandu, Nepal
    Day 2 Trip preparation and gear checks
    Day 3 Fly to Lukla (2,860m/9,383ft), trek to Phakding (2,610m/8,563ft)
    Day 4 Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,286ft)
    Day 5 Acclimatisation day and sightseeing Namche Bazaar
    Day 6 Namche Bazaar to Phortse (3,950m/ 12,959ft) via the Mong La Pass (3,970m/13,025ft)
    Day 7 Phortse to Pheriche (4,270m/14,009ft)
    Day 8 Rest day in Pheriche and acclimatisation hike
    Day 9 Trek to Chhukung (4,730m/15,518ft)
    Day 10 Climb Chhukung Ri (5,550m/18,209ft)
    Day 11 Trek over Kongma La (5,535m/18,159ft) to Lobuche (4,925m/16,2047ft)
    Day 12 Rest day and preparations
    Day 13 Climb to Lobuche High Camp (5,400m/17,720ft)
    Day 14 Summit Lobuche East (6,119m/20,075ft). Return to Lobuche
    Day 15 Trek to Everest Base Camp
    Days 16–18 Rest days and preparations at Base Camp
    Days 19–26 Establish camps and acclimatise on Nuptse
    Days 27–29 Rest days at Base Camp
    Days 30–35 Nuptse (7,861m/25,790ft) summit climb
    Days 36–39 Rest days at Base Camp
    Days 40–48 Everest (8,850m/29,035ft) and Lhotse (8,516m/27,939ft) summit climbs
    Days 49–56 Contingency days
    Day 57 Pack up and depart Base Camp
    Days 58–61 Trek to Lukla
    Day 62 Fly from Lukla back to Kathmandu
    Day 63 Depart for home

    Our expedition starts with a flight to Lukla where we begin our acclimatisation trek through the Khumbu Valley to Lobuche. Here we rest and acclimatise before moving up to a high camp at 5,400m/17,720ft, which lies on a small ledge of rock above some small lakes.

    Our early start (around 2.30am) sees us climbing the South East Ridge, which is a mixture of rock, snow and ice climbing. The climbing is protected by fixed rope that our guide and Sherpa team will have fixed prior to the ascent. On the upper mountain the angle increases and here we climb the icy slopes using crampons on our boots. About 6–8 hours of steady climbing will bring us to the eastern summit of Lobuche Peak. From the top, we are well rewarded with superb views across to Ama Dablam, Makalu, Changtse, Pumori, Gyachung Kang, Cho Oyu and of course our ultimate goal, the Triple Crown peaks of Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse.

    From the summit, we make our way back down to Lobuche Base Camp for the night. We pack our gear and the following morning make our way alongside the Khumbu Glacier to Everest Base Camp. It's a welcome sight and our first few days are spend here resting and preparing for the next stage of our climb.


    By the time we 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.

    We do two forays into the lower Khumbu Icefall for ladder training and familiarisation before moving to Camp 1 (5,900m/19,500ft). After a night or two at Camp 1, we move to Camp 2 (6,400m/21,000ft) for several nights’ acclimatisation with a trip to the base of the Lhotse Face and perhaps climbing a short way up the fixed ropes. Our Camp 2 is like an Advanced Base Camp and is set up along with cook tents, dedicated cooks, a heated dining tent with tables and chairs. We utilise shared sleeping tents on the mountain.

    At the end of this phase, we return to Base Camp to rest up and await a weather window in which to make our Nuptse (7,861m/25,790ft) summit bid. When we do so, we move up through to Camp 2 for a couple of nights before moving to Nuptse Camp 3 (6,800m/22,300ft). The camp is nestled under the north face of Nuptse on a large ice shelf and is the last possible camping location between the Western Cwm and the summit. From Camp 3, we cross the bergschrund to get onto the climb proper and from here the route becomes a lot steeper. We will prepare the route by placing fixed ropes through to the summit. The route ascends steep ice slopes interspersed by rock bands that we climb around and over. After several hours we arrive at a narrow arête that we follow until we enter a broad face on the summit ice fields. The climb to the summit takes around 10-13 hours from Camp 3 as it is a long climb of 1,000m/3,280ft through to the top. We descend to Camp 2 and then the following day return to Base Camp.

    Once our summit climb of Nuptse is complete, we will have a period of rest prior to our Everest and Lhotse summit bids. Depending on the weather outlook and other factors such as team health, we will either elect to rest in our comfortable Base Camp facilities or descend the valley to a village at around 4,000m for a period of high-quality rest. Either way, this is a time of sleep, relaxation, lots of eating and a daily walking programme. Experience tells us that this rest cycle is very therapeutic; both physically and psychologically, prior to the summit push.

    We will climb through the established camps with lightweight packs and don our oxygen masks for the first time when we arrive and sleep at Camp 3 (7,300m/23,700ft), high on the Lhotse Face. We then climb to Camp 4 (7,950m/26,300ft) on the South Col. All climbers will be sleeping on bottled oxygen before setting out for the summit, carrying only very lightweight oxygen bottles and using Summit masks.

    We ascend 900m/3,000ft 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/7,900m straight down onto our Camp 2 in the Western Cwm and 3,000m/10,000ft down the opposite side of the ridge into Tibet! The summit itself, at 8,850m/29,035ft 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.

    Having summited, 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. We return to our tents for some much needed rest and rehydration ahead of our third and final summit, Lhotse.

    After a few hours rest and re-hydration, it's back to the action as we head out again, this time for the summit of Lhotse. From the South Col, it's a two-hour traverse around the Geneva Spur to take you to Lhotse Camp 4 from where you will stage the Lhotse (8,516m/27,939ft) summit attempt. Depending on the weather, conditions and your health and energy levels following the Everest summit climb, your guide may elect for you to sleep overnight at Lhotse Camp 4 or continue directly on to the summit. The camp is situated on the upper part of the Lhotse Face on steep snow slopes at the base of the couloir that leads directly to the summit. Tent platforms will be cut into the slope but there will be little room to move about.

    The climbing is very direct from Camp 4 with 200m of climbing snow slopes, before entering the narrow confines of the summit couloir that we ascend directly to the summit itself. The timing of the ascent will be dependent on the snow conditions and weather at the time, but in general this will take around 8-10 hours from top camp and around 3 hours to descend. We continue descending through to Camp 2 for the night, and returning to Base Camp the following day.


  • Add Ons

    Personal Sherpa Guy CotterShouldering 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 on Everest, 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 can, however, add an additional layer of support through our Personal Sherpa option. This option provides you with the assistance of a very experienced and dedicated Sherpa who will support you for the duration of the expedition above Base Camp. Your Personal Sherpa will climb with you while you are climbing each mountain as your climbing partner and generally assist you throughout the expedition all the way to the summit. When on the mountain, you would share a tent with your Personal Sherpa and he would supervise cooking duties. Our Sherpa guides are very experienced with multiple ascents of Everest and other 8,000m peaks under their belts, and are friendly and supportive companions along the way!

    Personal Base Camp Manager

    Guarantee the smooth operation of your private expedition with your own Personal Base Camp Manager, who'll oversee all team logistics, communications and day-to-day management of your expedition. Ideal for those who anticipate a high level of business or personal communications requirements, recommended for larger groups and/or film crews.

    Media Support

    Take the pressure off your expedition communications by utilising one of our talented media support team. Ensuring immediate, effective communications to your target audience—including public relations, social media content, website and blog content.

    Personal Assistant

    Make the most of your time off the mountain, while still attending to your business commitments. Experienced office professionals who are also used to the rigours of living and working at altitude, your Personal Assistant will filter your work communications to ensure you don't waste valuable time clearing your inbox.

    Private Doctor

    Take your health and fitness to another level by employing your own private team doctor. Ideal for larger private groups and those choosing to monitor their health to a higher level.


    Don't let your expedition be derailed by a niggling injury! Bringing a physiotherapist onto your team will ensure that even the most minor muscle aches and twinges are treated before they become a problem.

    Sports Coach

    From pre-expedition training through to your final summit push our professional sports coaches can ensure you're in peak physical and mental condition to meet your goal.

    Personal Base Camp Chef

    Ensure your personal dietary tastes and requirements are met to a high standard with your own personal Base Camp Chef.

    Personal Dispatch Page

    Daily updates posted to the Adventure Consultants Latest News page allowing friends and family to follow your personal journey.

    Private Dining/Hang Out Tent

    Choose to dine alongside our main expedition team members or enjoy a more personalised service in your own private dining/hang out tent.

    Pre-trip Equipment Consultation & Retail Service

    Having the right gear and knowing how to use it is key to any successful expedition, so we recommend you utilise the services of our in-house equipment gurus to ensure that you arrive in Kathmandu ready to go! AC also provides a retail service for those wishing to purchase clothing and equipment at a discounted rate, check out our Gear Store for details.

    Lobuche climbWe also offer a ‘Fast Track’ programme for climbers who wish to maximise their time and are able to pre-acclimatise prior to arriving in Nepal with a system such as Hypoxico. The perfect option for those on a limited timeframe.

    Under this programme you will fly directly from Kathmandu to Pheriche. From Pheriche, we will move on to our acclimatisation climb of Lobuche East (6,119m/20,075ft). Please enquire with our office for more details.

    We are able to offer an upgrade to helicopter transport for your domestic flights between Kathmandu and Lukla, the entrance to the Khumbu Valley. Helicopters are a faster means of transport and less prone to weather delays than fixed-wing flights when you are eager to get going at the onset of the expedition or keen to return quickly back to loved ones at the end. We can also offer a return helicopter flight directly from Base Camp to Kathmandu if you require a speedy egress after your expedition to meet your personal or business commitments.

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    Film Crew

    With a wealth of experience in filming at altitude our cameraman can film your entire expedition from beginning to end in a variety of mediums (film/photo/digital video) and can even send live video clips or digital photos throughout the climbing day!

    Other Services

    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

    Finding the right travel and rescue insurance for your mountaineering adventure can be tricky! Rest assured when you book with the expedition specialists here at Adventure Consultants we'll help by sending through advice on what you'll need, including:

    • Travel insurance including trip interruption and cancellation cover
    • Medical Evacuation and Rescue Insurance

    For further information check out our Travel and Rescue Insurance page or contact us.

  • 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 contact us if you have any further questions. Our team is here to help!

      [email protected]
      NZ: +64 3 443 8711 (Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm PST + 19 hours)

    • 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. You can read more about the history of AC here.

      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 see our Private Customised Expeditions page for more detail.

      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-to-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.

    • 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/3,000ft 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/7,900ft straight down onto our Camp 2 in the Western Cwm and 3,000m/9,800ft 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 autumn. 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 (7,300m/23,700ft) 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 8,000m 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.

      What is the Fast Track programme?
      The Fast Track programme has been developed for those climbers who wish to maximise their time and are able to pre-acclimatise prior to arriving in Nepal with a system such as Hypoxico, or on other peaks to at least 5,500m/18,000ft. The itinerary follows a shortened 45-day schedule, rather than the longer 63-day schedule that our standard departure follows. It still requires a large commitment in terms of dedication, determination and discipline, ensuring that you follow a strict pre-acclimatisation programme prior to your arrival in Nepal to ensure your best chance of success. 

      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

      Client tent 1 Lillian CWhat 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, similar to the one pictured, 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 MREs (Meals, Ready-to-Eat) which are significantly tastier than freeze-dried food, 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 the form on the plane as they 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$125 for most nationalities.

    • Clothing & Equipment

      Do you have a recommended list of clothing we should bring?
      Yes, you will 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 5-7kg/10-15lb. What used to happen was on a 'carry' day, where you moved your personal gear between camps, your pack would be 9-18kg/20-40lb, sometimes higher if you chose to carry more of your equipment and on 'move' days, the weight went down to 5-7kg/10-15lb. Now, since we include carrying your personal overnight gear as part of the expedition, your pack weight is always in the 5-7kg/10-15lb 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 altitude medication will be available? Do we need to take tablets before/during the expedition? 
      All our guides carry extensive medical kits including Diamox, Dexamethasone, Nifedipine and Sildenafil for altitude illness. Some of our bigger expeditions even have their own doctor. Generally, there is no need to take prophylactic altitude medication before or during your expedition but if you have a previous history of altitude illness, then please discuss this with us and your physician. 

      You do, however, need to bring any medications you regularly use (don’t forget to tell us about them), plus extras. Also, bring a small first aid kit including a blister kit and mild headache medication for the normal altitude headaches.

      Is bottled oxygen included?
      Yes! AC provides a high flow oxygen package for all team members included in the expedition fee.

      What sort of O2 masks do you use? 
      We use Summit and Topout masks plus regulators for all our Sherpas, guides and climbers.

      What is the oxygen bottle size? 
      We use 4-litre Poisk bottles, which are the lightest available at 3.5kg/8lbs each.

      What are the benefits of bottled oxygen?
      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!

    • 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 around 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.

      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 more 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. It is worth remembering that 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$1,000-$2,000 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 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 and medical insurance, we recommend that our expedition members buy trip cancellation insurance upon sign up for the expedition. We 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 or see our webpage on 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 bring around US$2,500. 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?
      Please see the 'Payment Conditions' section above for the cancellation and refund policy for this particular trip. There is also a downloadable pdf document in the 'Trip Notes' section above. 

      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.

      Can I pay by credit card?
      We can accept both the trip deposit and balance payment on credit card. Please note that there is a 3% fee for all card transactions. Please contact our office or visit our secure online payment system page.

      What is included in the cost of my trip? Does it include airfare?
      You can find information on expedition inclusions and exclusions in the 'Payment Conditions' section above. International airfares are not included in the trip price, but we can recommend excellent travel agents with whom we have worked 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. Please contact our office for further information.

      What is the best equipment for photography in alpine environments?
      There is an extensive section in our reference notes, which are sent out upon 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 an NZ Mountain Guides Course or the equivalent in your country, aligned with the IFMGA.

      Please see Adventure Consultants Mountain Guide Scholarships on our Career Opportunities page and check the New Zealand Mountain Guides Association for more information.

  • AC Everest Summit List - 1990 to date

    • Overall Statistics by Country

      Between 1990 and 2023, Adventure Consultants has seen 372 summits of Mount Everest. These summits include the following nationalities:

      • Australia - 10
        *Including first mother-daughter team to summit (2008)
      • Austria - 2
      • Belgium - 3
        *Including both the first Belgian climber to summit Everest (1990) and the first Belgian woman (1992)
      • Brazil - 1
        *First Brazilian woman to summit Everest (2006)
      • Canada - 5
      • Denmark - 1
      • Finland - 2
        *Including the first Finnish climber to summit Everest (1993)
      • Germany - 3
      • Hong Kong - 1
        *First climber from Hong Kong to summit Everest (1992)
      • Iceland - 4
      • Ireland - 6
      • Israel - 1
        *First Israeli climber to summit Everest (1992)
      • Japan - 1
      • Macedonia - 1
      • Nepal - 217
      • Norway - 1
        *First to reach Everest and the two Poles (1994)
      • New Zealand - 46
      • Peru - 1
        *First Peruvian woman to summit Everest (2016)
      • Poland - 1
      • Singapore - 1
      • South Africa - 1
        *First South African woman to complete the 7 Summits (2010)
      • Spain - 1
      • Sweden - 4
        *Including the first Swedish climber to summit Everest (1990)
      • Switzerland - 2
      • Tanzania - 1
        *First Tanzanian climber to summit Everest (2012)
      • United Kingdom - 15
      • United States - 40
    • 2023

      23 May 2023

      Ang Dorjee Sherpa, Nepal/USA (22nd summit)
      Anna Ott, Germany
      Cris Salomon, USA
      Lisa Jelly, United Kingdom
      Rebecca Heah, Australia
      Chewang Dorji Sherpa, Nepal (15th summit)
      Da Chiri Sherpa, Nepal (1st summit)
      Lhakpa Chiring Sherpa, Nepal (7th summit)
      Nima Chiri Sherpa, Nepal (15th summit)
      Pasang Bhote, Nepal (12th summit)
      Pasang Rinji Sherpa, Nepal (1st summit)
      Sanduk Dorji Tamang, Nepal (14th summit)

    • 2019

      23rd May 2019

      Ang Dorjee Sherpa, Nepal/USA (20th summit)
      Rob Kelso-Smith, Ireland (6th summit)
      Leifer Svavarsson, Iceland (2nd summit)
      Lýdur Gudmundsson, Iceland
      Sophie Hilaire, USA
      Greg Johnson, UK/Australia
      Alexander Pancoe, USA
      Roman Tschupp, Switzerland
      Pasang Angchu Bhote, Nepal (3rd summit)
      Dawa Bhote, Nepal (4th summit)
      Guru Bhote, Nepal (2nd summit)
      Passang Bhote, Nepal (11th summit)
      Nima Chhiring Sherpa, Nepal (10th summit)
      Chheten Dorji Sherpa, Nepal (7th summit)
      Chhewang Dorji Sherpa, Nepal (12th summit)
      Da Geljen Sherpa, Nepal
      Pemba Sherpa, Nepal (3rd summit)
      Rinjin Sherpa, Nepal (6th summit)
      Dawa Wongchu Sherpa, Nepal (4th summit)

    • 2018

      19th May 2018

      Rob Kelso-Smith, Ireland (4th summit)
      Lydia Bradey, New Zealand (5th summit)
      Mike Davies, New Zealand
      Gary Ervin, USA
      Brad Horn, Australia
      Robin Moore, USA
      Michael Read, New Zealand
      Penny Webster, New Zealand
      Rinji Sherpa, Nepal (5th summit)
      Cheten Dorjie Sherpa, Nepal (5th summit)
      Chhiring Namgel Sherpa, Nepal (5th summit)
      Dawa Wongchu Sherpa, Nepal (2nd summit)
      Chhewang Dorjee, Nepal (10th summit)
      Kaljang Dorjee Sherpa, Nepal (12th summit)
      Phura Dorjee Sherpa, Nepal
      Rinjen Palden Sherpa, Nepal (2nd summit)
      Guru Bhote, Nepal
      Pemba Nuru, Nepal (2nd summit)
      Pasang Angiu Bhote, Nepal (2nd summit)
      Pemba Sherpa, Nepal
      Mingma Tenjing Sherpa, Nepal (2nd summit)

      16th May 2018

      Guy Cotter, New Zealand (5th summit)
      Leow Kah Shin, Singapore
      Pasang Bhote, Nepal (9th summit)
      Nima Chhiring Sherpa, Nepal (9th summit)
      Pemba (Prakash) Sherpa, Nepal

      13th May 2018 (Rope fixing team)

      Da Thuk Bhote, Nepal (4th summit)
      Tenjing Geljen Sherpa, Nepal (4th summit)

    • 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 Sherpa, 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, Nepal (11th summit)
      Pemba Choti, Thame, Nepal (9th summit)
      Ang Sona, Khunde, Nepal (4th summit)
      Lhakpa Dorjee, Sanam Guidel, Nepal (8th summit)
      Lhakpa Tenzing, Sanam Guidel, Nepal (3rd summit)
      Ang Gelu, Khotang, Nepal (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

    • 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

    • 1996

      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

  • Media


    Katja Seyffardt Podcast GC InterviewSurviving the Extremes: Mount Everest Podcast
    July 2020 - Katja Seyffardt interviews AC CEO Guy Cotter on the mental mindset of high altitude mountaineering and the fortitude and resilience he has built over his 30 year climbing career. A 3-part podcast.
    The Wild PodcastThe Wild Podcast - Life & Death on Everest
    29 April, 2020 - In this episode of The Wild Podcast, Guy Cotter, CEO of Adventure Consultants talks about his history in the mountains, his influences and his experiences.
    Alan Arnette GC InterviewAlan Arnette - Virtual Everest 2020 Interview with Guy Cotter
    12 April, 2020 - Alan Arnette interviews Guy Cotter as part of his Virtual Everest 2020 Coverage and Support the Climbing Sherpas Fundraising efforts.



    Celebrating the summit of Everest with AC Guide Rob Smith photo by Rob Smith CropMind Over Mountains - Completing the Explorer's Grand Slam
    At the time of writing, the Explorer’s Grand Slam has been achieved by less than a hundred people in history. We spoke with US climber Alexander Pancoe, one of the few to have accomplished this feat, to hear about his fascinating journey with Adventure Consultants.

    Ang Dorjee Idaho StatesmanIdaho Statesman - This Boise man just climbed Everest for the 20th time.
    13 June 2019 - In recent weeks, crowds of climbers attempting to conquer Mount Everest have made international headlines as several people died in “traffic jams” atop the tallest peak in the world. Ang Dorjee Sherpa, a Boise resident, was there.

    Guy Cotter NZ Herald May 2019NZ Herald - Kiwi Mountaineer Guy Cotter on conquering Mt Everest
    1 June 2019 - Kiwi mountaineer and AC CEO Guy Cotter tells the Weekend Herald what it's like to conquer this pinnacle of human achievement - what it feels like, what it takes, and what it gives in return.

    Everest Crowding May 2019Stuff - 'Buyer Beware' for cut-price Mt Everest Expeditions
    27 May 2019 - What's really the problem behind this image? AC CEO Guy Cotter weighs in on the recent media coverage around overcrowding on Everest.

    Alex Pancoe Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune - Tackling Mount Everest
    20 March 2019 - Alexander Pancoe discusses the highs and lows of his personal quest to raise money for the Lurie Children's Hospital while undertaking one of the world's toughest challenges—the Explorer's Grand Slam.


    Wilderness Mag Guy Cotter Article July 2018Wilderness Magazine - Record Breaking Season on Everest
    July 2018 - Kathy Ombler talks to Guy Cotter about the record breaking 2018 series and how budget Everest operators are cashing in on the world’s highest climb, but at a huge risk.  

    Gary Ervin Everest GleanerErvin Shares his 2 Month Journey up Everest
    July 8, 2018 - Union County's very own Gary Ervin completed his mission to reach the highest spot in the world on May 19 as he completed his summit on Mt. Everest. Ervin sat down with me to tell about his journey up the mountain.

    Kah Shin on Hillary Step GCEverest, Lhotse & Nuptse - Going for the Triple Crown
    Have you seen a lightning storm form underneath you? Have you seen satellites at night, not above you but at eye level? Have you seen the sun rise on the vast landscape on your left, but total darkness on your right as that part of the world sleeps away?

    James Perry BCNST - Baked Goods & Wifi Bring Everest Closer to Home
    Everest Base Camp: Wi-Fi, baked goods and trendy coffee: gone are the days of deprivation at Everest base camp, with hipster perks and modern conveniences ensuring life is cushier than ever on the roof of the world.


    CaptureThe Denver Channel - Colorado Woman on Top of the World
    23 June 2017 - Sometimes the biggest accomplishments in life happen by chance. For 45-year-old Wendy Gustin, of Golden, it was a bad break in her career that led to her standing atop the world.
    Newcastle Herald Leah Jay Everest 2017Newcastle Herald - Leah Jay climbs Everest
    23 May 2017 - Australian businesswoman Leah Jay has reached the summit of Everest in memory of her son who died in 2008 after a battle with Motor Neuron Disease.

    Only Two for EverestStuff NZ - The 'bitter dispute' that led to knocking off Everest
    22 April 2017 - In 1951, four New Zealanders headed to the Himalaya to climb. Their primary objective was a previously unclimbed mountain called Mukut Parbat, Guy Cotter's father Ed Cotter was one of them.

    Alan Arnette 2017 Interview with GuyAlan Arnette Blog Fixing Everest
    Alan Arnette interviews AC CEO Guy Cotter on the state of commercial guiding on Everest, and his recent article on 'Fixing Everest'.


    Stuff Aug 2016 Hillary Step Mike Roberts 125x150Stuff NZ - Changes to the Hillary Step on Everest
    19 August 2016 - Adventure Consultants Everest Expedition Leader Mike Roberts discusses changes he saw to the Hillary Step this year following the 2015 Nepal earthquakes.
    Stuff May 2016 Everest Summit 125x150Stuff NZ - AC Everest Team Successfully Summit
    19 May 2016 - Wanaka expedition leader Mike Roberts, of Adventure Consultants, successfully guided a team of 21 climbers to the top of Mt Everest.
    action asia may june 2016 Guy Cotter Interview 125x150Action Asia article on Guy Cotter - Jan 2016
    We recently caught up with Guy Cotter of expedition guides, Adventure Consultants, and asked about his involvement with the movie 'Everest' and the rebuilding of Nepal post-earthquake.


    Mens Health Oct 15 Guy Cotter 125x150Mens Health Oct 2015 Peak Performance
    It's a razor-thin line between life and death on Everest. After facing his own tragedy on the mountain, Guy Cotter emerged a more capable man. Use his lessons to scale your own heights. By Aaron Scott.
    Huff Post Everest Movie Interview with Guy 125x150Guy Cotter talks about the Everest movie to Huffington Post

    Ellis Brigham Blog Guy Cotter July 2015 125x150Guy Cotter Discusses All Things Everest
    July 7, 2015 - Ellis Brigham's blog recounts events on Everest in 1996, the New Everest movie and Everest 2015 with Adventure Consultants CEO Guy Cotter.
    Explorers Web Blog Suze Kelly June 2015Explorers Web Interview with Suze Kelly Everest Earthquake Debrief.
    June 11, 2015 - Suze Kelly "It was like walking in to the scene from a plane crash"...
    Stuff June 2015Southland Times - AC Vows to return to Earthquake stricken Nepal
    June 8, 2015 - A Wanaka guiding company has vowed to return to Nepal in September and is encouraging adventurers not to turn away from the earthquake-stricken nation and its people.
    The Daily Mail - Sam Worthington scales new heights in chilling movie Everest
    June 5, 2015 - He is known for intense roles, having portrayed paralysed renegade Marine veteran Jake Sully in Avatar...The British-born star, 38, plays New Zealand climbing expert Guy Cotter...


    Wanaka Mountaineer Mixing with Stars
    14 Nov 2014 - The Otago Daily Times shares a little about the upcoming Universal Pictures 3-D film recounting Everest 1996 where Avatar's Sam Worthington plays Guy Cotter.
    Radio New Zealand - Break on Everest Climbs May Allow for Better Planning
    May 2014 - Interview with AC Director Guy Cotter
    National Geographic Daily News - Climbing Finished for Season on Everest after Deadly Avalanche?
    May 2014 - Mark Jenkins interviews AC Director Guy Cotter.


    Huffington Post - Watching the Sun Rise on the Summit of Mt Everest
    10 June, 2013 - AC 2013 Everest Expedition member, Cason Crane, blogs about his reasons for climbing Everest and the world's Seven Summits.
    Polygon - Dean Hall on the Roof of the World: How Illness Persuaded the Creator of Dayz to Climb Mt Everest
    7 June 2013 - Great article by Dave Tach about AC Everest 2013 team member Dean Hall and what led him to his goal of climbing the world's highest mountain.
    TV3 - 60 Years on, New Zealander's Still Climbing Everest
    27 May, 2013 - TV3 News interviews AC CEO Guy Cotter from Namche, Nepal while on his way back to Kathmandu from Everest/Lhotse.
    New Zealand Herald - Record Breaking Glory on Mt Everest
    22 May 2013 - AC Lead Everest Guide, Dean Staples', reached the summit of the world's highest peak for the ninth time this May, a record number of ascents for a kiwi.
    Otago Daily Times - Meeting with Famous Climber
    21 May, 2013 - Wanaka climber and Adventure Consultants director Guy Cotter was on a high before he even left Everest Base Camp last week after meeting one of his idols, Reinhold Messner, who is considered by many to be the greatest climber in history...
    Otago Daily Times - Father-Son Everest Trip
    28 April, 2013 - Hall is one of eight people from around the globe making the ascent as part of the Adventure Consultants expedition from Wanaka. His father, Otago Regional Council emergency management co-ordinator Graeme Hall, travelled with him as far as Base Camp and returned to Dunedin this week after seeing his son off on his perilous trek...
    Otago Daily Times - Wanaka-Hawea Climbers on Top of Everest
    5 January, 2013 - 6 AC guides profiled as the highest number of Everest ascents outside of Nepal concentrated in one town, per capita!


    Wilderness Magazine - View from the Top
    Kiwi climber Peter Cammell writes of his experience climbing Everest in 2012 with Adventure Consultants.

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