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Climb Mt. Everest via the North Ridge 2009 with Peak Freaks

Our North Ridge climb has been moved over the South Ridge indefinetly.  In July 2008 China had indicated they will be closing the North Side in 2009 for an undetermined amount of time and since their borders tend to close without notice.

 

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EVEREST NORTH RIDGE   EXPEDITION OPTIONS

WHY PEAK FREAKS?

  • Our ability to offer affordable expeditions with first class infrastructure all while maintaining small team sizes. 
  • Our personal touch! It is the same people who you talk to when planning and booking your expedition that run the expedition, climb along side you on the mountain and not from base camp or a remote office. 
  • Our relationship with the people of the country: Our family of friends become your family of friends. During our 17 years in the Himalayas we have become very close with our climbing Sherpa families. Today many of their children are now training to become our climbing Sherpas. We are family, grown and have learned so many life values together that we share with you.
  • Our safety record: Climbing and trekking worldwide and other extreme sports while maintaining a flawless safety record. We have never lost a client during our 18 years of operation.
  • Combination expeditions: Making it possible for people interested in the Sherpa climbing culture and life on a major mountaineering expedition the opportunity to be part of it. An opportunity for family and friends to join their loved ones on this type of exciting adventure without needing to have climbing skills. 
  • Tim, mountain guiding since he graduated from high school, Becky, a group international travel specials since graduation. It has been a way of life and this is all we do, and absolutely yes,  it is a ton of fun!

 

SUMMIT CLIMB COSTS  INCLUDE 

  • 4- nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on en-route to Base Camp and on the return. 
  • Transportation from Kathmandu to base camp and return. 
  • Bright base camp facilities with sky lights, music, entertainment and enviro friendly LED lights.
  • Heated dinning tent and solar panels for charging photo equipment.
  • Re-entry visas in Nepal, visa and expedition permits required in Tibet.
  • Required Liaison officers and Interpreters and road permits.
  • All peak fees and administration fees. 
  • All guide fees and base camp crew.
  • All high altitude sherpa staff and their equipment.  1 client to 1 high altitude sherpa ratio.
  • All meals en-route to and from the Base Camp, at Base Camp, and on the mountain. 
  • All group equipment, such as tents, stoves, ropes; climbing equipment, party first aid. 
  • Satellite Radio communications, email and on mountain radio communications.
  • Solar Power supply for recharging batteries.
  • Gammow altitude recovery bag.
  • Oxygen above 7800m.
  • One to one personal sherpa support on summit day.
  • Emergency by jeep at Base Camp 
  • Custom high altitude suit that you keep after the expedition.

 COSTS DO NOT INCLUDE   

  • Air travel to and from Kathmandu 
  • Drinks, laundry, postage, telephone calls, and all other items of a personal nature. 
  • Lunches and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • Entry visa into Nepal (this can be obtained at the airport upon arrival at a cost of US$30). 
  • Departure tax at Kathmandu airport (RS1695) or $19US
  • Personal medical and travel insurance. 
  • Personal spending money  

GETTING THE RE 

OPTION 1 Expedition starts with a private coach from Kathmandu to the Friendship Bridge that borders Nepal and Tibet. We will walk by foot to the border town of Zangmu in Tibet. At Zangmu we will clear Chinese customs before loading in our private jeeps for a thrilling ride through one the world's greatest canyons before rising up to the Tibetan plateau. Our expedition gear will have gone ahead of us by military truck with the Sherpas who will have camp all set up for us when we arrive in about 8 days time.

OPTION 2- Expedition starts with a spectacular scenic flight over the Himalayas to Lhasa transfer to the Himalaya Hotel. We will spend two to three days here for acclimatization. Enjoy sightseeing and guided tours to the Jokhang and Sera Monastery, day two, the Potala and Deprung Monasteries. After proper acclimatization has been assessed we will commence our journey overland Tibet by private jeep. Places we will visit along the way include Gyantse, Shigaste and Shegar before arriving at base camp.

THE CLIMB- involves a 22km, yak supported walk from base camp at 5200m to advanced base camp at 6400m over two days. We spend a couple of days at advanced base camp before making the five to six hour climb via fixed ropes up the north col.

The route is basically a straightforward trail over moraine to reach the East Rongbuk Glacier, which leads to the fixed ropes. The decent takes about 3- hours.

The North Col is a fairly large area where all expeditions make Camp 1. A mind numbing view of the entire North Face of Everest and the West Rongbuk Glacier, Lo La, Pumori, Ama Dablam and Cho Oyu.

ITINERARY

  • Day 1                          Leave hometown to Kathmandu

  • Day 2                          In transit to Kathmandu

  • Day 3                          Arrival Kathmandu

  • Day 4                          In Kathmandu, rest, sightseeing, get Chinese visa, final packing

  • Day 5                          Fly to Lhasa (12,000ft.), transfer to hotel, afternoon sightseeing.

  • Day 6                          Tour Lhasa, visit the Potala and Jokhang Monasteries.

  • Day 7                          Jeep travel to Shigatse (12,800ft.), tour Tashilumpo

  • Day 8                          Jeep travel to Shegar

  • Day 9                          Acclimatization stay in Shegar

  • Day 10                        Jeep travel to Tingri check for acclimatization, if needed stay 1 night here.

  • Day 11                        Jeep travel to Base Camp.

  • Day 12                        Acclimatization and rest, day hikes.

  • Day 13                        Acclimatization and rest, day hikes.

  • Day 14                        Hike to Interim camp

  • Day 15                        Hike to Advanced Base Camp (21,500ft).

  • Day 16                        Rest day

  • Day 17                        Rest day- ABC Trekkers retreat to base camp

  • Day 18                        Climb to Camp 1- North Col and back to ABC

  • Day 19                        Rest day                 

  • Day 20                        Climb to Camp 1- spend the night

  • Day 21                        Climb to Camp 2- return to ABC

  • Day 22                        Rest at ABC or retreat to BC

  • Day 23                        Team rests at BC

  • Day 24                        Team rests at BC

  • Day 25                        Hike to Interim camp

  • Day 26                        Hike to ABC

  • Day 27                        Rest day

  • Day 28 -40                 Climb in progress for high camp acclimatization

  • Day 41-                      Rest days in ABC             

  • Day 42-45                   Retreat to BC for final rest

  • Day 45                        Hike to Interim Camp

  • Day 46                        Hike to ABC

  • Day 47-50                   Rest

  • Day 51-60                  Summit attempts

  • Day 61- 64                 Retreat to BC

  • Day 65                      Pack up to departure

  • Day 66-69                  Depart Base Camp to Kathmandu- Welcome back party.

  • Day 70-71                  Depart Kathmandu for home.  

MT. EVEREST NORTH RIDGE CLIMB LOGISTICS  

We use a formula of 4 high camps above ABC. This system has worked well in the past.

We also provide an Interim camp between Base Camp and ABC. This offers a place a rest for those who don't want to make the full slog in one day.

Once climbers are acclimatized this trip will normally only take 7 to 8 hours making it possible to travel ABC to BC in one day by passing the Interim camp.

Each summit climber will have 3 or 4 bottles of oxygen plus backup for emergencies. Each summit climber will have 1 personal high altitude climbing sherpa for summit day.

Food is one of the most important factors in a successful expedition. Our cooks recognize the importance of appetizing and nutrient packed meals in order to maintain health and stamina needed for a successful ascent on Mt. Everest.  We use only high quality foods with supplements brought from Canada. Our Sherpa Cook,  Ang Karsung received his cooks training from Switzerland and is very familiar with high quality Western from all over the world. Ever had Sushi? or fresh baking on an expedition?  You will be quite surprised at what our cook staff can muster up at these elevations.

 Oxygen

Each summit climber will have 3 or 4 bottles of oxygen plus backup for emergencies. Each summit climber will have 1-1 Sherpa/Climber ratio for summit day.

 Meals

Food is one the most important factors in a successful expedition. Our cooks recognize the importance of appetizing and nutrient packed meals in order to maintain health and stamina needed for a successful ascent on Mt. Everest.  We use only high quality foods, with supplements brought from North America or other western sources. Our Sherpa Cook, Ang Karsung received his cooks training from Switzerland and is very familiar with high quality Western from all over the world. Ever had Sushi? Or fresh baking at altitude?  You will be quite surprised at what our cook staff can muster up at these elevations.

 Hygiene

The importance of hygiene on expeditions cannot be overstated. To improve overall welfare of team members and to reduce the chances of illness, extreme sterilization of eating and cooking equipment is performed throughout the expedition. 

Hot washing water and soap is readily available before all meals at base camp and on request during the day. We have shower facilities and a toilet facility at base camp, checked daily to ensure cleanliness.

Environmental and Social Practices

Tim not only strives to offer the highest standard of service, but also to be the most socially and environmentally responsible guide outfitter in the Himalayas. We use only yaks and not the backs of porters to carry our equipment to base camp. We do however still offer them employment contributing to the local economy by being  runners for messages and top-ups on fresh food  and miscellaneous camp chores. On some occasions there will be jobs carrying loads after the yaks have gone home. We pay close attention to their meals, shelter and equipment is considered always to be no less than what we would need to do the job and they are covered by insurance where available, acceptable weight limits on loads and fair wages are paid close attention to always. They are our family and we treat them as such. 


The base camps and normal routes up the higher mountains, such as Everest, are under considerable environmental pressure. We strive to minimize the impact of our expedition by adhering to a responsible and workable environmental policy.

We make every effort to retrieve ropes and other equipment from the mountain. The high altitude Sherpas will be paid a bonus for each load of equipment or garbage that they are able to return to ABC for evacuation from here to base camp by yak.

 Insurance

Our safety record is our insurance as well as investing in medical and disability insurance for our guides and Sherpas while participating on our programs. We cannot insure you for your personal needs, but we do expect you to be as fiscally responsible as we are. We strongly recommend that you insure yourself against potentially expensive difficulties that may arise. First, trip cancellation insurance may provide financial relief should you be forced to withdraw from the climb before it even happens. Next, make sure you have adequate traveler's medical and evacuation insurance for coverage should you have a problem during the trip. Medical care and evacuation from Everest can be expensive. John Ingles Insurance - is available to climbers around the world through Peak Freaks.

 MT. EVEREST NORTH- ROUTE DESCRIPTION

 BC to ABC                        Hike along side a moraine-covered glacier to ABC

ABC to CAMP 1                 Crossing of a flat glacier to 2000 ft. steep snow covered slope with ceracs leading up to the col.

CAMP 1 to CAMP 2            Semi steep snow slope to Camp 2

CAMP 2 to CAMP 3            Up through some low angled rock and shale to CAMP 3.

CAMP 3 to CAMP 4            Similar to the terrain from CAMP 2 with mixed snow on the route.

CAMP 4 to SUMMIT       Up a mixed snow covered gully to the ridge, then about 1.5kmalong the ridge on rock and snow. This section has two step. One is straightforward and the other is the infamous 2nd step with the ladder. From the second step to the summit is approximately a 45-degree snow slope to the top.     

                                   The entire route where needed will be fixed with rope.  

 

 

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For more information please contact Tim.

 

                                                      

        

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