Tibet, Mount Everest, North Ridge (8,848 m)

Your Everest Adventure Awaits

Tibet, Mount Everest, North Ridge (8,848 m)

Your Everest Adventure Awaits

Join Ascent in what many describe as the pinnacle of mountaineering adventures, Mount Everest. Lead Sherpa Dorje has summited Everest 10 times making him a valuable member of the Ascent team, ensuring you’re in safe hands.

Journey through Tibet to BC For the journey into Base Camp it is essential that you keep any views about ‘Free Tibet’ quiet in public places and especially at check points and boarder crossings, likewise any political sensitive t-shirts! Failure to do so could result in entry being refused or a substantial delay.

The hotels we use are determined by the Chinese authorities and Tibet Mountaineering Authority not by Ascent Explorers. They are very basic and we recommend the use of a sleeping bag and liner. Food is also basic and very traditional, you are likely to learn how to use chop sticks, but this is all part of why we travel. Once at BC we are in full control of our eating and sleeping arrangements. Bottled water is available throughout the journey to base camp.
Food Once we arrive at Base Camp we have our own team of Nepali cooks and kitchen staff who have worked for Adventure Peaks on a regular basis.

Their cooking is outstanding and menus are a good mix between local and European food. Snack food for the hill will be plentiful and consist of such things as: chocolate, cereal bars, dried fruit, nuts, cheese and salami (you help yourself from tubs, so there is no limit!). Cooked food higher on the hill will be a combination of boil in the bag soup and supplemented by snacks. For special interest and to keep the taste buds going we ask that each member brings a small ‘luxury’ item of desire to share at some point with the rest of the group.

Customised Option
If you would prefer we can organise a customised expedition on a private basis. You may want an Ascent Explorers leader to join you or you can take the option to go ‘self-led’ with local guides for support. You can contact us direct to discuss further options for your customised itinerary.

There are many advantages to having your own customised expedition such as having the flexibility of choosing your own dates, picking the members of your own team, choosing your support options and tailoring the trip to your own budget and experience.

We aim to be very price competitive so please contact us for a no obligation quote. Whatever ideas or goals you have in mind for your expedition we would be happy to discuss further

If you wish to discuss any aspect of the expedition or your suitability for it, please phone+44 (0208 5003323 or email ascentmountaineering@gmail.com

PLEASE NOTE: The itinerary is not a fixed programme but is intended to give an indication of the likely events during the expedition. Please understand that as we are climbing Everest it will be necessary to have a flexible plan in order to take the best advantage of situations as they present themselves, such as weather patterns and group fitness. Any changes to the itinerary will be made with a view to maximising the benefit to the team members and of ensuring their eventual success on the mountain.

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Requirements & Technicality

Essential Experience

We advise prospective team members to have a strong mountaineering background. This should include Alpine mountaineering and high altitude experience of at least 6,000 meters.


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Day 1: Outbound flight Departures
For those joining the expedition in the UK, we fly from London to Kathmandu on Qatar Airlines via Doha.
Day 2: Arrive Kathmandu
We are met at the airport and taken to the Summit Hotel. This is an excellent hotel positioned well away from the bustle of the city centre and its friendly people do their best to make us feel at home. It has extensive gardens and a swimming pool. For those joining the expedition in Kathmandu, all team members should aim to meet at the hotel on this day.Each team member will have his or her own room, to allow plenty of space for sorting out personal equipment. Exclusive to our 8,000-metre peak expeditions, the Everest expedition will use the Himalayan View wing of the hotel, as this has larger rooms opening on to spacious balconies and furnished to a higher standard than the main rooms of the hotel.
Day 3: At leisure in Kathmandu
While the leader attends a formal briefing in the Ministry of Tourism, you will be able to explore this fascinating city. As those who have been there before will know, it is a wonderful mixture of crowded bazaars, temples and shrines, in a blend of ancient, colonial and modern architecture. Today, the expedition leader will also check everyone’s equipment, as Kathmandu is the last opportunity to buy anything missing.
Day 4: Fly to Lhasa
If the weather is clear the flight will give extraordinary views of the Himalaya, including Everest, Makalu and Kangchenjunga. We should also get a good view from the air of the Kangshung valley. On arrival in Lhasa, we will be met and taken to a good standard hotel close to the city centre. This will be our base for the next few days while we acclimatise to the high altitude of the Tibetan plateau (Lhasa is one of the highest capitals in the world at 3,600m/12,000ft).
Day 5-6: At leisure in Lhasa.
While acclimatising, we will make the most of our time in Lhasa and visit the Potala Palace, the Dalai Lama’s summer palace and perhaps one or two monasteries outside the city. Lhasa is a fascinating place, the indigenous Tibetan people and architecture contrasting strongly with the imposed Chinese influence.
Day 7: Drive to Shigatse (6 hours).
We set off in jeeps across the Tibetan plateau. Soon after leaving Lhasa, we reach the banks of the Tsang Po, which becomes the Brahmaputra River when it enters India. We drive up-stream for a while before turning southwest through barren desert-like valleys to reach Shigatse, Tibet’s second city. Overnight in a hotel. Altitude: 3,900m.
Day 8: Drive to Xegar (8 hours).
As we continue along the Tibetan highway, the northern edge of the Greater Himalaya comes into view, often providing a spectacular panorama of peaks, including Everest. We overnight in a hotel 7 kilometres outside the main town of Xegar. If there is time, we may be able to visit the main town and its hilltop monastery. Altitude: 4,000m.
Day 9: Acclimatisation Day.
This is an important day which will help is cope with the big height gain to base camp tomorrow. The general advice is to take it easy, but a visit the main town and a gentle hike up to its hilltop monastery (4,200m) are highly recommended.
Day 10: Drive to Everest Base Camp (5,200m)
Today we leave the main Lhasa to Kathmandu highway and head due south towards Everest. We drive over the Pang La, which will hopefully give us our first good views of Everest, some 40 miles away. Then we descend to a village in the valley floor, and continue up the valley to base camp. The road becomes rougher and rougher, but the scenery becomes more spectacular as we round each corner. Finally there is the awesome north face of Everest, at the head of the valley before us. From base camp, it does seem very close, but it is still 12 miles away.
Day 11-15: Acclimatisation and local exploration
We spend 4 days at base camp while our bodies adapt to the altitude. This gives us plenty of time to enjoy the views, and photograph Everest. For those who are feeling up to it, there are plenty of hillsides to scramble up, and we can walk down the valley to Rongbuk Monastery, 5 miles / 8 km away. Another worthwhile objective would be to reach Tillman’s Camp, an idyllic spot beside the majestic Central Rongbuk Glacier, which offers staggering views of the north side of Everest. It is important not to overdo it during this period – there will be plenty of opportunity for exertion later! We must work at resting, while drinking plenty of fluids and enjoying the base camp food.
Day 16: Trek to First Interim Camp (5,680m)
At last, with yaks carrying our supplies, we set off on foot towards Everest. The trek starts easily enough, crossing the pebble floodplain of the Rongbuk River, then weaving along a good path between the glacier and the valley side. After about 2 hours we reach a good viewpoint, then turn steeply up to the left, leaving the main central Rongbuk valley. This takes us up into what seems to be a fairly small subsidiary valley, but it soon opens up to reveal the amazing pinnacles of the East Rongbuk Glacier. It was the discovery of this approach in 1922 that provided the key to climbing this side of Everest. We camp in a very pleasant spot, with plenty of space, no more than 2 hours after having turned into the East Rongbuk Valley. The camp is located on the right bank, overlooking the river below, and is short of the moraines and the toe of the glacier that lie ahead.
Day 17: Trek to Second Interim Camp (c6,088m)
Crossing small streams and moraines, we gain the opposite side of the valley and contour along it until the valley makes a very definite swing north.Here will be the site for our interim camp for future journeys between base and advance base but, for now, it marks the climb onto the glacier proper and the start of the Magic Highway. On subsequent journeys up the East Rongbuk Glacier, we will be fitter and better acclimatised, enabling us to complete the trek to ABC easily in two days, hence this will become the site of a single interim camp located where the glacier sweeps north (c5,890 metres).The Magic Highway is an unlikely tongue of moraine that passes down the middle of the treacherous ice pinnacles of the East Rongbuk Glacier. The route is surprisingly level, with little height gain for the effort expended as the altitude makes it tough.Once on the Magic Highway, the conditions become more austere than during the previous day’s walk, with ice and moraine constant companions from here on. At the start of the season, the streams on the glacier will be slight, carrying little water. However, as the season progresses through spring, and towards summer, some of these streams will become torrents, that will require frequent changes to the route in order to cross them safely.The Highway finally drifts in toward the east ridge of Changtse, where a lake often forms. The interim camp is reached after a 5 hour day of slow walking and nestles close to the entrance of the cwm to the north of Changtse, near to this moraine lake.
Day 18: Trek to Advance Base Camp (c6,440m)
Today, gives a relatively short walk into ABC, of a few hours.The re-appearance of Everest is a pleasant distraction during the final climb and, as you round the corner towards advance base camp, you can see the whole of the North East Ridge, from the Raphu La to the summit.The shimmering triangle of snow, that highlights the summit over 4 Kilometres distance and 2 Kilometres higher, will issues its siren’s call, until your footsteps cross it!
Day 19-60: Climb Everest
It is not possible to be prescriptive about how the mountain will be climbed from this point on, as it will be matter for the leader and the team. For those that have been to extreme altitude before, we would aim to be as flexible as possible to allow for people’s preferred acclimatisation routine. For some, this may mean climbing as high as camp 3 on the North Ridge, as soon as possible, before diving back to base camp for a long rest. Others might want to remain longer in ABC, taking several trips to the North Col and sleeping there overnight but not going any higher, for example.Whatever routine is adopted for acclimatisation, as soon as everyone is happy that they have achieved an optimum state of readiness, the team will return to base camp for a long period of rest and eating.After many days of resting and preparing, we return once more to ABC, using the single interim camp at the start of the Magic Highway, en route. Again, we pause in ABC, to eat some more and to ensure that everything is in place, and the weather is set as fair as possible. Then we head up. The route to the North Col will be well-known entity, as its slopes will have been ascended a few times by each of us as part of our acclimatisation process. However, we should find the metres slipping by more easily, as sights are now set on the very pinnacle of the mountain.From Camp 1 on the North Col, the route turns to follow a long snow ramp, the north ridge proper, that rests like a gigantic flying buttress supporting the upper reaches of the mountain. Although never steep, this section is prone to wind, sweeping icily across the mountain. After a full day, we reach camp 2 located at the head of the ramp.From here, the route moves on to broken rocky ground of shattered shale, as the north ridge cast off its layers of snow. However, the route remains relatively easy angled, although the gradient increases gently, until the next camp is reached. This is located where the mass of the north ridge rams home hard against the bulk of the mountain, on rocky shelves. The day is rewarded with stupendous views over the glaciers below. What were viewed as big mountains as they dominated the Magic Highway, now more easily blend with the humble backdrop of the Tibetan Plateau and the flatlands beyond.The top camp will give you an even greater sense of the world below your feet. The ascent remains on broken ledges, but these are easy with shale and scree interlacing between them until snow runnels give out onto the north face proper. Once clear of the rocks and on more open slopes, you turn directly upwards, to arrive at the final camp at about 8,400-metres.Summit day begins before mid-night! Leaving the tents in the still of the night, you headlamps shine up to pierce the darkness and illuminate a faint gully that leads to the ridge above. This line through the rocks is steeper than those traverse the day before, but the fixed ropes help lift you towards the skyline. Some scrambling, accompanied by a disproportionate amount of panting, will land you on the ridge at over 8,500- metres. The only thing now between you and the top, is about 400 metres of ascent, 3 rock steps and over a kilometre of ridge – the ultimate tightrope! As dawn breaks, you will see the awesome Kangshung Face falling off to your left – a mind-boggling drop in to Tibet. For the main part, you remain on the right flank and traverse easily in places, but the route is punctuated by the First, Second and Third Steps. The hardest of these is the Second, which has a ladder and fixed rope to allow an ascent, which would be virtually impossible otherwise. Additionally, you can expect an airy traverse en route to gaining the top. Finally, however, the mountain yields, and the final summit snowfield, that you had seen from miles below will come under your feet and herald your arrival to the Top of the World.
Day 60: Team members walk to base camp
Day 61: Packing personal equipment at base camp
Day 62: Depart base camp and drive to Xangmu
We undo our remarkable road journey across the Tibetan plateau. We overnight in a hotel, at Xangmu, ready to cross back into Nepal at first light.
Day 63: Drive Kathamandu to Xangmu
Once back in Kathmandu,Ascent Explorers will host an evening to celebrate the expedition and  a farewell party to thank the Sherpas for their support and friendship.
Day 64: At leisure in Kathmandu
Day 65: Homebound flight departures


Nepal is of roughly trapezoidal shape, 800 kilometres (497 mi) long and 200 kilometres (124 mi) wide, with an area of 147,181 km2 (56,827 sq mi). See List of territories by size for the comparative size of Nepal. It lies between latitudes 26° and 31°N, and longitudes 80 and 89°E.

Nepal is commonly divided into three physiographic areas: Mountain, Hill and Terai. These ecological belts run east-west and are vertically intersected by Nepal’s major, north to south flowing river systems.

The southern lowland plains or Terai bordering India are part of the northern rim of the Indo-Gangetic plains. They were formed and are fed by three major Himalayan rivers: the Kosi, the Narayani, and the Karnali as well as smaller rivers rising below the permanent snowline. This region has a subtropical to tropical climate. The outermost range of foothills called Shiwalik or Churia Range cresting at 700 to 1,000 metres (2,297 to 3,281 ft) marks the limit of the Gangetic Plain, however broad, low valleys called Inner Tarai (Bhitri Tarai Uptyaka) lie north of these foothills in several places.

The Hill Region (Pahad) abuts the mountains and varies from 800 to 4,000 metres (2,625 to 13,123 ft) in altitude with progression from subtropical climates below 1,200 metres (3,937 ft) to alpine climates above 3,600 metres (11,811 ft). The Mahabharat Range reaching 1,500 to 3,000 metres (4,921 to 9,843 ft) is the southern limit of this region, with subtropical river valleys and “hills” alternating to the north of this range. Population density is high in valleys but notably less above 2,000 metres (6,562 ft) and very low above 2,500 metres (8,202 ft) where snow occasionally falls in winter.

The Mountain Region (Parbat), situated in the Great Himalayan Range, makes up the northern part of Nepal. It contains the highest elevations in the world including 8,848 metres (29,029 ft) height Mount Everest (Sagarmatha in Nepali) on the border with China. Seven other of the world’seight thousand metre peaks are in Nepal or on its border with China: LhotseMakaluCho OyuKanchenjungaDhaulagiriAnnapurna and Manaslu.

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Expedition Checklist

Services Included

  • A British expedition team leader
  •  Permits, charges, importation taxes and levies payable to the Local Authorities in connection with the expedition.
  •  Food, fuel and cooking equipment whilst on the mountain.
  •  Hotels and other accommodation on a Bed & Breakfast basis.
  •  All tents and other communal equipment necessary for the climb.
  •  High Altitude oxygen supply for the climb, Medical safety equipment and supplies.
  •  Communication equipment, each member will normally be provided with a radio whilst on the expedition and the team is often supported with a Satellite Telephone and e-mail facilities on extended expeditions at Base Camp

Services Excluded

  • Extra Hotel Nights
  • Personal climbing clothes and equipment.
  • Personal insurance, visas, departure tax and inoculations.
  • Drinks and hotel or guest house meals, unless specified.
  • Personal medical supplies and personal use of communication equipment.
  • Excess baggage.
  • Tips for porters and local guides & Sherpa summit bonus.
  • Costs associated with an expedition finishing early.
  • Costs associated with you leaving an expedition early.
  • Costs associated with extending a trip due to bad weather or other circumstances.

Prices, Booking and Terms & Conditions

The total cost for this expedition is £ and a deposit of £ is required to secure your place. For further information concerning our Terms and Conditions, bookings and cancellations, please refer to our Terms and Conditions page (Opens in new window).

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Participation & Accuracy Statement

Ascent Explorers recognises that climbing, hill walking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement. Although it is our intention to operate this itinerary as printed, it may be necessary to make some changes as a result of flight schedules, climatic conditions, limitations of infrastructure or other operational factors. As a consequence, the order or location of overnight stops and the duration of the day may vary from those outlined. You should be aware that some events are beyond our control and we would ask for your patience.

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