Elite Exped’s leaders Nimsdai and Mingma David set a speed record for climbing Everest and Lhotse back to back in 2017, and again summited both in a single day in 2019, during Nimsdai’s Project Possible push. This experience of climbing at speed on the world’s highest mountains is unparalleled. But our expertise isn’t just based on climbing fast - it’s been accumulated over long years of guiding on Everest and Lhotse in all conditions.
Our handpicked team of guides have chalked up dozens of successful summits of each peak between them. They also have years of experience fixing ropes on the route, as well as working as Icefall Doctors - arguably the most difficult job of all, establishing and maintaining routes through the ever-changing Khumbu Icefall.
Elite Exped’s combined Everest and Lhotse program is based on Mingma David and Nims’ own, hyper-efficient expedition plans - the ones that enabled them to break those speed records. We tackle Everest first via the conventional South Col route, and aim to head up Lhotse without returning to base camp.
On returning to the South Col from the summit of Everest, we will assess the strength and the motivation of every climber in the party individually, and if our stringent conditions are met, we will head to Lhotse high camp the same day, after a few hours of rest. Alternatively, we can spend the night at the South Col, rest up and move to Lhotse high camp the following day, summiting shortly afterward. We aim to spend no longer than 60 days in total completing the expedition.
At Elite Exped, we oversee every step of our own logistical operations, rather than relying on third parties. We control everything that can be controlled to ensure that we meet the very highest safety standards, and maximize efficiency. This means we are able to offer ambitious packages like the Everest and Lhotse combo climbs that some other guiding companies cannot.
Our founders’ Nepalese heritage and ability to bridge the gap between Western and Himalayan climbing cultures allows us to run every aspect of our operation smoothly, without fear of misunderstandings. The success of our approach is evident in Nimsdai’s own achievements, including his 100 percent success rate on 8,000m climbs.
As well as being highly-skilled mountaineers, every one of our guides has extensive experience of conducting high-altitude rescue operations. We have evacuation plans and accessible helicopter rescue in place for emergencies. No-one can cater for every eventuality in the world’s most extreme environments, but we can guarantee that you will be in the safest possible hands should something unexpected happen.
We don’t see our clients as clients - we see them as friends and fellow high-achievers. People who, like us, have made chasing their dreams a priority. We know why you climb, because we feel the same way. That means we’ll make sure no stone is left unturned in our quest to help you achieve those dreams. We know how it feels to stand on top of the world, and how it feels to summit multiple 8,000m peaks. It’s our dream to be able to share that with you.