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Everest South Flash™

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From Home to Everest in only 3 weeks? Furtenbach Adventures makes it possible.
Acclimatization for this expedition is already done at home. While a traditional Everest expedition takes two months, our Flash™ Expedition saves time and additionally increases safety and chances of success. (3 weeks only)

Our Flash™ Expeditions will fundamentally change the world of high-altitude mountaineering! The high risk of illness due to infections caught in basecamp is minimized as less time is spent in basecamp. Further, acclimatization is already done at home and on Island Peak, which saves us all of the acclimatization rotations on Everest. This results in the Flash™ expedition being more energy saving and therefore much safer due to fitter participants and fewer traverses of the Khumbu Icefall.

To maximise chances of success, the participants of the expedition sleep in a hypoxia tent for 6-8 weeks before the start of the journey, in which the body is getting acclimatized to an altitude equivalent of 7000m.

Furtenbach Adventures has more than 15 years experience in the use of hypoxia systems for pre-acclimatization in high-altitude mountaineering. Once in the Himalayas participants are acclimatized within a very short time and have a much higher efficency – Ready for the summit ascent! No other tour operator has as much experience and expertise with hypoxia systems for pre-acclimatization.

This innovative pre-acclimatization, combined with a small group, maximum oxygen support, best equipment and an experienced team makes the Flash™ Expedition so successful and allows an ascent within only 3 weeks.
Furtenbach Adventures is the only tour operator achieving such a short expedition duration besides minimising risk. Through our state-of-the-art expedition preparation we change the world of high-altitude mountaineering.

The Everest Flash™ Expedition is now also offered on the south side at the same time as Evererst North Flash™ Expedition. For preparation and acclimatization purposes the participants summit Island Peak (6189m) before reaching Mount Everest basecamp. The sherpas set up the high camps and oxygen depots in advance. As soon as the weather window fits, the summit ascent can begin.

Summit Oxygen is the latest, lightest and most reliable oxygen system. Our participants recieve special regulators that were developed just for us and deliver more oxygen than conventional regulators. This alows flow rates up to 8L / minute. Oxygen is available to all participants from Camp 2 (6400m).

The entire oxygen system is carried completley redudantly for each participant and deposited on the mountain. For each participants we hire at least 2 Sherpas, in order to be able to compensate defaults and transport the high amount of oxygen.


  • Reduced expedition duration (3 weeks only) due to pre-acclimatization
  • Permit for six-thousand metre peaks for acclimatisation incl. helicopter shuttle to the mountain
  • 2:1 Sherpa client ratio on summit day
  • Unlimited oxygen* for each climber
  • Spare oxygen system for each climber
  • IFMGA/AMGA mountain guide
  • Small group size for increased safety and higher success rate
  • The Everest Flash™ expedition is exclusively available from Furtenbach Adventures. No other operator offers it in 3 weeks.
  • Success rate 2017: 100%
  • Success rate Everest Flash™ 2018: 100%, 21 days from home to summit!
  • Success rate Everest Flash™ 2019: 100%, 28 days from home to summit!
  • 2020 expedition cancelled because of COVID
  • 2021 expedition cancelled because of COVID
  • Success rate Everest Flash™ 2022: 100%, 16 days from Kathmandu to summit! + first CO2 negative expedition in history
  • Lhotse Add-On possible


Day 1-5: Kathmandu and journey to Everest Basecamp

Day 1: Arrival and get-together at the hotel in Kathmandu.
Meet and greet the other climbers while enjoying a beer in the hotel gardens. A great adventure awaits us, and our journey is soon to begin. You can feel the anticipation, excitement and joy.

Day 2: Helicopter flight to Island Peak Basecamp (5089m). During the flight we are surrounded by the impressive rocky mountains of the Himalaya. We spend the night in the basecamp for the first acclimatization at this altitude.

Day 3: After the night in the basecamp, we will start our day with a hike about 3 hours to the highcamp (5600m), where we prepare ourselves for the summit tomorrow.

Day 4: Still in the darkness we set off to climb our first summit. Over stone and ice fields, crevasses and finally an ice wall we reach Island Peak (6189m). We get rewarded with a beautiful panoramic view of Ama Dablam, Nuptse and Lothse and the surrounding glaciers. We descend again from the summit and spend the night for the final acclimatization in the highcamp.

Day 5: Today we descend again to the Island Peak Basecamp and prepare for the coming days where it’s going to Mount Everest.

Day 6-19: Mount Everest Base Camp and summit attempt

Day 6: Trek to Lobuche Basecamp and overnight stay.

Day 7: After 4-5 hours of hiking we will reach the Everest Base Camp, from where will prepare and plan the ascent of Mount Everest.

Day 8-19: Within these days we will reach the summit of Mount Everest. The advantage is that we have only have to climb through the Khumba Icefall once during the ascent and descent, as we already have acclimatized at Iceland Peak and therefore do not need any further acclimatization tours. We wait for the Right weather window for our first summit attempt. We skip Camp 1 , so we Need 4 days for the ascent and two days for the descent. From Camp 3 we have Oxygen at our disposal. In camp 3 and 4 we can also sleep with oxygen.  There is enough time for rest days and a second summit attempt.

Day 20- 21: Return journey and flight home

Day 20: After our (hopefully) successful ascent, we now have to say goodbye to our Nepalese Team. We wander back to drivers’ camp and prepare for our departure.

Day 21: Early in the morning starts our flight back with the helicopter to Kathmandu. We say goodbye and each of us will start their individual journey back home.


  • All expedition organization costs
  • IFMGA/AMGA mountain guide
  • 3 nights in an upscale hotel in Kathmandu in a single room
  • All transfers including transport from Kathmandu – Everest BC – Kathmandu (flights, all-terrain vehicles)
  • Permit for six-thousand metre peaks for acclimatisation incl. helicopter shuttle to the mountain
  • Full board for the duration of the trip (except in Kathmandu — breakfast and dinner only)
  • All drinks included (softdrinks & alcoholic beverages)
  • Twin room for stop-overs on way to base camp
  • Baggage transport to base camp and back (max 40kg baggage per person)
  • 1 two-roomed tent with bed at base camp per person
  • Sleeping mat for advanced base camp
  • High camp equipment (tents, cooker, gas, crockery, food)
  • All safety equipment for the route
  • Use of fixed ropes along the route
  • Waste transport away from base camp
  • 2 climbing sherpas per participant
  • replacement oxygen system up to the summit
  • Hypoxic tent and generator for up to 8 weeks prior to expedition
  • Insurance and equipment for Nepalese staff
  • Emergency medical oxygen
  • First aid kit, high altitude emergency medicine, pulsoxymeter
  • Kitchen crew
  • Comfortable, heated group tent, shower tent, etc. at base camp
  • Satellite communication and WIFI for a fee and depending on availability
  • Solar charging
  • Two-way radio for each climber
  • All summit fees & permits
  • Weather updates
  • Safety and assurance of an Austrian tour operator
  • Exclusions

  • International Flight to/from Kathmandu (We’ll gladly make you an offer)
  • Lunches in Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage fees on included flights
  • Personal insurance
  • Visa for Nepal (available at the airport, 100 days multiple entry USD 100, bring a passport photo!)
  • Shipping costs for hypoxic tent and generator outside of the EU
  • Personal medications
  • Tips
  • Personal mountain and climbing equipment
  • Sleeping bag for base camp and high camps
  • Fees for satellite phones, emails
  • Summit bonus for personal climbing Sherpas
  • All services not specifically mentioned in “What the price includes”
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    Expedition Information
    Everest via South Col (Nepal) 
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    Furtenbach Adventures
    Furtenbach Adventures
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    8,848 m / 29,029 ft