Everest, the world's highest peak at 8849m (29,032 ft) sits on the border between Nepal and Tibet. This is the ultimate climbing dream for many climbers. The Mother God of all mountains, the Nepalese/Sherpas calls her Sagarmatha and the Tibetans call her Chomolungma. Ever since the British expedition team started the journey in 1921, on 29th May 1953, the very first successful ascent was marked by Tenzing Norgay Sherpa (Nepal) and Sir Edmund Hillary (New Zealand). An attempt on Everest is a commitment undertaking that requires a huge amount of dedication and determination. If you are committed to achieving your ultimate dream of climbing the world’s highest peak and feel you have the right experience, will and dedication to prepare, we would like to welcome you to apply and join Namas Expedition team.
Namas Expedition team offers a premier once-in-a-lifetime climbing experience on Mount Everest in regards to summit success, small and compact team, safety standards, and a fun-filled lifetime climbing experience. Within our teams, we work together, have fun, and form lasting bonds of friendship over the course of the expedition. Our team’s togetherness, as well as the very high level of support, and dedication to the excellence of our expedition standard, makes us one of the best team amongst other operators. We achieve this with small expedition teams, a dedicated base camp crew running and making sure our expedition operation is fully operational, meteorologist support to update us constantly on detailed weather patterns, with our dedication to sustainable expedition dedicate Sherpa guide to bring down our waste from the camps, top-notch IFMGA guides & sherpas guides, a sharp focus on safety and good decision making, an overall goal of summit success and a safe return to base camp and enjoying the experience of Everest throughout the expedition.
Our Everest Expedition Route
- The South Side, Nepal. Better infrastructure and rescue availability up to camp 2.
- The HRA (Himalayan Rescue Association) at base camp is a medical clinic manned with specialty-trained doctors 24/7
- The South Side is a milder climbing environment vs the drier, dustier, windier North Side
For the past 7 years, we have been at the forefront of providing the most current communications systems for our expeditions. These deliver comprehensive weather forecasts which enable us to plan our ascent around favorable weather. Additional meteorological interpretation provided by our team in London, Kathmandu, and base camps helps manage the decision-making process (wind speed, precipitation, temperature). With a commitment to the small and nimble teams, our approach is different than the other large-scale operation teams. Keeping the team small and nimble has its perks as our climbers are not locked into specific dates for rotations and optional summit attempts decision can quickly be made where we can expect less to no queues during other summit days. We have a dedicated base camp and support crew to take care of our clients, in an event where a client is sick and needs extra attention. In line with our objective 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 wellbeing of the team members. Our leader climbs with you to the summit and back, this gives us the advantage is making critical decisions swiftly and this is a big part of our high level of success and safety. By keeping our team small yet highly supported, we don’t compromise our standards in providing the best strategy, flexibility, and resources needed to succeed in the dynamic environment that is Everest. Further expedition strategy below.
Everest Base Camp
We start our expedition slowly trekking through the world's iconic Everest base camp trek. Slowly acclimatising and getting the perspective of the local Everest region and the great Himalayan range this will rather be a settling trek, enjoying the views around and experiencing the Sherpa culture. Our first camp will be Lobuche east base camp and climb Lobuche east as our acclimatisaion peak before our team settles in Everest base camp.
If you want to invite your family or friends to join you until Everest Base camp or Lobuche East Peak climb (Beginner/Intermediate) then you can find more information on the link below or please mail us to make those arrangements.
Lobuche East climb for training and acclimatisation
We use Lobuche East as our acclimatisation and training peak. Lobuche East Peak is another popular 6,000+ m climbing peak in Nepal. This peak will provide us a perfect starting point to refresh our skills, climb a 6000M+ peak to get our body acclimated to high altitude and enjoy the climb with fellow members. As this will be the group’s first climb together this will give our guides a better understanding of where each climber.
We will be using base camp and high camp before we summit Lobuche East and head back to base camp and rest for a night there before we move towards Everest BC.
Preparation will have already begun even before the arrival of climbers at the base camp. Our base camp manager and the team will have already set up our individual camps, storage camps, comms- media stations, toilet-showers, kitchen-dining tents, and Namas base camp HQ for all other briefing purposes.
All of our expeditions only begin after a Puja ceremony. Where a dedicated Lama Guru (head Monk) will conduct the ceremony. He will recite the prayers to The Mountain gods asking for well- being, safety, safe passage and a successful expedition. All climbers will be requested to take part in the ceremony as this is very important for the guides and your climbing gears will also be blessed during the puja.
Training at Base Camp and Khumbu Icefall. (Ladders, fixed lines training)
After settling at base camp, this is where all the climbing team will reside for the next 30+ days. Climbing ladders to cross the great Khumbu icefall is the first real objective/technical challenge when climbing Everest. So, we focus a large portion of our training on getting used to crossing these ladders. Another part of our training will be climbing on the glaciers which are near to our base camp. Here we will further refine our skills in climbing vertical ice walls on fixed ropes as we all using an ice axe. We do our best to mimic the environment in the icefall and train walking on the step ladder step by step. By the time we start our way to climb Khumbu icefall to climb up to camp 1, all climbers will have a good understanding of crossing the ladders and will be guided personally in real-time.
Camp 1 is will be setup once Khumbu Icefall challenge is crossed. The camp is setup below the Nuptse in an icy and snowy surface. The route gets even from here onwards up to camp 2. This will be the first area where climbers will have to share tents and accommodate in an alpine environment.
How many rotations: 2 rotations
When will climbers sleep here?: Climbers will sleep here during acclimatization rotation mostly.
Hike from Camp 1 to Camp 2 is a fairly even one out of all the climb during the entire expedition. The route is a pass sitting right between Nuptse, Everest and Lhotse face right in front when climbers hike.
How many rotations: 2 rotation
When will climbers sleep here?: Climbers will sleep here during acclimatization rotation mostly and when descending back from the summit.
Camp 3 sits at a steep section of Lhotse's face. The climb and will be one of the most strenuous uphill climbs using fixed-line ropes from camp 2 to camp 3. Camps here are one of the most dangerous ones as they are set up in small ledges/pockets where it is suitable. We ask all our climbers to make sure their safety ropes are tied onto the main safety ropes as there have been many falls and incidents, particularly during nighttime.
Altitude: 7200M - 7500M
How many rotations: 2 rotation
When will climbers sleep here?: Climbers will sleep here during acclimatization rotation mostly and possibly when descending back from the summit if they are too tired to make it to camp 2.
South Col (Camp 4)
This will the final camp before heading to the summit. The camp sits at 7906M just 100M below the Death Zone area. Climbers will be using oxygen bottles when they are in their tents as the air is very thin here. From the South Col to the summit it is about 1.7-1.9 miles and usually takes from 6 to 9 hours or more. We will begin our summit bid just before midnight with a steep climb up the Southside of Everest. Reaching the Balcony at 27,500 feet, climbers turn West up the ridge to the South Summit, over the Hillary Step onto the Summit Ridge, and then to the summit.
How many rotations: None
When will climbers sleep here?: 1 night
Summit of Everest
Our aim will be to stand at the summit around 7 - 8 am in morning. The climb to the summit will be one of the hardest and final pushes. As we leave the south col first we will have to climb a steep hill about 30-40 degrees to the balcony of the south side of Everest. From there with the support of fixed-line rope we jummar and ascend climbing on the southeast ridge to the south summit. Here we rest and replace our new O2 cylinder and after regaining our energy climb to cornice traverse, then to Hillary's step, and finally reach the summit or roof of the world, Everest. For most climbers, once they climb the Hillary step it will roughly take 30min to reach the summit of Everest.
Once on the summit, we rejoice our moment, celebrate take pictures and soak it all in before we gather our moment and get ready to head back down to our camps. The duration of your summit depends upon how long the good weather window will remain open. Remember on any mountain climb the summit is only halfway done. Heading down is another dangerous part there have been many incidents. We slowly make our way through the same route to South Col camp with our aim to stop at Camp 2. The entire climb will be about 10 - 16 hours depending on the climbers.