CTSS and their logistics partner TAG Nepal put on an amazing expedition, all the way from the insulated basecamp tents to the calibre of the climbing Sherpas to the high end oxygen systems. Basecamp was extremely comfortable with padded dining chairs, carpet, and heating, thick mattresses in the personal tents, and then there was the huge chillout tent known as the Big House. For those with extra Dollars an upgrade to exec level tents was possible bringing the comfort level up another notch. Intermediate camp 2 facilities also provided that little bit of comfort, with an insulated dining tent, decent food and a great placement high up in the Western Cwm. The higher camps were as expected, the Sherpas making sure that we wanted for nothing. Accurate weather forecasting ensured we eventually made the summit and as usual the highly qualified Sherpa team were faultless throughout. In my case, requiring a helicopter evac, the guiding team did everything necessary to get me off the mountain and on to Kathmandu for treatment. Wouldn't hesitate to climb with Mike Hamill and CTSS in the future.
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IMG is the gold standard for climbing Everest. The provide all the resources necessary to summit and get down while at the same time minimizing the risk. The expense of climbing Everest has less to do with getting to the top but having the necessary resources when something goes wrong,. IMG has huge number of resources to deploy in terms of manpower, both Sherpas and Guides, O2, and Experience. This was on clear display in 2015 during the Nepal Earthquake and when I returned and summited in 2019
Medic in 2013/ medic and assistant in 2018 - perfect summits on both expeditions. From the beginning to the end of the trip you will benefit from Tim’s extensive knowledge of the local areas and local contacts, for example the best restaurants/ bars in Kathmandu, the best itineraries whilst trekking in the Khumbu, and a great team of porters and Sherpas. Tim has a wealth of experience in running successful expeditions so you will be in good hands. He has a very good safety record and has a very good first aid kit and range of medications to hand. Final summit rotations are always very stressful whilst waiting for weather windows; forecasts change rapidly and my advice would be to remain calm, stay put, and follow Tim’s judgement. I wonder if the reviewers above did this. In my experience Tim has always been spot on at judging not only the weather, but also crowds on the mountain, and allowing me to be in the right place at the right time ready for summit attempts. Tim’s trips represent excellent value - amazing food / comfortable sleeping arrangements / good communal base camp facilities, all at a good price, especially as you are living on a glacier at 5,000 meters. Finally I would recommend Tim if you are looking for a fun trip where you might not know anyone initially but will be great friends by the end. Base camp is well stocked with snacks, games and videos, and the atmosphere is always fun and humorous. This keeps team member’s spirits high in a potentially stressful and challenging environment. I found this to be one of the best aspects of Tim’s expeditions and I’m sure is one of the key factors in Tim’s high summit success rate.