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Mt. Everest South Col Route – Elevation: 29,030 feet / 8850 meters

Acclimatization climb: Lobuche (20,075 ft./6,119 meters)

Since the late 19th century, adventurous spirits have been fascinated with the ascent of the highest mountain in the world. Mt. Everest rises to an imposing 8850 meters (29,030 feet), and after 29 years of numerous attempts, Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay became the first people to stand on the elusive summit on May 29, 1953. These courageous climbers ascended through to the South Col from the Khumbu Glacier, and continued their ascent to the summit via the Southeast Ridge. Their route is now referred to as the Normal Route.

Sunset Over Mount Everest, Sagarmatha NP, Nepal
Sunset Over Mount Everest, Sagarmatha NP, Nepal

Because it’s critical to acclimatize properly to maintain health and fitness and avoid altitude problems, climbs begin the slow acclimatization process with a leisurely 9-day trek to base camp. Once at base camp a pyramid of camps is established. The highest camp in the acclimatization process is Camp 3 at 7400 meters, and from there we will begin our summit attempt. Guides and Sherpas will fix ropes, stock camps and provide leadership and support for the climb. This enables you to carry lighter loads so you can save your strength for the summit bid. Oxygen will be used for all team members above Camp 3.

After a short rest, we will make the brief trek over to the base of Lobuche Peak for an acclimatization summit climb to 20,075 feet/6119 meters while the route is being fixed through the Khumbu icefall.

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Team members leave for the summit the previous evening to allow adequate time to reach the summit by mid-morning.  additional oxygen, food, fuel and support for multiple summit attempts until Mother Nature deems the mountain unclimbable for the season.

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