Let's plan to climb Mt Everest... anyone?

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Dates 13 Mar '13 to 13 May '13

Flexible? Yeah, sure

Est. Cost 25,000 - 50,000 USD (USD United States Dollars)

Type Travel Partners Wanted

Name Let's plan to climb Mt Everest... anyone?

I'm looking for anyone with aspirations to climb Mt Everest within the next 3 years. Of course you don't have to be fit and ready right now, but you'd have to be willing to begin preparation.

I've already climbed Kili and plan to climb Aconcagua nearly next year. After that I'd like to progress to some of the pure Alpine summits, such as Mt Blanc, Mt Elbrus, Island Peak (Himalaya), and finally Ama Dablam.

I'm flexible if you want to push it out another year or so, or even bring it closer a year (maybe). So let me know if you're even remotely interested so we can at least discuss it. The climb may not eventuate, but I'd like to get the conversation started with enthusiastic adventurers.

Let's plan to climb Mt Everest... anyone?

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RheaM
RheaM I'm in! Will do Kilimanjaro next summer, then wanna do North or South America before Everest so it all fits in :)
5 years ago
Todd
Todd You'll love Kili; it's a fun climb, though still challenging. Good luck :)
5 years ago
Alice
Alice I just did Kili and would like to do Aconcauga in Argentyna‏. in 2012. Anyone who is planing to climb Aconcauga?
5 years ago
Lee_Y
Lee_Y Hey Alice, I did Kili this year too and am pretty keen to move to the next step. However Aconcauga is a big next step with about an extra 1000m of acclimtisation to deal with over Kili. I have read a few report that Mt McKinley at 6,198 metres which i almost on your back door step is (weather permitting) supposed to be the next natural progression either that or Elbrus in Russia. I'm pretty keen for someone with experience on all 3 for any advice if they have any.
5 years ago
Lee_Y
Lee_Y Good lord my spelling and grammar at 8:30am is quite disappointing.
5 years ago
Todd

Todd Hey Alice/Lee, we've also done Kili and were looking to do Aconcagua. From all reports, Elbrus is much less technical than Aconcagua and Denali, but it's in Russia and it's only a short expedition. I believe a ski lift (or cable car) takes you most of the way up.

Aconcagua is also less technical than the easiest route on Denali. So while it's much higher, I think it's not as challenging. We planned on doing Aconcagua last January, but the required gear stopped us. We are travelling long-term with very small bags, so we basically need to hire and purchase lots of gear. In particular, climbers need plastic boots (or equivalent) for Aconcagua. They're good for nothing else.

I had pretty serious boots for Kili but at least I could use them on other tough treks and in the snow. The boots needed for Aconcagua are only useful for high-altitude climbs or in Arctic conditions. So without anywhere to store all the gear (and the cost of hiring gear), we postponed Aconcagua.

All that said, we may be moving to Chile in December (for other reasons), so that would put us a couple of hours from Aconcagua for much of 2012. Would love to hear how you guys progress with plans.

As an in between climb, there's also Mont Blanc, which is the tallest peak in Europe. It's not included in the 7summits because Elbrus is on the European side of the tectonic plate that divides Russia. I wrote all about the 7summits here: http://globetrooper.com/notes/secretly-enamoured-with-the-seven-summits/

5 years ago
Jebbert
Jebbert If any of you are planning trips for Aconcagua or Denali and need another I am totally in. Both of those are on my to do list before Everest. I will totally be up for Everest in 2013. Island Peak and Ama Dablam would be sweet to knock off to. I have heard Base camp of Elbrus is just shit, contaminated with feces, and many other problems. Much rather pick Denali or Aconcagua over that one, if I had to decide right now.
5 years ago
Lee_Y

Lee_Y Hmm like this forum seems to be a lot of helpful people.

I can understand peoples concerns on Elbrus, but Russia is not too far from the UK and would be good a experience of climbing in snow without the technical requirements that are needed of Mt Blanc before I attempt anything like Denali. Of course I wouldn’t use the cable car if it is possible.

I’m trying ice climbing this year for the first time in Scotland and will probably practice each year, along with the bouldering I already do. Eventually I’ll have built up enough skill on confidence to do Mt Blanc on other more technical climbs.

The way I see it these things aren't meant to be rushed unless your are a millionaire that is also a super athlete and I happen to be neither.

After I did the Everest base camp trek 3 years ago I always knew I would come back to Nepal several times in my life and if at one point I had gathered enough experience and fitness to climb the worlds tallest mountain I’d go for it. In the meantime, I’m still young and I’ve decided to climb a mountain and run a marathon each year of my life and work my way towards going higher and faster but there's no rush.

I reached the summit of Kili in 3 days and was back in my hotel on the 4th day so I know I’m fit but I know how much harder and colder those extra 1000m are going to be. Just read this blog which I enjoyed: http://7summits.com/aconcagua/tripreportsth1.php that is worth a look. If anyone knows of any mountains worth looking at that would be around 6400-6700m I love to hear of them. If I speak to someone who has a lot of experience who thinks I could do it, I’d give it a go next year. Otherwise its unlikely.

Todd good luck with your future possible moves, hope everything works out.

5 years ago
Lauren
Lauren I am down for Aconcagua or Denali. Both really appeal to me, but I would need a bit of time to train and get all the necessary gear. What time frame are we looking at for next year? Aconcagua season is Dec-Feb I think, and Denali would be Summer (June-Aug).
5 years ago
Jebbert
Jebbert Gasherbrum-V is a 6900m mountain in Pakistan. Though you'll be walking past a few 8000ers including K2 to get to it, so that might be depressing. Trango towers would be a good one to if your at all into Alpine rock climbing. Shivling in India is pretty striking to. Maybe Even Mt Logan here in Canada. It is shy of your altitude, but it is sure to test your endurance as it is quite the hike to the mountain. I am pretty sure it is the largest mountain in the world in area to. You are correct about the seasons for both mountains Lauren. I'm from Canada to and might be down for Aconcagua for sure next year.
5 years ago
Lee_Y
Lee_Y Cheers Jebbert ill give them a look over!
5 years ago
Jebbert
Jebbert Siula Grande in Peru home of the Touching the Void story with Joe Simpson is another one that falls into your search criteria. I am fairly certain the South face is still unclimbed if your looking for a monumental challenge. I think the North Ridge is the easy route on that mountain. There are a quite a few in South America. Illampu in Bolivia has a hard normal route compared to others in Bolivia. Huascaran in Peru also comes to mind. There are a allot of nice ones that fall short of that altitude but a much more technically demanding.
5 years ago
Andy Sparks

Andy Sparks Lee_Y, for 6400 to 6700m peaks, I'd suggest looking in Bolivia and Peru. I have a friend who climbed Sajama and Huascaran this summer and Chopicalqui last summer. He had great experiences on both trips. There seem to be a lot of great objectives in the Cordillera Blanca (http://www.summitpost.org/cordillera-blanca-range/mountains-rocks/p-152467) and the Cordillera Real (http://www.summitpost.org/cordillera-real-bolivia/mountains-rocks/p-319611). If it has to be over 6400m, then some in Peru and Bolivia that qualify are: Huascaran (over 6700m), Sajama, Illimani, and Ancohuma. If you are willing to extend the search down to 6300m, then Chopicalqui, Illampu, Parinacota, and Chimborazo in Ecuador may be good options. I climbed Chimborazo last January it was a good experience but not my favourite mountain. I thought Cotopaxi was nicer, but it is under 6000m. I've climbed Aconcagua and Denali, both good mountains, but crowded because of their 7 summits status. I’ve been to Logan in the Yukon, which is a big mountain that feels remote.

5 years ago
Alice
Alice Ineed time to train and get all the necessary gear too. Its different then Kili for sure. When is good season for Aconcauga? I was thinking about 1st quarter of 2012. Anyone thinking to do together? I am from Canada
5 years ago
Lee_Y
Lee_Y Hey Alice, that seems like a realistic time frame for me as i'm booked up at the start of next year. Even if we don't end up climbing together it would be useful to pool information on prices and information etc. I'll let you know when I start organising something over the next few months.
5 years ago
Jebbert
Jebbert Aconcagua would be awesome to do next year. I was hoping to do it this year but ran into financial struggles. I completely forget what the price was working out to be in the end, but I will try and figure it out again. From what I hear you can sometimes struggle getting your gear down there. Some people find it easier to buy there gear there, and sell it afterwards. That way you avoid people trying to get money out of you because they know you need your gear. Though this is what I have heard. Don't know how bad it actually is.
5 years ago
Cedar Miles
Cedar Miles That would be a Exciting adventure i hope no one dies on the way up (and down!) ~Cedar
5 years ago
Sophia
Sophia I would love to climb Mt Everest. But I haven't climb any other mountain that is similar to this one, so I will definitely no be ready in 2013. Great idea though! Please check my group "Lets climb Kilimanjaro" I think that would be a great mountain to start climbing for me!
5 years ago
Sophia
Sophia If you can push it out another year or two, then I could consider if I will be ready be that time...
5 years ago
Div
Div Hey Sophia! I am looking to climb Mt.Kilimanjaro this year in July if you are keen to join?:) haha and then maybe will be able to conquer Everest!! :)
5 years ago
sofia
sofia Heey! I lost my password for the other account, so this is my new! Are you still up to climbing Kili this July? Let me know! :)
5 years ago
Todd
Todd Hey Sophia, which route do you plan to do? We wrote about them here: http://globetrooper.com/notes/mt-kilimanjaro-routes And here's the link to Sophia's Kili trip for others who may be interested: http://globetrooper.com/let-s-climb-kilimanjaro-2013
5 years ago
sofia
sofia I really want to do the Lemosho route, because it is considered the most beautiful route, and the traffic is less.
5 years ago
Div
Div I am definitely keen to join! I would like to first conquer Kili which I plan to do this year...sooo let me see how I go with that and then take it from there :) but Everest has always been a dream of mine!.. Lets keep in touch and who knows! :D
5 years ago
Zoracle
Zoracle How do you unfollow a trip? I just got back from summitting Kilimanjaro and although I made it, high altitude does NOT agree with my body's naturally low saturation rate, so I am out for Everest.
5 years ago
Lauren
Lauren Hey Zoracle, congrats on conquering Kili. To unfollow a trip just go to your profile page (green button at the top of any page when you're signed in), click on 'Trips' in the left side bar, and then a list of all the trips you are confirmed on and following are there and you can remove yourself from them. Btw, did you take any altitude pills?
5 years ago
Zoracle
Zoracle THanks, it was tough. I didn't bring any with me, but by the 5th day I took someone else's diamox. I only took one for the next 3 days, but it really helped me sleep. without them, I woke up every 5 minutes taking deep breaths. The diamox made my body breath faster naturally, so i could sleep.
5 years ago
ravan
ravan hey im looking for group who can go with me till mount Everest coz im alone plz help me
5 years ago
Penny
Penny You should check out Nepal Himal Treks for local guides for Everest http://www.visitnepal.com/nepalvision/nepalhimaltreks/about_us.html. The team is led by Pertemba Sherpa, one of the most experienced and well known Sherpas in Nepal. We've used them on numerous occasions and they run an exceptional outfit. Also, check out Chile as a potential training ground for your expedition if you are short on time and cash. Ojos de Salado, the highest volcano in the world at almost 7,000m is a great place to start, and easier on the budget than crowded Aconcagua.
6 years ago
bader almofawezz
bader almofawezz hi, todd this estimated cost is just for the payment for nepal goverment to climb mt.everst or its for the whole trip ?
6 years ago
Skylar Givens
Skylar Givens Looks like the total cost. I would expect to pay at least $35,000+ by the time all is said and done.
6 years ago
Todd
Todd Hi Bader. It was an estimate of the whole trip, but Skylar has a better idea of costs since he's already booked. We're going to do some research over the next few weeks and put up a blog post comparing costs/inclusions from the major operators.
6 years ago
bader almofawezz
bader almofawezz hi todd what if someone have a budget less than 10,000$ and want to climb alone is this possible ?
6 years ago
Todd
Todd Not legally, due to the cost of the permit. With $10k, I'd probably do a 12-day technical mountaineering course and then climb a peak like Aconcagua, Ama Dablam, etc. Or if you don't need the course, maybe one of the easier 7000m or 8000m peaks. The permits are much cheaper.
6 years ago
bader almofawezz
bader almofawezz what about the ilegall way how can someone do it ? and after you climb the mountin succsfully do they regester you as a guy who climb mnt everest ?
6 years ago
bader almofawezz
bader almofawezz i mean do they regester you if you climb it in illegal way
6 years ago
Skylar Givens
Skylar Givens If you are caught, regardless if you successfully climbed it or not, they will detain you and never allow you to come back to the country. There are government officials at base camp that do check up on things. I know China (Tibet) is especially strict about this. You might look into climbing from the North side as it is significantly cheaper. Not worth the risk in my opinion. Mountain climbing is a patience game. My advice is to wait until you can afford the cost.
6 years ago
mpreihs
mpreihs Mountain climbing, especially Everest, is about rules and about team work. Not about scamming and shortcuts. Bader, perhaps your personality is better suited for something that won't get you in trouble - like sneaking up Everest on your own is sure to do. Check out the train ride around India. Looks like a great trip. Good luck.
6 years ago
bader almofawezz
bader almofawezz mpreihs its better to keep your opinions and advise to your self either you say somthing usefull here or to zip your mouth . i am very sirious about it my plan was to go with this trip but then i thought about were is the acheivment by going with group and botteld oxgen my plan was to climb Jengish Chokusu in kyrgyzstan but it canceled due to some political problems there right now and whole trip costs 4000$ so my main problem is the lack of mony
6 years ago
mpreihs

mpreihs As Skyler has pointed out, one can approach Mount Everest from the southern, Nepalese side, or from the northern, Tibetan (Chinese) side. Climbing permits issued in China cost around $4,000 and include many support services to Advanced Base Camp. Permits issued in Nepal cost $10,000 and don’t include services at all. However, the northern routes are longer, more dangerous, and much more technical than the southern routes. Your likelihood of summiting from the north is lower and your likelihood of dying on a northern route is higher.
In 2006, a British climber paid a budget, Kathmandu-based trekking company about $7,500 to arrange for a climbing permit, food, and minimal services to Base Camp on the north, Tibetan side of the mountain. He climbed alone, without the aid of a Sherpa or guide, and bought only a couple bottles of oxygen rather than the usual five. He also chose not to rent an emergency radio. No one knows exactly what happened during his climb, but his near lifeless body was found by a succession of descending climbers, who tried but were unable to revive or rescue him. Tragically, his death on the Northeast Ridge was only one of eleven deaths on Mount Everest in 2006, making it the second most deadly spring season on record.
Can it be done inexpensively and solo? Yes.
However, the chances of a successful summit are quite low.
It's a fact. If you want to increase your chances of a successful summit of Everest, it's going to be expensive.

6 years ago
Todd
Todd You're talking about David Sharpe right? It was interesting to read everyone's different version of 2006 and watch the Himex television series (can't remember the name). On one hand, it's unthinkable to leave someone like that. But then it's unthinkable to be so ill-prepared. It reminded me of these leaked video tapes of the wars in Iraq and Afg. When you actually see people indiscriminately killing each other, it reminds you that war is brutal. I think 2006 on Everest was similar in that it showed mountaineering (especially on Everest) isn't always pretty.
6 years ago
mpreihs
mpreihs Yes, That's who I was referring to. So may theories and conjecture as to what happened that day on the mountain. Without a doubt, a huge tragedy. The bottom line - ill prepared and a bit of bad luck yields pretty ugly results on the mountain.
6 years ago
Jebbert
Jebbert Everest would be awesome to do. I could definitely be ready in 3 years it is just money that is a problem. I intended on doing it without Sherpa support because it would be cheaper and feel more like a personal goal. I also want to do it without oxygen. I would definitely be up for it in a few years. I also heard about Island Peak from a climbing friend. If your looking for anyone on that one I will be interested as well. Here is my email, send me any more info you may have on the Everest trip and more exact prices.
6 years ago
Todd
Todd Jebbert, I'd certainly be interested in Island Peak or one of the other trekking peaks in the Himalaya later next year. I have a bit too much on my plate in the interim. I'd also like to do a TMC course beforehand. Have you thought about Aconcagua as preparation? It would be a great introduction to almost 7000m, and it's relatively cheap compared to the higher and less accessible peaks.
6 years ago
Todd
Todd TMC course = ATM machine :)
6 years ago
Sunny
Sunny Hi Todd, great to see so many active people discussing the trip and other climbing goals here :) Out of curiosity for your Aconcagua climb, how much do you expect to spend on that trip? My own climbing career is on full throttle and plan is to rehearse basics this year, climb Mt Blanc next summer and then head towards higher peaks, either Aconcagua or Denali :)
6 years ago
Todd
Todd Hi Sunny, looks like $3000-$4000 for a guided group, depending on provider and route. Gear is another story.
6 years ago
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