Everest Frequently Asked Questions
Below please find some additional information that may be helpful. The most relevant information can be found on our Everest web pages and upon registration, each climber receives a detailed information package
What is the skill level of this climb?
Climbers should have a well-proven track record of high altitude climbs, Denali, Cho-Oyu or 8000 meter peaks are most relevant. Most climbers begin with our mountaineering school and then climb more challenging peaks taking on greater altitude. Training courses and climbs on Rainier, Ecuador Volcanoes and Denali are the most common path. We are happy to email our "From Mountaineering School to Everest" brief and work with you individually.
What is the physical conditioning level needed for this climb?
Climbers must be in excellent physical condition. This is a long expedition requiring patience, stamina, mental fortitude, and strong willpower. Summit day can be 20 hours long.
Any tips on how a climber can maximize their chances of success?
Along with the required climbing skills, review cardio training on the Everest training page. We strongly recommend following the advice of our guides to acclimatize properly.
Who is the guiding team composed of (How many guides? Climber to guide ratio?)
Your expedition leader will be one of our Professional Mountain Guides. We are well known for our expert guides and climber-to-guide ratio and invite you to read our Why Climb Everest With Us page.
What is the best season to climb / which dates will have the most chance for success?
The best time to climb Everest is in the Spring, April - May.
Will I be sharing a tent or lodging with other climbers?
During the trek we will be lodging in teahouses. Climbers will be either sharing a teahouse room or may have a private room In BC each climber will have their own tent. Above BC in camps I-IV, climbers will be sharing tents.
How much will my pack weigh?
During the trek team members will only be carrying gear and supplies for the day. At no point do we carry camping gear or equipment for overnight during the trek. Daypacks will weigh no more than 20 lbs. Above BC on the climb we will typically be carrying packs that weigh 20 – 30 lbs.
What gear will I need?
Please review the gear list.
Any further advice on gear and using your gear list?
While all items are required there may be times when some of the items on the gear list may not be used (such as warm weather or changing conditions). The gear lists are created by the guides to assist in having climbers be prepared to summit in any conditions. We look to work with each climber individually.
While it is impossible for us to list all brands for certain gear, we do offer a wide variety of equipment in our Gear Shop, that has been hand-picked by our staff of mountaineering experts. Please feel free to call our offices with any gear questions or substitutes. Plastic boots are required for this climb.
How is drinking water treated?
During the trek we will provide unlimited amounts of boiled and purified water at mealtimes. Each climber is asked to bring a steri-pen to treat water. Team members can fill up water bottles at meals. Bottled water can also be purchased in teahouses at additional cost. Water that can be treated is nearly ever present along the trekking route. At BC and on the route water will be boiled. We also provide a good variety of hot drinks throughout the trek to base camp. We prefer that the number of bottles purchased during the expedition be kept to a minimum.
What will the meals on the expedition be like?
Meals in the mountains consist of a diet rich in carbohydrates, as our bodies do not process fat and protein efficiently at higher elevations and to compensate the increase in caloric need that high altitude climbing involves. We try to make meals varied and as normal as possible. During the trek we will be served meals in the teahouses but prepared by our own staff. Meals during the trek and climb are made from food both purchased in Nepal and the U.S. Typical meals are rice, pasta or potato dishes along with vegetable and egg dishes. Above BC climbing food mainly consists of dried meals such as pastas or rice. Lunches while climbing will mainly be made up of bars and snacks brought from the U.S.
We are well know for our "fine dining" at base camp.
Can I bring some food from home?
You may bring your favorite climbing snack food such as power bars, Gu, Power Gel, cereal bars or similar high energy foods, powder Gatorade is also recommended to fight dehydration. All meals will be provided on this expedition.
Are there any innoculation requirements?
No requirements at this time but see your confirmation package.
When should I book my flight? Do I need to use your Travel Agent?
Fares are generally less expensive when booked early. You may use our Travel Agent (Charles Mulvehill 1-800-727-2157) or book flights yourself. Please note that flights booked online are often difficult to change. Please send us a copy of your flight schedule as early as possible as this allows us to book pick ups and hotels.
What time should I arrive and leave and where do I meet the guides?
Those arriving on the scheduled date (or those who have made prior arrangements) are met at the airport by an Alpine Ascents representative (look for the sign) and taken to the Yak and Yeti Hotel. Although it is likely that you will meet your team leader at the airport and other members during the day, we will have a scheduled meeting that day. This meeting will include introductions, final review and an overview of the itinerary and trek.
What if I arrive early or depart late? Can you arrange extra night lodging? Is there a single room option for this expedition?
We are happy to make arrangements such as personalized tours, extra hotels rooms, airport pick ups and arrange for private rooms.
Is there any communication while we are on the mountain?
In Kathmandu telephones and internet access are readily available. Our guides will carry satellite phones in the mountains. The quality of the reception varies from location to location. Our Everest expedition generally has email access as well. A full information packet regarding communications will be sent to you once you join this expedition as we plan to have phone and email and internet access on the mountain. In 2013 all tents had wi-fi access.
Where can I get more information on history, books, and additional activities in the region?
Check the reading list on the Everest page of the web site.
Can I contact the others on the climb? How about the guide?
You can always call our offices and we will have one of your Everest guides contact you. 30 days prior to departure, we will mail a list of the other team members to you.
How much should I tip my guide and staff?
Climbers generally tip our Sherpa staff (We usually have about 20+ Sherpa assisting with the expedition) and Western guide staff. We will send some more information about tipping as we get closer to departure.
How do I register for this expedition?
You may call our offices with a credit card or mail/fax an application with a check or credit card number.
What paperwork do I need to send in?
Each climber should submit an application and flight information among other forms specific to this expedition. Your confirmation package will detail all of the required paperwork.
When is the money due for this expedition? What kind of payment do you except?
We accept MasterCard, Visa, American Express, personal checks and Alpine Ascents gift certificates. To reserve a space the deposit is $20,000.00 and balances are due 120 days prior to departure. Unpaid balances can result in forfeiture of trip.
What is your cancellation policy? What is your refund policy?
Cancellation and Refund Policy.