EVEREST FLASH EXPEDITION
Time is a valuable commodity. We are about to change the fundamentals of high-mountain expeditions. Mount Everest in less than 4 weeks!
While a regular Everest expedition can require almost two months, our Everest Flash expedition takes only 4 weeks while increasing safety and chances of success.
One of the main reasons for a failed climb of an 8000m summit is the long acclimatization time at the mountain. The repeated ascents and descents, the threat of catching an infection at the base camp, where many people must live in a very crowded space, robs many climbers the energy even before the actual climb has started. To raise the chances of success, we begin with the acclimatization process via hypoxic tents at the participants’ home, 6-8 weeks prior to our actual departure to Nepal. Those tents are going to be set up by our experts and under their supervision, the expedition members body will slowly be acclimatized to a height that is equivalent to Camp 3 at Mount Everest. Conventional tents can simulate a maximum altitude of 6000m. With our new system, we can reach up to 7200m. Furtenbach Adventures is using hypoxic tents since almost two decades and we have a long experience with these means of acclimatization for high altitude mountaineering. In 2016, our team was the first successful Everest expedition, where all participants where pre-acclimatized with hypoxic tents. This decreased the time we had to acclimatize at the mountain significantly, before we could start our ascent to the summit. After reaching the summit, we were also the only team that was able to descend in one go to Camp 2. This higher performance capacity contributes largely to the safety aspect, thanks to proper pre-acclimatization.
These special preparations, combined with small groups, maximum oxygen support, the latest equipment, an experienced team (some of our Sherpas have climbed Mount Everest up to 18 times) and our vast organizational experiences allow a total expedition duration of 4 weeks. So far, we are the only operator at Mount Everest that can offer such a short period without increasing any risks. Since decades, the fundamental techniques, equipment, high-altitude medicine and weather forecasts have been developed over time. The climbing tactics however have remained the same as they were in the 1970s. We are about to change that by providing a modern climbing alternative which meets the current state of the art and respects the general principles of safety.
The Everest Flash Expedition takes place at the northern route in Tibet, which is considered the objectively safest route. We are traveling to the mountain from Lhasa with the jeep to the base camp. At the time our expedition member reach the base camp, all high camps and oxygen depots have already been set up by our Sherpa teams. All we have to do is wait for the right weather.
As oxygen system, we rely on Summit Oxygen, the latest, lightest and most reliable of all systems on the market. Our members will receive special regulators that have been customized for us and are able to deliver more oxygen than common regulators. An oxygen flow rate of up to 8 liters / minute is possible. Unlimited oxygen will be available from ABC at 6400m respectively from the North Col at 7000m.
The whole oxygen system will be brought and deposited at the mountain redundantly. For each participant, we provide 1,5 Sherpas in order to compensate possible defaults of Sherpas and to carry large amount of oxygen gear.
- Shortened duration of the expedition (4 weeks only)
- 1:1,5 client Sherpa ratio
- Unlimited oxygen for each member
- 100 % redundant oxygen supply for each member
- UIAGM / IFMGA mountain guide
- Max. 1:6 client to western mountain guide ratio, limited number of participants
- Smallest groups compared to other tour operators for more safety and higher chances of success
- The Everest Flash expedition is exclusively available at Furtenbach Adventures, no other operator reaches the 4-week mark
Furtenbach Adventures Everest Expeditions
We are offering Everest expeditions in unique style with maximum oxygen and Sherpa support to achieve the greatest amount of security and the highest chances of success. The exclusive spirit of Furtenbach Adventures makes our expeditions a touch different. Maybe even a touch better.
· We provide 15 years of experience in the organization of expeditions to eight-thousanders in the Himalayas and Karakoram.
· We provide experienced, state-certified (UIAGM) western mountain guides, accompanied with a tried and tested Everest Sherpa team.
· We provide sherpas to our members who have repeatedly stood on Everest and know exactly how they can best support our climbers during their summit attempt.
· In contrast to many other tour operators, we provide the most advanced, most reliable and lightest oxygen system which is available on the market.
· We provide each participant with at least 8 bottles of oxygen, more than any other organizer. Thus, our participants can rise at a higher flow rate and sleep with oxygen at Camp 2 and Camp 3, thus conserving energy.
· Our participants are better acclimatized when they arrive to the mountain because they have already started acclimatizing at home 6 weeks prior to the expedition. The complete high altitude generator equipment including training plan is included in the price and will be delivered to your house and picked up when training is completed. You don’t need to take care of anything.
· Our participants have to overcome the objectively more dangerous way through the Khumbu Icefall less frequently. Because our group will be acclimatizing at the safe and less demanding Island Peak while our Sherpa team sets up the high camp and route on Mount Everest.
· We provide one of the most comfortable base camp facilities Mount Everest has ever seen
· We provide a kitchen team and food which you would not expect at a base camp on a glacial moraine at the end of the world.
Prior to the registration for the Everest Flash expedition, a personal talk is required.
May 05 - June 06, 2018 (28 days) from/to Kathmando: US $ 95.000
Booking Code: EVERFL18
Price: US $ 95.000
Minimum 4 persons
What the price includes:
All organisation for the expedition
International Flight to Kathmandu (economy - business on request)
State certified (UIAGM) German / English speaking mountain guide during the whole expedition
4 nights in an upscale hotel in Kathmandu in a double room (surcharge for a single room)
All transfers including transport from Kathmandu – Everest BC – Kathmandu in all-terrain vehicles
Customs clearance at the Chinese (Tibetan) border
Full board for the duration of the whole trip (in Kathmandu only breakfast)
Drinks during joint meals (alcoholic beverages excluded)
Double rooms on stop-overs during our trip to the mountain
Baggage transport to the base camp and back (40kg per baggage piece per participant)
1 tent per participant at the base camp
1 tent per two participants during the approach and for the high camp
A mat for the approach and the base camp
High camp equipment (North Face tents VE25 or similar, mats, cooker, gas, dishes, food)
All the fixing material for the route
Use of the fixed ropes along the route
Transport of waste back from the base camp
High altitude porters and climbing Sherpa (1:1,5 Sherpa client ratio on the summit day)
Oxygen package with a rental mask & regulator and unlimited O2 (max. actual need for ascent + a second try)
High altitude generator and tent for 8 weeks prior to the expedition
Insurance and equipment for the Nepalese staff
Pharmaceutical travel kit, high altitude emergency medicine, pulsoxymeter
A comfortable, heated common tent, shower tent, etc. at the base camp
Satellite communication (WIFI, laptop, solar battery charger)
Radio transmitter for each participant
All fees & permits
What the price does not include:
Lunch in Kathmandu
Visa for Nepal (available at the airport, bring a passport photo!)
Visa for China (must be obtained by members at the Chinese Embassy in their home country in time)
Shipping costs for high altitude generator and tent outside of the EU
Personal mountain and climbing equipment
Sleeping bags for the base camp and high camp
Fees for satellite phones, emails
Summit bonus for personal summit sherpas
All not specifically mentioned included services
Single room surcharge: US $ 500,00
In order to enable an Everest expedition in such a short time frame, appropriate preparation is vital. The preparation starts with an individual consultation talk, where goals and training topics are defined. Every participant must have comprehensive mountain experience in high altitudes. Fitness and mental resilience must be trained intensively during the months prior to the expedition. Furthermore, we emphasize the importance of careful acclimatization. This will take place at the participants home via hypoxic tents: every participant will receive an individual training schedule and will be acclimatized in 8 weeks to a altitude of 7200m. As a result, most of the risky and exhausting acclimatization ascents can be skipped and the total duration of the expedition can be limited to 4 weeks. If you have any questions, read our FAQs or contact us directly.
The following schedule is planned:
The exact schedule on Mount Everest depends on regulatory requirements, the weather and snow conditions as well as the progress of security work along the route. In addition, the schedule of other groups is considered in order to avoid any potential traffic jams. In addition to the basic framework which we provide, such as oxygen, Sherpa support, base camp, route, high camp etc., a successful ascent also requires a great deal of luck, good weather, good physical condition and mental strength of the participants. We allow maximum flexibility. The expedition can be extended if required by the circumstances, if the participants wish to do so and are ready to bear the additional costs incurred.
Day 1 (05 .05.): Departure
Day 2 (06.05.): Arrival and get-together at the Hyatt hotel in Kathmandu
Meet and greet the other participants while enjoying a beer in the hotel gardens. A great adventure awaits us. You can feel the tension rising. Soon we will embark on our journey and already there’s a feeling of pride and grandeur.
Days 3 (07.05.): Free days in Kathmandu
Those who do not yet know Kathmandu will love it. Relax in the comfortable Hyatt, shop and people watch in Thamel, enjoy the cultural program, or simply soak up the atmosphere. To each his own.
Day 4 (08.05.): Flight to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet – one of the probably most stunning mountain flights in the world where you might be able to already catch a glimpse at the Everest. The rest of the day remains to explore Lhasas’ old town or enjoy a traditional Tibetan dinner.
Day 5 (09.05.): In the morning, we have time for sightseeing at the most important sights of Lhasa: the Potala Palace, the former residence of the Dalai Lama and the Jokhan Cemetery which shows us the rich culture of this beautiful country. Later we start travelling to Shigatse (3800m) where we will spend the night at a decent but clean hotel.
Day 6 (10.05.): Transfer to the Everest base camp (driver`s camp) at 5200m. The journey leads over the Tibetan high plateau to the Rongbuk Cemetery where we have lunch and some time to explore the sight. Then we move on to the driver’s camp where we start preparing for the upcoming ascent.
Day 7 - 8 (11.-12.05.): Ascent to the middle camp at 6200m and further on to the advanced base camp (ABC) at 6400m. Get-together with the team and set-up of our tents.
Day 9 – 23 (13.-27.05.): On the following days, we will have a few acclimatization tours to get used to the surrounding. Our Sherpa-team has already installed three high camps at 7000m (North Col), 7800m and 8300m. The actual ascent of the summit is planned for a period from 15. – 26. of May. Almost all the successful ascents of the past lie in this specific time frame. We wait for the ideal weather conditions for our first aim for the summit. After the first exhausting ascent over the glacier at the northeastern saddle we reach Camp1. From there, over a relatively easy northern ridge which later becomes the northeastern ridge we arrive at Camp 2 at 7800m and Camp 3 at 8300m. From here we start a crossing just below the northeastern ridge at northwestern flank. From there back up to the ridge with its 1st, 2nd and 3rd steps (all secured by rope), we reach the final inclination to the summit. From Camp 2 on we will be supplied with oxygen, in Camp 2 and 3 we sleep with oxygen. There will be plenty of time for resting days and a second aim for the summit (if needed).
Day 24 (28.05.): After our (hopefully) successful ascent, we now have to say goodbye to our Nepalese Team. We wander back to the drivers’ camp with subsequent transport to the city of Tingri and its relaxing hot springs.
Day 25 (29.05.): A long day awaits us. We get up early and depart to Lhasa.
Day 26 (30.05.): Flight from Lhasa to Kathmandu and final dinner at the hotel.
Day 27 (31.05.): Reserve day or free time at your disposal.
Day 28 (01.06.): Flight home
An expedition to high altitudes still presents an enormous challenge despite modern equipment and tactics. Besides technical and fitness requirements, the high altitude still poses the largest hurdle. That is why we place great emphasis on prudent, slow acclimatization, and recommend our eight thousander expedition participants the possibility of pre-acclimatization in a high altitude tent at home (see also FAQ).
Weather and conditions on the mountain can lead to program or route changes. Participation in the expedition lies in your own individual responsibility. Furtenbach Adventures assumes no liability for accidents, damages or loss of materials.
If you are not sure whether taking part in an expedition is the right thing for you, feel free to contact Lukas Furtenbach at Tel +43 512 204134 or per firstname.lastname@example.org for an answer to this question during a personal interview!
Difficulty / Technique
The ascent always lies in the participant‘s personal responsibility, while led by the mountain guide and expedition leader. Participants must be able to move safely and independently in mixed terrain (rock, snow, ice) and – if required – independently build rope teams under the guidance of the mountain guide. Cooperation, camaraderie and support on the mountain increases the chances of success for all. The guide is there to provide guidance for the whole group, the possibilities for him to respond to individual needs is limited. It is imperative that participants adhere to the instructions and decisions made by the mountain guide. Regardless, each participant must know their own physical limits, and be able to make a timely decision to turn back.
For expeditions offered by us, unless otherwise specified in the detailed program, the following is required of participants: independent getting on and off the fixed ropes on cliffs, snow, ice and firn snow slopes, as well as the independent use of crampons and ice axes in mixed terrain. On climbing passages, as well as very dangerous and exposed places, fixed ropes are attached by mountain guides and by the Sherpa team.
A key success factor in expeditions is being in good shape. Train in the months before the expedition! Several hour climbs with a backpack and around 1000 meters per day should not be a problem for you. You have to carry your own personal equipment on the mountain, unless an optional personal Sherpa is booked. The porters are available for the group and set up the high camp and insure the route. We will gladly provide individual advice on how to best prepare yourself mentally and physically for an expedition!
Unless specified otherwise in the detailled program, all high camp equipment will be provided by us. You need to bring your own personal equipment such as down clothing, expedition shoes, an isolated sleeping mat and a sleeping bag with a comfort range of - 20 to -25 degrees celsius for the high camp. Following your booking we will send you a detailed equipment list. We will be happy to advise you personally during the selection and purchase of required equipment. With years of expedition experience, we know what has proved its worth and what not.
We recommend that each participant undergoes a medical examination prior to the expedition. Good health is a prerequisite for participation. Particularly important is a visit to the dentist because previously unnoticed dental problems can become quite acute due to the sudden change in pressure conditions in higher altitudes.
We are very familiar with the charm and attraction of an eight-thousander! However, we want to make certain that you can ascend safely, come back alive, and be able to enjoy the expedition while on it and not afterwards. Therefore, in order to participate in our eight-thousander expeditions, you must already have collected some experience at high altitudes and mountaineering. When booking, please let us know which heights you have already reached and which high mountains you have climbed. If you are a newcomer, no problem, we offer a bespoke program aimed to train you for reaching your desired destination.
In order to participate in our seven-and six-thousander expeditions, you should have at least some experience on the four-thousander peaks of the Alps or other mountain ranges. Our offer for newcomers applies here as well, we can train you to become prudent and safe high altitude climbers!
We offer a special introductory weekend for all those who want to learn about - or refresh their knowledge of - all the skills and techniques needed on an expedition. More infohere.
Passport and Visa Regulations
Swiss or EU citizens: When entering the country, you need a passport with a validity of at least 6 more months and a visa (available at the airport upon arrival, depending on the duration of your stay from 25 to 100 USD, bring a passport photo)
Visa must be obtained by members at the Chinese embassy in their homecountry in time.
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