MOUNT EVEREST NORTH

  • Adventure Factor
    brave
  • Experience Value / Emotion
    lifechanging
  • Fitness / Struggle
    challenging
  • Risk
    the height
  • Travel Comfort
    expedition style

"What we get from this adventure is just sheer joy. And joy is, after all, the end of life. We do not live to eat and make money. We eat and make money to be able to live. That is what life means and what life is for." George Mallory on his attempt to climb Everest

 

Everest from the north (Tibet, north col)

So much has already been written and continues to be written about it. Good and bad, fascinating, cautionary, electrifying, odd, disturbing, and interesting. You can think what you want, but it is and remains the mother of all mountains. It’s the mountain whose history of ascents is unsurpassed, bursting with drama, madness and heroics. The playground for the top climbers of our time and the life-long dream of so many climbers from around the world. It‘s not just a mountain. The Everest is a myth. And it makes you a hero.

We are the first independent European tour operator to offer Mount Everest tours from both the North and the South at the same time. With the highest possible safety and quality standards and the comforting ressurance of dealing with a fully licensed and strictly tested Austrian expedition organizer.

  • 1:1 client to sherpa ratio on summit day
  • Minimum 8 bottles of oxygen per client
  • UIAGM mountain guide
  • 2017 success rate 100%
  • 2018 success rate 100%
  • Smallest groups compared to other tour operators for more safety and higher chances of success
  • Including a high altitude tent for pre-acclimatization at home!
  • Shorter expedition duration due to pre-acclimatization

 

North vs. South

The two "normal ascents" on Mount Everest each offer certain advantages, but also pose their own risks and challenges. Ultimately it should be a well-informed decision on the part of aspirants whether to climb from Tibet in the north via the North Col and Northeast ridge, or from Nepal in the south over the Khumbu Icefall, Lhotse face and the Southeast ridge. In many cases, a decision in favour of one or the other side will be a result of several factors including the experience of the participant, his personality, and his exact plan for ascent, Perhaps one side is more appealing to you, it exerts more attraction or catches your eye with a beautiful line. Listen to your intuition, which usually provides the best advice in such cases, or seek personal advice from us! 

North

+ objectively the safer ascent route

+ the last camp is higher (8300m) resulting in a shorter summit stage

+ more comfortable and luxurious basecamp due to road access

- longer exposure to wind and cold during ascent

- technically more challenging during the last third, more cliffs

- descending from the summit is more difficult

South

+ technically the easier and longer ascent, sheltered from the wind

+ statistically a higher chance of reaching the summit

+ lower altitude base camp, resulting in better regeneration

- ice fall and avalanche hazard at the Khumbu icefall and the Lhotse slope

- last camp is at 8000m, resulting in a longer, more strenuous summit day

- Overall ascent from the base camp is somewhat longer and requires more stamina

 

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 easiest oxygen system from Summit Oxygen 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 (North Col) 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.
  • 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.

But above all, we provide the Furtenbach Adventures promise of quality:

You get more Sherpa support, more oxygen and more comfort than with any other provider. This leads to better recovery, more safety and, ultimately, to higher chances of success. The total travel time can be shortened by pre-acclimatization at home.

The number of participants for the north side is limited to 6 persons!

 

See also our Everest South Expedition

Or see our Everest Flash Expedition (Everest in only 4 weeks)

Experience here the (sourthern) route to the Everest in 360°-Videos!

Everest Blogger Alan Arnette interviews Lukas Furtenbach

Find some more reports and pictures on our last and current Everest expedition on our blog

Mountain Guide / expedition leader 2019: will be announced

 

Price 2019: € 55.990

Minimum members: 4

 

 

April 08 - June 02, 2019 (56 days from/to Kathmandu)

Booking Code: EVERN19

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April 06 - May 31, 2020 (56 days from/to Kathmandu)

Booking Code: EVERN20

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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 two-rooms tent with bed per person at the basecamp
A mat for the approach and the base camp
High camp equipment (tents, 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 Sherpa client ratio on the summit day) 
Oxygen package provided by Summti Oxygen with a rental mask & regulator and 8 bottles per participant
High altitude generator and tent for 6 weeks prior to the expedition
Insurance and equipment for the Nepalese staff
Emergency oxygen
Pharmaceutical travel kit, high altitude emergency medicine, pulsoxymeter
Kitchen crew
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
weather reports
Security and warranty of an Austrian tour operator 

What the price does not include:
Personal insurance
Exess bagagge fee on included flights
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 medication
Alcoholic beverages
Tips
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

 

Tour operator for this trip: Furtenbach Adventures GmbH, Hoehenstrasse 5, 6020 Innsbruck, AUSTRIA; phone: +43 (0) 512 204134, mail: info@furtenbachadventures.com).

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 taken into account 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, as long as the participants wish to do so and are ready to bear the additional costs incurred.

Day 1: Arrival and get-together at the 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 2 - 3: Free days in Kathmandu 
Those who do not yet know Kathmandu will love it. Relax in the comfortable hotel, shop and people watch in Thamel, enjoy the cultural program, or simply soak up the atmosphere. To each his own.

Day 4: 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: 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.

Day 6: Today we start travelling to Shigatse (3800m), the second largest town in Tibet, where we will spend the night at a decent but clean hotel. 

Day 7: Transfer to Tingri at 4300m. The accommodation is again very simple, but the food isstill very good! 

Day 8: A day of rest for everyone in order to acclimatize. Again, beautiful 5000m high hill to hike. One wonders about the sheep with their shepherds, because it is even more barren here.

Day 9: Transfer to the Everest base camp (driver`s camp) at 5200m.

Days 10 - 12: acclimatization in and around the base camp.

Day 13: Ascent to the middle camp at 6200m on the way to the advanced base camp (ABC).

Day 14: Arrival to the ABC at 6400m. Here you’ll feel the benefits of the pre-acclimatization in the high altitude tents at home. 

Days 15 – 51: Careful acclimatization with a climb to approximately 7500m. Our Sherpa team will set up three high camps at 7000m (North Col), 7800m and 8300m. The actual ascent of Mount Everest is scheduled between the 15th and 26th of May, during which time most of the successful summit days took place in the past. Then we wait for the right weather for our first summit attempt. After the steep glacier climb to the North Col we`ll stay in Camp1, following the less demanding north ridge which later leads to the northeast ridge we stay in Camp2 at about 7800m and Camp3 at 8300m. From here we cross below the northeast ridge to the north-west flank and then back to the ridge with the secured 1st, 2nd and 3rd step and finally we tackle the summit slope. From Camp 2 onwards, oxygen is available. At Camps 3 and 4, we will also sleep with oxygen. There is plenty of time for a few days of rest and a second try at the summit.

Day 52: Return trip ABC – BC

Days 53 – 54: Transfer back to Kathmandu with an anticipated stay of one night at the halfway point.

Day 55: Kathmandu.

Day 56: Return travel.

General 
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 emaillukas@furtenbachadventures.com for an answer to this question during a personal interview!

This package in general is not suitable for persons with reduced mobility.


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.

Physical fitness 
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!

Equipment 
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.

Health 
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.

Experience 
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.

Entry Requirements
Passport and Visa Regulations

Nepal
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)

China 
Visa must be obtained by members at the Chinese embassy in their homecountry in time. 

Information on recommended vaccines and health regulations:
http://www.who.int/ith/en/

More detailed information regarding entry, visa and health requirements for this travel destination will be provided once you’ve communicated your nationality.

Payment
Deposit Payment is made less than eleven months prior to the end of the trip and is a maximum of 20% of the price. The balance must be paid no earlier than 20 days prior to departure. Please find more information regarding the payment in our GTC.

Right of withdrawal
The traveller has the right to withdraw from the travel contract at any time by paying the according cancellation fee stated in the General Terms of Conditions of Furtenbach Adventures GmbH (https://www.furtenbachadventures.com/en/service/gtc/, item II. 7.).

For expeditions to 7000 and 8000 meter peaks the following fees apply for cancellations on the part of the client prior to travel: until 3 months prior to departure 50%, within 3 months prior departure 100%.

The tour operator will be released from the contract if the specified minimum number of participants is not achieved and if the customer has been notified about the cancellation in writing within the following periods: until 20 days prior to departure.

Insurance possibilities
We strongly recommend taking out a travel insurance (including trip cancellation, interruption, medical and luggage insurance). Due to the high package price and long trip duration an insurance will be offered and sent directly and individually by our partner insurance company after your booking.

To cover search and rescue costs in the mountains, we ask our expedition participants to take out a “medical only”-membership at Global Rescue. This membership can be concluded here before departure: https://ss.globalrescue.com/partner/furtenbach/ Further information are provided after your booking.

 

 

 

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Höttinger Gasse 12
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