MOUNT EVEREST SOUTH

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

"We knocked the bastard off." Edmund Hillary after first ascent of Mount Everest

Everest from south (Nepal, south 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
  • Minimum 8 bottles of oxygen per client
  • UIAGM/IFMGA mountain guide
  • max. 1:8 client to western mountain guide ratio
  • 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
  • Fewer ascents through the Khumbu icefall due to pre-acclimatization
  • Helicopter flight to Syangboche (above Namche)

 

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

IWe 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 developed by 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 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.

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. We fly by helicopter from Kathmandu to Syangboche above Namche. This provides security because you avoid the dangerous landing approach to Lukla while saving valuable time.

 

See also our Everest north Expedition

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Everest Blogger Alan Arnette interviews Lukas Furtenbach

 

Mountain Guide: to be announced

 

April 06 - May 31, 2020 (min. 56 days from/to Kathmandu, can be extended on request, price: € 55.990)

Booking Code: EVERS20

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April 08 - June 02, 2019 (min. 56 days from/to Kathmandu, price: € 55.990)

Booking Code: EVERS19

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Price 2019: € 55.990 all- in
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 transfer
Helicopter flight Kathmandu - Syangpoche
Flight Lukla - Kathmandu
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 (tents, cooker, gas, dishes, food)
All the fixing material for the route
Use of the fixed ropes along the route
„Icefall Doctos“ fee for using the icefall 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 Summit 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
Visa for Nepal (available at the airport, bring a passport photo!) 
Shipping costs for high altitude generator and tent outside of the EU
Personal medication
Alcoholic beverages
Tips
Helicopter flight Basecamp - Kathmandu (on request)
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.

Day 2: Free day 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 3: Helicopter flight to Syangboche above Namche and overnight stay in nearby Khumjung at approximately 3750m.

Day 4: Trekking to Pangpoche at 3900m.

Day 5: Trekking to Dingpoche at 4200m

Day 6: Trekking via Chukung to the Island Peak base camp at approximately 5050m.

Days 7 – 14: Acclimatization at Island Peak and / or Lobuche with 2 ascents and 2-3 nights in the summit area. The Sherpa team already starts preparing our high camp on Mount Everest. 

Day 15: Trekking to our already prepared base camp on Mout Everest at ca. 5100m.

Days 16 – 24: Rest days followed by an acclimatization tour to approximately 7500m with one night in Camp 3 at 7200m.

Days 25 – 27: Descent to Pangpoche at 3900m in one day, relax, enjoy the air and vegetation for one day, then return to base camp. 

Days 28 - 50: Ascent of Mount Everest 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. We`ll skip Camp1, so that we’ll need 4 days for the ascent and 2 days for the descent. From Camp 3 onwards, oxygen is available. At Camps 3 and 4, we can also sleep with oxygen. There is plenty of time for a few days of rest and a second try at the summit.

Days 51 – 52: Trekking back to Namche.

Day 53: Trekking to Lukla.

Day 54: Flight Lukla - Kathmandu.

Day 55: Kathmandu or extra day in case the flight wasn`t possible due to bad weather . 

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)

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) at “Europäische Reiseversicherung AG” [European Travel inscurance].

Due to the high package price and long trip duration an insurance offer will be provided directly and individually by the travel 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.

 

Furtenbach Adventures is the most innovative organizer of expeditions and exclusive adventure travel.

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Furtenbach Adventures GmbH
Höttinger Gasse 12
6020 Innsbruck
Austria

+43 (0) 512 / 204134

office@furtenbachadventures.com

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