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The video shows the route from Lukla through the Khumbu region to the Base Camp of Mount Everest. From there, it leads through the dangerous Khumbu icefall, followed by the glacial valley of the Western Cwm, where Camp 1 and Camp 2 are located. A steep ascent then leads up Lhotse Face to Camp 4 on South Col at roughly 8000 m. On the summit day, climbers need to first need to master the Southeast ridge and Hillary Step, before they finally reach the summit. Find out more about all routes to the roof of the world and its climbing history .

Trekking and climbing peaks in the Everest area

The Everest region offers a multitude of trekking tours. The Earth’s ‘ceiling’ makes a profound impression on those travelling here. The local landscape is defined by its many 8,000 m peaks – Mount Everest, Lhotse and Makalu in particular- but is also appreciated for aesthetically-pleasing peaks like Ama Dablam and Pumori. Along with the classic expeditions to Everest Base Camp, plenty more trekking summits await, accessible via comfortable to demanding ascents.

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The award-winning RealityMaps app is the perfect tool for planning your next outdoor adventure. The ultra realistic 3D representation of the mountain landscape allows an intuitive, realistic assessment of the terrain and the technical requirements of a tour.

On the way the digitized landscape is displayed in 3D on your smartphone. Your current location is shown live on the map . This this simplifies orientation on the go. You can navigate freely in the map and you can check  not yet visible parts of your route. Your planned track and other important information is displayed onscreen.

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3D RealityMaps GmbH offers GPS tracking services for individuals and  expeditions in the Himalaya and especially Khumbu Region of Mount Everest. GPS tracking devices such as Garmin inReach or SPOT devices are supported. GPS positions are instantly displayed in the interactive 3D map. This allows followers, interested parties and family members to follow the progress of the expedition in real-time from home.

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Join a Virtual Reality Ascent of Everest

An immersive film where anyone can experience climbing Mt. Everest in  Virtual  Reality. Connecting people from around the globe to the top of the world.

The 360 Dome and VR Experience

The Everest Virtual Reality Experience is a fully immersive multi-sensory media concept for live events. It gives the viewer the unique opportunity to relive the expedition as if they were a part of it. Shot in 8K 3D it allows for the highest resolution 360  experience  ever captured on this mountain for both Dome projection as well as Virtual Reality headsets.

This i nternationally award winning film is currently playing in Museums, Classrooms, Corporate events and Theme Parks around the world. It is also available on the Vive Infinity platform for home use.

On the 30th April 2017 world famous climber Ueli Steck died on Mt. Nuptse whilst acclimatising for one of his biggest climbs yet – climbing both Mt. Everest and Mt. Lhotse without the use of bottled oxygen.

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Continuing the misson

In April 2018 Ueli’s close friends Jon Griffith and Sherpa Tenji attempted to finish off his project. Tenji would try the climb without bottled oxygen whilst internationally award winning cameraman Griffith captured the story in 8K 3D Virtual Reality.

Only 175 people have ever stood on earth's highest point without the use of bottled oxygen; more people have been in to space. Whilst Sherpa Tenji has already summited Everest without the use of bottled oxygen before, would he have what it takes to do it again? Follow him as he climbs higher and higher into the Death Zone, an area that contains so little oxygen that his body cannot survive for long.

It's a race against time. 

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Facing higher forces

Climbing without the use of bottled oxygen requires an exceptional weather window. Be there with Sherpa Tenji as the climbers face strong winds and have to take a vital decision high up on the mountain. Join them for one of the most immersive adventure experiences ever captured, and take in the view from the top of the world.

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Virtual Mount Everest Tour is LIVE!

By jake norton.

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It was 1984. I was ten years old, and I was smitten.

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It wasn't in the romantic way, but the innocent way of a young boy getting the first whiff of something that would come to define his life, his dreams, his realities, and his passion in life.

The catalyst that evening was a barrel-chested bear of a man named Lou Whittaker, twin brother of Jim Whittaker - the first American to summit Everest. Lou was no slouch, and had just returned from leading the first American ascent of the north side of Everest, putting Phil Ershler on the summit via a new route variation connecting the North Col to the Great Couloir and on to the summit.

Lou gave a slideshow that night, and thanks to my father's work with New Balance and his friendship with Lou, we got to hang out afterward, hear more stories, and set the hook of my Himalayan fascination. Little did I know then that that evening would lead to decades of tramping around the Himalaya, on big expeditions and small treks, trade routes and off the beaten track explorations...A lifetime of love for a mountain, a range, a place and a history rich and vibrant as any in the world.

For me, Mount Everest is far more than the little patch of snow on top. If I'm being honest (which I try to be, most of the time), I could do without the tippy-top. (Spoiler alert: it's a urine-soaked patch of snow with some old candy wrappers, prayer flags, and a five-star view, but not at all worth dying for.) It's the history, the fabric of the past and place that weaves together the stunning carpet of the present, tendrils of culture and exploration and horror and passion and compassion, perverse ugliness and sublime beauty, heroism and reverence and humility and ego, all mixed together in a tangled web of nuance, a hyper-dramatic microcosm of the world we live in, humanity's idiosyncrasies played out on a stage of ice, rock, and wind.

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Anyway, you probably get it: I find Mount Everest to be a place of wonder - despite its myriad warts and awful aspects, or perhaps because of them. But, as one who loves as much to learn and explore as to share and teach, I've struggled for years with how to encapsulate the place, translate the ephemeral mystique of the mountain - its history and legacy, its unearned-but-deserved place on the world stage, and the nuance that makes it worthy of its pedestal.

This quest morphed over the past several months into the project below: a virtual tour not of Mount Everest the mountain, but the place, replete with its accompanying, oft-missed, sorely overlooked aspects, the parts and pieces which may seem dissonant on their own, but taken together pull the fabric together as one.

The result? Forty-seven panoramic images (8+ total gigapixels), 811 info popups, covering all sides, aspects, and elevations on the mountain, with an attempt to bring in, draw out, expand and expound upon the history of the place, the peak, the landscape, the history and people and more.

Love it or hate it, know it well or not at all, I hope you'll take some time to enjoy the Virtual Mount Everest Tour below; I know I certainly enjoyed creating it. Why, you might ask? Well, I guess just because it's there.

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This is sensational work ( and obviously lots of it).........really well done. And thank you so much for sharing.

Thanks, Mike, and glad you enjoyed the Tour! I definitely had a lot of fun creating it!

Thanks again, and best regards,

Just a quick note to all: You will see that the Virtual Mount Everest Tour will hit a lock screen at a certain altitude (currently Camp 1). This will change in time, just like an Everest expedition: As climbers ascend this spring on the Southeast Ridge (the Tibetan side is closed), I will gradually unlock incrementally higher altitudes for everyone, eventually giving full access to all.

In the meantime, viewers have several options:

1. If you're a subscriber/supporter already, access your Virtual Backpack to get the unlock code and proceed.

2. You can subscribe/support my work and get immediate access to the code and all the other perks of membership.

3. If you just want the Virtual Mount Everest Tour, then there is an option as well to purchase just the unlock code for the Tour.

4. If you're happy waiting, no problem either. Just click the "Go Back" button at the bottom of the lock keypad to go back to the previous panorama/view.

Below is a screenshot explaining it all, and let me know if it makes sense!

Intructions for the Virtual Mount Everest lock screen

Hey Jake Tweedle here. Just sitting in my living room watching the various scenes & listening to the sound of the winds. What a rush my man & thanks for sharing!

Tweedle, you are the best - thank you, and glad you are enjoying it! Stay safe, healthy, and well, my man, and I hope we can get together again, in person, and soon. Sending you lots of love!

All my best, and a big, virtual hug,

What a brilliant way to share the knowledge you have gathered all these years and creating such a realistic tour for the people who might not be able to experience this magnificent journey in their lifetime. Truly breathtaking. Thank you for putting all this effort. And all the best for your future adventures!

Thank you, Priya - I'm very happy people appreciate the Virtual Mount Everest, and are getting something positive out of it. Be well, stay safe, and stay tuned for more to come in future!

Stunning work. Lost myself in it for a while, and will be back! Thanks Jake!

Thanks, Steve - so glad you enjoyed it! Let me know if you have ideas for additions, corrections, etc!

just showed my son the pics of Everest from the south camp. he was totally blown away. scared he hell out of my wife too.

Glad your son liked it, and tell your wife sorry! Thanks, Alex!

Enjoying the sound design!

Thanks, Arte - wish I had more sounds to add, but glad you liked what I put in!

Hi Jake, you really did an unbelievable detailed huge work. For the first time ever one can climb mount everest directly from a PC.

Hi Antonio, Thanks for your note, and glad you enjoyed the Virtual Mount Everest! Hoping to get back to it again soon, add more detail, etc. Thanks again, and let me know if you have specific questions or want more items and info added!

What you have created here is wonderful! Thank you!!!

Thank you, Andrew!

Dear Mr Norton, with reference to your panorama "Northeast Ridge from North Col", and to the pin for "oxygen bottle #9": do you have GPS co-ordinates (latitude, longitude and elevation) for that pin? Thank you.

Hi Robert, thanks for your note, and great to be in touch! I honestly don't have precise GPS for where #9 was found. I know that has led some to believe this is evidence of some grand conspiracy. Alas, nothing that juicy, but just:

  • It being 1999 and not all of us had GPS. Dave Hahn had one on the trip, but I'm not sure anyone else did, and definitely not on summit day when #9 was found.
  • It was pretty stormy when Tap found the bottle, so Jochen could not see us from BC through the telescope to pinpoint our location.
  • I can't speak for Tap, but I know I was tired and while I know we were not far from the base of the First Step, I don't remember with any degree of precision.
  • I can't for the life of me see what possible benefit there would be to creating a series of lies around the bottle location!

Hope this helps, but likely doesn't!

Tremendous site. I have always been fascinated about Mallory and Irvine's last hours and solving the mystery. I have really enjoyed the pictures and gaining some more insight into what Everest looks like close up. Thanks for all the hard work to make this possible.

Thank you, Peter, and glad you've enjoyed the site and the contents! Working to create more, so stay tuned!

This is amazing! I love that you can see pretty much all the mountains around Everest! Though it gets confusing when you're trying to find a specific place. I still love it!

Glad you enjoyed it! Yes, it can get a bit tricky when zooming in and moving about, but hopefully not overwhelmingly so!

Hi Jake, back again on your website to observe Everest from the differente point of view your wondefoul job allow us to watch. I watched many time video you posrted on you tube about your research on Irvine and Mallory and I was really impressed by the days you spent on death zone like only sherpas could do. I think your research on Mallory and Irvine is over now, so I was wondering if you think there would be any chanche to repeate the north ridge route including the three pinnacles, which I think is one of the biggest challenges on Mount Everest. I'm more fascinated about the north / north east route rather than the south route.

Ciao, Antonio.

Hi Antonio,

Thanks for your thoughts and comment. I'm not entirely sure the search on Everest is over per se. I believe there are still things to be found and more of the story to tell, but not sure if I'll have the chance to be a direct part of anything. One never knows!

As for the NE Ridge Direct, where Boardman and Tasker died in 1982, it is quite an epic route to say the least. To my knowledge, the last climb (and only the second through the Pinnacles, but first full ascent) was by the Japanese in 1995. Sadly, there is not much interest it seems in new routes on the hill these days, although plenty of options exist. But, most of the money and focus is on guiding the standard routes. Personally, I would love to see someone go for Mallory's Fantasy Ridge , but that looks like the epic of all epics!

Ciao, and best,

where is mt everest in the panormic view?

Thank you, Prakash. I'm assuming you're asking about the opening panorama taken from the Pang La? If yes, Everest is the prominent pyramid in the center of the image. See screenshot below:

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To watch Capturing Everest—and other breathtaking features from TIME, People, EW and more—in virtual reality, download the LIFE VR app for iOS and Android .

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Capturing Everest

A groundbreaking vr experience.

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Chapter 1: the journey.

Brent Bishop, Lisa Thompson and Jeff Glasbrenner journey to Kathmandu, the first stop before they begin their climb

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Chapter 2: The Blessing

Our climbers arrive at Base Camp in the Himalayas and make an offering to the mountain deities     

Chapter 3: The Icefall

Brent, Lisa and Jeff attempt to navigate the Khumbu Icefall, one of the deadliest obstacles on the South Col route

Chapter 4: The Summit

A break in the weather gives Brent, Lisa and Jeff one opportunity to make it to the top     

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Experience all four episodes on these platforms.

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To watch the Capturing Everest series on your smartphone, download the LIFE VR app, available for free on iOS and Android.

Using the LIFE VR app with a Cardboard virtual reality headset provides the optimal viewing experience; however, you can also enjoy each episode without a headset in 360º by selecting the smartphone-only viewing option.

Cardboard headset: Click the ‘Begin’ button of the episode you’d like to watch, select the headset icon, and insert your mobile device in the front of your headset.

Smartphone-only: Click the ‘Begin’ button of the episode you’d like to watch and select the smartphone icon. Pan during playback by simply moving your device in any direction or dragging your finger across the screen. Tap the screen to show/hide playback controls.

For more exclusive LIFE VR experiences, visit Viveport and Steam for the HTC Vive, the Oculus Store for Oculus Rift, and Samsung VR in Gear VR.

To purchase a Cardboard viewer, click here .

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When Jeff Glasbrenner lost his leg in a tractor accident at the age of 8, his doctors gave him a list of all the physical activities he would never again be able to attempt. No swimming, no biking, no sports. Despite his craving for competition, he listened to those orders for a long time.

And then, 12 years after his accident, he stopped listening. First he found wheelchair basketball. Then, he started biking. Finally, he discovered mountain climbing—which led him to Everest.

Austin Murphy details Glasbrenner’s incredible story here .

To see photos of the group's seven-week climb through the most harrowing of conditions on Everest click here .

Could a radical diet propel you to the peak of Everest? Tom Taylor chronicles one man's quest here .

Want to learn more about how the Everest project came together? Sports Illustrated's editors take you behind the scenes .

  • Editorial Director, SI Group: Chris Stone
  • Digital Editor, SI Group: Mark McClusky
  • Managing Editor, SI.com: Ryan Hunt
  • Managing Editor, LIFE VR: Mia Tramz
  • Executive Producer, Time Inc.: Josh Oshinsky
  • Director of Digital Projects, SI.com: Ben Eagle
  • Associate Producer, LIFE VR: Michaela Holland
  • Interactive Web Director, The Foundry: Louis Gubitosi
  • Front-End Web Developer, SI.com: Allen Kim

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Virtually Climb Mount Everest From Your Living Room

A new virtual reality experience allows users delve into the world of Everest and scale the beast firsthand

Maris Fessenden

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Last year, no one made the arduous journey up the slopes of the world's highest peak, Mount Everest, thanks to a combination of climate change, closures and a deadly earthquake . But now you can climb the mountain from the safety and warmth of your own home, with virtual reality, reports David Ferry for Outside . 

Ferry recently experienced a 30-minute demo of the game Everest VR from the design firm Sólfar Studios . Similar to other virtual reality set-ups, this one requires the user to put on a headset and headphones. Meanwhile a console tracks the user's body so that the experience can match their movements. But the studio's co-founder and CEO Kjartan Pierre Emilsson says this is different from other dips into virtual reality.

"This is not a game, like the other stuff being developed," Emilsson cautioned Ferry before he began. "This is more of an emotional experience."

Ferry describes how inching across a ladder above a chasm of ice in the Khumbu Icefall drew a minor expletive from his lips as he struggled to "balance" on the rungs, which was really just the carpeted floor of the office he was visiting, before stopping to marvel at a panoramic view of the Himalayas.

While there is no way to mimic the exertion such a climb requires of a body, some cues will help virtual hikers empathize with the real thing. If a climber ascends too rapidly, they will hear a laboring heartbeat thudding in their ears and the shallow gasps of a person pushing too hard. Continue at that pace and the headset's view will dim as you start to black out. Above 26,000 feet, the air is oxygen poor and the area is commonly referred to as "the death zone." 

The experience, to be released across a variety of VR platforms later this year, will also provide users with historical facts and information as they proceed up the mountain. The creators made an effort to keep the game realistic, which means "no wingsuit jumps off the summit and no skiing down the mountain," Sólfar's business developer, Thor Gunnarsson, tells Outside . There is one exception: The bodies of climbers who died during their attempt do not show up on virtual Mount Everest. 

Everest VR  isn't the only immersive virtual reality experience getting attention. Like the Apollo 11 experience , it is the kind of extreme trip that most people will never take in reality—making it an ideal target for the technology. But already, virtual reality providers are taking their users into more fantastical realms that include piloting a spacecraft in a sci-fi universe or hanging out with an adorable animated hedgehog, for example. 

If virtual reality takes off the way many seem to expect , there could be even more creative and enthralling places to go while never leaving the living room.

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“Climbing Everest in Virtual Reality Was More Powerful Than Any Video Game” VICE “If at this point you still think VR is a gimmick, or a fad, it’s either because you haven’t tried it at all, or you haven’t tried the right experience. Screenshots can’t do this justice. Video can’t do this justice. My words, no matter how descriptive and colorful and emotional I make them, can’t do this justice.” Forbes “Indeed, by re-creating a mountain expedition so vividly and vertiginously, “Everest” suggests, perhaps more than any piece of content about a real-life place made to date, that VR can come tantalizingly close to replicating the real thing; this is as authentic as it gets without strapping on a backpack and hopping on an Asia-bound plane.” LA Times

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Key features:.

  • Experience Everest in 5 iconic scenes. Prepare for your expedition at Basecamp, traverse the terrifying Khumbu Icefalls, overnight at Camp 4, ascend the perilous Hillary Step, and finally conquer the summit of Everest.
  • After completing your first summit attempt, unlock God Mode to reach a unique vantage point of the Himalayas only possible in VR. Towering over the mountain range, this is a stunning VR diorama.
  • EVEREST VR is a powerful first introduction to VR, designed not as a conventional game but as an accessible experience that focuses on the strengths of VR to transport you to an impossible real world location.
  • Powered by Unreal Engine, EVEREST VR pushes the envelope of real-time graphics to deliver AAA visual fidelity that is unparalleled in virtual reality applications.
  • Optimized for the HTC Vive, EVEREST VR scales from a uniquely satisfying and comfortable standing experience to one that takes full advantage of large room-scale Play Areas.

System Requirements

  • OS *: Windows 7 SP1 +
  • Processor: Intel® i5-4590 or greater
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA Geforce® GTX 970 / AMD Radeon RX 480 or greater
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 11 GB available space
  • VR Support: SteamVR
  • Additional Notes: Recommend installing to SSD for faster performance
  • OS: Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel® i7-4790 or greater
  • Graphics: NVIDIA Geforce® GTX 1060 or greater

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Follow a Complete Everest Expedition in New VR Film

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Want to climb the world's tallest mountain, but don't want to leave the comfort of your own home? Now you can, thanks to a new virtual-reality documentary series that allows you to experience the most notorious mountaineering journey in the world.

"Capturing Everest" is a new four-episode VR series that follows the journey of four climbers — including Garrett Madison, who summited Everest six times, and Brent Bishop, who summited Everest three times — as they  ascend the giant peak . Sports Illustrated and Life VR (Time's virtual-reality platform) partnered with the digital media network Endemol Shine Beyond USA to produce the documentary. It was filmed over a two-month period last spring — the first time people were allowed on the mountain after two years of bad weather and safety concerns canceled the previous climbing seasons.

The VR series is billed as "the first-ever complete ascent of the world’s tallest mountain in virtual reality," and its premiere yesterday (May 3) also marks the first-ever augmented-reality issue from Sports Illustrated (SI). [ In Photos: Mount Everest Expeditions, Then and Now ]

"['Capturing Everest' is] yet another example of how SI is delivering the access and storytelling for which we've always been known in cutting-edge ways," the magazine's editors wrote in a letter introducing the VR documentary . "And it's the jumping-off point for a new idea of what a magazine can be."

Viewers will experience first-person views of climbing Mount Everest , thanks to a variety of 360-degree video cameras that captured footage along the way. This included cameras attached to zip lines and body cams on the climbers' harnesses. The VR documentary series can also be viewed via 360 video on the SI microsite dedicated to the project, along with related articles, photos and more.

The full "Capturing Everest" VR experience and other exclusive content can be watched via the Life VR app for iOS and Android. In the coming weeks, the magazine said the documentary series will be available on additional VR platforms.

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Virtual tour: Now you too can be 'on top of the world' on Mt Everest with this app

Take the tour on Air Pano, which comes in two parts, making it easier to choose what you want to see. You can also download the app Mount Everest 3D.

Standing proud against the clear blue skies with the icy peaks glittering like diamonds in the sun—the picture of Mt Everest is imprinted in everyone’s minds.

Each year, thousands embark on their quest to reach the top of the world. For the others, who cannot go on the trek, virtual tours are the best bet.

Take the tour on Air Pano, which comes in two parts, making it easier to choose what you want to see. You can also download the app Mount Everest 3D.

It navigates the trekking routes and also takes you close to the peaks in a beautiful three-dimensional way.

From getting to figure out the trekking routes to checking all the peaks and taking a peek into the many villages in the shadow of the mountains and, of course, the base camp, it’s a wondrous and spectacular way to get really close to the great mountain range.

Starting off at the base camp, against the Khumbu icefall, you find colourful tents pitched all along, almost matching the colourful prayer flags flitting in the wind beside them.

The colours are a beautiful contrast against the rocky and snowy terrain, broken by a slim strip of ice blue water.

From the base camp, one can see what is known as the western shoulder of the Everest. The camp is also flanked on all sides by as many as nine peaks. 

At the foot of the Ama Dablam peak is the Dingboche village. The Everest, flanked by the Nuptse and the Lhotse mountains, is clearly visible from here.

What is fascinating is how in this arid area with just rocks, boulders and snow all around and sans any trace of greenery, there is still so much beauty.

Turn your head towards any direction and chances are that you will find at least three peaks beckoning you. 

The life force of the Everest—the Imja River—is a gushing, icy blue water body. Take your cursor a little further from the river and you will be face to face with the Kala Patthar.

Stark and black against the clear hues of blue and white all around, it may look nondescript, but the view from atop of this can take your breath away.

You feel like in the centre of Zen universe—your head almost touching the clouds and your eyes taking in the vast beauty of the entire range.

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For more: The virtual tour on Air Pano is the best way to see the Mahalangur Range, which boasts four of the Earth’s six highest peaks, including Mt Everest.

The app Mount Everest 3D—available across various operating systems—uses high-resolution images of the WorldView-2 satellite. One can follow the trail from Lukla via the base camp to the top of the world.  

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Everest, Himalayas, Nepal, Part I, January 2012

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Every time Dima goes on a photo trip to shoot mountains, our entire team impatiently awaits for the news from the front lines. That's right, from the front lines, because Dima traditionally finds all sorts of adventures in the mountains. It may be a suddenly malfunctioning camera, or unexpected weather changes. Or a volcano, just recently shooting a 20km-tall column of ashes, would suddenly go to sleep... Dima's personal view on such events is rather philosophical: he believes that one's entire life is governed by karma , the law of cause and effect. In order to get a deeper understanding of this mysterious phenomenon, he joined a yoga tour to India and Nepal. Obviously, when Dima suddenly called and told us that he was going to shoot Mount Everest in a couple of hours, all of us — to the best of everyone's individual skills — sent positive vibrations his way in hope to change his karma. Alas, our skills had their limits. At the end of the day we got another phone call: Dima happily informed us that he had a fantastic flight, and that there were so many beautiful mountains around. He even saw Mount Everest and tried to shoot it, but... he had to go back due to the hard crosswind that stopped their helicopter few kilometers before Everest. After that, one by one, two of his three cameras broke down. Our colleague Ivan Roslyakov dragged us out of our depression by saying: "The tour needs a spherical panorama of Mount Everest? No problem! About six months ago I went on a trekking expedition to Nepal. We took the same route, as Dima's helicopter did. We even managed to get a bit higher than Dima, so I photographed Mount Everest". The idea of combining aerial shots from the helicopter and ground photography seemed very good. Let's take a moment and listen to Dmitriy Moiseyenko's exciting story of his flight to Mount Everest before viewing our new virtual tour.

The trip to Mount Everest

It was my fifth trip from India to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. Tired of walking the streets, I decided to stop at one of the restaurants with a fabulous view of Boudhanath stupa for a cup of tea with honey.

Boudhanath stupa

Boudhanath stupa in Kathmandu  

Here I was, sitting by the window, when suddenly my tranquility was interrupted by a couple of helicopters cutting through the evening sky... My mind immediately concentrated: if there were helicopters, there was so much to do! That same evening I visited a travel agency, where they told me, "Yes, helicopters were available. But, no, flights over Kathmandu were prohibited. However, yes, there were plenty of alternative routes" The list of alternative routs' names sent my head spinning, and my mind clung to one familiar word — Mount Everest!

Note: The border of China and Nepal goes right through the peak of the highest mountain in the world (8 848 meters). Or, the border of Tibet and Nepal. The definition entirely depends on reader's political views. Mt. Everest is a part of the Himalayas, a rather narrow mountain range that separates the Indian and the Asian tectonic plates (the Tibetan Plateau) Ten out of fourteen 8K Peaks are located in the Himalayas, and the rest of them in the nearby Karakoram Range.

I must say that I have seen Mount Everest more than once. I remember my first time, looking out from a Tibetan toilet, which was built on the elevated ground, without a door, and with waist-high walls — so that the "occupant" could enjoy a magnificent view of Mt. Everest being visible to others during the process... The second time I saw it from the plane going from Kathmandu to Lhasa. The third time was from the Tibetan side again, but much closer, from the base camp on 5300m altitude. Recalling this wall of snow, rising over the "not so low" Tibetan plateau, I tried to imagine how would The Mountain look from the Nepalese side...

Note: It is known that 90% of Mount Everest ascensions begin in Tibet, and only 10% in Nepal. The ratio of climbers who make it to the base camp is just about the same. The base camp hosts all expeditions. This is where climbers go through altitude acclimatization, prepare their gear, and test their equipment before the summit...

I sent out requests to three helicopter companies, and only one replied on the next day: we can fly to Everest!

The helicopter could get up to 20 000 feet (about 6 300 meters), the wind was acceptable — 50 km/h, the temperature at the highest altitude was -35C degrees. Well, it was winter after all. January of 2012...

Since I always shoot through the open door, it was time for some shopping. After an hour of bargaining at the local shop, the entire set of gear: North Face two-layered fleece jacket, North Face down parka, K2 gloves, High Tech boots and a Nepalese knitted hat — was purchased for just 94 USD.

It is -35C outside, and the door must remain open

It is -35C outside, and the door must remain open  

Next morning I learned something very interesting in the office of the helicopter company: there was a weather station in the base camp area, but it's been silent for a month. They expected it to be fixed in the summer. Weather updates could be received over the phone from the nearest village. Or from Google. So far the day was clear, not a single cloud. However, yesterday, all flights were canceled due to the strong wind.

A map was spread over the table. "Well, — said the Nepalese, — where do you want to go?" "Oh, no! This is my first time here, so please take me to where I can have the best view on Mount Everest, flying next to the face of the mountain". They said, "Well, it could be complicated, since there is a couple of 7K peaks right in front of it, but don't worry, you'll get the best Everest view. Now, let's hurry up, before the wind gets stronger." Then the pilot spoke up, "I'm not flying with this madman alone. He wants to open the door! What if the wind blows harder, and the helicopter gets knocked off? Or what if we loose all oxygen, and I faint, and he falls out? That's it, I need an assistant. And several oxygen masks!"

Oxygen tanks

Oxygen tanks  

Finally, we were in the airport. A perfect morning haze covered Kathmandu village as we took off, flying over the suburbs, brick plants, smokestacks, fields, and hills... Since the greater part of Nepal lies on the foothills of the Himalaya, local people spent last couple of thousand years converting most of the hills into agricultural terraces to maintain food supply. These terraces stretch over 200 kilometers from Kathmandu to Everest.

After 40 minutes flight we stopped in Lukla, the Sherpa village. This was the last village with an airfield before the base camp. One end of its runway went right into the mountains, and the other ran over a cliff. Thank God, we had a helicopter. We dropped the fuel that we'd use on our way back, had a cigarette and took off! Our helicopter was flying between the mountains, not above them... The pilot pointed out "Everest!" From my previous trips to Tibet I leaned how to tell Mount Everest from others — there is always a little cloud at the side of its peak. Actually, it must be one of Nature's special tricks to show little humans who's the boss. It was Everest alright, but only that its peak was barely visible between other peaks. However down below we could see the monastery, the last one before the base camp, right on the mountain pass, surrounded by cliff s. Here it was, the first point! I was taking pictures, than doing a second take... Checking... Hm, the focus was off... No problem, I will shoot it again on the way back.

We kept on flying, the altitude was over 4 km, snowy plateaus and frozen lakes just started to appear in front of me... Suddenly, we went down. Why? The pilot replied, "We have to let go of two people, we are going to fly really high, we must have enough power "... I asked him, "How are you going to fly without a second pilot?" The pilot didn't answer, unloaded my friend and his co-pilot, handed me the oxygen mask and showed how to put it on. We took off and in 10 minutes we were going around a huge mountain. The pilot pointed at the glacier covered with shining blue cracks, a rather young glacier, and said "the base camp". I pointed at it "Let's go there!" We approached the turn of the ice river flowing from the highest mountain. Almost there! Little bit longer, and we would see Mount Everest in all its glory... And suddenly... It felt like someone's hit the breaks... We stopped and started slowly moving backwards. In surprise I looked at the pilot, pointing my finger, as if to say "forward!" But for some reason he looked frightened, shaking his had "no". "The wind! He said, "I can't go there, the wind is too strong". There was not a single cloud in the sky; the ice lake was shining in reflections of the sunlight... Nothing spoke of the wind, only the pilot quickly turned around the helicopter, starting to pick up speed, going into the opposite direction. "Hey!" I shouted not into the microphone, but directly into his back. "We still have to shoot"... "No way, I'm not going there," he said... And suddenly I realized the horror of the situation: I was only several kilometers away from Everest, even though its face was hidden behind a couple of other 7K Peaks, but nevertheless, its peak was visible... We were at the altitude of 6 000 meters, breathing oxygen, it took us 1.5 hours to get here, it cost a lot of money, and just because the "driver" was panicking I was supposed to go back empty-handed? No way! I counted to 10, and started praising my pilot: he was a high professional, an ace with a total control over his iron bird, I didn't even notice any wind, and "I'm sure you know how to fly even in storm"... Besides, if we would go back and fly a little higher, we wouldn't have to go that far, we could stay here, a bit closer. Something clicked in the pilot's mind, "Well, I'll try going up and closer, but just once, and not too high..."

Mount Everest view

Mount Everest view  

... Well, I must say that the helicopter was indeed shaking at that altitude ;) Only the thought of disappointed colleagues (if I don't bring decent pictures of Mt. Everest) made me push the pilot, over and over again, to go back to where we could see just a glimpse of the highest mountain in the world... He complained that the wind was crazy, tried to run away, and didn't want to fly higher, hiding by the glacier. Finally I realized that we've reached the limit of his courage, and that it was no chance to get any more of Everest out of him. So I said, "Let's go back" and immediately heard a long sigh of relief.

Two cameras before the death

Two cameras will be dead soon  

We quickly picked up our friends that were freezing at 4 200 meters altitude. Here was the monastery again... I remembered about my plan to shoot it on the way back. I asked the pilot to slow down. He grumbled once again, this time about the fuel. I started shooting and noticed that my camera acted very odd — no signs of life, whatsoever. First of all I changed the battery — same result. The pilot kept on grumbling in my headphones, and I almost snapped at him to shut up, but then remembered that I was on a yoga tour, and that anger was not a good thing. I took out my second camera, changed the lens right there on my lap, by the open door, attached cords and adjusted settings. The moment I started shooting, I got this funny feeling again, that something was going wrong. And indeed it was. All settings zeroed out, the screen read "0 hours 0 minutes 01.01.2001. Set up the time to begin"... This was suspicious... I grabbed my friend's camera, which he used to film our flight, changed all settings once again (the pilot was boiling with anger)... This time, the camera worked great, and we were off to Lulka airport to fuel up. A short break... On our way back I shot the terraces with my last working camera...

Terraces about kilometer high

Terraces about kilometer high  

After the flight I inspected all my cameras: the first one was completely dead; settings on the second one had to be reset from scratch; and — oh, mystery — the third surviving camera was not mine! I borrowed it from my yoga instructor, who guided our group in India and Nepal. It was obvious: I had to work much more on my karma.

Photography and text by Dmitry Moiseenko and Ivan Roslyakov

Apart from the current virtual tour you can see another one " Everest, Himalayas, Nepal, Part II, December 2012 " and read article about the trip.

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Nelson S, USA

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Palden Tamang, Nepal

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kishan dhameliya, India

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leland cannon, USA

Mera everest par chadhana bachapan se hi sapama hai so please hellp me

Anil kumar, India

Very nice and thank for pano. And I want to go to everest . Pls help me

shikha chauhan, India

Nice great views....Thanks

Nepal Planet Treks Expedition, Nepal

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mara diaz, Argentina

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Taylor Brown, USA

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Christian Taylor, USA

I am intrested in going to Mount Everest in near future.Please guide me on my e mail address.

Amit Dani, India

plz help me i am gows to mountain everest plz tell me i can go now to mauntain everest

neeraj sharma, India

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Nepal Gyuide info Sanjib, Nepal

Hey m bhi mount everst ki choti pr jana chatha hu.plz help me

neeraj sharma sharma, India

With that amount of magnitude in it,I wonder how your next adventure would be.All the best. May God save you everytime.:) cheers

Rakshat Chhillar, India

Fabulous... sir I wanna to climb the mount everst so please tell me how it is possible....plssss

bharti soni, India

i have no coment to this magnificeant project

chhatra thapa siris, Nepal

Wonderful views and pictures! Love them

Anna Siu, Ireland

I like your pics but take more(: ):

Natasha pierson, Aruba

wow great photo

Gracy Procopio, USA

its amazing that god has created such wonder to look at...life is beautiful if you are a part of such wonders...

imran suboor mohammed, United Arab Emirates

Just so you know, I placed a disparaging comment here concerning the photographer's cavalier attitude toward the safety of his pilot and his overall arrogance and it was promptly removed by him…so, word of warning: you must post things like, "The photographer is wonderful, and the photographs are beautiful…thank you, thank you!", otherwise they will be quickly removed to maintain the reflection of this gentleman's huge ego.

Anthony McNichol, USA

Dear Anthony, if you want to see your comments on our website, you have to learn to express your thoughts without offenses. We understand, that in your case it can be not easy. But imagine for a moment that somebody will write in our guestbook: Anthony from USA is a «a pompous, arrogant ass» (it is quote from your message). Will you like it?

Varvara, AirPano

the wonders of God's creations that we may never see in our lifetime but are able to through your lenses...please keep up the wonderful job. Your journey is ours too! You inspire us! Big thanks, take care and God bless!

Milanie Bituagan, Philippines

Thank you for this wonderful pictures of this great place. They touch my heart ! Torsten

Torsten Graveley, Germany

Tuve la oportunidad de ir a Nepal en el año 2004, es mi lugar en el mundo. Armando

Armando Luis, Argentina

great job god bless u all who did great job thank you jaya nepal

Deepak Nepal, Nepal

sir i want to climb the Great Mount Everest so pls tell me how this posible pls tell me the all of the information and other.

Amit Kumar, India

Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful memories with the world. I deeply respect and appreciate your courage. May God bless you and your family.

Deba Hossain, USA

Thanks for sharking. It's always a dream to fly like you . hope to get more information about how to contact the heli company and how much is the cost? How long it will take you ? i am looking to visit Tengboche Monastery, this is the right youtube for me. TKS

pang bk, Australia

Well wanna go to the EVEREST once in my life!!!! And readin this article im more excited about it!

B Bunny, India

I truly thank you very much. This is all simply fascinating. If I may, how long did this trip last?

Marina Márquez, Ecuador

mind blowing view of akshardham its fentastic .

dixit bhabhor, India

poo jaaaaaaaaaaaaabbbb!!!!!!!

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C D PATEL, India

Heartly....... thanksssssssss to you for this dream panoramic journey .From me,my frainds& my family members.Have a nice journey of life we pray for you.

sagar patil, India

"I’m grateful to you for sharing this great work with us. This is the way of life. Be well and happy. Ko Htwe

Khin Maung Htwe, Myanmar

Thank you. Nothing could be more wonderful than this. I have been researching for a trip to see Everest, and this is the most elaborate and accurate detail I could find.

Partha Mitra, India

Bella Thomas, Denmark

Excellent piece of work! Brings back memories of my trek to Base Camp in Nov 2010. The scenery is stunning and I would say to people if you get the chance, go and see it for yourselves.....photo's do not portray the scale of it all. And if you do go visit the monastery at Tengboche, and the womens monastery just outside Tengboche, the monks will make you most welcome.......

Paul Klimczak, United Kingdom

excellent photograpy ....i like your tour plan

Alma Abbas, Bangladesh

it is a very beautiful place and very good photograph

rima B K, India

very marvoulous and fantastic great job

VENKATAKRISHNAN RANGANATHAN, India

Very good try to provide some excellent pictures of himalaya,I think I should visit too.thanks.

Raman Patel, USA

Very nice work, Thank you and your team for making such nice panoramic views of TOP OF THE WORLD, make it available for rest of the world, Thanx again

Dhruba Bhatta, Nepal

everest summit day video is very beautiful and fantastic, even after seeing for so many times it makes me to see for one more time with a very good background music

m s nethrashivani, India

what a beautiful images given to mankind in many angles

monday dhyaneshwaran shivakkumar, India

Thank you for bringing the Creator's great job before my eyes. May God bless you.

Anthony Ho, Hong Kong

revival of my memories of my trek to MT.EVEREST BASE CAMP;alongwith my daughter in 2011. We came to know the seriousness of TENZING HILLARY (LUKLA)airport only after completion of the trek. Trek was really a nice experience. I was a senior citizen when I did the trek. GOD is really great to give us such a unforgettable experience at this age. I am really grateful to HIM.

SHREEDHAR GURJAR, India

Supeb pictures :D

Noisy Boy, Nepal

thank you for this great pano

sahil manhas, India

Fantastic. Thanks a lot for the great views.

Carlos Vido, Brazil

thank you. very good...

Hamid Amouie, Iran

Sorry mate,cannot Rate it over 5 Stars !! Amazing,Spectacular, Breathtaking...and any number of words would not be enough to define this,It would even Please Lord Edmund Hillary.

Sunjit Singh Machra, India

Awesome Sceneries...Eye Cooling...FEAST.. ENCHANTING PANORAMIC VIEWS! Real Painstaking work...with zeal and patience too! U ALL HAVE GOT THE REWARD...BY Getting d glimpses of HEAVENLY PLACE!!! Thanks a lot to All enthus. -La'Kant / 24-8-12

LAXMIKANT THAKKAR, India

It's Amazing and your job is a good Great Job

Hary Kramp, Indonesia

"Wah! Amazing! What a wonderful experience i had viewing several clips and videos of your hard work and commitment! Congratulation for contributing such "wonders" to humanity!"

SOHAN SINGH CHOUHAN, India

Wah! Amazing! What a wonderful experience i had viewing several clips and videos of your hard work and commitment! Congratulation for contributing such "wonders" to humanity!

Paulson That, India

Marvelous! Exciting! Fantastic! Impressed very much. Kudos!

Mount Everest- Great! no place can beat these virgin ice hills, untouched heaven, Wonderful place, i will definitely go and see this place before i die. and i superlike this videography, u guys are doing great job to show the world different beautiful places.

Ashish Basnet, India

Thank you! Your comment is very pleasant to us.

this is remarkable achivement by man kind, dreaming for the world in your pocket, god bleses you and your achivement, ITS HEAVEN

HUSSAIN RUPAWALLA, India

It is beautiful - experience. Thanks.

Dano Dudas, Slovakia

this is an awesome idea one who cant go there can really enjoy this trip......all the best kudos..

ashwin joseph, India

Excellent work.Thank

le vinhbinh, Vietnam

Hats off to the team behind this wonderful Ariel work. We (Hindus from India) always dream to have visit of Everest at least once in a life. Having seen your work, my dream seems come true in a way, no matter I will be able to visit Everest or not. Thanks a lot.

Narayan Chaachu, Saudi Arabia

Thanks for visiting us as well as for your message left here.

Thank you! You have made my WEEK!!!! Looking forward to lots more.......

PANDIT MARTAND SHARMA IPPILI, USA

Dinesh Kumar kasinathan, India

Amazing efforts done , excellent viewing ! J V KHER

JAGDISH KHER, India

Wow It's so refrashing to view the world on the computer thru your inginuity and photography.Thanks a million.

dhun engineer, USA

Richard Deutsch, Austria

Panorama is exallant. I enjoyed it. Thank you.

Sumant Patel, USA

Congratulations. Simply amazing. Thanks a lot and keep doing same way. This helps us to know places that maybe we never see. Regards RM.

Raúl Martínez, Spain

Very engrossing, donot feel like switching off. almost feels you are there in person.

Raj Vyas, Canada

★★★★★

Umesh Kumar, India

never seen anything like this before,!!!!!wow,am a photographer by choice,and work like this is like-8th wonder of the world, G R E A T

Suman Saha, India

Wonderfully Mind Blowing...keep on Going..and Let us share your amazing shots. apelmusa/Dhaka/Bangladesh

apel musa, Bangladesh

Lindo, excelente trabalho, para quem adora apreciar a natureza ou lugares extremamente lindos esta ? uma dessas paisagens. Parabens a todos pelo trabalho e espero mais lugares que n?o podemos visitar mas olhar bem de perto.

Paulo castro, Brazil

Wonderful that you liked this work, Paulo. Good luck!

Excelente trabalho, meus parabéns, pelas ótimas performance e obrigada pelo prazer que vc nos proporciona em ver estes lugares maravilhosos que muitos de nos jamais imaginou que pudesse existir.

Valmir da Cunha, Brazil

Fantástico, numca tive uma experiência assim, é maravilhoso.

Reinaldo Soares, Brazil

merci airpano

kamal zarrin, Iran

Thank you all, for your great views of the world . Is there any possibility of us getting to see the Kailash Mansarovar views in the near future ? Or can you please tell if it is on your list ? Regards, Usha

Usha Rani, India

Dear Usha,  The full list  of our 360 virtual tours doesn't contain this place. In 2012 we are not going to take pictures of it. May be, later.

Maravilhoso, maravilhoso, demais ...

Eliane Moreira, Brazil

Amazing photography have trekked all these places and feel very proud to have done this ! so nice to look at places i have been in nepal ( well done )

Sheila Thwaites, United Kingdom

Thanks. It is nice to hear that.

it is real wonderfull ! and spectacular! specially because i did the trail from lukla to base camp and further and i had that wonderfull breathtaking view from the top of the kalapatar

barry louwe, Netherlands

That's nice

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ABEL AGUIRRE, Mexico

great job,and excellent work done by your team,congratulations and thankyou.

anantalakshmi surya, India

Incredibily Amazing. Good work. All the power shots are stunnnnning...May God Bless You all....Thank you for sharing..

Vidul Nagda, India

How remarkable the human spirit is when it adapts humbly & peacefully with nature, the landscape terraces an inspiring example. Your selection of music For the Joy of it All by <Karunesh> how splendid, great sense of music!!!

Louis Loizou, Cyprus

Absolutely brilliant.I am an avid follower of Everest expeditions.Your beautiful presentation with equally outstanding music choice took me to the summit of Everest and gave me a Thrill of a Lifetime I will be showing it to my family and friends.Thank you Kate

Kate Smith, United Kingdom

We appreciate your interest in this panorama, Kate. Good luck!

wow!! it is beyond description!subliminous!!!thanks a million

Rajashree Gudi, USA

谢谢你给我们展示了这个世界上离天最近的地方。它美得让人窒息让人不可思议。 这是世界上最纯洁的地方,因为你们的拍摄让他的美毫无保留的表现出来 谢谢你们出色的工作

Jun Yang, China

Thank you so much so sharing such a beautiful panoramic picture of the whole journey from above. So appreciate and Thank you again.

Oh TeowBeng, Malaysia

It gives us pleasure to have your message. And we are glad you liked this pano.

Fantastické panorama.Miluji hory a do Himalají jsem se podívala alespoň virtuálně.DÍÍÍKY-GREAD

sona vasickova, Czech Republic

1 x űen fantasztIQs

Tóth Imre,H-8400 Ajka, Hungary

Acácio silva, Portugal

Thanks for visiting Nepal. Plz do visit again, we welcomes you

Nouman Siddique, United Arab Emirates

Do I thank you or almighty God- Allah for creating you with superb talent second to none in this field? How a simple doctor like me can find any collection of words to define God gifted quality of a genius. Have you always been known like this in your country? or Whether there has been a turning factor in your life,if so what/when?

Bharat Dr Sinha, United Kingdom

good but i want to download all songs

atman SHAH, India

spettacolare ed emozionante viaggio nel vostro sito complimenti vivissimi

filippo palermo, Italy

Thank you for sharing the world with us,you have a great job.

Aldo Aquino, USA

The bets I have seen and will share with others. Good luck. God bless. ebs. jabulani

Ernest B. Sundaram, India

We appreciate your interest in this pano.

Thank you for bringing Mt Everest into my living room. This is probably the closest I will ever get to this beautiful and fascinating work of nature!

Bela Raja, India

awesome breath taking picture capture..hats off

bhushna bansode, India

I have been to Nepal twice to trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp (EBC) in 2008 and Annapuna Base Camp (ABC) in 2004. I used my feet to come true my dreams. This was an adventureful trekking in Himalayas. Thank you so much for sharing. It reminds me of an experience I have trekked. Great job.

Candice Sun, Taiwan Region

You are welcome! We would be glad to share with you another beautiful views placed on this site.

It's awesome, even the music is so graceful. Thanks for sharing.

Joyce Tsai, Taiwan Region

UNBELIEVABLE BEAUTIFUL¡¡¡¡¡ Thank you for sharing, I enjoy the trip, it's an ecstasy¡¡¡

Alejandra Barrera de Fernández, Mexico

a splendid job, so unique not everybody can do and will have the utmost passion like you!

cecilia manansala, Philippines

thank you, Cecilia! We try to do our best.

ynnah andres, Hong Kong

simply fantastic

ashvin jain, India

Excelente tour por el mundo.....

Walther Beltran A., Colombia

molto bella la foto del signor IMALAWA

marisa forini, Italy

omid khaji, Iran

Great tour!

Dan Carter, USA

Brilliant work.You have brought life (both emotional&picturesque) to mount everest

Navin Bhatia, India

Simply spectacular, amazing pictures, ... that makes us float, as if we were flying on it..thank you Simplesmente espetacular,impressionante...imagens que nos faz flutuar, como se nos estivessemos voando sobre elas Obrigado wilson - brazil

wilson cordebello, Brazil

Many thanks! Go on flying!

有意思

桑巍 桑巍 中国, China

peng cheng, China

Que hermoso lugar!!! Cuanto me alegro de recibir sus viajes en mi mail, es viajar desde mi casa y conocer. Felicitaciones y gracias por compartirlo!!!!

Graciela Rodriguez, Argentina

Wow....great...great....the report and pictures are awesome and the panorama picture was amazingly put together that it standout like LIVE picture...Thank you for putting in the web....

Rohit Shrestha, Nepal

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What It’s Like to Climb Mount Everest in Virtual Reality

By Joshua Rivera

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Want to know a wild Mount Everest fact that blows my mind every time I think of it? Green Boots.

Green Boots was the name given to a corpse that was located near a cave along the mountain's northeastern ridge route. The corpse was named Green Boots because, as you can guess, it wore green boots. It was also named Green Boots because no one has confirmed the corpse's identity. Green Boots, you see, has been there for at least a decade—first spotted in 2001 before disappearing in 2014, probably buried thanks to that year's disastrous avalanche. Green Boots, to me, is a perfect representation of what Everest is to me. Everest is shit so hardcore that you could die trying to climb it, and not only would people not recover your corpse, but they would make you a landmark.

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For this reason alone, I probably would not climb Mount Everest. It simply does not sound like A Good Idea. But then I got an email with the subject line SUMMIT MT. EVEREST WITH SÓLFAR, which I almost deleted before I saw "[VR DEMO]" in the subject line and thought, Oh. Virtual Reality. I can do that. But who is Sólfar, and why does he want to do this with me?

Sólfar, it turns out, is not a person but a studio based in Iceland and specializing in VR games and experiences. VR, apparently, is supposed to be a big deal this year, with Facebook's Oculus, Sony's PlayStation VR, and HTC's Vive headsets all expected to release sometime this spring. While a few setups currently exist—like Samsung's Gear VR, which is a headset you can just clip a Galaxy Note phone into, for example—for much of the past year or two, VR has been almost entirely the purview of programmers and exhibitors, a thing you stand in line for at flashy events or read about in stories like this one. No one knows how much traction it will get in the Real World, because the doodads have not really hit the market yet, and no one has thought to ask anyone if they want to strap goofy headsets to their face on a regular basis.

So I met with Petur Thorarinsson, a member of the Sólfar team in town exclusively for showing off VR Everest. Which makes him a VR Sherpa, I guess.

The HTC Vive Controllers and Lighthouse sensors.

The HTC Vive, Controllers, and Lighthouse sensors.

For this particular experience, Thorarinsson has me using the HTC Vive, a setup that differs from others by using sensors called Lighthouses that you mount in opposing corners of a room to effectively construct a fenced-in area for you to have VR party times in. In the conference room we're in, we have about eight by ten feet—not a whole lot of space, but enough for me to awkwardly pace around.

I put on the headset and Thorarinsson gingerly puts headphones on my head and hands me a pair of paddle-like remotes, which is more or less the VR equivalent of tucking someone in to bed. Then Thorarinsson does Computer Things and I transcend this mortal coil to become one with the machine.

Is it amusing, the sight of people wearing VR headsets and stumbling around while they pantomime climbing up ladders? "It never gets old."

Becoming one with the machine feels a lot like standing awkwardly in a conference room with a goofy headset on your head and paddles in your hand while another dude stands there and makes sure you don't run into anything sharp. But I'm not aware of any of that, because I am taking in the majesty of the Himalayas, swooping over them with a 360-degree field of view and no helicopter. I'm just casually flying over the majestic mountain peaks, at peace with myself in the world, like an Enya music video.

Then I am not. Then I am standing near the Khumbu Icefall, dropped from New Age bliss to one of the most perilous parts of the entire summit. In real life, the Khumbu Icefall is treacherous as hell—at the head of the Khumbu Glacier, it's known for being terribly unstable, with crevasses opening up and ice falling without warning. In the Everest VR experience, it doesn't feel like I can be swallowed up in an instant. But I really don't care, because I'm being asked to walk across a ladder laid out like a bridge across a gap in the ice, some 18,000 feet above sea level.

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The approach to the icefall.

I really hate heights. At cool rooftop parties, or even just regular old parties where people want to be cool and stand on roofs, I tend to stay as far from the edge as possible and do everything I can to keep a low center of gravity. This is something I do without much conscious thought, and I am usually just as surprised as the people around me that I have taken that moment to demonstrate perfect squatting form. And don't you ever make me stand on something with a glass floor.

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Being high up in VR isn't quite like being high up in real life. It's more unsettling than terrifying—it just feels wrong, like when a brand tries to interact with you on social media. I wonder if the demonstration will let me leap off and if I will find it nauseating, but my vertigo wins the day and the wide steps I take don't seem to put me in danger of falling off. At the other end, I wave to some dudes and ascend a ladder further up, which involves me using the controllers to grip the rungs and pull them downward and otherwise look ridiculous.

I ask Thorarinsson if he's ever amused by the sight of people wearing VR headsets and stumbling around rooms while they pantomime climbing up ladders. "It never gets old," Thorarinsson says.

It's at this point that I start to like him, mostly because it sounds like now he's implying that VR is just a massive prank the entire tech industry is trying to pull on the public.

Once I get to the top, however, the demo is pretty much over. I get to look at and manipulate a realistically rendered version of Everest's peak, which makes me feel kind of powerful and small at the same time. The mountain, Thorarinsson tells me, is modeled using textures and assets gathered by the visual-effects team for Everest, the 2015 film starring Josh Brolin.

Did you remember that there was a movie set on Everest last year? There was! Here's a trailer.

Josh Brolin was not in the demo, sadly.

Sitting down with Thorarinsson afterward, I'm still really curious as to who that whole experience—which, I should mention, is not the final release—is for, considering the two words that best describe how I feel afterward are "cool" and "weird." What's more, replicating the experience in your living room is a bit of an involved process—you'd need the headset and a computer capable of running the Everest experience, as well as a space big enough to move around in with ideally placed Lighthouses. Thorarinsson maintains that the process is probably less challenging than setting up a home theater, but does acknowledge that there's a lot to figure out as the general public gets its hands on it—both in terms of figuring out fun things to do in VR and in solving logistical problems like motion sickness. (Motion sickness is something I feel in a lot of VR experiences, but did not during my time in the Everest demo—probably because I was physically moving around.) That'll come in time as the platform grows, if it grows.

For now, though, Thorarinsson thinks there's a pretty wide appeal already there. Particularly if you want to impress people.

"It's like asking, 'Would you like to go to the moon?' " Thorarinsson says. "If I had people over my house, this would be my party trick."

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Climb mount everest with alpine ascents – 2024 season.

Everest was completely amazing. Ben is an outstanding guide and the whole expedition was perfect. I am grateful to the Alpine Ascents team that helped making this experience such a successful one. Thank you all so much! – 2023 Everest Climber

With guide Ben Jones, leading the way and selecting a summit day, our 2022 and 2023 teams had an incredible summit day with clear skies and figuratively had the summit to themselves! We encourage you to chat with former Everest team members! And we also offer a Camp II climb.

Ben, the Sherpa, and other AAI staff all did great and I couldn’t have asked for a better climbing experience. Ben did a great job and the entire staff was fantastic to be around. AAI went above and beyond the whole trip. Thank you for providing such a great experience. Alpine Ascents is the cream of the crop on Everest. From the guides to the organization to the infrastructure – we have the best. This is just one small example of the kind of care and attention to detail that AAI has. I am truly grateful to be here and on this team.
For most people, Everest is a once-in-a-lifetime experience because of the costs, the time invested, etc. If you’re considering giving it a shot — go with the best possible service provider. Alpine Ascents’ logistics, guides, and Sherpa team are absolutely top-notch.” – Alison Levine, Alpine Ascents Everest team, author of the New York Times bestseller  ON THE EDGE , featured on  60 Minutes Sports

Highlights of Alpine Ascents method:

  • Alpine Ascents will continue to only operate small team sizes.
  • Scheduled lead guide for 2024: Ben Jones
  • Small team sizes allows us to carefully select a summit day and last few seasons have been 1 of very few teams on the summit
  • Unique itinerary with ” 2 passes” trek to base camp
  • All teams make an attempt of Lobuche East to help acclimate ( after reaching base camp) as this reduces trips through the ice fall
  • As in past years, we offer 1:1 Sherpa-to-climber ratio (on summit day)
  • Our climber-to-guide ratio is 4:1 or less
  • Wi-Fi available at Base Camp
  • Excellent quality base camp with group tents, personal tents and dining tents
  • We provide oxygen above Camp II and a high-liter flow from High Camp onward
  • We are committed to small team size, operating one fully guided expedition for increased risk mitigation, climber care, and environmental concerns at Base Camp
  • We are offering the Everest-Lhotse combo climb
  • Consistent with past years, we are committed to wages on the high end of the pay scale for Sherpa team and staff, often setting industry standards

Our 2024 team will be led by Alpine Ascents’ Everest guide Ben Jones . As always, we will employ our famed Sherpa staff. Our Sherpa team is legendary throughout the climbing community and will be the mainstay of our summit support team. Our long time Sherpa team will set the route and manage a quality Base Camp, which is renowned throughout the great tent city at the foot of the mountain. We look to bestow our traditions and expertise on every climber.

Similar to past years, we are committed to high-quality logistics, using low ratio guiding with professional mountain guides, and leading small groups of climbers supported by a strong Sherpa team. Research shows that the Alpine Ascents’ guiding style has a much higher success rate (as much as 50% higher), than less supported climbing teams.

The Mountain

Mt. Everest, rising 29,031.69 ft. (8,848.86 m) above sea level reigns as the highest mountain on Earth. Since the first ascent in 1953 by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, reaching the summit of Everest has been considered one of the greatest achievements in mountaineering. Every spring, Alpine Ascents International embraces this challenge, taking a group of qualified climbers to climb Mt. Everest via the South Col route in Nepal.

With over 25 years of guiding experience on Everest, Alpine Ascents is recognized as the premier guide service to provide you a truly rewarding experience climbing to the summit of the highest mountain in the world. We are known for the quality of our logistical services and the expertise of our guides, Sherpa team, and Base Camp staff. We have the latest technology in weather forecasting and communication systems both on and off the mountain. Our Base Camp services, which provide private tents and well-prepared meals by western trained chefs allow you to relax and regain strength when returning from your acclimation climbs.

On the mountain, our guides and Sherpa are focused on your welfare and wellbeing. Our philosophy is that by working together as a team we will climb more carefully and have more climbers reach the summit.  Through leadership and excellent climber care, this has proven true year after year, giving us the highest success rate on the mountain and an excellent safety record.

Alpine Ascents has always been on the cutting edge of innovations in guiding. In 1991, we co-founded the Russian company, Poisk, and designed the Poisk Oxygen Cylinder, which is still the lightest and most efficient bottle used on the mountain today. In 1992, we led the first successful guided expedition to Everest along with Rob Hall’s team. That year we also introduced the idea of (and helped facilitate) bringing Russian Mi-17 helicopters to Nepal to provide more reliable expedition transportation to the mountain. Alpine Ascents pioneered the idea of a 24-hour Everest and Lhotse summit climb, and in 2012, we led the first guided expedition up Everest and Lhotse, putting three climbers on top of two 8,000 m peaks in under 24 hours. This had never been achieved before, guided or otherwise.

We are proud to look back at the many years of achieving these goals and supporting over 300 climbers in stepping foot on the summit of Mt. Everest. Looking forward to 2022, we plan to continue our well-maintained expeditions with extremely experienced climbing guides, Sherpa with years of climbing expertise and unparalleled Base Camp and ground support. For more information on the climb, go to our Why Climb With Us  section.

Climbing with Alpine Ascents was the best decision I made, and I could not have been more pleased. You may pay more than some of the other companies, but I think you get more. The client-to-guide ratio was low, so there was always someone covering your backside. The experience level of the guides and the Sherpa team was very high, with many Everest summits between them. The tents, food, equipment, and technology were top-notch, as well as the relay of information that was passed along to friends and family back home. Most of us only have one shot at Everest. Why not give it the best shot that you can?

Climb Mount Everest Prices

Everest South Col $76,000 ( based on 5 climber team )

Everest + Lhotse $89,500

Everest Camp II $13,000

Climb Mount Everest Schedules

Everest South Col 2024 Schedule April 2 – June 2, 2024

Everest + Lhotse 2024 Schedule April 2 – June 2, 2024

Everest Camp II 2024 Schedule April 2 – May 8, 2024

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Logistics and Planning

We have learned that many logistical factors also effect the risk and success of an Everest expediton.

Prerequisites

We are looking for experienced climbers for whom Everest is the next logical step in their climbing careers. Our team will be in top physical condition and ready to meet the extreme challenges Everest presents. It is important that your resume includes previous high-altitude climbs and strong mountaineering skills. Climbs like Denali , Aconcagua , Cho Oyu and Vinson are good prerequisites for attempting Everest.

It is important that a team member be able to work well with others and be willing to commit to a group effort that will last for several weeks. This team effort has proved to increase summit success and make for a more enjoyable climb.

Everest South Col

Mount Everest, rising 8,850 m (29,035 ft.) above sea level, reigns as the highest mountain on Earth. Since the first ascent in 1953 by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, reaching the summit of Everest has been considered one of the greatest achievements in mountaineering. Every spring, Alpine Ascents International embraces this challenge, taking a group of qualified climbers to climb Mt. Everest via the South Col route in Nepal.

With over 20 years of guiding experience on Everest, Alpine Ascents is in an elite category in our ability to present qualified climbers with a truly rewarding experience on Everest. As you read through our Everest web pages, you will find a wealth of information, rationale for decisions, and why, after two decades, we stand behind the Alpine Ascents method more than ever. We can summarize by stating quality, risk awareness, and summit success are our three primary goals each and every time we launch an Everest expedition.

Everest Camp II

Alpine Ascents pioneered guiding on Everest 20 years ago and today we remain the leader in offering high quality expeditions. An ascent to Camp II is a unique opportunity to experience climbing through the Khumbu Icefall and the Western CWM to our Advanced Base Camp at the base of the Southwest Face of Everest (21,500 ft.). One must have strong skills and be in very good physical condition to take on our Camp II expedition.

Team members experience climbing through some very challenging and notable aspects of Everest, and get first-hand experience of what it takes to climb this great peak, as you are traveling much of the same route as our Everest summit team. This is an excellent opportunity to see if a future Everest climb is right for you or simply a chance to climb part of this legendary peak.

As always, Alpine Ascent teams will be led by veteran Everest guides and our legendary Sherpa climbing staff who will provide the foremost in logistics and Base Camp facilities. Our unique team approach to climbing the mountain has allowed us to continually operate successful expeditions while maintaining an excellent safety record.

PREREQUISITES

Climbing Skill Level : Climbers prepared to take on Everest Camp II should have completed at least a week-long training course and have completed a climb of a glaciated peak. We will review each climber’s bio on an individual basis to help develop climbers interested in attempting Everest Camp II.

Everest + Lhotse

Everest + lhotse in 24 hours.

Over the last several years, a number of our climbers, when using our maximum oxygen flow system, have demonstrated the desire and strength to continue directly to Lhotse for a summit climb after summiting Everest. This approach to climbing Everest and Lhotse in the same season allows you to climb two 8,000-meter peaks (the highest and fourth-highest mountains in the world) in as little as 24 hours, summit to summit. While it’s no easy feat, our acclimatization program – combined with our rest day at South Col, max oxygen usage, and expert team of guides and Sherpa – make this a real possibility for our climbing members. In 2011, we set a historical precedent with our Everest-Lhotse climb – the first three climbers to summit two 8,000 m peaks in less than 24 hours, the first guided climber to do so, and the first guide to accomplish the feat. In 2013, two guides, three climbers, and two Sherpa repeated the achievement! Join us as we attempt to make history again.

We climb Everest first, using our maximum oxygen supply (four-liter flow per minute). In good conditions, we are back at the South Col between noon and 2 p.m. From here we have a variety of choices, depending on weather and strength of climbers. We can rest for a few hours at the South Col, then do the two-hour traverse to our Lhotse High Camp. Or we can spend another night at the South Col, and move to Lhotse High Camp the next day and summit the following day.

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Alpine Ascents has been guiding Everest for 30 years. Over this time we have fine-tuned our program by addressing important factors that affect the risk, success, and the overall experience for the individual climber and the entire team. We also continue to incorporate new technology and evolving climbing methods as they develop. Below we discuss some of the most important aspects of our program and explain the differences between AAI and other companies.

Team Size and Team Building

We start with a strong group consisting of a maximum of 12 qualified climbers with two to four mountain guides, depending on the group size. Our average team size is usually between eight and ten climbers. We add our team of 14 to 18 well-trained and experienced climbing Sherpa, and four to five camp staff. Our Sherpa team is the strongest on the mountain; most have summited Everest between 5 and 20 times and have worked exclusively with us for many years.

Team building is instrumental in our philosophy. We believe that well-trained climbers working together with our guides and Sherpa in a team effort creates the most successful experience. Over the two-plus decades we have been guiding Everest, the team effort always proves more enjoyable with greater summit success than the individual climber with Sherpa assistance, or having only one guide to lead your group. Below are some examples why:

There is a big difference between making decisions on your own or with only one Sherpa as compared to being surrounded by veteran guides who know the route and a strong team of Sherpa ready to provide assistance. This is especially true during summit attempt or in challenging weather. It is difficult and very stressful for the less experienced climber to make serious decisions such as:

How far is it to the summit? Can I make it back by nightfall? Do I have enough oxygen to make the round trip safely? Is the weather deteriorating to a point when I should turn around? Am I moving fast enough?

Having a team of experienced guides with you to address these issues reduces the likelihood of you turning around too early and missing the summit, or continuing into harm’s way by climbing into what we call, “unreasonable risk.”

Other real concerns such as regulator failure, loss of equipment, or becoming physically weak and cold are almost impossible to deal with effectively on your own. A strong team carrying extra regulators, hot liquids, and gear will increase your risk cognizance and success.

Climbing on a team with only one guide has its difficulties as well. Guides are not immune to illness, and if the guide becomes ill or weak, it jeopardizes the entire climb. It is also difficult for one guide to manage a group. We believe that having two or more guides making good decisions together gives you the backup you need for a risk aware climb.

There are many advantages to climbing with a team and they can be measured directly in two ways — success rate and safety record.

Success Rate

Our rate of success over the last 10 years (excluding 2014 and 2015 when no one climbed the mountain) is 80%. This means, of the people who sign up for the climb, 80% have reached the summit.

When you compare these numbers to other operators and more specifically, Sherpa-only supported climbs, their success rate is 50% and below. We believe that this low success rate is attributed to client care and management, especially high on the mountain.

Safety Record

Alpine Ascents has never had a client seriously injured (or worse) on Everest. As with any adventure, there are no guarantees, and we feel fortunate. Accidents can happen at any time and for many reasons beyond our control. We take risk management very seriously and it is our number one priority at Alpine Ascents.

We think it is important to know the facts. We have looked at historical data of the number of foreign climbers who perished on Mt. Everest starting in 2004 (when non-guided attempts on Everest became more prevalent) through the 2016 season. We have excluded 2014 and 2015 when the mountain was shut down early.

During this period, 54 foreign climbers died on Everest. We looked at the location and cause of each. Five were unknown locations, and 41 out of the 49 remaining were between High Camp and the summit. This means 84% of all known foreign climber deaths were associated with the final days of a summit attempt. The information also shows, overwhelmingly, that these deaths were caused by a combination of exhaustion, poor judgment, and lack of support. These risk factors can be considerably reduced by climbing with an experienced team.

Oxygen and Rest Day at South Col

Alpine Ascents provides more oxygen than any other company. We also add special logistical support, for example starting oxygen from Camp II during summit attempt and taking a rest day on oxygen at the South Col, allowing climbers to rest and regroup for the challenges of summit day. No other company offers these services, and all climbers say it makes the difference.

Overall, Alpine Ascents is a full-service company with your best interest at heart. We want to provide you a risk aware opportunity to climb the mountain with the greatest chance for success and enjoyment.

Our Method of Acclimatization and our General Itinerary

Our approach to acclimatization on Everest has resulted in our proven expedition itinerary. Proper acclimatization is the most critical factor in a successful trip and you will receive daily lectures and reviews from our guides throughout the trek and climb.

During the trek to Base Camp, our goal is to stay healthy and make sure all climbers are acclimatizing well. We are not on a set schedule and will take extra days anywhere along the trek to further acclimatize, if necessary. It is extremely important that when you reach Base Camp you are feeling good and are comfortable with the thin air at 17,500 ft. (5,334 m).

After moving into your new home at Everest Base Camp, we spend four to six days acclimatizing while training in the protected areas of the lower Khumbu Glacier. We will practice ladder crossings, fixed-line travel, rappelling, and crampon work, which prepares us for climbing on the mountain. During training, we make a foray partway up the Khumbu route before heading to Camp I (19,590 ft./5,971 m).

On our first rotation up the mountain we climb to Camp I and spend the night. The next day we take a short walk towards Camp II (21,300 ft./6,492 m) and back to Camp I for a second night of sleep. Day 3 we climb up to Camp II and spend two to three days acclimatizing in the area before returning to Base Camp.

We will take another rest period of four to seven days at Base Camp. When the entire team is ready, we’ll head back to Camp I, and the following day up to Camp II. We will take a rest day here and if the weather is good, we’ll climb up to Camp III (23,500 ft./7,162 m) the following day. The guides will make a decision whether or not to spend the night at Camp III based on weather and other factors. After returning from Camp III to Camp II, we rest for the night and descend to Base Camp the next day.

After this rotation we have the option to head down valley for a rest period to breathe thick air, eat large amounts of food, and enjoy the sunshine and warm weather for several days. This has proven to be extremely beneficial in preparing climbers for the summit attempt.

Summit Attempt

While down valley we monitor weather and activity on the mountain via radio. When all is good we head back up to Base Camp and prepare for our summit attempt. With a good weather report, we will climb to Camp II and rest the next day. If the weather is still stable, we’ll put on our oxygen gear and climb up to Camp III, and the following day to High Camp at the South Col (26,000 ft./7,924 m). We rest the entire next day on oxygen after reaching High Camp and leave for the summit late that evening. Around 8 or 9 p.m. we wake you up and begin getting everyone dressed and ready for the summit attempt. We leave between 11 p.m. and midnight. You will have guides and Sherpa assisting you the entire day.

You will be climbing on full flow oxygen, which is four liters per minute, and you will have a personal Sherpa carrying extra oxygen for you. Usually we reach the summit between 8 a.m. and 9a.m. We take photos, enjoy the view, and celebrate our success before heading down. Usual time to descend is three to four hours back to the South Col. Those climbing Lhotse will leave that evening at midnight to climb Lhotse and descend to Camp II. Others will leave later that morning and descend direct to Camp II. The following day we all descend to Base Camp.

Prior Years

We have been operating Everest expeditions since 1992.

2013 proved to be a great season for us with 100% success of climbers who reached High Camp making the summit, and over 80% of the climbers who joined our climb reaching the summit. We were also thrilled to have two guides, three climbers, and two Sherpa reach the summit of Lhotse (both peaks reached within a 24-hour period). These percentages are very high when compared to other outfitters and we certainly encourage you to compare these statistics (using the same reference points) to other outfitters. Overall totals include 39 climbers on two teams (13 Climbers, 6 Guides, 20 Sherpa).

2012 was another banner year for Alpine Ascents. Though a difficult season with tough summit conditions, Alpine Ascents was one of the few groups to have large-scale summit success. We attribute much of the success to our experience, which enabled us to choose a difficult but uncrowded summit day and utilize the expertise of our guides and Sherpa. By the numbers, Everest 2012 saw 14 climbers reaching the summit.

2011 : Alpine Ascents is proud to have 100% success for all those who joined our expedition, with a number of climbers reaching Lhotse shortly thereafter. This was the first time climbers reached the summit of two 8,000 m peaks in 24 hours.

Everest 2010 had 100% success for those who reached High Camp with similar success to years past. We are happy to provide details of 20+ years of expeditions .

Recent Experience In Brief

2023 –  Team summits in beautiful weather with very few teams on the mountain

2022 Team summits 6 on Everest and 2 on Lhotse.

2021 Team spent 4 days at high camp and returned to base camp after weather did not improve.

2020 No international trips to Nepal in 2020.

2019 Our team had over 90% success rate and all team members who started with us, completed the expedition!

2018 100% summit success (19 team members) and an Everest/Lhotse traverse.

2017 saw 11 climbers reach the summit! See our Cybercast for details .

2016 met with 100% summit success!

The 2014 and 2015 seasons were cancelled due to the natural disasters. We have been working directly with the local community and other organizations in the aftermath to help ensure that we meet the needs of all climbers and guides. For those that wish to learn more about our efforts and the Alpine Ascents Foundation, read more .

Alpine Ascents in 2024

As in the past, Alpine Ascents will offer a fully supported expedition. We do not offer Sherpa-only guided, hybrid, guide-at-base-camp-in-radio-contact, or inappropriate climber-to-guide ratio as this is simply not our style. We feel this limited support approach strays from the goals of providing the best and most risk aware chance of climbers reaching the summit.

Our 2024 team will be led by Alpine Ascents staff guides. As always, we will employ our famed Sherpa staff. Our Sherpa team is legendary throughout the climbing community and will be the mainstay of our summit support team. The Sherpa team will set the route and manage a quality Base Camp, which is renowned throughout the great tent city at the foot of the mountain. We look to bestow our traditions and expertise on every climber.

List of 8,000 m Peaks

These are the primary mountains in the world exceeding 8,000 Meters in height. Some of them have subsidiary peaks that are also 8,000m.

Height : 8,850 m/29,035 ft. Location : Nepal/Tibet First Ascent : 1953; Sir E. Hillary, T. Norgay

Height : 8,611 m/28,250 ft. Location : Pakistan First Ascent : 1954; A. Compagnoni, L. Lacedelli

Kangchenjunga

Height : 8,586 m/28,169 ft. Location : Nepal/India First Ascent : 1955; G. Band, J. Brown

Height : 8,516 m/27,940 ft. Location : Nepal/Tibet First Ascent : 1956; F. Luchsinger, E. Reiss

Height : 8,463 m/27,766 ft. Location : Nepal First Ascent : 1955; J. Couzy, L. Terrary

Height : 8,201 m/26,906 ft. Location : Nepal/Tibet First Ascent : 1954; S. Joechler, H. Tichy, P. Dawa Lama

Height : 8,167 m/26,795 ft. Location : Nepal First Ascent : 1960; K. Diemberger, P. Diener, M. Dorji, E. Forrer, N. Dorji, A. Schelbert

Height : 8,156 m/26,758 ft. Location : Nepal First Ascent : 1956; T. Imanishi, G. Norbu

Nanga Parbat

Height : 8,125 m/26,660 ft. Location : Pakistan First Ascent : 1953; H. Buhl

Height : 8,091 m/26,545 ft. Location : Nepal First Ascent : 1950; M. Herzog, L. Lachenal

Gasherbrum I

Height : 8,068 m/26,470 ft. Location : Pakistan/China First Ascent : 1958; A. Kaufman, P. Schoening

Height : 8,047 m/26,400 ft. Location : Pakistan/China First Ascent : 1957; H. Buhl, K. Diemberger, M. Schmuck, F. Witerstellar

Gasherbrum II

Height : 8,035 m/26,360 ft. Location : Pakistan/China First Ascent : 1956; S. Larch, F. Moravec, H. Willenpart

Shishapangma

Height : 8,013 m/26,291 ft. Location : China/Tibet First Ascent : 1964; H. Ching & 9 climbers

A Historical & Modern Perspective on the South Col Route

The South Col route on Mt. Everest’s south, or Nepalese, side was first explored in 1950 by a British expedition led by Eric Shipton. Prior to that time, climbers could see the Khumbu Icefall from a high glaciated pass, which was easily accessed from the north, or Tibetan, side of Mt. Everest. It was universally considered impossible to climb by those few who had looked upon it from this high vantage point. Then, with the Chinese invasion and take-over of Tibet, geopolitics changed and the world’s highest peak was no longer accessible from Tibet. Thus, for the first time, Nepal allowed access to foreigners. In 1950 the previously unthinkable happened and the Khumbu Icefall was first climbed and deemed doable, but dangerous.

What exactly is an icefall? For nonclimbers, a glacier can be likened to a very slow-moving river, one which is simply frozen. When a river increases its gradient, it turns into a very broken up rapid or cascade. When a glacier increases in gradient, it turns into an “icefall.” This icefall, especially the Khumbu Icefall, is an amazingly chaotic jumble of ice blocks of all sizes. It is a place of otherworldly beautiful and improbable shapes, forms, and shades of green and blue. It is a place of eerie silence and improbable heat, as well as cold. It is also a place of continual movement. Often this movement is not perceptible, as the entire mass is moving. At other times the movement is sudden, brutal, and has incredibly destructive consequences to everything below, as figuratively hundreds of tons of ice blocks can give way all at once. When this happens (often several times per day in one place or another within the icefall) everything below is reduced to nothing more than a fine white ice powder blown away by the mountain winds. The trick as a climber is to not be in that spot . . .

As climbing Mt. Everest became more popular in the 1970’s, and consequently more expeditions were on the mountain at the same time, expeditions began to cooperate with the “fixing” of the route through the Khumbu Icefall. This “fixing” means a continuous length of interconnected ropes — thousands of feet of ropes — for your wellbeing. This allows a climber to always be connected to ropes, which are, in turn, connected to various anchors placed into the snow or ice. This is a safeguard against falling and injury, and at the same time allows a climber to quickly move independently away from danger — something which is much more difficult and slower if one is instead roped directly to other climbers. Along with these ropes, the terrain often requires artificial structures to bridge otherwise uncrossable ice walls or large cracks called crevasses. Most often, these artificial structures are combinations of aluminum ladder sections tied together and stabilized by a latticework of other ropes. Very impressive to behold, and often very scary to traverse!

By the 1990’s, with even more climbing action taking place, there were complaints that many of the participating expeditions, either lacking funds or desire, were not contributing to the group fixing of the route. They were instead using other expeditions’ hard work while contributing nothing. Therefore, in the past few years a Nepalese governmental agency has stepped in to ensure that all contribute fairly based upon the size of the expedition. The Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee now oversees this. They are primarily concerned with policing expeditions and groups to control garbage properly, and so they subcontract with other people to do the actual work of fixing the route. During the Alpine Ascents 2000 expedition to Mt. Everest, this work was carried out very well and ongoing maintenance to the icefall route was done promptly.

A group, run by a British individual, was awarded the contract for the spring 2002 season, and the maintenance effort was very short on supplies, manpower, tools, and perhaps experience to properly do their job. This created some dangerous conditions for climbers traversing the icefall, and most expeditions season drafted letters to the SPCC lodging their complaints regarding the situation. There was some discussion regarding the next season. Many regulars refused to pay the SPCC and simply wanted to go back to the old cooperative way of doing things.

The route farther up the mountain is also prepared, or fixed, with lines in places for your wellbeing, but this work is done by separate expedition Sherpa staff in cooperation with each other. All expeditions share the same goals of summiting and doing so carefully, so it makes a great deal of sense to cooperate with each other and share in the work of preparing the route with this in mind. All expedition leaders and Sirdar (a Sirdar is the chief of Sherpa staff for an expedition) meet and decide upon a work and materials schedule so that all of the expeditions can share in this preparation work on the upper mountain. This has generally worked quite well, and the route becomes fixed via a cooperative effort amongst expeditions such as Alpine Ascents, Adventure Consultants, International Mountain Guides, National Geographic, and other expedition companies.

From Camp I, just above the Khumbu Icefall, the route enters the Western Cwm, which is a very large and steep valley, partly filled with the upper Khumbu Glacier. This “valley of silence” was first traversed by the Swiss expedition of 1952, who in fact pioneered most of the route on the upper mountain and came very close to the summit the year before the British success in 1953. It is a hauntingly beautiful place, but not without its dangers also. While it is often a place of silence, it also occasionally thunders with rockfall raking the steep faces of Mt. Everest to one side and Nuptse to the other side. Just as frequently, ice or snow avalanches roar down for thousands of feet to the glacier. Climbers can quite easily avoid avalanches simply by staying away from the sides of the valley. The numerous and deep glacier fissures, called crevasses, are less avoidable hazards. These crevasses are caused by the stress of glacier movement. Take a warm Snicker’s candy bar and bend it in the middle and note the “crevasses” formed on the surface, and you get the idea. Many of these crevasses are bridged over by snow and not visible to a climber on the glacier’s surface. These hidden crevasses can constitute a serious threat, especially after times of fresh snowfall, and climbers usually prepare by roping up to other climbers — with adequate rope between — so that the climber skill known as “self-arrest” will stop a fall into a crevasse should someone break through one of these snow bridges.

Near the end of this gently sloping valley, lies Camp II, and the Lhotse Face looms above. Camp 2 at over 21,000 ft./6,400 m, is the staging camp for starting up the face formed by the western side of neighbor mountain Lhotse. This face constitutes a serious challenge, as expeditions must climb over 3,000 ft./1,000 m of 35–45+ degree ice. Camp III is perched in the middle of this awesomely steep and long face. So here too, thousands of feet of fixed ropes are placed for the wellbeing of climbers to safeguard against falling.

The last stop on the way to the summit is Camp IV, or High Camp, at the pass between Lhotse and Everest known as the South Col. To arrive at this camp requires traversing much steep ground, and climbers must overcome such features as the Yellow Band (a steep, golden sandstone cliff that splits part of the upper Lhotse Face), and the Geneva Spur (an enormous buttress or ridge-like feature of rock that must be climbed) with the protection of fixed ropes.

Many early expeditions here used seven or eight camps instead of the currently accepted four camps. This big reason for this change, has been the huge increase in skill and ability of the high-altitude Sherpa hired by most expeditions to assist. Originally, in the 1950s, the Sherpa looked to foreign climbers for training, as most Sherpa were not skilled in climbing techniques. Their main assets were their strong work ethic and their genetic adaptation to altitude. Nowadays, Sherpas still have their genetic adaptation to altitude and their strong work ethic, but they are often also much more skilled climbers than the foreign climbers who hire them to help. This means it is much easier and faster for them to go up and down the mountain to prepare and stock camps than in earlier times, and so fewer camps are needed. I must also stress here that I do not believe many climbing expeditions give their Sherpa staff enough credit for the success of an expedition. Without the hard work of Sherpas and their high skill levels, there wouldn’t be 10% of the current numbers of successful Everest summiters. Everyone has perhaps heard of “Hillary” backpacks, but has anyone ever seen a Chewang sleeping bag? Chewang has summited nine times on 12 different Mt. Everest expeditions. Why isn’t he famous in America or Europe? Or how about Apa who has summited 13 times?

Above High Camp still lies much steep ground before the summit at 29,035 ft./8,850 m. Such features as the Triangular Face, The Balcony, the Southeast Ridge, the South Summit, the Traverse, and the Hillary Step all guard the world’s “third pole” well and ensure that a climber will work for his or her reward and need a minimum level of hard-earned skills to get there. A sufficient level of risk mitigation and security can be maintained in this hostile territory only through the judicious use of fixed ropes, individual skills, and a high level of teamwork on both Sherpas and foreign climbers’ parts. The exercise of good judgment is also vitally important. “Never give up” and “just do it” can and have proven fatal many times on the world’s highest mountain, and perhaps a “those who climb and run away live to climb another day” is a more appropriate attitude for climbers who dare to challenge themselves on the slopes of Chomolungma in an environment more suited to jet airliners.

A Brief Overview of Sherpa Life

Often inseparable from mountaineering, the Sherpas of Nepal inhabit much of the lower portion of the Himalayas known as the Solu-Khumbu or “Khumbu.” While their reputation as climbers is nothing short of historic, local Buddhist, animist, and cultural traditions have equally nurtured and impacted a fascinating relationship with westerners and western thought.

Sherpas became prominent to the West when British mountaineers began to set their sites on conquering Himalayan peaks. With the first Mt. Everest expedition in 1921, the skill, expertise, honesty, and dedication of Sherpas as guides and partners became an integral part of Himalayan climbing. The affinity of outsiders for Sherpa/Buddhist civilization has blossomed into an ever-increasing sharing, understanding, and friendship between cultures.

Prior to British expeditions, Sherpas revered the great mountains of the region as dwelling places of gods and goddesses, to which the thought of climbing was considered blasphemous. (“Chomolungma,” the Tibetan name for Everest, is the residence of Miyo Lungsungama, the goddess of humanity and prosperity.)

Sherpas traditionally worked as traders, farmers, and religious folk. Along with these ancestral roles, leading climbs and treks has recently become a mainstay of the Sherpa economy. Sherpa refers both to a tribal group and a job capacity as porter, climber, or trek leader. The term “Sherpa” means easterner, referring to their origins in Eastern Tibet. The migrations of this Tibetan culture began sometime in the early 1400’s. Today the Sherpa population in the Khumbu is about 5,000, with a total of roughly 35,000 living in Nepal.

Sherpas on Everest

The first notable and successful Everest climbing Sherpa was Tenzing Norgay. In 1952, Norgay accompanied Raymond Lambert to within 800 vertical feet of the still unclimbed Mt. Everest. A year later Norgay was asked to join the British team led by Col. John Hunt that successfully summited Everest, following the same route as Norgay and Lambert. Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary were the first climbers to reach the summit. By the mid 1980’s, Sherpas had summitted Everest many more times than westerners. Ang Rita Sherpa, the most well known climbing Sherpa, had amassed seven summits of Everest by 1995. In 1993 Pasang Lhamu Sherpa became the first Sherpa woman to summit Everest.

The Name Khumbu

The name Khumbu comes from its guardian deity, Khumbila Tetsan Gelbu. The literal translation is “Khumbu country god.” The teachings of Sherpa Buddhism talk of a spiritual understanding between all beings. This is probably why the level of hospitality and acceptance of westerners comes naturally to the Sherpa. It should, however be mentioned, that Tibetans are also considered fierce warriors.

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Eric Shipton: Everest & Beyond

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Everest : The Best Writing and Pictures from Seventy Years of Human Endeavour

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Life and Death on Mt. Everest : Sherpas and Himalayan Mountaineering

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Tigers of the Snow and Other Virtual Sherpas : An Ethnography of Himalayan Encounters

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Annapurna, First Conquest of an 8000-Meter Peak : (26,493 Feet)

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Our guides are an integral part of Alpine Ascents because they understand and share our climbing principles. These individuals are dedicated to sharing their excellence with others. Many of our guides have been with Alpine Ascents for over five years, with a handful of veterans working with us for most of their careers. The quality of our Guide Staff is the primary difference between us and our competitors.

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Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world, stands as a majestic emblem of nature’s awe-inspiring power. Located in the Himalayas, on the border of Nepal and Tibet, this iconic summit lures adventure enthusiasts and seasoned climbers alike. Scaling 29,032 feet (8,848 meters) above sea level, Mount Everest captivates with its unparalleled beauty and treacherous terrain. This Himalayan giant boasts a rich history, attracting explorers and mountaineers since its first conquest in 1953. Its allure is complemented by the challenges it poses, demanding meticulous planning, endurance, and expertise from those brave enough to attempt its ascent. The mystique of Mount Everest continues to enchant the world, making it a symbol of human endeavor and resilience in the face of nature’s grandeur.

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