List of people who climbed Mt. Everest
We have learned that many logistical factors also effect the safety and success of an Everest Expedition. A few unique examples are:
Professional mountain guides
With Alpine Ascents, you will be led by professional guides. Our guides are experienced Everest and Himalayan veterans. Combined with our Sherpa support, this provides you with your best chance of reaching the top.
The most experienced climbing Sherpa on the mountain (most with between 10 and 17 summits), these climbing Sherpa are able to move our gear and supplies up and down the mountain so you don’t have to. They are also great friends and comrades.
Alpine Ascents is committed to smaller team sizes. Expeditions with 30 to 50 people are hard to manage and offer little assistance to climbers.
Alpine Ascents provides more oxygen than any other guide service. Our systems are the lightest systems available. They weigh only 7 lbs. compared to the 16-plus pounds used by some companies. We provide oxygen above Camp 2. We offer a 4 liter flow from high camp to the summit and back.
One-to-one Sherpa/climber ratio on summit day
For a group size of 8, we usually have 14 + + working on the mountain carrying loads and assisting climbers. On summit day, a Sherpa will be assigned to carry extra oxygen for you the entire day.
You are the climbing team
Alpine Ascents keeps our Base Camp manageable and well supported, and does not use it to support or house self-guided or partially guided teams. Dining tents, communication tents and showers have been a hallmark of our legendary Base Camp.
Rest day at High Camp
Alpine Ascents takes a rest day at high camp on the South Col, breathing supplemental oxygen and rebuilding our strength before summit day. Other companies climb from Camp III to the South Col (an exhausting day), reaching High Camp late in the afternoon, and a few hours later leave for the summit. We believe our extra day greatly increases summit success as well as reduces the likelihood of extreme exhaustion and the potential for accidents. A recent study published in the British Medical Journal states that 80% of the deaths on Everest happen on summit day or shortly thereafter. Marked fatigue, late summit times, and the tendency to fall behind companions are common among non-survivors.
Meals on the mountain
We prepare your meals in every camp and throughout the entire trip. Many companies require you to cook at different camps on the mountain. This is a laborious task that often requires several hours of work to melt snow and cook meals. (See Base Camp for more details.)
We work with the Everest Base Camp Medical Center. For the last several years, we have contracted to provide you free visits to their doctors. In addition, our guides are Certified Wilderness First Responders and carry extensive medical kits on the mountain.
We contract with a private company that transmits the latest forecasts designed specifically for Everest. These forecasts allow us to choose the best summit days with much better accuracy, which increases summit success and safety.