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Non guided expeditions

Most Himalayan 8000 meter expeditions (even the commercial) use a trekking agency for fixing permits and paper work, as well as arranging for transportation, porters and sherpas. If you have been climbing in Nepal, a good trekking agency will be able to supply all your needs. If  it's your first visit - stick to a guided/commercial expedition, or hook up with experienced friends.  

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Guided Expeditions

Guided or commercial expeditions to the 8000 meter mountains have become more popular during the last 10 years. The Everest 1996 accidents started a heated debate of the risks of going with the commercial expeditions. Even though Everest climbers neither should expect to be carried up (or down) by their guides, an experienced guide from a well-organized outfit can probably make your climb safer and certainly your preparations less time consuming and problematic.

Since an Everest climber need to spend $ 25-70k, the business attracts some badly organized and in some cases dangerous operators.

If you have questions about a commercial expedition, or have good or bad experience, pls let us and other climbers now! mail to team@explorersweb.com or post a message on "climbers personal"

Adventure Consultants


Rob Halls former outfit, since 1996 managed by Guy Cotter holds high standards, very experienced guides and sherpas. Expedition leaders will climb with you to the summit. Ang Dorje, the head sherpa have scaled Everest 8 times. High reputation among climbers. (IGO 8000 member)

Amical Alpine


Headed by Ralf Dujmovits, who has scaled 8 out of the 14, 8000 meter peaks. Strong German based organizer. Highly qualified. (IGO 8000 member)

Alpine Ascents


Led by veteran mountaineer Todd Burleson. High reputation with experienced guides like Pete Athans (6 time Everest summiter), Vernon Tejas and Jim Williams. (IGO 8000 member)

Jagged Globe


The top UK organizer led by Steve Bell. Highest reputation among UK operations. (IGO 8000 member)

Adventure International


Small, personal US outfit led by Scott Woolums. 2003 second year on Everest. Popular.

Berg Adventures International


Everest veteran Wally Berg runs Berg Adventure from Canada. Several experienced guides like Pete Athans and Brent Bishop. Expeditions to Everest, 7-Summits.

Kobler & Partner


Led by Kari Kobler who scaled 6 of the 14. High service. Swiss based. (IGO 8000 member)

International Mountain Guides


Led by Eric Simonson (known from the Mallory/Irvine findings), Phil Ershler and George Dunn. Everest and Cho Oyu. (IGO 8000 member)

Himalayan Experience


Chamonix based led by New Zealander Russel Brice. Large scale expeditions on Everest North side. (IGO 8000)

Peak Freak Expeditions


Canadians Tim and Becky Rippel run small-scale and intimate Peak Freak Expeditions. Check the site for current program to Pumori, Everest South and Everest North.

Field Touring Alpine


Dave Hancock founded Field Touring in 1993.  FTA are strong on Pakistan 8000ers. G2, Broad Peak and Spantik are part of their program, and so is Aconcagua in South America and Ama Dablam in Nepal.


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