Everest South Side Expedition

Now for only $65,000

Aventuras Patagonicas and Himalayan Experience (Russell Brice) has traditionally been working on the Tibet (North) side of Everest. However, due to the unreliability of access, we have decided to operate from the Nepal (South) side. Russell Brice, first climbed on the West Ridge from the Western Cwm in 1981, so although this route is new for Himex Members, it is not new for Himex. All of our Sherpa Staff come from Khumbu, just a few days’ walk from Base Camp.

Fourteen years ago when Russell first started operating on the North Side, there were very few teams and very little infrastructure. Over the years, we have continuously been innovative with new ideas, methods and standards, which has lead to a high level of success and safety. We bring this same experience and knowledge to the South Side. We are concerned by the unstable nature of the Khumbu Icefall so we intend to have Members and Sherpas travel through this area as little as possible. Team Members will spend more time on Lobuche and surrounding peaks during the acclimatization, so as to avoid at least one trip through the Icefall for Members, and several trips for the Sherpa Staff.

The traditional Everest Base Camp is crowded and is on active ice that moves and melts around the tents during the course of the expedition. Himex will camp further down the valley, closer to Pumori where there is more sun and the ice does not move, so that our Sherpa staff will not have to spend so much time maintaining our Base Camp infrastructure, and we will be less crowded. Members will be encouraged to use both the Everest and Lobuche Base Camps in order to do long strenuous day and camping trips on surrounding peaks before the first acclimatisation trip through the icefall.

The first trip into the Western Cwm will be directly to Camp 2 (6,400m) where members will spend 2 nights before continuing up to Camp 3 (7,200m) on the Lhotse Face. We will spend one night here before descending back down to Camp 2 for another night. The following day we will return to Base Camp.

We will still have a very small camp at the Traditional Base Camp. This will comprise of just a kitchen/dining tent, sleeping tents and a basic toilet tent. Members can have an early evening meal at the Himex Base Camp before they move up to the “Tea Shop” for a light supper and to sleep before an early start up through the Icefall and directly to Camp 2 in the Western Cwm. On the return journey members can have a welcome snack and drinks before returning to our more comfortable Base Camp.

There will be practice ladders at Base Camp so that Members will have the chance to become familiar with how to walk across these before travelling through the Icefall for the first time. We will place an emergency tent and equipment at Camp 1 at the top of the Icefall. However this camp has an inherent avalanche danger, so members are not encouraged to stay in this camp.

The summit program will be dependent upon weather and snow conditions, but in general will be a single push on 7 consecutive days from Base Camp as follows: Base Camp – Tea Shop: Tea Shop – Camp 2: Camp 2 – Camp 3: Camp 3 – Camp 4 (South Col, 7,900m): Camp 4 – Summit – Camp 4: Camp 4 – Camp 2: Camp 2 – Base Camp.
Because of the dangers of landing helicopters at altitude, We do not encourage Members to charter helicopters for the return to Kathmandu and recommends that Members trek back to Lukla.

Dates of Trips

29 March – June 7, 2015




Cost for reserving:



  • Day 01Arrive Kathmandu (1,317m)

  • Day 02Kathmandu

  • Day 03Kathmandu – Lukla (2,840m) – Phakding (2,610m)

  • Day 04Phakding – Namche Bazar (3,440m)

  • Day 05Namche Bazar – Khumjung (3,780m)

  • Day 06Khumjung

  • Day 07Khumjung – Tengboche (3,860m)

  • Day 08Tengboche – Dingboche (4,410m)

  • Day 09Dingboche – Lobuche (4,910m)

  • Day 10 – 11Lobuche

  • Day 12Lobuche – Everest BC (5,140m)

  • Day 13Everest BC

  • Day 14 – 49Everest Climbing

  • Day 50Everest BC

  • Day 51Everest BC – Lobuche

  • Day 52Lobuche – Pangboche (3,930m)

  • Day 53Pangboche – Namche Bazar

  • Day 54Namche Bazar – Lukla

  • Day 55Lukla – Kathmandu

  • Day 56Kathmandu

  • Next DayDepart Kathmandu

Note: This itinerary is intended to be a guideline only. Weather days, rest days and some flexibility on the itinerary are always a possibility while on a climbing expedition.

Cost Includes

  • Hotel accommodation on a shared twin bed and breakfast basis whilst in Kathmandu, and in
    route to the Base Camp and on the return.
  • Transport from Kathmandu to Base Camp and return.
  • All peaks fees and administration fees.
  • All Western Guide fees.
  • All Sherpa Base Camp Staff.
  • All high altitude Sherpa Staff and their equipment.
  • All meals en route to and from Base Camp, at Base Camp and on the mountain.
  • All group equipment, such as tents, stoves, ropes, climbing equipment, group first aid, hyperbaric chambers, radio communications, oxygen above 7,500m.
  • All sleeping bags and mats in all high camps.

You are responsible for

  • Air travel to and from Kathmandu.
  • Drinks, laundry, postage, telephone calls, emails and all other items of a personal nature.
  • Lunches and evening meals in Kathmandu.
  • Original entry visa into Nepal. This can be obtained at the airport upon arrival.
  • Departure tax at Kathmandu airport upon departure.
  • Personal medical and travel insurance.
  • Personal spending money and tips.
  • Sleeping bags and mats at Base Camp and/or Advanced Base Camp.