Mt. Everest Expedition

Difficulty Level: Intermediate - Advanced

Mt. Everest is an iconic mountain and the world’s tallest peak. To many, standing atop her summit represents the ultimate adventure & the crown jewel of climbing. Towering high above the Tibetan plains to the North and the lush green pastures of Nepal to the South, it is both breathtaking and challenging.

Expedition Highlights:
  • Watch the sunrise from the summit of the world’s tallest peak, peering down at both the Tibetan plateau and Nepalese lowlands at the same altitude that planes fly
  • Experience Sherpa culture and hospitality
  • Climb through the famous and rugged Khumbu Icefall
  • Watch the sunrise over neighboring giant, Pumori, from the Western Cwm
  • Experience Puja, the pre-climb blessing, with our Sherpa climbers
  • Tour Kathmandu’s cultural sights and see a slice of Nepal
  • See the Himalayas from the air while flying in to Lukla to start our trek

Mt. Everest is an exciting but serious undertaking meant for climbers with prior experience at altitude and sound climbing skills. Not for the faint hearted, it is a potentially dangerous mountain that requires a significant amount of time climbing in the ‘Death Zone’.

The ‘Death Zone’ begins with an imaginary line at 8,000m where the oxygen in the atmosphere is so sparse that the human body cannot stay for prolonged periods of time. In order to marginalize the risks faced by every Everest climber, we focus huge amounts of energy on strategy, planning our every move on the mountain in minute detail. We work with lightweight oxygen systems, state of the art equipment, a refined acclimatization schedule, the best weather forecasting available and employ a phenomenal Sherpa team to ensure our clients have the greatest opportunity for success.

All the CTSS Mt. Everest expeditions approach the mountain from the South Side using the South West Ridge route. We prefer the Nepalese side of the mountain for a number of reasons:

  1. Climbing Everest from the Nepal side is more affordable in relation to the North Side.
  2. The mountain environment is more hospitable to the wellbeing of our climbers as it is less dry, less windy and warmer than the North Side.
  3. The South Side terrain is more favourable as it allows you to gain and drop altitude quickly. This means you are able to drop back down to base camp much faster giving your body longer to recover at lower altitude between acclimitization rotations.
  4. The terrain on Summit Day is also more favourable with less traversing than the North Side. This means not only can you drop altitude quickly, reducing your time in the Death Zone, it also allows a better opportunity for rescue in the event of something going wrong.
  5. The South Side also offers access to state of the art helicopter services for rescue operations
  6. There is reliable infrastructure provided from an alliance of reputable guide services and the Icefall Doctors who fix brand new ropes through the icefall up the entire mountain every season making the route much safer, as well as easing traffic with separate up lines and down lines.

Our CTSS Everest expeditions are all overseen and led by Mike Hamill who is pleased to boast a 91% expedition success rate and an 83% climber success rate on expeditions he has led; this is more than double the summit success rate for all climbers, all while maintaining an unprecedented safety record.

Who you choose as the leader of your Mt. Everest expedition is a big deal. You need someone with sound leadership, who can draw on an enormous breadth of knowledge and experience to make timely and savvy decisions. Indeed, it can be the difference between a great, safe expedition and a miserable experience.

Welcome to “Climbing the Seven Summits”  Everest Expedition!

Throughout time the human desire to explore new places has been part of our DNA and the world’s highest mountain, Everest, is an incredible draw. Climbing such a mighty peak is no easy feat and you are to be applauded for setting such a mighty goal and I look forward to helping you achieve it.

Out of the 23x 8,000m expeditions I have led, 10 have been to Everest. I have been a regular on the mountain since 2005 and while much has changed in that time, my depth of knowledge of the mountain is my commitment to you. It is my promise to use all I’ve learnt in the nearly two decades of coal face mountaineering experience that I have gained to give you the best expedition and the best chance of success.

I personally lead all of our Mt Everest and Lhotse expeditions and am pleased to say that well over 100 clients have stood on top on 8000m peaks under my direct leadership, perhaps more than any other guide.

We also extend the invitation to our climber’s family and friends to join them on this exotic journey on our Everest Base Camp Trek or other custom programs. You will be able to share many of the cultural experiences together and they are able to stay at base camp with the climbing team which often makes these long expeditions more “do-able” from a time away perspective.

We look forward to sharing a great experience with you on Mt. Everest. Please feel free to communicate with me directly regarding the expedition options.

Best regards,
Mike Hamill
Owner and Lead Guide, Climbing the Seven Summits

Mt. Everest is an exciting but serious undertaking meant for climbers with prior experience at altitude and sound climbing skills. Not for the faint hearted, it is a potentially dangerous mountain that requires a significant amount of time climbing in the ‘Death Zone’.

The ‘Death Zone’ begins with an imaginary line at 8,000m where the oxygen in the atmosphere is so sparse that the human body cannot stay for prolonged periods of time. In order to marginalize the risks faced by every Everest climber, we focus huge amounts of energy on strategy, planning our every move on the mountain in minute detail. We work with lightweight oxygen systems, state of the art equipment, a refined acclimatization schedule, the best weather forecasting available and employ a phenomenal Sherpa team to ensure our clients have the greatest opportunity for success.

All the CTSS Mt. Everest expeditions approach the mountain from the South Side using the South West Ridge route. We prefer the Nepalese side of the mountain for a number of reasons:

  1. Climbing Everest from the Nepal side is more affordable in relation to the North Side.
  2. The mountain environment is more hospitable to the wellbeing of our climbers as it is less dry, less windy and warmer than the North Side.
  3. The South Side terrain is more favourable as it allows you to gain and drop altitude quickly. This means you are able to drop back down to base camp much faster giving your body longer to recover at lower altitude between acclimitization rotations.
  4. The terrain on Summit Day is also more favourable with less traversing than the North Side. This means not only can you drop altitude quickly, reducing your time in the Death Zone, it also allows a better opportunity for rescue in the event of something going wrong.
  5. The South Side also offers access to state of the art helicopter services for rescue operations
  6. There is reliable infrastructure provided from an alliance of reputable guide services and the Icefall Doctors who fix brand new ropes through the icefall up the entire mountain every season making the route much safer, as well as easing traffic with separate up lines and down lines.

Our CTSS Everest expeditions are all overseen and led by Mike Hamill who is pleased to boast a 91% expedition success rate and an 83% climber success rate on expeditions he has led; this is more than double the summit success rate for all climbers, all while maintaining an unprecedented safety record.

Who you choose as the leader of your Mt. Everest expedition is a big deal. You need someone with sound leadership, who can draw on an enormous breadth of knowledge and experience to make timely and savvy decisions. Indeed, it can be the difference between a great, safe expedition and a miserable experience.

About Mike Hamill

Expedition Options (Schedule and Prices)

At CTSS we offer a variety of different Mt. Everest expedition options as well as a Lobuche climb and treks to customize your Mt. Everest experience to your climbing style and ability. Our climbs all focus around the normal South route, one of the most iconic and beautiful climbs in the world. You will have ample time to get to know the rest of the climbing team as we make our way through the Khumbu Valley visiting the most famous and recognizable cultural sights in the region.

All of our expeditions incorporate a slow acclimatization schedule to give you the best chance at continuing upwards without experiencing altitude illness. We employ the “carry high, sleep low”, principle of high altitude mountaineering by carrying up to our next camp and then returning to a lower altitude to sleep before moving to the higher camp the following day. Please contact us for rates and schedules for our custom climbs. (All prices are in USD)

Mt. Everest Team Guided Climb
April 3 – May 29, 2018 (56 days): $55,750 usd

Climbing with an experienced western guide and a personal climbing Sherpa with the oversight of Mike Hamill, the expedition leader, our guided team climb is our most popular expedition option. This program is best for climbers who would like Western guidance but are competent, confident, and team orientated climbers. Our team guided climb offers great opportunity for success and is often reported as being the most fun & enjoyable climbs because people build strong bonds and a sense of community with their fellow climbers and these friendships last a lifetime.

We begin our expedition by meeting in Kathmandu, Nepal, obtaining our climbing permits before flying to Lukla in the Khumbu Valley and trekking to Everest base camp. This option includes a climb of Lobuche peak. We will then climb the mountain and return to Kathmandu via Lukla.

Mt. Everest Private Climb: 1:1 Client:Guide
April 3 – May 29, 2018 (56 Days): $116,950 usd

This expedition provides a private 1:1 private Western guide as well as a personal climbing Sherpa, climbing oversight by renowned expedition leader Mike Hamill, logistics, food, oxygen, and support for a summit attempt on Mt Everest. This is our signature premiere expedition. This option is for those who want to stack the odds in their favor as highly as possible with unparalleled safety and personal attention throughout their climb. Whether you’re a less experienced Himalayan climber or have climbed above 8000m many times before, our private climb with 1:1 Western guide and a personal climbing Sherpa gives you the best chance at standing on top of Everest.

We begin our expedition by meeting in Kathmandu, Nepal, obtaining our climbing permits before flying to Lukla in the Khumbu Valley and trekking to Everest base camp. This option includes a climb of Lobuche peak. We will then climb the mountain and return to Kathmandu via Lukla.

Mt. Everest Speed Ascent
April 17 – May 29, 2018: $71,900 usd
CTSS Speed Ascent Program:

CTSS prides itself at being on the cutting edge of new approaches to climbing mountains that improve safety, success, and efficiency. Mike Hamill has worked with clients for years using portable altitude chambers to pre-accustom their bodies to the rarefied air found at altitude, and with great success. Through the Speed Ascents Program, we work with you to use special designed altitude chambers in the comfort of your own bed so you can spend more time at home with your loved ones and less time away on expedition. Also, mitigating the amount of time spent in harms way in the mountains and at extreme altitudes can improve safety.

We feel that these altitude chambers are not substitute for acclimating properly in the mountains but have found that they can be an incredibly valuable tool to facilitate acclimatization and mitigate the amount of time in the mountains. Do you have serious time constraints and need to spend more time focusing on work, productivity, and family at home rather than tediously acclimatizing on the mountain?

CTSS offers select climbers our “Speed Ascent” option which employs state-of-the-art technology to allow you to summit in less time. We use a time-tested training program in conjunction with the use of a portable hypoxic altitude chamber to pre-acclimate your body to the rarefied air found on Everest. This option is perfect for those who want to minimize time away from home while still stacking the odds in their favor for summit success.

Due to the customization of this program and separate visa and logistics, this option is more expensive than our regular group expeditions. The Speed Ascent climb starts roughly two weeks later then our regular expedition and joins the team for the summit bid.

If you think this option may be right for you please contact us directly and we will work with you on a personalized plan to allow our “Speed Ascent” Program to maximize results for you.

Lhotse add-on to Mt. Everest Climb
$13,750 usd   Difficulty: Advanced

Add Lhotse on to the end of your Mt. Everest ascent to summit 2 X 8,000m peaks in one climb. Lhotse is the world’s fourth tallest mountain and a huge prize in its own right. By adding a day of climbing on the descent from Mt. Everest one can feasibly tag the top of Lhotse as well by veering off just below the Geneva Spur and climbing the steep snow couloir summit day of Lhotse.

Extra Oxygen: $6,500 usd

At CTSS we supply you with ample oxygen for your Everest summit bid, however if you would like to further minimize body stress and optimize your oxygen flow rate we are happy to supply you with extra oxygen. Please note that we staunchly oppose under-sup- plying oxygen practices which forces climbers to buy more bottles at a premium on the mountain to assure them a legitimate chance at the summit. This will never be the case with CTSS.

Expedition Options for Friends and Family

Looking to build your Himalayan experience or have friends and family join you on your Mt. Everest climb? Please contact us about stand alone options for joining our trek into Everest base camp or a climb of nearby Lobuche.

Everest Base Camp Trek
April 3 – 24, 2018: $3,950
Have friends and family join you on an adventurous pilgrimage through the stunning Khumbu valley to the base of this peak where you can truly appreciate its might and scale. The rich culture, incredible landscape, physical challenge and gentle Sherpa people will move you to the core and no doubt stay with you as one of the greatest ticks you’ve ever put next to your bucket list.

This trek is ideal for anyone who wants to challenge themselves and is a great option for families and friends of CTSS climbers. They can join the trek in, stay at base camp proper (which is not open to everyday trekkers) & get a first hand experience of being part of a Mt. Everest expedition.

All prices are in US Dollars.

CTSS requires clients to buy trip insurance for all expeditions. Please see our page on trip insurance and cancellation policy for more information.

All payments once submitted are non-refundable and non-transferable. If balances are not received by specified dates, the client forfeits their place on the program and any prior fees paid.

  • Mt. Everest is the tallest mountain in the World.
  • Mt. Everest was first climbed in 1953 by Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary
  • Mt. Everest lies on the border between China and Nepal. The “Normal Route” ascends the southern side of the mountain.
  • The death zone begins at 8000m and is an imaginary line where the oxygen is so thin that people are literally slowly dying there and cannot stay for prolonged periods of time.

Difficulty: Intermediate to Advanced

Mt. Everest is an iconic mountain in the Himalayas and the world’s tallest peak. It towers above the high Tibetan plateau to the North and the lush green pastures of Nepal to the South. First climbed in 1953 by Tenzing Norway Sherpa & Sir Edmund Hillary it is one of the world’s greatest adventures and the crown jewel of high altitude mountaineering.

Climbing Mt. Everest requires serious fitness, an ability to perform well at altitude, the mindset to be away from home for 8-10 weeks, along with the desire for rugged adventure travel. Climbers need solid cramponing skill and familiarity with glacier and fixed line climbing techniques. If you want to join this expedition but don’t have these skills we can work with you to get you up to speed prior to the climb. Please let us know how we can help!

On this expedition you will be climbing in the ‘death zone’. Beginning with an imaginary line at 8,000m the oxygen in the atmosphere is so sparse at this altitude that the human body cannot stay for prolonged periods of time. We work with lightweight oxygen systems, state of the art equipment, a refined acclimatization schedule, the best weather forecasting available and phenomenal Sherpa teams to give you the greatest opportunity for success.

Our Mt. Everest expedition meets in Kathmandu where we obtain our climbing permits, run through gear checks and have a team meeting. We stay at the famous and historic “Yak and Yeti” hotel in the heart of town and use this as our base for packing and organizing gear. Following our time in Kathmandu we fly to Lukla to start the trek. We land at the Hillary runway at roughly 9,000ft/3,000m. From the moment you land in Lukla you will be at altitude. It’s important to take it easy and let your body adjust to the altitude naturally. From here we make our way up the Khumbu valley staying at some of the finest lodges in the region in order to mitigate the stress so you can focus on the climb.

Hygiene is incredibly important to us and we take many precautions to make sure our team avoids getting sick. Despite this, illness can be a fact of life in Nepal so chances are people will at least experience a stomach rumbling at some point during the expedition.

You’ll note in our schedule that we climb Lobuche peak en route to Everest base camp. This is both a great climb in and of itself and a great opportunity to make sure your climbing skills are up to speed, but it is also part of our strategy for climbing Everest. One of the most dangerous sections of climbing on Everest is the Khumbu ice fall. We try to limit the number of trips we make through the ice fall and mitigate the amount of time we spend in it. Climbing Lobuche allows us to do one less rotation through the ice fall which makes our Everest climb safer. We see this as huge “value added” to our expeditions not only for the safety factor but also because you will climb another Himalayan gem.

Once at base camp we get settled in and use a slow, methodical acclimatization strategy to position ourselves for the summit bid. Most expeditions rush this process and suffer the consequences of altitude illness because of it. Once at base camp we will make three forays up the mountain to successively higher altitudes to prepare for the summit bid, with plenty of rest back at base camp in between.

Our base camp is first rate. We spare little expense making you feel as comfortable as possible. Our top-notch cooks make you the healthiest food possible with strong hygiene standards. Each of our climbers has their own tent at base camp where they can feel at home when not socializing in the group dining and hangout tents. We have a state-of-the-art communications tent and make internet available to our guests. We receive up-to-date weather reports and have a satellite phone for group use. Our set-up higher on the mountain is top notch as well.

In between acclimatization rotations we spend time training at base camp, practicing both glacier climbing skills like fixed line climbing and crossing ladders, and training with the oxygen systems to make sure you’re fully prepared for the climb ahead. To have these skills second nature before the summit bid can relieve pre-climb nerves and anxiety allowing you to fully focus on your climb.

Mt Everest Climb Sample Schedule:

(Day 1 is the day the team meets in KTM) This itinerary is only a rough estimate and will be determined by weather and acclimatization. This is adventure travel so this schedule will likely change and not everything will go as planned. Climbers need to be adaptable and positive. We always recommend climbers arrive in Kathmandu one day early to avoid travel delays or issues with lost baggage. Added expenses (hotel/food/sightseeing) of this extra day are the clients responsibility. Please let us know if you want us to arrange logistics for you arriving a day or more early or for a single rooming option.

  1. Arrive KTM
  2. Obtain Climbing permits/Free Day/Team dinner
  3. Fly to Lukla/trek to Phakding
  4. Trek to Namche
  5. Rest/acclimatization in Namche
  6. Rest/acclimatization in Namche
  7. Hike to Tengboche
  8. Rest/acclimatization in Tengboche
  9. Hike to Pheriche
  10. Rest/acclimatization in Pheriche
  11. Hike to Lobuche base camp
  12. Trek to Lobuche high camp
  13. Move to Lobuche high camp
  14. Rest/acclimatization above high camp
  15. Summit and descend to Lobuche base camp
  16. Rest
  17. Trek to Everest base camp
  18. Rest/acclimatize
  19. Train/acclimatize
  20. Hike to Pumori Camp 1
  21. Hike into the Khumbu Ice fall
  22. Rest
  23. Climb to C1
  24. Climb to C2 and return to C1
  25. Descend to base camp
  26. Rest
  27. Rest
  28. Rest
  29. Climb to C1
  30. Climb to C2
  31. Climb above C2
  32. Climb to C3 and descend to C2
  33. Descend to base camp
  34. Rest
  35. Rest
  36. Rest
  37. Rest
  38. Climb to C2
  39. Rest day at C2
  40. Climb to C3
  41. Climb to C4
  42. Summit and descend to C2
  43. Descend to base camp
  44. Rest
  45. Pack up base camp
  46. Trek to Pheriche
  47. Trek to Namche
  48. Trek to Lukla
  49. Fly to Kathmandu
  50. free day in KTM
  51. Fly Home
  52. Contingency Day
  53. Contingency Day
  54. Contingency Day
  55. Contingency Day
  56. Contingency Day
  • Travel Wallet with passport, cash and travel documents
  • Day pack – Light weight 30 liter pack
  • Climbing pack – 60 liter pack
  • 2x heavy PVC Duffel Bags with locks
  • Passport photos (5)
  • Casual Travel Clothes
  • Light weight sneakers for travel and at base camp
  • Sorel Type boots for relaxing in cold weather at base camp
  • 2 pairs light socks
  • Medium weight trekking boots with ankle support
  • 2 pairs medium weight trekking socks
  • Triple Climbing Boots suitable for above 8000m
  • 2 pairs heavy climbing socks to be worn with triple boots
  • Medium weight gaiters
  • Foot warmers (optional)
  • Foot power keeps feet dry and warm
  • Down booties with a sole
  • 2 pairs of thermal under layers top & bottom: 1 light, 1 medium
  • 4 pairs of underwear
  • 2 pairs of synthetic climbing pants: 1 light and 1 medium weight
  • 1 pair of insulated pants for base camp and Lobuche
  • 1 pair of shell pants (water proof with full side zippers and fit over climbing pants)
  • 2 medium weight layers: 1 synthetic pile jacket, 1 down or synthetic vest
  • 1 shell jacket
  • 1 heavy down jacket
  • 2 buff neck gaiters
  • 1 full face mask that covers all skin on face & can be worn with goggles
  • 2 heavy weight winter hats
  • 1 baseball hat/sun hat that protects the neck
  • 1 medium weight fleece glove
  • 1 heavy weight pair of climbing gloves
  • 1 pair of 8000m mitts
  • Hand warmers and electronic boot warmers (optional)
  • 2 pairs of Glacier glasses: one spare (must be Cat 4)
  • 2 pairs of goggles (1 clear lens, 1 dark lens)
  • Prescription eyewear
  • 1 down suit or 8,000m top & bottom. Leg zippers, arm pit zippers, rainbow zip butt
  • Lightweight Harness with detachable leg loops
  • Ascender with single length sling
  • 2 extra double-length slings
  • 3 locking carabiners and 4 non-locking carabiners
  • 20 feet of prusik cord
  • Helmet
  • Ice axe – alpine axe that is long enough for walking and has a leash.
  • 12 Point Crampons that MUST fit your boots perfectly.
  • Figure 8
  • Trekking Poles
  • Pack cover
  • 2 down sleeping bags: 1 rated to -20F/, (1 rated to -40F/-40C)
  • 2 sleeping pads: 1 closed cell foam, 1 inflatable
  • 2 headlamps; 1 medium sized and 1 small sized as a backup
  • Batteries – Make sure to have enough batteries for 6 weeks with spares
  • 2x 1 liter water bottles, wide mouth with insulating bottle covers
  • 1 liter thermos
  • Water purification: Iodine tablets, filter or UV treatment
  • Book or Kindle/iPad with movies/tv series
  • Camera
  • Multitool
  • Altitude watch
  • Collapsible Cup, bowl, spoon
  • Sun screen & zinc
  • Hand Sanitizer (several small bottles)
  • Small Soap
  • Small Shampoo
  • Trek Towel
  • Tooth Brush and Toothpaste
  • Nail trimmers
  • Baby wipes
  • Basic medical kit with high altitude meds should include: blister kit, low dose aspirin, bandaids, wound closure strips, triple antibiotic ointment, basic repair kit, scissors, diamox (acetezolomide, 125mg) for AMS, niphedepine (for pulmonary edema, time release), dexamethazone (for cerebral edema, 4mg), antacids, NSAIDs such as aspirin or ibuprophen, anti-diahrheal, duct tape, ear plugs, Antibiotics (upper respiratory such as Azithromycin and a gastero-intestinal such as Ciproflaxin), meletonin, Athsma medication if you use it (Advair), cold and flu medication,
  • Snack food: We recommend 5 pounds/2 kilograms. “Gu”, “Nuun”, and shot blocks are excellent.
  • Consider bringing a small portable humidifier that runs off a USB power stick for use in your tent at night. This can be an invaluable tool for good respiratory health and to prevent the Khumbu cough.
  1. Select the program for which you would like to apply.
  2. Fill out the CTSS online application form completely, truthfully and to the best of your ability or ask us to email you the application package. Pay initial deposit of 25% of the program fees into our trust account to reserve your place. Payment can be made by credit card, PayPal or bank wire transfer. Your spot will not be secured until monies have been received, and we have reviewed your application and accepted you to the program.
  3. Upon acceptance of your application*, we will send you follow up forms including a waiver form, physicians medical form, travel sheet, and passport information form to make sure we have all of your details. We will also begin sending you the program emails to get you up to speed on all the details for your trip.
  4. Submit your remaining 75% balance payment and paperwork prior to 120 days before the program start date.

*Note: This application requires the acceptance of CTSS personnel before the applicant will be enrolled on the program. CTSS reserves the right to deny an applicant enrollment in its programs. Further, if the applicant is under the age of 18, the application must be signed by their legal parent or guardian and they must be accompanied by a legal parent of guardian on the program. If you are not accepted for the program your deposit will be refunded.
 (Please Note: Full Payment Terms & Conditions, Cancellation & Refund Policies can be found on the Waiver Release Form.)

Our expeditions are fully inclusive except for items/services of a personal nature. Please take note that the following is not included:

  • International flights to Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Associated travel expenses including: Visa, Passport, Reciprocity Fees, Vaccination Charges, Excess Baggage
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary or additional days before or after the scheduled program
  • Personal climbing equipment, clothing, toiletries etc
  • Personal sundries including but not limited to; non-team meals while in Kathmandupersonal snacks, specialized high altitude climbing food, alcoholic beverages, laundry services, medical expenses, gratuities, internet, email or phone charges, bottled water, specialty coffees
  • Sherpa tip pool ($400 for climbers/$200 for trekkers)
  • Guide tip (customary but optional)
  • Costs incurred as a result of events beyond the control of CTSS above and beyond the normal expedition costs
  • Required trip insurance policy (for trip cancellation, interruption, rescue & evacuation, medical treatment, repatriation, etc.)

Each expedition is led by Mike Hamill.

Mike Hamill, lead guide and owner of CTSS, is universally regarded as one of the most experienced and respected high altitude mountaineers in the world. He has guided thousands of climbers on the Seven Summits and well over 150 climbers have stood atop 8000m peaks, including Everest, under his direct guidance.

A guide for over 20 years, he boasts a 91% expedition success rate and an 83% climber summit success rate for all of his expeditions world-wide.

Who you choose as the leader of your expedition is a big deal. Sound leadership is the difference between a great expedition and a miserable, potentially dangerous one and you only want the best in your corner. Mike has an unprecedented safety record, has 6 Everest summits and currently holds the record for most non-Sherpa summits of Cho Oyu. He’s also the author of the guide book “Climbing the Seven Summits,” making him among the most experienced Western guides in the world.

An adventurer by nature, he has skied to the South Pole, cycled unsupported across the United States and completed the famed Seven Summits 6 times. He has competed as a nordic skier, ultra marathoner and cyclist.

His love for the mountains and adventure continues to compel him to travel the globe and connect with the local mountain communities, particularly the Sherpa of the Khumbu region. This bond was his impetus in creating the “Tiger of the Snows Fund” a not-for-profit that provides grants to further education of mountain tourism workers and their families & a portion of each CTSS expedition goes to support the fund.

Mike is a familiar and well respected face in the mountaineering community. He is passionate about imparting his knowledge, skills and experience to inspire others to harness their full potential in the mountains

One cannot underestimate the importance of having the right team of Sherpas to support an Everest bid.

Sherpas are integral to almost any aspect of an Everest expedition and perform crucial roles as climbing partners, such as carrying loads and fixing ropes on the mountain, organizing gear and building camps amongst many other jobs. You will quickly notice not only their importance but also their many other positive traits: hard work, humility, friendliness, gregariousness, not to mention strength.

Our team of Sherpa is simply the cream of the crop and are lead by our sirdar Tendi Sherpa. Tendi has notched a dozen Everest summits on both the south and north sides of the mountain beyond many other summits worldwide. Tendi is an internationally certified guide, co-owns a logistics company based in Kathmandu and is the best in the business.

He holds his team of Sherpa to the same high standard that he holds himself and hand picks only the strongest, most skilled, and trusted Sherpa friends. Tendi and his team will work incredibly hard to make your climb of Mt. Everest a success and they will become friends for life.

Climbing the Seven Summits’ primary aim is to help you attain your personal climbing and trekking goals while experiencing the best of our planet, its unique cultures and environments.

We strive to offer the highest quality mountaineering expeditions and treks at a great value while focusing on our primary goals: safety, success, and enjoyment.

We achieve this by bringing our extensive experience, top of the line logistics  individualized service, and world-class guides to each adventure we undertake.

To give our clients the highest possible chance at success we are detailed in our approach, ensuring we’ve dotted our ‘i’s and crossed our ‘t’s. We provide personalized service, employ conservative acclimatization schedules, use top of the line mountaineering, camping and communications gear, hire only the best mountain leaders and we don’t skimp on costs.

Our expeditions strive to set the highest standards and climb in “good style”. By this we mean prioritising the wellbeing and safety of our teams, leaving no trace on the environments we operate in, respecting culture, contributing to local economies by employing regional partners and paying them higher than the industry standard and working in a self-sufficient and self-reliant way. We promote a responsible approach to adventure travel by connecting people to the natural world and giving back to local communities by donating a percentage of every expedition to ‘Tiger of the Snows Fund”

We take immense pride in our expeditions and this shows in the positive feedback we receive from our teams who form lasting friendships forged in the mountains as they work together and overcome tough challenges.

Please visit our Client Testimonials page for quotes reflecting CTSS leadership and experience. If you would like to talk to previous customers as references, please contact us, and we can put you in touch with many satisfied climbers. Please feel free to give us a call or send us an email, and we will be happy to discuss the expedition with you. Joining a climbing or trekking expedition is a big deal, and it’s important to feel comfortable with the expedition leadership. The majority of our clients are return customers because of their overwhelmingly positive experiences.

Everest FAQ

No, for the majority of the climb you are not sharing a tent. We stay at the famous “Yak and Yeti” hotel in Kathmandu and in the finest teahouses while trekking to base camp. While at Everest base camp you will have your own tent to spread your gear out and call home. There will be times on the mountain where you will need to share a tent with another climber to reduce the number of dangerous loads the Sherpa need to carry through the treacherous Khumbu Ice fall.

In general, climbing packs on Mt. Everest are relatively light. You will likely be carrying 15lbs – 30lbs (7kg – 12kg) most of the time while climbing and less on the trek into base camp. While climbing you should be prepared to carry your gear for the day and some of your personal gear for the mountain. Sherpa will carry all of the group gear and help with personal gear where possible.

Yes. Trip delay and cancellation, rescue, repatriation, medical insurance is mandatory for this program for your own benefit. We have seen too many times people need to cancel their trip either before or during the expedition for reasons such as injury, health, family and business matters. With such a long trip and so much at stake, climbers need to be prepared for contingencies.

On the trek to BC we will be eating meals prepared for us by the teahouse staff. At base camp and on the mountain our highly trained team of chefs will be preparing our food.