Under the spell of Mount Everest.
The view from the North Col on the closeby mountain giants Everest, Makalu and Lhotse is spectacular.
Journey together with Kobler & Partner on the Everest expedition.
Cracking 7,000 m in view of the highest mountain of the world.
The expedition programme with the approach via Lhasa offers cultural highlights and an ideal acclimatization.
Barren, shaped by jagged mountain ranges and about 4,000 metres above sea level, that is Tibet. To this day, Lama-monks live as mysticists and natural healers in the many temples and monasteries that can still be found in the „Country of the white cloud“. The common Tibetan, however, is a nomad first and foremost, a shepherd of the steppe, who follows the changing pastures with his animals. The only people who used to settle permanently in this region are monks in monasteries and a few crop farmers in the fertile valley surrounding Lhasa.
Tibet, the birthplace of Buddhism and the roof of the world, has always had a very special draw for us westerners.
Our journey to the Mythos Everest over Lhasa, with all its cultural highlights, will certainly raise our spirits for the coming expedition and it also serves as the perfect acclimatization. The ascent of the North Col is an extraordinary experience that we will share with aspiring mountaineers trying to ascent Mount Everest.
The breathtaking view at 7,000 metres to the giants of the Himalayas and the Tibetan plateau is simply unforgettable.
Day 1 - Day 2: Flight to Chongqing
Scheduled flight to Chongqing (if possible, we fly to Chengdu).
We arrive at Chongqing in the early morning hours. Chongqing, as well as Chengdu, belong to the largest cities of China (over 10 million inhabitants) and they are important centres in Western- and South-Western China. We spend the night in a hotel.
Day 3: Chongqing - Lhasa (3,600 m)
Short domestic flight to Lhasa and arrival at the Gonggar airport, which is about one hour of driving away from Lhasa. In Lhasa we check in to a snazzy hotel and we intentionally take some time to relax. Especially at the beginning of an expedition it is important to take it slowly, afterall, it takes time for the body to acclimatise. We spend the night in the hotel.
Day 4: Lhasa (3,600 m)
We take our time to explore the famous city in the valley of the Kyi Chu, one of the tributaries of the Tsangpo (Brahmaputra). The city, that stretches to the east for about 10 kilometres, is located at the northern shore of the Tsangpo. The history of Lhasa, in Tibetan „Place of the Gods“, dates back to the 7th century. Both the Jokhang Temple, which to this day is the religious centre of the historic distric of Lhasa, as well as the Potala Palace were built during the 7th century. During the 15th century the Gelug school of Buddhism established three monasteries in the vicinity of Lhasa. During the 17th century the Potala Palace was rebuilt on the „Red Hill“ under the leadership of Ngawang Lobsang Gyatso, the fifth Dalai Lama. At the same time, the Jokhang temple was enlarged. We spend the night in a hotel.
Day 5: Lhasa - Gyantse (3,950 m)
We begin our drive over the passes Kampala La (4,990 m) and Karo La (5,010 m) (La = mountain pass). From Kampala La one has an amazing view on the turquoise lake Yamdrok Tso and on the Ninchin Kangsa. After the Karo La our journey continues down to Gyantse (3,950 m).
Here and there we will take some time to make short breaks in order to take photographs of the sometimes seemingly unnatural scenery or to just stretch our legs. The city Gyantse also has a lot to offer, like, for example, the absolutely unique Stupa as well as the fortress surrounding the monastery. Gyantse is located along one of the most significant trade routes between Sikkim (India) and Tibet. This trade route was already used by George Mallory in 1921 during the first expedition on the Mt. Everest. We spend the night in a hotel.
Day 6: Gyantse - Xigatse (3,977 m)
We drive to the second most important city of Tibet, Xigatse. In Xigatse we visit the Tashilhunpo Temple and we have the opportunity to also pay a visit to the seat of the Panchen Lama, one of the most important authorities of the Tibetan Buddhism. The Panchen Lama used to reside in the fortress Samzhuzê, which was built in 1363 and it is the oldest building of Xigatse. In 1950 the fortress was destroyed, but it was rebuilt later on and nowadays it is used as a museum of the antique culture of the city. The Panchen Lama resides in the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery since 1446. The Tashi Lhunpo Monastery is the most important monastery of the Gelug school of Buddhism in western Tibet.
The administrative district of Xigatse in the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China covers a surface area of 3,859 km2 and it has about 60,000 inhabitants (data from 2003). Its administrative centre is the municipality of Gyantse, the third largest city of Tibet right after Lhasa. Xigatse is located at about 3,977 metres above sea level along the „Friendship Highway“, which connects Kathmandu in Nepal with Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. We spend the night in a hotel.
Day 7: Xigatse (3,977 m) - Xegar (4,300 m)
Today we drive through the typical Tibetan landscape, which is alternating between desert-like areas and agricultural areas. We pass over the 5,520 metres high Lhakpa La, here we enjoy the amazing view on the Himalayan giants, such as the Mt. Everest and the Makalu for the first time. In the course of the afternoon we arrive in Tingri. We spend the night in a hotel.
Day 8: Xegar (4,350 m) - Everest Base Camp (5,200 m)
We follow the connecting road, which was newly established in 2007, between Lhasa and Kathmandu and we cross an about 5,100 metres high pass. Then we drive in to the Dzakar Valley. Shortly afterwards we take a turn to the south and make our way to Rongbuck. From the famous monastery in Rongbuck one has a fantastic view on the Mount Everest as well as the North Col next to it. From here on our journey continues, depending on the weather conditions, either by foot or in a horse-drawn carriage to the Base Camp closeby. We finally meet our Nepalese crew, by whom we will be spoiled with culinary treats and other help in the coming few days. We spend the night in tents for the first time.
Day 9 - Day 13: Acclimatization Hikes and Ascents in the Surrounding of the Base Camp
In order to recover from the outward journey and mainly to acclimatise to the height, we take a 5 days long break. For the acclimatization everybody will require their own time. From the Base Camp we go on hikes or ascents in the surrounding valleys and on the surrounding mountains. The summits are completely unknown but all have one thing in common, a fantastic view on the Tibetan plateau on the one side and the giants of the Himalayas that tower above us on the other side. The technical difficulties are in the easy to medium range and they are ideal for the acclimatization.
Day 14 - Day 15: Everest Base Camp - Intermediate Camp - Advanced Base Camp (ABC; 6,400 m)
We take two days in order to ascend to the Advanced Base Camp at 6,400 m. The Advanced Base Camp is the actual starting point for the North Col ascent. The distance between the Base Camp and the ABC amounts to about 25 km and one should not underestimate this trip.
While the yaks are still being loaded with our luggage, we already start the trip to the Intermediate Camp. The Intermediate Camp is located at 5,800 m on the orographically righthand edge of the Rongbuk Glacier in a breathtaking high Alpine landscape.
On the second day we continue our trip, at first via the Rongbuk Glacier and then via the East Rongbuk Glacier, through a seemingly endless morraine to the ABC (6,400 m). This march through the impressive mountain world of Tibet is surely one of the most spectacular ways to get to the Advanced Base Camp (ABC) at the foot of the Everest. In the ABC we can expect to encounter a very special world: Mountaineers from all over the world, equipped with the newest devices and communication tools, are waiting for the big day on which they try to ascend the highest mountain on earth.
Day 16 - Day 20: Ascent of the North Col (7,000 m)
We take five entire days to ascend the actual target, the exactly 7,000 m high North Col. We surely also undertake one or the other hike to further our acclimatization even more before the actual ascent. The actual ascent takes us from the ABC via the route that is secured with fixed ropes. At first the route follows simple terrain over the Dong Rongpu Glacier, on the foot of the ramp that leads up to the North Col. Depending on the circumstances the approximately 20 m high ramp varies in steepness from 35° to 50°. After overcoming this challenge the route continues somewhat easier, but still secured with fixed ropes, further until shortly underneath the North Col, where the last ramp of about 35° steepness follows. After a few metres we reach the North Col, where the probably most impressive camp of the Mount Everest Northern Route is located.
The panoramic scenery from there makes one forget the thin air. Nepal on the one side, Tibet on the other side and above us towers the summit of the Mount Everest!
The descent back to the ABC follows the ascent route. Once returned to the ABC we enjoy the view up to the North Col and thus we can revel in our accomplishment.
Day 21: Advanced Base Camp (ABC, 6,400 m) - Intermediate Camp - Base Camp
Today we leave the ABC and descent via the familiar route to the Base Camp. We spend one last night in tents.
Day 22 - Day 23: Base Camp - Lhasa
We don’t only say goodbye to the Base Camp, but also from the expedition leader and part of our Nepalese crew. The return journey to Lhasa follows the familiar route. In Lhasa we check in to our hotel and enjoy all the advantages of civilisation.
Day 24: Flight Lhasa - Home
Depending on the flight schedule we enjoy one last visit to the centre of Lhasa in the morning and we have time to go sightseeing in the bazaars and the temples. Or the male participants visit a barber shop in order to reign in their beards and make themselves presentable for civilised company. Afterwards, flight home.
Day 25: Arrival Back Home.
The Profile Check is an integral part of our expedition. Please read it thoroughly and assess your skills and physical condition. Due to the score required for this expedition, your score will indicate whether or not your skills, fitness and mountaineering experience are sufficient to join this expedition. Your registration is a testimony of your physical and technical abilities to participate in this expedition.
Please take note of the following points concerning the procedure of this expedition:
- This expedition is demanding and exhausting. The high altitude alone entails several risks.
- The members have to be able to move independently and confidently over mixed terrain (snow, ice, rock).
- Camaraderie and tolerance are of great importance to us.
- You have to be able to recognise your own limits on the mountain and be prepared to, if necessary, abandon the attempt and turn back. You join this expedition at your own responsibility.
- The leader of the expedition is responsible for the management of the entire group, and personal support is not one of his/her responsibilities. Nevertheless, every member has to prepared to follow the decisions made by the expedition leader. The decisions are always made in the group’s interest.
- The climbing Sherpas support the members during the entire expedition, however, we cannot guarantee that individual wishes will be addressed as the climbing Sherpas are responsible for the well-being of the entire group.
- Depending on the circumstances and conditions on the mountain, improvisations and changes to the itinerary might be necessary
- Kobler & Partner does not take any liability for accidents, damages or loss of equipment.
- Organisation of the entire expedition
- All transfers, bus and jeep rides
- Information meeting at Bächli Bergsport including 10%-voucher for equipment purchase
- Summit fees
- Special visa for Tibet (you’ll receive the visas in China; the visa for China has to be organised ahead of time in your home country and the visa fee is not included in the price of the travel offer)
- Visa support China
- Summit fees
- Entrance fees for the significant sights of Lhasa (Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Sera Monastery)
- Full board during the entire travel (excl. 2 days Lhasa at the end of the expedition)
- Beverages during group suppers
- Number of nights in hotels in double rooms, look at travel programme
- 1 tent per participant in the Base Camp and ABC (6,400 m)
- 1 tent per 2 participants in the intermediate camp
- Tents for the high camps
- Very good, heated group tent in the Base Camp and ABC (6,400 m), toilet- and shower tents
- 1 good sleeping bag per participant for the BC
- 1 good sleeping bag per participant for the ABC and the intermediate camp
- Mats in BC, in the intermediate camp (5,800 m) and in the ABC
- Light mats for the high camps
- Fixed ropes, mountain ropes, firn anchors, ice screws
- High altitude cooker (gas) and cookware
- Radios: 1 radio (9 volts) per participant
- Satellite phone, exclusive call charges
- Internet and E-mail in the ABC
- Weather forecast from a meteorological station in Switzerland
- Communication between the Base Camp and the ABC (6,400 m)
- Communication (radio) in the Base Camp (12 Volts)
- Solar installation with lighting in the group tents
- Unlimited electricity in the Base Camp
- Solar electricity in the ABC
- Yaks until the ABC
- 1 rescue sledge
- Medicinal oxygen for emergencies on the mountain
- Oxygen on the mountain: 8 bottles (4 litres), 1 mask, 1 regulator per participant
- Large pharmacy in the Base Camp and in the ABC
- Pharmacy in the high camps
- Pharmacy for the summit attempt
- Kitchen: cook and kitchen helpers in BC, in the intermediate Camp and in the ABC
- 1 climbing sherpa per participant including insurance, provisions, fee and good equipment by Kobler & Partner
- Costs for the obligatory escort officer
- Costs for the local tourist guide and translator
- Costs for the obligatory garbage fee
- Nationally certified mountain guides (Kari Kobler and Andreas Neuschmid) until the moment when the group leaves ABC for the return
- Flight Europe - Chengdu - Lhasa and Kathmandu - Europe (flights
can be booked via Kobler & Partner; please do not book flights
without consultation with the K&P-office)
- Alcoholic beverages and all beverages during the outward- and return journey
- Visa fee for China and Nepal
- Personal medication
- Surcharges that may arise due to changes being made to the planned travel programme
- Individual tips
Hotel and tent accommodations are mentioned in the travel programme. Additional hotel stays that are not mentioned in the detailed programme are not included in the price.
The international flights are not included in the flat fee.
On demand, we are happy to organise the international flights for you. Please do not book international flights on your own without checking with the office of Kobler & Partner beforehand. Because the special visa for Tibet can only be acquired in Tibet, it is of incredibly organisatory importance that the group meets up the latest in Chengdu or Chongqing and then journeys together to Lhasa.
The visa for China for participants who live in Switzerland is organised by Kobler & Partner and it is billed seperately. All participants who are not living in Switzerland have to acquire their visa for China themselves ahead of time. The necessary documents for this will be send to you in due time.
The special visa for Tibet is organised by Kobler & Partner for all participants ahead of time and its price is covered by the price of this travel offer. All necessary documents will be sent to you in due time ahead of the beginning of the travel. Your passport has to be valid for at least 6 months after the return date of the travel offer and Kobler & Partner requires important documents to be sent to us at least 60 days ahead of the beginning of the Expedition (medical certificate, coloured copy of the passport, etc.).
Equipment List Mount Everest North Col or Lakpa Ri
- Thermal-, respectively functional shirt, long arms
- Thermal-, respectively functional trousers, long
- Short trousers
- Trekking socks
- Mountain socks, thick / warm
- Down jackets for expeditions with 600er down filling
- Primaloft jacket or thin down jacket
- Gore-Tex jacket
- Soft-shell jacket
- Fleece sweater or fleece jacket
- Trekking trousers, light and long
- Mountain trousers for high altitude tours
- Gore-Tex trousers
- Primaloft trousers or thin down trousers
- Full-fingered gloves, warm
- Down expedition gloves
- Liner gloves, thin, silk or fleece
- Comfortable shoes (walking shoes for the Base Camp)
- Trekking shoes
- Expedition boots, 7.000er model
- Down expedition shoes (nice to have!)
- Down sleeping bag for the Base Camp (-30°C)
- Iso-mat, high degree of insulation
Head-, Face- and Eye-Protection
- Glacier-sunglasses (with nose-protection if possible)
- Ski goggles, high degree of UV-protection (also protects from wind)
- Buff / Scarf
- Baseball cap
- Warm beanie
- Balaclava or face-mask (wind-stopper or neoprene), nice to have
- Sun cream, protection factor 50
- Lip-protection, protection factor 50
- Backpack approximately 60 l
- Rain cover for the backpack
- Climbing harness, light
- Ice Axe, light
- Telescopic sticks
- Crampons with anti-balling
- 1 carabiner (snapping carabiner)
- 3 HMS carabiners (locking carabiners)
- Ascender (Jümar)
- Descender (8er recommended)
- Helmet (recommended)
- 5 meters accessory chord with a diameter of 7 mm
- Sling 120 cm / Dyneema
- Compression bags for down equipment
- Drinking bottle with large opening (Nalgene)
- Thermos bottle
- Peeing bottle / plastic bags
- Headlamp (including replacement batteries), plus a small reserve headlamp
- Pocket knife or multitool
- Lighter with flint stone
- Departure letter by K&P (includes the finalised information)
- 2 travel bags 90-110 l (waterproof, available at K&P for a discount price)
- Cash for personal use and tips
- Credit card (MasterCard or Visa)
- Copy of the passport
- 2 passport photographs
- Small travelling pharmacy (personal medication / compeed)
- Writing material
- Toilet case, washbag
- Towel (microfibre cloth)
- Hand disinfectant gel (50 ml)
- Tissues, wet wipes
- Photographic equipment
Expedition pharmacy for the Base Camp and the high camps, radios, GPS and maps are carried by the mountain guide of K&P.
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