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Mission Everest Continues!

Yesterday the weather was good up here , we took some rest in Camp 2. Today we departed Camp 2, our Advanced Base Camp, at 7 AM to climb up the Lhotse Face to Camp 3 at nearly 23,500 ft. (7120m) We donned our Down Suits to stay warm in the early morning before the sun arrived on the Lhotse Face at around 9 AM. Climbing up the steep ice was challenging, but our steel crampons held firm as we made our way up the face to Camp 3.

Upon reaching Camp 3 we took a long break and had a snack before making our way down the Lhotse Face, rappelling the steeper line over the blue ice to the base of the Lhotse Face near the Bergschrund. We then made our way back to Camp 2 for dinner and a restful sleep. Our plan is to either descend tomorrow or take a rest day and descend the following day down to Everest base camp, and then take a long rest before embarking on our summit rotation!

Today our climbing sherpas carried loads to the South Col high camp (Camp 4) in preparation for the final rope fixing to the summit of Mount Everest – Our Rope fixing team fixed the rope upto South Col! . Now that all of the essential equipment is in place for the rope fixing (ropes, ice screws, carabiners, oxygen, etc) we are keeping an eye on the weather for an opportunity to fix the final portion of the route up the Triangular Face to the Balcony (27,500 ft / 8335m), then up the south east ridge and over the rock bands to the south summit, along the summit ridge to the top of the world! Stay tuned for updates from our rope fixing team!

Arrived At Camp 1

Today we woke up at 19,400 ft. in the Western CWM at our Camp 1, enjoyed a nice breakfast, and then went on a short hike partway up to Camp 2. We are now back in Camp 1 resting and preparing to spend the night here.

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Paine Big Circuit is the most famous trekking route of Patagonia in Torres Del Paine National Park. Hiking an average of seven hours daily in a circuit covering over hundred kilometers, you’ll encounter Granite Mountains, endless glaciers, turquoise colored lakes, and the most impressive views of the Southern Ice Field. You have the chance to do an ice hike on the Glacier Grey and climb a glacier wall with technical equipment. This adventure will carry you through a windy world of unexpected weather changes, and provide you with a chance to enjoy a variety of wildlife.

Custom Programs

We regularly organize custom programs for private groups. We are happy to accommodate your program dates, as well as other specific requests related to the itinerary, amenities, and group size. Please contact us to find out more about custom programs.

Itinerary

Day 1: Pick up at Punta Arenas airport (PUQ)
Transfer to Puerto natales (2,5 hours) with guide briefing in our office. Welcome dinner at a gourmet restaurant (Cormoran de las Rocas). Overnight Weskar Lodge Superior room or similar.

Day 2-8: Paine Big Circuit

Day 8: Night at our Riverside camp

Day 9: Hike to Estancia Lazo
Overnight Estancia Lazo – Hosteria Mirador del Payne
Farewell dinner Patagonian Lamb in Estancia Lazo

Day 10: Private transfer back to airport

Dates and Costs

Chile Paine Big Circuit: $3,495
Deposit: $700

2018 Departure:
March 8-17

Costs Include:
• All the private transportation indicated in the schedule
• All meals indicated in the schedule (B: breakfast, BL: box lunch, L: Lunch, D: dinner )
• Entrance to Torres del Paine National Park
• 6 nights lodging in basic camping Mountain Hardwear Trango 3.1 (Based on double occupancy)
• Porters to carry the camping gear and the food
• Catamaran to cross Pehoe Lake
• Guide (English-Spanish languages)
• Guide ratio 1:5 guests 

Costs do not Include:
• Any additional nights
• Medical expenses 
• Insurance of any kind 
• Personal expenses
• Sleeping bag and mattress
• Dinner on Day 7
• Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks except the ones include in the menu
• Gratuities for guide & porters

Please inquire for our Cancellation / Refund Guide lines

Gear List
Hiking shoes: comfortable boots or shoes for the trek to base camp.
Wool or synthetic socks: 3 pair
Liner socks: 3 pair
Synthetic Short underwear: A non cotton style underwear.
Lightweight Long Underwear: 1-2 pair longsleve shirt and long pants
Heavyweight long underwear: 1 pair
Short Sleeve Synthetic Shirt: 1-2 pair
Lightweight Nylon Pants: 1-2 pair
Soft Shell jacket: To be worn over other layers
Hard Shell Jacket with hood: A waterproof and breathable shell jacket
Hard Shell Pants: Waterproof and breathable shell pants
Insulated Jacket: Down or Primaloft
Synthetic or wool hat (ski hat).
Baseball Cap or other sun hat: To shade your face / neck from the sun on a hot day.
Bandana or Buff: To protect your neck / face from the sun.
Glacier glasses: Full protection with side covers or wrap around.
Lightweight synthetic liner gloves: For wearing on a hot day.
Soft shell gloves: To wear for moderate cold / wind.
Trekking Backpack: To carry on the trek to base camp. Simple and light.
Sleeping Bag: rated to at least -20°F.
Compression stuff sacks: For reducing volume of the sleeping bag, down parka, etc., in your pack.
Trekking poles: Adjustable
Headlamp: With extra batteries
Sunscreen: SPF 40 or better
Lipscreen: SPF 40 or better (2 sticks).
Water bottles: 2 wide mouth bottles with 1 liter capacity.
Pee bottle: 1 liter minimum bottle for convenience at night in the tent.
Toiletry bag: Include toilet paper and hand sanitizer and small towel.
Knife or multi tool (optional).
Trash compactor bags: to line back pack and stuff sacks in the event of rain or wet snow is falling on us.
Camera: bring extra batteries and memory cards.
Travel Clothes: For days in Kathmandu.
Duffel bags (2) with locks: To transport equipment.
Entertainment Items: Kindle, Ipad, smart phone, etc.
Small personal first aid kit: Include athletic tape, band aids, Ibuprofin, blister care, personal medications, etc.
Medications and Prescriptions: Bring antibiotics (Azithromycin, etc.), and altitude medicine such as Diamox.

We regularly organize custom programs for private groups. We are happy to accommodate your program dates, as well as other specific requests related to the itinerary, amenities, and group size. Please contact us to find out more about custom programs.

Day 1: Pick up at Punta Arenas airport (PUQ)
Transfer to Puerto natales (2,5 hours) with guide briefing in our office. Welcome dinner at a gourmet restaurant (Cormoran de las Rocas). Overnight Weskar Lodge Superior room or similar.

Day 2-8: Paine Big Circuit

Day 8: Night at our Riverside camp

Day 9: Hike to Estancia Lazo
Overnight Estancia Lazo – Hosteria Mirador del Payne
Farewell dinner Patagonian Lamb in Estancia Lazo

Day 10: Private transfer back to airport

Chile Paine Big Circuit: $3,495
Deposit: $700

2018 Departure:
March 8-17

Costs Include:
• All the private transportation indicated in the schedule
• All meals indicated in the schedule (B: breakfast, BL: box lunch, L: Lunch, D: dinner )
• Entrance to Torres del Paine National Park
• 6 nights lodging in basic camping Mountain Hardwear Trango 3.1 (Based on double occupancy)
• Porters to carry the camping gear and the food
• Catamaran to cross Pehoe Lake
• Guide (English-Spanish languages)
• Guide ratio 1:5 guests 

Costs do not Include:
• Any additional nights
• Medical expenses 
• Insurance of any kind 
• Personal expenses
• Sleeping bag and mattress
• Dinner on Day 7
• Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks except the ones include in the menu
• Gratuities for guide & porters

Please inquire for our Cancellation / Refund Guide lines

Hiking shoes: comfortable boots or shoes for the trek to base camp.
Wool or synthetic socks: 3 pair
Liner socks: 3 pair
Synthetic Short underwear: A non cotton style underwear.
Lightweight Long Underwear: 1-2 pair longsleve shirt and long pants
Heavyweight long underwear: 1 pair
Short Sleeve Synthetic Shirt: 1-2 pair
Lightweight Nylon Pants: 1-2 pair
Soft Shell jacket: To be worn over other layers
Hard Shell Jacket with hood: A waterproof and breathable shell jacket
Hard Shell Pants: Waterproof and breathable shell pants
Insulated Jacket: Down or Primaloft
Synthetic or wool hat (ski hat).
Baseball Cap or other sun hat: To shade your face / neck from the sun on a hot day.
Bandana or Buff: To protect your neck / face from the sun.
Glacier glasses: Full protection with side covers or wrap around.
Lightweight synthetic liner gloves: For wearing on a hot day.
Soft shell gloves: To wear for moderate cold / wind.
Trekking Backpack: To carry on the trek to base camp. Simple and light.
Sleeping Bag: rated to at least -20°F.
Compression stuff sacks: For reducing volume of the sleeping bag, down parka, etc., in your pack.
Trekking poles: Adjustable
Headlamp: With extra batteries
Sunscreen: SPF 40 or better
Lipscreen: SPF 40 or better (2 sticks).
Water bottles: 2 wide mouth bottles with 1 liter capacity.
Pee bottle: 1 liter minimum bottle for convenience at night in the tent.
Toiletry bag: Include toilet paper and hand sanitizer and small towel.
Knife or multi tool (optional).
Trash compactor bags: to line back pack and stuff sacks in the event of rain or wet snow is falling on us.
Camera: bring extra batteries and memory cards.
Travel Clothes: For days in Kathmandu.
Duffel bags (2) with locks: To transport equipment.
Entertainment Items: Kindle, Ipad, smart phone, etc.
Small personal first aid kit: Include athletic tape, band aids, Ibuprofin, blister care, personal medications, etc.
Medications and Prescriptions: Bring antibiotics (Azithromycin, etc.), and altitude medicine such as Diamox.

More Climbs

Our climbing team had a wonderful ascent of Haba ‘Snow Mountain’ above the village of Haba in the Yunnan province of China. The climb was only 3 days followed by some sight seeing in the historical city of Lijiang. The summit of Haba is 5,396m or nearly 18,000′ so this was not a small climb by any means!

We hiked from the village of Haba on our first day of the trip through the dense forest and along mountain streams then came to grassy meadows as we approached our base camp. By the afternoon we reached our camp and had a glimpse of the peak.

On summit day we awoke at 3 AM and departed camp around 4 AM for the summit. We climbed up the rocky slopes and gained the glacier just as the sun began to rise, where we roped up and donned crampons. We then climbed the snow and ice slopes  and reached the top at 10:30 AM. We saw only a few other climbers on our ascent, even though it was a holiday weekend in China. At the summit we found the peak marker and savored the moment before heading down to our camp. The next day we hiked down through the lush forest back to the village of Haba, then drove along the scenic ‘Tiger leaping gorge’ back to Lijiang, where we visited the beautiful ‘old town’ that dates back to the 1300’s and enjoyed a traditional Chinese dinner typical of the Yunnan province. It’s been a great adventure with climbers Scott, Florian, Lloyd and Rafael!

To higher places!

Garrett Madison

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To view our climbing team’s exact route to the summit you can view our RainOn mapping platform here!

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Yesterday after meeting up in Shanghai, Garrett climbers flew to Lijiang, a beautiful city in the Yunnan province on the way to Haba Xueshan. Today our team is departing Lijiang and driving to Haba, to organize equipment and prepare for the trek to Haba Xueshan base camp! At an elevation of 17,703ft (5,396m), Haba Xueshan is a beautiful glaciated peak in southern China. Go team!
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Throughout this expedition you can view our team’s location and progress by viewing our RainOn mapping platform here!
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Garrett & team of climbers from Shanghai setting off for Haba.
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Yangtze River
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Team passing by the famous Hu  Tiao Cha ‘Tiger Leaping Gorge’ and Yangtze River located between the Haba Snow Mountain and the Yulong Snow Mountain. With a vertical drop of 3,800 meters the view to the bottom of the Tiger Leaping Gorge is nearly twice as high as the Grand Canyon!
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Fried snakes or sea horses anyone?
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Local woman in traditional dress in Haba.
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