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Mt. Everest North Side 2024 Update: The Team Has Arrived in Base Camp

A group of climbers stand in front of the entrance to the airport in Lhasa, Tibet with their luggage on the way to the north side of Mt. Everest.
Climbers stand on a grassy flat looking out at the hilly Tibetan plateau beneath a cloudy sky.
Climbers ascend a brown rocky hill with small mountains in the background on the Tibetan plateau.

As our 2024 Mount Everest North Side Rapid Ascent Expedition begins, we’ll be posting a series of blogs throughout the climb with updates straight from the mountainside.

The Alpenglow Expeditions Sherpa team poses together after crossing the border from Nepal into Tibet.

Flights to Chengdu and Tibet

After over a year of planning, the 2024 Alpenglow Expeditions Mt. Everest North Side Rapid Ascent has arrived in Tibet. Over the course of May 4 – 6, climbers and guides departed from 3 different continents to convene in Chengdu, Sichuan, China. There they spent a few days meeting and organizing before boarding their flight to Lhasa, the administrative capital and cultural center of Tibet.

Meanwhile, our 14-member Sherpa team made preparations to cross the border from Nepal into Tibet and arrive to set up the North Side Base Camp, which is now under way.

A group of climbers ascend a large, rocky hill that has a little snow on it while acclimatizing in Tingri, Tibet.

Traversing the Tibetan Plateau

In Lhasa, our team spent a day exploring the ancient Buddhist establishment, Potala Palace, former home of the Dalai Lama, as well as the Jokhang Monastery, another of Tibet’s most important cultural sites. Later that day, they began the long drive across the Tibetan plateau and stopped in Shigatse.

Then, they departed Shigatse and drove another full day to Shegar, also known as New Tingri, a small town just a few hours outside of Everest Base Camp. As a team, they hiked up a hill outside of town reaching 16,000’/4,877m to continue their natural acclimatization. Our Rapid Ascent team, however, has already spent the last several weeks acclimating at home by sleeping in Hypoxico tents, which allows us to spend significantly less time overall acclimatizing to much higher altitudes on the mountain itself.

Two climbers in front of yellow living tents look up at the North Side of Mt. Everest beyond a shadowy hill.

North Side Everest Base Camp

After some time at the Rongbuk Monastery, the highest monastery in the world, the team opted for some extra fitness and acclimatization by walking a few miles into base camp on the North Side of Mt. Everest at 17,000’/5,182m. Base camp with Alpenglow is fitted with luxurious single and double-occupancy tents, a full kitchen where our professional cook team prepares fresh, healthy meals, and dining tent large enough for the whole team of guides, climbers, staff, and Sherpa, and a lounge tent for rest and recovery.

Over the next few days, the team will continue to rest and acclimatize with short half-day hikes of a few thousand feet while going over basic climbing skills before moving on to Interim Camp and eventually Advanced Base Camp at 21,300’/6,492m.

Stay tuned for further updates as our 2024 Mount Everest North Side team progresses!

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