Mount Everest

2016: Mount Everest March - May

Niels van Buren on the summit of Mount Everest

Niels has reached the summit of Mount Everest on May 20th 2016! This video made by Metro Nieuws gives an impression of this special moment.

Mount Everest

Mount Everest, or Chomolungma is the highest mountain in the world. The mountain is 8,848 meters high and is located in the Himalayas on the border of Nepal and Tibet. The roof of the world attracts experienced mountaineers. Everest has a complicated and hard road to the top, but in comparison with other eight-thousand meter mountains it is a relatively easy climb. However, the ascent has enough dangers such as altitude sickness and harsh weather conditions.


Climbing Mount Everest requires a lot of preparation. The following video of Haarlem105 gives an impression of how Niels van Buren has prepared himself:

The climb

The animation below gives a nice impression of the Mount Everest climb. This map of Mount Everest shows which route Niels has followed (southern route). Meanwhile Niels has managed to summit Mount Everest. This makes him the first man with MS in the world who has stood on the roof of the world!

Source: Wikipedia


09-04: Arrival in Kathmandu usually early evening. Transfer to hotel close to the famous, bustling Thamel district of Kathmandu. Generally we spend two days in Kathmandu completing final preparation and gear checks before taking our flight to Lukla. 

10-04: Morning briefing after which the rest of the day is free for you to enjoy the wonders of Kathmandu. Sightseeing tours can be arranged and would include visiting the temples of Bodnath, Swayambhunath (The Monkey Temple), Pashupatinath and Durbar Square. Simply wandering around the huge array of shops, markets, cafes, bars and restaurants in Thamel is a fascinating experience.

11-04: Early in the morning we transfer to the airport for a spectacular and breathtaking flight to the Sherpa village of Lukla (2800m). After lunch we can do the short walk along the typically stony path that descends from the forested terraces of Lukla. This takes us right into the Dudh Kosi (‘river of milk’) valley and the brightly painted lodges of Phakding (2610m). From here there are stunning views of Kusum Kanguru’s North Face (6367m). Along the trail are mani stone walls, brightly decorated with coloured paints. Buddhists hold these sacred and you must, as a sign of respect, pass these in a clockwise direction.

12-04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m). We trek into the Sherpa capital and heart of the Khumbu. You will now be becoming familiar with local protocol for passing chortens, mani stones, yaks, spinning prayer wheels etc and enjoying the hustle and bustle of trekking and everyday life that exists on the ‘Everest Trail’. At Monjo we enter Sagarmartha National Park and can visit the small visitor centre there. Here the track starts to rise up the famous Namche Hill, the first big ascent and time to drop down a gear and take a slow and steady pace. 4-5 hrs duration.

13-04: Acclimatisation/Rest Day in Namche Bazaar. It is important to have a couple of nights and a rest day in Namche before proceeding any higher. You can spend the day taking short walks up to Thami or Khumjung, visiting the Everest, Ama Dablam and Pumori viewpoints or just relaxing and exploring the narrow streets of this busy Sherpa capital.

14-04: Namche Bazaar to Debouche (3800m). Heading north east up the side of the Dudh Kosi, we climb steeply out of Namche where the mountain views start to open up and become more dramatic, with superb views of Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse. 5-6 hrs duration.

15-04: Debouche to Dingboche (4358m). A good day walking through beautiful rhododendron trees that gradually takes us back to the river and into Pangboche, a great viewpoint for Ama Dablam. On leaving the village we turn up the Imja valley to reach the lovely and picturesque village of Dingboche. 6-7hrs duration. 

16-04: Acclimatisation/Rest day at Dingboche. An acclimatisation day spent absorbing the views around camp and relaxing. Optional short trek to Chhukung (4730m) were we will be rewarded withviews of Island Peak and Baruntse. 

17-04: Dingboche Dzongla (4,830m). Today we reach the start of the Cho La pass; close to our high camp of Lobuje. Good views of Cholatse (6335m) North Face.

18-04: Climb to Lobuche East high camp and practice climbing techniques. 

19-04: Climb to the summit of Lobuche East (6119 metres/20,075 feet) and back down to the village of Lobuche. 

20-04: A short day up the Khumbu glacier takes us to the rocky outpost of Gorak Shep, with three cosy teahouses at 5,160 metres. Optional trek up to Trek up Kala Patar (5,545 metres) with sunset, here we can have some great views on the route we are going to climb! 

21-04: Walk to Everest Base Camp 5300m. 

22-04: Rest Day Everest Base Camp.

23-04: Rest Day Everest Base Camp.

24-04: Cross the Khumbu Glacier to camp 1 5900 metres.

25-04: Climb to camp 2 at 6400m, here we will have a full kitchen setup.

26-04: Rest in camp 2.

27-04: Walk to the bottom of the Lothse Face 6800m and return to camp 2.

28-04: Rest in camp 2.

29-04: Climb to camp 3 at 7200 metres and sleep.

30-04: Descent to camp 2.

01-05: Descent to Base Camp.

02-05: Rest in Base Camp.

03-05: Walk to Dingboche 4530m or fly with helicopter (optional) to Namche 3400m for final rest.

04-05: Rest Dingboche 4530m or Namche 3400m.

05-05: Rest Dingboche 4530m or Namche 3400m.

06-05: Rest Dingboche 4530m or Namche 3400m.

07-05: Rest Dingboche 4530m or Namche 3400m.

08-05: Walk to Lobuche village or from Namche fly per helicopter to Base Camp (optional).

09-05: Walk to Base Camp or spare day for flying.

10-05: Rest in Base Camp; waiting for weather.

11-05: Rest in Base Camp; waiting for weather.

12-05: Climb to camp 2.

13-05: Rest in camp 2.

14-05: Climb to camp 3 at 7200m in Lothse Face.

15-05: Climb to South col 7950 Metres; if you're early it’s possible to start summit attempt same night.

16-05: Rest on the South Col or Attempt Everest if you arrived early previous day.

17-05: Attempt summit of Everest 8848 Metres.

18-05: Attempt summit of Everest 8848 Metres.

19-05: Attempt summit of Everest 8848 Metres.

20-05: Attempt summit of Everest 8848 Metres.

21-05: Attempt summit of Everest 8848 Metres.

22-05: Return South Col 7950 Metres.

23-05: Return Camp 3 7200 Metres.

24-05: Return Camp 2 6400 Metres.

25-05: Rest in Camp 2.

26-05: Return to Base Camp; if we are lucky we fly per helicopter to Kathmandu the same day.

27-05: Rest in Base Camp/Packing; fly per Helicopter to Kathmandu.

28-05: Walk to Pangboche 4000m (optional).

29-05: Walk to Namche 3400m (optional).

30-05: Walk to Lukla 2840m (optional).

31-05: Fly to Kathmandu in the morning and relax at the pool side of a nice hotel.

01-06: Fly home.

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