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Raising Prayer Flags over Everest Base CampRaising Prayer Flags over Everest Base CampUPDATED: March 23 Welcome to the 2019 edition of Alan Arnette’s annual coverage of the Everest climbing season. I try to provide insight and interpretation of the activities ranging from routes to weather to the challenge and reward of climbing Everest.

It’s based on my own three Everest attempts and my 2011 summit plus my climbing experiences of a K2 summit in 2014, Manaslu in 2013 and 30+ more peaks around the world. My reporting uses my own research, sources, and public information.


LATEST HEADLINE: Icefall Doctors putting in route on Nepal side

See all the Everest 2019 posts here


Latest News: 22 March 2019 (Everest time: GMT+5:45)

Current Headlines

  • Could be record year on both sides for foreign summits.
  • My early estimate shows over 350 members with 340 Sherpas on Nepal side and 185 members with 150 Sherpas on the Tibet side for total of 500 members/590 Sherpas. Expect these numbers to grow by 25% when the climbing begins in mid April.
  • 2018 was record year with 396 members/406 support, totaling 802 summits by all climbers, all routes.
  • The Icefall Doctors have begun to build the route to Camp 2 on the Nepal side.
  • IMG is already building their base camp on the Nepal side
  • Lhotse is projected to have over 100 attempts

Previous Headlines

  • February 27, 2019, an Air Dynasty helicopter carrying Tourism Minister Rabindra Adhikari and six other people crashed killing all onboard while flying in a snowstorm.

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South Col Route (map)

locations are for the majority of each team, individuals may be higher or lower

Everest only TEAMS
(324 members/14 western guides)
EBC
C1
C2
C3
C4 S.Col
Summits (foreigners/Sherpas)
Fixed Line Progress
Facebook for AC TwitterforAC  Adventure Consultants
Facebook for AAI  Alpine Ascents Int.(18/3)
Facebook for IMG Asian Trekking (27)
Facebook for AT Twitter for AAI  Ascent Himalayas
Alpine Sherpa Guide
Facebook for AAI Twitter for AAI  Benegas Brothers
Facebook for CTTS  CTTS – Mike Hamill (14/5)
Facebook for IMG Himex
Facebook for IMG Himalayan Guides
Facebook for IMG IMG Classic Team (22/0)
Imagine Nepal (10/0)
Facebook for IMG Twitter for PF  Jagged Globe
Facebook for MT Twitter for PF  Madison Mountaineering (20/5)
Facebook for MT Mountain Professionals
Satori Adventures (12/0)
Facebook for SC Twitter for PF  Summit Climb  (7/1)
Facebook for SC Twitter for PF Seven Summits Treks (60/0)
others – see below (est 126+)
SOUTH TOTAL (est)

Northeast Ridge Route (map)

locations are for the majority of each team, individuals may be higher or lower

TEAMS
(174 members/17 western guides)
CBC
ABC
C1 N.Col
C2
C3
Summits (foreigners/Sherpas)
Fixed Line Progress
Facebook for AG Twitterfor AG  360 Expeditions (5/1)
Facebook for AG Twitterfor AG  Alpenglow (6/3)
Facebook for AT Twitter for AAI  Adventure Peaks(8/1)
Facebook for AT Twitter for AAI 7 Summits Treks/Arnold Coster (10/1)
Climbalaya(20/0)
Facebook for IMG Twitter for PF  Furtenbach Adventures (15/4)
Facebook for SC Twitter for PF  Kobler & Partner (10/2)
Satori Adventures (20/0)
Facebook for SC Twitter for PF  Summit Climb (10/1)
Facebook for SC Transcend Adventures (30/0)
Facebook for SC  7 Summits Club (30/4)
others (est)
NORTH TOTAL (est)
LEGEND T/D=Trek/Driving to BC, K=Kathmandu, La=Lhasa, Lo=Lobuche, e=climb ended, x=last reported location, x+ =on summit bid, -x =descending h=high sleep point, t=touched not slept. Summit number=member/Sherpa. Locations estimated from public websites. Please refer to each expedition’s site for current information. Contact me to add/remove your team from my coverage.

Other Teams

Not providing enough updates to track or comment

TEAMS
(91 members/0 western guides)
Arjun Treks (7-S, 16-N)
Facebook for IMG Twitter for PF Dreamers Destination (8-S/0)
Happy Feet (4-S)
Himalayan Guides
Himalaya Expedition
Himalaya Expedition – Indian Army (12-S/0)
Kaitu Expedition (14-S/0)
Myrmidon Expeditions (9-S)
Glacier Himalaya (4-S)
Pioneer Adventure (17-S)
Summit Nepal Treks (7-S)
Sung Taek Hong on Lhotse (7/0)

I did similar coverage for the 2004,  2005,  2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012201320142015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 seasons. I summited Everest on May 21, 2011, and have attempted Everest three other times – 2002, 2003, 2008 and Lhotse in 2015 and 2016. If you will forgive the self-promotion Outside Magazine posted an extensive interview with me and called me “one of the world’s most respected chronicler of Everest”

I do this coverage for one reason only, raising awareness and funds to find a way to slow, stop or prevent Alzheimer’s Disease. If you visit often and appreciate this site, please consider a donation to an Alzheimer’s nonprofit. 100% goes to them, nothing ever to me. Click this link to understand my personal journey with AD that took Ida Arnette in 2009.
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