Climb amongst the Himalayan giants


Sitting as it does, in the shadows of its more famous partners, Nuptse receives a relatively low number of ascents, and yet, Nuptse is the perfect ascent for those looking for sub 8,000m climb in a premier neighbourhood!

Sitting adjacent to the world's highest mountain, Mount Everest and the world's fourth highest mountain Mount Lhotse, Nuptse offers sustained climbing, never too complicated or difficult, but challenging nonetheless due to its high altitude. 

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Difficulty Level High ?
Fitness Level High ?
Duration 42 days
Elevation 7,861M / 25,790FT
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Torches guide the way as dawn approaches - Guy Cotter

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The challenge of the task ahead becomes apparent in the early morning light - Guy Cotter

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Wind swirls snow around climbers as they continue towards the ridge - Guy Cotter

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An outstanding, and rarely photographed perspective of Everest and Lhotse - Guy Cotter

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Views from the ridge across into the Tibetan Plateau - Guy Cotter

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A short break before the climb continues - Guy Cotter

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Nuptse from Everest Camp 3 - Suze Kelly

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Nuptse as seen from Chhukung Ri - Suze Kelly

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High above the Khumbu Glacier - Billi Bierling

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Climbing steep fixed lines high on Nuptse - Billi Bierling

From Apr 08 to May 19, 2019
Departs from Kathmandu, Nepal
$29,800 USD $
  • Overview

    • Climb amongst the Himalayan giants
    • Enjoy the facilities and relative luxury of the AC Everest Base Camp
    • Combine with ascents of Everest and Lhotse to complete the 'Triple Crown'

    The Nuptse climb is operated alongside our Everest Expedition and therefore climbers can enjoy the associated infrastructure of our legendary Base Camp support. Climbers also have the option of climbing Nuptse as an add-on to Everest and Lhotse to complete the 'Triple Crown'.

  • Why AC?

    Choosing a Provider

    It is very important to us that the climbers who join our team have expectations that are compatible with the program we offer and the style of expedition that we run. We don’t want to merely ‘fill our expedition’ but instead we want a team membership of companionable people who are focused on reaching the summit in good style with the highest level of support and safety standards as can be provided by a guiding service on Nuptse accompanied by the best standards of food and equipment that is attainable.

    If you are serious about being successful on an ascent in the high Himalaya - and you want an environment that gives you the best chance of attaining that goal in a relaxed team atmosphere or private expedition - then Adventure Consultants is the perfect choice.

    Small Teams

    We are constantly developing and evolving our operational systems to ensure you participate in the best expedition available. We figure our expedition members do not deserve anything less! In the interests of giving you the most optimal chance to summit, we limit our team size to ensure the group summits on the best weather day; sometimes there is only one summit day! Large teams offering cheap climbs often miss out as they split their groups over several potential summit days.

    Highly Qualified Western Guides

    Our guides are seasoned professionals who are trained and assessed through the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations (IFMGA) resulting in a greater repertoire of skills that enables them to provide a dedicated level of security to you during the expedition. The guide’s contribution is predominantly around making decisions to keep you safe and healthy and to avoid a mishap. This is based on years of firsthand experience on the mountain and is in contrast to startup operators looking to learn the ropes at your expense or locally-led groups which are wanting of preventative strategies and backup contingency in case of a mishap.

    Advanced Communication and Weather Forecasting

    For two decades we have been at the forefront of providing the most current communications systems for our expeditions. These deliver comprehensive weather forecasts which enable us to plan our ascent around favourable weather. Additional meteorological interpretation provided by veteran Everest guides through our head office in New Zealand helps manage the decision-making process.

    Our WiFi data connection allows you to keep in touch with sponsors, business, friends and family via email, social media accounts or blog throughout the expedition from the comfort of your tent or our Base Camp lounge.

    Well Appointed Base Camp Facilities

    The comfortable Base Camp environment and the quality of food provided by AC is legendary.

    Our cooks are regarded as the best in the business, providing wholesome and appetising meals with an agreeable array of menus to suit all your food requirements. The meals you are served on the mountain are also of the highest standard and designed to sustain you for the rigours of the ascent. For those with specific needs - we can cater to special dietary requirements.

    Dedicated Base Camp Doctor

    In line with our objectives to ensure you receive the best possible level of care while you are on the expedition, we provide a dedicated Base Camp doctor who is there specifically to ensure the wellbeing of the team members. We have had it confirmed time and again that this consistently makes a crucial contribution to the success rate and well-being of our team members.

  • Payment Conditions


    The price of your trip includes the following:

    • 1:4 Western Guide ratio and 1:1 Sherpa/Guide to climber ratio on summit day
    • Personal sleeping tent in Base Camp
    • Sleeping bag carried on the mountain 
    • Nepalese government royalty fees
    • All expedition organisational requirements
    • All climbing and trekking permits
    • Airport transfers
    • Air transport in Nepal
    • All team equipment 
    • All expedition staff including Sherpa support
    • Breakfast, lunch and dinner ex Kathmandu
    • All supplies necessary to make a safe and strong bid for the summit
    • Medical services from our Expedition Base Camp Doctor
    • Base Camp e-mail and satellite phone facilities
    • Internet dispatch page that is updated daily by guides and Base Camp staff, and semi-hourly on summit day
    • dZi Foundation support for their “revitalize a village” programme – likely to include support for a Nepalese child’s education for a year


    The price of your trip does not include:

    • Air travel to and from Nepal 
    • Bottled oxygen or ‘Max Ox’, ‘Additional Sherpa’, ‘Personal Sherpa', or personal tent on the mountain
    • Hotel accommodation and meals in Kathmandu 
    • Nepalese airport entry visas
    • Extras on the trek in/out such as extra meals, bottled drinks, showers and laundry
    • Personal clothing and equipment 
    • Personal Insurance/ Trip Cancellation Insurance/Medical Evacuation Insurance 
    • Actual satellite phone calls and e-mail costs
    • Gratuities for guides, Base Camp staff and Sherpa staff

    Account Information

    All payments should be made by bank transfer to the following bank and account:

    Bank of New Zealand
    Offshore Branch
    1 Willis Street
    New Zealand

    for the account of Adventure Consultants Limited

    Account # 1000-594771-0000
    Account Type: US Dollars
    Swift Address: BKNZNZ22

    Note: All bank transfer charges are for the remitter's account.

    We can also accept your deposit by credit card (Visa, Mastercard or Amex), and your balance payment by credit card plus a 3% credit card fee.


    A non-refundable deposit of US$5000 is payable to secure a place on the expedition.


    The balance is payable in two equal installments; the first on 20 October 2018 and the second on 20 January 2019.

    Cancellation & Refund Policy

    An expedition member may cancel his/her participation on the following basis:

    A) prior to 20 January 2019 then on the basis of a 50% refund of the 20 October 2018 balance payment

    B) after 20 January 2019 but before departure to the mountain from Kathmandu then on the basis of no refund of any monies paid.

    Trip Cancellation Insurance

    Team members should take out private insurance if they wish to be covered against cancellation due to medical or personal reasons. This is called Trip Cancellation Insurance and can be obtained from your normal travel agent.

  • Trip Notes

    NuptseThe Expedition Trip Notes provide detailed information and background for Adventure Consultants' Nuptse Expedition.

    You can view the trip notes online by clicking the image or download a pdf by clicking the following link:

    Nuptse Expedition Trip Notes


    With technology constantly evolving, Adventure Consultants have kept abreast of all the new techniques and equipment advancements - encompassing the latest in weather forecasting facilities, equipment innovations and communications systems.

    Guy CotterGuy Cotter, CEO / Mountain & Ski Guide

    The 2019 expedition is being organised by Guy Cotter, director of Adventure Consultants and a veteran of 26 years of Everest expedition guiding and organisation.

    Caroline Blaikie croppedCaroline Ogle, Operations Manager

    Caroline is has worked in Nepal as part of our operations and logistics team on a regular basis since 2009. She is the AC Operations Manager and plays an integral part in the planning and operation of our international Expeditions each year. This year she will be in Nepal overseeing operations.

    Our Guides

    Nuptse is not the place to be with an organisation that is ‘learning the ropes’, there is too much at stake for that. Adventure Consultants expedition staff, along with the operations and logistics team at the head office in New Zealand, provide the highest level of backup and support to the climbing team in order to maximise your chances of success. This is coupled with a very strong expedition guiding team and Sherpa contingent, who, you will come to see, are second-to-none in the industry.

    Our international guiding staff are the best in the industry. You will find the Adventure Consultants mountain guides companionable and strong expedition leaders with considerable abilities and a willingness to see you achieve your goals. The number of guides is determined by the team size but the normal ratio of guides to members is 1:4.


    Our group of climbing Sherpas is enthusiastic, motivated and regarded as the strongest and most cohesive group of Sherpas in the Mt Everest region. They have dozens of 8000m summits between them.

    Our cooking staff are very well known for the quality of the cuisine they produce and are coveted by other team leaders due to the reputation they have established. We have been developing the personnel within our Sherpa team for 18 years and they are an integral part of the Adventure Consultants Team.

    Da Jangbu everest 2014 photosDa Jangbu Sherpa, Climbing Sidar

    Da Jangbu Sherpa, our Expedition and Climbing Sirdar, has summitted Everest an impressive 13 times and brings with him considerable knowledge and experience. As a consequence of his leadership, we have a legendary group of Climbing Sherpas who operate in a harmonious atmosphere of cooperation and commitment to the expedition.

    Base Camp Support Team

    Anthea Fisher portrait by Mark AyreAnthea Fisher, Base Camp Manager

    Anthea is a dedicated outdoors professional with her roles taking her to some of the furthest, coldest corners of the globe. She works as a field guide and in managing logistics for the Australian Antarctic Division and now as Everest Base Camp Manager for AC in 2015, 2016 and 2017. She also assists at the AC office with expedition logistics.


    Sophie WallaceSophie Wallace, Expedition Doctor

    Sophie is returning to Everest Base Camp as our Expedition Doctor for the second time, having previously worked at Base Camp in 2014 and 2017. Sophie is an experienced emergency and intensive care physician, currently working in Australia. Originally from the United Kingdom, Sophie has a passion for the outdoors and has trekked, travelled, dived and worked in remote high altitude locations around the world. This experience is invaluable in her role as our dedicated Expedition Doctor for our climbers and Sherpa team.

    Head Office Support Team

    Running successful journeys and expeditions is more about experience, knowledge and strategic management than any other factors. As an organisation, we place a substantial amount of time and resources into ensuring our trips are well planned and supported. You can be assured that the AC staff will provide you with friendly advice and knowledgeable support throughout the planning stages of your trip and we will be there to provide backup while the trip is running

    Amelia Crofut-BrittinghamAmelia Crofut-Brittingham, Client Liaison

    Amelia has been with Adventure Consultants since October 2017 in the role of Client Liaison for European and Himalayan Operations. Having spent many years working in the ski industry, Amelia brings a wealth of experience to her role. 


    AC Team 2016 Landscape

    Your Health

    AC provides a dedicated doctor for the whole team as standard. Most other teams use a generic medical provider whilst our doctor is there primarily for you and your teammates. The doctor will monitor your overall health throughout the expedition and our medical equipment and provisions are there to provide for your healthcare needs.

    Ample resources will be on call to support each and every climber, not just the first team or fittest members. Remember, this is an expedition led by guides whose job it is to look after your interests. This should not be confused with a "professionally led" expedition where often you may be buying a place in a team with fewer support services and led by climbers who are attempting the summit primarily for themselves. There are also “Sherpa led” expeditions where you are placed in the hands of a Sherpa for the climb. This can seem alluring, especially when some expedition operators will encourage completely inexperienced climbers to join so they can fill their available spaces, but too often these expeditions have over 20 members! Most Sherpas are not trained in medical techniques and are often reluctant to act effectively in situations requiring urgency. This is where the skills and experience of your western guide become invaluable. Too often expedition members find out the deficiencies of their guides/operators when things begin to go wrong which is usually too late.

    What You Carry

    We have the luxury of a strong Sherpa team that will carry all the team equipment and food on the mountain. They will also carry your sleeping bag for you between camps on camp-move days. This will leave you with a lighter load on our camp-move day but it is still worth keeping your equipment to the necessities only.

    Ensure your backpack is large enough to fit all your gear into as well as cameras, mittens, food, water bottles and glasses/goggles etc. Generally, a pack of around 80 litres will carry all your kit. On the most part, we will be able to carry a good portion of our gear ahead to a higher camp, to be followed by another small load when we move up to stay at that camp.

    When you leave Camp 3 you will be wearing down clothing in your pack. As it often warms up during this day you may have to strip down and stow down gear in your pack.

    Additional Sherpa support is available should you want all your gear carried on camp move days. This is an additional cost so please enquire early if you want this facility to give us enough time to arrange the hire of the extra Sherpas.

    What It Takes

    No climb at very high altitudes is ‘easy’. We are operating in an extreme environment that we need to treat with respect and caution. However, to be successful, we must also know when to ‘push’, and when not to.

    Prospective members on this expedition must be robust and prepared for the rigours of altitude; essentially come prepared for hard work and physical output. However, we must also know not to push too hard but operate at the level just below our aerobic threshold so we can save our energy for the summit attempt. In other words, we must ease our way up the route leaving our reserves for when we need them. See our Fitness Training Programs for information on how we can help you prepare for the expedition.

    Appropriate prerequisites would be ascents of peaks such as Denali or Aconcagua. Strong technical climbers who are used to lugging big loads into remote locations would find the transition to high altitude eminently doable. Climbers must be confident on crampons and be conversant with snow and ice techniques. Rope skills such as rappelling, belaying and ascending ropes are imperative skills also.

    On this climb, we carry our own personal gear between camps, with sleeping bags carried by our Sherpa team on camp move days. Additional Sherpa support is available for those who desire it but at all times we will carry our own kit for each day such as a jacket, water camera etc. On summit day we will climb with the support of our Guides and Sherpas. We are running this as an oxygenless climb but some climbers may elect to use bottled oxygen for an additional cost.


    AC will import western food for the expedition and supplement this with fresh and dried Nepalese products. Our expeditions are renowned for the quality of the food and the expertise of our cooks. Fresh food is transported up the Khumbu Valley throughout the expedition and we try as much as possible to provide fresh vegetables with every main meal. We bring a variety of foods and snack foods to cater to most tastes however if you have specific needs or a favourite snack food / treat for the trekking days or high on the mountain, we recommend you bring some with you.

    We highly recommend reading Mark Twight’s book, Extreme Alpinism – Climbing Light, Fast and High for ideas about nutrition for mountaineering (as well as a myriad of advice on training and mental fortitude etc.).

    It is a good idea to try out different snacks, energy bars and gels during your training. It can be difficult to stomach certain foods at high altitude so finding something that suits you is very important. Once you find what works for you we suggest you bring a supply with you to supplement the snacks that we provide.

    Oxygen & Sherpa Support

    Many climbers will climb Nuptse without the use of oxygen, but for those who would prefer to use oxygen, we do have an oxygen package available for the ascent.

    Climbers wanting oxygen would adopt our standard Expedition Oxygen Package that provides you with 2-3 litres of oxygen per minute for the summit day above Camp 3 and 0.5 litres per minute for sleeping at Camp 3 before leaving. This is sufficient for an ascent of Nuptse although we can arrange for a Max Ox option should you want that option (4 litres per minute climbing and 1 litre per minute sleeping).

    Another service we can offer is ‘Additional Sherpa Support’ or a ‘Personal Sherpa’. Additional Sherpa Support enables climbers to forego the carrying of heavy packs on `camp carry’ days which is often very debilitating at high altitude. For some climbers, the long climb with a pack up to the top camp can leave them too exhausted for summit day and hence this service greatly enhances your summit opportunity. The Personal Sherpa option is for a personal Sherpa to climb with you throughout the expedition, starting from Base Camp, all the way to the summit and back again. Please enquire should you be interested in rates.

    We are also able to offer Privately Guided Expeditions where you have the services of a top AC Western Guide, as well as your own Sherpa support team to work exclusively with you on the expedition to ensure your needs are best met. Adventure Consultants have been fortunate to work with many privately guided groups over the years with exceptional results.

    You may also like to talk to us about other options such as the Triple Crown - an Everest-Lhotse-Nuptse combo climb, personal communication systems, or the provision of a personal tent on the mountain.

    For more information, please contact us for details.

  • Itinerary

    1 Arrive in Kathmandu
    2 Kathmandu preparations
    3 Fly to Lukla
    4-13 Trek to Base Camp
    14-28 Establish camps and acclimatise
    29-36 Summit Climb Period
    37 Clean up and depart Base Camp
    38-40 Trek to Lukla
    41 Fly from Lukla back to Kathmandu
    42 Depart Kathmandu

    We congregate in Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, where we meet for a team briefing, gear checks and last-minute purchases before flying by fixed-wing into Lukla Airport in the Khumbu Valley. We trek the delightful approach through the Sherpa homelands via the Khumbu Valley, enjoying Sherpa hospitality in modern lodges with good food, and all the while being impressed by the spectacular scenery of the incredible peaks of the lower Khumbu.

    On the way, we trek over the Kongma La, a high pass (5,535m) with exceptional views of Ama Dablam, Makalu and the hundreds of other amazing peaks in the region. This gives us a bit of an acclimatisation advantage heading to Base Camp when we arrive the next evening.

    Our Base Camp is very well appointed with a high level of comfort including your own walk-in sleeping tents with comfortable beds, high-quality food, a heated dining tent with chairs and couches and Wi-Fi access. We have our own dedicated doctor who is there to ensure your health and well-being on the expedition.

    By the time we first arrive at Base Camp at the foot of the Khumbu Icefall, a route will already be established with ropes and ladders through to Camp 1. Our strong Sherpa team will be busily involved in ferrying loads of equipment up the mountain.

    We do two forays into the lower Khumbu Icefall for ladder training and familiarisation before moving to Camp 1 (5,900m). After a couple of nights at Camp 1, we move to Camp 2 (6,400m) for several nights’ acclimatisation with a foray to the Nuptse Camp 3 (6,800m) thrown in to push our acclimatisation. Our Camp 2 is like an Advanced Base Camp and is set up along with cook tents, dedicated cooks, a heated dining tent with tables and chairs. We utilise shared sleeping tents on the mountain.

    At the end of this phase, we return to Base Camp to rest up then do one more rotation on the mountain to sleep at Camp 3. Then we again drop back to Base Camp where we await a weather window in which to make our summit bid. When we do so, we move up through to Camp 2 for a couple of nights then make our summit bid after a night at Camp 3. It’s a long day and the group is likely to descend to Camp 3 after the climb. The following day you would return to Base Camp.

  • Add Ons

    We offer a range of additional service options to complement our comprehensive array of expedition inclusions. These service options enable you to customise your expedition to your own specifications and can greatly increase your comfort and summit chances. Please contact us for current pricing and to discuss your specific needs.

    Triple Crown

    Climb three of the world’s highest peaks - Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse in one expedition! Contact our office for more information.

    Many climbers will climb Nuptse without the use of oxygen, but for those who would prefer to use oxygen, we do have an oxygen package available for the ascent.

    Climbers wanting oxygen would adopt our standard expedition package that provides you with 2-3 litres of oxygen per minute for the summit day above Camp 3 and 0.5 litres per minute for sleeping at Camp 3 before leaving. This is sufficient for an ascent of Nuptse although we can arrange for a Max Ox option should you want that option (4 litres per minute climbing and 1 litre per minute sleeping).

    Other services we have on offer are Private Guide, a personal tent as far as Camp 2 (on the mountain), Triple Crown (Nuptse-Lhotse-Everest combo) climb, and Communications requests (for an individual computer with a broadband connection or sat phone).

    All of the additional services must be pre-arranged as each service requires a comprehensive preparation period. Please contact our office for further information and costs.

    Additional Sherpa support enables climbers to forego the carrying of heavy packs on 'camp carry’ days which is often very debilitating at high altitude. For some climbers, the long climb with a pack up to the top camp can leave them too exhausted for summit day and hence this service greatly enhances your summit opportunity. The Personal Sherpa option is for a personal Sherpa to climb with you throughout the expedition, starting from Base Camp, all the way to the summit and back again. Please enquire should you be interested in rates.

    We offer Privately Guided Expeditions where you have the services of a top Adventure Consultants western guide as well as your own Sherpa support team to work exclusively with you on the expedition to ensure your needs are best met. AC has been fortunate to work with many privately guided groups over the years with exceptional results.

  • Travel & Rescue Insurance

    Adventure Consultants recommends the following travel insurance and rescue insurance options, although this is only just a start! Once you book on a trip with AC, your Client Liaison will help you by sending through advice on your options;

    • Travel insurance
    • Trip interruption
    • Trip cancellation
    • Medical Evacuation and Rescue Insurance


    Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance Logo webRipCord is the leading medical evacuation program offering elite evacuation and rescue services. With their new partnership with TravelEx, they can also now provide the benefits of a traditional travel insurance product with their just released, RipCord Rescue Travel Insurance™. This is specifically designed for the adventure enthusiast with unique trip cancellation/interruption, medical expense, sporting equipment and other coverage benefits to protect your financial investment.

    RipCord is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, an elite team of special operations veterans, Stanford Medicine affiliate physicians, paramedics, nurses, former intelligence officers and other medical/security experts comprising the most experienced team in the industry. They will rescue you from the field wherever your emergency occurs and evacuate you to your home country hospital of choice.

    RipCord rescues you from the field if you have an emergent medical condition that will result in significant permanent injury and/or death, but does not require hospitalisation.

    RipCord are proud to partner with Adventure Consultants to provide RipCord’s industry leading rescue, evacuation and travel insurance coverage to its clients.

    Adventure Consultants can also assist with purchasing polar cover for Antarctic expeditions and if interested in this, please contact RipCord directly for a specialised quote.


    Global Rescue SnipAdventure Consultants also recommends the rescue evacuation and security membership/services provided by Global Rescue, which provides transport from the point of illness/injury back to your home countries hospital of your choice. TotalCare provides real-time access to medical information and coming soon, this includes urgent card and speciality consultations from some of the world’s health physicians at the Elite Medical Group and John Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore.

    Recently Global Rescue has released a new travel insurance product, the Signature Travel Insurance option. This has no height limitation and gives comprehensive cover for trip cancellation/interruption, medical and dental expenses, delays, lost luggage as well as optional add-ons to ‘cancel or interrupt for any reason. This is currently only available to US Residents.

    Click here to find out more about this insurance cover which covers climbing and is thus suitable for many of our expeditions.

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AC provided a great experience, which I would not hesitate in recommending to friends. Based on my experience, AC's reputation as a premium guiding company is consistent with the high level of service they provide.
Mont Blanc Ascent 2016

John Riley
Kai Zinn

I thought it was a great trip and from my observations, our trip was better organized than some of the other groups we met on the mountain.
Cho Oyu, 2016

Kai Zinn
Claudia Lopez

I have always recommended AC… Specially to people looking to climb the bigger peaks. Knowledge, logistics and experience are the paramount of my recommendation along with the importance of the great Sherpa Team. AC excels and I won’t go climbing with anyone else.
Lhotse, 2016

Claudia Lopez