Message from John on the 15th April, 2008:
'I am at Basecamp 6 days now, we have a permit to Camp 2. Army arrived today and laid down new rules: No email, phones or video cameras until the 10th May..."
"There will be army men with us, if caught we will all be sent home.. I plan to go to Camp 1 on Thursday, porters can fix lines to high camp, no climbers above Camp 2, Ice-fall in good condition, Feeling good!"
reports: Niall Foley
Our sincere congratulations go out to Noel & Lynne Hanna who we met en route to Everest Base Camp. They became the first married couple from Ireland to get to the top of Everest together on the 22nd May 2009. We wish Noel & Lynne and the rest of their team a safe descent.
Photo: Sir Edmund Hillary autographs hurley and sliothar for Irish Everest Team, taken in 2004.
Pat Falvey and Clare O’Leary have sent this message regarding Sir Edmund Hillary, from Patriot Hills, where the team are currently setting up their tents after they slept for 4 hours following their flight from the South Pole earlier today:
“It is with great shock to hear that this great icon of adventure has passed away. His contribution to mountaineering was of the scale of Everest itself, in particular his devotion to the Everest region in Nepal where he improved the working conditions for the Sherpa and their families and created numerous educational projects there. Our condolences to his wife June, his family and friends. He will be sadly misssed.”
Trip: Everest Base Camp
Route: Lukla - Namche - Pheriche - Kala Patthar - Basecamp
Date: Land only every year Mar, Apr, Sept, Oct - Group 2016 April 2nd -19th, October 8th to 25th
Duration: 18/19 Days total
Grade: Trekking – Moderate
Price: From €2,150, including internal flights and park fees, fully serviced
This is a journey of a lifetime with passionate experienced guides to a land known as Shan-gri-la where you live amongst the Sherpa community. Experience the magical feeling as you walk amongst the spiritual people of the high Himalaya. Let your mind relax as you step away from the hustle on modern day life. Let your spirit run free in a landscape that once sat at the bottom of the ocean that where thrust upwards to become the abode of the Gods and where the mountains tops touch the heavens. Make your dream a reality with Pat Falvey and his team.
This is an amazing adventure, trekking through the Khumbu valley amongst the indigenous people and the home of Mount Everest, at 8,848m the world’s highest mountain, as well as several other giants. You'll see vistas of these mighty peaks as you trek towards your ultimate goals - Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar.
Everest is one of the world’s most awe-inspiring sights - an exciting adventure into the foothills of the Himalaya. Let this be a dream realised on an adventure of a life-time. Its easy to see why the trek to the base camp of Mount Everest has become one of the most popular trekking routes in the world. Follow in the footsteps of great mountaineers like Hillary & Tenzing on this amazing journey with jaw-dropping Himalayan scenery.
Our adventure first takes us to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, the City of a Thousand Temples, and where every other day is a festival. Kathmandu is home to over 500,000 Nepalese, living a humble life in this vibrant city, the starting point for many expeditions to the Himalaya. It was once a Mecca for the drop-out hippie generation of the 60’s. However, today, Kathmandu has returned to its former ways, a place alive with the traditions and cultures of its many ethnic peoples. While here, we visit some of the famous Temples of the Hindus and Buddha’s. We saunter through the busy streets and markets of the Thamel in the old region of the city and experience at first-hand the hustle, bustle, sights, sounds and smells whilst mixing with the locals of this lively, cultural city.
Each day’s trek is more spectacular then the day before as we make our way deeper into this mountainous wonderland of a Shangri-La. Mountains project like massive pillars from the deep, river-gorged valleys. We make our way along narrow paths etched from the steep hillsides in a mystical world of mountains. This is the heartof the most beautiful and inspiring mountain range in the world, the Himalayas ‘home of the snows’. They stretch in a great arch across Asia, 150 miles wide and 1700 miles long, from Indus in the west to the Brahmaputra in the east. All along the length of the Himalaya, its mountain tops are revered by the people of the valleys below as the place of their gods. You are in a place that for centuries has been the setting for epic feats of exploration and mountain climbing.
From Kathmandu, we fly over the lower foothills of the Himalaya to Lukla (30 minutes), the starting point for our trek. When we land at this impressive airstrip built on the side of a cliff -face, adjoining this small Himalayan village (an exciting adventure in itself!), the adventure really begins. This flight is recognized as one of the most exciting and beautiful in the world, giving us the opportunity to see many of the most famous mountains on this earth, with over 26 mountains above 6000 meters (20,000 feet) including Mt. Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Cho-Oyu, Ama-Dablam and many more.
We trek along the banks of the famous rivers of the Dubh Kosi and Bhote Kosi, surrounded by imposing gorges, with torrent rivers rushing through them as we make our way to the Everest region. While on trek, we stay in villages and live amongst the indigenous people of the area. We visit Namche Bazaar, an amazing village which is the commercial hub of the Khumbu. Namche is an eight-day walk from the nearest road head. Tibetan traders regularly make the dangerous trek across the Tibet/China border to sell their wares to Nepalese entrepreneurs.
On route to our objective of climbing Kala-Patthar and visiting Basecamp, we visit the famous Buddhist monastery at Tengboche and then to Pheriche where we will rest for a day. The dramatic landscape around you changes as you continue to climb higher and higher. By the time you reach Lobuche, the temperature has dropped and you’ll be walking among frozen rivers in an icy wilderness. We make an ascent of Kala-Patthar (5550 meters) for sunrise that is without doubt, for many people the main highlight will be the magnificent views which unfold from the summit of Kala Pattar - the extraordinary ice sculptures of the Khumbu Glacier cascading below, Nuptse, the south-west face of Everest and down on Everest Base Camp itself. From here you make the trek to base camp itself in its dramatic location at the foot of the world’s highest peak.
From here you then descend to Lukla, marveling at what you have achieved and all the while with stunning views and fantastic scenery all around you!
This trek is suitable to all and can be achieved by a beginner/ healthy fit people. You are required to have a good level of fitness prior to departure. You will enjoy your trip a lot more if prepared well. Moderate on good tracks that most fit people should be able for. This trek is Moderate but can be strenuous for some. Most days will require 4 to 6 hours walking excluding acclimatizing days. We recommend that you attend our Free Meet Day to join your group and our experienced guide to go for a preparatory hill-walk. This provides a good opportunity to get any questions answered or concerns that you may have dealt with in relation to the trip. Tips on gear, altitude and conditions will be also covered. We also run fiitness assessment and hill-walking weekends that are ideally suited for those who need a little more preparation. We recommend these options to ensure a good level of understanding of the requirements for the upcoming trek.
We at Pat Falvey Irish and Worldwide Adventures Ltd are one of the world's leading experts in High Altitude trekking in remote regions. We pride ourselves on putting trips together that give the best possible oppurtunity to succeed in the objectives of our clients and expedition teams to these regions.
Acclimatisation, is key to success and it is important that you don't underestimate the time you allow to succeed. Most teams fail because they do not allow enough time or do not get fit before treks or expeditions. We have had thousands of people to altitude and have devised what we consider a winning formula.
It is worth spending a bit extra time to stay safe and achieve your goals. The pace is key to preventing AMS. The group will be monitored by the guides at all times for symptoms of the effects of altitude. Only if these symptoms persist that a person should get advice or will be advised to decend. Our route also includes a briefing on how to notice and deal with AMS. (Acute Mountain Sickness)
Land Only: From €2,050.
Meeting in Kathmandu, trek fully serviced as below, internal flights Kathmandu to Lukla return, Everest National Park fees.
Group Flights from Ireland: From €1,150 euro.
We organise set group flights leaving Ireland or we meet individuals who organise their own flights and pick them up at Kathmandu airport. Prices of flights are fixed on booking - see notes and conditions.
Pricing structure: Land Only : Kathmandu- Base camp - Kathmandu
Inclusions and exclusions:
* Pick up at International airport
* Hotel Accommadation B&B 2 nights (3 or 4*)
* Flights Kathmandu-Lukla- Kathmandu
* Park fee’s for Everest National Park.
* Accommodation on trek fully serviced and all meals.
* Guides, Porters & Cooks
* Price is based on shared rooms/tents, if single accommodation is wanted a supplement applies.
* Flights from Ireland- Kathmandu- Ireland
* Nepal Visa (Can be got upon entry to the country)
* Meals in Kathmandu city.
* Bar Bills & laundry
* Travel Insurance (Important to have)
* Tips for Porters and general hotels. (Tips are optional)
* Meet with group in Ireland.
* Flights organised Ireland- Kathmandu- Ireland.
* All internal pick up and transfers in Kathmandu by our team.
* flight prices fixed on payment of flights.
For those wishing to include a trekking peak as part of the expedition.
Island Peak – 4 days - €700 euro based on six, price includes Mountain Peak fee.
(We also have other options for other expeditions, snow and ice peaks from 6000 metres.) Contact office to talk to Pat Falvey +353 64 6644181)
Island Peak also known as Imja Tse stands at 6189 meters (20,305 feet) and is situated in the heart of the Khumbu region of Nepal at the end of the Dingboche Valley in the Everest region and is one of 18 designated ‘trekking peaks’ in the country. Island Peak from the lower valley looks an intriguing and awesome mountain surrounded by some of the highest mountains in the world. To climb on it offers a great chance to see this part of Nepal and to climb a 6,000 meter mountain. It offers an easy technical, if physically demanding challenge for climbers who wish to progress from trekking and hillwalking to general mountaineering on one of the most attractive high altitude trekking Peaks in the Himalayas.
Climbing techniques required - On the final day of this climb we will be required to use scrambling techniques on a ridge to reach the ice field. We will use crampons and ice axe to cross the crevassed snow and ice field to the 200 meters upper headwall, leading to the mountains inspiring summit. On route we will be roped together and on the headwall, use fixed rope skills. (Jumaring)
A little history on the Mountain - In 1952 the mountain was given the English name of Island Peak by Eric Shipton’s party who were on their way to explore the Barun Gorge. Seen from above Dingboche, which is on our route, we will notice that the mountain does really resemble an island, but an island that’s surrounded in a sea of ice. It was not until 1983 that it received its local name of Imja Tse.
The mountain was first climbed in 1953 by a prestigious team of mountaineers in preparation for an ascent of Mt. Everest. They were Charles Evans, Alf Gregory, Charles Wylie and the famous Tenzing Norgay with a compliment of seven other Sherpa’s who were testing out oxygen apparatus for the climb on Mt. Everest.
The view from the mountain is very impressive giving a grand view of some of the highest mountains in the world. It is when you climb it you can understand why it was given the name Island Peak.
Views from the summit of Island Peak:
As you stand on its summit it is like standing on an Island surrounded on all sides by a deep valley likened to that of a sea. On the far side of the sea a semi-circle of mountainous cliffs rise akin to that of a mainland. To the northwest the summit of Nuptse (7879 meters /25850ft) then the jagged Nuptse/ Lhotse wall impressively curves its path to Lhotse (8501 meters/27890ft) before the ridge turns abruptly for Lhotse Shar a formidable peak at (8393 meters 27,503ft) whose ridge divides the boarder between Nepal and Tibet.
As we pivot on our summit spot on Island Peak and turn clockwise now you begin to feel as if you in the center of an Amphitheater your eyes follow the serrated ridges that surround you to pick up a series of imposing tops. To the east above the broken Lhotse Glacier the snow cone summit of Cho-Polu 6734 meters/22093, peaking over its head in the distance yet another 8000’s Makalu (8475 meters 27805ft) to the southeast we catch the ridges of Baruntse (7720m/25328ft) and then continuing southward we see the high pass that takes you into the Hunku valley before our eyes finally take us back to the spectacular pinnacled mountain of Ama-Dablam 6856m/22,493 which stand as a sentinel to Everest and all it’s surrounding peaks. This is one of the greatest summit views in the world, a sight that will never be forgotten and one that will be hard to beat.
Full refund applies if cancellation is received and acknowledged more than 20 weeks prior to event.
Desposits will not be refunded for cancellations received within 20 weeks.
For bookings made where flights have to be paid for in advance, the flight cost is non-refundable once paid.
Walking and Trekking Guides & Tour Leaders
Pat Falvey - Pat is one of the world's leading adventurers and expedition leaders and has over 70 expeditions to his credit throughout the world including becoming the first person ever to complete the Seven Summits challenge twice including Mt Everest from both Nepal and Tibet. The Himalayas are Pat's spiritual home and he returns there every year to lead expedition and treks.
Gerry Walsh - Gerry is one of our senior tour leaders. He is a co-ordinator for those interested in pursuing walks and treks in other countries. Gerry also leads some of our international treks and safaris to Africa and Nepal. He has a vast experience in Africa and has climbed Kilimanjaro over 10 times.
Ang Rita - Chief trekking manager Nepal
See also our Travel team page
Info on Local Porters and Guides.
We at Pat Falvey Irish and Worldwide Adventures have been operating in Nepal and Tibet since 1993 and our local staff have been hand picked by Pat and selected from the top guides and porters in the region. With our staff from Ireland and our local staff it gives us the ability to ensure the best in cultural as well as climbing experience to our clients. Our local climbing guides are some of the world's leading names in high altitude trekking and mountaineering to give the ultimate experience for our clients and teams going to Nepal and Tibet. We have built up a good relationship’s with all the local organisations and communities to ensure the welfare of all our guides and porters is priority.
Here is a sample daily Itinerary, on booking you will be issued a more detailed version. We can also customise the itinerary to your needs if required. Land only will start on the evening of Day 2* and finish on the morning of Day 16*
Island Peak add on Itinerary details will be issued at time of booking.
Preparation - We have selected a walking weekend to help you adjust to the goal of the trek. The weekend has two walks with advice and techniques for clothing and gear given also. On the Saturday we will climb one of Irelands highest peaks during a day hike and on early Sunday morning, we will go on a night hike simulating the requirements on the summit day of a trek which takes you out of your comfort zone prior to the real thing. This method allows your body and mind to adjust to the challenge ahead. For more info on this fitness assessment weekends (link) and day walks, go to our Irish Training Section. If you are a total beginner to walking/hillwalking then a 12 month training program is recommended.
We suggest a training program of at least 6 months to comfortably trek to 4000-6000m.
We will need to get the visas and these can be obtained upon entry to Nepal.
For general gear on trek:
Cotton pants, t-shirts and if you have light thermals these will be ideal.
One pair of trekking boots for trek. These boots can be used for good wear also. If you have a hillwalking pair of boots you can also bring them. If you like comfort we recommend boots with extra insulation in sole around 150euro with vibram or similar sole.
Four pair of warm trekking stockings. (Thorlo or similar)
Adjustable ski poles: these take a lot of pressure off the body and makes walking less tiring. Some use two spring loaded ones as it takes 36 ton of pressure off you knees per day as well as allowing you to have a crutch to lean on when you are tired.
Thermal under-wear heavy gauge: 2 Tops and 2 bottoms. Dryflo etc.
1 fleece or pile jacket. Windproof is good.
Wind and water proofs (Gortex or similar): Top jacket and bottoms.
Sleeping bag range to - 15/20 degrees make sure it packs small.
Also for sleeping it is important to bring an insulating sleeping mat. I usually bring a Thermarest full-length non-slip. There is insulating mattresses provide on trek but for extra comfort bring a Thermarest.
1 Water bottles with wide neck and one with narrow neck (Nalgene or similar) or one Platypus container, the platypus is ideal for trekking as you can stay hydrated by drinking from a tube as you walk.
Gloves: 1pair of thermal and 1 pair over gloves or mitts, no harm in bringing spare sets.
Headtorch, Petzl with spare batteries and bulbs. I cannot stress the importance of this to have in good working order. (New LED versions are also lighter and smaller)
Peak hat for the lower regions to protect your head from the sun. (bandana or neck gaiter also)
Ruck sack 30 litres daypack for mountain to carry your camera food and day gear.
For traveling, 70-100 liters rucksack or strong gear bag- this will also do to give to porters on trek to carry your general gear.
Optional for night up high for cold, a light down top or extra fleece.
Personal first aid and medicine kit. (All our guides will have these for emergencies only)
UV sunglasses – Cat. 3 or Cat. 4 recommeded if there is a lot of time in or near snow.
2 x Earplugs pairs – If you have an inside pocket in sleeping bag, leave one there fulltime.
Sun-block (very important and use it!)
Backpacking towel and general toiletries.
Extra Clothes for travelling and/or socialising
*Climbers doing Island Peak*
Plastic boots or good pair of full shank leather boots, Plastic boots are a warmer boot and highly recommended for the cold.
4 screw gate, 2 snap gate carabiners
One belay device - figure of eight or modern belay plate
2 Prusiks - 6mm-cord 3 meters long for cutting, these can be made up by the guide
2/ 6 foot sling
Extra warm gloves and a pair of good mitts
Good fitting crampons please make sure they fit before going on trip
Walking Ice Axe with hand strap
Jumar (ascender) with krab attached
Tips on Gear - Make sure your boots are well broken in. For the mountain, a layering system works best to allow you to cool down or warm up with ease - T-shirt or thermals, shirt or warm top, a good fleece and good heavy duty waterproofs if you intend doing more treks in future. Gloves and hats are vital. Bring waterproof gear that is made of breathable material. You can use a normal 3 season sleeping bag. If you tend to get cold very easily, you can add in a sleeping bag liner. Remember that sleeping bags work on trapping layers of air so wearing clothes in your bag doesn't help. If you wear contact lenses take plenty of saline and comfort drops as the paths are dusty. Also glasses are essential for summit night as temperature and altitude may effect eyes if contacts worn. Common first aid complaints are headaches, dehydration, stomach bugs, diarrhoea, sunburn and occasional mouth ulcers. Looking after yourself with plenty of fluids, rest and enjoying the gentle ascending pace will assist in avoiding these. Your personal first aid kit should contain treatments for these minor aliments. Please get advice from your GP before departure. Money can be left in the hotel safe. All currency can be easily changed to local currency in the cities you will be staying in. The only money you will need to carry for your treks will be to cover porter and guide tips and bottled water if you choose to purchase. (Hotels offer Launderette facilities if you wish to wash clothes following trek otherwise there is no opportunity to wash clothing. Digital cameras will cope fine with the conditions if you keep them warm close to your body where possible especially on summit morning or when reaching you highest day, otherwise batteries can run down. Spare batteries are a must.
Irish adventurers Pat Falvey and Dr Clare O Leary will navigate, walk, ski and swim on a historical icy voyage of 784km on a 55 day expedition of endurance man-hauling their sleds across the rugged broken melting arctic ocean. Their only means of survival and rest in this hostile arena is a thin skin of manmade material their tent.
UPDATE: North Pole 2011 website page coming soon, stay tuned, check our news page until then.
They will endure cold that can reach up to -60 Celsius as they battle to fend off frost bite and keep themselves warm. Due to Global warming and climate change they will encounter many ice flows that will obstruct their way North and may have to swim across them in sub zero temperatures with the abyss of over 4000 meters of arctic sea below them.
They will negotiate massive pressure ridges with moving tumbling ice blocks the size of houses which are created by moving currents as they grind the weakness’s the ice of the arctic ocean together to explode skywards. .
They will have to carry with them their food of over 7500 calories a day, tent, stoves, fuel, communication system and all equipment to survive was is equated to over 55 consecutive marathons.
Follow them on a journey of endurance, as they plan, train and execute one of mans greatest adventurers as they set out to reach the Geographic North Pole.
“Like all great adventurers, expedition and great challenges in life, this cannot be done alone, it is a team supporting you that help you get through, Our trainers and coaches, family and friends and of course you the people that support and have followed both of us over the years. We look forward to keeping you updated on all aspects of the expedition. The motivation, focus, vision, training, hardships, science, history and educational value of life in a freezer.”
Pat Falvey is a veteran of over 65 exciting adventures while Clare O'Leary is a veteran of 22. Highly motivated and positive they will join forces and their expertise in partnership on yet another thrilling adventure as they take on one of the world’s great challenges. This will also Pat and Clare finish the three Pole Challenges as they have already skied to the South Pole, and climbed Mount Everest.