Everest is the highest of the Seven Summits and the highest peak on the planet. First climbed in 1953 by Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, it is perhaps the most iconic mountain in the world. We left Everest until the end of the 7 Summits to ensure that we progressively built up as much skill, nerve and expedition knowledge as possible to be successful. In advance of Everest, I had completed 6 of the 7 summits, climbed Mt. Blanc twice (once solo), and spent 2 years in full time training including a year living and adapting in the National Altitude Training Centre (Altitude House) at University of Limerick. Our first attempt was in 2014 when Paul, Niall and Madhura joined the Ascent Himalayas expedition team to attempt a climb via the south side of the mountain. However 20 days into the expedition a massive avalanche struck on the icefall between Base Camp and Camp 1, killing 16 Sherpa and effectively stopping all climbs on Nepal side of Everest for that year. Paul returned in 2015 and was 25 days into the expedition when the Nepal earthquake hit, killing 19 people at Base Camp where he and his team were situated. The team ended up, alongside others, in a massive rescue and recovery mission throughout this period and climbing on Everest was suspended completely on both sides of the mountain for the very first time.

Everest is a major step up from the rest of the Seven Summits, with the effects of altitude changing the game completely for climbers. It is strongly recommended that you have significant experience on steep long roped sections in extreme conditions, and are suitably prepared for the effects of alititude (hypoxic and hyperbaric). Do your homework on both the company you go with and the preparation needed.

  Nepal/Tibet Border

  8848m / 29,035ft

  South Ridge Route


   60 days (April & May)

   Abandoned (2014 & 2015)

Expedition Location – Nepal

Expedition Itinerary – 55 Days

2015 Expedition

2014 Expedition

2015 Disaster: Paul was 25 days into his Everest expedition in April 2015 when 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal and triggered an avalanche which destroyed the centre of Everest Base Camp close to their camp. 19 people were killed in the worst disaster in the history of Everest.

2014 Disaster: Paul, Niall & Madhura were half-way through their expedition in April 2014 when an avalanche killed 16 Sherpa on the Khumbu Icefall above Base Camp. After a week of meetings and standoff, all climbing was stopped on Nepal side following a Sherpa strike.

Expedition Images – Everest 2015

Expedition Videos – Everest 2015

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Relief Work – Earthquake Aftermath

Expedition Images – Everest 2014

Expedition Videos – Everest 2014