Sherpa Relief Fund

Several of our regular Junkies climbers contacted us and asked how they could help our Sherpa because of the cancelled Everest season due to the Coronavirus pandemic across the globe. Many of our climbers remember how important the Sherpa have been to their successful summits over the years and any contribution, is a way of thanking them and helping them during this time of uncertainity and financial hardship.

The following people (in alphabetical order) have donated to help out the boys during their time of need.

Miika Arvola (Finland)
Cordillera Blanca
Scott Bigelow (USA)
Cordillera Blanca, Ama Dablam
Mike & Anna Brown (UK)
Cordillera Blanca, Everest
Ian Cartwright (UK)
Manaslu, Gasherbrum II, Everest, Cholatse
Alessandro Dazio (Switzerland)
Cholatse, Everest
Miikka Eskola & Mervi Javanainen (Finland)
Cholatse, Cordillera Blanca
Dante Felice (Switzerland)
Cordillera Blanca, Cholatse, Ama Dablam, Everest
Jose Ferro (Colombia)
Cordillera Blanca, Cholatse, Ama Dablam, Manalsu, Ganesh
Todd Hayes (USA)
Paul Ilaqua (USA)
Manaslu, Cordillera Blanca
Greg Ouellette (USA)
Anni Penttila (Finland)
Teemu Suominen (Finland)


Finnish Alpine Awards

The Finnish Alpine Awards has been established to honor the late Samuli Mansikka. This grant program assists climbers financially with their plans for interesting and challenging climbs. More information about this award program can be found at:

Finnish Alpine Award


Upcoming Expeditions

Everest, Nepal - April 18 - May 31, 2021 (42 Days)

Our Everest expedition returns to our schedule for 2021 after our successful Makalu expedition in 2019. Our 2018 Everest expedition was completed successfully in 30 days, Kathmandu to Kathmandu and we hope to have a similar time frame for 2021.

Urus, Ishinca & Tocllaraju, Peru - June 12 - June 25, 2021 (14 Days)

Three Cordillera Blanca peaks from the same valley climbed in a fast and light alpine style. This expedition is ideal for those climbers with a short schedule or those with no regular climbing partners. We have operated expeditions in Peru every season since 2012 when we suspended our Pakistan program due to security concerns. These climbs are a perfect introduction to the amazing Cordillera Blanca.

Dhaulagiri, Nepal - September 11 - October 23, 2021 (42 Days)

We are hoping to return to Dhaulagiri in the fall of 2021 as several climbers have shown interest in the peak. We last climbed on her in 2016 and were the only team present, which was a surreal experience on an 8,000-meter peak. We plan to start the expedition a week or so later than the most fall 8,000-meter expeditions due to the lingering Nepal monsoon of recent years. Small team size, strong Sherpa, willing team members and one big white hill.

Cholatse, Nepal - October 30 - November 13, 2021 (21 Days)

Cholatse is a step up in technical difficulty from Ama Dablam and has very few climbers on her flanks compared to the very busy Dablam during October and November. We know this mountain very well after several successful previous expeditions and this climb is a true alpine classic of Nepal. This expedition will have a 1:2 Sherpa to climber ratio and helicopter transportation from Kathmandu directly to Namche Bazar and return to Kathmandu directly from base camp. This is an ideal expedition for those wishing to tackle the 8,000-meter giants in the future and for those climbers with short schedules. With direct helicopter transportation we are now able to offer this expedition in 21 days but we expect to complete it quicker.

Ama Dablam, Nepal- November 20 - December 10, 2021 (21 Days)

We climb Ama Dablam in mid to late November, early December to avoid the crowds on the hill. It is colder on the hill than mid October, but the weather is usually more stable and there are only a handful of other climbers present. This expedition will have a 1:2 Sherpa to climber ratio and helicopter transportation from Kathmandu directly to Namche Bazar and return to Kathmandu from base camp.


Our Nepal climbs do not have fully certified (Alpine, Rock & Ski Certification) UIAGM guides present, but professional expedition leaders who manage the logistics and staff. All climbers need to be self-reliant, have a skill level suited to their selected climbs and have to be able to carry their own personal equipment.



Photo credits: Tachi Pesando - Gasherbrum II, Pakistan

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