Click on an Everest location below to see photos of that area.
Kathmandu & Trek-in (5,000' - 17,500')
"It would be difficult to imagine much less find a finer sight for worship or for contemplation." -- H. W. Tilman, who explored the Khumbu in the 1930-40's
Base Camp (17,500')
"There was no more grass, no flowers, not even any moss: dusty granite blocks covered the ice and an occasional grinding groan reminded us that we were on a slow-moving glacier." -- Chris Bonington, from "Everest the Hard Way"
Khumbu Ice Fall (17,500' - 19,500')
"Pasang and I, at either end of the break, managed to scramble off the moving sheet of snow, and Riddiford was left suspended between the two of us while the sheet broke into great blocks and slid silently into the trough." -- Eric Shipton, 1951, from Walt Unsworth's "Everest"
Camp I -- Western Cwm (19,500')
"From their tents they could see the snowy bowl of the Cwm... It was hemmed in on the left by the South West Face of Everest, an impressive wall of dark rock laced with ice bands, and on their right by the steep icy ramparts of the Lhotse-Nuptse Ridge." -- Walt Unsworth, in "Everest"
Camp II -- Upper Cwm (21,000')
"This is a large, comfortable camp from which we base our summit attempts." -- Todd Burleson
Camp III -- Lhotse Face (23,500')
"No Sherpa ever stays at CampIII -- they go all the way to the South Col before resting." -- Todd Burleson
Camp IV -- South Col (26,300')
"A barren field of rock and ice. It's like another planet." -- Todd Burleson
Everest Summit (29,028')
"That summit was everything and more that a summit should be. My usually reticent partner [Dougal Haston] became expansive, his face broke out into a broad happy smile and we stood there hugging each other and thumping each other's backs." -- Doug Scott, from "Everest the Hard Way"

Photos by Todd Burleson/Alpine Ascents International.