About the EVERST4K Expedition

Everest4K is not only a expedition project, campaign and TV production but the fulfillment of a dream of two friends facing their chance of a lifetime. Working on Everest!

Expedition / Team / Route / Partners

Everest4K is not just another blog of some guys heading to Everest. It’s a working diary, a making-of platform and a documentary about working on Everest. Nils and Hannes, two outdoor and media professionals invite you to join them on their journey of a lifetime: an expedition to the top of the world – Mount Everest.

Hired by Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR) and supported by their sponsors SympaTex and Panasonic, the two average looking guys based in the middle of Germany have the opportunity to join some of the most experienced and well-known German expedition climbers Alix von Melle, Luis Stitzinger and Dominik Müller in their attempt of reaching the highest peak in the world.

The goal is not to focus too much on the mountain itself, as this has been done a hundred times before. Instead the Everest4K team is setting out to follow interesting faces, and deliver personal portraits of climbers, sherpas and themselves via point-of-view shots of all the challenges and highs and lows which are part of an extreme adventure like this.
Everything will be shot using 4K-quality Lumix GH4 cameras, setting new standards for expedition reporting in terms of detail and image quality.

Together with SympaTex the team from Third Pole will also do their part in trying to help clean up the Everest region and set up special-made rubbish bins in the base camps along the way.

Expedition will not be continued

DISPATCH #9 April 27,  Base Camp at 5150m 
This morning Alix von Melle and Luis Stitzinger, Alexander Brutscher (BR) as well as Nils Peuse and Hannes Künkel (Third Pole) decided to cancel their Everest 2015 expedition in light of the tragic events that have occurred and are still occurring on Mt. Everest and in Nepal.

Earth quake in Nepal

DISPATCH #8 April 25,  Base Camp at 5150m 
As we were waiting for lunch at around 12am the Himalaya was hit by a massive earthquake. The earth was shaking heavily for at least 30 seconds followed by rockfall from the debris flanks.

Into the ice of Everest

DISPATCH #7 April 22,  Base Camp at 5150m 
We left Base Camp for the first time to hike up to an intermediate Camp at 5750m. We followed the glacier tongue of Rongbuk glacier before climbing up into the right tributary of the Eastern Rongbuk glacier which will lead us up to the North Col (7050m).

Adapting to high altitude

DISPATCH #6 April 21,  Base Camp at 5150m 
When we got out of the bus three days ago our single tents had been already pitched by the Sherpa crew so we only had to pitch our production tent. What sounds easy is really hard work when you are not acclimatized and by now we definitely are not.