The Route to Everest & other 7,000 – 8,000-meter peaks
There are plenty of stories out there you may have read about climbers with little to no experience reaching the summit of Mount Everest. The stories of climbers, if you can call them that, arriving in base camp and not knowing how to put on crampons. Of porters carrying the oxygen bottle connected to the client that has not even a small rucksack on their back. And the stories go on…
What does make sense for preparing for Everest or other 8,000-meter peaks then? If a person that has done some backpacking and hiking wants to climb Everest what do we tell them as a guide service what they need to do? Below is a good progression and if you’re already on your way, we discuss the option of climbing Nun, a 7,000-meter+ peak in India below for this summer.
Nun Trip Leader: Brian Muller
Dates: August 1 – 26, 2023
An example of sufficient training & experience would include a combination of the following in a logical progression:
- Technical training in the Washington Cascades or international course. Examples: Alpine Ice Course, Ouray Ice Courses, Ecuador Mountaineering Course, or Bolivia Mountaineering Course
- Ascents of 6,000 meter peaks in South America or Asia. Examples: Ecuador Volcanoes, Aconcagua, Chopikalki, Bolivia’s Cordillera Real, Island Peak, or Ama Dablam
- Denali or Vinson and/or a 7000 – 8000 meter peak such as Pik Lenin, Nun Peak, or Cho Oyu.
- Mount Everest
Are you qualified to climb Nun?
This expedition requires experience with glacier travel and some previous high altitude ascents. Nun Peak is a perfect next step for climbers that have been to Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, Elbrus or Aconcagua!
Where Is Nun Peak?
Located in Ladakh and part of the Zanskar Range of the Western Himalaya, Nun Peak dominates the skyline of the upper Suru Valley. The region is dominated by big river valleys and huge mountains with ancient trade routes linking this remote area to China and Pakistan. You’ll step back in time on this journey in High Asia.
What will the climb be like?
The ascent of Nun requires three camps above base camp as well as some fixed lines on the upper mountain. Climbing expedition-style we double carry to camps with the mantra, “climb high-sleep low,” to aid our acclimatization. This strategy keeps the challenge within reach for both seasoned veterans and those breaking the 7,000 meter barrier for the first time.
What about the gear?
Equipment needed for Nun is similar to Aconcagua. Pack up your warm boots, sleeping bag, parka, mitts and glacier travel gear and you are set for a big peak in the Himalaya!
Where else will we go?
Adding depth to this expedition we’ll visit Leh and Srinagar! Both places are destinations on the classic caravan trade routes of ancient times and the more recent “Hippy Trail” of the ‘60’s and ‘70’s. Srinagar and it’s flower laden houseboats of Lake Dal are famous among adventure travelers worldwide and a relaxing way to end the expedition before the flight back to New Delhi and home.