STEPPING UP TO HIGH ALTITUDE
How high have you been?
Many clients are motivated by the challenge of altitude, and perhaps never more so than now, with lockdown limiting us to local walks, allowing us to only dream of the time when we can really push ourselves selves again, beyond these restriction confines.
So, when the world opens, how high do you want to climb? and how do you choose the best step upwards for you?
My advice to anyone who dreams of climbing to the top, is to do it in small steps, one mountain at a time. It gets easier the more you do it, so work your way up gradually and choose a peak 500m-1000m higher than your previous high point. Always remember that the journey is more important than the destination.
To illustrate my thoughts, I have centred my choice of steps within Nepal, a destination that can take you higher than anywhere else in the world! Nepal is renowned for the warmth and friendliness of its people, the strength and inspiration of its Sherpas and the beauty of its Himalayan Peaks. It is a place mountaineers and tourists fall in love with and return to time after time. So here is a staircase of inspirational steps of around 500m that can take you to the top of the world.
(You may have already done peaks elsewhere, such as Mont Blanc 4808m or Elbrus 5642 or Kilimanjaro 5895… so think about your next step being 500-1000m higher!)
Feel free to book your next adventurous step (Oct-Nov 2020 or Mar-May2021) whilst saving up to £2000 with our COVID early booking discounts available to the end of May. If we are unable to travel due to COVID 19 then you can have a refund or of course transfer your discount to a later departure date. BOOK NOW and support Adventure Peaks and our Nepali team
A spectacular journey that combines the ascent of Tent Peak (Tharpu Chuli) 5633m with the classic Annapurna Sanctuary trek. The trek is stunning with some of the most impressive mountain scenery in Nepal including Annapurna I and the magical ‘Fish Tail’ of Machhapuchhare. We arrive at base camp acclimatised and ready to tackle our main objective Tent Peak Tharpu Chuli from a high camp below the mountains north-west ridge. The summit day is quite steep with a superb ridge that leads to the spectacular summit and its panoramic views. A great first Himalayan Peak for those who have previously used crampons.
A classic Himalayan peak that can be climbed in just over two weeks but requires previous use of crampons as we will not have time to provide instruction. We follow the main Everest trail through the many tiny villages with their Buddhist monasteries and unique mountain culture. The views grow more spectacular as we progress up the Dudh Kosi River to Namche Bazaar, the gateway to the Khumbu region and then up through Thyangboche where you are rewarded with spectacular views of Ama Dablam, Mount Everest and Lhotse before we finally branch off to Island Peak. The summit day of Island Peak involves a comfortable scramble, an intriguing rock ridge and then onto a wonderful glacier. Onwards, a steep snow headwall leads to a classic snow ridge and the summit.
Kyajo Ri is a more technical 6000m peak suitable for those who have climbed Scottish grade I/II or Alpine PD+ The summit day is described as “Starting at first light we make our way to the foot of the fixed ropes and make the exhilarating climb up the majestic series of snow ridges which finish perfectly on the summit. Breath-taking views and a fantastic sense of achievement await our arrival on this rarely climbed summit”.
At 6476m Mera Peak is the highest ‘trekking peak’ suitable for anyone with little or no previous experience of using an ice axe and crampons but have a high level of fitness. Mera Peak’s provides one of the most spectacular viewpoints in Nepal. This magical vantage point offers stunning views of five 8000m peaks, Everest and Lhotse to the north, Kanchenjunga, and Makalu to the east and the majestic Cho Oyu to the west.
The stunning pyramid of Ama Dablam is regarded as one of the world’s most exquisite and sought-after peaks, alongside the infamous Matterhorn and Khan Tengri. The ambitious and experienced mountaineer will find the South West Ridge an acceptable challenge which offers steep snow, ice and rock climbing in exhilarating and exposed situations. Fixed lines will be used in our ascent, to aid speed and efficient movement on this impressive mountain. A technical mountain that will require experience of Scottish grade 3 climbing or Alpine TD mountaineering.
A stunning peak in a remote location with an awesome approach trek! Adventure Peaks was the first British Company to operate Himlung Himal in 2003 and we have since operated several expeditions to this remote peak and helped many clients reach their first Himalayan 7000m Peak. Even though it is technically easy, it does require a high level of fitness and is a very cold mountain. Join us in October or April.
Annapurna IV is a spectacular seven thousand-meter peak that can be completed in just 30 days. Higher than the average 7000m peak Annapurna IV is ideal training for Everest and avoids the need to do another 8000m peak. A good peak to climb in the Spring when many other peaks are out of condition. Breath-taking views of Manaslu, Tilicho Peak, the Annapurna’s and the sacred Machapuchare.
Adventure Peaks provides a fully supported Manaslu expedition at a very competitive price. We climb the classic North East face of Manaslu via four camps utilising the support of our regular team of climbing Sherpa’s who carry all group equipment and oxygen.
To climb Everest, the world’s highest mountain at 8848m is the ultimate objective in many climbers’ minds, a most compelling and challenging adventure. We specialize in preparing clients to tackle their challenge with confidence. We ensure you have the appropriate skills, physical endurance and mental preparation. On the mountain we provide the very best leadership, equipment, oxygen systems, comfort, food and Sherpa support to maximize your chance of success.
Dave Pritt is the Director of Adventure Peaks. With over 30 years of mountaineering feats, he is a very experienced high altitude mountaineer who has led expeditions to K2, Broad Peak and five Everest expeditions. Dave has completed the 7 summits, led an expedition to Ski the South Pole Last Degree, Satopanth in India and in 2007 he guided Ian McKeever to break the world record for the seven summits in 156 days. He is lucky enough to have climbed on the majority of our advertised peaks, but the Tien Shan remains his favourite destination.