60+ Days of Extreme High-Altitude Mountaineering to 8,848 m
On the border of Tibet, Nepal and China lies the highest point on earth, Mount Everest (29,028ft / 8,848m), known in Nepal as Sagarmatha – “Bow of the Mother Earth” or in Tibetan as Chomolungma – “Mother Goddess of the Snows”. Everest gives majestic views of other Himalayan peaks such as Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, and many other breath taking peaks in Khumbu Himal. The first successful ascent was made on May 29, 1953 by Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary. The first American ascent was made a decade later on May 1, 1963.
This expedition is based on two factors: Proper acclimatization and maximizing our chances for a successful summit bid. We can accomplish the first part by taking our time reaching Base Camp. Resting, then climbing above Base Camp when we feel good (climb-high, sleep low). The second part is accomplished by minimizing our stay above Base Camp, minimizing our load carries to just our personal gear, and sleeping above 24,000 ft. (Camp IV) only when we make a summit bid.