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Nepal

Reaching 7,000 metres

After the devastating earthquakes that shook Nepal in April and May 2015the country is slowly getting back on its feet. This article was written before these catastrophic events occurred.

A destination suited to the more experienced climbers amongst you, a trip to Nepal will provide you with the chance to conquer the mythical 7,000m altitude line .

Preparation is paramount

The iconic challenge for experienced climbers is Everest, the 'Top of the World'. And it's from here in Nepal that you can access its dizzying 8,848 metre altitude. It presides over numerous peaks that surpass 7,000 metres. Some require experience and skill to climb, others are easier to tackle.

Even so, you won't want to attack these giants on a whim and meticulous preparation is an absolute must. In the world of mountaineering, there are often fixed altitudes that climbers aim to conquer - 5,000m, 6000m, 7,000m, or 8000m. There aren't many peaks in the world that offer such an opportunity, so a trip to Nepal is the perfect place for climbers who want to test their mettle.

However, it's essential you use the services of an agency to organise your climb. Choose wisely and make sure you check out their reputation beforehand. It also goes without saying that you must be physically prepared and follow a strict training programme. You'll need to get used to the altitude by going on preparatory hikes, to help you better deal with any altitude sickness that may arise. You'll also need the right clothing and good quality climbing equipment.

Finally, you'll need nerves of steel and an iron will, if you want to reach these lofty heights and the extraordinary landscapes that they offer.

The lofty peaks of Nepal

Onwards and upwards

Once you've arrived in the capital, Kathmandu, you'll see the Himalayan and Annapurna ranges spread across the horizon. It's from here that you'll be able to decide if you're going to attack the ascension from the far western side of the country.

This is where you'll find some of the highest peaks, including the popular Saipal at 7,040 metres above sea level and Api, which stands at 7,132 metres. This will be your chance to reach the legendary 7,000 metre mark.

With your trekking permit in hand, your feet suitably booted and your head full of expectation and determination, you'll be able to set off on a once in a lifetime climbing adventure. Whilst reaching a summit may be an emotionally intense, deeply personal experience, bear in mind that such an undertaking requires a committed team effort. Without your guide, the Sherpas who'll be carrying equipment and the careful logistical fore-planing, reaching such altitudes isn't a feasible option.

David Debrincat
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Updated 21 March 2016
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