Hike to Camp III (21,100') on Mount Everest

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What the Trip is Like

This trip is Level 7, Most Strenuous. Previous camping and trekking experience at 18,000 feet is required. Participants must be in excellent physical condition and submit a medical approval form signed by a doctor. The most difficult aspect of this trek will not be the trail conditions, but the altitudes we encounter. Trekking to 21,000 feet is a very strenuous endeavor. We spend more than half the trip hiking to help the group acclimatize for our final trek to Camp III.

In general, the trail conditions are no more difficult than those in other parts of Tibet or in Nepal. Our entire route, both on the warm-up trek to the Shishapangma region and on the trek to Camp III of Mount Everest, can be negotiated by loaded yaks; there is no need to use crampons or ice axes on this trek. An average walking day will be 4 to 6 hours, not including a break for lunch. The maximum altitude gain or descent on any given day will be about 2,000 feet, and all hiking is at altitudes of at least 12,200 feet and much higher. If you are very fit and healthy, have successfully trekked above 18,000 feet and are willing to participate in the various exploratory hikes offered during this trek, your chances of reaching Camp III and beyond will be much greater.

However, every participant must understand that this trek is truly challenging. Even though trip members carry only a daypack (with camera, jacket, rain gear, water bottle, and other small necessities you may need while on the trail), we recommend you make a special effort to get in top physical shape for the trip.

There are also dangers inherent in any expedition traveling to remote wilderness regions, especially when they involve travel to high altitude. These dangers include everything from rock falls to the possibility of a serious fall, accident or sickness without access to the means of rapid evacuation. The availability of medical supplies or the adequacy of medical attention, once provided, cannot be guaranteed and cannot be expected to measure up to western standards. Each trek is an expedition. Although we are accompanied by a support crew staffed by experienced veterans of the Nepal Himalaya, it takes cooperation and flexibility from each participant to ensure a successful trek.

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.


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