Summit Climb Only Glacier Climbing Course in Himalayas

[09/11/11] 

Summit Climb offers the only glacier climbing course in the Himalayas. They don’t have a big market but they’ve got a willing one. There are plenty of things we attempt unprepared but climbing the Himalayas isn’t one of them. Unless we want to be the inspiration for a B-list film involving an unexpected change of weather, dwindling supplies and a man battling with the memory of his dead father.

Their key course lasts three weeks and delivers the ‘fundamentals of glacier travel with ice-axe and crampons while gaining high altitude experience.’ They train you for a summit attempt on Lobuche East (6119 metres/20,075 feet) which apparently is best described as steep walking/climbing. You’re also roped up so you hopefully won’t lose your marbles completely.

Although it doesn’t sound like a holiday that involves a lot of R&R, when you return to your desk you’ll probably feel working life isn’t as stressful as you once thought. You’re accompanied by Sherpa climbers, cooks, waiters, a full kitchen and sleeping tents so it’s not exactly slumming it. The logistics are also taken care of so the experience is as hassle free as it could be which is reflected in the price - US$3,450. If that puts you off though they also do a 7-day course for US$1,450 but you also have more chance of dying when you come to do some real climbing.

Glaciers the classier way.


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