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Nepal has permanently been the Shangri-La for mountain climbers. Nepal has eight mountains of 8000 meter including highest peak on earth, Mount Everest and many 7000 meter peaks. There are altogether 414 peaks open for climbing in Nepal. Among 414 peaks, there are more than seventy-two peaks of 7000 meter. Before attempting to climb 8000 meter peaks, all the mountaineers do climb 7000 meter peaks. Sherpa Shepherds offers wide ranges of 7000 meter peaks to climb. By using extensive knowledge of our climbers we ensure highest standard and right guide service, safer combined with all the services that will increase the chances of success for prospective climbers. Sherpa Shepherds have selected only those mountains in which we excel. We specialize in preparing our clients to undertake their challenges with confidence. If you are ready to climb 7000m peaks, allow us to lead you on your journey of imagination. We will lead you to the top of the mountain as only our company can.
A 7000m expedition is a necessary and appropriate prerequisite to an 8000m expedition.
How To Prepare For A 7000m Himalayan Climb
Identify the specific technical challenges that you will face during your climb. There is enough information available online today, you should not be surprised about what you will find when you arrive at your objective. Do your homework, it will increase your chances of success.
Understand your body at altitude. By the time you get to a 7000m peak you should have intimate knowledge of how your body reacts and performs at the various “marker” altitudes of 5500m, 6000m, 6500m and 7000m. A big key to high altitude climbing is just understanding the rate at which your body acclimatizes.
Build up a supporting base of aerobic activity. At least 365 days of physical activity. This translates to at least 1 year of steady aerobic activity. This can include: running, swimming, cycling, cross country skiing, soccer, competitive races such as marathons or triathlons and any other related aerobic activities. This should not be difficult for people who have an active lifestyle.
With at least 2 years of physical fitness activity under your belt you should now apply Periodization Training Models to your preparation. This will apply the proper progression, load and frequency to your training, Think of Periodization training models like sharpening a pencil: at first you have just the raw wood, but after steady and consistent work you develop that raw wood into a fine point.
Be trained and competent in several mountain skill sets including: Climbing self rescue, crevasse rescue training, advanced mountaineering skills (using ice ax, front pointing in crampons, crossing glacier) and wilderness medical training.
**Our policies for accepting clients on 7000m peaks are all the previous experience required for 6000m, the client has very good physical fitness, no high blood pressure or diabetes, 2 (6000m) peaks, several high pass treks and formal rock & ice climbing training.**
Legality and Bureaucracy of 7000m peaks
The cost of your permit depends on the season that you climb in. Spring is full price, the fall has a 50% discount and the winter/summer has a 75% discount. Ama Dablam is a special consideration, the permit cost is the same in the spring/fall, with a 50% discount in the winter/summer.
The cost of your 7000m permit depends on the exact height of the peak,7000m-7500m is in one price bracket and 7501m-7999m is in another price bracket.
The government of Nepal does not allow climbing permits to be issued to a climber who is below the age of 16.
For peaks above 6501m you need a liaison officer. The government has implemented a policy for safety and preservation reasons that any peak over 6501m cannot be climbed without a liaison officer. The liaison officer must go with the group and return with the group at the end of the expedition. They have to stay at the base camp and ensure that the team does not attempt any other route, leave trash, paint the rock and that they respect the culture.
Classifying 7000m Peaks
In the Nepali grading system peaks are classified by their difficulty into three general categories: Easy, Moderate and Challenging.
The peaks are then further broken down using the International French Adjectival System (IFAS). The French adjectival alpine system evaluates the overall difficulty of a route, taking into consideration the length, difficulty, exposure and commitment level (how hard it may be to retreat) of the route. The overall grade combines altitude, length, difficulty of approach and descent, number of difficult pitches and how sustained they are, exposure and the quality of rock, snow and ice.