You may attempt this climb as a novice and we will teach you what you need to know. No further experience is required.
- We recommend that you begin with a look at our websites and literature, and read a book about mountain climbing, to familiarize yourself with the basics of ropes, anchors, clothing, etcetera ("Freedom of the Hills" is one such title).
- You should attend a "climbing-class" at an "adventure-centre" or a "rock-gym" in your home town, where you can learn the basics of "how-to-tie-in", handle the rope and harness and carabiner and descender/abseil-rappel device, and see if you enjoy the thrill of safe climbing and cautious descending on a rope. Or, perhaps you can have a climbing-friend show you the basics.
- We suggest you attend one of our leader's LECTURES to view videos and slides and listen to and discuss our previous expeditions, and learn about our teams, staff, see the equipment in action, study the routes, etcetera. Please visit our LECTURE site to view our upcoming lecture schedule.
- Next, you may wish to climb Island Peak or Lakpa-Ri /North Col. You may also decide to join one of our Glacier-Schools, where you will be able to hire and purchase the necessary equipment inexpensively , if you do not have it already. You will have an opportunity to experience for yourself: snow-camping, ice-climbing, glacier-travel, crevasse-rescue, placing and retrieving anchors, rope-ascending, rope-descending, and summiting peaks of moderate altitude (4000 metres, 13,000 feet) in glacial conditions.
- Now, if you are fit and healthy, you could be ready for a climb of a mid-size Himalayan peak such as Ama-Dablam or Mustagata , where you can test your ability to handle altitude climbing, on an extended Himalayan expedition.
- If you feel ready, you might want to try one of the world's fourteen highest "8000 metre peaks", such as Cho-Oyu .
- If you enjoy Cho Oyu, then you can go on to climb Lhotse , Everest from Tibet or Everest from Nepal .